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AJ,
just kidding... Adam,
I have been playing guitar for over 20 years. I've just blown the dust off of my guitars after a great 10 years of family with two children, and NO TIME. My children are 10 and 7 now and I find that with work and family and exercise , I can now squeeze in some time each week for practice. If I'm pushing it, but realistic 2 hours a week for now is doable. I have some breaks coming up ( I teach) so I can put in extra then.

I don't really listen to much music now, so I'm not sure who inspires me at the moment. Two names come to mind for current picks though: Joe Satriani & Steve Vai. My goal is to play melodically like they do, with shredding skills and sound knowledge of theory. Now I know that they put in more hours each day than I can in a month... so I'm realistic about how much I will improve, but I don't mind the striving.

I was a huge RUSH fan (still am), and I also have listened to my share of metal, and even some punk. ! Now that I'm older, I'm not so angry so metal and head banging is not my thing nowadays.

I am trying to strengthen my voice and my ear. I know that both of these will help my music overall.

I take the whole approach to my guitar:

1. I play guitar because I love music!
2. If a skill pertains to music (voice or ear training, eventually reading music...) Then I will try to improve myself there.
3. It's not ultimately about being able to play at a certain level, it's about enjoying the music along the way. cool.gif

Anyway what I was thinking of starting with the Major and Minor Pentatonic scales. I just discovered the relative major of the minor scale. I am now playing (I-IV-V) each scale over the chords to try to hear each voicing. I'm only working with the first 3 positions (or boxes) at the moment. I don't even know/ remember any scales. When I listen to Buddy Guy tear it up on a song, I want to be able to "tear it up" too, so right now I'm trying to hear/ understand what makes these 5 notes sound the way they do? needless to say I plunk around on those same notes & I get Nadda...ZERO!

I want to really hear music.

I also want to understand the Theory pieces, for example the relative Major... is it the Third on the minor scale? Does that work in reverse, the relative Minor is the 5th????

Last but not least is the SPEED, yes I want to play long fluid blazing solos! So I need help with speed exercises.

I hope this is enough to start with blink.gif

I look forward to meeting all of our troop!

P.S. My input jack to my lap top Just broke! My recordings buzz off and on at the moment... so I'm looking at investing in a USB audio interface. Since I plan at some point to work with MDI, this will be MIDI compatible. Of course I started looking and I realized a nice pre-amp couldn't hurt (all the voice work I want to accomplish could use a nice sounding mic) and so I'm looking at different equipment right now. A long story to say that I have no way to record @ the moment. I am considering the Kontrol 1 interface. It's full blow, which means I wont need to upgrade down the road.

http://news.harmony-central.com/Newp/2009/...are-Bundle.html


Tons of software as well...any thoughts are welcome,

Aloha



Ajmurrell
Hey there Hammerhead,

Thanks for posting all that, really helps in getting to know what you want to get out of this and what we should aim to work on.

It sounds like you're fairly clear on what you'd like to accomplish, which is being able to "hear" the music and translate it on to the guitar, using the needed theory knowledge and techniques.

This is a big goal, but not at all impossible to complete. I personally am still striving to do the same, and I think it mostly comes from experience and theory knowledge. The more songs/licks you learn and fool around with, the more experimental you will get with being creative.

I'm not going to pretend that my theory knowledge is all that great, so I can't promise to be super helpfull on these topics BUT I can point you in the direction of Mr Andrew Cockburn and his fantastic and indepth Theory lessons here: http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...?showtopic=3351

We can use these weekly along side practical lessons to boost both technical and theoretical knowledge.

To start with then, I would like to suggest, as I have just done with Koopid, to look over is Ivan's Pentatonic Workshop here - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guit...ming-exercises/

This is an all rounder really, it will solidify the necissary theory for using the pentatonic scales, has example licks to use, breaks out of using each CAGED pentatonic box and also gets you used to using different note durations.


Now because of the your limited time to practise I didn't want to overload you with anything and/or start giving you time limits. I'm also aware you're unable to record anything now so there is no need to rush any of this. Of course feel free to throw any questions you have for me here and I will get back to you with help smile.gif

Because my theory knowledge is quite limited, I will probably end up providing you with answers using the theory board, just so you don't think I'm being lazy in my responses smile.gif

Let me know how all of this sounds, and whether you think the above workshop seems like a productive lesson series to look over. Be honest if you think you know it already, I can find you something else.

Nice to speak to you, and look forward to working together in completing your goals!



QUOTE (Hammerhead @ Feb 25 2009, 12:04 AM) *
AJ,
just kidding... Adam,
I have been playing guitar for over 20 years. I've just blown the dust off of my guitars after a great 10 years of family with two children, and NO TIME. My children are 10 and 7 now and I find that with work and family and exercise , I can now squeeze in some time each week for practice. If I'm pushing it, but realistic 2 hours a week for now is doable. I have some breaks coming up ( I teach) so I can put in extra then.

