The Jackson Bloodline Tour Metal Master Class with Autumn’s End guitarist and top-level Jackson dude Chris Cannella is in full swing in May 2009, having enjoyed two stellar weeks in April in Florida and New York.
“The tour has been a great success and this is only the beginning,” Cannella said in late April. “Leitz Music in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; Encore Music in Port Richey, Fla.; and House of Guitars in Rochester, N.Y., all have amazing staff and were really great. The best part of the whole thing is the attendees—everybody had great questions and really made it fun every night. Such great interaction, and lots of laughs. I really feel connected with so many of these people across the country.”
Jackson is presenting Cannella’s Metal Master Class at music stores nationwide through the end of June 2009. At each clinic, Cannella—Jackson’s product manager/artist relations rep and formidably talented Autumn’s End guitarist, songwriter and vocalist—demonstrates and explains his light-speed guitar techniques using whatever gear is in the store at the time, shares tone secrets and overall guitar setup tips, talks a little music theory and soloing style, and delves into Jackson’s dark yet colorful past.
His piratical look is pure Jackson, but the soft-spoken Cannella is actually a walking encyclopedia of metal in general and Jackson in particular. At his Metal Master Class clinics, the floor is always open to questions and valuable one-on-one interaction with guests.
May and June 2009 will find Cannella bringing the Bloodline to music retailers in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, California and Indiana. See a complete list of Jackson Metal Master Class dates, times and retailers at www.jacksonguitars.com/bloodlinetour.