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post Jun 6 2019, 05:38 AM
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Hi Farine54! Welcome to your thread for Gab's Army, my mentoring program. Here I will guide you with your guitar practice, creating routines, practice plans, giving feedback of your playing always based on your guitar goals and musical tastes.

Before we start I would like to know a bit more about you.


- How many time 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 many time can you play guitar each day?
- Do you have playing live experience?
- Which are your strong and weak points with guitar?
- What do you know about music theory?
- Can you record videos of you playing?
- Share here audios and videos that reflect your current playing.


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post Jun 6 2019, 06:38 PM
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Hi Gab,

I play guitar since 14 years old (I'm 48), but by alternating periods, I think I can say that it's like I played for 5 years.

I like all musical styles but with great preferences for the classic rock, hard rock, and the blues. (Beatles, Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy, ACDC, Heart, Led Zep, Creedence, Metallica, .....). I like many musicians, but the ones I love the most are Paul McCartney, Scott Gorham, Jeff Healey, Dr John, Mari Boine, Jake E. Lee, John Lord, Paul Rogers and.... the list is so big.

My goal is above all to enjoy playing songs that I like and also improvise (but I do not know anything about theory ...), even if I do not progress quickly.

I know that to progress quickly it's necessary to work often, but it's impossible for me. I play guitar about 2 times a week.

I've never playing in live.

Which are your strong and weak points with guitar ? I can not answer this question

I know nothing about musical theory, and I think we need to know a minimum

Yes, I can record audios and videos of my playing, Here's examples :

personal composition for fun (all instument) :

https://soundcloud.com/user-718941923/nuclear-disaster-1

Vidéo for 50's Collab :



I am currently working on this lesson, :
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Diamond-Head-Style/

and I'm still far from a correct rendering :




Thanks Gab smile.gif

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Hi mate! Great stuff!

I've enjoyed your tune. It's has a very cool dark feeling, and reminds me to some instrumental stoner rock bands.

Based on your what you've said, I think that it's a good idea to cover Technique and Improvisation Concepts in your guitar sessions. The fact that you only play twice a week can make progress a bit slower, but having a very well organized routine is the key to get the most of it. By the way, please have in mind that even dedicating 10/15 minutes the other days can make an important difference.

I have some more questions:

How much time do you practice those two days?

What do you know about Pentatonic Scales and the CAGED system?



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Hi Gab,

In average, l would say that I play 4 hours by a week.

I know minor and major pentatonic scales, major and minor natural scales (I remember theme by diagram, but not by theory) , idem for CAGED system. I know notes of every frets.

I can try to record you some short impro if it can help you better define my needs

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Hi Gab, here is my work of the week for this lesson : It's better, but still not good



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Hi mate,

Good job with the lesson! There are only a few details to improve here:

- There are some little rhythm sections that could sound more consistent. I notice a few power chords that can sound clearer, and very small timing issues around 00:40 and00:50.

- The melody during the intro riff is lacking vibrato.

- In the solo section, there are many bends that don't reach the pitch well. You definitely need to work more on this technique. I usually recommend doing the first exercise from this video on a daily basis: https://youtu.be/JNDyI5b3Fh8

- The last open string pedal note riff and also the faster descening pentatonic lick have some timing issues. These are the trickier parts so I recommend you to isolate those parts and work on them as loops over metronome.


Recording yourself improvising over a backing track is definitely a good idea. Let's go for it!


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Hi Gab,

I've working on the rythm guitar according to your advice (also the guitar solo but i'm not ready). So, I'm sharing my video record to have your comment and advice. I hope it's better than before



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Hi Farine! Great job here!!

Your power chords sounds flawless now and you timing is very precise! It's also nice to see that you are adding vibrato to the intro melodies. This vibrato can be stronger and more consistent, but it's close mate, well done!

Looking forward your solo work!


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Hi Gab,

I don't understand, but the more I work solo and worse it is
I'm going to put a little work this side (without dropping), for a little fun on the proposed collab, it will allow me to change naked ideas
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QUOTE (Farine54 @ Jul 5 2019, 02:23 PM) *
Hi Gab,

I don't understand, but the more I work solo and worse it is
I'm going to put a little work this side (without dropping), for a little fun on the proposed collab, it will allow me to change naked ideas



Hi Farine, great to hear from you!

That's a good decision! If you feel that you are not enjoying your practice, you definitely need to change or adjust anything. Focusing on having fun and making some music is a good idea.


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hi Gab,
I took the lesson slowly, to get to play the solo, and in parallel I work also a recovery (war pig).
Here is the progress of the solo, it's far from good, but I would still like your opinion smile.gif

The tempo is 140 (5 less)

Thanks Gab

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Hi mate! Great to see you working hard!

The main thing to improve here is timing. You are going before the beat most of the time, so you are like "hurried". This means that you can play the lesson at this tempo, but you need to breath and relax while playing it, and try to connect more with the tempo.

There are some fast licks that require special attention, like the one at 00:07, but timing is the first thing to polish. Just check out the first bends and you'll hear how both are "hurried" before the beat.



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