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post Jan 22 2012, 11:48 AM
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Sensei Ben's Guitar Bushido

Guitar = Guitar
Bushido = Way of the Warrior


You're 2,000 ft up in the mountains. The icy wind is blowing across your face and chilling your bones. In your hand you clutch your guitar as you make your way towards the big, wooden pillars. Each heavy, laboured step takes you closer to what lies beyond these mountain gates.. a harsh, almost cruel regimen of physical and mental discipline and forging of willpower and character.

Your knuckles are already anticipating the push ups.. your fingers are already trembling at the thought of legato on an empty stomach and your hands are almost frozen in fear at the thought of constant palm muted down strokes. Welcome... you have reached my lair of guitar abuse. This is Guitar Bushido and I will be your Sensei.

I ask only one thing: empty your cup and be prepared to give.

Now that I've set the scene in my slightly unhinged way, I'll tell you what this all about smile.gif

I'd like to mentor you in your guitar playing and help you identify problem areas and work to improve them. For those of you who are new to GMC, my main interest in guitar playing is in the rock & metal areas so this is where my main levels of experience reside although, regardless of what genre of music you like, I can help anyone reach a certain level of dexterity and ability before you may want to concentrate your focus in a specific musical area.

How I'm going to do it is have 3 groups – Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced. Some of you I already know and can make a judgement on what might suit you best but for anyone interested in attending the Temple of Guitar Bushido please direct me to some visual/audio footage of yourselves. Also, I'd like to mention that even if you feel like you're too much of a beginner, you're not, any time is the right time to start learning more. Also, being a beginner is a good place to be because I won't have to beat any bad habits out of you, unlike some of the characters here at GMC...... wink.gif

Once I've got a few of you guys into one of the 3 groups I'll make 3 seperate threads and start giving some weekly tasks which are exclusive to each group. I would call them assignments but that's too friendly and reminds me of school. Tasks are what Hercules had to do.. a task requires strength and courage. biggrin.gif

There will be a deadline set each week, a different one for each group so keep an eye on them so you know how much time you have. I appreciate that everybody has other responsibilities in their lives and a week isn't a very long time to learn something but an inspiring thing to remember is that we all get the same 24hrs in a day, which is the same 24hrs that Steve Vai or Guthrie Govan gets. It's how we use it that determines our results. Whatever time we do get to devote to something we want to excel at, as long as we give 100% during that time, even if it's only 30 mins, then we're still giving everything.

So, are you ready to make your way into the temple ? If so, grab your guitars and sign up here...

END OF GUITAR BUSHIDO COURSE, 06/02/2013


Thank you to everybody for taking part in The Tasks, Guitar Bushido has now come to a close after 52 Tasks that tested everybody's will and endurance !! It has been an honour to be your Sensei and I hope you are able to take the lessons that you learned on the mountain with you wherever you go ! You are guitar warriors now !





