Blog for Chicken Picks

I wrote a blog on the ChickenPicks guitar picks website about the use of sequences in pentatonic scales. It works really well for me and I’m sure you’ll get some new ideas from it! You can watch the whole blog here:

The ChickenPicks guitar picks have been an enormous help in getting my hybrid picking sound together. Eppo and Jolanda Franken from Chicken Picks are a really friendly and solid team here from Holland having great succes worldwide with their unique thermosetting polymer picks that’s unlike anything else. 

You can get my shredder 3.5mm pick here:

Beta Testing Midi Guitar 3

I’m beta testing the new Midi Guitar 3 app from Jam Origin.
It works really well! 

And it still feels like a tiny miracle getting polyphonic midi out of the guitar’s jack output.

Signal path:
Guitar jack out > straight into Logic Pro X.
Controlling five soft synths at once from Propellerhead’s Reason and Logic plugins.
Mastered by Logic’s AI mastering software.

Download a free trial:


Voted best jazz/fusion player by Guitarist Magazine 2017-2024!

I’m the winner of the Gitarist Magazine Reader’s Poll Awards jazz/fusion 2024 – 8th year in a row! Wow! I’m so thankful for all your support throughout the years!

This year will be a bit different in that, for the first time, there will be a real-life physical award ceremony at Bridge Festival, Eindhoven. This is the biggest guitar festival in Europe with lots of great players attending. I hope to see you there and hang, June 1st, 2024!

2017 – Jazz/Fusion Player Of The Year
2018 – Jazz/Fusion Player Of The Year
2019 – Jazz/Fusion Player Of The Year
2020 – Jazz/Fusion Player Of The Year
2021 – Jazz/Fusion Player Of The Year
2022 – Jazz/Fusion Player Of The Year
2023 – Jazz/Fusion Player Of The Year
2024 – Jazz/Fusion Player Of The Year

Guitarist Of The Year:
2021 – Guitarist Of The Year – Best Overall Guitarist
2022 – Guitarist Of The Year – Best Overall Guitarist

Photo by Rutger van der Zalm
Design by Greg Lynn

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New Track with Lorenzo Feliciati (bass) & Gergo Borlai (drums)

I recorded a track called ‘Morning Wow’ for Lorenzo Feliciati’s upcoming cd ’Second Rumble’ with Gergo Borlai on drums. Very nice power trio to record with!  It’s the first single from Lorenzo’s upcoming cd called ‘Second Rumble’.

I used my RH-1  signature custom guitar through a Hook Wizard head > IR out loaded with Scott Henderson Kerry Wright cabs. Setting: stereo mike setup YA KW 412 SH 57-1 (darkest) > recording XLR out into Logic Pro X 10.8.

The brilliant Soundtoys plugin pack provided some of the atmosphere throughout the song.
This track will also be available on streaming services soon!

Mixed and mastered by Richard Hallebeek.
Drums mixed by Niels Voskuil.

Info about my custom series guitar used in this video:

Scott Henderson Music York Audio IR pack:

G Series World Collaborations

I recorded a solo for a really cool project from Finland called ‘G Series World Collaborations’. Former editions featured Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, KISS), Marco Sfogli, Roy Marchbank, Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake, Cher) and many more great players.It was a big pleasure and honor to be part of this project!

1st solo: Toni Jokinen: 1:32
2nd solo: Jukka Turunen: 2:23 
3rd solo: Janne Karhunen: 3:32
4th solo: Liam Stephenson: 4:28
5th solo: Amar Alhoch: 5:09
6th solo: Richard Hallebeek: 6:46

Guitar right: Jukka Turunen
Guitar left: Toni Jokinen 
Drums: Phil Sokha
Bass: Harri Hemminki
Mixed by Nino Laurenne, Sonic Pump Studios Oy
Mastered by Svante Forsbäck, Chartmakers Oy

Info about my custom series guitars:

Guitar Summer Campus 2023 in Namur, Belgium

 Join me July 2024 for an incredible weekend of music in the vibrant city of Namur, Belgium! 

I’ll be performing and hosting a guitar workshop next month at the renowned Noise Factory Studios, located just 65 km south of the bustling city of Brussels. 

The city of Namur is nestled along the Meuse River and is a hidden gem that seamlessly blends historical allure with modern delights. 

To top it all off, Namur boasts a vibrant culinary scene, with cozy cafes, delicious chocolatiers, traditional Belgian waffle stands and hundreds of Belgian beers to check out 

Also performing there is Ignazio di Salvo who is a great player and awesome teacher, so I would recommend this weekend to all players wanting to get out of their practice room , and into a real life meet up with fellow musicians and indulge yourself in music and the learning experience for a weekend.

