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Darius Wave

Location: Zdunska Wola, Poland
Date of Birth: April 15, 1984 

Been playing guitar since: 1994

Music lives in me since I was 9 years old. I started with piano lessons, but after a year enthusiasm passed, and I wanted to quit. Thanks to the conviction of my father (also a vocalist and a guitarist), I switched to guitar. Learning music in school gave me the theoretical and practical basis, which greatly helped me further develop. From the first years I learned to play other kinds of music, in addition the classical tought at the Music School.

Thanks to my father I had an opportunity to play with older, expirienced musicians when I was 13. From this point, I started working with several different bands in different styles of music. Some of them were rock, metal, pop or even poetry. Main bands were NIEBONIE (over 13 years in band and 3 albums recorded), Erato (1 album - "Nie czekam na cud" with Justyna Majkowska) and Druzyna Wawrzyna (1 album with Michal Wisniewski from Ich Troje) and various guest recordings. At the age of 16 I decided to leave the School of Music and began as a self-tought electric guitar player, focusing on modern playing. My father gave me very precious opportunity to perceive music from many different points of view, such as building melody like a singer would do. He also made me listen to great, non-guitar music.

After many years of playing in bands I started to work on my own, solo, instrumental music. In 2010 I've began to participate in some web guitar solo competitions to introduce myself to the world. Some of those competitions were very succesfull (winnings or within top entries). In 2011 I've published my first original composition for solo electric guitar - "Cabinet Mirros". That was the beginning of my solo album idea for which I have about 8 compositions by far.

Currently I'm still working with NIEBONIE and Druzyna Wawrzyna. A year ago me and my new friend Andrzej Rojek started a band called Jamming Cherry (mix of pop, blues and funky-rock genres). I have over 15 years of stage expirience. I also record and mix music since I was 15 (started on the first MD8 multitrack recorder available).

Playing and Influences
As the very first steps on guitar, I was going through some Metallica, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin songs, but the two awesome guitar players that had the biggest influence on my playing were Paul Gilbert and Nuno Bettencourt. Both of them used a lot of muted fast picking and some really cool rhythm concepts. Always loved their styles for very wide usage of articulation. I recommend to study them to get familiar with different techniques and some great 80's playing guitar concepts. These two guys started a new period in my life (that was somewhere between 1996-1998). Later I started searching for phrasing, tone and other more musical influences. It started from Brian May who had that incredible, singing and powefull punch using just a little distorted / crunchy sounds. Then the list of influences started to grow - Eric Clapton, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Andy Timmons, Ritchie Kotzen, John Scofield, Jeff Beck...and many others.

At GMC
I'd like to share all my knowledge, experience and methods that have worked for me. There are many ways to achieve great results and I'm far from telling anybody "don't do it like that". I only recomend to try a few different concepts of doing the exactly same thing. I would like to offer you alternative learning methods. I also want to share some melodic ideas taken from vocalists. It can make your playing more interesting and more pleasant in reception for a "not-guitarist" listeners.

