I blame millennials for this.  

Am I the only one who ready this as being 'tongue in cheek'?
If you're looking for the best book to use for learning the instrument, this is it in my opinion; "The Infinite Guitar" by Chris Juergensen. 
Figured it's worth posting here just in case anyone finds this thread down the line; I found the solution, but it isn't as cheap as previously hoped for.

Thankfully this guy on reverb is cranking the core concept of these pedals out kinda cheap, I found a lot of "active mixers" like it for around $160.

Here's one that's a bit more in depth, it even has an fx loop in it.

Thank for the responses, sent me in the right direction!^156727059247-device^c-plaid^267531919113-sku^J42526000000000@ADL4MF-adType^PLA

Hey guys,

I've been messing around with an idea for my pedalboard where one row is for 'clean' effects, and the other is all dirt/EQ/overdrives/etc. I want an A/B switch towards the front of the chain that toggles between the two rows. Now, the chain looks like this-

Guitar--->Tuner--->A/B Switch (A)--->Overdrives------> ? --->Clean Amp
                                            (B)--->Reverbs----------> ?   /

I'm looking for anything that can take these two rows of effects and merge them into one output, so that I can effectively switch between them using the A/B switch. I found this dual input cable online and was wondering if there were any drawbacks to using this? Maybe I'm just floored at finding a $5 solution to this, seems too good to be true lol. If anyone has a better suggestion, I'd love to hear them.

I've always been a fan of this little guy from Artec; bump up that 1.4k and add a little gain from the pedal and this thing completely livens up a metal tone. Only $40 used here^78244844802-device^c-plaid^143208835962-sku^112804516@ADL4GC-adType^PLA
I've been playing for quite some time now (roughly 10 years), and in that time, I've never really been the greatest at improvising. When I listen to a rhythm and find the key, I start picturing the notes that are in key on the fretboard. One of the issues I'm having is that I have a difficult time "leaving" that 3 note per string scale that I picture on the fretboard. I'll move between the modes of the scale, or start the scale an octave higher to try and switch it up, but most of my improvisation sounds stale or robotic. I blame starting off playing only metal, which tends to just grind up or down scales using a pattern for leads. Now that I'm moving onto to other styles, its very apparent that this doesn't apply well to different genres.

Anyone have advice on how to get better at improvising in key? Making it sound more interesting, soulful, or in general, less like I'm just playing a scale?
I'm using an ISP Noise Decimator II, it's by far the best one I've owned.
A band I'm in called Abstraction released an EP and a music video a few days ago. It blends a few different styles of metal with punk; for fans of His Hero is Gone, Behemoth, Trap Them, The Greenery, Anaal Nathrakh, and anything in between.

Thanks to anyone who checks this out, it means a lot!
I don't think Guitar Pro has ever been $50 better than Tux Guitar, imo. Try that out first.

Given that I can find liquor to keep myself fueled, I should be fine.
I've always used this giant bottle of pure mineral oil I bought years ago. It was only 4 bucks, due to being labeled as a laxative and not "GUITAR FRETBOARD MIRACLE 9000"...had no clue mineral oil was even used as a laxative until I went to the store looking for it lol.
Thanks for the incredibly in depth replies everybody, I honestly wasn't expecting this much info when I came back to check haha. Certainly got the results I wanted with that progression!
Hey everybody, I've been playing around with some new chord voicing lately and accidentally found this amazing sounding variation on an Fmaj7. I've been writing with a group that plays primarily in D minor, so the only place I can squeeze this new chord in with what they've already written is if it's used as the "III" chord in scale. The progression i-VI-III-VII (Dmin, Bbmaj, Fmaj7, Cmaj) sounds alright to me, but I haven't had much luck forcing it to fit in other progressions I've tried.

