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Boson
Hi Uncleskillet and my fellow mentees.

Just wanted to say that I am really pleased that you are going to be my mentor. I have watched what you have been doing with Skennington and like the fact that you dont let him get away with much! lol I need a mentor to keep me focused as I tend to jump aound from one lesson to another!

I guess the time zone gap between us might slow things a little but Im sure that we can get round that.

By the way my real name is Tony.

Looking forward to getting started.
UncleSkillet
Hi Tony smile.gif Glad to have you here and I'm looking forward to working with you. Please look at my "Role Call" thread and if you have any questions let me know.

You can call me Jeff.
Boson
Hi

About me, I am 48 (an oficial old git!), British but live in Spain, I am a teacher of Physics. I like most music andwithin the last year have tried to learn how to surf, ski, learn Spanish and play the guitar. So yes I like a challenge and like to keep busy.

How long have I been playing kind of has two answers.

Firstly "forever"! as I first picked up a guitar something like 33 years ago and learned a few chords. But then I went into the navy and guitar was forgotten about. When I left the navy and became a student I again picked up the guitar. Couldn't afford lessons, so tried to learn from records and sheet music. Sheet music then was awful but I became reasonable at 3 chord strums, mostly Beatles songs. After a couple of years of this I was sort of frustrated with the guitar and marriage, career and child came along so guitar didn't get much of a chance! However I kept an acoustic in the corner of the bedroom and would pick it up every now and again! My love of guitar music never went away! It was always an itch wanting to be scratched!

Last year I moved from the UK to Spain and in my career gave up a lot of responsibility. My daughter was older, my wife was glad to see me less stressed about work and suddenly I had a lot more time on my hands. So the guitar itch came to the fore and I bought a strat copy from ebay. I soon realised that three chords wernt enough anymore and discovered GMC and found that there was now much more help and resources around to help learning guitar. I now have a house full of guitars again and a real determination to learn properly.

So secondly and in short I am again a beginner, probably with a few bad habits to break.

My strong points.
Well I know and am comfortable with most basic open and barre chords. Muris's arpegio and chords lesson wasn,t bad for me. I can do the barre F which a lot struggle with. My only other strong points would probably be my enthusiasm and determination to do well. I am really starting at the beginning with solo and lead playing. Lessons that are graded at 2 or 3 or 4 are about where I am at.

What I want to learn./Weak points?
I want to learn everything! I'm not really impressed by speed or shredding for the sake of it! I like melody and my heart lies in 70's rock (you like what you grow up with I guess). I need to learn more theory, improve with rythym playing, learn more scales, licks etc etc etc. My aim really is to be able to pick up a guitar and jam with others who say "yeah he can play a bit". Blues and rock would be the areas I would lean towards.

I have set myself the target of wowing the kids at school next christmas with this http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guit...t-adolphe-adam/



Yes I have a webcam, just need to work it better! I dont really have a practice routine, hopefully that is where you can help the most by keeping me focussed on small incremental improvements.

Timewise, I have to keep a balance between time with guitar and my wife and daughter and my work but I aim to practice at least an hour a day and hopefully more on most days.

Sorry this is a long post.


Thanks.
I will post a couple of links to give you and idea of my current playing ability shortly!
UncleSkillet
Thanks Tony for the great introduction and information. I can tell you’re very anxious to get started and so am I.

I want to wait for samples of your current playing before we move on. This will help in building a lesson plain.

Marcus’s “O-Holy Night” is a great recording and if we work hard together we should be able to get you there by x-mas. wink.gif

By the way, what are some of your favorite bands and music you enjoy?

Jeff
Boson
Hi Jeff

Two recent recordings that show my current level of playing

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Its hard to say who are my favourite bands as I like all music. But I'm mostly into 70s rock (Deep Purple, Free, Bad Company, Frampton, The Stones etc etc) I really like Santana and even like the odd bit of country. U2, Springsteen you name it I probably like it. I try to have an open mind and will listen to anything. Heavy metal wouldnt be my favourate.

What about you what are you into?

I will try to record takes with the webcam while we do this so that you can better judge how I am doing.

UncleSkillet
After looking over your information I have picked out 2 lesson I would like you to take a look at. I would like you to work on both at the same time if possible. Since you say you can practice at least 1 hour a day lets do this.

