New Video!!!!! Hear me sing the “Queen of The Night” Aria from The Magic Flute :D

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I’m really happy about this :):):):):) It is really cool to have reached this point in my singing πŸ˜€ If anyone is interested in vocal lessons they can get those here:Β Bel Canto.

Here are some earlier videos & my first aria recording taken from my #1 Amazon bestselling Album released in 2014. Solveig’s Song.

Show Biz Literature.

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I just finished reading an old book of mine that I’ve previously read before. It’s actually quite interesting to do that as your perception of information has a tendency to change depending on where you are in your life. All of a sudden there are elements that become relevant that were mere background noise previously.

So I read a book about the music industry and I guess I should write a long entry about the experience…….

The truth is though that there isn’t much to write about rock’n’roll and/or show-biz literature. In terms of rock’n’roll auto/bio-graphies they all pretty much revolve around the same topics, in terms of “how-to-make-money-in-the -music-industry” books they present a certain template that is usually outdated at the time of publication due to the “ever-changing” nature of the music scene itself. In terms of general interviews across various elements in show-biz there is pretty much three conclusions one can come to….

  1. Everyone speaks like this: I and William…. Which is incorrect as one should say: William and I. Throughout all of the various interviews included in this book it was consistently done wrong. You put yourself last when you speak about yourself and others, just as if you have guests over you serve them first. If someone asks you to pass something around the table, you serve that person first and then yourself. If someone asks for water for example, it is very impolite to serve yourself first before passing the bottle around….
  2. Out of all of the interviews I read…(517 pages in total)….I was only left with half a page worthy of notes in my tiny “yellow-book,” listing other books recommended in the interviews. This list also included various movies. In other words there was not exactly an abundance of intellectual information.
  3. Artist are generally very out of touch Β with their own potential for legacy. One element of art that nobody ever really seems to contemplate or write about is that entertainment is trend based. Each generation has their heroes, which means that my little sister will be largely ignorant of my heroes, just like I will be of my mother’s.

Unless younger generations receive a well-rounded education in culture from their parents and unless young artist protect the legacy of former artists many traditions and composers will simply die out.

For example, if you don’t have musicians who sit and practise their instruments until the cows come Β home, classical music and the virtuoso repertory will disappear. Maintaining the tradition also costs, not only due to the hours necessary to become a good musician but because of the maintenance that a musician of a certain caliber has to go through.

When I read my book this time around I googled all the various musicians and performers mentioned and it was quite interesting to see how many of these are irrelevant today.

If anything that you do artistically is of historical value, you rely on music experts doing their homework by going through a plethora of material without being partisan. Usually when rock documentaries or music encyclopaedias are created, there are complaints from fans about all of those who have been omitted. Sometimes it is actually quite glaring who gets left out. Mind you that only signed artists are even considered to be included in any sort of Β compendium of music.

My conclusion from reading this work is this: you have to enjoy being a musician in and of itself. It is most probable that your work will be forgotten as only a dedicated “cult” of fans who play your music and inform others of it can keep your work relevant past the generation that you inspired. It is also a good idea to take some advice from the squirrel, yes you read that right. Squirrels have such a bad memory that they keep several “food storages,” to remember where their nutrition is. Therefore it is advisable that musicians invest in a wide vocabulary in terms of their skills. Knowing both how to write music and perform music, knowing how to play several instruments and knowing how to navigate between different genres is needless to say a good way of making sure that you don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

Being a one-trick pony places you in a very vulnerable position, because when the tide turns in terms of your popularity you’ll most definitely be screwed, in lack of better words. It is also interesting to note how rock & heavy metal legends spend the majority of their adult life keeping the memory of their youth alive. Wouldn’t it be strange if a construction worker, or a nurse or a teacher spent a great deal of time getting an employment, only to be active for 2-3 years, only to spend the rest of their life promoting how great they were in those few years they were active?

The life-cycle of a musician can best be described as:

  1. Learning how to play an instrument, which takes several years. If you are to reach virtuosity level you can look at 9-10 years of practising.
  2. Trying to make it. These are the ungrateful years when everybody thinks you suck, besides your first fans and independent bloggers…..until the mainstream media starts mentioning you, then you rock and always did. This can take many years; after discussing it with other musicians we came to the conclusion that most bands have a 3-4 year lifespan. After 3-4 years serious bands usually get to the point where they are “picked-up” by press people who will mention them in their up-and-coming section. Most rock bands break up at this point.
  3. Unofficially making it…..Those who keep on going will experience a gradual increase in their fame/visibility and will learn that the music business is all about how you “use what you get,” meaning that if somebody in the press gives you a good review, you quote it and use it in press releases. Press/visibility can be used to obtain endorsements,gigs, sales, etc; Any tv-appearance is a golden opportunity to “make an impression.” You always have to treat things like they are very important and major because you don’t know when you will get the same opportunity again. You also have to use what you have on your “show-reel” to see if it can open any more doors. Building a good and solid reputation will eventually reap its benefits and hopefully result in the next step which is….
  4. Officially making it…this is the point when you land a major contract or run for your life which a lot of rock musicians have actually done…(which is a very good reason for not being in a band)… A major contract will enable you to re-negotiate your endorsement deals, seek out new sponsorship/partnership deals and allow you to get the “infrastructure” of the establishment. This is the point where you seriously “pimp” out your brand name for the simple reason that you do not know how long you will be commercially viable from a corporate perspective. There are pop groups that only run for 3 years, artist that can only hang in there for one hit, etc; There are also bands who can stay en vogue for a substantial amount of time but they do not represent the vast majority. A great number of the artist mentioned in my book were not interested in making money…this came back to bite them in the ass later when they bankrupted themselves paying medical bills for themselves and/or their family….there is no pension plan when you are an artist and the majority of the individuals/bands mentioned in the book had obviously not thought about……
  5. ….going through a prolonged time of “rainy-days.” Yes that’s correct. If music=trends, then needless to say there will come a time when the music you wrote or performs is out. This issue can be dealt with by either re-inventing yourself, being good with money/investments when things are going well or by having many strings to play on….a great number of the artists interviewed had no idea how to deal with loss in popularity….I’ve heard many stories of artists that were “big once” but then ended up being a starving artist again relatively quickly….there are artist who experience a 10-30 year dip in relevancy….that is quite a substantial part of an artist’s life….
  6. Comeback. The inevitable comeback that so few survive to experience. In rock’n’roll it will happen when you are 50-60 years when finally you win your very first Grammy. Finally your band will be relevant again and you can go on numerous “final tours” cashing in some serious cash having reached legend-status by simply having survived rock’n’roll….but it will not last long…becasue…
  7. Death. Yes, that untimely thing. Over 60% of musicians suffer from mental health issues, mostly Β depression,Β musicians also have a tendency to die younger than the Β general population. These are the usual causes of death according to genreΒ β†’Β chart.Β Few can handle being a starving artist, few can handle being an up-and-coming artist, few can handle being a major artist and fewer than anyone can probably deal with loss of popularity, whether it is sudden or gradual. You have to make sure that playing music makes you happy before you pursue the idea of being a rock star and more important than anything: you have to keep in mind that the music industry is a hierarchy officially based on popularity rather than merits, with an unofficial penchant for nepotism/corruption more than anything else. Considering that the output of the majority of artists alive today will be completely forgotten after their death, it could be a good idea to have a more balanced life, unless being a workaholic is your natural inclination.

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!!!”Β πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

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

My first month Blogging! ( MY TOP 5 ENTRIES).

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My first month blogging has now come to an end!

People from 58 different countries have visited this page and out of those my top 3 countries are:

1)USA 2)UK 3)NORWAY, which doesn’t come as a surpriser to me as these have always been my top 3 countries both with sales, social media traction, etc.

My top 3 referrers are:

1)Facebook 2)Twitter and 3) Search Engines

The top 3 links people clicked:

1) WordPress Media-(my pictures) 2) Guitar World link 3)Link to my store.

I’m glad I decided to do this and will do my best to keep it up! These are my top stories from this month:

1) “Getting Back Into The Zone!” I shared this entry on FB and saw to my great surprise that it went on to become my top entry this month! Me getting back into “virtuoso-shape” clicked with fans and the entry was shared & viewed by many.Β https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/21/getting-back-into-the-zone/

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2) “I’ve joined a torture club.”Β Totally “taking-the-piss” as they say in the UK. This became my most viewed entry this month! I think thats really funny actually!Β https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/ive-joined-a-torture-club/

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3) “Happy Mother’s Day to my mother.” This personal entry surprised me with becoming my most shared entry! I don’t know if people did that because they loved it or hated it, it was at least honest from my part and the rest of the family loved it too.Β https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/14/happy-mothers-day-to-my-mother/

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4) “20 Badass Women!” To mark The International Womens Day I compiled this list! 8th of May is a day to celebrate, regardless of your political affiliation!Β https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/20-badass-women/

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5) “The Hills are Alive with the sound of music.” My very first blog entry that I posted on FB along with the news that I was blogging! I was very surprised by the amount of interest and instantly had people signing up for my email list on here. In the entry I was totally stoked over my album being in top-10 chart and went out for a daring walk…in the wilderness of the British Countryside…The amount of views this article got was only surpassed by my “Torture-Club” entry.Β https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/the-hills-are-alive-with-the-sound-of-music/

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My least popular entries suffered greatly from not really being shared anywhere, these are posts I made usually very late in the night and didn’t promote on FB.

1) “Illustrations For Children’s books“. Getting attention for original art is usually a slow burning process, this entry was my least successful this month.Β https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/22/illustrations-for-childrens-books/

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2) “St.Patricks Day a Christian Holiday?” – Writing about the origins of this used-to-be-religious- holiday gained NO traction. Guess if I had posted a top 10 most outrageous outfits it probably would have trended like crazy.Β https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/st-patricks-day-a-christian-holiday/

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3) “#1!My album is #1!”Β Written by an overly tired, overly excited, sleep deprived me and published around 3AM or something, my exctatic post about my number one album received little buzz on my blog.Β https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/1-my-album-is-1/

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Number 1!

