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April-May 1997

Improvisational, Emotional Jazz

April-May 1997

Texas Blues... From Wyoming

April-May 1997

Official press release for Dan McAvinchey's "Guitar Haus" CD.

June-July 2018

Did you ever wonder where confidence comes from? How is it possible to have confidence at times, and suddenly lose confidence at critical moments?

April-May 1997

An original work (part one of two preludes) composed for solo electric guitar, in tabulature and standard notation.

April-May 1997

Don`t let your current concept of reality dominate your guitar playing.

April-May 1997

Do you still think the Aeolian mode is a ship from Star Trek? Are you comfortable discussing Mixolydian and Phrygian modes in mixed company? Tony Young cuts to the heart of modes.

April-May 1997

Many of the first seeds of a song come to me when I`m mountain biking or jogging. It is at that time when my head gets totally clear and the creative juices start to flow. The tricky part is to remember your ideas until you get somewhere that you can write them down! Then it`s just a matter of developing the songs.

April-May 1997

Get on the Internet!! It`s the best way to get your music heard by millions of people all over the world. Get someone in the music industry to help you (if you`re lucky). Get a web-site and push your music and never stop. If you have a dream go for it and don`t let anything stop you! Get out there and perform your music live as much as possible.

February-March 1997

An original work composed for solo classical guitar, in tabulature and standard notation.

February-March 1997

We all write together at rehearsal. We never set out to write something new, it always happens that one of us will be tuning up with an idea or just jamming on something, and the other two will jump on it. By the time we realize it, half the song is already written. We look at each other and say, `I guess we`re gonna` write today!`

February-March 1997

I`ve mostly been motivated by wanting to hear something that`s already in my head. For the classical tunes, I always thought Paganini`s Caprice No. 5 would sound amazing on an electric guitar and just really wanted to hear it. If someone else had a recording out first, I probably would have bought it and then just listened to it instead of playing it.

April-May 2018

Sometimes it seems every guitar riff and chord progression has been done to death. How you can avoid the tendency to copy.

February-March 1997

Stop practicing with boring scales and start testing your fingers with melodic 'riffs' from Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, and more.

February-March 1997

The use and abuse of compression.

February-March 1997

Serving Up Dessert For Your Ears

February-March 1997

Broadening The Appeal Of Instrumental Rock

February-March 1997

We turn the electronic mailbag upside down to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about releasing and promoting records.

December-January 1996

Javascript-powered calculator automatically gives you the proper delay times to match the tempo of your music.

December-January 1996

Ideas for improving your recorded guitar sound.

December-January 1996

A Javascript-powered worksheet designed to help a record label estimate costs, price CDs and cassettes, and compute potential profit for a recording project.

December-January 1996

An introduction to the world of copyrights and publishing. It`s not hard at all to protect the songs you`ve written, and you may be surprised at the various ways your original compositions can earn money for you.

February-March 2018

Chock full o` ideas for promoting and selling your new record, and building a fan base.

December-January 1996

Three Musicians Become One, United!

December-January 1996

Blurring The Lines Between Jazz And Contemporary Rock

December-January 1996

How to start and organize your own record label. It's a lot easier than you may think.

December-January 1996

An arrangement of the Tchaikovsky piece for solo guitar, in tabulature and standard notation.

December-January 1996

Learn some substitutions for those tried and true barre chords. How the knowledge of triads can help you come up with original sounding guitar parts.

December-January 1996

My long-term goals are simple, continue improving and have fun! I don`t care really if I don`t become a `rock star` or a `guitar hero`, as long as I`m happy with my music and maybe someone else likes it too.

December-January 1996

I`ve sold thousands of copies of the "Dreamscapes" CD. You have to realize that 95% of all my sales come from traditional print advertising. Reviews don`t sell your product. Marketing and advertising do! I`m amazed at the amounts of money bands and artists put into the recording and manufacturing of their product and then have no idea on how to sell it. Marketing and promotion go hand in hand; you need to do both.

December-January 1996

I was offered a couple of small record deals, but the contracts were ridiculous so I invested my own money, and it`s starting to pay off. At least this way you own your product.

October-November 1996

Some creative uses of digital delay when writing or recording.

October-November 1996

Tips for playing arpeggiated chord progressions using string skipping.

October-November 1996

Stuck recycling the same licks and riffs? Dig yourself out of your guitar playing rut and rediscover the instrument you love.

October-November 1996

Stop strumming those simple barre chords, and embellish your chordal work with licks and phrases that blur the distiction between rhythm and lead guitar playing.

October-November 1996

McAvinchey dips into his magic bag to bring you 16 tips you can use today to improve your tracks.

October-November 1996

Call-and-response practicing to enhance your phrasing and composing.

October-November 1996

Session Guitarist Ready To Broaden His Appeal

October-November 1996

Promoting A Better Appreciation Of The Versatility Of Flamenco

October-November 1996

E-mail comments, testimonials, kudos, feedback and other observations from around the world.

December-January 2017

Don't fall into the same old trap of convincing yourself that now is not the time.

October-November 2017

Not quite ready to release that record yet? You may be underestimating yourself.

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