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Ben Higgins
post Jan 13 2012, 01:06 PM
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I'm sure many of you have seen this already..

I haven't really listened to shred guitarists for years but lately I've been very inspired by Michael's precision, speed and the the idea of no limitations. I watch some of his videos now and then to remind myself what is possible.



My kind of belief is that we already have the ability inside us, we just have to uncover it. The only way to uncover it as by keeping practising.

I see it as a big block of rock, which contains a brilliant sculpture underneath. To get at the sculpture we have to keep chopping away at the rock until the sculpture starts to emerge smile.gif

Also, even if we sometimes practice and don't see any progress for a while.. it doesn't matter. Just the act of practising is chopping away at the rock !

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post Jan 13 2012, 01:10 PM
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Indeed.... it reminds me of this quote:

To build a massive sky scraper building, you must lay endless amounts of underground foundation, only then will you be able to reach the sky


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post Jan 13 2012, 01:22 PM
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Great analogy Ben!! For an easy way to reference how your little bits of chopping are actually working think back to when you very first picked up a guitar and didn't know anything!!
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post Jan 13 2012, 01:34 PM
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Very nice words Ben, highly motivating video and post. I'd better get to practice as well smile.gif

Indeed, it's all about us having no limits, and practicing as much as possible. Goals seem so far away sometimes, but they are actually very near. The more the person is calmer and patient, better it can observe infinity ahead of him, that awaits to be explored.


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post Jan 13 2012, 01:38 PM
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I don't know. I have listened to MAB before and his technique is flawless, not to mention he can play right and left-handed, with hands on both sides of neck. But I don't really like his music, just too soulless for me. Although he has a good vibrato, he just sweeps. Too. Much. In every song.


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post Jan 13 2012, 03:45 PM
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That was amazing! what a version!

What you said really hit me, I view guitar playing like that as well, it's like you chip away blocks slowly and painfully until the sculpture is just there and you can sort of "use" it anytime you want,

And I agree that practice gets you there, so it's really important to keep motivated to practice...I did that by playing the stuff I like that, playing along and stuff,


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post Jan 13 2012, 04:24 PM
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That tribute is amazing! I like his two albums with tributes to great artists and bands...

I agree with your words about how to move to the next level... Practising is the key and nothing is impossible should be our main phrases... I use to write this phrases and put them at my studio when I'm working on something new and feel a bit frustrated because It seems like if I'm not improving.

Steve Vai always has inspiring thoughts about this..

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post Jan 13 2012, 05:18 PM
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Yeah he has 2 songs for randy. the mr crowley solo is sooo epic.
Also liked the symphony of destruction cover on that cd.




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post Jan 13 2012, 06:05 PM
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QUOTE (snackajacks @ Jan 13 2012, 04:18 PM) *
Yeah he has 2 songs for randy. the mr crowley solo is sooo epic.
Also liked the symphony of destruction cover on that cd.


Yeah, the Symphony cover was incredible ! cool.gif


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post Jan 13 2012, 06:08 PM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Jan 13 2012, 02:05 PM) *
Yeah, the Symphony cover was incredible ! cool.gif



hey! what about doing something similar... a kind of tribute here at the site?? biggrin.gif


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post Jan 13 2012, 06:14 PM
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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Jan 13 2012, 05:08 PM) *
hey! what about doing something similar... a kind of tribute here at the site?? biggrin.gif


That's a cool idea cool.gif We might have to hand over the really fast picking bits to you, Sinisa and Todd.. unless the rest of us can get in some good practice in the meantime !!! tongue.gif


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post Jan 13 2012, 06:19 PM
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awesome. haha maybe a guitarteachers collab wink.gif


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post Jan 14 2012, 12:14 AM
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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Jan 13 2012, 03:24 PM) *
That tribute is amazing! I like his two albums with tributes to great artists and bands...

I agree with your words about how to move to the next level... Practising is the key and nothing is impossible should be our main phrases... I use to write this phrases and put them at my studio when I'm working on something new and feel a bit frustrated because It seems like if I'm not improving.

Steve Vai always has inspiring thoughts about this..

“The level of achievement that we have at anything, is a reflection, of how well, we were able to focus on it. Because the only thing that’s holding you back, is the way you’re thinking.”
– Steve Vai

Totally agree! You know I seen a quote the other day in the newspaper that this reminds me of, Henry Ford was quoted as saying, "Rather you believe you can or cannot do something, you're right." this is so true, because our own mental attitude determines to a large extent how good we become at anything, be it music, education, physical fitness, etc.


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post Jan 14 2012, 04:31 AM
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Great point Ben...it is one of the reasons that I do not loose hope. I know what is inside of me, it is just being patient as the rock is shaped so it comes out... biggrin.gif Again always great encouragement here!
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post Jan 14 2012, 04:52 AM
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I actually I think hes one of the few people who can shred, sweep, and pick at super high speeds and still retain a level of melody that inspires thought evokes emotion, Love MAB.
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post Jan 14 2012, 05:11 AM
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THE OZZY INSTRUCTOR COLLAB! !!!!!!!!!!

That is freaking BRILLIANT! If that's on deck COUNT......ME......IN smile.gif Would be a great promo bit for GMC and crazy fun to work on.

This video is some of MB best playing IMHO, the structure and melody of the song are serving to restrain him enough to actually make him sound much much more well rounded that just sounding like a shred nut. Don't get me wrong, I"m not a hater nor huge fan of MAB, but I've always appreciated his skill and the audible aggression of his style. I might have even stolen some of the angrier bits of picking directly from him smile.gif

Certain phrasing/picking just sounds aggressive/hostile and he has a real way with that sort of thing. Almost like he sat down and said "how can I make this phrase sound like I'm talking smack and want to start a fight?" Even if you aren't a fan of him in general, or any player, there is always something you can take away from listening to really good player like MAB

QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Jan 13 2012, 07:06 AM) *
I'm sure many of you have seen this already..

I haven't really listened to shred guitarists for years but lately I've been very inspired by Michael's precision, speed and the the idea of no limitations. I watch some of his videos now and then to remind myself what is possible.



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post Jan 14 2012, 05:35 AM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Jan 13 2012, 05:14 PM) *
That's a cool idea cool.gif We might have to hand over the really fast picking bits to you, Sinisa and Todd.. unless the rest of us can get in some good practice in the meantime !!! tongue.gif



WOW, I'd love to see that. Would be amazing promotion for GMC and inspiring for everyone here to see you guys do an epic collab!


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post Jan 14 2012, 09:09 PM
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How come he hasn't been in any really good bands?
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post Jan 14 2012, 09:15 PM
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He does his solo career, he was in a band called Nitro Train in the 80's, pretty cheesy but some fun stuff. I think his interest for the past decade have been in doing clinics and teaching, I have seen him 4 times and the most recent visit about 10 months ago he had so much information to share, really cool guy in person.
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Yeah, I read where he has a lot of commercial endorsement deals too. Maybe he'd rather do that than be on the road all the time.
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