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post Feb 16 2011, 05:41 AM
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Hello everyone!

I guess I can let you know a little about me... I'm 23 years old and currently living in Toronto, Canada. I have a degree in Space Engineering and I am currently going through the process of getting into teacher's college so I can teach high school!

I've been playing guitar since I was 14. Unfortunately, due to the time and stress required to complete an engineering degree, school didn't leave much time for playing guitar so I was only able to take it seriously off and on (basically playing as much as I could when I could). Sometimes this meant I could only dedicate a lot of time in the Summer! Major bummer!

I'd have to say my main strength is definitely improvisation. I don't really like to memorize songs. I would rather jam along with them or just learn certain parts, such as an awesome solo I can't stop listening to. My weaknesses are all of the bad habits I've picked up from being self taught (such as economy picking - I use it sometimes and I'm trying to break the habit).

In my first year or two, I was taught by friend, Adrian Raso (you may or may not have heard of him - a phenomenal guitar player of many, many genres. Check out www.adrianraso.net). Since then, I've been self taught. I have learned many things from youtube and ultimate-guitar.com, but I found it difficult to just learn things at random without very much guidance.

So here I am.

I signed up for this site about a week ago and let me say, I am astonished at the improvement I've made since then. I've already made my way through several of the lessons in the lesson plan thread I stumbled across and I've mastered several other lessons.

I almost forgot... my favorite music! My favorite guitarist is definitely Paul Gilbert. He's just awesome and I'd like to say I have a similar playing style (though nowhere near as good *sigh* haha). I like many types of music, but some of my favorites in particular are melodic death metal (e.g Equilibrium). I also really love bands such as Amon Amarth and of course thrash metal bands like Slayer, old school Metallica (e.g. Whiplash). I also really like blues and funk.

Oh, I play a Jackson SL1 Soloist with the Nebulah finish. I don't think I'll ever own a guitar that I like more than this, mainly because I have a huge fascination of outer space!

Anyways, that's enough about me! Thanks for reading (and expect to see me posting more from now on)!
-Bran
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post Feb 16 2011, 09:59 AM
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Welcome to GMC, spacebran! biggrin.gif
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post Feb 16 2011, 10:31 AM
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Nice introduction.
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post Feb 16 2011, 11:20 AM
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Welcome to GMC Bran smile.gif That Jackson Soloist sounds beautiful... my second guitar was a Jackson Performer but the Soloist is the real deal.


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post Feb 16 2011, 12:40 PM
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Great to have you here Bran! Awesome to hear about your progress with GMC lessons.

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post Feb 16 2011, 12:45 PM
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Welcome Bran! would love a Jackson Soloist too! look forward to seeing you around smile.gif


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post Feb 16 2011, 01:00 PM
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Welcome Spacebran!

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post Feb 16 2011, 01:20 PM
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Welcome aboard Bran smile.gif
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post Feb 16 2011, 01:53 PM
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Welcome to the site, Bran!

Mr Gilbert is my favorite as well so I know where you're heading smile.gif


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post Feb 16 2011, 03:14 PM
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Welcome!!

Economy picking isn't a bad habit unless you're using it when you don't want to (which is, I assume, what you meant), it can give you extra speed and a different sound if you so desire. As for your area of expertise, space engineering sounds incredible man. I can imagine that guitar had to be put on the back-burner for a while, but now's the time to push your musical boundaries biggrin.gif

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post Feb 16 2011, 05:56 PM
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Thanks for the replies!

The Jackson soloist is definitely a great guitar! I've loved it since the day I opened the case and that 'new guitar smell' hit me biggrin.gif.

As for the comment about engineering... definitely a great degree to have, but the time I had to put into it was brutal! At least I have teaching to look forward to!

But now I am really back into it and finally have time to take it seriously. I'm sure my progress will continue and I'll probably hit a wall here and there, but I can't complain with so my resources literally at my finger tips here. The lessons are great, the videos are great (especially with the interactive player - metronome, looping, backing tracks with variable bpm, etc).

One thing that I definitely need work on is ear training. I can listen to a tune and usually figure out what to play over top, but sometimes I just can't do it! I want to be able to every time. I want to listen to something and then bang - I know the Mode scale its using, the chord progression, etc. The songs I can figure out are no problem, but I can't do this all the time. Will this come naturally as I practice, or will I have to specifically train my ear? One of the things I've always wanted to do and have been practicing off and on is singing. I've heard this is a big help with your ear too. At this point, I can listen to songs in the punk/pop punk and figure them out as well as play along (improvise) with more technical music, but determining what they're actually playing I find difficult when it begins to get more technical. I know it sounds weird and almost 'noobish', but sometimes I listen to two notes and its completely obvious which one is higher and which is lower, but sometimes it doesn't sound so obvious. Is this normal? How can I train myself to become better in this area?

