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Hey there Tucker!

glad to know you decided to enter the RING biggrin.gif

Instead of writing me a PM, you can write about yourself in this thread, which is your personal space wink.gif

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Hey there Tucker!

glad to know you decided to enter the RING biggrin.gif

Instead of writing me a PM, you can write about yourself in this thread, which is your personal space wink.gif

Looking forward to start out

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Hello good sir! biggrin.gif Cosmin man, again thank you for affording me the opportunity to have personal interaction, real feedback, and ability to grow my playing -and- creative skills with your influence. I like so many types of music, anything from tribal grunting chants, to Mozart, to the Police, I guess what matters to me is how the melody makes me feel, if my brain likes it, its good music....LOL! Anyway, you have a very appealing quality in your musical expression; both in your style of play, and in the melodies that flow from your creative focus. Your ability to combine those qualities gives your music -synergy- my friend!:D Most hard working musicians have an element of talent, but few have synergy. smile.gif I'm not saying this just to make you feel good, I say this because it is true, and I want to have a synergy in my playing some day, and having an instructor that blasts out synergy in drop D like a beast, is such a blessing!! biggrin.gif

My gear as of right now (I'm broke from school) is an Ibanez Gio, Les Paul shaped guitar, I love it smile.gif Stage 6 13 watt amp, big Crate 2 speaker amp that sounds pretty mean, and I recently bought a Korg ToneWorks AX30B...lol, which is for a bass, I'm such a dork tongue.gif haha! Other than that I have a few guitar cords, a tuner, string winder, and 2 Dimebag Darrel Riffer Madness books. biggrin.gif

I used to play some, never advanced far, but I played enough that by nature I can play decent rhythm guitar, and pick. However, I just came on fire a few weeks ago, and man I want to play for real, play better, and play what I want. My motivation believe it or not is inward. I don't have any desire to be famous, or legendary, for that matter even be in a band...I want to play because the way it makes me feel man biggrin.gif Is that a good motivation, what do you think? smile.gif To be great you need to have bigger dreams?

I very much want to improve my technical skills Cosmin, my knowledge of music and guitar etc...I don't want to just focus on becoming a fantastic technical player, but I want those skills smile.gif
Fro example: I know 6 chords: a, g, e, f, d, c,a-minor. I can play bar chords all the way up the fret board, and lots of power chords. I just do not know what they are...
...my muscle memory is somewhat developed, lol I can play level 4 riffs, but what key is it in, I do not know biggrin.gif lol

Ok my friend, next week I will be able to get some of the gear I need to make a video. If you would like man, let me know what things I should include, so you can get a good idea of where I am at. smile.gif Much is improvement needed lol biggrin.gif

Ah man, Metal Metrics 5, I've been working it the past couple days and almost have it smoothed out. Gah, I love the part where the rythm slows down, and becomes the pure essence of what hard core is! biggrin.gif lol

Once again, thanks man, ttys! biggrin.gif Please Let me know any info you would like from me, or any questions you would like to ask, so you can get me going in the right direction smile.gif

Btw, I enjoyed the video session man biggrin.gif

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Hola again Cosmin! I'm struggling pretty hard with the 7 6 5 4 3 2... transition in MM5. smile.gif I'm not sure if it is simply that I'm just not fast enough, or my technique is hindering me... lol. It's hart to tell me much without a video, but any thing you can think of in the meanwhile, tips, pointers, or ideas would be much appreciated good sir! biggrin.gif I've been running it as an exercise over and over to try and pick up speed...I think I'm close, but its tuff on me haha smile.gif
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QUOTE (TuckerG @ Mar 3 2012, 08:31 AM) *
Hola again Cosmin! I'm struggling pretty hard with the 7 6 5 4 3 2... transition in MM5. smile.gif I'm not sure if it is simply that I'm just not fast enough, or my technique is hindering me... lol. It's hart to tell me much without a video, but any thing you can think of in the meanwhile, tips, pointers, or ideas would be much appreciated good sir! biggrin.gif I've been running it as an exercise over and over to try and pick up speed...I think I'm close, but its tuff on me haha smile.gif


Hey Tucker biggrin.gif just got in front of the PC. That part is a bit difficult indeed the idea is that there are 4 16th notes followed by triplets. You have to take it slowly and clean - give yourself some time to develop it at speed and then implement it in the context.

