Hello Everyone

Hi all! I'd like to introduce myself as I've been rather active albeit not posting much because I don't have much to offer at the moment.

I generally go by my nickname Erv, which is what you can call me if ya want. I'm 27 and I've been playing guitar for about 3 whole weeks now, and I gotta say, it feels amazing. I suck but being able to play music just feels special. I've been rocking out with a cheapo les paul style guitar and I use Bias FX 2 w/ a Scarlett Solo to get all my tones. It's been working out super well for me, and I love it.

My day job is a software engineer for a big internet infrastructure provider. I do mainly backend work so creating the actual platforms themselves that websites, and such are hosted on. I live outside Atlanta, and I'm rather new here. Just moved here last June and it's been pretty cool. I was born in Texas to an Army dad originally from Huntington Beach and we moved around a bit because of the Army.

Currently learning the CAGED system and it's been really fun. Bar chords are hard :) I usually practice around 2-3 hours per day because I am really excited about getting better. My fingers are already calloused to hell so I don't even feel the strings anymore which is nice. For my first song I'm learning For Whom The Bell Tolls. I can play a good 80% of it, however, the 3-2-1-0 power chord progression at the beginning is really beating me up. I can't seem to move up the neck fast enough, but other than that it's all good. I also started learning the intro to Sweet Child O' Mine which is a lot of fun to play and I seem to use it as a picking exercise more than learning the song.

Anyways, I've rambled enough. This seems like a great community with a ton of super supportive users! I love that Syn and Papa put this all together because it has been incredible for me so far, and many others I'm sure. I hope to learn a lot and contribute as much as I can too, all while having a great time.

Thank you all! 🦇

How do you make practice enjoyable?

I was reading through articles and came across the following quote:

When people are learning instruments, they should be encouraged and advised: if they say they don’t enjoy their practice, I always say, well, FIND a way to enjoy it.” ~ John Williams

We’ve all read and heard about how important it is to enjoy your practice, and we’ve seen the tips that tell you to make it sound musical, to take a break, and get a snack. Plus all the tips for routines.
But how do you actually achieve that? Aside from playing your favourite songs.

What’s your trick that makes you look forward to practice? (Or to get you started?)

  • Question
Picks shapes and sizes

Yes, I'm spamming the site today. No, I'm not sorry. 😂

There are no musicstores around here so I'm looking online for guitar picks, but it's hard to find the sizes. (Length and width)
I did find this image and figured out the picks I'm looking to get are 26mm (Dunlop jazz iii)
Are the sizes and shapes roughly the same for all brands? And can someome confirm these shapes are in scale with each other?

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Howdy y’all!

Howdy! My name is Zach and I am currently living in Nashville, TN. I’ve admired Synsters style of playing for years now and really wanting to take a deep dive into his uniqueness.

Here’s a cover of Bat Country some years ago. Hope y’all enjoy and can’t wait to be apart of the community 🤟

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How do I turn scales into solos?

So as of recently I just learned the major scale and I’ve known pentatonic scales for years but I have no clue how to turn scales into solos. Are there any rules of what I can and can’t do? Can I skip strings? Or do I just use the notes in the scale and mix them up any way I want? I’m lost as you can tell :ROFLMAO: I’d love to write my own stuff but I feel like not knowing how to apply what I learned into songs is a problem! Anything will help thanks!!

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💎 Synner on display winners! 💎

Good day everyone, hope you are all doing magnificently well!

Alright, y'all know why we are here and it's to announce the winners of the Synner on display contest. And yes, you read that right. We have multiple winners. I know we initially said only one BUT there were too many absolutely great entries and so we made some modifications.... Now, I want you all to know that we LOVED seeing all your entries and seeing your pretty faces. Choosing was very difficult as we all had different opinions... but enough talk, let's announce the WINNERS!!!

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In 3rd position... @Aquamandy !!!!

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We loved her entry because of how fearless she appears in this photo! She took the concept of the contest and really made it her own combining her love for Synner and Comic book characters. Krypton may have given earth Superman but Brazil gave all of us here.... SYNNER WOMAN!

3 Months of Legend+
will be added to your account.

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In 2nd position... @Melanie inman !!!!