30 minutes with http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/rhythm-gu...library-part-1/

30 minutes with http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guit...loing-beginner/

If you have extra time to spend then split it up however you would like between the 2

Let me know what you think.
Boson
QUOTE (UncleSkillet @ Feb 26 2009, 01:55 AM) *
After looking over your information I have picked out 2 lesson I would like you to take a look at. I would like you to work on both at the same time if possible. Since you say you can practice at least 1 hour a day lets do this.

30 minutes with http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/rhythm-gu...library-part-1/

30 minutes with http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guit...loing-beginner/

If you have extra time to spend then split it up however you would like between the 2

Let me know what you think.


Cheers Jeff, I got the blues! biggrin.gif

Just what I need.

Thought with the first lesson I would do a recording of each shuffle pattern to send to you and then eventually do a longer recording where I amalgamate some of them like Ivan does in his opening video. I am fairly comfortable with the basic shuffle but the turnarounds and what I call "twiddly bits" are new to me. Exactly what I want to learn though!

Second lesson is cool too. I had had a little look at it and found the phrasing in the first few bars hard to make sound good but practice practice practice I guess. Do you recommend using a metronome. My gut feeling is that this almost goes against "the blues" but all the instructors say its necessary.

Guitar has to take second place today as I am out trying to learn Spanish from a very prety seniorita. Learning spanish is even harder than learning guitar for me!

Anyway thanks for your help, take care.
UncleSkillet
I am glad you like the lessons Tony smile.gif

I would like at minimum of 1 upload a week for each lesson. Of course more is better if your having problems or need a question answered. Sound do able?

About the metronome. Yes playing with one is a good idea but for this lesson I'm not sure it is nessecary. If you want to just practice with the backing tracks that should be fine. Blues is based a lot on feel and you need to train your ear as well to find the blues grove.

Boson
Hi Jeff

Just to let you kno how things are going.

With the Blues grooves lesson I think I am ok with the first two patterns at about 90 or 100bpm not quite there yet at 120 with the endings. But will get there! Not tried the others yet.

With the blues solo lesson I am up to speed on the first 6 bars. Bar 7 is tricky for me so am slowing it down in a bid to master it.

I had hoped to upload a couple of progress vids for you but I have mucked up all my settings and nothing works! So will have to sort them out. Hopefully will have something for you in a couple of days.


Cheers!
UncleSkillet
Thanks for the update and checking in. I hope you get things worked out. Post your progress when you can.

I have already picked out a few others things for you so we'll decide whats best for you once we get finished with these.

Cheerio's
Boson
Hi Jeff

I'm sorry not to have uploaded yet. I'm really frustrated and cheesed off at the moment! Can't get my cam software to record any sound at the moment!

I could send you a "Silent Movie" and you can imagine how brilliant my playing is! :lol

Seriously though I will sort it out one way or another even if I have to throw some cash at it to get a new cam. I'm supposed to be good with computers!!!!

Because of this I dont feel I have made much progress this week. Im finding the second half of the solo difficult to get the phrasing and timing right. I play the notes but it sounds nothing like Ivan.

The grooves still about the same the basic shuffles ok but difficult to tag on the turnarounds smoothly. I think it will take a while to master them all! I'm old and slow cool.gif

Hopefully back soon with something for you to look at and comment on.

UncleSkillet
Sorry to hear that your having problems. I am really good with computers so let me know if you need some help. I just got my web cam setup correct last night. First install last week got messed up from an auto update and screwed up the audio settings.

Another thing you could do is record your audio into a DAW like Reaper while capturing video with the camera. Then you just sync the two files in Windows Movie Maker. Not sure what equipment you have but it's a thought.

Hope you can get it fixed some. I am looking forward to your uploads.

Let me know if I can help.

Jeff
Boson
Hi Jeff

Will try to upload video later (I am going to try recording video and audio seperately as you suggest but never done that before so fingers crossed!). unsure.gif

Anyway here is an mp3 to show where I am up to with the solo lesson.


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Any comments suggestions greatly appreciated. Im still working on the last few bars. smile.gif
UncleSkillet
QUOTE (Boson @ Mar 7 2009, 03:54 AM) *
Hi Jeff

Will try to upload video later (I am going to try recording video and audio seperately as you suggest but never done that before so fingers crossed!). unsure.gif

Anyway here is an mp3 to show where I am up to with the solo lesson.


Click to view attachment


Any comments suggestions greatly appreciated. Im still working on the last few bars. smile.gif


This sounds good for a first take Tony!! smile.gif

Your tone is really nice for playing the blues and this lesson. tongue.gif

Just a few things I noticed where the bends weren't quite there, the vibrato could be better and the timing felt a little off beat. With the blues your timing is everything. You have to be right on the beat because everything usually is at a slower tempo. This all can be fixed with more time practicing this so it's not a big deal. Just a few things to think about while you finish the lesson.

