crankin’ the amps…

8 thoughts on “crankin’ the amps…

  1. It sounds like you’ve been listening to some old-school thrash lately. I hear some solid palm muting going on. It’s a technique most people (even professionals who should know better) find a way to fuck up.

    Are you practicing with a metronome by chance?

    1. mostly jamming to cd’s and playing along to backingtracks that can be found here:

      the whole clickity click metronome thing was always annoying but I know the greats like Petrucci swear by it…

      1. How do you think Petrucci got great? A lot of the techniques he uses need to be practiced slowly, and then building up the speed at a gradual pace.

        One advantage I found to practicing with a metronome is that it developed and inner tempo- for lack of a better description for it.

  2. Yup. He’s got the right of it. Knowing scales != knowing timing.

    It’s little details like this that kill it for most guitarists. They never get outside of the 2’s so get stuck inside the box. Imagine those techniques played at a significantly faster tempo. Serious shreddage. Now mix the 5th phrasing in with some 8th note phrasing… it will stand out, even though the average listener won’t understand why…. it’ll be new to them, so it’ll be cool. It’s not even something I would restrict to soloing. Making those little timing jumps in simple up-and-down strumming will change the feel of a section.

  3. as in pre-bending? It’s cool, but takes a lot of practice to do right, on demand.

    Friedman came up with lot of good practice techniques, not the least of which was 12-tone scaling. It’s basically an exercise where you find a way to randomly determine a (non-pattern of notes using the 12 notes in an octave, then playing them. Caveat: it’s harder than it sounds, especially if you’ve spent a few years practicing rote scale patterns. I came up with a “flash card” system where I basically drew 12 cards. First note is the root, then I play the random sequence of notes within that octave. Mostly it forces you to learn where all the tones are on the fretboard and learning all the steps.


    until you finish the octave. Also helps develop string skipping technique.

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