The other day I received a request from a follower asking if I could make a video for those affected by Hurricanes Harvey & Irma, here is the result! I hope you guys like it! Please donate to help the victims if you can! I’ve pasted in lots of links to charities in the description of the video! Lots of love to everyone!
Just making those of you who follow my blog aware of the fact that there is a NEW video with me OUT NOW! If you want some tips on how to learn guitar quickly and in an easy fun way check it out! ALSO – if you want to improve your guitar skills or learn how to shred I offer guitar lessons over Skype, so make sure you order some from my website before it’s too late 😉 I teach all levels and will custom make your lessons to fit your specific needs! If you want to learn how to sing and master the old-school Italian bel canto technique as well make sure you check out the video with my mom and me 😉 Lessons can be ordered through my website, don’t miss out!
Last month I had yet another amazing TV-experience in my home country 🙂 This time I was performing some rock’n’roll, check out the awesome footage below 🙂 ↓
Here Are Some Pics From My Norway Trip ↓ ↓
Being a Tourist in my own Homeland… ↓
And here are some pics from the month that was….goodbye October….enter…November…
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 😉
I will now enjoy some well-deserved days off 🙂
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 😛 ↑
I spotted the pope at my first village show ♥♥ hi-hi-hi ♥♥
I’d never attended anything like this. I actually won some things, wo-ho!
I did not sign up my own veggies…hmm…I wonder why 😛
I think the most suitable name for this picture would be….↓
A Musician’s Harvest.
*round of applause*
Enjoying a little bit of summer ↓
Out of my cage 😛 ↓
Dropped by London ↓
Had to take a picture of these two cute houses ♥♥
Ditching wheat. You don’t notice how much it dominates our diets until you cut it out.
When this happens to you ↓
When you come across a cool picture of your dad ↓
When you enjoy a good meal that lasts for ever ↓
When you go looking at Barbie dolls ♥♥♥ & get annoyed when you see all the “poser” dolls pretending to be Barbie.
When you see some serious swag ↓
When you realise that your pet is gone forever.
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, 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.
This year I’ve made some blog entries about my “guitar experience” due to that fact that I’ve now been playing guitar for 10 years 🙂
In my first entry I wrote about how I feel about art and creativity in general. Why Become An Artist? My Take On The Profession.
In my second entry I wrote about making the decision to pick up the guitar. My reason for playing, why it can be hard sometimes to make the leap and my reasoning for pursuing my passion.
I continued with a 3rd entry where I wrote about my disastrous first audition and 20 practise tips that I believe would be good for any musician to check out.
I went on to a 4th entry, which was meant to be humorous, describing my attempts at putting my First Band together back in high school.
This is my 5th and last entry.
So what now?
Well I left you guys with me sleeping happily in my snug bed in Chicago, dreaming of an arts degree, my guitar laying next to me collecting dust.
That scenery changed relatively quickly.
Because Life is funny sometimes.
It seems to me that you can have all the plans in the world but then *pooof* it’s all gone. Life takes weird turns when you least expect it to.
It is almost as if thought that whenever you think you have control, then life teaches you differently, You don’t really have as much control as you think you have, in fact you have to get used to dealing with chaos and the unpredictable.
Due to some unforeseen events, I found myself back in the Norwegian mountains.
All of my super-awesome plans were blown apart like a house of cards.
I now found myself sitting up there in the picturesque fjord land, unable to return to my home.
Due to the difference in the education systems I found myself at an unpredicted crossroad.
Was I to wait 5 months before I could return to my home, or was I at the age of 17 going to move out into my own apartment, provide for myself and officially move back to the old country to finish my education there, all on my own?
The problem was that I did not want a traditional education and I was only applying to art school since my parents insisted on a college degree. Yet I had always felt that, you don’t need a teacher to teach you how to be creative. They give you the tools, but the three greatest assets when it comes to art is: your eyes, your creativity and how obsessive you are. With music? pretty much the same, just swap the eyes for the ears.
So I decided to go for the great unknown, as usual ,and found myself therefore spending months in the company of my most loyal friend: music.
I tried to jam with the few others who played instruments there, my age….but guess what? There were 4 guitar players and 1 drummer and they didn’t play metal, so I hung out by myself, with the company of horror movies, social media, a trusted guitar that was lent to me and my own creative mind.
Seldom have I been more creative.
I played and I played and I played, until I couldn’t play anymore.
Until my hand was so stiff and so worn I just had to stop.
