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Self Redemption song review

One of two songs on this album not written onguitar pro. The only riff written there was the verse riff in the left speaker. It was actually the riff to another song, but I didn't really think it fit well so I modified that riff and took this riff and used it on its own to see what direction it took.

The result was a great progression. Just two chords (C and D I believe) Back and forth. Its a string skipper over an open C. I believe this was one of the few I wrote in C major. It sounds great. no reverb clean as can be. The first take was just me fiddling around one day months after having the song complete. I then decided to add character to the song by splitting the two riffs apart in each speaker. Although when I jam the song, I only play the left side really.

Chorus is just that, the same picking but with chorus, and not the 3rd string. Bit simpler of a progression. Repeat once through before getting to the REAL chorus. As the first chorus is kind of a pre chorus, but it also can be looked at as a chorus. This chorus is the same chords, but as power chords. I then repeat the riff and chug it for the solo. This was one of the first real solos I improved. And one of my favourites off the album. Then we hit the chorus which is basically the climax of the song after the solo. We repeat the chorus and go right back into the solo again, but I play it differently the 2nd time around. I chose to fade out on this song, as it sounded so big at the end that I didn't want to end it suddenly, so I decided to slowly fade it out to add more character. By far one of the more positive songs on the album. The song is about exactly that the title says.

As the lights go on We strive to achieve As the lights go out We see reality As daylight appears We can see the end As nightlight disappaits We continue to wait

Work towards your dreams Break apart the seams Smash right through the beams And then you can redeem yourself

As the daylight clears We can finally release All the paranoia That seeses to exist. As the daylight appears We can see the beginning Of something new That we can all relate to

Work towards your dreams Break apart the seams Smash right through the beams And then you can redeem yourself

It wont be easy It will take some time I want to receive it all So I can finally shine high Then I can rest easy Knowing once and for all Everything will be fine I can stand real tall

Back Down

This one is simple and short. I did not like this song and wasnt going to use it in the album but like Alberta Peak I figured the lead parts were too cool to not use. This song was in F major or D minor. the same scale as she never said good bye and when day turns to night. I didn't know until a year ago however that they were relative scales. Makes sense that in the end I'd only really be on one or two scales. Most licks were the same notes. The chorus is the intro. Then a little melody. My one friend told me it sounded very 80s.

The verse is just a simple dual followed by a punk beat building up to the chorus. The 2nd verse is simply the same thing but up an octave of two and with a bit of shredding. The we hit the chorus again, repeat and end with the same dual. As with the others, I think this one was originally written on guitar pro. One of the easier songs that I wrote, I think there is a video somewhere of me playing it. The lyrics are whatever, randomly stuff put together. with some fun harmonies.

Day by day night by night I'll be here Searching for a change Looking for a way out of this nightmare

If it all could just go away I could finally change If it all could just disappear I can finally say x2 Back down through the wall Catch me if I fall And if the cracks start to break I can make the call

Day by day night by night I am here Pushing for a change See that without a doubt I am my own master

When it all just goes away I will finally change When it finally disappears I can finally say x2 Back down through the wall Catch me if I fall And if the cracks start to break I can make the call

She Never Said Goodbye

The first song I ever wrote. I wrote it on acoustic guitar. The first one I bought. There is a pic somewhere of it. I no longer have it.

The intro is the only thing I revamped as the original intro solo was not written by me, but a friend of mine. It sounded much better, and I think its in the myspace version of the song. But because it wasnt mine, I didn't want to take credit for it. I think they are all hammer ons, I dont think I do any pull offs. The melody carries throughout the entire song. such a simple melody but its very powerful. This was my first attemption at what I would call progression song writing. The song progresses the entire time and never slows down at all. It just keeps building and building. And once it hits the climax at the very end of the song, I decided to repeat the intro acoustic riff and solo over top of it. Added a dual at the end for good measure.

