Between now and March I will be recording the final guitar melodies and solos for what's left of my album tracks.
Following this, I will Mix and Master all the songs with a view to have them ready for ears in April.
What an excellent way to begin November; On Friday 4th I caught a Bumblefoot show in Wakefield, W.Yorkshire!
Ron is mutual friends with an outstanding singer friend of mine, so after his show we had a good talk about music and of course, the guitar! He even let me play his Vigier and it was sooo heavy! His solo material is excellent, I especially loved 'I can't play the blues' and 'Guitars Suck'; when playing his double neck guitar, it seemed so effortless. Ron is not only a highly accomplished guitar player, but he's also an incredibly humble human being. He even had kind and encouraging words to say about my own instrumental guitar music. Thanks Ron!
As a composer/producer I always enjoy approaching Music Creation from different perspectives.
This book by John Cage has brought greater perspectives to my process when creating and recording music.
And so, if you too make music and have become a slave to convention, then I strongly recommend this text to you.
Offer something new.
Just finished one of the first demos for my instrumental album!
I have cut my fingers open, all in the name of passion :-)
Looking forward to share it soon...
This summer I will be recording and writing new demos, performing locally and enjoying the summer break.
I'm excited to see what new material forms itself over the coming months.
I have been out of action for a long time due to work commitments, so this summer gives me the opportunity to experiment and be productive.
"Just when I thought great Melodic Rock voices were only possessed by artists over 40, then comes along the future and continuation of this style in the form of Daniel Rossall! I am proud to endorse this huge talent which I am sure will be taking a lot of my work soon!"
I am very proud of these words from a phenomenal singer and friend of mine Mr Jeff Scott Soto.
One of my favourite bands that Jeff has been a part of is Talisman...Vicious guitar riffs, funky bass lines and grooves fronted with dominant Vocals. The fusion of musical influences with Melodic sounding vocals, Harmonies, structured Song-writing - Talisman are a well rounded display of musicianship and infectious songs.
Jeff's vocal abilities forced me to think about power and delivering phrases convincingly. One of the things I love about Jeff his is stylistic versatility; he can sing along to a heavy metal song and deliver the goods 10 times over, then you'll hear him singing Prince or Disco tunes from the 70's showcasing variation. There is a groove and rhythm within his singing, it's so solid that the voice alone gets your foot tapping!
I would suggest listening to "Lost in the translation", "Damage Control" and "Talisman".
JSS is the one reason that I discovered Melodic Rock and bands like TNT, Firehouse, Talisman & Journey. His impact on my musical path was highly influential and I thank him for the extra special praise regards my talents.
Catch him live soon with the TSO Orchestra - http://www.trans-siberian.com/
TONY HARNELL is perhaps most famous for his incredible vocal range and his work with the band TNT. Besides TNT he has contributed to various exciting projects including some of his own solo work of which I am a huge fan! I own every TNT album featuring HARNELL right from "Knights of the New Thunder" to "All the Way to the Sun" - all albums showcase great song-writing, sublime vocals and some very unique guitar playing. Out of my ever growing and extensive music collection I would say that the TNT albums are the ones I listen to the most, for me they have it all; Vocal hooks a plenty, exciting guitar riffs and powerful rock screams like no other. Their material is strong, consistently echoing within my mind. I was very lucky to catch HARNELL fronting TNT back in 2005 at Firefest, Bradford UK. The songs I remember most from that gig are "Caught Between the Tigers" and "Intuition". I stood there with my jaw dropped open, smiling and laughing with amazement at HARNELL'S range and talent. TNT really opened me up to melodic song-writing, harmonies and incredible high torque rock vocals. I am very aware of other Vocalists and Rock/Metal bands from that era, but for me the dynamics mixed with the consistency of HARNELL are untouchable! I was always intrigued by the feminine tone in his voice, it inspired ME to develop a very gentle, almost crystal-esque tone when singing ballads. I would spend hours, and still do, singing along to songs like "Childs Play" and "Northern Lights" amongst many others!
