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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Jul 31 2014, 08:12 PM) *
I see, well, you also need to be patient, if that is the situation smile.gif In the mean time, how about you and I discuss some theory? You can always practice even if you don't have a guitar at hand smile.gif

What say you?


I say yes sure. BUT, my fingers are.. literally, crying, moving, to get a guitar in hand.... Haven't touched one in 20 days. sad.gif I want a guitar !!!! My fingers want to hold one.....


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QUOTE (Yash @ Jul 31 2014, 04:21 PM) *
I say yes sure. BUT, my fingers are.. literally, crying, moving, to get a guitar in hand.... Haven't touched one in 20 days. sad.gif I want a guitar !!!! My fingers want to hold one.....



Have you thought about borrowing one? Maybe a friend can help out smile.gif What do you think?

Otherwise, you will have to deal with your guitar and maybe try to look at the good part - you will build an awesome stamina for your left hand for instance wink.gif I know it's hard to think that way, but I am trying to help you out with coping with the situation until you get a new axe wink.gif


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Have you thought about borrowing one? Maybe a friend can help out smile.gif What do you think?

Otherwise, you will have to deal with your guitar and maybe try to look at the good part - you will build an awesome stamina for your left hand for instance wink.gif I know it's hard to think that way, but I am trying to help you out with coping with the situation until you get a new axe wink.gif


I can borrow a crappy acoustic when I go back to Russia. tongue.gif That's all. And, I will have to deal with my guitar. And, yes, I noticed. I touched a guitar after 30 days today. Played many. A variety. I played Jacksons, Randy Rhoads model, and a Kelly. Then, I tried a few Les Pauls, Epiphone LP Standard, and a Gibson Future Les Paul, or whatever it was. And, also the PRS Tremonti SE. And, a 7-string PRS Custom 24 SE, and a Fender Strat. I might have missed out a few more. Finally found a few good guitar shops in Delhi, with my childhood friends smile.gif smile.gif)))) Though they're not into metal or guitar at all, they were really encouraging.
Now, about the playing experience. I played MUCH MUCH MUCH better on those guitars, than my current guitar. The speed, better precision. Hitting notes was easier. On each and every darned guitar. It felt amazing. Boosted my confidence a lot. I felt, with the right amount of correct practice, your help, I can be a pro in 4 years =) Thanks so much for supporting me the whole time big brother biggrin.gif I loved most of them. Jacksons were my favorite, because of the neck, and, a little more mid-ness in tone. The Jackson Kelly had amazing tone because of the Duncan pickups. I guess the best combination of woods and pickups. Though the fingerboard would be ebony on the Jackson I buy, the one I tried today had Rosewood. Then, on second position, Les Paul. Great Tone =) Classic. Loved it. Wish the neck could be a bit thinner. But, I could still play on it fine. I liked the PRS Tremonti too. Though would have loved to spend more time with it. And, I wasn't a fan of the 7 String PRS. Lacked the bottom end. Maybe the amp's fault. It felt great today. Felt better about my playing when they said that I was good. And, after I could play just fine even after not touching a guitar for a month biggrin.gif


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Sounds like a VERY EXTENSIVE experience, Yash! biggrin.gif

Well, now I very well know the feeling of visiting a music instruments shop and tinkering around with all the nice axes and amps and then .. 'SNAP' - reality check smile.gif No money to get what I want...

You need to be patient and see how you can get a guitar that could fit a realistic budget. I know it's tough because you are relying on your parents for now, so maybe having a serious talk with them in which you will approach the matter in a mature manner, will convince them about the fact that they need to help you in order to contribute to your cause.

Some parents are easier than others, but I think once they will understand you want to finish your studies and in the mean time, practice an instrument to fulfill your spiritual needs and feed your soul, maybe they will re-consider their attitude smile.gif give it a try, deal?


