A Question For My Hero, Heavy Metal-San

What’s the haps, it’s TheAndySan hurr with a quick post.

I just posted a question for my numba-juan guitar idol, Marty Friedman aka Heavy Metal-san. Here is what I posted on his site’s Contact Form:

Subject: It’s About Anime.

Hey Marty! I’ve been playing guitar for about 3 years now and you’ve always been a consistant source of inspiration for me as a musician and as a guitar player. Everyone else can have their Jimmys and their Jimis, but if I were stuck on a Desert Island (Cacophony reference), all I need is your work on Rock Fujiyama, your solo albums, the Cacophony albums, and of course the Megadeth albums (Rust In Peace and Countdown To Extinction especially) and I’d die a happy man.

My question to you is this: have you ever performed or are considering performing an anime opening or ending theme? One of the first artists that got me into Japanese music was The Pillows and they pretty much did the entire soundtrack for FLCL!

Everyone except for my dorkiest of friends thinks I’m crazy for liking this kind of music, but I insist on listening to it because of the uncanny amount of beautiful melodies in the songs. You were the one who showed me that you could like even the hokiest music in the world and turn it into something really rockin’! I sincerely thank you for this!! It has opened me up as a musician, a player, and as a listener of music! Thank-you so much for what you have done!!

Andy

www.theandysan.com

Well, I’m gonna eat ‘cuz I’m hungry. I’m ending this post with a vid from Mr. Heavy Metal himself doing Last September from his album True Obsessions. Later daze!

TheAndySan

TheAndySan's Day Off!!!1

Whuzzz goin’ on, nuggaz?!! It’s TheAndySan in da house!!!

I just got back from my “meeting” at Wal-Mart. I was horribly late and was ready to apologize when I walked in the door. I clocked in and went into the break room where the meeting was suppose to be held. There was only a couple people in there and I asked a manager, who was there, what happened to the meeting. She said that the meeting was cancelled due to loss of power prior to my arrival. So I was kinda bummed since I drove all the way out there to be on the clock for only 3 minutes. I went to clock out, but the time-clock said that I had to be on the clock for at least 30 minutes before I could clock out. Reading these words, I felt like I was essentially handed the keys to the kingdom. I could do whatever I felt like for at least a half-hour. I waltzed around Wal-Mart, read a book, listened to music, played Guitar Hero and sucked big time (but that’s irrelevant since I got paid for sucking, lol), and enjoyed getting paid screwing around Wal-Mart for an hour and 10 or so minutes. I might get in trouble for doing that, but hey, I was scheduled to be there for an hour, they cancelled the meeting without notifying me, and I couldn’t clock out for at least a half-hour even if I wanted to. At least this way, they paid for the gas I used to get there. I could have totally milked it and stayed there for hours, but I was scheduled for an hour so I figure staying for an hour was fair enough. Was my actions justified or should I have gotten a manager to clock me out? Leave me a comment and tell me what you think!

In other news, I attended the first practice session of the summer of Eights and Aces. They were pretty rusty, but I have definitely noticed some improvements. Ben is much more confident in his lead playing as far as he’s not as locked in his scale boxes as much as he was before. Goofy has improved the most. He’s loads moAr confident when he sings, is tons moAr energetic, and adds moAr of his own little mannerisms into the songs. As for the other guys, they were pretty good too. Tylor’s not as crappy as he was before lol, Cody’s insanely short learning curve is still alive and well, and Dan’s still a good drummer. Dan’s drumming doesn’t blow my mind, but he can at least hold a steady beat so it’s all good. I recorded a couple of their songs, which contributed to my tardiness at Wal-Mart, and although they need to work off some very large chunks of rust, like I said, I think they’ll be all right.

I think I already told you guys that my Adsense account has exceeded $100, right? I did? Okay then. Oh yeah, and the other ad service I use, Kontera, has given me $12 on the nose. *honk-honk* Hollaaaaa!!!1 I think I’m gonna use my first checks from Adsense and Kontera to by me a bass and bass amp. Ideally, if I get enough, I’m gonna buy that sw33t Yamaha bass with the Kahler bass tremolo up at the music store in Lima and one of my dad’s Fender Silverface Bassmans. The kind that he has run for around $800 for both the head and cabinet. Since the speakers are shot, I’m gonna offer my aunt $600 for it since it’ll cost a little over $100 for each speaker. It’s a 2×15 cabinet and a 50-watt head by the way.