It also sounds like your having a problem with your right hand moving up and down. Are you using mostly down strokes where the timing is off?

Thanks for the take! You sound like your on the way to becomming a great blues man! biggrin.gif cool.gif
Boson
QUOTE (UncleSkillet @ Mar 8 2009, 05:15 AM) *
This sounds good for a first take Tony!! smile.gif

Your tone is really nice for playing the blues and this lesson. tongue.gif

Just a few things I noticed where the bends weren't quite there, the vibrato could be better and the timing felt a little off beat. With the blues your timing is everything. You have to be right on the beat because everything usually is at a slower tempo. This all can be fixed with more time practicing this so it's not a big deal. Just a few things to think about while you finish the lesson.

It also sounds like your having a problem with your right hand moving up and down. Are you using mostly down strokes where the timing is off?

Thanks for the take! You sound like your on the way to becomming a great blues man! biggrin.gif cool.gif


Thanks for the comments Jeff.

My wife is not impressed that the expensive guitars I bought are not being used and I have gone back to my ultra cheap strat copy to get that tone.! I think she is scared I'm going to go out and buy a real Strat! tongue.gif

You are right about bends still a bit hit and miss for me and vibrato is a bit of a mystery. Hopefully the timing will improve with practice.
UncleSkillet
Hi Tony, everything will improve with practice and that is why we are all here.

How are things going? Are your computer issues fixed? I haven't seen you around and just wanted to see how things are going with your practicing and other stuff

Maybe I am giving you the little kick in the butt you asked me to do as well. biggrin.gif

Looking forward to your upload. smile.gif
Boson
QUOTE (UncleSkillet @ Mar 14 2009, 02:24 AM) *
Hi Tony, everything will improve with practice and that is why we are all here.

How are things going? Are your computer issues fixed? I haven't seen you around and just wanted to see how things are going with your practicing and other stuff

Maybe I am giving you the little kick in the butt you asked me to do as well. biggrin.gif

Looking forward to your upload. smile.gif


Cheers Jeff

Had a busy week at work this week and am in the process of buying a new car, for the last year or so I have been using my British car in Spain and its not easy driving as the steering wheel is on the wrong side of the car so its time to splash out on a Spanish car. However I have been practicing guitar hard as much as I can.

I have done at least an hour a day and focussed mainly on the solo lesson. I have to admit that it has not been easy for me but I am getting there. Video 7 in the lesson is proving difficult to get up to anywhere near top speed! But dont worry I will get there! Beginning to think I am a very slow learner with guitar but I keep telling myself that this isnt a race. I just need to keep on making little steps. I have to say though that the MTP thing is great as you have kept me focussed as without it I would probably moved on to something else when the going got tough. So thanks for being there you are keeping me focussed on developing properly.

Not had time to sort out the computer yet but thats my job for today so fingers crossed and hopefully will have video for you this weekend. Bound to be a shocker! I think it was SKenny who said that the record button should say suck, thats the way it works for me too! biggrin.gif

Hopefully I will be ready for the next lesson by the end of the weekend.

How is your stuff with Muris going?
UncleSkillet
QUOTE (Boson @ Mar 14 2009, 03:13 AM) *
Cheers Jeff

Had a busy week at work this week and am in the process of buying a new car, for the last year or so I have been using my British car in Spain and its not easy driving as the steering wheel is on the wrong side of the car so its time to splash out on a Spanish car. However I have been practicing guitar hard as much as I can.

I have done at least an hour a day and focussed mainly on the solo lesson. I have to admit that it has not been easy for me but I am getting there. Video 7 in the lesson is proving difficult to get up to anywhere near top speed! But dont worry I will get there! Beginning to think I am a very slow learner with guitar but I keep telling myself that this isnt a race. I just need to keep on making little steps. I have to say though that the MTP thing is great as you have kept me focussed as without it I would probably moved on to something else when the going got tough. So thanks for being there you are keeping me focussed on developing properly.

Not had time to sort out the computer yet but thats my job for today so fingers crossed and hopefully will have video for you this weekend. Bound to be a shocker! I think it was SKenny who said that the record button should say suck, thats the way it works for me too! biggrin.gif

Hopefully I will be ready for the next lesson by the end of the weekend.