It's very hard for me to choose a favourite TNT album, but the first one I bought was "Intuition" shortly followed by "Tell No Tales" and "My Religion". All of their albums are strong because each has so much to offer in both substance and very impressive musical talent. For example, Ronni Le Tekro is a very overlooked guitar player; he has his own unique approach and really stands out as original when compared to so many other of his contemporaries. Frantic, heavy guitar riffs mixed with hyper-storm guitar solos, Ronni is a one off and deserves a lot more acclaim for his craft. After TNT HARNELL worked on projects such as WESTWORLD and STARBREAKER. Again, I am a huge TH fan so I own all albums from both projects and would recommend "Skin", "Cyberdreams" and "Love's Last Dying Wish". 2010 saw HARNELL go solo releasing "Round Trip" with guesting musicians aka THE MERCURY TRAIN, an acoustic album featuring some TNT classics and new material alike. This is a great example of Tony's perfect voice.
This year TH released an EP/Album with THE WILDFLOWERS feat Bumblefoot on guitar. For those of you who don't know who Bumblefoot is, his real name is RON THAL and has played with Axl Rose G'N'R!!! This is another Acoustic/Rock project featuring original numbers which I am sure will be a successful release...
I would personally like to thank TH for dedicating his life to his voice and his music. It has opened doors for me within the creative realms, and has pushed me as a Vocalist in trying to compete with his sheer excellence. From singing his songs I continue to strengthen and improve my Vocal dynamics regularly, always learning, thank you Tony!
Tony Harnell on Daniel Rossall:-
"One of the best young rock voices I've heard in a long time! Usually when people tell me I was an influence and I hear them sing I'm a little disappointed, but with Dan it was the opposite! I was blown away. He's not just focused on high notes, though he's got some monster notes, he "gets" it. He gets the full scope of what singing is all about. A great young talent for sure."
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Get his new album here - http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/tonyharnellthewildflower
JAIME VENDERA is the author of "Raise Your Voice" and several other Publications. His dedication to the science of singing has inspired other Vocalists to strengthen and improve their voices whilst establishing that "anything is possible" if Jaime has anything to do with it...
He is one of the most sought-after Vocal Coaches on the planet and has helped some of the biggest names in music with their voices including James Labrie (Dream Theater) and Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge) to name but few. Jaime's glass-shattering voice found him appearing on countless TV shows around the world, earning him a highly respected reputation as both Teacher and Singer. As a Singer myself, I am a huge fan of this mans techniques and endless knowledge on singing; I own "Raise Your Voice 2nd Edition" and "The Ultimate Breathing Workout". Both of these Publications helped me to really tune into my Vocal capacity whilst also improving my technique, greatly! I am happy to consider Jaime as both a friend and mentor - here are some kind words from Jaime about my voice.....
"As a vocal coach, I am always on the lookout for up and coming singers, singers with amazing passion, range, and tone. Daniel Rossall is definitely one of these singers. I am honored to know him and even more honored that he uses my vocal methods, though I am positive his voice was golden before he ever heard about me :)"
For anyone wanting to become a Singer, I strongly advise you take a few lessons with a Professional Vocal Coach and also purchase these books. There are a lot of average Singers and Vocal Coaches out there that really don't cover the depth of the art that is Singing. Lessons helped me a lot, I took 6 lessons in total and after that I worked from books because I understood the mechanics of the voice. You're only ever going to learn by practising for a few hours each day consecutively, the voice is a muscle and you have to keep it in shape. Use it in little amounts and you'll never acquire serious power, over use it and you'll blow it out or even worse DAMAGE YOUR VOCAL CORDS! Find the right balance, always warm up and most importantly LEARN HOW TO BREATHE!
To keep up to date with JAIME VENDERA or if you wish to purchase some of his work, please visit his webpage:-
Thanks for reading, always enjoy singing and thank you JAIME VENDERA