Avis, Founder and President of HotFrets, Inc., has
degree in Music Theory & Composition with an instrumental
major in guitar and cello. He recently sold Soigne'
Recording, a commercial recording studio in Louisiana,
which he has owned since 1996. The studio's major focus
was producing independent artists.
to his studio experience, he
is known as a versatile player able to
fit into most any group from old rock n' roll to new
country to the most sophisticated jazz. He has written
several classic guitar pieces as well as a method book
that was used for a few years at the university level.
Below are a few cuts from various projects for you
Jazz and Fusion
Child Is This" - (MP3 - 4.13MB) Classic
Guitar Solo arrangement written by Carvel from
his Acoustic Christmas Volume II project and
yes, it's just one guitar!
Moon" - (MP3 - 3.75MB) Carvel played
acoustic guitar on this song by Steve Conover. It's
a new country ballad.
Just Messing Around!
- Burned Out - (4.21MB) This is a guitar, bass, drums and percussion tune that was just thrown together one night while playing around with some new loops. It's not on any project anywhere. Just here for you to enjoy.
In 1995 Carvel started
experimenting with HTML and
designed his first guitar instructional web site called
Carvel's Guitar Page which later became "Guitar Tips,
Tricks and Licks." It was strictly a hobby borne out
of a desire to pass along a few goodies to other guitarists.
The site utilized text, real audio files and animated gif
files. The site grew in popularity to the point that a
company by the name of MusicStaff.com, a music teacher
locator service, purchased the content and domain name.
You can still see those old lessons by going to http://www.musicstaff.com/guitar/
In January 2000
Carvel started a web design business and after doing several
commercial web sites he decided to revisit the guitar instructional
web site idea only this time on a much larger scale. After
gathering up a few private investors, he began work
on HotFrets.com in 2001. The site went public in the middle
of 2001 and continues to grow today.
slogan, "The More You Learn, The Easier It Is
To Learn More!" is something he constantly told
his private students. His vision for HotFrets is that
it will be the premiere online source of high quality
instruction for guitarists. Almost all the
lesson content on the site was created by Carvel.
Scott Hamlin- Scott, who has written several
nationally published books on Photoshop, Flash, etc.,
(do a search on Amazon.com and you'll find 25 results
for books for which he has been author or co-author)
designed the original look of the HotFrets Main Tutorial
interface. He has been a constant source of ideas and
encouragement. He also designed the first HotFrets web
site for us.
is the director of Eyeland
Studio, whose clients include Nabisco, Proctor & Gamble,
Sun Microsystems, Nokia, and Nickelodeon. You can buy
Eyeland Studio products at EyeWire
He is the author of the best-selling books Flash
5 Magic and Flash
4 Magic, and the author of Effective
Web Animation, Photoshop
Web Techniques, Interface
Design with Photoshop, and CorelDraw Design Workshop.
Scott has also written over 100 articles for more than a dozen industry periodicals
including InterActivity Magazine, Computer Artists Magazine, Web
Review, and Web Techniques
Tom & Joe
Constantini- Otherwise known
as Two Animators created our mascot guitar dude, the guy
who you'll see during the preloader of the tutorial.
He plays so fast that his guitar burns up but, it's
ok, he pulls another one out from behind his back!
is an extremely experienced artist and animator. He
holds a degree in Commercial Art and Design, and is
a certified Web Developer.
is an amazing animator who has worked for MTV Animation,
Oxygen Media, and AMPnyc Animation to name a few.
they founded TwoAnimators.com.
Their main goal is to create fun and entertaining animations,
which are quickly downloadable on the web.
online clients range from corporations to small businesses
and organizations. They specialize in everything from
traditional and flash animation, to distance learning,
web design, and more. Some of their online clients
include: 360HipHop.com, Sugarqube.com, Eyeland
of course HotFrets.com.
Harris and Charles Armour - James and Charles
did most of the work under the hood. They are the guys
who made the engine work!
James is an accomplished designer,
webmaster, and developer, giving him the coordination
skills to bring both large-scale and small-business
sites from a concept to a reality.
Charles is a professional developer, knowledgeable
of the capabilities and technologies necessary to
provide powerful programming and scripting solutions
that push the limit. Together James and Charles founded PensaWorks,