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Well, let's just that this was simply a dazzling entry!!! Melanie clearly has a very distinct style to herself and showed us how sparkling the Synner lifestyle can be by combining both! We were really blown away by the jacket and the guitar and we wondered... who would shine most under the spotlight between Syn and her? :unsure:

Melanie will receive 3 months of Legend+ upgrade plus a custom made leather bracelet designed and crafted by our very own @Dominik Gräber

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Dom generously offered this as a prize and so we only feel like it's right to invite you all to check out Graeber leather on Instagram to see his wicked work: https://www.instagram.com/graeber_leather/

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Alright ladies and gentlemen, it is now time to announce the grand winner...

In 1st position............................. @Anna.VG !!!!!!

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This entry simply blew us all away. When we looked at it, we really felt like it captured the essence of Synner and the clothing line so perfectly. Anna used her immense talent in makeup to be creative and transform herself into a ghostly shaped entity and we LOVED her use of head accessories and the Synner bomber jacket. Is she praying for forgiveness? Probably not. I'm guessing she's praying to get her hands on some dope Synner merch from the new drop and that's exactly what she's gonna get!!!

Anna will receive 1 item from the new drop of her choice, 3 months of Legend+ upgrade as well as a Contest winner Banner added to her profile.

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Congratulations to our 3 winners, I'll be reaching out to you. And again, I want to extend my thanks to all of you who participated. We loved seeing all your entries and choosing a winner was quite difficult!! We are honored to have you all be a part of the Synner family and we will see y'all around on Synner and on SynTv!!
Don't forget, Synners are winners!

Of course, if you are in need of some dope merch, don't forget to check out the new drop right on this link 👉 https://store.synner.com/collections/new-drop-1

Have a great day Synners...

- Rad Synner :rock-hand:

  • Question
CAGED system

Recently finish the lesson of the CAGED system part 1, and at the end it is indicated that the same can be done with shapes A, G, E, D

I have 2 questions

1. To continue I must learn the pentatonic and major scales of each one?

2. To make the pentatonic and major scales, is it the same? in terms of frets, that is,will it depend on the shapes I touch(C, A, G, E, D? Higher or Lower

My English is not very good so I hope you can understand me and can help me

Note: I can say that for the C form, I have learned the pentatonic and major scales

Thank you

Theory Request #4 - Building basic chords + chords of a scale

1. Topics of discussion

In this one, we're gonna take a look at how chords are built and what chords are part of major scales and minor scales. So, get on the square and on the level, and let's go.

2. Understanding thirds

In music, a third is a musical interval comprised of 3 different notes. Musical Intervals are of course measured between two distinct notes but in order for that interval to be a third, the total number of notes, including the two, must be 3. So in essence, we have the starting note, one in the middle, and the end note.

Musical intervals are usually measured between notes from a major or minor scale and thirds are no different. We have two types of thirds:
  • major thirds - which occur when the first and second notes are separated by 1 step (or 2 frets on your guitar) and the second and third notes are also separated by 1 step (also 2 frets on your guitar); such an example is C-E, because C-D is one tone and D-E is another tone.
  • minor thirds - which occur when the first and second notes are separated by 1 step (or 2 frets on your guitar) and the second and third notes are separated by 1 half-step (1 fret); such an example is D-F, because D-E is one tone and E-F is a half-step; the tonal distances can be swapped (i.e. E-G is still a minor third, with E-F being the first 2 notes, which are separated by 1 half-step)
3. Triads and basic chords

In music, a triad is obtained by playing 3 notes at the same time. Now these notes can be any notes, but in our case, we are interested in 4 particular types:
  • major triads - formed by playing 3 notes, the first 2 forming a major third and the second two forming a minor third; one such example is C-E-G
  • minor triads - formed by playing 3 notes, the first 2 forming a minor third and the second two forming a major third; one such example is D-F-A
  • augmented triads - formed by playing 3 notes, the first 2 forming a major third and the second two also forming a major third; one such example is C-E-G#
  • diminished triads - formed by playing 3 notes, the first 2 forming a minor third and the second two also forming a minor third; one such example is B-D-F
What does this have to do with anything you ask? Well, in order to play a basic chord (i.e. major, minor, augmented, or diminished), it's enough to play the corresponding triad formed on the note.

