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post Aug 16 2019, 02:08 PM
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Before we start I would like to know a bit more about you.

- How long have you been playing guitar?
- Favorite guitarists, bands and musicians.
- What are your guitar goals?
- How would you like to you see yourself in 5 years (related to music and guitar)?
- How much time do you have to play guitar each day?
- Do you have experience playing live?
- Which are your strong and weak points with guitar?
- What do you know about music theory?
- Can you record videos of you playing?
- Share audios and videos that reflect your current playing here.


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- How long have you been playing guitar?
>Well, that's a bit shameful. I started when I joined GMC 2008, but I would say I am at a very beginners level.
- Favorite guitarists, bands and musicians.
>I like every kind of metal from power metal to death metal but also more laid back, groovy blues orientated music like Stoner Rock.
>I am a big fan of Colour Haze. Like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWn60vLHZoE
- What are your guitar goals?
>I want to have the skills to write and play technical but also melodic solos and songs
- How would you like to you see yourself in 5 years (related to music and guitar)?
>I would like to be able to improvise guitar leads and find fitting melodies over chords. From a technical point of view I would like to be able to play lessons marked with 7+ on GMC.
- How much time do you have to play guitar each day?
>At least 1h every day. In the last weeks when I picked up the guitar again I played a lot more.
- Do you have experience playing live?
>I was in a band for some time and we had a few gigs. It was nothing too serious, though
- Which are your strong and weak points with guitar?
>strong points: My rhythm guitar skills are decent from a beginners point of view. I can play galloping rhythms and tremolo picking at higher speeds.
>weak points: I have no musical background at all, No musical ear, lack of theory, I struggle with timing, I am a slow learner when it comes to learning new songs or lessons.
- What do you know about music theory?
>Well, I can fit all my knowledge into a few sentences. It's not much smile.gif I know there are 12 notes in our musical system. You use these notes to form different scales depending in which order you arrange them. When you create Chords just like scales you follow a specific formula.
Can you record videos of you playing?
- Share audios and videos that reflect your current playing here.
I posted 2 REC takes. There will be more, also in this thread.

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Hi mate, thanks for your information! I think that the lessons that you've chosen are good to train your rhythm and technique skills. In order to complement that work (you can continue choosing "in the style of lessons" from our archive), you could work on some solo technique lesson (one that covers bending, vibrato, legato, and / or alternate picking) and you should also dedicate some time of your practice to experiment with scales and improvisation.

I can guide you with any of these things, or we can use this thread to monitor your practice and give feedback.


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A little update from me. I have been playing a lot over the weekend smile.gif
I learned and recorded your Megadeth riffing lesson.


These are the next two lessons I started working on

Kris recommended me this one:
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Basic-Rock-Rhythm-2/#
Seems like a good fit. I am looking forward to learn it.

The other one is the Led Zepplin lesson by Adrian
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/My-Favorite-Zeppelin/

Here is my current progress:


The chorus part with the chords needs more attention. I think I need more pronounced dead notes and better (start) timing for the filling lick. Anything else I should focus on?

You'll notice I didn't play the last part with the strumming of the open chords. It's because I have absolutely no idea how to do this wink.gif
I tried to get the strumming pattern down first but so far no success. I can't even do it really slow. Normally when I can't wrap my head around how to play a part I set it to 20% speed in guitar pro. Unfortunately, this part is not tabbed and I am a bit lost here.


About theory:
I already know the a minor pentatonic. So if I am not mistaken I can get the full a minor scale when I add a B and a F. which also makes it a C Major scale. I am still working on learning all the notes on the fret board, so simply adding the B&F note is not as easy as it seems smile.gif

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Hi mate, thanks for the update!

I think that the lesson (Zeppelin) is going well. I notice that you tend to rush a bit tempo during the main riff, and also in the part starting at 00:34. You really need to focus on timing here. This groove and slow tempo is not easy at all.

Regarding the strumming section, I found the tab in part 7 and Adrian plays it slowly there. Have you seen it?

Finally, I also would like to recommend you Kris's Jam School series for improvisation. Also his "My first phrases" lesson is very helpful. I'd like to see you exploring these lessons and sharing your improvisations here.

What do you think?


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That's a great idea. I will upload my improvisation over the backing and have a look at Kris's Jam School.
Regarding the Led Zeppelin lesson: In part 7, he is showing the main riff. In part 9 he is playing the riff I have problems with slowly but I still can't figure out the strumming. The tab is there, but the riff is much more than just the chords. Any idea on how I can get down the strumming pattern?

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Hi mate, I've recorded this video to explain that part and give ideas on how to practice it. Let me know if it helps!





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Hey mate, thank you so much for this, you are awesome! This helps me tremendously smile.gif Will practice as soon I got home from work.
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