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Todd Simpson
post Apr 24 2019, 07:51 AM
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Nice!!! You can use a pedal point as the starting tone, or really nearly any repeated tone while a pattern dances around it. This is not the strictest definition but still makes for some cool licks smile.gif Yngwie uses tons of pedal point and Jason Becker did as well. Nice job on the bonus round! Your Arp/Sweep work is paying off! Let's Debrief!

MEDALS OF HONOR

*DEALERS CHOICE: Doesn't matter what gets thrown your way, you handle with no problem at all. Your picking technique is solid as a rock, Soldier!
*PINKY POWER PREVAILS: You have developed a good habit of using your pinky where some folks would resort to the first three fingers only. This is a very habit to have and will serve you well as you fight on! Also using thumbless technique helps reduce hand pressure. Double Score!
*PRECiSION/SPEED: I've said it before and I"ll say it again, speed is a byproduct of precision. I've seen your precision increase and your speed increase with it. Keep it up!!! The more repetitions you put in on a single drill the faster it will get. Pick a few and play them every practice just a few times and try to push the speed. You have solid technique. I think you are ready to start pushing the speed barrier!
In other words you just...
LEVELED UP!!!
**You are also tied for TOP DAWG!!!!!!! Thus you get the STAR OF HONOR on your Badge. Congrats!
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QUOTE (Adam M @ Apr 23 2019, 02:43 PM) *
They are fun to play and a good practice but also I can practice my scales with it if I keep 2-3 notes and alter the highest or the lowest between the notes of a scale in different positions. THat helps a lot to learn the fretboard better!

I did some research on pedal point yesterday and I learned that usually the highest or the lowest notes are pedal points but if I modify it, like in yesterday's exercise, it still sounds nice and is fun to play! Now I know how it works a little better.

I couldn't just sit around today, so I'm done with video much earlier than usually. I'm really hyped about what's to come soon!

Today's licks remind me of Anesthesia that I sometimes practice but the confusing part about it was pulling back from the highest note to the previous one. That was new for me! smile.gif
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post Apr 25 2019, 01:12 AM
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Practicing and recording is probably the only thing that makes me really happy.

Today's exercises were a bit tricky and I practiced for another hour with phones but I didn't push the speed more than in the video. I also tried moving the third part down the fretboard but to make it more interesting, I tried using G minor scale (if I got it right, that's the one you originally used).



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post Apr 25 2019, 05:30 AM
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SUPER CONGRATS SOLDIER!!! You have made it further than anyone else has in 10 years. Through dogged persistence you have pushed your way to the top!!! Let's Debrief!
MEDALS OF HONOR

DRILLING AND KILLING PER USUAL: Over time your technique has improved quite a bit. Go back and watch your first couple dozen missions and then come back and watch this one. Notice how much more smooth your delivery is and how much more confidence you have in your pick strikes? I sure do!!!
PINKY TO SPARE: Rarely if ever do I see you fall on the crutch of using the third finger in stead of the pinky. As a bonus, you use a LOT of thumbless technique to help focuse on the finger tips. These bits take time in the wood shet and you have put in the time!!
MUTED PICKING: This one thing is something some folks just never ever ever get. You got it down cold. The ability to palm mute while picking from the thumb/first finger is the true key to opening the world of shred imho.

You are now in RARE territory Soldier. There is no frame of reference for what you are about to achieve as you'll be the first!!! Now that you are our TOP DAWG, I"m going to start asking more of you than before. For example, try to "multi Pick" a verison of each drill. E.G. For parts A/B/C, single pick it, then do another take that's double picked or triple picked. This will start working your picking speed/precision and you left hand will have to adapt to keep up. You are blazing a trail soldier!! You are officially our
HIGHEST RANKING SOLDIER EEEEEVVVVEERRRRR!!!!!!
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QUOTE (Adam M @ Apr 24 2019, 08:12 PM) *
Practicing and recording is probably the only thing that makes me really happy.

Today's exercises were a bit tricky and I practiced for another hour with phones but I didn't push the speed more than in the video. I also tried moving the third part down the fretboard but to make it more interesting, I tried using G minor scale (if I got it right, that's the one you originally used).

