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October-November 1997

Surprising Interpretations Of Contemporary Classical Guitar

October-November 1997

Supercharged, Energetic Bass Guitar For The New Millennium

October-November 1997

Intense, Ripping Instrumental Guitar

October-November 1997

Self-assessement time. Can you go it alone? You might need the synergy of two people working together to kick start your label.

August-September 1997

13 additional tips you can use today to improve your tracks.

August-September 1997

Swedish Instrumentalist Does It On His Own

August-September 1997

Inspiring Others to Find the Inspiration in Themselves

August-September 1997

Balancing Technique And Melody... From Italy

August-September 1997

Driving Rock Music With A Message

August-September 1997

Powerful, Progressive Instrumental Metal Music

August-September 1997

Skill and Musicality Mark Instrumental Release

August-September 1997

Completely subjective, straightforward tips in the areas of promotion, publicity and your career.

August-September 1997

New Jersey guitarist Paul Kuntz takes time out from lunch to give you his assurance that there is life beyond the blues scale.

August-September 1997

Even though these days it takes a lot of idealism to produce an instrumental record, I strongly encourage everybody who`s playing around with the idea to do so. Just don`t expect to get any money out of it, regardless of the quality of your product. It might happen, but it`s very likely that it won`t. But you will have the best musical business card there is and a unique document of your own creativity.

August-September 1997

The one thing I always try to do is be in a creative state of mind when I compose. It seems that the ideas flow better if you are working on it on an ongoing basis. For a lot of my instrumental tunes, I sometimes get a mental picture of something in my head, and then ask myself what music goes with this scene. This is much like scoring for film--except the film is in my head!

June-July 1997

I record at home in my 16 track (analog) studio. It took me lots of time, energy and money but I`m glad that I`ve got one. Nothing can beat a home studio. You can go there anytime you want and not be bothered by anyone other than yourself. You don`t have to book time, and pay by the hour. Unless you`re a lunatic, that is.

June-July 1997

You have to have a good promotion budget and don`t skimp corners when it comes to this. You can have the greatest album and if no one knows that you have one out and available, it really is no good. Utilize all that you can with local publications and national ones as well. Always think of the nation as your market and not just your town. You can be the biggest thing in your hometown and unless they know you around, it really is not going to help you.

June-July 1997

Dan McAvinchey helps you to eliminate those pesty sonic gremlins from your home or project studio.

June-July 1997

Hungry For the Big Time

June-July 1997

Crunchy Riffs, Infectious Guitar-Laden Grooves

June-July 1997

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June-July 1997

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August-September 2018

Are you a half-finisher? Always eighty percent complete? How you can finish what ya started.

April-May 1997

Reader tips for twangin' up your sound.

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.

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