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Here are a few free acoustic guitar tips every beginner will probably learn sooner or later. Some are harder to learn than others; forewarned is forearmed.
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The Virgins and ASCAP: Did A Performance Rights Organization Do Anything For Us?
In 1995 I moved back to my hometown of Milwaukee with a group of college friends to start a band. We called ourselves The Virgins. Over the next five years this name would prove to be somewhat prescient. We played hundreds of shows throughout the Midwest, recorded one six-song cassette and two CDs, and made a lot of naive assumptions.
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We're proud to launch a new product review series sponsored by YourGuitarist. YourGuitarist.com is a web site offering Internet based development of custom guitar tracks for artists worldwide. YourGuitarist.com allows musicians to avoid the high studio fees usually associated with producing guitar tracks for their songs.
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Rachael Lampa Lets Loose With Self-Titled Outing

There comes a point in every artist's life when they need to go beyond simply scratching the surface and truly invest every ounce of their soul in the creative process. Though powerhouse vocalist Rachael Lampa's consistently belted out reflections from the heart, this self-titled outing finds her letting loose with no holds barred abandon, upping the expository level and relating to her audience with new found candor and maturity.

For the first time in the 19-year-old singer's career, Lampa's taken to the songwriting circuit where she's co-penned each of her new disc's eleven tracks. It's the latest inventive chapter of a career that's already sold over 600,000 CDs between 2002's Kaleidoscope and the 2000 debut Live For You (which have subsequently spawned the number one singles "Blessed," "Shaken," "God Loves You" and "Live For You").

"The events of my life in the past year have really prepared me for this record and shown me the importance of simple honesty in life, and in this case, my music," says the four time Dove nominee and winner of 2001's Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year for "Blessed." "I have always had journals and collected my thoughts in ways of writing. After a while, it's hard not to talk about the things that I feel so strongly about and how crucial faith is in everything."

Indeed the last few years of Lampa's life have been a whirlwind, filled primarily with non-stop touring and the sessions for this recording, though she also found time to graduate high school and move out on her own. Despite living a seemingly different lifestyle in the recording industry and practically growing up in the spotlight, this songbird has always maintained a decorum of normalcy.

"The lifestyle change came very gradually for me," she notes of the ride that began at 14-years-old. "It has truly been a time of transition for me as I have recently graduated high school and moved from Colorado to Tennessee. I am feeling the weight of stepping out on my own and have had chance to reflect on these changing times in my writing."

Along with the increased intensity surrounding the project's subjects comes an elevation in sonic diversity and instrument choices. At times such weighty topics are matched by a more aggressive pop/rock fusion, ranging from the bouncy thumps of "Rubber House" to the chunky guitar jangle of "Outrageous" to the horn slapped ska of "Being Alive." Such stylistic differentiation (along with the simmering pedal steel soul accompaniment by Robert Randolph on "Good Life," the piano plated ballad "You Never Know" and the funky bass wallops of "Room For Me") come with the collaborative help of GRAMMY award winning producer Tommy Sims (Eric Clapton, Amy Grant, Michael McDonald, CeCe Winans).

"When we first met, his brother was my drummer and he came around to rehearsals," says Lampa of Sims. "It first started as us being acquaintances and then buds, but when the label first suggested we work together, I said with a laugh 'Am I worthy of that?' Musically I've definitely grown so much and wanted to experiment with rock, funk and everything in between. I've loved what he's worked on in the past. We met right on the same page from the time we sat down to write and plan for this project and we had an absolute blast making it!"

But more than flawlessly executing a blueprint and excelling with cutting edge musicianship or ambitious experimentation, Lampa wants the self-titled record to be a spirit stirring experience destined to lead listeners down a Godly path. Having a crystalline voice over glistening arrangements and gliding progressions is merely icing on the cake in an overall winning package.

"I'm so excited to get out there and sing these new songs and share this part of my heart," Lampa confirms. "I want people to see that this is just a snapshot of my life and I just happened to be making a record at this time. I feel that it is my call to share what I have learned and experienced and how God has revealed himself in all of it."

Provided by the MusicDish Network. Copyright © Tag It 2004 - Republished with Permission

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MusicDish Network Promotes 60's Love Child Astrella-Celeste


MusicDish, an Internet music magazine publisher and artist marketing/development firm, is proud to announce the addition of Pop/Jazz singer Astrella Celeste to the MusicDish Network roster. Combining a variety of online viral marketing strategies, the MusicDish Network will be coordinating a broad campaign in support of her debut album "Blue Star" (the Spanish translation of Astrella Celeste).
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MusicDish At MIDEM: J-Music Distribution, France

J-Music Distribution describes itself as "the very first European distributor of Japanese music whose activities link Japanese artists and their management, Japanese record companies, and European distributors together to provide a stable framework of distribution from artists to music retail store."

Formed in December 2005, J-Music Distribution representatives brought their business vision to "MIDEM, The World Music Market's 40th Edition" conference in Cannes, France.

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