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Jonas Tamas
post Feb 14 2013, 01:03 PM
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This thread has two major advantages:


- we can get to know each other

- and it is great fun.


The rules are very simple.

1) Ask any fellow GMC member about something that you would like to know!

2) After you've asked your question, write a short PM to this GMC member, so that he knows he's been asked a question. The short PM could be simply:
Hi, I've asked you a question in this thread: http://tinyurl.com/GMC-Question-Thread

(You can just copy and paste the above text.)

3) The GMC member answers the question, and then it's his turn: he asks somebody, and notifies him. And so on...




My question is for DeGroot: Hey, what was your first thought when you saw your name in the TOP70 list of the Mayones - Seymour Duncan contest?

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post Feb 14 2013, 07:01 PM
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Hey, what a nice way to sign on to GMC and see a question for yourself! smile.gif

My initial response was surprise! Then I felt proud that I was selected from so many great entries and a musician that I have high respect for. I read 2,000 entries altogether too.

I was mostly surprised because at the time I had a low amount of views and just concluded that it was buried under the rubble from so many entries. Either way, it was really cool to get support here at GMC and meet some new guitar players through the contest.

I had already known of the top-10 announcement and was surprised that Fayeed Tan's wasn't in the Top 10. I went back to check his amazing take out and analyze some of his licks. That is when I noticed a "Top 70" in his tag. So I went searching to find the list... and see you and Max on the list. Just really cool to see. cool.gif

Great idea for a thread... give me a moment to think of a question for a GMCer.




My question is for HungryForHeaven:

Do you have a particular favorite GMC lesson that will help you achieve a milestone in your playing?

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post Feb 14 2013, 09:51 PM
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QUOTE (DeGroot @ Feb 14 2013, 07:01 PM) *
My question is for HungryForHeaven:

Do you have a particular favorite GMC lesson that will help you achieve a milestone in your playing?

The short answer is "no".

The long answer is "kind of".

There is one lesson that I have mentioned several times before, which I find very fascinating. It isn't anywhere near what I usually play, or at least used to, yet I find it appealing in many ways. It has fast licks mixed with slower parts, not so much picking, but legato, bends and vibrato. The lesson is Michael Schenker Style by Ben Higgins. In a way, it was a bit of a milestone for me when I felt so clearly how much easier it is to play really fast legato when I am completely relaxed in my fretting hand (descending lick at 1:04).

Another lesson which is actually more in my style, and which is easy to learn, but which I will probably never be able to play at full speed is AP Etude in Am - Triplet Feel by Emir Hot. (Yes, this is a challenge, DeGroot! biggrin.gif ) I haven't practiced that lesson at all in ages, but I remember I had.. maybe not a milestone, but some kind of revelation. I realized that in order to make progress in terms of speed, I have to push it and push it hard. Now it's the most obvious thing in the world; I will never be able to lift 50kgs if I stay at 30kgs and never try a few reps at 35kgs. Speed is a byproduct of speed training.

Now, my question to WeePee: Have you ever practiced phrasing in particular, or has your playing style just evolved naturally?
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post Feb 14 2013, 10:28 PM
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In order to get back to the future tense in the question, let me just add that both the lessons mentioned would be milestones for me if I ever complete them.
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post Feb 17 2013, 08:30 AM
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QUOTE (HungryForHeaven @ Feb 15 2013, 12:51 AM) *
Now, my question to WeePee: Have you ever practiced phrasing in particular, or has your playing style just evolved naturally?

I think it has just evolved over the years. Can't really give you a good answer - I usually try to find some melodic phrases to compensate that I'm not a super fast player smile.gif


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post Feb 18 2013, 03:42 PM
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QUOTE (WeePee @ Feb 17 2013, 08:30 AM) *
I think it has just evolved over the years. Can't really give you a good answer - I usually try to find some melodic phrases to compensate that I'm not a super fast player smile.gif


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If someone has a question ready for someone - Please use my turn wink.gif



I use the opportunity to ask sammetal92: what is your favorite Jason Becker song that you would like to play one day? (No matter how difficult does it seem right now.)


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post Feb 18 2013, 05:22 PM
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QUOTE (Jonas Tamas @ Feb 18 2013, 02:42 PM) *
I use the opportunity to ask sammetal92: what is your favorite Jason Becker song that you would like to play one day? (No matter how difficult does it seem right now.)


I am honored to have been asked smile.gif

There are so many songs which I love from Jason, I think almost all of them! biggrin.gif Well, there are two songs in particular I want to be able to play one day.

1. Rain. Its just such a beautiful song filled with so much emotion and it really feels like Jason's guitar is crying in that song. And also, I love rain! smile.gif It might not seem such a difficult song, but I want to learn it without looking at any tab, note for note.

2. The Ninja (Cacophony). I just love the melody of that song, its so amazing. It starts out with some clean guitar melody, then it flows into a harmony and then it turns into an epic metal solo and then throughout the song, the lead parts are mind blowing to me smile.gif

My question is for AK Rich: Rich, what has been your approach to practicing guitar, like, for example, when you sit down to practice, have you got a list of things you want to accomplish after a series of practice sessions or just play some tune to a metronome, or even without a metronome?


