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  1. Lewis Blake

    Which countries are you from?

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  2. Lewis Blake's riff from March 7, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    Lewis Blake's riff from March 7, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    Legit my favourite shred lick of all time. Pure joy! Little old now, so excuse the crappy quality.
  3. Lewis Blake

    Writing leads

    It was real sick too – don’t chug milk. But thank you 😀
  4. Lewis Blake

    Forum Update Request – Video Embedding

    Hey Haners, Top site, really, really amazing community, content, and overall ethos here – love it. Just a little idea that could be cool; is there a way to support video embedding within comments? It’d be great to be able to directly discuss and share tips and tricks with each other, and...
  5. Lewis Blake

    Technical difficulties

    I thought we were going to have a dope-ass Racer-X chat here!
  6. Lewis Blake

    Writing leads

    Thank you mate! It’s just a combination of everything – hear it, feel it, make your fingers do it, and you’ll find your voice! Also, mistakes are literally the best. Embrace every failure, and focus on WHY something didn’t work, and it’ll inform you to approach things differently the next time...
  7. Lewis Blake

    How frequently should I be changing strings?

    Monthly, more if you’re playing every day. MOST importantly, every time before studio/live sessions.
  8. Lewis Blake

    Writing leads

    Example of all of the above from myself: I’m pretty pleased with how this came out – it’s got some weird flavours, and an overarching melody (in my opinion anyway!)
  9. Lewis Blake

    Writing leads

    Oh, another fun technique that’ll definitely get you writing outside of your comfort shapes and scales: record the section you’re going to solo over, and write the main themes of the lead without a guitar. Try whistling it. All great solos have a sense of melody, and creating that melody away...
  10. Lewis Blake

    Writing leads

    From a more technical point of view off the back of that (to execute more interesting ideas) modal knowledge is key. You can hint at key changes by changing the mode of the scale you’re using over any appropriate chord, provided that it resolves. Look for key notes within modes that define them...
  11. Lewis Blake

    Writing leads

    Don’t force notes to get those “outside notes”. The best players, Syn included, use them to their fullest as they will resolve, and feel natural as part of the melody. There’s no right or wrong; whether you write the leads around existing chords, change chords to give more creative options, or...
  12. Lewis Blake

    Finger pain and skin peeling

    How long have you been playing?
  13. Lewis Blake's riff from March 4, 2018 at 11:58 am

    Lewis Blake's riff from March 4, 2018 at 11:58 am

    Requested by Alec Lewis - might be useful to others!
  14. Lewis Blake

    Song tutorial requests

    No worries mate, happy to help and love a challenge!
  15. Lewis Blake

    Starting a Band (Question)

    Network, network, network. Find good musicians, but more importantly, people you gel with. When you’re creating your own music with others, it’s pretty personal, and if you’ve got a good social bond with them, I think that’s crucial. Then, get the songs together, and get out there.