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post Apr 26 2019, 01:34 AM
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post Apr 26 2019, 03:17 AM
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Soldier I think you are playing this well from what I can hear, but your fretting hand is out of frame for a good chunk of it so I can't really see what your doing? I can't critique your technique if I can't see your hands, but from just the sound, it sounds like you are on the right track! I can see your hands when they do get in the frame and they are on target. So it's not enough call for a reshoot I don't think, just try to get both hands in frame next time if possible. Let's Debrief!!!

MEDALS OF HONOR

STREEEETCH: Without a good stretch, this just doesn't work. The good news is you have put in the time and worked your stretch! Nice!.

PINKY TO THE RESCUE: Yet again the weakest finger is crucial in this Mission. Yet again you nail it with flying colors!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TRIPEGGIOS: Tripeggios are a great way to build speed as they are part hammer on / pull off and you don't have to pick each note. Focus on these in your practice. You can build some crazy speed.
In short, you have gone where you GMCer has ever gone before. You have tackled MISSION 90 and not been taken Prisoner!!! Nay! You have emerged, the VICTOR!!! You are officially as far down the Path of Glory as anyone has ever gotten in 10 years. Super Congrats you just...


LEVELED UP!!!!!!
*You are the TOP DAAAAWWWGG!!!!
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post Apr 26 2019, 04:18 PM
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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Apr 25 2019, 05:30 AM) *
You are now in RARE territory Soldier. There is no frame of reference for what you are about to achieve as you'll be the first!!! Now that you are our TOP DAWG, I"m going to start asking more of you than before. For example, try to "multi Pick" a verison of each drill. E.G. For parts A/B/C, single pick it, then do another take that's double picked or triple picked. This will start working your picking speed/precision and you left hand will have to adapt to keep up. You are blazing a trail soldier!! You are officially our
HIGHEST RANKING SOLDIER EEEEEVVVVEERRRRR!!!!!!


It sounds like this honour is exclusive to the Top Dawg, then, but I'm sure it will help me make even more progress!
I admit that sometimes I wasn't sure what to do exactly and I peeked at the former Top Dawg's videos for clues, so I don't get asked to re-try a mission. I can't do this anymore but that's just another reason to give it my best!

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Soldier I think you are playing this well from what I can hear, but your fretting hand is out of frame for a good chunk of it so I can't really see what your doing? I can't critique your technique if I can't see your hands, but from just the sound, it sounds like you are on the right track! I can see your hands when they do get in the frame and they are on target. So it's not enough call for a reshoot I don't think, just try to get both hands in frame next time if possible. Let's Debrief!!!


I wasn't sure if I should go down the fretboard in the first place but I re-recorded that part just so I don't feel bad about leaving loose ends. It's pretty much like the part that's visible and to loop the lick I had to use the open string for moving my hand back upwards.

I won't be able to record later, so I did it in the afternoon.



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post Apr 27 2019, 07:35 AM
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WELL FOUGHT!!!!!!! Yet again you continue to impress soldier!!! Thanks for doing the redo your fingers look great!

Let's debrief 91!!!!

FALLING ON MY OWN SWORD

I must take the blame for not explaining this properly and not doing a great job on the tablature as well. It's been a few years since I created this lesson and I didn't realize until just now seeing again that it's not correct. You are playing it as written, It's just written not quite right. This is not you fault it's mine. Still I don't want to leave it up as a passing version as you are the ONLY solider to EVER make it this far and I want your example vid to be correct for other students in case anyone, ever makes it this far. Here is the corrected version of 91 B. I want you do use your left hand for the 7th/8th frets and your RIGHT hand to tap the 3rd fret tap/pull off. It feels very odd which is the point of this lick and then loop the pattern. I've corrected the tab and image below.

