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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-28-2014, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
 
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More Melodic playing over Dream Theater Esque BT

Not to give Drew what he wants (I really hate that guy ) but this is my attempt at making a more melodic progression of notes.

But no really, I've actually taken what you guys have said over the past couple of competition entries and tried to use it as best I could.

Hope you like it

http://youtu.be/OoTUwXLMv3s

Except you drew. (I'm just kidding btw lol)
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-28-2014, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: More Melodic playing over Dream Theater Esque BT

I also did a short cover of Guthrie Govan's "Waves"

I'll share that soon
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Re: More Melodic playing over Dream Theater Esque BT

Wow!! The melodic sections of that jam suck you in... and then you take it over the top! 1000% improvement and VERY GOOD! I was listening to it and my 19 year old daughter walked by the room and had to come in to see "who I was listening too"... She loved it too. She asked what band you were in... I had to tell her the last guy I saw you playing with was Steve Vai.
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Re: More Melodic playing over Dream Theater Esque BT

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Not to give Drew what he wants (I really hate that guy ) but this is my attempt at making a more melodic progression of notes.

But no really, I've actually taken what you guys have said over the past couple of competition entries and tried to use it as best I could.

Hope you like it

http://youtu.be/OoTUwXLMv3s

Except you drew. (I'm just kidding btw lol)
I hope bad things happen to you, and only you.

Thoughts:

*stuff at the very beginning is pretty cool, the slidey trill stuff is probably tricky as hell, but as a sustained run tends to blend in with itself. Try maybe working just a short half-second blast of that into a more melodic phrase?
*0:19-0:37 or so is ****ing awesome. You don't sound 100% confident in a few places, but in a few you're absolutely owning this.
*when you hit that same chorus section later on, say 0:57, that next chorus is my favorite bit of this whole thing, and maybe my favorite playing I've heard from you yet. Melodic phrasing, occasional blast of speed, and you don't sound self-conscious at all but rather totally in the moment.
*that "hand on either side of my fretting hand" stuff at 2:00 - no. Please. Just don't. It's stupid when Vai does it too.
*In general I think your phrasing is better on the "chorus" sections than when you go into the verse sections where you tend to just shred a lot. I think there's the potential to do a lot more with that - really, your final lick is actually pretty cool, where you start off with that bluesy bend, and then do some blues-based stuff before going back into full shred mode. Slowing down a bit, getting some more of those big, screaming bends going, and then periodically droppign blasts of that shred into it I think would be more effective - shred is awesome and speed is awesome, but speed sounds speedier when you don't do it constantly and instead hold back and then suddenly let rip out of nowhere.

Now, go trip on a banana peel and spend the next two months with your arm in a sling.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-30-2014, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: More Melodic playing over Dream Theater Esque BT

You know, you could just say "good job"

This was a random jam, I didn't sit down to figure out how I would do it. I just felt the whole thing out and went for it.

And I love the slapping behind the fretting hand thing. . It's all in the moment, you can't let the mind criticize everything. Then you get paranoid.

Sometimes the uncontrolled fast playing is a result of getting energetic with anticipation. Sometimes after a track, I'll be shaking wanting nothing more than to play over and over again. Like the first thing, after the "chorus", where I start with the 3rd and second finger alternating on the same fret on the E and B strings, is a product of my heart racing and not thinking.

Although the extended shred parts could be more structured. But then it's not spontaneous, and no as much an expression as I feel it!
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-02-2014, 12:51 PM
 
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Re: More Melodic playing over Dream Theater Esque BT

What fun would that be?

Serioously, man, your playing on that second chorus was awesome.
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