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> Vonhotch's Musical Journey, for Gab's Army
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post Apr 27 2012, 01:23 AM
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Hi Vonhotch!! Welcome to your Gab's Army thread!!

Could you please tell me a bit about you, your musical tastes, influences, strengths and weaknesses? I would need some videos of you playing rhythm and solo guitar, so please post your best material here. If you have some music or ideas of your own, also post them here. Also let me know how you think that I can help you and what are your expectations for our job. You can check the other Army's thread to discover the different modalities of this project.


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post Apr 27 2012, 02:26 PM
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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Apr 27 2012, 12:23 AM) *
Hi Vonhotch!! Welcome to your Gab's Army thread!!

Could you please tell me a bit about you, your musical tastes, influences, strengths and weaknesses? I would need some videos of you playing rhythm and solo guitar, so please post your best material here. If you have some music or ideas of your own, also post them here. Also let me know how you think that I can help you and what are your expectations for our job. You can check the other Army's thread to discover the different modalities of this project.


The principles of our Army are:

+ Improve your technique
+ Make music and solos
+ Have fun
+ Destroy the enemy (hahaha not realy just kidding... )


Wow, my musical tastes are ALLLLL over the place I listen to mostly metal I'm really into stoner/doom/sludgey rock metal type stuff now but I also like stuff from classical, to flamenco and Rodrigo y Gabriela, to a colaboration between Wynton Marsalis and Willie Nelson. I think as far as influences go I really liked Dimebag Darrells style, and back in the day the guitar stylings of The Vandals.
I think my stregths are my improv ability, I have good left hand dexterity and speed, and a good base in theory (I think). I think my weaknesses are in my lack of experience in playing with other people, my timing, chords and chord changes, oh and what I call guitar a.d.d.
I have a bit of trouble focusing when practicing I'll be playing somethiing and I'll drift off into my own little song and then catch myself and repeat.
I am up for learning anything and everthing I think I can improve everywhere, and like playing anything. Some of my main goals are to improve my ability to play with other musicians, and compose, as well as tighten up technique. But my expectations are just to learn as much as I can and have some fun!!!!
That kind of felt like a job interview. Did I get it? I always feel weird talking about myself. I will post some video for you as soon as I can, I have never tried to record myself, It may take me a day or so to figure it out.
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Hi mate! That's a great introduction. We will divide our job in composition and technique training if you want. We will be using two GMC features for it, the collaborations (for creating solos) and the REC program to have the feedback from the other instructors about your technique. We could also work on something for the Gab's Army Album, that is a virtual project that we are working on in which the members of the Army will be creating a song. I would like to know what's your current level (you can use GMC lessons to check your level), and also when you think that you will be posting a video.


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post Apr 28 2012, 02:08 PM
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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Apr 27 2012, 03:05 PM) *
Hi mate! That's a great introduction. We will divide our job in composition and technique training if you want. We will be using two GMC features for it, the collaborations (for creating solos) and the REC program to have the feedback from the other instructors about your technique. We could also work on something for the Gab's Army Album, that is a virtual project that we are working on in which the members of the Army will be creating a song. I would like to know what's your current level (you can use GMC lessons to check your level), and also when you think that you will be posting a video.


I will get some video up this weekend, sorry for the delay. I am going to try your buckethead lesson to see where I rank on the GMC charts. Would you like video of that too? The buckethead lesson is an awesome track by the way.


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QUOTE (vonhotch @ Apr 28 2012, 10:08 AM) *
I will get some video up this weekend, sorry for the delay. I am going to try your buckethead lesson to see where I rank on the GMC charts. Would you like video of that too? The buckethead lesson is an awesome track by the way.



Thanks man! Yes, please post your take here! smile.gif


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Oh the pressure. I swear I must have tried about 25 takes. I think one of the first things I need to work on is getting rid of the voice in my head that says over and over "psst your recording don't mess up". ha ha. I hope these are ok. I'm working on the buckethead lesson. I will try to get a take up tommorrow.


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Cool videos man! Don't worry about feeling nervous when you record yourself. It will disappear with practice. We have many things to work. I would like to see you playing over a backing track. What about learning and recording this lesson?

http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/rhythm-gu...er-rock-lesson/


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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Apr 30 2012, 04:02 PM) *
Cool videos man! Don't worry about feeling nervous when you record yourself. It will disappear with practice. We have many things to work. I would like to see you playing over a backing track. What about learning and recording this lesson?

http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/rhythm-gu...er-rock-lesson/

Ok, you got it. That one looks awesome. Here is where im at with the buckethead lesson, but due to technical difficulties somehow my final video didn't save after I edited it, and synched the audio. So the backing track is very very faint in the background.


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QUOTE (vonhotch @ May 1 2012, 08:56 PM) *
Ok, you got it. That one looks awesome. Here is where im at with the buckethead lesson, but due to technical difficulties somehow my final video didn't save after I edited it, and synched the audio. So the backing track is very very faint in the background.



Hi man! Good first take. Now it's time to isolate the most difficult parts and work focusing on them. The lick is the one that will give you more trouble. We should go for some alternate picking exercises.

