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Captain X's "Temple of Sparta" Carvin Jam Video!!!

Postby X-Mann » Tue Jun 17, 2014 11:53 pm

TEMPLE OF SPARTA - VIDEO LINK

Hey Fellow Carvinites,

Captain-X & The 300 are back with a cool new tune & 100% Carvin video too.

There are more Carvin Guitar pictures & images in this video than any of the previous ones too.

The only thing better then looking at a Carvin Guitar is playing one or listening to 8 of them!!!! :mrgreen:

The (300) Players & order are as follows:

Bovine
X-Mann
Arahobob
Feelthaflo
Lucas LeCompte
Hairmacht
Labryinth Shredder
& Catman10 (aka Q) on da bass


Plus I got a lot of great Carvin Guitar PICTURES form quite a few of you guys as well. The pictures look great & I appreciate your Epic builds!!!!! 8) 8) 8)

This track has a very nice flow & feel to it. Each player was given a specific section to play over & they all just nailed it. These guys put in a lot of time & came up with some great licks & lines.

I'll be giving a detailed review of each player & solo as well as providing some of the isolated solos (mp3) as well. We'll be talking what Carvin Guitars & pickups were used along with amps & FX too. The 300 guys will share there solo direction idea, review there forum brothers solos & talk about the entire process.

More is on the way, but I'm dead tired right now & need a small break.

A special thanks goes out to my 300 crue, the time you guys put into this track really shows & I appreciate that. An extra golf clap goes out to Feeltheflo for getting involved, communicating with me & doing what it takes to create a cool solo.

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Enjoy the Melodic Shred boyz & peace! Captain-X :ninja: :wink:

PS - This is the fastest 7-minutes you'll ever sit through too. :laughhard:
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Postby feelthaflo » Wed Jun 18, 2014 12:51 am

The whole production came out absolutely EPIC dude! :rockon:

I still cringe a bit when my part comes up but the extra "X factor" definitely helps it fit better. I'd like to think I could have come up with something more interesting if I had been able to hear the rest of the track first, but the truth is it's just not the style I usually play. My backing track was wicked fast and not all that inspirational (no offense). Definitely let me know if you do a more classic rock/blues oriented X jam at some point!

Recording: I used the S22B bridge pickup on my CT4m, through an OCD set up fairly clean and into my Blackstar HT-5r combo with just a touch of reverb. From there, I used the cabinet-emulated output into an Apogee Jam interface and recorded using Garageband on my iPad.

I gave X a super dry track with a ton of mid boost (EQ on the Blackstar set bass 3-o'clock, mids dimed, treble noon). The tone by itself was great but it just stuck out of the original mix like crazy. X offered to add some post effects and an octave harmony, and it made a big difference in blending with the rest of the song :) Still rather cringe-worthy (imo) compared to the other amazing solos on this track though...dang you guys are sick!
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Postby Spamspam » Wed Jun 18, 2014 2:44 am

Another awesome video, X! Congrats to all that participated, everything sounds great, and had perfect flow :D

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Postby X-Mann » Wed Jun 18, 2014 4:47 am

X's Isolated Guitar Solo (No Backing)

Here's a link to my isolated guitar solo track. This shows you the naked truth & what's really going on here. I'm using a Tread-plate Modern Amp (Think Rectifier) from my Eleven Rack Hardware unit. My Flamed Teal CT624's C22B pickup is helping me get the sustain I need for my legato technique too.

I try to build the solo to match the backing verse part 1st. I use a single note melody followed by a double stop section, I do this in a call & response mode. Then I start to pick things up in a Bluesy way on the bridge part & mess with some licks before double picking my way to an abrupt STOP.

The chorus picks up with more (higher register) single note melody lines & into some devious legato licks (Think Tremonti meets Zaza meets X-Mann here). I then do my best Vito Bratta & tap my way into a line that mixes tapping & only left hand legato with a few ghost notes & bends from nowhere. I finish-up my solo in an uber BIG way & try some Zaza inspired sweeping...........

& that's it.........

For the record, I jam over each section & I NEVER think of key signature at all! I just try to trust my GIANT EARS & find the Gold notes that make each section work.

