Thank You So Much!

I was just notified that “Classical & Crossover Magazine” have featured me on their digital front page & have posted my latest video, which is really cool of them!

You can read it here:ย “How Cheap Will You Sell Your Soul?”

In addition I was also featured by a digital Heavy Metal Magazine today, so talk about contrast! I love it! This is fun ๐Ÿ˜€

Thanks a lot to Elisabeth for writing the press release! I had not seen it until now. It looks really good! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

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On the 20th of this month Norway’s equivalence of BBC aired a great program focusing on female guitar players! It was awesome to receive nationwide radio play for my metal & classical music!ย Hear The Interview Here!

I’m happy that I was asked about online haters & bullies, since this gave me the opportunity to highlight that I’ve seen other female guitar players complain about this as well. In short it means that you don’t stand alone if you are in the receiving end of putrid hatred as a woman playing the guitar. If you are self-critical and take what you are doing very seriously it is especially important to remember that hatred can come your way just because of your gender, because people don’t like your face, or your hair, or your outfit, or whatever; I know of course that there are people out there who complain about sexism when there is none and play the gender card just because; this is a pity because real sexism does exists and it should be addressed so that other women will know that they do not stand alone! Once again I am aware that this is a multifaceted issue … I just don’t want creative females to feel unwelcome or to be chased away from unleashing their musical creativity upon the world!

Thanks again to those of you out there who support what I do! I really appreciate it! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Super Cool To See This. Thanks!

I’m not complaining! I can’t believe the longevity of classical music. It is quite something to behold.

The U.S.A. has always been my nr.1 market, followed by the U.K. & Norway. Considering how huge America actually is and how much music that is released there constantly, I cannot believe that this Zombie-Album has been hanging in there for roughly 4 years! I think that says it all. My metal music sold as well, but it never officially charted on Amazon and/or iTunes (to my knowledge), but it did get me into the top. 3 as the only unsigned artist on the streaming site ReverbNation.

In addition it obviously struck a chord with press people. I guess it is cool with a female rocker, kicking ass, in a fake uniform ๐Ÿ˜› (mwha-ha-ha)

I thought that I was going to release a Major Label Classical Crossover Album last year, but ended up ill unfortunately, now I’m working on original music since I needed something lighter, to bring me back … something that could excite me instantly.

There will be more Classical guitar playing down the road, but for understandable reasons I just had to go back to what initially inspired me to pick up my 1st instrument…

Classical virtuoso music is incredibly tough on the upper body and I guess that I can consider myself lucky since I’ve never encountered any issues with my wrists and that I haven’t been permanently damaged, yet.

Classical virtuoso music is also tough mentally, as you sit for months repeating runs over and over for hours every day, in addition to the pressure of playing these high-performance pieces live, where any tension or nervousness will affect the tone.

Everything and anything is audible.

You have to be married to your instrument and your routine. In addition to copying with motivation loss due to the repetitiveness and the discomfort. You’ll get into the habit of constantly turning your head to glance at whatever watch, since your practice routine becomes your all and everything.

Therefore it makes me very happy to feel that my effort is being appreciated.

I’m very happy to see the numbers on my Bach video as well. There will be more.

On the 10th of August I will be singing classical music and do my 1st opera concert. It will be a mix of religious and secular music and is a fundraiser that I’ve initiated for my favourite church. As I’ve mentioned before; there is a challenge in keeping these places of worship around, due to low attendance numbers, no government support and a general lack of interest.

It is a pity, because it is part of England’s cultural and spiritual heritage.

I’m looking forward to filling the church with song and I hope that my readership will join me.

If you like what I do then make sure that you check out my books and my other music releases.ย 

If you are keen on music lessons, then I currently offer those over Skype only. They can be purchased either here or here.

If you feel like supporting my 3rd album then make sure that you go here:ย Making My 3rd Album.

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So Grateful! <3

Thank you so much to those of you who’ve checked out my latest YouTube video! It’s so cool to receive so many uplifting and awesome comments on my playing! I’m so grateful to finally be playing again ๐Ÿ˜€ Please check this video out and share it with your friends! Thanks again ๐Ÿ˜€

Here I Am, On BBC3!

๐Ÿ˜€ Hey to all of my subscribers here on my blog! Today my interview over at the BBC was aired, listen to itย right here :):):):)

You can hear me shred variation 1 from Paganini’s Caprice 24 live, you’ll also hear me play something from my original heavy metal song “Thou.”

