JAKJak
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I started playing guitar since I was 11 years old. My first ever guitar was a stage Gibson Les Paul. I took guitar lessons for a few weeks before I was unable to afford anymore. I then took it upon myself to learn as much as I could about the instrument; though, rather than trying to be the best, I spent a lot of time developing my own style and preferred way of playing.

My first major influence was Muse. I loved the band and would listen to them almost religiously. Matthew Bellamy is the biggest factor of my decision to start playing guitar. All of my other influences came later, especially the black metal ones.

For a while, my experience only revolved around guitar and singing until I turned 13. Thats the age when I started to write my own music. My style wasn't very refined around then, so most of the ideas were very crude and uninspired. Over time, though, I began to realize my style. I used to write generic sounding songs until I started getting into progressive music; I began converting most of my musical ideas into progressive songs thereafter. I can write in many different styles from rock to heavy metal, heavy metal to metalcore, metalcore to death metal, and so on.

My stage experience mostly comes from performing solo acts in high school. The only large group experiences I've had were performing three songs with my choir on two separate occasions. I've done three solo acts since then, performing rock and metal songs with just my guitar and voice. The three songs I performed with my choir were "Carry On Wayward Son" by Kansas, "We Will Rock You" by Queen (for which I also arranged the choral sheet music), and "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen. The three songs I performed on my own were "Run" by Snow Patrol (performed in front of 800+ people), "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" by Alice in Chains (also performed in front of 800+ people), and "Blind" by Korn (performed in front of almost 1,000 people).

In terms of what I have written, I have a lot of album ideas already planned ahead, and pretty much all of them are concept albums revolving around their own fictional stories. Many of the songs have been fleshed out in Guitar Pro, with a few being completely finished. My songs tend to be a bit longer than the average song and are more progressive, which means there are many tempo and time signature changes. Some songs even change styles. It all just depends on the story and what is happening in it.

The topics that are generally covered in my songs/albums are mythology, science fiction, nature, politics, the supernatural, war, and personal struggles. I can adapt to any topic, however.

Screen name:
JAKJak
Member since:
Aug 11 2020
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Committed
Years playing music:
7
Gigs played:
Under 10
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week

Influences

Muse
Breaking Benjamin
Avenged Sevenfold
Tool
Borknagar
Enslaved
Kvelertak
Metallica
Alice Cooper
Disturbed
Alice in Chains
Lamb of God
Slipknot
Five Finger Death Punch
Dimmu Borgir
Three Days Grace
Bullet for My Valentine
Behemoth
Cannibal Corpse

And many more

Instrument experience:

Rhythm Guitar:
Advanced
Vocalist - Tenor:
Moderate
Lead Guitar:
Moderate
Acoustic Guitar:
Moderate
Bass Guitar:
Intermediate

EQUIPMENT

Ibanez RG8 8-string guitar

Schecter Synyster Gates signature guitar

Schecter Hellraiser Diamond Series

LTD MH-17 7-String guitar