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Hi Ulrik! Welcome to your thread for the Gab's Army Mentoring Project!

Please post here your goals and expectations regarding this project as well as some links of you playing solo and rhythm guitar. I have seen and graded your REC takes but It will be easier for me to have some videos here. This project is to help you so I will be giving you assignments and also we will join Collabs. You can use this thread to ask me everything you need and to work on whatever you think I can help you.


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post Feb 22 2012, 07:39 PM
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Here is my story.

I've been a member and playing for a long time, so I know a lot of stuff and techniques, but unfortunately I don't play anything very well.
I guess when you don't have a teacher from the beginning, you develop some bad habits.

So this is what I want:
Improve my playing by
Learning and mastering new techniques
Getting to a point, where I can improvise
Being able to play a lot faster
Being able to play a lot tighter
Getting rid of that recording fever
Recording good quality tracks
AND STRUCTURE OF MY LEARNING


I only know two ways of recording my stuff, and that is through my GNX4 guitar board or with my camera phone.
And that does not always turn out satisfying I think

I don't have any fancy stratocaster or big amps.
In the REC videos I play my Wasburn WM17, and that is through a lousy squier amp, that I bought 15 years ago.
I started with something like this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/NIB-Fender-Squier-...1#ht_2292wt_905
I got a newer Riot cabinet without any top rolleyes.gif
I also got an old crappy Gem keyboard, and a bass that I also need to learn to play http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivLjRPxyjSQ


I feel I have some time to learn now, and hopefully working full time instead of studying will give me money to upgrade.
I will get some drum software really soon, that is really needed.


I don't have anything on video right now, but I'll do something this friday if you'd like.
I normally take time each weekend for recording.

I like playing a lot of different genres, but I mostly listen to melodic metal.
A non-metal collab would not scare me.
Home work is OK




Sorry if this sounds like chaos, and that I need help with everything ohmy.gif

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Hi Ulrik! Thanks for this complete post about you. We must organize all your ideas and create a routine to make your daily practice more effective. In this first week we will work on a lesson for Rhythm because I need that you need to adjust your timing and also on the first part of my Intensive Technique Course to start training your left hand.

Rhythm Guitar

We will use this lesson by Lian called Epic Metal Rhythm to work on your palm muting and timing. Start using the slower tempo backing tracks and post audio clips here of your progress. As soon as we have the up tempo version at a considerable level we can go for the REC version. Remember to add less drive to your tone (compared to your last REC entries) and concentrate on the timing.

http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/rhythm-gu...-rhythm-guitar/

Have you ever played a Pinched Harmonic? This lesson includes some. If not.. have a look at this lesson: http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Pinch-Harmonics-Workout/


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We will work on the first lesson of my Intensive Technique Course. The idea is to play this exercises 40 minutes every day all this week and record your take in 6 days.

LESSON #1 – WARMING UP & ENDURANCE

Work on this exercises and record yourself playing it. Concentrate on the sound, the volume of each note (it should be the same for each note), not on the speed. Play it the faster than you can but the limit must be when you start to loose clearness. There isn't a tempo required for this ones. I just want to see you playing the exercises clean.

This would be all for this week. Do you think that you'll be able to have all the videos by the next Wednesday?

Another question... how many time do you have for practice every day?


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post Feb 22 2012, 10:11 PM
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It sounds like a good plan to do Lians lesson.

I willl do some takes during friday-saturday-sunday.

Today, I will try and practice 40 min. now before going to bed.
I guess I can manage 30-60 min. every weekday but more in the weekend.
I just need to get into my new routine, with work and going to bed early (that means before midnight)


Yes I know pinch harmonics.
I have played this lesson some:
http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/solo-from-spindles/

I can do them ok, but deep ones on low strings like this at 0:41 is hard
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPW9AbRMwFU&ob=av3e
And I think there is a huge difference when using different guitars.

I'll record some of that too.


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That sounds great! It's important to keep at least those 30 minutes every day. Let's see what happens with the harmonics with Lian's lesson and basing on that we can then plan working on something to master this technique in the lower strings (like Zakk Wylde).

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post Feb 24 2012, 04:12 PM
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First warm up thing sound like this right now at 120 bpm
I can hear it's not perfect especially the 2 round.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OpMG3hC34Y


I know I have home work, but I just did this, and it didn't take that long:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OKjDlwRyrY
http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/rhythm-gu...x-style-lesson/
What do you think?



