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15.03.2017

15.03.2017

the new album: Slow Motion

In our society the ones who scream loudest usually are those who gain attention. It is the maxim: Who is loud, is heard. But there is such a great force in quiet sounds. I have always been fascinated by this and the acoustic guitar is the perfect instrument for that. At my concerts, I experienced that the moments where the audience listens most intense are the soft and quiet moments. This encouraged me to record my new album, called "Slow Motion", which is very quiet and gentle throughout. But I'm asking myself how this music can be perceived when everybody else around me is screaming?
There was a special moment that made the idea become reality. In October 2016 the Allton owners Caspar and Silke presented their relaxation chair "Klangwoge" to me. "Klangwoge" is a combination of two German words that cannot really be translated. It means that the sound is carrying you away like a wave, and the chair also looks a bit like a wave. Caspar and Silke made me lie down on the chair and let me listen to a recording of myself with the baritone guitar. The combination felt so perfect that we decided to make a whole album for the "Klangwoge". And finally I could put my ideas into a greater album context.
The music can also be enjoyed when there is no "Klangwoge" at reach. Because, despite the connection to the relaxation chair, it has also become a recording with artistic value, which I am proud of. However, if you have the opportunity to enjoy the music on a "Klangwoge", don't miss it. During the recordings I had one of these chairs available and we have tested many times how the combination works. It is simply great because the extra dimension of "feeling the sound" makes listening even more intense.

To listen to some sound samples of "Slow Motion" click on the picture or click here.



03.03.2017

03.03.2017

E-GiTraining

Not only experienced electric guitarists can apply for the unique E-GiTraining, which will be offered in Lennestadt from July 7th to July 9th by the three guitarists Peter Autschbach, Ritsch Müller and Markus Ottenberg. For the search is not for the best, but especially motivated and passionate guitarists who are invited to learn and make contacts here.
E-GiTraining is not an elite promotion, the participants learn how to practice effectively and successfully. The typical electric guitar techniques bending, slide, rake, vibrato, legato, sweep picking and much more will not only be mentioned, but these techniques will be practically implemented into the playing during this weekend. Thanks to the support of the music school Lennestadt-Kirchhundem, the workshop for three days incl. Overnight stay and full board at Bilstein Castle is free of charge. As an application, however, a YouTube video with an easy-to-play piece and a short verbal performance has to be prepared, with the help of which the teachers then choose the lucky 15 participants. There is no age restriction.

http://www.e-gitraining.de

02.02.2017

02.02.2017

Gittler Armed Forces Special edition

Since Christmas I have a new guitar. This time it is a very special tool. No wood is used for Gittler guitars. The entire design is made of titanium. For a better feel, teflon coating is galvanically applied to the Armed Forces special edition. Already in the 70s Allan Gittler designed and patented this guitar. For the first time I saw it at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2007. I was very amazed by its design, I immediately liked it. Of course I could not touch the guitar in the museum. Only 60 pieces of them were made, most of them can be found in design exhibitions. After Russ Rubman has reissued and further developed the Gittler, I became aware of the instrument again. It was clear that I wanted to have one, my mistake was not to get it right away. The dollar has risen since 2015 and Gittlerinstruments has also increased prices. Anyway, now I've done it and I'm glad about it. I made a video in which I introduce and audition the guitar.

To view the video click on the picture or click here.



31.08.2016

31.08.2016

The Blues!

Only sporadically the blues was the focus of my attention, because the pure pentatonic is in the long run sounds boring to me. But I've always been looking for ways to play blues in my (hopefully recognizable) way. For the first time I had a really good feeling in blues playing while sitting in the orchestra pit of the Rockopera "The Who's Tommy" back in 1995. I played with bassist Gary Bristol and drummer Alan Childs before the show and afterwards I felt very pleased, because for the first time in my life I could (of course, also thanks to the enthralling accompaniment of my colleagues) express myself easily over the blues, which felt comfortable to play. Since then, this feeling has come again and again and meanwhile I can call it as needed. That makes me happy, because the blues is fun! The audience in this video feels this and reacts enthusiastically.

Click here or on the image to watch the video.