Of course, when it comes to guitar, the triad is not always present. For example, in the D major chord, which can be played as D-F#-A, The A, while being present, is in a lower octave than F#.

4. Chords of a scale

Major scales have 7 different notes, and therefore, each major scale has a total number of 7 different chords. The minor scale functions in a similar manner.

But what chords are part of the major scale? Well, the answer is simple. If we are to take a look at what type of triad can be on each note of a major scale, then that will give us the corresponding chord type. Let's visualize this for the C major scale:

I
ii​
iii​
IV
V
vi
vii
Note​
C​
D​
E​
F​
G​
A​
B​
Triad​
C-E-G​
D-F-A​
E-G-B​
F-A-C​
G-B-E​
A-C-E​
B-D-F​
Chord/triad type​
maj​
min​
min​
maj​
maj​
min​
dim​

See the correspondence between triad type and chord type? The triad type also gives you the chord type.

Let's now play all the chords of the C major scale:

E|---0---1---0---1---3---0------|
B|---1---3---0---1---3---1--3---|
G|---0---2---0---2---0---2--4---|
D|---2---0---2---3---0---2--3---|
A|---3-------2---3---2---0--2---|
E|-----------0---1---3----------|

For minor chords, the chord types are the same, just in a different order. Let's take a look at the chords of the A minor scale:

i​
ii
III
iv
v
VI
VII
Note​
A​
B​
C​
D​
E​
F​
G​
Triad​
A-C-E​
B-D-F​
C-E-G​
D-F-A​
E-G-B​
F-A-C​
G-B-E​
Chord/triad type​
min​
dim​
maj​
min​
min​
maj​
maj​

That about covers it for this one.

Introducing myself

Hey everyone! Welcome to the Family, I just wanted to introduce myself and say that I go by David or Dave either. I’m delighted to have this opportunity to come here and learn with all of you who are also still progressing, advancing and new and climbing through the ranks of music alike! I’m 26 I’m from Wv and I’ve been playing for 8 years I’m a big fan of the band, and was inspired to play by them. I enjoy succeeding in keeping others creative-minded, intuitive and introducing music to them and creating my own riffs and fun kadoodles on guitar, I also know the piano some! I can’t wait to start the curriculum and do my best on the tests and hopefully improve & expand my abilities. Creativity, positivity, and compassion is going to be my key components that I bring to the table and I can’t wait to see what the rest of you have to share!
Thanks all,
Good luck!

D.S.

A big part of Syn's lead tone is...

I've seen a lot threads on here asking about how people can get a guitar tone like Syn or Avenged Sevenfold. While this tip won't get you all the way there, I figured I'd share this information with everyone since I have it.

Fred Archambault, who engineered on Waking The Fallen, City of Evil, Self Titled, and Nightmare, revealed to me a few years ago that a good chunk of Syn's lead tone is the Boss CS-3 Compressor Pedal. Fred and I also briefly discussed it a few months back when I bought the Bogner from him.

Before you run out and buy this pedal, please understand what a compressor is and what it does. If you go and buy one and plug it in and turn it on, you might be a little disappointed because you don't notice it doing much, unless you're on extreme settings. To put it simply, a compressor is used to control dynamics. The guitar is a relatively dynamic instrument, especially when playing leads. In order to control those dynamics and sort of even out the volume and depth of each note, people will use a compressor. Compression is generally a subtle effect, and most people have to train their ears to even hear and recognize compression, unless it's used drastically.


Here's a description of this specific pedal from Boss:

"The CS-3 Compression Sustainer pedal compresses louder signals while boosting lower signals, providing smooth sustain without degrading the original sound quality. Onboard Level, Tone, Attack and Sustain controls for precise tonal shaping, and the low-noise design allows super-quiet operation. This is the perfect pedal for guitarists and bassists who want to sound their best."



This thread isn't meant to dive too far into the science of a compressor, so please do further research if you'd like. I don't know Syn's settings on this pedal, but to me, his leads sound like they have a fair amount of Attack and Sustain, and not overdoing it on the actual compression. I'm sure he uses the Level as a slight boost in order to make the leads pop out a little. I also don't think he uses this exact pedal live anymore, as the Axe FX has built in compressors he can use. He did use this pedal at one point, and is a great price friendly option.

Sorry for sharing your secrets, @Syn Gates!

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