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October-November 1998
Guitar Haus

For Europe my music is not aggressive enough and in the US I didn`t have anybody to present it to. So rather than making so-called industry contacts and "wait until it happens" I decided to do it myself, which turned out to be much faster and got me and my music much more respect. I highly recommend a musical statement such as this to all musicians who intend to be a part of this complex industry.

October-November 1998
Guitar Haus

I hope my music, although there are no words, communicates and reaches people on an emotional, spiritual and entertaining level. I try to incorporate various instrumentation, and contemporary compositional influences.

October-November 1998
Guitar Haus

We have tried to record as much of our playing as we possibly can, both in practice and "jamming" sessions, and when we perform live, to give ourselves some feedback. When playing it`s very difficult to listen to yourself because you`re too busy thinking about what`s going to happen next, while in critical listening you concentrate on the blend of what has just happened. By listening to recordings of ourselves we can pick out the improvisational parts that work well, sound great, or have promise, then try to concentrate on developing them.

October-November 1998
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Acoustic Progressive Jazz Meets New Age Fusion

October-November 1998
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Guitarist Blends Progressive & Neo-Classical Influences

October-November 1998
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Guitarist Makes Mark In Music Mecca

October-November 1998
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Instrumental Rock For The Hungry Heart

December-January 1998
Guitar Haus

Part two of our e-mailbag dump, answering some of the most commonly asked questions about releasing and promoting records.

December-January 1998
Paul Abbott

Paul Abbott discusses the phenomenon of sound.

December-January 1998
Gerry Magee

Highlighting the ways that other instruments and their players can profoundly effect us.

December-January 1998
Jeffrey Ryan Smoots

Putting yourself in the shoes and sticks of the drummer.

December-January 1998
Randy Allar

As far as instrumental goes, when you can`t sing yourself, you tend to write without a vocal part in mind. If you could add vocals to it, that would be one thing, but I decided that I would like the guitar to shine through on what I was doing. So I decided to make the project instrumental.

December-January 1998
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Progressive Instrumental Guitarist Releases EP-CD

December-January 1998
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Delivering Impressive Guitar & Heartfelt Music

December-January 1998
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Two-Handed, Melodic Mood Music

December-January 1998
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Guitar Company Releases Instrumental Artist Collection

December-January 1998
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Heavy Metal Guitar Instrumentals

December-January 1998
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Duo Creates Stylistic Melting Pot

December-January 1998
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Hard Rock Group Looks To Enter The Popular Mainstream

December-January 1998
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Dedicated Guitarist Plans Solo Instrumental Project

December-January 1998
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Four-Piece Instrumental Group Releases First CD

February-March 1999
Guitar Haus

The odds of doing anything significant in the music business are long from the start, but artists who can't think beyond the short term have it thousands of times harder.

February-March 1999
Tonya Rae

A few words of practical advice from Tonya`s new book "Hidden Secrets To Making And Promoting Your Music Revealed".

February-March 1999
Gerry Magee

Gerry Magee continues his multi-part series on expanding your mind, as well as your fretboard, with an article on focusing your mental energy.

February-March 1999
Peter Neri

Peter Neri on how to get those fingers (and thumbs) flying.

February-March 1999
Don Lappin

Don Lappin discusses the endless possibilities of the 5-tone tapping technique.

February-March 1999
Guitar Haus

The talented artists associated with Guitar Nine relate stories of their best, worst or most memorable live dates.

February-March 1999
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Surf Meets Jazz -- South Of The Border

February-March 1999
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Hi-Fidelity Six String Blast

February-March 1999
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Striving For The Big Time

February-March 1999
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Stoner Rock EP From England

February-March 1999
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Squeezing Vitamin "G" From Boundless Intensity

April-May 1999
Tonya Rae

The second installment of practical advice from Tonya`s new book "Hidden Secrets To Making And Promoting Your Music Revealed".

April-May 1999
Gerry Magee

Systematically deaiing with our musical need to improvise.

April-May 1999
Joe Bochar

If you thought playing gigs was the only source for good `story material`, wait until you visit Mr. Bochar`s personal lake of fire. Don`t get burned.

April-May 1999
Marshall C. Harrison

Sweep those old sweeping techniques under the rug! Marshall Harrison`s got some great ideas in store for you.

April-May 1999
Christopher Knab

Music industry consultant Christopher Knab contributes his knowledgeable views on the current state of affairs.

April-May 1999
Guitar Haus

The past few years have seen the rise of several new ways to get your music promoted and selling, leveraging the strengths of the Internet.

February-March 1999
Guitar Haus

I was never a fan of direct guitar sounds but for some reason this album ("Zone") is full of direct guitar. All of the rhythm tracks, clean and dirty, were recorded direct. I find that this gives the punchiest sound out there. The Sans-Amp rack really helped also. It is one of those `plug and play` pieces of gear which tone just oozes out of.

April-May 1999
Guitar Haus

The only recording I do at home is for demo purposes. My engineer and I have actually built a commercial studio in San Luis Obispo, CA. The studio is a 3,000 sq..ft., 24 track, digital facility. It was a huge project, spanning two years. The great thing is I don`t have to worry about the clock anymore. There is a tremendous feeling of freedom when I can spend the time needed to record my songs, the way I feel they should be.

April-May 1999
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Planning To Saturate The Instrumental Rock Scene

April-May 1999
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Seductively Corrosive Solo Guitar

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