GMC FAQ - A Guide To The GMC Universe
GMC has grown so much over the years that it isn't strange for new members (and old ones alike!) to get "lost" in our little guitar planet, given the huge amount of stuff that can be done here. This little guide will try to explain the main activities that take place at GMC and give links and advice to find them within our boards. It will also try to answer some frequently asked questions (FAQs) so that anyone, old or new to our site, feels at home right away!
F.A.Q. stands for Frequently Asked Questions.
Here we gather some of the most common doubts found in our boards regarding GMC, in no particular order.
I have a doubt, how can I contact an Admin?
Choose from within these options depending on your needs.
It's not recommended to post on our boards if you need help regarding your personal GMC account; contact an Admin instead, and any doubt you might have will soon be solved.
Can I download backing tracks of lessons?
Yes! You can now download all our backing tracks into your hard drives, ipods, ipads, smart phones and all sorts of gadgets so that GMC stays close to you, wherever you are. Connected or not.
Just click on this icon to get your favourite lessons tracks:
Go practice your lessons in the park, the beach or the camp fire!
Can I download the Videos?
It is not possible to download the video lessons at GMC to your computer. They are accessible online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Where can I find all those scales you guys mention in the boards & lessons?
All lessons include the scales you need, but just in case you wish to discover new ones GMC provides its own tool, the Scale Generator. With this it is possible to illustrate scales, give them titles and save them as images for inclusion in lessons or Forum posts.
Help! The boards look weird all of a sudden!
Worry not! You've probably changed the Boards display options without noticing
Check the bottom of the boards page. Select the "order" tab there, and choose "Order: Last post"
If it's the actual threads that look all "messed up" then go to the top of the page. Click on the "Options" tab, which is under the "New Topic" button. In the Display Modes section there choose "Switch to Standard"
How do I edit my User Profile?
Click on "My Controls" from the options banner at the top of the boards:
Once you click on "My Controls" a new page will load with a Menu on the left. There are many option there you can use to edit your User Profile, as well as many other site options. Below we describe how to change the signature, image and avatar :)
How do I add a signature/image to my signature in the boards?
Click on "My Controls" from the options banner at the top of the boards:
Then click on "Edit Signature" from the Menu on the left:
Now you can use all the usual board tools to add text, links and pictures there. Choose the "Insert Picture" button, and you'll be prompted to insert the URL of the picture you wish to include in your signature. That means the picture has to be uploaded to the world wide web. If your picture is on your hard drive you will need to add it to some web page or image hosting site like photobucket. Or you can just upload it into our GMC Wiki
If you choose to upload your pic to GMC Wiki just scroll down this page, and you'll see the "Upload File" option down there:
Once you upload the picture, click on it, and the URL is the internet address you see at the top of your internet browser, ending with .jpg
Please remember that these pictures in your sig should be small, to allow a comfortable board browsing for everyone. Thanks!
How do I change my Avatar in the boards?
The process is similar to the previous one. Follow the steps above and choose "Edit Avatar Settings" instead of "Edit Signature".
Once you click on "Edit Avatar settings" you can choose from one of the pre-installed avatars from our galleries, or upload your own.
If you are uploading your own avatar remember that the maximum file size of your picture is 50 KB. Also remember that the picture will be automatically downsized to a max of 90x90 pixels.
If your picture is too big in size (>50 KB) you can always decrease it with some picture software.
How can I embed a youtube vid on the boards?
To embed a youtube video when you are posting in our boards you need to paste part of the video url in between these code tags:
That code that you need to write in there is found at youtube site, when you are viewing the page in which you watch the video:
In the example above, the code would be dMH0bHeiRNg
So, to embed that video in your post, all you have to do is type this:
And the video will appear embedded in the post, so you can just click on it and watch it without leaving the boards.
Can I embed a soundcloud file in the boards?
Yes you can Just type this:
[soundcloud] sound cloud file url here [/soundcloud] (without any spaces in between the brackets)
How can I browse GMC's lessons in depth?
The best way is to use the Advanced Search page. Either follow the link provided or just type "Advanced Search" at the BIG search box found at the top right corner.
Using Advanced Search you will be able to narrow down GMC's lessons sorting them by Instructor, style, difficulty, etc.
How does the video lessons/backing track loop feature work?
The loop feature works by dragging the arrows on the play bar to an area you would like to repeat.
What are the titles I see below member pictures in the boards?
Appart from the Senior & MVC Titles, you will find lots of REC titles in our boards, such as "Learning Rock Star" or "Experienced Guitar Hero", etc.
REC titles are awarded to members that take part in the REC Program. The more lessons you pass, and the higher difficulty they have, the better the REC Title you receive will be. Detailed information about REC Program and REC Titles can be found here, as well as in the REC Boards.
Where can I learn guitar Theory at GMC?
The Theory Boards will answer all your questions
In there you'll find the perfect place to ask any doubts, plus an excellent collection of lessons written by our Theory Instructor Andrew Cockburn.
In addition to this you can also download GMC's very own Guitar Theory book, "The GMC Theory Grimoire" which is a .pdf compilation of all existing theory lessons on the site.
I'm looking for a mentor!
Well, you are lucky you found GMC. We currently have several instructors ready to take your playing to a new level, with a range of exercises and personal advice for those looking to work seriously on their guitar skills. Just take a read here and be sure to browse our Instructor Boards.
How can I find Instructor Profiles?
Instructor Profiles feature detailed information about our instructors, such as their personal info, influences, style and complete lesson lists. In addition to that many of them have a cool Video Profile which you shouldn't miss
How to find these profiles? Easy! When you are watching an instructor's lesson, click on his little picture next to the lesson's name at the top.