In the new versions I make mention of which hand and which finger to use. This is a bizarre, reach over type of hammering lick where you are using the right hand to tap the lower frets and the left hand to tap the higher frets which is the reverse of what one normally does. I created this to give players the chance to play something entirely outside of the range of anything normal. Plus, it looks cool when being played this way smile.gif

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I"ll scout ahead the next few missions to make sure things are ship shape before you get there. I've not been through these in many years as nobody has ever done this well before. Super Congrats on getting this far Soldier!!!
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This last part is a continuation of Part B. Keeping extra string noise down is a real challenge, but that's why it's built this way. You are in the tall weeds now Soldier!!


QUOTE (Adam M @ Apr 26 2019, 11:18 AM) *
It sounds like this honour is exclusive to the Top Dawg, then, but I'm sure it will help me make even more progress!I admit that sometimes I wasn't sure what to do exactly and I peeked at the former Top Dawg's videos for clues, so I don't get asked to re-try a mission. I can't do this anymore but that's just another reason to give it my best!


I wasn't sure if I should go down the fretboard in the first place but I re-recorded that part just so I don't feel bad about leaving loose ends. It's pretty much like the part that's visible and to loop the lick I had to use the open string for moving my hand back upwards.

I won't be able to record later, so I did it in the afternoon.



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post Apr 27 2019, 10:47 PM
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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Apr 27 2019, 07:35 AM) *
WELL FOUGHT!!!!!!! Yet again you continue to impress soldier!!! Thanks for doing the redo your fingers look great!

Let's debrief 91!!!!

FALLING ON MY OWN SWORD

I must take the blame for not explaining this properly and not doing a great job on the tablature as well. It's been a few years since I created this lesson and I didn't realize until just now seeing again that it's not correct. You are playing it as written, It's just written not quite right. This is not you fault it's mine. Still I don't want to leave it up as a passing version as you are the ONLY solider to EVER make it this far and I want your example vid to be correct for other students in case anyone, ever makes it this far. Here is the corrected version of 91 B. I want you do use your left hand for the 7th/8th frets and your RIGHT hand to tap the 3rd fret tap/pull off. It feels very odd which is the point of this lick and then loop the pattern. I've corrected the tab and image below.

In the new versions I make mention of which hand and which finger to use. This is a bizarre, reach over type of hammering lick where you are using the right hand to tap the lower frets and the left hand to tap the higher frets which is the reverse of what one normally does. I created this to give players the chance to play something entirely outside of the range of anything normal. Plus, it looks cool when being played this way smile.gif

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I"ll scout ahead the next few missions to make sure things are ship shape before you get there. I've not been through these in many years as nobody has ever done this well before. Super Congrats on getting this far Soldier!!!
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This last part is a continuation of Part B. Keeping extra string noise down is a real challenge, but that's why it's built this way. You are in the tall weeds now Soldier!!

I'll skip today's lesson because there was a lot to do today and I have some lessons long overdue that Gab is waiting for. I focused this during my today's practice and I'll do the same tomorrow but there's a chance I'll be able to record 91 tomorrow if I'm finished with the other lessons as scheduled.

Don't worry about the missions' description smile.gif There's no rush and no time limit. I'll give it as much time as needed and besides, the more challenging they get, the better I become when I clear them! Patience is one's best friend when seeking development smile.gif

I watched my very first vids at GMC and the improvement is HUGE! Not just the technique but I gained a ton of confidence since I joined. There's a lot more to be done and having milestones like upping Chevron Badges' stripes is a nice motivation! If there was only start and finish, it would feel somewhat unattainable and the motivation would slowly drop to zero.

About the Mission 91, I've seen some players do it this way and until I started doing tapping myself, I didn't know why they did that. I thought it's to show off.


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post Apr 28 2019, 02:00 PM
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You have made some very good progress since you started out here at GMC. It's something you should be really proud of. You've progressed and earned it every step of the way. You've earned a day off smile.gif

As for the tapping bit, it really is just to show off. One could play it in a standard way, but it does look cooler on stage to reverse the hand position, or pull a jason becker and shred with one hand while doing Yoyo, etc. smile.gif
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I'll skip today's lesson because there was a lot to do today and I have some lessons long overdue that Gab is waiting for. I focused this during my today's practice and I'll do the same tomorrow but there's a chance I'll be able to record 91 tomorrow if I'm finished with the other lessons as scheduled.