Do you guys have favorite minor chord progressions that really focus on the third chord in the key?
Scales and Modes are a nice place to start. By practicing and memorizing all of the major and minor scales in order, you make yourself a much better improv player which is fantastic for playing with others. It's nice to hear someone say "We're playing in Am" and know exactly what you're going to play next. This is a nice article to get started on the concept:

However, keep in mind when I say "modes", I'm referring to the "wrong way" he describes at the beginning. I primarily use them to memorize the fret board in a specific key. There's free lessons everywhere on this, if you need help finding them or want me to explain something more specific, just send me a message anytime!
If you've tried a few guitars through the amp and still don't like the sound, it's most likely the amp. The biggest contributions to your tone are your hands (how hard you play in general, dynamics, etc) and the amp you're using. Other factors later on include changing pickups in the guitar, adding a pedal board, and changing out speakers.
Alright, first- practice your lung capacity and breathe control. A great exercise for this is to slowly take in air through your mouth, until you can't possibly take any more in. Then, quickly inhale a burst of air through your nose, you should be able to pull at least a little more in. Then, slowly release all of the air through mouth like you're breathing it out of a straw.

To help with pitch, sing to scales you play on an instrument (make sure this thing is tuned verrry well). For example, if you're singing a song in the key of C major, find a C note on the guitar and sing to the note until you hear an "octave" effect, or hear that you've matched the note as closely as your ear notices. It might take a second to find it with your voice, but when you do, hold onto it for dear life until you're out of breath. Then go up one more note on the scale to D, repeat, go to E, repeat, etc.
The style of music you're playing would help the advice significantly. For example, in metal, many guitarists have a habit of basing the key of the song off of their lowest tuned string, almost always minor. So if a band is tuned to like, Drop C, play a C minor chord over the song and see if it sounds like it fits. Or learn the major and minor scale shapes, download or look at tabs on here, and see if you can find the key that way.
"Officials were not amused by the stunt.

Some 30 police officers were called to the scene after receiving reports of a possible suicide attempt and prepared air rescue mattresses in case of a fall, KTLA said.

"We have other people we need to attend to,” LAPD Lt. Michael Ling told The Los Angeles Times. “It’s a mess.”

In addition, The Associated Press reported that five ambulances, a helicopter and 80 firefighters responded.

"Some of the resources on this hoax could have been devoted to a real emergency," Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart told the news agency."

This is the only part of this entire thing that even phases me. The local police and fire departments needlessly dispatch 30 officers, 5 ambulances, a helicopter, and 80 firefighters for one guy climbing a crane, then bitch "This guy is wasting our resources, we could have used these for something important." How is it Steve-O's fault that their department sent far too many resources?
Neither, they're travelling t-shirt salesmen.
Play to a metronome. Learn the part you want to play slowly, and practice to the metronome at a speed where you're playing as fast as you can without making a single mistake. Raise the speed of the metronome over time as you can play the part faster without messing up.
Nice playing! That guitar is sweet too. My only advice would be- if you're thinking about starting a full blown cover channel, find an audio engineer and a good video editor near you. I have a friend who does drum covers for about $120 a video after paying both sides, and the professional sound and camera angles really makes a difference.
I don't think metal as a genre will ever "die", but before it can become interesting again, people have to give up this trash and regurgitated, formulaic bullshit people consider metal. I'm looking at you, metalcore and deathcore.

Far, faaar too many local music scenes are still flooded with bad to mediocre metalcore bands. The same guys you hear whining "Waaah, no one likes 'good' music anymore, that's why I'll never get big.". No, guy- it's because no one wants to listen to a band that sounds like a bad Killswitch Engage meets A Day to Remember cover band. Metalcore had some cool acts from the late 90's to early 00's, but it seems like that's all people home in on anymore. It completely stagnated the entire genre, and there are so few bands out there attempting to do anything new with it. All metal needs is some fresh air (and no, I wouldn't consider 'djent' to be it).
I would say that yes, there is a large gap between learning curves across genres. There will be a huge difference between learning how to play punk songs or alternative rock compared to say, learning a full on classical composition. However, the difficulty could come from different areas. A genre like jazz will test your knowledge of theory and ear, whereas a genre like metal will test your ability to apply techniques quickly (pinch harmonics, bends, sweeping, hybrid picking, legato, etc).

More important than the genre though is the player. A really good country player can out shred a beginner metal player with his bare hands, and he'll do it on an old acoustic with 13's in standard too. Basically, once you get good enough at it, no matter what genre you play it'll seem pretty difficult.
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I know it has the BC Rich Warlock body style, but it definitely wasn't a BC Rich.

