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AMOlson

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About AMOlson

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  • Guitar
    Schecter Hotrod '39
  • Bass
    ESP LTD df-404
  1. The only reason I broke down and bought the extremely cheap 7 string I found at a pawn shop (it was in really bad shape, but cleaned up nicely) was someone got really clever and transcribed Paganini's 24 Caprices for electric 7 string. Since he incorporated things like two handed tapping it's not suitable for acoustic guitar at all. And did I mention the guitar was cheap and sounds sweet? But the real thing is that if you're playing violin music on guitar, that bottom string really comes in handy, just like if you're playing cello music on bass, having a five string is almost required. It's
  2. Another trick to try, if you have the money to spare, is get a bass and horse around with it for a while. I wanted to play bass, started with it and now fool around some with baritone and the occasional regular guitar, but it gives you something to work up with. Especially since if you play bass, it gives you a mechanical advantage in going to guitar, namely guitars are much smaller and have little delicate strings. I can reach 7-8 frets on a guitar and bend a tone and a half if I want to. There's no way I could physically do anything like that after only a year and a half only playing guita
  3. It's Rush ... 'nuff said. Ok, second comment. Just out of curiosity, I pulled my guitar down and yup, I can hit that. You see I'm a bass player, and have been doing it long enough now I've actually stretched the tendons in my left hand so I can reach goofy stuff like that. Yeah, and I play baritone as well. Talk about evil reaches, even on a good day. So yes, it's possible, but unless you really, really work at it, not going to happen for a lot of guitar players. However, don't ask me to play real chords. I'm still struggling with double stops. ;)
  4. I used a Y splitter for quite a while until I got an amp with a line out. There should be no way it could damage the computer or the cable, and yes, I am a pro at electronics. Only down side is you can get a 60 Hz ground hum depending on what is plugged into what ground (or if you're on a laptop, having no ground on the computer). It is generally not so bad you'll go crazy from it. Just annoying.
  5. Rush (Hold Your Fire) Dragonforce Sonata Arctica Delain Nightwish Dream Theater They were all incredible, and Dream Theater live was definitely worth it. Far more engaging than their recordings despite the fact the sound quality was badly damaged by the venue.
  6. Ok, IANAD, but I do have some experience with sports medicine and this is what has worked for me. I have trigger finger, issues with carpal tunnel ... I admit it. I'm getting old. However, there are three (4?) broad types of pain. 1) Muscle stress. This is your muscles whining "I don't wanna do this anymore. Its too HARD!". The type of pain you get from handwriting too much. It is possible to push this to the point where you do damage, but it really takes some effort. Yeah, it's gonna hurt, just like running, riding horses, any type of physical exertion, and there's not a lot to do about thi
  7. I'm very glad I started with the 104, mostly because it's probably the most flexible low end bass out there. The extra inch does make the strings tighter, not much, but you can feel it. Especially if you go to a 34" 5 string. That 135 low B is insanely floppy on a 34". I regularly do D drop C on my 104 with a 115 'E' string and it's wonderful. No, it's not the most comfortable bass to start with, BUT the initial stress of the extra long scale and tighter strings, I think, is worth it if you want to eventually play 5 or metal. And yes, it was that particular neck on the Ibanez. The frets had
  8. Heh. I had an Ibanez and very quickly swapped it out. My preference is for either Schecter or the f-104 series from ESP LTD. Those are actually what I recommend. Here in the states you can find them for under $150 with a little looking. They're 35" scale so if you want to down tune they don't get mushy. Just a nice basic bass you can really push and get into it. My f-104 is fantastic for a $140 bass. My Ibanez literally cut into the side of my hand. The Squire I had was ok, but no character and I felt, rolled over and died if you really got into it. I tried an American made Fender ... meh. I
  9. Actually, I use my warm up time to lock in songs I have memorized (mostly random folk and classical) or go through scales. It's the time I use to practice things that have become boring, working on lyricism and phrasing and then, if I've gotten that far, I start moving them around the neck, into different keys. It's the ears and theory time, really. That long slow process of learning scales by ear so the brain doesn't have to think about where a certain sound is on the fret board. Figure the ears don't need warm up, so they can get working as soon as I plug in.
  10. Heh. I'm back. Picked up another trick, as it were ... if you can stand older (easy) stuff, play it. Lots and lots. It may seem simple, but if you can play simple pieces perfectly, it actually helps playing harder things. Duh. Guess all those music teachers I had as a kid were right. Whoulda' thunk it. Reminds me of a comment Perlman made about practicing. (parphrased) "Four hours of correct practice is worth more than any amount of practicing your mistakes."
  11. Heh. Have to laugh. My fave instrument is a baritone Schecter. Love that girl. But she really IS an example of neither fish nor fowl nor good red meat. Isn't even really a 'good' short scale, since the strings are so close. However, a baritone is not something I'd ever recommend someone start out with. For an early instrument, I'd stick with something good but basic. My fave of the basses is actually the ESP LTD F-104. It looks a little funky, but it's a 35" 4 string and generally runs under $150 used. (Even has an active equalizer, so you can plug it straight into a set of headphones, no am
  12. Forget who said it, but ... "Have you ever seen a left handed piano?" With the hassles of finding left handed instruments, I'd say stick with right handed as long as you aren't so strongly dominant you can't play right ... or as Freebird says, you have an injury. Both of my pinkies are pretty much out of use on guitar/bass, so I just figured out how to do without. See Django Reinhardt.
  13. What kind of metal? It's probably the broadest genre insofar as types of guitars. Although what I usually recommend to people is to buy something very simple and well made (so it's as easy to play as possible) then when you are good enough to need any additional bells and whistles, you'll know what you want. (Can do this well under $200 for the guitar, maybe $50 for the amp, used.) But if you insist on getting something high end to start with, I'd say go with a guitar made by the same manufacturer as whoever you want to sound like the most. If it's A7X, that's Schecter. If you like Slayer
  14. This is really a loaded question. There are countless ways to define 'great'. Sure, Hendrix and Prince were both fantastic at emoting with an instrument. But pure speed, no. That I'd have to give to Herman Li, with runners up Synyster Gates, John Petrucci and Eddie Van Halen. Musicianshilp, including writing music (modern)? Sullivan, Pert, Tuomas, Elfman. Instrumental wizardry? Perlman, Reinhardt, Van Halen, Rudess, Pert, Pastorius. Founding musical dynasties? Chuck Berry, Led Zepplin, Muddy Waters, Rush. Writing music? J.S. Bach (ok, there I can't think of any single person who has had more i
  15. Just to mix stuff up ... Lead Vocals - Lzzy Hale from Halestorm Guitar - Synyster Gates from A7X Guitar - John Patrucci (dual lead - they're both amazing and I'd love to hear them play together) Bass - Geddy Lee Keyboards - Jordan Rudess Drums - Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan as he would have been today, with the additional experience Lyrics - Danny Elfman and The Rev, primarily
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