Don't worry about the missions' description smile.gif There's no rush and no time limit. I'll give it as much time as needed and besides, the more challenging they get, the better I become when I clear them! Patience is one's best friend when seeking development smile.gif

I watched my very first vids at GMC and the improvement is HUGE! Not just the technique but I gained a ton of confidence since I joined. There's a lot more to be done and having milestones like upping Chevron Badges' stripes is a nice motivation! If there was only start and finish, it would feel somewhat unattainable and the motivation would slowly drop to zero.

About the Mission 91, I've seen some players do it this way and until I started doing tapping myself, I didn't know why they did that. I thought it's to show off.
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post Apr 28 2019, 10:59 PM
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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Apr 28 2019, 02:00 PM) *
You have made some very good progress since you started out here at GMC. It's something you should be really proud of. You've progressed and earned it every step of the way. You've earned a day off smile.gif

As for the tapping bit, it really is just to show off. One could play it in a standard way, but it does look cooler on stage to reverse the hand position, or pull a jason becker and shred with one hand while doing Yoyo, etc. smile.gif
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Thanks, I really needed that day off! I had an intense weekend at work but I also got invited for Chris Norman's concert on Friday. I admit I only knew the band Smokie by the name and a few songs that are played on radio but it was a great experience!

I got some sleep and rest and managed to record the 91st mission too! Not only that! I nailed Becker's Serrana - currently it's just the first part but I hope it's good enough to let me move on to the tabs and video you posted the other day! This part was a great practice on playing a longer piece in one go not so much for stamina but rather fingering - this was VERY confusing and my fingers couldn't nail it for a long time before finally learning the patterns! I'm looking forward to the next part and I think I'll break it up just before the arpeggio section, so it will be another CRAZY finger twister!



I know there's a little slip but that was just a practice run for a warm-up that I recorded. I must admit applying THUMBLESS technique here was a HUGE step forward because prior to learning it I was groping in the dark with not much progress!

If you play the video at 200% speed it's what it should sound like normally. I was terrified of watching Jason do it so quickly when I first discovered the piece but not anymore! I can see myself doing just that in maybe even a year's time!

Now for the proper lesson:

I still believe doing tapping this way isn't just to show off but can has its technical advantages. I found it MUCH easier to mute the other strings and I believe that's an issue at higher speeds. The only downside to it is that the right hand gets tired if not used to it.




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post Apr 29 2019, 11:50 PM
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Well done on the Becker tune!! you are quickly getting it down. It's a serious bit of music. It's worth learning for the huge variety of things involved in playing it. He uses so many techniques to create his unique style. It's the way he blends them that makes it sound so unique. Keep it up!!
LET'S DEBRIEF!!!!...
BACK TO FRONT: You nailed it! You are correct about this technique having some advantages over the regular approach. You can use part of your arm as a mute for example. It's a bit awkward feeling to play this way which is why it's mostly used on stage as a live sort of party trick. smile.gif

PACING TO PLAY: Keeping this thing smooth and on pace is not easy due to the awkward positioning. You kept it nice and clean!
ADVANCED TAPPING: This is a very advanced technique. Not only does it have a four note per string tap that includes pulling of to an open string, it has you reverse the position of your hands. You nailed it!
In other words, you just....
LEVELED UP!!!!!!!

*You remain the TOOOOPPPP DAAAWWWGGG!

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Thanks, I really needed that day off! I had an intense weekend at work but I also got invited for Chris Norman's concert on Friday. I admit I only knew the band Smokie by the name and a few songs that are played on radio but it was a great experience!

I got some sleep and rest and managed to record the 91st mission too! Not only that! I nailed Becker's Serrana - currently it's just the first part but I hope it's good enough to let me move on to the tabs and video you posted the other day! This part was a great practice on playing a longer piece in one go not so much for stamina but rather fingering - this was VERY confusing and my fingers couldn't nail it for a long time before finally learning the patterns! I'm looking forward to the next part and I think I'll break it up just before the arpeggio section, so it will be another CRAZY finger twister!



