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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Jun 5 2019, 10:00 AM) *
Hi mate! Your ideas and goals are very clear. This is what I would do:

- Improvisation Practice: I would dedicate a good amount of my practice time to improvise over different backing tracks. Getting into blues, following the chords, triads and modes use as well as other concepts. Kris Dahl's Jam School lessons and his live streams should give lots of ideas.

- Technique: Being able to play some fast passages is always nice but you don't need to be Jason Becker to play in the style of the vids that you've shared. Being able to master Paul Gilbert & Zakk wylde style exercises should be your one of your diary goals but not everything. Youi don't need lots of exercise, you like these ones, an all the variations that you can create by yourself:


- Composition: Dedicate some improvisation time to jam over drum loops can be a good first step to compose rhythms, riffs and chord progressions that can become songs then.

You can use this thread to share your progress to stay motitaved! What do you think?

Ok, yes thanks. I do a lot of improvisation but it has gotten stale. I'm going to start working a few new small licks as well as just being able to run the pentatonic boxes up and down at decent speed, that's not something I can do right now. I often wondered if speed was some general skill you built or if it was speed on certain things you'd practiced a lot. Regardless, improving speed on the pentatonic shapes would probably be useful.

I'm going to try to record my practicing/jams maybe I'll find out I have more creative ideas than I thought. I also think jamming with only drums could be useful without the chords to guide you, but something to give you some musical enthusiasm. I'll try sharing some things and see if that can help bring some focus. Thanks!

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That sounds great mate! Playing Pentatonics up and down at fast tempos is not an easy job. Speed is achieved by practice small blocks as loops every day. Repetition is the key. Those things that you practice more are the ones that you’ll play faster.

Recording your jams and practice sessions is an excellent plan. Feel free to share them here so I can give you some feedback.

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