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Cosmin Lupu
Hey Carmine!

Let's see smile.gif where do you see yourself now as a guitarist and musician and where would you like to get to? It's important to set some directions smile.gif and what would you like to be able to play, stylewise? biggrin.gif

Looking forward to helping you out my friend!

Cosmin
carminemarotta
Wow,
I have my own mentoring thread. Thanks Cosmin.
I have really clear in my mind what I want to achieve from my guitar. I am a "bedroom" player, I will never play on stage, neither anyone will ever listen to me. I want to play with and for myself and I enjoy it. I want to be able to play main riff or part of solo from my favourite guitarists. I know chords, inversion, pentatonic scale ( I really mean scale, not improvising) and right now I am mastering the major scale. I can play lessons here at GMC at the level 3 or 4
My favourite guitarists: (reflect my age 44) in order groups
The Edge, David Gilmour, Carlos Santana.
Keith Ritchards, Andy Summers, Jimi.
George Harrison, Paul Simon.

I know I can folllow one of the many lessons on "play in the style of...." but I guess there is more than just that.
A mentor can really help me.
Can you help in achieve all this?

Thanks
Carmine
Cosmin Lupu
QUOTE (carminemarotta @ Feb 19 2012, 01:44 PM) *
Wow,
I have my own mentoring thread. Thanks Cosmin.
I have really clear in my mind what I want to achieve from my guitar. I am a "bedroom" player, I will never play on stage, neither anyone will ever listen to me. I want to play with and for myself and I enjoy it. I want to be able to play main riff or part of solo from my favourite guitarists. I know chords, inversion, pentatonic scale ( I really mean scale, not improvising) and right now I am mastering the major scale. I can play lessons here at GMC at the level 3 or 4
My favourite guitarists: (reflect my age 44) in order groups
The Edge, David Gilmour, Carlos Santana.
Keith Ritchards, Andy Summers, Jimi.
George Harrison, Paul Simon.

I know I can folllow one of the many lessons on "play in the style of...." but I guess there is more than just that.
A mentor can really help me.
Can you help in achieve all this?

Thanks
Carmine



Hey Carmine, yes, I think we can make things happen together smile.gif
My idea is to pick up your favorite lessons and DISECT them wink.gif so that you may understand what and why, rather than the technicallities smile.gif you want to understand how music is made out of what I am figuring out, so this is a good approach.

Now, the question is: are you in?

all the best

Cosmin
carminemarotta
I'm here Cosmin

What about this lesson:

http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guit...r-style-lesson/

If you agree on this (but feel free to choose any other) let me know what I should do.


Kindest regards
Carmine
Cosmin Lupu
QUOTE (carminemarotta @ Feb 19 2012, 10:09 PM) *
I'm here Cosmin

What about this lesson:

http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guit...r-style-lesson/

If you agree on this (but feel free to choose any other) let me know what I should do.


Kindest regards
Carmine


This lesson is absolutely perfect! It shall do wonders for your articulation and control (bending, vibrato) and as far as creativity goes, it's a good one for phrasing ideas. Please take a look at it and tell me what parts look the most difficult to you, ok?
carminemarotta
Thanks.
I will work on it and let you know. Though I will take my time. I will try even to record something and will post here.

Carmine
Cosmin Lupu
QUOTE (carminemarotta @ Feb 19 2012, 10:34 PM) *
Thanks.
I will work on it and let you know. Though I will take my time. I will try even to record something and will post here.

Carmine


That would be so awesome man! I mean, it is A LOT more helpful for both of us to have access at your recorded version, so that I may see how you actually play wink.gif

Looking forward to your questions Carmine and of course if there's other things you want to ask, go ahead, we don't have to resume to that one only.

