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post Mar 19 2012, 06:30 PM
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Great job Dinaga!! So awesome to have you back in action here at GMC as well. I went through a pretty serious (skateboarding) hand injury myself last year, so I have nothing buy sympathy for anyone going through that. Especially while working on a killer lesson like this!!

I think you encouraged me to practice my "Insane Lesson" and post a vid from work today! I don't have my interface here, which is the only drawback of my KB37....a bit too "big" to bring to work. It's already cool that they let me rock guitar and mini-amp in between mattress customers, but setting up a midi keyboard interface at work might be pushing it a bit too far!! tongue.gif Eventually I'd like to get a smaller interface (UX1/2 or, doesn't a guitar POD work as an interface too?) so I can get good recordings at work.



Also, for any others out there "stalking" this great topic.... I would encourage EVERYONE to hit a lesson that is "insane" to them!! Heck, I've seen level 5 and 6 videos that are "INSANE" to me!! And GMC is all about pushing yourself, at all levels. So although this started out with more advanced "Insane" lessons, I certainly wouldn't mind seeing players hitting a tough lesson at any skill level....whatever you consider to be an "insane" lesson!! The spirit remains the same.....practice, and push yourself to to continue on a difficult lesson. It's a different experience, as Dinaga has mentioned, working hard to go from 80% to 90%, than tackling a "challenging" lesson that you KNOW you can get down! Focusing on an "Insane" lesson pushes you to focus on the very minor aspects of that piece, in order to improve even in the slightest. It's the difference between winning a sprint, or a triathlon! Both require skill, but just being "fast" won't win a triathlon!! biggrin.gif


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post Mar 19 2012, 07:29 PM
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QUOTE (FrontlineGuitar @ Mar 19 2012, 06:08 PM) *
Awesome job on this whole concept, Dinaga smile.gif

Just like to say, I've been stalking this thread for a while wink.gif so I might as well have a go myself..

A couple days ago I decided to get to work on a level 9 lesson that had always interested me.. it's the Yngwie Malmsteen Style Solo by Emir Hot. This will obviously take some serious time and practice, but I hope to one day be able to get it down cleanly at full speed.

So i guess I'll join you on this one.. will post a take at some point of it at a slower speed smile.gif


Thanks a lot for the support mate smile.gif I'm glad that you like this idea and please do post your videos here! I'd most certainly like to see and hear your own lesson hunts wink.gif It doesn't matter at which speed you start, what matters is the progress!

QUOTE (derper @ Mar 19 2012, 06:30 PM) *
Great job Dinaga!! So awesome to have you back in action here at GMC as well. I went through a pretty serious (skateboarding) hand injury myself last year, so I have nothing buy sympathy for anyone going through that. Especially while working on a killer lesson like this!!

I think you encouraged me to practice my "Insane Lesson" and post a vid from work today! I don't have my interface here, which is the only drawback of my KB37....a bit too "big" to bring to work. It's already cool that they let me rock guitar and mini-amp in between mattress customers, but setting up a midi keyboard interface at work might be pushing it a bit too far!! tongue.gif Eventually I'd like to get a smaller interface (UX1/2 or, doesn't a guitar POD work as an interface too?) so I can get good recordings at work.

Also, for any others out there "stalking" this great topic.... I would encourage EVERYONE to hit a lesson that is "insane" to them!! Heck, I've seen level 5 and 6 videos that are "INSANE" to me!! And GMC is all about pushing yourself, at all levels. So although this started out with more advanced "Insane" lessons, I certainly wouldn't mind seeing players hitting a tough lesson at any skill level....whatever you consider to be an "insane" lesson!! The spirit remains the same.....practice, and push yourself to to continue on a difficult lesson. It's a different experience, as Dinaga has mentioned, working hard to go from 80% to 90%, than tackling a "challenging" lesson that you KNOW you can get down! Focusing on an "Insane" lesson pushes you to focus on the very minor aspects of that piece, in order to improve even in the slightest. It's the difference between winning a sprint, or a triathlon! Both require skill, but just being "fast" won't win a triathlon!! biggrin.gif


