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October-November 2008

When Mike Varney got a copy of my mostly acoustic solo record and signed me, he suggested doing more metal. I was thrilled because at that point in time it seemed nobody cared for metal solos.

October-November 2008

I titled my songs to represent varying degrees of thought; for example, "The Afterlife" is a musical speculation on what it would sound like on your spiritual journey to the next world, if there is indeed one!

October-November 2008

Dynamic Acoustic Duo

October-November 2008

Unusual Acoustic/Electric Guitar Duo

October-November 2008

Paying Homage To His Guitar Heroes

October-November 2008

Original Jazz CD Emphasizes Songs

October-November 2008

The fact that downloading is a problem can`t prevent you from doing music. And you are right, a lot of guys are actually releasing their first albums, but that doesn`t mean they are good or different from what`s been done before.

October-November 2008

When I do a project like this, I give total creative liberty to each artist because I want their personal flavor as an artist and producer, not mine.

October-November 2008

Usually when I work on my own compositions, I immediately follow my instincts, putting down ideas quickly that come from inspiration - without following any set pattern.

August-September 2008

It is all about the music, which can be similar to some people, but for me, it`s really different. Also, the attention of the crowd is different. The trio format demands more from each musician as well.

August-September 2008

Instrumental Rock Addict Eyes Studio Career

August-September 2008

Malmsteen, Angelo, Stump -- Take Cover!

August-September 2008

Dedicated To Great Progressive Instrumental Music

August-September 2008

Millennial, Shred Metal Instrumentals

June-July 2008

To be a musician, especially in countries like Italy where music is not treated like it deserves, it`s a hard job. Every day you have to wake up and learn, you have to be prepared, you need to be professional.

June-July 2008

Instructor Readies Debut Instrumental CD

June-July 2008

Wicked Ways Guitarist Goes Solo

June-July 2008

Guitarist From The Future

June-July 2008

Powerful Rhythms, Sweeping Guitars

April-May 2008

Uplifting Combination Of Flamenco, Latin, Classical & Jazz

April-May 2008

Post-Apocalyptic Acoustic Fingerstyle

April-May 2008

Speedy Melodic Shredder Releases New CD

April-May 2008

I`m more interested in songs than in players. I love the last Coldplay album, because there`s great melody. There`s new guys like Derek Trucks and Joe Bonamassa, who really play well and say something emotional.

April-May 2008

I love live performances. If they come out well, they capture the beauty of improvisation. That is one of the things that I love about music and this band, the moments of improvisation that change from gig to gig are wonderful.

April-May 2008

I think that the song itself is the most important thing, because what we remember after the listening of a track is not a shred phrase but the central theme.

April-May 2008

Jazz Guitarist Strives To Reach Wider Audience

February-March 2008

I thought it would be easier with a band with vocals, to push and sell it. It wasn`t any easier. I`m still selling more instrumental CDs than Skulgrinder CDs.

February-March 2008

Delivering Impressive Guitar & Heartfelt Music

February-March 2008

Instrumental Heaviness With An Emphasis On Composition

February-March 2008

Bassist, Drummer Combine With Fusion Greats

February-March 2008

Furiously Fast French Guitarist Seeks Producer/Sponsor

December-January 2007

My favorite album is "Phoenix Rising". The expectations after the success of "Into The Eye Of The Storm" were high, but everyone was highly motivated and we really put everything into it.

December-January 2007

I like to compose instrumental songs, without the use of words, to communicate my emotions and my way of life. I`m not a singer, but I`m a guitarist, so I try "to speak" with my guitar.

December-January 2007

Instrumental Rock For The Hungry Heart

December-January 2007

Classical Guitar Augments New Age Instrumentals

December-January 2007

Creative Self-Indulgence And Adventurous Guitar Playing

December-January 2007

Duel Guitars, High-Tech Shred

October-November 2007

Instrumental Guitarist Stresses Music Over Flash

October-November 2007

Solo Fingerstyle Guitarist Taps Into Her Talent

October-November 2007

Neo-Classical Guitarist Goes Solo

October-November 2007

Rock Guitar Virtuoso Plans New CD

August-September 2007

It was really important to me that all of the crazy shred guitar on the record be song driven and not the other way around. As a listener, I want to hear songs, not a brief melodic section and then eight minutes of jamming.

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