Cheers

Cosmin
carminemarotta
Cosmin
I will come back to your mentoring tomorrow.

take care
Carmine
Cosmin Lupu
QUOTE (carminemarotta @ Feb 21 2012, 10:27 PM) *
Cosmin
I will come back to your mentoring tomorrow.

take care
Carmine


Sure Carmine wink.gif I am here when you need me smile.gif
carminemarotta
Cosmin

I took a big decision right now. I decided that GMC will be my main learning tool. I thought this because of your kindness in following students and because there is a lot of information on the site and with a guide will be easier to sort out what is the best to do.
So let's start now. of course i would like to study with you the lesson I am in now, the David Gilmour style. However before that I would like to learn generally rhythm and lead guitar. Lead: shall we start with scales (but not in a boring way)?. Rhythm do not know where to start, I know my chords, i can play barre and so on, as usual is putting things together, and playing "real" music when I start having problem.
What do you think? I will try to post my recording (I am going to post a thread on the main forum regarding this) but with a small problem, with my gear I can not record guitar and backing track at the same moment, will it be fine? Last question, I would like to play some tune from my favourite players. i know for copyright reason we can not post this here, but can you help me? can we decided together what to study?

regards and THANKS
Carmine
Cosmin Lupu
QUOTE (carminemarotta @ Feb 23 2012, 01:13 PM) *
Cosmin

I took a big decision right now. I decided that GMC will be my main learning tool. I thought this because of your kindness in following students and because there is a lot of information on the site and with a guide will be easier to sort out what is the best to do.
So let's start now. of course i would like to study with you the lesson I am in now, the David Gilmour style. However before that I would like to learn generally rhythm and lead guitar. Lead: shall we start with scales (but not in a boring way)?. Rhythm do not know where to start, I know my chords, i can play barre and so on, as usual is putting things together, and playing "real" music when I start having problem.
What do you think? I will try to post my recording (I am going to post a thread on the main forum regarding this) but with a small problem, with my gear I can not record guitar and backing track at the same moment, will it be fine? Last question, I would like to play some tune from my favourite players. i know for copyright reason we can not post this here, but can you help me? can we decided together what to study?

regards and THANKS
Carmine


hey Carmine!

let's tackle things in order:

1) Lead playing - I would recommend two approaches and you would choose whichever you'd like or both, why not?

a. Start off with Ivan's Pentatonic Workshop

b. Start training your ears and hands in the same time smile.gif by learning positions on the neck and singing them while playing them so that your ears will get accustomed to the sound of those scales and you will be able to improvise because you hear those notes in your head already after some time.

2) All of Bear Rose's beginner rhythm lessons are very good for understanding basic rhythm so, I'd suggest we should start with them.

3) We sure can smile.gif if you have a Youtube Account, you can post the videos you have uploaded there. I know people who have done this (maharzan with Guthrie's pieces) and it was no problem. You should ask Bogdan, in order not to break any rule though wink.gif

Let me know what you think mate

all the best

Cosmin

carminemarotta
Cosmin
doing the first lesson, pentatonic workshop. Ivan starts with the 4th box of the famous 5 shapes, based on the A of cAged since the root is on the A string (and two fret higher on the G string). On that box is also very easy "to see" the open Am chord. Do I need to know more theory? Do you suggest to add a tutorial book to the lessons and if yes which one? Last thing: 90 bpm is quite fast for me when playing 16th notes. What is the best thing to do, learn all the patterns and then building speed or follow the lesson and playing the fast runs of the scale before going to the following box?

Thanks
Carmine
Cosmin Lupu
QUOTE (carminemarotta @ Feb 24 2012, 09:53 PM) *
Cosmin
doing the first lesson, pentatonic workshop. Ivan starts with the 4th box of the famous 5 shapes, based on the A of cAged since the root is on the A string (and two fret higher on the G string). On that box is also very easy "to see" the open Am chord. Do I need to know more theory? Do you suggest to add a tutorial book to the lessons and if yes which one? Last thing: 90 bpm is quite fast for me when playing 16th notes. What is the best thing to do, learn all the patterns and then building speed or follow the lesson and playing the fast runs of the scale before going to the following box?

Thanks
Carmine


Hey Carmine smile.gif learning all the patterns very slowly until your finger memory will automatically position your hands in the right places and then building up speed is the best approach man!