How is your stuff with Muris going?



Know worries Tony. Take care of what you need to. Getting a proper car sounds important.
I am glad you are still trying to find some time to practice.

Things with Muris are going well. Thanks for asking. I have been working on changing some issues with my picking technique. I'm slowing things down in hopes that I can soon take a giant leap forward with my playing. Feel free to check out the thread if you haven't already. You will see I need to get more comfortable when recording videos. Maybe after a few more the I suck button will go away.

Cheers Tony. Looking forward to another take from you. smile.gif
Boson
Hi Jeff

I'm sorry, I feel useless that I haven't uploaded a video for you yet! I feel useless! sad.gif

Its not that I lack enthusiasm or dedication, quite the opposite, just having a bad computer time at the moment.
I think my computer is telling me that it is tired and I have too much stuff on it and it needs a rest.

After everything crashed I have worked hard to get stuff up and running again. I can now take videos with my guitar sound but no backing! NOt a lot of use to you if you want to judge timing.

I can record guitar and backing using reaper, as long as I have the mp3 BT.

I have tried to merge the two using moviemaker but I keep on getting an error and it wont work!

I will get there eventually!

Anyway with regard to the solo lesson I think I am hitting a brick wall at the moment. I find the second to last video in the lesson very difficult and just cannot get the second part of that anywhere near right or up to speed.

Maybe I need to leeve this alone for a while and come back to it in a while. What do you think?

Thanks
UncleSkillet
QUOTE
I'm sorry, I feel useless that I haven't uploaded a video for you yet! I feel useless!


Tony I don't want you to feel bad about anything. I want to make this a fun thing for you. Your not useless!

That said I would like use to figure out some sort of rhythm with lessons and uploads. What are your thoughts on this?

QUOTE
I can record guitar and backing using reaper, as long as I have the mp3 BT.

I have tried to merge the two using moviemaker but I keep on getting an error and it wont work!


Well we can always get the backing tracks for you so that shouldn't be an issue. What sort of error do you get? Can you post a screen shot maybe?

After I render an mp3 with Reaper I will usually shut Reaper down. Then I open Movie Maker, drag my video to the timeline and then drag and drop my mp3 on the Audio/Music timeline. After that you just move the audio file in the timeline by dragging it right/Left to get them synced.

We can also just start out working with an audio (mp3) upload for now to get us going. I am cool with this.

QUOTE
Anyway with regard to the solo lesson I think I am hitting a brick wall at the moment. I find the second to last video in the lesson very difficult and just cannot get the second part of that anywhere near right or up to speed.

Maybe I need to leeve this alone for a while and come back to it in a while. What do you think?


OK lets put it on the back burnner for now. I want you to look around and pick out a lesson that you want to work on and give me a small explaination of why you picked it and what it's going to help you improve.

Sound good? smile.gif
Boson
Hi Jeff

Thanks for your understanding.

With regard to "rhythm with lessons and uploads" I feel you are absolutely right that we need some sort of pattern to this. With regard to uploads I feel that least one upload per week would be do-able. These will be mp3 based untill I sort out the video problem. Hopefully this wont be too long. With regard to lessons i feel that the rate of change should be dictated by my progress. For example I geel that I have worked really hard at the present solo lesson but the final lick at the speed required is just beyond me at the moment. So better to try something else and come back to it afresh later. I'm not a quitter just I sometimes need a new stimulus I will master it one day!!

I hope the above makes some kind of sense to you!

The lesson I think I would like to work on now is http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guitar/blue-note-in-a/
I have chosen this for several reasons. Mostly because I love the sound! Secondly I think that it is slow enough for me to master but also contains enough to stretch me and allow me to progress. For example in terms of timing, phrasing, bends and vibrato I think I will learn a lot. Tell me what you think.

Cheers

Tony
UncleSkillet
Tony, thanks for taking the time to pick a great lesson for use to work on. Mp3 recordings are fine so no worries. I have the back track I think so I can post it for you.

Not only can we explore the blues feel and rhythm, this will give use an opportunity to start learning theory as well.
We can talk about the 5 pentatonic box shapes. Once you learn them in one key you will be able to move these anywhere on the neck and jam with your friends in know time.

Be careful with this lesson though and pay attention to the flow, vibrato, bends and the picking dynamics that Muris uses. It looks and sounds easier then you may first think. These are the things that created the atmosphere and sound that made you like this lesson.