I know there's a little slip but that was just a practice run for a warm-up that I recorded. I must admit applying THUMBLESS technique here was a HUGE step forward because prior to learning it I was groping in the dark with not much progress!

If you play the video at 200% speed it's what it should sound like normally. I was terrified of watching Jason do it so quickly when I first discovered the piece but not anymore! I can see myself doing just that in maybe even a year's time!

Now for the proper lesson:

I still believe doing tapping this way isn't just to show off but can has its technical advantages. I found it MUCH easier to mute the other strings and I believe that's an issue at higher speeds. The only downside to it is that the right hand gets tired if not used to it.

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post May 1 2019, 12:42 AM
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This pattern was really difficult to nail in just one practice session but I did it!



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Well Played!! This is a very fun way to work on your picking. It's a great riff that you can speed up as you practice it. It works great as a backing riff to solo over as well. Let's Debrief!!!
MEDALS OF HONOR

PINKY POWER TO THE MAX: This one requires a bit of mastery on the weakest finger and you have have it!!!! Way back on Mission 1 I remember thinking that your pinky, like everyone's pinky, needed some work. You've worked it!!!!!! It's working great smile.gif
STREEEEETCH: Huge stretch in this one. One missed note and it falls apart as I'm sure you found out. You can fudge through this one. Every note has to be there or it won't work. You gotta stick the landing over and over and over. This will really help you as you move forward. Sooooo many techniques require a big stretch.

PACE: Not rushed or lagged. Keep this one in your warm up and run it once a day. This one riff will help your picking, especially for this type of riffing.

In other words, you just..
LEVELED UP!!!!
*You remain out TOP DAWWWWGG!!!!

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This pattern was really difficult to nail in just one practice session but I did it!

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I think I know what gets me depressed so much lately. My friends' circle I used to hang out with has found some online game and spend time in the game's chat room instead of our and it's impossible to get them to go out anymore. I don't want to get into MMO's because I know how these games are addictive. I've been playing one for about ten years. I made friends and we've had a great time together but other hobbies and interests, I wasn't able to spend time doing other stuff. At the same time I feel the friends getting more and more distant and I could join them just to be able to talk to them...
But listening to and watching bands like Sabaton is so energizing and uplifting that I somehow manage to stay somewhat positive!
This one is probably the BEST OF THE BEST of their live performances of this song. Brings back memories from the Woodstock smile.gif


I've been uploading videos since Mission 86 from the other channel and now I'm moving them all to my practice channel. Should I update all the links in previous posts if someone wants to check them?



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I feel your pain on games. I've had friends who just lost themselves in different games online. Like everything in life, BALANCE is key. Games are fine, as long as one can just play now and then, enjoy it for what it is, and put it down and get back to improving ones skills on something real like guitar. smile.gif I still game on my PS4, but I avoid CLAN gaming these days as it's just too much of a time suck. Also avoid gaming in groups. And avoid battle royale games like the plague. I recently played FAR CRY 5 and JUST CAUSE 4. Both were fun and I could play for a bit and put it down. Being able to just put the controller down after an hour or so takes practice. Just like getting better at guitar. For some folks, it's just better to avoid it. Just like some people are better off avoiding booze. Depends on the person.

Sabaton are a killer band and their shows are something that are best experienced live and with other people. Those are real experiences. Not synthetic like a game imho.
As for your vids, you can just make a playlist of vids on your main channel and keep adding vids from anywhere you put them smile.gif
On to the Mission!! This one is a bit of a MONSTER. It takes several hard lessons to build up to something like this. That's why it's not lesson 10, it's lesson 93. By now you have developed your stretch, developed your pinky, developed your pinky and are ready to attack!!!!

MEDALS OF HONOR
STREEEETCH: This one is built to be just flat out hard to play. It's not based on any known scale, it's just a hard pattern that forces the hand to stretch and the pinky to stick the landing. It's doing complex forms in Karate. It's intended to be difficult. Good news is you KRUSHED IT!!
STICKING THE LANDING: Gotta stick the landing. Sticking it with the pinky is even better. Nice!!!!
PLACEMENT: Moving around the neck while playing challenging bits is just plain hard! You did it with precision. SUPER SCORE!!!
In short, you are where you should be. You are in the deep end of the pool where no other Bootcamper has ever been. Keep it up Soldier!!!
You just..
LEVELED UP!!

