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Taleswapper
post Jan 5 2015, 12:57 PM
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So, who am I?

Well instead of making this sound like I'm looking for a date or something like that, let's focus on my musical background.

My musical career started in the late 90s in a band called Taleswapper, it was a powermetal-band and featured Anders Broman (now in Bloodbound), Karl Svedåker (Gormathon) and Markus Albertson (Gormathon, ex-Tad Morose, ex-Bloodbound).
I was the lead singer and also the songwriter in the band.
While the other guys stayed in the same part of Sweden I moved away to a bigger city where I started sang in couple of bands until I found my home as the lead singer of a thrash metal band called Ratched. In this band I wrote the song melodies and lyrics. However I wrote less of the music than I normally did in bands up until that time. This was mainly because my riffing was a bit too simple.
After a few years with Ratched the band split up and the drummer went on to play in a black metal band (which I for some reason can't remember the name of) while the others left the music industry until recently when the guitarist released a singel with Domino Majestic.
I started a horror rock/punk band but left it when I felt that the songwriting was getting stale when the other members wanted to write songs in the rehersals, while I prefer to just sit on my own and write my songs to then add bits and pieces at rehersals.

Apart from me playing in bands, I used to run a little indie-label, had a production company (did music videos, for indie-bands as well as for swedish label Sound Pollution), as well as ran a studio for a while and helped indie-bands get on to Spotify.

As of right now I am playing guitar and singing in a project with Anders Broman from Bloodbound, this is a bit removed from our usual comfortzone and is more pure rock with a harder edge.

Why GMC? Well since my Ratched days I have felt that my riffing, more specific my picking hand, needs to get better so that I can write more elaborate guitar riffs, instead of just good songs and rely on the guitarists to create riffs around the song.
My main problem is that when I sit down to play guitar I aaaaaalways end up improvising and composing some songs, instead of working on techniques.
So my hope is to find good exercises and riffs to motivate me to train my picking and riffing.

Also a bonus would be to find people to help me with one or two of my projects, so that I can hammer out two albums this year.


Oh, and I'm 34years old, living in Härnösand in Sweden.

Some of the stuff I've done:

Me in Ratched (doing the singing, writing the song melodies and lyrics, did the video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zx4CNMZrnIc

She Gods of Shark Reef (first of all, I hate the guitarsound and mix on this one, but that's how it goes with a band demochracy wink.gif I wrote the entire song and I do the singing on this recording and I also did the music video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8ly7WTmMus

And here's the same song in an acoustic version, I like this better just 'cause it's without the horrid sound of the studio version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6YErOqsxCQ

So yeah, nothing of me playing guitar. But that's what we are fixing herer, right? wink.gif
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post Jan 5 2015, 01:25 PM
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Hi and welcome to the site! Great to have you here.
You definitely made the right choice by joining. We have the best instructors in the world (I'm not kidding, I truly believe this), so... you will be on great hands wink.gif
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post Jan 5 2015, 01:26 PM
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QUOTE (Monica Gheorghevici @ Jan 5 2015, 12:25 PM) *
Hi and welcome to the site! Great to have you here.
You definitely made the right choice by joining. We have the best instructors in the world (I'm not kidding, I truly believe this), so... you will be on great hands wink.gif
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Thank you smile.gif
I'm looking forward to getting to know the community smile.gif
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post Jan 5 2015, 03:35 PM
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Awesome to have you here Taleswapper, and great to hear your experiences form the music biz!

From the acoustic version I could hear you had a really cool voice - I bet that one in a killer production would blow people away.

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My main problem is that when I sit down to play guitar I aaaaaalways end up improvising and composing some songs, instead of working on techniques.
So my hope is to find good exercises and riffs to motivate me to train my picking and riffing.


That sounds like a really good problem, I am not sure I would fix that if I were you. But then we probably have different backgrounds, and I might have done a little too much technique practicing back in the days.

One option would be for you to search for (riffing?) lessons that are on the border of being too difficult for you - but still feel somewhat manageable. This should allow you to cover a lot of lessons in a shorter time frame - and not only will this give you the desired technical boost, but it will probably also give you a lot of inspiration to write fresh / different sounding original material.

Looking forward to getting to know you biggrin.gif


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post Jan 5 2015, 03:47 PM
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QUOTE (Kristofer Dahl @ Jan 5 2015, 02:35 PM) *
Awesome to have you here Taleswapper, and great to hear your experiences form the music biz!

From the acoustic version I could hear you had a really cool voice - I bet that one in a killer production would blow people away.



That sounds like a really good problem, I am not sure I would fix that if I were you. But then we probably have different backgrounds, and I might have done a little too much technique practicing back in the days.

One option would be for you to search for (riffing?) lessons that are on the border of being too difficult for you - but still feel somewhat manageable. This should allow you to cover a lot of lessons in a shorter time frame - and not only will this give you the desired technical boost, but it will probably also give you a lot of inspiration to write fresh / different sounding original material.

