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post Jun 10 2016, 02:54 AM
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Was jamming along to this a little bit everyday. Just let the camera roll here and recorded two improv takes after warming up for a while. I think I like the second take better. smile.gif




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post Jun 10 2016, 07:43 AM
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NICE!! I really dig what you did over the chorus part in the first solo with the sweep picking bit. Works well and it hit me sideways like "wait, what?" and I had to rewind. Very nice. You do get points for the Arcturus shirt as well as that spiff guitar smile.gif Been looking for one like it again recently.

I like the melodic start off in the second version quite a bit as well. Also the way you transition between scale shapes is pretty darn smooth. There is no gap, no adjustment, just straight in to the next shape, smooth as glass. Also, very fine vibrato control. In short, you combine an enormous amount of technique, melody and precision/speed in to a very short space. Kudos!!!!!!

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QUOTE (DeGroot @ Jun 9 2016, 09:54 PM) *
Was jamming along to this a little bit everyday. Just let the camera roll here and recorded two improv takes after warming up for a while. I think I like the second take better. smile.gif




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post Jun 10 2016, 07:34 PM
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a day, i'll play like Degroot !! a day....

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post Jun 11 2016, 01:11 AM
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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Jun 10 2016, 06:43 AM) *
NICE!! I really dig what you did over the chorus part in the first solo with the sweep picking bit. Works well and it hit me sideways like "wait, what?" and I had to rewind. Very nice. You do get points for the Arcturus shirt as well as that spiff guitar smile.gif Been looking for one like it again recently.

I like the melodic start off in the second version quite a bit as well. Also the way you transition between scale shapes is pretty darn smooth. There is no gap, no adjustment, just straight in to the next shape, smooth as glass. Also, very fine vibrato control. In short, you combine an enormous amount of technique, melody and precision/speed in to a very short space. Kudos!!!!!!

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Thanks Todd! Yeah, I dig the Hamer. The neck is a bit thick for a "shredder" guitar but I don't mind. The fret wire could be beefier. It is a fun guitar to play. Still want to try a Hamer USA and see what all the fuss is about. smile.gif Never see them in a guitar store though.

P.S. Arcturus is one of my all time favorite bands!!

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a day, i'll play like Degroot !! a day....

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Laurent, your playing is going upward. It is impressive to see. Keep it going!

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post Jun 11 2016, 04:02 AM
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The USA models have a pinch thinner neck from what I gather and have a rabid following among fans. I have never seen one in the wild either. Only on ebay and such for crazy prices. I almost had the Hamer neck shaved down like I did with my Dean Razorback. It also has the benefit of removing the layer of clear coat which already made it feel thinner, then I had him take it down more and now it feels like what every Dean should feel like IMHO smile.gif He did warn me that shaving a neck down to a thin profile can destabilize the neck or even cause the truss to pop the through wood. It was a cheap guitar so what the heck. Turned it in to a real shredder.smile.gif

Arcturus deserves to be bigger than they are IMHO. I hope this latest CD of theirs gets them on some bigger tours and allows them the audience they deserve smile.gif You have fine taste in music, guitars and licks to be sure smile.gif


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Thanks Todd! Yeah, I dig the Hamer. The neck is a bit thick for a "shredder" guitar but I don't mind. The fret wire could be beefier. It is a fun guitar to play. Still want to try a Hamer USA and see what all the fuss is about. smile.gif Never see them in a guitar store though.

P.S. Arcturus is one of my all time favorite bands!!

Laurent, your playing is going upward. It is impressive to see. Keep it going!


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post Jun 11 2016, 04:44 AM
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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Jun 11 2016, 03:02 AM) *
The USA models have a pinch thinner neck from what I gather and have a rabid following among fans. I have never seen one in the wild either. Only on ebay and such for crazy prices. I almost had the Hamer neck shaved down like I did with my Dean Razorback. It also has the benefit of removing the layer of clear coat which already made it feel thinner, then I had him take it down more and now it feels like what every Dean should feel like IMHO smile.gif He did warn me that shaving a neck down to a thin profile can destabilize the neck or even cause the truss to pop the through wood. It was a cheap guitar so what the heck. Turned it in to a real shredder.smile.gif

Arcturus deserves to be bigger than they are IMHO. I hope this latest CD of theirs gets them on some bigger tours and allows them the audience they deserve smile.gif You have fine taste in music, guitars and licks to be sure smile.gif


That is awesome cool.gif I never thought of shaving down a guitar neck before. That is cool that it worked out well for your Razorback! I can see the Hamer being shaved down and being a real fast neck. I kinda grew up on my LP so every time I play a thin neck I feel like I got a bit of phantom limb. The Wizard style necks do play faster for sure though.