One other thing Tony. Uploads don't need to be perfect for you to upload. I want and upload no later then next Thursday with your best effort ok. wink.gif

I will also post back soon with some box shapes and ideas that I want you to think about.

If you have a question just ask. smile.gif
UncleSkillet
Here is the backing track for the lesson. It was posted for a collab Muris did so there shouldn't be a problem with me posting it.

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Cheers smile.gif
Boson
QUOTE (UncleSkillet @ Mar 27 2009, 02:42 AM) *
Here is the backing track for the lesson. It was posted for a collab Muris did so there shouldn't be a problem with me posting it.

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Cheers smile.gif



Thanks Jeff

I really do appreciate the time you give to this.

Boson
Hi Jeff

I will be out of touch for the next two weeks as I will be away from home visiting the folks back in England.

speak to you on my return

Take care.
UncleSkillet
Have a safe and fun trip. smile.gif
Boson
Hi Jeff

Just to let you know I am back from holiday.

Hope yopu had a good easter. Hopefully I will be able to upload something for you over the weekend.

Speak to you soon.
Boson
Hi Jeff

Here is my second take (after muuch practice) at Ivans beginner blues solo. The end rff has taken a while for me to get anywhere near. Still not perfect but I hope you agree getting better. Bends still a bit off!

Your comments and advice will be appreciated. Where do you think I should go now?

Cheers

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UncleSkillet
Hey Tony, my Easter was really nice. Thanks! Hope your Holiday was fun.

I feel like your progress is going along fine. This upload sounds nice! No big problems to get worried about. Just work on the bends like you said and one other thing is add some vibrato here and there. I didn't really hear much of that with your upload. About the ending lick your having problems with, what you played there fit and sounded fine but it wasn't Ivans lick. It seems like in every lesson I have worked on there is a least one lick that gives me problems. What I find helpful and would like you to try is just practicing that one section. Do it slow and play it correct without the backing track. You will find that things will start to click and you'll get it in know time.

Lets pratice that one lick and also start working on Muris's Blues in A lesson. Sound good?

FYI, it is Ivan Milenkovic week. Some contests, collabs and everyday he is posting a new blues lick that he says are essentail for every blues player to know. Bread and butter lick is what I would call it. Here is a link http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...showtopic=26748

Other information can be found here http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...php?showforum=7

Good to have you back smile.gif
Boson
QUOTE (UncleSkillet @ Apr 19 2009, 10:56 PM) *
Lets pratice that one lick and also start working on Muris's Blues in A lesson. Sound good?


The problem riff!

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I feel that I have made some progress with it, still not perfect but better perhaps?

You are right about vibrato, my problem is I think that I dont feel I have time between notes to try to apply vibrato. Do you think I should slow the tempo to try to develop this aspect of my playing or is there a better way?

Ivans series looks good I will definately be trying some of it, thanks.
UncleSkillet
Hey Tony, we are talking about lick# 7 right. Sounds like your getting there man just keep at it. Go back and take another look at the video, I think you are missing a few notes. Also, he is using a little bit of Alternate Picking with that lick. Is that giving you problems? I can't tell for sure but it sounded like you where trying to use a lot of down strokes with your picking and that could be causing you to feel rushed.

Definitly slow it down for now. His slowest backing is 70bpm so lets work with that. This will give you time to play with vibrato. Go back and examine the vibrato he uses for each lick. Listen to him play it slow, pause the video and train you fingers and ear to make it sound like what he just played. You should also experiment with out the backing track with different types of vibrato. Use your wrist, find something that's comfortable and it needs to be in tempo with whatever you end up playing along with.
UncleSkillet
Hi Tony.
You still with use man?

Warm regards, smile.gif

Skillet
Boson
QUOTE (UncleSkillet @ Jul 3 2009, 06:40 PM) *
Hi Tony.
You still with use man?

Warm regards, smile.gif

Skillet



Hi Jeff

Sorry not to have been around much. I have been practiscing as much as possible but work took priority for a while.

Im now on holiday but guitar is still going to have to come second sad.gif due to family holiday commitments.

I will be in touch in a couple of weeks.

Hope you are well

Tony
Boson
Hi Jeff

Hope you haven't given up on me!

My Hols are now over and back to work next Tuesday!! sad.gif

I continue to practice guitar every chance I get. I realise that I am a slow learner! I need to work on the tone I get as a good tone makes it all so much more motivating. I currently don' have an amp. I rely on gearbox. Dont know whether I should buy an amp or a better guitar such as a tele or strat?

