#1
Hey guys. Being that there are a multitude of extremely talented musicians on this site, what do you think about having a friendly guitar competition? Off the top of my head, Im thinking of a one minute video displaying your best skills over a backing track of your own creation. I figure it can be rated by the other users to declare who wins. The fun of winning is just to challenge yourself and of course have bragging rights, lol. What do you guys think?


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#3
Quote by malephik
It would probably be biased towards shredding...


Thats where I think categories of the entries would help. So each vid represents a style and each person would compete in each respective style.
#4
There should be a single backing track that everyone has to perform to. Otherwise people would gain ground with higher tempos and "easier" chord progressions.
#5
I'd be down, I can't do a video though just audio, and I think it would be good to do different styles as well. Have a Metal, Blues and Classic Rock track, I'm not sure where your going to find one minute tracks though.
#6
Quote by Echohead
There should be a single backing track that everyone has to perform to. Otherwise people would gain ground with higher tempos and "easier" chord progressions.


I think its important to maintain individuality so I think it would be better for the guitarist to write his own backing track. If it is in fact an "easy" progression, that doesn't necessarily make the solo simple. Plus if people think its too easy, they wont vote for that person, works beautifully. I concur with the comment below, metal, classic rock, and blues.
#7
Quote by ShredFast
I think its important to maintain individuality so I think it would be better for the guitarist to write his own backing track. If it is in fact an "easy" progression, that doesn't necessarily make the solo simple. Plus if people think its too easy, they wont vote for that person, works beautifully. I concur with the comment below, metal, classic rock, and blues.


Honestly I have to agree with echohead, if everyone goes out and makes or gets there own backtracking it gonna give people advantages. I totally agree that originality should be a big part of it but if you look at almost any guitar solo competition they have one back track(for each of the genres in our case) and people come up with very different sounding solos. A chord progression is a very broad idea theres more than enough possibilities for people to have a unique solo.
#8
Quote by Osiris77
Honestly I have to agree with echohead, if everyone goes out and makes or gets there own backtracking it gonna give people advantages. I totally agree that originality should be a big part of it but if you look at almost any guitar solo competition they have one back track(for each of the genres in our case) and people come up with very different sounding solos. A chord progression is a very broad idea theres more than enough possibilities for people to have a unique solo.


I don't see it giving people advantages per say because its dependent upon the composer. If person A happens to be a better composer than person B, thats simply the case. If someone is capable of creating a great backing track that is not an advantage, that is just their level of aptitude. And I know all guitar comps have backing tracks, but that is specifically why I wanted this to be different. I mean, who is the guy creating the base template of the backing track? Surely it is always biased towards his style. When you are in a band and are going to write a solo, you don't have someone else write the progression under it. It is your song, your solo, you write it!

Just my thoughts.
#9
why the emphasis on soloing? a good song is about the whole thing not just a solo. personally i don't do video either. one of the biggest problems with these contests is that the production isn't on an even level. does the kid that perhaps can play well but uses a squier strat and a marshall mg 15 watter recorded with a crappy computer microphone have an equel chance to win against a guy with top of the line equipment and recording stuff, probably not.
#10
Quote by ShredFast
I don't see it giving people advantages per say because its dependent upon the composer. If person A happens to be a better composer than person B, thats simply the case. If someone is capable of creating a great backing track that is not an advantage, that is just their level of aptitude. And I know all guitar comps have backing tracks, but that is specifically why I wanted this to be different. I mean, who is the guy creating the base template of the backing track? Surely it is always biased towards his style. When you are in a band and are going to write a solo, you don't have someone else write the progression under it. It is your song, your solo, you write it!

Just my thoughts.


Think about it like this then what happens to someone like myself who doesn't have a bass or drums/drum software?
I can guarantee you atleast half of the people on here have a worse recording set up then me. An I have to use my laptop keyboard to manually make drums beats in garageband and make a low tone on my guitar for bass.
Its your thing and I'm not trying to take over it or anything but most people will be at a serious disadvantage without a set backtracking for more reasons than one.
#11
I too would compete, but I don't have video capabilities. And I'm gonna have to agree with the 'everyone solos over the same backing track' idea. That's the whole idea of having everyone solo over the same backing track, it gives a basis for comparison. Whereas, if everyone is doing different backing tracks, you can't just line them up and say which one is better because they are different songs, it's not a true testament to anyone's skill. If you like, I could come up with some backing tracks for us to use, I just can't put drums or bass to it, so I would need someone to do that for me.

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