GearTunes Founder & Chief Creative Officer
With a disc out on Steve Vai’s esteemed Favored Nations label, tours supporting the likes of Michael Schenker, and a session background that includes Guitar Hero, Doug Doppler clearly took the lessons he learned as a student of Satriani to heart.
These days Doug has exchanged the bright lights of the concert stage for those of his video studio. With over 1,000,000 YouTube plays Doppler has been investing his skills in helping brands like Dunlop Manufacturing, Ibanez, Line 6, Orange Amps, Peterson Tuners, and Tech 21 NYC get their message to market. In 2014 Doug launched GearTunes.com which connects the dots between gear, demos, and dealers. With over 1,000 pieces of new, used, and vintage gear in “inventory”, GearTunes.com is there to help guitar players find some relief for GAS (guitar acquisition syndrome), which has tragically reached epidemic proportions for innumerable guitarists.
More than just a web site, GearTunes is a marketing platform that helps brands get their message out there by engaging gear enthusiasts in new and innovative ways. In February 2014 GearTunes partnered with Sweetwater and Premier Guitar to co-produce Guitars & Gear Live which featured twenty-plus pieces of gear fresh from the Winter NAMM show. In August 2014, Doug will be producing the NYXL Pedal Board of the Month campaign to promote the sounds of D’Addario’s innovative new strings. This four-week campaign will feature daily fifteen second videos on Instagram and Facebook, and a weekly YouTube video stitching those pieces together with product overviews. By offering over $20,000 in giveaways and partnering with Sweetwater as the official retail partner, GearTunes is continuing to innovate in how they connect the dots between gear, demos and dealers.
Doug is also an accomplished author. In addition to writing gear reviews and columns for Christian Musician, Collectible Guitar, M Music & Musicians, Worship Musician, Doppler also penned The Worship Guitar Book” which was released on the Hal Leonard imprint in 2014.Doug remains a passionate music educator, offering Skype lessons, and teaching one day a week at the same Berkeley teaching studio he inherited from Joe Satriani.