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Posted 10/13/16

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I play messily and sloppy cause it's fun. I don't care for being a "good" player just an expressive one.


Now this, I dont get. I mean it looks good and all, if you're watching a video with no audio...but I've seen a couple bands in the last year or two that had this mentality, and you literally couldnt hear a thing they were playing because it was an incoherent mess. I had said something about it to my son (22) and he sorta facepalmed and said there's a rash of bands out there like that, its all about "giving the appearance of putting on a good show," more or less. (and that around here, its more just "who's popular" socially that's doing it and the kids dont care so much about the musical aspect because its just a popularity thing...now that actually might make me feel old, lol...)

I'm not necessarily painting you with that brush, I'm just saying...of course, I grew up in the heyday of technical stuff, some of which requires you put in a crap ton of practice....hard to do as it is nevermind looking like you're having a seizure while doing so. But, when you get that level of muscle memory, its awesome. that was kinda my point about mentioning pentatonic before, its a relatively easy pattern to play and not have to keep a strict eye on it.

I know its not all about being the best player out there, but imho its kinda selling yourself short to not have your playing at least relatively match the level of "expression" you wish to put forth. Even spastic + halfway decent playing is great to watch.
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Posted 10/13/16
I play guitar I start at 10 years old
Violin I start at age of 13
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Posted 10/14/16 , edited 10/14/16

RaisedInACult wrote:


2000Man wrote:
I play messily and sloppy cause it's fun. I don't care for being a "good" player just an expressive one.


Now this, I dont get. I mean it looks good and all, if you're watching a video with no audio...but I've seen a couple bands in the last year or two that had this mentality, and you literally couldnt hear a thing they were playing because it was an incoherent mess. I had said something about it to my son (22) and he sorta facepalmed and said there's a rash of bands out there like that, its all about "giving the appearance of putting on a good show," more or less. (and that around here, its more just "who's popular" socially that's doing it and the kids dont care so much about the musical aspect because its just a popularity thing...now that actually might make me feel old, lol...)

I'm not necessarily painting you with that brush, I'm just saying...of course, I grew up in the heyday of technical stuff, some of which requires you put in a crap ton of practice....hard to do as it is nevermind looking like you're having a seizure while doing so. But, when you get that level of muscle memory, its awesome. that was kinda my point about mentioning pentatonic before, its a relatively easy pattern to play and not have to keep a strict eye on it.

I know its not all about being the best player out there, but imho its kinda selling yourself short to not have your playing at least relatively match the level of "expression" you wish to put forth. Even spastic + halfway decent playing is great to watch.


Well what I mean is I'd rather be an Ace Frehley or Johnny Ramone, playing with a cool style that isn't conventionally "good", then an Yngwie or something. Now of course this doesn't mean I don't practice and try to improve myself but I'm just not big on being a technically amazing player. I wasn't talking about live shows or anyhting, I've never played in a band before. I don't mean a mess like GLLLAHHHH SLAM EVERY STRING AT ONCE, but rather...I love Bruce's solos. He rips into it, a very expressive play-style. He's not a super guitarist but he has a mean style whenever he plays a solo. On the Darkness record he's so awesome.
https://youtu.be/DWos8TS9yaE?t=81

I overstated by saying mess, because I want to be a clear player. But I'm not big on this whole idea of having to shred like a monster to be a "good" player. I don't want to be a technical wizard, I want to be a fretboard animal. A controlled one of course. As much as I love players like Marty Friedman and Buckethead I don't see that as being my way.
Posted 10/14/16
awesome, I can dig it *thumbsup*

closer you play towards the middle of the string-length, the more the fundamental tone will be emphasized.

closer to the bridge you play, the more the string overtones will come out

important for guitar, but especially for bass

with bass, even doing something as simple as transposing a riff 1 string down when going to a chorus - hugely alters the dynamics of the overall mix. as the bass player, you kinda ARE the dynamics of the mix. (its why I got addicted to 5 & 6 string basses.)

I wish that harmony central article called "hanging ten on bass" still existed, it was all about obtaining playability with all 10 fingers. your left thumb is just muting, though hehehe.

muting is key too, mute what needs to be muted and that will help your notes resonate more fully. especially when doing things like legato or guitar soloing (esp with a ton of distortion) , make good use of both left and right hands and tag team 'em at muting.

tips off the top of my head, heh...


oh....since its getting to be that time of year again...truss rods!

if your action is high, it will sharpen your fretted notes. (and of course too low lays the strings down)

so when the action is too high, esp in places where the temp varies a lot seasonally, loosen up a quarter, half turn as we get on towards winter time, and tighten similarly as spring gets on to its fullness. it helps keep your notes right, string noise down, and playability up.

always look at the truss before adjusting the bridge for this reason. but if you get something that has a bad neck bow to it, yet the bridge is still too low, then you need to take the counterintuitive step of raising the bridge first before you'll be able to get the truss right.

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Posted 10/27/16
Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Alto Saxophone.

Most of the time its Acoustic Guitar done with a mix of Hybrid Picking and Finger Style.

Two tracks that are my most proud etc.

"The Gael" It's a cover version of the main theme from the film "Last of the Mohicans" Originally written by Dougie MacLean.
https://soundcloud.com/acelocke3/the-gael-1

"The Folk Grass Conundrum" Written by Myself.
https://soundcloud.com/acelocke3/the-folk-grass-conundrum

"The Spur of the Moment" Written by Myself. Only track with Electric Guitar(eBow)
https://soundcloud.com/acelocke3/the-spur-of-the-moment
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Posted 10/29/16
I play guitar, I've been playing since I was 13, I am a professional
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I signed myself up on the waiting list for violin lessons which I am super nervous about since I haven't held one since I was 10 and even then not for very long, learning it as an adult feels odd. I also used to sit by my keyboard and play by ear all my sleepless nights (insomnia). I can't read notes, well not yet anyway.

But most of all I just wanna bump this thread to know about others hehe.
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