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- Ben Higgins   Guitar Bushido - Mentoring Course !   Jan 22 2012, 11:48 AM
- - JaxN4   I read that post with a big smile on my face, half...   Jan 22 2012, 12:02 PM
|- - Ben Higgins   QUOTE (JaxN4 @ Jan 22 2012, 11:02 AM) I r...   Jan 22 2012, 12:15 PM
- - quadrium   i accept the challenge sensei here is my youtube ...   Jan 22 2012, 12:21 PM
|- - Ben Higgins   QUOTE (quadrium @ Jan 22 2012, 11:21 AM) ...   Jan 22 2012, 12:40 PM
|- - JaxN4   QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Jan 22 2012, 11:40 A...   Jan 22 2012, 12:44 PM
- - JaxN4   Let's Do THIS!!!   Jan 22 2012, 12:26 PM
|- - snackajacks   yesss got only soundcloud though http://soundclou...   Jan 22 2012, 12:41 PM
|- - Ben Higgins   QUOTE (snackajacks @ Jan 22 2012, 11:41 A...   Jan 22 2012, 12:43 PM
- - Alexiaden93   HOLY CRAP THIS IS SO COOL. Count me in. I want to...   Jan 22 2012, 01:43 PM
|- - Ben Higgins   QUOTE (Alexiaden93 @ Jan 22 2012, 12:43 P...   Jan 22 2012, 02:24 PM
- - Gitarrero   *clutches his guitar harder, makes sure the packag...   Jan 22 2012, 01:48 PM
- - WeePee   Yeah sure ! I'm in also. Under my sig is...   Jan 22 2012, 01:52 PM
- - Cosmin Lupu   Awesome idea Ben! Big LIKE   Jan 22 2012, 02:15 PM
- - Gitarrero   QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Jan 22 2012, 02:24 P...   Jan 22 2012, 02:30 PM
- - Dinaga   Master Ben, I give my soul to you! This is an ...   Jan 22 2012, 02:30 PM
|- - Ben Higgins   QUOTE (Dinaga @ Jan 22 2012, 01:30 PM) Ma...   Jan 22 2012, 02:46 PM
- - empan   Im in! Here is my Soundcloud:http://soundclo...   Jan 22 2012, 03:02 PM
- - Gabriel Leopardi   hahaha fantastic introduction for this course Ben...   Jan 22 2012, 03:18 PM
- - metaldan   Ok... I'll throw down. I've been feeling l...   Jan 22 2012, 03:42 PM
- - Ben Higgins   Welcome to the temple, Emil and Dan !   Jan 22 2012, 04:03 PM
- - PosterBoy   Definitely up for this I'm not sure of my lev...   Jan 22 2012, 06:38 PM
- - Praetorian   I would love to sign up for the beginner classes i...   Jan 22 2012, 06:55 PM
|- - Ben Higgins   QUOTE (Praetorian @ Jan 22 2012, 05:55 PM...   Jan 22 2012, 08:21 PM
- - Marek Rojewski   I miss our Mentored Program very much and would be...   Jan 22 2012, 07:17 PM
- - Todd Simpson   Killer idea on this! I remember you said you w...   Jan 22 2012, 07:39 PM
- - HungryForHeaven   This might just be exactly what I need to stop fid...   Jan 22 2012, 09:33 PM
- - Nihilist1   I am in. I have both YouTube and Soundcloud, and I...   Jan 22 2012, 09:49 PM
- - metaldan   Belts would be a great idea! I would obsess wi...   Jan 23 2012, 02:45 AM
- - maharzan   Who wouldn't want to join Ben. I will do all 3...   Jan 23 2012, 03:24 AM
- - Ben Higgins   This is all great stuff, guys. Just to let you kno...   Jan 23 2012, 02:02 PM
- - DreamForge   I also want to be a part of it, sensei but unfortu...   Jan 23 2012, 02:15 PM
- - Nimrandir   I'm in Master! Unfortunately I've re...   Jan 23 2012, 03:21 PM
- - empan   When will it begin??? Can´t wait   Jan 23 2012, 04:28 PM
- - mad   woohooo! i'm in! i'd like to join ...   Jan 23 2012, 05:09 PM
- - superize   I want to signup for this.   Jan 23 2012, 05:22 PM
- - Sensible Jones   Guitar? Check. Donuts? Check. Bombay Bad Boy? Chec...   Jan 23 2012, 07:29 PM
|- - Ben Higgins   QUOTE (Sensible Jones @ Jan 23 2012, 06:2...   Jan 23 2012, 08:17 PM
|- - Sensible Jones   QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Jan 23 2012, 07:17 P...   Jan 23 2012, 08:28 PM
|- - Dinaga   QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Jan 23 2012, 08:17 P...   Jan 23 2012, 11:41 PM
|- - SirJamsalot   QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Jan 23 2012, 11:17 A...   Jan 24 2012, 12:16 AM
