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Offline Dazmundo

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« on: September 24, 2005, 01:42:58 PM »
This guy's string skipping is off the planet.....

Unfortunately for Nuno, his present band is not as big as Extreme, but fortunately for me, it means I get close to the stage when he gigs to see that man's fingers flail...........

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« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2005, 02:03:08 PM »
Nuno is definitely a monster player. Strangely, I much more fond of his rhythm playing than his solos (and his solos are very good). He's got precise timing, a lot of determination, and great tone. Plus, he kinda created a style on his own. And he sings pretty good too! Gotta check his new band... all I have is the Extreme records (I'm just missing the first one... darn, is it hard to find!)

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« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2005, 02:11:41 PM »
I agree, his rhythm is excellent too.  You should check out the "Sessions from room 4" EP from his new band "population-1"

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« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2005, 01:27:40 AM »
Midnight Express.  'Nuff said.

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« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2005, 05:26:38 PM »
Yep, cant believe he plays that on an acoustic, must have fingers of steel.

I remember watching him do a simple pentatonic run, and he just tore up the fretboard, makes me wonder how many more decades of practice I need to compete with that!!!!!!!!
 

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« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2005, 05:12:10 PM »
I've seen him three times, once with Extreme.  Amazing man.  I've actually taken up the challenge of playing Midnight Express on my Larrivée, and so far I've been able to pull it off, albeit a little sloppily, and a somewhat slower tempo (that'll change with practice).  I've gotta admit though, I just can't get my picking down for some of it... One day... one day...

I'm thinking a good six decades and I'll be able to play SOMETHING as well as he.  ;)

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« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2005, 02:09:03 AM »
someone once told that that a good way to improve a particular phrase is to play it using all upstrokes (obviously there will be a dramatic reduction in speed!).  the theory is that this is most guitarists weak area (upstrokes).  when you convert back to alternate/economy/whatever picking, it should feel a little easier/smoother.  it does work!!
nuno used to be a drummer (as i am sure you know) and i think this has something to do with his picking ability.
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« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2005, 07:48:08 PM »
All right David, but in the event it doesn't work for some of us, don’t despair, there are other hobbies, i.e. bowling, bingo, etc. [:o)]

 

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« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2005, 08:31:23 PM »
playing in upstrokes does work very well. I play everything starting on both a down and upstroke. scales and warm up exercises are helpful played both ways. Does Nuno mention anything about alternative picking? michael angelo describes this...i don't think many guitarists approve of the method but i guess it all depends on what style you are playing.
 

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« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2005, 01:54:56 AM »
don't worry, bigbore, i can't do it either.  just passing on tips!
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« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2005, 07:31:04 PM »
He does some awesome stuff.... Extreme - Nuno Scizophonic - Mourning Widows - Pop1 have you guys ever listened to Dweezil Zappa's confessions album ?? its pure extreme all over it produced by Nuno and gary cherone is doing BV's on it as well !!! just my 2 pence :D
 

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« Reply #11 on: October 05, 2005, 07:38:39 PM »
Nuno is ridiculously under-rated. He's an incredibly versatile guitarist. Has anyone checked out andy timmons, hes also less known and really versatile and profficient in many different styles. by the way i saw a video in which nuno was playing a strat and an old silvertone...guess what guitar had much better tone lol
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