My Album Is Still Charting after over 2 weeks on the Amazon charts! :) Thanks!

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On the 28th of January I was overjoyed when I saw that my classical album had hit the bestseller list once again, both in classical romantic and easy listening! It peaked on #2 from what I could see, but since the charts are updated every hour, it can easily be missed if it goes to #1, unless you stalk your own releases.

My album has continuously been charting since its release in December 2014, which makes me extremely happy! Usually a release will experience sales when you as an artist receive press exposure, play gigs and release new videos. So the fact that the album keeps on charting without any press buzz at the moment, gigs (I’ve been ill for a year) or new videos is crazy! In 2016 I also experienced that my music video for Paganini Cap. 24, went viral for the 2nd time, after a guitar site in Mexico posted it on their Facebook.

Whenever people come across my work and it is shared it is obvious that there is great interest for it! I’m looking forward to release new music. Right now I’m happy to be recording again! Thanks a lot to those who pay for my work and let other people know about what I do! As an independent artist I really appreciate all support! If you want to read about my Major Label experience in 2016 (the secret project) + my health (why I’ve been “gone”) you can read about that on my website right here:ย Commandermusic

Thanks again to those who support what I do! Make sure that you check out my Amazon bestseller books and previous releases on my website. Everything can be found there. โค

 

NATIONAL TV-SHOW IN NORWAY !!!

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Last month I had yet another amazing TV-experience in my home country ๐Ÿ™‚ This time I was performing some rock’n’roll, check out the awesome footage below ๐Ÿ™‚ย โ†“

Here Are Some Pics From My Norway Trip โ†“ย โ†“

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Thanks a lot to Laney for the awesome amp!!!ย 

 

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Behind The Scenes!

 

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A girl’s dream โค All that make-up!

 

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Men are very happy if they can wear make-up.

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When You’ve Done Well ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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How to throw away guitar strings ๐Ÿ˜‰

Being a Tourist in my own Homeland…ย โ†“

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Appropriate Adult Activity….

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And here are some pics from the month that was….goodbye October….enter…November

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When the author that inspired your song, re-tweets you ๐Ÿ˜€ I couldn’t believe my eyes!

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When someone gets what you are all about ๐Ÿ˜‰

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When you run into a hedgehog and want to kidnap it โค โค

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When you run into a couple of runaways and you try to herd them back….

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When this guy digs your music…..

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When you try to capture the moon….for the 100th time…

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There is a season for everything….

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A typical Cotswolds street….

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When you love nature…

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When you find this in your garden…..like wtf???

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When you let your salad grow….

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When you nurse your roses back to life โค

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When you know better…..and order anything that has not been cooked by the people at the hotel…..yes…sneaking around in the English capital once again…I hope I can reveal my secret soon!!!!!!

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When your favourite tv-show mentions you in a comment!!!!

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When you look like a f%$ยฃ@!* rockstar and have the time of your life \m/ย 

Woop woop – the zombie album is at it again ;)

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Super stoked to see what good company I’m in, once again on the Amazon chart ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks a lot to those of you who pay for my music ๐Ÿ˜‰ My classical crossover album has now been haunting the online charts since its release in December 2014. Also entering into the German and British ones on separate occasions โค People paying for your music is the most amazing thing you can experience as a musician โค โค โค It certainly makes me happy ๐Ÿ™‚

NEW ALBUM LAUNCH!!!!

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Hey you guys!!! I’m really excited today as I launched the pre-order campaign for my upcoming album :):)

If you like what I’m up to or you are curious after reading my blog, you can check out the teaser for my album right here:ย 

There is also a new in depth interview with me out as well, if you want to know more about me when it comes to what I do professionally check it out:ย NEW Interview!!!

*Feeling good* ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

 

I LOVE to play guitar.

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Yes it might not come as a mega-surprise, but seriously, I really love what I do. Profoundly.

Just finished my playing routine, going thru all the tracks from my classical album and also some of my riffs. All of those riffs feel easy to play in comparison to the violin virtuoso material, funny enough.

