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Cosmin Lupu
Posted on: Nov 2 2015, 10:12 AM


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Hey guys... It's been a long time, I know.. I am alright - I was lucky enough to escape the club with only a few burnt hairs and a mouthful of carbon monoxide which is slowly coming out when I am coughing.

My band got away intact, but our friends onstage... the two guitarists are dead and the bassplayer, vocalist and drummer are struggling for their lives. We lost a great deal of good and dear friends and seen some horrors beyond anything imaginable. I am alive! It never sounded so meaningful as it sounds now...

Stay safe, my far away friends. I will drop from time to time to say hi and see that you are safe.

Cosmin, over and out.
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Cosmin Lupu
Posted on: Feb 27 2015, 08:03 AM


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Hey matey,

I see you are back again to amaze us smile.gif Nothing shorter than a 10 and indeed, I'm with Gabriel on the relaxation part. Sometimes, it can be something related to a mental state. I usually just practice something enough times so that I will instinctively know what's next and thus stay relaxed and simply play the piece. I know it may sound silly, but that's all there is to it.

Keep rocking!

Cosmin
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Posted on: Feb 12 2015, 09:16 PM


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Hey mate!

I am with Gabi on this one and in order not to repeat what he said, I think that you need to mentally be aware of the rhythmic subdivisions you are playing and anticipate them better in order to become more and more confident in executing them. Whenever I know a piece very well, I become very confident and it can really be felt in the playing.

Take the time to slow it down and focus on playing it as rhythmic and articulated as possible and after that, raise the tempo while keeping the same spirit when playing it.

Keep rocking mate!

Cosmin
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Posted on: Feb 12 2015, 09:01 PM


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Hey Coffeeman!

Glad to see you in action in the REC Zone, man!

This lesson is a tremendous way in which you can hone your groove chops and I congratulate you for choosing it, while adding that working on the dynamics and overall interpretation of the lesson is the only thing you needto focus on. Playing alongside the original will prove very useful in this situation, so please take the time to practice like this.

Keep funking!

Cosmin
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Posted on: Feb 12 2015, 08:59 PM


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Hey again Ben!

I think that you have even timing and note volume throughout, aside one spot around 0:48 in which MAYBE you lost focus due to allowing your mind to wander biggrin.gif Am I right? biggrin.gif

Well, keep rocking mate and check out the lesson I suggested for your next endeavor in one of the previous takes!

Keep rocking!

Cosmin
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Posted on: Feb 12 2015, 08:55 PM


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Hey mate!

I liked this lesson a lot some time ago when I used it to warm up, so it's nice to see it in the REC Zone! I think you can take a bit off the gain, if you ask me and around 0:37 there's a slight hesitation. As I said before, you are not having any trouble with these lessons, so I would definitely throw the glove and ask you if you would be willing to tackle this one:

http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guit...ernate-workout/

What do you think? smile.gif

Cosmin
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Posted on: Feb 12 2015, 08:50 PM


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Hey Benji!

Nothing else to add here bro - if indeed you want to use this one as a vibrato training exercise, it's cool, but otherwise, your chops can handle far more difficult stuff than this one wink.gif I can surely vouch for that!

All the best, mate!

Cosmin
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Posted on: Feb 12 2015, 08:49 PM


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Hello there!

Congrats on your take, mate!

Aside Gabi's observations, I would like to add that some of the chord shifts around 0:21 for instance could be more clear executed, otherwise, I think that if you take the time to implement all these details at a slow speed and then work your way up by recording as many times as it takes until you feel comfortable, you will have a great take!

Keep rocking!

Cosmin
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Posted on: Feb 12 2015, 11:00 AM


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Hello mate,

Thank you for taking the time to re-post this one with the backing track, instead of the original recording.

I agree with the guys in respect to the fact that you have a solid timing and you are playing clean, so all you need to do now, is take the time to fix the details that Gabi has signaled and you are good to go with this one. Take a bit of time to slow down the sections he mentioned and make sure you are playing the phrases as they appear in the original recording - there are moments in which we can de-focus and we tend to lose sight of some details wink.gif

Keep rocking!

Cosmin
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Posted on: Feb 12 2015, 10:55 AM


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Hey mate,

Nothing else to add aside what the guys have already said here, aside from the fact that practicing with the original recording is a great way to make sure you nailed a lesson, but in here, as I have already noticed you did, you should post the recording with a backing track.

I'll go check out that one immediately!

