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Todd Simpson
post Oct 15 2018, 01:21 AM
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Welcome to SHRED BOOTCAMP! I'll be your Drill Instructor! And I do mean DRILL! As in a large power tool used in slasher films and Paul Gilbert concerts. Here is were you EARN THE LIVING DEATH out of your fingers and break through any speed bumps/barriers to become a MASTER CHIEF of Shred!
QUICK TIPS TO PREPARE YOU FOR BATTLE
*Make sure you get both hands in the shot when shooting your video*Make sure you use a metronome for the first several Missions and that the metronome can be heard.*After you complete a mission, shoot me a PM and let me know it's ready and I'll give you a debrief! These are pass / fail, so if you pass you BADGE UP and if not, I'll give you some feedback and you head in to the breach once again.
*The first several missions are VERY simple. They are just to get you used to the bootcamp process.
*Most importantly, there is NEVER a speed requirement in bootcamp. I want you to push yourself to play as brisk as you can, but NEVER at the expense of precision. If you find you are missing a note here and there, slow down a bit. Speed is just a byproduct of precision so my goal is to make you a very precise player. At that point, speed just happens.
MISSON #1

THE MISSION

1.)Your mission is to go all the way back to the very start. The base of the mountain.

LESSON 1. http://bitly.com/gmclesson1

Which you will play SUPER PERFECT!. Speed it up bit by bit until you feel your ready to take it to WAR (Any speed, it's up to you, no points for speed, only points for playing in a precise manner as speed is simply a byproduct of precision) Shoot a video and post it as a reply to this post. Make sure to EMBED the video by clicking on INSERT SPECIAL ITEM above the smiley face and then you'll get a drop down menu. Click on INSERT YOUTUBE VIDEO and follow the instructions in the Pop Up Menu. I'll then offer a constructive and brutally honest critique.

THE AFTERMATH

Upon nailing the crap out of lesson one at a speed you didn't think possible, and playing it a clean as a freshly waxed floor, you will be given your first insignia of Rank in BOOTCAMP! You will then proceed to Lesson #2 and so forth. Here is the link to the entire 400 plus Lesson Library. https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/wiki/inde...rtal:Techniques

Here is the link to your own PRIVATE HOUSE OF PAIN!...Er I mean.. SHRED!

http://bit.ly/adamsbootcamp
Practice!
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post Jan 17 2019, 11:26 PM
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It seems I did it. I've been listening to this track looped for a few days now, hoping to come up with some licks but it's very difficult when there's no vocal track.



I hope this one gets a pass grade, I gave it my 300% today just to make it to the next mission. Now I'm a little behind schedule with thesis but there's still some time before deadline for next part.

As a bonus, I'm including a photo of my t-shirt I was wearing for this occasion. The writing says it all smile.gif

Could you criticize my previous video as it is, just so I know how bad it is? I borrowed some licks from Vivaldi's Four Seasons and tried transposing them to what I think is the lesson's track key. I said I'd try learning classical pieces by ear and I mean it. The earlier I start, the earlier I learn to play this concerto suite smile.gif

Also, what you're hearing here is my new Merlin pickup and Zombie amp with V30 stack. It's a bit far away from recording device, so the mic doesn't capture nuances but the difference is huge hearing it live! I'm in love with it and I want a mic with DI box so much more now!
I didn't have time to do reviews for any of this yet, but I thought I'd let you know. Maybe you can hear the difference in my vids smile.gif

I'm also happy because I managed to find someone who would trade my EMG H4 for H3. I bought two H4's for about 60% price of one and I really like them but many folks say H3 is much better at neck and seeing how H4 is so brutal, they could be right. I'm not using the EMG's currently but I keep them safe. If I manage to find a cheap used Explorer-type guitar, I would swap them for pure Metallica tribute axe. We're trading by mailing them by C.O.D. and I only hope I won't get tricked to pay for a potato in a box or something like that.
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post Jan 18 2019, 04:27 AM
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WELL FOUGHT SOLDIER!!! I like your pedal point lick that you start off with! I like all the licks you chose You have a good sense of what is going on in the backing and you selected licks that worked well with it. Given your still new to all of this, I'm impressed with what you came up with. There are some issues, as is to be expected, since this is all still fairly new ground. Toward the end, it sounds like you lost track of the beat just a bit. But honestly, that's small potatoes at this point. The entire reason this Mission exists is to get you to jump in with both feet and make a solo up from scratch and then record yourself and fight off the curse of the "red light" and play all the way through. You did it! Let's debrief!!
MEDALS OF HONOR

AGGRESSIVE STYLE: Great to see you diving in to the solo and going for it! At some point, one just has to take a deep breath, hit record and go for it.

