I am even cool with the really unsettling, shaky, narrow, ugly sounding vibrato in the right context. Probably by the time I was 16 or 17 I could basically do everything I can do today on a technical level. Well to put it in context, I was definitely wasting my whole childhood away in the bedroom obsessing over the guitar, I probably played for nearly 8 hours a day most days. I do play every day, mostly I just pick up the guitar and go wherever my hands feel like, I just improvise. See more of Brandon Ellis Music on Facebook. You’ll develop a producer’s ear for a good performance. The best thing I ever did for myself was to learn how to record. Not Now. When you hear yourself under such scrutiny and clarity your technique will adjust itself. I take into consideration the timing (and tempo of the song), range of pitch, direction of pitch (higher or lower), technique (finger, tremolo, sliding), also the overtones/harmonics (the way I pick the note, how much I want it to scream), and most importantly, feeling. Once in awhile I’m provided tabs, but often I use my ear anyways because it’s easier for me to play when I can find the most natural positions for myself on my own. That’s cool to me too. Some user-contributed text on this page is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. A few of my relatives played guitar and I was into Ozzy and Van Halen and stuff like that, you know, the hardest rocking stuff an 11 year old knew about. So I do it my own way. The next gig I got, I had to learn a set for the band Sylosis LITERALLY overnight, with no materials whatsoever. I try to find the balance of doing justice to the original and making it my own at the same time. TONY ZAGORAIOS, The Australian tech-death mainstays stay the gore-ridden course with a reliable set of seething, riff-laden ragers. I ask for clarification if there’s anything vague about who plays what. So any time I heard a word I didn’t understand I made sure to learn exactly what it meant and how to apply it. For Black Dahlia I had exactly a year in advance to prepare before I ever played a gig, so no issue there. I got off the phone, learned it, and sent them a video within a few hours. Once I got down all the techniques I wanted to use, I decided my time is better spent actually playing music. The videos I post to Facebook and Youtube of me just jamming for a minute or two, that’s basically what goes on when I play guitar at home. As a teenager I practiced hours and hours a day, practiced different shapes and exercises to get the muscle memory, new techniques, I played with a metronome, practiced really slowly, etc. As far as technical proficiency, I was collecting instructional videos from my 80s and 90s guitar heroes and learning the sections that I liked, and not the ones that I didn’t. I remember at my 8th grade battle of the bands playing Eruption and Hot for Teacher by Van Halen and Blitzkrieg by Yngwie, I think it was just me and a drummer and it was definitely really half assed and bad but I was trying my best, hahaha! Having access to the internet as a child is an insane thing, when your brain is so hungry for knowledge. Guitar Player, Guitar World, it looks like I have done your job for you. Metal with that kind of reckless attitude that kicks the goddamn door down. A huge amount of influences are blending together in a perfect musical marriage. They requested 4 or 5 other solos and I knocked one out each day. The Australian tech-death mainstays stay the gore-ridden course with a reliable set of seething, riff-laden ragers. I would learn the song by ear and try to make a video the same day, if I couldn’t get it that day I would do it the next. For my first Arsis tour when I was still a fill in, I was provided tabs for all of the rhythms. Excellent guitar work and these songs are so unique. This album is amazing in my eyes. It will seriously improve your musicianship in ways you’ve never even thought of. I also love Les Pauls, and I have a few explorers and extreme shaped guitars I also love. Log In. It didn’t take long until I realized that 99% of internet tablature is incorrect, so I learned by ear starting from really early on. I started learning scales, chords, arpeggios, modes, all of that good “guitar player music theory” stuff, pretty much from the get go. I’ve scalloped a couple fretboards, refinished a few things, repaired headstocks. Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. Every serious guitar player needs to be able to do it, I really can’t stress it enough! I love my Ampeg SS140C – late 80’s pre djent radness, Fix your vibrato (Rock – Metal – Shred only). For the solos, it really depends. AllMusic's Thom Jurek Now that I have no free time at all people are messaging me about it a lot. I’m also an aficionado for classical music, I like Scriabin, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Mussorgsky, Strauss, Brahms, Schumann, Wieniawski, Poulenc, Saint-Saens, Debussy, Liszt. You’ll become intimately familiar with every aspect of guitar tones and develop a more refined ear for dialing in the right sounds. Metallica, Megadeth. We don’t have any upcoming events for this artist right now. Blind Guardian, Manowar, Helloween. A new version of Last.fm is available, to keep everything running smoothly, please reload the site. I accept Paypal, bitches. When I played with Finntroll I did the same thing, but with a week to learn a 90 minute set. Forgot account? I was around 15 when I bought my first audio interface and it was definitely crucial in my development as a musician. Start the wiki. I find the same attitude in rock n roll, maybe more so. THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER: Brandon Ellis Slays Guitar Playthrough of “Removal of The Oaken Stake ... A one-stop shop for the serious musician. It’s best when you’re just feeling it. I like Ultravox and Depeche Mode. Do it right now! Find the latest tracks, albums, and images from Brandon Ellis. There were some G3 DVDs around the house and after seeing Yngwie, Eric Johnson, Satriani, Vai, etc, I knew that I needed to play the guitar and what I had to do with it. Anyhow, I’m really an appreciator of the innovators. Go directly to shout page. Maiden, Priest, Sabbath of course. You’ll be able to easily write and record music, share it with others, collaborate. As far as I care, you can do it any way you want, as long as you have an actual goal of what you’re trying to express, and you achieve it. Oh man, all kinds of stuff. Carcass, At the Gates, Dissection. Gear Gods is a proud member of the Blast Beat Network. The techniques I use are more based on control and efficiency than actual raw physical ability, so they don’t really require maintenance or upkeep for me, as long as I just play. Most of them are floyded super strats. The story that this album tells is really what keeps me coming back to kezia. I learned 3 songs each day for a week to learn the set in time. Usually it was like “learn the guitar on the left side”. I like the 22 fret bolt on style best, just something about they way they resonate, but often to play a live set for my bands I need 24 frets, so you’ll usually see me playing the 24 fret neck thru style of guitar. Nowadays I just get the setlist for the shows we’re about to do and when I show up for rehearsal I’m expected to know the stuff. Basically I just bought a guitar and started playing it, I didn’t take lessons. At home I’ve got a Baron K2, a Krank Nineteen80, a pair of Peavey VTM60 and 120s. The songs I learned then were most of the songs that are staples in the live set. The story that this album tells is really what keeps me coming back to kezia. And I’ll go halvsies with Brandon. About the WORST word that I could use to describe vibrato would be “arbitrary”, that is what you’re hearing 99% of the time when someone’s vibrato turns you off. Connect your Spotify account to your Last.fm account and scrobble everything you listen to, from any Spotify app on any device or platform. You seem to use a lot of different gear, can you give a rundown on what you use? Let us know what you think of the Last.fm website. Doing it just because they think they are supposed to, with little or no thought put into it’s purpose or effect. I use the same approach in Arsis, Cannabis Corpse, and The Black Dahlia Murder. If the music is hectic, chaotic, evil, it sometimes just works. Finally the voice variation from clean to brutal is fucking perfect!! Here is my exclusive interview with my favorite Metal guitarist Brandon Ellis.. Do you have a daily routine? See more of Brandon Ellis Music on Facebook. Features, Playthrough. But every once in awhile my time management feels comfortable enough to take on a lesson here or there. I like Haydn, Schumann, Vivaldi, of course the obvious Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart, too many to name… I’m more a fan of certain pieces than the composers themselves though, since it’s just overwhelmingly vast. But I will play the notes in my own style, adding bends, vibrato, slides, tremolo bar, etc. I get scared taking my nice stuff on the road anyways, and I’m out there more than half the year. I was watching live videos to see where the dude’s hands were so I could guess which harmony he was playing, haha. You’ll fix bad habits you didn’t know you had. Relax (feat. drak69, supported by 21 fans who also own “No Escape”, Talk about a hidden gem. When people come to one of my shows, they are seeing the band perform, but they’re also seeing ME perform, and I would be doing my own brand a disservice if I let people judge me based on my impersonations of several other musicians. Cannibal Corpse, Obituary, Death. I had one or two friends and basically no social life whatsoever, no other hobbies, nothing else in the world that mattered to me. A few of my relatives played guitar and I was into Ozzy and Van Halen and stuff like that, you know, the hardest rocking stuff…