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Fayeed Tan

Location: Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines 

Date of Birth: December 11, 1982 

Been playing guitar since: 1993

I grew up in a family of musicians and was influenced by music of different kinds. I first picked up the guitar at the age of 11 because everyone at home was playing the instrument. Unlike the rest, I always had that burning desire in me to write my own music because of melodies that keep popping in my head immensely even in my sleep. At 12, I heard a song on the radio and it was unusual because there were no vocals in it. WHAM! I was in total awe of Eric Johnson’s Cliffs of Dover! I got so hooked on guitar playing after that and the rest is history.

I started playing gigs in our city at the age of 13 and had session gigs with a couple of bands. When I reached the age of 20, I stopped playing session and formed my own band where we played gigs in our city and had several tours. In 2007, I recorded my first album. A few years later I decided to slow down on the gigs and concentrate on doing what I love most which is writing instrumental music. To make the long story short, I’m still on my journey to satisfy my never ending desire to achieve musical maturity.

Playing and Influences

I always liked Eric Johnson’s tone and how he always does triplets on his pentatonic scales. It gives the scale more life thus turning it into a powerful lick.

Tommy Emmanuel’s finger picking I adapted so much into my playing and he would be the main reason why I became a hybrid picker. 

Zakk Wylde is one amazing metal guitarist! I love how he makes his guitar scream and how he plays his riffs with angst.

I love how Steve Vai sounds very different from the others. How he writes his music is just amazing and very different. He probably experimented and studied more hours in a day compared to other guitar players that he has developed a certain amount of licks that just makes him very unique.

My all time favorite would be Guthrie Govan! The first time I saw him my jaws dropped. He plays rock-fusion but he uses jazz chops when he solos. He’s probably one of the very few guitar players who has mastered every technique on the guitar.

I would like to teach everyone the importance of melody. Techniques are important but they are just techniques without the voice, soul & feel of the guitar player. Through the use of licks and theories from every lesson everyone should develop a better sense of melody by adapting and understanding every step. I also plan to teach the use of smoother legato lines, hybrid picking and accurate tapping. These are the techniques I grew up learning and I would love to share them to everyone.

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