It is important to know the CAGED positions - for instance, I have used Guthrie Govan's Book because it tells everything like a nice story - do you know it? The CAGED system is explained in here at GMC as well, but I'll have to look it up and see what's best for ya wink.gif give me till tomorrow morning, k?

cheers

Cosmin
carminemarotta
Of course Cosmin. I can wait. It will take time untill I finish my assignment.... What I appreciate is that you suggest me what is best For me
Carmine
carminemarotta
Cosmin,
regarding Pentatonic Workshop part 1, caged. I can play with no problems the 5 boxes at 90 bpm, 1/8 notes. What should aim now?

Regards
Carmine
Cosmin Lupu
QUOTE (carminemarotta @ Feb 25 2012, 10:12 PM) *
Cosmin,
regarding Pentatonic Workshop part 1, caged. I can play with no problems the 5 boxes at 90 bpm, 1/8 notes. What should aim now?

Regards
Carmine


Hey Carmine, how about 16th notes? What sort of speed can you achieve in their case? And have you figured out any personal patterns so far? My suggestion would be to come up with some patterns you like (your own invention or borrowed from the great guitarists) and manage to run them up and down the neck like this:

Horizontally on 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 see how they build up and make you go through each box - let me know if there is anything unclear here smile.gif
Diagonally - pick a 2 stringed pattern and run it through each box like this: play it on 2 strings then remain on the 2nd string but moving to the next box and so on smile.gif try to land on important chord tones - aim your landing note wink.gif

Check this thread out: Caged System Info it'll help out smile.gif I think there's an abundance of info here, you may find useful

what do you think man?
carminemarotta
Cosmin
the pentatonic, 16th note, I was able to play it at 90bpm

Carmine
Cosmin Lupu
QUOTE (carminemarotta @ Feb 27 2012, 09:45 PM) *
Cosmin
the pentatonic, 16th note, I was able to play it at 90bpm

Carmine


That's very good! but, were you able to play relaxed, or did you feel like a great amount of focus, energy and stamina were needed? It's quite important smile.gif

Cosmin
carminemarotta
QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Feb 28 2012, 12:30 PM) *
That's very good! but, were you able to play relaxed, or did you feel like a great amount of focus, energy and stamina were needed? It's quite important smile.gif

Cosmin


I was quite comfortable. I could move on now, I guess, with the lead following Ivan lessons, speed will came with practice. regarding the Bear Rose beginner method, is proving to be quite important, I want to have the basic stuff well in my back of tricks so the lessons are quite useful. of course I did not go through the chords but I started with lesson no 11 or 12 ( strumming and rhythm). I will be busy studying this 2 sets of lessons and will contact you if I need any help. At the moment I need only practice.

Thanks a lot
Carmine
Cosmin Lupu
QUOTE (carminemarotta @ Feb 28 2012, 01:54 PM) *
I was quite comfortable. I could move on now, I guess, with the lead following Ivan lessons, speed will came with practice. regarding the Bear Rose beginner method, is proving to be quite important, I want to have the basic stuff well in my back of tricks so the lessons are quite useful. of course I did not go through the chords but I started with lesson no 11 or 12 ( strumming and rhythm). I will be busy studying this 2 sets of lessons and will contact you if I need any help. At the moment I need only practice.

Thanks a lot
Carmine


Good morning Carmine, that sounds very good, let me know when you need me wink.gif I'm also looking forward to see a recording of you playing smile.gif

cheerios

Cosmin
carminemarotta
Thanks Cosmin,
i am planning a take of: http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Beginn...rumming-Rhythm/
when I will be ready. One thing I noticed that I never really mastered a lesson. time to stop and stay focus on one.

Thanks
Carmine
Cosmin Lupu
QUOTE (carminemarotta @ Feb 29 2012, 04:25 PM) *
Thanks Cosmin,
i am planning a take of: http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Beginn...rumming-Rhythm/
when I will be ready. One thing I noticed that I never really mastered a lesson. time to stop and stay focus on one.

