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  1. James Thomas

    Tips to lessen hand tension

    Hey all! Recently I’ve been having an issue where my hands tense up noticeably while playing, I’ve always been very conscious of trying to avoid this and it’s happened from time to time. Recently though, it’s been a lot more prevalent. I did take a short break from playing as much earlier in...
  2. James Thomas

    Syn Gates Clothing Instagram

    Hey all! I’ve started an instagram dedicated to the promotion of the new SGC line (I say new as I’m generally not going to be posting about the old line, I want to shine a light on the new stuff!! I’ll be posting any new merch, news, or updates that come along clothing line wise. I’m really...
  3. James Thomas

    New Merch Delay/Order Issue?

    Hey all! Has anyone heard anything about when the new merch will ship/has anyone received theirs yet? I ordered the confession tee on December 13th and haven heard anything since. I know it said to please allow up to 2 weeks for shipping and precessions but we’re beyond that now. I did message...
  4. James Thomas

    A humble request from a humble lad

    So at this point I have pretty much all the clothing items from the SGS store including the first run limited distressed shirts (up until this point I’d been waiting a long time for SG to put out some new clothes) haha. I love all of them but I was wondering, would it be possible to get the flag...
  5. James Thomas

    Shirt Issue

    Hey all, I’ve reached out to the store and the admynyster about this but I haven’t heard back yet so I thought I’d reach out here and see if anyone can help me out haha. Last Wednesday my Blood Moon tee arrives but I noticed off the bat that the S logo pulled to the left, it looks like the sides...
  6. James Thomas

    Daily Practice Schedule

    Hey all! I thought it would be kind of cool if we all shared what our general daily practice schedule looked like! It may be a cool way for some folks to see what others do and take some inspiration and tweak their lay out accordingly! I work two jobs so my time is a tad more limited than I’d...
  7. James Thomas

    Y’all got any of those…

    Does anyone have any good exercises for the pinky?? I use it as much as I possibly can, but it’s still by far my weakest playing finger haha 😂😭
  8. James Thomas

    Long Lines/Tall Tees

    I have a humble request/hope regarding the super rad SG shirts! I bought the long line/tall black Synner tee about a month ago and I absolutely adore it. So much so that I’m going to buy a second to have around as a spare! The first run of shirts were great but now that everything is moving...
  9. James Thomas

    Working on learning Paradigm

    And damn, it’s a tad difficult at first with the verse picking. Very cool, but made me realize that I definitely need to work on my technique a bit. Haha
  10. James Thomas

    New Song by Gates!

    So apparently our boy Gates wrote and sung a song for Saint Owen! This is very cool! I’ve wanted to hear Gates doing less vocals on a song for the last 11 or so years haha so I’m really stoked off this! Hopefully he’ll get a song on the next a7x track 😀 The guitar in the song is absolutely...
  11. James Thomas

    I won Zacky V’s Guitar!

    So I won the guitar give away VU was having! They’re shipping out my guitar at the end of this week and I’m super stoked! Like unbelievably stoked haha. 😀 I want to break it in proper ZV fashion though. So the first song I’m gonna jam to on it is obviously going to be a7x, and it’ll be Zacks...
  12. James Thomas

    What did you learn…

    While the site was down we obviously didn’t have access to any lessons from it, or to the forum to bounce things off of each other! So I’m curious, what did you all work on/learn during that in between time? For me, I focused on learning both guitars on the song “Sweet Black Angel” by The...
  13. James Thomas

    Nick Drake

    Hey all! I’m wondering if there are any Nick Drake fans here, and would like to introduce him to those who have never heard of him. He was a british singer-songwriter, acoustic folk artist from the 60s and early 70s who released 3 studio albums during his short life. He suffered from major...
  14. James Thomas

    Fun Story..

    So about a month back we were moving everything from our upstairs to the down starirs garage because we were getting new carpet put in. Long story short I hurt both my hands pretty badly and couldn’t play for a bit. Today was my first day back playing and my picking hand is sooooo slow. I know I...