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bio website thecynicalmusician.com
location London, United Kingdom
age 36
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I have been playing guitar for 19 years now. I'm an old-school rocker/metalhead, but I try to keep my mind open and am more than happy to incorporate other musical influences, be they blues, country, progressive, folk or even electronic.

My current project is Viridian - a melodic hard-rock band where I am the guitarist, main songwriter and manager, for my sins. The band is in something of a state of suspension at the moment - following our move to London from Warsaw, Poland - as we are presently looking for musicians to complete the lineup.

On the side, I write music business commentary @ TheCyncialMusician.com - something which has surprisingly gained me more notoriety than my music. My point of view stems from my personal experience in music and the biz, plus my education as an economist. More often than not, I find myself pointing out holes in conventional MusBiz blogosphere wisdom, but I hope it helps provide other musicians a different perspective in these troubled times.

In the past, I have taught guitar and might do so again.

My gear, just for the heck of it:

Guitars - Gibson SG standard, Ibanez RG2550E Prestige

Amplification - 2 Marshall JCM900 half-stacks (a 4100 Dual Reverb and a 2100 SL-X)

Effects - Boss GT-10


Jun
2
comment How to maximize band rehearsal time?
@Matthew Read - That's why I said the question may need editing.
Jun
2
comment How to maximize band rehearsal time?
@Matthew Read - If you want to use a narrow defintion, then most things in music cannot ultimately be evaluated objectively. I'd go as far as saying that the moment you can offer a definitive answer on a musical (as opposed to, say, music-related physical) topic, it ceases to be relevant, because that's when music moves on, as does all art. The question may need editing, but I think it is perfectly valid.
Jun
2
answered How to maximize band rehearsal time?
Jun
1
comment How to maximize band rehearsal time?
@Matthew Read - I disagree that he question is subjective. Rehearsing for maximum effect is very much a skill that can be evaluated objectively.
Jun
1
answered Boiling/washing used guitar/bass strings - is it worthwhile?
May
27
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May
27
awarded  Nice Answer
May
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awarded  Teacher
May
26
comment Tuning a Strat a whole step down
.011-.052 is a good place to start. You can also try .012-.052 with an unwound G (LaBella Electrics Blues Heavy, for instance). I use these for tuning down 1 1/2 steps, which I find is somewhat slacker than standard E - but then again, I use .011-.052 for standard E.
May
25
comment Recording an amp using headphone out?
Yep. That one looks pretty good. It's got enough inputs, phantom power if you ever want to use a condenser mike, direct monitoring, headphones; nice all around. The bundled ProTools software is a bonus - you have a chance to learn the basics of the worldwide studio standard.
May
25
answered Best method to clean guitar?
May
25
answered Recording an amp using headphone out?
May
24
comment Position of white dots in guitar fretboard
Nice breakdown. With regards to the 9th fret, my suggestion would be that it marks the position of the relative minor to an open-string major scale. Having said that, however, I think the reason is more prosaic: the flanking two-fret intervals make the octave immediately stand out, even if the markers are bars or some such (i.e. no special double dot symbol or similar). The remaining seven frets are divided in the most efficient way for easy recognition: four marks, three spaces.
May
24
answered Get back into an instrument after long break?
May
22
answered In chord progressions, how can I refer to a chord that's out of the scale?
May
19
comment Do you count mental practice when counting total practice time for the day?
Based on my experience as a guitar teacher, I'd say that mental practice is fundamental to developing certain skills. Things like fretboard knowledge, transposing harmonic resolutions, learning scale/chord tones and their positions in standard patterns all require working with your brain rather than your fingers. Visualisation and paper serve us equally well here as the fingerboard - perhaps moreso, since we focus only on the task at hand. That said, mental practice is unlikely to count towards your practice limit, since it doesn't create any physiological stress.
May
19
comment How can I toughen up my fingertips?
Callus thickness is probably a factor. Can't say I've ever noticed a "wet hands" problem. Then again, I do a lot of bending on 011-052 strings tuned to E.
May
18
comment Do music theory books differ per instrument?
I agree, though one reason to find a guitar-specific theory book would be to have certain things illustrated in a guitar-specific context. For instance, some four-part harmonic resolutions might be tricky to adapt from piano to guitar, which is a lot more limited in terms of notes you can play at the same time. Nevertheless, you can get by on piano-oriented literature (which tends to be most common for music theory), as long as you acknowledge that you might not be able to play some things.
May
17
answered Is the B. C. Rich Beast NJ Series with the Floyd Rose Speedloader tremolo rare?