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post Jun 14 2019, 03:52 PM
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Hi Madfish! 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 14 2019, 06:47 PM
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Hi Gabe!

- I've been playing guitar for about 7 years. However it's just last two years when I started practicing more seriously. Before it wasn't very regular.
- I don't think I have a favorite. It's lots of different stuff. To name the few: Slash, Petrucci, Andy Timmons, Ten Years After, Deep Purple, Animals As Leaders, Testament, Black Stone Cherry, Al Di Meola, RATM ...
- My general goal is just to have fun playing guitar. I have no ambition to become a professional musician at any point (I'm too old for that already biggrin.gif). I want to be comfortable with improvisation to join jam sessions. I'd also like to grow my composition skills.
- I can devote about an hour a day for practice
- Live experience? Only once. I played November Rain outro at my own wedding biggrin.gif
- Strong areas - I think my alternate picking is quite OK. Legato and music theory as well. Weak areas - vibrato. Whenever I play over a backing track I mostly go by the ear. Even though I understand the theory behind it, I lack when it comes to live application.
- All the theory basics. Scales, modes, chord construction, basic progressions. I also started digging into jazz a bit lately - concepts like secondary dominant, altered scales, triton substitution.
- Sure, I can record myself.
- Some videos:




A composition of my own:
https://soundcloud.com/adampolomski/margaerita

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Great stuff Madfish!! smile.gif

Everything sounds good here. I like your composition and your take for the collab is very cool. My question is what are you expecting from the mentoring program. Do you need any guitar routines, lesson suggestions? Some structure? Would you like to share your improvisations here so I can give you some feedback?




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post Jun 15 2019, 04:29 PM
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Thanks for your kind words Gabe 😁. O tend to be rather critical about my own playing.

I'd be very grateful if you gave me some general directions where to go next. Whatever you see as weak spot in my playing. A specific lesson would work just fine.

Sure, I'll record myself improvising and share something whenever I find a while.
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Ok! That sounds good. Let me start with some first thoughts that come to me based on the videos that you've shared:

- You have a very good base, sense of melody, rhythm, and you are able so play some nice fast licks that combine picking with legato.

- I feel that your overall playing could move to a new level if you put your focus on improving dynamics, vibrato and bending. There is more room to make these elements sound more convincing.

- I think that your tone needs work and that improving it, will help improving the previous elements listed. I think that your style of phrasing deserves a more convincing tone, warmer, fatter, closer to the type of sound that guitarists like Andy Timmons, John Petrucci, Slash, and others have. It doesn't mean that you need to copy them, but it would be good to try to emulate some of these tones at first. Using some reverb or delay would be also a second step, before improving your tone. Let's work on it!

- Blues Improvisation: Your blues phrasing is not bad, but you can continue working on this by adding more concepts to your playing to follow the chords, and get more "colours". Adding Major Pentatonics, Dominant Arpeggios and triads, Dorian and Mixolydian modes can help.

- More rhythm experimentation in your phrasing is a good idea.


Let me know what you think!


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I think all that makes a lot of sense. My tone needs work and I'm well aware of it. Same goes for bends and vibrato! Where would you suggest to start?

Here is my short take on improvising over Wicked Games backing track. I made some changes to my tone as well. It's just a very basic chain with JCM800 - 4x12 miced with SM7 followed by delay and reverb. Is that a step in the right direction?


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Good! I think that going for a simpler set up is the way to go. I would start by lowering drive on this tone to see if you can get a cleaner tone that provides more dynamics potential. This will also make you put more effort in your vibrato to get the right sustain.

I recommend you to work on one or both of these lessons:

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/The_tasty_etude/
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Kenny-...pherd-Phrasing/


- Learn the licks.
- Work on trying to get a closer tone.
- Practice and record your own improvisations over these backings.


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post Jun 19 2019, 10:59 AM
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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Jun 18 2019, 03:22 PM) *
Good! I think that going for a simpler set up is the way to go. I would start by lowering drive on this tone to see if you can get a cleaner tone that provides more dynamics potential. This will also make you put more effort in your vibrato to get the right sustain.

I recommend you to work on one or both of these lessons:

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/The_tasty_etude/
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Kenny-...pherd-Phrasing/


- Learn the licks.
- Work on trying to get a closer tone.
- Practice and record your own improvisations over these backings.


I really enjoy the Kenny Wayne Shepherd style lesson. I'll spend some time on this one first.
Regarding the tone - I can't really get close to SRV without the single coil. The best I could do is using the split coil on my neck pickup and a Fender Champ emulation. Is that any good?



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Hi mate! That tone is a lot better!! Well done. It still can be improved but it's awesome to see how much enjoyable is your playing with this type of sound.

Keep on the good job!!


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Here is my first take on this. I'd love to hear your comments. There are some timing issues with the last lick. I'll work on this with the metronome.
I'm not at all happy with the tone. It's probably a step in the wrong direction smile.gif It's a bit too dark and hairy for my taste. I'm still experimenting here.


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Another take with a different tone (a tad brighter):
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