And then I turned my attention to writing, something I had never done before, simply to keep myself from getting depressed about my in-ability to play guitar.
I wrote short and sweet.
I wrote for my relatives, especially to entertain my grandfather. I had no idea I could write at all, but they were very amused and beyond entertained with my small, sarcastic commentaries about Norwegian society and politics.
They insisted I had to try to get published.
I thought to myself why not? And gave it a go, and lo-and-behold I got published in one of the major news papers straight away! On my first attempt!
Completely incredulous, I wrote a bigger piece, which was more serious and introspective and to my great surprise this was published in another major newspaper. I got a full page spread and a great email from the editorial staff telling me I had to keep it up, I think my entry was “the entry of the week” or something.
This encouragement was surprising, but it made me quite happy and I thought to myself…hmmm…maybe I should try to write some lyrics?
When I came back home to Chicago, I had changed and my attitude had changed to.
I realised that my approach to forming a band had been wrong.
What I had to do was to focus on what I could offer.
What was my greatest asset? My creativity.
All of us have something unique to offer, you just have to find it first, you just have to see it first, embrace it, perfect it, use it.
I figured out that the best thing I could do would be to record demos of the songs I had written, write the lyrics, create the artwork, complete my artistic vision and then see who would be interested in joining my artsy project.
I had to create my signature as an artist and then people would probably come to me.
I applied a lot of what I had learnt from my art teacher, into how I approached my music. Art classes were the best guitar lessons I ever had.
It’s all about the mentality 🙂
Ultimately I wanted my music to speak for me so that I didn’t have to say anything at all.
I went back to the US of A and stayed true to my goal and my plan, I created shit, I created great, ultimately I came up with a concept that was cool.
I took what I had and hooked up with friends that had what I needed in order for me to record my songs. The recording was shit, but at least I was doing my best and taking lots of initiative. I signed up for some art classes so that I could learn animation in order to create my own music videos and I took some private classes with Linda Cohn in order to complete the illustrations for my songs. I wrote as much as I could, creating many alternative sets of lyrics trying to come up with cool titles etc..
In late 2007 my mother got involved. Things got professional and things started to move in the right direction.
She hooked me up with a friend of hers, Paul Richmond, who actually was a producer, a platinum selling Grammy nominated producer, a real one with his own studio. In late 2007 I sat my foot in a proper recording studio for the very first time. My mother using whatever money she could find to pay for a proper demo recording, drove me through the dangerous south-side to get me to Paul’s house. The same year we also discovered my vocal range by chance, and even though I wasn’t very serious in the beginning, my mother started giving me singing lessons.
In 2008 after only 3 years of guitar playing we became a team. My mother as my manager, started promoting what I was doing online. We published a couple of songs, with illustrations made by me for the tracks and an animated video I had made for one of the songs. A video that got me all my first followers. We also published my portfolio, to throw all my ideas out there.
I had too many ideas, technically I had potential and we spent a great deal of time on artist development creating “my sound”in the following years, while still building an online following and gaining underground press. In 2011 we started officially releasing music for sale after having released several demos. This also marked a turning point as the mainstream rock press started picking up on what I was doing 🙂
At the end of the day, how do I feel about music?
Well, my mothers singing teacher always told her ” Music is the only loyal lover”.
I love that quote.
It is true, people come and go, people disappoint you and hurt you.
Things, objects come and go. Attaching yourself too much to possessions will neither give you peace nor happiness. Things can be taken from you. And things only brings you happiness if they enable you to accomplish something or hold emotional value. All other things are clutter.
Nurture your skills because they won’t go away unless you forsake them or become the victim of something unfortunate beyond your control.
I say, cheers to another 10 years of guitar playing. I’m thankful for the 10 years I’ve already had. Playing the guitar has meant so much to me and given me so much emotional relief. Writing music has been my creative outlet and the guitar my tool.
I say cheers to whomever is brave enough to put themselves out there on a stage and share their innermost feelings in their music. Regardless of genre. I salute anyone who dares \m/
Cheers to those who dare to be brave or “foolish” enough to follow their heart wherever it may lead them.
2015 is coming to a close. I hope that I’ll still be doing what I’m doing when 2025 comes knocking. And I hope that I’ll be healthy and happy.
Do what you love.
Don’t let fear fool you.
