New Recordings!

Happy 2019 everyone! I’ve been excitedly talking about taking on a project to record instrumental covers to make available here. I’ve completed the first, “Thank U, Next” by Ariana Grande, available now if you go to the MP3 Store. The next, “Rains of Castamere”, is by The National and from the Game of Thrones soundtrack. Hard to believe I first read George R. R. Martin’s first book in the series (which is actually called A Song of Ice and Fire – I wonder if HBO was betting on a 2nd season when they started) way back in 1996? Time really flies.

I started utilizing my Patreon to cover licensing. If you have a song you’d really like me to do, think of Patreon like tipping the band at a gig. If you have a song that, as a guitar player, you’d like to do a version of, we can also accomplish that. Please have a look:
https://www.patreon.com/user?u=5208818

The next two songs in the works are “Blackbird” by The Beatles and “The Wind” by Cat Stevens. Looking forward to showing them to you!

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Congratulations to student Olan Mijana and MonocultureBand!

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Restructured with some new direction! Test

Greetings everyone! We’re heading in to 2019 and it was time to change my direction a bit.

I’m still on Patreon, but I’m going to use that to benefit my recording projects.

My recording projects are based on licensing well known songs – either songs that are already guitar centric or chart top songs and turnng them into guitar centric versions and then offering them for MP3 purchase on this site.  The first 4 songs I’m recording for sale are:

Ariana Grand: Thank U Next
The National: The Rains of Castamere (Game of Thrones)
Cat Stevens: The Wind
The Beatles: Blackbird

Again, please bear in mind that I’m turning these into guitar centric versions – think of when Chet Atkins used to turn movie themes and pop songs into instrumental guitar pieces and you’re on the right track.

One other new approach is more directly integrating my social media accounts – primarily Youtube, Twitter, Instragram, and Tumblr, along with this website. I’ll be using Instragram to create a timeline of lessons and information for students to have access to to get refreshers on details from class. I’ll record these on Instragram but post them as a running timeline on this website.

To find my various Social Media:
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOY9Jfk1wAVGNHu_5-aTJPQ?view_as=subscriber
Twitter: @Motivique
Instagram: Motivique
Tumblr: Motivique

And that’s what’s changed here. I hope everyone is having a good end to 2018 – may 2019 be the year you want it to be!

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Surprise, we still exist. :)

I have definitely not disappeared, but being a new home-owner has kept us busy – it is finally settling down to where we can enjoy it, but the first couple months was quite a change.

Something I’ve never really addressed is an RSS feed url – if you would like to add this website to your feed or feed organizer, please add: michaeltillman.com/feed/

Also, of late I have been working on a Patreon page. Granted, the initial impetus is guitar lessons. However, it also affords a couple other things – via Patreon, you will receive recordings from me on a regular basis. If you are here, there must be something yo like about my music, so that doesn‘t seem too presumptuous. In addition, a group goal of the Patreon is to afford donating instruments to area youth organizations, and if we develop enough support, eventually founding a college scholarship for music education. This is in the future, of course, but it doesn’t take that much too accomplish, if people participate.

The Patreon already exists, but it will be launched more publicly on July 1. Please message me if you would like more details. If you are interested in supporting my efforts to bring music, instruments, and music education to others, please read here:
https://www.patreon.com/user?u=5208818

The page is up, but I haven’t been public about a launch as of yet.

Love to all of you today!

Michael and the studio at Motivique.

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Lakewood Guitar Studio to become Motivique Studio

Changes are definitely coming. Lakewood Guitar Studio will become Motivique Studio. It may not be as pastoral a name, but it’s on the other hand, it’s French! We are already stretching it to think of Mockingbird and 75 as Lakewood.
 
So why Motovique? The primary word here is “motive”, which is a musical term some of you know. You may also know it as “motif” from French. Motivique in French means “related to a motif.” Unsurprisingly, Motive and Motif Studios both exist.
 
A motif, in music, is the smallest musical idea that can be considered complete. You may have picked up on this from the way I teach, but I try to get you as the musician to be aware of as many possible “motivic” ideas as possible, so that you can incorporate them in your own playing, or will have a logical way to break down music when you are learning repertoire by others.
 
Other changes: I’ve wanted to remove “guitar” from the business name for a while. I have begun teaching voice, and the students have responded positively. Of course, I also teach bass in addition to guitar, and I have begun helping people learn to self-accompany on piano (though I don’t consider myself a piano instructor – this is specifically for voice students.)
 
Also, the big change: As the year progress, I will begin offering recording services. I have already done this for some students, but I ultimately want to offer this to the general public. We will install a soundbooth, and also fit out the studio room (because we will actually have a studio room now) for a larger room sound.
 
So, a name change is beneficial. I am proud to be moving towards offering other services, and to have had such a supportive and engaged studio of students these past 5 (Five!) years.
 
Love to all of you today.
 
– Michael Tillman

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