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November 30, 2021

Approaches to Composing

There are a variety of approaches to initiating the composing process. The following methods are a select few favorites.


Melody

This may involve song melodies, motives, themes, chant melodies, virtuosic melodies, palindromes, or any combination thereof. When writing the melody first for a vocal line, it may pose a challenge to fit preexisting lyrics to the structure of the melody. However, once the rhythmic motion and phrasing of the melody are established, newly-written lyrics specifically for the melody may unfold quite easily. One benefit of initiating the melody first, is that it offers the composer the joyous exploration of harmonization in a myriad of ways. Thematic development of an initial motive throughout the piece usually stems from a melody first approach, as do polyphonic textures. When initiating a composition with a melody, several factors should be considered, such as interval emphasis, range, the curve, harmonic implications, unity, rhythmic motion, and beat placement within the measure, of which all contribute to the character of the melody.

Harmony

Writing a chord progression first is a common approach to writing contemporary songs. The composer may have specific harmonic classes or schemes that they want to incorporate, such as quartel, quintel, secundal or other non-tertian harmony (e.g., Viennese Trichord); mediant related cycles; cadential formulas; modulatory devices; interval-set derivatives; harmonic planing, etc. This approach has the luxurious benefit of being able to work, re-work, and develop a melody to a high degree over the foundational harmony which can result in a melody that is immensely pleasing and memorable. This method may begin with a chord progression, or by simply choosing a chord or chord type that acts as a catalyst to an entire piece or section, such as a Pyramid Chord and the myriad of possible orchestration and harmonic derivatives it offers.

Rhythm

The rhythm and drum beats may be written for an entire section, song, or complete album before any notes are imagined. The entire album Planetary Alignment was conceived using this method. With this approach, the meters, note divisions and specific percussion instrument assignments are all determined and written for the drum set before anything else. The generated rhythmic ideas may of course also be implemented by assigning them to any instrument. To initiate this process, it is useful to brainstorm a large amount of rhythmic patterns that involve a variety of mathematical principles using meters, subdivisions, phrase lengths, or poly-metrical part distribution.

Ostinato

Starting a musical piece with an interesting ostinato performed by any instrument offers the composer a lot of freedom to explore various harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic ideas around the ostinato. A steady-moving ostinato figure is an effective way to perpetuate momentum within a section. While not always the case, ostinato figures that use a minimal amount of intervals (e.g., only root, 5th and octave) may allow greater flexibility when determining the harmonic basis. Very intriguing polymetrical effects can be achieved with ostinato's by overlaying duplicate figures and varying one figure with subtractive or additive values.

Lyrics

When lyrics are written first the story unfolds as it's written. This tends to yield a clear and concise storyline. The disadvantage with this approach is that often times it will present a challenge when attaching the lyrics to a melody and compromises may need to be made in order to accommodate the melody or lyric. If the melody will not be changed, the solution may lie in simply using melisma's. If the lyrics are wordier than the amount of notes in the melody, a reworking of the lyrics by removing non-essential words will be required, or allowing more than one syllable on a note, which changes the melodic rhythm and may not be desirable. One distinct advantage of writing lyrics first, is that it allows the writer an opportunity to express in a language that delivers a clear message that the general populous may be able to relate to. Music alone has the power to evoke emotions, but lyrics have the advantage of being specific in meaning, whether literal or figurative.

Concept

This approach involves the overall idea or plot being conceptualized first, and lyrics or music style written around that concept. The overall idea may be conceived without specific lyrics or musical ideas. In an instrumental context, song titles in combination with the musical style can successfully contribute to conveying the concept while leaving room for the listener's imagination and their own interpretation. This approach offers a vast amount of fictional and non-fictional possibilities that should be thoroughly exhausted to avoid cliches. Let your imagination thrive and wander anywhere it wants to go. From the eccentric to the overused, ideas may center around any type of concept, such as string theory, origins of the universe, creation of life, challenges and triumphs, fluorescent carbon creatures on a distant planet that are building a Dyson sphere, or as cliche as a love story about two human beings. Conceptualizing is usually a precursor to lyrical content that evolves into a detailed storyline. However, lyrics can also be a precursor that develop into an overall album concept whether initially intentional or not.

Mathematical

Number schemes and sequences — arithmetic, geometric, or special types — such as tetrahedral numbers; square numbers; triangular numbers; prime numbers; the Fibonacci series; arrays of converging and diverging meters or note-value divisions; arrays of expanding and contracting divisions; along with an unlimited amount of number patterns found everywhere you look, are an exciting means of generating ideas. Once numeric sequences have been determined, rhythms may then be constructed by distributing and applying the number patterns to (1) a steady stream of note values with appropriately placed accent points, (2) subdivisions that include appropriately placed rests that reinforce or further divide the groupings, or (3) sustained note values that equate to the sum of the subdivisions. This method has a high probability of yielding exceptionally unique results, especially when combined with non-tertian harmony.

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Closing Thoughts

There should never be a time when a composer is without ideas. They are infinite and at one's disposal anytime, anywhere. It is one's limitless imagination that will take them to newly discovered and unexplored places that yield inventive new music if they allow themselves that liberty. Don't restrict your full potential by limiting yourself to reusing the same principles, methods, or ideas over and over. Explore, discover, and create something fresh that only you could've imagined.


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"Ideas are everywhere and flowing infinitely all around you. It is up to you to see them and passionately nurture them into fruition."

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October 30, 2021

Creative Writing

New compositions showcasing the diversity of George's writing are available for listening in the compositions section of this website. The following are three composition highlights.


What I See In You

This composition is for two guitars, soprano, and string orchestra. It is based on a poly-metrical interplay between the two guitars and an ethereal melody sung by the soprano and later supported by the string orchestra. The tone of the piece is delicate and somber and is a sonic portrait of seeing and reflecting upon the inner beauty of someone you love.

Wonder In Awe

This composition is for piano, strings, harp, guitar, flute, French horn, and glockenspiel. The piece begins with the piano introducing the main theme and then undulating strings entering during the second phrase. The following section contains an uplifting theme played by the French horns. The mood is tranquil and one of being in wondrous awe.

Broken Spirit

This composition is for contrabass, cellos and soprano. The piece begins with a slow crescendo on a deep low drone before the emotionally-moving melody is introduced by the soprano and cello’s. The attempted feeling being conveyed is one of which that someone's spirit has been utterly broken and is in deep despair.


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October 18, 2021

Rest in Peace My Friend

Yesterday I lost a lifelong friend and someone who was a major part of my musical endeavors for many years. It is with great sadness to express the passing of my dear friend Mike McCarron.

Teens with Big Dreams

I met Mike when I was 14 years old and we spent countless hours together working on music. He was a tremendous talent and an exceptional human being who was caring, compassionate and someone who everybody liked. Mike performed drums on my debut album "Turn of the Millennium" but contributed much more to my musical journey than just that performance. We share a large backlog of recordings and live performances that extend way back to our early teenage years.

This is the guy that suggested when I was an early teen to get a metronome and work on my timing. And I did. This is the guy that as I advanced my skills and presented music of increasingly greater difficulty said I was the twitch in his eye. I heard that quite often actually. However, despite the ever-growing catalog of challenging music that I would present to him, he was always there working through it with me. Mike was very genuine and had a big heart and a personality that one couldn't help but get along with. I will always cherish those times we shared together, enjoying what we were both so passionate about and deeply committed to.

Losing a friend or family member really accentuates the realization of what things are truly important and most valuable in life. It makes all materialistic aspects of life seem totally insignificant.

My deepest heartfelt condolences are with his immediate family during this difficult time. Today I celebrate the life of a wonderful human being that I will forever be thankful for being a part of. Rest in peace, Mike.

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September 31, 2021

Mountains of Material

I am sitting on gargantuan mountains of material that tower over an endless flowing sea of notes where imagination meets creativity.

Unparalleled Writing

The writing of all this new material is extraordinarily strong and undoubtedly the pinnacle of my career. It is so well defined and unlike anything out there. The material is profoundly unique, and without question a style that is all mine. At this juncture it is my goal to stay alive long enough to release all of the material I have accumulated. It is a lot. Currently I have seven complete albums that I plan on publishing.

I look forward to bringing all this material to the ears of the world. It is an extremely exciting time for me to see the material evolve into a finished form from my initial vision, which is the most exciting stimuli of my existence.

I could hire others to work on various aspects of the production process for these albums in order to get done faster. But I will not do that. Handing my creativity over to someone else who will make decisions that contribute to the end result is not an option.

Modern Ingenuity

While the album I am working towards releasing is tonal, it is not steeped it neoclassicism. It is modern and inventively fresh sounding with textures unheard of on my previous albums. The term "Expect the Unexpected" has become synonymous with the Bellas moniker, and this upcoming album that is rich in modernism will further cement that reputation.

Individualism

I have been asked in interviews if I don't like playing with other musicians because I do everything when creating my albums. It is not at all about budget or not liking playing with other musicians. Rather, it is all about not wanting someone else to contribute and thus alter my creative vision. Each part of the creative process is extremely fulfilling and brings me immense joy. Why would I want someone else to take that from me?

I can't even fathom the absurd notion of the esteemed artist Pablo Picasso asking somebody else to contribute creative choices to his paintings. That is preposterous. It was purely his own imaginative creativity from start to finish, as this material is mine.


Self-Reliance

Relying on others for creative input voids the very nature of individualistic creativity. It would be a false claim that the end result is your creation if others had any say in the matter.

Authenticity

To be truly authentic one must severe themselves from herd mentality ideologies to instead focus on something that defies ordinary conventions and that is unequivocally unique.

Innovative Creativity

A genuine artist does not copy, they innovate with original ideas that don't resemble sources of inspiration. To create something extraordinary one must not follow the ordinary.


"Train yourself in such a way that it enables you to do something extraordinary and is unquestionably unique to you."

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August 31, 2021

Score Excerpt Available

A score excerpt to the composition "Supersymmetry" by George Bellas is now available. Supersymmetry is the tenth song on the 2008 album Planetary Alignment by George Bellas.

SONG ANALYSIS

"Supersymmetry" begins with an introduction in 62/16 that is subdivided into groups of the Fibonacci Number Series within C Enigmatic. Section A is in 34/16 and based on harmonic structures within C Enigmatic. Section B is in mode three of C Enigmatic and is based on the Triangular Number sequence: 21/16, 15/16, 10/16, 6/16, 3/16, 1/16 which then mirrors itself in retrograde, resulting in a time-signature palindrome.

Section C is in 30/16 and based on the 7-tone scale: C, C#, D#, E, F#, A, Bb. The middle Episode that starts at measure 60 uses the tetrahedral number sequence: 1/8, 4/8, 10/8, 20/8 for the meters and bitonal major chords for the harmonic structure. After the tetrahedral number sequence, there is one measure of 4/4 that leads into the re-transition for the recapitulation. The recapitulation is not notated.

The Coda begins at measure 119 in 35/16 and concludes with a final cadence in 3/4 that uses a tritone to equally divide the 12-tone chromatic scale creating an elegant symmetry that ends the song.

This song's concept was inspired by the mathematical symmetry relating to bosons and fermions. Also known as an attempt of a Unified Field Theory using acceleration in place of gravity. Force = Mass multiplied by Acceleration (F=MA).

The album Planetary Alignment is available on CD, by Digital Download, and through streaming services Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Amazon Music, Google Music, iHeartRadio, and more.

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July 31, 2021

STUDIO REPORT

CREATIVE OUTPOUR

The past month has been dedicated to writing. Production for the currently planned colossal release was put on pause to focus on the outpour of fresh ideas. This approach has the benefit of being able to go back to a production with a fresh perspective and renewed vigor. After writing twelve new songs within the past month, production will resume in August for the album that is next in line to be released. A considerable amount of time will be needed to complete the production as this is an enormous body of music that stands aside from what is considered the norm in regard to an album.

IDEAS FOR NEW IDEAS

  1. Think of new imaginative ways to use tonal-center modulatory devices
  2. Brainstorm a variety of unconventional harmonic schemes
  3. Brainstorm a variety of metric modulation formulas from various note values
  4. Modify existing forms to suite your needs
  5. Create atypical textural soundscapes
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Ignore what all others are doing along with societal expectancies and focus on something remarkable that only you could’ve created.

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June 30, 2021

IMAGINATIVE CREATIVITY

CREATIVE WRITING INSIGHTS

Guitar has never been the primary focus for me when creating. It is the idea, untethered to any instrument, that permeates at the heart of my creativity. Usually, creative writing begins either purely in my imagination or at the keyboard, rarely is it with a guitar. It's usually long after the foundational writing has been completed do I even consider the role of the guitar within the song.