It's written in standard format. I-V-C-V-C-B-S-C-O

But I dont think a single part sounds the same except maybe the two verses, although they dont really sound the same when you hear them. Some of my songs I changed repeatedly because I wasnt happy with my results. This was one song I never touched really since I wrote it. In the comments I'll attach an original clip of me playing the song. which was originally written half step down.

Lyrics aren't about anyone in particular. I did write it about someone I knew but the description isn't that person. I changed the lyrics a long time ago to be more cliche. I figured it would probably make the song appear more popular.

Time and time again I think about those moments Where they all went to Oh I don't know where to begin It seemed like everything was okay I was waiting for that special day Where you'd say you'd finally stay Now I'm standing here in dismay Looking for something deep inside me Something to help me pretend That everything will be alright Some day you will be free Just know that day isn't today Or tomorrow for that matter It's no where in the future Cause you're standing here all alone

But the thought of her golden hair And those gorgeous blue eyes They shine my dreams But they haunt my nightmares Nothing will be the same without you nothing will last forever Nothing will be the same without you lonliness will last forever I'll never get over the fact that you never said goodbye

As each day passes by I think about what I got What I used to have What I always wanted She left me rather quickly Didn't even give me a chance To make the doubts go away To say that everything will be okay It's not really much to ask for Just a shed or happiness One thing to go my way One day of perfect memories Just know that day isnt today Or next week for that matter It's too far into the distance And you're still here all alone

But the thought of her golden hair And those gorgeous blue eyes They shine my dreams But they haunt my nightmares Nothing will be the same without you nothing will last forever Nothing will be the same without you lonliness will last forever I'll never get over the fact that you never said goodbye

Alberta Peak song review

Like the rest, this song was written mostly on guitar pro. I could however play the lead of this from the beginning, cept for the verse sweep. I now can play it a bit better. This was a song I originally didn't really like at all, seemed too random, but I enjoyed playing the solo too much to not include it.

Originally in drop D, I changed it to drop C. for the most part the song follows the g minor scale, with some tweaks here and there. The intro is just some bends and chords, Alice in Chains influenced.

The verse was the part I wasn't really happy with. I made one change recently on the last recording. The beginning chug is the open C. the next is the G chord. so on the open C I climb up the fretboard on a dimished run (aiming for A dimished). to resolve on Gm the next time around. (relative minor to Bflat). the little lead part next in the pre chorus is more g minor that leads into the chorus. the bridge is my favourite part of this song. And one of my favourite breakdowns I've ever made. I can speed or slow the tempo and it still sounds good. Usually played at a faster tempo live. but I slow it to 180 on the record. I play the solo over top the breakdown when it repeats. There was some things I changed in the solo from the guitar pro version because it was just too hard. There were hammer ons too fast for me to do, 16th and 32nd notes lol. so I just made the motif in a different way. I'm happy with the result of the solo, and I'm glad to say it was enough to make me not want to recycle the song anymore.

Lyrics are basically how I was feeling when I lived out in Alberta for a year. The irony is I really dont think I was as happy as I felt, I just found better escapes of my stress that were not music related.

Let me tell you a little tale About a kid who thought he was better then me Always said that he was right And of course said that I was always wrong But guess where I am now

I am on top of the world today So much to see, So much to say I am on top of the world today I am on top of the world today So much to see, So much to say I am on top of the world today I'm on my Alberta Peak

I dont know where that kid is today Probably livin on the street or at his moms house He thought he was the strong one here But I think its the other way around Because I know where I am now

I am on top of the world today So much to see, So much to say I am on top of the world today I am on top of the world today So much to see, So much to say I am on top of the world today I'm on my Alberta Peak

The mountains aren't always easy One slip and you're on the ground There's a reason I am where I am today dont underestimate me I'm on my Alberta Peak

I am on top of the world today So much to see, So much to say I am on top of the world today I am on top of the world today So much to see, So much to say I am on top of the world today I'm on my Alberta Peak

When Day Turns To Night (song review)

I consider this one of my more creative songs I've written. When I first started to write songs reading the book that I mentioned in the call them blog, I realized a few things. Songs are arranged a certain way, they follow a similar pattern the way they flow. They also paint a good picture. I started to think of things I could paint on the guitar. My first attempt was a thunder storm. It became Call Them. I wasn't satisfied with my results, they didn't really sound thunderous, so I made another attempt. And thats what this song became. The entire intro was the idea of a storm. This song was 100% written on guitar pro. I personally like the guitar pro version better, but its because that version does things no human can really do. The bends or fingering of some of the chords.

