Entirely self-produced quality instrumental metal guitar album here! :)

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  1. eayottes

    eayottes SS.org Regular

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    Good job man ! I definitely see Per Nilsson and Paul Wardingham influences. I mean that's a definitive positive :) I'm a huge fan of both, so I'll definitely buy your album... now :)
     
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  2. eayottes

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    Good job man ! I definitely see Per Nilsson and Paul Wardingham influences. I mean that as a definitive positive :) I'm a huge fan of both, so I'll definitely buy your album, like right now
     
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  3. syndrone

    syndrone Melodic Shred Head

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    Thanks a lot guys!!

    eayottes, you are "hungryguitarstudent" from Instagram, right? :)
    Haha yeah, I guess it`s kind of obvious that both Paul and Per have influenced me a lot in the last years (even if I try to create my own style, tone and music!). Both absolutely great guitar players for sure!
     
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  4. groverj3

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    I really dig this. Definitely agree that I hear the Per Nilsson and Wardingham influences, but still different in its own way. Keep on jamming. I'll definitely buy!
     
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  5. syndrone

    syndrone Melodic Shred Head

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    Cheers groverj3! Glad you dig it! :)

    Updated my webpage www.syndrone-music.com with some Audio Production services! Obviously, if anyone has any questions or thinks I could be helpful in any way, feel free to just shoot me a message!
     
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    groverj3 Biologist/Guitarist

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    It's important to me to be able to support artists directly, the music industry being what it is and all. I'm guessing that buying from your website leads to you getting more of the funds than from bandcamp, etc.?
     
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    Would you like to do a few solos on my songs?
    :bowdown:

    however great website and music man
     
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  8. syndrone

    syndrone Melodic Shred Head

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    That`s right, I think Bandcamp takes around 3$ away so I get roughly 9$ for the digital download in the end. With the download on my page you get .mp3- as well as .wav-files for the same price. PLUS - and even if this has nothing to do with the price or if you buy anything at all because I`d do it anyway - you would have direct access to contact me in the most direct way, for example if you would like to have anything else like album artworks, presets [Axe Fx II], any information about how I made this or that on the album or whatnot... ;P I`m glad to send that stuff over! :]

    Thanks, Metalloutd! :)

    I`d be happy to provide a guest solo for one of your tracks! Just get in touch with me on www.syndrone-music.com/contact or if you use Facebook you could also get in touch with me there (www.facebook.com/SyndroneStudio).
     
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    This is sick!
     
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  11. syndrone

    syndrone Melodic Shred Head

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    Thanks, Tiziano!
    Enjoyed it a lot playing over your track! :) Glad you like the solo!

    Cheers!

    PS: It`s SyndroNe, with "N"! :) I just have to point it out because every 2nd time people accidentally write it with "M" :D It`s funny though ;)
     
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    Ahahah yesss :D
    in Italian the word "sindrome" it's about illness or something like that :)
     
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  13. eayottes

    eayottes SS.org Regular

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    @syndrone : yeah, that's me :) I posted the same thing on IG because I thought it important to show support. After more listens, my original feeling hasn't subsided; I absolutely dig your album ! Hope it receives a good response/following ! I'm looking forward to attempting to play some of your music.

    Quick question: Are you more an economy picker or do you mostly do alternate picking ?
     
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  14. syndrone

    syndrone Melodic Shred Head

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    haha well, it doesn`t have anything to do with "syndrome", so... :) :)

    Thanks man! Glad you still like the album! :) Building up a following and reaching people isn`t the easiest task... Still working on that so I`m really happy about any support that I can get! :)

    Cool! Would be awesome to hear other people play my stuff! There are TABS for 2 songs on my website now but I`m planning to do more... Though it is quite time-consuming. Hit me up if you need anything!

    Regarding your (very interesting!) question: I mostly do alternate picking and it`s probably my strongest technique. I can play most stuff with economy picking but I think it doesn`t sound as clean and articulate as alternate picking. Been working on this for many years now but I can`t seem to make it sound as good as alternate picking (might also have to do with my tone as I don`t use compressors for example and I like to accentuate certain notes or groups of notes which is super hard with economy picking). Generally, I only use economy picking when I exceed my limit of alternate picking speed (and surprisingly it starts to sound good at the very higher tempo). So I`m kinda more of a "Paul-Gilbert"-style guitar player than "Yngwie"-style guitar player - although Yngwie probably had the biggest impact on me haha!
     
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  15. eayottes

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    Thanks for taking the time to explain your picking preferences. I better understand how fast, clean and accented picking runs came to be on your album. I initially thought you used solely economy picking and therefore wanted to know your secret :)

    For me, picking is the weakest part of my game. This week, I decided to try my hand at an Instagram solo contest - just for the experience of trying to come up with something on a backing track that they imposed.

    Long story to say that, besides figuring out that I need to learn to properly record, it made me realize how limited my picking game is.

    I'm starting to work on it more rigorously with Troy Grady's Cracking the Code. How did you hone your alternate picking chops ? By watching Paul Gilbert ?

    I'll definitely try my hand at your tabs. Given my limited skills, I think 2 songs will be a lot to chew on for me :)
     
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  16. syndrone

    syndrone Melodic Shred Head

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    You`re welcome!

    And I guess the "secret" to economy picking is practicing but there are things that help it A LOT: compressors, a "fluid" sounding tone with lots of mids, a high string action (it really helps wih reducing the "gurgling" sound) and single coils also help. YJM uses all of the above and he uses economy picking a lot and actually sounds very good with it. Depends on what route you wanna take and if it fits your style and imagination of a great tone.