Thanks a lot Gabe! smile.gif Your constant support really means a lot to me and that's what this thread is really about, encouraging ourselves to become able to play lessons which were too hard for us in the beginning. Everything you said is true - numbers don't matter, a lesson can have higher difficulty ranking but be easier than some other lesson. I didn't know you had that injury man... I'm glad you're all OK and rockin' today - can't wait for your next video! smile.gif

I am glad that you guys find this idea interesting and I will post a detailed summary when I finish a particular lesson. I will write there the reasons why I took the lesson, how I practiced it, what aspects of the lesson were the hardest to master and everything else I find helpful wink.gif I also plan to take up a next Insane lesson when I finish these ones - but not before I complete these three! I won't tell much about it now, but I'll just say that it's even harder than these lessons and will be quite a challenge! laugh.gif

Cheers my friends and rock on \m/


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post Mar 19 2012, 07:46 PM
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Also, I didn't post it here (I made a separate thread), but I've been working on Cosmin's "Vivaldi Arpeggios" lesson, so I'm only working on 2 right now. Life always seems to interfere, but I'm at least practicing enough to "stand still" as opposed to fall back! I have a feeling I'll get plenty of time today, so I'll post a current vid of both here if I get a chance!!

And the hand has "recovered", but will never be the same.... Oh well, we keep rockin' like Django and Iomi!!


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post Mar 19 2012, 10:41 PM
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ARGH!! I left my stereo cable (usually in my Parker case) at home, plugged into my interface!! No vids today, but I'll practice quietly to an online metronome (forgot that too!).


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post Mar 20 2012, 02:26 PM
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Heeeeeeeeeeeey, Diniga is back !! biggrin.gif

Welcome back my friend, it's good to see you ! cool.gif


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post Mar 20 2012, 04:19 PM
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D-man biggrin.gif welcome back wink.gif we missed you!


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post Mar 20 2012, 06:19 PM
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Thanks a lot my friends. smile.gif I missed you too!


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post Mar 20 2012, 10:31 PM
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QUOTE (FrontlineGuitar @ Mar 19 2012, 06:08 PM) *
Awesome job on this whole concept, Dinaga smile.gif

Just like to say, I've been stalking this thread for a while wink.gif so I might as well have a go myself..

A couple days ago I decided to get to work on a level 9 lesson that had always interested me.. it's the Yngwie Malmsteen Style Solo by Emir Hot. This will obviously take some serious time and practice, but I hope to one day be able to get it down cleanly at full speed.

So i guess I'll join you on this one.. will post a take at some point of it at a slower speed smile.gif

been stalking as well,and Emir recorded this slow for me, thought if you ARe learning it , this might help http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...mp;#entry450274
the link is in post 6
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post Mar 22 2012, 07:24 PM
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Well I can safely say that this period is probably the hardest period for me, guitar-wise.

My hand injury still hasn't gone away, so I have to be careful with my playing and schedule. It's really on-and-off situation - sometimes my hand hurts, then it gets better and then I play too much again and the pain returns.

When I don't play at all it doesn't get better, when I play moderately it gets better, and when I play too much it gets worse. It's hard to find the border between "to little playing" and "too much playing"!

I guess these last few months have been a big transition for me - from regular to more advanced stuff and human body doesn't cope with it so well. Anyway, I can't live without playing so I'm trying to reduce my playing but still enjoy my passion. If anyone has some good warm-up advice I'd really appreciate it. smile.gif

Meanwhile, here's Mojo Oro at 70% speed. This lesson isn't really about the speed, it's about ENDURANCE. I can play the main riff a lot faster than this, but the problem is to play the whole thing without losing strength in the process. So I can already assume that getting this one at 80% speed will be a very hard task. But if I manage to do it without losing any limbs, I think I'll level up greatly when I'm done with it biggrin.gif

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post Mar 22 2012, 09:29 PM
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QUOTE (Dinaga @ Mar 22 2012, 06:24 PM) *
Well I can safely say that this period is probably the hardest period for me, guitar-wise.

