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Yeah I'm going to echo what others have said: this is not a conversation for here, and in fact any advice more than "go to a doctor" would in fact be wildly irresponsible.

I'm going to close this now, because I will not have anyone coming in to my forum to give ill-advised medical advice.

Go back to your doctor.
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This is wildly off-topic for here, and to be honest I'm not sure where this should go... maybe in The Pit? Iunno.
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khaled2000 in future could you report these threads, that way I can take care of it. Thanks!

I'd also really appreciate it if you could edit obvious advertising links out of quotes if you're going to quote them. I've removed the links from your quote.
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NotMarkTremonti ruined it guys. In future, if you disagree with a decision I've made, please be civil about it, I'm open to discussion if anyone thinks I've done something wrong, but if your first response is a screed like the above... I'm not going to discuss anything.
Right, official warnings for you both, I told you to keep matters of taste out of this. Particularly NotMarkTremonti, that post is effectively spam. Stay on topic.
Quote by Outside Octaves
I think my problem is that I'm "bouncing" from string to string, now that I watch this video of myself I made.

In terms of your picking hand, yes, that is absolutely correct. The key to sweeping is that the picking hand should be going in one smooth motion over the strings, not individual pick strokes. As ever, the way to actually achieve this is to slow down until you can really control what you're doing and get the technique really ingrained in your hands before trying to speed up, as right now you're definitely playing faster than your technique will support. I know that sucks, but it's just about the best way to get past this issue you're having.

While we're here as well, pay close attention to the rhythm of what you're doing as well. I know it feels like it won't matter when you speed it up (and in a way that's kind of true), but for my money, you should focus on getting all the notes as evenly spaced as you can. The main problem you're having with that right now is that your pull-off is way too quick. Again, try and slow down, get the notes even; this is exactly what a metronome is ideal for, so even if you have to play one note per click, make sure that you're playing everything evenly before trying to speed it up.
Time to make everyone as NICE as possible.

Seriously though, please be excellent to each other dudes.
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Everything I say that is "inflammatory", is personal opinion and is not intended to insult anybody.

You don't get to keep hiding behind that any more. Too many prior have tried to tell you that you're being a jerk, so you are going to have to change your attitude and tone. Think more about how what you say can be taken. This is the last time I'm going to talk to you about this, one more time and I'm going to take more official action, which i don't actually want to do.

Also, you've all spent so much time essentially arguing music taste in this thread, keep matters of taste to other forums or private messages guys; that's not what this forum is about. As above, one more and I'll take more official action about the matter.
I finally managed to dig up this old Metal forum thread: Tunings Thread

The thread is locked now (it's ancient by this point), and it's obviously not an exhaustive list, but it'll give you a load of bands to check out if nothing else!
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That depends exactly how you prefer to play. What I would do with those riffs is downpick the lower notes (on the E string) as much as possible, and up pick the higher notes (on the D string). That's something that helps me, though, and is part of the upshot of how I've practised over the years. Something else you might want to try is just downpicking the whole thing, but it being The Black Dahlia Murder, there's a good chance this will just be too fast for that

Otherwise, there's really no trick, sadly, it's a matter of making sure you're relaxed and not moving too much, and having at it with a metronome.

Keep at it, you'll get there!
So this doesn't really have a name necessarily, it's sort of based on the idea of a "pedal tone" where there's a repeated note that the others in the riff play against, but that's more the theory term for what's happening, the physical aspect doesn't really have a name because generally you're either going to be downpicking, alternate picking, or galloping as the riff requires, that's really all that's needed.

Is there some particular aspect of it that you're having trouble with?
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stop getting pissy at people because you don't like their responses.

At this point, people who say this are only making any potential responses worse. People have said their bit and if OP is ready to listen, they will. Any further responses like this are just going to come off as antagonistic.

Please, everyone, leave off with this. You may or may not be right, but TS is clearly either unready or unwilling to listen, and there's nothing you can do about that.
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I think they're great reasons

I respectfully disagree. I suspect, though, that trying to convince you otherwise would be utterly pointless I'm not out to change your mind, you do you bud.

I will say just this: theory is not rules. Theory explains, it doesn't cause. Anyone who tells you that theory is a set of rules doesn't understand what theory is really about.

But just... keep your cool a little more? Trying to keep the forum friendly here
You might want to look in to a neurological condition called "synesthesia"; word is that John Mayer has it, and by the sounds of it, there's a possibility that you have it.

The basic idea is this: two of your senses get essentially crossed wires in your brain, meaning that stimulus from one activates the response of the other. i.e. you can perceive auditory stimuli as visuals. It doesn't have to be sound/visual crossover, as far as I know it can be about anything.

So I guess the answer is... it's not an "approach", really, it's actually a brain thing, at least for John Mayer.

Here's a video with a little more about it, from a fellow synesthete:


I'd definitely suggest you look in to it though, it's definitely possible that you have a form of this.

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Thats some next level autism stuff right there.

