Mike featured Musicians Institute Success Stories

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014

Mike featured Musicians Institute Success Stories

Guitar Program alum Mike Campese has just released his eighth studio album, Chameleon. The composer, songwriter, singer and guitar shredder mixes everything from hard rock, progressive metal and fusion to elements of jazz, blues and classical… Read...

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Mike at IES

Posted by on Jul 27, 2014

Mike at IES

Mike will be playing the IES in Hollywood! INDIE ENTERTAINMENT SUMMIT is an annual event taking place in the Entertainment Capital of the World L.A. – in the NoHo Arts District / Hollywood, CA, with 4 big days of amazing Industry Seminars & Workshops, and 5 nights of Live Music & Performances. The event is open to Artists, Bands / Groups, Indie Record Labels, Filmmakers, Business Executives, Technology Experts and anyone with an interest in becoming & growing as an entertainment professional. Learn the latest trends to turn your passion into a sustainable business, and walk out with a plan of action & new connections and relationships to build with!...

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Axe Magazine Italy – June 2014 “Shred Italia”

Posted by on Jul 13, 2014

Axe Magazine Italy – June 2014 “Shred Italia”

Ciao a tutti! Benvenuti alla mia nuova rubrica sulle pagine di Axe. Vorrei iniziare dicendo quale onore sia per me far parte di questa grande rivista. In queste lezioni, insegnerò come diventare uno shredder, un vero virtuoso. Naturalmente, servirà tanto esercizio… davvero tanto! E ricordiamo sempre che, prima di correre, bisogna saper camminare. Nella prima lezione, mostrerò alcuni esercizi di stretching per la mano sinistra, utili per il riscaldamento e per far circolare il sangue nelle dita. È importantissimo scaldarsi prima di suonare; personalmente trovo che se mi riscaldo adeguatamente, eseguendo appena imbraccio la chitarra alcuni fra gli esercizi che sto per proporre, suono molto meglio per tutto il giorno. Mettiamoci nei panni degli atleti, che non iniziano subito a correre più veloci che possono, ma prima eseguono stretching e riscaldamento. Sebbene gli esercizi siano dedicati alla mano sinistra, alcuni sono utili anche per la pennata alternata. Una serie di ottimi esercizi di stretching per scaldare la mano sinistra. Possono essere insidiosi: andiamoci piano! Per l’esecuzione, è necessario fissare due dita alla volta; queste rimangono immobili nella posizione indicata, mentre le altre due dita si muovono su e giù per il manico. La diteggiatura della mano sinistra è indicata nel pentagramma, mentre l’intavolatura mostra, cerchiati, i tasti su cui vanno posizionate le due dita “immobili”. Se avvertiamo dolore alla mano, fermiamoci e scrolliamola. Questi esercizi sono utili anche per la pennata...

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Metal Master Kingdom’s review of Chameleon

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014

Metal Master Kingdom’s review of Chameleon

Read the Full Article Mike Campese has released his 8th studio album Chameleon on September 17, 2013, and it has something for everyone on it. Before doing this review I knew of Mike and his work, but had never really listened to it. What talent! Chameleon has 12 tracks of magnificent guitar work on it. Starting with “To the 9’s” which makes a sudden impact with the incredible shredding, then moving onto “Chameleon” which tones it down a bit and brings you on a more melodic ride with some vocals added. The transition from one track to the next is pulled off brilliantly. One of the biggest standout tracks on the album is “Pasta and Bananas”. It was that one song that I had to go back and listen to again. It starts to get a little heavier (which I am a fan of) and it just hits the spot for me. It gave me that chill up my spine. Tracks like “Firefly In A Bottle” and “Meant To Be” have more of a jazzy feel to them with some very catchy melodies. Overall it is a great listen. Production was done extremely well. Mike Campese has just an unspeakable amount of talent and has accomplished so much from his solo work to his work in the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, guitar lessons, and being featured in multiple guitar magazines. Want and need a good listen? Like hearing the skills of a guitar player? Check out Chameleon! Looking forward to checking out more of Mike’s work and also for what he has for us in the...