Let’s make some beautiful melodies together and hope to see you soon – more info and tickets:


Performing live – BRIDGE Festival Eindhoven

Very excited for next month – I’m playing the BRIDGE festival @muziekgebouw Eindhoven twice (May 11th and 13th 2023) which is probably the biggest guitar event in Europe!
I’m featured on the ‘Heroes’ evening with Martijn van Iterson and Reinier Baas.

My band is a bit different for this occasion:
Martijn Vink – drums (Metropool Orchestra)
Clemens van der Feen – bass (Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra)
Matthijs Geerts – keys

You can get your tickets for the ‘heroes’ evening here.

I’ll also perform there May 13th, doing a workshop at the guitar convention where I’ll discuss technique and setup.
You can get your tickets for the guitar convention here.

The 5-day festival also features:
* Steve Vai + orchestra (directed by Jukka Lisakkila)
* Jan Akkerman
* Stochelo Rosenberg
* Jett Rebel
* Tommy Emmanuel
* Leendert Haaksma (Anouk)
* Menno Gootjes (Focus)
* Vedran Mircetic (De Staat)
* Corrosion Of Conformity
* The Flower Kings
And many more…

Fun fact: I was asked to record the trailer for this event and played a couple of all-time favorite riffs. Can you name them all?

Performing on national tv at ‘Matthijs Gaat Door’

I had a blast last weekend performing an ode to Chuck Berry playing ‘Johnny B. Goode’ on national tv at a show called ‘Matthijs Gaat Door’. Trading solos with Menno Gootjes, Jêrome Hol and Sonia Anubis, all within the steady groove of the Sven Hammond Big Band.

Also special thanks to an exceptional production team and technical team who are among the best and make you feel right at home and focus on the music.

“I guess you guys aren’t ready for that, yet. But your kids are gonna love it.”

Live dvd is out!

The ‘RHP live’ dvd came in and it looks really awesome! It’s great to listen to the high res dvd audio together with the video.

The preorder packages are all sent out this weekend and depending on your country, you will receive the goods already this weekend or sometime coming week. You will also receive a mail with discount codes and links to interviews and lessons.

The music from this dvd will also be available on all streaming media soon.
Thanks pre-orderers for your support and making this one happen! I owe you one!

RHP Live DVD now available for preorder!

You can now preorder my new live dvd Richard Hallebeek Project – Live In Zoetermeer!

This dvd features high res dvd audio, recorded at 96Khz, 24 bits.
The live concert is captured by 24 different camera’s.

Order here

The preorder pack consists of:
* Richard Hallebeek Project Live In Zoetermeer dvd (physical dvd in a box);
* Dvd box signed by the whole band;
* 12 tracks, interview with Richard and a guitar lesson included on the dvd;
* Richard Hallebeek Custom Chicken Pick;
* A transcription of the first solo on the dvd ‘Dreaming GL’ (5 pages, Guitar Pro and PDF);
* Download coupon for a discount at the TrueFire store on Richard Hallebeek instructional material: ‘Scale Creativity Guidebook’, ‘Chord Creativity Guidebook’ and ‘Creative Lick Phrasing’;
* You’ll receive this package one month before the initial release of the dvd (summer 2022)
* A greeting card with a personal note from Rich, thanking you for your support in making this release possible!
* Our eternal gratefulness to you, the listener for supporting and listening to the music.


Live with Scott Henderson and Frank Gambale

The gig we did a couple of weeks ago, march 12, 2022, with Richard Hallebeek Project together with Scott Henderson and Frank Gambale was a huge succes. The venue was sold out! It was great fun meeting Scott and Frank again after many years. You can watch some pictures of the event here:

I’m currently mixing a dvd of us playing the same venue a couple of months earlier. I’m back in the studio mixing and editing and will start preorder for the new dvd soon. It will also feature high quality dvd audio, so worth the wait!


Gitarist Poll Award winner – 5th year in a row!

I was voted #1 jazz/fusion Gitarist in the 2022 Gitarist Magazine poll – for the fifth year in a row! Trying to catch my breath and beyond thankful to all good people out there who took the time to vote for me! Sending much love and thankfullness your way and hope to see you soon in a couple of weeks, live on stage with Scott Henderson and Frank Gambale @Cultuurpodium Boerderij 🎵🎶🎹
* Richard Hallebeek Project
* Frank Gambale All Star Band
* Scott Henderson Trio