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Hi mate!

Great to see that you continue working and improving this lesson. I can notice many things that sound better here. The licks are sounding clearer and cleaner, and your overall technique is being polished.

There are two elements that need to be improved here which are totally related and that appear in the whole lesson: Rhythm & timing. Many parts have timing issues, while many other parts are played with a different rhythm. One example of the first problem is mostly when playing the solo sections, and the more melodic licks which are played after the beat most of the time. One clear example of the rhythm issue appears in the first riff which is played different compared to what I've written for the lesson, so I recommend you to re-check the rhythm using guitar pro file and metronome, or listening carefully to my lesson's take.

Does this make sense to you? Can you hear what I'm saying? Feel free to write me a PM for more assistance and remember that I've opened this thread with lesson suggestions for you: LINK.

Cheers mate!

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QUOTE (Adam M @ Dec 12 2018, 02:29 PM) *
Thank you. Reading everyone's feedback makes me want to learn modal scales. But let's take one step at a time, right? I can learn shapes now but I know it would only confuse me. I think I'll understand this subject easier and better in the future, so now I'll just add it to my To-Do-List smile.gif

I'll use today's practice for improvising over E minor and I'll see what I can get. I don't want to delay the collab.

Also, my ex heard about my struggles and she gifted me a 0-100 course on improvisation that is supposed to teach me everything from the basics. It has about 150 lessons, so it'll take time. If I'm not mistaken, there's theory in it too.

She also got me a Lick Library's DVD on 24th Caprice but it won't be much use for our thread for a while. If it's ok, I'd like to post here my takes on each variation in the future. That way, we could work on each part step by step and have focused practice sessions. This kind of practice works best for me.



Yes! There is a lot to do with Pentatonic by now! Even when playing modes, it's essential to have a good knowledge of Pentatonic scales so I really recommend you to work a lot on them before getting into modes.

I'd like to see a video of you playing over the blues backing track using only E minor pentatonic, what do you say? is it possible?

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Hi MisterM!

Thanks for the update and congrats for the good job and comments that you've received at the REC take. You really deserve it!

Keep working on those lessons, I'll wait for your takes.

Cheers mate!
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hahaha very cool! Is he like a metalhead stand up? laugh.gif
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QUOTE (bleez @ Dec 12 2018, 02:04 PM) *
Im the same as Gab, Ive never really go into them but this track is actually really cool rolleyes.gif I'll need to revisit their stuff.

Anyone been digging the new clutch album, it's killer.




Also, the videos for this album are genius cool.gif



Nice! Thanks Bleez! I haven't listened to their new album.
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QUOTE (Adam M @ Dec 12 2018, 12:15 PM) *
Thank you, I'll look into it when I get some free time. Playing Dorian mode over it sounds interesting but I'll leave that for later - when I'm more knowledgeable smile.gif

Kris said the same thing before about adding notes to Pentatonics gradually. I think I know where he learned that from wink.gif



Yeah, E Pentatonic minor will work over this one. If you want to go deeper with blues, you need to follow the chords while improvising using arpeggios and modes. We can work on this at the mentoring program thread!
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QUOTE (AK Rich @ Dec 10 2018, 07:12 PM) *
Gabriel! Sorry man, I didn't mean to diminish the work you put in on these collabs. I know you put a lot of time and effort into producing, promoting and trying to come up with fresh ideas for them and I appreciate that hard work and effort. I also think that you do a great job at all of these things, including the remixes.

As for me participating, I am not sure when I may be feeling well enough to get back into them. My energy level is pretty low these days due to some health issues I have been going through and will have to continue to go through for some time. I certainly hope to be playing more in the future but in the past 6 months or so I haven't played much at all due to a lack of energy and ambition. Slowly I have been feeling more and more like playing and I hope to be able to practice and rehearse enough so that I can be ready to gig again this coming summer.


Hi mate! Thanks a lot for your feedback! I'm sorry about your health issues, I hope that you feel better soon!


