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Less Is More Competition
Bogdan Radovic
Dec 2 2013, 12:07 PM
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'Less is more' competition

By playing less, you will quickly get better. Read on to find out how.

Challenge rules:

1. Find a backing track that you like from any of the lessons in our archive
2. Record a video of yourself playing a rhythm or lead over the backing track
3. Play as simple as possible in your take.
4. Upload your take to Youtube and post the link in this thread to enter the competition

Goal:

The goal is absolute simplicity. The less notes you play the better. Use the power of melody and expression to achieve the best results, while keeping it simple. Let you music breathe with long pauses, and carefully chosen notes/chords/bends/vibrato .

We all tend to play a bit too much at times, and this challenge is about the complete opposite: playing as little as possible. This can be as hard as playing flashy licks - taming ourselves is something we often forget to do, even though it probably is the most efficient path towards making progress.

Therefore - we hope that you'll take part in this challenge and that we'll inspire you to think in new terms and approach guitar playing from a different perspective.

Instructions:

* Playing should be as simple as possible

* Recording should be done in video format. Must be a brand new recording, specifically recorded for this occasion.

* You can choose any backing track from the archive.

* Winners will be chosen by GMC Staff and based on the impression we get from your performance and ability to play less...but make it sound more.

* Deadline : 2nd of January 2014.

THE PRIZES


1st prize

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Completely custom made per your desire signature guitar pick from Vonhotch Custom Designs.


2nd prize

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Cirse - Rompiente album signed by Gabriel Leopardi


3rd prize

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1 Year Gift Subscription to Guitar Player Magazine


Who is up for the challenge?

EDIT: competition results here

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Monica Gheorghev...
Dec 2 2013, 12:18 PM
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Great idea for this competition, Bogdan!!!! When it's a challenge I will surely be in wink.gif







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Darius Wave
Dec 2 2013, 01:08 PM
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Awesome new thing for GMC smile.gif Can't wait to see some takes smile.gif I know some users that have a really nice touch to phrasing thing smile.gif

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Slavenko Erazer
Dec 2 2013, 02:14 PM
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How can less be more? It's Impossible!? MORE IS more !!! laugh.gif

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Ben Higgins
Dec 2 2013, 03:17 PM
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Sounds great !

Ok.. so who's gonna do it ?

Who's gonna do.. The ONE NOTE SOLO !

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Darius Wave
Dec 2 2013, 03:58 PM
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You could as Edge from U2....He would win with his "with or without You" feedback things biggrin.gif

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Huargo
Dec 2 2013, 04:18 PM
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Very good Idea!!!
i'll try.

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Sensible Jones
Dec 2 2013, 05:07 PM
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I think I'll give it a go!!
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Gabriel Leopardi
Dec 2 2013, 06:50 PM
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QUOTE (Slavenko Erazer @ Dec 2 2013, 10:14 AM) *
How can less be more? It's Impossible!? MORE IS more !!! laugh.gif



haha Yngwie is not invited to this one! tongue.gif

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Mertay
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Pretty smart idea to boost members composition/musicality a step further smile.gif

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Darius Wave
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Just a little tip - less notes doesn't mean less articulation smile.gif Try to impress us with tone control and color available in whole articulation box smile.gif

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sammetal92
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Less, as in using less notes and less shredding techniques, right? smile.gif

I'm gonna try taking part in this, but I think its gonna be hard... I've been working on my shred techniques lately, so we'll see soon enough biggrin.gif

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Gabriel Leopardi
Dec 3 2013, 09:00 PM
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QUOTE (sammetal92 @ Dec 3 2013, 02:31 PM) *
Less, as in using less notes and less shredding techniques, right? smile.gif

I'm gonna try taking part in this, but I think its gonna be hard... I've been working on my shred techniques lately, so we'll see soon enough biggrin.gif


Less is more. Sometimes we think that it's something difficult, we can say, how will I do to make a solo with a few notes that can blow everybody's minds??

The answer to this question is simple: be yourself. I'm sure that if I ask you to sing the first melody that comes to your mind over a backing track you wont sing a million of notes in a second. You won't make your mouth sound like a machine gun. You will sing something nice, something melodic. This melody talks much more about yourself than a machine gun effect.

I think that if everything goes well, we will have many unique takes over this backing... forget the pre-conceived patterns and let your soul express. smile.gif

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Bogdan Radovic
Dec 4 2013, 02:34 PM
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Awesome to have you in everyone! smile.gif

Please feel free to take any approach you find interesting as "simplicity" can be very personal and subjective matter.
When I compose my lines, I usually first come up with something that I like and then I start taking out the unnecessary notes in order to make it sound more effective and easier to play on the instrument. I have learned that I usually come up with more then its needed for the song.

Again - possibilities here are endless as well as possible choice for the backing track in the GMC archive so please give it a shot if you can, you might be surprised by the results! smile.gif

Who else is in?

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Dec 5 2013, 04:01 AM
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I'll give it a shot. Count me in! smile.gif

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Doug Lane
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Things are looking hectic for the next couple weeks, but I'll do my best to try and submit an entry. Can I make my own backing track for it if I choose?

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There are lots of good backing tracks and it's very difficult which one to choose! Especially after Darius' Vchat, I realize that a lot of GMC backing tracks can suit the competition!

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Bogdan Radovic
Dec 5 2013, 12:12 PM
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QUOTE (Doug Lane @ Dec 5 2013, 04:10 AM) *
Things are looking hectic for the next couple weeks, but I'll do my best to try and submit an entry. Can I make my own backing track for it if I choose?


Sure - you can do this as well!


QUOTE (bahadirpeker @ Dec 5 2013, 11:59 AM) *
There are lots of good backing tracks and it's very difficult which one to choose! Especially after Darius' Vchat, I realize that a lot of GMC backing tracks can suit the competition!


Yeah - the possibilities are endless. What can also be interesting is to choose a busy backing track and play "less" smile.gif

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vonhotch
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Great idea for a contest. Good luck everyone. smile.gif

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QUOTE (vonhotch @ Dec 5 2013, 02:49 PM) *
Great idea for a contest. Good luck everyone. smile.gif


I dont suppose you will get 1st prize VH! laugh.gif
(Haha or me)

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