You've had this for 25 years and thought it was a warlock the whole time? :b The body shape is called "The Bich". Looking around, it's called a "Hondo Formula 1 Series H785 B/BR", I was only able to find one and the guy sold his for $700 a few years ago.

This one has some slight differences from the one in your picture, but I'd imagine it's either a variation or an earlier/later model to the one that you have.
I'm compiling together a folder of UG articles/lessons saved as pdf files to reference for music theory and techniques. While I was at it, I found myself bumping into a few hilarious older articles and saving them as well.

So help me out pit, what are the best UG articles and lessons of all time?
Open D tuning on a 7 sounds huge.

A D A D F♯ A D

You could also get a really thick low string and tune

F♯ D A D F♯ A D
The strumming pattern and a few of the chords made this come to mind.
Granted that everyone in the band is mature enough to follow it, the voting system works. If someone shows up with almost an entire song written out, call a vote on whether or not any changes should be made. Majority wins, end of question.

Second question- if his contributions are great, keep him as a studio member and find someone else to play his parts live. If he contributes little, kick him out and find someone with the same goals as everyone else. I don't understand why anyone wouldn't want to play out though, personally.
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Also, finding strings is slightly more of a hassle - in my opinion buying 6-string packs and the 7th separate is usually the best option as the regular 7-string sets tend to have weird tension calculations, and I have no ****ing clue why in year 2015 none of the major companies still doesn't seem to be making any sets designed for drop A (or lower) tuning.

God, this. I buy the Ernie Ball 8 string pack, and use the .74 intended for the eighth string as the seventh.
I had my leg and arm ripped open after getting attacked by a pit bull a few years ago. It was quite the battle actually, that bastard was persistent in trying to kill me lol. STILL, I don't blame the dog. Turns out he was left on the porch of this house (ended up breaking off his chain) alone after his heroin addict abusive owner went to jail, and his cousins or something swung by every few days to give it food and water. I'd be pissed off too.
I'd ban shrill screaming in public for no apparent reason. It's too hard to discern little kids and valley girls from an actual shriek over a dangerous situation, like someone getting stabbed or seeing a terrible accident.

Plus I'd love to see those annoying types of girls that literally scream every few minutes get arrested.
As with most big name guitar companies, they range from utterly horrible to really good guitars, so as others have said, we'd need the model of what you're considering buying. That being said, B.C Rich tends to get an unnecessary amount of hate. My friend has a B.C Rich 7-String Jr V, and that thing kills. I've played a few high end warlocks that felt great too, B.C Rich has some insanely comfortable cutaways on a few of their neck through models.
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what, that they suck? Sorry bro, might wanna loosen your bandana if that's offensive to you

What part of that makes sense? And I'm not offended, I just happen to think they haven't put a single bad cd yet. Don't share your opinion on the internet if you're afraid of someone else sharing a countering opinion.
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I mean, LoG sucks and got boring after New American Gospel,

I hope this is some kind of joke.
Let's see, reasons why the metal community hates anyone really:

1. How they look.
The metal community is 40% a fashion statement, 40% music, 20% complaining about anything that doesn't fall into their agreed upon categorizing. Look up any metal article ever; there's people debating over what somebody is wearing, or making fun of some article of clothing.

2. How many people have heard of them.
Are they tremendously popular? The metal community typically hates them, with few exceptions.
When a band does get popular, its still acceptable to like them as long as you say "their old stuff was better/their only good stuff is on the first cd".

3. What Metalsucks posts about them.
These guys hive mind pretty ****ing hard to whatever large metal sites post about bands.

4. The MUSIC (gasp)
"Verse chorus verse chorus bridge chorus" doesn't normally fly with these guys. They're looking for weird, dark, pissed off and not radio friendly. Bands that market themselves for popularity are getting the shaft.

When you look at these individually, Avenged Sevenfold loses in every category. It's no surprise he's pretty hated by metal fans.
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The only good news that comes from this is that there is nothing stopping you from proposing your ideas to a local government. The only retaliation you'd receive would be your own social suicide (in today's philosophy). This won't pass, but it's nice to know that even the dumbest of ideas are still looked at.

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1. Nothing wrong with me
2. Nothing wrong with me
3. Nothing wrong with me