Anytime michael jackson does his signature "hee hee" it's always an interval of a third, whether its major or minor depends on the key of course but that's how I learned to recognize the interval. The sound of a doorbell going ding dong is also always a third so that's another way to remember.
Well, starting at a young age is definitley a benefit but you are limited to how good you can get because your fingers are small, so who knows? You can get to a pretty impressive level in 3 years if you practice about 2 hours a day I've found...
Well, "Jailbait" is a pretty good title, just write verses telling the story and have a short vocal hook centered around that word
I use 0.5mm size picks, great for funk and rock rhythm guitar but not the best for lead and solo work
Leave the guy alone, he was only trying to be helpful! lol
On topic though, I was actually very suprised at how easy tapping was to pick up, it looks and sounds so much harder than it actually is and I think everyone should give it a go regardless of wether you're gonna use it or not
2 things will help you in regards to this, listening to more music from various genras and time periods to "restock" your catalogue of ideas, and most importantly to me is to write your songs in your head in complete silence because the music will become 100% aural as apposed to physical when composing on an instrument where people tend to think inside the box of scales
I'm the opposite, to me there is no greater sound than a reverb drenched, distorted and over the top guitar solo lol
I use a 16track recorder called the zoom hd16 which works pretty well, it also allows you to record 8 tracks at the same time so if your band ever want to do a live recording then it would work great for that. If I were you i'd look up reviews of various 16 track recorders and see which one would work best for what you want to do and your budget
A certain scouse songwriter once said that "You have to kill your darlings", meaning that you have to sacrifice certain things to make it better. Considering this is your first release, you're going to have to use only studio quality sounding songs and they're going to have to be the most easily accessible ones so they have a better chance of attracting a greater audience. Keep the EP relatively short too, you can't overwhelm people with too much music at one time.
P.s. another scouser on here :O don't see that often. welcome
I think everyone has this problem to some degree because there's no way of gauging how good you are on your own merits, what is the line between biginner, intermediate etc? As a general rule of thumb to get out of my self-loathing, I just say "If it sounds good to you, it'll sound good to others". As long as you're in tune, in time, and most importantly playing with a little soul then people are gonna love it.

Music is something everyone on the planet enjoys and is something that brings out emotions in people like nothing else can. Even 1 single quiet note, when played in the right place, can bring a tear to someone's eye. A lot of people, whether they're metal heads or britney spears addicts say that their life would be a whole lot worse without music.

If you want to be good, you have to work for it. You have to be sure that when you go on stage you can play that material behind your back, in your sleep, hopping on one leg while reciting the alphabet backwards. No matter what you're playing, whether its Twinkle Twinke Little Star or For the Love of God, as long as its tight then people will like it!

If you're dedicated and put in the hours then you can get to a level that blows peoples minds, but you have to really want it!

I think every single guitarist on the planet has severely doubted their abilities, in fact, I wouldn't be surprised if the best guitar players in the world are the most self-loathing and insecure and its those things that drove them to reach that level, and even though they're at a world class level, they still say "You can do much better than that".

Just follow your ear, ask for feedback off others & you shall do fine
I've got a few regarding the song "A Day in the Life" by the Beatles

1. The song was originally 2 seperate songs that neither paul or john finished, so they just combined them
2. The verse about a man dying in a car is about their manager Brian who died shortly before the song was recorded
3. The orchestra was a result of john wanting something that "went from nothing to the end of the world"
4. the Orchestra score was done by taking a blank sheet music page, starting on one note and drawing a random line to the same note a few octaves higher. This was done for every instrument
5. During the recording of the orchestra, they wore various costumes and comical items such as a clowns wig and a big monkey paw
6. The famous chord at the end had each beatle playing the same chord on 4 seperate piano's and the recording level was gradually turned up (you can hear a creaking chair near the end because the recording level was so high)
7. The song ends with a note so high only dogs can hear it

and slightly related...

8. if you look closely at the cover of Srgnt Peppers, you'll see a line of cannabis plants below the beatles!
Then again, I'm constantly woeing about muddy distorted guitar and think every distorted guitar part I record sounds like shit and then I'll listen to a beatles song or something that has muddy distortion and realise that I never even noticed it before and it didn't seem to bother me before either. I also listen to a lot of prince bootlegs that are so low in quality its unreal, but I think a good songs a good song, and if you've got a catchy tune and an awesome solo then the quality won't matter.
I think it's one of those things that people don't notice but pick-up on it sunconciously, so the production is important I think. I now spend days tweaking the mix of my recordings to get them sounding there best because i'm running on very low end budget gear so if I don't, it sounds very demo-ish, very "elevator music". In fact, I recently recorded a demo of a song and spent a lot more time on the mixing than usual and you can really hear the difference, it actually sounds somewhat profetional!