My hand injury still hasn't gone away, so I have to be careful with my playing and schedule. It's really on-and-off situation - sometimes my hand hurts, then it gets better and then I play too much again and the pain returns.

When I don't play at all it doesn't get better, when I play moderately it gets better, and when I play too much it gets worse. It's hard to find the border between "to little playing" and "too much playing"!

I guess these last few months have been a big transition for me - from regular to more advanced stuff and human body doesn't cope with it so well. Anyway, I can't live without playing so I'm trying to reduce my playing but still enjoy my passion. If anyone has some good warm-up advice I'd really appreciate it. smile.gif

Meanwhile, here's Mojo Oro at 70% speed. This lesson isn't really about the speed, it's about ENDURANCE. I can play the main riff a lot faster than this, but the problem is to play the whole thing without losing strength in the process. So I can already assume that getting this one at 80% speed will be a very hard task. But if I manage to do it without losing any limbs, I think I'll level up greatly when I'm done with it biggrin.gif

Cheers my friends!



Mate, this sounds solid! I can't wait to see the next level!

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post Mar 24 2012, 01:17 PM
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QUOTE (jstcrsn @ Mar 20 2012, 09:31 PM) *
been stalking as well,and Emir recorded this slow for me, thought if you ARe learning it , this might help http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...mp;#entry450274
the link is in post 6


Ah thanks this helps smile.gif

i was having trouble with the timing on the run down from the 20th fret near the start.. still sounds a little weird when he's playing it, but this helps biggrin.gif


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post Mar 24 2012, 11:10 PM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Mar 22 2012, 09:29 PM) *
Mate, this sounds solid! I can't wait to see the next level!


Your wish is my command biggrin.gif
I saw Muris live last night so that added a motivation boost to finish these lessons!
This is getting serious!



Oh, and here's a short clip of some Asturias from last night's show wink.gif Bad video quality, I know (recorded with my cell phone). But you can hear it wink.gif



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post Mar 25 2012, 09:58 AM
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QUOTE (Dinaga @ Mar 24 2012, 10:10 PM) *
Your wish is my command biggrin.gif
I saw Muris live last night so that added a motivation boost to finish these lessons!
This is getting serious!



Oh, and here's a short clip of some Asturias from last night's show wink.gif Bad video quality, I know (recorded with my cell phone). But you can hear it wink.gif



Very cool playing, Diniga ! cool.gif

I'm a little confused a the track is different to the one you were playing before ?

Great clip from that gig.. did you get ay playing tips from Muris ? smile.gif


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post Mar 25 2012, 11:21 AM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Mar 25 2012, 09:58 AM) *
Very cool playing, Diniga ! cool.gif

I'm a little confused a the track is different to the one you were playing before ?

Great clip from that gig.. did you get ay playing tips from Muris ? smile.gif


Thanks a lot sensei! biggrin.gif It's DinAga BTW biggrin.gif (or was that a vinegar reference in some way? biggrin.gif)

Haha yes the track is different because I'm practicing both of them biggrin.gif (there is actualy also the third one - Mojo Oro Part 2 but I'm not practicing that one at the moment because it's quite dangerous for the wrists) When I get bored of one lesson, I switch to the other one wink.gif

It might sound dumb, but I haven't actually spoken to Muris in person yet biggrin.gif I didn't want to sound like an obsessive fanboy biggrin.gif I already posted a lot of "fanboy comments" all over his YouTube videos smile.gif

Yes, it is probably quite dumb, I know. But when I finish these lessons, I might post a video response or something wink.gif


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post Mar 26 2012, 06:53 PM
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That's right.....Muris is also from Sarajevo as well, isn't he? Does he play gigs near you at all? That dude is a serious bad as....um, he's really good.