Dating back to my debut album "Turn of the Millennium", I clearly remember loving so much the diversity of all the sounds within the writing and that I didn’t want to oversaturate that soundscape with guitar. Likewise, every album since then it has been the same reluctance to overdoing it with guitar. Having the focus on any one instrument for a prolonged period becomes tiresome. What captivates me the most is a high level of uniqueness in the creative writing, not any one instrument or the skill or techniques used of said instrument. It’s all in the writing.

Obsessions with how high a singer can sing, how fast a guitarist can play, and how complex a drummer can pound their drums are all trivial absurdities when it comes to profoundly unique creativity and are no way a means to properly assess one's creative abilities. My viewpoint is one of which that sees the uniqueness and quality of the creative writing as the quintessential defining feature of an artist, not a technical aspect of an individual instrument.

Another challenge I contend with regularly is having to choose between the overwhelming excitement of writing with fresh and inventive ideas, or working on the production of existing material intended for publishing. It is the creative writing process that has always been most fulfilling. And at times, when inspiration is high and unique ideas are flowing effortlessly, the choice is unequivocally clear; envision something extraordinary and then ambitiously work to bring that vision to life.

Some artists spend a considerable amount of time developing their physical skills on an instrument but lack a high level of creativity, possibly due to inherent traits or simply neglecting that area of the mind. It is one's imagination that will allow extraordinary creativity that is profoundly unique and undeniably individualistic, not necessarily one's command of an instrument. A high level of proficiency on an instrument is of course relevant and desirable, but not at the expense of extraordinary creativity.

FOSTERING INNOVATIVE CREATIVITY

  1. Exercise your divergent thinking skills
  2. Focus on interactive learning instead of rote learning
  3. Daydream and Brainstorm
  4. Dedicate time for solitary reflection
  5. Break stylistic boundaries
  6. Never be concerned with what others think
  7. Explore and discover new elements to use
  8. Allow yourself to thoroughly develop ideas through refinement
  9. Don't be trapped by relying on your main instrument
  10. Use your imagination, not familiar elements on an instrument
  11. Never be content
  12. Be daring and fearless when trying radically different ideas
  13. Don't try to fit in - stand out
  14. Don't let others influence your ideas
  15. Strive to innovate, not imitate
  16. Follow no one
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It is my life goal to reach the highest level of creativity that I can possibly achieve. The human body has limits, the imagination does not.

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May 1, 2021

Stagnant Artists

STAGNATION

Many artists tend to stagnate and become complacent with the type of art they create. Life is about ongoing change, personal growth, new discoveries, and constant learning. Becoming stagnant isn't an option for the ever-growing individualist and doesn't have to be for anybody.

WAYS TO PREVENT ARTISTIC STAGNATION

  1. Do something you have never done.
  2. Explore radically different ideas.
  3. Avoid reusing concepts and materials.
  4. Ignore everybody.
  5. Don't succumb to societal expectancies.
  6. Don't be concerned about what others think.
  7. Dedicate time for introspection.
  8. Dedicate time for critical thinking.
  9. Reconnect to your child-like curiosity.
  10. Explore different methods of creating.
  11. Rid thoughts of self-doubt.
  12. Liberate yourself from herd mentality.
  13. Train harder than ever before.
  14. Don't follow, lead yourself.

Those are mantras I have embraced my entire life and they work exceptionally well in crafting extraordinary art. When an artist becomes stagnant it prevents them from reaching their true potential. Be bold, be brave, evolve and go forth to create something unlike anything you've previously created.

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April 11, 2021

Individualistic Artistry

SELF RELIANCE

The perception of what a musical band consists of is so deeply ingrained through social conditioning that the majority blindly accept it and do as others. I'd rather work with robots that perform precisely as instructed without interpretation than humans who inevitably impart their signature sound on an individual's creativity.

Much of the music we hear from bands and solo artists is a collaborative-based product resulting from collective ideas and performances. We are not hearing the true artistry of what each contributor is capable of, rather each member is reliant on one another to achieve the end sonic result.

In other art forms, such as painting, drawing, book writing, sculpting, etc., the end result is something that had been produced by a single artist, unless an editor or some external source had an influence.

Did another person help Picasso paint his paintings, deciding which colors to use and determining brush strokes, or actually applying the paint to the canvas? No. Picasso's painting's were created by only him and are a true representation of his individualistic artistry.

But with music, there is typically a socially-accepted long chain of individuals imparting their sonic stamp on the end result, such as the composer, co-writers, multiple performers, recording engineers, producers, mix engineers, mastering engineers, and at times, executive influences from record labels.

Where are all the true individualistic artists in music? The majority of those potentially independent thinkers are trapped within a herd mentality following everybody else without even realizing it.

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Free yourself from external influence and the reliance on others and walk an evolutionary path to create something only you could've created.

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March 8, 2021

Studio Update

RECORDING

It has been another stellar month of creating, training, refining, and recording. To this day, it still amazes me how easily one's frame of mind can affect a performance or creative writing. To get into the elusive 'zone' that seems to transcend above a certain level of consciousness is sometimes hit or miss and other times an easy feat. I firmly believe it is within that zone in which authentic creativity and golden performances can happen that wouldn't have occurred if one were merely on autopilot.

AUTHENTICITY

Remarkable originality tends to be more difficult to achieve when surrounded by what is commonplace, which is highly evident in herd behavior. The mind needs to be severed from the herd and be liberated from the restrictive nature of one's current abilities and knowledge and allowed to roam free in order to come upon something extraordinary. To discover something strikingly new, and be truly authentic, one must venture an unfamiliar path. We all have the opportunity to free ourselves from the comfortable confines of redundant repetition, and instead challenge ourselves with the difficult task of discovering and glorifying the imaginative individualist within each of us.

UNBOUNDED CREATIVITY

An artist being inspired by someone else's work is often a catalyst for their own creation process, which typically results in some sort of similarity with the source of inspiration. That approach to creativity does not foster inventiveness, rather it is premised upon refinement and characterized by differentiating subtleties in the mind of the creator. It is through exhaustive exploration and the refinement of discoveries within those explorations that will sometimes yield unexpected and compelling results. Step outside your comfort zone and realize your true potential by engaging in creativity that is transformative.

No one other than you can see your innermost creative vision, encapsulate it as an idea and imaginatively bring it to fruition while experiencing the bliss of genuine individualistic expression.

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February 6, 2021

Studio Update

RECORDING

The new year is off to a great and productive start in regard to working towards the completion of new album releases. So far, much of each week has included fourteen hour days that consisted of musical training, refining song parts, and recording scratch takes while exploring subtle performance differences in the parts.

ALBUM STYLES

The terms "style" and "genre", in some sense, imply having similar attributes to something else and are a means of classification based on comparisons. This identification process immediately strips some level of perceived ingenuity from that which is being classified.

Such labeling systems can be inadequate when trying to describe artistic material that doesn't easily fit within a given category, and consequently, said material may be inappropriately categorized using unfitting standardized labels. Labeling a profoundly unique piece of music automatically devalues its originality by classifying it as being similar to something else. Artists themselves, whether knowingly or not, are prone to stylistic entrapment. This typically occurs due to pressure from external sources, such as record labels, editors, and fan expectancies. For these upcoming albums I prefer to humbly describe them as simply fresh and inventive that don't intentionally conform to any given genre.

UNBOUNDED CREATIVITY

Drawing from predecessors, contemporaries, or simply continuing to reuse previous material, can be unsatisfying and mundane for a divergent thinker when creating. On the contrary, the immense joy experienced in exploring different sounds and assembling extraordinary ideas in new exciting ways is the most exhilarating and fulfilling creative experience in my life.

Some individuals may not have the desire to stand out or the ambition to create using truly unique ideas that are not a derivative of anything they have been inspired by intellectually, auditorily, or visually. Mimicking in various stylistic ways can be due to: subconscious conditioning by association; an attempt to fit in and be accepted within a particular group; an educational process to gain an understanding of certain characteristics; an evolutionary step; and of course, it may be merely liking something and blatantly copying.

In the pursuit of authenticity, following a herd mentality is pointless, and in fact, a complete and utter hindrance in discovering and expressing with one's true identity. We are all genuinely unique and possess the potential to create something so uncommon that it defies association. Be undeterred from social norms, trends, criticism, opinions, or other's expectations, and create with an unbounded and exploratory mindset to discover something remarkable that only you could've created.

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January 4, 2021

Studio Update

RECORDING

Recording recommences this week for one of two upcoming albums. After recording was temporarily put on hold in favor of a strong effort to work on skills, and to also wait for new equipment to arrive, recording is now scheduled for the next several months. All music is completely written for both albums, and many instrument parts have already been recorded, but the following elements to be recorded will have the most profound impact on the overall sound.

ALBUM STYLES

The two albums that are currently in production are both highly progressive yet drastically different. Both albums are monumental in content but significantly different in the proportions of their presentations. The writing is highly exploratory in nature for both albums, but one album in particular is most certainly more extreme, given the sheer outlandishness of the writing. To say it is futuristic would be an understatement.

DIVERGENT THINKING

It is clear that many people are conditioned to expect various aspects of music to be a certain way. There are expectancies on many levels in music that are all based on what has come to be accepted as the norm. That bounded mindset will always yield familiar sounding results to some degree. To liberate oneself from that trap and instead have the courage and willingness to explore the unknown will sometimes yield very favorable unexpected results. It is that divergent mindset that I have always embraced during the creation process and it is what makes creativity all the more exciting.

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December 14, 2020

Reflections of the Year

The majority of this past year was dedicated to intense musical training. Recording for two upcoming albums was temporarily put on hold due to unexpected delays in shipping of equipment that was to be used for the productions, along with the unrelenting desire to further develop my skills. Despite the unprecedented circumstances of this past year, much was accomplished in regard to preparation for the completion of two upcoming albums. Since the initial lockdowns, each day has consisted of musical training beginning at 7:00 a.m. and continuing throughout the day and well into the evening. A large portion of that regime consisted of pushing beyond my current abilities through hours upon hours of diligent training, and then working through and refining parts that are to be recorded. Being faced with adversity has been an opportunity to become stronger, better, and more capable.

One of the greatest and most exciting aspects of my musical journey, aside from the creative process, has been the challenges I create for myself by exploring radically new ideas and then overcoming those challenges by pushing my abilities beyond what I have previously accomplished. When I was a young child, my father once told me to enjoy the path that takes you to your goal no matter how difficult and daunting it may be, because once that goal is achieved, the entire process starts all over again. So, dream big, push hard, and never ever stop.

Thank you to everyone who has written to me this past year wondering about release dates for my upcoming albums. And another tremendous thanks to all of my students that tirelessly strive to hone their skills. You are all greatly appreciated. - George Bellas


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November 7, 2020

LIBERTY FOR ALL

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November 1, 2020

People of the United States

YOUR VOTE COUNTS!

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DEFENDING DEMOCRACY

  1. Vote for leadership that won't gravely damage America’s role as a world leader.
  2. ​Vote for leadership that is fit to lead during a national crisis.
  3. ​Vote for leadership that respects science and heeds the advice of experts.
  4. Vote for leadership that won't solicit foreign influence and undermine confidence in our elections.
  5. Vote for leadership that won't align with dictators and fail to stand up for American values.
  6. Vote for leadership that won't disparage our armed forces, intelligence agencies, and diplomats.
  7. Vote for leadership that won't undermine the rule of law.
  8. Vote for leadership that won't dishonor the office of the presidency.
  9. Vote for leadership that won't divide our nation and preach a dark and pessimistic view of America.
  10. Vote for leadership that won't attack and vilifie immigrants in our country.
  11. Vote for leadership that won't imperil America’s security by mismanaging the national security team.
  12. Vote for leadership that governs the United States with dignity and prioritizes the well-being of all citizens.

VOTE BIDEN HARRIS 2020



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October 6, 2020

R.I.P. Eddie Van Halen

"I clearly remember hearing Van Halen's debut album when I was a child and having my mind completely blown away at what I was hearing come out of those stereo speakers. It is with deep sadness to hear that one of the most influential guitarist's of all time is no longer with us. My sincere condolences to his family. Thank you Eddie for your amazing gift that touched the lives of so many. You will be forever missed."
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VOTE BIDEN HARRIS

The United States of America is in dire need of competent leadership that prioritizes the well being of its citizens and upholds our democracy. On November 3rd, 2020 vote Biden / Harris.

UNITED WE STAND

VOTE BIDEN HARRIS 2020

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July 31, 2020

Training and Recording

Hours of intense musical training and meticulous recording are going on everyday this summer at Bellas Music Studio for two upcoming albums. A massive amount of fresh and inventive music that has been written is in full production with recording taking place for both albums simultaneously.

"The essence of creativity is not driven by imitation, rather it is the fearless and exploratory mindset seeking new discoveries that has the potential to result in innovation." - George Bellas

Expect the Unexpected

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June 30, 2020

DO YOUR PART

Together we can defeat this global health crisis and get back to what we all long for, a sense of normalcy. Every individual must do their part in order to achieve that auspicious goal. Let's work through this together by remaining vigilant and we will prevail.

