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Ben Higgins
Duuuuuuuuuudes ! cool.gif

It's time for another simple, straight down the middle, hard rock collab. You'll recognise the backing from one of my lessons, 'Running Around'. There's only 2 chords - G5 and D#5.

They are both power chords (root+5th) but the 5th and minor 6th progression of the first chord suggests an overall tonality of G minor.

So, the G Minor scale is your friend for this one !

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Tempo is 100bpm - Enjoy !

This is an audio only collab so please send me audio files in either mp3 or wav format smile.gif

Oops, I forgot... Deadline is Wednesday 28th March !
Gabriel Leopardi
This is a great backing mate! I will jam over it and if something cool appears I will post it here! smile.gif
thefireball
I'm back, Ben!! smile.gif smile.gif Been a while since I joined a collab. As soon as I saw this, I started singing (yes, with my voice happy.gif ) to the track and so evolved the final piece here.

I followed my heart and this is what I bring you. (on my brand new Ernie Ball Cobalt Strings) smile.gif
I composed my take to fit somewhere in the middle. wink.gif I seem to write better choruses than verses.

P.S. I tried to think of what my take reminded me of, and then I remembered "Africa" by Toto. biggrin.gif It's been a long time since I have been this satisfied with a guitar solo I wrote. I hope you all like it too. \m/ I posted a video version on my YouTube for those interested in watching me play this exact take recorded live.

-Brandon Burch
WeePee
I'm in too. When is the deadline ??


Damn Mr B. You're fast ! wink.gif I like it
DeGroot

I was trying to learn that lesson when I first joined GMC. biggrin.gif I put it on the back burner as I needed to improve some areas of my playing first. I hope you don't mind if I try some of licks from the lesson or something similar patterns in the collab?



QUOTE (thefireball @ Mar 14 2012, 05:43 PM) *
I'm back, Ben!! smile.gif smile.gif Been a while since I joined a collab. As soon as I saw this, I started singing (yes, with my voice happy.gif ) to the track and so evolved the final piece here.

I followed my heart and this is what I bring you. (on my brand new Ernie Ball Cobalt Strings) smile.gif
I composed my take to fit somewhere in the middle. wink.gif I seem to write better choruses than verses.

P.S. I tried to think of what my take reminded me of, and then I remembered "Africa" by Toto. biggrin.gif It's been a long time since I have been this satisfied with a guitar solo I wrote. I hope you all like it too. \m/ I posted a video version on my YouTube for those interested in watching me play this exact take recorded live.

-Brandon Burch


Great sounding vibrato man!
thefireball
QUOTE (WeePee @ Mar 14 2012, 01:11 PM) *
I'm in too. When is the deadline ??


Damn Mr B. You're fast ! wink.gif I like it


Thanks, Mr....W.P.?? biggrin.gif (I don't know exactly why, but I seem to almost always read your name as "PeeWee" hahaha laugh.gif
The melody hit me instantly when I heard this track, and I just HAD to record it. biggrin.gif However, I did practice it for about a half hour before recording the take you hear.

QUOTE (DeGroot @ Mar 14 2012, 01:16 PM) *
Great sounding vibrato man!


Thanks to you too, man. smile.gif Good luck in composing your take.
Todd Simpson
Did somebody say "Minor Scale?", IM IN! smile.gif When is our "Wrap Date"?

Todd
superize
Here is my take
Ben Higgins
Superize and Fireball ! May I congratulate you both on your most excellent solos ! biggrin.gif Very melodic with great tone, thank you for your contributions.. and so swift too !



QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Mar 14 2012, 04:48 PM) *
This is a great backing mate! I will jam over it and if something cool appears I will post it here! smile.gif


Yes please Gab, make it happen !! biggrin.gif

QUOTE (WeePee @ Mar 14 2012, 06:11 PM) *
I'm in too. When is the deadline ??


Great... welcome aboard V-Meister ! cool.gif

QUOTE (DeGroot @ Mar 14 2012, 06:16 PM) *
I was trying to learn that lesson when I first joined GMC. biggrin.gif I put it on the back burner as I needed to improve some areas of my playing first. I hope you don't mind if I try some of licks from the lesson or something similar patterns in the collab?


Absolutely Duder.. use whatever licks you like ! smile.gif

QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Mar 15 2012, 01:59 AM) *
Did somebody say "Minor Scale?", IM IN! smile.gif

Todd


I might have uttered something about Minor Scale....

