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August-September 1998

Instrumental Guitarist Readies New Release

August-September 1998

CD recorders (or burners) are great in any studio. Should you consider releasing your next CD on CD-R.

August-September 1998

The beautiful part about the tempered music scale lies in it`s flexibility. One of Ken`s favorite tricks is to take one shape, and use it to move up or down the fretboard in a linear way. The similarities in chord shapes will allow you to do the same.

August-September 1998

In the last few years I`ve made a record for a major label that didn`t get released. Then I signed with a indie label. I thought the majors were the bad guys, and this label would give me more attention. WRONG! To make a long story longer, the small label had bad distribution and never paid a bill, let alone the tour support and promo budget.

August-September 1998

I knew what I wanted to do but there were no labels dedicated to the guitarist as the artist, but only to the guitarist as a shred meister. I read an interview with guitarist Glenn Phillips, who has released ten albums independently. I realized from his comments (about the music industry) that the only way to reach my goal was to follow his example.

June-July 1998

Guitarist Paul Kuntz is back with some fresh ideas on getting out of playing `in the box` and save untold wear and tear on your frets.

June-July 1998

The best marketing tip though, is not to think of the market when you are composing or playing your music. Play only what is true to you--as an independent musician, you have that luxury.

June-July 1998

I am trying to reach into the heart of the listener and make him or her feel what I am putting out emotionally. I just want young people to become emotionally attached to music again. I want to enlighten a younger audience.

June-July 1998

Instrumental Jazz-Rock Fusionist Eyes The Future

June-July 1998

Presenting Listeners With A New Breed Of Instrumental Music

June-July 1998

Funk & Jazz Meet Heavy Instrumental Rock

June-July 1998

Instrumental Rock Where Melody Rules

June-July 1998

Classical Guitar Augments New Age Instrumentals

June-July 1998

Creative Self-Indulgence And Adventurous Guitar Playing

June-July 1998

Killer Chops Mark Hard Rock Guitarist's CD

June-July 1998

Original Blend Of Acoustic and Electronic Textures

June-July 1998

Musical Influences From East To West

June-July 1998

7-String Guitar Extravaganza

June-July 1998

Guitarist Returns To His Acoustic Roots

June-July 1998

Australian Guitarist Makes The Most Of Four Tracks

June-July 1998

No man is an island. No indie label is an island either. The importance of cooperation.

April-May 1998

What They're Saying About These Michigan Bluesmen

April-May 1998

Solo Guitarist Creates Unique Blend Of Musical Mediums

April-May 1998

Instrumentalist Bridges Modern And Traditional Stylings

April-May 1998

Mad Guitar, Electronic Sounds, Experimental Vibe

April-May 1998

Bringing A New Edge To Contemporary Jazz

April-May 1998

Experienced Guitarist Goes Instrumental With New Release

April-May 1998

Melodic Rock With An Edge

April-May 1998

Progressive Jazz/Rock Fusion From Down Under

April-May 1998

Original Flamenco Guitarist Seeks Worldwide Audience

April-May 1998

Professional Guitarist Plans Progressive Instrumental CD

April-May 1998

How to keep from destroying your confidence by setting realistic expectations for your recording projects.

April-May 1998

British guitarist David Knopfler recalls the days when the Stratocaster was held in esteem as the instrument of choice--if you could afford one, that is. A tale of how dreams can come true, and how old feelings never quite die.

April-May 1998

Instrumentalist Joe Bochar serves up a thinly disguised look at chromatics.

April-May 1998

I decided to do the independent route because that is the only route that is available to me at the present time. I have had releases on A&M Canada and Legato Records but I can`t wait for the "grown ups" to decide whether or not to release the music. I want to have my music out there like anybody else and if I have to do it all myself--so be it!

April-May 1998

I just released my first CD after 27 years of playing. For me it represents the end of a struggle to accept my influences, yet still feel I have a voice of my own. I also wanted to express the fact that I just love to play, and that I love music without borders. Most importantly, I want to create music that expresses my true heart, and that inspires the listener to do the same.

February-March 1998

Jason Pruett offers his light-hearted yet insightful views on getting the most from your guitar and busting a playing rut.

February-March 1998

British guitarist David Knopfler has a few words to say about the separate lead guitarist vs. rhythm guitarist identities.

February-March 1998

I can`t ever remember deciding to release a CD, it`s just something I always dreamed of. I think every musician would like to, deep down. I did it for myself, and I suggest others do the same. Don`t put out your first CD and expect to get rich, because it just doesn`t happen that way.

February-March 1998

Be prepared do a lot of work promoting and marketing. I strongly suggest people make a plan detailing how they will be selling and marketing their record. Rather than trying to sell one CD at a time, shop it for licensing and other types of deals, since ultimately, that is where a large number of sales will come from.

February-March 1998

A True Journeyman Guitarist, Vocalist And Producer

February-March 1998

Explosive, Contemporary Jazz With A World Feel

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