QUOTE (Yash @ Aug 2 2014, 07:08 PM) *
I can borrow a crappy acoustic when I go back to Russia. tongue.gif That's all. And, I will have to deal with my guitar. And, yes, I noticed. I touched a guitar after 30 days today. Played many. A variety. I played Jacksons, Randy Rhoads model, and a Kelly. Then, I tried a few Les Pauls, Epiphone LP Standard, and a Gibson Future Les Paul, or whatever it was. And, also the PRS Tremonti SE. And, a 7-string PRS Custom 24 SE, and a Fender Strat. I might have missed out a few more. Finally found a few good guitar shops in Delhi, with my childhood friends smile.gif smile.gif)))) Though they're not into metal or guitar at all, they were really encouraging.
Now, about the playing experience. I played MUCH MUCH MUCH better on those guitars, than my current guitar. The speed, better precision. Hitting notes was easier. On each and every darned guitar. It felt amazing. Boosted my confidence a lot. I felt, with the right amount of correct practice, your help, I can be a pro in 4 years =) Thanks so much for supporting me the whole time big brother biggrin.gif I loved most of them. Jacksons were my favorite, because of the neck, and, a little more mid-ness in tone. The Jackson Kelly had amazing tone because of the Duncan pickups. I guess the best combination of woods and pickups. Though the fingerboard would be ebony on the Jackson I buy, the one I tried today had Rosewood. Then, on second position, Les Paul. Great Tone =) Classic. Loved it. Wish the neck could be a bit thinner. But, I could still play on it fine. I liked the PRS Tremonti too. Though would have loved to spend more time with it. And, I wasn't a fan of the 7 String PRS. Lacked the bottom end. Maybe the amp's fault. It felt great today. Felt better about my playing when they said that I was good. And, after I could play just fine even after not touching a guitar for a month biggrin.gif



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Sounds like a VERY EXTENSIVE experience, Yash! biggrin.gif

Well, now I very well know the feeling of visiting a music instruments shop and tinkering around with all the nice axes and amps and then .. 'SNAP' - reality check smile.gif No money to get what I want...

You need to be patient and see how you can get a guitar that could fit a realistic budget. I know it's tough because you are relying on your parents for now, so maybe having a serious talk with them in which you will approach the matter in a mature manner, will convince them about the fact that they need to help you in order to contribute to your cause.

Some parents are easier than others, but I think once they will understand you want to finish your studies and in the mean time, practice an instrument to fulfill your spiritual needs and feed your soul, maybe they will re-consider their attitude smile.gif give it a try, deal?


We already have like, 1200 EUR aside for me. But, I want more. I am greedy. tongue.gif I showed mom a nice Jackson, so she was like, wait another year and we'll save up more for a better guitar if you want. But, we don't know if we're gonna have more next year, or if it will stay the same smile.gif Plus, they've said no to buying it online. So, finding the guitar is the toughest thing right now.


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Mate... you have 1200 EUR and you don't have a guitar smile.gif I would go get one ASAP. Waiting on another year... that's not a good option at all if you ask me. Instead of having a great guitar, you are growing your frustration ... plus... who knows what will happen next year? Life is filled with unexpected things Yash smile.gif Take what's being offered and work with it smile.gif

In that sum... sweet Lord you could get an AWSOME axe, but you also need an amp and maybe a few pedals - let me know what you think smile.gif

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We already have like, 1200 EUR aside for me. But, I want more. I am greedy. tongue.gif I showed mom a nice Jackson, so she was like, wait another year and we'll save up more for a better guitar if you want. But, we don't know if we're gonna have more next year, or if it will stay the same smile.gif Plus, they've said no to buying it online. So, finding the guitar is the toughest thing right now.



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Sensei... I have decided to take the risk and order that guitar. Pay first then get it. I don't know. I think it will work for sure. It's a Jackson King V Pro. I'll have money left after that. Which I'll use to buy an Epiphone Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus with Gibson pickups smile.gif Though I'll have to save a little bit of money from my own money to get that baby.
The reason I chose this combination is - Variety is the essence of life tongue.gif biggrin.gif
The Jackson is V-shaped, super sharp, alder body, maple neck, ebony fingerboard, Floyd Rose, EMG actives (81 and 89, which gives me a single coil and humbucker in the neck)
The Epi Les Paul is Single cut, has 24 frets (the main reason I chose this LP instead of anything else), Mahogany body and neck, rosewood fingerboard, and a locking tone-pros kind of bridge with nice tuners and Gibson USA pickups which are passive.
The two guitars are opposites and will probably complement well and you know, I'll have variety. And, I think the necks will be kinda similar to play, because, the Jackson has a compound 12-16'' radius, and the LP has a sweet 14" radius. So, I am hoping I won't be having much troubles switching between them. It'll just be a matter of tonal choice and the tremolo usage smile.gif What say you about my decision ? smile.gif
Wise or not ? smile.gif

And, since you're an expert on PRS guitars, I was considering the Mikael Akerfeldt model as well, instead of the Epiphone. But, the neck radius threw me off tongue.gif It's 10''. And, given my tiny hands, I'd be better off with over 12" if I want to shred, right ? Help me with this one please mate smile.gif But, since I currently play on a thick one, I don't think I'll have many problems ? I don't know. I was considering the Akerfeldt model because Opeth goes from Jazz to Death Metal tongue.gif Maybe that guitar does too ?

