Live at Joy Station – Sofia, Bulgaria, 30 March 2017

Photo credits: Tsvetelina Kostova


Opening for Stu Hamm & Greg Howe in Joy Station – Sofia, Bulgaria, 7 November, 2016

Opening for Stu Hamm & Greg Howe in Sofia, Bulgaria, club Joy Station, 7 November, 2016


Brothers (Yngwie Malmsteen) – cover by Alexandra Zerner

I didn’t do any covers recently, because I’ve got a lot of work, also I am writing material for my second album, but this track by Yngwie Malmsteen (one of my favourite guitar players) doesn’t stop rushing in my mind since this masterpiece “The Seventh Sign” was released back in 1994. These were still tough years here, in Bulgaria, because the country was freshly freed from the communistic regime, and the only way to learn playing something, was rewinding the casette over and over again, until you get to hear the exact phrase. You can be sure it is very hard task to do, especially when it comes to such guitar heroes like Yngwie. Nevertheless, I finally made up my mind to sit down and learn this piece good enough, so I would be able to make a good cover of it. I recorded my own, a little bit rearranged backing track, partly (but not only) because the key is Am, but Yngwie tunes his guitar half step down, so it actually sounds in G#m… However, I don’t like transposing music to a key, different than the original, because it kills the music in some degree, also me, being a synesthete, changing the key changes the colours, that I am “hearing”, hence it feels uncomfortable. And because my guitar is in standart tuning, I had to play it in G#m, as you will see in the video below.
Another interesting thing is, that this is also the first track, that I am recording with my upgraded 8-string Jackson JS32-8Q – I put a Seymour Duncan Pegasus and a Kahler 2218 Stud Mount tremolo on it. I used and my brand new tube preamp ENGL E530, with my Boss GT-8, plugged in the FX loop of the unit. Keep in mind, that the preamp is plugged directly into the sound device, no cabinets or simulations. I am writing this, because there are no demos for this preamp, plugged direcly like that, so most of the people, who are interested in getting this unit, can’t decide whether they like it or not. Well, enough talking! Here’s the video, so enjoy, subscribe and share all around! 🙂

WeeklyckZ #12

This week I am presenting you another exotic scale – a japanese one, called Hirajoshi. I made this heptuplet lick in Em and I hope you’ll like it:

Cryin’ by Joe Satriani – covered by Alexandra Zerner

It was a long time, since I did my last cover, but this masterpiece of Joe Satriani remained stuck in my mind for so long, that it would be a shame not to try to play it… and put something from me in there as well. I must admit, that beside the strong emotional load, this piece consist of, it is also like a guitar lesson about string bending – so many of them here, every single one being pitched perfectly by maestro Satriani, so even though it is far from shredding, it is still a great challenge for every lead guitarist.

Well, enough talking – here’s the video, so enjoy, subscribe to my channel and share! 🙂