Thanks
Carmine


Hey Carmine! Sure thing, let's get this one down then smile.gif do you feel there's anything you're having trouble with on this one?
carminemarotta
QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Mar 1 2012, 08:27 AM) *
Hey Carmine! Sure thing, let's get this one down then smile.gif do you feel there's anything you're having trouble with on this one?

Thanks Cosmin and how are you?

No problem just practice. Been very busy at work, need long rest, no so much time for guitar these days.

Regards
Carmine
Cosmin Lupu
QUOTE (carminemarotta @ Mar 3 2012, 02:14 PM) *
Thanks Cosmin and how are you?

No problem just practice. Been very busy at work, need long rest, no so much time for guitar these days.

Regards
Carmine


Good afternoon there smile.gif Take your time Carmine, I am here whenever you have questions or want to share thoughts wink.gif otherwise, I'm very good - a little sore from my training yesterday laugh.gif but hey, no pain, no gain tongue.gif

Cosmin
carminemarotta
Hi Coosmin
Tomorrow, likely, I can touch my guitar. I do hope so.
I will not record myself playing up and down the pentatonic scale, I wil spare you from that, but will practice Ivan's lessons. Regarding the rhythm, I do hope to be able to record my take by the end of the week. However, as I mentioned earlier I cannot record the backing track, will it be fine?


Take care
Carmine


Cosmin Lupu
Hey Carmine, this sounds good and I wanted to suggest that when you record, you can play against a metronome so that you may have a solid rhythmic base to back your take up. What do you think?

Cosmin

PS: I would also like to see you playing the pentatonic scale smile.gif with the metronome if possible wink.gif
carminemarotta
Cosmin
Before i have been busy with my job all the week then the flu knock me down.....
My guitar is getting full of dust

Carmine
Cosmin Lupu
QUOTE (carminemarotta @ Mar 12 2012, 07:17 PM) *
Cosmin
Before i have been busy with my job all the week then the flu knock me down.....
My guitar is getting full of dust

Carmine


Take care of yourself, get back on your feet and dust it off Carmine smile.gif I'll be here when you are ready!

Cosmin
carminemarotta
Cosmin
I will try to record my take at the pentatonic scale. Ho can I do? Post the video on you tube and then send you the link? Please remember that you will ear only my guitar, since I am not able to record the backing track (or the metronome) at the same moment even if I am using it.

So my assignment was the pentatonic and bear rose rhythm, can we add a "fun" lesson like one in the style of or something similar?

I hope I will post the video tonight.

Regards
carmine
Cosmin Lupu
QUOTE (carminemarotta @ Mar 15 2012, 02:32 PM) *
Cosmin
I will try to record my take at the pentatonic scale. Ho can I do? Post the video on you tube and then send you the link? Please remember that you will ear only my guitar, since I am not able to record the backing track (or the metronome) at the same moment even if I am using it.

So my assignment was the pentatonic and bear rose rhythm, can we add a "fun" lesson like one in the style of or something similar?

I hope I will post the video tonight.

Regards
carmine



Hey Carmine, if you are recording with the camera, I am certain that it will be able to record the metronome sound as well smile.gif how are you planning to record? If you need some assistance with that, I can help out wink.gif

About the 'fun' lesson - I remember you were tackling one in the style of David Gilmour? Is that suitable or, should we try something else?

take care and let me know

Cosmin
carminemarotta
Yes Cosmin
I will go for the Pink Floyd, forgot abou that (too many lessons here!).
Regarding the backing track/meronome, I can't record the "dry sound" i will go throgh the amp simulated in my pod. I read and was suggested many solutions but I have already little time and do not wan to waste more just to record. Is it a problem if the backing will not be recorded?