    Good luck with the solo over the track! :) Pretty sure it`s a great experience and you can learn a lot from it.

    Regarding Troy`s "Cracking the Code": I think there is some great information and insight on picking technique, but I personally disagree to many things he says. Also, his approach seems way too general if you ask me. With this, I mean that he tries to give the impression that there is the ONE picking technique that works for all. Which is totally wrong IMHO. The way to go is to just play and practice exercises while always feeling comfortable doing it. Do what feels right to you. A little bit of common sense helps (for example try to make small but dinstinct movements) but f it doesn`t come naturally and feels comfortable then something is wrong I guess. In the end it`s just about practicing slowly and developing speed, the rest comes with time. Just go for it and try not to think that you can do something fundamentally wrong. Once you developed a good technique you can start to hone it.

    I personally didn`t do it by watching Paul Gilbert or others because by watching someone else too much, one usually falls into the trap of copying something that may or may not work since everyone has individual preferences, an individual anatomy, different strenghts, etc. It can be a limitation. I mean it`s always good to get an inspiration or get "into the ballpark" by watching someone else, but let`s say you watch George Lynch and then watch Marty Friedman, you would basically end up having more questions because both their picking technique is TOTALLY different, yet they can work with what they developed (because it felt natural to them I guess!).

    The very best thing from my experience is to create picking patterns and concepts that you can adapt to different licks and that aren`t super hard to execute. Like that you practice not only 1 lick, but a pattern or concept that lets you play various different licks and musical ideas that sound very different, yet use the same underlying "scheme".

    Hope that helps! I`m happy to give you some patterns and examples that I use a lot but in the TABS for the "Epsilon Eclipse" and "Heartbeta 2.0" you find many of those concepts. If you are solely looking for alternate picking stuff then just hit me up, I can give you some. :)

    Cheers!
     
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    Thanks for the tips on economy picking. I think I'm getting better at it but I was not aware that lots of mids and high string action would help.

    I've been trying to alternate pick like Troy suggests for about 2 weeks, and I have to say parts of it are not natural to me. For example, his "two way pick slanting" for ascending runs is just alien to me, i.e. my progress is slower than usual for that aspect. I'll definitely follow your advice and try to focus on what is natural to me.

    I just bought your tabs for these two songs (and physical CD). Can't wait to try my hand at them :) Thanks for the offer and for taking the time to explain all this :)

    I finally posted my entry for the solo contest on Instagram. It was a challenge to find something that fits on the backing track to be honest. Here's what I came up with. No worries if you don't have the time or the desire to listen to it. http://sevenstring.org/threads/my-1st-guitar-solo-contest.330835/
     
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    syndrone Melodic Shred Head

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    Mids make the guitar sound way fuller and it makes soloing way easier because it is easier to have a good, stable tone IMO. Try scooping the mids to max and then practice; all notes will sound crap and you will end up having no tone and only attack noise from your pick. Mids help the pick attack vs. noise and a higher string height helps this plenty as well, though it makes everything else a bit harder to play so there is always a compromise! :)

    This slanting thing that Troy explains is exactly what I mean for example. There is no reason you HAVE to do that. It might work from a theoretical point of view, but not necessarily from a practical/mechanic point of view, plus it can feel very alien like you describe it. It might come natural to you if your hand decides to do that but I would never force it to be honest. I`m sure you will develop your picking technique further more and however it will look like or what concept it will follow in the end, it will definitely work for you - I`m sure!
    Also, people like Marshall Harrison (who is featured in one of the pick slanting videos) disagrees with the slanting thing as well. There is a video in which Marshall even says that he doesn`t believe in this slanting thing at all. haha

    Awesome, thanks for the purchase! I guess you`re Etienne, then. :) I will give you my go-to picks for both rhythm and lead guitar playing. Maybe you hate them, maybe you like them - especially the lead guitar pick that I often use is awesome for alternate picking and economy picking (and sweeping as well) because it rolls really nicely over the strings but still has plenty of pick attack. :) Those are the picks that I use in studio often, though for live gigs I usually use a regular Jazz III pick because I cannot switch picks. You will notice, the Jazz III is really in the middle of the two! haha

    Just checked out your solo. Well done! Good melodies and great pacing - I really think that`s important when composing/playing a solo and you did a great job on that! Wish you good luck with the contest! :) \m/
     
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    I agree about Troy Grady. I tend to view his tutorials as suggestions, i.e. if it works for me, then that's great, but I won't practice something for weeks if it doesn't eventually become mechanically intuitive for my hands. I haven't seen the video with Marshall, I'll watch it for sure :) In his more recent videos, Troy appears to be open about criticism and seems to have a "whatever works for you" vibe, which is a good change from his old videos that seemed (to me anyhow) to have a "car salesman" tone.

    Thanks a lot ! That's very kind and unexpected :) I mostly play with Jazz III because of Per Nilsson, but I can't wait to try yours and see how they feel.

    Thank you for taking the time to listen to my video and to comment it. It's great to have feedback from an accomplished professional :) I've started to record more often my improvisation sessions. When I began doing this, besides noticing more clearly the holes in my technique, I noted that my solos were "too dense". I've been trying to focus more on "telling a story" with melody, therefore I'm happy that you found it melodic. Thanks again for all the help :)
     
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    Just wanted to drop in and say the album is freakin' awesome! Just bought a copy after watching your playthroughs on YouTube \m/

    edit: FYI when I add the downloaded album(.wav) to iTunes there does not appear to be metadata for the artist name, album name, or genre name
     
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