Growing your Own Moustache tuition packages are releases from the Freak Guitar Camp vaults: a set of tracks with one version including guitar as IA plays it, and one without, for you to jam to, to "grow your own moustache".
You will get to learn odd time signatures, monstrous tuplets, loads of tapping, picking, string skipping, harmonics, wild riffs, reduction, finger picking, arpeggios, exotic modes and then some. Not for the squeamish.
From the deep, dark, demanding vaults of the Freak Guitar Camp comes the ninth tuition package, containing yet another massive notation booklet and a pile of fistfuls of tracks to inspire and challenge you to grow your musical chops!
01. Margin Of Error (18:02)
02. Margin Of Error - stripped (18:02)
03. Cargo Cult Parade (5:30)
04. Cargo Cult Parade - stripped (5:30)
05. Bop Equation (5:21)
06. Bop Equation - stripped (5:21)
07. Restless Meander (3:52)
08. Restless Meander - stripped (3:52)
09. The Process (9:49)
10. Synchronicity Spin - stripped (13:15)
11. Synchronicity Spin - stripped (13:15)
12. Clean Sweep (9:59)
13. Clean Sweep - stripped (9:59)
14. Stitchpunk 9 (3:39)
15. Stitchpunk 9 - stripped (3:39)
16. Wicked Web We Weave (3:40)
17. Wicked Web We Weave - stripped (3:40)
18. Aye (2:09)
Bonus notation (notation only):
19. Quad Damage
The eighth download tuition package contains a massive 76-page notation booklet and a serious pile of tracks with challenging (and gratifying) built-in musical tools.
01. A Reshuffling of Atoms (12:57)
02. A Reshuffling of Atoms - stripped (12:57)
03. Variation 21 (5:30)
04. Variation 21 - stripped (5:30)
05. Alien Agenda (2:30)
06. Alien Agenda - stripped (2:30)
07. The Sunless Garden (5:04)
08. The Sunless Garden - stripped (5:04)
09. Rabbit Hole Shuffle (8:12)
10. Rabbit Hole Shuffle - stripped (8:12)
11. Protesto Manifesto (9:59)
12. Protesto Manifesto - stripped (9:59)
13. Have A Peasant Fight (2:19)
14. Have A Peasant Fight - stripped (2:19)
15. The Final Konokol Countdown (4:05)
16. The Final Konokol Countdown - stripped (4:05)
17. Gee... (3:03)
Bonus notation (notation only):
19. Confusion To The Enemy
20. Alone With My Phone
On is the evil twin of last year's massive track Off, only ten minutes longer and a great deal more challenging.
Clocking in on 30 minutes and consisting of three movements, On is blazing the trail, packed with exhilarating rhythms and unconventional techniques that will keep you occupied for quite a while.
Featuring the strange oral sounds of Bardo, the gigantic German shepherd, and the wonderful voice of animation genius Ben Rush.
Longing for GLaDOS is inspired by the (ever so thought-provoking) Valve game Portal 2 with its catchy finger picked, 80's sounding keyboard hook. It also includes a rather benign introduction to Indian korvais (reduction structures) in its mid-section. Kaputt is sheer picking silliness over occasional outbursts in Russian. Good fun!
Volume 7 of Growing Your Own Moustache also contains notation and playback versions of several tunes from Freak Guitar - The Smorgasbord and the first Art Metal album.
01. On (30:00)
02. On - stripped (30:00)
03. Longing for GLaDOS (4:28)
04. Longing for GLaDOS - stripped (4:28)
05. Kaputt (3:40)
06. Kaputt - stripped (3:40)
Freak Guitar - The Smorgasbord
07. The Smorgasbord (2:52)
08. Musth (3:12)
09. Lease With an Option to Buy (2:23)
10. Kali Ghat (4:37)
11. Mah Ná Mah Ná (2:39)
12. Dark Matter (1:56)
13. The Nigerian Gynecologist (3:25)
14. Muthucutpor (4:13)
15. The Three Princess of Serendip  (3:13)
The almost twenty minutes long track Off is the flagship in the sixth volume of the Growing Your Own Moustache audio fleet. A demanding sonic beast, Off is loaded with piles of challenging South Indian oozing rhythms but also plenty of time for you to stretch out over stimulating tonality.
It is easily the most ambitious and tough tune so far (despite the 4/4 time signature throughout) in the popular download series with its fusion of East meets West.
Featuring the voice of animation wizard Ben Rush.
I Am Root explores the nature of each church mode and the relationship between the notes versus the tonic. The plus nine minute song also has Smoke on the Water (or Water on the Smoke as it says in the notation to cover up its origin) in no less 11 different odd time variations thrown in for good, mind wrecking fun. Honest As Fried Chicken is groovy, finger and sweep picking ditty .
The gnarled 135 bpm shuffle study of triplets Friedrich's Gang of Goons has caused a lot of headache and nosebleed during the Freak Guitar Camp, students forcing IA to make "clap videos " the song through to prove the groove, so to speak.
The package also contains the Drone Zone, continuous bourdons in every key for you to pick any of the many included scales, improvise and grow your own moustache.
Produced, written and recorded by IA. Splendid notation in 34 page pdf booklet by Linus “Mr. Gul” Abrahamson. Mastered by Torben Schmidt.
