I was just thinking that while listening to the CD "Venomous Fingers" it sounds a lot more like your first CD, not to say it sounds the same but I mean the songs are all in a similar style. I gotta say though my favorite song is "Shedding Skin", it's insane the CD hasn't left my CD player since I got it and it's not likely to in the near future, I am telling everyone and anyone to get it.
Thanks again for an amazing CD, you make me wanna keep playing. Some day I might have a tiny amount of your chops.
Just a few words of thanks... I had been playing guitar for almost 20 years and had quit playing for almost a year do to frustration and lack of "direction". I have your "Mind Over Matter" disc and put it on... WoW that made me remember why I played in the first place. I will be ordering your courses (all of them) one at a time because I am like the tin man and need some oil... your music is certainly fuel for motivation.
Thanks.....it's all about the music !
I just got your new album "Venomous Fingers" this morning and i just thought i would let you know it is amazing!!! Well worth that wait. I hope it does well for you.
I just wanted to tell you your new CD gave me a brain aneurysm, I think the sixth finger does exist on your left hand. You're beyond this planet you can not be possibly of this earth or life form. Your sweeps are faster then your scales. I think you were genetically engineered in the lab!!!
You are the best,
You're a six fingered mutant! I just got your cd today George I've only had a chance to listen to it once, but upon first listen it really is an impressive cd. My hats off to you! I'm sure I will get alot of enjoyment and many more listens out of it. Thanks!
Venomous Fingers is truly a masterpiece. Congratulations! I have been listening to it continuously to it for the past week. It is full of enchanting melodies, complex rhythms, odd-time signatures and out of this world playing. Your playing is better than ever! and your sound is just awesome! I love the textures you created using pads and synth voices. This record has been very refreshing and inspirational for me after years of not listening to anything new from this musical style. In fact I really don't buy any of the new stuff from this genre anymore, things have gotten so bad I think it would even be damaging to listen to.
Compared to Turn of the Millenium, I hear a lot more passion and emotion on this record both in your playing and your composition, sometimes very dramatic and sometimes magical with a lot more classical influence.
Thank you for making such great music.
I've bought your "Venomous Fingers" CD 2 days ago... supreme!!! Absolutely cool! There are some great phrases in there. Surely one of my favorite top 10 albums.
Hi My Friend,
Before xmas I got you third solo album through Lion Records. I must say that I really enjoyed it and I've been spending a lot time, listening very carefully trough every composition. "Shedding Skin" is probably the most sick, in a positive way, neoclassical composition I've ever heard! I love your improvisation solo section there and I think you just keep getting better. Well, I think you sound more fluid than ever before actually. Other compositions that caught my ears was "Journey to the Stars", "Above and Beyond", "Lightspeed" and "Timewarp".
"Journey to the Stars" reminds me a little bit of "Turn of the Millenium" in it's structure. Very cool odd time verse and the improvised solo parts is really awesome!! In "Above and Beyond" I can really hear the emotional feeling of your playing. And I love the part where the drums and bass plays unison hits while the guitars does some really nice bending notes over. In "Lightspeed" I love the structure of the different chord changes on the verses. It really is very new and fresh sounding ideas in the neoclassical composing. Blazing solo in this song too! "Timewarp", the first thing I thought when I heard this track was.. What the heck is the time signature here? And what exactly is it? In the verses..
Overall, a excellent album which in my opinion really stands out from all the other instrumental guitar releases today. I know something unlike [anything] was going to come from you when it was finally released and I was right.
Jarle H. Olsen
Congratulations for your new album "Venomous Fingers" this is amazing!!! I love your neoclassical vision!!! but your old stuff (2 previous cd) is very difficult to buy in Europe!! Do you think that Lion Music will publish MIND OVER MATTER or TURN OF THE MILLENNIUM in Europe??
And will you make a CD with vocals in the future?, A neoclassical project band with your own vision? A band in the vein of Ring of Fire (THE ORACLE" is 'MASTER OPUS' but you not played in the tour) (sniff)!!!
HELLO, MAESTRO, HAIL!
I AM A HEAVY METAL FAN AND YOU ARE ONE OF MY FAVORITE GUITAR PLAYERS!I HAVE AND ADORE ALL OF YOUR WORKS! THE LAST ONES,VENOMOUS FINGERS AND THE ORACLE ARE FANTASTIC!
I AM ALSO WRITING IN A SMALL INDEPENDENT GREEK METAL FANZINE AND I WANT TO ASK IF IT'S OK TO SEND YOU SOME QUESTIONS FOR A SMALL INTERVIEW!OF COURCE I WILL SEND YOU A COPY OF THE FANZINE WHEN IT WILL BE PUBLISHED (ISSUE 21-APPROXIMATELY ON FIRST DAYS OF MAY)! IT WILL BE A DREAM COME TRUE FOR ME, TO TAKE AN INTERVIEW FROM ONE OF MY FAVORITE GUITAR PLAYERS! I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU, MAESTRO!
I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST!
At first congratulations with your new cd "Venomous Fingers"... great playing !!! Shred with FEEL !!! Thanks !
I don't know if you remember me or not ?....however, I purchased your lessons (all 12 of them) to get motivated and playing again. I just wanted to give you an update on my progress. After 3 months of your lessons I am playing the best I have in my life. Its taken dedication and some serious elbow grease, but I am thus far very pleased with the results. Hats of to you George...couldn't have done it without your help. Now 9 more months to go....(ouch).
Thanks for your time George you Rock !!!
Oh...good job with Venomous Fingers
I want to say to you one simple thing, that your playing is so incredible!!!
I've got your last album and there are so many amazing parts by guitars that show your personality and music ideas! Vitalij sent me also a copy of his album also if i bought it as soon as it was out and in your playing is exceptional i have no words! there is a section of sweeps so amazing and I'm trying to tab it can you tell me some advice? the time is 5:04 and the fundamental notes are ----13---12---13---14---16---17---16---14---13---12--- but the other that creates the arpeggios are so fast! anyway if you have time no problems i know that the question is absurd!
Anyway congratulations again for your amazing playing and thanks for your music!
Dear George Bellas,
My name is Boudewijn de Koning and I'm a guitar player from the Netherlands. I often listen to your music and I really like your way of handling neoclassical music. I listened to your CD Venomous Fingers, totally blown away by it...You are a true wizard.
Greetings from Holland,
- Boudewijn de Koning
I just got my package from Vitalij and I have been listening to his new CD all day. "Forward and Beyond" is by far the most exciting song on the record, thanks to your playing. Your playing is awesome as always, and that song is so full of melody and emotion. It is very inspiring hearing you play along with Vitalij again.
Wish you all the best,
Mr. Bellas -
I recently stumbled upon your works. You are a genius. I love the guitar intro on your website. Could you tell what song that is from. It's beautiful. It's like a symphony of guitars. Take care and keep writing amazing tunes.
I just heard your new CD today and it's unbelievable how you can play a guitar. My favorite tune was Mayhem. By the way, I am a huge JS Bach fan too. Always loved harpsichord as well. Congratulations man you're a genius.