You can also just type his complete name at the BIG search box at the top right corner of any page, and then click on their picture at the "Matching Instructor" section.
What do I need to record my guitar?
Being able to record what you play is an important matter at GMC as it allows our students to take part in many of our activities.
There are many possible ways to record the sound of your guitar into an .mp3 or .wav file. If you are reading this and don't know the answer the chances are that you are completely new to the world of recording, so here's a fast, simple, effectice and inexpensive advice: use some kind of usb recording interface such as a POD, Pod Studio, ToneLab, etc. These little units are easy to use and come packed with powerful amp & effect modelling which work just fine for the amateur guitarist home recording needs.
These units mentioned allow to record what you hear with no latency (ASIO USB Drivers), and there should be a device within everyone's budget.
Bear in mind there are many other options available such as dedicated USB soundcards, high end soundcards & amp mics and/or digital modelling software such as Guitar Rig, etc.
What do I need to record a Video?
This question has many possible answers too. Once again we'd like to point out a fast and inexpensive option many of our members use to get reasonably good results: a good webcam and video recording software. Many users in our boards are happy with Logitech's QuickCam Pro 9000. It comes packed with software to shoot videos. That's just an example, any webcam or video cam with at least 30fps and average optics will do the job just fine.
On a side note, it's always a good idea to use some software like Movie Maker (comes free with Windows) or Sony Vegas to put together a video clip with a sound file recorded at the same time for optimal results, specially when recording guitar over a lesson backing or an original song.
Where can I find all Complete/Famous Songs Lessons?
You can find them all on one of the tabs on the Guitar Lessons page!
Where are the Famous Songs Lesson Tabs?
Except for some exceptions, GMC cannot provide famous songs tabs. The site pays a fee for sound and video but unfortunately there is no "general" fee to pay for tabs. Nevertheless all famous song lessons at GMC provide detailed information and on-screen information to be followed without need of tabs
Are there any rules at GMC boards?
It's always a good idea to check the Board Guidelines. GMC is an open, friendly and helpful community, and following these simple guidelines help keep it so
PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES
Our members can always upload their creations, covers, improvisations, etc. in our Practice Room Board. This is the easiest way to share what you are doing with our community and get some constructive feedback or just let everyone know about your latest ideas.
You can upload tabs and sound files to these boards, as well as embed your youtube vids. The code to embed youtube vids in our boards is: [youtube]reference nº[/youtube]
GMC Instructor led collabs are the easiest way to interact with our instructors and members to create a song together. Instructors run different collabs often, creating a backing track that our members can download to add their solos and riffs. Once all takes from our members are ready, the instructor puts them together and releases a final track, along with comments to help improve each participant's playing. Important: GMC members can lead their own collabs too!
The only thing you need to take part in Collabarations is some way to record your playing (sound), although some special Video Collabs require you to be able to shoot a vid.
REC stands for Recognition Program.
The idea behind REC is simple: record yourself while playing our lessons, upload your take to our boards and be graded by our Instructors to know how you are doing, what you need to improve and what you are doing great, as you advance in GMC's REC Scoreboard to become the Ultimate Guitar Hero. Pretty cool, isn't it?
To upload your take you'll need to shoot a video of yourseld playing any GMC Lesson.
On top of that all participants get their REC rank displayed as a title below their Avatar in our boards and a personal REC page where all their lessons and progress are displayed. Just check the GMC's REC Scoreboard and click on the name of any member to watch their takes
GMC Private Lessons
This is a special new GMC feature which was introduced lately, and it's aimed for those willing to take their learning experience to a whole new level, being mentored by one of our Instructors in a personal, private way. Read more about it here: GMC Private Lessons
Would you like to create a whole new song, or a cover, along with some other members?
Then GMC Virtual Bands is what you need. Find some other members interested in your music style and create anything together. You decide who plays the riffs, the solos or bass, you can program your drums or play actually record them... and even sing!
Our Virtual Bands Boards are there to help you start and share your work in progress. Be sure to read the pinned topic before you start!
If you wish to teach some of your tricks, the Student Instructors Board is your place Is there a cool lick you use a lot? A certain technique you love? A certain style you master? All that knowledge and much more can be shared and taught to other members through our Student Instructor Boards, there you can upload your tabs along with sound files and/or videos, explain your lesson step by step, and even upload some backing tracks for our members to practice. We even have an interesting Student Instructors Portal here in the Knowledge Base.
Members who create these lessons eventually achieve the "Student Instructor" Rank, which is displayed with a special badge at their avatars in our boards
We have Official GMC Competitions running from time to time, so be sure to check our Competitions Board to see what's going on. GMC Competitions are varied, and anything can happen in there, from creating the best solo or cover, coming up with the best idea to improve the site, making the funniest picture or creating cool articles for our Knowledge Base... the liost is endless. And the prizes are always awesome!
Sometimes Unofficial Competitions created by our members take place too, don't miss them either!
Knowledge Base Activities
What's the Knowledge Base?
You are at the Knowledge base right now! GMC Knowledge Base (also known as GMC Wiki) started out as a Guitar Encyclopedia but has grown to become a source of information regarding GMC & Guitar.
There's a huge number of activities that take place here, and everyone is invited to take part. All GMC members have automatic access to our Wiki and permission to edit and create new entries at wish. Contributing to our Wiki is a way to share your knowledge, help others and make GMC an overall better place, and as such doesn't go unnoticed. Good stuff happens to those who contribute often!
Fast & Easy information on how to create wiki pages can be found here.
Last but not least, those who take part in our Knowledge Base eventually achieve the WikiWriters Rank, which is displayed with a special badge at their avatars in our boards Further info on the matter here.