- - PosterBoy   This training sounds more Cobra Kai than Miyagi-do   Jan 23 2012, 08:28 PM
- - Praetorian   Ben - do you have Skype?   Jan 23 2012, 09:17 PM
|- - Ben Higgins   QUOTE (Praetorian @ Jan 23 2012, 08:17 PM...   Jan 24 2012, 11:03 AM
- - Gitarrero   I've already watched Rocky I and II yesterday ...   Jan 23 2012, 09:29 PM
- - zoom   Cool! Would love to join the master. My utub...   Jan 24 2012, 10:35 AM
- - AK Rich   Wow this sounds really cool Ben! I'm down ...   Jan 24 2012, 06:49 PM
|- - Olivier777   Hello Master Higgins ! I must say your combat...   Jan 25 2012, 01:49 AM
- - PosterBoy   Olivier awesome video production!!!...   Jan 25 2012, 06:43 AM
- - Ben Higgins   Greetings Disciples ! I trust that you are acc...   Jan 25 2012, 11:12 AM
- - quadrium   Awesome   Jan 25 2012, 11:17 AM
- - JaxN4   Haha... this reminds me of when i was a kid, and c...   Jan 25 2012, 11:32 AM
- - Ben Higgins   Right, I've gone through and drawn up a basic ...   Jan 25 2012, 11:49 AM
- - maharzan   Cool.. I ate a lot coz I know I am going to starve...   Jan 25 2012, 12:00 PM
- - Ben Higgins   Ok the threads are now open ! BEGINNER INTER...   Jan 25 2012, 12:14 PM
- - pikman   sign me up Ben! always willing to learn from t...   Jan 25 2012, 12:24 PM
|- - Ben Higgins   QUOTE (pikman @ Jan 25 2012, 11:24 AM) si...   Jan 25 2012, 12:26 PM
- - Nihilist1   Thanks! I missed a lot of beginner lessons due...   Jan 25 2012, 09:15 PM
|- - Ben Higgins   QUOTE (Nihilist1 @ Jan 25 2012, 08:15 PM)...   Jan 26 2012, 11:01 AM
- - metaldan   I will complete my task with honor Sifu! We c...   Jan 26 2012, 03:27 AM
- - PosterBoy   Woo Hoo Let's do this!!!!...   Jan 26 2012, 11:06 AM
|- - Ben Higgins   QUOTE (PosterBoy @ Jan 26 2012, 10:06 AM)...   Jan 26 2012, 11:17 AM
|- - metaldan   QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Jan 26 2012, 10:17 A...   Jan 26 2012, 08:05 PM
|- - Ben Higgins   QUOTE (metaldan @ Jan 26 2012, 07:05 PM) ...   Jan 26 2012, 08:53 PM
- - gregc1   Hey Ben! A little late to the party but I...   Jan 27 2012, 06:02 PM
|- - Ben Higgins   QUOTE (gregc1 @ Jan 27 2012, 05:02 PM) He...   Jan 27 2012, 06:16 PM
- - gregc1   Thanks Ben! *bows head As you say it, so sh...   Jan 27 2012, 06:19 PM
- - Ben Higgins   Greetings, disciples ! Everybody can now gat...   Jan 29 2012, 10:32 AM
- - Gitarrero   *carries Dogukan on his back and starts running* G...   Jan 29 2012, 10:40 AM
|- - Ben Higgins   QUOTE (Gitarrero @ Jan 29 2012, 09:40 AM)...   Jan 29 2012, 11:35 AM
- - Sensible Jones   Mmmmmmm, Bombay Bad Boy Breakfast Bowl!!...   Jan 29 2012, 01:08 PM
- - Gitarrero   You guys are making me curious! And I found an...   Jan 29 2012, 01:28 PM
|- - Sensible Jones   Wait until September! Meeting for a Beer would...   Jan 29 2012, 01:48 PM
|- - Ben Higgins   QUOTE (Sensible Jones @ Jan 29 2012, 12:4...   Jan 29 2012, 07:06 PM
- - quadrium   * Carries Christian on his back and starts running...   Jan 29 2012, 02:10 PM
- - Aven   I'd love to join in...I'm guessing I am in...   Jan 30 2012, 07:47 PM
|- - Ben Higgins   QUOTE (Aven @ Jan 30 2012, 06:47 PM) I...   Jan 30 2012, 08:41 PM
- - Ben Higgins   Good morning warriors-in-training ! You will ...   Feb 1 2012, 11:12 AM
- - FrontlineGuitar   I see I am also quite a bit late to the party also...   Feb 13 2012, 05:27 PM
|- - Ben Higgins   QUOTE (FrontlineGuitar @ Feb 13 2012, 04...   Feb 13 2012, 06:25 PM
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- - Gitarrero   Never doubt the Hef!   Feb 24 2012, 03:07 PM
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|- - Ben Higgins   QUOTE (tjneal55 @ Mar 4 2012, 10:45 PM) I...   Mar 5 2012, 11:00 AM
- - Nodean   Hello Ben, I'm new to the site and a relative...   Mar 9 2012, 06:06 PM
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