4) “I’ve become addicted to blogging!” Β nobody cared much about that.Β https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/ive-become-addicted-to-blogging/

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5) “Dragon Age Inquisition!” It was well liked on youtube and got an overwhelming response on FB, but here on my blog besides a couple of gamers who stumbled upon this from search engines, it earned little buzz.Β https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/19/dragon-age-inquisition-m/

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Conclusion: It is unpredictable what will trend and what won’t, but sharing entries on FB certainly helps, especially if you have a featured image that catches peoples attention. Also, the one beauty related entry I did about nail polish got many likes from other wordpress bloggers, girls blogging about beauty tips. Which proves that certain topics can trend even without Social Media help, it’s just hard to know what will and what won’t.

Petitions I’ve signed! It has never before been easier to voice your opinion and hopefully contribute to some positive change! I’ve always hated injustice. When I was in high school I was a member of the Amnesty International Club, but at the time I felt like it was too passive to just sit and sign letters. I really wanted to bring CHANGE with big huge letters, but it can be hard to know what to do. Outside of signing petitions, writing letters and putting pressure on elected officials, the only other options are angry protest or running for office. So signing petitions it is, at least for the moment . . .

Overturn Asia Bibi’s death sentence #saveAsiaBibi https://www.change.org/p/david-cameron-foreign-secretary-philip-hammond-and-the-government-of-pakistan-overturn-asia-bibi-s-death-sentence-saveasiabibi

Pardon all of the estimated 49,000 men who, like Alan Turing, were convicted of consenting same-sex relations under the British “gross indecency” law (only repealed in 2003), and also all the other men convicted under other UK anti-gay laws. https://www.change.org/p/british-government-pardon-all-of-the-estimated-49-000-men-who-like-alan-turing-were-convicted-of-consenting-same-sex-relations-under-the-british-gross-indecency-law-only-repealed-in-2003-and-also-all-the-other-men-convicted-under-other-uk-anti-gay-2

We Want Facebook To Remove Having To Pay To Reach Fans And FollowersΒ https://www.change.org/p/facebook-we-want-facebook-to-remove-having-to-pay-to-reach-fans-and-followers

Pass the new ordinance to allow street vendors to earn an honest living!https://www.change.org/p/chicago-city-council-pass-the-new-ordinance-to-allow-street-vendors-to-earn-an-honest-living

BBC: BRING BACK CLARKSONΒ https://www.change.org/p/bbc-reinstate-jeremy-clarkson

The only campaign that reached its goal, was the one about Clarkson, that says a lot about our celebrity driven culture!

#1! My album is #1!!!!

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So I was having fun tonight, photographing my original artwork and listening to some awesome music,
until I decided I was just gonna take a look at the Amazon charts.

I’m now NUMBER ONE! I’m currently charting on 3 Amazon US Best seller charts at the same time! You can see the pictures below!

Check out my album here: http://www.amazon.com/2-Guitars-Classical-Crossover-Album/dp/B00QRDJTOM/ref=sr_1_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1424728504&sr=1-1&keywords=2+guitars+the+classical+crossover+album

I’m so proud πŸ˜€

This is so awesome! Such a shame that everyone else is sleeping, because seriously this is awesome!

So I guess I’m too excited now to go to sleep!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Look! I even got a badge!!!!

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Getting Back Into The Zone

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Cool facts before I start my entry: My album has been charting in USA again, earlier this week πŸ˜€

The worlds biggest guitar magazine “Guitar World” featured my Dragon Age video yesterday Β πŸ˜€ See the article here: Β http://shar.es/1fDJ3EΒ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

So… April is approaching with all its grandeur. It will be a busy month for me and I’m currently getting back “into the zone” as they say. It has been some time now since I was in that “hyper-concentrated” mindset you have to be in when you play ridiculously challenging material on your instrument and the last days have served as a reminder to how exhausting it actually is.

It drains you both mentally and physically to play virtuoso material and there is no way you will ever be able to get the concentration you need unless you can become a 100% at one with your instrument. It requires such fine motor-skills and hyper concentration that the rest of the world cannot exist in your mind. It has to become oblivious.

It is so physically and mentally demanding to be there a 100% as a musician you cannot really do much else. It depends of course what you are playing and what your goal is, but if you want to play the crazy stuff I’m doing it is pretty much like being an athlete! Your focus has to be there, your whole life has to accommodate your profession.

After my run yesterday I went back to meditating and instantly noticed a major difference in my emotional balance. I started out feeling like the whole weight of the world was upon me and ended up feeling fine tuned and in balance with my surroundings, whether you pray or meditate, don’t stop doing it. It’s worth its weight in gold.

Super excited that my music is selling :):)

It was on number 8 in the beginning of the month, then it went down now its up again ;):):)

 

Running!

Running!

Running today!

Running today!

Spring is coming!

Spring is coming!

This is my guy \m/

This is my guy \m/

#WorldsCoolestPet

#WorldsCoolestPet

I want a bunny for my Birthday :):):) awwww!

I want a bunny for my Birthday :):):) awwww!