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  1. ashley willis

    Working on learning the solo to “The River Dragon Has Come” by Nevermore. Be a while before...

    Working on learning the solo to “The River Dragon Has Come” by Nevermore. Be a while before I’ve practiced enough to put up a video but making progress
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    Just here to brag about myself 🤓😒😂. Before this site, I was a halfway decent guitar player but...

    Just here to brag about myself 🤓😒😂. Before this site, I was a halfway decent guitar player but was missing a lot of things and had next to no theory knowledge. Now, after being here a while and understanding things a little better, I can see and listen to guitar parts I once thought would be...
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    Comment by 'ashley willis' in media 'Crazy Train solo: Take 2'

    I think that timing plus getting my hand/arm into position is what’s throwing me off. I know the notes, but getting that timing and accent down isn’t easy. Getting there though!
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    Comment by 'ashley willis' in media 'Crazy Train solo: Take 2'

    I actually only used the muter just to record the video 😂. I actually hardly ever use it.
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    Comment by 'ashley willis' in media 'Crazy Train solo: Take 2'

    And I did it standing up!
  6. Crazy Train solo: Take 2

    Crazy Train solo: Take 2

    Update: a little more practice with the Crazy Train solo. 2nd video. Getting better but still having some trouble, especially with the ascending riff at the end. Odd angle for my hands to get there in time.
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    Comment by 'ashley willis' in media 'Crazy Train solo attempt #1'

    Thanks! I’ve been trying to adjust my grip and my wrist to get the bends and vibrato better. Getting them both right has been a thorn in my side here lately.
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    How do you practice?

    Exactly!
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    How do you practice?

    I’m struggling with bends with vibrato which is why I picked the Crazy Train solo to cover. I think my biggest thing that I’ve seen and felt is I’ve been too gentle on the guitar and not twisting my wrist enough and digging in enough to get a really good grip. I’ve had multiple dreams about the...
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    Comment by 'ashley willis' in media 'Crazy Train solo attempt #1'

    Particularly working on bends with vibrato here. I can do each by themselves ok but adding vibrato while holding a bend is tough. I’ve found a have to change my grip slightly when adding vibrato to a bend. And trying to get the correct bend with vibrato up to speed and rhythm is a whole...
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    Comment by 'ashley willis' in media 'Crazy Train solo attempt #1'

    Thanks, Ed! Music is and has always been my therapy. I’m glad to have supportive people like everyone here to keep my passion going.
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    Comment by 'ashley willis' in media 'Crazy Train solo attempt #1'

    I stay tense nowadays, especially being an ER nurse during a pandemic. I can’t remember the last time I was able to relax. And thanks!
  13. Crazy Train solo attempt #1

    Crazy Train solo attempt #1

    I’ve gotten to where I don’t like to post a lot due to my social anxiety, but my wife @[4668:@Alicia Willis] insisted, so here is my rough attempt at the Crazy Train solo.
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    Comment by 'ashley willis' in media 'One of my “holy grail” solo attempts.'

    Haven’t posted in a while, but took @Alicia Willis advice and decided to post one of my “holy grail” solos. I have always been fascinated by Iron Maiden’s guitar work (obviously, since that’s mostly what I’ve posted) and this is one of the ones that is iconic and definitely not easy to get down.