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Riffs, Beards and Gear – Riff Competition Entry

Hey guys,

Well I didn’t make the top 50 for the Jam Track Central competition…. but hey roll on the next competition!! I have created this riff for the Riff, Beards and Gear competition and I’m pleased with it.

The contest has some restrictions which meant not altering the tempo of the drums or how they are played. This is a little restrictive but at least everyone has the same constraints I do :D anyway check it out and wish me luck!!

Syncopated Rock Drums – 120BPM Backing Track

Hey guys,

Well another beat added to YouTube and currently getting around 1,000 hits per month on my videos which considering I have been rather inactive on YouTube I am happy :)

This is another rock drum backing track which is syncopated and should be really fun to play along with. I have been experimenting with some different presets and tweaking things, so if you like the drums sound or think something sounds bad, tell me and I can take a look :)

Enjoy and expect a few more drum videos in the coming weeks \m/ Rock On \m/

Juicing – Nutribullet For The Win!

Hey well not really a music post but thought it was quite useful information for anyone looking to get into juicing or trying to be a bit healthier.

Now from the get go, I do not think I am overweight in the slightest so I am not doing this to slim down! If people want to lose weight then exercise is going to be the thing to do and combined with a decent diet you obviously cannot fail. I however thought my diet was lacking vegetables and sometimes eating massive portions of food doesn’t fill me with joy either.

I bought a Nutribullet a few weeks ago and have been basically having 3 x juices a day along with my normal dinner which is usually something quite lazy, I know I should try to cook more but alas one thing at a time! Now currently I really have the same 3 juices because I find it a lot easier with shopping and I think my tastebuds will get use to the flavours…. because despite what they say the “leafy” green smoothies don’t taste amazing.

Now I wanted to basically show you what I have been having and give you some honest opinions about what they taste like and how quick they are to prepare. I’m not trying to sell you a Nutribullet so this will be a totally honest account of doing the juices and what they taste like.

    Number #1 – Orange and Carrot

This smoothie/juice takes about 5 mins to prepare, you literally take the peel off 2 oranges and slice up 2 carrots. You can also add in about a 1/2 inch of ginger to make it a bit zingy and ginger is really good for you! Now with the Nutribullet you do get piff/bits in the drink… however I don’t mind orange juice with bits and carrot isn’t too bad. I would give it about 7/10 for flavour its pretty good and the Vitamin C you get from this is incredible. Preparation time is about 5mins :)

Morning Juice

    Number #2 – Green Smoothie

This juice is exactly as it sounds… green :( Now I love vegetables but the problem with some of these smoothies is that that raw vegetables can taste very bitter! This smoothie seems to be the middle for me because it isn’t terrible but I’m not going to lie and say it tastes like beer, because it really doesn’t!

This juice is made up from 1/2 Avacado, 1 Apple, 2 handsfuls of Spinach, 1 handful of Walnuts and a little bit of Cinamon to round out the flavour. Now from my perspective the flavour is like 5/10 because although it doesn’t taste incredible, I have drunk far worse things. I am going to try and continue to find green smoothies that taste more of fruit than vegetables! Preparation time is again 5mins

Green... urgh

    Number #3 – Fruit Smoothie

Right now this is my favourite smoothie out of the lot because it actually tastes really good! Now this smoothie is basically a combination of all the fruits I like whizzed up with some Yoghurt and a little bit of water. The one in the picture is a combination of Frozen Strawberries, 1 Banana, 1 Apple and some Yoghurt (100% Fat Free). This smoothie can be changed a lot as I have now started putting in Raspberries, Blueberries and Red Berries… basically put in what you like :) Now the flavour is 10/10 for me I really could drink these all the time, but sugar in fruit can be bad but at least it is natural sugar! The prep for this is about 3mins and it helps me really round off my diet :)

Fruit Smoothie

All of the smoothies/juices I have listed are created with mostly water, the amount of water you need will depend on what device you are using the blend them up. My advice is to use plenty of water because it makes a smoother drink which I prefer than having loads of bits in it.

From the above smoothies my daily intake of vegetables stands at 1/2 an avacado, 2 handsfuls of spinach, 2 oranges, 2 carrots, 1 banana, 2 apples, 1 portion of strawberries, 1 portion of raspberries and probably about 2-3 pints of water. This really does mean my intake of fruit and vegetables has gone through the roof and the best bit is that it isn’t an expensive diet to have. I’m not sure how long I will keep up having the juices, maybe till I get really sick of them but for the moment I really think my body is saying thanks for giving me the good stuff!

A Plea to those who review Guitar Pickups

Hey everyone, this was just a quick video to try and get those who review guitar pickups to try and show off the pickup and not all the other stuff they have. I am tired of seeing pickup demos that only concentrate on a distorted sound and with a whole heap of effects or post production.

Pickups do sound very different from one another but these reviews that focus on the volume at 10, distortion at 10 and a whole heap of other stuff do no justice to the pickup, the review becomes quite pointless. So please if you do review pickups, make sure you give the audience a chance to really hear what it can do in with a variety of tones

:)

Guitar Warm Up – Using 3rd and 4th fingers

Hey everyone,

I have uploaded a new warmup exercise that will hopefully get people switching between their usual 1,2 and 3 fingers to 1,3 and 4. The great part about this exercise is that it helps with loads of riffs and encourages you to be able to use both your 3rd and 4th fingers.

A lot of exercises focus on just using the 4th finger but this can cause problems for those who lack the strength to play with it for ages. In this exercise we switch between fingers to help build up the power in your little finger gradually. Enjoy

Learning Tremolo/Alternate Picking for Guitar

Hey well I have been quite busy trying to just get more comfortable infront of the camera and thought I would try and tackle how we can get our picking in great condition.

Now in this tutorial I really try to focus on what the conditions are that make alternative picking possible. I don’t focus on using a particular type of plectrum, because people can pick incredibly fast with large plectrums, I just prefer to use Jazz III’s.

Watch the video and really pay attention to how far you move between the strings for picking and use a metronome to help you keep it locked in time! Good luck and if you have any requests for videos or anything else, stick it in the comments on YouTube or on my blog here :)

FretWraps – String Dampeners – What do you think?

Hey everyone,

I created my first spoken YouTube video and am pretty pleased with how it has come out. I do whine on so feel free to skip around the video and I promise I will try and keep my videos a bit shorter next time!

I really do have a love hate situation with the fretwrap. I love them in the sense that they make recording a lot easier and they really help to keep your tracks clean. However I get concerned when new people start playing the guitar that they start reaching for the fretwrap because their latest youtube guitarist is using one. I encourage people to use fretwraps if they play hardrock/metal but also remember when you practise to take the bloody thing off! If you cannot hear your fret buzzes you will never improve your technique and if you can get your playing clean without a fretwrap…. with one it will be in a completely different league.