Wear a Mask

Social Distance

Avoid Crowds

Sanitize

Wear a Mask

When wearing a mask be sure that it completely covers your mouth and nose. Not wearing a mask properly drastically reduces its effectiveness in preventing the transmission of disease.

Social Distance

Maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet from people not in your household. Reports indicate that virus contaminated respiratory droplets can travel greater distances when expelled with force, such as when singing, coughing, sneezing, or playing a woodwind or brass instrument.

Avoid Crowds

Being in a crowd increases the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19. Avoid unnecessary gatherings in order to reduce transmission.

Sanitize

Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use hand sanitizer that contains a minimum of 60% alcohol. Sanitize frequently used surfaces.

Let's Win This Together

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May 31, 2020

Peace and Global Solidarity

"As a single species sharing the only planet we currently know of that is suited for our survival, and during an unprecedented global crisis of extraordinary proportions, humanity should take this opportunity to unite and put aside our individual differences despite one's gender, skin color, religion, or personal preferences and embrace one another with compassion, kindness, and respect while collectively working our way towards a better and more peaceful flourishing world." – George Bellas

Our Future Depends Upon Each Other

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April 30, 2020

New Album Update

Drum production for one of two albums that are currently in development will begin in the summer of 2020. One of the albums utilizes highly advanced rhythmic techniques not found on any other George Bellas album to date. Instruments used are not that of a typical ensemble format so commonly used in this day and age of musical mimicry. The soundscape of the album is brimming with post-modern instrumentation that lends itself to a future-forward sonority. Both fresh and inventive, these albums capture the very essence of George's highly unique and ever-evolving creative writing style.

Expect the Unexpected

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March 16, 2020

COVID-19 Protective Measures

Effective immediately: All Crash Courses are suspended indefinitely in an effort to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and to ensure the safety of students.

A Crash Course consists of 7 days of multiple hour music classes held at a private studio with Composer George Bellas as your music instructor. Classes focus on a concentrated amount of material within just one week. This program is designed for international music students that would like to study in person with George Bellas but are located outside of Illinois in the United States region or are located in foreign countries.

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Live Online Lessons continue to be available and are a viable solution for international music students who are interested in studying music composition with George Bellas. More information about Live Online Lessons is available here: Live Online Lessons

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February 29, 2020

Upcoming Albums

Recording of initial acoustic guitar tracks for one of the albums currently in production will commence in the following weeks after the current production stage is complete. The upcoming guitar tracks to be recorded will be performed on a Taylor Grand Auditorium built with exotic Hawaiian Koa wood and strung with Elixir Nanoweb phosphor strings. The tone of the instrument, due to the Koa wood, is crystal clear, extremely warm, and has amazing note separation.

The Grand Auditorium will be recorded using an AKG C451B microphone and an AKG C414XLII microphone running into a Focusrite ISA preamp followed by Apogee converters.

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January 31, 2020

Upcoming Albums

Production for two upcoming albums is currently in progress. Keyboard parts, drum rhythms, and guitar rhythms have all been recorded. Both albums are massive works in a highly progressive style. To state that the albums are unique sounding would be a tremendous understatement as both bodies of work have an unmistakably distinct George Bellas sound. These albums aren't about any one instrument, they are about creative composition on a grand scale.

Don't even think you know what to expect. Be prepared to hear something you have never before heard. Details regarding release dates and album content will be available in the future.

Profoundly Creative Music is Coming.

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December 30, 2019

Music for the Decade Ahead

This has been an extraordinary music making millennium so far with nineteen album releases that include solo albums, band albums, and guest appearances on a variety of albums. In the brand new decade ahead my greatest achievements and most monumental works will be released over the next several years. I look forward to bringing you all fresh and inventive new music throughout the 2020's. An enormous thanks to fans and music students around the planet.

- George Bellas

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Christmas Music
November 30, 2019

Holiday Music Now Available

Celebrate this holiday season with Christmas music arranged and performed by George Bellas. These are classic Christmas carols arranged for acoustic guitar and played as duets and trios.

Listen here

Happy Holidays!

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October 31, 2019

Halloween Lesson Discount

Study music composition in an environment that fosters creativity while increasing your understanding of writing techniques that have been used for centuries by classical composers along with uncommon modern principles found in progressive and modern film music.

Purchase 3 months of Skype based Live Online Lessons and receive one FREE lesson! The more you book in advance the more you save. Reserve your time now.

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September 30, 2019

George's Tone Revealed

After numerous requests, George reveals how he gets his preferred guitar tone. Details regarding amp models and amp settings are now available.

George uses a variety of guitar amp models from different eras and are all setup independently from one another with unique settings and tubes. Each of these amps have been used on George's albums throughout his recording career. Read more about George's tone...

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News
August 31, 2019

Score Excerpt Available

A score excerpt to the composition "Mysterious Light" by George Bellas is now available. Mysterious Light is the seventh composition on the 2010 album “The Dawn of Time" by George Bellas. This piece is characterized by symmetrical metric concepts, modern harmony, and outlandish melodic content.

The Introduction of Mysterious Light begins with interplaying alternating meters where the first measure’s meter (The Leader) increases its numerator by a factor of one every other measure while the following meter, beginning at measure two (The Follower), decreases it’s numerator by a factor of one every other measure until the leading meter arrives at 7/16 and the pattern is terminated. Continue reading...

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The album The Dawn of Time is available on CD, Digital Download, and through streaming services Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Amazon Music, Google Music, iHeartRadio, and more.

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July 31, 2019

Live Online Lessons

Increase your skills with composition and guitar performance classes conducted by George Bellas. Purchase 3 months of Skype based Live Online Lessons and receive one FREE lesson!

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June 30, 2019

Live Online Lessons

Increase your skills with composition and guitar performance classes conducted by George Bellas. Purchase 3 months of Skype based Live Online Lessons and receive one FREE lesson!

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May 31, 2019

Online Music Classes

Live Online Lessons is a Skype based lesson program that offers composition, guitar, orchestration, and recording classes with composer and guitarist George Bellas as your instructor. This program presents a myriad of unique challenges that continuously strengthen and develop your skills as a composer, guitarist, orchestrator, and recording artist.


  • Music Composition
  • Melody
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  • Rhythm
  • Voice Leading
  • Counterpoint
  • Form
  • Guitar Performance
  • Techniques
  • Phrasing
  • Practice Regimes
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  • Proper Form
  • Articulations
  • Orchestration Techniques
  • Doubling
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  • Complex Texture
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April 30, 2019

Score Excerpt Available

A lead guitar score to the composition "Gravitons" by George Bellas is now available. Gravitons is the eighth composition on the 2008 album “Planetary Alignment" by George Bellas. Numerous modern compositional devices were used throughout this composition, including odd-meters, non-tertian harmony, bitonal harmony, highly syncopated rhythms, and more.

The album Planetary Alignment is available on CD, Digital Download, and through streaming services Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Amazon Music, Google Music, iHeartRadio, and more.

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ColonizingTheStars
March 31, 2019

COLONIZING THE STARS

The latest album "COLONIZING THE STARS" by George Bellas contains nine epic compositions in a futuristic style with a palette of lyrically-flowing melodies, otherworldly harmonizations, and inventive rhythms all sounding through a barrage of guitar, bass, drums, choirs, and orchestral instrumentation.

Inspired by modern and futuristic scenarios of humankind's existence alongside artificial intelligence and the need to colonize the stars in order to prevent the extinction of the human race.

Envisioned in a time where the human species is living and breeding on new worlds throughout the universe, where entirely new languages and human form and cerebral abilities have evolved. Traveling to distant stars has been accomplished using a technology that encapsulates and transports human DNA along with eons of collective information to the outer reaches of the cosmos within light waves.

Colonizing The Stars is available on CD, digital download, and through streaming services Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Amazon Music, Google Music, iHeartRadio, and more.

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Profoundly Unique • Highly Eccentric • Imaginatively Futuristic

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February 28, 2019

Exclusive Interview for Russia


Russian editorial site Guitar.ru recently interviewed George Bellas regarding his career as a prolific composer, guitarist, and teacher. The interview was conducted in February of 2019.

Джордж Беллас – много больше, чем просто еще один парень, который умеет играть на электрогитаре очень быстро и технично. Он серьезный композитор, новатор, а также музыкальный преподаватель, который щедро делиться своими знаниями со студентами.

"George Bellas is much more than just another guy who knows how to play electric guitar very quickly and technically. He is a serious composer, innovator, and musical teacher who generously shares his knowledge with students."
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ColonizingTheStars
January 18, 2019

Album Review

An album review by Guitar Russia of George Bellas' latest album "Colonizing the Stars" is now available. The album "Colonizing The Stars" by George Bellas contains nine epic compositions in a futuristic style with a palette of lyrically-flowing melodies, otherworldly harmonizations, and inventive rhythms all sounding through a barrage of guitar, bass, drums, choirs, and orchestral instrumentation. Inspired by modern and futuristic scenarios of humankind's existence alongside artificial intelligence and the need to colonize the stars in order to prevent the extinction of the human race.

"Monumental orchestral arrangements with a fascinating
interaction of guitar, keyboards and choir."
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Profoundly Unique • Highly Eccentric • Imaginatively Futuristic

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News
December 31, 2018

THANKS TO YOU ALL

With another year of creating music behind us and a new year ahead where fresh new music awaits, an enormous thank you is in order to all of you for the tremendous amount of support this past year. I look forward to exciting new music in the year ahead and beyond, along with challenging, inspiring, and pushing the intellectual, creative, and physical abilities of music students around the globe. Thank you.
George Bellas
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Christmas Music
November 30, 2018

Holiday Music Now Available

Celebrate this holiday season with Christmas music arranged and performed by George Bellas. These are classic Christmas carols arranged for acoustic guitar and played as duets and trios.

Listen Here

Happy Holidays!

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ColonizingTheStars
October 31, 2018

COLONIZING THE STARS

The 2018 album "COLONIZING THE STARS" by George Bellas contains nine epic compositions in a futuristic style composed for one guitar, orchestra, two choirs, bass guitar, and drums.

Inspired by modern and futuristic scenarios of humankind's existence alongside artificial intelligence and the need to colonize the stars in order to prevent the extinction of the human race.

COLONIZING THE STARS

  1. Imaginary Construct
  2. Vision In A Dream
  3. Sensory Overload
  4. Robot Nine
  5. Pray For Me
  6. Merging With Machines
  7. Living In A Simulation
  8. Child Of The Stars
  9. Existence

Profoundly Unique • Highly Eccentric • Imaginatively Futuristic

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September 30, 2018

Halloween Lesson Discount

Learn music composition in an environment that fosters creativity while increasing your understanding of writing techniques that have been used for centuries by classical composers along with uncommon modern principles found in progressive and modern film music.

Purchase 3 months of Skype based Live Online Lessons and receive one FREE lesson! The more you book in advance the more you save. Reserve your time now.

SAVE $99!

Offer expires October 31st, 2018

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ColonizingTheStars
August 31, 2018

ALBUM RELEASE OF 2018

The 2018 album "COLONIZING THE STARS" by George Bellas contains nine epic compositions in a futuristic style composed for one guitar, orchestra, two choirs, bass guitar, and drums.

Inspired by modern and futuristic scenarios of humankind's existence alongside artificial intelligence and the need to colonize the stars in order to prevent the extinction of the human race.

Colonizing The Stars is available on CD, digital download, and through streaming services Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Amazon Music, Google Music, iHeartRadio, and more.

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Profoundly Unique • Highly Eccentric • Imaginatively Futuristic

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July 31, 2018

Online Music Classes

Live Online Lessons is a Skype based lesson program that offers composition, guitar, orchestration, and recording classes with composer and guitarist George Bellas as your instructor. This program presents a myriad of unique challenges that continuously strengthen and develop your skills as a composer, guitarist, orchestrator, and recording artist.


  • Music Composition
  • Melody
  • Harmony
  • Rhythm
  • Voice Leading
  • Counterpoint
  • Form
  • Guitar Performance
  • Techniques
  • Phrasing
  • Practice Regimes
  • Improvisation
  • Proper Form
  • Articulations
  • Orchestration Techniques
  • Doubling
  • Accompaniments
  • Complex Texture
  • Balance
  • Dove Tailing
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  • Recording Tutorials
  • DAW Setup
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ColonizingTheStars
June 30, 2018

New Album Out Now

The 2018 album "COLONIZING THE STARS" by George Bellas contains nine epic compositions in a futuristic style composed for one guitar, orchestra, two choirs, bass guitar, and drums.

Inspired by modern and futuristic scenarios of humankind's existence alongside artificial intelligence and the need to colonize the stars in order to prevent the extinction of the human race.

