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  1. electronic

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    The bassist in my band went out west for like 6 months, so I haven't been gigging at all. In that time, I've decided to learn the most impossible guitar solos that I love, regardless of how long they take for me to get there, or whether I'm capable. It's been awesome.

    So far, I learned a ridiculous 2 minute blistering solo of a prog metal band, a Marty Friedman solo from Megadeth, and currently working on a Zakk Wylde solo from his Ozzy days. I get obsessed when I can't do something on guitar, so that drives me forward.
     
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  2. electronic

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    I had a Marshall half stack that was like $1,500. JCM900 head and a 1960A cab.

    I'd love to have either a Suhr modern or classic or an 70s/80s era Les Paul Custom. There's also an awesome guitar company called Dunable that makes amazing guitars. Give me an Orange cabinet and an old JCM 800 head or a Laney.
     
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  3. electronic

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    Paul Simon songs (other than Call Me Al, Graceland, or Slip Slidin Away) are always interesting on acoustic. 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, Kodachrome, Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes, etc., are all cool progressions and give you a lot of room to make them your own.
     
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  4. TC

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  5. RJF-GUMP

    RJF-GUMP Daubert Qualified in Cooler Thermodynamics
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    I've never had an amp that had a separate amp/cab/speaker. Always combo. Someday I've got to get a Marshall just to see how it sounds.
     
  6. RJF-GUMP

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    I don't have the patience to do that. I need to learn so new songs though. I did sit in my spare room for like 15 minutes last weekend messing around with the PRS and strat through my amp. It was fun.
     
  7. electronic

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    I loved it, but to get the full sound, I had to play it obscenely loud. Just not worth it unless you’re playing packed clubs.
     
  8. TC

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    Performed at an open mic last night :blessed:

    A modest accomplishment but first time I've played "out" in a few years. Only got one song bc I did the thing where you show up and don't sign up right away bc you want to "feel it out" and get a couple drinks in you :/

    The star of the show was a bass player who performed a 6 minute original built entirely around the line "I don't like the way that booty taste." Or was it "I don't mind the way that booty taste"?
     
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  9. Popovio

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    The opening beat to that song is nasty. I've done my best to learn it, but Steve Gadd's hi-hat work is ridiculous.
     
  10. Arkadin

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    It was like. He's the man :laugh:
     
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  11. electronic

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    What did you play?
    How’d it go?
     
  12. Arkadin

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    They were supposed to play more songs but the original open mic night we went to (hosted by the guy with the booty taste song) got canceled after they were all set up and playing because the owner forgot they had the place rented out for an entire sorority. So we broke the shit down and everyone moved a couple miles down the street.
     
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  13. TC

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    Me and a buddy have been practicing for a few weeks. Eventually want to play a wider variety of covers and do originals but to start out we learned a bunch of Beatles songs. We were gonna do "For No One" and "I Am The Walrus" last night but when we got cut to one song we did "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away." My friend was all disappointed we only played one song and felt like we did meh but he doesn't understand what a success it is for two people in their mid 30s to actually stick to practicing something and get out there and do it. He's hooked now though and we're thinking about doing it again next week
     
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  14. Arkadin

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    Team play next week imo
     
  15. TC

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    Guys I'm in a band! We've practiced twice and we have a gig! :chatzy:

    Still doing my acoustic duo project too. Been 6 years since I was in a live music project, 10+ years since I was in a band playing guitar. Now I'm in 2! :cheesy:
     
  16. TC

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    electronic how many guitarists are in your band? The last time I did classic rock covers we were just a trio. This time it's five piece with two guitars and I'm "lead." Sometimes I'm not sure wtf to play bc the other guy's already handling the strumming or the recognizable part of the song and I don't want to just double him and muddy it up?
     
  17. electronic

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    I am the only guitarist, but we have a keyboard player who is amazing and harmonizes the guitar or plays rhythm for a lot of songs. When she’s playing a strong rhythm part and I don’t just want to have a wall of sound, I’ll play a lot of invtered triads to give those parts interesting accents. Then we’re not playing in the same frequency and gives those parts room to breathe.

    Doesn’t work on every song, obviously, but that’s a great option to spice it up. When you kick back into playing dual choruses or whatever after backing off a bit, it really gives those parts an added crunch.

    The other thing I do in those circumstances is dial my gain way back. You’ll get a lot of natural distortion just from playing at a loud volume.

    Finally, finding somebody who knows all about sound frequencies in the mix is worth his or her weight in gold. I haven’t found one of those people, and I know next to nothing about it.
     
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  18. TC

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    Another thing I'm kinda struggling with -- I grew up with "classic rock" my whole life, but I'm a 90s guy who learned how to play with palm muting and such. You ever find yourself playing a Beatles song or something and going "hmmmm, maybe I shouldn't play like James Hetfield"?
     
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  19. electronic

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    I struggle mightily with making things 10x heavier than they should be. It’s an absolute gaping weakness of mine. I played a couple shows with a little country singer girl’s band to try and rid myself of it. Was not successful. Wouldn’t recommend.
     
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  20. TC

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    Yep, I believe you and I are around the same age/background so this is my exact situation haha. Singer of the outfit I'm playing with is a little country singer girl :ohdear:

    We aren't playing country though, we're playing rock. So hopefully we can meet in the middle
     
  21. RJF-GUMP

    RJF-GUMP Daubert Qualified in Cooler Thermodynamics
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    Do yall ever leave your strings on for months if not years? The strings on my guitars right now are at least a year old probably older.
     