Oh, by the way, if I end up buying both of them (a single cut and a Jackson) I'll have to save up from my own money to buy the acoustic and the 12 string smile.gif

Considering about amp and pedals, I think an amp would be WAAAY too loud for the hostel. And people will get me kicked out. I think I am better off with my laptop and TH2 smile.gif If I need to gig, I'll take my laptop and hook it up to some speakers or something smile.gif That's what I thought. Or, use the amp that's available. Because, they'd throw me out of the hostel if I play on an amp tongue.gif People

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Mate... you have 1200 EUR and you don't have a guitar smile.gif I would go get one ASAP. Waiting on another year... that's not a good option at all if you ask me. Instead of having a great guitar, you are growing your frustration ... plus... who knows what will happen next year? Life is filled with unexpected things Yash smile.gif Take what's being offered and work with it smile.gif

In that sum... sweet Lord you could get an AWSOME axe, but you also need an amp and maybe a few pedals - let me know what you think smile.gif



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Oh, and I have this for you smile.gif



Sorry for the bad quality sad.gif My webcam sucks. So does my tone. And so do I sad.gif

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Hey Yash smile.gif It's nice to see that you are tackling singing and playing the guitar in the same time! It's one of the most rewarding things a musician can launch himself into, if you ask me.

Now, the recording quality does not allow me to distinguish things too well, but as I said before, you need to start exercising pitch control in order to become a better singer. Playing with distortion and difficult phrases on the guitar doesn't quite help with that, so if you want to become better at this idea, I would recommend you to play easier songs in their acoustic versions. Learn the art of strumming and chord changing while singing first things first.

Let's try things like this:

- choose a song which is played using chords - one that you like, of course smile.gif
- learn the guitar parts on a clean tone or on an acoustic guitar in the most simplified version possible - you can even just play the chord changes with one strum and that's it
- learn the vocal parts
- sing it
- play the chord changes and sing smile.gif

That should get you started. Singing over a distorted tone, without control over your voice and the right experience, will confuse you because you have to focus on WAY too many elements, instead of being able to sing in pitch to begin with. Let me know what your thoughts are smile.gif


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Hey buddy smile.gif as I mentioned in the PM - having 2 electric guitars at this moment in time, would be overkill. Get the King V - I know you've been wanting it for a long time and the acoustic. In this way, you have two instruments with which you can play pretty much whatever you want smile.gif And I also agree about using the TH and laptop in the hostel. When you aren't in your own place, it's pretty darn difficult to play loud and have a lot of gear because there's simply too many people around.

Sticking to a compact rig is a better idea instead smile.gif Todd can tell you a lot of things about gigging with your laptop! He is experienced with this sort of thing and I totally recommend asking him a thing or two about how to set things up for the live context wink.gif

About the PRS Akerfeldt - that's one weird axe, mate smile.gif It's pretty heavy on the hands and it has a dark tone, pretty different from its other PRS cousins, sisters and brothers. I didn't like it too much, but it definitely has a personality there!

The neck is thick and it fills your hand but the satin finish feels incredibly smooth, so if you are willing to work a bit on getting used to a heavy neck and you like a more closed/dark tone, this one can do the job. Plus, it's STUNNINGLY beautiful!