10.03.2016

10.03.2016

Video from Tuscany

During our joint workshop in Tuscany for the Mediterranean music school we recorded the piece "November" on the terrace of the beautiful house Casa Nuova in Figline Val d'Arno. We had some interruptions when recording, because some extremely cheeky cicadas have made noise under the tree. For some time, however, they were persuaded to silence by sound engineer Ritsch Müller who targeted them with the fruit of the tree. At the end of the video you can hear how they complain loudly that the music stops. That shows that probably cicadas like music. Anyway, the mood in the garden was great, I would have liked to have more time for the recording, but it was already 16:00 and the workshop participants waited for their second teaching session. And of course this is most important.

click the image to open the video or click here.

27.01.2016

27.01.2016

Final spurt - learnto play guitar with Zacky and Bob

the new teaching-book "Gitarre lernen mit Zacky und Bob" will be officially presented by Schott-Verlag on 7 April 2016 at the Musikmesse in Frankfurt. This book will be released in German language, but due to the fact that there is a lot more music than text it should be possible to work with it even when you don't understand German. An English version is already planned in the future. With new releases it's always the same: You think that everything is almost done, and while doing the corrections you find out that there is still plenty to do. Some little improvements to the texts, the last corrections of the score, the illustrations, the video editing for the online videos, the mastering of the CD - all this can produce hassle-feelings. Fortunately Bob can not get worked up while sitting in his icebucket. This beautiful illustration by Selina Peterson belongs to the song "Verflixt Heiß" which means "Darnn Hot". I like this picture so much that I feel forced to show it to you :-)


to see the whole picture click here

15.10.2015

15.10.2015

New look for my old guitar

The Autolackiererei Weis in Siegen does not only paint cars. One of my students,who has a lack of time for playing guitar, sold his Japan Fernandez Strat to me. The guitar was painted in an unspeakable shade of green. The car specialists have gladly taken up the challenge and painted the guitar perfectly metallic. Many thanks to Sabrina and Michel Weis for comprehensive advice on the choice of color and Björn for the execution of the painting. I can recommend everyone to let paint guitars there, because the employees have respect for wood and love for detail, Björn also plays guitar and electric bass himself.
Click to zoom and for an overall view of the image. Visit the website of Autolackiererei Weis here

27.08.2015

27.08.2015

Terminal A Reunion

In September, drummer Marco Bussi, bassist Nico Deppisch, keyboardist Klaus Tenner and percussionist Michael Nüchtern will meet me again to play two concerts together. My compositions have been performed under the name "Terminal A" from 1998 to 2010 in countless clubs with enthusiastic reception everywhere. Unfortunately after 2010 it became virtually impossible to get a fee for a concert of Terminal A, since apparently too many bands were traveling with the willingness to play for free (or even ready to pay for a concert), The need for the forced break was bitter, but the revival is now even more exciting. The band can be seen in Bad Marienberg and in Rodgau, on 11th and 12th of September. Both venues are small, it will be smart to reserve tickets in advance. Exact venues and times: "on Tour"

24.06.2015

24.06.2015

Rock On Wood vol. 2

guitar teaching book with DVD-Rom
by Peter Autschbach
For beginners and classical players. For vol. 2 you'll need the skills taught in Vol. 1.

with 15 videos und 62 audiotracks on DVD-ROM
score and tablature
The new guitar method for everyone who wants to authentically play rock music on acoustic guitar. The 2nd volume deepens the playing techniques taught in Vol. 1. The focus is on classic rock songs like Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd), Behind Blue Eyes (The Who) or Nights In White Satin (The Moody Blues). Systematically, techniques like arpeggio, bending, slide, double stops or trill are developed to make the student be able to play the songs in the right style. In the "Show Offs" the songs are presented in arrangements for two or more guitars. A detailed chapter dealing with blues improvisation and examples and lots of fingerpicking add a big plus to this volume.

with songs by:

  • The Who: Behind Blue Eyes, Pinball Wizard
  • Kansas: Dust In The Wind
  • The Moody Blues: Nights In White Satin
  • Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here

Rock on Wood Vol. 2
Price for the book with DVD:
€ 22,90 plus postage.