Ever since I came back from Norway I’ve been busy finishing my first metal album \m/
I’ve had my first “charting success” with my classical music so I don’t know what to expect with my metal music, but I hope it will be well-received sales-wise. I’ve experienced a lot of awesome stuff with my metal, but it never officially charted and my first song to really go viral, (like past the 100k mark on YouTube) was my version of the violin piece “Zigeunerweisen”, that vid was spreading like a disease online. A piece of classical music written for violin virtuosos never before played on the guitar! So it will be interesting to see what will happened when we release the first video for my metal record! My metal music has always been selling (even though it hasn’t officially charted) and my “limited-edition” physical metal Demo’s have been selling this year too, so I have my fingers crossed for another charting album, because it would just feel so awesome and so victorious to see my original music reaching an Amazon-charting position + that I’m an independent artist, so buy my art folks! You can buy it here 😛 mwha-ha My Store!!!!
Soooooo this is what you start seeing after staring into your screen while tracking! Read the captions..
Lots of cool Instagram pics ❤
Which one? ❤️#audix #audixmicrophones #audixscx25 #audixcx212b #SCX25 #cx212b #Testing #Vocals #Recording #Audio #MetalAlbum #CrazyVocalLine #CertainlyDifferent #VocalMarathon #Vocalist #Singer #MetalSinger #AlternativeSinger #classicallytrained #WillIHaveAnyVoiceLeftAfterThis? #heavy #heavymetal #soloartist #FemaleShredder #femaleguitarist @audixmics #SCVDistribution #AudixUK
I was in a mag again, look my name is on the front-cover \m/ and also…guitar legend Jason Becker shared my vid ❤ wo-ho! Thanks dude ❤
Thanks a lot to #GuitarPlus for featuring me in their latest issue! Check out my name on the front cover 😇 This is the first printed press I've received for my #Amazon – #ChartTopping #Album with #classicalguitarist #CraigOgden " 2 Guitars- The Classical Crossover Album " 😇 Thanks a million! #guitar #guitars #guitarmusic #classicalmusic #classicalcrossover #shred #FemaleRocker #Shredder #FemaleShredder #Ibanez #music #musician #musicians #grateful #frontcover #femaleartist #commanderinchief #thecommanderinchief
A million thanks to #GuitarLegend @jasonbeckerofficial 👍🏻 Sorry I didn't see this until now ❤️ Thank you so much for sharing my video with @craigogdenguitar !!!!! #jasonbecker #thankyou #GuitarMusic #CraigOgden #LoveMusic #FeelTheMusic #guitars #Crossover #classical #classicalmusic #saintsaens #shred
What you see here is part of what I worked on yesterday, which was tracking 4 takes ( no punch in btw ) all the way through making it sound like one #guitar with the @audixmics #i5. Whenever there was something I didn't like in the take, I did it all over again. I figured it was wise to break it in the middle to tune, as the song is pretty heavy on the low B and this string can easily go out of tune especially when you are tracking with a tremolo system. The little portions of sound you see are chords played an octave higher in the choruses to make it bigger sounding & some harmonies in the middle eight section. Today I changed the position of the amp entirely to track 4 other type of takes with 3 mics capturing completely different parts of the amp. Thats the pile you see there. You can just imagine the amount of tracks, also I haven't named things correctly yet 😛 When I'm done tracking with the good old tube amp, I'll track another set of guitars, this time with plugins so that there will be a wide range of options for tone 😯 #presonus #presonusstudioone #studioone #tracking #guitartracking #trackingguitar #guitar #guitarist #recording
Done with the @laneyamplification #IRH60 + #GH50Cab \m/ & done tracking with @audixmics #CX212B & #SCX25A \m/ Look at that pile of guitars, now maybe I should name which mic is which or which part of the cab is where 😕 haha 😆 WALL OF SOUND!!!!!!! #guitar #guitarist #trackingguitar #guitartracking #studioone #presonusstudioone #presonus #wallofsound
Nothing beats going for walks in the middle of the night…
Who said you have to take your sibling’s to the playground when there is light outside?
Bearded Dragon’s and their weird habits….
First I figured that Satan was following me on Instagram 😮
And then I got my first pic with over a 100 likes 😮 Oioioi! How crazy 😛 Time to get a maid \m/ I’ve officially made it!
A secret society is trying to recruit me. But only if I can solve this puzzle……
Dad crashed his Mercedes….
Kids these days……
I have no idea what happened to my chair Bottom line is…I fixed it…eventually… 😛
Apparently there has been a change of seasons and there is something called Christmas happening soon 😮 wow-time flies way too fast!!!
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