Well, I’m gonna see if the fellas wanna do something so I’m outta this bizsnatch! Buh-bye! I’m ending this post with a clip of my all-time favorite solo. Here’s Robbie McIntosh fucking yo’ mamma’s couch with an outro solo to Things We Said Today circa 1990. It starts at 3:33 and ends at 5:08:

TheAndySan

P.S: It’s been 1,517 days since I had a web site. Yeah, you’re probably tired of me saying that so I’ll probably stop soon.

Who Are My Inspirations To Play Guitar?

Hey there, it’s TheAndySan here to answer a question that I ask myself everyday: who inspires me to pick up a guitar and play?

Believe it or not, some of my inspiration comes from people who’ve never touched a guitar in their life. People like my mom. Okay, so maybe she’s played a thing or two on guitar, but that’s beside the point. The point is, that I’m inspired by her sticking to her guns when times get tough. She also has a sense of self-worth that was passed onto me. I remember when we were on welfare wayyy back in the day, and although she could have stayed at home and collected the check, she worked her ass off to pay for everything and she managed to go to cosmotology school on top of that! Even though we didn’t have the nicest clothes or the trendiest toys, we never felt beneath other people. We had a strong sense of self-worth and knew that although times were tough, we would get through them and things would get better. And they did.

Of course, I am also inspired by actual guitar players. The most inspirational guitar players from 1-3 are my dad, Paul McCartney, and Marty Friedman. My dad was the reason I got back into playing guitar in the first place. I was always into music in some form or another. I got two Yamaha keyboards from my dad that I always tinkered on. I had guitar lessons when I was 7 and living in Michigan. I began to lose interest because we were playing babyish stuff like Mary Had a Little Lamb and the like. I wanted to play the flute in 5th grade, but I couldn’t afford one so they let me play violin. I was pretty bad at it so it didn’t last very long. In 8th grade music class, I played The Terminator theme for a project. Although the teacher told me to scrap it because I didn’t follow the directions, some of the classmates loved it! I didn’t get back into music again until my dad passed away about 2 months after I graduated high school. In another turn of events, Dimebag Darrell passed away that same year on December 8th (the day after my birthday), the birthday of Marty Friedman and Jim Morrison. At the funeral, one of Dad’s close friends, Rick Barr, asks me if I was in a band and if I’ve inherited any of my dad’s talent and good ears. I honestly couldn’t answer him about the latter, and it planted the seed that maybe I should pick up the guitar again to find out. A couple months later, I learn that one of the new workers at McDonald’s, Travis, plays guitar. After playing his guitar for awhile, he helped me get my own guitar in January of 2005 (I didn’t have my very first guitar at that point so that’s why I needed another one). It was a beat-up Squire Strat with a cable, gigbag, and a small amp for $100.

Paul McCartney has been such a big influence on my dad that Paul’s voice has become familiar and comforting. In a weird sort of way, Paul McCartney has been like a second dad to me. Sure we’ve never met, but when he sings and talks, it feels like he’s singing and talking to me and only me. Paul’s been getting a lot of slag about his albums being mediocre. I think that people expect too much from him. If you’re putting on a Paul McCartney album and expecting it to be Revolver or The White Album, you’ll be let down. That’s not to say his music’s no good. It’s just that you need to lower your expectations a bit to enjoy it. I grew up on albums like Flowers In The Dirt and the double-live album Tripping The Live Fantastic. It wasn’t until I was a bit older that I first heard any Beatles songs. Of course I thought they were great, but I didn’t see much different between that and what Paul was doing. Then again, I wasn’t around when The Beatles came to America so I know I would be eating my words if I were around back then.

Marty Friedman, the former guitarist from Megadeth and Cacophony, has been my main inspiration as a player because he plays things that are normally not associated at all with guitar and they sound a-mazing! If you have the time, I highly recommend the following videos:

Marty in Rock Fujiyama Episode #12 (I based a riff around this):

Marty In Rock Fujiyama Episode #23:

Marty in Rock Fujiyama Episode #15:

Marty and Paul Gilbert in Rock Fujiyama Episode #47:

Marty in Rock Fujiyama Episode #22:

Marty in Rock Fujiyama Episode #7:

Marty in Rock Fujiyama episode #4 (I copied what he did to create part of a song called Heavy Metal Waltz):

Wow! I’d better stop posting Marty Friedman videos…for now. Anyway, there are a gazillion other players out there that inspire me. Players like Vince Gill, Gary Moore, Robbie McIntosh (the guitarist for Paul McCartney circa Flowers In The Dirt through Off The Ground), Paul Gilbert, Les Paul (the guy and the guitar), and loads more.

Well, I believe that this post has become redunk-yo-mama-liss long so I’m gonna go eat something before I go to work. Laterz!

TheAndySan