Looking forward to getting to know you biggrin.gif


Thanks for the feedback on the song smile.gif

And good idea, will absolutley try that. Hoping to find dicipline for shorter periods of time each day sounds more reasonable than what I had thought of, so good idea smile.gif

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post Jan 5 2015, 03:51 PM
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QUOTE (Taleswapper @ Jan 5 2015, 03:47 PM) *
And good idea, will absolutley try that. Hoping to find dicipline for shorter periods of time each day sounds more reasonable than what I had thought of, so good idea smile.gif


Yes that is definitely the key, practice sessions that are manageable + inspirational = sustainable. Sorry for going all math ph34r.gif


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post Jan 5 2015, 04:38 PM
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Wellcome at GMC mate! smile.gif If You feel that creative to spend Your time on doing original composition or improvising stuff that's honestly something very good for Your developement. I seem to have similar "problem" and what I do is to try to make things hard to play at the moment I arrange solos etc. They make me "must" practice to record it for my original composition (or to be able to use it in my regular improvising stuff). It could be a nice idea to start from "borrowing" ideas from the lessons and attatch them to Your improvising routine smile.gif


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post Jan 5 2015, 06:49 PM
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QUOTE (Darius Wave @ Jan 5 2015, 03:38 PM) *
Wellcome at GMC mate! smile.gif If You feel that creative to spend Your time on doing original composition or improvising stuff that's honestly something very good for Your developement. I seem to have similar "problem" and what I do is to try to make things hard to play at the moment I arrange solos etc. They make me "must" practice to record it for my original composition (or to be able to use it in my regular improvising stuff). It could be a nice idea to start from "borrowing" ideas from the lessons and attatch them to Your improvising routine smile.gif


Thank you smile.gif

I agree, however I get caught up in making the music flow and nailing some good melodies and hooks (also I have a tendency to forget what I write if I don't record it right away, so I tend to simplify). But you have a point, and I'll try to write above my skillgrade.

QUOTE (Kristofer Dahl @ Jan 5 2015, 02:51 PM) *
Yes that is definitely the key, practice sessions that are manageable + inspirational = sustainable. Sorry for going all math ph34r.gif


Math tends to help when composing or just playing, so excuse accepted laugh.gif
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post Jan 6 2015, 01:21 AM
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Hi Taleswapper! That's an amazing introduction. You have a lot of experience with bands and also with music industry. I checked your bands and I like your voice, it sounds original, powerful, and fits great with both styles.

I think that the best way to improve our riffing skills and to open our minds to new idea is learning songs as well as GMC musical lessons. The more riffs you learn, the tighter your technique will be and the wider your "riffs vocabulary" in order to create your own ideas. A good way to work on both technique and creative stuff is using GMC lesson in this way.

- Choose a riffing lesson. I recommend you to check my Teutonic Thrash Metal series, starting with this lesson: HERE.
- Learn the first part, practice it over metronome or backing tracks.
- Check out which scale is being used and learn it.
- Play the riff as a loop over the drums and start creating variations. These are some ideas: Change the first notes, the last ones, repeat a small section, add something of your own, keep the same note values but change the notes, use another scale or key. Use the same notes but change the rhythm.
- Record the ideas that you like and save them for working late on what could be your library of ideas.

In this way, you will be training your technique but also your mind and creativity. The more you practice this, the more creative you'll be. Trust me. wink.gif


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post Jan 6 2015, 08:13 AM
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LOVED the SHE GODS OF SHARK REEF VID smile.gif Just killer stuff. Welcome to the land of GMC!! This place will make you a better player almost by osmosis!! Sounds like you are ready to take it to the next level so you have found the right spot smile.gif


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post Jan 6 2015, 08:03 PM
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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Jan 6 2015, 12:21 AM) *
Hi Taleswapper! That's an amazing introduction. You have a lot of experience with bands and also with music industry. I checked your bands and I like your voice, it sounds original, powerful, and fits great with both styles.

I think that the best way to improve our riffing skills and to open our minds to new idea is learning songs as well as GMC musical lessons. The more riffs you learn, the tighter your technique will be and the wider your "riffs vocabulary" in order to create your own ideas. A good way to work on both technique and creative stuff is using GMC lesson in this way.

- Choose a riffing lesson. I recommend you to check my Teutonic Thrash Metal series, starting with this lesson: HERE.
- Learn the first part, practice it over metronome or backing tracks.
- Check out which scale is being used and learn it.
- Play the riff as a loop over the drums and start creating variations. These are some ideas: Change the first notes, the last ones, repeat a small section, add something of your own, keep the same note values but change the notes, use another scale or key. Use the same notes but change the rhythm.
- Record the ideas that you like and save them for working late on what could be your library of ideas.

