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post Mar 19 2012, 07:59 PM
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Hehehe biggrin.gif surprise smile.gif this is YOUR thread mate biggrin.gif let's start by letting me know how much time you can dedicate to daily guitar playing

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I'll post this here also, to "transfer the conversation" over here to my new thread!



Most days (at least 5 of 7) I should be able to commit an hour to a dedicated practice routine. Thanks to my work, I'm usually able to play much more each day. I usually play EVERY day, and if I take a full day off on my "weekend", I always make sure to hit it the next day!!

Obviously, I'm trying to figure out how much time per day I can dedicate to a NEW practice routine, and I'll work on my own band material outside of that.


I've already given a brief outline of what I'd like to incorporate into a practice routine, but you may (and are encouraged to!) have other techniques you think I should work on as well. I'm here to learn!

I may put together a quick "getting to know me" video, and put it in "my thread".... I may be able to explain my strong/weak points a bit better over video, and with a guitar in my hand!!


Thanks Cosmin! Looking forward to getting started on this journey.... and remember, if I ever say I have a "weak spot", it's just a short form of saying "a strength I haven't yet spent enough time to develop"!! laugh.gif


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Hey Gabe,

what do you think of the following idea:

1hr a day in which we can focus on

- technique, as out of what I've seen you need to correct a few things smile.gif
- chords and arpeggios - they go hand in hand smile.gif
- theory can be learned in a more fun and easy way if you pay attention to the theory parts of the lessons here at GMC

Now, tangible progress is something which will motivate you so we can work on lessons here at GMC and if you'd like, we can prepare them for the REC zone and aim for 10s so that you may become as awesome as possible wink.gif

what do you think about this plan mate?

Cosmin



QUOTE (derper @ Mar 19 2012, 09:00 PM) *
I'll post this here also, to "transfer the conversation" over here to my new thread!



Most days (at least 5 of 7) I should be able to commit an hour to a dedicated practice routine. Thanks to my work, I'm usually able to play much more each day. I usually play EVERY day, and if I take a full day off on my "weekend", I always make sure to hit it the next day!!

Obviously, I'm trying to figure out how much time per day I can dedicate to a NEW practice routine, and I'll work on my own band material outside of that.


I've already given a brief outline of what I'd like to incorporate into a practice routine, but you may (and are encouraged to!) have other techniques you think I should work on as well. I'm here to learn!

I may put together a quick "getting to know me" video, and put it in "my thread".... I may be able to explain my strong/weak points a bit better over video, and with a guitar in my hand!!


Thanks Cosmin! Looking forward to getting started on this journey.... and remember, if I ever say I have a "weak spot", it's just a short form of saying "a strength I haven't yet spent enough time to develop"!! laugh.gif



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Sound right on!!

So....last night I got an invite to sit in at one of Portland's finest funk/jazz venues, with top-notch world class players!! I was pretty nervous coming into it, but practiced to backing tracks (and Melvin Sparks!!) for over an hour beforehand, to ensure I'd be loose and have good phrasing. I knew I couldn't kill them with chops, so I had to relax and rely on soul, phrasing and more.

It went GREAT!! I'm invited back in two weeks, and eventually I'll be able to post a recording of my performance here! It was a huge moment for me, because these guys are my heroes!


As always....looking forward to improving more every day!!



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Hey Gabe,

what do you think of the following idea:

1hr a day in which we can focus on

- technique, as out of what I've seen you need to correct a few things smile.gif
- chords and arpeggios - they go hand in hand smile.gif
- theory can be learned in a more fun and easy way if you pay attention to the theory parts of the lessons here at GMC

Now, tangible progress is something which will motivate you so we can work on lessons here at GMC and if you'd like, we can prepare them for the REC zone and aim for 10s so that you may become as awesome as possible wink.gif

what do you think about this plan mate?

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QUOTE (derper @ Mar 21 2012, 07:24 PM) *
Sound right on!!

So....last night I got an invite to sit in at one of Portland's finest funk/jazz venues, with top-notch world class players!! I was pretty nervous coming into it, but practiced to backing tracks (and Melvin Sparks!!) for over an hour beforehand, to ensure I'd be loose and have good phrasing. I knew I couldn't kill them with chops, so I had to relax and rely on soul, phrasing and more.

