Tommaso Zillio

About Tommaso Zillio

I am a prog rock/metal guitarist, composer and teacher in Edmonton, AB, Canada. I have 18 years of playing experience, on and off stage, both solo and with a variety of bands. My last show to date had been a series of performances of the Rocky Horror Show with the Vi! Va! Voom!! entertainment company. In 2009 I released, together with other 13 artists, the compilation CD "Under the Same Sky", distributed worldwide in 10.000 copies.

I am a proud endorser of AMT electronics, the best distortion pedals on the planet.

Among my favorite musician and influences are: Dream Theater, Pink Floyd, Joe Satriani, Andy Timmons, Mike Oldfield, Jean-Michel Jarre, Deine Lakaien, Litfiba, Nightwish, Astor Piazzolla, Hans Zimmer.

I am a graduate of the Tom Hess's Music Career Mentoring Program and Elite Guitar Teachers Inner Circle.

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The Key To Making Your Songwriting Interesting

• Author: @tommaso-zillio
While its great when songwriting can come from a completely raw and personal place, there's are also tools you can implement to make your writing better and more interesting.

How To Create A Song From An Idea

• Author: @tommaso-zillio
What do you do when you are in the middle of walking your dog and all the sudden your thoughts are consumed with an amazing idea for a song?

Learning To Compose Songs From A Single Sentence

• Author: @tommaso-zillio
Have you ever gotten that sinking feeling where you've got a start on a song, but can't seem to figure out how to end it? When that happens, do you store the fragment, hoping to one day complete it? Is it even possible to finish after that original idea has come and gone?

How Real Songwriters Are Made

• Author: @tommaso-zillio
Are you a current or aspiring songwriter who is feeling in a bit of a slump? Maybe you feel like you just aren't good enough or that you don't have what it takes? This article will work to ease your worries, and also give you the tools to start improving on your songwriting today.

How To Write Lyrics Like A Pro

• Author: @tommaso-zillio
Writing lyrics for music isn't always easy, but there are a few other techniques other than inspiration that will make even a mediocre writer able to turn out great lyrics time and again.

Bringing Life To Your Lifeless Guitar Chord Progression

• Author: @tommaso-zillio
Do you feel trapped in a mediocre chord progression bubble? Are your chord progressions not sounding as good as they used to? Looks like you are ready to start learning some tricks to take your progressions to the next level.

Unlocking From The CAGED Guitar Theory Part 5: Why NOBODY Should Learn More Than One Scale System

• Author: @tommaso-zillio
Learning multiple fretboard systems won't make you a better guitar player. In fact, learning a number of systems could turn you into a worse player who consistently gets stuck in the same traps.

Unlocking From The CAGED Guitar Theory Part 4: Get Stretching

• Author: @tommaso-zillio
Do you ever see people on the internet who just can't play anything other than the CAGED system? Or do you run away when you see articles touting the system, looking at other variants. Take a minute to think about your reasoning for using the system you are. Is this an appropriate reason?
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