Have a look (PDF)

order form »

22.04.2015

22.04.2015

Workshop on Easter 2016, the island of La Reunion

From March 20th to April 3rd there is an acoustic guitar workshop with Peter Autschbach on the island of La Réunion. The island is located in the Indian Ocean, it has fantastic climatic values and is both a walkers as well as a water sports paradise. The workshop will take place within 13 days instead of six different days and deals with the topic acoustic guitar in all its facets. Away from the workshops remains in any case there will be enough time to explore the island, its fascinating rugged mountain scenery with active volcano and real high mountains (over 3000 meters) and the world famous underwater world of the Indian Ocean, to recover and to make joint excursions.
The motto here is not "learn guitar on vacation," but rather, "go on holiday with guitar playing friends".

Click here for the official(German) Flyer

08.04.2015

08.04.2015

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Peter Autschbach, But Were Afraid to Ask

My videos about the incomparable multi-effects unit Axe-Fx (which has become an indispensable part of my sounds) have been watched more than 500,000 times on YouTube. This is a good reason for the company G66 (which distributes the Axe-Fx) to do an extensive interview and to ask me about how I approach my sounds.

Florian Kollin on behalf of G66-chief Jacques Isler created two videos that can be reached when you click on the picture or here.

In the interview I was asked to explain my definition of a professional musician and I could talk about what is important to me in music. The video about the Axe-Fx shows the setup of my patches, which I use live and in the studio.

18.03.2015

18.03.2015

Autschbach & Saygili in Istanbul

Hildulf Kaiser from Mainz OK TV channel will accompany Peter on the upcoming trip to Istanbul. There will be a live recording from the Arthere café (which will be broadcasted on TV later), a radio interview with a local station and a lot of impressions from the world city.

Peter: "I've never been to Istanbul, I am very excited about seeing the city, playing the concert there with singer Samira Saygili and the impressions we will collect there, 'We' means me and my son Sebastian, who has proven his skills behind the camera many times. He will support Hildulf Kaiser when creating the videos."

The trip will take place beginning of April, with the concert scheduled to April 3rd.

If you want to have a taste of the duo Autschbach-Saygili, watch a video here.

19.02.2015

19.02.2015

new workshops and concerts

Not only for one-week-events in Tuscany, Turkey and Provence Peter Autschbach can be be booked as workshop Instructor: also the demand for weekend workshops is great.

An overview of the workshop events that are currently available can be accessed by clicking the image. Last added to the program is the jazz guitar workshop early May in Linsengericht/Großenhausen and the Journey Sail & Jam in the Turkish Aegaen, September 2015.

The concerts not only include tours of the duo with Ralf Illenberger, there are also several solo concerts and some new events in a duo with Istanbul-based female singer Samira Saygili. Click here for the tour schedule.

12.01.2015

12.01.2015

Caveland Revisited

Our new version of "Caveland Revisited" from our concert @ the white villa in Kreuztal is online. The video was recorded Nov 27th, 2014. Camera: no other than Sebastian Autschbach.

The concert was sold out, the room sounds great, it is provided with fine, professionally designed lighting and we played super tight because the Kreuztal concert was the third-last event of the tour.

And everything went just fine. It was nothing less than a magical moment, because the music flowed by itself and this was great fun.

Click the picture to view the video.

01.01.2015

01.01.2015

Tour-Impressions and new ideas

Peter Autschbach's YouTube channel was not fed with new videos for some time. This was not possible simply because of his tour activities and workshops. Now there is a lot of material from recent tours of Japan and Germany. And the first videos are online.

1. there is the "Dragon Flight" from the new CD "One Mind" now be seen on Youtube, watching click here.

2. Peter's popular reharmonization of the classic "Over The Rainbow" can now be seen as instrumental version with significantly enhanced chords. The song was played and sung by Peter on the CD "You And Me". Click here to watch!

In the coming weeks, the extensive new material will be released on Youtube. How they say: "Check back soon" :-)

23.10.2014

23.10.2014

Peter Autschbach in Japan

The Japan trip was a great success!