Let me know how it works - just take care to make it sound as 'machine gun' like as possible, in sync with the drums!


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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Mar 3 2012, 01:38 PM) *
Hey Tucker biggrin.gif just got in front of the PC. That part is a bit difficult indeed the idea is that there are 4 16th notes followed by triplets. You have to take it slowly and clean - give yourself some time to develop it at speed and then implement it in the context.

Let me know how it works - just take care to make it sound as 'machine gun' like as possible, in sync with the drums!


Perfect! Thank you sir, I will build up to it. I think I am trying to force it as fast as I can. I'll slow it back down to square one, then correctly build my speed. I've got to get it down, any transition in a song that must sound as close to a "machine Gun" as possible, gets me freakin' excited haha! biggrin.gif Awesome man, gracias!

Btw, my right arm hurts so bad man...ugh. >_<! biggrin.gif <---That sounds kinda bad, lol! But I don't no any other way to say my arm is going to fall off at the elbow from not having anymore strength left to hold it in place sad.gif haha!
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QUOTE (TuckerG @ Mar 4 2012, 10:48 AM) *
Perfect! Thank you sir, I will build up to it. I think I am trying to force it as fast as I can. I'll slow it back down to square one, then correctly build my speed. I've got to get it down, any transition in a song that must sound as close to a "machine Gun" as possible, gets me freakin' excited haha! biggrin.gif Awesome man, gracias!

Btw, my right arm hurts so bad man...ugh. >_<! biggrin.gif <---That sounds kinda bad, lol! But I don't no any other way to say my arm is going to fall off at the elbow from not having anymore strength left to hold it in place sad.gif haha!


Have you forced yourself while playing? Regarding elbow and arm strain, I highly recommend this little vid by Guthrie tongue.gif take the time to listen and apply the stuff he advises here, k?



Now, I want to thank you for your kind words biggrin.gif you have no idea how good it makes me feel, knowing that I can be a source of inspriation for people smile.gif Tell me mate, how much time can you practice each day?


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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Mar 4 2012, 11:39 AM) *
Have you forced yourself while playing? Regarding elbow and arm strain, I highly recommend this little vid by Guthrie tongue.gif take the time to listen and apply the stuff he advises here, k?



Now, I want to thank you for your kind words biggrin.gif you have no idea how good it makes me feel, knowing that I can be a source of inspriation for people smile.gif Tell me mate, how much time can you practice each day?


I think I force quite a bit when I'm playing, but lately I've trying to ease off a little and work slow, more patience. I've put my goal at 1 hour a day, guitar in hand practicing. Sometimes I only get 15 or 20 minutes, but other times I'm able to hit it for 2 or 3 hours. How does that sound? I'll take any advice on a structured practice routine... biggrin.gif

Well, after Guthrie's video, I see I've been practicing some bad habits. I've been using the thinnest pick I can find (I thought it would be easier), my picks are rounded, so I have now used scissors and made them all have a point biggrin.gif and I need to not leave so much pick sticking out. Haha, very good video sir! I think I've got a comfy method that is correct now as far as arm movement! Lol, I'm ready to do some work and form some good habits now biggrin.gif

Thank you much Cosmin for the direction sir biggrin.gif I'll get a vid camera soon! haha

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QUOTE (TuckerG @ Mar 5 2012, 09:14 AM) *
I think I force quite a bit when I'm playing, but lately I've trying to ease off a little and work slow, more patience. I've put my goal at 1 hour a day, guitar in hand practicing. Sometimes I only get 15 or 20 minutes, but other times I'm able to hit it for 2 or 3 hours. How does that sound? I'll take any advice on a structured practice routine... biggrin.gif

Well, after Guthrie's video, I see I've been practicing some bad habits. I've been using the thinnest pick I can find (I thought it would be easier), my picks are rounded, so I have now used scissors and made them all have a point biggrin.gif and I need to not leave so much pick sticking out. Haha, very good video sir! I think I've got a comfy method that is correct now as far as arm movement! Lol, I'm ready to do some work and form some good habits now biggrin.gif

Thank you much Cosmin for the direction sir biggrin.gif I'll get a vid camera soon! haha


hehe biggrin.gif looking forward to see you perform mate! Tell me, what else would you like to know? I mean is there anything else troubling you with the lessons you're working on so far?


