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Ben Higgins
Task 2 : http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/beginn...-picking-etude/

Record and upload your take of this lesson by Wednesday 8th Feb.

As you may have guessed, picking is on the agenda. I got you guys to start working on hand synch / picking with your previous task and this time we're continuing that train and stepping it up a notch.

The patterns move around a lot so they will be a nice challenge but the whole thing is really musical so it should be very satisfying to play. Notice how he uses alternate picking for the whole thing, even those arpeggios wink.gif I want you to do the same, no cheating...

Tempo.. hopefully it doesn't need to be said again anymore that I'm totally happy with you recording your take at a lower tempo than the lesson. There's 2 main reasons why this makes sense..

1: You only have a week and you're only human
2: 'Intermediate' is a very broad range.. some of you will be closer to managing those tempos than others so it's only fair that your boundaries are pushed as individuals because you're all at different levels

Dig in and dig deep !! ph34r.gif
JaxN4
Excellent,,,,
Ben Higgins
QUOTE (JaxN4 @ Feb 1 2012, 10:37 AM) *
Excellent,,,,


JaxN4
Somehow that really suits you Ben!
gregc1
Cool! This stuff is exactly what I need. This one will be challenging too but task 1 has prepared me (btw, almost got it smooth at full speed last night, still working on it).
Ben Higgins
QUOTE (gregc1 @ Feb 1 2012, 02:41 PM) *
Cool! This stuff is exactly what I need. This one will be challenging too but task 1 has prepared me (btw, almost got it smooth at full speed last night, still working on it).


Good to hear it ! I look forward to hearing the takes, it's a really cool sounding piece smile.gif
WeePee
Wow at first this seemed really hard but half hour practice and I got it down in really slow speed.
But those sweeps...

...must obey...master...must practise

Ben Higgins
QUOTE (WeePee @ Feb 1 2012, 04:58 PM) *
Wow at first this seemed really hard but half hour practice and I got it down in really slow speed.
But those sweeps...

...must obey...master...must practise


You can do it young warrior... there is no room for weakness in this Temple ph34r.gif
Gitarrero
Some german words I can't write here escaped my mouth when I saw it's a level 6 lesson.
Then I remembered one word from the Atlanta-guy...PRACTICE!

dd...our guess was wrong...

And just for fun, I'll throw in a random video as well. Listen to the lady towards the end laugh.gif

dark dude
QUOTE (Gitarrero @ Feb 1 2012, 06:32 PM) *
dd...our guess was wrong...

I'd rather this than that, tbh laugh.gif
Gitarrero
QUOTE (dark dude @ Feb 1 2012, 08:02 PM) *
I'd rather this than that, tbh laugh.gif


Same here, same here laugh.gif

Practiced this for 30 minutes now and got the first 5 patterns down, could even keep up with the slowest BT. But that last pattern is insane!...
Ben Higgins
QUOTE (Gitarrero @ Feb 1 2012, 06:32 PM) *
Some german words I can't write here escaped my mouth when I saw it's a level 6 lesson.
Then I remembered one word from the Atlanta-guy...PRACTICE!

dd...our guess was wrong...

And just for fun, I'll throw in a random video as well. Listen to the lady towards the end laugh.gif



Hahaha... I've always remembered this exact part from The Simpsons ! biggrin.gif


superize
I have learned all the patterns and can almost play them at 70 bpm.
gregc1
QUOTE (superize @ Feb 2 2012, 03:23 PM) *
I have learned all the patterns and can almost play them at 70 bpm.


That's about where I am right now. Still having some difficulty with the final pattern (little finger to 16th fret to be exact) though.
Sensible Jones
OK, my fingers just froze and tried to run away in anticipation of falling off!!!
ohmy.gif

Ben Higgins
QUOTE (Sensible Jones @ Feb 2 2012, 04:01 PM) *
OK, my fingers just froze and tried to run away in anticipation of falling off!!!
ohmy.gif


Teehee.. get a hot cup of tea and hold it for a while !! biggrin.gif It will get the warmth back into your hands and then there's no excuse for not being able to play.

I know. I'm too kind ph34r.gif
Sensible Jones
QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Feb 2 2012, 05:58 PM) *
Teehee.. get a hot cup of tea and hold it for a while !! biggrin.gif It will get the warmth back into your hands and then there's no excuse for not being able to play.

I know. I'm too kind ph34r.gif



Ben Higgins
QUOTE (Sensible Jones @ Feb 2 2012, 07:40 PM) *




I love it !!! laugh.gif
PosterBoy
That last pattern put my fingers in knots.

This week will be hard I've got less free time to practice than last week and I have to try and nail the solo for Lincoln Brewster - Everlasting God for church Sunday morning
kyldeee
My subscription ended sad.gif
So no recordings from me for a while now, can't afford it at this time...
I'll be browsing the forums every now and then, to check how are you guys progressing

Cheers

-Teemu
Ben Higgins
QUOTE (kyldeee @ Feb 3 2012, 10:35 AM) *
My subscription ended sad.gif
So no recordings from me for a while now, can't afford it at this time...
I'll be browsing the forums every now and then, to check how are you guys progressing

Cheers

-Teemu


Oh, sorry to hear that Teemu. You'll have to subscribe again because you'll see that life without The Temple of Guitar Bushido is just not the same ! ph34r.gif
zoom
QUOTE (PosterBoy @ Feb 3 2012, 10:37 AM) *
That last pattern put my fingers in knots.

This week will be hard I've got less free time to practice than last week and I have to try and nail the solo for Lincoln Brewster - Everlasting God for church Sunday morning



Lincoln Brewster is awesome! Great song too!! His solo's are so tasty, he knows how to play a Strat for sure!!
Sensible Jones
So, mainly I should be like this doing this lesson:-


Instead of which I am more like this:-


And all because of this person:-


Basically, I am really struggling with this one but I haven't given up yet!!!
Ben Higgins
QUOTE (Sensible Jones @ Feb 4 2012, 06:04 PM) *
So, mainly I should be like this doing this lesson:-


Instead of which I am more like this:-


And all because of this person:-


Basically, I am really struggling with this one but I haven't given up yet!!!



Relax, Captain... be more like this...

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PosterBoy
I'm going to have to duck out of this weeks, I've been asked to play at a wedding next weekend, so I'll be rehearsing the songs for that all week.
Ben Higgins
QUOTE (PosterBoy @ Feb 4 2012, 07:39 PM) *
I'm going to have to duck out of this weeks, I've been asked to play at a wedding next weekend, so I'll be rehearsing the songs for that all week.


Ok PB. You know, of course, that as a token I have to break one finger and one toe but I'm sure you're cool with that ph34r.gif

I hope the gig goes well.. should be real fun if it's a wedding too smile.gif
Sensible Jones
QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Feb 4 2012, 07:03 PM) *
Relax, Captain... be more like this...

Click to view attachment

In my head I am very much like that!! Unfortunately the rest of me, especially my hands aren't!!!
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Sensible Jones
Ben, as much as I've tried, I really won't be able to post a representative version of this lesson. Not joking, but I've really struggled with this, even at low tempo's. I'm getting all tied up in knots with it, which does help me focus on what needs to be worked on but I'm an old dog and we do need more time to learn new tricks! It's all to do with the left/right synch, actually it's more to do with the left hand finger movement which is no where near as independent/responsive as it should be (or once was!!), mind you I've only ever been a rhythm dude with some pents thrown in so at least I'm learning something!!
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Ben Higgins
QUOTE (Sensible Jones @ Feb 8 2012, 12:41 AM) *
Ben, as much as I've tried, I really won't be able to post a representative version of this lesson. Not joking, but I've really struggled with this, even at low tempo's. I'm getting all tied up in knots with it, which does help me focus on what needs to be worked on but I'm an old dog and we do need more time to learn new tricks! It's all to do with the left/right synch, actually it's more to do with the left hand finger movement which is no where near as independent/responsive as it should be (or once was!!), mind you I've only ever been a rhythm dude with some pents thrown in so at least I'm learning something!!
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No worries SJ.. it's not all going to be like this so there will be something which you can can grab and say 'Haha, this is MY zone, bee-atch !' cool.gif

But like you said, all this pushing out of your normal playing area can only benefit the old fingaz ! wink.gif
DreamForge
here is my take smile.gif

i couldnt satisfied at 100 bpm so i recorded it at 90 bpm. at 100 bpm ending part really gave me headache :/

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Ben Higgins
QUOTE (DreamForge @ Feb 8 2012, 02:20 PM) *
here is my take smile.gif

i couldnt satisfied at 100 bpm so i recorded it at 90 bpm. at 100 bpm ending part really gave me headache :/

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Hey DF, that's really good ! How did you find those left hand patterns.. like a maze ? smile.gif
gregc1
QUOTE (DreamForge @ Feb 8 2012, 02:20 PM) *
here is my take smile.gif

i couldnt satisfied at 100 bpm so i recorded it at 90 bpm. at 100 bpm ending part really gave me headache :/

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Awesome man! Hahaha, this one is TOUGH.

I'm going to record mine on my lunch break today so I'll have it up in a couple hours although mine will be at a slower tempo than this one. I'm not sure exactly what the bpm is but I'm playing it fairly reasonably at 75% tempo right now. I'll try and record it around 80% then keep working until I master it at full speed.
Sensible Jones
QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Feb 8 2012, 10:58 AM) *
No worries SJ.. it's not all going to be like this so there will be something which you can can grab and say 'Haha, this is MY zone, bee-atch !' cool.gif

But like you said, all this pushing out of your normal playing area can only benefit the old fingaz ! wink.gif

Exactly!
I'm still going to use this one and am still using the last one to get me further, who knows.....one day I may be able to play them both one after another!!!!
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quadrium
Sensei,

My take is coming soon smile.gif
WeePee
75 bpm is my best at the moment. http://soundcloud.com/alfafirefox/guitar-bushido-task-2

gregc1
Here's my take at 80 bpm. This was a hair burner for me. Fingers are very uncomfortable doing these patterns but I've actually made significant progress since we started last week as far as comfort goes. The 1-3-4/4-3-1 pattern was extremely tough for me before but now it seems to feel as natural as the 1-2-4/4-2-1 pattern. If I had another week I could probably get to full speed but this will be one I will continue with on my own.
Ben Higgins
QUOTE (WeePee @ Feb 8 2012, 06:13 PM) *


Good stuff Wee Pee ! Notice that when you play at a slower tempo it is quite easy to slightly rush ahead in front of the beat. So, even when playing slower, strong synch and timing are still important. Thanks for your take ph34r.gif

QUOTE (gregc1 @ Feb 8 2012, 06:15 PM) *
Here's my take at 80 bpm. This was a hair burner for me. Fingers are very uncomfortable doing these patterns but I've actually made significant progress since we started last week as far as comfort goes. The 1-3-4/4-3-1 pattern was extremely tough for me before but now it seems to feel as natural as the 1-2-4/4-2-1 pattern. If I had another week I could probably get to full speed but this will be one I will continue with on my own.


Really good effort here ! Nice crisp, muted notes. (sounds like I'm talking about money..) Yes, one of the main reasons I chose this was to get people breaking out of the usual patterns and trying the kind of labyrinth finger movements you find in classical music smile.gif
Ben Higgins
Task 3 is up now Guys !

http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...showtopic=42939
superize
I was going to upload my take for the lesson last night but i couldent upload it to youtube for some reason but i will try again today
Ben Higgins
QUOTE (superize @ Feb 9 2012, 02:44 PM) *
I was going to upload my take for the lesson last night but i couldent upload it to youtube for some reason but i will try again today


Ok Ize I look forward to it ! Knowing you, it's gonna be good wink.gif
Marek Rojewski
Still struggling Ben, haven't had enough time to nail it. 75 bpm is best I can play clean now:/ Especially the ending is puzzling:P
dark dude
QUOTE (Marek Rojewski @ Feb 9 2012, 02:58 PM) *
Still struggling Ben, haven't had enough time to nail it. 75 bpm is best I can play clean now:/ Especially the ending is puzzling:P

Wouldn't worry about it, Marek.

Given 7 days to learn something like this from scratch isn't going to always result in a perfect recording at the original bpm. Just use the pressure behind having 7 days to learn it to really push your technique and limits, to see how much you can achieve in that period. The aim here is to progress, not to have a REC-ready submission at the end of the 7 days smile.gif (of course, you can continue to practice that particular lesson past the deadline to further improve your technique, which is advisable if it has highlighted weaknesses in your playing).

The difference between this and REC is that with REC, you have no time limit in which to learn the lesson, and you submit your take once you believe that you are playing it to the best of your ability, having used up as much time as needed to get there. Once you can't figure out how to improve further, or reckon you've perfected it, you post your REC (and then return to it after hearing the criticism). Here, you have 7 days, you practice your heart out for 7 days, then post your progress.

And yes, the ending is very puzzling!
superize


Here is my take at 90 bpm

I couldent do the last pattern at 100
Ben Higgins
QUOTE (Marek Rojewski @ Feb 9 2012, 02:58 PM) *
Still struggling Ben, haven't had enough time to nail it. 75 bpm is best I can play clean now:/ Especially the ending is puzzling:P


No worries my friend.. time is not always on our side. A take from you at any speed is always a pleasure ! smile.gif

Dark Dude has a great point with his post too.

QUOTE (superize @ Feb 9 2012, 03:15 PM) *


Here is my take at 90 bpm

I couldent do the last pattern at 100


Nice take Ize ! I can see definite improvements in your left/right hand co-ordination smile.gif ph34r.gif

superize
QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Feb 9 2012, 04:49 PM) *
No worries my friend.. time is not always on our side. A take from you at any speed is always a pleasure ! smile.gif

Dark Dude has a great point with his post too.



Nice take Ize ! I can see definite improvements in your left/right hand co-ordination smile.gif ph34r.gif



Thanks Ben.

This was a really good exercise
zoom
Okey dokey here I am attempting 80 bpm. Love this interlude especially that first arpeggio very useful

Be warned I've only used my web cam for this as I am time poor at the moment and couldn't get the backing track into reaper easily so. (by the way are excuses accepted up here on the mountain sensei Ben cause I've brought quite a few with me) biggrin.gif

Here we GO!!!

Ben Higgins
QUOTE (zoom @ Feb 14 2012, 11:55 PM) *
Okey dokey here I am attempting 80 bpm. Love this interlude especially that first arpeggio very useful

Be warned I've only used my web cam for this as I am time poor at the moment and couldn't get the backing track into reaper easily so. (by the way are excuses accepted up here on the mountain sensei Ben cause I've brought quite a few with me) biggrin.gif

Here we GO!!!



Hey.. very cool. I didn't know you were learning this Task smile.gif

Looks and sounds good to me.. good co ordination between hands which is what it was about. I did notice though, that very few of you guys who did this taks picked those arpeggios with alternate picking.. most of you cheated and used sweeps. Very naughty.. wink.gif

To answer your question.. No, excuses are not accepted. You are training to be a warrior and warriors have no need for excuses ph34r.gif
quadrium
Sensei,

Here is my attempt for this task. I'm sorry i am too late but last 2 weeks has been challenging for me, dealing with hospital stuff etc.. Anyway i am now continuing my quest at the temple smile.gif Hope you don't punish me for being late smile.gif Now i am gonna practice for my tasks 3 & 4 smile.gif

Cheerio,
Ben Higgins
QUOTE (quadrium @ Feb 22 2012, 01:00 PM) *
Sensei,

Here is my attempt for this task. I'm sorry i am too late but last 2 weeks has been challenging for me, dealing with hospital stuff etc.. Anyway i am now continuing my quest at the temple smile.gif Hope you don't punish me for being late smile.gif Now i am gonna practice for my tasks 3 & 4 smile.gif

Cheerio,


Hey D-Meister.. I hope all is ok with you now smile.gif

It's good to have you back.

The take's a little messy in terms of hand synch but if you had more time I'm sure you'd have been able to dominate it cool.gif

Feel free to jump in and do Task 4, you don't have to do all the Tasks, unless you want to, of course smile.gif

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