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

Live at Joy Station – Sofia, Bulgaria, 30 March 2017

Photo credits: Tsvetelina Kostova


Opening for Stu Hamm & Greg Howe in Joy Station – Sofia, Bulgaria, 7 November, 2016

Opening for Stu Hamm & Greg Howe in Sofia, Bulgaria, club Joy Station, 7 November, 2016


Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov | Flight of the Bumblebee | Tab by Alexandra Zerner

If you follow my works, you should be aware of the cover I made of Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov’s  Flight of the Bumblebee.

When I started learning it, I decided to use my own fingerings for this piece, which I transcribed for a 7-string guitar and I wrote it down on a Guitar Pro file. I made three versions:

Enjoy!!!

Alexandra Zerner | Sextilis | Arpeggios Lesson

In the first “episode” of my free licks & tabs I want to show you a snippet from my track Sextilis, which, in essence, is a repeating arpeggio pattern in 7/4, based on chord progression in B- (aka Bm). Below you can see a video, where I play this part and on the bottow you will find the tabs for the part. Enjoy and share!

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Guitar Pro file is available after donating an amount of your choosing, by using the button below and then writing the name of the lick tab you need in the text field, which opens, when you click the blue link Add special instructions to the seller.

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Kiesel Guitars Solo Contest | Alexandra Zerner

Another cool contest popped up and I had a serious dilemma if I should enter or not, because usually such competitions are an arena of an enormous amount of show off, which is actually disgusting. Then a brilliant idea hit me – I will do an anti-shred 4-note solo! Well, after the spicing, it actually came up to be 7-notes solo (and an additional short “blue” note in the transition arpeggio-like phrase before the theme repeat), but I still kept it simple and melodic. So, here’s the video (vote for me here) and below you can find some additional details, if you’re interested.

In this recording I decided to give a try to my brand new Bias FX from Positive Grid, which is a great plugin to have – I really appreciate it, being a session musician. The guitar is Jackson JS32-8Q, equipped with Kahler 2218 tremolo, and goes directly into my Scarlett 18i8 from Focusrite, without any other devices on the path. Due to the fact, that many people asked me about the preset, that I used, I decided to upload it here, so you can enjoy it and mention me around 🙂
For downloading the preset – click on the picture.
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Nili Brosh’s ‘A Matter of Perception’ Guitar Contest – Alexandra Zerner’s Entry – Behind the Scenes

Generally I stopped participating in guitar competitions, because most of them turned into a shredding show-off, which is not my cup of tea, but this contest grabbed my attention just because Nili Brosh announced it as a melody writing contest, which is something, that I would gladly participate in. It’s done by the courtesy of PremierGuitar as a PG Giveaways. The other major reason is that this contest actually helps Jason Becker by generating donations to his fund and this is a great motivation to me to do something about it.

Nili Brosh is a great player and musician in general, and she does very interesting music, so it was a pleasure for me to compose something over her track. It was a quite challenging task to perform, because of the two distinct parts, bringing very different flavours for the listener, combined with nice chord progressions, so it was really ‘A Matter of Perception’ for me to work on.

As a matter of fact, I wrote the second part first – when I heard the track, this à la Marty Friedman melodic line popped up in my mind immediately, so it should be a shame not to record it. It is a bit harmonically demanding, so I needed to adjust few notes and phrases in order to fit the chord progression good enough. Then came the first section, which sounded to me a bit middle-east asian, so I decided to use an arabic octatonic to build my melodic lines there. I was afraid, that both sections won’t go along together very good, but nevertheless I gave them a chance. I hope you’ll like the result.

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