Monthly Archives: April 2011

Will I become good before I die?

Often times when playing or practicing feels tedious you refer to it as having lost your motivation. I found a very insightful post on Ultimate Guitar about this – and that the obstacle might actually be something else. What if you are actually getting scared? Scared of that you are wasting your time put into […]

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Some Chord Theory

There are numerous sites and phone apps to lookup chords, but there’s still a point to knowing the theory behind how chords are constructed. And it’s really not that hard. Pick a key and start with its major scale, and then just follow the templates to which notes of the scale are used in the different kinds […]

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Songs That Sound Like Other Songs

When I come up with an amazing riff, I pull out my phone and record it immediately using SoundCloud (I hum or sing or something) and then I map them out on the fretboard when I have more time. Frighteningly often I realize it’s a Metallica riff I’ve hummed :-/ At least I’m not alone: […]

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How to Make a Professional Metal Mix

Mixer table

On the site Ultimate Metal there’s a forum dedicated to one the metal world’s great producers, Andy Sneap, who has produced Nevermore, Megadeth, Machine Head, Accept and many more. Even though the great Sneap himself doesn’t frequent the forum it’s a great meeting place for other skilled producers. One of them, Ermz, is currently writing a […]

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Interactive Frequency Map

A really useful map of the frequency range of different instruments, good to have when you are mixing. When you hover the mouse over different parts of the map it displays additional information about the instruments such as its generated frequencies and the ears ability to pick them up. You notice pretty much right away […]

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Cliff Notes for EQ

The equalizer is your best friend when it comes to mixing. The EQ can’t fix a bad source material, but even perfectly recorded tracks often need to be EQ:d to play well together. Here are good cliff notes on what changes in different frequencies will accomplish. The equalizer is your best friend when it comes […]

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