In this way, you will be training your technique but also your mind and creativity. The more you practice this, the more creative you'll be. Trust me. wink.gif


Hey, thanks smile.gif

To tell you the truth you nailed my plan as I had it in my head when I signed up smile.gif it was your teutonic thrash series that made me hooked. I'm working on the songwriting for a thrash album with the bassplayer from Bloodbound, and since the songwriting falls on me I need to get my riffing up to par (mid-tempo riffing is no problem at all), the phrasing with my picking hand especially.

So all your ideas are noted and will be heeded smile.gif



QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Jan 6 2015, 07:13 AM) *
LOVED the SHE GODS OF SHARK REEF VID smile.gif Just killer stuff. Welcome to the land of GMC!! This place will make you a better player almost by osmosis!! Sounds like you are ready to take it to the next level so you have found the right spot smile.gif


Thank you for the praise!
I think you're right, and the warm welcome from everybody here seems to prove it smile.gif
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post Jan 7 2015, 06:59 PM
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QUOTE (Taleswapper @ Jan 6 2015, 04:03 PM) *
Hey, thanks smile.gif

To tell you the truth you nailed my plan as I had it in my head when I signed up smile.gif it was your teutonic thrash series that made me hooked. I'm working on the songwriting for a thrash album with the bassplayer from Bloodbound, and since the songwriting falls on me I need to get my riffing up to par (mid-tempo riffing is no problem at all), the phrasing with my picking hand especially.

So all your ideas are noted and will be heeded smile.gif



Thrash Metal album? That sounds really interesting! Feel free to count with me if you want some feedback and comments about the songs in progress, and even a guest solo. biggrin.gif

I think that you'll find this stuff interesting:

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post Jan 12 2015, 10:48 AM
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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Jan 7 2015, 06:59 PM) *
Thrash Metal album? That sounds really interesting! Feel free to count with me if you want some feedback and comments about the songs in progress, and even a guest solo. biggrin.gif

I think that you'll find this stuff interesting:

Link 1

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Yeah, I'm using my old Production Company to release a thrash album, so we are currently in the songwriting process. Will probably settle on an EP with an acompanying video.
A guest solo would be great.

However that might be better suited on an other album I'm working on. I was planning on asking around here if people had songs that could be featured on a metal album (no specific sub-genre) that would be a sort of a dual-singer album with me and Anders from Bloodbound. And on that album I plan on calling in favors from my contacs in the business to have them lay down some tracks on the songs.

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post Jan 15 2015, 09:01 AM
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Todd here again!!! smile.gif Please do stop by the weekend vid chats as we do TONS of picking/right hand/technique work. Also, feel free to join up under our mentoring programs (mine is called SHRED BOOTCAMP) by shooting a personal message to the instructor of your choice or to all of them and see which works out.

Wads of folks here have their own recording setups so it's a great place to work on an album or two via the web! I'm always up for working on new things as are most folks here! So don't be shy!

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QUOTE (Taleswapper @ Jan 6 2015, 03:03 PM) *
Hey, thanks smile.gif

To tell you the truth you nailed my plan as I had it in my head when I signed up smile.gif it was your teutonic thrash series that made me hooked. I'm working on the songwriting for a thrash album with the bassplayer from Bloodbound, and since the songwriting falls on me I need to get my riffing up to par (mid-tempo riffing is no problem at all), the phrasing with my picking hand especially.

So all your ideas are noted and will be heeded smile.gif


Thank you for the praise!
I think you're right, and the warm welcome from everybody here seems to prove it smile.gif



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post Jan 15 2015, 10:02 AM
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post Jan 16 2015, 03:46 PM
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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Jan 15 2015, 09:01 AM) *
Todd here again!!! smile.gif Please do stop by the weekend vid chats as we do TONS of picking/right hand/technique work. Also, feel free to join up under our mentoring programs (mine is called SHRED BOOTCAMP) by shooting a personal message to the instructor of your choice or to all of them and see which works out.

Wads of folks here have their own recording setups so it's a great place to work on an album or two via the web! I'm always up for working on new things as are most folks here! So don't be shy!

Todd


Hey Todd, I'll try to do that.
I'm certinally going to join one of the mentoring programs, they seem really good. But I'm still feeling out the page and browsing around, playing along with various lessons.

That's what I figured smile.gif but what forum is the best place to start a thread about doing an album together?

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Welcome to GMC smile.gif


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I'd say start the ALBUM CREATION THREAD in CHILL OUT just because it's music related but not about "practice" or "gear" per se smile.gif

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QUOTE (Taleswapper @ Jan 16 2015, 10:46 AM) *
Hey Todd, I'll try to do that.
I'm certinally going to join one of the mentoring programs, they seem really good. But I'm still feeling out the page and browsing around, playing along with various lessons.

That's what I figured smile.gif but what forum is the best place to start a thread about doing an album together?



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