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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Mar 5 2012, 10:53 AM) *
hehe biggrin.gif looking forward to see you perform mate! Tell me, what else would you like to know? I mean is there anything else troubling you with the lessons you're working on so far?


yessir, I cannot wait to get a video up to get your feedback!! well, I'm not looking forward to putting my lack of skills on display, haha but I think the best thing for my progress right now would be a straight up critique by yourself, it would be invaluable, especially since I want to emulate your style to such a hi degree. Next week I should get my scholarship $$, with which I'm going to get setup with a decent camera, so video will be soon, sir! smile.gif

Cosmin, when playing, should I try in use hammer ons and pull offs as much as possible, or approach everything as to pick as many notes as possible? biggrin.gif
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QUOTE (TuckerG @ Mar 9 2012, 06:07 AM) *
yessir, I cannot wait to get a video up to get your feedback!! well, I'm not looking forward to putting my lack of skills on display, haha but I think the best thing for my progress right now would be a straight up critique by yourself, it would be invaluable, especially since I want to emulate your style to such a hi degree. Next week I should get my scholarship $$, with which I'm going to get setup with a decent camera, so video will be soon, sir! smile.gif

Cosmin, when playing, should I try in use hammer ons and pull offs as much as possible, or approach everything as to pick as many notes as possible? biggrin.gif


Wow dude you got a scholarship! It means you are studying hard man! COngratulations biggrin.gif

About alternate picking and HO/ PO - everything has to have a balance mate, use them when you feel like it smile.gif these two techniques have different effects and sounds so they should be used where they are called upon in a context smile.gif

Let's see the videooooo biggrin.gif

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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Mar 9 2012, 07:24 AM) *
Wow dude you got a scholarship! It means you are studying hard man! COngratulations biggrin.gif

About alternate picking and HO/ PO - everything has to have a balance mate, use them when you feel like it smile.gif these two techniques have different effects and sounds so they should be used where they are called upon in a context smile.gif

Let's see the videooooo biggrin.gif

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Cosmin good sir, I have one small layaway payment on a camera, I'm going to make a video this week, and over the weekend! I'm so nervous about it. I'm going to do my favorite riff/song ever of all time, without question, most fantastically awesome series of notes ever arranged in a permutative sequence, Pillar style biggrin.gif and Metal Metrics 4 and 5 I've been working hard on. smile.gif I will ttys good sir!! Hope you are having a good week!

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QUOTE (TuckerG @ Mar 16 2012, 01:25 AM) *
Cosmin good sir, I have one small layaway payment on a camera, I'm going to make a video this week, and over the weekend! I'm so nervous about it. I'm going to do my favorite riff/song ever of all time, without question, most fantastically awesome series of notes ever arranged in a permutative sequence, Pillar style biggrin.gif and Metal Metrics 4 and 5 I've been working hard on. smile.gif I will ttys good sir!! Hope you are having a good week!

-Tucker


Wow! Hey man biggrin.gif looking forward to seeing the takes - don't be nervous, it's only you in there smile.gif a few tips:

- relax! Without being relaxed, you won't be able to give it your best
- you are NOT in a competition smile.gif
- take time to record as MANY TAKES AS NEEDED, until YOU are satisfied wink.gif
- post them here and we'll discuss them so that you may get a BIG 10 in the REC zone if you choose to post them there as well wink.gif

best of luck Tucker!!

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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Mar 16 2012, 10:04 AM) *
Wow! Hey man biggrin.gif looking forward to seeing the takes - don't be nervous, it's only you in there smile.gif a few tips:

- relax! Without being relaxed, you won't be able to give it your best
- you are NOT in a competition smile.gif
- take time to record as MANY TAKES AS NEEDED, until YOU are satisfied wink.gif
- post them here and we'll discuss them so that you may get a BIG 10 in the REC zone if you choose to post them there as well wink.gif

best of luck Tucker!!

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Thank you much Cosmin!
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QUOTE (TuckerG @ Mar 17 2012, 11:11 AM) *
Thank you much Cosmin!


Always a pleasure man smile.gif keep me updated please biggrin.gif


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Cosmin good sir, I have my new camera, its just a little handheld on by Nikon that takes high def video, and my amps, guitar, some various cables, etc. Do you have any advice on how to record my video so the sound is ok? I tried it with just setting the camera on a shelf and hitting record, but the sound is very bad. I'll keep seeing if I can get better sound, but if you have any advice, I am all ears biggrin.gif I have a web cam mic also...