This collab's heating up fast !! cool.gif
thefireball
Great work, Superize!!!
WeePee
Okay here goes:

http://soundcloud.com/alfafirefox/running-around-collab-gmc

I tried to go with "less is more" but I failed wink.gif
HungryForHeaven
Ok, I obviously work too much. Didn't pay enough attention to GMC this week. Faster than I can say "beer bottle", you guys have already posted your awesome takes. I'll start working on this one, this very minute. Count me in, Big Ben!

H4H
thefireball
Hey I didn't think it was bad at all, WeePee! smile.gif It's your own style. wink.gif
WeePee
QUOTE (thefireball @ Mar 17 2012, 05:00 PM) *
Hey I didn't think it was bad at all, WeePee! smile.gif It's your own style. wink.gif

Hee thanks wink.gif

QUOTE (HungryForHeaven @ Mar 17 2012, 04:40 PM) *
Ok, I obviously work too much. Didn't pay enough attention to GMC this week. Faster than I can say "beer bottle", you guys have already posted your awesome takes. I'll start working on this one, this very minute. Count me in, Big Ben!

H4H

I was wondering where you are because every time Ben puts a new collab up you're there cool.gif
Ben Higgins
QUOTE (WeePee @ Mar 17 2012, 11:25 AM) *
Okay here goes:

http://soundcloud.com/alfafirefox/running-around-collab-gmc

I tried to go with "less is more" but I failed wink.gif


Hey Ville, this rocks big time ! Failed ?? I think it's your best collab solo yet ! cool.gif

Great note choice and you varied the pacing of the notes.. brilliant ! biggrin.gif

QUOTE (HungryForHeaven @ Mar 17 2012, 12:40 PM) *
Ok, I obviously work too much. Didn't pay enough attention to GMC this week. Faster than I can say "beer bottle", you guys have already posted your awesome takes. I'll start working on this one, this very minute. Count me in, Big Ben!

H4H


It wouldn't be a collab without you in it !! wink.gif
casinostrat
Hey Ben, awesome backing track! Count me in!
Ben Higgins
QUOTE (casinostrat @ Mar 17 2012, 06:16 PM) *
Hey Ben, awesome backing track! Count me in!


Nice one... welcome aboard ! smile.gif
casinostrat
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Here is my take Ben. Worked this out over the last couple days, tried to experiment a little in terms of scales used, so there may be a few wrong notes! tongue.gif Timing is a little off in places as well, but I got a busy week coming up and wanted to get it done and submitted while I stiil had time to do it. Really enjoyed playing with this track, really enjoyed listening to the takes others have already submitted, and am looking forward to the final mix!

P.S. I tried to leave a little room on each end so you can work it into the mix easier.
Ben Higgins
QUOTE (casinostrat @ Mar 17 2012, 09:20 PM) *
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Here is my take Ben. Worked this out over the last couple days, tried to experiment a little in terms of scales used, so there may be a few wrong notes! tongue.gif Timing is a little off in places as well, but I got a busy week coming up and wanted to get it done and submitted while I stiil had time to do it. Really enjoyed playing with this track, really enjoyed listening to the takes others have already submitted, and am looking forward to the final mix!

P.S. I tried to leave a little room on each end so you can work it into the mix easier.


Man that is really tasty ! Great tone as well wink.gif

I love it that everybody's submitted strong, melodic material and not just noodled all over it... great work ! cool.gif
Lixxx
Taking a break from Dojo duty ( my turn to clean the privy's dry.gif ) to contribute a little lick.

Hope it pleases.

Regards Lixxx


PS: Since I fail to get my JM4 to play mp3, and converted wav seem to be wrong frequency-or-some-like-that I have one with Metronome ( WOOOW) and one without .
Ben Higgins
QUOTE (Lixxx @ Mar 19 2012, 11:24 AM) *
Taking a break from Dojo duty ( my turn to clean the privy's dry.gif ) to contribute a little lick.

Hope it pleases.

Regards Lixxx


PS: Since I fail to get my JM4 to play mp3, and converted wav seem to be wrong frequency-or-some-like-that I have one with Metronome ( WOOOW) and one without .


Hehe, an unaccompanied solo wink.gif Sounds like it will fit well, though. Very nice tone, very bluesy cool.gif
Todd Simpson
GUITAR TAKES! smile.gif

Here is my guitar take. I went a bit LOCO on FX/stomp boxes/Rack modules with the OVERLOUD TH2 as I was neck deep in building some crazy presets at time. I plan to share them in the TH2 thread as a bonus! smile.gif

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Another great backing track. Simple and perfect for leads!

Todd
Ben Higgins
QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Mar 22 2012, 07:35 AM) *
GUITAR TAKES! smile.gif

Here is my guitar take. I went a bit LOCO on FX/stomp boxes/Rack modules with the OVERLOUD TH2 as I was neck deep in building some crazy presets at time. I plan to share them in the TH2 thread as a bonus! smile.gif

WITH BACKING
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WITHOU BACKING
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Another great backing track. Simple and perfect for leads!

