Let's do a quick check to see what applies to you, ok?
- You play/learn an instrument.
- You compose or write songs.
- You record and produce your tracks in your home-studio or on your computer.
- You teach music.
- You are enthusiastic, motivated, curious, fascinated, excited (and maybe sometimes a little frustrated) with the infinite possibilities music challenges you with.
- All of the above.
Welcome to the club. 🙂
Here, on AdvancingMusician, I share my experiences and observations. All the techniques, tips and tricks I've collected and still come across.
You'll find out about:
- how to increase your creativity
- how to practice effectively
- tools and methods I use in my teaching
- great resources that help you be more productive
But first, let me briefly introduce myself.
Why Should You Listen to What I Have to Say?
My name is Marko Zirkovich.
I've been involved with music from early childhood on. Recorder lessons at age 5, followed by 4 years of piano study at the Joseph Haydn Conservatory in Eisenstadt/Austria.
As a teen I got fascinated by synthesizers. All those blips, noises, textures and overall possibilities for fresh, new sounds. From the almost vintage Casio VL-Tone (my first "synthesizer" I got in 1983) to the modern virtual soft synths – the fascination actually keeps getting stronger with the added features of modern instruments.
But keyboard instruments are not my only passion…
The Guitar Years
When I was 17 out of the blue I was infected with the guitar bug.
After 2 years of messing around on my own I decided to get serious with guitar playing. I completed a 2 year guitar program at the (now defunct) American Institute of Music (AIM) in Vienna/Austria.
In 1995 I moved to Los Angeles. There I attended Musician’s Institute (MI/GIT) and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commercial Music (Arranging Major) in 2001.
Free-lancing Ever Since
Back in Austria, I’ve been busy teaching, as well as producing music for various publishing companies and European TV stations.
Hopefully, my posts, articles and tutorials will be helpful to you. Please let me know by commenting on my posts.
For any questions or other inquiries use the contact form on this site.
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