Instructor Readies Debut Instrumental CD
Guitarist Dave Bates submitted a two-song demo CD-R with rough mixes from his upcoming debut instrumental guitar CD, entitled "The Trouble With You...", which will be released on Rock Guitar Records. The two cuts, "Stuck In The Mud" and "Hard Life" are both raucous examples of the formidable technique that Bates possesses on the instrument. While the drum machine backing groove doesn't match up with the metallic onslaught, guitar fanatics can concentrate on what's important--the shred, the speed and the intensity. Aficionados of heavy instrumental rock will have to wait for Bates to finish tracking and mixing his new CD, before their thirst for Bates' brand of guitar wizardry.
Dave is featured in the Metal Method "Ozzy Styles" guitar instructional video, which is distributed worldwide. In addition the Ozzy video, Dave is featured in two other videos, "Stevie Ray Vaughan Style" and "The Metal Video". He is a graduate of the Musician's Institute in Hollywood, California. Dave has over 17 years experience as a player/teacher and has amassed numerous studio and club dates nationally. He has also done clinics for T.C. Electronics.
Bates is currently featured in a weekly online guitar lesson for Rock Guitar Online. He is maintaining a busy performance schedule, gigging with the Dave Paris Project, Blizzard of Ozz and Kill Van Kull. Bates still manages to find time to teach at two California music stores - North Valley Music and Instrumental Music.
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Melodic Instrumentals From Italy
Italian guitarist Riccardo Ferranti is circulating a five-track demo on CD-R which consists of rock and fusion instrumentals focused on melody and composition. Utilizing both acoustic and electric guitars, Ferranti keeps his melodies simple and to the point, which is a large part of their appeal. All five cuts are memorable and distinct, and Ferranti has plenty of technique in reserve, which serves to enhance his well-crafted and rapid-fire solo assaults. The last three songs "Strange Day", "Anna" (dedicated to his girlfriend) and "Metamorphosi" are fine examples of Ferranti's melodic emphasis on quieter pieces, while "Summer Blues" and "Lights" give the guitarist to stretch out and just blow.
Riccardo began playing guitar at the age of thirteen, and now has over fourteen years of playing experience. He studied jazz and blues styles at the CPM school (jazz/blues/rock program) in Milano for six years. Riccardo now teaches what he was taught--he is employed as a guitar instructor at Accademia Di Musica Moderna in Piacenza.
Ferranti's future plans include buying a new computer, giga sampler, software, new mics, a new guitar--literally a new home studio. He hopes to continue teaching guitar and expanding his technique on the instrument, for the rest of his life.
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