Todd


TFS In Da House !! cool.gif

Always a pleasure to have you onbaord the crazy train, T-Meister wink.gif

Love the stacatto muted licks, very muh the sort of thing you know I like to play as well.. and those tone variations are cool - is that an auto wah I hear ? smile.gif
Lixxx
QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Mar 20 2012, 02:12 PM) *
Hehe, an unaccompanied solo wink.gif Sounds like it will fit well, though. Very nice tone, very bluesy cool.gif


Just pop it on the BT should work.... Yeah I did some faster stuff but that didnt fit too good ( and since I now have to work on left right coordination anyway I thought I stick with a melodic approach and let the others do the shredding )
Todd Simpson
QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Mar 22 2012, 04:07 AM) *
TFS In Da House !! cool.gif

Always a pleasure to have you onbaord the crazy train, T-Meister wink.gif

Love the stacatto muted licks, very muh the sort of thing you know I like to play as well.. and those tone variations are cool - is that an auto wah I hear ? smile.gif

Thanks wink.gif I actually tried to do my best "Ben" on these licks! I thought, "hmm, how would Sensei hear/play this part?," and it worked out pretty well!

Yup, that is my AUTOWAH patch series on several of the bits. I'm gonna post these patches in the OVERLOUTH TH2 thread. It's four patches I think.

Todd

QUOTE (Lixxx @ Mar 22 2012, 07:18 AM) *
Just pop it on the BT should work.... Yeah I did some faster stuff but that didnt fit too good ( and since I now have to work on left right coordination anyway I thought I stick with a melodic approach and let the others do the shredding )


Same here! I went to "shred it" and it just sounded wrong. Worked much better using some licks that I've pilfered from Bens chats! smile.gif If you notice, during his chats, he's always playing these cool licks ( not even licks for the lesson, just cool licks) while just talking, almost randomly picking licks and they are all spiff!
DeGroot
Here is my take!
Some of the licks are still a "work in progress" It was fun jamming of this track!


w/ BACKING

http://soundcloud.com/degroot-2/running-around-2

GUITAR ONLY

http://soundcloud.com/degroot-2/running-around-guitar-only

Ben Higgins
QUOTE (DeGroot @ Mar 23 2012, 04:49 AM) *
Here is my take!
Some of the licks are still a "work in progress" It was fun jamming of this track!


w/ BACKING

http://soundcloud.com/degroot-2/running-around-2

GUITAR ONLY

http://soundcloud.com/degroot-2/running-around-guitar-only


Hey this is a kick ass solo ! Your tone is really interesting, how do you get it ? Those sweeps at the end sound just like Vinnie Moore cool.gif
DeGroot
Thanks!! I used my YJM start with a Fender Hotrod amp with some reverb, a Tubescreamer for a little boost and snowball usb mic.
I like to just plug in and play... sometimes the sound turns out OK and others times not laugh.gif
Ben Higgins
QUOTE (DeGroot @ Mar 23 2012, 11:26 AM) *
Thanks!! I used my YJM start with a Fender Hotrod amp with some reverb, a Tubescreamer for a little boost and snowball usb mic.
I like to just plug in and play... sometimes the sound turns out OK and others times not laugh.gif


Well it's a combo that definitely works ! wink.gif
llibach
Ok, hope this works. Tried to follow your instructions Ben so lets see.
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Ben Higgins
QUOTE (llibach @ Mar 26 2012, 09:16 PM) *
Ok, hope this works. Tried to follow your instructions Ben so lets see.
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Yes, Llion, that's all ship shape ! smile.gif

Great take, good pacing and tension building ! biggrin.gif
HungryForHeaven
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casinostrat
QUOTE (HungryForHeaven @ Mar 27 2012, 05:40 PM) *


That was Awesome H4H!
Great tone and Solo!
HungryForHeaven
QUOTE (casinostrat @ Mar 27 2012, 05:49 PM) *
That was Awesome H4H!
Great tone and Solo!

Many thanks for your kind words, man! smile.gif
HungryForHeaven
QUOTE (casinostrat @ Mar 27 2012, 05:49 PM) *

Your take is tasty, too. It has a little bluesy vibe to it.
Ben Higgins
QUOTE (HungryForHeaven @ Mar 27 2012, 05:40 PM) *


Hell yeah, this is brilliant ! biggrin.gif

I'll get mixing and the collab will up soon ! cool.gif
Ben Higgins
IT'S FINALLY HERE !!