TECHNIQUE ON POINT: Your Missions have served you well! Good technique on display here. Keep that up!

DIVING IN WITH BOTH FEET: Your playing is not hesitant or timid in any way. It's bold and speaks for itself. Nice.

In short I"m very proud of you Soldier! You jumped in and fought through it. It's not an easy mission. Especially if soloing is very new to you as a player. With each improv you will get better. So make doing improv soloing part of your practice routine! After all, the entire point of all of this work is to get you to the point where you can play, off the cuff, with any music your present with.
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*As for your last vid, it's sorta tough to critique it as a solo vid as it's all by itself. There is no musical context since there is no audible backing. I can say that the playing looks mostly solid and technique looks solid. I don't recognize it as a classical piece yet, but it's still early days so keep at it and I'm sure you will get a version that reminds one of the piece that it's based on. There are guitar versions of just about every classical piece on earth on youtube which is a good reference. If you want to try it on your own, that's good as well, it will just take a bit longer. But keep at it!

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It seems I did it. I've been listening to this track looped for a few days now, hoping to come up with some licks but it's very difficult when there's no vocal track.



I hope this one gets a pass grade, I gave it my 300% today just to make it to the next mission. Now I'm a little behind schedule with thesis but there's still some time before deadline for next part.

As a bonus, I'm including a photo of my t-shirt I was wearing for this occasion. The writing says it all smile.gif

Could you criticize my previous video as it is, just so I know how bad it is? I borrowed some licks from Vivaldi's Four Seasons and tried transposing them to what I think is the lesson's track key. I said I'd try learning classical pieces by ear and I mean it. The earlier I start, the earlier I learn to play this concerto suite smile.gif

Also, what you're hearing here is my new Merlin pickup and Zombie amp with V30 stack. It's a bit far away from recording device, so the mic doesn't capture nuances but the difference is huge hearing it live! I'm in love with it and I want a mic with DI box so much more now!
I didn't have time to do reviews for any of this yet, but I thought I'd let you know. Maybe you can hear the difference in my vids smile.gif

I'm also happy because I managed to find someone who would trade my EMG H4 for H3. I bought two H4's for about 60% price of one and I really like them but many folks say H3 is much better at neck and seeing how H4 is so brutal, they could be right. I'm not using the EMG's currently but I keep them safe. If I manage to find a cheap used Explorer-type guitar, I would swap them for pure Metallica tribute axe. We're trading by mailing them by C.O.D. and I only hope I won't get tricked to pay for a potato in a box or something like that.
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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Jan 18 2019, 04:27 AM) *
WELL FOUGHT SOLDIER!!! I like your pedal point lick that you start off with! I like all the licks you chose You have a good sense of what is going on in the backing and you selected licks that worked well with it. Given your still new to all of this, I'm impressed with what you came up with. There are some issues, as is to be expected, since this is all still fairly new ground. Toward the end, it sounds like you lost track of the beat just a bit. But honestly, that's small potatoes at this point. The entire reason this Mission exists is to get you to jump in with both feet and make a solo up from scratch and then record yourself and fight off the curse of the "red light" and play all the way through. You did it! Let's debrief!!
MEDALS OF HONOR

AGGRESSIVE STYLE: Great to see you diving in to the solo and going for it! At some point, one just has to take a deep breath, hit record and go for it.

TECHNIQUE ON POINT: Your Missions have served you well! Good technique on display here. Keep that up!

DIVING IN WITH BOTH FEET: Your playing is not hesitant or timid in any way. It's bold and speaks for itself. Nice.