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Profoundly Unique • Highly Eccentric • Imaginatively Futuristic

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May 31, 2018

Score Excerpt Available

The score to the composition "Existence" by George Bellas is now available. Existence is the ninth composition on the 2018 album “Colonizing The Stars” by George Bellas. Several modern compositional devices were used throughout this composition, including numerous odd-meters, non-tertian harmony, symmetrical scales and more.

The album Colonizing The Stars is available on CD, Digital Download, and through streaming services Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Amazon Music, Google Music, iHeartRadio, and more.

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ColonizingTheStars
March 22, 2018

Now Available On CD!

The album "COLONIZING THE STARS" by George Bellas is now available on CD. The new album "COLONIZING THE STARS" by George Bellas contains nine epic compositions in a futuristic style with a palette of lyrically-flowing melodies, otherworldly harmonizations, and inventive rhythms all sounding through a barrage of guitar, bass, drums, choirs, and orchestral instrumentation.

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Inspired by modern and futuristic scenarios of humankind's existence alongside artificial intelligence and the need to colonize the stars in order to prevent the extinction of the human race.

Envisioned in a time where the human species is living and breeding on new worlds throughout the universe, where entirely new languages and human form and cerebral abilities have evolved. Traveling to distant stars has been accomplished using a technology that encapsulates and transports human DNA along with eons of collective information to the outer reaches of the cosmos within light waves.

COLONIZING THE STARS

  1. Imaginary Construct
  2. Vision In A Dream
  3. Sensory Overload
  4. Robot Nine
  5. Pray For Me
  6. Merging With Machines
  7. Living In A Simulation
  8. Child Of The Stars
  9. Existence

Profoundly Unique • Highly Eccentric • Imaginatively Futuristic

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ColonizingTheStars
February 22, 2018

NOW AVAILABLE!

Released February 22, 2018

The new album "COLONIZING THE STARS" by George Bellas is now available. "Colonizing The Stars" contains nine epic compositions in a futuristic style with a palette of lyrically-flowing melodies, otherworldly harmonizations, and inventive rhythms all sounding through a barrage of guitar, bass, drums, choirs, and orchestral instrumentation.

Inspired by modern and futuristic scenarios of humankind's existence alongside artificial intelligence and the need to colonize the stars in order to prevent the extinction of the human race.

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COLONIZING THE STARS

  1. Imaginary Construct
  2. Vision In A Dream
  3. Sensory Overload
  4. Robot Nine
  5. Pray For Me
  6. Merging With Machines
  7. Living In A Simulation
  8. Child Of The Stars
  9. Existence

Envisioned in a time where the human species is living and breeding on new worlds throughout the universe, where entirely new languages and human form and cerebral abilities have evolved. Traveling to distant stars has been accomplished using a technology that encapsulates and transports human DNA along with eons of collective information to the outer reaches of the cosmos within light waves.

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February 18, 2018

Voyage to Triangulum

Live at Musician's Institute, Los Angeles, California

Video of the song “Voyage To Triangulum” performed by George Bellas at Uli Jon Roth's Sky Academy Concerts held at Musician’s Institute in Los Angeles, California in 2007. This song later appeared on the album “THE DAWN OF TIME” as "Voyage to Triangulum".

Uli Jon Roth introduced Chicago guitar player George Bellas who performed an incredible instrumental he had written. George Bellas once again thrilled the audience with his original song "Timeless Inspiration".
Classic Rock Revisited

Thanks to Uli Jon Roth’s band for providing the bass, drums, and keyboards.

Thanks to Videographer Cole Blackwell

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February 16, 2018

Shred Guitar Instrumentals

Available Now

The album "SHRED GUITAR INSTRUMENTALS" on Shrapnel Records is available on iTunes. "SHRED GUITAR INSTRUMENTALS" contains fifteen songs by various Shrapnel Records recording artists and features the song "Fast And Furious" by George Bellas.

SONGs

  1. Technical Difficulties
  2. Fast and Furious
  3. Rain in the Tunnel
  4. Kick It All Over
  5. Venom Love
  6. Damaged
  7. Stand Yer Ground
  8. Dragon Mistress
  9. Saved by a Miracle
  10. Wheel of Fortune
  11. Cryptic Script
  12. Fuzz Universe
  13. Altitudes
  14. Speed Metal Symphony
  15. Eternity's End

ARTISTS

  1. Racer X
  2. George Bellas
  3. Michael Lee Firkins
  4. Greg Howe
  5. Jacky Vincent
  6. John 5
  7. Darren Householder
  8. Marty Friedman
  9. Vinnie Moore
  10. Tony MacAlpine
  11. Richie Kotzen
  12. Paul Gilbert
  13. Jason Becker
  14. Cacophony
  15. Joey Tafolla
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February 2, 2018

COLONIZING THE STARS

Available February 22, 2018

The new album "COLONIZING THE STARS" by George Bellas contains nine epic compositions in a futuristic style with a palette of lyrically-flowing melodies, otherworldly harmonizations, and inventive rhythms all sounding through a barrage of guitar, bass, drums, choirs, and orchestral instrumentation.

COLONIZING THE STARS

  1. Imaginary Construct
  2. Vision In A Dream
  3. Sensory Overload
  4. Robot Nine
  5. Pray For Me
  6. Merging With Machines
  7. Living In A Simulation
  8. Child Of The Stars
  9. Existence
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January 19, 2018

NEW ALBUM ANNOUNCEMENT

The new album "COLONIZING THE STARS" by George Bellas will be released February 2018. "COLONIZING THE STARS" contains nine epic compositions in a futuristic style with a palette of lyrically-flowing melodies, otherworldly harmonizations, and inventive rhythms all sounding through a barrage of guitar, bass, drums, choirs, and orchestral instrumentation.

Forget everything you think a song should be.

COLONIZING THE STARS

  1. Imaginary Construct
  2. Vision In A Dream
  3. Sensory Overload
  4. Robot Nine
  5. Pray For Me
  6. Merging With Machines
  7. Living In A Simulation
  8. Child Of The Stars
  9. Existence

Inspired by modern and futuristic scenarios of humankind's existence alongside artificial intelligence and the need to colonize the stars in order to prevent the extinction of the human race.

Envisioned in a time where the human species is living and breeding on new worlds throughout the universe, where entirely new languages and human form and cerebral abilities have evolved. Traveling to distant stars has been accomplished using a technology that encapsulates and transports human DNA along with eons of collective information to the outer reaches of the cosmos within light waves.

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January 2, 2018

"Wishing everyone around the world a healthy and happy life in the year ahead."
George Bellas
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December 18, 2017

Gift Certificates Available

Give the gift of music lessons this holiday season with a personalized gift certificate. Simply place your order for the desired amount of lessons and request a gift certificate in the comment section when placing an order.

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Have A Merry Musical Christmas!

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Christmas Music
November 30, 2017

Holiday Music for Guitar

Celebrate this holiday season with Christmas music arranged and performed by George Bellas. These are classic Christmas carols arranged for acoustic guitar and played as duets and trios. Newly added is the ability to play all songs in order as a play list.

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Happy Holidays!

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October 31, 2017

Halloween Lesson Discount

Learn music composition in an environment that fosters creativity while increasing your understanding of writing techniques that have been used for centuries by classical masters along with uncommon modern principles found in progressive and modern film music.

Purchase 3 months of Skype based Live Online Lessons and receive one FREE lesson! The more you book in advance the more you save.

SAVE $99!

Offer expires November 30th, 2017

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September 30, 2017

Student Spotlight Update

The Student Spotlight is a showcase dedicated to the devoted students who have studied music composition or guitar performance with George Bellas. This page is an effort to promote all the hard working music students that are passionate about what they do and create. Please visit the Student Spotlight and have a listen and learn about the tremendous talent from all around the world that George has been fortunate to teach.

Student Spotlight
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August 16, 2017

New Podcast Interview

Andrew Catania of All That Shreds magazine recently interviewed George and discussed his career throughout the years. George shares his views on composition, guitar playing, how, when, and why he began playing guitar, along with other bits of trivia from George's illustrious 20 year career as a composer, guitar player and recording artist.

"All That Shreds catches up with the legendary guitarist George Bellas. We talk about his orchestration, creativity, his Shrapnel days, and how he makes such incredible music. Don't miss this!"
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July 31, 2017

Lesson Sale Extended!

Expand your composition, orchestration, recording, and guitar skills with Live Online Lesson classes conducted by George Bellas. This program contains one of the most comprehensive set of music lessons available.

SUMMER SALE EXTENDED

Purchase 3 months of Skype based Live Online Lessons and receive one FREE lesson!

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Offer ends September 1, 2017

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June 30, 2017

Live Online Lessons

Increase your skills with composition and guitar performance classes conducted by George Bellas. Purchase 3 months of Skype based Live Online Lessons and receive one FREE lesson!

Live Online Lessons is a Skype based lesson program that offers composition, guitar, orchestration, and recording classes with composer and guitarist George Bellas as your instructor. This program presents a myriad of unique challenges that continuously strengthen and develop your skills as a composer, guitarist, orchestrator, and recording artist.

  • Music Composition
  • Melody
  • Harmony
  • Rhythm
  • Voice Leading
  • Counterpoint
  • Form
  • Guitar Performance
  • Techniques
  • Phrasing
  • Practice Regimes
  • Improvisation
  • Proper Form
  • Articulations
  • Orchestration Techniques
  • Doubling
  • Accompaniments
  • Complex Texture
  • Balance
  • Dove Tailing
  • Instrumentation
  • Recording Tutorials
  • DAW Setup
  • Recording
  • Mixing
  • Mastering
  • Proper Summing
  • Distribution

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May 20, 2017

20th Anniversary Edition

On May 20th, 1997 George Bellas emerged onto the guitar scene as Mike Varney's newly discovered guitar prodigy. The debut album "Turn Of The Millennium" by George Bellas was released May 20, 1997 on the prestigious record label Shrapnel Records that showcased exceptional guitar playing and musicianship.

To celebrate the album's 20th Anniversary, a free download pack is being made available for a limited time. The 20th Anniversary Download Pack contains the story of George Bellas before, during, and after being signed to Shrapnel Records, along with a backing track to the song "Ripped To Shreds" and the accompanying score to the main guitar line of the song.

Shrapnel Records

TurnOfTheMillennium

Released May 20th, 1997

"George Bellas' debut release is an album of intensely heavy compositions with odd-time meter and neo-classical, progressive overtones. Bellas lead the way for a new breed of guitar players as he explored the outer realms of cutting-edge guitar music. This release also features Deen Castronovo on drums."
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May 13, 2017

Into The Unknown Video

The following is a music video for the composition "Into The Unknown" from the album Astral Projection by George Bellas. This eccentric piece is for guitar, string orchestra, and choir and serves as the introduction to the album.

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April 30, 2017

New Guitar Etude Available

A new guitar etude eBook is now available at the Bellas Music Studio webstore. This is a guitar etude entitled "Etude in C Major No.2" that is romantic in character and is based on open-spaced arpeggios and neighbor tones within a perpetual sixteenth-note line. The harmonic focus is on the supertonic with raised root and third and the submediant with raised root and third that are used as non-functional diminished chords that resolve into the inverted tonic and inverted dominant respectively.


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March 31, 2017

Score Excerpt Available

The score to the composition "Encoded In Light" by George Bellas is now available. "Encoded In Light" is the second song on the album "Planetary Alignment" by George Bellas. This song utilizes a combination of tonal elements and atonality interspersed throughout the various sections. Several meters including 9/8, 19/16, 11/16, 37/16, and 9/16 are used along with an assortment of traditional and futuristic sounding harmony. This song was inspired by the technology of transmitting data using photons.

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Available Worldwide on Lion Music

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January 31, 2017

Online Music Classes

Live Online Lessons is a Skype based lesson program that offers composition, guitar, orchestration, and recording classes with composer and guitarist George Bellas as your instructor. This program presents a myriad of unique challenges that continuously strengthen and develop your skills as a composer, guitarist, orchestrator, and recording artist.


  • Music Composition
  • Melody
  • Harmony
  • Rhythm
  • Voice Leading
  • Counterpoint
  • Form
  • Guitar Performance
  • Techniques
  • Phrasing
  • Practice Regimes
  • Improvisation
  • Proper Form
  • Articulations
  • Orchestration Techniques
  • Doubling
  • Accompaniments
  • Complex Texture
  • Balance
  • Dove Tailing
  • Instrumentation
  • Recording Tutorials
  • DAW Setup
  • Recording
  • Mixing
  • Mastering
  • Proper Summing
  • Distribution
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December 27, 2016

Downloadable Lessons Now Available

The George Bellas Instructional Series is now available for download. This is a virtual CD-ROM lesson series that contains 12 individual lessons in a variety of topics. Each lesson comes with video and audio demonstrations, video discussions, an eBook of tab, MIDI files, and an assortment of unique Jam Tracks.

This is an updated version of the original CD-ROM lesson series with a new interface and redesigned navigation system.