Yeah, Arcturus seems to be on "supergroup" status. I'm just glad they put something out here and there. Everything they put out is top notch, IMO. Been a fan from the get go.smile.gif

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post Jun 11 2016, 04:14 PM
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By the beard of Odin, I found this backing to be the most difficult so far. It sucks when you wanna play some runs that your ability is sadly about 5 years away for actually being able to play! cool.gif
I ended up getting a bit riffy in places as I just couldn't play enough 'solo' type lead to sound interesting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SL8EsP6PlBk


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post Jun 11 2016, 06:54 PM
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Very Spiff!!! The entire thing works for me. I fear you may be vastly underestimating your ability here. It's got an almost Greg Almond vibe too it which is very different than what I was expecting and therefore a cool thing smile.gif I love hearing solos that I don't hear in my head when a backing plays and yours and Degroots both qualify. Your licks here are well done and the notes are well chosen. The bends up to note are clean and clear and don't end up being sharp/flat which is something folks struggle with quite often for years.

The use of harmonics, combined with the kill switch effect is very cool and adds to the ambient vibe of the solo. I also like how you sorta combine a rythm bit directly in to the solo. It's part rythm part solo and works well. The big hurdle in this one is that chorus part and you guys navigated it very deftly. In short...


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*I will be posting the X6 CHALLENGE later today smile.gif I"m going to try to make it more fun and less "pull your hair out" frustrating this time as you guys have earned it smile.gif I've made many of these quite challenging on purpose and you guys have done well putting something together for them. I fear I may have scared some folks off with some of these backings so It's time to balance it out a bit.


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By the beard of Odin, I found this backing to be the most difficult so far. It sucks when you wanna play some runs that your ability is sadly about 5 years away for actually being able to play! cool.gif
I ended up getting a bit riffy in places as I just couldn't play enough 'solo' type lead to sound interesting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SL8EsP6PlBk


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post Jun 11 2016, 08:17 PM
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!!!SAT SHRED FEST X6!!!!

Now for something completely different. I've been pushing the boundaries of backings lately so I thought I'd balance it out with something else. Enjoy smile.gif

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For this one, you can use any form of A Flat Blues that works for you and feel free to use really any note from any scale or non scale that you think works. No limits. Just trust your ears!


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This is NOT A COLLAB but something new. It's a "Challenge" I challenge you to play anything over this backing. It doesn't have to be good, it doesn't have to shred, it just has to have you in it playing like you really mean it!!! That's it so here is what I need.

1.)Reply to this post with a youtube video of your performance.

That's it, no files, no transfers, just you playing I will give you feedback on your submission and you will get your updated SHRED FEST MISSION BADGE for having the stones to put yourself out there and for making the time to make music.
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Key: A Flat Blues (A Flat Blues Scale for starters)

Submit: Embed (not paste the link, ask me if you need any help) your youtube vid of you playing over the solo section.

BPM: 88 BPM

CHORDS USED: 1/4/5 Blues in A flat. A flat is more of a keyboard guys key than a guitar players as it limits the open string licks you can use. So that's the only curve ball on this one smile.gif

DUE DATE: Before Next Sat!!! (June 18, 2016)

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post Jun 11 2016, 08:45 PM
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Yeahhh !!!!!!!

i'm born to play on this !

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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Jun 11 2016, 06:54 PM) *
Very Spiff!!! The entire thing works for me. I fear you may be vastly underestimating your ability here. It's got an almost Greg Almond vibe too it which is very different than what I was expecting and therefore a cool thing smile.gif I love hearing solos that I don't hear in my head when a backing plays and yours and Degroots both qualify. Your licks here are well done and the notes are well chosen. The bends up to note are clean and clear and don't end up being sharp/flat which is something folks struggle with quite often for years.

The use of harmonics, combined with the kill switch effect is very cool and adds to the ambient vibe of the solo. I also like how you sorta combine a rythm bit directly in to the solo. It's part rythm part solo and works well. The big hurdle in this one is that chorus part and you guys navigated it very deftly. In short...