I'll give you 5 songs here of some favorite bands:

Dimmu Borgir
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeITMxApxKw

COF
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSHn4IHarfc

Mercenary (I would love to play the solo of this as fast as it is supposed to)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvUHI8GmZiQ

Ironmaiden (This I can play, but maybe my technique is not that good, I know it isn't)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmAtwvZYTe8

Megadeth (This I can play, except the last guitar bits, the are too fast)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lp5VN8wp__I


But I also like Zakk, Jimi, Vai, it depends on mood. I listened a lot to the American rock band "Live".
Audioslave, Rammstein, Staind, System of a down, even Nickelback biggrin.gif ...and Dio, and Aerosmith....
And lately a lot of power metal like Dragon force, Rhapsody of Fire, Royal hunt....


Thanks for your help

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QUOTE (Ulrik @ Feb 24 2012, 12:12 PM) *
First warm up thing sound like this right now at 120 bpm
I can hear it's not perfect especially the 2 round.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OpMG3hC34Y


I know I have home work, but I just did this, and it didn't take that long:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OKjDlwRyrY
http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/rhythm-gu...x-style-lesson/
What do you think?



Hi Ulrik! It's great to see you working hard!! smile.gif

The warming up exercises sounds good, even the timing is just perfect! Are you using Alternate Picking or Sweep Picking? Keep on playing it and now concentrate on getting the same volume for each note.

The Hendrix tune sound also good. You have to make the chord changes sound smoother now. Maybe you could decrease a bit the tempo and try to make it sound groovier and smoother. Also I would love to hear it with less drive, that Hendrix's tone created with clean Marshall channel with maybe a boos of Tube Screamer is perfect for this type of stuff. smile.gif

Also thanks for the music links. This makes me know you a bit more... we will do something with some of those songs.



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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Feb 24 2012, 04:45 PM) *
The warming up exercises sounds good, even the timing is just perfect! Are you using Alternate Picking or Sweep Picking? Keep on playing it and now concentrate on getting the same volume for each note.


Sweep, I tried Alternate, that goes a bit slower.


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QUOTE (Ulrik @ Feb 24 2012, 01:15 PM) *
Sweep, I tried Alternate, that goes a bit slower.


It's ok, practice it also with alternate picking.


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This warm up can use some more practice.


I tried sweep at 135 bpm: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plDZVprszHY
My hands/fingers get tired after a couple of rounds


Alternate at 120 bpm: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M49Za2mhoJQ
I hit wrong strings, and the notes sound unequal.

Strangely I can only start with an upstroke. If I start with a downstroke, then when I get back to the D-string 1st. or 2nd. time,
I have somehow done 2 up- or downstrokes in a row so when I begin with the D-string again I'll start with upstroking.
I don't know why.


I actually played that lesson by Lian earlier (a long time ago), so I already know it.
I'll try and manage to record it very soon. The other small excercises I have only tried playing briefly.


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QUOTE (Ulrik @ Feb 28 2012, 01:57 PM) *
This warm up can use some more practice.


I tried sweep at 135 bpm: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plDZVprszHY
My hands/fingers get tired after a couple of rounds


Alternate at 120 bpm: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M49Za2mhoJQ
I hit wrong strings, and the notes sound unequal.

Strangely I can only start with an upstroke. If I start with a downstroke, then when I get back to the D-string 1st. or 2nd. time,
I have somehow done 2 up- or downstrokes in a row so when I begin with the D-string again I'll start with upstroking.
I don't know why.


I actually played that lesson by Lian earlier (a long time ago), so I already know it.
I'll try and manage to record it very soon. The other small excercises I have only tried playing briefly.



Hi Ulrik! Great to see you working! smile.gif

The sweep picking version sound better but I think that you should try to play stronger each note (and at the same volume). I think that you could work on a slower tempo but concentrating on that.

The alternate picking need more work, but this is because it is a bit more difficult. Starting with an upstroke makes it easier because it allows you cross string with "inside picking" that means that you play up in one string and then down in the adjacent higher string.

I think that you should keep on working on this one and start working on the other warming up exercises.

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Youtube would not upload my video today, and I'm in a hurry.

But I wanted to send you something wednesday as agreed.

It's not good enough yet, but at least I think the pinch harmonics are ok.