New Reduced Price!

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Christmas Music
November 30, 2016

Holiday Music Now Available

Celebrate this holiday season with Christmas music arranged and performed by George Bellas. These are classic Christmas carols arranged for acoustic guitar and played as duets and trios.

Listen Here

Happy Holidays!

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October 31, 2016

Disenchanted Video

From the music vault of George Bellas comes "Disenchanted", a one take improvisation over a harmonic ostinato accompaniment in minor mode. George used a daphne blue 1957 reissue Stratocaster, a tube screamer, and a 1976 Marshall MK II for the recording.

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September 30, 2016

Score Excerpt Available

The score for the lead guitar line to the composition "Fast And Furious" from George's album "Mind Over Matter" is now available. This is a neoclassical composition that is chock-full of scale flourishes, arpeggio patterns, and ostinato-like figures, that all soar above an unrelenting double-bass pattern performed by Dean Castronovo on drums and Barry Sparks on bass.

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Available worldwide on Shrapnel Records

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August 8, 2016

Ballistic Video

The following is a short improvisation from George Bellas and Marco Minnemann. It's not a song, there's no melody and no structure... Just George Bellas and Marco Minnemann going Ballistic!

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July 31, 2016

Jam Tracks Now Available

Bellas Music Studio presents high-quality Jam Tracks in 24-bit wav files. Jam Tracks are unique backing tracks to practice and improvise over. A myriad of different modes, keys, time signatures, and varying degrees of skill evel will be available. The quality of these tracks are pristine and exhibit a clear sonic spectrum for guitarists to play over.

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June 6, 2016

Gravitons Video

The following is a music video for the composition "Gravitons" from the album Planetary Alignment by George Bellas. This outlandish composition features Marco Minnemann on drums and George Bellas on guitar, bass, and keyboards.

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June 1, 2016

Performance Videos

The following two videos are George preparing to record the song "Into The Unknown" for the eccentric 2013 album Astral Projection. These videos were recorded just prior to recording the final takes for the album.

George preparing to record and working through "Into The Unknown" against the orchestral string tracks for the album ASTRAL PROJECTION.

Practicing parts for "Into The Unknown" without the orchestral string accompaniment. From the album ASTRAL PROJECTION.

Astral Projection

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May 13, 2016

New Store Now Open!

The brand new Bellas Music Studio is now open. Bellas Music Studio offers a variety of music education products and services that were developed by composer and international recording artist George Bellas. Products and services available include Live Online Lessons, Instructional CD-ROMs, Private Music Instruction, Crash Courses and more.

Online Store
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April 30, 2016

New Store Coming Soon

Bellas Music Studio is launching a new online store in May 2016. Bellas Music Studio offers a variety of music education products and services that include Live Online Video Lessons, Instructional CD-ROMs, Private Music Instruction, Crash Courses and more.

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March 31, 2016

Score Excerpt Available

A score excerpt to the composition "We Are Not Alone" from George's album "The Dawn Of Time" is now available. This is a neoclassical composition that incorporates two-part counterpoint between the guitar and bass and is rich in emotionally-drenched guitar improvisation.

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"One of the worlds leading and most prolific guitar virtuoso’s returns with ‘The Dawn Of Time’, an album which encompasses all the numerous elements heard throughout his solo career."
Lion Music
"Bellas proves again to belong to the top of the bill of composers and instrumentalists of the modern progressive rock world these days."
Background Magazine

Available worldwide through Lion Music

The Progressive, Neoclassical and Hard Rock Label

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Lesson Sale
January 31, 2016

Live Online Lessons

Advance your skills with composition and guitar performance classes with George Bellas. Purchase 3 months of Skype based Live Online Lessons and receive one FREE lesson!

Live Online Lessons is a Skype based lesson program that offers composition, guitar, orchestration, and recording classes with composer and guitarist George Bellas as your instructor.

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Offer expires February 28th, 2016

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December 31, 2015

Score Excerpt Available

A score excerpt to the composition "Primordial Atom" from George's album "The Dawn Of Time" is now available. This is a neoclassical composition that incorporates rich harmonic language with a romantic flair.

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"One of the worlds leading and most prolific guitar virtuoso’sreturns with ‘The Dawn Of Time’, an album which encompasses all the numerous elements heard throughout his solo career..."
Lion Music
"Bellas proves again to belong to the top of the bill of composers and instrumentalists of the modern progressive rock world these days."
Background Magazine

Available worldwide through Lion Music

The Progressive, Neoclassical and Hard Rock Label


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Christmas Music
November 30, 2015

Christmas Music Now Available

Christmas music performed and recorded by George Bellas is now available. These are classic holiday tunes arranged for acoustic guitar and played as duets and trios.

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Happy Holidays!

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Scary Lesson Sale
October 31, 2015

Free Lesson Offer!

Purchase 3 months of Skype based Live Online Lessons and receive one FREE lesson! The more you book in advance the more you save. Learn more about Live Online Lessons...

SAVE $99!

Offer expires November 30th, 2015

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Live Online Video Lessons
August 31, 2015

Live Online Video Lessons

Live Online Video Lessons is a Skype based lesson program that offers composition, guitar, orchestration, and recording classes with composer and guitarist George Bellas as your instructor. This program presents a myriad of unique challenges that continuously strengthen and develop your skills as a composer, guitarist and recording artist.

  • Music Composition
  • Melody
  • Harmony
  • Rhythm
  • Voice Leading
  • Counterpoint
  • Form
  • Guitar Performance
  • Techniques
  • Phrasing
  • Practice Regimes
  • Improvisation
  • Proper Form
  • Articulations
  • Orchestration Techniques
  • Doubling
  • Accompaniments
  • Complex Texture
  • Balance
  • Dove Tailing
  • Instrumentation
  • Recording Tutorials
  • DAW Setup
  • Drum Samplers
  • Shaping Dynamics
  • Score Input
  • Tone and Levels
  • Proper Summing

INSPIRING

INFORMATIVE

CHALLENGING

REWARDING

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July 31, 2015

Score Excerpt Available

The score to an episode section of the composition "Magnetic Anomaly" from George's album "Astral Projection" is now available. This composition uses several modern compositional devices throughout the song, including a myriad of syncopated odd-meters, poly-harmony, quartal and quintal harmony, symmetrical scales and more.

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Available worldwide through Lion Music

The Progressive, Neoclassical and Hard Rock Label

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May 31, 2015

Live Online Lessons

Increase your skills with composition and guitar performance classes conducted by George Bellas. Purchase 3 months of Skype based Live Online Lessons and receive one FREE lesson!

SAVE $99!

Sale Ends June 30, 2015

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April 30, 2015

Develop Your Composing Skills

Live Online Video Lessons is a Skype based lesson program that offers composition, guitar, orchestration, and recording classes with composer and guitarist George Bellas as your instructor. This program presents a myriad of unique challenges that continuously strengthen and develop your skills as a composer, guitarist and recording artist.

No matter what continent you reside in, this is a tremendous opportunity for the musician with a desire to develop their composing and guitar skills to a profound level.

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A Comprehensive Music Teaching System
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March 31, 2015

Score Excerpt Available

The score to the Coda section of the composition "Visiting An Alien World" from George's album "Astral Projection" is now available. This composition uses a myriad of odd time signatures that are built upon an assortment of eccentric modes, including the Enigmatic and Octatonic scales along with modes of limited transposition.

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"Tons of exciting guitar work, dramatic melodies, and great interplay between the guitar and keyboard lines."
Prog Metal Zone

Available worldwide through Lion Music

The Progressive, Neoclassical and Hard Rock Label

BELLAS
February 28, 2015

Student Spotlight Update

Additional students that have studied with George have been added to the Student Spotlight page. Information and sound clips are available that showcase the tremendous talent of these dedicated and hardworking individuals.

The musicians that are showcased are current and former students that have studied composition and/or guitar with George via Live Online Video Lessons, private lessons, The George Bellas Instructional 12-CD ROM Series, or have flown in from around the world for the Crash Course.

Have a listen to these diversely talented musicans here:

Student Spotlight
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New Album Update
January 31, 2015

New Album Update

Out of several albums that are completely written, guitar and bass are currently being recorded for the next album that has been selected for release. Album title and other details to follow.

Eleven Compositions - Astronomical Forms - Boundless Musicality

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Lesson Sale
December 30, 2014

New Year Lesson Sale

Ring in the new year with composition and guitar performance classes conducted by George Bellas. Purchase 3 months of Skype based Live Online Lessons and receive one FREE lesson!

SAVE $99!

Offer expires January 5th, 2015

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Christmas Music
November 30, 2014

Christmas Music Now Available

Christmas music performed and recorded by George Bellas is now available. These are classic holiday tunes arranged for acoustic guitar and played as duets and trios.

Listen Here

Happy Holidays!

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Wicked Lesson Sale
October 31, 2014

Guitar Goblins and Composing Wizards Beware!

Purchase 3 months of Skype based Live Online Lessons and receive one FREE lesson! The more you book in advance the more you save. Guitar goblins and composing wizards beware!

SAVE $99!

Offer expires November 3rd, 2014

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Astral Projection
September 30, 2014

Dimensional Portal - Score Available

The score for the composition "Dimensional Portal" by George Bellas from the album "Astral Projection" is now available for download. Dimensional Portal is a futuristic progressive composition built with a variety of ultra-modern compositional devices.

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"Uplifting, smart, futuristic super-shredding wave of emotions... A future Underground classic."
Metal Temple

Available Worldwide through Lion Music

The Progressive, Neoclassical and Hard Rock Label

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George Bellas
August 31, 2014

Live Online Video Lessons

Maximize your potential by learning how to fully produce your music. Learn a variety of industry standard recording, mixing and mastering techniques employed by top-rated recording, mixing and mastering engineers. These classes cover all necessary music production steps from the initial recording to final distribution.

Available Topics

  • Audio and MIDI Fundamentals
  • Samplers, Synths & Musicians
  • Recording Techniques
  • Mixing Techniques
  • Mastering Techniques
  • Publishing Your Music
  • Copyrighting Your Music
  • Record Contracts
  • Distribution
  • Writing a Press Release
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A Comprehensive Music Teaching System

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George Bellas
July 31, 2014

Live Online Video Lessons

Learn a variety of orchestration techniques that have been used throughout the centuries. From epic to intimate, the techniques presented in these classes are essential when composing pure symphonic textures or in combination with a band ensemble.

Available Topics

  • Doubling
  • Accompaniments
  • Creating a Realistic Soundstage
  • Melody and Accompaniment
  • Secondary Melody
  • Complex Texture
  • Articulations
  • Balance
  • Dove Tailing
  • Rock Band and Orchestra
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Live Online Video Lessons

A Comprehensive Music Teaching System

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George Bellas
June 30, 2014

Live Online Video Lessons

Expand your knowledge and improve your performance abilities with individualized guitar classes. Composer and Guitarist George Bellas presents a myriad of unique challenges to maximize growth and elevate your skills to a new level of performance.

Available Topics

  • Techniques
  • Phrasing
  • Improvisation
  • Articulations
  • Proper Form
  • Practice Regimes
  • Gear and Tone
  • Overcoming Plateaus
  • Advanced Rhythm Guitar
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Live Online Video Lessons

A Comprehensive Music Teaching System

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George Bellas
May 31, 2014

Live Online Video Lessons

Learn to compose unique and compelling music with a system that yields results. Developed by Composer George Bellas, the system used in these courses is based on unique methods that will improve your writing abilities in various styles. Learn valuable techniques that will help you become a proficient composer.

Available Topics

  • 16th Century Vocal Polyphony
  • 18th Century Counterpoint
  • Classical Harmony
  • Melody Construction
  • 20th Century Techniques
  • Advanced Rhythm Concepts
  • Classical Form
  • Rock Band & Orchestra
  • MIDI Orchestration Techniques
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Live Online Video Lessons

A Comprehensive Music Teaching System

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Astral Projection
April 30, 2014

Studio Report

Lot's of new music including several brand new albums have been written since George's previous release. After reviewing and determining which album will be released next, that album will then go into the next phase of production, which includes recording drums, additional orchestration, mixing, mastering and then out for release. More details to follow...


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Available Worldwide through Lion Music

The Progressive, Neoclassical and Hard Rock Label

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Astral Projection
March 31, 2014

Visiting An Alien World - Score Available

The score for the transition into the recapitulation of "Visiting An Alien World" from the album Astral Projection is now available for download. "Visiting An Alien World" uses a myriad of modern composing devices, such as odd-meters containing highly syncopated rhythms that are weaved within creatively orchestrated outlandish atonality.

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"This is extremely bombastic music that hits you over the head with idea after idea without much letup..."