"I AM SPARTA!!!!!!! :shock: :evil: :shock: :mrgreen: :laughhard:

X

Note: While you can get by with some string noise & slop in a full song mix, I'm super anal about playing as clean as I can, vibrato, bending & pitch/intonation. ALL these things add up to make a stellar solo.

I also think that "Sauce" is SO important too! The slides into a note, the bends that make a part feel human & the directness of well thought out solos & melody's.
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Postby apedrape » Wed Jun 18, 2014 5:53 am

excellent x mann. I love these web productions you do what and great idea. there are some real talented players on this sight for sure. :applause: :applause: :rockon:

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Postby Geddy » Wed Jun 18, 2014 7:48 am

How? What? Dang! Ok, this beauty of a song just rocketed to the top of all your jams (IMO). I love this track and ALL the incredible solos you guys did. The lead-in starting the track off is big and fat and more tasty than a T-bone cooked to perfection over a BBQ.

Bovine, you dialed in Satriani like no one before, just awesome singing tone.
X-Mann you pull strength from so many sources you just make it your own, but Zaza is smiling on you Bro. Arahobob, can you get any more silky smooth ... Na hungh!
Catmann so strong on the riffin, and stellar idea with the break you and X did. Freekin awesome.
Hairmacht, I'm still picking my jaw p off of the floor. How you can bounce back from a broken wrist and do the incredible acrobatics that you do, and yet so melodic.
Feelthaflow, most unique tone (in a good way Bro) and variance fro the other solos (again in a good way). It may have been outside your comfort zone, but it so belongs there Bro. Lucus Lecompte Shred is alive and kicking, big time. Our brother Ingwie Malmsteen is also your cousin, who new? Clean and fast and flowing and .... I'm so not worthy! Labyrinth Shreder OMG!!! Super human speed, flow, melody and emotion all tucked so neatly together you swear it 3 guitars playing at the same time.

You guys all completely just smoked on this song and really just blew the lid right off. Thank you so much for this song. :applause: :applause: :applause: :woot:

The video and pictures, porn and more porn. Such amazing guitars and scenery, two of my favorite things to capture on film. X-mann, your many talents never cease to amaze me. You could so easily be doing this full time.

Wow! Is it hot in here?

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Postby PastorDave » Wed Jun 18, 2014 8:43 am

I knew when I put it on it was going to be good after hearing the last one, but Dang, That was really great!!!! You all did a awesome job and X, you put it together so well. Congrats on a job well done!!!
All the solos were great, I can't do that kind of stuff, I leave that to my son while I do rhythm. I've always loved the sound of good bass and started my guitar journey with bass so it still has a special part in everything I listen to, and Catman, you nailed it, love the way you play!!!
Again great job all!!! :applause: :applause: :applause:
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Postby X-Mann » Wed Jun 18, 2014 9:10 am

I just love all the comments on what you liked & just the general communication here too.

Feedback is a HUGE part in me doing more of these & watching the Forum grow because of it. I love when other Carvin guys entertain me with great build pics, videos & tunes. So much great Guitar related stuff on this site too!!!! A+++

ALL of these projects are a P.I.T.A. at times, just lots of things can go wrong & it's SO hard to stay organized at times for me. Oh & yahoo mail does NOT help things either!!!!

But...........

When I get to work with Quality people like Bovine, Bobby & Q (& all the guys really), it makes it all worth it & the END is the BEST PART for me.........I'm beat from staying up till 2:00 am last night & a Zombie at work today (yes, I do have a day job despite what you all might think)

Geddy, your comments & positive vibes go a long, long way with me & the 300!!!! I only do these forum jams for the brothership & communication with all these great players. They make me a better musican & the side bar e-mail back & forth with Vaughn & Bobby are just priceless. Plus I like to help the younger players that ask for it & want it.


I do love each & every solo here & will start my reviews.......well......um.....RIGHT NOW!!!!


Bovine (aka Vinnie V)........

Wow, where do I start with THIS guy!!!!! :shock: :wink:

Vaughn is not only an amazing guitarist & musician, he knows theory like the back of his hand & just wait till he reviews a solo......The amount of detail, passion & dedication is just jaw dropping to me!!!! :applause: :applause: :applause:

Add the fact that he's such a cool/nice guy that's SO easy to work with & BOOM, perfection!

