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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.
Creating fantastic, thought-provoking adventures one story at a time.
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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Interview Feb 2014
This video for "Moshkill" from NOW WEAPONIZED! has just been uploaded. Check it out at: http://youtu.be/5ANa8uD3ZBU
This song features one of my best drum performances, especially for someone who hasn't been playing that long. As with all son...
Headbangers FM, an online radio station from Holland, interviewed me in January. I turned the audio interview into a video with photos and a backing track of my music here: http://youtu.be/TkLJQ783TOU
Subjects covered include what makes this album and my m...
The music video for "Keeping Pace" has been released! You can view it at http://youtu.be/Ai5sEyrr6cc
This was filmed around the same time as "Crunch Time", which is why it looks similar. In fact, all 12 videos from New Weaponized!
The Writers of the Future scifi/fantasy contest for authors is arguably the biggest one in the world. While I didn't place first, second, or third with my most recent short story entry, "The Garden of Taria", I did receive Honorable Mention, as shown in this certificate: http://www.randyellefson.com/images...
After playing electric and acoustic guitar for years, I took up classical guitar in college. The only problem was having two years of music school left, and now four years of playing requirements to catch up on. I managed to graduate on time anyway, but the result of so much practice wasn't pretty.
A year later, the tendinitis (also spelled "tendonitis") silently building...
Like most guitarists, I never thought I'd get tendonitis, not to mention several times. One side effect is that, since launching my music career, I've fielded hundreds of questions about it. These range from how to avoid it, diagnose it, get treatment (and from whom), do home therapy, and continue with playing – and more importantly, get on with life.
The goal of this art...
Last time, we discussed double-tracking problems you can avoid by doing Guitar 1 well, so this time we'll cover the same for Guitar 2, with more modern home studio audio recording techniques and tips to help you record your guitar solos.
Aside from the difficulties mentioned under "Performance Issues" below, there are some disadvantages to double-tracking:
In an age when few want to play lead guitar at all, not to mention twice, an article on double-tracking guitar solos might seem pointless, but for those players keeping the faith, this one's for you.
We'll discuss the pros and cons of double-tracking lead guitars and ways to get around common problems. For those new to the concept, double-tracking is when the guitarist performs...