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1 Arnaud Godefroy

Guitar Hacks Spotlight: Arnaud Godefroy

In the Guitar Hackers Spotlight series, we get to know our fellow students. Each one of you has a story that deserves to be heard and we’re grateful to be a part of your guitar journey. Today, we get to know our friend, Arnaud Godefroy.

Tell us a little about yourself (where you’re from, favorite food, pets, etc.)

 Hi, my name is Arnaud Godefroy, I come from France from a small village near Paris. I love the peace and quiet, but also the good evenings of rock to metal concerts, meals with family and friends washed down with beer of course! I have a good old 12 year old Jack Russell whom I adore as well as an awesome wife and son.

My favorite food is French, but also Japanese or Moroccan :yum:

What made you decide to pick up guitar?

 it’s not complicated, I love the style (shape, colors, etc.) of the instrument, the technical and musical possibilities, but above all, the story that emerges from it.

Who are some of your favorite guitar players?

Complicated question, because there are so many that I like, both well-known and lesser-known. Let’s say: Andy Timmons, Neil Zaza, Marco Sfogli, Segey Golovin, Jacky Vincent, Slash, Olaf Thorsen (Labyrinth), Zakk Wylde, Jason Backer, Georges Lynch, Kiko Loureiro and so many others!

What are you hoping to accomplish with your guitar playing?

I would like to be comfortable on the neck of my guitar (like everyone else I think haha). More precisely, to know how to clearly play different types of chords (with enrichments) on a harmonic progression. To improvise what I have in my head at the moment;  being melodic, rather than a simple succession of notes that doesn’t create emotion — for me and the listener!

Is there a particular technique or concept you struggle with most?

To complete what I said previously: to be able to flourish musically, I need to work on in addition to the rest are certain techniques like sweeping or even legato

How did you hear about Guitar Hacks?

I follow Kiko Loureiro on social networks, so I wanted to know more about this famous community. :grin:

You’re pretty active in the Guitar Hacks community. In what ways does having a community like this benefit you as a player?

 It’s interesting as a concept, because we can share about our difficulties, find answers, have refined exercises, or other exercises that take us out of our musical comfort zone. So we are clearly evolving, and we know that we can be helped if we wish. In addition, there is a nice atmosphere in this community.

What kind of content from Guitar Hacks would you like to see in the future?

It would be nice to have some application pieces to work on. I had also already submitted the idea of ​​making a collab video. It’s done a lot on YouTube, for example, with members of Guitar Hacks.

On a backing track we would post a solo of a few seconds, one after the other, to make a top video :smile:

If you like, tell us where we can see more of your stuff (social media, webpages, etc.)

Youtube : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYYRm5HRrFdNNCdAr4QRn_w

Facebook :

https://www.facebook.com/1ArnaudGodefroy/


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8 Guitar Hackers Spotlight: Sebastián Caldas

Guitar Hackers Spotlight: Sebastián Caldas

In the Guitar Hackers Spotlight series, we get to know our fellow students. Each one of you has a fascinating story that deserves to be heard and we’re grateful to be a part of your guitar journey.

Sebastián Caldas

Guitar Hackers Spotlight: Sebastián Caldas

My name is Sebastián Caldas, I am a classical guitarist born in Uruguay, but lived most of my life in Sweden.

At 13 I started playing electric guitar and soon I came in contact with the music of Megadeth. A couple of years later, I started a band and played my own music; Black Sabbath, and Megadeth covers — the ones with less complicated solos :). 

Megadeth became my favourite band and I have always dreamt of playing some of their spectacular solos. I continued the classical guitar path and pursued a bachelor and master degree in that field. I did not have time to practice electric and I almost stopped playing for 15 years.

With Kiko Loureiro’s platform, I have found the structure, technique, and inspiration to take the electric guitar playing to the level I have always dreamed of.

It is truly a path to the foundations essential for playing the music I love. And not only that, directly from the source of the band I love.

Another great thing I discovered is that Kiko, in his solo work, is very open to a fusion of traditions, and that is one of my passions which I have tried to apply in my classical guitar career.

I hope you find the joy of learning that I have found at Guitar Hacks and that we all can grow together.

Sincerely,

Sebastián Caldas
www.sebastiancaldas.com
Listen to Sebastián on Spotify and on his Youtube Channel.

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5 Guitar Hackers Spotlight Caroline Van Roos

Guitar Hackers Spotlight: Caroline Van Roos

Caroline Van Roos Peavey Guitar

Tell us a little about yourself (where you’re from, favorite food, pets, etc.)

Hello, I’m from France, I love chihuahuas and electric guitars!

What made you decide to pick up guitar? 