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Name Level Type Technique Category
Acoustic Strumming #1 1 of 10 Acoustic Strumming Pop Rock
Rock Essentials #6 3 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rhythm - various Rock - Classic
Vintage Rock #5 3 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rhythm - various Rock - Blues
Metal Essentials #10 4 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Metal - Thrash
Rock Essentials #5 3 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rhythm - various Rock - Classic
Vintage Rock #4 4 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rhythm - various Rock - Blues
Metal Essentials #9 4 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rhythm - various Metal - Thrash
Deftones Style #2 3 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rhythm - various Metal - alternative
Rock Essentials #4 3 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rhythm - various Rock - Classic
Metal Essentials #8 4 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rhythm - various Metal - Thrash
Vintage Rock #3 4 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rock Rhythm Rock - Blues
Rock Essentials #3 4 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rock Rhythm Rock - Classic
Metal Essentials #7 5 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rhythm - various Metal - Thrash
Vintage Rock #2 5 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rhythm - various Rock - Classic
Rock Essentials #2 4 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rhythm - various Rock - Classic
Metal Essentials #6 6 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Downpicking Metal - Modern
Vintage Rock 4 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rhythm - various Rock - Classic
Rock Essentials #1 4 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rhythm - various Rock - Classic
Metal Essentials #5 5 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rhythm - various Metal - Progressive
Metal Essentials - Riffs #4 4 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rhythm - various Metal - Thrash
80s Made Easy 4 of 10 Solo Phrasing Rock - Hard
Your First Metal Solo 3 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Thrash
Stoner for Strat #2 5 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rhythm - various Rock - Classic
Alternate Picking Workout #7 4 of 10 Etude Alternate Picking Metal - neoclassical
Metal Essentials - Riffs #3 4 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rhythm - various Metal - Thrash
20 Tone Tips 5 of 10 Tutorial (non playing)
Guns N' Roses style 4 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rhythm - various Rock - Hard
King's X Style 4 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Strumming Metal - alternative
Metallica - Reload Style 5 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rhythm - various Metal - Classic
P.O.D. style 4 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Strumming Metal - alternative
Black Stone Cherry 4 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rhythm - various Rock - southern
Creed Style Riffs 4 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rhythm - various Metal - alternative
Killswitch Engage Style 5 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rhythm - various Metal - metalcore
Deftones Style 3 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Strumming Metal - alternative
Pop Evil Style Rhythm 5 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Downpicking Metal - alternative
Simple Metal Solo 4 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Modern
Bon Jovi Rhythm Style 4 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Downpicking Metal - glam
AC/DC Style Rhythm & Solo 4 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Strumming Rock - Classic
Black Sabbath Style 4 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Downpicking Metal - Early
20 Quick Tips 2 of 10 Tutorial (non playing)
Bends in Rhythm Playing 4 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Bending Rock - Classic
Nightwish Style 3 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Downpicking Metal - Symphonic
Papa Roach Riffing 3 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rhythm - various Metal - alternative
Beginner Chord Strumming 2 of 10 Chords Strumming Pop Rock
Rage Against the Strat 4 of 10 Effects Rhythm - various Metal - alternative
Speed Runs For Intermediates 4 of 10 Etude Alternate Picking Shred - Picking
Beginner Palm Muting - Metal 4 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Downpicking Metal - Thrash
Beginner Sweep Picking #2 3 of 10 Etude Sweep Picking Metal - neoclassical
Metal Essentials - Riffs #2 2 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Downpicking Metal - Thrash
Power Chord Variations 2 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Downpicking Metal - Modern
20 Beginner Tips 2 of 10 101 spoken Other
Basic Rock Rhythm #2 2 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Downpicking Rock - Hard
Muting Unwanted Noise 3 of 10 Etude Rhythm - various Metal - Modern
Stoner for Strat (rhythm & solo) 5 of 10 Solo Phrasing Rock - Blues
Beginner Soloing #2 2 of 10 Solo Phrasing Rock - Other
Meet The Ornaments 3 of 10 Solo Phrasing Pop Rock
80's Rock Rhythm - Nuno's vibes 5 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Downpicking Rock - Hard
Disturbed Style Rhythm Guitar 4 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Downpicking Metal - alternative
Basic Rock Rhythm #1 4 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Downpicking Rock - Hard
Alternate Picking Workout #6 6 of 10 Etude Alternate Picking Metal - neoclassical
Ballad Soloing #3 - classic rock phrasing 7 of 10 Solo Phrasing Rock - Ballad
Rock Gallop #1 3 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rock Rhythm
Simple A minor Soloing 4 of 10 Solo Phrasing Rock - Ballad
Beginner Hybrid Picking 3 of 10 Exercise Chicken Picking Pop Rock
Alternate Picking Workout #5 5 of 10 Exercise Alternate Picking Rock - Other
Beginner Power Chords Strumming 2 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Strumming Rock - Other
Beginner Vibrato Workout 2 of 10 Exercise Vibrato Rock - Other
Beginner Bending Workout 2 of 10 Exercise Bending Rock - Other
Beginner Volume Swells & Slides 2 of 10 Exercise Slide Metal - Epic
Beginner Sweep Picking 2 of 10 Exercise Sweep Picking Rock - Ballad
Beginner Legato & Tapping 2 of 10 Exercise Legato (both hammer-ons and pull-offs) Other
Alternate Picking Workout #4 2 of 10 Exercise Alternate Picking Rock - Other
Beginner Metal Rhythm Workshop #1 3 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Metal - Classic
Ballad soloing - Dynamics & Phrasing #2 5 of 10 Solo Phrasing Rock - Ballad
Metal Essentials - Riffs #1 5 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Metal - Modern
Alternate Picking Workout #3 4 of 10 Etude Alternate Picking Rock - Other
Ballad soloing - dynamics and phrasing 5 of 10 Solo Phrasing Rock - Ballad
Hybrid Blues - Dynamics & Arpeggios 6 of 10 Solo Phrasing Blues
Metal for beginners - Megadeth #1 2 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Metal - Classic
Alternate Picking Techniques Combo 9 of 10 Solo Alternate Picking Rock - Hard
Alternate Picking Basics 3 of 10 101 spoken Alternate Picking Metal - Modern
Alternate Picking Workout #2 3 of 10 Etude Alternate Picking Rock - Hard
Beginner Soloing #1 3 of 10 Solo Phrasing Rock - Ballad
Metalcore Chops #2 8 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Metal - Modern
90's Metal Chops 5 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Metal - Classic
Alternate Picking Workout #1 5 of 10 Exercise Alternate Picking Shred - Picking
Metalcore Chops #1 7 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Metal - Modern
Heavy Funkin' Soloing #2 8 of 10 Solo Alternate Picking Rock - Hard
Heavy Funkin' Soloing 8 of 10 Solo Alternate Picking Rock - Hard