Win ERIK MONGRAIN's New CD 'Equilibrium'!
Exclusive Magazine is helping to promote the upcoming 2nd full-length album from virtuosic Canadian guitarist / composer Erik Mongrain - 'Equilibrium', out 10.28 via MVD Audio.
Erik Mongrain was born in Montreal on April 12, 1980. When he was young, he was more into sports than music.
Growing up to the sounds of Metallica, Jimi Hendrix and mostly Kurt Cobain from Nirvana, Erik discovered an interest in guitar. At 14, he received a classical guitar as a gift and learnt by ear his favourite songs. A year later, he bought his very first electric guitar which allowed him to learn and play Nirvana songs to his delight.
Over the following four years, he learned guitar on his own, composed his own music and discovered Jean-Sebastian Bach’s classical guitar melodies, which he learned by heart. Around the age of 18, he discovered a Canadian guitar giant who goes by the name of Don Ross. It was during this period in his life that Erik chose acoustic guitar as his favourite musical instrument through which he wished to share his passion with others around him.
He made another major discovery with the contemporary music of a Californian named Michael Hedges. “It was a true revelation to me, I had finally found my niche” stated Erik. He is still a great fan of Michael Hedges to this day.
During that time, he discovered and experimented a technique, which was unknown to him until then, “lap tapping” – “I immediately adopted that technique.” With the guitar on his lap, he tapped the chords as if it were a piano. The effect was spectacular! People passing by on the streets were his first “fans”. Over those years, Erik played in streets and subway stations in Montreal, in the U.S. as well as in Europe.
Erik is a musician who is constantly researching and exploring the world of music. For almost two years now, Erik has resumed standard guitar posture and has been writing at tremendous speed songs in which the harmonies and melodies are profoundly inspired.
Erik Mongrain's innovative and original finger-tapping style has over 4 million views on YouTube - watch this video and you'll see why:
So, if you would like to win one of these new CDs then just answer this easy question: In which country did a journalist came across this young Montrealer, who was then 21, sitting on the sidewalk and playing his guitar. So impressed by his talent, he wrote an article in the local newspaper making following prediction: He will end up recording on world class major labels?!
Send us your answer and if you're correct you'll be in the running to win one of these new CDs! Just send us an e:mail here before November 15th with your answer and the subject title CONTEST: ERIK MONGRAIN CDs to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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