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post Feb 18 2013, 08:17 PM
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Sam, you have put me on the spot with that question! biggrin.gif
Sadly I have not been sticking to any serious practice routines lately and when I pick up my guitar I am usually just noodling or trying to come up with original ideas for a collab. It has been more oriented towards coming up with phrases and riffs and sequences than anything else.
I would have to say that my learning has turned more towards the theory end of practice. So it has been more about thinking about what I am playing rather than actually playing. Up until I joined GMC a couple years ago I was mainly self taught with very little theory background , so mostly I have been studying theory to help me better understand what I have been playing and to find different ways to approach coming up with new ideas for improvising or composing. The most practice with a metronome I have been doing lately has come from Todd's V-chats, in fact it is the only practice with a metronome I have been doing lately.

Ok for my question I would like to ask a new member that resides in my neck of the woods something.
Mr Rotten Treat. I wanted to ask you how long you have been up here in Alaska and whether or not you are playing in any bands since you have been here, and if so what do you think about the music scene here?



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post Feb 18 2013, 09:12 PM
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Hey AK Rich!

I moved up to AK in September 2011 and have been living in Anchorage since. I took a job transfer from Louisiana and moved my family.

I've tried to put my feelers out for people to jam with and haven't had much luck. I've responded to Craigslist adds for people looking to jam and almost every time it's been a bomb.

I've met one drummer on CL and we actually clicked. But it's always been a practice space problem, but i ended up buying a Alesis DM10 so we could jam quietly in my garage.

I'm not too sure about the scene here. I have a family here and don't get to see the night life too often... No baby sitter.

I hear the metal scene is pretty solid though.

We're actually planning our return to Louisiana this summer. I'll get back to my old band!!!
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post Feb 21 2013, 09:51 AM
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QUOTE (sammetal92 @ Feb 18 2013, 05:22 PM) *
I am honored to have been asked smile.gif

There are so many songs which I love from Jason, I think almost all of them! biggrin.gif Well, there are two songs in particular I want to be able to play one day.

1. Rain. Its just such a beautiful song filled with so much emotion and it really feels like Jason's guitar is crying in that song. And also, I love rain! smile.gif It might not seem such a difficult song, but I want to learn it without looking at any tab, note for note.

2. The Ninja (Cacophony). I just love the melody of that song, its so amazing. It starts out with some clean guitar melody, then it flows into a harmony and then it turns into an epic metal solo and then throughout the song, the lead parts are mind blowing to me smile.gif

My question is for AK Rich: Rich, what has been your approach to practicing guitar, like, for example, when you sit down to practice, have you got a list of things you want to accomplish after a series of practice sessions or just play some tune to a metronome, or even without a metronome?


Yes, "Rain" is such an amazing piece of music! smile.gif


QUOTE (mr rotton treat @ Feb 18 2013, 09:12 PM) *
Hey AK Rich!

I moved up to AK in September 2011 and have been living in Anchorage since. I took a job transfer from Louisiana and moved my family.

I've tried to put my feelers out for people to jam with and haven't had much luck. I've responded to Craigslist adds for people looking to jam and almost every time it's been a bomb.

I've met one drummer on CL and we actually clicked. But it's always been a practice space problem, but i ended up buying a Alesis DM10 so we could jam quietly in my garage.

I'm not too sure about the scene here. I have a family here and don't get to see the night life too often... No baby sitter.

I hear the metal scene is pretty solid though.

We're actually planning our return to Louisiana this summer. I'll get back to my old band!!!



Now it's mr rotton treat's turn to ask a GMC member a question:)


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post Feb 22 2013, 01:50 AM
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Ok my question is for a GMC Instructor.

Hi Piotr Kaczor, i just started learning your first Guitar loves Piano lesson... and love it!

I read that it was an inspiration from John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess. I'm just starting to get into Petrucci and Dream Theater (really late on that one) and want to write in a progressive style.

I really dig your Phrasing and want to become more proficient in doing so.

What do you think about when phrasing? Or is it just all about feeling?

When I improv my solo's I get stuck with just following scale standard scale patterns and it doesn't feel very human like, more machine... haha

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post Feb 22 2013, 12:19 PM
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QUOTE (mr rotton treat @ Feb 22 2013, 01:50 AM) *
Ok my question is for a GMC Instructor.

Hi Piotr Kaczor, i just started learning your first Guitar loves Piano lesson... and love it!

I read that it was an inspiration from John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess. I'm just starting to get into Petrucci and Dream Theater (really late on that one) and want to write in a progressive style.

I really dig your Phrasing and want to become more proficient in doing so.

What do you think about when phrasing? Or is it just all about feeling?

When I improv my solo's I get stuck with just following scale standard scale patterns and it doesn't feel very human like, more machine... haha


Hello mate!

It's very hard to talk about phrasing smile.gif Yes, it's a fusion of vibrato, bending, legato and many other techniques, but as you said it's more about feeling. Of course you have to mastered all of these techniques to be able to express your fellings smile.gif Phrasing determines your style and is very individual for each guitarist. When I play I always try to focus on backing track its rythm and harmony, I try to feel the mood and express it by myself. I suggest you to participate in the REC program - a great way to improve your skills. I also suggest - focus on melody line, be accurate but don't forget about your soul!

If have any question just PM me.

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