Side note: I record all my tracks at Studio-X (aka my spare bedroom lol) in Detroit while Vaughn actually goes to a studio & pays a guy!!!!!! I mean talk about dedication!!!! This fact alone made me want to NOT let him down on this track!

So.....I waited to listen to Bovine & Bob's solos till mine was totally completed. Then when I was ready I played all 3 to figure out the most logical order.......While we all did some very similar things on the Chorus section, Vaughn's stood out to me & I just new that his should go 1st!!!!!!

0:50 to 1:06 (Verse #1) is just the perfect balance of thick melody & some call & response that has ending moments of what's to come........

1:06 to 1:15 (Bridge #1) gives a nice little hole to let the backing guitars speak before he goes into the BEST part of the song for me!!!!

1:15 to (Chorus #1) is an Epic chorus of beautiful melody, tone & playing......I forget that I'm even listen to a solo for a second......Then that stunning legato run comes in......& I just bow my head & insert my best golf clap!!!!!! :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause:

Totally PRO & played for the song!!!!!!! 8) 8) 8)

Bovine/Vinnie V/Vaughn has an open invitation to be on EVERY track without even signing up (just like Bobby). Fun guys, that communicate with this much talent can't be ignored & wont be!!!!!!!

Nice job soldier!!!!!! :woot: :woot: :woot:

Captain-X :ninja:

PS - While I'm in no rush at all & want to sit back & enjoy the spoils of war, I already have a new/totally different idea for the next one too!!!!! We'll talk in about 8 to 9 weeks!!!!! :think: :wink: :mrgreen:
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Postby Coda » Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:01 am

That's some tasty playing and imagery! :shock: :shock: :shock:

X and Company, once again I'm totally floored by your talent, creativity and initiative!
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Yeah… What Coda said! :shock: :applause: :applause:
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Postby ChrisH » Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:44 am

This video is awesome! Kudos to everyone who participated, it's all really awesome!

Everyone deserves a round of applause

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Great job putting it all together X!
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Postby Jesus_Freak » Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:45 am

Great playing guys.....really nice production too.

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Postby Bovine » Wed Jun 18, 2014 2:01 pm

WOW Where to begin??? By thanking the guy that put in 90% of the legwork I would think: X, we are in your debt sir! Without you dangling the carrot in front of us there would be no inspiration. Because of you being so willing to put in the sweat & creativity we had a good backing track to jam to, and ultimately a top notch video that puts it all together LIKE BUTTAH!!! (I also happen to know that while most of us were snoozing away last night this guy was slaving away in the basement till 2:00am finishing this video so it would go out on time this morning----and all of that during a Tornado Watch) :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause:

These jams are SO MUCH FUN to do both as a player AND as a listener! (As X mentioned I have a contract at a local studio and these jams bring extra value back on the return.) I continue to be blown away with the talent of you guys on this forum and hearing so many of you on this video just makes me want to hear more! It's an honor to be playing alongside you.

Now on to the comments!

(I'll get me out of the way first) And I really appreciate all the kind words I've received from you guys, from the forum or wherever you might have sent me messages----it means a lot. For my part of this beast, I was trying to build up and accentuate the harmony. I really felt like my role in this one would be best served by taking that approach, with an occasional nod to the outer limits! And I know theory can be irritating to some and energy to others so I'll shoot for a happy medium and just say I love the Lydian stuff that X gave us to solo over (especially on the chorus) and that opened the door for me to connect with where I wanted to go. That little "sharp 4" sound that gives this song its distinction is one of those things you either try to avoid completely or go into fully, and fortunately we all chose to embrace it. The harmonics were threatening me with my life if I didn't go for them, so to that end I did and lived to tell about it. :P And lastly I'll just say that some of the lines on my track could not have been played if not for being a 24-fretter. A few guys on the forum have said that having planted their flag on a 7-string, they can never be satisfied again with just a 6-string (App, Spamspam, & Flying V I think?) It's the same kind of thing for me with a 24-fret 6-string, and I am so grateful to Carvin for making SO many good 24-fret models! :applause: If you've never experimented with what's possible there, I would urge you guys to grab your 24-fretters and really push on the doors of those last two frets-----you might be amazed at how much it can add to your arsenal!