Prog Metal Zone

Available worldwide through Lion Music

The Progressive, Neoclassical and Hard Rock Label

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Astral Projection
February 28, 2014

Astral Projection on iTunes

George Bellas' latest album "Astral Projection is available on iTunes and other leading online music distributors. "Astral Projection" contains 70 minutes of epic progressive instrumentals packed with chaotic guitar improvisations; mind-melting rhythms; lyrical themes; and advanced explorations of modern principles that are combined with classical elements of counterpoint, harmony and form.

Astral Projection

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"Guitar witchcraft at its best and no less than extravagant instrumental rock."
Metal Glory

Available worldwide through Lion Music

The Progressive, Neoclassical and Hard Rock Label

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Live Online Video Lessons
January 31, 2014

Live Online Video Lessons

Live Online Video Lessons is a Skype based lesson program that offers composition, guitar, orchestration, and recording classes with composer and guitarist George Bellas as your instructor. This program presents a myriad of unique challenges that continuously strengthen and develop your skills as a composer, guitarist and recording artist.

  • Music Composition
  • Melody
  • Harmony
  • Rhythm
  • Voice Leading
  • Counterpoint
  • Form
  • Guitar Performance
  • Techniques
  • Phrasing
  • Practice Regimes
  • Improvisation
  • Proper Form
  • Articulations
  • Orchestration Techniques
  • Doubling
  • Accompaniments
  • Complex Texture
  • Balance
  • Dove Tailing
  • Instrumentation
  • Recording Tutorials
  • DAW Setup
  • Drum Samplers
  • Shaping Dynamics
  • Score Input
  • Tone and Levels
  • Proper Summing
More Info Order Lessons
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Astral Projection
December 31, 2013

Album Review at Rocktopia

A new review by Rocktopia is available for the new George Bellas album ASTRAL PROJECTION. George's new album is available worldwide through Lion Music Records.

"George Bellas belongs to the elite group of guitarists who truly entertain the listener with their instrumental albums. In terms of notes played on this album, this is extremely good value... 'Astral Projection' has truly set the benchmark for George Bellas albums going forward."
Rocktopia
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"Bellas has established himself with this album as a genre of his own."
Rocktopia

Available worldwide through Lion Music

The Progressive, Neoclassical and Hard Rock Label

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Astral Projection
November 30, 2013

Interview for Underground World Magazine

Underground World Magazine recently interviewed George Bellas to discuss the finer details about his new album "Astral Projection", including the writing and production process along with other insights into his upcoming albums.

"An exploratory soar of fantasy for the fast-fingered guitar master. “Visiting An Alien World” which gains speed and texture and then ebbs away to reveal Bellas’ talents not only as composer but also as classical arranger."
Guitarist Magazine
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Astral Projection
October 31, 2013

Score for "Magnetic Anomaly" Available

The score to the Coda section of "Magnetic Anomaly" from the album "Astral Projection" is now available for download. Magnetic Anomaly is one of the more eccentric songs on the album and contains a plethora of modern composing devices throughout the song.

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"Technically this reaches without a doubt a supreme level... if you like guitar wizards, you certainly got to listen to this."
Concrete Web

Available worldwide through Lion Music

The Progressive, Neoclassical and Hard Rock Label

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Astral Projection
September 30, 2013

High-Definition Album Art Available

High-definition album art of George Bellas' latest release "Astral Projection" is now available. If you would like a hi-resolution copy of the album cover click the link below to download. Artwork created by Andre Beckston. Released June 21st, 2013 on the Lion Music record label.

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"Very inventive, well composed album by shred-meister Bellas. More than just fast shredding, he writes exciting, complex music."
Progressive Metal Zone

Available worldwide through Lion Music

The Progressive, Neoclassical and Hard Rock Label

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Astral Projection
August 31, 2013

Album Reviews

Several new reviews are available for the new George Bellas album ASTRAL PROJECTION. George's new album is available worldwide through Lion Music Records.

Astral Projection
"George is a really talented musician who has his own style . [Astral Projection] could come together to form a modern symphony. It's tracks like "Magnetic Anomaly", the strange "Visiting an Alien World" and "Interdimensional Travel" which sounds like the soundtrack to an as yet unmade film... more than 70 minutes and my head explodes."

"Once again George Bellas proved that he is a real guitar virtuoso, a good arranger and a talented composer. With “Astral Projection” he extended his creativity adding new elements to his music. The production is excellent; the sound is clean and rich. Another decent release that could be recommended for fans of Progressive and Shred Metal."

"George Bellas's discography is enormous, both solo and in collaboration with or support from other artists. George is a versatile man. He is a guitar wizard, a multi-instrumentalist, he teaches, produces, records and performs. He composes masterpieces in different styles, from neo-romantic to (neo) classical and progressive rock..."

"The overachiever of the six strings American George Bellas is it again by offering a new album on Lion Music... the notable exception of "Interdimensional Travel" is over eleven minutes... this title is solid and sounds like a movie soundtrack . There's no denying George's talent and technical expertise with Astral Projection... it's pretty amazing."

"On Astral Projection Bellas introduces fifteen instrumental tracks. He composes everything, he arranges it, he produces, he writes all the guitar, bass guitar, drums and keyboards. The music, as usual, is very original and more than difficult, not to say "twisted", but in terms of rhythmic structures and melodies. All played with extreme virtuosity."
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Astral Projection
July 31, 2013

Album Reviews

Several new reviews are available for the new George Bellas album ASTRAL PROJECTION. George's new album is available worldwide through Lion Music Records.

Astral Projection
"Bellas was signed to Shrapnel Records in the 90's and immediately became the new young god in the small community of hyper fast picking worshipers, one of the most sought after hired guns for the guitar aficionados and toward the larger audience he was one of the new in vogue hot-player..."

"Sorcerer George Bellas gives us a new wizardry craft this month with a creation called Astral Projection. Once again he put in some celestial finger flying musical transformations into this creation... We need to appreciate how creative George Bellas is handling all other melodic instruments, the orchestration etc, and still come with interesting playing."

"Bellas is quite a shredder but his music is much more focused on an epic compositional style that utilizes his technical skills for drama, not just for show... Tons of exciting guitar work, dramatic melodies and great interplay between the guitar and keyboard lines. This is extremely bombastic music that hits you over the head with idea after idea without much letup..."

"George handles the bass and keyboard duties in addition to his dazzling proficiency on the axe. The 15 tracks mix up exotic scales, eclectic rhythms, and an overall outer world feel... Do not fret guitar mavens - there are plenty of jaw dropping shred worthy sections to sink your teeth into..."

"Overall this album is an impressive body of work that begs to be listened to, but it might not be for everyone out there... If you’re looking for some new instrumental music to shred your face off with – this is a solid contender."

"Symphonic prog rock with a guitar sorcerer - GEORGE BELLAS... The extremely technical savvy, yet still highly melodic playing of Bellas, whose warm, singing lead guitar sound dominates the sound... Bellas, who delivers some technical showpieces, where one can only tremble with the ears."

"George Bellas guitar wizard presents "Astral Projection", his new album. Once again, Bellas surpasses himself and takes this album into progressive shoals, which has never before seen a mortal guitarist."

"Bellas’ guitar-playing skills are phenomenal, the album has a remarkable sense of melody and there’s a lot going on to sink one’s teeth into. Bottom line: “Astral Projection” is a fine display of music craftsmanship..."

"Astral Projection is the latest release by guitarist extraordinaire George Bellas (also handling bass and keyboards). Those familiar with Bellas’ solo work know he typically jam-packs as many twists and complexities into his compositions as humanly possible."

Metal Express Radio
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Astral Projection
June 21, 2013

New Album Release: "Astral Projection"

Released June 21st, 2013

The new album "ASTRAL PROJECTION" by George Bellas contains 70 minutes of epic progressive instrumentals packed with screaming guitar; mind-melting rhythms; lyrical themes; and advanced explorations of modern composition principles that are combined with classical elements of counterpoint, harmony and form. Unfasten your mind, here we go...

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"Impressive, interesting and innovative."
My Global Mind Webzine
"When I'm needing something mind expansive, "Astral Projection" serves its purpose."
Eternal Terror
"George really is a master composer/arranger, wow... impressive."

Available worldwide through Lion Music

The Progressive, Neoclassical and Hard Rock Label

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GeorgeWithGoldStrat
May 24, 2013

Astral Projection

The new George Bellas album will be released June 21, 2013.

Astral Projection

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For more information visit Lion Music

The Progressive, Neoclassical and Hard Rock Label

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Astral Projection
April 30, 2013

Astral Projection

Release date for the new album Astral Projection is imminent.

Prepare for the unknown.

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Astral Projection
March 31, 2013

New Album Unveiling

The new album "ASTRAL PROJECTION" by George Bellas will be available early this summer. The album contains 15 tracks totaling 70 minutes of music. Unfasten your mind, here we go...

For more information visit Lion Music

The Progressive, Neoclassical and Hard Rock Label

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Live Online Video Lessons
February 28, 2013

Live Online Video Lessons

Live Online Video Lessons is a Skype based lesson program that offers composition, guitar, orchestration, and recording classes with composer and guitarist George Bellas as your instructor. This program contains one of the most comprehensive set of lessons available today. Each lesson is designed to efficiently work towards accomplishing the goals of the student. Live Online Video Lessons are available for computers, tablets, and cell phones.

  • Music Composition
  • Melody
  • Harmony
  • Rhythm
  • Voice Leading
  • Counterpoint
  • Form
  • Guitar Performance
  • Techniques
  • Phrasing
  • Practice Regimes
  • Improvisation
  • Proper Form
  • Articulations
  • Orchestration Techniques
  • Doubling
  • Accompaniments
  • Complex Texture
  • Balance
  • Dove Tailing
  • Instrumentation
  • Recording Tutorials
  • DAW Setup
  • Drum Samplers
  • Shaping Dynamics
  • Score Input
  • Tone and Levels
  • Proper Summing
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Monowasp
January 31, 2013

Album Artwork

Artwork for the upcoming George Bellas album will be created by artist Andre Beckston, A.K.A. Monowasp. Andre's artwork appears on an assortment of Steven King books, numerous band CD's, websites, along with other various types of promotional media.

For more information on Andre Beckston's artwork please visit:

www.monowasp.com

BELLAS
December 31, 2012

Studio Report

Mixing for the new George Bellas album is complete. The album will be mastered during the first week of the new year and then sent out for release. The album was mixed with the dynamic range left fully intact, which came out to be on average about 10db of dynamic range.

Availability and additional details will be posted in the coming weeks.

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NewAlbumUpdate
November 13, 2012

Studio Report

Hold on tight, the earth is going to move uncontrollably today! Drummer extraordinaire Marco Minnemann will be recording drum tracks for the new George Bellas album this week. Drum recording begins today, and once the drum tracks are completed the album will be mixed and mastered and then ready for release.


Get Ready for the Unexpected!

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UFO_Abduction
October 7, 2012

Studio Report

Since the release of his previous album "The Dawn Of Time", George has had one of the most prolific writing periods of his career. An exciting announcement will be made in the near future regarding the initial release of the several catalogs of new music that has been recorded.

Studio Report

Expect the Unexpected

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September 25, 2012

Updates Now Available On Twitter

Twitter

Connect with George at these social media sites:

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Exclusive Guitar Pro Article
August 10, 2012

Exclusive Guitar Pro Article

In association with Arobas Music, makers of Guitar Pro software, George Bellas presents an article featuring an exclusive contrapuntal based, classical guitar etude of which is analyzed in his own words. The harmony and voice leading in this piece, along with performance notes, are all broken down and discussed in detail. All music was composed by George Bellas using Guitar Pro 6 software by Arobas Music.

Download the associated Guitar Pro file for free and read the article at the link below.

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TheDawnOfTime
July 31, 2012

Details About The Dawn of Time

Song descriptions and other production details for the album "The Dawn of Time" are available for reading. George reveals the concepts and inspiration for each song, the equipment used for the recording, along with insight into the writing process.

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Planetary Alignment Outtakes
May 5, 2012

Planetary Alignment Outtakes

During the recording of the album "Planetary Alignment" several short guitar intros were recorded but weren't included on the album. You can listen to some of these intros here:

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BELLAS
December 31, 2011

Music Composition

Music compositions written in 2011 by George Bellas are now available for listening. These compositions are classical based and reveal a different side of George's composing style. The pieces available range from solo piano, brass, strings, solo violin, and larger orchestral works. This is just a small sample of what George has written this past year.

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A Gift for You

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LiveOnlineVideoLessons
June 1, 2011

Live Online Video Lessons

Now available, live online video lessons with George Bellas as your personal instructor. If you're a musician with a desire to improve your skills and become the best you can be, these lessons will help you succeed with those goals.

*** LIMITED TIME OFFER ***

Introductory Price of $299 USD

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May 1, 2011

New Album by George Bellas

The Extinction Of Man

The upcoming new album by George Bellas "The Extinction Of Man" is nearing the final stages of production. Information regarding the release date will be posted as it becomes available.