All my expectations were surpassed because I did not know that there is a little Autschbach fan base in Tokyo. The contact came via YouTube and the office architect Tadayuki Fujii invited me to come to Japan for three concerts. He plays guitar very well, had worked hard in advance to be able to play my composition "Walkin '" including the improvised solo which transcription I posted along with the video. As opening act for the three concerts he played that piece and another work of mine ("Take Your Time") - and he did very well. The surprisingly large audience (they partly came wearing Peter-Autschbach t-shirts) celebrated the performances enthusiastically, which was an experience that I would have never dreamed of and for that I am very grateful. The concerts took place in Shinjuku, in the distant cool Sapporo and in Nakano. Next year we'll meet again, I'm looking forward to this!

Click the picture to read the full story including photos!

22.09.2014

22.09.2014

The new Album by Peter Autschbach & Ralf Illenberger

"One Mind"

The new album "One Mind" by Peter Autschbach & Ralf Illenberger can be ordered now! Peter and Ralf recorded the music in July 2014 in Peter's living room in Siegen, Germany. Ralf did the mixdown of the album in Sedona, Arizona. The coverart was made by by Selina Peterson.
Click the picture to hear sound-examples of all the tracks!

Tracks on the CD: Rumble, Frösche, Hoedown, Waltz for J., Pietro, Drachenflug, Caveland and One Mind

Click here to order the album!


15.07.2014

15.07.2014

Walkin' Complete

free TAB available now!
Walkin’ with full score and TAB (everything written out including my improvisation)
Today I decided to share my YouTube version of my composition Walkin’ with you posting a free full score and TAB along with the video. Check it out, it’s fun!

See the performance and watch the transcription by clicking the following link or the picture: Walkin'


31.03.2014

31.03.2014

LarrivEE Autschbach Model Electric Guitar

Made in USA

The Larrivée Autschbach guitar is the result of a collaboration between Larrivée Guitars and Peter Autschbach. The Autschbach guitar is a “strat” style that comes in four different variations with about twenty guitars being built. The different pickup combinations including Matthew Larrivée’s handmade off-set hum-bucker gives the guitar many different voices. The pickups are controlled by a five way switch and a Seymour Duncan triple shot ring.

The following is an excerpt from Peter Autschbach:

"It is a big honor to me that every detail of the construction was planned together with me. Shortscale, Whammy, Strat-type body and 3 pickups is nothing new to me. Also the colour of my guitar (yellow). The Autschbach model is available in different colors, transparent red, transparent blue, amber and yellow. The true sensation for me is, that Larrivée brought my idea of an "Offset-Coil-Humbucker" come to reality. This is a magnetic pickup with offset coils that still have their polepieces under the strings when the pickup is twisted clockwise for 13 degrees. This means that the sound of this pickup combines the advantages of the different worlds Tele, Strat and Les-Paul-type guitar. It is nothing less than a dream come true for every electric guitarist."

Specifications and Features:

The headstock is a unique shape with an “Autschbach” decal signature on the back of it. The fret board is ebony and the neck is a short scale 24.75" like a Gibson, which is very unusual for a Larrivée made guitar.

The guitars feature a chrome or black Schaller low profile tremolo and locking nut. Also installed is a Schaller tremolo spring tensioner (Sure Claw) which allows tension adjustments without having to take the back cover plate off. The tuning machines are chrome or black Larrivee/Schallers. Schaller locking strap locks are also included.

The pickups are in an H-S-H configuration all made by Larrivée. The neck pickup is a standard hum-bucker. The middle pickup is a hot single coil in white or black. The bridge pickup is a handmade custom "Offset-Coil Hum-bucker" by Matthew Larrivée. The pickup is then twisted 13 degrees on the body and mounted with a Seymour Duncan triple shot ring. The guitar is fitted with a 5 way switch, a single tone control and a high speed volume pot. Custom wiring rounds off the package.

A black arch-top case accompanies the guitar.

Watch Jean Larrivee's Blog with lots of nice pictures in the Autschbach-model-gallery.

See a video: Click here


Mar 04th, 2014

04.03.2014

Peter Autschbach's new Soloalbum: "You And Me"!

March 2014 "You And Me" will be released by Acoustic Music Records.

