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Official press release for Dan McAvinchey's "Guitar Haus" CD.
Did you ever wonder where confidence comes from? How is it possible to have confidence at times, and suddenly lose confidence at critical moments?
An original work (part one of two preludes) composed for solo electric guitar, in tabulature and standard notation.
Don`t let your current concept of reality dominate your guitar playing.
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.
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.
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.
An original work composed for solo classical guitar, in tabulature and standard notation.
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!`
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.
Sometimes it seems every guitar riff and chord progression has been done to death. How you can avoid the tendency to copy.
Stop practicing with boring scales and start testing your fingers with melodic 'riffs' from Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, and more.
The use and abuse of compression.
Serving Up Dessert For Your Ears
Broadening The Appeal Of Instrumental Rock
We turn the electronic mailbag upside down to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about releasing and promoting records.
Ideas for improving your recorded guitar sound.
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.
Chock full o` ideas for promoting and selling your new record, and building a fan base.
Three Musicians Become One, United!
Blurring The Lines Between Jazz And Contemporary Rock
How to start and organize your own record label. It's a lot easier than you may think.
An arrangement of the Tchaikovsky piece for solo guitar, in tabulature and standard notation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Some creative uses of digital delay when writing or recording.
Tips for playing arpeggiated chord progressions using string skipping.
Stuck recycling the same licks and riffs? Dig yourself out of your guitar playing rut and rediscover the instrument you love.
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.
McAvinchey dips into his magic bag to bring you 16 tips you can use today to improve your tracks.
Call-and-response practicing to enhance your phrasing and composing.
Session Guitarist Ready To Broaden His Appeal
Promoting A Better Appreciation Of The Versatility Of Flamenco
E-mail comments, testimonials, kudos, feedback and other observations from around the world.
Don't fall into the same old trap of convincing yourself that now is not the time.