My biggest problem remains capturing my efforts on video! You better watch out once I have solved this!

I am still following your advice and working on the blues.

Speak to you soon hope you are well.

Boson
UncleSkillet
QUOTE (Boson @ Aug 28 2009, 05:13 PM) *
Hi Jeff

Hope you haven't given up on me!


Give up on you? No way Tony. Good to hear from you and I hope your Holiday was nice. smile.gif

QUOTE
I continue to practice guitar every chance I get. I realise that I am a slow learner! I need to work on the tone I get as a good tone makes it all so much more motivating. I currently don' have an amp. I rely on gearbox. Dont know whether I should buy an amp or a better guitar such as a tele or strat?


I use Gearbox/PODFarm software with my UX1 also. If you want me to help you create a patch or upload a few of mine to get you started just ask. That's why I'm here.

QUOTE
My biggest problem remains capturing my efforts on video! You better watch out once I have solved this!

I am still following your advice and working on the blues.

Speak to you soon hope you are well.

Boson



What problems are you having still? What camera/webcam are you using? If we can get this fixed then we could have an interactive session (on Skype or something. Video chat.) where I can help you with your tone and other things.

Don't let uploading video for this MTP hold you back. I have a pretty good ear and can help guide you along your journey just fine if you upload mp3 takes.

No worries Tony. Let me know what you would like to do.
Boson
Hi Jeff,

Hope you are well.

Just to let you know that I percevered with the Beginner Blues Solo and the attached file is about where I am at with it.


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Still a long way from perfect but some progress maybe!

I have been practicing the pentatonic scale boxes mainly in Am. I think I know the boxes pretty well now and am beginning to link them but I am needing some advice/help on the next step. I would like to learn some blues licks and find a way of putting them together but am unsure where to go with this.

Hope this makes some sense.

Cheers

Tony

UncleSkillet
Hey Tony, that really sounds pretty good. You have made some progress with this. There are some things that we can improve but we will get to that. Also I notice that you have a really good feel for the Blues style.

Thanks for the upload. smile.gif

I think its a great idea you have about working on some licks and how the 5 boxes connect. I need to find a few things for use so just give me some time to find it and I'll post back with our next task soon.

By the way, how much time do you get to practice each week now? I want to keep this fun and not give you to much to work on.
Boson
Hi,

Thanks for the comments.

I practice for at least an hour every day, but it isnt often very oganised or methodical. I am th worlds best at jumping from one lesson to another and never completing something. However I recognise that a more disciplined approach will pay dividends and so hopefully you can keep me focussed!

I am happy to concentrate on the blues as I recognise that this is the basis for lots of the music I like (70s rock, santana etc)

Just found this lesson http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guitar/blues-licks1/ which I like and thought I might try. I dont think it is easy for me at this stage but it should be useful. What do you think?

By the way had a listen to your take on the Feeling Inc. Collaboration, thought it was really cool, if I could play like that I would be a happy guy!. The tone you used was also excellent and fitted the backing really well.

Tony
UncleSkillet
Thanks for the kind comments on my collab upload. I really appreciate it Tony.

Its funny you picked that lesson to work on because I was looking at that last night and was wondering what you would think about it. If you want to work on this then go for it. Your right, I don't think you should pick lessons you can play or that are easy. I want you to pick things that are challenging and have content that you feel will help you. This lesson has some nice licks that you can incorporate into your playing. Good choice!

I would like use to look at the 5 Am pentatonic boxes, how we can link them together and get you fingers moving around a little smoother (all over the neck). In you last mp3 upload it seemed like you started to have a few problems with the faster licks and the lesson (really it is an exercise) below will help use fix this. Also it will help free your mind and keep you from being stuck playing in just 1 or 2 boxes. The lesson is a level 6. I just want you to get to the point where you can just play it at 80 - 90bpm with a metronome (don't worry about full speed right now) this will make a huge difference in your playing and how you look at creating your own licks.

I understand that you don't have much time to practice. We need to make the practice time you have count right! If you only have an hour to practice then for right now I want you to spend at least 30 minutes (half of what ever time you have to practice) to memorize this lesson and practicing it at a slow speed to get your fingers lose and moving. Gradually increase your speed but make sure you are picking everything clean. If you have trouble with the metronome or getting the timing down please just let me know and we will get things taken care of. I would be more than happy to upload a short video to address any questions or problems you may have if you feel it will help, but you have to let me know whats going on. Deal? wink.gif

Here is your exercise. Enjoy!. smile.gif
http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/pentat...five-positions/
Boson
QUOTE (UncleSkillet @ Sep 10 2009, 04:01 AM) *
Thanks for the kind comments on my collab upload. I really appreciate it Tony.

