#1
Hey guys when I try to play my own riffs, I'm starting to sound like ac/dc even when I do my own stuff, I could post a short demo piece for you guys and you see what I mean.


Why is this, And is this good or bad?
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#2
do you mean that your riffs are AC/DC-esque, or your tone is similar to AC/DC?
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#3
youve probably played alot of ac/dc licks and what not and so your inspiration comes from that
#4
Quote by lazlow325i
do you mean that your riffs are AC/DC-esque, or your tone is similar to AC/DC?
AC/DC-esque

and my tone sounds like them as well even on my acoustic guitar.

I do use their techniques when I play my own stuff so that's probably why.
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#5
try playing playing something like Zepplin or something heavy like Metallica if you want to get away from it
#6
Learn songs from other styles of music, your style will naturally grow around that, may I suggest other forms of music such as progressive music or jazz
#7
stop playing AC/DC for a while. let other things influence you.
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#8
I would love to learn classical, but I don't know how difficult that would be to learn.

I do know some theory but not enough compared to you guys.
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#9
don't even bother with that.

other bands will do you wonders.
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#11
Thanks guys I'll take a look into the other bands that I like and go on from there.
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#13
Quote by CortFan1
I would love to learn classical, but I don't know how difficult that would be to learn.

I do know some theory but not enough compared to you guys.
Yeah use the minor scale like bangoodcharlote said and you'll be in a non-ACDC world.

But if you want to learn classical...it's not as intimidating as it sounds. There's a beginner level for everything and a lot of great classical pieces are short and easy. I would say go for it. If you can read music and learn pima(and if you have a nylon string) you'll be having fun in no time.

You can PM me for some really easy stuff(with tab) to get you started if you're serious(and if I have time)
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#14
Quote by KryptNet
Yeah use the minor scale like bangoodcharlote said and you'll be in a non-ACDC world.

But if you want to learn classical...it's not as intimidating as it sounds. There's a beginner level for everything and a lot of great classical pieces are short and easy. I would say go for it. If you can read music and learn pima(and if you have a nylon string) you'll be having fun in no time.

You can PM me for some really easy stuff(with tab) to get you started if you're serious(and if I have time)
Thanks bro I may. I'm going to take a class next winter probably.
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#15
Quote by bangoodcharlote
Use the full minor scale rather than the pentatonic. A5 A5 C5 D5 A5 A5 C5 D5 sounds very different than A5 A5 C5 D5 A5 A5 F5 G5.

I think its good to use the penatonic for a long time, learning how to improv with only 5 notes really improved my phrasing (imo) and just improv over all. Once I learned the major scale i got so good so fast it was just overwelming.
#16
Did you start with AC/DC? cuz that would explain it. I play a lot like Alexi Laiho from Children of Bodom, only because I mainly play their riffs.

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#17
Quote by valennic
Did you start with AC/DC? cuz that would explain it. I play a lot like Alexi Laiho from Children of Bodom, only because I mainly play their riffs.
Yup I did for guitar, but I was a failed bassit and I started out with the blues brothers.
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#18
Quote by CortFan1
Yup I did for guitar, but I was a failed bassit and I started out with the blues brothers.

then there you go. Your style basically evolved around that. I started playing my friends bass recently, i started with some Tool.

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#19
congrats, you just discovered whats wrong with popular music.

listening to other music isnt going to help, you just have to get away from everything and relearn how to write music. get a cheap keyboard and learn how to write piano style, start learning how to tap out rhythm with your hands an envision it on a drum kit. getting to the core elements of music (rhythm, harmony, melody) is key to getting out of such rut. i started off writing music in midi, whenever i run out of ideas i usually go back to it and discover more about myself as a musician.

and as someone said (i had a topic about the similar situation, was more a rant on the matter), 'its an inner journey' sorry i forget who said it.
#20
No problem guys and thank you right now I'm actually learning Wanted dead or alive.
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