Monthly Archives: December 2015

You do have time to practice guitar

Yes, you do have time to practice guitar. I’m assuming if you’re reading this, you have a day job. If this isn’t a complaint of yours, you can safely ignore this article. If however, you feel like you do not have time to practice, read on.

To make time to practice guitar, you need to make time to practice. You need to start creating the right habits. One thing you’ll see in life is that people who are good at anything have consistently good habits. People who are bad at everything tend to have very bad habits. Luck actually plays a small part in life. You might hate me for saying this, but it’s true. Some folks are consistently unlucky, but with the right habits, they can make the best out of bad luck. But that’s another rant for another time. Let’s talk about practicing guitar.

Pick up a guitar first thing in the morning

What do you do the very first thing in the morning? Pick your nose? Drink coffee? Check your email? OK, if you didn’t answer “practice guitar” or anything equivalent, you gave the wrong answer. Very first thing you should do in the morning, before the coffee and before checking your email is pick up your guitar. Even if it’s for only five minutes, pick up the guitar and practice scales.

Yes, you don’t want to be late for work. I get that. Then only do it for five minutes. At least you got your scales in for the day.

You need to do that daily. Every. Single. Day. Wake up, grab your guitar, and do scales. If you got ten minutes, even better. Practice first thing in the morning. Always. No excuses.

Find time to practice guitar while watching TV

Second, do you watch TV? If you answered no, then you have time to practice. If you answered yes, then practice guitar while watching TV. It may drive your girlfriend or your boyfriend nuts, but that’s their problem. They’ll get used to it. Grab the guitar, don’t plug it into the amp, and practice while watching TV.

You can multitask. Your ancestors did it. If you’re watching an hour show, get an hour in. You’ll still absorb the show but more importantly, you’ll get your hour of practice in.

Every chance you get, practice. Coming home for lunch? Squeeze in five to ten minutes of practice. You cooked and the food is in the oven? Good. That gives you time to practice guitar. Doing laundry? Let the machine do the work and practice your guitar.

Every chance you get. Make time to practice guitar. Get those good habits going and within only a few years, you’ll be a pretty good guitarist. It’s all about time. The more time you practice, the better you will be.

Roman

Roman from Astral Eyes
Roman is the Guitarist, Pianist, Composer, and Orchestrator for the world’s first Romantic Metal band – Astral Eyes. Their first album “Another Sacrifice Gone Wrong” is available now!.

Image of Roman shot by Kate. Thanks Kate!

When Your World is Up in Flames

Looks like it’s been awhile since we updated this site. A lot has happened. Bridget is doing fine and is very busy in school. And my band is doing pretty well. We just released our first video, Up in Flames. Click on the image below to hear it:

Up in Flames video

A lot of changes

We’ve had a lot of changes. Astral Eyes actually disbanded in late 2014 and came back to life earlier this year. Lots of drama I won’t get into.

For those of you who have been following the band for quite some time, we’re no longer a female fronted band. Skitz joined earlier this year and was immediately thrust into the studio. We’re also a twin lead guitar band now instead of just me doing the leads.

We also have our first album out. You should give it a listen. Up in Flames is our first single. It came out 10/31/2015 and we’re already getting decent sales.

Up in Flames video

The video itself was a blast to make. We shot it between Chico and Paradise in Northern California. Here are a few screenshots to show how beautiful the locations they chose were:
Astral Eyes Up in Flames video

Astral Eyes Up in Flames video

The song is about a girl who is to be sacrificed to a dragon and instead, the dragon falls in love with her and is giving her the choice to turn on her enemies. The original video was to be animated, but the record company was against it. They said it needs to feature the band, especially since it’s our first ever video. I guess looking back it makes sense. The animation had a little twist where the girl was actually a witch and she cast a spell to make the dragon fall in love with her.

So instead, you see a live action video. We do like it, so no regrets. We did get rained on a lot. California’s going through a drought and of course, when we go to shoot a video, we get rained on.

Anyways, if you haven’t seen it yet, check it out.


Roman guitarist, composer Astral Eyes
Roman is the founder of the Astral Eyes. He plays Guitar, Piano, and is a Classical Composer, Orchestrator and has a BA in History.