Super Cool To See This. Thanks!

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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.

26 June 2018 Charting Amazon 2

 

NEW videos up on my Patreon now!

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I’ve uploaded two new videos to my Patreon today documenting my progress on the 3rd album! If you want to hear what I’m working on and what’s coming then make sure that you sign up! I’m pretty much halfway there working my way through a double album! :):):):):) Thanks a lot to those of you who support my work, if you really like what I’m doing then please check this out:ย My Patreon!

Here is a screen shot of my “secret” YouTube playlist that you’ll get access to if you sign up, there are care packages, downloads, music lessons and other exclusives available through Patreon as well!ย โ†‘

Patreon Updates So Far

I’m happy to say that my classical album is still on the American Amazon Chart after hanging around there for weeks :):):):) Thanks, thanks a lot!!!!

 

charting on 56 May 2018

So Grateful! <3

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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˜€

The Music Biz.

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“Believe it or not, there is no hot superstar guitarist under the age of 30. There is no next Hendrix. There is no next Clapton.” All I thought when I read this was: “I’m here!!!!! I’M HERE!!!”ย ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

Here is the article: http://thesmartset.com/does-the-music-business-need-musicianship/

Goodbye August, Hello September!

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After months of secrecy I just wrapped up a mystery project that I’ve been totally consumed by these last months! Fingers crossed that it won’t remain eternally secret as I’ve really enjoyed it. By far the coolest thing I’ve done I think, at least in my opinion ๐Ÿ˜‰

I will now enjoy some well-deserved days off ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are some behind the scenes pic, from the month that was!

Walking around in the countryside trying to think of something else than music ๐Ÿ˜›ย โ†‘

I spotted the pope at my first village showย โ™ฅโ™ฅ hi-hi-hiย โ™ฅโ™ฅ

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I’d never attended anything like this. ย I actually won some things, wo-ho!

I did not sign up my own veggies…hmm…I wonder why ๐Ÿ˜›

I think the most suitable name for this picture would be….โ†“

A Musician’s Harvest.

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*round of applause*

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Delicious apples that are red on the inside as well โค

 

Enjoying a little bit of summer โ†“

 

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Out of my cage ๐Ÿ˜› โ†“

 

Dropped by Londonย โ†“

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Classy!ย 

Had to take a picture of these two cute housesย โ™ฅโ™ฅ

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Ditching wheat. You don’t notice how much it dominates our diets until you cut it out.

When this happens to youย โ†“

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When you come across a cool picture of your dadย โ†“

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When you enjoy a good meal that lasts for everย โ†“

When you go looking at Barbie dollsย โ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅ & get annoyed when you see all the “poser” dolls pretending to be Barbie.

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When you see some serious swagย โ†“

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When you realise that your pet is gone forever.

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Taking Back Your Time. (goodbye April, hello May)

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Something I find quite funny is how bloggers usually apologize their absence on their blog at one time or the other ๐Ÿ˜› If you take your time to check out a whole bunch of random “hobby-bloggers” you will find entries with an introduction around the lines of “…sorry I haven’t been blogging that much lately” or “…wow..I had no idea I had been gone for so long”… it is actually quite a funny observation and makes me think of an article I read at the beginning of the year, addressing how most people slip out of their new years resolution before January is even over ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

It is actually quite scary to think of that unless you make active choices to change certain habits ย a change is not gonna happen. Writing down a plan on how to go about things, might seem quite obvious, but I’m sure there are a lot of people who just think to themselves that they should do a whole bunch of things without them ever getting done. There wouldn’t be such a market for “self-help” books if that wasn’t the case. A good example are some of the apps I got myself not that long ago. A great thing about apps is that they keep track of your activity; accomplishing streaks can be a motivating factor. The daily reminders have the opposite effect, in fact at a certain point during the first moths of the year; Duolingo ( the popular language app) stopped sending me notifications all together with the message: ” we will stop sending you daily reminders as it isn’t working anyway” which is one of the funniest notifications I’ve received from any app. Funny enough I remember it as it was humorous and different to the repetitive messages I had previously received. Maybe it can be compared to parents who tell you the same things over and over without it ever really taking hold in your brain, until there is some sort of threat attached to the message. I don’t necessarily think paternal nuisance or anger is what ย makes a child pay attention, it might just be that the message has been altered. Now the message is slightly different so we actually pay attention and remember it….or for sometime at least until it is forgotten again.

You literally have to make a conscious, determined choice to make a serious mindful effort to alter whatever it is that you want to change in your life, the push is not going to come from a nagging app, the push can only come from within. The good news is that it only takes 13 days to turn something into a new habit! Something else that I read in an article not long ago also revealed how thinking about options/choices is way more helpful when it comes to changing negative habits. If there is something that you gravitate towards that isn’t particularly good for you, think to yourself that “I’ll do so and so instead of this”, presenting options to yourself will give you the freedom to say no more easily, than if you rely on will power alone, according to said article.

Last month I re-read the outlines in the three books about mental training that I wrote about here on my blog previously. I spent a great deal of time revising if I was making the right decisions and if I had taken care of certain issues I had noted down in my planner earlier in the year. I was adjusting and reminding myself of certain goals, something that human beings have a tendency of doing too rarely. Something I noticed in my previous diaries was how I would very often write about “getting back into form again” something that struck me as 1) surprisingly repetitive and 2) sad – as you should feel and tell yourself that you are in good form (you are only improving.)

Thinking that you are constantly standing staring up at a goal instead of staring straight ahead thinking to yourself ” ah, of course I’m in good form, I’m always that” seemed a bit counter productive to me. I have not been particularly good at keeping diaries either, as the pages at one point or the other became empty or full of random ideas scribbled in all sorts of illogical places.

Last month I also decided to create some sort of “table-layout” when it came to my practise routine and figured that I was at my happiest if my time had been equally divided between the various things I do musically, than if all my concentration was focused on my guitar only.

Good time management or simply good awareness gives you the power to take back your day rather than the day owning you ;):)

So next time you feel like writing or saying ” sorry I haven’t been active on my blog lately” or ” woooops how long hasn’t it been since I checked into app so and so” bear in mind that ย only total awareness of your time will make you own that time.

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Pigeons. Pretending that they aren’t stalking my food….

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Spot the black swan!

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What you find in a London Park.

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I want to go there….

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Smallest exhibition ever.

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Salvation

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I was illuminati before it was mainstream ๐Ÿ˜›

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When you find out you got red tones in your hair ๐Ÿ˜€

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Moms getting married again

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Hmm..someone got older this month…

New Album Out Now!

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New blog entry? Yes I guess ๐Ÿ˜› My celebrations of my DIY keyboard operation was short lived I’m afraid. I honestly hate blogging on my phone as everything becomes tricky once you insert photos. I cannot scroll past my pics without getting stuck ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜คAnd the response is quite slow as well usually, when you type, in contrast to writing entries on an iMac or a Pad.

So what’s new over in the uk? Well I’m quite busy that’s for sure. If you guys have missed out I’m in the middle of releasing my first metal album, which is available today from all digital distributors btw. The first round of signed preordered copies were sent on the 15th, any orders after or on that date will be sent out this week. Any delayed orders from before that, my sincerest apologies, we moved again, etc. And I’m not the one who receives the orders via email anymore, they now go to my management. I always get a proof of postage when I personally send packages out, so everything old and new before the 15th was cleared out. Some people have already received their CDs, feel free to post pics and tag me whenever you receive yours ๐Ÿ™‚

I was quite happy to see that Classic Rock Magazine featured my latest music video as one of their “Tracks Of The Week”, check out and share the vid please \m/

It feels great to actually have a metal album out! Now the challenge is getting the word out and spreading “the gospel” ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› In the middle of practising which is equally important.

Funny that, how musicians always speaks of practising, practising, practising, without mentioning the importance of promoting, promoting, promoting. You won’t sell any records if nobody knows about your release! And you won’t have all the time you need to practise and/or write if you don’t sell records!

On a different note, I was ironing my shirts yesterday! I had not ironed anything ย since I was a little girl ๐Ÿ˜ฑ