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Mike in Axe Magazine

Posted by on May 20, 2014

Mike in Axe Magazine

One of the biggest and very popular Italian guitar magazines in Italy, Axe Magazine did a 8 plus page feature on Mike. The mag covers an interview, Cd review of Chameleon and a guitar lesson. Plus a nice mention on the cover! Be sure to check it...

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CanedoRock.com Review of Chameleon

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014

CanedoRock.com Review of Chameleon

Full Article Here El neoyorquino Mike Campese nos entrega su octava producción discográfica que se titula en inglés “Camaleon”. Lo del nombre es por la diversidad de estilos que se pueden encontrar aquí, y si bien, no es que Mike se despacha con una polka rusa, pero tenemos rock, funk, metal, algo de soft, blues, y hasta música de circo con guitarra. Campese además nos demuestra una vez mas su capacidad no solo compositiva, sino interpretativa, que desarrolla a través de la guitarra, generando diversas atmosferas y momentos variantes según el oyente va pasando pieza tras pieza musical. En varios de los temas, el yankee se toca todos los instrumentos, dejando muy poco a otros músicos, en partículas, sin interpretar la batería en varios de los tracks. Para ello se apoya en dos bateristas: Mike Normandin y Art Bernstein, aunque MC hace esta labor en cinco canciones. Para cerrar el capítulo de los que integran este disquito, aparece otro neoyorquino, el talentoso Vernon Reid de Living Color poniendo guitarra en “Do It For The Cats”. Aquí el moreno pone su experiencia y personalidad tras las seis cuerdas en el solo de guitarra, que se repite varias veces, haciendo un dueto ideal para los amantes de este instrumento. En cuanto a lo musical, Campese se extiende a un disco instrumental, con un par de cortes cantados. Los temas con voz son el que le da nombre al CD, luego “She Burnt The House Down”, y “Kilauea”, donde Mike se expresa de manera verbal, con un tono de voz parecido al de Lenny Kravitz, parecido dije… mientras que el circense es “Vegas (Playing for Slots)” que está dentro de los instrumentales. Por lo pronto los dejo con la tarea de descubrir, disfrutar y pasar un buen momento de la mano de Mike y su guitarra. Que les...

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Full Throttle Rock Interview

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014

Full Throttle Rock Interview

Full Article Here Interview with Mike Campese By Dave Smiles Mike Campese is a guitar virtuoso for the new generation of music fans. Taking the best of what has gone before and pushing himself musically and artistically into the future by writing within various styles. Through passion for his guitar playing and a love of music, Campese seeks to share these with an ever growing audience. Mike took some time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions for Full Throttle Rock about his introduction to the guitar and music, creating songs and developing as a musician. We also talk about creation of his eighth album, Chameleon.   How did you first discover the guitar? I always loved the sound of the guitar. My brother played guitar and I starting getting into Black Sabbath. They really inspired me to play guitar, especially when I bought their first album. Originally, I wanted to play drums and I asked for a set and I never got it. My sister and her boyfriend at the time bought me a bass at a garage sale and the next day I traded it for a guitar. I used to always hang at the guitar shop at the mall and my friend played drums and we started jamming right at the beginning.   Who are some of your influences, and what inspiration do you draw from them? In the beginning Black Sabbath was a really big influence and I was into bands like Dio, Ozzy, Van Halen etc. I was listening to a lot of the guitar driven bands and my brother turned me on to Al Di Meola and that got me into the speed thing. The shred thing was getting popular and I started listening to Yngwie. I really started getting in classical music, my Dad was a violinist and I was listening to Paganini, Mozart, Beethoven and Vivaldi. Jimi Hendrix has always been a real big influence on me and Paganini’s music I love and all great music is an inspiration. I really admire artists that are originators that have a big impact in the music world.   How do you compose your songs? There is no one way that I compose. But, usually at first I get an idea or ideas and I like to record them so I don’t forget them. If I feel the idea is good enough...

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