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Pedja Simovic
Hi Alejandro!

This is place where I will give you assignments and upload videos. You will do the same starting tonight. Bookmark it, subscribe to it as it will be easier to follow when I post new things in!

Alejandro osorno
Subscribed wink.gif
This is going to be fun!
Pedja Simovic
Lets get started Alejandro!

In your guitar CV I read plenty of cool things. I like the fact that you want to improve technique (alternate picking) but also work on theory harmony, improvisation and become better jazz player.

For your 1st assignment I picked some alternate picking exercises that are great for warm up and cover all strings.


Here is your 1st assignment :

- Record all 5 exercises at tempo you can play without mistakes.
- Ideally it would be great to do video recording and put it on Youtube. Then you can embed that video in this thread here.
- If these 5 exercises seem like a lot to do, try to do at least 3 of your choice but do them in at least 2 different tempos (60bpm and 80bpm for example).
- If this is little work load for you, I suggest you record 5 exercises in 3 different tempos!

If you have any questions Alejandro just let me know. I am providing you here PDF files with alternate picking along with fingerings I use for each.

Time limit for 1st assignment is one week from today! (12th of September)

Alejandro osorno
Thanks Pedja!
Seems like a very cool assignment!
Just have one question... would you prefer I record them with a clean tone or with a distorted tone ?
Pedja Simovic
QUOTE (Alejandro osorno @ Sep 5 2009, 12:36 AM) *
Thanks Pedja!
Seems like a very cool assignment!
Just have one question... would you prefer I record them with a clean tone or with a distorted tone ?


Great question Alejandro!
If you are playing them at very slow tempo, I would like to hear clean tone. If you are aiming at fast tempos, definitely do it with distortion so I can hear if you have troubles with muting !
Alejandro osorno
hey Pedja,
Is there any tempo in special you would like for me to the exercises?
Pedja Simovic
I suggest 1st tempo as very easy (total warm up), 2nd tempo for a slight challenge (from 60 until 100bpm) and 3rd tempo from as your maximum tempo.
Alejandro osorno
QUOTE (Pedja Simovic @ Sep 5 2009, 10:22 AM) *
I suggest 1st tempo as very easy (total warm up), 2nd tempo for a slight challenge (from 60 until 100bpm) and 3rd tempo from as your maximum tempo.

sure sounds great!
Pedja Simovic
Awesome Alejandro. You got 5-6 days left, use them wisely smile.gif
Feel free to post MP3 takes in the meanwhile so I can monitor where you are at with tempos!
Alejandro osorno
Hi pedja!

I did an mp3 of the first exercise at 100 BPM please tell me how is it cool.gif
I am new to direct recording so I'm sure the sound will not be good.
Anyways here it is.
by the way I think there is a bit of latency
Cheers,
Alejandro

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Pedja Simovic
QUOTE (Alejandro osorno @ Sep 8 2009, 02:53 AM) *
Hi pedja!

I did an mp3 of the first exercise at 100 BPM please tell me how is it cool.gif
I am new to direct recording so I'm sure the sound will not be good.
Anyways here it is.
by the way I think there is a bit of latency
Cheers,
Alejandro

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Excellent Alejandro spot on!
Now you can work on other examples but also improve the tempo of 1st exercise wink.gif
Alejandro osorno
Sure!
Pedja Simovic
QUOTE (Alejandro osorno @ Sep 8 2009, 02:10 PM) *
Sure!


Great, let me know if you need any help with them. I can also provide you with extra exercises if this is too little work for you.
Alejandro osorno
QUOTE (Pedja Simovic @ Sep 8 2009, 03:41 PM) *
Great, let me know if you need any help with them. I can also provide you with extra exercises if this is too little work for you.


not at the moment, but please give me the extra exercises I want more work tongue.gif
Hopefully I can post all the exercises tomorow (tuesday is always my busiest day)
Please tell me if you need anything

Alejandro
Pedja Simovic
Ok Alejandro, I will post 2 more exercises. Thats total of 7 exercises, one for each day in the week to master!
Alejandro osorno
Hey pedja!

Here are the 5 exercises you had asked for smile.gif
I did exercise 4 at 100 BPM and 1,2,3 and 5 at 140 BPM
Hope they are not that bad.
BTW I subscribed to your youtube channel cool.gif

take care!

Alejandro
Pedja Simovic
Alejandro I just listened to your examples. You should lower the tempo because in every example you are playing behind the beat (you are not playing on click but rather late). 100bpm seems to be a bit of a struggle for you right now. Why don't you try 90bpm?
Focus on playing on click, thats all that matters !
Pedja Simovic
Alejandro, how are you doing with exercises? Did you move the tempo? Are you playing on click every exercise?
I am waiting for your response smile.gif
Alejandro osorno
I just arrived from school,
I am going to start practicing right now smile.gif
Pedja Simovic
Excellent!
If you record something soon please post it, I would like to hear it!
Alejandro osorno
Sure!
I'll Start right now by lowering the tempo and being sure I play on click.
I hope I can post them today
Alejandro osorno
Hi pedja,
Here is exercise 3 at 120 BPM.
Please tell me if I am in the right track and if not please give me tips cool.gif
Pedja Simovic
QUOTE (Alejandro osorno @ Sep 10 2009, 11:49 PM) *
Hi pedja,
Here is exercise 3 at 120 BPM.
Please tell me if I am in the right track and if not please give me tips cool.gif


Excellent Alejandro, this is great stuff. Now do the rest please smile.gif
Alejandro osorno
sure!
I'll do 1,2, and 5 at 120
and 4 at 80 (still having problems with that one)
Pedja Simovic
QUOTE (Alejandro osorno @ Sep 11 2009, 12:04 AM) *
sure!
I'll do 1,2, and 5 at 120
and 4 at 80 (still having problems with that one)


Keep working on 4 more than!
If you get 4 out of 5 to sound clear like 1st exercise I will be thrilled man.
Alejandro osorno
I think they are much better.
Sorry for the first very weak effort sad.gif
BTW I worked alot on exercise 4, I think this is the one that most improved.
Pedja Simovic
Excellent playing Alejandro, I am very happy with your improvement. I will give you couple of more exercises to enrich your alternate picking work out.

Great job man!
Alejandro osorno
Thanks Pedja!
Pedja Simovic
QUOTE (Alejandro osorno @ Sep 11 2009, 01:46 PM) *
Thanks Pedja!


Sure thing Alejandro. Keep working on them, move the tempo as much as you can and feel like.

Here are 2 more examples for you :
Alejandro osorno
Hey Pedja!

I finnaly could get my guitar fixed last night and I am ready to practice smile.gif
Pedja Simovic
QUOTE (Alejandro osorno @ Sep 15 2009, 01:34 PM) *
Hey Pedja!

I finnaly could get my guitar fixed last night and I am ready to practice smile.gif


Excellent to hear that Alejandro!

Could you record 3 new examples I provided for you ?
How are you doing with 5 examples? What tempo are you at right now?

Let me know!

Pedja
Alejandro osorno
QUOTE (Pedja Simovic @ Sep 15 2009, 07:30 AM) *
Excellent to hear that Alejandro!

Could you record 3 new examples I provided for you ?
How are you doing with 5 examples? What tempo are you at right now?

Let me know!

Pedja

Sorry but because I didnot have my guitar I could not practice mad.gif
but I am working on the new exercises right now and I am colse to getting the last 5 examples at 140bpm
Pedja Simovic
QUOTE (Alejandro osorno @ Sep 15 2009, 10:54 PM) *
Sorry but because I didnot have my guitar I could not practice mad.gif
but I am working on the new exercises right now and I am colse to getting the last 5 examples at 140bpm


You are doing great with 5th example. See now if you can increase tempo more. I will soon give you more exercises!
Alejandro osorno
QUOTE (Pedja Simovic @ Sep 15 2009, 05:25 PM) *
You are doing great with 5th example. See now if you can increase tempo more. I will soon give you more exercises!

Here's example 5 at 150bpm but I think it still has tempo problems.
Pedja Simovic
QUOTE (Alejandro osorno @ Sep 16 2009, 12:33 AM) *
Here's example 5 at 150bpm but I think it still has tempo problems.


It is getting there Alejandro, keep working on it. I am very happy with your tempos and technique so far, its been less than 10 days. Well done!
Record other examples (extra ones) I sent you please!

Alejandro osorno
Hi pedja!
Here's example 6 at 120 BPM, had a bit of problems because they were triplets so I dont know if I got it to the beat.
I am still having problems with example 10 so I will continue to practice example 10 alot biggrin.gif
Pedja Simovic
QUOTE (Alejandro osorno @ Sep 16 2009, 08:54 PM) *
Hi pedja!
Here's example 6 at 120 BPM, had a bit of problems because they were triplets so I dont know if I got it to the beat.
I am still having problems with example 10 so I will continue to practice example 10 alot biggrin.gif


Hi Alejandro,

Those triplets are supposed to be 16th note triplets, but you did great so far man , keep working on it!
Alejandro osorno
QUOTE (Pedja Simovic @ Sep 16 2009, 03:49 PM) *
Hi Alejandro,

Those triplets are supposed to be 16th note triplets, but you did great so far man , keep working on it!

Sorry for the noobish question but
How many notes per beat is that?
Pedja Simovic
QUOTE (Alejandro osorno @ Sep 16 2009, 10:51 PM) *
Sorry for the noobish question but
How many notes per beat is that?


8th note triplet is 3 even notes per beat.
16th note triplet is 6 even notes per beat or 3 notes on down beat, 3 notes on up beat!
Alejandro osorno
QUOTE (Pedja Simovic @ Sep 16 2009, 03:52 PM) *
8th note triplet is 3 even notes per beat.
16th note triplet is 6 even notes per beat or 3 notes on down beat, 3 notes on up beat!

sure I'll start practicing wink.gif
Pedja Simovic
QUOTE (Alejandro osorno @ Sep 16 2009, 10:53 PM) *
sure I'll start practicing wink.gif


You are already doing great with these, I just want you to keep up the good work. Very soon I will introduce you new exercises but in the meanwhile it would be awesome to see a video of you playing all these in tempo wink.gif
Alejandro osorno
That would be great!
Pedja Simovic
Here are couple of more exercises for you Alejandro!

This is your full assignment for Alternate picking. I want you to do all the exercises, record them and do the video with audio. Post it on Youtube, embed it in this thread. I would like to see you do this by 24th of September (one week from now). Then we will move onto new techniques and things you mentioned in your Guitar CV.
Alejandro osorno
QUOTE (Pedja Simovic @ Sep 17 2009, 05:47 AM) *
Here are couple of more exercises for you Alejandro!

This is your full assignment for Alternate picking. I want you to do all the exercises, record them and do the video with audio. Post it on Youtube, embed it in this thread. I would like to see you do this by 24th of September (one week from now). Then we will move onto new techniques and things you mentioned in your Guitar CV.

More exercises biggrin.gif
Hopefully I post the earlier than the deadline (exams)
You won't be diapointed smile.gif
Pedja Simovic
QUOTE (Alejandro osorno @ Sep 18 2009, 03:56 AM) *
More exercises biggrin.gif
Hopefully I post the earlier than the deadline (exams)
You won't be diapointed smile.gif


I know you will do great, so far you have done really great work!
Let me know when all is ready wink.gif
Alejandro osorno
mad.gif mad.gif Hey pedja,
I am really sorry but I dont think I will be able to post the vid for tomorow. I got really bussy with exams and homework sad.gif
Sorry again sad.gif
Pedja Simovic
QUOTE (Alejandro osorno @ Sep 23 2009, 11:24 PM) *
mad.gif mad.gif Hey pedja,
I am really sorry but I dont think I will be able to post the vid for tomorow. I got really bussy with exams and homework sad.gif
Sorry again sad.gif


No problem Alejandro. So far you have been doing great work. Post a video in next couple of days so we can get moving onto new assignments wink.gif
Alejandro osorno
I got most of them down, I'm missing about 3 or 4.
Hopefully it can post it by saturday smile.gif
Pedja Simovic
QUOTE (Alejandro osorno @ Sep 24 2009, 10:02 PM) *
I got most of them down, I'm missing about 3 or 4.
Hopefully it can post it by saturday smile.gif


It would be great if you could finish them all by the end of the week Alejandro!
Pedja Simovic
Alejandro, how are all the examples coming along? Weekend is finished I will give you extra day or two to finish them all up. Let me know if you have any questions!
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