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Old 01-21-2013, 06:26 PM   #1
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neo-classical rock like Yngwie Malmsteen, but even faster!!!

I recently uploaded this original:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3wyXHzH-ZU

What do you guys think??
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:44 PM   #2
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Guitar is pretty sloppy for what it "wants" to be.

I'm in no way against shredding for the hell of it or showing off but i think it only works
when you nail it, otherwise it looks like you're trying too hard and that's never good.

If speed is what you aim at I suggest you practice your own song at slower speed before recording it again.

But hey, what do I know...



EDIT: I just realised it was recorded in 1993, so I suggest you build a time machine before the aforementioned steps

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Old 01-22-2013, 09:02 AM   #3
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Not bad at all sir. Deff malmsteen but I thought i heard shawn lane too

'update

second solo i heard some dimebag too lol.

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Old 01-22-2013, 01:34 PM   #4
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Thanks for the review!

I can definetly hear some malmsteen in there! I like the intro guitar and the solo guitar towards the end. As this is really old I guess I shouldn't complain about the sound quality too much The drums are extremely boring but I guess that's not what the song is about.

Halfway into the song I feel like you just went a bit overboard with the shredding as it sound a bit random to me This isn't really my genre however and I'm sure that you could improve it as this was 20 years ago
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Old 01-22-2013, 06:37 PM   #5
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Not bad at all sir. Deff malmsteen but I thought i heard shawn lane too

'update

second solo i heard some dimebag too lol.




Shawn Lane?!?

Wow!!! Thanks for the compliments!!

Having said that, Malmsteen speed is more realistic, because Shawn Lane was one of the most incredible guitar players to ever live. My left hand legato technique maybe approaches Shawn Lane possibly, but my alternate picking--no way!! With my latest recordings, I've improved, but still, alternate picking wise, maybe on my best days I can play cleanly at maybe 55-60% of Shawn Lane's speed alternate picking, but even that's pushing it. There are some players that can play as fast as Shawn Lane, like Rusty Cooley. But even Rusty Cooley, when he's playing that fast, it looks like he's straining, whereas Shawn Lane was just effortless. I mean Shawn Lane when he's picking that fast, it looks so natural, like he could play that fast in his sleep, LOL!

But anyway, thanks for the compliments!

I'll pass the dimebag compliments on to Nathan--the other guitar player who played the second solo.

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Old 01-22-2013, 08:59 PM   #6
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I listened to it, its a really good piece of neoclassical music! Is it really 20 years old? If so, id love to hear how u play now! Some of the phrasing could have been a little better (Just my opinion) BUT you def. have chops. Both you and the other guitarist have major skills. I SERIOUSLY love the guitar like around 1:28, towards the beginning of your solo. It sounded so buckethead like, in between malmsteen haha Great job man i dug it!
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Old 01-23-2013, 05:38 AM   #7
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I listened to it, its a really good piece of neoclassical music! Is it really 20 years old? If so, id love to hear how u play now! Some of the phrasing could have been a little better (Just my opinion) BUT you def. have chops. Both you and the other guitarist have major skills. I SERIOUSLY love the guitar like around 1:28, towards the beginning of your solo. It sounded so buckethead like, in between malmsteen haha Great job man i dug it!


Thanks for the compliments!

I still record today, a recent guitar recording is the video link in my signature, but before I go any further, a little disclaimer....as anyone from Hawaii would recognize in an instant, Matt Makaha isn't my real name, Makaha isn't even a Hawaiian surname but it's a place on the west side of the island of Oahu, LOL! Because of a certain controversial video of a song I wrote about marijuana, and the fact that it could affect my sister's job (and mine too for that matter), I had to use an alias on YouTube (and go mostly incognito in my music videos). But I feel comfortable enough here on ultimate-guitar to say this and besides, I'm not really giving up anything really. (BTW, the reason why I made that marijuana music video in the first place is because I've been told by Nashville music publishers (the song is a reggae/country hybrid) that the song is catchy as hell, but no one in Nashville would sing it except Willie Nelson or Hank Jr. and so they told me to sing it myself, which is what I did, and I now get some sales on iTunes and Amazon.com. But as it turns out, it's my sad songs written about my Dad after he died that have sold more downloads than the marijuana song, because people who discoverd my songs via my YouTube videos, have emailed me and told me they're using my songs at their Dad's funeral!! Go figure.......)

I've only started doing music videos since last year on my singer-songwriter YouTube channel--mattmakaha99 (as opposed to my other guitar channel which I started just last month). Friends kept telling me to put up some videos of my guitar playing, so I finally did, so I started practicing heavily to get my chops up to full speed, but I developed a case of tendinitis from practicing too much. I rested for a few weeks, but I decided to just record anyway, so my stamina isn't quite up to what it was when I was at 100%, but I tried my best and it came out alright I think.

