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Todd Simpson
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Teaching guitar, learning new styles and techniques, meeting musicians from around the world online, practicing as much as possible.

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6 Mar 2021
Welcome to SHRED BOOTCAMP! I'll be your Drill Instructor! And I do mean DRILL! As in a large power tool used in slasher films and Paul Gilbert concerts. Here is were you EARN THE LIVING DEATH out of your fingers and break through any speed bumps/barriers to become a MASTER CHIEF of Shred!
*Make sure you get both hands in the shot when shooting your video*Make sure you use a metronome for the first several Missions and that the metronome can be heard.*After you complete a mission, shoot me a PM and let me know it's ready and I'll give you a debrief! These are pass / fail, so if you pass you BADGE UP and if not, I'll give you some feedback and you head in to the breach once again.
*The first several missions are VERY simple. They are just to get you used to the bootcamp process.
*Most importantly, there is NEVER a speed requirement in bootcamp. I want you to push yourself to play as brisk as you can, but NEVER at the expense of precision. If you find you are missing a note here and there, slow down a bit. Speed is just a byproduct of precision so my goal is to make you a very precise player. At that point, speed just happens.


1.)Your mission is to go all the way back to the very start. The base of the mountain.


Which you will play SUPER PERFECT!. Speed it up bit by bit until you feel your ready to take it to WAR (Any speed, it's up to you, no points for speed, only points for playing in a precise manner as speed is simply a byproduct of precision) Shoot a video and post it as a reply to this post. Make sure to EMBED the video by clicking on INSERT SPECIAL ITEM above the smiley face and then you'll get a drop down menu. Click on INSERT YOUTUBE VIDEO and follow the instructions in the Pop Up Menu. I'll then offer a constructive and brutally honest critique.


Upon nailing the crap out of lesson one at a speed you didn't think possible, and playing it a clean as a freshly waxed floor, you will be given your first insignia of Rank in BOOTCAMP! You will then proceed to Lesson #2 and so forth. Here is the link to the entire 400 plus Lesson Library.

Here is the link to your own PRIVATE HOUSE OF PAIN!...Er I mean.. SHRED!

6 Mar 2021
The Ibanez AZ series has been a big hit for Ibanez. With the rise of Neo Soul players using these style of guitars, Ibanez has jumped on board and released some new AZ series for 2021. We get extended range version, roasted maple necks and more. These are not the typical Ibby Shredder guitars. They harken back to more vintage American style instruments but with modern bits. Gone are the double locking trems and instead we get more traditional trems with locking tuners. Also, these necks are not the typical prestige hyper thin shreddy necks. They are a bit more beefy, in keeping with the stylized theme. I have not played these yet but they do look nice smile.gif These are NOT cheap guitars. Prices hover around $2,000 U.S. They are well made and use very nice materials. Whaddya think?

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6 Mar 2021
Your speaker/monitor placement can have a big impact on the quality of audio you produce in your home studio. Are you monitors ideally placed in your home studio? Let’s look at some factors that come into play.

[b]1.)Shape of Waveguide[/b] - Your Tweeter (high frequency driver) on your monitors probably has some sort of wave guide. This could be a recessed cone shape or even a horn shaped guide. Some guides are more lateral like on many ADAM speakers (see image) and some are rounded as on many KRK speakers. If your waveguide is similar to that of the ADAM speaker, then it’s not really designed to disperse vertically. It’s really set to disperse high frequency side to side. As a result, if you put monitors like this on their side, you are seriously limiting the “sweet spot” (that ideal spot where you hear what is coming out of your monitors) for your listening position

[i]Lateral wave guide on an Adam monitor[/i]
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If your waveguide is more of a circle, this is much less of an issue. A circular waveguide allows for greater dispersion and as such, these types of monitors can be placed on their sides without seriously limiting the listening sweet spot.

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2.)Phase Relationship of Woofer/Tweeter - Many near field monitors are 2 Way systems. Basically a woofer and a tweeter, the woofer (big driver) takes care of bass, and the tweeter (smaller driver) takes care of treble/high frequency information. If you rotate your monitors to lay on their side, you change the relationship/distance between the drivers and your ears. This can create a phasing issue and throw off your sound balance. For the sake of accuracy, it’s not a great idea. Some monitors are designed to lay on their sides. These require very careful placement in order to avoid creating a phase issue at the listening position. In general, if your monitors were designed to stand vertically, it’s best to find a way to place them vertically.

3.)Space Limitations - Your studio space will have a big impact on your listening. The monitors should be placed so that they are separated apart enough to create a good stereo field and they should be roughly aligned toward your head/ears. If you are using a small home office type desk, you might benefit from adding some speaker stands so that the monitors are not in too close and you can raise and lower the monitors on the stands to find the optical placement. Of course, this may not be an option in every case. If space is a limiting factor, you can buy foam speaker risers that can separate the speaker from the desktop. Separating the speaker from the desktop is critical as the resonance from the speaker will try to turn your desk into a resonating device. The desk can start to ring or rumble at certain frequencies. So even placing monitors on small foam pads is an improvement over sitting them directly on a desk.

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These are just 3 factors to consider. In addition, there are myriad factors that influence your listening quality. The shape of the room, how close the speakers are to a wall, the amount of hard reflective surface in the room, whether it’s got tile or carpet, etc. We will go in to these issues as well as we go. Setting up your monitors is a crucial bit of getting the best results from your home studio. It’s worth taking some time to think it out.

This video was very helpful in creating this article.
4 Mar 2021
As you probably heard Dave Mustaine from MEGADETH has left DEAN GUITARS and gone to GIBSON GUITARS and has a new signature guitar. It's basically a flying V with a hockey stick / explorer style head stock. The guitar is getting mixed reviews from fans. Many folks seem to like his old DEAN sig V a bit better. This one honestly doesn't seem to be that different from his last sig V, but for the hockey stick head stock. Seems a bit like a money grab from from Mr Dave, but hey, it's a business after all and he has bills to pay, and I'm guessing he can make more with Gibson than he did with Dean. He's now a MARSHALL/GIBSON guy, which are the two largest vendors he's been with at the same time so far.


3 Mar 2021
Audio over Ethernet is basically running your audio signal over the same network cable you use to connect your broadband modem to your wifi router. Yup, ethernet cable. It used to be way pricey, but its' gotten very inexpensive. Here is a handy bit of kit that supports four channels of audio over ethernet cable. You can plug in up to four microphones and leave them plugged in and instead of running four xlr cables, you just run one ethernet cable. If you want to mic a drum kit, you can use four of these things and have 16 mics running over just four thin ethernet cables. It's more flexible than running a traditional snake as it's modular. You can you split it up any way you want to. Here is Glenn to tell you more

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I saw your post on Stylus Picks and I was wondering how easy it was to transfer to a normal guitar pick after practicing with one of them. I was also wondering if I should consider the booklet that it comes with. I can AP at 180 BPM(sixteenth notes) and I am still interested in becoming faster. I want to hit the 240 range at the very least.
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Great work on the mix for our project! You're awesome!
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We really enjoy you at the chats. :) I would be thrilled to have you make some video lessons too! :D
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