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post Jun 7 2012, 06:14 AM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Jun 5 2012, 12:06 AM) *
Hey guys! Just wanted to add the GP containing the AP riffing example I showed you last time and the Vivaldi arpeggios used in the beginning of the first movement wink.gif

I will see you on Thursday on a session dealing with...song writing wink.gif yes guys! A lot of you have been asking me about song writing so, I shall describe the process and we shall try to come up with ideas starting from a few chord progressions I have prepared below:

Im IIm

I IV V

I b7 IV

We shall apply these progressions to any tonality and see where we could take them from that point:

- Use different types of chords
- Change some chords
- Transform the chords into formulas

Looking forward to sharing my ideas with you guys so I'll see you on Thursday at 8 PM London time as usual!

Cosmin


Yes !:D Great stuff bro. I always wanted to brush up my song writing skills. I write random riffs and licks but don't know how to arrange them. This would be helpful.

Just had a look at the GP files. I'll practice them during the day and be ready for tomorrow's morning tongue.gif 12:30 AM


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post Jun 7 2012, 07:17 PM
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Aloha guys!

I just concocted a new song which I would like to discuss this evening smile.gif

I will lay down the chord progressions for ya:

Theme: C F
Verse: Bb C
Pre-chorus: D Eb
D Eb F
Chorus: F Eb C
Bb C
F Eb C
Bb G
Bridge: Am Gsus2 F
Am Gsus2 F Gsus4

Around these we shall discuss the process biggrin.gif I really like it and it came today so, I hope you guys will like it!

Cosmin


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post Jun 13 2012, 09:03 PM
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Captain's log, June 13th, 2012

I prepared a few ideas based on the last session's acoustic song - I transformed everything into riffs and melodies so that you may see how an electric version would sound.

After this I would like to start discussing a few ideas regarding whammy bar phrasing:

- correct pitch
- vibrato - single notes and chords
- bending and vibrato
- sliding from note to note

I will see you as usual in the video chat room, this Thursday at 8 PM London time as usual wink.gif

cheers mates!

Cosmin
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post Jun 19 2012, 05:19 PM
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Hey mates! I owe you this example we have discussed about last time and I didn't provide yet->

e--8-8-5-5-----------------------------
B----------8-8-5-5---------------------
G---------------------7-7-5-5----------
D-------------------------------6-6 ~~

You are supposed to play legato, so no pick involved wink.gif hammer on the first note and then quickly push the whammy lightly - just like tapping it while playing the second note. The third note should be the result of a pull off and the 4th is played in the same manner as the second - by using the whammy bar.

For the rest of the notes happening on the B, G and D strings, you will apply the same procedure and for the Ab (the last note) you can either vibrate with your left hand or use the whammy once again smile.gif

Tomorrow I will post the GP and tabs for the whammy phrasing we shall discuss this Thursday so, STAY TUNED AMIGOS! biggrin.gif

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post Jun 21 2012, 06:47 PM
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Captain's log, June 21st 2012

I finally managed to fix my studio PC and come up with a draft for the collab take implying the us of whammy bar phrasing wink.gif

Since I haven't managed to tab it out yet, I shall try and tell you about what I am using here and there, till I manage to get a tab smile.gif although it's pretty quirky laugh.gif some sort of a Steve Vai vibe I think smile.gif

So, the progressions are Gm7 Dsus2 and then Fmaj Gm Bbmaj Cmaj

Since over the Gm7 and Dsus2 we can use the G dorian mode, I have started with an Em7b5 arpeggio which is based on Dorian notes.

For the main theme, I have tried to emulate the phrasing and vibe of a harmonica tongue.gif as bluesy as possible - it's raining right? biggrin.gif

Again when descending i have used another Dorian pattern, all of the above somehow resolving on E which is the 6th step of G dorian -> G A Bb C D E F G and perfectly emphasizes the mode.

Before passing to the other progression I will use some intervals which will solve the whole deal, ending in a Gm7add9 chord wink.gif

After the other progression starts, the whammy bar goes crazy and i am using the D minor pentatonic, which can be played throughout the whole progression, ascending in a pattern which I will explain during the session.