I'm going to ask you once and once only: be real careful about your language here.
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Zaphod_Beeblebr
My apologies. I wasn't aware of such regarding Tom. I have used his some of his free lessons and some of his downloadable worksheets before and found them to be very helpful and the exercises were fun and very informative. I didn't know he was such a prick though ... 

Nothing to apologise for my dude, he and his cohorts spend a decent amount of time trying to suppress and argue down all this stuff as well, it's still nowhere near as common knowledge as I would like it to be.
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Okay lets break this down because I am all for debate and I'm not in a toxic relationship for the record.


Never said you were dude, it's all good: I don't know your relationship at all, and if I accidentally implied that I do, I am sorry.
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The reality of life is people are going to hold you back from something your passionate about, it's human nature.

I disagree with this, but I feel like this is just going to have to be one of those "agree to disagree" things.

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Right now I play about 1-2 hrs with about 45 min being practice. I love my girlfriend to death and love spending time with her (we've been together for about 4 years), but if we were not together, I would be spending less time with her and more time playing. Yes i would probably be emotional stunted, personal life shot and not be able to hold a relationship, but I'd focus all my time on guitar.

It's the honest truth, just like if i wasn't with my Girlfriend, she would spend more time on her career. I sacrifice my time with her because she is worth it, just like she does with me. Don't insinuate I'm being obtuse because your offended by my answer.

See this? This is nuance and is about 50000000% better than what you said before. What you said before is so easy to interpret as just being a restatement of the same horrible "oh the old ball-and-chain" type of jokes. Which I despise with a burning fury.

You're all good dude, the explanation makes what you said make a whole load more sense, I just want to ask you to think a little more carefully before you type something like that again.
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My advice is to consult a great guitar instructor such as Tom Hess to help you create a practice schedule that is specifically designed to you.

Noooope. Nooooo. No. No. Please, dear god in heaven, no. Teacher, absolutely yes, if you can afford it and have the time then a good teacher is a wonderful thing and a great investment. Tom Hess? OH GOD KILL IT WITH FIRE! Hess is a shyster, a misgynistic bullying asshole, who runs his cabal of devotees using the tactics of cults and psychological abusers. He's an awful person, and a substandard teacher, who charges way too much for cookie-cutter non-products. In fact, so unshakeable is my belief that he is just the worst, I'm going to remove the link to his site.

Again though: if you have the time and money, a good teacher can be an absolute godsend and I encourage people to find one if they can.
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I never said women are just boring nags who stop men doing what they want, you did. Don't try to make this about sex, what if I said my boyfriend? 

That's what the "joke" implies, either you know this and you're being deliberately obtuse, or this is news to you and I would really encourage you to think about where the "humour" in this is supposed to come from.

If you'd said your boyfriend I'd still say that the joke plays in to horrifically toxic tropes about relationships and how you have to give up things you love and so on. Again, it's just horrible and I think more people should be mindful of the affects these jokes have on people and their relationships.

Come on, man, I'm just trying to get you to be kinder to yourself and others.
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My Girlfriend 

Ok, I'm going to say something about this, and it might just come off as dickish, but I want you to think about this a bit, please.

If this is a joke, it's not funny. It plays in to terrible, outdated relationship tropes that are damaging to individuals and relationships. This reinforces the idea that women are just boring nags who just stop men doing what they want, and that attitude is toxic as heck.

If this isn't a joke... seriously dude, talk to her like a human adult and find some way of dealing with it.
manuel.galiano we have a thread for this exact purpose! Here!

A video recording would be ideal, but if you can only get audio then put it up on soundcloud or a similar service, then we can listen and assess.
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The best was Malmsteen - he plays with 8's and it makes no sense how in tune he plays - especially in his prime, he just never fretted notes out of tune.

It's kind of funny thinking about that, and the interview that occasionally makes the rounds where he listens to a bunch of solos and the interviewer asks him what he thinks. 90% of what he says is bad is all about intonation; he's really serious about getting it spot on. The guy may be a total egotist, but his attention to detail in the craft is at a higher level than 99.999% of people.

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Didn't he use a scalloped fretboard too? I'd imagine that needs a particular finesse with the left hand.

I've played a Malmsteen signature strat once, and the scallops aren't actually that strange, at least not in my experience. I mean, if you think about it, how often do you press your fingers all the way to the fretboard anyway? Does take a little getting used to, but beyond about 20-30 seconds I had no issues with it
H4T3BR33D3R noted, my bad! I don't get out of GT much these days
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For god's sakes clean your room.

Since this is more of a gear question, I'm going to move this thread to EG, but please come back if you have any questions about physically playing the instrument!
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I understand that some of y'all think "how you play is all that matters", but it isn't.

I both agree, and disagree. The general performance is extremely important; like you say, people are there for a show. The thing is, though, that the height of your guitar is about the least important part of your performance. If you can still have the swagger, still engage the audience, and all that sort of thing, the height of your guitar will not matter. There are probably types of music where people will care more than others (like classic rock for example, where you're replicating an established aesthetic)... but for 99% of music, people don't really care about that specific thing as long as the overall performance is good.

