New Album ‘Opus 1880’ on PledgeMusic

My third solo album is already happening!

It’s called ‘Opus 1880’ and it’s a double CD conceptual album – a dramatic sci-fi love story, expressed in more than 100 minutes of colourful progressive rock, based on the guitar style you’re already familiar with from my previous albums ‘9 Stories’ (2014) and ‘Aspects’ (2015), garnished with some classic old prog, acoustic ballads, modern metal riffs, and wide rande of interesting instruments. This time the album will also have tracks with vocals and few awesome guest appearances.

I made a video especially for you, where I explain everything in details, so make sure you visit this link and support my new album ‘Opus 1880’.

Photo Shoot – June 2017

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Photographers: Sofia Zasheva, Veneta Paunova Retouch: Sofia Zasheva Website | Facebook Page

WeeklyckZ #25

Here’s another lick, taken from my debut album’s track, in this particular case – “For EsmĂ© – With Love And Squalor”. In this video I am showing a 7-string minor arpeggio, played in 5/4 time signature on 16th notes, using hybrid picking technique. Keep in mind, that the guitar in the track is tuned whole step down.

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Brothers (Yngwie Malmsteen) – cover by Alexandra Zerner

I didn’t do any covers recently, because I’ve got a lot of work, also I am writing material for my second album, but this track by Yngwie Malmsteen (one of my favourite guitar players) doesn’t stop rushing in my mind since this masterpiece “The Seventh Sign” was released back in 1994. These were still tough years here, in Bulgaria, because the country was freshly freed from the communistic regime, and the only way to learn playing something, was rewinding the casette over and over again, until you get to hear the exact phrase. You can be sure it is very hard task to do, especially when it comes to such guitar heroes like Yngwie. Nevertheless, I finally made up my mind to sit down and learn this piece good enough, so I would be able to make a good cover of it. I recorded my own, a little bit rearranged backing track, partly (but not only) because the key is Am, but Yngwie tunes his guitar half step down, so it actually sounds in G#m… However, I don’t like transposing music to a key, different than the original, because it kills the music in some degree, also me, being a synesthete, changing the key changes the colours, that I am “hearing”, hence it feels uncomfortable. And because my guitar is in standart tuning, I had to play it in G#m, as you will see in the video below.
Another interesting thing is, that this is also the first track, that I am recording with my upgraded 8-string Jackson JS32-8Q – I put a Seymour Duncan Pegasus and a Kahler 2218 Stud Mount tremolo on it. I used and my brand new tube preamp ENGL E530, with my Boss GT-8, plugged in the FX loop of the unit. Keep in mind, that the preamp is plugged directly into the sound device, no cabinets or simulations. I am writing this, because there are no demos for this preamp, plugged direcly like that, so most of the people, who are interested in getting this unit, can’t decide whether they like it or not. Well, enough talking! Here’s the video, so enjoy, subscribe and share all around! 🙂

WeeklyckZ #24

This week in “WeeklyckZ” – a little bit of jazzy influence. I made for you tutorial for a descending lick in an octatonic diminished scale, in this particular case – in A, so enjoy, subscribe and share! 🙂

WeeklyckZ #23

This week I am turning up again to the exotic scales and that’s why I made a two finger tapping lick in Double harmonic minor scale, aka Hungarian minor scale, in this particular case – in F#m.

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WeeklyckZ #22

This week I decided to make another extended range lick tutorial, using my favourite technique – the arpeggios. So, this one is an 8-string C#m arpeggio with some “spicing” with additional notes.

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WeeklyckZ #21

This week in “WeeklyckZ” I decided to show you something more interesting as a playing technique, combined with one of my favourite exotic scales. If you haven’t already heard about “hybrid picking” – it’s a method of playing, combining both pick and fingerstyle, giving the opportunity to play wider range of phrases. In this particular case, I used the pick and only my middle finger, and the scale is a japanese one, called “Akebono”. Actually, there are two variants of this scale – the first one sounds like Aeolian mode (E F# G B C), while the other, that I am using, gives more Dorian feel (E F# G B C#).

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WeeklyckZ #19

This week in “WeeklyckZ” I want to show you a quintuplet arpeggio lick in Bm.

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WeeklyckZ #18

This week in “WeeklyckZ” I want to present you a tapping arpeggio lick on a Dmaj9 chord.

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