My Story

It starts out like any other self-taught musician who was and is a music nerd.

I like to use one phrase to include it all.
Meaningful accidents happening consistently in my life.

My First Guitar

I started playing an old classical guitar my brother bought but never played it unlit I was in 9th grade. My main inspiration was at that time bands like Linkin Park – typical teenager bands that later on lead me to heavy metal, mostly Metallica and the other Metal mainstream heavy-weights.

That followed with me putting some heavy acoustic strings on my classical guitar with an action way higher than my knowledge of guitar – downloaded guitar pro and thought ” what is the easiest song on guitar?.. ” The conditions had to be 2 –  Open strings and short, very short. I rebelled against the “nothing else matters” open string guitar beginner culture and opted for
zombie by the cranberries – needless to say, I had all wrong ofc.

Guitar Lessons?

After some months of that, I decided to take real lessons – so after a whole lotta 3 guitar classes and learning a bit of theory and one classical piece the teacher bailed out on me. After that, I never took formal guitar lessons again in my life!

I continued down the self-taught path with heroes like Lick-Library and online guitar teachers that layered in my day-by-day knowledge. My guitar heroes changed from Metal guitar to Fingerstyle Acoustic guitar to funkier ones like Nuno Bettencourt and Later to Slow Hand Gods like David Gilmour and the session ace Tom Bukovac.

And in Nuno’s words:

” The way that I formed my unique style was leaning things the wrong way and
creating my own way of doing them”

 

Sharing with you the only song I learned being a 15-year-old kid on his three days guitar course – still my best performing YouTube video, though.

First and Last Band

This whole mixture of different genres from Metal, to rock, to funk rock, and to acoustic music led to playing in cover bands that cover a lot of genres – That’s where music got a bit more serious. Why? Cause I was lucky to find a band that had a Studio and we rehearsed for 5 hours a day, every day for years!

In the end, we didn’t play many shows cause you know. My small country doesn’t have a great music scene, and too much pop music going on! – but it got me on the right foot of learning guitar the right way and start to serve the songs.

Then I got into Rockstock – The biggest Rock club in Albania, for the first ever Pink Floyd Tribute show, where I played David Gilmour Leads for hours! That got me in the club resident band for some of their projects.

All started moving until I met the guys from my nowadays band – the coolest rock/blues trio ever! 

First Sessions

Years of being a player in acoustic projects and also a session band member followed up with no hint of recording in sight- until…Well.. until I learned that It could be done at home and that I didn’t need a Ph.D. for it or big words for music theory and gear! I used to play sessions across my city in studios, but I was always hired by the producer and didn’t feel much like I was part of it – plus, the pay was terrible – pretty much like most jobs in my country.

With no recording gear and knowledge whatsoever and no money to buy it, I started my first online sessions from my friend’s home – who is a remote mixing engineer for some famous label. Days went by working my day job (did I mention I do some music marketing nerdy stuff too?) and nights at my friend’s home recording gigs half asleep.

Months later, my first sound card was shipped, and things started rolling – some years and hundreds of online sessions later, here I am still offering my services – but quite more confident, skilled, and willing to SERVE YOUR SONG.

160 +
Recording Sessions
6
years of proffesional playing
130 +
Artists

Lets Chat

I want to get to know your music and ideas first and have a chat as fellow musicians.

If I aim to record the best musical ideas on top of you creations – or create music based on your vision, then a conversation is due.

Email: altingjoni20@gmail.com

Whats App: +355 69 67 88 402

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My Services

Guitar Tracks

Needles to say that's what I do best and what I can offer to make your song better

Song Production

I can together with my team of engineers write-produce a fully guitar center rock/metal song

Guitar Lessons

If you want to learn guitar the practical way - then I'm your guy.
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