All that said, you're right: the aesthetic is important, and deserves work if you're intending on being a gigging musician!
Hi, first thing to say: these are not unusual problems, nearly everyone has to contend with both of these at some point.

On to some more specific things:

Strap height, and stretching.
So first thing to note is that actually all the guys you name have pretty big hands. PG is the one known for it more specifically, but if you look at the size of these guys, they've all got hands about the same size, that is: huge. Take this video of Satch for example:

And watch those wide interval one-hand legato 'sweeps', his hands are enormous and finger span is massive.

There's some key technique things that are worth noting as well, that are common among people who do wide stretches:
  1. Thumb in the middle of the back of the neck. This gives your fret hand the biggest stretch.
  2. Wrist as straight as possible. Keeps your hand as flexible as it can be, and reduces the strain on your whole hand/arm/wrist. To achieve this, they all either lower their fretting hand/arm shoulder (watch Nuno carefully) or raise the neck of the guitar up (Satch and PG are on this side).

Here's a video where you can super clearly see PG raising his guitar neck to get those super wide stretch arpeggios at the end of Scarified:


Now that's not to say that these are going to automatically solve the problems you are having. You may need to raise your guitar strap, but if that's what you need then that's what you need to do, being able to play the music is the more important thing, right?

Fast song solo issues
This is basically 100% guaranteed to be a lack of experience doing this live. Trust me when I say I know what that feels like, and sadly the best way to get over it if you want to improvise, is to play live much more. Another way to get past it, temporarily, is to at least have a structure in place for the solo you're playing; not a fully written solo necessarily, but a really good sense of the sorts of ideas you're going to play before you hit the stage. Part of the problem, at least for me, was that in that moment I couldn't think clearly enough to know where the solo was going. That generally passes with experience and getting better at dealing with stage adrenaline, but for just about everyone who's not used to it, this sort of freezing up can be a real problem.

Also worth noting that being able to play more like your physical best is something that comes with experience and time as well. Sadly with the rush of going on stage, the first thing to suffer is the top range of your technique, the fight-or-flight response kicks in and fine motor skills get much harder to execute. Again, it gets much less with time and experience, but that means getting experience, that is getting yourself on stage and dealing with the feelings you have up there.


Most important thing of all: these are problems that you can overcome, very definitely. If you can play this kind of material, then it's a question of tweaking what you do live to fit, and getting experience of playing live. You'll get there, just needs a bit more work!
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You can have the bridge adjusted so that it doesn't float at all and is basically fixed. Standard Strat bridges can be set from floating to fixed and anywhere in between. You can find tutorials on you tube or just get any tech to do it

I would definitely do this as a temporary measure, but also work on pressing much more lightly than you have been to this point. If you're pushing a floating bridge out of tune with your playing then you're probably pressing in to the guitar really hard, and that means you're almost certainly building tension and using more energy than you need to.

If you're playing as you want to right now, then maybe don't worry about it too much, but there's nothing to be lost by trying to use a lighter touch!
Quote by mantenido158
for a video you usually want to hit every note clean and is because you want to protray yourself in the best light and this puts pressure on you and the opposite happens you mess up, when i leave the camera recording and maybe forget, i play a little better but then i would have to edit a huge ass video just to get the best "part" lmao

Thing is, if you're watching someone on youtube or whatever... that's almost certainly what someone has done, unless they're doing an improvised video. Certainly if someone is playing through a known piece of music, they're going to have done multiple takes at least and the one you're seeing is just the best one they got. Take my cover of Papercut here:


It's a pretty simple piece of music, and I can see places in it where I messed up... but even that, I did a couple of takes before I got that one. I only stopped because I wanted to get it done quickly and I felt like I was losing the light for the video

Quote by mantenido1580
and in a way i feel like im cheating, making myself look better than im really are

The thing is though, you actually can't make yourself look better than you are (at least not without the kind of tech and expertise that most people simply don't have). You record something, and sure you get the best take out there, but that's what everyone does. That's why bands go in to studios for weeks or sometimes months at a time, only to come out the other side with 80 minutes of music at the most: you take the best and leave the rest on the cutting room floor. Again, there's a link to an album I recorded all the guitars for in my signature, and the guitars for that took the best part of a week of solid, 6-8 hours a day recording, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that.

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i watch these videos of these classical players playing through a whole masterpiece like is butter and not faltering even once, every note is perfect and they dont even flinch is unreal, buit of course, these people are featured like that because theyre talented and have practiced a lot more than most of us

I deny the role of talent, for the most part. Some people, sure, talent is a factor and that's how come they end up being quite so good, but even the most talented don't get to the highest heights without thousands upon thousands of hours of practice. You're comparing your progress to their finished product, and I know that's hard not to do, but you're hurting yourself by doing so. You're not a finished product yet, and that's all right, you just need to keep working at it, and you'll get there!
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