"I wanted to FILL SOME GAPS in my music theory knowledge, to see and hear new ideas. Jazz became more interesting, and I simply wanted to show that I 'graduated' from a music school.
I searched the internet for "distance learning", and I found many schools, most of them cheap in price and cheap concerning quality of material. Finally I found USSCM, and (USSCM Director) John Amaral sent me the phone number of another student from Switzerland. I met him, and he showed me some good material, so I subscribed.I couldn't imagine that I could inhale such an amount of material, which is very good in sum. It's like I was (and still am) traveling an other world, inhaling what I see and hear. This is a good microsemester, with mainly one new aspect: jazz-blues. I was surprised that I hear nice melodies in my head in that style, and I'm able to play them. Thanks to all these eartraining lessons. Now I can feel and hear bebop melodies in my head, at least over II-V-I or similar progressions."
Location: Bueren an der Aare, SwitzerlandMajor: Performance Principle instrument: Guitar CD: Sultan of String, "Electric Storm" 2002
Dan became "Artist of the Month" at Guitar9.com in 2001,
with the single pre-release for this album.
"Dan takes you on a trip to his musical world. How does it sound? Massive guitar riffs meet Eastern & Oriental music elements, haunting melodies, exotic vibes . . . In short: Exotic Metal!"
"It's not something new since Marty Friedman and Jason Becker developed this style before, but to be honest, Dan is the most competent guitarist since them."
For the Jason Becker Tribute Album, released by Lion Music in 2002, Dan performed the song "Dweller in the Cellar" by Jason Becker.
Dan: I couldn't imagine that I could inhale such an amount of material, which is very good in sum. It's like I was (and still am) traveling another world, inhaling what I see and hear.
Fans asked me about "my" style so I posted information about my influences at
The most exiting thing in the last years was to be part of the Jason Becker tribute album about 3 years ago, although my song appeared only on the japanese triple-cd package. I like Jason Becker's playing very much and I learned a lot from him (especially my whammy bar play) by listening and watching videos.