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post Feb 19 2012, 02:04 PM
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Hey there Maajong! This here, is your personal mentoring thread, so let's see smile.gif what are your favorite styles and where do you see yourself as a player? You told me you are a beginner, but I am sure you have aspirations so, it would be important to set some directions wink.gif

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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Feb 19 2012, 02:04 PM) *
Hey there Maajong! This here, is your personal mentoring thread, so let's see smile.gif what are your favorite styles and where do you see yourself as a player? You told me you are a beginner, but I am sure you have aspirations so, it would be important to set some directions wink.gif

Looking forward to your answer!

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Hey Cosmin,

the styles that interest me most are Rock, Bluesrock and I would love to get a little into Metal.
My skills are very basic. I can play some major and minor open chords (A-/C-/D-/E-/G-Major, A-/E-Minor), two fingered power chords, try to make my fingers get used to the fretboard by practicing minor pentatonic scales (the basic pattern), c major scale, blues scale and 3 or 4 simple melodies.
I dont know many playing techniques, I´m a little bit used to palm muting and hammer ons (alway practicing to get them sound like a stroken string), bending, but struggling a lot with pull offs , cant get them sound without causing so much unwanted noise.

So my first goal is to master the basics, and learn to use them in a creative way. So that means that I am also very interested in the theory behind making own riffs, licks and maybe own songs.

Ok, I think thats enough so far, looking forward to your hints.

And by the way, I´m from Germany and my English class is about twenty years ago! biggrin.gif

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post Feb 19 2012, 11:15 PM
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Hey Torsten!

I was thinking that we may begin by selecting a few lessons here which involve creative ways of using technique and theory so that we may have materials on which to discuss. We can start from there, what do you think?

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Hey Cosmin,

the styles that interest me most are Rock, Bluesrock and I would love to get a little into Metal.
My skills are very basic. I can play some major and minor open chords (A-/C-/D-/E-/G-Major, A-/E-Minor), two fingered power chords, try to make my fingers get used to the fretboard by practicing minor pentatonic scales (the basic pattern), c major scale, blues scale and 3 or 4 simple melodies.
I dont know many playing techniques, I´m a little bit used to palm muting and hammer ons (alway practicing to get them sound like a stroken string), bending, but struggling a lot with pull offs , cant get them sound without causing so much unwanted noise.

So my first goal is to master the basics, and learn to use them in a creative way. So that means that I am also very interested in the theory behind making own riffs, licks and maybe own songs.

Ok, I think thats enough so far, looking forward to your hints.

And by the way, I´m from Germany and my English class is about twenty years ago! biggrin.gif

Greeting, Torsten



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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Feb 19 2012, 11:15 PM) *
Hey Torsten!

I was thinking that we may begin by selecting a few lessons here which involve creative ways of using technique and theory so that we may have materials on which to discuss. We can start from there, what do you think?


Ok, thats a good idea. What lessons do you suggest?


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Goodmorning mate!

I would suggest starting with mastering rhythm, timing and tightness - these are very important for any player, as this is the point which defines how conscious you are of what you are playing smile.gif we'll stick to simple things at first and then evolve towards more complex figures.

I'd suggest this one to begin with:

http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Beginners-Corner-11/ it looks fairly simple but it deals with focusing on your right hand smile.gif as well as this one: http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Beginn...rumming-Rhythm/

I think they can improve your insight on simple rhythmic patterns and chord shifts so, we should start with these wink.gif

Take a look over them and let's discuss smile.gif


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Goodmorning mate!

I would suggest starting with mastering rhythm, timing and tightness - these are very important for any player, as this is the point which defines how conscious you are of what you are playing smile.gif we'll stick to simple things at first and then evolve towards more complex figures.

