Dan McAvinchey

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April-May 2018

Sometimes it seems every guitar riff and chord progression has been done to death. How you can avoid the tendency to copy.

February-March 1997

We turn the electronic mailbag upside down to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about releasing and promoting records.

February-March 1997

We all write together at rehearsal. We never set out to write something new, it always happens that one of us will be tuning up with an idea or just jamming on something, and the other two will jump on it. By the time we realize it, half the song is already written. We look at each other and say, `I guess we`re gonna` write today!`

February-March 1997

I`ve mostly been motivated by wanting to hear something that`s already in my head. For the classical tunes, I always thought Paganini`s Caprice No. 5 would sound amazing on an electric guitar and just really wanted to hear it. If someone else had a recording out first, I probably would have bought it and then just listened to it instead of playing it.

December-January 1996

A Javascript-powered worksheet designed to help a record label estimate costs, price CDs and cassettes, and compute potential profit for a recording project.

December-January 1996

An introduction to the world of copyrights and publishing. It`s not hard at all to protect the songs you`ve written, and you may be surprised at the various ways your original compositions can earn money for you.

December-January 1996

Javascript-powered calculator automatically gives you the proper delay times to match the tempo of your music.

February-March 2018

Chock full o` ideas for promoting and selling your new record, and building a fan base.

December-January 1996

Ideas for improving your recorded guitar sound.

December-January 1996

My long-term goals are simple, continue improving and have fun! I don`t care really if I don`t become a `rock star` or a `guitar hero`, as long as I`m happy with my music and maybe someone else likes it too.

December-January 1996

How to start and organize your own record label. It's a lot easier than you may think.

December-January 1996

I`ve sold thousands of copies of the "Dreamscapes" CD. You have to realize that 95% of all my sales come from traditional print advertising. Reviews don`t sell your product. Marketing and advertising do! I`m amazed at the amounts of money bands and artists put into the recording and manufacturing of their product and then have no idea on how to sell it. Marketing and promotion go hand in hand; you need to do both.

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Dan McAvinchey is a guitarist and composer living in Raleigh, NC.

He believes every musician or composer has the power to write, record and release their own music.

Guitar Haus

His 1997 CD release on Guitar Nine was entitled "Guitar Haus".

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