Now on to the other players!! :mrgreen:

X-MANN: We all know X can bring home the bacon. So when he starts out kinda reserved, you know you're being set up for something amazing. And fellas he does not disappoint! He starts out with a call/response around the sharp 4 with the responses done in harmony ala Queensryche/IronMaiden duos. Again, he's embracing the Lydian mode full on so there's plenty of sharp 4's in his lines to keep that eerie foreboding feeling going on. Then for the bridge he quickly switches paintbrushes and goes into old school mode with double stops (totally unexpected at my end). From there he transitions for 1 bar in a descending scale that rubs the proverbial white glove across that ultra clean touch he's so anal about! (20 bucks says he uses quilted charmin at home.) :razz: On into the chorus he shows us some textbook X runs before giving a sizzling nod to his tutelage in the Tremonti & Zaza school of legatos & sweeps! (I still think his stint at the NAMM show watching Frank Gambale sunk in somewhere too) X ends his solo with a vintage EVH style single string speed pick! :rockon:

ARAHOBOB: My favorite part of Bob's solo is the first half----and of that, my favorite lick in my favorite part is his diminished intervals from 3:19 to 3:22. That is just so cool!!! And the V note he ends on just hovers there and let's me think back on how the heck we just got there! I also give Bob the "BEST TRANSITION" award for how he ended the bridge at 3:38 going to the chorus. That bridge was one of the spots where X had asked us not to obscure the rhythm guitar in the backing track, so the question became "what do I chose here and how much is too much?" (harder than it probably sounds). Anyway, I like what Bob came up with the best by going all octaves on us and reeeeeeally accentuating the rhythm line. (That's probably what inspired his MORE VIBRATO joke) :mrgreen: For the chorus Bob solved his Hamlet-ian dilemma of "To Floyd or not to Floyd" and rode the bar for eighth notes. Then he goes on to prove he can hang with X & Neil for the next 4 bars, followed by what I thought was a clever lean into pentatonic minor (only it's not. PM Bob if you want the exact script!) In the end the Floyd demanded to be taken up for the Spartan cause one final time and does not disappoint. (But then for me, there can never be too much Floyd-atry!) :lol:

CATMAN10: Catman is one of the coolest posters on this board, and his role on these jams is primarily to solidify the bottom end for us soloists to go up high. With that in mind I feel like those QBs that give credit to their OL for all the blocks, protection, and hole-opening. At 4:45 Cat sneaks in a Sheehan-ish moment that leaves me craving for me. This guy can play, fellas!! :applause: :applause: :applause:

FEELTHAFLO: X-Mann's standard modus operandi is to let new players have a moment on the outro, and as such, Feelthaflo's comes in at 5:06 as the first of them on his CT4M. Although his part in this video is short, I'm sure that if there is ever a Carvinite Classic Rock video we will get to hear more. I also know that X's schedule stays pretty loaded so FEELTHAFLO if you or anyone else would like to take the lead (in every sense of the word :mrgreen: ) and set up a Blues or Classic Rock jam video I'm sure you'd have some quality takers-----I'd love to hear the final product!

LUCAS: Coming in at 5:24 fellow newcomer Lucas makes his introduction with some alternate picking and works us on up the scale. Again, it is a short moment but flows well with the energy of the song here.

HAIRMACHT: I guess after an Epic guitar build it only makes since to take it out for a spin in an epic Spartan video right? So excited to finally be able to put a tone to name and Hair comes through with a sweet delay lead tone at 5:30. Love the dissonance & harmonies you created in your melody! To me Hair's line had a very Vinne Moore quality to it (circa Time Odyssey) and his tone really shows off the nuances of what he was going for. And btw that shot of your AXE with the BATLETH in the background----unbelievable!!!! Straight off of a TNG episode!!! Kind of brought home that whole "alien artifact sticking out of the ground in a primal forest".

LABYRINTH SHREDDAH: For all the things we do wrong in life, there are always at least a couple moments where you can point to something and say "at least I got THAT right", and for me, inviting Lab into this jam is one of those moments!! :P Can this guy play or what????? At 5:52 the Maze Minstrel grabs a couple cases of Hewlett Packard extract and commences to shred us a clinic on neo classical virtuosity!! For anyone who has ever wondered how to go beyond what the harmony gives ya, look no further than the diminished & augmented scales he doles out like he wrote the book on them. And as these scales paint new colors over the outro vamp, X works the fade out like they've been doing this for years so that the song climaxes and then decrezendos into a low growl of rock guitar goodness!

