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FAQ135 – STARTING SOLAR GUITARS, MACHINE HEAD THE BLACKENING, FAVORITE MOVIES

What's up everyone? And welcome to FAQ 134 An amazing amazing new Sunday And we have so much shit to talk about today But I'm just gonna take a sip of my Coffee with Ola cup right here Not sure if you're on Devin Townsend Twitch But during his Twitch stream he drank through one of these coffee cups And he said it was the best coffee cup, it was his favorite coffee cup Cof- Oh, Ola's mug.

So, I did this Coffee with Ola thing.

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And he gave me this mug And it's my favorite coffee mug I think.

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I think he really knew what he was doing when he got those designed, it's really the right size and shape Just saying.

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you know, I know my shit, ok? So, everyone that's a guest on Coffee with Ola, they get one of these cups And I think like at least 60 or 70% maybe throw them away But Devin kept his and now it's his favorite coffee cup Unfortunately you cannot buy this coffee cup I only have them in physical form and you know, it's really hard to ship the coffee cups Or maybe.

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I have to look that up Louise would you mind just you know taking one of the coffee cup.

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the box Count how much it would be to ship all over the world Now that Devin Townsend said it's the most amazing cup ever Then maybe we should make this cup available for people to buy Right, thank you.

Alright, so me and Louise tried to figure out how much it was to ship one of these cups and.

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They were actually kinda expensive in the first place for us to buy, just to have a gift for the guests And now when we checked the shipping as well, because you know, it's a thick mug And I mean, the shipping alone is just like 10 euros and the coffee cup itself is 10 euros.

So just cost and shipping is 20 euros For it to make sense for us to sell it would be like 25 euros or something like that To cover you know, VAT and all of that So.

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Yes, if you want to buy a deluxe Coffee with Ola cup, it's gonna be 25 We cannot guarantee it's gonna be okay when it arrives If it's gonna be whole.

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But there it is, if you want to be just as cool as Devin Townsend in these dark times where we musicians need all the help we can get You can get a Coffee with Ola coffee cup I would probably recommend just getting a coffee cup from teespring or Spreadshirt or something like that It's just.

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it's just a lot cheaper It's not the same cup as Devin uses, but.

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But you can still get a cup, so there you go You have the option to get the really expensive, stupidly expensive cup that we ship from here Or you can get the less expensive cup from teespring.

Great Anyway, thank you so much for spending this time with me Are you watching this on premiere? Then I'm here chatting with you guys Not shat.

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Shat is something else I did not just shat myself I'm chatting in the chat window over there in the premiere, ok? Good, take it easy Quark: “Hi Ola, I think I follow you for 8 years or more.

“So can answer my question on time in this life? Or I'll stop following your channel.

It's a joke.

” “Who mixed and mastered Furor Incarnatus album? I love.

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Love what it sounds like.

“And what amp did you use to record? Love you man goat goat” Thank you so much funny guy And you know what? Furor Incarnatus is the last album I mixed altogether.

Now, Kevin Talley, the drummer, he wanted one guy to mix the drums for that album And I let him mix, like do stem mixing And then I mixed the rest of the whole album right there That's probably the last time I ever mixed a full album.

I just don't like mixing albums It's really challenging, because I never get happy So, you know, I'd rather just leave that to someone who knows what they're doing And then I can't do anything about it which is probably both good and bad But at the same time, you know, the album gets done And I don't have to work my ass off, which at the end of the day is probably for the better And Jocke Skog, bass player of Feared, he mastered the album For that album I used my Fortin Satan amplifier When was this? Like 2012 or something like that, I used my Fortin Satan amplifier And I also used my Strictly7prototype seven string to record that album You know, it's a lot of work it with the extended scale and all that But at the end of the day, when you tune as low as drop A for instance That scale length sounds absolutely massive and it sounds absolutely massive on that album as well And you know, it sounds great on the lower strings, it's just that the solos and leads sound a little shrill while playing on that longer scales But there you go.

Will I ever mix another album? I don't know, maybe when I've become older and you know, have more time with things and.

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But I just don't have the patience to mix a full album.

I can mix something for my YouTube channel, that's fine You know, it doesn't have to be perfect then it's basically just me slamming a bunch of tracks together and you know, just level them and.

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just put a compressor and a limiter and just slam the living shit out of the whole mix And that's it basically, but.

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You know, that surgical procedure of making something sound and.

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You know, perfectly in balance for all systems.

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Oh, my god.

Ugh, that's not my thing to do.

So, there you go.

Thank you so much for that question.

josh shoemaker: “I have.

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” Shoemaker.

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“I have reached a plateau in my guitar playing and I'm having trouble getting passed it “Has this ever happened to you and if so, do you have any advice that could help?” I do have some advice Usually my advice goes like this Is that I challenge you to learn a song that is totally different from what you would normally play I think learning something that is not in your comfort zone Will probably help you to kind of get out of that rut in a way And also another tip that I can give you and something that I recently just started That I recently just started.

It's basically to take lessons from a guitar player.

that is probably better than you I've just recently started taking lessons, and I've actually learned a thing or two Which is really good, I'm playing a lot more guitar now because of this I think it might not be bad to have someone tell you what to do and practice something just to you know, get you to actually play guitar So, I just started taking lessons from John Björk And if you want to take lessons from him, I'll put a link down th- down.

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Down there in the description, and you can reach out and.

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he gives lessons, ok? That's what I would do if I was Josh the shoemaker.

I'm really really hoping that shoe-making is your job Let me know Daniel Simmons: “Hey Ola, what's the most surprising album you have listened to? “Hearing Devin Townsend on Steve Vai's Sex and Religion album definitely surprised me.

“Also, will we see a SG style Solar one day?” Great question, an album that has surprised me.

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If I want to win some points with this question, I would probably say something like.

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You know, the album Close to the Edge by Yes was very surprising for me, because I thought it was absolutely incredible If I answer that I will seem like I'm a posh and stuck-up asshole So I guess I have to say something else I must say I think the album that surprised me the most about being awesome was when I listened to Bolt Thrower the first time Because obviously I wasn't really into death metal You know, I was just starting getting into metal and I heard Bolt Thrower and you know, it's growling and.

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You know, it's death metal I was surprised that I really really enjoyed it when I was listening to it It made me genuinely happy, you know.

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You know, I think in general when people hear death metal for the first time, like the natural reaction is this.

Why does he have to scream like that? You can't hear what he's singing, you know, I only hear a dog barking Well, I f***ing loved it when I heard it And.

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how old was I? Probably like 13 or 14 years old.

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I don't remember exactly And I was so happy that I discovered this, and I really enjoyed it The posh and proggish asshole answer Close to the Edge by Yes And my good answer is For Victory by Bolt Thrower which is the album that basically pushed me into brutal metal, I would say There you go, Daniel Simmons, that's a great question, made me think With my proggish asshole thinking God damn, this coffee is so good in this coffee cuff.

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cuff It's not what I wanted to say, I wanted to say cup Dan Larkin: “Hi Ola, you're a huge Dimebag/Pantera, we all know this “But for such a huge Dimebag fan, I've never heard you mention Damageplan or Rebel Meets Rebel.

“What are your opinions on these two projects? Mainly Damageplan.

” Well, that's where you're wrong.

I've actually talked a lot about Damageplan and a fair bit about Rebel Meets Rebel And Damageplan.

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I like Damageplan But I think I'm speaking for a lot of people when I say that all we fans were waiting for.

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We just wanted another Pantera album and Damageplan was sort of like subpar I mean, the riffs are cool and.

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but it's just not Pantera, man.

I guess I was wishing for more, I was really stoked and psyched about Damageplan Or even when they announced they were called like Newfound Power I was really stoked, I heard a clip of that.

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That was like a teaser clip that came out I think like two years before the actual album and I was like.

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Holy f*** that sounds amazing And I can't wait to hear more and then when they released the album it was like a.

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It was a little bit of a disappointment I would say and.

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Yeah, so that's that about Damageplan.

I still enjoyed the album by the way.

And Rebel Meets Rebel.

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I didn't actually listen to Rebel Meets Rebel up until like a year ago Where I started listening to it throughout me flying somewhere I don't remember where I was going, probably to the Australian The Haunted tour something like that But I was listening to Rebel Meets Rebel a lot.

You know, it's very different from Pantera, but at the same time it's very similar Because you know, obviously it's like Southern Rock and you know.

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A bunch of really cool licks and solos in there, it sounds really cool, the songs are great.

Oh shit, that reminds me.

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there was another question that I didn't answer “Also will” in the previous question “Also will we see a SG style Solar one day?” People are gonna be like 'Oh.

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' 'Ola dodged that question because he's gonna release an SG tomorrow.

' No I'm probably not gonna release an SG Isn't an SG sort of like a superstrat kind of shape? Except that it's ugly as f*** Disclaimer: SG shape is probably not my thing Just saying, and that's okay if you like SGs, that's awesome for you I just don't like it myself You may unsubscribe to this channel because of this But if you do, I'm just gonna remind you That that's an asshole move for you to just unsubscribe to my channel because I don't like the SG shape Just saying, we can still coexist in this world With me not liking the SG shape And you hating me for not liking the SG shape, just saying Ok? Good, now that you've left.

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Thank you, bye Juan Carlos Rada Tarifa: “Man, love your videos all of them, my question “Machine Head The Blackening turns 13 years recently.

, what do you think of that album? “For me it's incredible and my favorite one, hi from Bolivia.

” Thank you so much for that Oh shit, 13 years old, that's a lot of years ago And yes, I do remember when this album came out Because it was the first album I listened to Machine Head for quite some time And basically this is where I think that Machine Head kind of.

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Started to sound like Machine Head should sound like, in my opinion It sounded more raw and you know, sort of back to the roots kind of songs with The Blackening And it was an album I truly truly enjoyed A lot more than the ones before You know, obviously Burn My Eyes, favorite album The More Things Change, also a great album The other albums in there, I didn't actually listen to those a lot But The Blackening was truly amazing I thought it was basically like a you know, a return to form of Machine Head.

So there you go, thank you so much, Juan Carlos Rada Tarifa Okay, Riff of the Day, let's do it.

Let's do the Gojira riff You know why I played this Gojira riff in the beginning? Because in the last FAQ I played another Gojira riff for Silvera And people were like 'Oh, so amazing that you play Gojira' And I'm like, ok let's play Gojira again.

Let's teach this one.

Okay, so you mute the strings like that.

So you need a standard D guitar with a drop C I just put my finger, laying on top of the middle of the second fret here, ok? And then you play like this It's such a bad ass riff Gojira, ok? Goat Surgeon: “Are you a reader, Ola? Do you like to read?” Ok, great question from Ret, the Goat Surgeon And this might come as a surprise to you guys But I haven't read a book.

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in probably more than 15 years or something like that You know, a lot of people are saying to me like why are you not reading books? You know, and I'm like.

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I don't think I have the time to read books I've always kind of you know, put music as priority one, and you know.

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I want to write music, I want to you know, produce and record shit and do stuff like that You know, and whenever I want some downtime I watch TV or play video games And I know there's benefits of reading, but you know.

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I mean, there's just so many other things in life that I want to do Like sitting on Discord, hang out with my friends, my imaginary friends on Discord You know my enabling friends on Discord.

Ok, I'm gonna give it a test right now.

Hey friends, do you love me? Okay, let's see.

I love you guys, my beautiful beautiful YouTube members But.

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okay, okay.

Okay.

Okay.

Okay, maybe.

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Mayhaps.

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Thank God, my members love me.

That's all I need, who needs books when you have YouTube members on Discord? ContentFromHell: “Love ya.

“Ola, you started with the two song is was playing before watching your FAQ.

” Okay, let's try it again “love you, Ola you started with the two songs “is was playing before watching your FAQ.

” Thank you Gennady Oskin: “Ola, when did you decide you want to open your own guitar company? “Why did you name it Solar Guitars? Greetings from Russia.

” Ever since like 2012-2013 Where I started to actually make my design for the Solar guitar And.

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you know, the type A, this thingy This shape right here has been a thing since I think 2011 actually I was sponsored by Strictly7 And I had my signature guitar there and then I was kind of you know.

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Hoping that someone would take on my shape, like a brand And maybe make something more out of it, Washburn did They took this and we made a Solar, the Washburn Solar Which was the signature guitar for me and it became like a series in Washburn So I already had the idea in mind that I would like to sort of make my own guitar company And then later, when everyone kind of left Washburn And the people that, you know, I enjoyed working with at Washburn, they left the company And I was sort of like.

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you know, maybe this is the time I should try and start a company from scratch, I think I took this decision maybe.

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2016? Could that be? 16 or 17? And obviously I ended the Washburn deal on good terms and I had like a year.

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Where I prepared to start the company And also as these guys that left Washburn, my colleague Greg and Savir They.

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I asked, I reached out to Greg and asked if he wanted to you know, give this a shot Because I love that guy and you know, he's good with the business side of things and.

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You know, let's just try and do this together.

We started Solar Guitars and it took like a year to build it up.

Thanks to Greg who's the f***ing master of administration and just setting things up We had a long year there where we you know, just basically made everything happen We built up our website, you know, and all the logistics behind, you know, the guitars trying out guitars, you know, making samples.

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Basically just a big ass business plan And then eventually when we launched, I wanted to launch being ready Not give any.

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you know, assumptions of like, oh, we're gonna start something.

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You know, something in six months or something like that.

I wanted to launch my company And be able to sell guitars straightaway And that's kind of like how it worked Now it's been two years So we started in November 2017, It's been two and a half years I guess It's been going well ever since and I'm really happy I took that decision I was very worried of the reaction of me starting my own brand, but I think I made the right choice You know, I was so prepared, I really wanted to make it good from the start So that the company.

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basically if we're doing shit, it won't be the end of the world basically.

So, there you go, thank you so much “Why did you name it Solar Guitars?” Obviously Solar.

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Started with you know, Ola There's a Ola in there, Solar But it's not obviously like my name, which I think is good, so eventually when I die.

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It can keep on being named Solar And people are like 'Who's this Ola guy?' And everyone's like 'No idea'.

There you go Ben Peasley: “Hey Ola, I was wondering how your new solo material is coming along “What is your rig for recording demos and or the final recordings?” Thank you so much So, I just finished off a single that I will release very soon Usually me recording it's just me sitting here recording into my audio interface and.

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For demos I use Neural DSP plugins right now I'm using Plini for basically everything And it sounded really good For bass I just use an EZ Mix preset that I have Ermin Hamidovic of Systematic Recordings, he mixed the song And I think he reamped using a J.

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no, a JVM Marshall And a Precision Drive by Horizon Devices Not exactly sure how he did it But I will have to ask With that said, I have the single coming out pretty soon, I'm planning to release it when I hit 500k subscribers So thank you so much.

Other than that I have a couple of you know, songs happening for maybe an EP or an album eventually So that's cool.

Thank you for the question.

angusrules53: “Ola, what kind of desk do you have? “Can you give a walkdown of it?” I'm not gonna give you a walkdown, but I can tell you what it is It's a studio desk from a brand called Studio Desk Isn't that the most excellent idea for a brand name? I mean, you sell studio desks.

Why wouldn't you name the company Studio Desk? Then you know immediately what type of business they run I think this is called the Beat desk right here It was not that expensive to be honest If you compare it to other studio builds out there, but I'm really enjoying this desk It has a different kind of.

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you know it really works for me.

I don't really need rack space.

But this one has four rack spaces It has all these, you know, sliding things And you know, this little glass that I can move this around if I want You know, it's just like.

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it's just simple, nice There's a compartment back there where I can put all my bullshit and just.

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Nice and clean, you can get it in white or any other different color if you want Since I've kind of, you know, pushing this brand right here They didn't ask me, you asked because you asked the question But maybe they can sponsor me with a new desk You know, I'd rather sponsor something like this then Raid Shadow Legends You know, the mobile game that everyone loves so much they have to plug it every f***ing video And it's so amazing You know how much they pay for that bullshit? It's a lot, but I still take pride that I don't have to do that shit And that you can thank Solar Guitars for That I don't have to talk about Raid Shadow Legends or the ball shaving brand But I'm still doing it right now.

Shit, giving them exposure.

Okay, take that back.

Don't shave your balls, let it all grow out man.

Don't play Raid Shadow Legends.

It's a shit game.

I've never played it, maybe it's super awesome, I have no idea.

paid2009: “Ola please stop with the stupid burping.

Thank you.

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That was a 'No' in burpish, just saying HiddenDoorway27 “Ola, feel free to save this for a later FAQ, but what's your usual pickup height? “And what level do you typically shoot for when recording DIs? -3dB?” Ok, great question Not sure if you can see this, I'll try to zoom But here it is.

This is the worst showing of a pickup height right there.

Can you see that pickup height? No? Well good, I answered the question JobukerV: “Ola The Swede, Favorite movie of all time?” Oh, big existential question right there This is a really tough question and maybe I had this question before It's just that I don't remember what I answered, but that's good because the good thing about me and moves and me and memory is that.

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I don't remember shit Which is actually a really really good feature to have, because I can rewatch movies and enjoy them It's gonna sound cliche, most favorite movies that I probably watched or rewatched the most.

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are probably, you know like.

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movies like Star Wars and Indiana Jones, Back To The Future.

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You know, those type of movies are.

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they're incredible, I mean, they still hold the test of time I just really like them a lot The original Indiana Jones, not the new ones, the shitty ones, but like the first three of them were amazing And I just.

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yeah man Positive comment of the day Hellz72: “Brother Ola, I've been in roughly a month “And have gotten so much sound advice and tips from so many members “which has really helped my playing and confidence when it comes to playing and learning “I've been away from the guitar for 20 years at least due to an illness that I worked on for many years “Now I'm starting to learn again from scratch and I must say it's much smoother “But that's really due to the great family people you have here “I really have to take my hat off to all of them “Because to be quite honest every one of them are teachers in my opinion “and have so much to offer and for that I'm very grateful.

“Just wanted you to know how much I respect what you do “And what you've done here for guitarists and metalheads alike.

“We're all proud of you.

Hope this find you and your loved ones healthy and well.

“Big love.

” And for that I must say thank you so much My Discord has become something truly truly amazing It's something I'm extremely proud about and.

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You know, it's just a really good community right now where you can get help from people like yourself and.

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It's.

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it's just.

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it's simply amazing I mean, I'm talking about my Discord and my YouTube members a lot, but it's for a good reason You know, the first thing in the morning when I get to my office is that.

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You know, I talk to my members And then you know, throughout the day when I get an off time or something like that, importing videos I can go in there and talk and you know, there's just so many amazing people in there, just helping and.

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It's.

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it's a big love, big love for sure And.

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And I just wanted to make this the positive comment of the day We all need a whole lot of positive comments right now and positiveness in life in general Guys, thank you so much I think we got a fair bit of really good knowledge in this FAQ And I think it was mostly positive knowledge.

So yeah, with that said.

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Yeah, with that said next week it will be Easter, I've already prepared a wife FAQ for next week So you can still ask questions in this comment section But it won't get answered in the next FAQ because that's obviously the Easter and the wife FAQ But I will look it through next week when I'm preparing for the FAQ after that, ok? So, thank you so much for spending this Sunday with me.

It's been an absolute bliss and pleasure.

Still, wash your hands, don't talk to people No, just don't randomly walk around and make out with people, that's not ok But stay safe in these weird times, ok? And play a lot of guitar.

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Ok, thank you guys.

I love you.

Bye.

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