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Gabriel Leopardi
post May 17 2012, 04:45 PM
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Hi Sparrow!! 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 May 18 2012, 01:06 AM
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Thanks for the thread Gabe

Some of my favorite bands are AFI



The Stooges



Funkadelic



Mother Love Bone



John Lee Hooker



I could go on for a while tongue.gif

anyways, I wanna write punk songs and play good solos. I don't have too many videos of me playing so I will make some this week.
I think you can help me get faster with my Alternate Picking, and understand more about song structures.
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post May 18 2012, 06:50 PM
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Hi Sparrow! Those are really cool songs! I'll wait for your video to start giving you assignments. smile.gif


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post May 31 2012, 11:24 PM
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Here are some song ideas I have. I haven't played my acoustic in a while so I was making some mistakes, but I think you can get the point. I want to write more punk songs that are fast and aggressive like The Stooges or Rancid, but I don't have a band yet so I've only been writing on acoustic.













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post Jun 1 2012, 03:21 PM
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Nice videos mate! Are these ones your own compositions?


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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Jun 1 2012, 02:21 PM) *
Nice videos mate! Are these ones your own compositions?


Yeah. I have words for them too and want to play some solos over them if I can get a band together someday.
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QUOTE (Sparrow @ Jun 1 2012, 02:23 PM) *
Yeah. I have words for them too and want to play some solos over them if I can get a band together someday.



Cool! Do you have any software for creating drums and basses? That would be a good solution by now until you have the full band.


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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Jun 1 2012, 05:30 PM) *
Cool! Do you have any software for creating drums and basses? That would be a good solution by now until you have the full band.


Nah not at the moment. I just bought my computer recently and I can't figure out how to get it to work with reaper/ASIO (I think it might just be incompatable) so maybe this year I'll try to get a really good one with firewire and a really good music program.

I have been learning a solo by ear for the past month (thought I would be done in 3 weeks, but the journey continues!) I'll post it here once I have it all down smile.gif
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QUOTE (Sparrow @ Jun 3 2012, 11:31 AM) *
Nah not at the moment. I just bought my computer recently and I can't figure out how to get it to work with reaper/ASIO (I think it might just be incompatable) so maybe this year I'll try to get a really good one with firewire and a really good music program.

I have been learning a solo by ear for the past month (thought I would be done in 3 weeks, but the journey continues!) I'll post it here once I have it all down smile.gif



Have you tried the asio4all driver? It works with every soundcard, no matter if you have an onboard one. If you can find the way to record your ideas in Reaper, it will be easier to arrange them and to work on different rhythms and experiment with structures.

What solo have you learn?


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I downloaded ASIO4all and installed it, but when I open Reaper there is no sound. I searched a bunch of forums and a lot of people said the driver has problems with windows 7, which I'm running on.

Learning Comfortably Numb. One of my favorite solos. I know the whole thing now and I'm just working on the speed. played 90% today cool.gif

David Gilmour could actually play a bit fast sometimes, he just barely ever did.
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QUOTE (Sparrow @ Jun 3 2012, 08:27 PM) *
I downloaded ASIO4all and installed it, but when I open Reaper there is no sound. I searched a bunch of forums and a lot of people said the driver has problems with windows 7, which I'm running on.

Learning Comfortably Numb. One of my favorite solos. I know the whole thing now and I'm just working on the speed. played 90% today cool.gif

David Gilmour could actually play a bit fast sometimes, he just barely ever did.



Excellent! Do you think that you could upload a video playing the solo?

I didn't know about the issue with asio4all combined with Win7 sad.gif


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I'll put a video up once I can play at 100% speed. I played 96% today, so hopefully only a couple more days.
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QUOTE (Sparrow @ Jun 6 2012, 09:39 PM) *
I'll put a video up once I can play at 100% speed. I played 96% today, so hopefully only a couple more days.



Ok! Looking forward it! biggrin.gif


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If you are learning an AP lick do you learn starting with downstorkes and starting with upstrokes at the same time? Like would you practice it starting with downstrokes, then practice it starting with ups?

I have been trying this but then sometimes my picking hand will get confused
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QUOTE (Sparrow @ Jun 7 2012, 02:48 PM) *
If you are learning an AP lick do you learn starting with downstorkes and starting with upstrokes at the same time? Like would you practice it starting with downstrokes, then practice it starting with ups?

I have been trying this but then sometimes my picking hand will get confused


mmm no, I start working with the direction that I think is more effective for that lick. Then If I find it useful I practice it starting with the inverse direction.


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Ah, thanks. This will cut down my practice time a lot.
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QUOTE (Sparrow @ Jun 8 2012, 07:25 PM) *
Ah, thanks. This will cut down my practice time a lot.



yes, you will notice that there are famous guitar players that play the same lick with different picking directions so there isn't one correct way to play a lick.


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I grabbed some of your warm up techniques from some other people's threads and I have been doing the exercises before I play each day for the past 3 or 4 weeks.











warming up everyday has helped me a lot laugh.gif
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Nice videos mate! The exercises sound good! You should continue playing them everyday to be able to play them faster but without losing the good tone of each note.

Let's add this two lessons to your diary routine to start working on your Alternate Picking technique:

LESSON #3 – RIGHT HAND / ALTERNATE PICKING
LESSON #4 - RIGHT HAND II / ALTERNATE PICKING & HANDS SYNCHRONIZATION

and also please choose any solo lesson from our archive and let's work on it! Before learning it please post your ideas here.


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I like the sound of this lesson by Muris

http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guitar/blue-note-in-a/

Some really tasty licks in there. I will get started

I also have all these songs I want to learn on rhythm guitar by Rancid, Sublime, and AFI, and different things on bass too biggrin.gif

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