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Superize - Great melody and control shown throughout. I really like your use of chords (sounds like 2 note type chords if I'm right ?) in this as well. Your alternate picking runs have definitely improved too. Perhaps one thing that could feature more in future solos is more bending maybe. Great work !

WeePee - Probably my favourite solo of yours so far ! I really love the use of Wah and you whacked out some brilliant rhythmical phrases right at the beginning. Nothing I can think of to criticise so just keep working hard !

Casinostrat - Some great lines in here, nice phrasing. There's a couple of awkward sounding note to my ears. One is about 8 seconds into your solo. I think you're using a pentatonic type sequence but it's got a C Minor Penta sound instead of a G minor sound. Although the notes are not 'outside' the scale, the combination of them in a certain order can sound almost wrong. Kirk Hammett does it quite a lot deliberatly in his solos but I've never thought that it works. It's mainly the combo of F, D# and C that sound awkward because they create a C Minor tonality. It's only a minor criticism but I thought I'd explain it as best I can hence the long writing. Your take is great !

Lixxx - Very nice, laid back approach here. One thing that might make it better is to use the silences in a different way. Instead of waiting for a couple of bars to pass and then coming on on the exact start of the bar, try to explore the idea of starting phrases at the end of a bar so they carry over into the start of a new one. I hope that makes sense ? This makes it less predictable and less like 'I'm going to wait until this point and start again'.

Fireball - I really like the way you start the 2 opening phrases the same way but when you climb up for the tail end of each phrase you choose a different note the second time. It's a very Vai type way of approaching melody and it really works well ! No criticisms I can think of.

Todd - You really need to practise your alternate picking, dude.. there's a guy called Todd who... oh, wait.. Teehee. Love your take man, the tonal variations are killer !!

DeGroot - I really like this take. It's an unusual sound with those harmonies and that tone but it really works ! It's uncanny how much like Vinnie Moore you sound in places. No criticisms as such, only keep working on those sweeps to make 'em even better !

Llibach - Cool, rhytmical take here. Try to work on your vibrato so you can make it slower as well as fast and buzzy. I like your open string lick. After that your picking sequence is a little meandering and needs a stronger direction. Apart from that it's allll good.

H4H - A classic take from you. You've definitely upped the ante this time and pulled some neo classical licks out of the bag ! My only criticism is during the second half, your first half is brilliant. In the second half the root note of G makes too many appearances at the end of phrases, 3 times including the end one. I think if the end note was changed to a 5th it would avoid the effect of feeling like we've heard that note too many times. Or you could swap one of the earlier notes and still end on the G. Agin, like the other criticims in anyone else's take, it's only a tiny observation, everything else rocked !

So, guys.. I must say I'm really impressed with the level of melody and ideas this time. In terms of content this is the best collab yet ! Thanks for getting onvolved, keep practising and see you next time ! Maybe the Sensei will grab his guitar and get his butt on the next one, eh ? tongue.gif
HungryForHeaven
Now this rocked some serious socks off!

Great job Ben and everyone who contributed to this collab. I am really proud of getting the honor of wrapping up this great piece of music, even though I happened to land on a G. cool.gif

H4H
WeePee
Wow so many good guitar players right there ! cool.gif

To Ben: What, no comment for my sweep @ last seconds tongue.gif
Just kidding, Thanks for nice comments !!
DeGroot
5 minutes of pure guitar soloing! cool.gif Just goes to show how much variety can be played over one riff. Awesome playing all around! Thanks for the comments Sensei!
superize
Great takes everybody
Ben Higgins
QUOTE (DeGroot @ Mar 29 2012, 05:41 PM) *
5 minutes of pure guitar soloing! cool.gif


Haha, you sound like you're in heaven ! laugh.gif

Love it ! wink.gif
Todd Simpson
So killer! WELL DONE EVERYBODY!!!! You all RAWWWWWKKKKKEEEDD!

I'm thinking you should make this in to a youtube video and just put up a still or credits or something, or GMC banner, etc. So that it can be shared on youtube. Actually, I'll volunteer! What image should we use?

Todd
HungryForHeaven
QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Mar 29 2012, 06:49 PM) *
So killer! WELL DONE EVERYBODY!!!! You all RAWWWWWKKKKKEEEDD!

I'm thinking you should make this in to a youtube video and just put up a still or credits or something, or GMC banner, etc. So that it can be shared on youtube. Actually, I'll volunteer! What image should we use?

Todd

I like this idea, Todd. Would you just make an image with text or do you need stills of us all playing?
By the way, you RAWWWKED, too. biggrin.gif
thefireball
This collab rocked! I really enjoyed listening to everybody's ideas.
casinostrat
Great Collab! Everybody did an awesome job!
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