There's a lot of neat elements in this song. There is no chorus. There is one, but its not really a chorus.. its a pre chorus. it builds up, and drops right off the cliff and rebuilds. It does this twice.

I wrote the song in drop D, so when I went to drop C on the revenger I kept the progressions with D. Hence the D minor scaling for the lead parts. Everything basically follows the same chorus progression. I just play it different ways until we get to the interlude between the verses.

Intro is top string octaves. Then we hit the verse, which is more octaves, but they are the usual ones. Same progression essentially. Then we hit the prechorus which is just a melody that goes up the fretboard in D minor. We hit the climax and then we drop off. I used to originally have only bass here but I added the rhythm riff to add some flavour and im glad I did. The progression explodes from there, and we play the intro but as power chords. Then we add in the octaves from the first verse when we repeat the progression of chords. Then the melody of the prechorus comes back. I used to have the 2nd prechorus include the power chords and octaves but when I play it live it sounds better now without them. Then we hit the solo interlude with some duals repeating a similar melody to the first one. Then we exit the song the same way we started. the drum beat is an odd one, but it follows the idea off guitar pro version. I like it.

lyrics of the song basically are meant to be 2 separate perspectives. The verse takes the side of the depression and the prechorus is basically the side of the supporter. I wrote it like this to basically show the ideal situation that everyone going to depression gets. And it can get old at times especially when things never change.

here we are once again here we are losing command here we are fighting by hand here we are being disbanned its times like this you try too much times like this trying isnt enough it doesn't matter what you do you are still gonna lose

when day turns to night when you lose your eyesite when you lose all might when theres no longer site when day turns to night when you lose your eye site I will still be there trying to win the fight

the war has just begun the war is far from won when smoke covers the sun when all be a sudden, there is no one its times like this you try too hard always trying to play the wild card hoping someone will come and cure you hoping someone will come and save you until then once again you continue to lose command continue to fight by hand continue to feel disbanned continue to try too much when will you learn trying isnt enough it doesn't really matter what you do you are still going to lose

when day turns to night when you lose your eyesite when you lose all might when theres no longer site when day turns to night when you lose your eye site I will still be there trying to win the fight

Revenge (song review)

This is the only song I've written that was not 180BPM. That is because it wasnt origionally written on guitar pro. I wrote the main riff to this song with a high school friend when I first got my guitar. We were gonna start a punk band.. he was gonna play bass. We did 2 jams. They liked this riff. It's very critical acclaim/nightmare influenced. More critical acclaim then anything though.

When I wrote the rest of the song on guitar pro I needed a pace that matched the origional riff which was 120. Even though I wrote the song on the program I think I still did it in 180. The myspace page will prove the answer there lol. I added some divebombs and duels to open the song as that was the "song intro". All over a constant chug of D.

This song is very power chord based with a small melody in the chorus. The melody used to be the main riff but down on the low D. I changed it when I learned it again because I felt it wasnt strong enough to carry the chorus on its own. So I reversed the pattern of the verse in the chorus and kept the rest as a lead carryon with hammer ons and harmonics.

Song base format is different. I felt the solo was strong enough to be the climax of the song and the ending. I didnt feel like I needed to revisit the chorus a 3rd time. The length of the song played a big role in this. The intro takes up a lot of time on its own. So it goes intro -verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-solo/outro. The song that gave me this idea was firefly by saves the day. There is a story where the song revisited the chorus and the producer said it wasnt needed so they took it out. And it became the BEST outro the album could ever ask for.