*You are still the TOP DAWG EVER!!!!
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I think I know what gets me depressed so much lately. My friends' circle I used to hang out with has found some online game and spend time in the game's chat room instead of our and it's impossible to get them to go out anymore. I don't want to get into MMO's because I know how these games are addictive. I've been playing one for about ten years. I made friends and we've had a great time together but other hobbies and interests, I wasn't able to spend time doing other stuff. At the same time I feel the friends getting more and more distant and I could join them just to be able to talk to them...
But listening to and watching bands like Sabaton is so energizing and uplifting that I somehow manage to stay somewhat positive!
This one is probably the BEST OF THE BEST of their live performances of this song. Brings back memories from the Woodstock smile.gif


I've been uploading videos since Mission 86 from the other channel and now I'm moving them all to my practice channel. Should I update all the links in previous posts if someone wants to check them?

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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ May 2 2019, 02:39 AM) *
I feel your pain on games. I've had friends who just lost themselves in different games online. Like everything in life, BALANCE is key. Games are fine, as long as one can just play now and then, enjoy it for what it is, and put it down and get back to improving ones skills on something real like guitar. smile.gif I still game on my PS4, but I avoid CLAN gaming these days as it's just too much of a time suck. Also avoid gaming in groups. And avoid battle royale games like the plague. I recently played FAR CRY 5 and JUST CAUSE 4. Both were fun and I could play for a bit and put it down. Being able to just put the controller down after an hour or so takes practice. Just like getting better at guitar. For some folks, it's just better to avoid it. Just like some people are better off avoiding booze. Depends on the person.

Sabaton are a killer band and their shows are something that are best experienced live and with other people. Those are real experiences. Not synthetic like a game imho.
As for your vids, you can just make a playlist of vids on your main channel and keep adding vids from anywhere you put them smile.gif
On to the Mission!! This one is a bit of a MONSTER. It takes several hard lessons to build up to something like this. That's why it's not lesson 10, it's lesson 93. By now you have developed your stretch, developed your pinky, developed your pinky and are ready to attack!!!!

I didn't give up on video games completely but I'm more into Single Player type or local co-ops. As an entertainment or a break from other activities it's definitely nice. And I must say I developed a nice reflex and strategic sense just playing the games. There's a difference between a MMO where the player spends weeks or months developing a single character (after that it's harder to let it go, which I think is a strategy to keep the player base involved) and a co-op campaign or even arena games where the folks can enter any time, play a match or two and move on to other things. Card games and board games can be fun to with right people! It's just like you said, all things are fine with moderation and balance.

Before I got into music I thought a live show is just a live show now I know how much effort it takes and how it separates an "okay" band from a "brilliant" one. To some people it comes naturally and it's a real gift to be able to entertain, involve and interact with the audience while being natural self. I think forcing oneself to do it can do more harm than good but it can probably be developed as every other skill.

Today's lesson felt like a calm before the storm. It wasn't exactly hard but not easy either, as I had to remain focused all the time.

Also, thanks for the idea of making a playlist with my Bootcamp videos. It's simple yet I didn't think about it smile.gif



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The fact that you didn't think this was a tough lesson says a lot about how far you've come. This one requires a lot of focus as the hand positions change each time you move. If you lose focus, you end up playing the wrong shape when you move to the next position or lose a pick strike along the way and have to start over. You've made great strides in your precision. It's great to see! Let's Debrief!!
MEDALS OF HONOR
CHANGE IS GOOD: There are a lot of shape changes in this one. You nail each one. It doesn't even seem to make you break a sweat!!!