And please excuse the hype in any of the video titles, LOL! After all, when you use a pseudonym, you feel a little more free on the internet, LOL And my singer songwriter channel was becoming a bit strange with all kinds of videos on there, so I decided to make a new channel, although that video that is in my signature is actually on my singer-songwriter channel as I wanted to have a bridge between my 2 channels.

What have I doing since the recording in post #1?
Well first I learned how to be more judicious in using speed, instead of just shredding all the time.
For example, like this next one (excerpt) was also recorded in 1993, but about 6 months after the song in post #1 (on this next song, by chance I got my best guitar tone ever, I somehow had the mic placed in just the right spot in front of the speaker cabinet, and as other's have said here, I got quite a great warm singing tone on this track using a tube ADA MP1) but yeah being more tasteful instead of just shredding:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rm_qcwIVQMg

Unfortunately, when I got married (then later divorced), we moved to a smaller place, so I sold my ADA MP1 and rack, so I don't have that set up anymore. I miss that setup...

Also, another new track is "Cosmic Dreams" which has it's own thread I just started here on the ultimate-guitar forum titled "new progressive rock track -- matt makaha"..... well the second song also it's own thread, but since you've asked where I've been, LOL

And also since 1993, I've learned jazz (in it's many wonderful sub-genres--bebop, modal, jazz/rock, etc.), Country, funk, R&B styles, now I'm in the process of uploading my music to YouTube of the hundreds of songs and instrumentals I wrote and produced in all those styles over the years. And actually my first instrument wasn't even guitar, I started on piano when I was 6, then tenor saxophone at 12, then guitar at 13.

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Old 01-23-2013, 08:13 AM   #8
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Shawn Lane?!?

Wow!!! Thanks for the compliments!!

Having said that, Malmsteen speed is more realistic, because Shawn Lane was one of the most incredible guitar players to ever live. My left hand legato technique maybe approaches Shawn Lane possibly, but my alternate picking--no way!! With my latest recordings, I've improved, but still, alternate picking wise, maybe on my best days I can play cleanly at maybe 55-60% of Shawn Lane's speed alternate picking, but even that's pushing it. There are some players that can play as fast as Shawn Lane, like Rusty Cooley. But even Rusty Cooley, when he's playing that fast, it looks like he's straining, whereas Shawn Lane was just effortless. I mean Shawn Lane when he's picking that fast, it looks so natural, like he could play that fast in his sleep, LOL!

But anyway, thanks for the compliments!

I'll pass the dimebag compliments on to Nathan--the other guitar player who played the second solo.


Shawn was refered to the 'dimished outside sound'.
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Old 01-23-2013, 05:43 PM   #9
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Shawn was refered to the 'dimished outside sound'.


I figured that was what you referring to, the beginning and the end of the solo. Yeah, it sounds a bit like Shawn Lane at that point. Ah Shawn....it wasn't just that he was a total beast of a guitar player, but a consumate musician too!! His composing too--I loved his Powers of Ten album. And his jazz-rock fusion pieces is the style that I'm most into. So for me, there was everything to love about him!! Too bad he died so young....
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:04 AM   #10
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I agree with others, it does sound like malmsteen a bit

the chord progressions sound pretty cool, and the solos sound nice

lead guitar is not very audible during the first solo, but that's probably just the recording
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Old 02-27-2013, 05:25 AM   #11
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I'm at 50 seconds already and so far it sounds cool. Kinda Malmsteenishing competition wise and sound wise. I hear some of his vibrato in your fingers. The part at 1:30 was a bit odd and not immediatly very musical but still it somehow kind of worked. The drum is getting a bit annoying at 2:00 doing the same thing all the time. You're really shredding some wood. It's a bit much guitar-wank but it's pretty good guitarwank. Altough your playing is a bit sloppy at times for the style you are doing/you were doing. You must have gotten really good if this is 20 years ago.

Mix was kind of meh but everything was audible but that's to be expected seeing the gear you used in what time. Compoision was nice, Malmsteenish and the guitar playing was pretty nice altough a bit sloppy for the style. Pretty enjoyable listen in general.
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:36 AM   #12
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Hey thanks for the crit on my tune!
This is pretty cool, allways liked neo-classical.
You definatly got the feel down and the style, do when the playing gets faster it also gets a bit sloppy as said before, some nice runs though anyway.
Production is still pretty decent from what you seem to had that time haha, though the rhythm section could have been a bit louder.
Apart from the sometimes sloppy playing playing it's a pretty solid song though, nice!
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Old 05-23-2013, 03:35 AM   #13
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I recently uploaded this original:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3wyXHzH-ZU

What do you guys think??

You are damn good at guitar. If this was 20 years ago I bet your newer stuff is astounding. As other people have said, the playing on this track can get a little sloppy, and I don't know if the buckethead style bit in the middle fits to well. The chord progressions are cool, it's obvious that you know your theory. I'm definitely impressed!
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