I don't really listen to much music now, so I'm not sure who inspires me at the moment. Two names come to mind for current picks though: Joe Satriani & Steve Vai. My goal is to play melodically like they do, with shredding skills and sound knowledge of theory. Now I know that they put in more hours each day than I can in a month... so I'm realistic about how much I will improve, but I don't mind the striving.

I was a huge RUSH fan (still am), and I also have listened to my share of metal, and even some punk. ! Now that I'm older, I'm not so angry so metal and head banging is not my thing nowadays.

I am trying to strengthen my voice and my ear. I know that both of these will help my music overall.

I take the whole approach to my guitar:

1. I play guitar because I love music!
2. If a skill pertains to music (voice or ear training, eventually reading music...) Then I will try to improve myself there.
3. It's not ultimately about being able to play at a certain level, it's about enjoying the music along the way. cool.gif

Anyway what I was thinking of starting with the Major and Minor Pentatonic scales. I just discovered the relative major of the minor scale. I am now playing (I-IV-V) each scale over the chords to try to hear each voicing. I'm only working with the first 3 positions (or boxes) at the moment. I don't even know/ remember any scales. When I listen to Buddy Guy tear it up on a song, I want to be able to "tear it up" too, so right now I'm trying to hear/ understand what makes these 5 notes sound the way they do? needless to say I plunk around on those same notes & I get Nadda...ZERO!

I want to really hear music.

I also want to understand the Theory pieces, for example the relative Major... is it the Third on the minor scale? Does that work in reverse, the relative Minor is the 5th????

Last but not least is the SPEED, yes I want to play long fluid blazing solos! So I need help with speed exercises.

I hope this is enough to start with blink.gif

I look forward to meeting all of our troop!

P.S. My input jack to my lap top Just broke! My recordings buzz off and on at the moment... so I'm looking at investing in a USB audio interface. Since I plan at some point to work with MDI, this will be MIDI compatible. Of course I started looking and I realized a nice pre-amp couldn't hurt (all the voice work I want to accomplish could use a nice sounding mic) and so I'm looking at different equipment right now. A long story to say that I have no way to record @ the moment. I am considering the Kontrol 1 interface. It's full blow, which means I wont need to upgrade down the road.

http://news.harmony-central.com/Newp/2009/...are-Bundle.html


Tons of software as well...any thoughts are welcome,

Aloha

Hammerhead
QUOTE (Ajmurrell @ Feb 25 2009, 04:14 AM) *
Hey there Hammerhead,

Thanks for posting all that, really helps in getting to know what you want to get out of this and what we should aim to work on.

It sounds like you're fairly clear on what you'd like to accomplish, which is being able to "hear" the music and translate it on to the guitar, using the needed theory knowledge and techniques.

This is a big goal, but not at all impossible to complete. I personally am still striving to do the same, and I think it mostly comes from experience and theory knowledge. The more songs/licks you learn and fool around with, the more experimental you will get with being creative.

I'm not going to pretend that my theory knowledge is all that great, so I can't promise to be super helpfull on these topics BUT I can point you in the direction of Mr Andrew Cockburn and his fantastic and indepth Theory lessons here: http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...?showtopic=3351

We can use these weekly along side practical lessons to boost both technical and theoretical knowledge.

To start with then, I would like to suggest, as I have just done with Koopid, to look over is Ivan's Pentatonic Workshop here - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guit...ming-exercises/

This is an all rounder really, it will solidify the necissary theory for using the pentatonic scales, has example licks to use, breaks out of using each CAGED pentatonic box and also gets you used to using different note durations.


Now because of the your limited time to practise I didn't want to overload you with anything and/or start giving you time limits. I'm also aware you're unable to record anything now so there is no need to rush any of this. Of course feel free to throw any questions you have for me here and I will get back to you with help smile.gif

Because my theory knowledge is quite limited, I will probably end up providing you with answers using the theory board, just so you don't think I'm being lazy in my responses smile.gif

Let me know how all of this sounds, and whether you think the above workshop seems like a productive lesson series to look over. Be honest if you think you know it already, I can find you something else.

Nice to speak to you, and look forward to working together in completing your goals!

Thanks Adam,
I have pulled up the pentatonic lessons from Ivan and they look like a great starting point. I'm not at the beginning level of this his course... but I'll look along the lessons and plug in and start where I feel it's needed. Can I ask, is the CAGED approach simply the boxes/patterns? I've seen something about CAGED Unlocked and I'm not really sure why it's called CAGED? Thanks. I think this is a great place to start and as we move along I'll have more questions. cool.gif

Robert
Ajmurrell
Robert,

Here is a good description of what CAGED means and why its so important.

http://justacoustic.com/index.php/lessons/...he-caged-theory

It does essentially help explain the 5 boxes/patterns for the minor/major pentatonics though yes, but it is interesting to notice that the chord shapes from the CAGED system are within these scales.

Thanks Robert, I'm sure you'll make swift progress. It's just difficult at this initial stage to know exactly where you're at so do let me know if you have any problems.

