UPDATE!!! I'VE HIT MY GOAL! BUT WE CAN STILL DO MORE!!!
Kickstarter and Amazon will still take their cut, and every extra dollar donated can help me get better/more equipment for this thing. There's still time left! Thank you to everyone that's helped so far, and let's keep the ball rolling!
You know what I love? Making music. It's been the driving force in my life. But you know what's even more awesome? Helping other people learn to make music too!
Viking Guitar University is going to do just that. It's going to be a free, easily accessible website that will take new musicians from 0 to 60 without any BS. No advertisements disguised as lessons, no half-explained answers to questions, and no captive-audience-guitar-wankery when people just want knowledge.
This site is going to feature video tutorials covering guitar playing, music theory, and song writing, as well as covering every aspect of setting up a home studio. Don't want to play guitar? There will also be tutorials on how to record other instruments (piano, flute, whatever) and how to use entirely virtual instruments! Emphasis will be placed on giving students the most cost effective and realistic solutions without sacrificing quality. The entire experience will be aimed at helping users realize their musical ambitions without having any prior knowledge and without spending ridiculous amounts of money.
"So who are you and why are you so damn special?"
The VikingGuitar in its natural environment.
First off, I resent your tone, buddy! Regardless, I'm Erik Peabody! Online, I go by VikingGuitar. I've released several albums of metal and video game remixes. Some of this has been featured on kotaku.com and destructoid.com. I'm currently working on two new EP's, as well as soundtracks for a few upcoming independent video games. Here's some of my stuff if you want to hear it:
My main instrument is guitar (you probably guessed that) but I play other instruments as well. About a year ago, I started putting out a few youtube tutorials about recording and so forth in response to questions that other musicians have asked me. Since that time, I received a bunch of emails with specific questions and requests for MORE VIDEOS!
Here's a link to one of my videos if you care to see my teaching style. Keep in mind that the new videos will be MUCH more dynamic since I'll have more equipment :-3
I want to do this right. I'm creating a full-on lesson plan to make sure that the people that come to my site will not just get answers to questions they have, but will get the answers to questions that they didn't even know to ask. The videos will be high quality and with multiple camera angles so viewers can see what it is they need to see. All they need is a desire to make music. I'll help them with the rest.
"Are you sure that the money I give you won't be spent on porn?"
I can guarantee that. Your money is going to things that I find equally titillating, however, such as:
- video equipment
- lighting equipment
- web design and hosting
- digital storage (hard drives and such)
- hard-copy printing (DVD's, books, shirts, etc.)
- extra staffing to help with filming, etc.
- replacing any equipment that decides to be a jerk and breaks on me
Even though all of the videos on the site are going to be free, I'm going to offer merchandise and DVD's and stuff to purchase. This will allow me to keep the site going while at the same time stroking my already enormous ego.
"Alright, so what do I get out of this?"
What? Helping out young musicians isn't enough for you? You are a monster.
However, I'm prepared to deal with your type. Here's what you get if you pledge some cash! Keep in mind that the rewards STACK, so if you pledge MORE, you also get all the stuff that the chumps that pledged less get!
$1 PLEDGE - Listed as a VALUED PHILANTHROPIST on the website!
$5 PLEDGE - A verbal "thank you" said by ME in an ACTUAL VIDEO LESSON!
$15 PLEDGE - Free lunch if I ever meet you in real life! I'll even sit and eat with you! We can talk about cartoons and stuff!
$25 PLEDGE - Get the full digital catalog of albums I've released! Two VikingGuitar video game remix albums and two Eye of I thrash metal albums!
$35 PLEDGE - Same as above, but I'll also give you the next release I do whenever I finish it!
$50 PLEDGE - Any two albums I've put out plus a shirt! (This reward doesn't stack with the prior two.)
$75 PLEDGE - Full VikingGuitar pack! All the music, the new release when it comes out, PLUS A VIKING GUITAR UNIVERSITY SHIRT! It'll even be in your size!
$100 PLEDGE - I'll mention your band/website/product/whatever in a video or on my website! Sell gourmet eagle cheese? It's now OFFICIALLY ENDORSED BY VIKINGGUITAR! That's right - I'll sell out for you! (Must be at least semi-family friendly.)
$150 PLEDGE - Skype with me! We can take a half hour to talk about whatever you want! This can be a music lesson or anything else! The only stipulation is that I will remain clothed.
$200 PLEDGE - Personalized video lesson covering a guitar or recording topic of your choice! (Subject to veto based on equipment I have.)
$300 PLEDGE - I'll write a song for you or about you! You can even have some input as to how it will sound!
$500 PLEDGE - Guess what? I'll help you mix and master your music. Have a few songs or an album that you're working on? Send me over the files and I'll make it shine. I'll also give you a rundown of what I did so you can learn how to do it next time! I'll even record some guitar for you if you want!
Awesome shirt is awesome.
THAT'S THE PLAN.
If you're still reading at this point, I don't know what you're expecting to see. Click the button! Or at least share this video with someone that will click the button! You're helping this project just as much by spreading the word!
Anyway, thanks for checking it out. It's people like you that make this awesome website work!
Art by Nate Horsfall http://www.lightningarts.com
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