It went GREAT!! I'm invited back in two weeks, and eventually I'll be able to post a recording of my performance here! It was a huge moment for me, because these guys are my heroes!


As always....looking forward to improving more every day!!


Awesome mate! biggrin.gif It seems like a lot of good stuff is coming your way, so you'd better be ready for it! biggrin.gif

Let's see, since you are preparing the Vivaldi lesson for alternate picking and stamina, you can keep workin on it and let me know how it goes . In the mean time we can focus in parallel on this one to start with:

http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guit...dvanced-chords/ it has interesting chord shifts and good theory which will help you enlarge your vocabulary and use of chords biggrin.gif

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Sounds great!! I'll keep on the Vivaldi, and post results for feedback. I'll start workin' on that chord vid. Also, I'd like to start working on arpeggios very soon as well. I was talking last night with an accomplished jazz guitarist, and his biggest criticism is that I play "scales, not arpeggios".... I really agree.

Thanks again Cosmin!!

I've got a busy week coming up.... gig w/many new songs, and a tough rehearsal. But I'm going to try and give an hour a day to Vivaldi, this chord video, and probably still a little on that country riff as well (Dinaga's insane lesson hunt!) which works great for a warmup if I start slow enough.

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Awesome mate! biggrin.gif It seems like a lot of good stuff is coming your way, so you'd better be ready for it! biggrin.gif

Let's see, since you are preparing the Vivaldi lesson for alternate picking and stamina, you can keep workin on it and let me know how it goes . In the mean time we can focus in parallel on this one to start with:

http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guit...dvanced-chords/ it has interesting chord shifts and good theory which will help you enlarge your vocabulary and use of chords biggrin.gif

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QUOTE (derper @ Mar 25 2012, 07:26 PM) *
Sounds great!! I'll keep on the Vivaldi, and post results for feedback. I'll start workin' on that chord vid. Also, I'd like to start working on arpeggios very soon as well. I was talking last night with an accomplished jazz guitarist, and his biggest criticism is that I play "scales, not arpeggios".... I really agree.

Thanks again Cosmin!!

I've got a busy week coming up.... gig w/many new songs, and a tough rehearsal. But I'm going to try and give an hour a day to Vivaldi, this chord video, and probably still a little on that country riff as well (Dinaga's insane lesson hunt!) which works great for a warmup if I start slow enough.

Thanks!


All in due time mate wink.gif the jazz guitarist had a point - it's awesome to combine arpeggios with scales and chords and melodies biggrin.gif that's a good improviser tongue.gif

Give some time to the first two and we can jump into arpeggios right away - waiting on your progress update wink.gif

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Here we go.....I got some time to put in today, before moving on to rehearsing gig material.


First is my "warmup" run:

I actually make sure to warmup properly FIRST, then I continue my warmup routine with this exercise, slower, and then build up to this speed. As I mentioned to Dinaga, I think I need to go BACk to move FORWARD on this. Meaning, I'm going to work on perfecting it even slower, then come back to this speed.


From there, I hit the Vivaldi lesson. I got 2 takes without much difficulty. I'm going to keep working at this speed a bit, before trying for full-speed. I feel like I'm getting there, but I can see room for improvement.




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Here's another vid of my morning routine. Didn't tape another Vivaldi take today yet. Still might do that. But right now I'm uploading a one-on-one vid of me demonstrating some of my weak-points, etc. It's a longer vid, so taking a while to upload to youtube.




I took Dinaga's advice, and made certain to practice this and Vivaldi EVERY day, at least for 30 mins. Also, I backed it down to a slower tempo for a while, before bringing it back to 100bpm.


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A little bit of info about me, and my playing...


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Just watch the vid, to critique myself, and noticed that the very end got chopped off. I went ahead and dropped some imrpov solo licks on a backing track. My memory card isn't that big. tongue.gif



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QUOTE (derper @ Mar 26 2012, 08:36 PM) *
Here we go.....I got some time to put in today, before moving on to rehearsing gig material.


First is my "warmup" run:

I actually make sure to warmup properly FIRST, then I continue my warmup routine with this exercise, slower, and then build up to this speed. As I mentioned to Dinaga, I think I need to go BACk to move FORWARD on this. Meaning, I'm going to work on perfecting it even slower, then come back to this speed.


From there, I hit the Vivaldi lesson. I got 2 takes without much difficulty. I'm going to keep working at this speed a bit, before trying for full-speed. I feel like I'm getting there, but I can see room for improvement.




