Sunday, May 18, 2014

Synyster Gates: "My father helped me learn a lot of cool songs like..."

Synyster Gates was interviewed by Ultimate Guitar, here's an excerpt:

Where did your music theory come from?
I learned my theory from a very eclectic group of people. My father helped me learn a lot of cool songs. He helped me learn "Black Dog" to his dismay. He wasn't happy when his nine-year old song who had been playing guitar for six months wanted to play "Black Dog" by Zeppelin. He was like "Really? You sure you don't want to start off with a Beatles song or something like that?" I said, "No way." He helped me learn "Stairway to Heaven" and the first 10 songs I ever learned. My cousin helped me with the Greek mode, which is just the major scale. M.I. [Musician's Institute] definitely helped me with listening to music and understanding what arpeggios do. Basically writing licks and the importance of listening to your ear. All the while you're learning these kinds of things like the theoretical stuff but mainly they're pushing you to write a lick that sounds better. 

Click here to read the full interview