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Release Date TBA

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George Bellas
April 30, 2011

The Palindrome Canons

During March of 2011 George Bellas composed a large contrapuntal project yielding 108 minutes of new music. This body of work consists of 30 Palindrome Canons in a strict 18th century counterpoint style and contains one in every key, including enharmonic keys. Each piece contains a melody that is heard forwards and backwards simultaneously. Some consider palindrome canons to be an intellectual stunt that exhibits a composers technical prowess and ingenuity, but these in particular have real musical value with engaging melodic themes.

The Palindrome Canons when released will include the accompanying scores.

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TurnOfTheMillennium
March 31, 2011

Ebay Auction for Amp used on
Turn Of The Millennium

The ADA MP-1 guitar preamp that George used on his debut album "Turn Of The Millennium" is for sale on Ebay (SOLD). The preamp has been signed and dated by George and also contains pictures of the signing. Also included is the ADA MC-1 MIDI foot controller along with several custom patches programmed by George Bellas. Own a piece of guitar history today.

TurnOfTheMillennium

AUCTION ENDED

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TheDawnOfTime
January 12, 2011

Number 1 Selling Album at Guitar Nine

"The Dawn of Time" by George Bellas was the # 1 selling album of the year in 2010 at Guitar Nine Records. During November of 2010, two other albums by George were also in the top ten selling albums, with "Step Into The Future" coming in 4th place and "Planetary Alignment" coming in 5th place. "The Dawn Of Time" was released July 16th, 2010 on Lion Music.

"The Dawn Of Time" was also the #1 selling album for the months of July, August, October and November of 2010 at Guitar Nine Records. It ranked 3rd in September and 4th in December.

TheDawnOfTime

No.1 Best Seller at Guitar Nine

4th Best Seller at Guitar Nine

5th Best Seller at Guitar Nine

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December 21, 2010

Number 1 Seller at Lion Music Records

Out of more than 2000 album releases worldwide, "THE DAWN OF TIME" by George Bellas is ranked number 14 in the Progressive X Grooves top 50 albums of 2010. "THE DAWN OF TIME" was also the number 1 seller at Lion Music during the summer of 2010.

Progressive X Grooves Radio - Amsterdam, Netherlands

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THE DAWN OF TIME

Released July 16th, 2010 on Lion Music

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December 3, 2010

Radio Airplay in Spain

The new album by George Bellas, "The Dawn Of Time", is getting regular radio airplay across Europe. The radio station Rocktopia is airing the title track as instrumental of the week.

Tune into Rocktopia at:

90.1 FM Barcelona, Spain

88.5 FM Malaga, Spain

105.7 FM Valencia, Spain

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NewAlbumAnnouncement
November 30, 2010

New Interviews

Several new interviews of George Bellas are available where he discusses his albums and other insights into his career.


Metal Express Radio

"Metal Express Radio: Thank you George for taking the time to talk to MER about your latest solo album "The Dawn Of Time", and congratulations on such a masterpiece."
MER
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Ytse Jam

"With every album that nimble fingered axeman George Bellas releases, you never know what exactly to expect - his unique musical technique was in high gear for Planetary Alignment, and Step Into the Future saw him perform a whole album as one unique performance heightening the antae on prolific playing."
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Power of Metal

"After picking up his first guitar at the age of 7, George Bellas practiced like mad to become what he is today – a major exponent of the neoclassical and progressive guitar genre. His playing can be heard on several solo albums of his as well as on others by Mogg/Way (UFO), Magellan, John West and Vitalij Kuprij, to name but a few."
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Dutch Progressive Rock

"From the age of 7, George studied harmony, orchestration, form and advanced composition techniques after receiving his first guitar. He has always been interested in sciences and never stops to explore new paths and is constantly striving for perfection in his playing but also never ceases to enhance his knowledge on theories and composition techniques."
DPR
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NewAlbumAnnouncement
October 31, 2010

Neo-Romantic Album Written

George Bellas has recently composed a new album that is chock-full of epic themes, rich harmonic underpinnings, intricate rhythms and advanced forms. Recording is scheduled to commence in November 2010. Drumming legend Marco Minnemann will once again be laying down the drum tracks. Further details regarding this new album will be revealed through progress reports during the production process. Prepare for some exquisit romanticism.

Album Title & Release Date To Be Announced

Epic themes and grandiose forms packed into an 80 minute new album!

Lion Music Record Label

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TheDawnOfTime
July 16, 2010

New Album Now Available!

"George Bellas has proven himself to be the guitar virtuoso of 2010 and despite living in a different time and playing in a different genre deserves to be remembered as we do now with the likes of Mozart, Bach, Lennon and McCartney. This is timeless music of undisputed quality making it definitive George Bellas."
Virtuosity One

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The Dawn Of Time

Released July 16th, 2010 on Lion Music

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July 14, 2010

New Interviews

"George Bellas is among the most consistently amazing guitarists producing envelope-pushing music today. His phrasing and technique are breathtaking, his compositions as varied and exploratory as his spirit."
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"George Bellas is a true musician's musician. A prolific composer and virtuoso (in every sense of the word)... To those unfamiliar with George's work, prepare to be absolutely blown away by his technique, musicality, compositional skills and tone!"
Do Fret
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"George Bellas is a unique figure in the world of instrumental guitar. His fusion of technical facility and compositional prowess allows him to consistently deliver fresh material that both excites and challenges his listeners."
Guitar Messenger
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"George Bellas - One of the worlds leading and most prolific guitar virtuoso’s returns with ‘The Dawn Of Time’, an album which encompasses all the numerous elements heard throughout his solo career to date on July 16th 2010."
Lion Music
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TheDawnOfTime
July 13, 2010

Pre-Release Album Reviews

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"George Bellas' The Dawn Of Time is sure to be a welcome release by anyone who appreciates skillfully performed music from two master musicians, which is both diverse and imaginative... So this dynamic duo is back with more first rate performances, as they do their part in keeping top notch instrumental music alive and in great shape..."
Sea Of Tranquility
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"Guitar aficionados and fiends will love the new release from George Bellas, The Dawn of Time... Bellas again mesmerizes us with his brilliant bag of guitar tricks. Virtuosity is a word not wasted on this fret wizard... "
Danger Dog
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"George Bellas can hardly be called a novice when it comes to recording albums dense with displays of neo-classical virtuosism... By and large the music in “The Dawn of Time” is stunning and certainly delivers to its expectations..."
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TheDawnOfTime
June 2, 2010

Album Release Date Announced

The new album by George Bellas goes on sale July 16th, 2010.

An instrumental jewel by one of the most prolific composers today. The Dawn Of Time is a collection of songs that contain many aspects of George's neoclassical and progressive styles that have been displayed throughout his career. Creative writing, lyrical melodies, counterpoint, expressive phrasing, mind-blowing performances, and a flair for scientific underpinnings are all contained within this new release. Fans of George's neoclassical style will find a multitude of offernings to enjoy, as will fans of the more progressive side of George.

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GeorgeInFrontOfAmps
May 27, 2010

July is Virtuoso Guitar Month

To celebrate the release of new albums from world acclaimed guitar virtuosos George Bellas and Alex Masi on July 16th, Lion Music are celebrating "Guitar Virtuoso Month" in July 2010.

The whole of July will see exclusive interviews with guitarist's on the label's roster, special offers on releases from the Lion Music store and a whole host of other goodies.

Be sure to not miss out on the action by checking back at the Lion Music site regularly or joining the Lion Music Facebook page.

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May 20, 2010

Turn Of The Millennium

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On sale now at:
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Signing to Shrapnel Records

Mike Varney of Shrapnel Records signed George in late 1996, and months later George's debut album "Turn Of The Millennium" was released. The album features ultra-progressive writing which contains intricate rhythms, exotic modes, lyrical melodies, over-the-top performances, and is chock full of guitar improvisation.

George Bellas' debut album was released on May 20th, 1997.

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"Bellas leads the way for a new breed of guitar players as he explores the outer realms of cutting-edge guitar music."
Shrapnel Records
BELLAS
April 30, 2010

New Album Recently Composed

Several months ago George composed a brand new album that is heavily immersed in Romanticism. The writing and scoring for all the parts were completed within a three week period. Recording for the album is scheduled to commence in early summer of 2010.

Further details will be revealed after the upcoming album "The Dawn Of Time" has been released.

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GeorgeInFrontOfAmps
March 31, 2010

George appears on the album Dragon Fire

George Bellas recently collaborated with Italian keyboard maestro Mistheria on his new album entitled "Dragon Fire". The album features several world class musicians, which include singers; John West (Artension, Royal Hunt); Mark Boals (Ring Of Fire, Yngwie Malmsteen, Uli Roth); Rob Rock (Impellitteri); Lance King (solo artist); Titta Tani (Astra); and more.

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"Dragon Fire" will be released later this year on Lion Music.

For more information visit:
www.LionMusic.com

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MusicScore
February 28, 2010

New Album Release Date

The new album by George Bellas will be released on July 16, 2010 on the Lion Music record label. This new album sees George reasserting his neoclassical stance while also intermixing more modern progressive elements. "The Dawn Of Time" contains 19 songs deeply rooted in Romanticism and Futurism with a total running time of 79:57 mins.

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For more information visit:
www.LionMusic.com

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January 6, 2010

New Album Coming Soon

Combining elements of Romanticism and Futurism with mind boggling drum performances by Marco Minnemann, and guitar, bass and keys performed by George Bellas, "The Dawn Of Time" is an album brimming with exceptional musicianship and ultra unique writing.

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December 1, 2009

New Album Now Available!

George appears on the new Shrapnel Records release "Shrapnel's Super Shredders". This is a limited edition release and features Shrapnel Records recording artists: Jason Becker, George Bellas, Marty Freidman, Paul Gilbert, Darren Householder, Greg Howe, Fabrizio Leo, Tony MacAlpine, Borislav Mitic, Vinnie Moore, Marco Rizzo, Bernd Steidl, Joey Tafolla, and Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal.

Shrapnel's Super Shredders

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www.ShrapnelRecords.com

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BanishMusicPiracy
November 30, 2009

Current State of Music Piracy

An open letter was written by George Bellas to help increase awareness of music piracy. This letter is also included in a piracy awareness campaign started by Lion Music which includes several of their recording artists speaking out about the issue.

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October 31, 2009

George Appears On Hands Without Shadows

Together for the first time on record, three Shrapnel Records alumni, Vinnie Moore, George Bellas, and Michael Batio, perform on the song "Symphony Of Destruction" from the album "Hands Without Shadows" by Michael Batio. Vinnie Moore plays the 1st solo, George Bellas plays the 2nd solo, and Michael Batio takes the 3rd solo. George also composed a 3-part counterpoint section for the album which appears right before his solo.

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LetThereBeRockRadio
September 23, 2009

Radio Feature Presentation

The radio station "Let There Be Rock" FM 95.2 will have a feature presentation about George Bellas and his music on September 29th, 2009. The special will feature some of George's favorite songs that were influential to him as he was growing up, and also have George comment on some of his personal favorite performances.

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Live internet stream and FM broadcast available.

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BELLAS
September 9, 2009

Master Class on Composition

George Bellas will be conducting a Masterclass on "Composition Elements & Techniques" at HESSFEST 2009 on Thursday, September 10th, 2009 at 3:00 PM. This is a private event for select students and is not open to the public.

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BELLAS
August 31, 2009

New Album Now Available!

George appears on the new Shrapnel Records release "This Is Shredding - Volume II". George first emerged on the scene in the mid 90's with his debut album on Shrapnel Records. His debut album paved the way for a new breed of guitar players and presented to the world his prolific and unique composing abilities. On this limited edition collector's release George finds himself next to his fellow Shrapnel alumni on an all out shred fest.

This Is Shredding

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www.ShrapnelRecords.com

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George Bellas
July 31, 2009

Album Recording Complete

Recording of the new album "THE DAWN OF TIME" is complete and will be mixed in the following weeks. For the album George used an assortment of gear that includes; Strats, Les Pauls, Flying V's, a Musicman Stingray bass, a Precision bass, Marshall amps, and an Ampeg SVT Classic.

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"The Dawn Of Time" will be released worldwide in 2010 on Lion Music.

For more information visit:

www.LionMusic.com

BELLAS
June 30, 2009

New Album Scheduled for Mixing

The upcoming new album "The Dawn Of Time" by George Bellas will be mixed in early August. The material on this album is a stylistically diverse collection of shorter 3-5 minute songs, some of which are complex, and others that are more traditional in a true neoclassical style. An extreme amount of attention went towards obtaining the highest quality sound for each instrument. The guitar, bass, drums and keyboards all sound awesome. And once again, Marco Minnemann recorded some absolutely phenomenal drum performances.