Hola hombre!

there are slight imperfections here and there in the Vivaldi take, but the country one was 99,99% clean tongue.gif I think that the issue lies in the fact that you are moving your picking hand too much and you are holding the pick with with your thumb bent and touching it with the lower part of it, rather than holding it with the tip of the thumb, which in my opinion would provide better results wink.gif

Would you like to try a very slow take with holding the pick like that?

The most important things which I think would be necessary for you to solve at this point, would be the picking hand motion and the way you are holding the pick and the vibrato smile.gif

For the picking technique, try the stuff above and try to move the hand ass less as possible wink.gif while for the vibrato, I highly recommend http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Bens-Vibrato-Odyssey/

We could also, start working on your right hand with a few hand selected picking lessons, if you'd like smile.gif please go ahead and shoot a few slow vids, where you would focus on the right hand ideas

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I'm certainly trying to focus on finding more accurate and efficient ways to pick.....but, unfortunately, somehow in my life I messed up my picking hand thumb and it literally will not grip on the tip of the thumb. So, you are absolutely correct in your assessment, but it's something that I cannot physically change. Due to my "lack of thumb-tip grip", I also tend to have a few different grips ready for different techniques. Again, I'm trying to pay more attention to that, because perhaps they aren't all needed. For example, there is a part in "Double Dragon Medley" for EMULATOR which requires a hard, rhythmic picking of 2 strings simultaneously at perfect speed, so I have to choke up on it and anchor my hand to the guitar in order to pick hard enough in time, without dropping the pick. Had I ANY strength in the tip of my thumb, like a NORMAL person ( tongue.gif ) I'd be able to avoid the grip-switch routine and keep a more solid/efficient grip at all times.

Again, I know I can still work on improving my picking hand. I'll try and take a vid of my picking hand to give you a better look, so you'll be able to perhaps give me some better input on that.


I'll certainly look into that vibrato vid. I've heard that it's a great lesson!!

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Oh man sad.gif I'm really sorry to hear this sad.gif sure, shoot up the vid and send it this way smile.gif

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QUOTE (derper @ Mar 31 2012, 06:56 PM) *
I'm certainly trying to focus on finding more accurate and efficient ways to pick.....but, unfortunately, somehow in my life I messed up my picking hand thumb and it literally will not grip on the tip of the thumb. So, you are absolutely correct in your assessment, but it's something that I cannot physically change. Due to my "lack of thumb-tip grip", I also tend to have a few different grips ready for different techniques. Again, I'm trying to pay more attention to that, because perhaps they aren't all needed. For example, there is a part in "Double Dragon Medley" for EMULATOR which requires a hard, rhythmic picking of 2 strings simultaneously at perfect speed, so I have to choke up on it and anchor my hand to the guitar in order to pick hard enough in time, without dropping the pick. Had I ANY strength in the tip of my thumb, like a NORMAL person ( tongue.gif ) I'd be able to avoid the grip-switch routine and keep a more solid/efficient grip at all times.

Again, I know I can still work on improving my picking hand. I'll try and take a vid of my picking hand to give you a better look, so you'll be able to perhaps give me some better input on that.


I'll certainly look into that vibrato vid. I've heard that it's a great lesson!!

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Sorry Cosmin, I've been and will be SUPER busy this upcoming week.... we've got a big EMULATOR gig coming up. I had big one with my other group, Planet Jackers, this Sat as well. I'm still running my routine nearly ever single day, but not with enough time and effort to move forward all that much.

I'll be back on it, hard, shortly.

Also, I've been putting a huge effort into picking. I've watched several vids, and am analyzing my own technique and adjusting. Also, due both to my live performances and the awesome Portland music scene, I've analyzed the picking styles of several other GREAT guitarists. I'll post a vid soon, but I just don't have time right now, and probably won't for a week. I only get away from GMC for short periods of time, but it's always bitter-sweet....I miss it, and can't wait to get back, but I'm out there growing, playing and gaining experience in the meanwhile. Although....I gig frequently, so that's not new. I NEED to study more, woodshed and nerd out on techniques.

