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    Guitar Instrumental - fast melodic solos

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    Hi fellas,
    Been a while since I've been to the site.... work, babies etc.
    Anyway, I managed to get another track done, I would really appreciate some feedback.
    Cheers,
    Dave

    Link: http://mp3unsigned.com/Showband.asp?id=4890

    Genre: Instrumental rock/metal/progressive/sci-fi/whatever

    Gear used: Ibanez Jem, Mesa Boogie Triaxis, Palmer PDI-03 speaker simulator, Fender Squire bass, DFH Superior for the drums. Apogee AD-8000 to digitize anologue signals.

    Mix: ProTools

    Note: Everything was recorded D.I. no micing up amps etc, I prefer it this way... some don't!

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    Good chops, well produced and played, good sound, tight, I like it.

    One small suggestion:

    How long are you gonna play in A minor? There is no deviation whatsover from it save for the usual I IV V I stuff. It never modulates out, not once, and its distracting.

    Thats a very small nitpick for an overall very god piece of work, its a great sound and impressive.

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    I'm a sucker for 'sweep' picking. Nice stuff.

    I agree with the above, a more musically interesting backdrop would do wonders for your material. ya got the chops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superhuman
    Note: Everything was recorded D.I. no micing up amps etc

    It sounds like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidK
    Good chops, well produced and played, good sound, tight, I like it.

    One small suggestion:

    How long are you gonna play in A minor? There is no deviation whatsover from it save for the usual I IV V I stuff. It never modulates out, not once, and its distracting.

    Thats a very small nitpick for an overall very god piece of work, its a great sound and impressive.
    Thanks for the feedback, I actually know nothing about guitar theory. I've never had a lesson or anything, just kind of made things up by ear as I went along. I have been told that this track is in A minor and uses the harmonic minor but if you asked me to play a scale I wouldnt know which was which. I just liked the the way the leads flowed along with this particular groove. Not all of my stuff is in the same key... and I do vary the over all sound and feel in other tracks, I just liked the way that one worked.

    HangDog: Re the D.I. recording, I just find it better. I hate micing up amps and to be honest I don't like the way they sound. Guitar tone is entirely down to personal taste after all.

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    Sounds like Megadeth. Nice chops. I don't mind the tone.

    The drums need some eq'ing. They are a bit St. Anger-ish sounding.

    Some harmonic movement would be cool. You've certainly got the ability.

    Nice playing.
    I don't find this stuff amusing anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superhuman
    I actually know nothing about guitar theory.
    I recommend getting a few books on it. It aint rocket science, you would pick up the basic fundamentals quickly. You already have them, you just dont know it You have the ear, the chops and the talent. Check out a local community college, they might have a class or two that would be not only good for you but pretty interesting stuff as well.

    The stuff I said like I IV V I, you did that! You just dont know what its called. A lot of rock guys have good musical theory skills but they dont know the technical terms. It might not seem important but it will come in handy someday.

    Trust me on this: I wouldnt waste your time ( or mine) telling you this, I can hear the talent in you. A few pointers on chords, modulations and structure is all you need to take this to the next level, cause its already quite good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by espskully
    Sounds like Megadeth. Nice chops. I don't mind the tone.

    The drums need some eq'ing. They are a bit St. Anger-ish sounding.

    Some harmonic movement would be cool. You've certainly got the ability.

    Nice playing.

    Yeah, I know what you mean about the drums, I only got to experiment with the snare for about five minites and the rest is just direct levels and panning. Actually, the snare track was just run through the Eventide Eclipse along with the leads for compression and reverb on one of the stock presets... no thought went into it and I suppose it shows. When I get a chance I will be doing a proper mix on everthing with a sound engineer. Anyway, it will get more interesting when I add in the midi (orchestral strings and choirs). Thanks for the feedback, it's much appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidK
    I recommend getting a few books on it. It aint rocket science, you would pick up the basic fundamentals quickly. You already have them, you just dont know it You have the ear, the chops and the talent. Check out a local community college, they might have a class or two that would be not only good for you but pretty interesting stuff as well.

    The stuff I said like I IV V I, you did that! You just dont know what its called. A lot of rock guys have good musical theory skills but they dont know the technical terms. It might not seem important but it will come in handy someday.

    Trust me on this: I wouldnt waste your time ( or mine) telling you this, I can hear the talent in you. A few pointers on chords, modulations and structure is all you need to take this to the next level, cause its already quite good.
    Thanks a lot man, it's good to get constructive criticism and advice. I suppose it could only help to study some theory, finding the time to do it is another story... (job, wife and baby!!). I was thinking of investing in a Berklee home course, I would love to be able to take things to the next level. Technique isnt really the problem, it;s just knowing what to do with it. Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superhuman
    I hate micing up amps and to be honest I don't like the way they sound

    You've been doing it wrong then.

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