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  1. ashley willis

    Fender American Professional II Strat

    Has anybody played the new American Pro II strats? Any thoughts?
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    EDDIE VAN HALEN TRIBUTE CONTEST ANNOUNCED!

    I’m actually gonna participate in something for once! Not gonna be my normal hermit self. Practicing something now!
  3. ashley willis

    As an ER nurse and former firefighter/paramedic, you learn to look for the good in bad...

    As an ER nurse and former firefighter/paramedic, you learn to look for the good in bad situations or you won’t survive. That’s what I’ve done since the death of Eddie Van Halen. I had not played much guitar at all in the past couple of months, but after hearing of EVH’s passing, I’ve had a...
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    “Uncomfortable” guitar to play.

    I started looking at the new EVH Wolfgang WG Standard. Features seem pretty good for the price.
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    “Uncomfortable” guitar to play.

    To be more specific about another guitar, I’d like something light, thin neck with just a satin or oiled finish so it isn’t sticky, a trem and a maple fretboard. Never had a guitar with one and just want one lol.
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    “Uncomfortable” guitar to play.

    I reeeeallly don’t wanna get rid of it, but would like something else to be more of a main guitar.
  7. ashley willis

    “Uncomfortable” guitar to play.

    Recently, my Les Paul is becoming more and more uncomfortable to play. The weight of it is hurting my shoulders and making my posture worse, as I lean forward to play it. Also it seems I’m having more trouble playing certain things with my left hand despite having a good setup on it. I have...
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    Comment by 'ashley willis' in media 'Original piece !'

    I actually came up with this riff from darker, melodic bands like Amorphis, Sentenced, Omnium Gatherum, Moonspell, etc.
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    Comment by 'ashley willis' in media 'Original piece !'

    Believe it or not, Iron Maiden wasn’t an inspiration for this riff 😂
  10. 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!
  15. 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!
  18. ashley willis

    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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