In short I"m very proud of you Soldier! You jumped in and fought through it. It's not an easy mission. Especially if soloing is very new to you as a player. With each improv you will get better. So make doing improv soloing part of your practice routine! After all, the entire point of all of this work is to get you to the point where you can play, off the cuff, with any music your present with.
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*As for your last vid, it's sorta tough to critique it as a solo vid as it's all by itself. There is no musical context since there is no audible backing. I can say that the playing looks mostly solid and technique looks solid. I don't recognize it as a classical piece yet, but it's still early days so keep at it and I'm sure you will get a version that reminds one of the piece that it's based on. There are guitar versions of just about every classical piece on earth on youtube which is a good reference. If you want to try it on your own, that's good as well, it will just take a bit longer. But keep at it!

Thank you. Pedal points and ostinato I remember well from Luca Turilli's free course. At my current level I can't play it in super speed but only hours of practice will make it possible someday. I can't arrange triads in some nice sounding progression (I bet this will come with more theoretical knowledge and experience), so I decided to alter the pedal point itself among the scale's notes. I'm really glad you liked it! smile.gif

I think I need some rest after Number 18's intensity. I tried to match its high-octane tempo with my playing and I'm a bit exhausted, if that's the word to describe it.

The current mission was enjoyable, though the scale's mood felt bizzare. It's like positive but not exactly positive - it's hard to describe. I tried the scale's shape for a while and I'd describe it as somewhat energetic.

Starting today, I'll try to get a video every day so there's some routine and discipline to follow. At least until I reach next improvisation task smile.gif



I'm so sleepy I almost forgot to include the video.