PRECISION: Nice and precise as it should be!!!
STRIKING DISTANCE: Never over overcommitting to a single pick strike! Nice.
You are showing all of the skills that you've learned here Soldier. You are knocking on Heavn's Door, as it were. You are inches from the TRIPLE DIGIT BARRIER!!!!
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I didn't give up on video games completely but I'm more into Single Player type or local co-ops. As an entertainment or a break from other activities it's definitely nice. And I must say I developed a nice reflex and strategic sense just playing the games. There's a difference between a MMO where the player spends weeks or months developing a single character (after that it's harder to let it go, which I think is a strategy to keep the player base involved) and a co-op campaign or even arena games where the folks can enter any time, play a match or two and move on to other things. Card games and board games can be fun to with right people! It's just like you said, all things are fine with moderation and balance.

Before I got into music I thought a live show is just a live show now I know how much effort it takes and how it separates an "okay" band from a "brilliant" one. To some people it comes naturally and it's a real gift to be able to entertain, involve and interact with the audience while being natural self. I think forcing oneself to do it can do more harm than good but it can probably be developed as every other skill.

Today's lesson felt like a calm before the storm. It wasn't exactly hard but not easy either, as I had to remain focused all the time.

Also, thanks for the idea of making a playlist with my Bootcamp videos. It's simple yet I didn't think about it smile.gif

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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ May 3 2019, 10:44 AM) *
The fact that you didn't think this was a tough lesson says a lot about how far you've come. This one requires a lot of focus as the hand positions change each time you move. If you lose focus, you end up playing the wrong shape when you move to the next position or lose a pick strike along the way and have to start over. You've made great strides in your precision. It's great to see! Let's Debrief!!

I called it! The previous mission was easy but the one that followed gave me a hard time. I think it;s mostly because the picking pattern is descending and sharing attention between proper picking pattern, stretching the hand and hitting the Pinky Notes was a real challenge. I know being able to do it thumbless is a game-changer and I'm really glad I took time earlier to learn it! I'm not sure if it's even possible to do this mission without it.



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Well Fought Soldier!! This is a tricky one for sure and you can probably see which ones led up to it. I'll often put in drills that are not really music, just pure finger drills to prep you to play something that is actually a riff/music using the same skills. The riff in this one is tricky. Trying to play it at speed can melt your hand/brain. You play it well and with precision. Each bit you play here is done well. Let's Debrief!!
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PINKY PRECISION: You've earned it on the Pinky Soldier. You'll be glad you did. I see folks reaching with the 3rd finger all the time on youtube as they have not worked the pinky hard enough. You have!
TRICKY BITS: Some Very tricky bits in this one but you are not thrown off at all!! It's as if your fingers just expect it and know how to cope. Which is great!!
PICKING THE STRANGE: You were not thrown off by the odd picking required on this one. Your skills are serving you well!!
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I called it! The previous mission was easy but the one that followed gave me a hard time. I think it;s mostly because the picking pattern is descending and sharing attention between proper picking pattern, stretching the hand and hitting the Pinky Notes was a real challenge. I know being able to do it thumbless is a game-changer and I'm really glad I took time earlier to learn it! I'm not sure if it's even possible to do this mission without it.

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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ May 4 2019, 08:06 AM) *
Well Fought Soldier!! This is a tricky one for sure and you can probably see which ones led up to it. I'll often put in drills that are not really music, just pure finger drills to prep you to play something that is actually a riff/music using the same skills. The riff in this one is tricky. Trying to play it at speed can melt your hand/brain. You play it well and with precision. Each bit you play here is done well.

I'm glad this was not a music piece. I can't see myself playing such finger twisters on a daily basis, let alone do it for a living smile.gif But maybe with some practice it could sound nice when thrown into improvisation. As you say, I tried it at full speed at first and failed miserably. I'm not sure if there's anything left of my brain to melt biggrin.gif

Today's bits and pieces were relaxing, on the other hand. I thought it would come slower but it seems I'm making some progress on legato and tapping. Most notably, I don't need to use as much force as I used to!

I can play almost whole Bismarck, riff by riff for now, not all in one go but I'm struggling with the second half of solo to make it sound as it should be. Once I get that, I'll go for it! Maybe I'll record my very first cover video in a few days! smile.gif



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