Check out this thread:

GMC VIDEO CHAT LESSON #6 – RIGHT HAND IV /ALTERNATE PICKING (Crossing strings)

Also, you should try to make the arpeggio changes smoother in the first part.


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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ May 2 2012, 03:35 PM) *
Hi man! Good first take. Now it's time to isolate the most difficult parts and work focusing on them. The lick is the one that will give you more trouble. We should go for some alternate picking exercises.

Check out this thread:

GMC VIDEO CHAT LESSON #6 – RIGHT HAND IV /ALTERNATE PICKING (Crossing strings)

Also, you should try to make the arpeggio changes smoother in the first part.

Thanks. I will work on that stuff. I do have a question on exercise 5. How do I count out the groups of 7. I am assuming they get two beats each but where do beats 2 and 4 fall?


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QUOTE (vonhotch @ May 3 2012, 10:55 AM) *
Thanks. I will work on that stuff. I do have a question on exercise 5. How do I count out the groups of 7. I am assuming they get two beats each but where do beats 2 and 4 fall?



It will be better if you see it as a 2/2 measure and you play 7 notes per beat.


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Hey, I got a couple videos for you. I've been practicing a lot though I know there are still some mistakes. The altenate picking exercises are at 120 bpm. I had trouble with the last exercise I'm still not sure I have the rhythym quite right, and kept playing it too fast or too slow. I will get one for the stoner rock lesson this weekend. How often would you like for me to submit video?




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can you help me figure out the first 5 seconds of this solo it starts at 2:26 seconds thank you

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Hey, here are a couple more videos. Another buckethead lesson and the stoner rock one. I thought some of the things I didn't do so well in the one above I did ok in this one and some I did better in the other one, I think my tuning seems to be off a little as well........oops. The other one I had a little bit of a timing problem in the begining, and when I record I have to sync my recording to the backing track then to the video, so it may have screwed up the way I lined everything up a little. Getting the recording part right seems to be as hard as playing the actual song. biggrin.gif



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QUOTE (vonhotch @ May 11 2012, 11:12 PM) *
Hey, I got a couple videos for you. I've been practicing a lot though I know there are still some mistakes. The altenate picking exercises are at 120 bpm. I had trouble with the last exercise I'm still not sure I have the rhythym quite right, and kept playing it too fast or too slow. I will get one for the stoner rock lesson this weekend. How often would you like for me to submit video?





Hi man! It's great to see you working hard! Regarding the first video (Buckethead lesson)... the first part sounds good, the timing is good, and the only comment that I have is that the notes should be longer to make the arpeggios sound smoother. In the second part (the solos) you are having problems with the timing in the whole solo. My recommendation is that you should practice the solo over my take trying to copy the rhythm and duration of my solo's notes.

In the second video I discovered a problem with your right hand that needs to be fixed. You are moving your fingers while you play alternate picking. That's wrong (at least from my point of view). The correct motion for AP should be from the wrist, you shouldn't move your fingers.

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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ May 12 2012, 11:49 PM) *
Hi man! It's great to see you working hard! Regarding the first video (Buckethead lesson)... the first part sounds good, the timing is good, and the only comment that I have is that the notes should be longer to make the arpeggios sound smoother. In the second part (the solos) you are having problems with the timing in the whole solo. My recommendation is that you should practice the solo over my take trying to copy the rhythm and duration of my solo's notes.

In the second video I discovered a problem with your right hand that needs to be fixed. You are moving your fingers while you play alternate picking. That's wrong (at least from my point of view). The correct motion for AP should be from the wrist, you shouldn't move your fingers.

Ok, thanks. I see what you mean about my fingers. Can't argue technique with a Paul Gilbert video!!! biggrin.gif I will work on that.


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QUOTE (vonhotch @ May 13 2012, 12:12 PM) *
Ok, thanks. I see what you mean about my fingers. Can't argue technique with a Paul Gilbert video!!! biggrin.gif I will work on that.


Ok! Keep me updated!


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Finally proof that I have been practicing the lesson that you asked me too. This is fun to play. It's so catchy I find myself getting lost in it quite often.


I was looking at the notes from you video chats and tried the warm exercises. I liked them, they were tough for me. Is there anywhere I can find the stretches that you mention, unfortunately I am at work while your video chats are happening and can not watch.

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QUOTE (vonhotch @ May 15 2012, 09:18 PM) *
Finally proof that I have been practicing the lesson that you asked me too. This is fun to play. It's so catchy I find myself getting lost in it quite often.

I was looking at the notes from you video chats and tried the warm exercises. I liked them, they were tough for me. Is there anywhere I can find the stretches that you mention, unfortunately I am at work while your video chats are happening and can not watch.
Thanks.


Hi Vonhotch! That's a good take! There are two things that you have to fix on this one. The first is your bending technique, you are not precise, many bends don't reach the correct pitch. Te other thing to improve is your tone, it's a bit weak. It sounds like a fuzz which is good based on the style of the lesson, but it sounds weird for the solos.

Regarding the stretches.... It's something like this....



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Hey, thanks for finding that video. I will work on the bends and find a new tone.


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