NZMetal's Learning Log - the path to shredding! (fingers crossed lol!)

Thanks Anders!

Yes, yes they do!! :metal::metal: :metal:

Hope she’s doing okay mate? They’ve had the worst run there this summer! On the flip side, we’ve had one of our best ever down here… Feeling a bit guilty :grimacing:

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Cheers, Jeff :smiley:

Just be careful those boots don’t get stuck in the mud! Some kind of Monster lurks below the surface of this quagmire and can suck you in if you’re not careful.
Talking of which, your metal-suggestion had me watch the Metallica documentary the other night :laughing:
I was thinking to myself afterwards Master of Puppets- There’d be a good parody song in that, called Pastor of Muppets. Always good to check before re-inventing the wheel: It’s not only a song; there’s a metal cover band by that name :rofl:
No original thoughts left in the world! :roll_eyes:
Have a good day (or evening!)

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:rofl: someone else always seems to get in first eh?! :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes::joy:
Have a great day too :slightly_smiling_face::+1:

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Circling back to this one Jeff. I watched a couple of tutorials and tried out DaVinci Resolve and wow, it is awesome. Pro level for free. Still loads to learn but I’m ditching crappy Cyberlink now. Check it out if you haven’t yet.


That’s super cool JK! I haven’t actually got back to checking it out, so thanks for the heads up! I’m looking to do some recording again soon so will be diving into it then. Would love to hear any tips, tricks or pitfalls you might uncover :grinning::+1:

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Nice log. Your setup sounds great. Definitely on the right “path to shredding”. :metal:
I also use that drummers backing tracks.

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Thanks Jason! :metal::grinning:

The quality of the recording sounds really great to me!

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Shred on dude! Cool log. Makes me want to try electric some day! I love Metallica :metal:

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Thanks Andy! Really appreciate you checking this out :sunglasses: :+1:

You totally should! Electrics are so much fun! And learning a couple of Metallica riffs is great way to get into it. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you decide to give it a crack :metal:

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Just quick update to mention some recent progress…

Beginners course progress - Completed up to Grade 3 Module 16
Theory Course - Completing module 4.3 (on lesson “A Fretboard in Your Mind”)

My biggest news was playing in my first Community Open Mic (XIV/14). So fun! But man, I was nervous! :joy: Glad to have that one under my belt and looking forward to OM XV/15 coming up soon.
I covered For Whom the Bell Tolls by Metallica, I intend to do a AVOYP of that some time to add it properly to the list.

I also did a cover of Creeping Death also by Metallica. Love that track and it was a good one to get on the list.

The above was recorded using my new Focusrite Scarlett 4i4. Super impressed with it, sounds much better than the Behringer U-Phoria UMC404HD I was using IMO. Also very impressed by their online tutorials as part of the initial setup and the control software that comes with it, especially the loopback feature which is available on models from the 4i4 up, incredibly flexible with it’s routing and mixing options. I got the 4i4 as the additional line inputs in the rear allow me to play a backing track on my old laptop and feed that into the mix with my guitar and vocal mic (using the front inputs). Works great and they have excellent guides online for how to configure that routing. Highly recommend this for anyone considering what audio interface to buy.

Here’s an update on my playlist progress with links to those I have recorded:

These are songs I sort of know, and are working on, that I hope will form my initial playlist:



  • Die by the Sword
  • Black Magic
  • Fight Till Death
  • Behind the Crooked Cross
  • Angel of Death
  • Postmortem


That’s it for now, that for following along! :metal:


Hey Jeff,

Great little video update, and great idea doing one. Much more personal, and I learnt more about you in those 5 minutes than in several posts.
Keep doin em mate, if it suits you. It comes across well.

I got hooked on those Jazz 3s too, about 6-8 months ago. I like the black ones better as they’re just a bit stiffer, but have plenty of reds as well.
Goin all professional with those lights mate. :nerd_face::stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: You only come this way once though, so why not. :+1:
And keep going with the blues mate. Its a genre I reckon that teaches you ALOT about music in general. Plus its enormous fun with the coolest sounds.

All the best.

PS. Not sure if you’re a cricket or footy fan, but we’re giving you guys an absolute pasting right this moment in the cricket World Cup. I’m watchin it now.
Plus, the main attraction tonight in the footy - AUS v NZ at AAMI Park in Melbourne.

Cheers, Shane

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Thanks Shane! :smiley: Yeah, I reckon I’ll try this approach again in the future, have a few ideas about how to improve it for next time too, see how it goes :wink:

Dude, we’re getting soooo smashed in the cricket right now! :grimacing: Massive total incoming from you guys… :pensive: :sweat_smile: Guess we’ll just have to come out swinging! :cricket_bat_and_ball:
And the footy, well, you Aussies are always the favourites there :joy: but there’s always hope. I’ll be watching just in case :crossed_fingers:
Such a huge weekend of sport, hard to get anything else done! :laughing:

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Great update, Jeff.

The video approach worked well, so hope you’ll do it again in future. Lighting is fine in my book :sunglasses:

As for world cups …

Aussies got off to a flyer in the cricket. I was happy to see we prevailed in a close one over Pakistan.

As for the rugby. Maybe I am naive or optimistic, but I’d say the final is a 50-50 game. I sincerely hope that both sides show up, bring their A games, and put on a final that can go down in the history books. Of course I’d rather the Boks win, but Bok-AB rivalry is special, doesn’t really get better, and OK with being beaten by a better AB performance on the day if it turns out that way.

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Thank David! :smiley: :+1:

…we may be coming back… maybe… :crossed_fingers::joy: …aaargh! No, he dropped it! :confounded:

Totally agree with everything you’ve said there, David (except ABs for the win of course! :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: ). Definitely two very evenly matched teams and will likely come down to either some extra special play or a lucky bounce. The Boks are always fantastic at world cups ('95 still hurts :sweat_smile:), and probably our greatest opponent, as you say, here’s hoping it’s a game for the history books! :rugby_football: :star_struck:

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Hi Jeff
:star: :star: :star:
Oooo my goodness, you have the gear, you have the flair with speaking (that is the most important thing), but you also have the voice and the mug on it also works well :scream:… if I didn’t think of the latter myself my wife just confirmed this as she walked past and also while asking “what does that have to do with practicing guitar in the morning?” :grin:


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Hey, what a nice surprise to see your log updated by a video this morning :star_struck:, while sipping my second cup of coffee. Very charming and informative! Good progress overall as it seems, touched lots of subjects, cool! I liked the video format a lot. Nice to see you still working on the blues route :slightly_smiling_face:. Keep on doing what you are doing, seems to be a great way to progress!

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Thanks Rogier! I’m not sure anyone has said I have had a flair for speaking before so I will take that and run! :running_man: :joy:
p.s. give your wife a :wink: from me :smirk: :rofl:

Thanks Andrea! :smiley: Glad you liked the video format, seemed a more interesting approach than my usual write up :sunglasses:

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