Tolgahan Cogulu

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About Tolgahan Cogulu

Since 2008, my life is all about microtonal guitar. I've created 300 youtube videos, 5 CD's, 3 books, gave concerts and seminars in 34 countries, and have had 42 composers write pieces for the microtonal guitar. I hope to continue like this for the rest of my life. This is my goal, this is what makes me happy, I can't stop myself working on it every day for hours - at 42 years old, I know myself well, and I am sure about this. :)

So why do I need your SUPPORT? With your support, I can realize my big projects and dreams more quickly and I can be even more productive. I have a list of things to accomplish in the next 30 years (if destiny allows :) - with your support I can do all of the below in the next ten years. Meaning that after the first ten years, I can dream up even more goals.

Apart from this, I spend a lot of money to produce my own video clips. If you want a good video, you have to pay for a professional clip. But this is not enough. You publish your video and few people watch it. Facebook doesn't show it even to your friends unless you promote it. Therefore, I spend money to promote my videos because I want people to watch my videos that I worked hard to make.

If you like my music and my videos, you can support me with one dollar or more per month. 

What are my big goals?

1) Commissioning pieces from the greatest composers for microtonal guitar. I've learned this from Andres Segovia, so I have to do it! Imagine Arvo Part or Krzysztof Penderecki writing for this new instrument (I guess I am exaggerating much :). There are already great guitarist-composers such as Dusan Bogdanovic, Andrew York, Roland Dyens, Sergio Assad, Carlo Domeniconi and many others who know me (and my guitar), and may be willing to work on a commission. Your support is crucial for this goal. With each $3000, I can approach one composer.

2) DVD+Method: At the moment, I am writing a method entitled "Introduction to Microtonal Guitar." Besides, It's always a dream to have a DVD, summarizing everything I've done from 2009 to 2015. If I have your support, I can publish the DVD and the method professionally and without having difficulty financially.

3) Decreasing the cost of Microtonal Guitar and make it available for everyone: I hate business but I've been receiving mails since 2009 requesting microtonal guitars - almost 300 guitarists have asked for one, but I haven't been able to sell a single one. Why? Because of the high price. I need to hire a team who can research production methods, create an economic model, and sell it to the guitar world. With your SUPPORT, I can form a company to achieve this aim.

4) Automatic Microtonal Guitar: Imagine a guitar with frets moving automatically along the fretboard. You press a button and here we go: you can play a Turkish microtonal folk music. Then press again and the frets move to new locations, this time playing a Bach piece in Werckmeister tuning. What about an Indian Raga piece up next! Your SUPPORT is very important for this goal to help me buy the equipment I'll need to create this new instrument.

5) Foundation of a Microtonal Guitar Research Center: This one will have to wait for the other ones to be finished. But my ultimate dream is founding a research center at a University at the Masters or PhD level. It will have sub-divisions such as "Just Intonation Guitar Music", "Microtonal Folk Music of Turkey/India/Bali/Egypt/other countries", "Renaissance and Baroque Tunings" etc. We will be a factory of microtonal guitar music. :) Composers and arrangers will write for us, and my students and I will play and record. I don't think we can achieve this quite yet, but I wanted you to see just how far things could possibly go.
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If I earn this amount per month, I can work with a professional company to produce a DVD which includes the story of the microtonal guitar, the history of the microtonal guitar in general, pieces composed and arranged for it since 2009 (around 67 now), concise history of microtonal music as well. I can also publish my book "Introduction to Microtonal Guitar."
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