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Ben Higgins
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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post Jan 22 2012, 12:02 PM
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I read that post with a big smile on my face, half of it was your writing and the other half was excitement.

"Master Higgins.... I am at the door of your temple, wanting to come in.... Do I gotta wipe my feet?" huh.gif

This will be amazing for me to be a part of Ben. I am in!

Here is a link to my YT channel http://www.youtube.com/user/JDNDVS?feature=mhee

Some of my skills are better developed than others, but I'd like to think i could tackle the Intermediate course, But I'll leave that call up to you...

Cheers cool.gif

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post Jan 22 2012, 12:15 PM
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QUOTE (JaxN4 @ Jan 22 2012, 11:02 AM) *
I read that post with a big smile on my face, half of it was your writing and the other half was excitement.

"Master Higgins.... I am at the door of your temple, wanting to come in.... Do I gotta wipe my feet?" huh.gif

This will be amazing for me to be a part of Ben. I am in!

Here is a link to my YT channel http://www.youtube.com/user/JDNDVS?feature=mhee

Some of my skills are better developed than others, but I'd like to think i could tackle the Intermediate course, But I'll leave that call up to you...

Cheers cool.gif


The first warrior-in- training has embraced his inner fire and stepped over the threshold into a world of pain.. I mean, practice ! ph34r.gif

No need to wipe your feet as you are already barefoot on the mountain and the only surface is snow !

P.S. As a small note to everybody.. if you're comfortable posting examples of your playing in this thread then you're welcome to do so. If you'd rather do it in a private message, that's also cool. cool.gif


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post Jan 22 2012, 12:21 PM
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i accept the challenge sensei smile.gif here is my youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/quadrium1 i think i will go for intermediate but it's your decision sensei smile.gif
one question: can i bring donuts? biggrin.gif


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post Jan 22 2012, 12:26 PM
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Let's Do THIS!!!


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post Jan 22 2012, 12:40 PM
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QUOTE (quadrium @ Jan 22 2012, 11:21 AM) *
i accept the challenge sensei smile.gif here is my youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/quadrium1 i think i will go for intermediate but it's your decision sensei smile.gif
one question: can i bring donuts? biggrin.gif


Welcome aboard ! Donuts are gladly accepted ! cool.gif

QUOTE (JaxN4 @ Jan 22 2012, 11:26 AM) *
Let's Do THIS!!!


Where did you get that picture of me ?????


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post Jan 22 2012, 12:41 PM
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yesss got only soundcloud though
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post Jan 22 2012, 12:43 PM
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QUOTE (snackajacks @ Jan 22 2012, 11:41 AM) *
yesss got only soundcloud though
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Great ! Audio only is fine biggrin.gif


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post Jan 22 2012, 12:44 PM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Jan 22 2012, 11:40 AM) *
Where did you get that picture of me ?????


I have been stalking you and Kris Dahl for a while now....


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post Jan 22 2012, 01:43 PM
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HOLY CRAP THIS IS SO COOL.

Count me in. I want to be a part of this no matter how much time I actually get to dedicate. You are my favourite instructor on GMC, and inspire me beyond guitar and music.

In Ben we trust.
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post Jan 22 2012, 01:48 PM
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*clutches his guitar harder, makes sure the package full of Donuts is still intact so the Master will be pleased, takes off his coat and shouts towards the gate*:

"Sensei, your new apprentice from Deutschland is here! Öffne das Tor! Prepare to have me in your lair until you have made me into Germany's next Michael Schenker! To show you my determination, I will do as many Liegestuetze (push-ups) right here on this sacred ground as it takes. I will put the package of Donuts on my back. Once you take them away, I know you have accepted your german apprentice!"

*gets down and starts doing push-ups*


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post Jan 22 2012, 01:52 PM
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Yeah sure ! I'm in also.

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post Jan 22 2012, 02:15 PM
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Awesome idea Ben! biggrin.gif Big LIKE biggrin.gif


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post Jan 22 2012, 02:24 PM
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QUOTE (Alexiaden93 @ Jan 22 2012, 12:43 PM) *
HOLY CRAP THIS IS SO COOL.

Count me in. I want to be a part of this no matter how much time I actually get to dedicate. You are my favourite instructor on GMC, and inspire me beyond guitar and music.

In Ben we trust.
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Welcome to the Temple !!! ph34r.gif

It is my mission to keep inspiring as much as I can smile.gif

QUOTE (Gitarrero @ Jan 22 2012, 12:48 PM) *
*clutches his guitar harder, makes sure the package full of Donuts is still intact so the Master will be pleased, takes off his coat and shouts towards the gate*:

"Sensei, your new apprentice from Deutschland is here! Öffne das Tor! Prepare to have me in your lair until you have made me into Germany's next Michael Schenker! To show you my determination, I will do as many Liegestuetze (push-ups) right here on this sacred ground as it takes. I will put the package of Donuts on my back. Once you take them away, I know you have accepted your german apprentice!"

*gets down and starts doing push-ups*


*Spots Donuts straight away but waits just to see Christian do 300 pushups..*

Wilkommen... I will allow you to warm your hands because they are now blue ! biggrin.gif

QUOTE (WeePee @ Jan 22 2012, 12:52 PM) *
Yeah sure ! I'm in also.

Under my sig is Youtube and Soundcloud links.

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ACE ! cool.gif


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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Jan 22 2012, 02:24 PM) *
*Spots Donuts straight away but waits just to see Christian do 300 pushups..*

Wilkommen... I will allow you to warm your hands because they are now blue ! biggrin.gif


Thank you very much, Sensei Ben! laugh.gif


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post Jan 22 2012, 02:30 PM
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Master Ben, I give my soul to you! This is an EXCELLENT idea and you indeed are incredibly inspiring biggrin.gif

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post Jan 22 2012, 02:46 PM
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QUOTE (Dinaga @ Jan 22 2012, 01:30 PM) *
Master Ben, I give my soul to you! This is an EXCELLENT idea and you indeed are incredibly inspiring biggrin.gif

Here's my channel, Ben-san:
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laugh.gif You dudes crack me up (slang for 'make me laugh' !) biggrin.gif

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Im in! biggrin.gif

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hahaha fantastic introduction for this course Ben!! This will be epic! smile.gif


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post Jan 22 2012, 03:42 PM
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Ok... I'll throw down. I've been feeling like I lack direction in my practice lately, so this might give me a kick in the ass!
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