Cheers






QUOTE (Hammerhead @ Feb 25 2009, 04:30 PM) *
Thanks Adam,
I have pulled up the pentatonic lessons from Ivan and they look like a great starting point. I'm not at the beginning level of this his course... but I'll look along the lessons and plug in and start where I feel it's needed. Can I ask, is the CAGED approach simply the boxes/patterns? I've seen something about CAGED Unlocked and I'm not really sure why it's called CAGED? Thanks. I think this is a great place to start and as we move along I'll have more questions. cool.gif

Robert

Hammerhead
QUOTE (Ajmurrell @ Feb 25 2009, 07:23 AM) *
Robert,

Here is a good description of what CAGED means and why its so important.

http://justacoustic.com/index.php/lessons/...he-caged-theory

It does essentially help explain the 5 boxes/patterns for the minor/major pentatonics though yes, but it is interesting to notice that the chord shapes from the CAGED system are within these scales.

Thanks Robert, I'm sure you'll make swift progress. It's just difficult at this initial stage to know exactly where you're at so do let me know if you have any problems.

Cheers

Thanks Adam,
when I get the recording fixed it will make helping me easier...we can work together to help me create melodies and work on my speed... smile.gif
Ajmurrell
I can sort you out with a lesson for improving your speed if you'd like, I know you have limited time so really want to make sure I give you a range of options to choose from, then we can focus on that chosen area for a while.



QUOTE (Hammerhead @ Feb 25 2009, 05:47 PM) *
Thanks Adam,
when I get the recording fixed it will make helping me easier...we can work together to help me create melodies and work on my speed... smile.gif

Hammerhead
Adam,
I took a look at the CAGED link and found that I was still unsure about it all. It;s huge to say the least but your recommendation to look at it was dead on! I did find this on the internet and it has me fully engaged!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoLTlm9pO_E...feature=related

There is a whole series... not all of them posted from the original but definitely worth a look. I might buy the series at some point, it's that in depth. cool.gif
Anyway it ties in with what I've started with. I'm now working with the boxes I've studied and finding the chords that "work" with those boxes. If that makes sense. I got up @ 3:30 this morning to get some time in before work!

I'm starting to use the Practice Agenda now but I'm not sure of it's purpose? I can post my notes and you can look them over to help keep me on track... if that's helpful...or is the practice agenda more for myself?
Ajmurrell
Really glad you're getting sucked into learning, getting up at 3.30 shows some serious dedication!!

I talked about the CAGED system with Muris and Ivan on the chat a couple of nights ago, and to be honest, we were all at a loss for what it really was!
As I've previously said, my theory knowledge is lacking, but Ivan's and Muris' are top notch!

We came to the conclusion that its just another way of learning major scale chord shapes, and the pentatonic box shapes.

There are lots of ways too do it, and some are better than others but the most important thing to look for is an explanation type that makes sense to you! So if its making sense, and you're enjoying it, it may be worth the adventure smile.gif

Just before you fork out another subscription fee to another website though, check a couple of these Theory lesson posts by Andrew just to make sure that what you're looking for isn't already provided here at GMC.

CAGED Theory lesson 1
CAGED Theory lesson 2

If you want some more material on the minor pentatonic check out this lesson HERE and major pentatonic HERE

Andrews lessons are very in depth and very well structured for learning too. The Where To Start topic gives you a complete list of all the theory lessons available and where to start first.

In regards to the practice agenda, feel free to use it if it helps you get a plan down for practicing! Just make sure to give me the link, but also ask any questions you have for me here too smile.gif



How do you feel about a lesson assignment to work on in between the theory lessons?



QUOTE (Hammerhead @ Feb 27 2009, 03:41 PM) *
Adam,
I took a look at the CAGED link and found that I was still unsure about it all. It;s huge to say the least but your recommendation to look at it was dead on! I did find this on the internet and it has me fully engaged!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoLTlm9pO_E...feature=related

There is a whole series... not all of them posted from the original but definitely worth a look. I might buy the series at some point, it's that in depth. cool.gif
Anyway it ties in with what I've started with. I'm now working with the boxes I've studied and finding the chords that "work" with those boxes. If that makes sense. I got up @ 3:30 this morning to get some time in before work!

I'm starting to use the Practice Agenda now but I'm not sure of it's purpose? I can post my notes and you can look them over to help keep me on track... if that's helpful...or is the practice agenda more for myself?
Hammerhead
Adam,
I like your description of the CAGED system, that's what I came up with too. Thanks for the links around our site... that crossed my mind to dig on GMC also. I'd love a lesson if you've got something in mind. Thanks
Robert
Hammerhead
QUOTE (Hammerhead @ Feb 27 2009, 01:55 PM) *
Adam,
I like your description of the CAGED system, that's what I came up with too. Thanks for the links around our site... that crossed my mind to dig on GMC also. I'd love a lesson if you've got something in mind. Thanks
Robert