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TheDawnOfTime
May 30, 2009

New Album Announcement

The Dawn Of Time

The new album "The Dawn Of Time" by George Bellas is complete and in the final stages of production. "The Dawn Of Time" is scheduled to be released in 2010. This upcoming album consists of 19 songs and is 80 minutes in length. The style of the album is a combination of Neo-Classical and Progressive.

George Bellas - Guitar, Bass & Keyboards | Marco Minnemann - Drums

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"The Dawn Of Time" will be released worldwide on Lion Music.

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BELLAS
April 21, 2009

Album Reviews

Several new reviews are available for the new George Bellas album Step Into the Future. George's new album is available worldwide through Lion Music Records.



Step Into The Future

On sale now at: www.LionMusic.com

"When I casually glanced at the new album on the Lion Music download center I noticed that this Bellas album only had one track available for download, and thought to myself that it must be a promo song for his upcoming album or something which is not uncommon to see in the music business. After the download started I walked away and came back several minutes later and it was still only about 10% done. "Hmm, Surely it would have been done by now. I do have broadband," I said to myself. It was then I realized that there was something special here, because after going back to look again track 1 on the disk was 75 minutes long! What could it be? Did Lion Music compress the whole album into one download for convenience? No, their other albums aren't like that. What is it then? Did George Bellas really write and record one song that's 75 minutes in length? My curiosity was piqued..."
ProgRockin
"But an album with one 76 minute song on it means several things to me. One, that they have definitely stretched some musical boundaries, especially in the world of instrumental guitar albums. And two, that they are intellectually capable of writing such a song. He has my attention..."
ProgRockin
"Sounds pretty intriguing, and indeed the album really is. Thankfully it is not chock full of some guy playing 64th notes and arpeggios as fast as humanly possible the whole time. There's real song structure here writing in the prog epic style, with lots of dynamics and plenty of imaginative ideas, odd time signatures, and slow and fast-paced passages. There is musical genius here, that much is clear..."
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"One song – one track, no division, meant to be heard in it’s entirety – ambitious you say; well for axeman George Bellas it comes as no surprise that he can undertake this type of musical endeavor and execute it well. The stuff that he does with the six strings is nearly impossible – as if his last record (Planetary Alignment) exposed just how far he could go; well ladies and gentlemen, he takes it a step further with this seventy-five minute opus...
Ytse Jam
...it exposes not only Bellas’ abilities as one of the most innovative axemen, but also one who can clearly communicate with his instrument in way that so few shredders know how to; he knows how to make speed work to make it sound appealing to the ears instead of just playing lightning speed arpeggios for the sake of being technical. It’s only January and one of the first contenders for instrumental guitar album of the year has already arrived."
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"The range of influences at play from the opening section to the last note are astronomical, and actually even include some references to composers known for writing intergalactic sounding anthems. Jazz ballad section and abrupt references to mixed meters trade places with violin-like volume wells and blurring flurries of arpeggios and speed picking. Neo-classical and world music references come in and out, occasionally resembling tribal drum choruses with otherworldly Middle Eastern thematic material from the guitars and keyboards, at others switching up between Bach preludes and Beethoven piano sonata references. At certain key points the synthesizer atmosphere conjures up images of triumphant prog. rock bands like Yes and Asia, while the thematic material within these ambient lines occasionally resembles music from the “2001, A Space Odyssey” soundtrack..."
Metal-Archives
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"If 75-minute instrumentals are your thing, guitar virtuoso George Bellas has done a heckuva job catering specficially to your tastes with Step Into the Future.
Metal-Revolution
What Bellas has cooked up here is a full course meal. There are countless treats for any metalhead with functional taste buds to sink his teeth into on Step Into the Future: It has great, varied beats, ever-changing moods and around three million solos on both the guitar and keyboard. No matter where one decides to take a bite--be it nine minutes in, where the action is slowed down and the solitary keyboard is accompanied by female chanting, or near the 37-minute mark, where one's mind will promptly be bent and sent into outer space--the ingredients are all quite tasty..."
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"Although I would personally rate this as a bold and extremely entertaining listen, your average metal fan will probably have a little trouble getting past the time required for one complete listen. It could be called a sort of instrumental metal gnosis, only being available and understandable to those with the desire to dig deep and to ponder over things longer than your average listener. But regardless, George Bellas is one of those amazing instrumentalists that have been reminding the world that America can still produce musicians with the ability to play more than 3 or 4 lousy chords. If you’ve got the time to spend, and you are not one to be straight-jacketed by the concept of progressive music having to fit a certain stylistic template, this is something to check out..."
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BELLAS
February 17, 2009

Now Available!

The ever prolific GEORGE BELLAS is back, less than a year on from his previous solo album ‘Planetary Alignment’ with his boldest and most progressive body of work to date in “STEP INTO THE FUTURE”. The name George Bellas is synonymous with stretching musical boundaries and human imagination with his musical compositions. This new album is ultra-modern in style and really reaches out to a futuristic sound in its compositional sense and outlook. The album ranges from the explosive to the ethereal with emotionally stirring segments. Adding to its uniqueness “STEP INTO THE FUTURE” consists of just one song that is 76 minutes in length.

An epic 76 minute song. Futuristic, Dynamic, Explosive & Ethereal

Step Into The Future

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www.LionMusic.com

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BELLAS
December 4, 2008

Album Release Date Announced

The new album by George Bellas will be released on January 23, 2009. The album will be released worldwide through the Lion Music record label.


Step Into The Future

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August 31, 2008

Coming in January 2009

Step Into The Future

The album "Step Into The Future" by George Bellas will be released in January 2009. This new album consists of one song that is 76 minutes in length. The album will be available worldwide on Lion Music.

For more information visit:
www.LionMusic.com

BELLAS
June 8, 2008

New Album Complete!

The new album "STEP INTO THE FUTURE" by George Bellas is complete and in the final stages of production. This new album is the most massive body of music that George will have ever released. It was composed in an intense frenzy of inspiration between December 9th, 2007 and January 12th, 2008. The writing process took place every single day with George frantically composing note by note with only paper and pencil. The album once again stretches the boundaries of the composer's prolific abilities and utilizes compositional elements not found on any of his other releases.

"Step Into The Future" is ultra-modern and progressive in style and very elegantly displays a vast dynamic range of sound. There are melodies on the album that are pin-drop soft, subdued and spine-shivering, and then there are moments of bombastic explosiveness that reveal an entirely different madman type character. There is a big surprise to the album that will be revealed just prior to it's release and will instantly set it apart from the current trend.

"Step Into The Future" will be released worldwide on the Lion Music record label.

Release Date - TBA

For more information visit:
www.LionMusic.com

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May 30, 2008

Album Reviews

A new review by Detritusezine is available for the new George Bellas album Planetary Alignment. George's new album is available worldwide through Lion Music Records.


Planetary Alignment

On sale now at: www.LionMusic.com

"Maestro George Bellas departs from the neoclassical excursions he is best known for on his latest release PLANETARY ALIGNMENT, a mind-boggling exercise in advanced musical concepts that simultaneously frustrates and inspires.

Bellas is scary good, with a comprehensive knowledge of music theory making him a veritable human compendium of obscure chords, scales and rhythmic ideas, and on PLANETARY ALIGNMENT he introduces the listener to a startling array of them. Check out the drama of "New Worlds Discovered," the creatively explosive "Parallel Universe," the space trip-out "Gravitons," or the intense "Supersymmetry" for samples of George's prowess..."
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April 20, 2008

Album Reviews

Several new reviews are available for the new George Bellas album Planetary Alignment. George's new album is available worldwide through Lion Music Records.


Planetary Alignment

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"Bellas has carved out a sound, technique and method of writing that is so unique is impossible for it to not attract your attention."
Virtuosity One

"With the release of “Planetary Alignment”, George Bellas has to be seen as one of the virtuoso guitarist/composer’s of his generation. The music on this release isn’t just melodic rock soloing over rock steady drumming and standard rhythms, it’s exactly the opposite and, as a result, is a totally refreshing listen. Even to my ears that like their regular dose of Satriani style playing there comes a moment when you wish someone would just be brave enough to take all those techniques they have learnt and mould it into something different. For many that would mean leaving the comfort zone and doing something that might see them fall flat on their fret boards. To be honest the ability to do that would also involve someone who is harmonically trained, someone who knows the rules and is therefore aware how to break them, that’s how music moves forward."
Hard Rock House
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"It appears that guitarist George Bellas is determined to keep the electric guitar virtuoso scene alive, his last few releases have seen a steady pushing of the envelope and setting new personal standards for not only his performing skills, but an elevated standard in sophistication for compositions as well. This latest release - Planetary Alignment sees Bellas taking his compositional direction into the most progressive standards I have heard him do, while his last project - Palace Terrace offered a nice take on Neo-Classical progressive metal, what he has done with this cd is much more."
Hard Rock House
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"It is without a doubt, almost a certainty, that one needs to listen to and explore the musical aspects and content of this new release many times over before one can appreciate it for what it is -- a masterpiece of individual and complex pieces of art (in the truest sense of the word). Only then will Planetary Alignment come into focus and let your mind explore the treasures found within it. This album is not for the faint of heart or the musical listener who likes to rush through an album without actually taking the time to let it speak for itself. For those who truly love the guitar sound and really appreciate virtuosos who really are just that, this is a must buy. If you aren’t in that category, you might want to listen to a friend’s copy first to see if is right for you."
Metal Express Radio
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"This has to be the hardest working guitarist on the planet (pun intended). Just under a year ago, he released his project Palace Terrace. Now, he’s back with a new solo offering. I have heard this man perform on many artists records as well as his own and I have to say that he has managed to outshine himself here as he has gone out to create a record that simply makes you say…WOW! I must admit that the whole neo-prog metal scene is getting quite boring now and even as much as I love Yngwie, his music is even redundant after a while. So, what must be done to keep things fresh or try to put a different spin on the scenario? Simply add attitude and intensity while you are sincere at the same time."
Live 4 Metal
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"Whilst “Planetary Alignment” may not be as immediately “understood” as other instrumental releases reviewed this month (Marco Sfogli, Paul Gilbert) don’t let that put you off as George is more unique and definitely has his own sound going.  Granted you can hear a little Uli Jon Roth and at times Brian May in here, but Bellas has carved out a sound, technique and method of writing that is so unique is impossible for it to not attract your attention.  Just be prepared to sit down with this album and absorb it over numerous spins.  The epic 8 minute opener “Colour By Numbers” kicks the album off in a very progressive manner and from here on it George introduced other themes, subtleties and ideas throughout the rest of the album."
Virtuosity One
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BELLAS
February 15, 2008

New Album Now Available!

The new instrumental album by George Bellas is arguably the most progressive album yet from the world renowned guitarist and composer. Uniquely crafted, be ready to expect the unexpected.


Planetary Alignment

On sale now at:
www.LionMusic.com

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BELLAS
November 30, 2007

New Album Now Available!

Progressive neo-classical rock from George Bellas. Palace Terrace is Bellas' first vocal project full of soaring vocals, rich harmonic passages, complex arrangements with a virtuoso symphonic approach.


Flying Through Infinity

On sale now at:
www.LionMusic.com

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BELLAS
September 29, 2007

Album Release Date Announced

The new album by George Bellas will be released on February 15, 2008. The album will be released worldwide through the Lion Music record label.


Planetary Alignment

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August 19, 2007

Album Release Date Announced

The new album by George Bellas will be released on November 16, 2007. The album will be released worldwide through the Lion Music record label.

Flying Through Infinity

Lion Music Records
BELLAS
July 17, 2007

Live at Sky Academy with Uli Jon Roth

George Bellas will be performing live with Uli Jon Roth, Paul Gilbert, Joe Stump, Michael Batio, Jonny Highland and Tony Franklin at the Sky Academy in Hollywood, CA., on August 24th and 25th, 2007. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

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July 16, 2007

Guitar Clinic at Musicians Institute

George Bellas will be conducting a Guitar Clinic and Open Counseling sessions at GIT on November 15th, 2007. Following the clinic, George will be performing a set songs from his solo albums in the main auditorium.

Musicians Institute
1655 North McCadden Place
Hollywood, California 90028

Phone (323) 860-1161

Musicians Institute Website

BELLAS
June 30, 2007

New Album Update

The debut album "Flying Through Infinity" by George's new prog band Palace Terrace is complete. Details regarding the relase date and other info will be revealed in the coming months.

Palace Terrace on MySpace

BELLAS
June 29, 2007

New Album Update

George's new instrumental album "Planetary Alignment" will be mixed, mastered and completed by July 31st. Details regarding the relase date and other info will be revealed in the coming months.

BELLAS
May 15, 2007

Masterclass in Spain

George's Masterclasses at the ACADEMIA DE GUITARRA located in Malaga, Spain are confirmed for the beginning of June 2007. Reserve your time for a Masterclass by calling ACADEMIA DE GUITARRA at 952-32-88-40. George will also be doing some impromptu live appearances while in Spain.

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