Because of the song being power chord based, and most of the time I am on D. I decided to recently change the solo to D minor over C minor which I originally had set to. I still play this solo different everytime I play it for that reason. the melody I cant remember if it even matches a scale. It's sort of chromatic so I didn't bother changing it up. this is one of the heavier songs I wrote on this album. Its basically one giant breakdown.

Song is basically about dealing with those annoying people everyday who blame you for their problems.

Welcome to my story I promise, there is little glory Just people, who I can do without Those people, who are without a doubt the assholes

Everytime you're there you're in their space Everything you're there you get kicked right in the face They walk around like they own the place And look at you like you have no trace But they have no idea whats coming What I have planned, down the road All these pieces are about to explode They will realize that I have won the final round They will burn to coal

Today is the day that I mark my revenge Today is the day you surrended Today marks the day that I get my revenge Today will be the day you always remember

By now, I think you got the point It's me against the world, I wont disappoint Just put them into the back of my head And worry about me, instead of those assholes Cause you don't wanna get in their way Cause they'll just bitch that you just ruined their day Even if you are just trying to help They throw their hands in the air and they scream and yell Get the fuck out of my way! they say They scream at you now "look what you've done!" This was not your fault at all It's not worth the time and they dont care at all Why even bother?

Today is the day that I mark my revenge Today is the day you surrended Today marks the day that I get my revenge Today will be the day you always remember

I think the moral of the story is Don't give up, just because they said Just focus on yourself and no one else They don't need any of your help

2020 in review

Although this year may have been eventful for most, it was actually better for me then 2019 was. I didn't get robbed, I didn't lose all my guitars and not only did I gain back everything I lost (cept a GOOD pc) I have expanded my collection. I also rerecorded and mixed every song I didn't think I would ever be able to do again. I got not one, but TWO Schecter Revengers in my hands now. both in better condition then my old one was. things are looking bright.

There were some losses. But hopefully this year will bring an end to this bs and we can get back to meeting people again without worries. I am going to continue my theory knowledge and writing. Lots more to come from my way.

I am going to sort of change up how I do some of my videos going forward. doing song reviews and theory videos. Jams are still going to be there but more so will be back to trying new things over playing songs I already wrote. It's time to get better and learn and master techniques again.

Repeating cycle song review

I dont remember what made me think of this song. I think I made up the riff on the acoustic.. but most of this song was a guitar pro project. You can find the original song in that MySpace page. I don't think too much was changed when I learned to play it. Its basically 2 chords/notes. I play the riff a few different ways. Again I based it around g minor scale and debated on changing it but in the end I didn't change it. I already changed it more then once.

Intro bass only it used to be drums. I changed it when i learned it. Theres some neat duels in the verses. I like the idea of left and right. Back and forth. Together. For the longest time I couldn't play it at 180 bpm. Its probably one of the more challenging melodies I wrote due to the speed of it.

Isn't much to really describe really about the song other then the breakdown used to be a full step higher (it used to start on g) until my brother made the comment of how heavy he thought it'd sound a step lower. So i tried it. And liked it. The solo used to have sweeps in it until I tried to learn it.. I couldn't play it.. so I changed it up. I could go back and relearn it now but im pretty content with it the way it is now.

This song is about the constant situations you put yourself into thinking you'll play it different but ending up repeating the same old mistakes that get you into trouble. And how it seems to repeat. Over and over. Ironic when the riff is basically just played over and over. Very fitting.

One to the two to the three to the four Taking each step everyday as we go Trying to go with the flow One day we will make show

But it doesnt work You gotta start again You'll never win Its time to rebegin

Round and around and around we go Never gonna stop never gonna quit Maybe some day it'll change for me But its just a repeating cycle

Five to the six to the seven to the eight Maybe we'll make it today Let's try to just lay here and hope everything's okay

But it doesnt work You gotta start again You'll never win Its time to rebegin

Round and around and around we go Never gonna stop never gonna quit Maybe some day it'll change for me But its just a repeating cycle

A cycle that is never ending A vicious cycle that we all go around Suspicious activity everywhere And its all because of me

Round and around and around we go Never gonna stop never gonna quit Maybe some day it'll change for me But its just a repeating cycle

Call Them (week 1 of song review)

Starting with the first album, figured I'd take some time to explain some of the things that went into these songs, some of these will be by video and other times by blogs here.