Thanks Adam,
I got the links and I'll take a look at them and I suppose pick one that looks like it's where I'm at yeah? By the way I've started a bit of speed drills, tell me if you think I'm on the right track. For the Pentatonic I'm picking 4 notes "forward" either up or down the box, then two frets "back" then 4 frets forward then two frets back till I reach the end of the pattern. 3 forward and two back, move forward one and repeat... also seems to work. I posted for you a very rough take on "little Drummer Boy that I did last month. It's very rough but wanted to begin with something! I'd like to put it in my Christmas movie next year. It's not pentatonic but it'll give you a picture of where I'm at. Also the "morning song" was just an Idea I had for a song that would begin with morning (quiet) and work it's way through the day... till at last at night it it ends with quiet and slows down. It's no more than a draft of an intro but you could listen to that as it's the only music I've ever recorded, and until I fix my input on m laptop...
www.myspace.com/kingfishtattoo
cool.gif
Hammerhead
QUOTE (Hammerhead @ Mar 2 2009, 06:58 PM) *
Thanks Adam,
I got the links and I'll take a look at them and I suppose pick one that looks like it's where I'm at yeah? By the way I've started a bit of speed drills, tell me if you think I'm on the right track. For the Pentatonic I'm picking 4 notes "forward" either up or down the box, then two frets "back" then 4 frets forward then two frets back till I reach the end of the pattern. 3 forward and two back, move forward one and repeat... also seems to work. I posted for you a very rough take on "little Drummer Boy that I did last month. It's very rough but wanted to begin with something! I'd like to put it in my Christmas movie next year. It's not pentatonic but it'll give you a picture of where I'm at. Also the "morning song" was just an Idea I had for a song that would begin with morning (quiet) and work it's way through the day... till at last at night it it ends with quiet and slows down. It's no more than a draft of an intro but you could listen to that as it's the only music I've ever recorded, and until I fix my input on m laptop...
www.myspace.com/kingfishtattoo
cool.gif

Adam,
I looked at the lessons and I like two of them, but I'm going to start with Kris's first. I realized that I don't pick each note on a lead run and that allows me to be quicker (pull-ons/offs) but not better? I'm going to work on my picking skills! Also I'm going to pull my Little Drummer song and re-post it else where. I've borrowed the background tracks...and well I'm not trying to take credit for all of that music and mySpace is pretty clear about not posting music that is not your music. BLAH BLAH... rolleyes.gif
Ajmurrell
Hey man,
I gave your myspace a listen and I liked its ambient style smile.gif

Regarding picking each note, you can think of it as an extra tool in your box for when it comes to playing. What I mean by this is that combining both picking, hammer on's, pull off's, bends, slides, legato etc into your playing means you have different ways to express yourself on the guitar.

In the exercise's it is important to get used to each skill individually to get you used to the technique, and to make sure you feel comfortable using it. However I wouldn't say that you should pick EVERY note. It certainly doesn't mean you're not good because you dont pick every note.

I hope this makes sense? Don't think of it as a "this is how I must always play!" and more of a "I can use this from time to time!"

Let me know how you find the lesson, and if you have any questions smile.gif



QUOTE (Hammerhead @ Mar 4 2009, 04:24 PM) *
Adam,
I looked at the lessons and I like two of them, but I'm going to start with Kris's first. I realized that I don't pick each note on a lead run and that allows me to be quicker (pull-ons/offs) but not better? I'm going to work on my picking skills! Also I'm going to pull my Little Drummer song and re-post it else where. I've borrowed the background tracks...and well I'm not trying to take credit for all of that music and mySpace is pretty clear about not posting music that is not your music. BLAH BLAH... rolleyes.gif

Hammerhead
QUOTE (Ajmurrell @ Mar 4 2009, 08:06 AM) *
Hey man,
I gave your myspace a listen and I liked its ambient style smile.gif

Regarding picking each note, you can think of it as an extra tool in your box for when it comes to playing. What I mean by this is that combining both picking, hammer on's, pull off's, bends, slides, legato etc into your playing means you have different ways to express yourself on the guitar.

In the exercise's it is important to get used to each skill individually to get you used to the technique, and to make sure you feel comfortable using it. However I wouldn't say that you should pick EVERY note. It certainly doesn't mean you're not good because you dont pick every note.

I hope this makes sense? Don't think of it as a "this is how I must always play!" and more of a "I can use this from time to time!"

Let me know how you find the lesson, and if you have any questions smile.gif

Thanks Adam,
I mentioned that I pulled the Drummer boy, it is here: http://www.musicradar.com/profile:
I don't know if I moved it before you got to hear it. I did the guitars, over karaoke music in the back ground. Thanks for the advice on picking, I may be too self critical at times, but I was starting to feel like maybe I needed to pick every note after watching Kris's lesson. I put in half an hour on it this morning. I will still work with this exercise though, and then I will move on to Muris' exercise. Muris can really play! cool.gif

QUOTE (Hammerhead @ Mar 4 2009, 01:54 PM) *
Thanks Adam,
I mentioned that I pulled the Drummer boy, it is here: http://www.musicradar.com/profile:
I don't know if I moved it before you got to hear it. I did the guitars, over karaoke music in the back ground. Thanks for the advice on picking, I may be too self critical at times, but I was starting to feel like maybe I needed to pick every note after watching Kris's lesson. I put in half an hour on it this morning. I will still work with this exercise though, and then I will move on to Muris' exercise. Muris can really play! cool.gif


Here is my Practice Agenda. http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...blogid=211&
Can you tell me how the blocks work for Practice Agendas? I've looked at a few other P-A's and I'm not sure how it works. At the moment I'm just using this space a bit like a journal, can we do more here? cool.gif

Thanks,
Robert
Ajmurrell
I did manage to hear your song Drummer boy at myspace before you deleted it actually smile.gif Although I can't remember it much now, and the link you gave me doesn't seem to work?