I think it also stems from the extreme insecurities that musicians have, nobody ever thinks they're good enough so they try to compensate by making the production really slick and having all these sounds filling up all the spaces that shouldn't have been filled, I recently heard a quote that I think is really going to stick with me - "If you don't hear anything, then don't play anything"
Mr Brightside by the Killers would be a good one to do
Have you thought about doing a medley? Try doing Fly Me to the Moon leading into something that's unexpected but widely known
I literally filled a notebook by writing out the notes that belong to various chords and scales, and when playing the scales and chords on the instruments I'd make sure to think what notes I'm playing as I went along. It takes quite a while before you truly ingest it all but once you've got it down it's pretty much cemented in your mind so its well worth it!
Seems like this thread could actually use a gay point of view because straight guys seem to be way off when it comes to stuff like this!

If I were at a pride festival I wouldn't question whether a band playing there would be gay or not because it doesn't matter, you're there to play music. It's a gig, and its a gig that would give you great publicity and it would actually boost your image a lot because the majority of people there won't assume you're gay but assume you're friendly open minded guys. It's business, and if you don't take such a great opportunity then you're just stupid lol

Also, don't mention whether you're gay or not, nobody will care about that and like I said the majority of people won't assume you're gay just because you happen to be playing a festival for gay pride.
These days you either have to be extremely good looking with a decent singing voice or be lackluster in the looks department and be an incredibly talented musician to "make it". If you honestly think you have all these aspects then work your ass off to get there because it isn't easy. If you don't, there's still many paths for you to take, you could be part of a touring band, session musician, soundtracks, film scoring etc. but it won't be very good money!
The best thing you can do to solve this is improvise along to songs that you know well, put your i-pod on and play lead guitar improvising licks and solo's. It helps if you have a good understanding of theory, have generally memorized the fretboard well and have a good understanding of the notes in various keys you play in.

Provided you know what key the song is in it really gets you thinking about the notes you're playing, not the fretboard numbers. Practice in one key at first, playing along to a few songs in C major for example and then move onto other keys when you feel comfortable with that one. Eventually you'll look at the note you're about to play and think of it as a C, not the 13th fret.

After a while you'll also begin to hear which notes usually sound good together and what notes don't, and eventually your ear will develop enough to be able to "guess" what the next note will sound like so your improv will improve greatly and you'll get a better understanding of melody. It also helps you with timing if you have trouble with rhythm and if you employ various techniqes like string bends and tapping it will help you with those also!

It will take a while before you'll be decent at improv and you can look at a certain fret and think of the note instead of the number, but don't give up! Hope I could help
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Modulation of the main theme?

This is a good idea, try modulating a half-step or whole step upwards to add more energy OP, will give you bonus points with your teachers or whoever as well.
You could try adding an unexpected bridge at the end and then returning to the main motif of the piece, for example if its quite relaxed and orchestral based with lots of tinkling piano and flutes, add a rock guitar part! If its heavy rock all the way through, drop out all the instruments and add a suprising arrangement, I don't really know any more suggestions without hearing the piece itself to get a better idea of what would suit it sorry :\
This may be because of my homosexuality but I think image is very important, its what makes you stick out and its what catches people's eye when they see you. Obviously the music is the most important thing but image can't be overlooked, It'd do you good to sit down with your band members and talk about an image that will be coherent and help you stand out from all the other bands wearing t-shirts and jeans. It doesn't have to be gimicky ala slipknot or costumey ala lady gaga but a unique image can do wonders
No offense, but if your band is another bring me the horizon then you won't get anywhere unless you have a really good image (a.k.a look like alternative supermodels) there are hundreds if not thousands of bands that are bring me the horizon clones, and even bring me the horizon themselves are pretty out of fashion already
One of my favourite guitar players is Miyavi, and he uses his thumb to do the slap bass technique on the low E & A strings on accoustic guitars, you could try that?
I think you just gotta build up your stanima. Making such a drastic leap in the amount of time you're playing was a shock to your system, I'd just start off with the usual amount of time you practice, and increase the time by another hour every month. You don't want to push yourself because you can cause permanent damage by playing too much that will render all those hours of practice completley useless and leave you unable to better yourself

To add to the above post about warming up, look up some stretching exercizes you can do on youtube before you even pick up the guitar, only takes a couple of minutes and you'll avoid any repetative strain injuries in the future! Also, taking a break is really important too. Every hour take a 10-15min break to refresh yourself
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Fast Fret, while great to keep the strings feeling "slick", has the potential to irritate the skin of a person suffering from eczema, which is the last thing we'd possibly want in this scenario, mate.