QUOTE (AK Rich @ Dec 10 2018, 07:12 PM) *
However, what gets lost in cutting up the takes and re-arranging them to what your interpretation of "cooler" is, is our interpretation of what "cooler" is, which is what I thought these collabs were supposed to be all about.
I thought the purpose of these collabs was to let the participants build their own solos to express themselves and then to offer feedback to help those participants improve upon how they can express themselves in the future or to encourage them when they have created something good, which in my view is more important than editing those takes to try to make the final result meet someone elses interpretation of what sounding cooler is.


Yes! That's the purpose and that's what happens at the thread. I believe the the process is much more important than the final video. Learning while having fun.

The work that I do for the final video trying to make it sound like a "song" instead of a '15 minutes long jam with 2 minutes solos by different students one after the other' is because it is supossed to be shared for to other people to be heard. If this wouldn't be the case, we could just keep it at the thread for us and just put one take after the other, don't you think so?

I know that the word "cool" is totally subjetive! so all my collabs are always opened for remixes. smile.gif



QUOTE (AK Rich @ Dec 10 2018, 07:12 PM) *
When you edit the takes like this, what you are doing is artificially improving the takes and final mix in your view rather than allowing the feedback you provide let participants improve their own takes themselves and in their own view. You have taken our interpretations/expressions and turned them into your interpretations/expressions to some degree. And in some cases, participants like myself, and others I suspect, are left a little disappointed because they thought the best parts of their takes have been left out as Todd pointed out in his post. Participants work hard to create these solos and I just think that they deserve to be heard in their entirety in the final mix to reward that work even if it makes the final mix not sound as cool as it could in the view of the editor.


I don't give feedback based on the final "creative" type mix collabs. My feedback is based on the full solo version of each guitarist.













QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Dec 10 2018, 07:37 PM) *
I've enjoyed every one of Gab's collabs. They all turn out very listenable. He's got a great ear.If a bit got left out it's probably because it didn't serve the overall composition. Some of my more shreddy bits probably don't pair up well to what's being played before/after. Making a track sound like all the bits should be there is a tough job to be sure.

A while ago, collabs were done as a string out where each solo was just added after the other, this let folks hear their own solo with others entire solo but it did seem to lack traction outside of our group of folks. After all, people not playing on the track may not be that interested in hearing a full solo from several people, that may not complement each other. The shorter versions with edited solos seem to be a bit more "shareable" as they are a good bit shorter for starters. Also the editing allows for the very spiff bits that match upwith the other bits to be included. So I get why things went direction.

The newer ones are a pinch more listenable as they have been curated by the editor. It does meanthat now and then some of a players fave bits get left out, but that seems ok as the originalvid with all the bits is still out there on youtube smile.gif



Thanks Todd! That's exactly the reason! You've explained it better than me! biggrin.gif
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QUOTE (Madfish @ Dec 12 2018, 12:03 PM) *
Eh. I thought Adam is planning to use B minor over that blues backing track. Not that he has used it already. My reading with understanding skill clearly needs some work tongue.gif



hahaha yeah, he's shared a take previously and that's what we were talking about. laugh.gif
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QUOTE (Mertay @ Dec 12 2018, 11:20 AM) *
It was playing on the end of a tv show (yellowstone), searched and found on a youtube list. Some are too country for me but nice selected songs.

The lyrics on 1.30, I sure I heard it on another song but can't remember which (metallica, dreamtheater...?)



I have no idea but that bass guitar sounds very cool! biggrin.gif
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QUOTE (Phil66 @ Dec 12 2018, 11:55 AM) *
Hello Gab,

I googled those things when I wasn't in my music room. I haven't had much chance to be in there with everything that has been going on. I looked on my tablet when I was spending time with my wife.

I always try to use my time in my music room to play guitar and any research is when I am down stairs with my wife. She's need me a lot recently, I haven't wanted her to be sitting downstairs on her own when she is adjusting to having a huge void.

I'm sorry that our job here hasn't been smooth lately but I have had a major life issue that has affected my wife and me in a big way and, the funeral was one of the hardest things I've ever done with some lasting effects.

Speak soon.