Its funny you picked that lesson to work on because I was looking at that last night and was wondering what you would think about it. If you want to work on this then go for it. Your right, I don't think you should pick lessons you can play or that are easy. I want you to pick things that are challenging and have content that you feel will help you. This lesson has some nice licks that you can incorporate into your playing. Good choice!

I would like use to look at the 5 Am pentatonic boxes, how we can link them together and get you fingers moving around a little smoother (all over the neck). In you last mp3 upload it seemed like you started to have a few problems with the faster licks and the lesson (really it is an exercise) below will help use fix this. Also it will help free your mind and keep you from being stuck playing in just 1 or 2 boxes. The lesson is a level 6. I just want you to get to the point where you can just play it at 80 - 90bpm with a metronome (don't worry about full speed right now) this will make a huge difference in your playing and how you look at creating your own licks.

I understand that you don't have much time to practice. We need to make the practice time you have count right! If you only have an hour to practice then for right now I want you to spend at least 30 minutes (half of what ever time you have to practice) to memorize this lesson and practicing it at a slow speed to get your fingers lose and moving. Gradually increase your speed but make sure you are picking everything clean. If you have trouble with the metronome or getting the timing down please just let me know and we will get things taken care of. I would be more than happy to upload a short video to address any questions or problems you may have if you feel it will help, but you have to let me know whats going on. Deal? wink.gif

Here is your exercise. Enjoy!. smile.gif
http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/pentat...five-positions/



Great choice Jeff, Thanks!

I hadnt seen this lesson before and would probably been put off by the level 6! But I'm definately up to give it a try!

I'll get on to it tonight after work.

Thanks again.
UncleSkillet
wink.gif Glad you like it. smile.gif

It's a great exercise no matter what speed you play it at. Relax and be patient with it.

Cheers and ask if you have a question, big or small! The only stupid question is the one that wasn't asked laugh.gif biggrin.gif Now I sound like a fortune cookie. tongue.gif
Boson
QUOTE (UncleSkillet @ Sep 11 2009, 02:52 AM) *
wink.gif Relax and be patient with it.



wink.gif Hmm, patience isnt my strong point!

I'm more like " I want it all and I want it now!" laugh.gif

But thats not the way to learn guitar, so patience it is! rolleyes.gif
Boson
Hi Jeff

Just to let you know where I am up to.

First vid - run through of pentatonic shapes - no real problem- except when I press the red button! tongue.gif

Vids 2 and 3 got at about 60bpm. Not cleanly yet but getting better. I started at 30 bpm and have been using the speed trainer in GP5, first time I have used this.

Still working on the rest.

I think this is going to be a long drawn out effort to get anywhere near Emirs speed, but thats cool#! smile.gif

Thanks for picking out this lesson even though I am miles away from mastering it I do feel that it is helping already and I am beginning to find that I am more confident with pentatonic licks.

Just for fun I have been playing Wipeout by the Ventures, you are nearly as old as me ohmy.gif so might remember it biggrin.gif

Hopefully something for you to listen to at the weekend.
UncleSkillet
QUOTE (Boson @ Sep 16 2009, 04:07 PM) *
Hi Jeff

Just to let you know where I am up to.

First vid - run through of pentatonic shapes - no real problem- except when I press the red button! tongue.gif

Vids 2 and 3 got at about 60bpm. Not cleanly yet but getting better. I started at 30 bpm and have been using the speed trainer in GP5, first time I have used this.

Still working on the rest.

I think this is going to be a long drawn out effort to get anywhere near Emirs speed, but thats cool#! smile.gif

Thanks for picking out this lesson even though I am miles away from mastering it I do feel that it is helping already and I am beginning to find that I am more confident with pentatonic licks.

Just for fun I have been playing Wipeout by the Ventures, you are nearly as old as me ohmy.gif so might remember it biggrin.gif

Hopefully something for you to listen to at the weekend.



