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Hi Tommy! How are you?

Welcome to your thread for Gab's Army! In this thread I will help you to design your guitar plans and routines based on your musical tastes and guitar goals. In order to make this thread more effective and precise, please share with me all the info about you that you consider important to let me know you, your musical tastes, your experience with guitar and your goals as person and musician.

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- How many time have you been playing guitar?
- Favorite guitarists, bands and musicians.
- What are your guitar goals?
- How would you like to you see yourself in 5 years (related to music and guitar)?
- How many time can you play guitar each day?
- Do you have playing live experience?
- Which are your strong and weak points with guitar?
- Can you record videos of you playing?
- Share here audios and videos that you've recorded.




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post Nov 21 2014, 05:41 PM
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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Nov 21 2014, 04:05 PM) *
Hi Tommy! How are you?

Welcome to your thread for Gab's Army! In this thread I will help you to design your guitar plans and routines based on your musical tastes and guitar goals. In order to make this thread more effective and precise, please share with me all the info about you that you consider important to let me know you, your musical tastes, your experience with guitar and your goals as person and musician.

Here are some ideas of the things I'd like to know:

- How many time have you been playing guitar?
- Favorite guitarists, bands and musicians.
- What are your guitar goals?
- How would you like to you see yourself in 5 years (related to music and guitar)?
- How many time can you play guitar each day?
- Do you have playing live experience?
- Which are your strong and weak points with guitar?
- Can you record videos of you playing?
- Share here audios and videos that you've recorded.



1.Ive been playing since i was 12, 32 now but that was jus powerchord punkrock and hardcore, the early mid 90s stuff like raised fist, strife etc. so nothing advanced.

2.Lamb of god, as i lay dying, blink, bad religion, sum 41, millencolin, raised fist, refused, Bring me the horizon, driveway park, while she sleeps etc etc.
Just got into like metal so much new stuff for me but mostly metalcore stuff.
Favourite guitarist is atm Marc Morton for sure, hes a beast.

3. I wanna get as good as possible, find like minded people dedicated and give it a real go when im good enough, i want to be better than good.Make a band and play my own songs live.

4. 5 years, hmmm my shredding and fast notes are so very much improved i can do those real solos and not the easy stuff i do atm, wanna be in a band and play regurarely.

5. Right now all i do is workout, play games, play guitar and take care of my dogs so id say i play maybe 5-6 hours aday sometimes less sometimes more.I do lessons and new stuff maybe an hour or 2 then practice my old stuff the rest, mostly my own riffs

6. I have, was a singer and guitarist in several bands between 12 and 21, we did prety ok for a small town, played school radio, the local places, did some grill party gig outside which was aweseome, also opened up the the main act once in a bigger city, but that was long ago.
Played some partys and stuff as well. so yeah, some live experience but all in all maybe 15-20 gigs

7. Strong sides, i can make my own songs, hear stuff in my head and play them. not always ofc. I play ok. I can read tabs pretty quick Stamina is pretty good since all that powerchord strumming.

Weak sides, theory, playing solo stuff, speeding up, i rush and have to force myself to lower tempo so i learn correctly. Scales.
I also never talk music to anyone so i dont know the talk if you understand what i mean, i know some basics but its almost embarrasing.
I have adhd as well so stuff i dont find fun just dont get stuck. especially stuff i just read.
What i see hear and do gets stuck forever though.

8. I have a crappy 720p camera which i have toi use in daylight atm which we never get this time of year in sweden but gonna buy a new logitech one, the 1080p so may ppl use, not gonna be able to do that this month though.


The drums are just there to play to, i use a metronome at the same time as well

QUOTE (Tommy M @ Nov 21 2014, 04:33 PM) *
1.Ive been playing since i was 12, 32 now but that was jus powerchord punkrock and hardcore, the early mid 90s stuff like raised fist, strife etc. so nothing advanced.

2.Lamb of god, as i lay dying, blink, bad religion, sum 41, millencolin, raised fist, refused, Bring me the horizon, driveway park, while she sleeps etc etc.
Just got into like metal so much new stuff for me but mostly metalcore stuff.
Favourite guitarist is atm Marc Morton for sure, hes a beast.

3. I wanna get as good as possible, find like minded people dedicated and give it a real go when im good enough, i want to be better than good.Make a band and play my own songs live.