I’m particularly happy with how it turned out as I hadย a very long break ย from playing right before the interview, so it was good to hear that I delivered even though I felt, at the time, that my form wasn’t optimal :):):):) I guess I know how to play ๐Ÿ˜›

This is the first time I’ve performed anything live on National British Radio ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks a lot to BBC3 & Tom Service! I think this is really cool :):):):):)

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HELLYEAH!!!!

239k views in just 4 days \m/ Thank a million to “La Guitarra Magica” for sharing my Paganini video with Craig Ogden on Facebook :):) I’m so happy to see this! Glad that I can excite people and get some good traction. I’m so so so happy. Thanks to whomever it was that decided to share our work!!!!

If you haven’t see our Paganini vid you can see it below on my Youtube or under videos on the “La Guitarra Magica” Facebook right here :):):):)

https://www.facebook.com/LGMGuitar/videos

Coaching & Judging on the TV-Show “Stjernekamp” \m/

During the weekend that was, I finally returned back home to the UK!

I had an AMAZING experience over in Norway!

Time for a resume about what I thought about the show and my experience \m/

As I’ve written in my previous entry I was asked if I would be a coach and judge in the heavy metal genre for Norwegian Saturday Night prime-time TV-Show “Stjernekamp”.

This is a show where established artists every weekend perform a song in a different genre, competing to see who will be Norway’s greatest and most versatile artist.

They are all taken out of their comfort zones and have to try out styles that are completely new to them.

This certainly sounded exciting and I accepted the offer!

You can see the whole episode on the link below \m/

https://tv.nrk.no/serie/stjernekamp/KMTE60004715/10-10-2015

If you wanna know how I felt about doing this you can keep on reading ๐Ÿ˜›

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First they flew me in to do an interview where I spoke about the history of heavy metal and the role and challenges a heavy metal vocalist has to cope with.

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Some days later I spent a whole day coaching the participants in this genre that was completely new to most of them. I didn’t really know what to expect as I had never coached anyone vocally before ( I only had experience with giving guitar lessons), but both them and I, and eventually the viewers, loved it ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I had lots of comments and feedback for all of them, and felt a bit like the “Metal-Police” if there ever was such a thing ๐Ÿ˜›

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Despite me wondering whether or not I was being too picky with these people (who are all established stars in their own right), it was fun as hell to see how tiny adjustments could make such a difference.ย But that’s what it is like to work with professionals.

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Then came Saturday the 10th, and it was time for the show \m/

I was suspecting that the show would be phenomenally good, I thought to myself, ” Damn, if these guys do live what they did during rehearsal, we are truly up for one hell of a show.”

And a hell of a show is exactly what we got, indeed!!!!

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You can check out all the heavy metal performances right here on this playlist \m/

Kudos to the producers for having Gospel & Heavy Metal on the same day! It made for a spectacular contrast both in themes, styles and the music itself.

Also thanks a lot to the production team for the great intro video they had made about me! That was really, really cool. Talk about a great introduction \m/

The heavy metal part of the show kicked off and dude…it made me so happy to see how well everyone did!

During rehearsal (and also backstage before the show kicked off), a number of the artists were nervous about singing and tackling the metal genre and a couple were afraid of coming across as too comical. As they thought the lyrics/etc…were quite hilarious….

But none of these worries came to fruit as they were all able to deliver a credible heavy metal performance, serious, with lots of attitude, convincing vocal renditions etc, it was simply amazing!

It made me happy to see how happy they were and that’s what any form of coaching is all about. Other people’s happiness makes your day, if that isn’t the case, you should never coach anyone at all.

I especially loved Maria & Heidi’s performances, those two were my favourites \m/ Check out Heidi signing “Run To The Hills” \m/

They all received standing ovation from the judge panel, with the exception of one, which sadly was Celine, who was eventually voted out ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Looking back she truly was a firework on that stage and totally rocked it! But she was the first act on and the competition was hard as all the artists gave it their all.

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They also competed in two genres that day. So the voters were not only voting for their favourite metal performance…

Trine Rein literally gave me goosebumps with her rendition of “Amazing Grace”,

Maria floored everyone with her “Joyful Joyful”

and Knut Erik was absolutely epic with his “A Change Is Gonna Come”. Especially cool was his reason for picking this track, half the choir refused to sing with him because of his beliefs regarding same-sex marriage. Check out the ending of this vid.

