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post Apr 28 2012, 07:56 AM
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Hi Bleez, cool clips! I can notice your improvement comparing this takes with the previous one that you had posted. As you said, in the 150 bpm you start to lose your timing and synchronization of both hands. Set a slower tempo and continue working, maybe 145 bpm?

Regarding your question about the time that you need to increase your speed, it's impossible to preview. It depends on mostly on how many time you practice it every day. Sincerely I wouldn't care about how may time it takes. You just have to focus on it and work diary 1 or 2 hours. You will really note the improvements.

So continue working on these ones and please tell me... What about start working on this lesson?

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post Apr 28 2012, 11:38 AM
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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Apr 28 2012, 07:56 AM) *
Set a slower tempo and continue working, maybe 145 bpm?

sounds good, that's what I'll do. I'll work on that through the week and next weekend maybe record it again at 145bpm to get your opinion on it. I can maybe set the 150bpm as a bit of a goal to aim for.

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So continue working on these ones and please tell me... What about start working on this lesson?
http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guit...picking-thirds/

That lesson looks cool smile.gif I will make a start on that one.


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QUOTE (bleez @ Apr 28 2012, 07:38 AM) *
sounds good, that's what I'll do. I'll work on that through the week and next weekend maybe record it again at 145bpm to get your opinion on it. I can maybe set the 150bpm as a bit of a goal to aim for.


That lesson looks cool smile.gif I will make a start on that one.


Thanks mate, your help is much appreciated smile.gif



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hi Gab, just checking in with a quick update smile.gif

Still need to put some time into the lesson to get though it without mistakes dry.gif

Ive also been continuing with the tempo exercise. I have been trying to get it at 145bpm and also pushing for 150 but unfortunately Im still not 100% yet. Its frustrating!

I recorded a couple of attempts today, some parts are ok but Im still messy in other places...... more practice needed wink.gif

at 150bpm
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Hi Bleez! Thanks for the update! You lose the synchronization in some parts but you are on the right track! You have to be patient and keep on practicing. Are you also working on the thirds lesson?


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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ May 14 2012, 02:32 PM) *
Hi Bleez! Thanks for the update! You lose the synchronization in some parts but you are on the right track! You have to be patient and keep on practicing. Are you also working on the thirds lesson?

thanks gab.
yeah, still working on the thirds lesson. still making a few mistakes with it here and there but I think I should be able to post a take of it soon with a bit more practice.


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QUOTE (bleez @ May 14 2012, 11:12 AM) *
thanks gab.
yeah, still working on the thirds lesson. still making a few mistakes with it here and there but I think I should be able to post a take of it soon with a bit more practice.


Excellent! I'll wait for the take! smile.gif


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Hi Gab, just wanted to let you know that Im still working on that 'thirds' lesson! I haven't disappeared smile.gif
I had just over a week away from the guitar completely as I was getting frustrated at my lack of progress but I am back practising and working through the lesson you suggested.

Its not easy being a rockstar huh cool.gif


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hahahaha thanks for the update! wink.gif


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Hi mate,

Still struggling to get that speed exercise up to 150 bpm. Im okay at 140 but when I push it to 145 - 150 it goes a bit off. I started to include an easier exercise as well just to see if it helped.
Ive recorded an attempt at the 'more difficult' exercise;
145 BPM
http://soundcloud.com/bleez666/sp-145

And here are a couple of attempts at the easier exercise -
220 BPM
http://soundcloud.com/bleez666/sp-220

230 BPM - This one is my current fastest speed.
http://soundcloud.com/bleez666/sp-230

Although, after I uploaded these I wondered if it would be better for me to record video instead of just audio? incase my technique is really wrong.

I've been learning your 'stoner rock' lesson ( the first one ) recently and I got on really well with it ( I think so anyway! ) so I began working on your Alice in chains lesson. The fast lead parts are challenging but hopefully I'll get it up to speed. Its an awesome sounding lesson, I'll let you know if I manage it.




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Hi Bleez! Good job mate! It's cool to see you working hard! I can notice that the second exercise is a bit more precise than the first one. However in both you don't sound 100% tight and clean. Keep on practicing them and maybe continue at a slower tempo first. Providing a video would be really awesome to see exactly your hands movements and posture.


