Theodore Ziras: As a teenager I took my first electric guitar and piano lessons, also I was into listening to Heavy Metal/Hard Rock music like Iron Maiden. Then, at the age of 16 (1992), I listened to Dream Theater for first time. By that time, the way I was approaching music changed forever. I started paying attention to my technique ans also I started listening to guitar orientated music (Yngwie Malmsteen, George Lynch, etc.) I was fascinated by musicians with a high level of technical ability, regardless of style. At the age of 17, music became my first priority. Now after 11 years of playing guitar my main influences are Steve Vai, George Bellas, Vitalij Kuprij, Greg Howe, Shawn Baxter and Vinnie Moore.
Theodore Ziras: I have a lot of guitars and effects, but generally I am trying to keep everything simple, so mainly I am using my Palm Bay Custom Guitar, POD for the Studio and Digitech GSP 2120 for live applications.
Theodore Ziras: First of all, I would like that my music and my abilities are recognized world-wide. Secondly, I would like to influence other people with my music and my approach to playing the guitar.
Theodore Ziras: Of course I will continue recording instrumental music! My most recent project is my debut neoclassical instrumental CD called "Trained To Play", released in April of 2001. Also I released a transcription book for this CD.
I completed the pre-production for my second instrumental CD (13 tunes, 48 minutes of music), it will again be in an advanced neoclassical style. When I complete all the recording, I'll start searching for the best possible record deal.
Also I am working on instructional material, so in few months I will release a CD-ROM on Sweep Picking (beginners to advanced). Another long term plan is to start working on a project with vocals (progressive/neoclassical) - this will happen after the release of the second instrumental CD.
Theodore Ziras: Mainly by listening a lot of music, e.g. if I want to compose neoclassical metal, I would be listening and analyzing all the CDs that I've got in my collection. Then I am ready to absorb all these influences into my playing and my compositions. The good thing is that the final result is totally different from the tunes that I listened to for inspiration.
Theodore Ziras: I'm lucky enough to have my own complete home studio, with all the essential equipment (hard disc recorders, samplers, effects, software, etc.) so I can record any time I want as far as I want and at a very low cost. And of course I am 100% responsible for the final result. Even if I've got the opportunity to record at a commercial studio, I would prefer my home studio.
Theodore Ziras: Actually I didn't form my own record label, I found a record label in Greece (Steel Gallery Records). They believe in my music and they pay all the manufacturing costs. We share the promotion, I am responsible for the promotion through the Internet and they are responsible for the distribution.
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Theodore Ziras: Of course, here are some tips: