Avenged Sevenfold’s Synyster Gates hoping to foster a “community” with online guitar school
ByFor the past five years, Avenged Sevenfold's Synyster Gates and his father Brian "Papa Gates" Haner Sr. have been working to create their own online guitar school. Now, the pair are getting ready to officially launch the Synyster Gates School. While creating the school, Gates researched everything from the Julliard curriculum to entrepreneurial books, and came away with one big goal for the program. "I really wanted to figure out how to incorporate crowd-sourcing, and make this like a community," Gates tells ABC Radio. "You'll be able to have your own profile pages," he continues. "And there will be a lot of incentivized competitions where people can participate in order to get cool things, like win master classes or get featured teacher or student of the month." Gates says that the first version of the school will be "very Synyster Gates-centric," and between him and his father, who's played with Frank Zappa and Tower of Power, you'll be learning from very capable teachers. But as the school and its community grows, Gates hopes you'll be able to learn from a lot of different kinds of players. "As much as I think especially my dad has to offer, as far as multi-genre playing and all this kind of stuff is concerned, you can't learn from [just] a couple of people," he says. Beyond the actual logistics of the school, Gates found that the most difficult aspect of putting it together was finding a way to teach beyond just technical lessons, and a way to translate the less concrete aspects of music, such as theory and harmony. "We really wanted to...circumvent...that online learning curve, where it's virtually impossible to use words to explain music," he says. For more info, visit SynGates.com. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.