All the best and thank you!

Cosmin
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Posted on: Feb 9 2015, 10:01 AM


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Howdy there!

Very nice tone and good interpretation here. Since you used a hollowbody, your tone is a bit different in comparison to Steph's, but it does justice to the piece just the same wink.gif

You have great dynamics and it seems to me that you have followed the original recording's feel very nicely!

Congratulations!

Cosmin
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Posted on: Feb 9 2015, 09:54 AM


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Howdy mate!

Great to see this one down in the REC Zone smile.gif Now, I think that your legato technique in itself is heatlhy and the notes sound even in terms of volume and timing. The only issue, appears when you are shifting the positions and the timing is slightly shaky. I suggest you to take some more time and practice this one at a slow tempo, focusing especially on landing dead on the beat when practicing the shifts. The timing issues are most visible after 0:19 onward almost with every shift.

All the best and keep rocking!

Cosmin
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Posted on: Feb 1 2015, 08:51 AM


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Hey Phil,

Well, that's surely one very good perspective on things wink.gif I for one have learned on my own skin that if you want to be good at something, you have to practice and stay hungry for that thing. Be consistent and things will come your way when the time is right - I know it sounds like a big mumbo jumbo esotherical heap of thingies, but that's how it is. The great Musashi said that one needs about 11000 days of practice (tanren) in order to become a master in his Way.

I leave you with this book: http://www.bookoffiverings.com/ - read it from the beginning from time to time and strive on perceiving the abundence of wisdom it shares each time. It can act as a guide that keeps you on your Way smile.gif

See you around, Phil!

Cosmin

PS: Yes, I will still be around the REC tongue.gif
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Posted on: Feb 1 2015, 08:37 AM


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Hey Tim!

Once again, thank you for your kind words, mate smile.gif

I think you are a very consistent player and if you keep up the pace with any direction that you choose, things can't be anything else but good wink.gif

About the practicing observations, I think that you should first and foremost practice the styles you like and if you feel like there's something stale in there, by all means, seek inspiration in other genres!

I myself have noticed how nicely I can work on something without havin such a strict deadline and I got some recordings of my own in the works - more on that when they are ready, while standing up is clearly something which you should do especially if you want to get ready for the stage. I rehearse EVERYTHING I need to be able to play on stage while standing up and wheen it comes to Days of Confusion songs, I try rehearsing without looking at the neck and relying more on feeling where the positions are - just because I sing a lot and I can't look laugh.gif

See you around, Tim!

Cosmin

QUOTE (Timmy b @ Jan 31 2015, 11:10 AM) *
Hey Cosmin,

Well it's the end of the month so I guess it's time to round this all off.

So, I've been working on the other two lessons (Funk lesson, and the Chord Melodies), but i haven't been able to finish them. I really wanted to have them done, but I guess i'm just not ready yet. I tried all morning to get them Recorded, but I just couldn't get them right. So its back into the comeback to pile for them.


I thought I'd also share some last thoughts on practising ect...

I've decided to change focus from now on. As good as these lessons are for developing my style, they are also straying away from my direction/goals. Like I've said before, I want to cleaner tighter playing with confidence, but more into the rock/metal direction. So im deciding to concentrate more on those genres to fulfil that goal. I definitely will explore other areas in the future, but for now I want to be more focused in one direction.

Something else I will change is making deadlines on RECs. I'm finding that by making the deadline it adds stress and pressure to do them and I feel that it can sometimes create a bit of a mental block or something. I'm going to try doing them more spontaneously every now and then. I'll still practice a few regularly, but I'll only Rec them when I feel Im ready for it. See how that goes.

And lastly, I've started playing more in a standing position, especially when just jamming along with songs ect... I find it kinda makes playing more fun and less like practice. Plus it will probably be better in the long run to be comfortable playing standing.

Oh, and as we've also talked about. I've started dedicating one practice session a week purely to putting ideas and music together. I've always struggled to write songs, so im thinking that this should slowly ease me into it and make me more productive in this area.


Alright,
So guess it's time to call it a day. Thanks for all your time, help, inspiration, ect... during the last couple of years. It's truly been fantastic and it's finally gotten me back on track with perusing my music again!
So all the best of luck with all your projects and life, thanks again, and see you round .

Tim

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Posted on: Jan 30 2015, 08:24 AM


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Hey mate,

I like your take a lot! You have a good timing and your playing is clean! The only thing that I would like to talk about here, would be your vibrato - in the lesson, it is wider and rounder, while you kind of rush it a bit.