Phil



Hi Phil! I hope that my comment doesn't offend you mate! smile.gif

I was meaning that even when you are not at the music room, you could do some mental shapes memorization and you'll master these ones much faster and I promise you that you'll start to notice incredible results. I just recommend you to focus a bit more on the real tasks, and not the concepts and questions that the tasks generate you. It's a simple suggestion based on the small amount of time that you have recently.

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QUOTE (Mertay @ Dec 12 2018, 10:53 AM) *



Cool song! I've never been into this Maynard's band.. thanks!
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If you'd use those "googling minutes" to practice the shapes that I've shared, our job here would be smoother.

I wonder if you have your guitar always ready for a 5 minutes session close to your computer...
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QUOTE (AK Rich @ Dec 11 2018, 03:52 PM) *
Here is a crazy idea for an instrumental 3 piece.

Guthrie Govan - Guitar

Jaco Pastorius - Bass

Dennis Chambers - Percussion



I could see two of them live with different trios and I can confirm that this band would be a bomb.



QUOTE (bleez @ Dec 11 2018, 03:08 PM) *
listening just now. Its really good, thanks for the recommendation smile.gif



Enjoy!! Darius and Monica recommended me this amazing guitarist some time ago.
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QUOTE (Adam M @ Dec 11 2018, 09:55 PM) *
I'm sorry about that. It was so bad, my ears were bleeding. Now that I think about it, I could've used B minor instead. I've been practicing daily over Valley of Fire backing track and it really got into my fingers. As I said, I won't be uploading anything until Monday's exams etc. so I won't mind if you finsh this one without me smile.gif



No problem mate! Take your time and keep me update here or at the mentoring thread so I can help you with this one. In your previous take, you were targeting Bm chord tones so you tend to end and start your phrases in notes that weren't really connected with the backing. I suspect that this won't happen if you think and play E minor Pentatonic while improvising.



QUOTE (Madfish @ Dec 12 2018, 06:59 AM) *
Yes, although this would give you a very different experience than playing the same set of notes over a B minor backing track. Since this blues is in E, you'd get more of a Dorian feel. C# is a major 6th over E and that's a "Dorian interval".
In my humble opinion you'd be playing E Dorian, not B minor wink.gif



The mode is not in the notes that you play, it's the notes that you emphasize to get the colour, without losing the overal root chord feel. Even playing E dorian, it's important to be able to identify and target notes from E chord, mostly every time that E chord sounds which in this case is dominant. If you play and stay on C# every time that E7 sounds, it will sound "out", and that's what it was happening.

Starting with Pentatonics and gradually adding the notes is what Lord Guthrie taught us.

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QUOTE (Adam M @ Dec 11 2018, 01:33 PM) *
I think it was Minor Pentatonic. You posted the Blues scale but I'm not used tohitting blue notes. I just played what I felt sounds well. Did it go wrong? I'm really sorry, then!


Unfortunately you've deleted it so I can re-check, but from what I could hear, there were some wrong notes there.

Try this scale over the backing, and share a quick take just for checking.

We are on a learning process here so don't worry about sharing takes that have issues. The main goal here is to learn while having fun! smile.gif



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Hi Adam, I've just answered something at the blues collab thread.

Check it out!
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QUOTE (Adam M @ Dec 10 2018, 04:09 PM) *
I'm sorry to keep you waiting! I'm recording right now and I'll do another session tomorrow. I hope I'll get a satisfying take on this.



Hi Adam! what scale are you using for this jam?

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We will get to this point, but at the right moment...

"I get intervals, semitone = on fret, tone = two frets etc. I'm getting mixed messages about chord construction, when I read things like "The dominant chord is built on the 5th scale degree", it confuses me, when adding a 7th is it the seventh note from the scale (the 1st being the root) or is it 7 semitones chromatically from the root (counting the root as 1) "

On important thing about learning and teaching is that we don't have to hurry up.

Please let me know when the shape and chord are learnt!
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QUOTE (bleez @ Dec 10 2018, 03:51 PM) *
Yeah, PT is where I know Gavin from, such a brilliant drummer. They were a great band.
Ive not heard nick johnstons album, I'll need to check it out.