To end the whole solo, I will use hammerons and pullofs to end in a mega bend, which will be solved by using the whammy smile.gif

A pretty wild ride tongue.gif hope you guys will enjoy it as much as I did while writing it biggrin.gif

cheers and see you in the chat room in one hour and 15 minutes!!

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post Jun 24 2012, 02:07 PM
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Howdy guys! If you want to see the recording of the solo which we have talked about during the last session - take a look below:



I'll see you on Thursday as usual - 8 PM London time - where we shall discuss on building scale patterns and combinations wink.gif

GP and PDF coming up tomorrow, so stay tuned!

Cosmin



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post Jun 26 2012, 12:07 PM
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Captain's Log, June 26th 2012

Mates, I am planning on a very interesting session - based on the suggestion of our dear friend Yash - Scale sequencing smile.gif

I have added a twist - we shall use odd groupings and combine them for great dynamics and diversity in phrasing!

We shall first discuss on how to exercise odd groupings separately - groups of 5,6,7 and 9 notes and then combine them all together, in examples such as the ones you shall find attached in the GP and PDF files below!

See you at 8 PM London time - This Thursday to discuss on Scale sequencing!

Cosmin
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post Jul 3 2012, 04:40 PM
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Captain's Log, July the 3rd 2012

Mates, this Thursday, we shall combine the knowledge we have gathered with modes, with the note groupings we have discussed last time smile.gif

Take a look over the 4 licks and observe the differences between the modes by looking for the characteristic scale degrees of each of the 4 minor modes presented: Aeolian, Phrygian, Locrian and Dorian.

We shall discuss them licks this Thursday at 8 PM London time, as usual!

See you in the chat room!

Cosmin
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Thanks for a great evening guys smile.gif

I will see you next week on the 14th of July at 12.30 PM London time! Let's see what I will prepare for you then biggrin.gif A surprise guest maybe? tongue.gif


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post Jul 12 2012, 12:33 PM
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Captain's Log, July the 12th 2012

Ahoy my brothers and sisters od the GMC Clan!

This Saturday at 12.30 PM, we shall talk about voicings, by taking progressions and exercising voicings with each, regardless of the chords used smile.gif

Here are the progressions which I had in mind:

I VI IV V -> Example: C Am F G (Ionian progression)

I V IV I -> Example: Am Em Dm Am (Dorian progression)

I bVII bVI -> Example Am G F (Aeolian progression)

What we shall do is:

1) Pick each type of progression and dress it up using various types of chords in a given key
2) Use available voicings to play that progression and discover the many possibilities offered by this technique smile.gif

Does this sound good and interesting? If yes, you will be there with me in Saturday biggrin.gif

see you!!

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Captain's Log - July 18th 2012

Ahoy mates!


As promised, for tomorrow's session we shall be dealing with the chord voicings for the following progressions:

I VI IV V (Ionian)

CM7 Am7 FM7 G7
AM7 F#m7 DM7 E7
BM7 G#m7 EM7 F#7

I bVII bVI (Aeolian)

Am7 G7 FM7
F#m7 E7 DM7
G#m7 F#7 EM7

As benefits:

- you will be able to understand the mechanism behind the vocings
- you will learn at least 10 voicing types per each type of chord wink.gif
- your fretboard knowledge will improve
- you will be able to play M7, m7 and 7 chords in any position

So biggrin.gif who's with me tomorrow evening (Thursday) 8 Pm London time?

Cosmin

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post Jul 19 2012, 04:52 PM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Jul 18 2012, 10:43 PM) *
Captain's Log - July 18th 2012

Ahoy mates!


As promised, for tomorrow's session we shall be dealing with the chord voicings

So biggrin.gif who's with me tomorrow evening (Thursday) 8 Pm London time?

Cosmin


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post Jul 19 2012, 10:31 PM
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Hey mates! Here are the charts as promised smile.gif


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post Jul 23 2012, 02:47 PM
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Captain's Log, July 23rd 2012

Mates, this Thursday we shall be dealing with ear training! I have cooked up 3 exercises for you consisting in:

1) Picking up a note and following it with our voice in any given chord progression - various chords harmonized from the same scale
2) The same idea, applied for a characteristic scale degree in a modal progression
3) Following a specific interval in several chord voicings

Get your ears prepared with the following drill:

- Pick up ANY note
- Play it against some of its possible intervals in various octaves
- Sing it against them
- Play it and sing it against a major and a minor chord

This should get you in the right state of mind for exercising our ears together smile.gif

See you on Thursday evening, 8 PM London time!

