The results are in for the DIME ONLINE PLAY THAT RIFF Guitar Solo Competition powered by JTC Guitar and D'Addario! Thank you to everyone who participated and for your fantastic entries.
The Top 3 winners were chosen by our panel of JTC Guitar judges: Martin Goulding, Jon Bishop, and Nili Brosh!
1st Place Winner: Santiago Dieguez
Wins: One-year premium JTC membership, DIME Merch, Skype Lesson, D'Addario Prize Pack (4 packs of guitar strings, braided instrument cable, guitar tuner, picks)
Nili Brosh comments: So many nice little melodies making the track feel more like a song than a solo, manipulating every moment in a musical and fitting way, and nice use of different techniques as well to keep it interesting.
Martin Goulding comments: A well presented melodic rock solo, with the note choices strong against the underlying harmony, and with a good range of techniques and sounds incorporated. A good choice of tone, with the bends well intonated and a professional sound to the vibrato.
Jon Bishop comments: A musical approach with a good tone and selection of harmonically and stylistically valid ideas.
2nd Place Winner: Andre Luiz
Wins: Six-month premium JTC membership, DIME Merch, Skype Lesson, D'Addario Prize Pack (Pro tour grade power base, 4 packs of guitar strings, braided instrument cable, guitar tuner, picks)
Nili Brosh comments: Awesome, interesting lines, and great appropriate tones! I like the variety between the clean and dirty, and the phrasing of the lines that went smoothly with the use of both these tones.
Martin Goulding comments: A nicely played solo with good timing, dynamics and feel. A more overdriven sound would give greater fluidity of tone in the areas where the lines become more intense. Possibly more use of the volume control for a better balance between the two dynamic levels.
Jon Bishop comments: A mature approach in terms of tone selection and delivery. Has clearly listened to Mr. Govan.
3rd Place Winner: Daniele Panza
Wins: DIME Merch, Skype Lesson, D'Addario Prize Pack (Guitar maintenance kit, 4 packs of guitar strings, braided instrument cable, guitar tuner, picks)
Nili Brosh comments: Great use of wah, and lovely melodicism coming through regardless of the amount of notes played. Great job keeping it fresh throughout the track!
Martin Goulding comments: Some great playing with good commitment to the phrases and well presented with the bends well intonated and a strong finishing vibrato. Good fluency with a range of ear catching techniques. Changes well outlined in most areas, however in other areas, the Phrygian dominant sound may not be the strongest choice.
Jon Bishop comments: A strong musical vibe and makes most of the changes, just a few errors of judgement in terms of chord scale relationships.