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Old 01-05-2014, 05:36 PM   #1
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How long do I need to be playing BFMV?

Hi, how long do I need to have played the guitar for in order to play BFMV songs?

Thanks.
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Old 01-05-2014, 05:58 PM   #2
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Old 01-05-2014, 06:01 PM   #3
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At least a lot.

A week? Two weeks? A month?
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Old 01-05-2014, 06:03 PM   #4
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Like 2 years. And for solos maybe 2 1/2. Just power chords most of the time.
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Old 01-05-2014, 06:04 PM   #5
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What makes their stuff hard to play?
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Old 01-05-2014, 06:04 PM   #6
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I think their stuff is fairly easy. Since they seem to use the same intro ideas and song constructions. I guess when you've learned a bit by one artist it's easier to learn more... and more.

They use a lot of power chords.

What album's the easier to play of theirs?

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Old 01-05-2014, 06:29 PM   #7
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2 years sound about right, but some songs are more difficult like waking the demon.
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Old 01-05-2014, 06:30 PM   #8
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I can play most of Say Goodnight already. Maybe that's one of their easiest.

What makes a song easy to play?
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Old 01-05-2014, 06:51 PM   #9
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Being able to play something isn't an on/off thing. You might be able to play a song after two years, but something playing for five years will (hopefully) be able to play it better.

Stuff like your tone, how locked in with the drums you are, how tight your picking and muting is, vibrato etc.
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Old 01-05-2014, 07:03 PM   #10
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What if I dedicate all my time to playing their songs?
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Old 01-05-2014, 07:17 PM   #11
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What if I dedicate all my time to playing their songs?



Then you wouldn't be a very versatile guitarist.


Some of their songs are harder than others, pretty much like all bands. Your best bet is to just keep learning things on guitar (not just by Bullet) and coming back to certain songs when you think you will be able to pull it off.


If it helps, I was able to play 'Suffocating under words of sorrow' pretty fluently after about 6 months of playing. It's really not a hard song at all.
Failing that, stick to the 'Fever' album. The guitar parts on that album are mostly pretty easy and I don't remember there being more than 2 solo's on the entire album.
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Then you wouldn't be a very versatile guitarist.


Some of their songs are harder than others, pretty much like all bands. Your best bet is to just keep learning things on guitar (not just by Bullet) and coming back to certain songs when you think you will be able to pull it off.


If it helps, I was able to play 'Suffocating under words of sorrow' pretty fluently after about 6 months of playing. It's really not a hard song at all.
Failing that, stick to the 'Fever' album. The guitar parts on that album are mostly pretty easy and I don't remember there being more than 2 solo's on the entire album.

I'm focused on the Scream Aim Fire album, that's their best. I would say.

I'm so tempted to give up. I guess I need about 10 years to play Pantera...

What are BFMV's easy songs?
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Old 01-05-2014, 07:31 PM   #13
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You could realistically play most of their material in 6 months if you are actually practicing and have a half decent guitar.
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You could realistically play most of their material in 6 months if you are actually practicing and have a half decent guitar.

Can I PM you a few tab questions?

I agree. I guess I have to keep practising then.
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Old 01-05-2014, 07:33 PM   #15
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I'd recommend broadening out and playing songs by other bands that are metalcore with thrash guitar riffs, like Trivium, and playing the easier songs. The more songs you learn that have a similar feel to BFMV's songs, the more natural and easier it will be to play the harder stuff.
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Old 01-05-2014, 07:39 PM   #16
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After reading this and your previous thread about that tab book, I'm going to just leave you with this.

Stop thinking about this way too hard. Just have fun. You are going to learn at a pace that is completely unique to you. You will pick up certain techniques faster or slower than most others and there is nothing wrong with that. Don't get to worked up on things like what progress should be made, or how hard it is to play from certain bands, or even the accuracy of tab books. Ask questions that will help you get better, such as how to nail a certain technique, or ask for the details of some element of music theory that you don't understand.

But, I'll be nice and answer the question. I discovered BFMV maybe a year and a half or two years into playing. During that time as a beginner I would guess most of my practice went into songs from Slipknot, System of a Down, Linkin Park, Marylin Manson, and Black Sabbath. After maybe six months of practicing to get used to their style (generic metalcore) that I had not yet had experienced, I was able to play the entirety of their first album (their only album at the time), maybe excluding a few of the solos. Also as far as I remember (I haven't been a fan since a handful of songs off Scream Aim Fire), I think Hand of Blood and Tears Don't Fall were the easiest songs (though I'm not sure if I nailed The Tears Don't Fall solo at the time?).
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So to be playing BFMV stuff I'm looking at another 5 ish months.

Hmmmmm... sounds like a lot of effort to when I could just listen and watch the artist who play the songs better anyway.

Is it normal to be comparing myself to the artist?

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So to be playing BFMV stuff I'm looking at another 5 ish months.

Hmmmmm... sounds like a lot of effort to when I could just listen and watch the artist who play the songs better anyway.


Viewing practice as 'work' rather than fun is going to be very detrimental to you. Don't set yourself crazy goals like being able to play the entire works (or certain album) of a wildly successful band who spent years practicing to get where they are. Just learn what you can learn and have fun. If you're telling yourself right now that guitar won't be fun until you can keep up with your heroes, then it's never gonna happen.
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Viewing practice as 'work' rather than fun is going to be very detrimental to you. Don't set yourself crazy goals like being able to play the entire works (or certain album) of a wildly successful band who spent years practicing to get where they are. Just learn what you can learn and have fun. If you're telling yourself right now that guitar won't be fun until you can keep up with your heroes, then it's never gonna happen.

So I'm going to need even more time to play Pantera/COB? Hmmmmm...

Why do I find it not the same playing the song versus listening/watching the artist?

(like when I watch YouTube cover of bands... it's not the same).

Sigh, why am I thinking like this?
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It's really down to how disciplined and how you practice. If you can't stay inspired and devoted you'll not make it as a guitarist.
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