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- Todd Simpson   Adams Bootcamp   Oct 15 2018, 01:21 AM
- - Adam M   RE: Adams Bootcamp   Nov 6 2018, 01:53 PM
|- - Todd Simpson   Welcome to Bootcamp Adam!!! You are on...   Nov 8 2018, 07:57 AM
- - Adam M   Thank you for kind words! Here is my take on ...   Nov 14 2018, 10:11 PM
|- - Todd Simpson   Good to see you in the Fight Soldier!! The...   Nov 14 2018, 11:23 PM
- - Adam M   Here's my next video. For this one I stayed at...   Nov 16 2018, 10:40 PM
|- - Todd Simpson   MEDALS OF HONOR *PICKING TECHNIQUE: Solid picking...   Nov 17 2018, 05:48 AM
- - Adam M   I don't like my performance here. I recorded t...   Nov 17 2018, 11:00 PM
|- - Todd Simpson   Nice!!!!!! Soldier this is...   Nov 18 2018, 05:21 AM
- - Adam M   Here is my take on the next mission. To be frank, ...   Nov 25 2018, 10:13 PM
|- - Todd Simpson   Nice!! The speed is more than fine. There ...   Nov 25 2018, 10:44 PM
- - Adam M   Here's the mission #6 After a warmup i had fu...   Nov 27 2018, 05:11 PM
- - Adam M   I'm back! And this time, I bring not one v...   Nov 27 2018, 10:37 PM
|- - Todd Simpson   Well Done!! This is exactly what I want ou...   Nov 28 2018, 02:58 AM
|- - Todd Simpson   Well Fought Soldier!! This is exactly what...   Nov 30 2018, 03:46 AM
- - Todd Simpson   MISSION 8 DEBRIEF MEDALS OF HONOR TRAVERSE OF K...   Dec 1 2018, 03:55 AM
- - Adam M   It's maybe a bit too early, not a whole week p...   Dec 1 2018, 10:15 PM
|- - Todd Simpson   MISSION 9 DEBRIEF Well Fought Soldier!...   Dec 3 2018, 04:20 AM
- - Adam M   Blood, sweat and tears. Well, not exactly but clos...   Dec 5 2018, 05:50 PM
|- - Todd Simpson   Per your question about quick licks, jump in!...   Dec 7 2018, 11:48 PM
- - Adam M   Next mission might appear tonight. At first it was...   Dec 6 2018, 06:01 PM
|- - Todd Simpson   If there is a vid with the Mission, always try to ...   Dec 7 2018, 06:26 AM
|- - Adam M   QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Dec 7 2018, 05:26 A...   Dec 7 2018, 11:32 AM
|- - Todd Simpson   Well Fought Soldier!!! Yet another one...   Dec 8 2018, 07:20 PM
- - Adam M   Now, I know I'll be repeating this but I still...   Dec 7 2018, 02:05 AM
- - Adam M   I guess this is the last "easy" mission....   Dec 9 2018, 11:12 PM
|- - Todd Simpson   Well Fought!! Very perceptive as well. Thi...   Dec 11 2018, 05:19 AM
- - Adam M   Just a quick update. I won't be recording anyt...   Dec 11 2018, 01:28 PM
|- - Todd Simpson   No worries Soldier!! You've earned a b...   Dec 12 2018, 01:57 AM
|- - Adam M   I just played around for a warm-up. I noticed AP-h...   Dec 19 2018, 08:08 PM
|- - Todd Simpson   Awesome!!! It's great to hear that...   Dec 20 2018, 03:04 AM
- - Adam M   I'm back with another video. Descending run wa...   Dec 23 2018, 11:37 PM
|- - Todd Simpson   Nice!!!!! I could not have ask...   Dec 24 2018, 09:35 AM
|- - Adam M   I tried getting it done before going to work. Ther...   Dec 29 2018, 12:32 AM
|- - Todd Simpson   Well fought Soldier!!! This is a great...   Dec 29 2018, 03:37 AM
- - Todd Simpson   MISSION 15 DEBRIEFWell fought Soldier !Thisi l...   Dec 30 2018, 07:07 PM
- - Adam M   Here's my take on next mission. Mentally I...   Jan 2 2019, 01:55 AM
|- - Todd Simpson   Well Fought Soldier!! Yet another Mission ...   Jan 3 2019, 09:25 PM
- - Adam M   I made this video today. Matching the patterns to ...   Jan 2 2019, 10:42 PM
- - Adam M   I'm on a pretty good streak, so I'm not st...   Jan 4 2019, 05:55 PM
|- - Todd Simpson   Well Fought Soldier!!! The Video demo ...   Jan 5 2019, 08:59 AM
- - Adam M   I misunderstood the task for Mission 18. Also, I s...   Jan 7 2019, 09:57 PM
|- - Todd Simpson   Now that you mention it, WADS of folks get stuck r...   Jan 8 2019, 03:01 AM
- - Adam M   This is officially the toughest mission at GMC and...   Jan 15 2019, 06:49 PM
|- - Todd Simpson   I always thought it was the easiest of all the mis...   Jan 15 2019, 09:37 PM
|- - Adam M   QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Jan 15 2019, 09:37 ...   Jan 15 2019, 10:21 PM
|- - Todd Simpson   The improv aspect is what makes this one such a ch...   Jan 16 2019, 08:36 AM
|- - Adam M   QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Jan 16 2019, 08:36 ...   Jan 16 2019, 11:58 AM
|- - Todd Simpson   I'm not trying to make it impossible, really n...   Jan 17 2019, 04:51 AM
|- - Todd Simpson   Well Fought Soldier!! This is four note pe...   Jan 19 2019, 08:29 PM
- - Adam M   Here's another one.   Jan 19 2019, 10:18 PM
|- - Todd Simpson   Well fought yet again Soldier! You are growing...   Jan 20 2019, 08:03 AM
- - Adam M   Could you recommend me some exercises for strength...   Jan 20 2019, 01:00 AM
|- - Todd Simpson   There are a ton of legato licks coming your way in...   Jan 20 2019, 05:09 AM
- - Adam M   This was one of the easiest and the most pleasant ...   Jan 20 2019, 09:49 PM
|- - Todd Simpson   Yet again Well Fought!!!! Another...   Jan 21 2019, 06:21 AM
- - Adam M   Here are two next vids. As I said before, my legat...   Jan 21 2019, 10:55 PM
|- - Todd Simpson   Very Close!! Sooo Close!! You have...   Jan 22 2019, 06:52 AM
- - Adam M   Re-take for 22   Jan 22 2019, 10:34 PM
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|- - Adam M   QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Jan 25 2019, 07:56 ...   Jan 25 2019, 10:42 AM
- - Adam M   24 re-take. I hope this works fine   Jan 27 2019, 12:13 AM
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- - Adam M   I almost forgot I ran out of vids already. Here...   Feb 2 2019, 01:10 AM
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