I'd suggest this one to begin with:

http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Beginners-Corner-11/ it looks fairly simple but it deals with focusing on your right hand smile.gif as well as this one: http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Beginn...rumming-Rhythm/

I think they can improve your insight on simple rhythmic patterns and chord shifts so, we should start with these wink.gif

Take a look over them and let's discuss smile.gif


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post Feb 20 2012, 09:11 PM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Feb 20 2012, 10:12 AM) *
Goodmorning mate!

I would suggest starting with mastering rhythm, timing and tightness - these are very important for any player, as this is the point which defines how conscious you are of what you are playing smile.gif we'll stick to simple things at first and then evolve towards more complex figures.

I'd suggest this one to begin with:

http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Beginners-Corner-11/ it looks fairly simple but it deals with focusing on your right hand smile.gif as well as this one: http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Beginn...rumming-Rhythm/

I think they can improve your insight on simple rhythmic patterns and chord shifts so, we should start with these wink.gif

Take a look over them and let's discuss smile.gif

Hey Master,

I watched the main and first part with Bears discriptions of his lessons and I think its a great starting point.
I think they will be quite a challenge for me and a good practice for the feel of the music itself, to make the technique second nature and just play. I think thats one really good way to start, What do you think?

After I have practiced them for a while I will try to post videos here to let you see and hear. I hope I´ll get it cause I have no experience with editing video and add audio from the DAW.

But lets see biggrin.gif

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Oh, Cosmin,

I have one more question as you know that my English is not perfect:

What does tightness mean when I´m playing guitar?


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QUOTE (Maajong @ Feb 20 2012, 08:11 PM) *
Hey Master,

I watched the main and first part with Bears discriptions of his lessons and I think its a great starting point.
I think they will be quite a challenge for me and a good practice for the feel of the music itself, to make the technique second nature and just play. I think thats one really good way to start, What do you think?

After I have practiced them for a while I will try to post videos here to let you see and hear. I hope I´ll get it cause I have no experience with editing video and add audio from the DAW.

But lets see biggrin.gif

So long,
Torsten


Hey Torsten, I think it's a good approach wink.gif the quality of the recording is not too important now, as long as the take is easy to understand from the recording itself.

Anyway, when I am talking about tightness I mean, how clean and accurate and rhythmically correct your interpretation is wink.gif

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post Feb 23 2012, 09:34 AM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Feb 22 2012, 04:38 PM) *
Hey Torsten, I think it's a good approach wink.gif the quality of the recording is not too important now, as long as the take is easy to understand from the recording itself.

Anyway, when I am talking about tightness I mean, how clean and accurate and rhythmically correct your interpretation is wink.gif

Let me know if there's anything else, my friend!


Good morning Cosmin,

practising Beginners Corner 11 and its not easy for me even if it looks easy ; )

One question: Bear uses a pretty distorted sound in this lesson. To set the focus on tightness, would it be better for me to use a clean sound on this lesson? I think that would be better to improve the sound of the chords.
Do you have a hint for me?

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QUOTE (Maajong @ Feb 23 2012, 08:34 AM) *
Good morning Cosmin,

practising Beginners Corner 11 and its not easy for me even if it looks easy ; )

One question: Bear uses a pretty distorted sound in this lesson. To set the focus on tightness, would it be better for me to use a clean sound on this lesson? I think that would be better to improve the sound of the chords.
Do you have a hint for me?

Torsten


Hey mate, I was thinking about your take - that it would be easy for me to understand in respect to the fact that you said you don't have facilities to record at high quality. So, record as well as you can with what you have right now wink.gif

Yes, regarding the tone, a cleaner tone would help so that you may play as tight as possible at first and then, you should turn the gain up on the tone for a second recording, when you master the take.

Recording with a slightly distorted tone requires more control wink.gif so yes, your approach is very good!

Let me know if there's anything else I can help you with!

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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Feb 23 2012, 10:30 AM) *
Hey mate, I was thinking about your take - that it would be easy for me to understand in respect to the fact that you said you don't have facilities to record at high quality. So, record as well as you can with what you have right now wink.gif

Yes, regarding the tone, a cleaner tone would help so that you may play as tight as possible at first and then, you should turn the gain up on the tone for a second recording, when you master the take.

