Category: Guitars

Building the perfect electric guitar through social media

So I’ve opted to try something different as I investige what electric guitar to potentially buy next. I always try to get something different with each guitar purchase, but I’ve been wondering if there is such a thing as the perfect electric guitar. There are clearly many aspects of an electric guitar to consider when purchasing a new addition to your current collection. To help me make sure I get the next purchase right, I’ve decided to let social media choose the perfect electric guitar for me.

Before I get into the how, let me share some back story. It will be great for atmosphere if nothing else. Plus, I haven’t written in a while. (Scare) Bear with me.

My ten favourite guitar moments—not a top ten list

I don’t know why, but I’ve been reading a lot of articles lately with titles such as the top ten guitarists, the top ten metal guitarists, the top ten shredders or the top ten female guitarists. I’m not sure why the latter is even a thing. If someone can play guitar and play guitar well, I don’t care who they are—I’m jealous no matter what. Anyhow, all this recent reading got me thinking. Not thinking about making a top ten list. This isn’t that. Sure, it’s a list of guitarists. But it’s not a list where the focus is on who is best—no matter the particular focus on skill/genre. No, this is a list on my personal ten favourite guitar moments. These are the songs that made me the guitarist I am today.

I mention that not to focus on my skill—it’s not great. It’s to focus on the styles that have influenced what I like to play. Metal.

Megatober … the guitar challenge did finish successfully

I’m not* saying that I’m a little bit behind in my blogging, but Megatober was actually a successful challenge for me. I did manage to attempt 31 new Megadeth riffs during Megatober. I just didn’t manage to write about them or the things I learned—other than the riffs themselves—in a timely manner. So I thought as 2016 comes to an end I would wrap up the challenge that was Megatober—two months after the fact.

* I’m saying I am incredibly behind!

Megatober hits week three … I’m still going!

As far as Megatober attendance goes, I’ve managed a 75% success rate so far. That’s from the grand total. Not from the 21 days so far. From the 21 days so far, I’ve managed 100%. So I’m totally winning. But Megatober isn’t about attendance. It’s about learning 31 different Megadeth riffs in the month of October. I’m almost certain I’ll nail it. I won’t perfect 31 riffs—I’m not that good a guitar player—but I sure will continue to have fun trying.

Last week’s entry ended with a mention of day 15. So let’s start with day 16’s learning. It is not where the third week began, but it was a bit of a Disconnect.

Megatober continues into week two

My monthly challenge to learn a new Megadeth riff a day—which I have cleverly called Megatober—continues. Did I bite off more than my guitar playing skillset can handle? Absolutely. Can you teach an old dog new tricks? Not according to the saying. But I’m very stubborn. I’m very quickly discovering what my limits are, but damned if I’m not enjoying trying these daily challenges.

If you watch the following examples of the second week’s progress, you may not share that enjoyment. Kudos to you for continuing anyway.