Regarding your practice agenda, feel free to update that as to how you'd like to set out your weeks practicing smile.gif

I'd prefer it if you could ask questions to me in this forum just to keep it all in one place, but I can certainly help on setting it up.

People usually use the practice agenda to keep a track of their progress over time. So you can make a note of what you did on a certain day, and what you'd like to work more on, do differently next time etc. Also other people can monitor your progress as well.

The blocks I'm not too familiar with, essentially you'll want to go to the "entries" link and click "new entry". This process will look familiar to the forum posting as it is the same smile.gif

The blocks I suppose could be used as little post it notes, as you can move them around your page freely by clicking and holding on the boxes.

How are you finding the lessons?

QUOTE (Hammerhead @ Mar 5 2009, 12:00 AM) *
Thanks Adam,
I mentioned that I pulled the Drummer boy, it is here: http://www.musicradar.com/profile:
I don't know if I moved it before you got to hear it. I did the guitars, over karaoke music in the back ground. Thanks for the advice on picking, I may be too self critical at times, but I was starting to feel like maybe I needed to pick every note after watching Kris's lesson. I put in half an hour on it this morning. I will still work with this exercise though, and then I will move on to Muris' exercise. Muris can really play! cool.gif



Here is my Practice Agenda. http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...blogid=211&
Can you tell me how the blocks work for Practice Agendas? I've looked at a few other P-A's and I'm not sure how it works. At the moment I'm just using this space a bit like a journal, can we do more here? cool.gif

Thanks,
Robert

Hammerhead
Adam,
I will keep all of my questions in this topic, thanks for the heads up. I'm still just figuring out how this system works... but it is now making more sense to me. Thank you for helping me with that!

cool.gif I have to say that I really like the lessons, the two of them Kris' and Muris' lessons. I think I'll start with Muris' lesson this weekend. I've been working with my picking and have found that I'm making improvements already. It was a big help for me to decide before practice, what my sessions would look like. I don't have time to "dink" around, and so the practice agenda is worth its weight in gold! This morning I found myself sticking with the game plan, even when my fingers started to wander. It's so easy to be distracted. I was able to remind myself that Fridays are my artistic days... and that's my reward for practicing (and sticking to the "plan") all week. So I'm seeing progress already. While I've set a goal of 2 hours a week, which is doable, I've enjoyed getting up very early (4:15 a.m.) so I can work out and practice before work. So far the schedule has been paying off! While it's hard... the improvements have made it worth it. Instead of two hours a week, I'm squeezing in 6 hours! ohmy.gif

I also noticed that when I wrote out the practice agenda I could see that I needed some time included weekly for recording and practicing songs. Since I don't have much free time, I was able to see that I needed to schedule this time also. biggrin.gif

It sounds simple, and in some ways it is, but now I feel like I have a priority in schedule that includes the ultimate goal of practicing: recording and enjoying my music! Really what good is it to practice if you don't then enjoy your own music?

Anyway enough of that!

Thanks for your help! I will let you know how it's going when I start to move forward. Right now I'm sticking with the major/minor pentatonic, and speed work and the CAGED theory. It is keeping me busy! I may want to spend some time switching the scales I'm working with in the near future, and then I will have more questions that will need answers.

Thanks!
Ajmurrell
Glad to hear you're enjoying it man smile.gif

Great idea on the friday being your creative day, thats a nice approach because you certainly don't want to start feeling like the guitar is a chore, especially if you have limited time to spend on it in the first place. Although it sounds like you've managed to squeeze in a pretty healthy amount of gutiar practice each week now! tongue.gif

You've got quite a lot to work on I know, so continue to send in any questions or things you want advice on!