Peter: "My new Album was recorded without any Overdubs. You can hear 'just' one guitar, which makes the CD being a very intimate statement. The 13 tracks of the album are relaxed acoustic guitar pieces, what unites them is the beautiful tone of my Striebel guitars, harmonic variety, which is very important to me and the emotional depth of the music.
Besides five original compositions there are a lot of unique interpretations of famous ballads (some by the Beatles, Eric Clapton and Elton John).
Encouraged by a lot of statements after my solo concerts you can hear me as a singer, I'm doing some well-known songs as 'Over The Rainbow', 'Suitcase Blues' and 'You've Got A Friend'. My reharmonisation of the first two of the mentioned pieces - which can be seen on YouTube - generated a lot of emails from people who asked me for notation and TABs. I wrote down these transcriptions in detail, they are available on request. I will soon post sound-examples here, get back soon. I'm very proud of these recordings, because they are a nice picture of how my playing sounds right now. The fantastic singer Samira Saygili from Istanbul,Turkey supports me on the tracks of 'Your Song' and 'Quiet Now'
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For three sound examples click here!

Click here for a full cover presentation!

Nov 4th, 2013

04.11.2013

Acoustic-Guitar-Workshop at the Maldives (Island Madoogali, Ari-Atoll) Easter 2014

April 12th. to 26th, 2014
an acoustic guitar workshop with Peter Autschbach will be held @ the Maldives. The islands are located in the Indian Ocean, have fantastic climate and ​​are a water sports paradise. The workshop will take place within 13 days on six different days and deals with the issue of acoustic guitar in all its facets. Away from the workshop we'll have enough time to explore the island and its marine life, to relax and to do some trips together.
The motto here is not "learn to play the guitar on vacation" but rather "go on vacation with guitar playing friends."

We fly to one of the most beautiful places on the planet, we do not want to sit in the room all day long and practice. But we'll play the guitar for sure. It is about a nice balance and a lot of fun. This relaxed holiday concept has already proved to be perfect in the highly successful workshops which took place in Mauritius and the Seychelles.

Here are the prices ( incl. each flight, plus workshop fee of 290 euros ) :
Double room per person € 2540.00
Child in the parents room € 1150,00
Duration: Two weeks
Board: Half Board.
Single rooms and all inclusive on request.
Passive participants pay no workshop fee.

The prices are as of Sept 2013. Request more information or register directly : send email to Peter

The island Madoogali is beautiful, original and natural (no yuppie wellness spa with cutoff vegetation, dress code and ridiculous butler service). The fantastic house reef is just 10 meters from the beach. It will be so much fun that we want to stay there forever. Check the Madoogali website:

Madoogali

01.05.2013

01.05.2013

new concerts and workshops with Peter Autschbach & Ralf Illenberger Summer 2013

Ralf will come to Europe in Summer and another time in fall to do workshops and concerts with Peter.

For dates and locations click here

 

 


15.04.2013

15.04.2013

Peter Autschbach and Ralf Illenberger: "Music"

YouTube-video performance of the great Kolbe-Illenberger-piece "Music". The video was filmed for the website of Akustik Gitarre magazine together with the coverstory and a guitar workshop wit the Autschbach-Illenberger-tune "Move On".

Click the picture to watch the video!

 

 


12.04.2013

12.04.2013

Video description and sound of the new Striebel PA12fret Guitarl

Joe Striebel built a fantastic instrument for Peter. It's called Peter Autschbach Signature 12fret. The body meets the neck at the 12th fret which produces a very warm and intense sound. The guiotar looks and sounds awesome and plays like a dream. Striebel already sold four more guitars to German customers.
Watch his Website

Click the picture to watch the video!


07.02.2013

07.02.2013

Marie Dömer plays "Highway Star"

Learning from Peter's teaching book "Let's Rock"brings you far: After some time and practise you can play the original Blackmore solo of "Highway Star" by Deep Purple. Marie Dömer did it. She is at chapter seven of "Let's Rock". Being curious, she stepped forward to the last chapter and practised the Deep Purple solo like crazy. It worked out, congratulations from a very impressed guitar teacher!