As usual thanks a lot for your help

Carmine

PS and now my son is unwell! Hope to have time to play tonight
carminemarotta
Cosmin
Finally I did a video of the minor pentatonic scale, 90 bpm, 8th notes. I have chosen the key of G, nice run of the pentatonic and the same key of Shine you Crazy Diamonds.
I do not know how to add the video here, like I saw in other posts, anyway this is the link. Please keep in mind
1) I am a bit (well, a bit too much) tense with the camera on
2) playing the scale is very boring ( happy.gif )

Anyway, wait for your comments: http://youtu.be/UP73cOsTot0

Regards
Carmine
Cosmin Lupu
QUOTE (carminemarotta @ Mar 15 2012, 10:00 PM) *
Cosmin
Finally I did a video of the minor pentatonic scale, 90 bpm, 8th notes. I have chosen the key of G, nice run of the pentatonic and the same key of Shine you Crazy Diamonds.
I do not know how to add the video here, like I saw in other posts, anyway this is the link. Please keep in mind
1) I am a bit (well, a bit too much) tense with the camera on
2) playing the scale is very boring ( happy.gif )

Anyway, wait for your comments: http://youtu.be/UP73cOsTot0

Regards
Carmine


Hey Carmine! It sounds like you are ok with the timing out of what I can figure out without having the metronome, but it would be great if you could record against a clicktrack or metronome, as it's pretty difficult to have a critical ear without having the metronome at hand smile.gif

Hmmmm, I was thinking that this lesson would be much more fun to learn and play as well! It has some music into it so it's not boring wink.gif

http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Beginn...ntatonic-Scale/

what do you think?

Cosmin
carminemarotta
Thanks Cosmin
I would say that I know my pentatonic scale, now is time I will make a bit of music out of it.
Anyway I will continue to follow your suggestions and will keep recording, I will try to add the backing as well.

Regards
Carmine
Cosmin Lupu
QUOTE (carminemarotta @ Mar 16 2012, 03:05 PM) *
Thanks Cosmin
I would say that I know my pentatonic scale, now is time I will make a bit of music out of it.
Anyway I will continue to follow your suggestions and will keep recording, I will try to add the backing as well.

Regards
Carmine


Hey Carmine smile.gif the lesson I suggested is exactly the first step in using the pentatonic scale for creating simple melodies, but nonetheless - musically oriented wink.gif I think it's the natural way to improve your playing in the pentatonic direction

Let me know how it goes and have an awesome weekend biggrin.gif

Cosmin
carminemarotta
Hi Cosmin
I am really struggling to follow the lessons. Too many things to do no room for guitar. From time to time I can pick up a lesson and play it but I don't have the chance to follow a lesson plan.
I am still here at GMC so we will catch in the forum or, even better, in the chat.

Thanks so much, I was a very bad student!

Carmine
Cosmin Lupu
QUOTE (carminemarotta @ Mar 22 2012, 10:15 AM) *
Hi Cosmin
I am really struggling to follow the lessons. Too many things to do no room for guitar. From time to time I can pick up a lesson and play it but I don't have the chance to follow a lesson plan.
I am still here at GMC so we will catch in the forum or, even better, in the chat.

Thanks so much, I was a very bad student!

Carmine



Hey Carmine,

no problem man, I am glad if I could help out smile.gif if you need me, I'm here

see you around

Cosmin
carminemarotta
I am back!
Cosmin Lupu
QUOTE (carminemarotta @ Mar 26 2012, 10:29 AM) *
I am back!


Awesome mate smile.gif what is new with your practicing? Care to share some thoughts? biggrin.gif

Cosmin
carminemarotta
You know happy.gif , pentatonic from Ivan and rhythm from Bear Rose. You know who assign me these lessons, don't you? wink.gif

Carmine
carminemarotta
Bear Rose lesson is marked as level 1 (http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Beginners-Corner-12-Strumming-Rhythm/), however the rhythm is a bit tricky. Bear said no to memorize the pattern but I think it will be better to stick at it before attemting few variations.

Carmine
Cosmin Lupu
QUOTE (carminemarotta @ Mar 26 2012, 10:44 AM) *
You know happy.gif , pentatonic from Ivan and rhythm from Bear Rose. You know who assign me these lessons, don't you? wink.gif

Carmine


biggrin.gif I think I do man!