Try to execute the vibrato as close to Javier's and I think that should be pretty much all you need to fix. If you play along with his recording, you can adapt your vibrato to his and it would be much easier to sound similar.

On the other hand, there's always this great lesson, which you can try in order to develop your vibrato and articulation skills in general:

http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Bens-Vibrato-Odyssey-5/

Keep rocking!

Cosmin
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Posted on: Jan 30 2015, 08:16 AM


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Hey Phil - once again, it's all about what feels instinctively natural to us smile.gif The bad part about it, is that if we do not strive to learn other things and make them sound natural, we will become redundant.

You haven't reached that point yet, but for instance, when you would only know 4-5 licks and repeat those in all your solos on a 12 songs album, it would be pretty obvious. That's one reason for which you are training, by practicing things which push you further and further, so that you won't become redundant at some point smile.gif
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Posted on: Jan 29 2015, 08:59 AM


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Hey mate,

I agree with the guys on this one and all I can add is that you need to practice it until it feels natural to play. Focus on the evenness of the notes - by that, I mean that all the notes have to be equal in terms of volume as some of them are a bit muffled at this point.

Keep rocking!

Cosmin
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Posted on: Jan 29 2015, 08:47 AM


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Congratulations, mate! biggrin.gif

I have nothing else to say but 10 laugh.gif

You are a maestro of the neoclassical style!

Cosmin
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Posted on: Jan 29 2015, 08:19 AM


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Hey Phil,

About the Chase - it sounds more natural than anything you have played so far - just like in the acse of the collab take, most likely because it's yours. That doesn't mean you should stop working on lessons, it just means you should dedicate time to creating music and implementing the things you learn in the lesson in your creations wink.gif Time usually solves a lot of problems, if spent right biggrin.gif
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Posted on: Jan 28 2015, 10:57 PM


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Hey Phil!

You got on the other side now biggrin.gif You are rushing a bit and you are raising your hands too quickly off the positions so it sounds like someone is chasing you when playing. It's cleaner tho, but, lay back a little and try to feel the groove, mate. Playing alongside Ben a little bit more should be a good way to solve things. In the recording that you did before this one - I guess that one you did with Ben's recording, right? - things feel a lot more groovy, so try to nail that feeling - as I said, the more you play it with Ben's recording, the more you will get it in your system smile.gif Deal?
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Posted on: Jan 26 2015, 09:43 AM


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Hey Phil!

I have checked out the video and I can still note some timing and unwanted noises

See 0:05, 0:17 - 0:19, 0:21, 0:24 - 0:27 (you're going a bit ahead of the beat here), 0:30 - 0:36 still rushing a tiny bit.

As I said, you need to take care on being very precise with the chord shifts and with the groove of the piece - have you tried to play along with Ben? It will surely work on the groove and you will just need to pay attention to playing as clean as possible wink.gif

About your piece - I noticed that the first phrase has A and B not B and C# - am I right? smile.gif The B minor pentatonic has the B D E F# A and B minor scale has the C# and the G but the D# is a major third which you probably used as a passing tone. Theory should be used to understand what you are doing and to communicate with others or to chisel a creation, but the creation itself, should be something that comes from the soul and it should be heard in the mind first smile.gif So, your course of action is the right one, if you ask me biggrin.gif

IF you like how that D# sounds there, it's all good!
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Posted on: Jan 26 2015, 09:22 AM


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Hey bro!

Always stoked to see your takes happening in the REC Zone - you are an example! I have nothing else to add aside what Gabi has already stated, but of course, my congratulations!

Keep rocking!

Cosmin
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Posted on: Jan 26 2015, 09:19 AM


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Hey Tim,

We have discussed this one long and hard, so aside that little hesitation at 0:12, I don't have anything else to add. Indeed, the vibrato and bends can have more intention behind them, but as Gabi said, playing more and more articulation based pieces will only polish and refine your technique.

Keep up the good work!

Cosmin
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Posted on: Jan 25 2015, 06:22 PM


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Good choice biggrin.gif Could stand near Satch's Summer Song - it has that vibe biggrin.gif
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Posted on: Jan 25 2015, 06:22 PM


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Hey Tim!

Very nice, mate! I think that aside that vibrato bending at 0:12, which is slightly weaker then the rest of the stuff you have played, the take is solid and round! How about taking it to the REC Zone? smile.gif
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