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Todd Simpson
post Jun 2 2019, 09:04 AM
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It's pretty simple. It boils down to math. This guy breaks it down. He's really talking about public speaking but uses the same math that it take to get good at anything. He mentions what musicians do when they practice. Sound awful. It's true. Musicians often try things they can't play, things they are not sure about. It's part of it. How muchc you practice every day is a big part of as you are really fighting the clock to get to the magical 10,000 hour mark.

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post Jun 7 2019, 10:26 AM
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There's nothing more disappointing that getting that new Satriani endorsed pedal only to discover you still can't play Surfin' With The Alien laugh.gif been there, done that, not quite that extreme but you get what I mean? wink.gif


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post Jun 7 2019, 01:14 PM
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QUOTE (Phil66 @ Jun 7 2019, 10:26 AM) *
There's nothing more disappointing that getting that new Satriani endorsed pedal only to discover you still can't play Surfin' With The Alien laugh.gif been there, done that, not quite that extreme but you get what I mean? wink.gif

Hehe, I totally get it. But getting a Wah pedal will make you sound like Kirk Hammett laugh.gif Getting two will transform you into Kirk's clone. I there's a double-bass for drums, double-wah should be a thing too biggrin.gif

QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Jun 7 2019, 04:23 AM) *
Agreed. Of course gear can make a difference smile.gif We are on the same page. It just can't make you a better player. It just can't. Only you can make you a better player. All the gear in the world can't do it for ya.


Sure, gear has an impact on your sound. Getting a new bit of kit, can make you want to play more for at least a while til the shine wears off the penny, having really bad gear can be discouraging. Etc. Etc. Etc. What I'm trying to get across is that no matter what gear one has or does not have, it all comes down to the player. I've seen guys with an AXE FX and Custom made guitar who sound terrible, and I"ve seen players with crap gear make it sound amazing. Most tone really does come from the fingers. The good news is, even with terrible gear, if one puts in the time, one can be a great player, even with really crappy gear.

I totally agree! Some bands have studio technicians that cover up every mistake for the album and they end up pretending to perform with the playback recording live because they can't do it properly. The real measurement for me of how big and great the band is how they perform live. And you know the band is fantastic if their live shows sound better than studio albums! smile.gif For example Sabaton or Scorpions.

A great player can bring out the soul of the worst equipment in the world and make it sound okay at least. I believe starting with a properly set up but hard to master gear can teach the player a lot (just like learning to drive with a car with no ABS, manual transmission and no power steering!). After gaining experience with that, you learn all the essentials and are ready to move on to a better gear will allow further progress. Accepting ones flaws is the first and most important step towards any improvement.

Talking about playback shows, here's how Iron Maiden does it:



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Well Said! It's really sad imho how much technology is leaned on these days in place of actual ability, even by professionals. Auto tune is just part of the landscape these days. Whats worse, drum triggers/midi are shockingly common in nearly all modern metal. Also, the process known as "comping" is a standard tool in every producers tool kit. Comping is basically taking several takes of a given track, say the guitar track, and picking the bits that were played well and chopping them together to make one guitar track that sounds well played. it's what folks do when they can't actually play a given track. they just do a billion takes and comp it together. Even something like the little CLICK you hear when bands are recording with pro tools. It's a crutch imho. The beat is being laid down by the drummer. That's what musicians should lock to, not something as synthetic as a click track. Call me old fashioned, but I'm impressed by bands that can actually play the music they write without the need for technical crutches holding them up. To this day I never record to a click. I listen to the drum track and bass track. Otherwise, it yanks a lot of the feel/vibe out of it. When a track has zero push pull/give take, it's not Rock, it's techno.
QUOTE (Adam @ Jun 7 2019, 08:14 AM) *
Hehe, I totally get it. But getting a Wah pedal will make you sound like Kirk Hammett laugh.gif Getting two will transform you into Kirk's clone. I there's a double-bass for drums, double-wah should be a thing too biggrin.gif


I totally agree! Some bands have studio technicians that cover up every mistake for the album and they end up pretending to perform with the playback recording live because they can't do it properly. The real measurement for me of how big and great the band is how they perform live. And you know the band is fantastic if their live shows sound better than studio albums! smile.gif For example Sabaton or Scorpions.

A great player can bring out the soul of the worst equipment in the world and make it sound okay at least. I believe starting with a properly set up but hard to master gear can teach the player a lot (just like learning to drive with a car with no ABS, manual transmission and no power steering!). After gaining experience with that, you learn all the essentials and are ready to move on to a better gear will allow further progress. Accepting ones flaws is the first and most important step towards any improvement.

Talking about playback shows, here's how Iron Maiden does it:

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