Sounds great Tony! Don't sweet the Red Button bro!. It happens to me and I would say most people here when they record at first. Focus the camera on your guitar and then know one can see you. You'll get use to it. Try and relax, go to your happy place and concentrate on what your playing. Maybe even loop the backing a few times (or what ever your practicing with GP midi). Web cam audio should be fine to. No need for a big production and then just cut out your best take when you edit the video and upload to Youtube. Make sure you leave a good blooper for me though. That will improve your grade! biggrin.gif wink.gif

There is much for use to learn and discuss with this lesson which is why I picked it (theory, linking the 5 boxes together, phrasing, octaves and just getting a better feel for using the whole neck). Once again don't worry about full speed, just play smooth and clean Tony. What ever speed that is that's fine. We got to start somewhere, so no worries bro.

I'm really looking forward to your upload smile.gif
Boson
Hi Jeff,

Hope you are well.

I have bought a new webcam (Logitech 9000 pro as recommended by lots of GMCers)

So its now much easier to make and upload. So here are the firts two (they aint pretty!! ohmy.gif ) Still experimenting with the cam and sound etc. These were recorded just with the cam mic so hope thats ok for our purpose

I have decided to learn the run shown in each of Emirs videos before I try to speed up.



UncleSkillet
This is great Tony!! Congrats, the Quickcam 9000 Pro is a nice one and your going to love it! wink.gif

Your video/audio quality is fine for what we're doing so don't worry man, just keep it the same. We can tweak things later no problem.

Your playing is good so far. You have the pentatonic boxes memorized and your using the correct fingers to play each note. The last scale box you played in the first video you hit a few sour notes so watch that. You probably already new this though. Just something to mention.

I don't see any big problems with the 2nd one either. One thing I want you to think about though is your pull-off at the end of each lick. Right now they sound weak but this is probably because you just need to play the lesson more. Everything looks like it is coming together really nice so keep up the good work!

Assignment for next week:

Work on at least the next 2 videos in the lesson (videos 3 and 4). Upload 2 videos. One playing the boxes again, the other of you playing videos 2 - 4. I want you to play along with a metronome track in the background using quarter notes (one note per click) so find a comfortable tempo you can play at and still keep it clean. Pick a goal and challenge yourself some.

Here is a link where you can download mp3 metronome tracks to play along with if you don't have anything already.
http://www.reztronics.com/prod01.htm

Looking forward to your next upload and ask if you have a question! smile.gif
Boson
QUOTE (UncleSkillet @ Sep 24 2009, 01:57 AM) *
This is great Tony!! Congrats, the Quickcam 9000 Pro is a nice one and your going to love it! wink.gif

Your video/audio quality is fine for what we're doing so don't worry man, just keep it the same. We can tweak things later no problem.

Your playing is good so far. You have the pentatonic boxes memorized and your using the correct fingers to play each note. The last scale box you played in the first video you hit a few sour notes so watch that. You probably already new this though. Just something to mention.

I don't see any big problems with the 2nd one either. One thing I want you to think about though is your pull-off at the end of each lick. Right now they sound weak but this is probably because you just need to play the lesson more. Everything looks like it is coming together really nice so keep up the good work!

Assignment for next week:

Work on at least the next 2 videos in the lesson (videos 3 and 4). Upload 2 videos. One playing the boxes again, the other of you playing videos 2 - 4. I want you to play along with a metronome track in the background using quarter notes (one note per click) so find a comfortable tempo you can play at and still keep it clean. Pick a goal and challenge yourself some.

Here is a link where you can download mp3 metronome tracks to play along with if you don't have anything already.
http://www.reztronics.com/prod01.htm

Looking forward to your next upload and ask if you have a question! smile.gif


Cheers Jeff.

Great advice thanks.
UncleSkillet
Hey Tony,

Go get the POD Farm VST FREE!

http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...c=30799&hl=

Regards to you and your family smile.gif
Boson
QUOTE (UncleSkillet @ Sep 27 2009, 01:15 AM) *
Hey Tony,

Go get the POD Farm VST FREE!

http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...c=30799&hl=

Regards to you and your family smile.gif

Thanks for that Jeff, I have downloaded it but not played with it yet. Do you prefer it to Gearbox?

Video below is the pentatonic shapes at 200bpm.



I can do it at 250 but tend to screw up.

Been working on the lesson and have memorised it ofk and am beginning to work at speeding it up. Have to admit I am finding the pulloffs difficult.m Particularly in video 4. I can pick it fine but the minute I try to do th epulloff as in the tab I screw up!

Will try to get you a vid to look at real soon.

Dont know if enjoy is the right word but I recognise that it is helping my playing progress so thanks again for picking it out.
UncleSkillet
I will comment when I get home tonight from work. I can't listen right now. sad.gif
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