Another note: Our EMULATOR show had a kickstarter campaign to get the show video taped and streamed live to the internet....and we DID IT!! So anyone can watch the show, live, for free!! Also, we've added a second guitarist. The kid is AMAZING!! Freaking Steve Vai amazing. GMC will dig him. It's pushing me to new levels, and I'm looking into techniques I've never messed with, like sweep picking. I don't come from a very "metal" playing background, and this guy fills out the sound quite a bit. It's gonna be a KILLER show!! I'll post vids eventually.

Thanks Coz!! I haven't forgotten about you or what we're working on. I'll be back very soon!!


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Hey Gabe! Always nice to hear from ya mate biggrin.gif glad to know that things are moving in a good direction for your projects! Don't worry, we can work on things when you have the time and of course, I will always be here to nag you about moving your right hand lesser and lesser tongue.gif

Let me know when you're ready, I can even leave something for you to look at while you're away from the boards smile.gif

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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Apr 5 2012, 07:16 AM) *
Hey Gabe! Always nice to hear from ya mate biggrin.gif glad to know that things are moving in a good direction for your projects! Don't worry, we can work on things when you have the time and of course, I will always be here to nag you about moving your right hand lesser and lesser tongue.gif

Let me know when you're ready, I can even leave something for you to look at while you're away from the boards smile.gif

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I'm BACK!!! And I've had the GREATEST month playing live music EVER!! Best EMULATOR show, thrice invited to sit in with the local/regional pros (thus moving me WAY up the ladder!!), and the best Planet Jackers (my funk band) show ever as well!! Not to mention, all 3 shows were taped! Video soon to come.... Trust me, that will be your biggest way to help me. Rehearsal is one thing, but I'm a "live" player and I'm sure I do things live that I don't even realize. But I DO try to rehearse "for live", meaning I stand, I use the same gear if possible, etc etc.

Ok....here's a vid discussing picking hand efficiency, and my picking hand DE-ficiency!!




Other than that, since I am playing live so much, I'm going to keep working on Vivaldi when I can (and my country lesson) but I'm going to use them more as warmups/strength builders etc., and would like to move on to some lessons that have more chance to be applied to my live playing. For example, the Vivaldi arpeggios are literally too "advanced" of a concept to really use in my playing....but I just LOVE that riff/lesson so much, I had to learn it!! I'll keep working to get it up to 100%, and I'm certain that I will. It's just taking way longer than I thought. I obviously underestimated the riff a bit (because you make it look so easy and sound so CLEAN!) or overestimated my abilities. Oops!

Anyway, I started working on your lesson/Ben's Bushido task...haven't done any of Ben's Bushido yet, but your "Voice of your guitar" lesson is too good to pass up!! Upon coming to GMC I realized that I really need to work on my "touch"....ya know, bends, intonation, vibrato...."the touch"!! That lesson will certainly help. I'll post vids here, or maybe just go straight to REC with that one. It isn't too hard.

I wanted to learn arpeggios, and now I want/NEED to learn to sweep... http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guit...weeping-basics/
I think that is the best vid to "start" sweeping, for an intermediate player such as myself.

AND (because I like to stay over-loaded!!) I also want to start on this Greg Howe lesson. http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/greg_howe_techniques/

That one is REALLY going to be tough to get up to speed, but I like the concepts behind it. Oh, I also worked on another Stephane vid this last month... a minor 6th pentatonic vid. Sounds like John Scofield, so of course I dig it, and it really can "apply" directly to my playing.


Glad to be back!! Hope you're doing well. I'll post vids of live performance soon, and some of my progress on other stuff/lessons as well.

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Man, you're like an energy bomb laugh.gif I like that very much, as I am one too tongue.gif mate your hand and coordination in general has evolved due to the fact that you have played a lot in that direction. As I have said, it's not the precise focus on those lessons that brought you to this point, but the fact that you have been put in live situations where you had to deliver, ONSTAGE smile.gif that sort of experience is not obtainable in any other situation.

And your funky tone is very nice man biggrin.gif

Now I TRULY understand your thumb issue and it's very admirable to see how you have evolved having to deal with it wink.gif I couldn't hold a pick like that and be efficient not if my life would be at stake laugh.gif

Looking forward to see those vids and maybe we can focus a bit on articulation and dynamics? To make you a more sensible player tongue.gif

let's rock n roolll biggrin.gif

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Feels so good to be back!! I love staying busy, and gigging out live....but I miss my hardcore GMC practice!!

