What a wonderful thread! You’re a fucking stud, Ed. And you’re 100% right. Jak is the heart and soul of this school. We have so many wonderful students here and Jak is the glue that keeps us all together. I didn’t know until today that Syn sent her a guitar. Coolest thing in the world! Makes me so happy!!!
When Syn and I designed this school, we knew the videos would be a great foundation, but our greater hope was that it would be a place where students (of all ages) could share their knowledge, as well as their dreams. A community. A family.
Jak has helped to make it more than we could have ever imagined.
Not to mention that in the process of helping others, she has become a hell of a player.
I couldn’t be prouder of her or love her more than I do.
I will chime in here and say when I recorded the outro on Angels, Syn had just recorded a solo. He handed me his guitar, still plugged into his amp. Same set up. Didn’t change a thing. I started playing and he looked at me like – “How in the hell are you getting that sound to come out of my guitar and amp?” If you listen to that outro solo – it sounds nothing like Syn. Of course the style and note choices are different – but the TONE is completely different. I couldn’t sound like Syn if I wanted to. My hands don’t do that.
So my advice would be to work on Syn’s techniques; the way he holds the pick, the way he mutes strings, his vibrato, etc. These are the things that will get you closer to his sound. And in end – you don’t want to sound exactly like him anyway. You want to sound like you. Take what you can from Syn and apply it to your style. Someday kids will be asking how they can sound like you!