Friday, April 18, 2014

Synyster Gates: "Is Incredible, absolutely incredible..."

Synyster Gates was interviewed by Crave Online, here's an excerpt:

If you could do one Master Class with any guitar player when you were learning, who would you want it to be?

Probably Dimebag Darrell. That was my guy.

When you were learning guitar and theory, did you learn it on your own or when you were at the Musician’s Institute?
M.I. is incredible, absolutely incredible. If you’re going to go there, go there and do it right. I took the Encore Program, which I’m not not saying is the wrong program, it’s just the one where you can walk in do a bunch of shit—anything you want. You can walk in at 12:00 and leave at 12:30, and I kind of liked that. I went in there and I studied a lot of jazz [and]I was reading a lot of books. I was reading a lot of weird shit at that time. I was just really trying to be all things at once. So, figure out what your passion is and when you go to a school like that, definitely buckle down and do that. 
Having said that, I learned my theory from a very eclectic group of individuals. My father helped me learn a lot of cool songs. My cousin helped me with the Greek modes. And then MI definitely helped me a lot with listening to music and understanding what arpeggios do, and basically the importance of writing licks and listening to your ear.

Click here to read the full interview