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Instrumental Conditioning

by John Kline

Richly-textured melodies, peppered with blazing and passionate lead guitar, showcase this compelling blend of Rock, Jazz, Blues, and Celtic flavors.
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Wakey! Wakey!
3:04 $0.99
2. Fruition
4:06 $0.99
3. Ruby
4:56 $0.99
4. One in Front
2:20 $0.99
5. Lassie Come Home
4:12 $0.99
6. Flyin' in a Big Yellow Taxi
3:40 $0.99
7. Thaw
5:09 $0.99
8. A Minor Infraction
4:37 $0.99
9. 21st Century Bolero
4:11 $0.99
10. Revised Destiny
4:42 $0.99
11. Life's Dance
3:03 $0.99
12. Apollo
4:28 $0.99
13. Spankin' the Blarney Pony
3:11 $0.99
14. Salty Dawg
3:20 $0.99
15. Water Song
4:19 $0.99
16. Star Spangled Banner
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Album Notes
Psychology professor and research scientist, Dr. John Kline, puts his music where his mouth is in the newly released CD, aptly entitled, "Instrumental Conditioning." In psychology, this refers to behaviors that become predictably patterned by consistent consequences.

Kline's choice and arrangement of several tunes invites metaphor as the CD opens with an alarm clock leading into the upbeat, retro Wakey Wakey, and ends (as nightly TV programming used to) with a heavy metal version of our National Anthem -- the only cover tune.

In between, Kline's compelling blend of Rock, Jazz, Blues, Ambient, and Celtic influences can best be described as New Age with Edge ... an artful blend of melodies, textures, and moods, peppered with blazing guitar work. The compilation skillfully intertwines energetic, bold musical statements and passionate, evocative ballads.

Kline has been nominated for numerous awards on the internet site Garageband, and was named Most Versatile and Prowar Champion on Guitarwar. Recently, Instrumental Conditioning was the #1 top-rated instrumental rock album on Rhapsody. Reviewers have compared his fluency and style to iconic guitarists Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and Eric Johnson.

In an admittedly fuzzy past life, Kline was a professional lead guitar player. In addition to his formidable musical dexterity and inspired creative breadth, Kline handled virtually all of the composition, instruments, programming, engineering, production and prototype mastering in his modest, cottage industry home recording studio.

Instrumental Conditioning is available in CD format through CDBaby, and many major online distributors, including Rhapsody, iTunes and Napster. This highly engaging musical experience has broad appeal. As the title implies, listeners may find themselves reaching for it over and over again.



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Lagniappe, Mobile, AL

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It wouldn’t be a groundbreaking statement to state that music has a mental effect on each and every one of us. It has been rumored that music "soothes the savage breast." It has also been rumored that while Hitler would give speeches, he pumped a low frequency bass under the feet of the crowd in order to whip them into a frenzy.

The mental effects of music have been a heavily researched issue for many years now. Local psychology professor/researcher/guitarist Dr. John Kline has combined the theory that music affects the brain along with theories dealing with psychological conditioning in the creation of his debut CD "Instrumental Conditioning."

Taking the title into consideration, it seems as if Kline wishes to instill certain habits or feelings with his music. It seems to having an effect on the critics. He has been recognized by and compared to Steve Vai, Eric Johnson and Joe Satriani.

"Instrumental Conditioning" is definitely a journey of the mind with Kline doing all the instrument arrangements. The CD begins with a series of Pink Floyd-esque chimes that leads into the appropriately titled "Wakey Wakey."

This song has a Southern jam edge to it with his skips across the fret board. Some songs are mellow and have a New Age feel to it and will remind you of the days when Windham Hill ruled Sunday Jazz Brunches everywhere.

The melodic guitars backed by keyboard are quite relaxing. “Salty Dawg- takes the listener into Texas roadhouse country with its bluesy riffs. It probably won’t be long until Kline is conditioning everyone with his music.

Mark Logan

After all these years he still amazes me.
I wish I was as prolific a recording artist as John. Fans of Eric Johnson, Steve Morse and Progressive instrumental rock in general will love his latest work. Not only does he have an incredibly accurate right hand picking technique, the little doofus had to go and expand his proficiency into the realm of sweep picking as well. Buy it. Enjoy it.
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Awesome guitar virtuoso CD! Pick up a copy today.
Wow! This psychologist can mesmerize you with his fantastic guitar playing. The CD covers a variety of styles that highlight John's versatility. John flies across the fretboard in tracks such as Wakey! Wakey! and on the acoustic-driven One In Front. If you enjoy the musical works of guitar virtuosos such as Joe Satriani and Eric Johnson, you will love this CD. Pick up a copy today.