First things first, this song was written on a guitar pro. I wrote the intro on an acoustic guitar, and took it to the program. I debated for years whether I wanted the actual recording to have acoustic. When I learned my theory, I think one note changed in the melody to match it to a scale, which I believe matches every note in the gminor penatonic scale.

The entire song flows alright, its a bunch of random arrangements thrown together. I bought a song writing book, so I knew how to write the arrangements, and what made them what. But nothing really was the same. For example, the scale I followed was G minor when I rewrote the notes to match theory, but I dont think I really play many G minor chords lol. I thought about changing this once I realized it, but if I did that with all the songs I wrote back then I'd never have time to write new ones.

So basic idea was intro of the song which originally was meant to be an intro song on its own. I changed this idea once I got to the bridge. The intro is neat, one of my favourite build ups on any album I've done. Then we got the actual song interlude (intro). Very A7X like, with a heavy chug. Being drop C. The lead is again, penatonic runs down. One note is NOT in the g minor scale. I didn't change it on purpose. The verse is slow paced, and heavy as fuck. If you look close enough, the notes I follow are VERY similar to a7x's unholy confessions. This song WAS in drop D to start. I'm glad I dropped it to get away from being exactly like theres lol. 1st verse repeats itself twice with two pauses. This is the random arrangements coming in, the boook said to want to transition into the next arrangement. So this was my way of attempting that. The chorus is pretty punk, and is the only area I actually play that G chord. But I guess thats where the entire song ends up resolving in the end. Then its a simple repeat. 2nd verse I added a little pre chorus that had a bunch of fun slides in it.

Bridge is where I have fun in this song honestly. I added a mini shred where I just shred up from one G note to the next octave. All over an open C. hah. This is where the punk of the song comes into play. The chorus has a bit of punk in it, and then it really takes off here. After the solo we chug a G5 which turns into a progression with the intro melody playing over top in the speakers. Left is the melody from the intro, and right is up an octave. I decided the octave over the usual duel because live I probably wont have all the guitars do to that one so I can do them together. (watch my videos to understand what i mean)

Lyrics

Call the frights inside my mind Theres not a moment clear in site Nothing here to claim that's mine Nothing here to claim that shines Call the screams inside my head You're so true it makes me sick The quicker it is to accept the truth The quicker it is to accept the fate It doesn't matter where I go It always turns out just the same Always ending in self shame Always ending in self fame It doesn't matter what I do I'll never make it through to you Never get to see the date No one here can seem to relate

So... What do we do? What do we do? What do we do when theres nothing left to do? What do we do when theres nothing left to do? What do we do?

Call the downs they're always here Whens it time for you to clear? Whens it time to make it through So we can all make do With the ups that seem to hide In the backs of everyone's mind I think it's time to dominate I think it's time to win It's goes on and on It goes on forever And ever And ever

So... What do we do? What do we do? What do we do when theres nothing left to do? What do we do when theres nothing left to do? What do we do?

So what do you do with all those doubts that always seem to shout You kick them out the door, and shut them out

No centz
No centz  (5 months ago)

https://myspace.com/calvinmusic7
You may be able to listen to the guitar proversion still if you go to this link. It was nicknamed thunda for a long time, because I felt the opening sounded like a thunder storm.

No centz
No centz  (5 months ago)

https://www.reverbnation.com/nocentz9/song/32335188-call-them

New bass

Thursday I found a fender squire jazz bass for 300 dollars. With this I now have every toy needed to record atleast demos or studio guitar work. Im almost at a point where I can rerecord the earlier material but I must finish these 10 songs first. Soon ill be adding vocals as well. I got 5 songs down already for bass.. or a quick rundown atleast. The bass sounds pretty damn good. Can't wait t finish them off.