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    Alec Damiano
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    Hi everyone, I’m Alecto, and I’m new here.
    I built this 7-string electric violin (inspired by Mark Wood) about five years ago, and here’s a cover of me playing Megadeth’s “Countdown to Extinction” on it. This is one of my most recent videos (it’s three years old, unfortunately) of me playing violin. My hand position isn’t great because it’s a really heavy instrument with a wider neck than a standard 4/4, and it doesn’t have a chin rest hahaha.

    I took a bit of a hiatus from the violin these past 2-3 years, because I started focus on playing bass guitar and singing in my metal band Varkan. But Varkan has had so many guitarist changes recently, I’ve thought of focusing on the violin again (it was my very first instrument, after all), and bringing more orchestral elements into my music.
    Anyway, I hope you enjoy it and apologies in advance for the bad camera view. I had my phone balanced on my record player. I’d love constructive feedback, but please be more gracious than YouTubers. 🙂

    Thanks!

    #8720 Reply

    Alex
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    I can ‘t believe you built that! Well done. The tuning sounded a bit flat but your timing was good. I hope you do come back to playing. Bringing orchestral sound into other genres and making crossover styles is rewarding fun. Ignore the trolls and keep at it for yourself.

    #8734 Reply

    Mona T
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    Horns up!!!!! \m/ \m/ I love Megadeth so I am so happy to see you playing this!! Do you have an effects pedal for your violin? I thought about trying Sweating Bullets as well as Pantera’s Cowboys, anything Metallica…there are so many I’d love to try…

    #8735 Reply

    Alec Damiano
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    Hi Alex, thank you! I’ve still been playing other instruments even though I haven’t been playing violin as often, I think it helps to use fretted instruments to help with intonation. This violin looks like it has frets, but they’re actually just markings, so it feels as if I’m playing fretless. But yes, intonation is always something I’m trying to get better at. Thanks for the feedback! 🙂

    Hi Mona, it’s awesome to see a fellow metal fan here! \m/ In this video, I’m running a clean keyboard amp (to cover the range) and my pedal is a Korg ToneWorks AX3G, I believe. If it’s not an AX3G, it’s a similar model (I’m at work and don’t have it in front of me right now). I also have a Wood Wah, but I don’t use it as often (even though for Metallica, you’d probably want a wah! haha). The ToneWorks has all kinds of effects: overdrive/distortion, flanger, wah, delay, pitch shifting, etc. It also works as a volume pedal. I highly recommend it. I’m hoping to upgrade my rig soon, but I’m not sure what to get yet. An Axe FX like Dave Mustaine’s would be nice! Haha.

    I started learning “Cemetery Gates” a while back, and I was working on “Fade to Black” too… Right now, I’m working on heavier stuff like At The Gates and Carcass. I feel their more melodic stuff would lend itself really well to bowed strings.

    #8814 Reply

    Mona T
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    Cemetary Gates is another one of my favorites! Just heard Dave Mustaine on my drive home from work this morning promoting his new album Dystonia that comes out next Friday. Played a new song today! Recorded on my phone. Send me a message of you can’t find it on YouTube and you want to hear it asap – I think it is called Dystonia like the album. I can share the recording with you 🙂

    #8836 Reply

    Alec Damiano
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    Yeah, I preordered the new album not too long ago. I like the songs they’ve released from it so far. 🙂 It would be cool to hear your recording. Go ahead and send it to me in a message. 🙂

    #8878 Reply

    Emi Smith
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    Okay, first of all: WOAH! You built a bad ass piece of equipment there…. Second, props to you for playing Megadeath. I’m an ‘all things rock’ lover from early rock n’ roll all the way up to modern metal. I think that if more people played stuff like this regularly, we’d have a whole new group of people that were passionate for this amazing instrument!! For having taken a break for a few years, you’re doing fantastic. I just recently resurfaced after being gone for about 7 years. I hope I can fall back in as quickly!! great job!!

    #8896 Reply

    Mona T
    Participant

    Wah sorry, I can’t figure out how to attach it to a message here or privately.

    #8996 Reply

    Alec Damiano
    Participant

    Thanks Emi! Same here, I love all kinds of music, just that rock and metal are my preferred genres. And I agree that if more people realized that you can play this type of stuff on the violin, we’d have a lot more players.

    #9018 Reply

    Dianne Adkins
    Moderator

    Fantastic that you built this one of a kind elec violin! You are multi-talented obviously, an instrument maker and player, it’s more than most of us can say! Congrats! I don’t really know much about electric violins, except that whether electric or acoustic, gorgeous tone is always what we crave! So, it’s obvious you feel the music. You rock! If I had to pick some suggestion I would want to address tone. I heard some almost cello-like richness, then sometimes the tone went fuzzy and unclear. So, you already know the angle of the bow and the actual bow grip are going to have a big impact on tone, but I’m thinking about the bridge of your instrument and the bow you’re using with it. Maybe the strings are hard to play individually, and that would be due to a bridge that is more flat than rounded. So you might consider playing around with a viola bridge, or perhaps already have. Also, maybe use a viola bow too, so you can dig in and get a rich sound in all ranges. Great job! Thanks for sharing!

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