Doug Steele, also known as John Sanders, is a musician with a wealth of experience in the industry. He has been playing in bands since the age of 14 and currently plays guitar in the Prog/Thrash band Alarum, whose latest album Circle’s End was released in 2020. In addition to performing, Doug is also a skilled guitar teacher and has previously worked as a guitar clinician for companies such as Ibanez, Line 6, and Dean guitars. He has also had experience in radio as a personality on Australia’s Austereo network and has written columns and hosted podcasts as a music interviewer and interviewee. On his YouTube channel, Doug offers guitar lessons covering the music of 1980s artists as well as Eddie Van Halen’s songs and solos from 1978 to 1984. Doug is originally from Fresno, California, but currently resides in Melbourne, Australia with his wife Alex. He can be contacted at


Albums: Fluid Motion (1999), Eventuality (2004), Natural Causes (2011), Circle’s End (2020).

Latest Alarum Tour

Europe 2012: Alarum and Levitation Hex. Progpower Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Budapest, France, Czech Republic, Slovenia.

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Past bands include Flatstick, Brothel, and Sinister Sam.

Online Presence

Doug Steele YouTube Channel

Subscribers:  20.3K


Video Views: 5.2 million+(roughly 1,500 hits per day)

Online TV personality: Heavy TV (for a few years).


Guitar Columnist: Heavy Magazine (Australia wide)



D’Addario, Planet Waves, SKB Cases

Dream endorsements: Ibanez, Line 6, Dickies

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