QUOTE (Yash @ Sep 11 2014, 06:02 PM) *
Sensei... I have decided to take the risk and order that guitar. Pay first then get it. I don't know. I think it will work for sure. It's a Jackson King V Pro. I'll have money left after that. Which I'll use to buy an Epiphone Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus with Gibson pickups smile.gif Though I'll have to save a little bit of money from my own money to get that baby.
The reason I chose this combination is - Variety is the essence of life tongue.gif biggrin.gif
The Jackson is V-shaped, super sharp, alder body, maple neck, ebony fingerboard, Floyd Rose, EMG actives (81 and 89, which gives me a single coil and humbucker in the neck)
The Epi Les Paul is Single cut, has 24 frets (the main reason I chose this LP instead of anything else), Mahogany body and neck, rosewood fingerboard, and a locking tone-pros kind of bridge with nice tuners and Gibson USA pickups which are passive.
The two guitars are opposites and will probably complement well and you know, I'll have variety. And, I think the necks will be kinda similar to play, because, the Jackson has a compound 12-16'' radius, and the LP has a sweet 14" radius. So, I am hoping I won't be having much troubles switching between them. It'll just be a matter of tonal choice and the tremolo usage smile.gif What say you about my decision ? smile.gif
Wise or not ? smile.gif

And, since you're an expert on PRS guitars, I was considering the Mikael Akerfeldt model as well, instead of the Epiphone. But, the neck radius threw me off tongue.gif It's 10''. And, given my tiny hands, I'd be better off with over 12" if I want to shred, right ? Help me with this one please mate smile.gif But, since I currently play on a thick one, I don't think I'll have many problems ? I don't know. I was considering the Akerfeldt model because Opeth goes from Jazz to Death Metal tongue.gif Maybe that guitar does too ?

Oh, by the way, if I end up buying both of them (a single cut and a Jackson) I'll have to save up from my own money to buy the acoustic and the 12 string smile.gif

Considering about amp and pedals, I think an amp would be WAAAY too loud for the hostel. And people will get me kicked out. I think I am better off with my laptop and TH2 smile.gif If I need to gig, I'll take my laptop and hook it up to some speakers or something smile.gif That's what I thought. Or, use the amp that's available. Because, they'd throw me out of the hostel if I play on an amp tongue.gif People



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Hi man smile.gif You're right. Two electrics together is overkill. Agreed. So, I'll get the King V. Now, about the acoustic. I wanna get a decent one but not too pricey. Co I wanna save up for a single cut. And then I get the 12 string. I can have as many guitars I want, just no amps sad.gif And, I wanna know how to buy an acoustic. I always get lost and go fat neck fat neck all the time. Moreover, I don't know what am I looking for. What tone... What material. No idea at all. smile.gif I kw what acoustic guitar sounds I liked. The one in fade to black, and the one in led zeppelin' cover of babe I'm gonna leave you. Jimmy Page is a legend biggrin.gif About the PRS. We'll talk when I save up for the single cut. We'll have choices smile.gif And any tips for better recording? I have a good phone (Sony Xperia ZL) But I don't know how am I gonna be able to record using that.
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Hey buddy smile.gif as I mentioned in the PM - having 2 electric guitars at this moment in time, would be overkill. Get the King V - I know you've been wanting it for a long time and the acoustic. In this way, you have two instruments with which you can play pretty much whatever you want smile.gif And I also agree about using the TH and laptop in the hostel. When you aren't in your own place, it's pretty darn difficult to play loud and have a lot of gear because there's simply too many people around.

Sticking to a compact rig is a better idea instead smile.gif Todd can tell you a lot of things about gigging with your laptop! He is experienced with this sort of thing and I totally recommend asking him a thing or two about how to set things up for the live context wink.gif

About the PRS Akerfeldt - that's one weird axe, mate smile.gif It's pretty heavy on the hands and it has a dark tone, pretty different from its other PRS cousins, sisters and brothers. I didn't like it too much, but it definitely has a personality there!

The neck is thick and it fills your hand but the satin finish feels incredibly smooth, so if you are willing to work a bit on getting used to a heavy neck and you like a more closed/dark tone, this one can do the job. Plus, it's STUNNINGLY beautiful!


PS - the post was posted with my mobile tongue.gif

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hey mate smile.gif

A good acoustic is one who sounds rich, big and sparkling. My advice would be to try and test as many as you can before buying one. As I asked in the PM, if you have 400-500 euro left after buying that King V, you can get a good acoustic. I'd seek tone, first things first - a comfy neck on an acoustic is not so crucially important.

About recording - maybe you can spare some cash for some recording device smile.gif Is that movie you sent last time shot with your phone? If so, I think you'll need a better device than that. Let me know if you can have some budget put aside for this as well and we'll see what solutions we can find, ok?


