Covenant Communications, which is a part of Deseret Book, will be distributing the first Mormon Guitar album! That means you'll be able to find the album in most LDS stores. And of course, you'll also be able to buy it and download it online. My hope is that this will make it more easily available to a much wider audience than I would have been able to do on my own.
BUT I STILL NEED YOUR HELP!
So..... if I have a distributor for the album, why the Kickstarter? Well, the distributor will take care of all the distribution, but I still have to make the recordings. Hence, the Kickstarter campaign.
What is the money going to be used for? To record a good album, you have to record at a good studio. So a large portion goes to that. That includes studio time, mixing and mastering of the audio. Luckily, because it's just me, it will be as quick and easy as possible. I won't have to pay studio musicians and there will be minimal mixing as well since it won't be a full band. If you look at other kickstarters out there for albums, they're mostly in the 10s, 20s, 30s, even up to 100 thousand dollars. My goal is to produce the highest quality album possible for the least amount of money.
The rest of the cost will go to production and postage for the pledge rewards.
What if I go past the goal amount? What will that money be used for?Every dollar that goes over the goal amount will go straight back into Mormon Guitar. As you know, Mormon Guitar is a free site, but that doesn't mean it's free to run. There are a lot of development plans that I have for the site and what it can offer, all of which will take some investment. So whether it's development, licensing or updating gear, everything will go directly back into Mormon Guitar.
When I started Mormon Guitar, I never dreamed of actually turning these arrangements into an album that you could actually buy off the shelves. Really, it was just intended to be a resource for people looking to learn how to play the hymns on the guitar. But all of you changed that, in a good way.
While Mormon Guitar will always be first and foremost a teaching site, with free resources for guitarists, it was the listeners that pushed me to get more and more creative every month. It was all of you that shaped Mormon Guitar into what it is today and it is because of all of you that I have the opportunity to make an album out of it.
I have to say, I think the album is going to be killer. A lot of albums are made with 3 or 4 great songs, while the rest are just fillers. But not this one. Every song on this album took a month to do. That's a full year of solid work and creativity. And I think that when you put them all together, we'll have a really great album from start to finish.
But since Mormon Guitar has always been a free site, I've never made any money from it that I could put into making an album. That's why I'm asking for your help to get this album off the ground.
Here are a few of the arrangements that will be going on the album. For more, visit MormonGuitar.com
First off, you might notice that unlike other Kickstarter campaigns for albums, I'm not offering presales of the album. The reason is simple - I can't. I wish I could, but because there will be a distributor for the album, I'm not at liberty to give away any copies as backer rewards.
So in my best effort to make that up to you and to still make it worth it, I'm giving as much back to you as I possible can with each pledge and reward. Whether it's personal thank you letters, merchandise that's exclusively designed for Kickstarter backers, online guitar lessons, personal concerts (in person or online), or even allowing you to pick the next hymn, I'm going all out to try and give as much of me to you.
Some of the rewards are self-explanatory, but some of them are easier to understand if you just see them. Here are few of them:
If you have any questions about the rewards, feel free to comment on this project or shoot me an email. You can find my email at mormonguitar (at) gmail (dot) com.
Thank you to everyone for all of your support with both Mormon Guitar and this project. It's been a lot of fun and I'm excited to keep doing the arrangements for as long as I can.
MormonGuitar.com is my little project to write original arrangements of my kids’ favorite hymns and primary music every month. It’s also an excuse to play the guitar more often (but don’t tell my wife).
At the beginning of each month they tell what song I should do next. I then arrange it, transcribe it, video myself playing it and video myself teaching you how to play it. New arrangements are posted the first day of each month. And of course everything on this site is free.
I learned to play guitar when I was a teenager in the early 90′s. Back then, there was no internet for me to get lost in after school. So instead, I locked myself in my room for hours everyday teaching myself to play the guitar. I guess I hope there are some kids out there that can use the stuff on this site and spend their free time after school learning to play guitar like I did, instead of wasting it on other stuff. …like homework.
Visit mormonguitar.com to learn more or to listen to the arrangements. Here's a sample of what's going on the album.
Risks and challenges
Risks for this project are pretty minimal since I already have a distribution deal in place. Potential problems could include securing the copyright permissions for the hymns, however the distributor has extensive experience with this and it shouldn't be a problem.
Of course, if I was to chop off a finger, that would hinder the project. Although I did that once before in High School, and it still hasn't slowed me down.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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