QUOTE (Dinaga @ Mar 25 2012, 03:21 AM) *
Thanks a lot sensei! biggrin.gif It's DinAga BTW biggrin.gif (or was that a vinegar reference in some way? biggrin.gif)

Haha yes the track is different because I'm practicing both of them biggrin.gif (there is actualy also the third one - Mojo Oro Part 2 but I'm not practicing that one at the moment because it's quite dangerous for the wrists) When I get bored of one lesson, I switch to the other one wink.gif

It might sound dumb, but I haven't actually spoken to Muris in person yet biggrin.gif I didn't want to sound like an obsessive fanboy biggrin.gif I already posted a lot of "fanboy comments" all over his YouTube videos smile.gif

Yes, it is probably quite dumb, I know. But when I finish these lessons, I might post a video response or something wink.gif



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post Mar 26 2012, 09:24 PM
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Also....here's a vid from my "warmup"/"insane lesson hunt" session.... I tend to use this great run as a post-warmup, at about 90bpm. Then I bump it up to around 100-110.





Here's the "story".... Though I've kept this under my fingers, I haven't focused very seriously on it much lately, so I haven't progressed very far. But I also haven't back-slid much either. Right now, I'm thinking that to go FORWARD, I have to go BACK!! Meaning, I believe I need to get it even more perfect at the uber-slow 90bpm, instead of hitting it "ok-like" at the 100-110 I've been pushing myself at.

Glad to be back on it!! Here's my progress on a not-quite "insane" lesson as well:



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post Mar 26 2012, 10:08 PM
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Man, that sounds sweet! I love the light-show you made, hahaha biggrin.gif

Your country solo sounds really clean and I really like your attitude - if you get it perfect at slower speeds, building up the speed will be a piece of cake biggrin.gif When I practice solos, I play them so much at slow speeds that I get surprised how easy it becomes to play when I speed it up! That country lesson is crazy - no doubt about it, but it also sounds really cool at this speed! Bet it's very fun to play too! smile.gif

You're doing great on the Vivaldi lesson man! I LOVE this lesson - it's so baroque, so melodic, and I really can't wait for you to crank it up! It is gonna be AWESOME biggrin.gif

As for your progress, I would recommend that you practice these every day - at least for half an hour or an hour. Better than making a pause of a few days, then playing 3-4 hours straight smile.gif Congrats mate, you're doing an awesome job here wink.gif

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post Mar 29 2012, 07:02 AM
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I've taken your advice, in the days after this take....thanks for the encouragement!! Though I have been BUSY getting new material down for 2 projects, I've made certain to practice each for about 20-30 mins apiece, before hitting that material. I'll try and post takes tomorrow if I get time, but perhaps should not....gotta get down Mike Tyson's Punch Out, Bubble Bobble and new Mario 3 material for EMULATOR show 4/12 and rehearsal this sun, plus about 5 new songs for our Planet Jackers show this sat! biggrin.gif


QUOTE (Dinaga @ Mar 26 2012, 02:08 PM) *
Man, that sounds sweet! I love the light-show you made, hahaha biggrin.gif

Your country solo sounds really clean and I really like your attitude - if you get it perfect at slower speeds, building up the speed will be a piece of cake biggrin.gif When I practice solos, I play them so much at slow speeds that I get surprised how easy it becomes to play when I speed it up! That country lesson is crazy - no doubt about it, but it also sounds really cool at this speed! Bet it's very fun to play too! smile.gif

You're doing great on the Vivaldi lesson man! I LOVE this lesson - it's so baroque, so melodic, and I really can't wait for you to crank it up! It is gonna be AWESOME biggrin.gif

As for your progress, I would recommend that you practice these every day - at least for half an hour or an hour. Better than making a pause of a few days, then playing 3-4 hours straight smile.gif Congrats mate, you're doing an awesome job here wink.gif



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post Mar 29 2012, 11:02 AM
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Wow man, that's quite a lot of work! ohmy.gif Good luck with that, remember - don't overdo it!


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Keep in mind, I have the advantage of working 10am-8pm at a mattress store, throughout which most of the day I won't have customers. PLENTY of time to rock on the clock!!
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Wow man, that's quite a lot of work! ohmy.gif Good luck with that, remember - don't overdo it!



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