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01. Off (19:33)
02. Off - stripped (19:41)
03. I Am Root (9:07)
04. I Am Root - stripped (9:04)
05. Honest as Fried Chicken (3:40)
06. Honest as Fried Chicken - stripped (3:39)
07. Friedrich’s Gang Of Goons (3:53)
08. Friedrich’s Gang Of Goons - stripped (3:53)
09. A Drone (3:33)
10. B Flat Drone (1:21)
11. B Drone (2:23)
12. C Drone (2:01)
13. C Sharp Drone (1:36)
14. D Drone (1:56)
15. D Sharp Drone (1:25)
16. E Drone (1:53)
17. F Drone (2:13)
18. F Sharp Drone (2:02)
19. G Drone (2:16)
20. G Sharp Drone (2:18)
Freak Guitar – Growing Your Own Moustache V is beyond a massive download package crammed with thirty useful and demanding tracks, each one with guitar as IA plays it and one stripped version for you to sink your teeth into and grow your own moustache, so to speak.
The fifth volume of the popular series is designed for you to see the big picture, to add way more colours of your sonic palette, not just a pile of empty licks.
All of it comes together with a groovy pdf booklet with super accurate notation. With epic tunes like Big Machine and Valhalla Vailankani Freak Guitar – Growing Your Own Moustache V is indeed pushing the envelope and will broaden your musical horizons.
Prepare to devour! Steve Vai and Favored Nations have released my audio feast Freak Guitar - The Smorgasbord worldwide! An intense buffet with no fewer than 40 tracks, served in double disc packaging (with close to two hours worth of nutritious music!) Freak Guitar - The Smorgasbord also features a number of prominent, tasty guests: Dweezil Zappa, Fredrik Thordendal, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Andy Timmons, Georg “Jojje“ Wadenius, Guthrie Govan, Morgan Ågren, Ranjit Barot, Kiko Loureiro, Jonas Hellborg, Selvaganesh Vinayakram and many more.
Keeping my Viking fingers crossed you will enjoy (and be able to digest) this beefy record! I had a ball producing it!
Get your copy here:
Amazon (US), Amazon (UK), iTunes, CD Universe, Abstract Logix, CDON (Sweden), CDON (Norway), CDON (Denmark), CDON (Finland), Ginza (Sweden), E-shop
Got smoking leads but make uncontrollable spasms when trying to groove over, say, 11/4? Can you take it away at warp speed all over the fret board but risk breaking your ankle keeping time with your foot while playing odd groupings? Well, then the fourth edition of the popular Freak Guitar – Growing Your Own Moustache download tuition series is something for you.
Subtitled Everything You Wanted To Know About Rhythm But Were Afraid To Ask the package includes 24 tracks (8 tracks with guitar, 8 tracks with no guitar and 8 tracks with drums and percussion only), a no less than a 59 page booklet with super accurate notation of all the written parts, a notation guide, tons of traditional and exotic scales, artwork and more.
From the nine minute Carnatic Metal to the demanding riff monster Blues for FK, from the frantic Indian breaks in Babali Bedouins to the funky vibes of Climbing for Stevie W, from the tapping and arpeggio inferno of Piece of a Bit to the odd tuplet frenzy of Floor Tom Tim, Freak Guitar – Growing Your Own Moustache IV has a lot to offer if in need of a serious vitamin injection.
On top of all the intense, rewarding rhythm parts there is plenty of room for you to work on your lead chops as well (your very own “moustache”), using both unorthodox and more common tonality.
Produced, recorded and mixed by IA. Notation by Linus “Mr. Gul” Abrahamson. Mastered by Torben Schmidt.
It’s time to get serious! With no less than 75 tracks (!) the Freak Guitar – Growing Your Own Moustache Vol. 3 – In the Mood for Modes is THE tuition album for the dedicated musician.
Besides seven new demanding, original songs, with and without guitar, IA has orchestrated a huge, challenging palette of useful backing tunes consisting of loads and loads of different scales from all over the world.
This is a stunning opportunity to actually hear the tonality and learn how phrase over synthetic and exotic modes as well as more orthodox Western scales.
The second outing from the Freak Guitar Camp archives; another downloadable double tuition album.
Just like Volume 1, there is one version of every track with guitar, as IA plays it (CD 1), and one without for you to jam to; to "grow your own moustache" so to speak (CD 2). Printable score for each song is provided in the included album booklet (PDF format).
You will get to learn more odd time signatures, monstrous tuplets, loads of tapping, picking, string skipping, harmonics, wild riffs, reduction, finger picking, arpeggios, exotic modes and then some.
From the Freak Guitar Camp archives comes a double download tuition album called Freak Guitar - Growing Your Own Moustache Vol. 1.
Having received tons of e-mails and questions over the years from dedicated guitar players wondering where to get backing tracks to practice to IA, decided to dig deep in the vaults and pick the best, nastiest, most challenging camp tunes for a beefy collection of wild songs that will keep your fingers busy for a long time to come.
There is one version of every track with guitar, as IA plays it (CD 1), and one without for you to jam to; "grow your own moustache" so to speak (CD 2). Along each song comes a PDF-file to print. The music is written down in both traditional notation and tablature. There will also be a CD-cover available for print and an A4 back and front and back page that you can use for the notation.
You will get to learn odd time signatures, monstrous tuplets, loads of tapping, picking, string skipping, harmonics, wild riffs, reduction, finger picking, arpeggios, exotic modes and then some.
Not for the squeamish.