4. 5 years, hmmm my shredding and fast notes are so very much improved i can do those real solos and not the easy stuff i do atm, wanna be in a band and play regurarely.

5. Right now all i do is workout, play games, play guitar and take care of my dogs so id say i play maybe 5-6 hours aday sometimes less sometimes more.I do lessons and new stuff maybe an hour or 2 then practice my old stuff the rest, mostly my own riffs

6. I have, was a singer and guitarist in several bands between 12 and 21, we did prety ok for a small town, played school radio, the local places, did some grill party gig outside which was aweseome, also opened up the the main act once in a bigger city, but that was long ago.
Played some partys and stuff as well. so yeah, some live experience but all in all maybe 15-20 gigs

7. Strong sides, i can make my own songs, hear stuff in my head and play them. not always ofc. I play ok. I can read tabs pretty quick Stamina is pretty good since all that powerchord strumming.

Weak sides, theory, playing solo stuff, speeding up, i rush and have to force myself to lower tempo so i learn correctly. Scales.
I also never talk music to anyone so i dont know the talk if you understand what i mean, i know some basics but its almost embarrasing.
I have adhd as well so stuff i dont find fun just dont get stuck. especially stuff i just read.
What i see hear and do gets stuck forever though.

8. I have a crappy 720p camera which i have toi use in daylight atm which we never get this time of year in sweden but gonna buy a new logitech one, the 1080p so may ppl use, not gonna be able to do that this month though.



Im a retard, first post so messed it up a bit;P

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I wannt to add btw that i was playing punkrock for some years then completely forgot about playing guitar until about 1,5-2 years ago.
Thats when i started listening to lamb of god and COB and wanted tol earn to play that kind of music.
I couldnt even play with all fingers then so that i have learned the last 1.5 years. just wanted to add that so it doesnt look like i play like this after 20 active years;P

More like almost 2 years bit more serious

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Hi Tommy! Thanks for all this great info about you. You've been very clear so I feel that I already know you. smile.gif

Whle I'm writing this, I'm listening to your song and I'm really enjoying it. I have to say that you have one of the most important things a musician needs, a good ear and creativity. These are two basic things that are a must if you want to create your own music and play it with your band. The other two lacking polishing technique and music theory, just need diary practice and that's what we'll do here, but always focusing on applying everything to your music.

You said that you are interested on improving your soloing techniques so it would be really good to see you playing some melodies and solos. I was thinking on starting with this lesson: https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guit...nner-solo-in-d/

Do you like it? The good thing of this one is that includes many technique in a single solo.



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Thank you so much for the positive responce, i just find the chorus part bit plain somehow myself.

I will try that lesson tomorrow, and btw, i think my camera can do the job for now so i can record video as well, tried today.
Just so hard to get good angles:)

Anyway, i know what you mean with many teqniques in that solo but i think id have more fun playing something, metal, pop punk, stuff like that.

But i guess getting stuck in one genre aint good either.

Thanks again!



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Great! Yeah, you are right, it's good to be open minded and work on different styles with your guitar, but we mustn't do it right now since the main goal at first is keep motivation. So feel free to choose any other solo from our archive to record but please to to choose one that combines different techniques as bending, vibrato, alternate picking and legato.

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Im practicing right now, at part 3 atm:) its actually fun:) gonna take few days for me to nail this, never did sweep picking nor did i ever learn tapping.
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QUOTE (Tommy M @ Nov 23 2014, 04:06 PM) *
Im practicing right now, at part 3 atm:) its actually fun:) gonna take few days for me to nail this, never did sweep picking nor did i ever learn tapping.


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Hey man, on part 5 now, having some trouble with the speed but up until that part it sounds pretty good now:) Just wanted to let you know my progress, and its fun, i actually have to struggle with this soloXD

Btw if i get this vibrating sound when playing a note, do i need to raise my action?
First thing i did whan i got my new guitar was switch to thicker strings

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Hi Tommy! Thanks for the update! What type of vibrating sound are you talking about?


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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Dec 13 2014, 06:09 AM) *
Hi Tommy! Thanks for the update! What type of vibrating sound are you talking about?