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QUOTE (TuckerG @ Mar 19 2012, 12:33 PM) *
Cosmin good sir, I have my new camera, its just a little handheld on by Nikon that takes high def video, and my amps, guitar, some various cables, etc. Do you have any advice on how to record my video so the sound is ok? I tried it with just setting the camera on a shelf and hitting record, but the sound is very bad. I'll keep seeing if I can get better sound, but if you have any advice, I am all ears biggrin.gif I have a web cam mic also...

-Tucker


Hey Tucker smile.gif congrats on your new acquisitions biggrin.gif mate, I suggest the following:

- record the video with the cam
- record audio in the same time in a DAW software - there's this nifty movie here teaching you how to do it wink.gif

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=playe...p;v=18Kh2LB7K_E

blend the two of them in a movie editing software, Vegas maybe? and there ya go - hiQ vid and audio biggrin.gif

what do you say? now until you get the hang of things, you can also post the videos with the camera sound smile.gif here in this thread, let me witness a sample of your recording just as it is now, k?

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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Mar 19 2012, 01:40 PM) *
Hey Tucker smile.gif congrats on your new acquisitions biggrin.gif mate, I suggest the following:

- record the video with the cam
- record audio in the same time in a DAW software - there's this nifty movie here teaching you how to do it wink.gif

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=playe...p;v=18Kh2LB7K_E

blend the two of them in a movie editing software, Vegas maybe? and there ya go - hiQ vid and audio biggrin.gif

what do you say? now until you get the hang of things, you can also post the videos with the camera sound smile.gif here in this thread, let me witness a sample of your recording just as it is now, k?

Cosmin

Awesome! Ill get that software going for the near future, and have you a video up this evening with just the cam sound! I'm freakin' dying to get your assessment Cosmin, haha for real. If possible, see what you think and help to structure a disciplined practice method smile.gif Be on after class tonight!! biggrin.gif

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QUOTE (TuckerG @ Mar 19 2012, 06:29 PM) *
Awesome! Ill get that software going for the near future, and have you a video up this evening with just the cam sound! I'm freakin' dying to get your assessment Cosmin, haha for real. If possible, see what you think and help to structure a disciplined practice method smile.gif Be on after class tonight!! biggrin.gif

-Tucker


Hey there Tuck biggrin.gif yessir, we can most likely do that smile.gif first, how many hrs a day do you think you can dedicate to the guitar? biggrin.gif

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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Mar 19 2012, 06:38 PM) *
Hey there Tuck biggrin.gif yessir, we can most likely do that smile.gif first, how many hrs a day do you think you can dedicate to the guitar? biggrin.gif

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Hey Cosmin, I followed your link, and got all the software, I'm making a video this moment! biggrin.gif Lol, I have to admit, this process is so fun man, I can't wait to post my first video right here! Ok sir, after you watch me play, I can put in two to four houra a day practicing, with the minimum being two hours, and probably the mode closer to 3 or 3 1/2 hours per session. I'll go in any direction you point and follow the system. smile.gif I'm learning chords and scales steadily on the side, and have charts I am learning. I am not to focused on creativity right now, I am highly focused on technique and form. As an adult, I am still afraid of the dark, because of goat legged faceless creatures I am just positive exist, so I have an imagination lol I'll have fun with creativity later. biggrin.gif After you see me, whatever you say... biggrin.gif

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QUOTE (TuckerG @ Mar 21 2012, 06:04 AM) *
Hey Cosmin, I followed your link, and got all the software, I'm making a video this moment! biggrin.gif Lol, I have to admit, this process is so fun man, I can't wait to post my first video right here! Ok sir, after you watch me play, I can put in two to four houra a day practicing, with the minimum being two hours, and probably the mode closer to 3 or 3 1/2 hours per session. I'll go in any direction you point and follow the system. smile.gif I'm learning chords and scales steadily on the side, and have charts I am learning. I am not to focused on creativity right now, I am highly focused on technique and form. As an adult, I am still afraid of the dark, because of goat legged faceless creatures I am just positive exist, so I have an imagination lol I'll have fun with creativity later. biggrin.gif After you see me, whatever you say... biggrin.gif

-Tucker


Great news Tucker! After I can see your playing I will most definitely have a good idea regarding our direction studying together. I will pick out specific lessons here at GMC focusing on various aspects of playing and we can go through them together till you master each and every one wink.gif

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