Good job man smile.gif

QUOTE (Hammerhead @ Mar 5 2009, 11:20 PM) *
Adam,
I will keep all of my questions in this topic, thanks for the heads up. I'm still just figuring out how this system works... but it is now making more sense to me. Thank you for helping me with that!

cool.gif I have to say that I really like the lessons, the two of them Kris' and Muris' lessons. I think I'll start with Muris' lesson this weekend. I've been working with my picking and have found that I'm making improvements already. It was a big help for me to decide before practice, what my sessions would look like. I don't have time to "dink" around, and so the practice agenda is worth its weight in gold! This morning I found myself sticking with the game plan, even when my fingers started to wander. It's so easy to be distracted. I was able to remind myself that Fridays are my artistic days... and that's my reward for practicing (and sticking to the "plan") all week. So I'm seeing progress already. While I've set a goal of 2 hours a week, which is doable, I've enjoyed getting up very early (4:15 a.m.) so I can work out and practice before work. So far the schedule has been paying off! While it's hard... the improvements have made it worth it. Instead of two hours a week, I'm squeezing in 6 hours! ohmy.gif

I also noticed that when I wrote out the practice agenda I could see that I needed some time included weekly for recording and practicing songs. Since I don't have much free time, I was able to see that I needed to schedule this time also. biggrin.gif

It sounds simple, and in some ways it is, but now I feel like I have a priority in schedule that includes the ultimate goal of practicing: recording and enjoying my music! Really what good is it to practice if you don't then enjoy your own music?

Anyway enough of that!

Thanks for your help! I will let you know how it's going when I start to move forward. Right now I'm sticking with the major/minor pentatonic, and speed work and the CAGED theory. It is keeping me busy! I may want to spend some time switching the scales I'm working with in the near future, and then I will have more questions that will need answers.

Thanks!

Ajmurrell
Hey man,

How are things going?

I started a topic I would like you to have a look at here: http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...showtopic=25533

Let me know if you have any suggestions or anything.

How are you finding the speed exercises?
Hammerhead
Adam,
I think I'm gonna explore the Blues Evening lesson which is in the Key of B Dorian. I'm not going to study note for note but I just want to explore another scale outside of the pentatonic realm. cool.gif If you have any suggestions for lessons that you know of that can help me with this scale... feel free to send them my way. I'm just gonna do some digging and see what I find. ph34r.gif

Robert
Ajmurrell
Thought I'd post what I just did in Koopids thread for you, just so you see the message too smile.gif

"Thats EXACTLY how I'd recommend going about practising these techniques, especially when they feel very unnatural. 20 minutes is in my opinion, at the top end of how much time to soley practice one particular exercise. It is very much down to what works for you though at the end of the day.

But I always end up finding the same thing happens to me Hammerhead, I play for 20 minutes... Take an hour, half a day, full day break and then come back to it and it DOES feel easier and more comfortable for sure.

Id probably recommend doing the entire exercise over the 6 strings though, just because you want to get used to the whole exercise sounding fluid. But can appreciate if you find one part harder than the rest, then thats the area to work on most."

In regards to getting some experience with some more interesting scales, I'm doing just that right now myself! I'm working on an entry for Emir's Yngwie Malmsteen Collaboration here at GMC and it require two very different sounding scales to the pentatonic. The Phyrgian Dominant scale, and Harmonic minor.

Now I personally found it quite hard to get a real "feel" for the sound and "flavour" of different scales by just learning the scale positions so I will give you the advice I'm finding to work for me.

When you get interested in learning a scale, we'll take B dorian as your example, find the scale using which ever site/book you use (Or work it out yourself using your theory knowledge smile.gif ) and learn the intervals and notes for one string at first.

Then once you've learnt at least an octave of your chosen scale on one string (I always use the top E for this), select a clean sound and either let the route note of your scale ring (in this case its B, and fortunately enough an open string) and start to play your scale on the top E string. Start on the route note, and ascend and descend. Then start improvising over your open string route note and hopefully you'll start to "hear" what the scale sounds like along with its route.

I hope that makes sense, if not, I'll try to explain it better- just let me know!

For your information I use this site to get my scales. It has them all smile.gif

http://www.all-guitar-chords.com/guitar_sc...=0&choice=1


QUOTE (Hammerhead @ Mar 16 2009, 11:54 PM) *
Adam,
I think I'm gonna explore the Blues Evening lesson which is in the Key of B Dorian. I'm not going to study note for note but I just want to explore another scale outside of the pentatonic realm. cool.gif If you have any suggestions for lessons that you know of that can help me with this scale... feel free to send them my way. I'm just gonna do some digging and see what I find. ph34r.gif

Robert

Hammerhead
Adam,
That's great advice and I will follow it! I just got this book at Borders and I am ready to explore some scales! I like the idea of letting the root note ring and playing over it...That's brilliant! I had not thought of just playing on one string but that sounds great to me. I will follow your progress on the Malmsteen collaboration, I look forward to hearing you. Thanks for the positive feedback and the advice! cool.gif It's just what I needed.
Hammerhead
Welcome back Adam,
How was the trip?... any pictures?
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Hammerhead
no pics?
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Ajmurrell
Hey there Hammerhead smile.gif

Apologies for my recent AWOL, I've been quite the busy man of late which has inevitably had an effect on how much time I've had to keep up to date with dear old GMC. It's sad indeed! But the recent time off COULD have provided me with a job that is only 3 minutes away from my house, and is perfect! So wish me luck with that. biggrin.gif

As for pictures, my fiancee has all of the pictures she took on her SLR at the moment, still waiting for her to send them over to me.

I have one however that she emailed me, and just for you here it is smile.gif

Besides that, How are things going on the guitar man?

Hope you had a great easter!

