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December-January 2000

Instrumental E.P. From Down Under

December-January 2000

Shredder Practices All Day Long

December-January 2000

Instrumentalist, Teacher, Guitarist, Writer

December-January 2000

Guitarist Works Instrumental & Christian Rock

December-January 2000

Blazing Instrumental Funk Rock

October-November 2000

English Guitarist Looks For Record Company Interest

October-November 2000

Transcribing is difficult work that takes a lot of concentration--I usually use headphones and I use a switching box which allows me to hear the right or left channel only through both sides of the headphones. This helps when trying to zero in on a particular guitar part. A thorough knowledge of music notation is mandatory also.

October-November 2000

All Latin or world music requires a very strong groove even if it is slow. That was a challenge since I am coming from a rock/fusion area. It helped my playing that way. Also when it came to soloing, I could not rely on my legato technique as much since it would not come out as well. Thus I worked on my alternate picking for a few months before the recording.

October-November 2000

I think the stylistic variety comes from the fact that I love so many different kinds of music and I`ve played with a lot of different kinds of artists. I`ve played with a salsa band, a blues band, numerous pop bands, and an avant-garde jammy classical-jazz band.

October-November 2000

I wanted to record this album as a band. The intensity and energy you get from recording as a band is far superior than to that of using hired guns. Being very influenced by bands like Dream Theater, Symphony X etc., I wanted the new material to be more aggressive and somewhat progressive, however still keeping everything very melodic.

October-November 2000

Pure Solo Fingerstyle Guitar

October-November 2000

17 Year Old Finnish Dude Does The Demo Deal

October-November 2000

Textural Guitar Backs Dramatic Vocals

October-November 2000

Searing, Yet Soulful Blues

October-November 2000

Jazz Guitarist Releases Second CD

October-November 2000

Fiery Instrumental Rock Fueled By Latin Beats

October-November 2000

Blues Surf/Rock Trio

October-November 2000

Vibrant, Creative, Thinking Man's Fusion

October-November 2000

Spacey Jam Rock

October-November 2000

An Acoustically Brilliant New Beginning

October-November 2000

Telling His Life's Story With The Guitar

August-September 2000

Electrifying Live Performer Offers Instrumental Work

August-September 2000

I have done interviews with quite a few leading Japanese and European magazines. My experience with them has been very positive. As far as US magazines are concerned, it is hard for me to say how they are handling guitar-oriented music, because I haven`t dealt with them much in the past. There just doesn`t seem to be that much of a market for insturmental music in the US as there is overseas.

August-September 2000

We`re definitely going to do another album this year. We`ve got a couple of concepts we`re throwing around. It will be an instrumental album. We`re ready to do that again ourselves. Like I said, we`re extremely proud of "Under The Lash Of Gravity" and we`re doing everything we can to get it out there. Initially, instrumental guitar fans didn`t buy it. But if they give it a chance, it does grow on you.

August-September 2000

Don`t get jealous. Don`t put other people down for their playing. You have to concentrate on what you want to do and study and appreciate the works of other people. Don`t rip off works of your friends, take a little from them and add some originality. I have found that the people who take ideas and riffs from others blatantly without giving credit are usually mediocre musicians and writers.

August-September 2000

Singer-Songwriter Offers Guitar-Soaked Release

August-September 2000

New Caledonian GIT Graduate Goes Instrumental

August-September 2000

Aggressive, Unorthodox Fingerstyle Wins Fans

August-September 2000

Contemporary Acoustic/Electric Instrumentals

August-September 2000

Melodic And Cheery Acoustic Fingerstyle

August-September 2000

Busy Guitarist Keeps The Releases Coming

August-September 2000

Visually Evokative Instrumental Music

August-September 2000

Jazz Instructor Leads By Example

August-September 2000

Improvisational Instrumental Guitar

August-September 2000

Electronic Music For Guitar And Guitar Synth

August-September 2000

French Instrumentalist Signs Deal For New CD

June-July 2000

Finnish Shredder Pours Out Emotion

June-July 2000

Broadening His Horizons With Solo Release

June-July 2000

I never thought I`d be CEO of Virgin Independent, nor would I want to. I had material to release. No major or indie label wanted to hear about it, so I did it myself. And let`s face it: guitar music is a tough sell, so most majors won`t cut you any slack.

June-July 2000

I love it at home, but you can`t play here. You can`t play in L.A. every night. We`re lucky to play once a week here. It`s just the nature of being a musician. People won`t pay to see you every single week. You have to travel and change your audience to be able to play every night.

June-July 2000

Guitar-Based Improvisational Pieces Kick-Off Trilogy

June-July 2000

Veteran Guitarist Goes Instrumental

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