Cosmin

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Captain's Log, August 1st 2012

Continuing our ear training journey, I have chosen a popular melody - Jingle Bells - which I have altered using 3 major modes - Ionian, Lydian and Mixolydian, so that you guys can figure out the subtle differences created by using modal progressions and the notes involved with them.

Check out the Guitar pro and PDF attached and I will see you tomorrow, Thursday, August 2nd, at 8 PM London time in the GMC Chat room where we shall continue talking about ear training and some more vocal technique tips smile.gif

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Captain's Log, August 7th, 2012

Ahoy mates! This This Thursday, we will start discussing on chord strumming patterns, plus 3 and 4 notes arpeggios.

I chose a simple progression for the strumming:

022000 - Em
032000 - CM7
054000 - Dmajadd11add9

We will explore all sorts of patterns and time signatures using only these three chords so that the focus will be on the right hand only!

On the other hand, the way we will exercise the arpeggios will be based on harmonizing scales by using these arpeggios. For example, if we have the C major scale we will play the C major D minor E minor F major G major A minor B diminished C major using only three notes ANYWHERE ON THE NECK. This is the whole purpose of the exercise - helping you get acquainted with the notes and the shapes all over the neck and the way in which the intervals look in these arpeggios.

So, the only things we will know is the formula of each arpeggio:

Major - 1 3 5
Minor - 1 b3 5
Diminished - 1 b3 b5

...and the fact that we have the root note on one string and the other two on the next one.

We will also use 16th notes and triplets as well. Separate at first and combined afterwards smile.gif Does this seem challenging? biggrin.gif

We will go through it without any problems and your fretboard knowledge will increase!

See you on Thursday at 8 PM London time!

Cosmin

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Captain's Log, August 15th, 2012

Since last time we have started harmonizing scales and learning the fretboard with the aid of arpeggios, we will continue the journey with an interesting concept, regarding playing the same phrase in a different way smile.gif

Check out the PDF and GP files and you will see the two arpeggio shapes I have used and transformed! We shall debate on them and see how we can learn about the fretboard by using such a method wink.gif

See you in the chat room TOMORROW, Thursday 8 PM London time!

Cosmin
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Adding a little extra info, according to the tides taken by the discussions in yesterday's chat:

The diminished chords have the following formula 1 b3 b5 while the dominant chords have this one 1 3 5 b7

Usually, in the case of the dominant chords, we can omit the 5th, if we want to use a simpler form of the chord smile.gif

See you next Thursday mates biggrin.gif if there are any questions, please go ahead and ask smile.gif

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Captain's Log, August 22nd 2012

Tomorrow, ladies and djentlemen smile.gif we shall discuss the concept of using dynamics and transforming a line from a state of mind to another. I have chosen a very popular song to work with - that is 'WHISKEY IN THE JAR' - a traditional Irish tune, from the Cork and Kerry counties.

We shall take a look upon the notes making up the vocal line, transpose them on the guitar and transform them, using dynamics.

You can use the chord progressions below, for the basic chords making up the harmonies:

Verse: G Em C G
Chorus: D G C G

Here is the version of the song which we will use the vocal line interpretation from:



I'm sure that most of you are best acquainted with this version biggrin.gif so, what I'd like you to do until tomorrow, is listen to the vocal lines as we will be using those.

That being said - I'll be seeing you tomorrow (Thursday, August 23rd) at the session - 8 PM London time!

Cosmin

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Captain's Log, August 27th 2012

Ahoy mates! As you may well remember, we have seen the many ways in which we can play a simple theme such as the vocal line in 'Whiskey in the jar' if we know the harmony behind it and the notes making it up, right?

Well, here is an assignment for you smile.gif

Pick up the notes in the melodic line - see the GP or PDF files attached - and place in whatever chords you might like and see fit, other than the usual chord progression of the original song smile.gif Send me the files with your ideas and maybe we get a new song together smile.gif

We'll discuss your takes this Thursday at 8 PM London time wink.gif together with the licks attached in the other PDF files! We'll discuss on where we can fit them and practice them together smile.gif

Enjoy your homework and I'll see you on Thursday!

Cosmin
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