QUOTE (carminemarotta @ Mar 26 2012, 09:01 PM) *
Bear Rose lesson is marked as level 1 (http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Beginners-Corner-12-Strumming-Rhythm/), however the rhythm is a bit tricky. Bear said no to memorize the pattern but I think it will be better to stick at it before attemting few variations.

Carmine


No problem mate, if you want to memorize it, but the main idea is to focus on consistency and timing smile.gif even the simplest rhythms can sound awesome if played with balance and good timing!

Cosmin
carminemarotta
Cosmin
here my take of the Beginner Corner 12 lesson. I give you the link even if I know that there I have to improve it: you can't tell me how. Apologie for the sound: I could not record the backing track but I am working on it and in a few weeks should be able to record it as well.

http://youtu.be/wNS8ZbhDS7g

I made few mistakes but I keep my hand moving.
By the way looking at the video I saw that I tend to use more elbow than wrist, is it fine? To the best of my knowledge the motion should come by the wrist. Also please consider that a) I am not an acoustic strummer (but I think this is vital to learn rhythm) and that cool.gif is 10 pm in a small flat with the family sleeping: not the best place to practice!

Hope to get few insight from you. Thanks in advance and kindest regards

Carmine
Cosmin Lupu
hey carmine,

the take is shaping up nicely and of coourse, more practice can only provide better results, especially if you will focus on using your wrist when strumming smile.gif

your flow will increase, as well as your stamina plus, the ryhtmic possibilities will be more varied

can you try one more take, focusing on your wrist strumming?

Cosmin

QUOTE (carminemarotta @ Mar 27 2012, 09:20 PM) *
Cosmin
here my take of the Beginner Corner 12 lesson. I give you the link even if I know that there I have to improve it: you can't tell me how. Apologie for the sound: I could not record the backing track but I am working on it and in a few weeks should be able to record it as well.

http://youtu.be/wNS8ZbhDS7g

I made few mistakes but I keep my hand moving.
By the way looking at the video I saw that I tend to use more elbow than wrist, is it fine? To the best of my knowledge the motion should come by the wrist. Also please consider that a) I am not an acoustic strummer (but I think this is vital to learn rhythm) and that cool.gif is 10 pm in a small flat with the family sleeping: not the best place to practice!

Hope to get few insight from you. Thanks in advance and kindest regards

Carmine

carminemarotta
Thanks so much for your reply.
So was I right? The most of the movement should come from wrist?

Once again thanks. will practice and will post the video by the week end.

Carmine
Cosmin Lupu
QUOTE (carminemarotta @ Mar 28 2012, 01:53 PM) *
Thanks so much for your reply.
So was I right? The most of the movement should come from wrist?

Once again thanks. will practice and will post the video by the week end.

Carmine


yes mate, it's all in the wrist!
carminemarotta
QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Mar 28 2012, 02:45 PM) *
hey carmine,
the take is shaping up nicely and of coourse, more practice can only provide better results, especially if you will focus on using your wrist when strumming smile.gif
your flow will increase, as well as your stamina plus, the ryhtmic possibilities will be more varied
can you try one more take, focusing on your wrist strumming?
Cosmin


Cosmin
as for your suggestion here another take. Still not able to record the backing track, sorry

http://youtu.be/xeOPmPURCSE

Have a great week end,
Carmine
Cosmin Lupu
Hi Carmine! The right hand looks relaxed and able to work very well wink.gif

There are improvements which can be done to your flow, but this mainly comes from playing a lot and paying attention to your coordination between the right and left hand.

I would suggest going through all of Bear's rhythm lessons, as they are very very good for you at this stage! I think you can pick another, record it and send it over so I can look/ listen to it wink.gif

do we have a deal? smile.gif

Cosmin

QUOTE (carminemarotta @ Mar 30 2012, 08:41 PM) *
Cosmin
as for your suggestion here another take. Still not able to record the backing track, sorry

http://youtu.be/xeOPmPURCSE

Have a great week end,
Carmine

carminemarotta
Yes we do!

Carmine
carminemarotta
And can record the backing track now!
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