When I was a teenager I used to play guitar. My dream was to manage to play Angra songs and other bands that I loved. I was also a huge fan of the album No gravity. I stopped my progression because I started a band as a bass player, then another as pianist, singer … that’s why I stopped guitar.

Last year I decided to get my guitar back and allow myself time to realize my teenage dreams.

I also play folk music, write lots of songs, and cover lots of different music styles. I love music in general, I’m not very specialize in one type, it really depends on my mood.

Music is first of all a fantastic way to express ourselves and our sensibility.

Other than Kiko, who are some of your favorite guitar players?

Steve Vai, Malmsteen, John 5, John petrucci… Not very original haha! Also French players Patrick Rondat and Pascal Vigné.

What are you hoping to accomplish with your guitar playing? 

I want to manage to play what I have in my head without the barrier of technique! I wan’t to be proud of me and have fun.

What techniques or concepts do you struggle with most?

Tapping and using harmonics

How did you hear about Guitar Hacks? 

I’m following Kiko on social networks!

Have you interacted with the Guitar Hacks community? And do you feel having an active community of other guitar players is helpful?

Not yet but I think it’s great!

Do you have any concerns about the course? Or are there any improvements you would like to see?  

Maybe do something live with the other people on zoom, or something like that? Not with Kiko, but with the students so we can interact together with audio and video. Having other people’s opinion about our playing for example.

Anything you would like to say to Kiko? 

Thanks for everything you share to us, the way that you exalt the guitar. You are beautiful. You’re my very favorite guitar player ever!

You mentioned a unique approach you are going to take with the course.

I had this idea when I started kiko’s courses: I’m filming myself playing Guitar Hacks (not every day but every 2-3 days) for about 2 months with my camera, in order to show my evolution. If you are interested, I can send the link to you when it’ll be finish!

Youtube chanel : www.youtube.com/c/carolinevanroos
Instagram : @carolinevanroos
facebook www.facebook.com/carolinevanroos

13 Guitar Hackers Spotlight Laura Bonini

Guitar Hackers Spotlight: Laura Bonini

Introducing the Guitar Hackers Spotlight: This is where we can get to know our fellow students. Each one of you has a fascinating story that deserves to be heard and we’re grateful to be a part of your guitar journey.

Laura Bonini

First, tell us a little about yourself (where you’re from, favorite food, pets, etc.)

I’m from Italy and live in Milan. I’m a graduate in Biology and work as a web programmer for an ebook distributor and I teach yoga in my spare time. My main passions are nature, yoga, and of course, music. Even if I’m not strictly vegetarian I’m mad about any kind of veggie food recipe. I have a female cat who loves when I plunk on my guitar, but gets bothered when I hit a wrong note!

What made you decide to pick up guitar?

I really love music (metal above all) and when I like a particular song, riff or solo, my first thought is, “What would I feel like if I could play it?”  That was the main reason. Honestly I’m a bit insecure, so I’ve never strived to become a musician, compose my own music, or play with other people. Now that I’m learning, I’m trying to improvise a little bit. Really basic stuff, of course, but it’s very fun for me. I’m surprised, only a few months ago I’d never thought this would be possible for me!

What are you hoping to accomplish with your guitar playing? 

Mainly to have fun, play the songs I love and let my feelings flow while playing.

What techniques or concepts do you struggle with most?

At the moment I really struggle with strumming and right hand technique in general.  

How did you hear about Guitar Hacks? 

Following Kiko on social media (youtube and Instagram).

You were hesitant about signing up at first, what changed your mind?

I was afraid Guitar Hacks was aimed only at experienced guitar players, but glanced at a few lessons and I noticed Kiko always begins with really basic exercises, even for more complex techniques. So if this approach is useful for advanced guitarists, I think it can help me set up a good solid technique from the beginning.

Have you interacted with the Guitar Hacks community? And do you feel having an active community of other guitar players is helpful?

I’m a very new subscriber and I have’t got the opportunity to write a comment yet, but I like to read questions and answers by other members and Kiko himself. They’re really useful and make me feel more comfortable in my guitar journey. Because I see everyone, even experienced guitar players, struggle with something and receive advice from others.

Do you have any concerns about the course? Or are there any improvements you would like to see?  

As a beginner, I know I can use only a few lessons right now, but I’ll take my time and I think this course will guide me for a long time.

Anything you would like to say to Kiko?

I’d like to thank him, for having a course in English. Also, for all the awesome material he shares generously on his youtube channel (that’s how I have known him to be a great teacher, in addition to an amazing musician.) His lessons on techniques, songs, and licks are really important and unique, both for guitar players and music lovers in general.

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