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Hi Jim! Welcome to your thread.

Here we'll work on your guitar goals.

Next goals:

- Improvisation.
- Following the chords / playing with the changes.



Please share some vids improvising and let me know your theory/improvisation knowledge.

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Blues Improvisation

So Gab as you can hear I play mostly by ear and just have the feeling of the note Im playing over the chord that guides me. I do understand that playing the notes of the chord or playing passing leading in and out of chord into next one is a great way but I can't play like that in real time. Id have to write it out and then play it by ear so to speak.

In this video, I just took a quick you tube backing track and played over it with no preparation. Chords are A7, D9, Ebdim, f#7, f#7#9, but I don't want to just play arpeggios and once I start playing I lose track of the progression.

I do like blues but Im going to make another video of a metal backing track now...

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80's Metal Improvisation

I know both of my videos show barely of my guitar... this was my first few videos in 4 years lol. Iil get them in next ones...

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Hi Jim, thanks for the videos!

Your playing is really good. I'd like to help you sharing a journey that helped me a lot to learn the fretboard and being able to combine improvisation by ear with following the chords method.

We need to start with the basics: Pentatonic Scale.

The first lesson combines Pentatonic Major scale with Triads. The idea is that you can visualize both things related all over the fretboard.


https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/rhythm-gu...c-scale-triads/


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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Oct 21 2021, 09:24 AM) *
Hi Jim, thanks for the videos!

Your playing is really good. I'd like to help you sharing a journey that helped me a lot to learn the fretboard and being able to combine improvisation by ear with following the chords method.

We need to start with the basics: Pentatonic Scale.

The first lesson combines Pentatonic Major scale with Triads. The idea is that you can visualize both things related all over the fretboard.


https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/rhythm-gu...c-scale-triads/


Let me know once you learn this lesson. I'll give you some exercises to apply this.


I will surely get working on this lesson !

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Great! Keep me updated!

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Great! Keep me updated!

Do you want me to make a rec take for said lesson?

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Do you want me to make a rec take for said lesson?


Yes, this can be the first goal.

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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Oct 22 2021, 09:41 AM) *
Great! Keep me updated!


Hey Gab so I wanted to make videos of the Rec take and the impact it has had on my playing but time has eluded me. However I did want to share my thoughts thus far...

The lesson seemed very simple and in most regards it is. Playing and memorizing the notes was not too hard but did require some concentration. I now understand why the lesson is set at 60bpm which I felt was way too slow. Not the case as it turns out. 60 bpm is pretty fast when changing chords 7 frets apart...

What the lesson taught me was that I needed to subtract notes from my typical playing. Taking F and B out of C major has a very unique sound and fits snuggly into the chords. F and B will produce a nice sound over C but used too much and its not as effective and almost sounds out of key?

So I put on a nice acoustic backing track from youtube the C, G, F, Am. I use all the positions I learned in the lesson and only played the notes of C maj Pentatonic with my regular playing and Ill have to say that I sounded like a completely different guitar player. Every note fit and there seemed to be more of a direction in which to go. Going in and out of that mode seemed really cool and when I got to different places on the fretboard I had ANCHOR points to lead me to. What a great lesson and this week Ill post my REC take and discuss where to go next... Thanks Gab!

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Wou! Great analysis and feedback mate.

Good to know that you discovered many things thanks to this lesson. And trust me that there is a lot more to get from this one. A good "next step" before we go deeper, is to start practicing this in other keys as well. Once you are comfortable with C major, why don't you try it in G major, A major and maybe D major?

The idea is to use this time to be able to find the pentatonic major and major triads all along the fretboard in any key.

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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Oct 25 2021, 08:37 AM) *
Wou! Great analysis and feedback mate.

Good to know that you discovered many things thanks to this lesson. And trust me that there is a lot more to get from this one. A good "next step" before we go deeper, is to start practicing this in other keys as well. Once you are comfortable with C major, why don't you try it in G major, A major and maybe D major?

The idea is to use this time to be able to find the pentatonic major and major triads all along the fretboard in any key.


Yes I now see the benefits of taking a step back. When I was here at gmc in 2013-2016 I set out to only learn hard lessons and although I did learn some cool lessons, it did not help my overall natural playing much. Todd’s Bootcamp was very helpful and my muscle memory definitely benefited from his exercises.

Once I nail this lesson I will surely apply it to other keys and assume move onto minor, dominant, diminished ect…. I work a lot but have been playing at night and weekends mainly. Weekdays are rough because both my boys are in soccer..

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Yes! You're completely right. Please don't rush. This shapes are not something that you learn in just a few days. Take your time to get familiar with the shapes, visualize both scale and triads as one thing, and try to also find the CAGED system chord around each shape.

If you do this slowly and deeply, it will last forever. And it will have a big impact in your playing.

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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Oct 26 2021, 07:46 AM) *
Yes! You're completely right. Please don't rush. This shapes are not something that you learn in just a few days. Take your time to get familiar with the shapes, visualize both scale and triads as one thing, and try to also find the CAGED system chord around each shape.

If you do this slowly and deeply, it will last forever. And it will have a big impact in your playing.


Just to keep updated, I did rec a Rec take today but knowing the judges and my playing I could not get a clean recording. I had kids running in and out of my room, and just way to stressed. The good news is that after everything calmed down I spent a long time running through the scales and lesson over and over and over and over... Ive got a cool video coming soon...

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Cool!! Thanks for the update mate! Looking forward to your take!

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So I finished the Rec take this morning and it was a bit tricky. The finger picking was one obstacle but the other was as soon as I hit record on my camera it was 10x harder to produce a perfect take. I had to use a little bit of reverb and delay because the lesson was not musical. I included a bonus video in the take of me using what I learned... REC Take and Application

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Hi Jim! Check my feedback there! smile.gif

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Thinking about this one... seems to fall right in line with the previous lesson...

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Hi Jim,

Yes, this is a good choice because it's in C major tonality and you can combine these concepts with the ones learnt in the previous lesson. Besides this lesson. I'd like to see you following a chord progression with major triads.

For example, you can use this backing track:



Tasks:

- Follow each chord with the respective triad.
- Play melodies only using triads.
- Incorporate G major pentatonic, but target triad notes.
- Use Major pentatonics of each chord, targeting triads.

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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Nov 17 2021, 07:00 PM) *
Hi Jim,

Yes, this is a good choice because it's in C major tonality and you can combine these concepts with the ones learnt in the previous lesson. Besides this lesson. I'd like to see you following a chord progression with major triads.




For example, you can use this backing track:



Tasks:

- Follow each chord with the respective triad.
- Play melodies only using triads.
- Incorporate G major pentatonic, but target triad notes.
- Use Major pentatonics of each chord, targeting triads.



That is a great challenge! I love the original song and have never played it or over those chords. I’m really excited to dive into this one. Thanks your message and lesson plan is refreshing.

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Nice to know it! Enjoy!

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