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Music industry guru Christopher Knab speaks about the appetite for perfection. A need to be not just good enough but great.
Go ahead and `burn` your fretboard with these Major 7th arpeggios.
Tom Hess discusses what it takes to achieve success as a pro musician.
Guitar Nine's June-July 2014 newsletter.
My latest album was self-released and to be honest I completely forgot that there was even an option of being on a label. I never attempted to send a disc anywhere asking to join a label.
I recently posted a couple of tracks on Soundcloud and my track "Atomic Shadow" went bananas with over 50,000 listens within a couple of weeks. That was the largest single networking event I`ve experienced.
It is true that instrumental rock appeals to a specialized audience compared to classic rock. Last year, I formed the band Reign Over Obscurity, which is progressive metal. There are vocals in this project so it will probably reach a wider audience.
It`s having different layers on songs - melodies and different time signatures under melodies - that makes songs interesting. It¬¥s cool when you are able to find new things from songs after listening several times.
My first CD with my name on it was self-released. They recorded me for free so I would have a product out but it is a live CD, recorded in a club on a night I didn`t know I was to be recorded.
In general, my newest compositions are always my favorites. Creating is what it is all about for me. I rarely go back and revisit old pieces. My current material is always representative of where my head is at musically at any particular point in time.
Texas Shuffles To Classic Rock
Wrapping your mind around the old "cowboy chords" but have no idea where to go from there? Here is a simple concept helping you break free and stimulating creativity.
Guitar Nine's April-May 2014 newsletter.
Mike Campese is back with exercises to help you improve your picking, dexterity, and overall technique.
I play instrumental blues and rock. Freddie King`s instrumental records really had an impact on me. I can`t sing but those records showed me there`s still a lot you could say without vocals.
A lot of people don`t realize that the guitar is a great melodic instrument, and can easily take the job of a singer. You can take a vocal melody, play it on a guitar and make it just as expressive or more so.
Indie marketing guru Tim Sweeney reminds us to think outside the box.
Music industry guru Christopher Knab offers simple basics on graphic considerations when designing album artwork.
Dominants should be the arpeggios you study first since they are used regularly in Blues/Rock progressions and songs.
In order to enhance your musical expression and clearly communicate your ideas, you must understand how to think creatively when you play guitar.
Double The Jazz Guitar Fun
Tom Hess helps you to find band members with the same drive and ambition that you have.
Using the same guitar soloing approach as everyone else can only lead to one result: a guitar solo that has a very similar sound to nearly every other guitar solo out there.
Jean-Pierre teaches you about modes, with a small introduction and the `why` and `how` of their existence
A lot has been written on Blues soloing, but preciously little on creative Blues rhythm playing. Don`t get caught playing the usual three power chords.
Tom Hess talks about how you can by use creative rhythm guitar practice methods to write your own rock and metal guitar riffs.
Guitar Nine's February-March 2014 newsletter.
Indie marketing guru Tim Sweeney has advice for artists on ways to cope with the annual holiday seasons.
Music industry guru Christopher Knab gives a basic introduction to your rights and other issues regarding your original songs and recordings.
An Expression Of Various Styles
An Edge Rock Instrumental Band
Mike Campese is back with additional ideas on how to compose - anytime, anywhere.
Delivering Memorable Instrumental Rock
Mike Campese is back with ideas on how to compose - anytime, anywhere.
You might think that the pentatonic scale is just an easy scale but with no depth - well, you are wrong.