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Forum: Guitar Techniques 07-28-2013, 07:37 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 866
Posted By Theophillis
I played for 8 hours in a pub one night, no sign...

I played for 8 hours in a pub one night, no sign of bleeding. The current record for guitar playing is something like 3 days non stop (set in Dublin last year) and no sign of blood.

Something is...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 09-08-2012, 10:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 512
Posted By Theophillis
Include ear training. Sing the scales out loud as...

Include ear training. Sing the scales out loud as you play them slowly. Sing intervals as you go also.

Combine the mechanics of the LH and RH into consolidated coordination techniques, and you can...
Forum: Guitar Gear & Accessories 08-23-2012, 02:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 245
Posted By Theophillis
Pickups: It will change your sound. Whether it...

Pickups: It will change your sound. Whether it improves it or not is up to you. It depends on style, both musical and playing.

Pedal: A pedal you can bring with you to any amp, and therefore will be...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-23-2012, 02:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 643
Posted By Theophillis
As a small addendum, I always look on the third...

As a small addendum, I always look on the third as the mediator, defining the essential major of minor tonality, hence it's name. At least that's how I remembered what it was called.
Forum: Guitar Gear & Accessories 08-21-2012, 06:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 326
Posted By Theophillis
A nice polite reply there for a...

A nice polite reply there for a newbie.....

Lovely. It makes me want to stay on this forum just a little bit longer. :$
Forum: Promote YOUR Band 08-21-2012, 05:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 748
Posted By Theophillis
Had a quick listen. It sounds more thrash-like...

Had a quick listen. It sounds more thrash-like than death metal. Good sounds. The production is very good. The arrangements and riffs are a little too predictable for me, (a la Killswitch), but you...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 07-10-2012, 08:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 532
Posted By Theophillis
I'm echoing steven_seagull here. The preventative...

I'm echoing steven_seagull here. The preventative measure you need is to learn the intervals in each chord, and work out why they're called what they are, in other words, the chord spelling.

As an...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 07-09-2012, 08:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 532
Posted By Theophillis
It's hard to give advice when we're unsure about...

It's hard to give advice when we're unsure about the extent of your chord vocabulary. Are we talking beginners chords, bar chord, 7ths, 9ths, 11ths, 13ths, Alt chords?

For bar chords, transposing...
Forum: Musician Talk 04-18-2012, 08:32 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 594
Posted By Theophillis
I agree with Hydra. It's a great book, but it...

I agree with Hydra. It's a great book, but it needs to be supplemented. That's not a downside. Any book will need to be supplemented if sight reading is to be improved and maintained.

It's also...
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing 12-31-2011, 09:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 203
Posted By Theophillis
Small amendment. The tip contact for the jack...

Small amendment. The tip contact for the jack socket should be wired to the centre tag of the volume pot, not to the output of the toggle switch, for your particular config.
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing 12-31-2011, 09:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 203
Posted By Theophillis
Oh, btw, caps are very necessary if you want to...

Oh, btw, caps are very necessary if you want to bleed frequencies with your tone pot. It's the caps that provide this function.
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing 12-31-2011, 09:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 203
Posted By Theophillis
Sorry, scratch that last post. Here's a link to...

Sorry, scratch that last post.

Here's a link to a very useful website:
http://www.guitarelectronics.com/category/wiring_resources_guitar_wiring_diagrams.2_pickup_guitar_wiring_diagrams/

Scroll down...
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing 12-31-2011, 09:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 203
Posted By Theophillis
Cool. Are they humbuckers?

Cool. Are they humbuckers?
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing 12-31-2011, 09:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 203
Posted By Theophillis
Nice! For more targetted help, what kind of...

Nice!

For more targetted help, what kind of pickups are they? Make and model would be good, and we can go from there. It can be a bit of a minefield.
Forum: Guitar Techniques 12-28-2011, 07:09 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 961
Posted By Theophillis
It really depends on your goals and the...

It really depends on your goals and the situations that you will find yourself in.

Personally, the answer is yes, but I'm a geek, tbh.
Forum: Guitar Techniques 12-27-2011, 01:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,017
Posted By Theophillis
It depends on the solo, for me anyway. I try to...

It depends on the solo, for me anyway.

I try to split it into phrases, and learn a phrase at a time. I look up a tab or a performance video to see which area of the neck I should play the phrase,...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 12-23-2011, 05:31 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,045
Posted By Theophillis
:) Yeah, I saw that. :) However, the initial...

:)

Yeah, I saw that. :) However, the initial question was regarding the validity of learning scales to become a better musician. Being a good musician isn't generally reflected in popularity, the...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 12-23-2011, 11:06 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,045
Posted By Theophillis
That's exactly my point, hence why I said the...

That's exactly my point, hence why I said the next step is more important, which is using the skill.

This seems to have been lost on some people.

1) You can learn a scale outside of improvising or...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 12-23-2011, 05:44 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,045
Posted By Theophillis
You don't have to know how to build a house to...

You don't have to know how to build a house to know how to use a hammer, to use your own analogy.
Forum: Guitar Techniques 12-23-2011, 05:43 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,045
Posted By Theophillis
My point exactly. Some people tend to rote learn...

My point exactly. Some people tend to rote learn scales without application, and this is where the mistake lies: in treating them like an excersise.

Anyway, the discussion is becoming needlessly...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 12-22-2011, 06:39 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,045
Posted By Theophillis
Of course there is. A lot of music students learn...

Of course there is. A lot of music students learn them by rote, especially in early grades with a poor teacher.

That's like saying you can't learn a chord without a song: that's what we do when we...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 12-22-2011, 07:36 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,045
Posted By Theophillis
Learn scales, but also learn how to use them,...

Learn scales, but also learn how to use them, which is a little more important.

Anyone who advises otherwise is either lazy or foolish.
Forum: Guitar Techniques 12-21-2011, 12:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 513
Posted By Theophillis
+1

+1
Forum: Guitar Techniques 12-21-2011, 07:22 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 821
Posted By Theophillis
Adjust the strap so that the guitar sits high,...

Adjust the strap so that the guitar sits high, thereby straightening your wrist and you should keep your style intact.

A sore wrist given time can lead to medical complications, and I'm sure you...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 12-20-2011, 08:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 439
Posted By Theophillis
If your bicep is resting on the guitar, and it's...

If your bicep is resting on the guitar, and it's a normal six string, then where do you strike the string? Do you play it up on the fretboard? If so, you should experiment with the tonal...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 12-20-2011, 08:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 310
Posted By Theophillis
Bad technique, good technique, whatever. It's...

Bad technique, good technique, whatever.

It's the results that count. If you aren't anchoring and you're playing fine without suffering pain or discomfort, why change it?
Forum: Guitar Techniques 12-20-2011, 06:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 915
Posted By Theophillis
What SouthFL79 said.

What SouthFL79 said.
Forum: Guitar Techniques 12-20-2011, 06:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 558
Posted By Theophillis
Ask your doctor. All other advice here is BS, and...

Ask your doctor. All other advice here is BS, and pseudo medical, as they don't know you, your circumstances or your diet. Only a medical professional can advise on this.
Forum: Guitar Techniques 12-20-2011, 06:11 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 986
Posted By Theophillis
Oh, just one thing while I think of it. Decals...

Oh, just one thing while I think of it. Decals for the natural notes (no sharps or flats) are very useful, but avoid them for the accidentals. The problem is that a B flat note can be called A sharp,...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 12-20-2011, 06:06 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 986
Posted By Theophillis
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