Watch Marie play it!

 

 


13.01.2013

CD-Review - part of the title-story in the Magazine Akustik Gitarre 2/13

One had to wait a long time to hear new guitar music that captures and furthers the unique sound of the legendary duo Kolbe/Illenberger. Amazing how two musicians can adjust so perfectly to each other that the listener believes he is hearing a single multi-string guitar!

The duo creates soundscapes and lines that hover in the air and yet, thanks to their irresistible grooves, have enough earthiness to avoid aimless wandering. A new style between minimalism and extremely tight arpeggiation is born here; a new sound, which noticeably echoes the musicality of Kolbe/Illenberger while at the same time heading into new directions through the jazzy influences brought in by Peter Autschbach, not only in the lines but also in surprising and sometimes Metheny-like chord progressions. This duo already mastered the fine art of tightly-knit interacting; one suspects that there is even more space for development ahead.

An impressive indication of the level of the intuitive understanding between Illenberger and Autschbach can be experienced in the multi-part suite „Last Afternoon“, a nearly 30-minute flow improvised without any prior discussion. Using mainly only the sound of the pickups in the recordings, the duo provided a clear sound image with its own unique charm that goes so well with the flowing arpeggios and bell harmonics.

Andreas Schulz

The magazine in German language with the five-page story including a guitar workshop explaining how to play the Autschbach-Illenberger-tune ("Move On") is now available!

13.01.2013

13.01.2013

Cover-Story in the magazine "Akustik Gitarre"

Peter Autschbach and Ralf Illenberger will be seen on the cover photo of the magazine "Akustik Gitarre" (No. 2-2013). There are some additions to the cover story with interviews of co-editor Andreas Schulz: a CD review of the recent Autschbach-Illenberger-record "No Boundaries", a detailed workshop (notation and tablature) to play "Move On" and two online videos, shot by Andreas Schulz. The videos feature live versions of "Move On" and the old Kolbe Illenberger classic "Music".

The new issue of the magazine will be available from 31 of January.

25.09.2012

neW CD "No Boundaries" by Peter Autschbach & Ralf Illenberger

new CD "No Boundaries" by Peter Autschbach & Ralf Illenberger
The album will be released in October 2012

Peter Autschbach and Ralf Illenberger recorded the new duo album in Sedona, Arizona. Seven brand new compositions and a completely improvised suite were recorded during March and July of 2012. The suite „Last Afternoon“ with its running time of 35 minutes is a true highlight of the production: besides the seven fully composed tracks it impressingly shows how intense and exciting a musical dialogue of two coequal partners can be.

Tracks on the CD:
On The Road, Hot Worlds, Move On, Kristallschloss, Drama, November, No Boundaries, Suite "Last Afternoon": ( Last Afternoon, Desert Waltz, Brain Connection, Desert Waltz Reprise, Second Anthem and Finale)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22.08.2012

Best of Kolbe-Illenberger

new: "Best of Kolbe/Illenberger"
score & TAB, 2 separate books, one for each part ("2 in 1-book"), 74 and 60 pages
Note-for note-transcriptions of the legendary music of Martin Kolbe & Ralf Illenberger. The first album Waves was released in 1978 and was nominated for the German Record Awards. Critics called them, “The Best German Guitar Duo.” Through Germany's Goethe Institute, Illenberger, and Kolbe played more than a thousand concerts during the '80's in over forty countries throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.
Content: Veits Tanz, G'schteinigt, Free Man in 't Harde, Break, Walzer, Opening, Ball in Play, Music, Allemande, Genève, In der Halle des Bergkönigs, Sommerabend, Waves
Price € 27,90 plus postage.


22.08.2012

Rock On Wood

Peter Autschbachs new teaching book Rock On Wood was released by Acoustic Music Books. The included DVD Rom that comes with the book contains audio files of each exercise. Plus 15 videos showing all the important tricks and techniques. The book and the video is in German language, but there's very few theory anyway, because Let's Rock concentrates on the music which was written down in standard notation and tabulature, that everyone can read and understand. So the new book is useful for everybody.
Order on the books page

Watch screenshots of the DVD here: Leftover Visuals