Not sure if you are into this type of music, but this album is a guitar masterpiece:

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Hi Phil! It's nice to be curious, but I recommend you to avoid hurrying up with this because you'll start to get confused. I think that the more you'll read out there, the more confused you'll be. Unfortunately there are two ways or facets of using the word "Dominant" in harmony, so I suspect that the more you read from different sources the more confused you'll feel at this point.

By now it's enough to get into everything I've shared in the previous posts (regarding theory) and telling me when the chord and arpeggio shapes are learnt. That's the goal now.

About this question:

"It was until you said that the 7th could be major, minor or augmented"

7th is an interval, and interval is a distance between two notes. As you already know, Intervals have two sides, one is the quantity (number) and the other is the quality (minor, major, perfect, diminished, augmented). The 7th (dominant) chord is build by these intervals:

Root
Major 3rd
Perfect 5th
Minor 7th


If the 7th interval is not minor, this chord is not Dominant, it's another type of chord.

Is it clear? Are you ok with "Intervals" concept?
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QUOTE (bleez @ Dec 8 2018, 12:24 PM) *
well, Im still alive ohmy.gif
tentatively picking up my guitar and looking to get my chops back up to the high standards of elite beginner cool.gif
hopefully things are on the up and I can get back to jamming with you guys and indulging in the general frivolity that is the gmc forum biggrin.gif



GREAT news!! Welcome back mate! I could already see you rocking the blues collab!! smile.gif
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QUOTE (bleez @ Dec 8 2018, 01:01 PM) *
gavin harrison - drums
martin mendez - bass
josh middleton - guitar
gina gleeson - guitar
Tatiana Shmailyuk - vocals

dear santa - make this happen, thanks.



hehe cool band mate! I love Gavin's drum style. His work on PT is amazing, and I really enjoyed his playing in Nick Johnston's last album.
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QUOTE (bleez @ Dec 8 2018, 12:30 PM) *
Ive really been digging this band a lot lately. Its been a while since I listened to a lot of ska but these guys have got me right back into it!


Also this is awesome. One of the most interesting new ( to me ) bands Ive heard in a while. Their last album was just a brilliant peice of retro 70s style proggy goodness.



Interesting stuff Bleez! I'm enjoying that progressive track, very catchy.
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Hi Phil,

That's right. It's just a symbol to abbreviate the chord type. 'Seventh chords' are those that include a 7th, however this '7th' can be major, minor, augmented or diminished. In the case of dominant chords this 7th is minor. Dominant chords are identified with a 7, this means that C dominant chord is C7.

Is it clear?

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QUOTE (AK Rich @ Dec 9 2018, 04:08 PM) *
This is one of the reasons (There are other reasons but they are more personal) that I have shied away from participating in the collabs here at GMC since they have started to be heavily edited. It is a bit off putting to spend the time to construct a solo from beginning to end, only to have it cut up, used out of context with how it was intended and parts of it or even most of it just discarded.
At first it didn't bother me a lot and I have seen some creative cut and paste jobs in the editing. But at the end of the day, for me, it ends up being a turn off and discourages me from putting in the work to try to create a meaningful solo from beginning to end.
I liked it better when everyones take was used in it's entirety and back to back like this one.
Just my 2 cents, for what it's worth.




Hi Rich! Thanks for the feedback! I'm sorry to hear that all the effort and hard work trying to make the final track sound the cooler possible had that negative effect.

As Cael said, I think that there is room for both things, and this kind of feedback is really welcome so we can improve our work here. I'm thinking that we can maybe have two mixes, one with full takes and then a creative remix... I don't know, I'm just doing a quick brainstorming.

On the other hand, I've done many other type of collabs, like follow the melody, and the new "Gab jams" where the takes keep exactly as GMCers record it.

Check out my last collab:




See how this was done: https://tinyurl.com/ydeeuz3v


And why not.. join my new one "Gab Jams Blues" here: https://tinyurl.com/y6vbcpcq smile.gif
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