Once upon a time these songs represented my technical limit, which I now find a bit funny. I mean, technicality aside I still like those melodies of mine, but it is certainly not challenging to play those songs anymore.

I’ve now embarked on a brand new virtuoso piece, I just couldn’t help it.

I won’t tell anyone what sort of ludicrous project I’ve embarked on now, but I can reveal that it is again quite unique.

The feeling of your fingers flying over the fretboard, knowing exactly where they are supposed to land next, always one step ahead, ย combined with the memory used to its fullest force, is literally priceless.

If you cannot find joy in the art of just playing and mastering your instrument you are seriously doing something wrong.

I know. That I Love.

That I LOVE. What I do.

Let me repeat.

I adore what I do.

2015- The year in review.

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2015 was a year with great contrasts to put it mildly. On one hand things were looking perky professionally while things were looking more like Ragnarok privately. These are the highlights from the year that is soon over. I got my fingers crossed that next year will either be as good as this professionally or hopefully even better! As long as it doesn’t get worse I’m happy!

First up: ” My 10 Most Awesome Moments” in 2015.

1- In January I had the great honour of being in the jury of the Norwegian Grammys in the Metal category! I missed out on the red carpet and as I went all alone I didn’t get any pics but it was still awesome to be part of such a gigantic industry event, especially as an unsigned artist ๐Ÿ™‚

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2- Later in January I attended the NAMM show for my second year in a row! This year I preformed for the first time as well, last year I only signed autographs. I also had the great honour of performingย “Dee” at the Randy Rhoades Remembered tribute something I was very thankful for ๐Ÿ™‚ This was the first time I ever shared the stage with established rockstars and my first time on a stage in the US of A. Thanks again to Brian Tichy for being awesome! I also attended my first red-carpet event in LA as I attended the ” She Rocks Awards” ๐Ÿ™‚ It was an awesome experience!

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3- My original song “Let It Go” from my “Classical Crossover Album” received national radio play on BBC6 ๐Ÿ™‚ This was something I had never experienced before! I’m still excited about it ๐Ÿ™‚

4-My YouTube channel reached a million views ๐Ÿ˜€

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5- My album charted in March as number 1 on the Amazon Classical chart! This was something that nearly killed me of joy! My dream has always been to sell music but when stuff like this happens it is always overwhelming ๐Ÿ™‚ The album kept on bouncing in and out of the charts for the rest of the year ๐Ÿ™‚

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6- I got invited to Guitar World Magazine to shoot “Betcha Can’t Play This” videos for them. As the first Norwegian and the first European woman to ever do so. Only two other female guitarists have ever shot videos exclusively for GW’s YouTube channel ๐Ÿ˜ฎ How crazy is that? ย As I was in the USA I also took the trip over to California to shoot videos for EMGtv ๐Ÿ˜‰ I shot 11 videos in total! Doing 5 live videos of my Metal music over at EMG & 6 videos over at Guitar World, which included 4 Betcha Can’t play This from the classical Crossover Album, One Play Through & My first commercial for a brand. During my US trip I also played my very first US gig ๐Ÿ™‚

7-I did my first Live performance on a radio over at Dacorum Radio!

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8- I landed a killer spot on Norway’s number one Saturday night’s TV Show “Stjernekamp” ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a brilliant concept where established stars compete each weekend by performing a song each, in a different genre every Saturday. The concept has become a massive hit. I was there as an expert judge and coach in the Metal genre. This was the first time that the genre was included into the program and it honestly was a killer show ๐Ÿ™‚ It was without a doubt one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had to be part of such a massive production and give masterclasses to some of Norway’s finest performers ๐Ÿ˜‰ I truly had the time of my life and would love to do more TV ;):)

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9- My debut album in metal is done and ready to be released next year.

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10- I’ve written a 3rd album ๐Ÿ™‚ A mystery album that I’m very excited about ๐Ÿ™‚

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My most popular YouTube video this year was my live video for “Evolution” that was released by EMG’s YouTube channel.