Recording with a slightly distorted tone requires more control wink.gif so yes, your approach is very good!

Let me know if there's anything else I can help you with!

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Hey Cosmin,

I have some problems to post the video here. I managed to make take with my camcorder, but the file on my sd card is a *.mod file and I cant manage to import it into movie maker. So it may last a while till I solved my problems and post my take here. mad.gif mad.gif

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QUOTE (Maajong @ Feb 25 2012, 11:19 AM) *
Hey Cosmin,

I have some problems to post the video here. I managed to make take with my camcorder, but the file on my sd card is a *.mod file and I cant manage to import it into movie maker. So it may last a while till I solved my problems and post my take here. mad.gif mad.gif

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Hey Torsten! There are free converting programs online smile.gif try to search 'mod to mp4 online' wink.gif

Let me know if it worked mate biggrin.gif

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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Feb 25 2012, 12:38 PM) *
Hey Torsten! There are free converting programs online smile.gif try to search 'mod to mp4 online' wink.gif

Let me know if it worked mate biggrin.gif

Cosmin


Hey Cosmin,

so this is my first try. Thats my starting point. I think the backing track could be louder. Next time.




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QUOTE (Maajong @ Feb 25 2012, 09:28 PM) *
Hey Cosmin,

so this is my first try. Thats my starting point. I think the backing track could be louder. Next time.




Greetings!



Hey Torsten smile.gif the take is building up nicely man! I think you had good timing, but you should always take some time to check out the guitar so that it is tuned up when you start recording and there are small parts here and there which you could improve. By this I mean, practicing this lesson a bit more, your hands will loosen up and it'll have the flow it lacks a bit right now.

Nothing you couldn't manage to take care of wink.gif and yes, the backing needs to be louder. Just subscribed to your channel on youtube mate wink.gif

Do you feel like taking this one to perfection, or giving the other one I suggested a shot as well?


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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Feb 26 2012, 09:36 AM) *
Hey Torsten smile.gif the take is building up nicely man! I think you had good timing, but you should always take some time to check out the guitar so that it is tuned up when you start recording and there are small parts here and there which you could improve. By this I mean, practicing this lesson a bit more, your hands will loosen up and it'll have the flow it lacks a bit right now.

Nothing you couldn't manage to take care of wink.gif and yes, the backing needs to be louder. Just subscribed to your channel on youtube mate wink.gif

Do you feel like taking this one to perfection, or giving the other one I suggested a shot as well?



Morning Cosmin,

I think I will stick to this lesson to take it to (nearly) perfection, but I will try to get used to the other lesson as well, but that will take its time cause of the chords in there, they are new to me (some of them).

So thanks for your feedback so far!

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QUOTE (Maajong @ Feb 26 2012, 11:24 AM) *
Morning Cosmin,

I think I will stick to this lesson to take it to (nearly) perfection, but I will try to get used to the other lesson as well, but that will take its time cause of the chords in there, they are new to me (some of them).

So thanks for your feedback so far!

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My pleasure! Let's see, what chords are we talking about? smile.gif


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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Feb 26 2012, 07:52 PM) *
My pleasure! Let's see, what chords are we talking about? smile.gif


Hi Cosmin,

just want to say that im sick at the moment and dont enjoy playing the guitar till im better, I think it will last at least two more days..

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Hey Torsten, no problem mate, just take care and I'll be here when you're feeling better smile.gif


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Hello Cosmin,

I´m so sorry that I haven´t been here for so long but I had some personal matters to deal with and I had no time for my guitar. Should have give you a short hint, but it got out of my mind, so sorry again.

Now I´d love to continue practicing with Bear´s lessons and I would appreciate to count on your help.

Hope you are fine and to hear from you soon!

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