Im a retard, i always play with headphones, now when i checked all frets with no headphones or amp sim i hear fret buzz and not the vibrating sound i heard before, so ill raise my action, im kinda lazy with stuff like that, i should really fine tune my string length as well since its very slightly out of tune the open and 12th but its playable and ive never done that kind of things before myself so i dont wanna completely mess it up, but theres lots of videos on youtube but as i said, my adhd makes it hard to get stuff done sometimesXD
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ahh ok! now I understand. Well, please be careful if you are going to adjust your guitar calibration. Be sure that you are not damaging it and if things becomes complex go and visit a professional. It's always good to have a luthier in who you can trust.


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im on the last 3 parts now but since sweep picking is so new to me im gonna focus on that for a couple days, im watching some videos and slowly making progress.
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Hi Tommy! I'm back! You told me via PM that you were going to work on some specific lessons as well as some of your own stuff. So I'd like to know how it was... what are the news? smile.gif



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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Jan 5 2015, 10:56 PM) *
Hi Tommy! I'm back! You told me via PM that you were going to work on some specific lessons as well as some of your own stuff. So I'd like to know how it was... what are the news? smile.gif


well, the news are that i havent really practiced nearly as much as I should have, i learned your in flames style lesson pretty well but cant do any good rec takes cause my camera sucks and the buzz makes it sound like shit anyway.
The as i lay dying lesson i can play at 110. hardest part is the first one tbh, i dont know why.

Good news is i just got in contact with a really good guitar repairist and hes gonna fix it for me about a week from now when i get money so that aint gonna be a problem after that. cheap as well:)

Oh and ive also been working on some new songs of my own. have about 5 new half done songs that are fun to play

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Hi Tommy! Thanks for the update. What is exactly giving problems with the As I Lay Dying lesson? Alternate picking or legato?

About your songs, what style are them? do you need some assistance or feedback with the composition?



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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Jan 8 2015, 03:22 PM) *
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About your songs, what style are them? do you need some assistance or feedback with the composition?



Hey Gab.

Sorry for the late response, havent been home much, been shoveling snow for the last 3 days:P

About As i lay dying, its just the way its played thats hard for me, when i play alongside the other guitar at full speed it works but i cant play the rest of the song in that speed and when i play it alone to backingtrack at lower tempo i just cant do it right atm, will get there though.

Been playing around with new drum software the last couple days as well and i started recording some yesterday, got drums for 1:36 done so far and gonna re record the guitars tomorrow so might have something to show tomorrow night hopefully, feedback and assistance is very welcome. Dont really know what style but its kind of few metal styles mixed together:P

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Hi Tommy! Cool to hear from you! I hope that snow let's you play guitar the next days! dry.gif

About the As I lay Dying lesson, I recommend you to use the guitar pro file to practice along at slower tempos since you can set a slower tempo and still hear the guitar line to guide yourself while playing.

I'll be here ready to check your new song in progress so please post it as soon as you have demo. wink.gif


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Well, here it is, some parts are still really crappy played but what the hell. This is a step up in difficulty for me tongue.gif
Kind of stuck at this point and dont really know how to move forward with it.
Any help changes or advice is appreciated.
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Hi Tommy! Congrats on this idea! I have to say that it's totally killer!! I love the energy and groove and I can imagine some catchy raspy and screamy voices over this one.

Let me be more detailed:

The introduction is very good. It has that classic metal influence that many metalcore incorporate to modern metal. The riff starting at 00:28 sounds good but I feel that the second repetition needs a change, I get bored of it played twice. Maybe some little changes in guitar, drum or the addition of harmonization can work. I assume that this part is still instrumental, if it has vocals maybe it can be ok.

The verse, starting at 00:44 rocks. I love the groove and I would like to hear some Lamb of god style vocals there. Then follows the chorus full of octave chords which I think is brilliant. The vocal melody is very important there and once you have it, it would be good to adapt some arrangements to the vocal rhythm to make the part sound less generic and simple.

The riffs that appears after the chorus is also really cool but I think that repeating it twice would be enough, then the song needs a change. Mostly a rhythm change made by drums. You could create a variation of the verse with drums going mid tempo and more connected with guitar.

Ok mate, this are just ideas that came to mind when I listened to the idea. Took the ones that you feel you like and continue working on this one. I think that this is VERY promising.


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