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hey mate smile.gif

A good acoustic is one who sounds rich, big and sparkling. My advice would be to try and test as many as you can before buying one. As I asked in the PM, if you have 400-500 euro left after buying that King V, you can get a good acoustic. I'd seek tone, first things first - a comfy neck on an acoustic is not so crucially important.

About recording - maybe you can spare some cash for some recording device smile.gif Is that movie you sent last time shot with your phone? If so, I think you'll need a better device than that. Let me know if you can have some budget put aside for this as well and we'll see what solutions we can find, ok?


Rich, big and sparkling. I know what sparkling means tongue.gif Rich and Big.. you mean, more bassy ? smile.gif And, isn't 400-500 Euro too much ? ohmy.gif I think it is. The Epiphone costs almost 500 Euros ohmy.gif

About recording - The movie was made with my screwed up webcam. We don't know what happened to it sad.gif It just went crazy last month. I rarely use it to Skype my folks anymore. I use my phone to Skype. And, no, I don't have any budget put aside for recording. I have a Behringer UCA222 (thanks to advice by the Great German wink.gif ) which I plug into my laptop for the guitar sound. I don't know how to record my guitar correctly. I have reaper, but could never figure out how to use it. Didn't really try much. smile.gif Maybe I'll give it another try.


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Hey Yash smile.gif As I said, the best guitar you can buy is the one YOU like the most, out of a bunch that you will pick it up from. If:

- it fits the budget
- feels good when you play it
- you like its sound - both plugged and unplugged - if it can be plugged, of course
- stays in tune

... then, that's pretty much what you need smile.gif Don't make things more complicated than they should be, otherwise, you will end up searching for a guitar forever.

About making videos and recording audio at a good quality, I recommend this video here, which pretty much tells you everything you have to do.



Now, for the phone, you will need a stand - something like this:http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Case-Star-Gray-and-Black-Octopus-Style-Portable-and-adjustable-Tripod-Stand-Holder-for-Iphone-Cell/1487524489.html - it will help you keep the phone into a position which is suitable for various filming situations wink.gif And it's almost 7 bucks with free shipping.

Please take a look at the video, experiment and then, send some samples my way smile.gif Deal?


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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Sep 15 2014, 01:16 PM) *
Hey Yash smile.gif As I said, the best guitar you can buy is the one YOU like the most, out of a bunch that you will pick it up from. If:

- it fits the budget
- feels good when you play it
- you like its sound - both plugged and unplugged - if it can be plugged, of course
- stays in tune

... then, that's pretty much what you need smile.gif Don't make things more complicated than they should be, otherwise, you will end up searching for a guitar forever.

About making videos and recording audio at a good quality, I recommend this video here, which pretty much tells you everything you have to do.



Now, for the phone, you will need a stand - something like this:http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Case-Star-Gray-and-Black-Octopus-Style-Portable-and-adjustable-Tripod-Stand-Holder-for-Iphone-Cell/1487524489.html - it will help you keep the phone into a position which is suitable for various filming situations wink.gif And it's almost 7 bucks with free shipping.

Please take a look at the video, experiment and then, send some samples my way smile.gif Deal?


Sure, I'll be doing it on Monday smile.gif Coz I am cleaning my darned apartment the weekend sad.gif It's so darn tiring. For the phone, I'm buying it ! looks nice. And, free shipping is always great biggrin.gif And, I'm still searching for the acoustic. I guess there are around 2 more shops to try. Should I go for one that can be plugged or one that'll be ONLY unplugged ? smile.gif


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Hey mate - go for one that can be plugged if possible, as it offers more possibilities when you will want to record smile.gif Otherwise you will need to use a guitar mic and that will complicate things a lot. Looking forward to your feedback after trying things on Monday smile.gif


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OK smile.gif Plugged it is then smile.gif


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Cosmin Lupu
post Sep 21 2014, 08:20 PM
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post Sep 22 2014, 08:07 PM
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Sorry Cosmin sad.gif I couldn't record the video. My roommate is having his exam on Wednesday so I can't play sad.gif Till Wednesday. I'll try it out on Wednesday or Thursday. I wanted to do the Beatles vocal cover but dry.gif He needs my help. Oh well. Gotta wait till Wednesday sleep.gif


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post Sep 23 2014, 10:27 AM
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Hey matey - no rush here smile.gif I'd rather you take the necessary time to record without any stress at all, rather than at gun point - if you get my meaning smile.gif

Anyway, let me know how it goes, alright?


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