Rock on!



QUOTE (Hammerhead @ Apr 7 2009, 05:02 PM) *
Welcome back Adam,
How was the trip?... any pictures?
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Hammerhead
Adam,
Good luck with the job! I know what it's like to work close to home, I don't at the moment and REALLY wish I did. I know what you mean about being busy, so I hope it slows down for you. Thanks for the picture, that is a great shot. I really like the mood it sets! if you get your hands on more I'd love to see them.

My guitar has kept me busy. I do a pretty good job of following my practice agenda, and I'm still out the door each morning by 4 a.m. so I can fit in an hour of guitar each day. it's a lot though, my daughter complained to me that I'm not spending as much time with her and her brother lately... So I have to figure out how to make it all work. The truth is I forced an extra hour out of each day that isn't really there. Any how I am swamped with the amount of "learning" that I'm doing. This seems to take the most time. I have the first 3-4 positions for the major and pentatonic scales down. I'm playing both, over the same chords/ progressions, and really learning to hear the different sounds. It's amazing really. They set a different mood! Any how I'm still working with the speed work (legato slide) and have created a legato style slide for the major scale as well as the pentatonic. I'm struggling with some of the CAGED theory. I'm making some improvements... but there is just not enough time to cover everything I want to get done!. So I keep chipping away at it. I recently read about the REC. program at GMC. I think that's what it's called... but I think I might try to learn some of the lessons and get graded on them and try to advance my rank.( I think that's the idea). It's really hard for me to play something exactly like someone else has played it. I'm sure this is because I play by ear and have never really learned too many songs. It would be a challenge for me so I'll see, I still can't record into my laptop so I either have to but an interface or not record. The problem seems to be money at the moment.

Hey I looked for your Malmsteen contribution... you really have been busy! Any way let me know if you do any collaborations, I'm interested in hearing you play.

Good Luck with the job and congrats on the marriage proposal! Before you know it you have children and...

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Ajmurrell
I got a lot of the photo's from the fiancee, and posted them in the Chill Out forum, if you want to check more out smile.gif

I am hopefull with the job, I have little experience and am currently unemployed so it really would be fantastic news if I got the job. We'll just have to wait and see.

Sounds like you're putting in some hard work mate, and I can appreciate it must be difficult fitting it all in. I'm a relaxed guy when it comes to practice reigme's so I'm in admiration of your ability to keep up a schedule.

If you are finding it hard to "fit it all in", remember there is no definitive daily/weekly/monthly time you MUST contribute to guitar practice in order to improve. In fact I strongly believe 10minutes a day is enough time to see some great progress over a few weeks. As long as its fitted around exercises and playing, granted that theory knowledge might take a bit more time to read up on and try to incorporate into your own playing.

The important thing for me is to keep it fun, its a hobby and a joy - not a job. Its great to have goals in mind, and structured learning to get you there.

Just remember little and often in a relaxed atmosphere is mountains better than lots infrequently in a stressed environment.

As for the REC program, why don't we aim towards something? You could pick something out and I'll gladly help you out through the learning process.

Good to hear from you, and sorry that its been a while smile.gif

QUOTE (Hammerhead @ Apr 15 2009, 12:31 AM) *
Adam,
Good luck with the job! I know what it's like to work close to home, I don't at the moment and REALLY wish I did. I know what you mean about being busy, so I hope it slows down for you. Thanks for the picture, that is a great shot. I really like the mood it sets! if you get your hands on more I'd love to see them.

My guitar has kept me busy. I do a pretty good job of following my practice agenda, and I'm still out the door each morning by 4 a.m. so I can fit in an hour of guitar each day. it's a lot though, my daughter complained to me that I'm not spending as much time with her and her brother lately... So I have to figure out how to make it all work. The truth is I forced an extra hour out of each day that isn't really there. Any how I am swamped with the amount of "learning" that I'm doing. This seems to take the most time. I have the first 3-4 positions for the major and pentatonic scales down. I'm playing both, over the same chords/ progressions, and really learning to hear the different sounds. It's amazing really. They set a different mood! Any how I'm still working with the speed work (legato slide) and have created a legato style slide for the major scale as well as the pentatonic. I'm struggling with some of the CAGED theory. I'm making some improvements... but there is just not enough time to cover everything I want to get done!. So I keep chipping away at it. I recently read about the REC. program at GMC. I think that's what it's called... but I think I might try to learn some of the lessons and get graded on them and try to advance my rank.( I think that's the idea). It's really hard for me to play something exactly like someone else has played it. I'm sure this is because I play by ear and have never really learned too many songs. It would be a challenge for me so I'll see, I still can't record into my laptop so I either have to but an interface or not record. The problem seems to be money at the moment.

Hey I looked for your Malmsteen contribution... you really have been busy! Any way let me know if you do any collaborations, I'm interested in hearing you play.

Good Luck with the job and congrats on the marriage proposal! Before you know it you have children and...