Only one word will do: EPIC :twisted:

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Postby aliensporebomb » Wed Jun 18, 2014 5:14 pm

Hats off to all involved, as I posted on Tim's facebook page that it all sounded integrated like you were all over at Tim's place and taking turns.

It's integrated tonally and stylistically which is hard to do when you have different guys, different guitars and different rigs. But everything sounded great to these ears.

Some amazing playing going on here, the question is: what's Tim going to pull out his hat next?

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Postby MatiasTolkki » Wed Jun 18, 2014 5:15 pm

I loved everything about it... Just wish a pic of the amazing flame from my jb was used instead of the headstock :(

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Postby Casual Madman » Wed Jun 18, 2014 6:14 pm

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Postby Appollyon » Wed Jun 18, 2014 6:20 pm

Guys...that was freakin amazing! Loved every minute of it! :applause: Standouts for me were bovine's double stops, arahobob's tasty Satch homage and labyrinth's great exotic scale work (nice outside the box thinking there - influences?). Everyone was great though! Makes me wish I had taken part!
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Postby Geddy » Wed Jun 18, 2014 6:25 pm

Wow, Bovine! Great write up Bro. There is so much I need to learn and music theory would be paramount in my list, along with technique, style, feel ... well everything. But what a journey! It's one thing to hear amazing music being played, but to have it explained the way you did really adds another element to the whole process. I really liked how youe explained your own solo and the feel you were going for prior to even starting.

I'm more basic in my thought process of mean pentatonic, dorian and sometime Ionian modes (mostly pentatonic minor). I let the music set the tone and I just feel music. But I really like how you guys will build it up (being patient with what you unleash) it's let adding suspense to a good story. I'm going to try approaching some leads that way and see what I come up with.

Thanks guys for all your words of encouragement, your insights and tips. You guys amaze me. :applause: :applause: :applause:

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Postby X-Mann » Wed Jun 18, 2014 7:05 pm

aliensporebomb wrote:Some amazing playing going on here, the question is: what's Tim going to pull out his hat next?


I already know where I want to go next & it's time for a totally different direction too!!!!! :mrgreen: Thinking about a slow, romantic ballad or pop tune with keyboards in the vein of Toto (My other favorite band). I also have what I think is a brilliant video concept where i-phone videos will be used....... :think: :shh: :shh: :shh: :mrgreen:

I just need a nice long 8 to 9 week break & then I'll be ready to create some GOLD that TOPs this track or I'll at least die trying!!!!!! :shock: :wink: :mrgreen:

I can't "Thank you" guys enough for all the comments on what moved you here in this track. So many different things going on & something for everyone here too. I still can't believe what these guys all did hear & the new guys were just stellar!!!!!

I just love hearing how each guy processed their parts & the mystery of what magic they would submit.

This track does feel like you guys came over to Studio-X & we played some solos together, drank some beers & watched "The 300" & or "The Expendables". 8)

More player reviews starting tomorrow too!

Peace! X
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Postby Bovine » Wed Jun 18, 2014 7:06 pm

Thanks for the great feedback guys!

GEDDY: Just go with whatever comes natural to you. If you recall in X's comments he doesn't think about theory at all; he just plays from his heart and it takes him where he's trying to go. Theory is a convenient way of thinking about music but it can't take the place of music. So bottom line is if it helps clear things up then embrace it; if it gets in the way then chunk it. It's all about the individual!

ALIENSPOREBOMB: Good to see you again man----I still remember your melody and stellar tone from the NAMM jam!

CAS: Sorry your vacation didn't align with the timing for this one. Believe it or not I still remember your track from the last one like verbatim! Would love to hear some of your Sam Ash jams maybe in the Carvin Made Music if you have a copy?

APPOLLYON: Glad you're enjoying it App----would love to hear what some of your masterpiece builds sound like!

MATIAS: X-Mann was probably going for variety in the slideshow to get a little bit of everything in the angles. But hey if there are ANY OF YOU that didn't see Matias' gorgeous purple flamed JB here is the link:
http://www.carvinbbs.com/viewtopic.php? ... c&start=40 (Best pics are on page 3)


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