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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Jun 25 2012, 05:01 AM) *
Hi Bleez! Good job mate! It's cool to see you working hard! I can notice that the second exercise is a bit more precise than the first one. However in both you don't sound 100% tight and clean. Keep on practicing them and maybe continue at a slower tempo first. Providing a video would be really awesome to see exactly your hands movements and posture.

thanks gab, I'll get some video posted as soon as possible smile.gif
I really need to make some progress in the speed area.... time for some extra effort on my part I think cool.gif


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QUOTE (bleez @ Jun 25 2012, 04:48 AM) *
thanks gab, I'll get some video posted as soon as possible smile.gif
I really need to make some progress in the speed area.... time for some extra effort on my part I think cool.gif



yes mate! and maybe you could choose any musical lesson that uses only this technique to make your practice routine funnier.


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Hi gab,
I recorded a couple of those exercises tonight at different angles. I dont know if these will be helpful at all. If not, I can do them again but at different angles, whatever you think will be best.

215 BPM

135 BPM - the metronome didnt come out as loud in this take, dont know why!

Thanks for taking the time to check them out mate. smile.gif




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Hi Bleez, I'm not sure but it seems that you are moving a bit your right hands fingers when you are picking. If this is happening, let me suggest you that you should avoid it. The movement must come from the wrist when you are playing alternate picking. Other thing that I note is that you lose synchronicity because your left hand moves faster than your right hand, this happens clearer in the first take.


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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Jun 26 2012, 06:20 PM) *
Hi Bleez, I'm not sure but it seems that you are moving a bit your right hands fingers when you are picking. If this is happening, let me suggest you that you should avoid it. The movement must come from the wrist when you are playing alternate picking. Other thing that I note is that you lose synchronicity because your left hand moves faster than your right hand, this happens clearer in the first take.

Interesting point about moving my righthand fingers, its not something I was aware of! I'll pay more attention to that and try to improve my right hand technique, thanks smile.gif


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QUOTE (bleez @ Jun 27 2012, 04:41 AM) *
Interesting point about moving my righthand fingers, its not something I was aware of! I'll pay more attention to that and try to improve my right hand technique, thanks smile.gif



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thanks for the video Gab. Ive not seen that dude before, and it was very helpful. Im really paying attention to my pick fingers now. thanks.

also mate, following on from your songwriting thread, I have a few riffs that Im working on and I thought it would be great to get your opinion on this one in particular. Unfortunately I dont have a drum program at the moment but I am looking to get set up with EZ Drummer maybe next month or so, I already have a cheap bass which I'll use if the songs turn out to be okay.

Its a stoner rock type track in the style of 'Kyuss', 'sasquatch', 'Unida'.... y'know the type of thing smile.gif

I think the format I played in this demo would be : 'Intro - Verse - Bridge or chorus - Verse - Bridge or Chorus - Repeat intro" but that could change!

http://soundcloud.com/bleez666/riffage1

you need to 'play' the drums in your mind when you listen to it wink.gif


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This sounds great mate! I can imagine in my mind all the rhythmic section as well as some vocals and guitar arrangements. smile.gif Maybe you can get Hype Canvas which is a VSTi that includes all the instruments, it's not high quality but it really works for demos. I think that you could use the riff that appears after the verse as a bridge and maybe compose a memorial chorus, a good stoner style progression with a catchy melody. The track would also need a solo or part C to be even more complete. By the way this is really good, congrats! smile.gif


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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Aug 20 2012, 08:38 PM) *
This sounds great mate! I can imagine in my mind all the rhythmic section as well as some vocals and guitar arrangements. smile.gif Maybe you can get Hype Canvas which is a VSTi that includes all the instruments, it's not high quality but it really works for demos. I think that you could use the riff that appears after the verse as a bridge and maybe compose a memorial chorus, a good stoner style progression with a catchy melody. The track would also need a solo or part C to be even more complete. By the way this is really good, congrats! smile.gif

thanks Gab smile.gif really appreciate your thoughts on it. I'll check out that software too,cheers.

cool, I'll go with your suggestions and make that part as a bridge and work on a big stoner chorus, then try to introduce a part c. sounds like a good plan to me!

I have the foundation for another similar song on the go just now as well, its in dropped d and much more doom! it kinda reminds me of that band 'sleep', which is cool wink.gif if I can get both of these into songs it will be awesome!


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