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I've been a musician and author for nearly thirty years, with music often taking precedence until 2013. My novels are usually literary
fantasy and the music is either instrumental rock or acoustic guitar,
though I now also have a metal band called Z-Order. Read more in my personal bio,
musician bio, or author bio.
I have eight metal plates in my head, build my own guitars, suffered a crippling case of tendonitis,
play multiple instruments, and work as a software developer, though my degree is in classical guitar.
Instrumental guitar favorably compared to big names, and acoustic guitar instrumentals. As of 2012, I perform all guitars, bass, drums,
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Serenade of Strings (2010)
The Lost Art(2010)
Some Things Are... (2007)
A melodic metal band with vocals, in the vein of Metallica, Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest, Z-Order will release
its debut album in 2014. Featuring Randy Ellefson (guitars), Dave DeMarco (bass),
James Goetz (drums), and Scott Spivey (vocals). Read more...
The debut is a concept album dealing with isolation, communication, social medie, cyber bullying, child molestation,
drug addiction, suicide, and rebirth.
I write fantasy (literary and adventure yarns) and will publish in 2014-5, so please check back.
Blurbs, excerpts, and my author bio are online.
The Tales - a caravan of people tell stories on their way to see a famous sword.
The Champions Series: The Dragon Gate - four Earth friends summoned to another world
are mistaken for missing champions and must find their way home. The prologue is online.
Evermore - A hunter tries to rescue a friend from a city increasingly terrified that undead
from his forest will overrun it.
Four excerpts online!
I've spent 25+ years world building a setting where most noves take place. It features seven original species instead of
elves, dwarves, dragons, and other usual suspects.
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Better Things To Do
Adrian Smith Solos 1
Adrian Smith Solos 2
The new album will be released next Tuesday, 11/12/13 (an easy date to remember) via this site, CDbaby.com, and iTunes. The first single, "Keeping Pace", can be downloaded now: http://www.randyellefson.com/KeepingPace_RandyEllefson.mp3
Fan club members will be able to download additional songs for free. ...
My plans for fiction change quite a bit, with good reason. Since the summer, I've been working on The Tales, a novel of short stories, and completed five more of them. I have ideas for more, but those must be turned into actual plots, with themes and characters fleshed out before writing. Since that takes time and thought and is something I typically do away from the computer, I cou...
You can download a FREE Randy Ellefson Android app here: http://www.reverbnation.com/randyellefson/app
The app allows you to stream my songs and see the latest photos, videos and music blogs in one place! Apple iPhone users will have to wait, unfortunately
New photos have been added to the photo gallery. They were taken this past weekend in Virginia by Mike Gong at ShadowFlood. One cool shot is of my reflection in the mirror of my guitar, since I took the second one I built to the shoot. It matched the leather pants and boots well, and the stark white surroundings made perfect contrast, especially when that was reflected in the mirror, too. Have a...
Earning a traditional four-year degree in music, and specifically classical guitar, can make guitarists better at rock music, but it usually takes some effort to transport what you've learned from the classical concert hall to the rock arena. The possible benefits to this education include:
In another blog, I discussed whether you should create plants and animals for your fantasy setting. Assuming you’ve decided to do it, here are tips for doing so.
If you already have ideas, you can just write them up according to a template like the one I’...
Many guitar players learn music theory and consider a degree in music, but wonder what they will gain from a traditional four-year degree and whether it's worth it. The answer isn't the same for everyone, but here's what I can tell you about prerequisites, what you'll learn, what the experience is good for as a rock player, classical player, and composer, and what you can do with...
I always prefer to write a new guitar lick instead of using a standard one, but since anyone can throw in a bunch of notes that don't sound good, how do you write something fast, impressive (they must always be that, of course), and musical? Through experience, I've developed an approach. To do this, you'll need a song with which to play along, with a drumbeat.