It would be best for me to practice during the week and then record my final take saturday or sunday.
So if it's ok, I'll practice this some more, and you can think of more home work for me sunday.


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Hi Ulrik! Thanks for this take! You are on the right track on his one but it needs some more days of practice.

Here we go with some comments:

Your alternate picking with palm muting need some work, because you lose a bit the timing every time you have AP triplets. I have just written this exercises to add to this week's routine:

Attached File  Ulrik_s_Triplets_Exercise.gp5 ( 4.2K ) Number of downloads: 51

Attached File  Ulrik_s_Triplets_Exercise.pdf ( 143.99K ) Number of downloads: 65


Practice it with metronome at different tempos until your hand gets tired.

The harmonics sound good but you could angle your right hand pick a bit more to make sound even better. Also pick those notes stronger and start the vibrato some milliseconds after you pick to let the note sound a bit. The arpeggios at 00:25 are also a difficult part so my suggestion is to isolate that part and practice it over metronome as a loop. After some days you will find it easier.


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Hi Gabe it's been too long I know sad.gif


I did another take of the Epic Metal Rythm.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBDpaNM9sxw



I think I'll use it for the REC program, it's not perfect but good enough to pass?
The backing track, especially the bass drum is a bit too loud.
Those Pinch harmonics are another thing that is causing problems, it's still hard for me to produce the same sound each time.
The E-string is the biggest problem

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5OgSfPFS0g



I tried with palm muting and thirds too.
This is an average take, I could probably do better if I did 10-15 recs of this, but this is how it would sound most of the time
You are good at finding my weak spots. I'll have too practice a lot more to make the muting sound good.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmaajcYrh6U



Last thing. I really do not like stretching 9-5-8.I only manage, if I'm allowed time to really place my fingers.
It hurts my small hands. I guess I need pinky power too for hammer-ons
I tried shifting my grip, but it does not help that much.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0tjDZRDYB4

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Hi Ulrik! Thanks for all these videos! It's great to find you motivated! smile.gif

The lesson:
It sounds god, I think that it's ok for the REC, and that it will pass. It's a better take compared to your previous one but it still need work on the same things. Timing shoudl be even tighter, and your palm muting sound coulg be improved. It seems that sometimes you should mute the strings a bit more to get that Trash Metal sound. Concentrate on those two things and the take will be even better. Please post it at the REC to receive more feedback about it!

The harmonics:
I had the some problem when I was beginning with this technique. It's difficult make it sounds everytime that you decide it when you are new on pinch harmonics. You get the correct sound many times so you really understand and know how to get it, now you must practice it at least 10 minutes every day to get used to make it sounds at every time that you decide it. The is something cool about the intervals that you can get. Have you checked this tutorial about it?

http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Pinch-Harmonics-Workout/

Thirds:
I think that you really need to train your rhythm with exercises like this one! There I can note that you clearly need to improve this. In this case you are muting the strings to much and the notes don't sound clear.

9-8-5
This exercises are really difficult. The independence between fingers 3 and 4 is something difficult to get so that's why this exercises are important and very effective. I don't find something to fix on this ones, just continue practising!



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Thanks for your feedback, I just bookmarked that lesson now
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QUOTE (Ulrik @ Mar 25 2012, 03:54 PM) *
Thanks for your feedback, I just bookmarked that lesson now
www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Pinch-Harmonics-Workout


Excellent! Ramiro covered the technique very well on that lesson.


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The pinch harmonics are getting way better, guess it pays off to practice smile.gif

Sometimes I can play alot, but other times it will only be 2-3 times a week.
But now I seem to be in a good routine with my new job, so it should be possible to play almost every day

I hope to do some more recordings this weekend and make another Rec program video


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QUOTE (Ulrik @ Apr 3 2012, 05:12 PM) *
The pinch harmonics are getting way better, guess it pays off to practice smile.gif

Sometimes I can play alot, but other times it will only be 2-3 times a week.
But now I seem to be in a good routine with my new job, so it should be possible to play almost every day

I hope to do some more recordings this weekend and make another Rec program video



Hey mate! Thanks for the update! Everything sounds perfect for me. Practice always pays off! smile.gif
Looking forward your videos!


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Hi, I got some unfinished work, that I would like to add to the Army Album

I got 2 whole songs, and I would like to turn my metal concepts recording to a song.


I got EZdrumer now for better drums, but my local shop has been more than 2½ weeks to get me my Metal Machine expansion.


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