Rising Stars 1 / Various
By Ioannis Anastassakis, Progam Director of Elite Guitar Coaching "The CD you are now holding is called "Elite Guitar Coaching: Rising Stars, Vol. 1". It is the result of several hundreds (if not thousands) of man-hours by 15 different artists! It includes 14 original instrumental compositions from some of the most advanced students of my global private online guitar coaching program - called "Elite Guitar Coaching" - for the year 2012. The songs range stylistically from rock ballads to electric fusion and from blues tracks to intense shredding, all of them guitar-centric, so that within every track, each guitarist applies his own unique touch upon the instrument. And now that the "official project description" is out of the way, let me tell you a few more words about the background of this CD project and Elite Guitar Coaching in general: I have been coaching young, promising guitar players and helping them reach their music goals for the 25 years. Yes, I started very young! ? This has always been my Dream Job. My Elite Guitar Coaching Students also have their own dream - to develop their guitar playing skills and even become professional guitar players! In this mutual combination of dreams and goals is where the magic happens. Through Elite Guitar Coaching, I personally coach students from around the world - currently all the way from Europe, Asia, North America and even Australia! I design the individual study program for each student and customize it to his needs/skills/goals. I provide all learning materials, follow his progress weekly and provide personalized video/audio feedback on his progress, no matter where in the world he is located! This coaching procedure provides the student with both a solid structure within which he can rapidly grow and also (most importantly) the continuous feedback of the coach, so that he knows when he is doing something in a non-optimal manner and how to correct any mistakes. Under these conditions of maximizing both speed and efficiency of musical learning, the majority of my guitar coaching students develops their playing abilities in an unusually short time frame. So, i had this "idea": What if I "organize" them, help them record their original guitar-oriented music and provide the framework needed to help them release it? And that's how this CD got started - through the inspiration my students gave me by continuously improving their guitar playing! In closing, I would like to sincerely thank EMG Pickups for sponsoring this project and providing us with much needed equipment and all-around support. We hope you enjoy listening to this CD as much as we enjoyed creating it. Until next time, keep practising and set your strings on fire!" Ioannis Anastassakis and the EGC team members would like to thank the following: EMG pickups, Schecter Guitars, Telesound and Tasos Zampetakis, Bob Katsionis, Jim Voutsas, Ibanez guitars, Line6 amplifiers, T-Rex effect pedals, Visual Sound effect pedals. If you wish to contact any of the artists included in this compilation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.