Thanks!!
-Bran

edit: Oh and about the economy picking comment... I use it when its convenient without thinking. It comes naturally, but after reading the discussion on these boards I found about economy picking, I decided I want to practice alternate picking specifically because I think it will help me gain more control.

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post Feb 16 2011, 06:13 PM
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Sure, your ear becomes better as you practice, but you can speed this up. Here are several ways:

*Use a program, or a website that will train you to recognise melodic and harmonic intervals, chords, etc such as EarMaster or Musiclearningtools.net or Good-ear.com. Practice as much as you can daily, and you'll start recognising intervals in songs and what you play a lot more efficiently.

*Transcribe songs (as you've said you do).

*Sing with the music. It helps to establish a link between your mind and the music.

*Take a mode or scale and play it enough times so that you become familiar with it, so you know its sound. Play about with various modes/scales long enough and you'll be better at recognising them.

Oh and it's perfectly normal to not be able to know which note is higher. Some parts of your ear are better trained than others. It'll all come with time and practice, perfect practice smile.gif


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post Feb 16 2011, 06:27 PM
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QUOTE (dark dude @ Feb 16 2011, 05:13 PM) *
Sure, your ear becomes better as you practice, but you can speed this up. Here are several ways:

*Use a program, or a website that will train you to recognise melodic and harmonic intervals, chords, etc such as EarMaster or Musiclearningtools.net or Good-ear.com. Practice as much as you can daily, and you'll start recognising intervals in songs and what you play a lot more efficiently.

*Transcribe songs (as you've said you do).

*Sing with the music. It helps to establish a link between your mind and the music.

*Take a mode or scale and play it enough times so that you become familiar with it, so you know its sound. Play about with various modes/scales long enough and you'll be better at recognising them.

Oh and it's perfectly normal to not be able to know which note is higher. Some parts of your ear are better trained than others. It'll all come with time and practice, perfect practice smile.gif


Thanks!!!!!!

I was thinking last night that I should start off with simple songs and transcribe them - I'm not a huge fan, but when I started playing, I learned a lot of blink182 and sum41 songs due to their simplicity. I think I'll work at transcribing some of those (and get that nostalgic feeling, heh).

I've played modes and scales over and over again, just to learn their patterns, but I don't think I was really paying attention to what they *sounded* like, in a way. I think I only ever really payed attention to if it was Major or Minor. Lately, I've been paying a lot more attention to that as I've been focusing a lot on learning music theory. I only knew basic stuff before, but for example, I want to know how all of the scales/chords are created (among other things), which modes are embedded in which (e.g. G Mixolydian contains directly contains C Ionian) - With putting a lot of focus and effort, I've created so many tricks and patterns in my mind that help me remember these things. I made a position diagram that shows all of the mode number positions to show their relations to each other. Since I've been doing all of this I've made a lot of progress and it feels great because I'm not only able to learn and play things, but I'm *understanding* now (rather than just understanding what I need to get by) and I think all of this is coming together to make me turn into the guitar player I've always wanted to be (e.g. Paul Gilbert! HA!). Instead of knowing all of the mode scales and types of chords, I know how to create them, and my eyes and ears seem to be opening new doors (is that possible for ears to open doors? or eyes?? haha)

Good to know about the ear being trained and tuned better to different frequencies. Definitely a great boost to my confidence.

Thanks for the great reply and I apologize - I tend to get typing and write really long messages tongue.gif

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post Feb 16 2011, 06:39 PM
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Hehe, no problem at all. Definately give the simpler stuff a shot first to build your confidence. I started on Sum 41 too!


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post Feb 16 2011, 10:45 PM
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I really liked that introduction! I have a Inferno Red Jackson SLSMG. Welcome to this site!


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post Feb 16 2011, 11:40 PM
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Welcome to GMC and you are gonna LOVE it here! I'm Todd and I teach the Saturday Video Chat lessons and we focus on Alternate Picking and Building Speed quite a bit. Please do join us wink.gif We meet each Sat at 5:00 PM EST. Sounds like the lessons would be right up your ally. Here is a link to all 40 some odd lessons we have done thus far.

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post Feb 26 2011, 12:56 AM
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Welcome to GMC man! Wow, that is an impressive intro, I hope you will find time to post on the boards, and share experiences and ideas. Also, if you have any questions, please ask, we will be glad to respond! smile.gif


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