Today, I worked on the Vivaldi lesson (again) to get it up to speed, focus on picking, and also to work on the very minor things that are holding me back from achieving full speed. There are just little things, like a reach here to there, so I started to hit those individually again. usually, I had been just playing through the whole thing at 75% speed.... realized that I need to go back and iron out the detail. It helped a ton. Here's a vid, although I feel like I was playing it WAY better about an hour before I shot the video. Also, I started having cord issues, so that was it for that vid.



The problem is, I was focusing TOO MUCH on picking hand, so I sound "choppy" and slightly off rhythm (micro pauses again?). Whereas earlier in the day, I was playing it super "smooth" at that speed. BUT, the picking hand is way better than the early days!! Now, I need BOTH!!


Other than that, I watched Ben's vid chat, and worked a little on those figures/riffs/exercises.

THEN, I started studying the end of this "Sweeping Etude" video.... I can't sweep (yet) but I really want to learn that end riff!! http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guit...picking-etude/#
Gonna take time, but I'll get there eventually. Since it's all hammer-ons and pulloffs (except the first and last note) it will build hand strength as well.

THEN, I started learning how to sweep! I wanted to shoot a vid, but CORD PROBLEMS(!!), plus I'm just starting to sweep so I'm pretty bad at it still. I'm learning it from this video: http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guit...weeping-basics/

And THEN (slow day at the mattress shop!!) I started working on your "Voice of your Guitar" lesson.



I just started on it today, so near the end I totally lose my place...and the phone rings!! Saved by the bell!!

Anyway, figured I'd send a vid anyway....won't take long to get that up to "REC" quality, and once I learn the first half, the second half is just an octave up (I believe).





Although I'm working on so much right now, I don't feel "overloaded" or that I have spread myself too thin (yet). If I do, I will back off of a lesson for a while. We've got another EMULATOR gig May 19th and 1 rehearsal before. I really want to start incorporating some shreddier stuff into my solos. Once the vid comes out, you'll see why....it really highlights my "weaknesses" as a player, whereas my funk band encompasses my strengths.

But I love it all, and am happy knowing that I can, and will, overcome any challenge and I will only get better, every day!! Thanks for the help Coz! I have a feeling, after I get these vids back, you'll REALLY get some ideas on how to get me "melting-faces" asap!! tongue.gif


End of the work day....heading out!! Day off tomorrow, but still gonna play, practice, band practice and maybe even jump on a collab tomorrow! So glad to be back to GMC.


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Check out my awesome Nintendo Cover-band, EMULATOR!!
http://www.reverbnation.com/emulator

Now.....go practice!!
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post May 5 2012, 06:31 PM
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Well, this has been an interesting journey. As mentioned, I started hopping to some other interesting lessons with theory/techniques that will directly apply to my playing. What I've found is, that I have more to work on than I expected.....but it's also why I'm missing that "killer riff" that I see someone bust out live.

I play funk/blues stuff, mainly, or at least I did. What I missed out on, is the sweet legato runs, arpeggios, sweep arpeggios etc. Until yesterday, I thought "legato" meant to play long, sustaining notes. Derp!! I got out of playing much legato, years ago while trying to immerse in the jazz/funk style. So now, I almost exclusively alternate pick.

Now, I'm working on the beginnings of sweeping, and also to rock some sweet legato runs!! That will CERTAINLY help in EMULATOR!! No wonder my solos always sounded "off" and I felt slow....most guitarists aren't simply alt picking rock/metal solos!


Anyway, it was nice to uncover YET ANOTHER huge flaw in my playing!! tongue.gif So now, I can fix it! I'll probably warm up and be ready for Todd's chat, since he has good exercises which will help build strength for legato/hammer-ons/pull-offs and also stretching.


Also, Dinaga mentioned that my vibrato is too fast. Never noticed, but yeah....I tend to do it fast.

So much to improve on, but I'm so excited to do it!! Though I want to post vids, I feel like I need to dig into these techniques a bit, and also I'm coming into another EMULATOR rehearsal and show, so that's gonna eat up my time soon. But I won't be "away", just not quite as directly in contact here. I WILL BE PRACTICING MY ARSE OFF in the meanwhile, and coming back with some progress to post and discuss. I will also post a link to the EMULATOR vid. I've seen it, but they are doing final edits and setting up for the official release.


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http://www.reverbnation.com/emulator

Now.....go practice!!
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