Ahh good point, I wasn't really thinking. I suppose the chemicals and things in fast fret wouldn't be good!

If I were you OP I would just soak my fingers in E45 cream or some really heavy moisturiser every day and see it it makes any difference, I'd also avoid the super glue idea because that doesn't seem very healthy!
The way I see it is, what other people think isn't really a big deal. You can't live your life in fear of others opinions because when you're dead (morbid i know) none of that matters. Besides, music is something everyone enjoys and unless you're really sloppy, out of tune and out of time then people will probably like it. Except on youtube, where people seem to critisize even the likes of Steve Vai and Buckethead lol

I have a saying that I tell myself when I get nervous about other people's opinions - "People won't have confidence in you if you don't have confidence in yourself"
I have something called "fast fret" which is like a brush that you rub on the strings and it lubricates them so you could also try that?
Electric Light Orchestra, Funkadelic and Coheed & Cambria come to mind, and of course the beatles
Prince by a landslide for me, the guy can do more on a guitar than anyone I've ever heard and I have a pretty extensive list of bands and artists from many different time periods. Shred, funk, rock, blues, reggae, flemenco, jazz, folk, acoustic... the guy can do it all and he can to it all to an unbelievably high standard. There isn't much that Prince can't do on a guitar. Even at the age of 17 he was shredding and tearing the guitar up like Hendrix, and he's not even primarily a rock guitarist, he's mainly a funk guitarist!. He's also Eric Claptons favourite guitarist and that says a lot.
You don't want it like those indie bands that basically have it an inch below their chin (how stupid do they look lol) but you also want to steer clear of the ramones type level where its basically by their ankles, forget what looks "cool" and just experiment with different positions because everyone has different arm lengths, different height, and the actual weight and shape of the guitar play into it too so its impossible for someone to tell you where it'd be best positioned, just play around and see which feels most comortable!
Have any of you guys heard that new Black Eyes Peas song, the cover of I've Had the Time of My Life? The autotune is just ridiculous, they go way overboard with it and it just sounds dreadful. I really really hope that autotune is going to be a short lived fad
In a nutshell my vibrato sucks! I can't seem to get it right, it always ends up sounding like a really out of tune bend lol
If you want to play in a classical orchestra then you definitley need to know it, same with being a session musician or studying music in college etc.
I wouldn't say its essential to know how to read music though, in my opinion I think it's much more benefitial learning how to play a piece by ear as apposed to learning it through sheet music or tabs and the like because it helps develop your ear and to me that's the most important thing to learn if you want to compose music yourself.
I used backing tracks for a while but then I just thought, why not just jam along to actual songs and compositions I like? Put your i-pod on and go nuts! Not only can you improvise and jam along to the songs but you can gradually learn them in the process too
Can't you just get the band together, do the show and then split up? May as well make some money before you break up indefinitley like
I'd say keep the yappidy yap to a bare minimum, people paid to hear you play music, not make small talk! I always cringe slightly when a lead singer of the band starts talking for ages, most of the time people can't even hear what he's actually saying!
Prince by a landslide for me! He's pretty much done it all really
Generally the chorus will feature the major side of the key and the verses feature the minor side of the key, the chorus will make more use of the tonic chord whereas the verse will not use the tonic chord very often to give the chorus a more "homley" feel. The bridge will often use the same chord progression as the chorus but you'd add a higher energy vocal or lead instrument solo because the bridge is often seen as the height of energy in a song unless the song is kept high energy throughout and in that case the bridge will often be very low energy, sometimes dropping all instruments out and just keeping the drums.

Another good trick to do is to use parellel chord progressions, say you have a verse progression that goes C F Am G, your chorus could become G Am F C, you're using the same chords but "reversing" them, if done right it can be very cool. You could also just keep the same chord progression throughout but give the chorus more energy by adding in new instruments, higher vocal melody or harmonies, faster rhythm etc.

You could also do a key change during the chorus or bridge to add an unexpected but good change of events, just experiment dude!