The metal part of the show was fun to watch, in fact a pleasure, I really truly enjoyed it ๐Ÿ™‚

This is a resume of the feedback from the judges ( including myself):

http://www.nrk.no/kultur/stjernekamp-dommernes-tilbakemelding-1.12596657

It was an absolute highlight to be part of such a big production, without any doubt!!! It is something I would gladly do again!

The feedback from the people who saw the episode was mind-blowing and a couple of the performers exclaimed that singing heavy metal ย ” was the coolest thing they had ever done”!

Heavy Metal is all about energy and giving it your all \m/

That’s exactly what they all did and that’s why this show was so utterly amazing!

Check out the full episode below! You can actually stream this wherever you are I’ve been told \m/

https://tv.nrk.no/serie/stjernekamp/KMTE60004715/10-10-2015

Thanks again to Monster Productions and NRK \m/ This was an awesome experience \m/

If anyone is interested in singing and/or guitar lessons you can order it here:

http://www.commandermusic.com/guitar-lessons.html

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Look at all that makeup!!!!

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The glamorous backstage area ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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Erik looking good! Getting ready to Buuuuuuuuuurn \m/

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Done with hair styling \m/

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With Gospel expert Grethe Svensen!

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Stairway to heaven….

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Super awesome Judge Thomas getting ready \m/

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The amazing Judge Mona \m/

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Guitar World ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

So where am I right now? Well, 38.994 feet up in the skies! The tail wind is 63 Mph and we are heading to N.Y. What is this entry about? Well my reason for taking the trip over ย I guess you could say. In fact a dream come true.

Soooo, Guitar World (the worlds biggest guitar mag) have premiered all the vids we’ve made so far from the “Classical Crossover” album! Damian Fanelli (online editor at GW) came across my video for the “Zigeunerweisen” by chance on FB when Laney ( the amp brand I endorse) posted the vid. After the boost from Guitar World, Zigeunerweisen charted as #1 on iTunes Norway, and also made it on the Mexican & Australian charts (I believe), the vid got lots of views quickly and made it into GW’s top viral videos list in 2013 ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

After the popularity of the vid, I decided I wanted to do more, so I hooked up with Craig and we made an album. As I said above all of the music vids premiered on GW, with the Paganini vid gathering views quickly catching the attention of both The Guardian’s Tom Service & Classic FM’s John Brunning, making it into GW’s “Top 10 Viral List” of 2014.

With the premiere of “Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso” our album climbed its way into Amazons Best Seller List when it hit #1 on the USA, Amazon Classical chart & simultaneously charted in Easy Listening & miscellaneous.

Needless to say, I’m very grateful for the support and was honoured when I was asked to make some videos for GW, which was my reason for coming to N.Y. As usual I’ve been officially secretive when it comes to what I’m up to, but now I’ll let you guys know that I’ve shot 4 Betcha can’t play this vids, one live play through of Zigeunerweisen with NO Craig just me following him on a backing track….And a commercial for DR Strings ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

A big thank you to Mark Nunez, their video director & Nick. A huge thank you to Jimmy Brown who is their expert on theory, tuning, recording, you name it. No, I do not know theory all of a sudden, Jimmy helped me out by writing the names down of the arpeggios I was playing, etc.. There is a lot of knowledge that resides over at GW, of courseย , I therefore recommend any of my fans/ readers to check out the GW vids, with the “GW staff” on GW’s YouTube, you will find an insane amount of information there valuable to all players, regardless of level ( I need to learn to tune my guitar by ear ๐Ÿ˜). SUBSCRIBE TO GUITAR WORLD’S YOUTUBE HERE:ย https://www.youtube.com/user/guitarworld Sooo, what does it look like over at GW? Well let’s find out….

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That’s their actual studio, the whole “guitar-thing”, well…it’s just a cover up..๐Ÿ˜ just kidding. ๐Ÿ˜†

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This is Mark their video director \m/ Very talented & professional \m/ It was great to work with him ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช

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This is where the epicness of GW is created. A magazine loved by so many. I think a lot of times that people forget how much works that goes into everything in the industry. Wether you go to a magazine, radio station or TV station you’ll find that things are hectic and on a schedule. People tend to see the finished product only, which is a shame.

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That’s a portion of Nick. He is part of the video team and is a cool guitarist, from what I could tell \m/ The screen you see there, I guess it’s the screen of doom, reminding GW of their numbers, must be stressing to have that looming over you ๐Ÿ˜ณ I would be totally obsessed with it if I was working there. And that’s a section of Anna who handles advertising \m/

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And that is Damian Fanelli, hanging in his dark cave. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช

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This is the video department \m/

Thanks again to Damian & GW \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/