Thanks Todd smile.gif it took me a while to dig out any sort of melodic line in X5 but it was fun none the less.
so.... a bit of blues huh? sounds good to me, dude cool.gif


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post Jun 12 2016, 05:00 PM
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Hi, here is a quick sample from me. Its just improvisation over the latest backing track. I hope you can here some Gary Moore influences here smile.gif

Enjoy wink.gif



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WOW!! I gotta say I'm hugely impressed by your take here. It's got Gary Moore written all over it with your own style clearly present as well. Your vibrato technique is what makes it your own IMHO. The licks all work well IMHO and the sense of timing and overall feel is top notch. This is a really well put together blues solo. I must admit I didn't know that your playing was at this level until watching this vid. You've got some serious blues chops going on. Flat out nice!!!

Your technique is spot on, your bends are clean and clear and hit the right note, you muting is good to which is important in preventing unwanted sounds just as picking is important to create the sounds we do want. Everything comes together here and works as a piece. In short.....

YOU FREAKING KILLED IT!!!!!!!

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Hi, here is a quick sample from me. Its just improvisation over the latest backing track. I hope you can here some Gary Moore influences here smile.gif

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post Jun 12 2016, 08:59 PM
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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Jun 12 2016, 06:24 PM) *
WOW!! I gotta say I'm hugely impressed by your take here. It's got Gary Moore written all over it with your own style clearly present as well. Your vibrato technique is what makes it your own IMHO. The licks all work well IMHO and the sense of timing and overall feel is top notch. This is a really well put together blues solo. I must admit I didn't know that your playing was at this level until watching this vid. You've got some serious blues chops going on. Flat out nice!!!

Your technique is spot on, your bends are clean and clear and hit the right note, you muting is good to which is important in preventing unwanted sounds just as picking is important to create the sounds we do want. Everything comes together here and works as a piece. In short.....

YOU FREAKING KILLED IT!!!!!!!

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Thanks Todd. It was fun playing this piece:)
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Hi Todd

this is my take, maybe i can do 'better' but i like it !



always some "errors", wow !! must be drunk for the 10 first seconds.....

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Another take..... always f***in errors.... damn, what did i do !!??



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Dont think Ive played in this key before, no idea what scales I was using cool.gif hopefully most of the notes work.

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post Jun 15 2016, 03:36 PM
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Well done!! I liked the bit about 1 minute in quite a bit. A very nice use of an unexpected lick. Nice smile.gif The entire solo works well and has an almost BB King vibe partially due to your vibrato. There were a couple of spots where the bends may have been just a pinch shy or a note landing may not have been perfectly in key, but being that it's blues, it's not supposed to be perfect. It's supposed to "feel"and it does!

I didn't know you were this good as blues playing or I would have included blues backings long ago. Blues soloing is an art in itself as some folks just can't seem to shift away from their standard back of licks and make it sound "bluesy". You make it sound very bluesy indeed. I liked this solo a bit better than the second but i"m glad to see you revisiting solos and trying to reinterpret yourown work. In short, you killed it and welcome to x5 smile.gif"

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Another take..... always f***in errors.... damn, what did i do !!??



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For a guy in Tat sleeves, wearing a Bathory shirt, you sure you play a very very convincing blues man!!!!! smile.gif This is a well constructed and well executed solo that has wads of bluesy vibe through and through. I like your inclusion of a traditional blues concluding lick at the end as a bonus. That lick let's folks know that it's either the end of the "Turn Around" (going back to 1) or the end of the tune, or in this case, both smile.gif

Also, killer blues tone! Blues tone is a tricky thing. Too much gain and it sounds too rock, too little gain and you get no sustain. You hit it square in middle and it really works. Some killer licks, some killer playing and some killer tone. In short, welcome to X6!!!!!!

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Dont think Ive played in this key before, no idea what scales I was using cool.gif hopefully most of the notes work.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83QrSpR00uU


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Hi guys, this is turning great! I could miss the opportunity to give a try to this backing. Here is a quick try.




I've used Ab minor Pentatonic bur also borrowed some notes from dominant arpeggios and major Pentatonic scales.


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Man, really great takes this week! My take is mostly improv here. I think I used the same turnaround as bleez at the end. biggrin.gif




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