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  22. TC

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    I’m sure they sound and feel like shit unless they’re Elixirs. I’m an Elixir guy now. Changing strings is a pain in the ass, why not pay more upfront to deal with it less. They really do “work” as far as sounding new much longer than normal strings
     
  23. Redav

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    I love the way new strings sound so I don't mind changing them
     
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  24. electronic

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    If I’m not gigging, I don’t change them unless they’re awful.

    The Ernie Ball paradigm strings have been a game changer for me. I love those on my electrics. $15 per pack, but I won’t use anything else moving forward.
     
  25. TLAU

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    got some people telling me to start doing the open mic night at a cool little wine bar by my apartment. might do it sometime soon thanks to TC inspiration.

    also love new strings so much. probably change mine every 2-3 months depending on how much i'm playing and how they look/feel.
     
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  26. Room 15

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    What’s the set list gonna look like?
     
  27. TLAU

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    wagon wheel > brown eyed girl > sweet home alabama
    :chatzy:
     
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  28. TLAU

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    honestly would depend on how many songs they're letting people play and what kinda mood i was in/crowd looked like they were into. some places do 3 songs if you want.

    off the top of my head...
    Amos Lee - keep it loose keep it tight
    Under the bridge
    John mayer - sucker

    if i was feelin good about the percent chances of being able to sing it that night without horribly missing any high notes... Man in the Mirror
    And if it was a fun atmosphere, probably do something like "hold on we're goin home"

    do have a couple of semi-work in progress originals I'd need to figure out an ending for one that is pretty damn good
     
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  29. TC

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    I’d be intrigued to hear how a solo guitar cover of man in the mirror sounds
     
  30. TLAU

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    if done right... pretty damn good. the only part i really gotta have some whiskey beforehand or have the vocalizer real warmed up already is the key change at the end.

     
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  31. The Real Roy Williams

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    I’ve played music most of my life. I can’t read sheet music. I never have. I just play by ear and always have. I think I hold my own though. I’m trying to get the band back together, blues brothers style, my buds seem down. When we record something I’ll post. It will probably belong in the heavy music thread. I’m excited though. I haven’t been excited about writing music in a while.
     
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  32. Room 15

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    The wonderwall encore will kill
     
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  33. TC

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    Are tube amps louder at the same wattage as solid state amps? I notice looking at similar sized amps in the store, the tube one will be like 15W and the solid state will be like 40. This is with the same size cabinet/speaker
     
  34. M'ark Pepperonio

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    Correct, most people don't need a tube amp with more than 15w.
     
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  35. TC

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    I want to get a new amp. Only ever owned one which was a 50W Marshall "Valvestate" combo. Want to spend around $500 but I'd go up to 700-800 maybe. Not sure what to get. Want something that isn't overkill so I don't have to carry something heavy I don't need. Would like something with some built in effects/amp modeling. Favorite brands are Marshall/Fender but I'm not as familiar with the performance of Orange, Vox, etc. I am the lead guitar player with a standard five piece band. Post suggestions if you have any
     
  36. M'ark Pepperonio

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    I use a Boss Katana as a practice amp and it sounds good enough for what it is. I don't know much about modeling or built in effects though, just wanted something to play that was quieter than my tube amps.

    There's a huge thread on the gear page and I know guys do gig with them if you want to find out more.
     
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  37. Redav

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    Supposedly 60w are the most anyone would ever need unless you're some huge band playing enormous venues.
     
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  38. TC

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    Yeah, I know my old 50w has rarely been turned up even halfway. Bassist has a 4x10 cab though and other guitarist has a Twin style amp with two 12's in it so not sure what I'll need to compete
     
  39. Redav

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    I have a 60w that i don't even turn up to 2 . 60w is a ridiculous amount of overkill for someone like me who just fucks around at home.
     
  40. TC

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    Yeah but it's metal af
     
  41. Room 15

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    And if he’s going to be playing enormous venues...?
     
  42. Redav

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    Get an amp >60w
     
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  43. TC

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    Just kopped new amp. Fender hot rod deluxe. 100% tube. Never owned a tube amp before. Teenage me that read all those guitar mags is rejoicing right now :blessed:
     
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  44. Redav

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    Tube amp will highlight how sloppy of a player you are. It did for me :feelsbadman:
     
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  45. Redav

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    Do you have an overdrive/boost pedal? It's a must
     
  46. TC

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    I don’t. Why a must? Amp has two dirty channels.

    I was about to get this other solid state fender for half the price but the warm distorted tones on the tube one sold me
     
  47. Redav

    Redav My favorite meat is hot dog
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    It pushes your tubes harder. Creates a natural light crunch on a clean channel. Tightens up your distortion channel. Watch a few YouTube channels about it and you'll see the difference.
     
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  48. Redav

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    This guy is good at explaining it. Short video

     
  49. TC

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    I gotta figure out how to work the volume settings. From what I saw at practice just now it’s hard to play it at a quiet volume, clean or dirty. Crank it and it starts to sound good
     
  50. M'ark Pepperonio

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    You can use an attenuator, but there’s really no good answer to that dilemma.