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Hammerhead
Thanks for the advice Adam, and I know you're right. I just need to play to enjoy and fit in what practice I can. I've listened to my daughter and I began to focus a bit more on my children and it feels great. I took a few days off from guitar to catch up on projects around the house that have been slipping past, and that feels good too. I will take a look at the photos, I appreciate the heads up. I enjoy photography so it's always fun to look at pics cool.gif . I will pick a lesson for the REC program, but I still can't record. I need to get off my ass and buy an interface but the one I want, it's a bit expensive ... give me this week to figure out how to get my recording back up... and we can talk lessons. It sounds like fun. I've got a couple in mind... you can give me your opinion. I have to look them up and come back to the forum though. If you have suggestions send 'em my way.

Robert
Hammerhead
Aloha Adam,
I think I'm gonna try the REC program. It sounds like fun. I'm gonna start working on the
# Blues Phrasing
lesson by David Wallman. I think that's his last name. Great lesson with a great sound! Is that just a deep delay that gives him such a rich sound... besides the killer tone? any how I still can't record, but that wont stop me from practicing. I'm just stuck for the money to buy the interface still, but I'm saving for it... by the time I'm ready to submit, I should have something in place. I might be able to just record with my camera? the sound should work? I'll check and see. I hope your schedule is a little more sane! cool.gif
I'm still up early but spreading my time around a bit more equitably with my children... they are happier!!! ph34r.gif

RObert
Ajmurrell
Hi there Robert smile.gif

Thats good to hear, I was going to recommend trying to get involved on REC program if you have been working on any lessons.

At the moment most of the uploads to the REC program are done by webcam recordings on youtube, this includes the sound also.

So if you are thinking of getting yourself prepared, all you need is a reasonable webcam (which has an OK built in microphone) and you're set! Play the backing track and your part together whilst recording via the webcam and the mic should pick up the sound too.

Sometimes there are complications with synching up audio and video, but there are plenty of people here who can help if this becomes a problem for you.

So it doesn't have to cost a lot to be able to record some things for the REC smile.gif

Could you post me the lesson you were talking about? I've looked in David's lesson list but he has A LOT!! and couldn't find the one you're referrring too smile.gif

Cheers,

Adam

QUOTE (Hammerhead @ Apr 30 2009, 03:00 AM) *
Aloha Adam,
I think I'm gonna try the REC program. It sounds like fun. I'm gonna start working on the
# Blues Phrasing
lesson by David Wallman. I think that's his last name. Great lesson with a great sound! Is that just a deep delay that gives him such a rich sound... besides the killer tone? any how I still can't record, but that wont stop me from practicing. I'm just stuck for the money to buy the interface still, but I'm saving for it... by the time I'm ready to submit, I should have something in place. I might be able to just record with my camera? the sound should work? I'll check and see. I hope your schedule is a little more sane! cool.gif
I'm still up early but spreading my time around a bit more equitably with my children... they are happier!!! ph34r.gif

RObert

Hammerhead
QUOTE (Ajmurrell @ Apr 30 2009, 06:13 AM) *
Hi there Robert smile.gif

Thats good to hear, I was going to recommend trying to get involved on REC program if you have been working on any lessons.

At the moment most of the uploads to the REC program are done by webcam recordings on youtube, this includes the sound also.

So if you are thinking of getting yourself prepared, all you need is a reasonable webcam (which has an OK built in microphone) and you're set! Play the backing track and your part together whilst recording via the webcam and the mic should pick up the sound too.

Sometimes there are complications with synching up audio and video, but there are plenty of people here who can help if this becomes a problem for you.

So it doesn't have to cost a lot to be able to record some things for the REC smile.gif

Could you post me the lesson you were talking about? I've looked in David's lesson list but he has A LOT!! and couldn't find the one you're referrring too smile.gif

Cheers,

Adam

Adam,
I will look for the lesson... I think I put a copy of the link in my practice agenda.... just the same when I can I'll copy it here... I'm in the car at the moment taking a weekend trip to lahina. west shore maui. I'll check it and get back to ya!
Hammerhead
QUOTE (Hammerhead @ May 1 2009, 03:11 PM) *
Adam,
I will look for the lesson... I think I put a copy of the link in my practice agenda.... just the same when I can I'll copy it here... I'm in the car at the moment taking a weekend trip to lahina. west shore maui. I'll check it and get back to ya!

here is the link I think....{http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guitar/blues-phrasing/

Robert

Hammerhead
hey Adam,
I hope the link worked for you... I have good news for you... I did manage to get the audio interface taken care of... it's in the mail (Audio Kontrol 1). I'm also the proud owner of a new Malmsteen stratocaster! I've been waiting for this for a couple of months. Any how I'm working on the lesson and should record it next week. perhaps this weekend? cool.gif
Thanks,

RObert
Hammerhead
Adam.....
I could use some direction. I'm trying to sort out the relative minor scales. I'm working with the different modes and I understand that. I'm having a brain hemorrhage trying to figure out how the relative minor is discovered? I've done some digging and can't find the straight up answer: ex The relative minor will always be the 5th of the major... or something. Any direction would be great cool.gif

RObert
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