My most popular vid released on my own channel, was my version of the incredible masterpiece ” Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso” which is my favourite music video of the ones we have released so far.

In terms of my personal YouTube favourite, I have to say that I’m very happy with my two latest vids as I feel that they really showcase my singing, especially my version of Disney’s ” Once Upon A Dream” from Sleeping Beauty.

Facebook remains my number one marketing tool. This year I signed up for Snapchat ( something I rarely use), Vine ( which I’m not able to get to work) & I’m still on Twitter, even though I’ve never really been a huge Tweet-fan.

This year I started a written blog after people had been suggesting it for years. I posted my first entry in February and started posting regularly the following month, out of 94 blog entries ( including some re-blogs) here are the ones that were my most popular entries. Here are my ” Top 10 Blog Posts Of 2015″.

1)- My most popular entry this year was my “anxiety” & ” OCD” entry. After reading it again I have to admit that it was spot on. I don’t regret writing it even though it was difficult.ย I have a tiny problem.

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2)- My second most viewed blog entry was the one about acne and image ย whenย you are a female artist.

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3)- My “20 practise tips” entryย was the only one of my 5 ” 10 year Guitar Anniversary” entries to make the list. If you play an instrument I recommend checking it out.

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4)- An hilarious entry poking fun at my experience with session musicians in the UK. Behold ” 22 hopeless musicians ( when you are a solo artist)ย 

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5)- I posted this on my birthday to poke some fun at myself. Here areย 21 Reasons I Suck!

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6)- A Year in Selfiesย a recap of my first year on Instagram. Here are my 38 selfies.

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7)- Here I trolled my fans a bit. I didn’t reveal in the title what this entry was about. And in fact I won’t do it here either. You can click hereย to check out what it is ๐Ÿ˜›

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8)- Crazy Fans!ย That’sย right. I’ve had my share of creepy experiences and decided to share some freaky stories.

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9)- 5 Horrible Peopleย Whoever likes to play God over other people is a scum bag.

10)- This was an entry about me getting back into virtuoso shapeย and how hard it is to play classical violin virtuoso music on the electric guitar.

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My personal favourite entries differ a bit from my most popular posts, here are the 5 entries I’m the most happy with.

1)- I think this is one of the most well written pieces I’ve written. Here I compared Orwell’s 1984 to Huxley’s Brave New World.1984 vs. Brave New World

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2)- My take on annoying everyday robotsย that we all gotta deal with.

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3)- The Underestimated Beauty Of Life

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4)- This was a commentary I wrote inspired by a blog entry over at That Metal Show’s FB. This entry is about controversies surrounding the metal scene.

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5)- The Art Of Self Expressionย I hate passive aggressive behaviour. If you wanna talk to someone, do it. If you got a problem with someone, say it.

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To round-up my annual recap I wasย gonna make a top 10 list over my most popular Instagram posts, that’s when I figured that there was a site that compile your top 9 posts for you.

My first pic to get a 100 likes was a professional pic of me in uniform with my guitar. Out of all the pics I posted on Instagram this year it is my professionally shot guitarists pics that really became popular as well as mini-vids of me playing, let’s not forget my Star Wars pics, so maybe I should get into cosplaying ๐Ÿ˜›

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My personal favourites were pictures of things related to me rather than pictures of me, so my personal top 9 would have looked slightly different.

All in all it was a creative year. I also had 2 trips to the US, travelling all by myself, I also had several trips to Norway.

I was lucky to be lent quite an amazing apartment right on Central Park in New York, I got the rockstar treatment in California as well as in Oslo. I experienced being a guest in Norway’s most exclusive neighbourhood and was also a guest at a proper Cotswolds estate in the UK. Personally speaking these were highlights and obviously I wouldn’t mind having the life of a rockstar 24/7 ๐Ÿ˜›

This was my 95th entry and my last one for this year.

Take care people & have a Happy New Year!

Fingers crossed next year will be full of positive experiences!

Cheers!