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Posted by: Todd Simpson Sep 8 2013, 09:06 AM

Welcome to SHRED BOOTCAMP! I'll be your Drill Instructor! And I do mean DRILL! As in a large power tool used in slasher films and Paul Gilbert concerts. Here is were you EARN THE LIVING DEATH out of your fingers and break through any speed bumps/barriers to become a MASTER CHIEF of Shred!

MISSON #1

THE MISSION

1.)Your mission is to go all the way back to the very start. The base of the mountain.

LESSON 1. http://bitly.com/gmclesson1

Which you will play SLOWWWWWWLLY, very SLOWWWLLLLYYYY until you master it at a crawl (As You'll Do With Each Mission, and focus on left hand FORM! Make it SUPER PERFECT!). Speed it up bit by bit until you feel your ready to take it to WAR (Any speed, it's up to you) Shoot a video and post it as a reply to this post. I'll then offer a constructive and brutally honest critique.

THE AFTERMATH

Upon nailing the crap out of lesson one at a speed you didn't think possible, and playing it a clean as a freshly waxed floor, you will be given your first insignia of Rank in BOOTCAMP!

After that, you will proceed to play each example in each mission and submit them all for MISSION DEBRIEF!!!

Here is your link your personal training ground/HELL!

http://bitly.com/cmansbootcamp

Practice!
Todd

Posted by: Caelumamittendum Sep 8 2013, 02:49 PM

Alright, Todd, here we go. This is just from having looked at the lesson shortly today. I wouldn't mind going even further back to 60 bpm, working my way up, but this was 80, 100, 120 and finally 130 bpm. There are some bumps in the road here and there, and with a little more practice I could surely be pushing it more:



Throw at me what you got, I don't mind harsh critique smile.gif

EDIT: I played it a bit higher up the neck and jumping around in a pattern, but if you want me to I can throw a video up of playing it with F and F# on the low E. Or a random jumps video. Your call.

Posted by: Todd Simpson Sep 9 2013, 02:35 PM

BINGO!!!!!!! Soldier you just KRUSHED Mission One with a HIGH DEGREE OF PRECISION AND MALICIOUS INTENT!!!

Let's Debrief....

MEDAL OF HONOR

1.)Clean Strikes
2.)Even Pacing and Progression
3.)Good right hand position, planted on the bridge.

You Sir have just earned your first MISSION BADGE!!!!

In short Soldier, you just drew FIRST BLOOD and ...

!!!!!!!LEVELED UP!!!!!!!!!!!









QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Sep 8 2013, 09:49 AM) *
Alright, Todd, here we go. This is just from having looked at the lesson shortly today. I wouldn't mind going even further back to 60 bpm, working my way up, but this was 80, 100, 120 and finally 130 bpm. There are some bumps in the road here and there, and with a little more practice I could surely be pushing it more:



Throw at me what you got, I don't mind harsh critique smile.gif

EDIT: I played it a bit higher up the neck and jumping around in a pattern, but if you want me to I can throw a video up of playing it with F and F# on the low E. Or a random jumps video. Your call.

Posted by: Caelumamittendum Sep 9 2013, 06:26 PM

Very nice, Sir! What's my next mission?

Posted by: Todd Simpson Sep 11 2013, 05:38 PM

Soldier, you will plow, fight and scrape your way through the examples in each and every lesson in my Bootcamp Training Series of Death.

You just completed MISSION 1, now on to MISSION (Lesson) 2!! These lower lessons have very few examples to master, once you reach a certain point much further on, you will need to master 6 or 7 examples for each Mission. But let's start small and work our way up!!!

All the Missions (lessons) can be found here.

http://bit.ly/twtgmc

QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Sep 9 2013, 01:26 PM) *
Very nice, Sir! What's my next mission?


Posted by: Caelumamittendum Sep 11 2013, 11:42 PM

QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Sep 11 2013, 06:38 PM) *
Soldier, you will plow, fight and scrape your way through the examples in each and every lesson in my Bootcamp Training Series of Death.

You just completed MISSION 1, now on to MISSION (Lesson) 2!! These lower lessons have very few examples to master, once you reach a certain point much further on, you will need to master 6 or 7 examples for each Mission. But let's start small and work our way up!!!

All the Missions (lessons) can be found here.

http://bit.ly/twtgmc


Aye, sir! Got it!

Posted by: Caelumamittendum Sep 12 2013, 10:55 PM



Hit the wall at 230 bpm....or before probably.

Posted by: Todd Simpson Sep 13 2013, 09:08 PM

You've got some really good precision/speed here soldier!!!!! I"m gonna push you a bit here and make you earn the crap out of it. Try this using DOUBLE PICK (slow down a bit if needed to keep it clean) and the DREADED (QUAD PICK - Four Strikes Per Note)

Knock this out and you've crushed it and will be ready to LEVEL UP!!!

Sarge

QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Sep 12 2013, 05:55 PM) *


Hit the wall at 230 bpm....or before probably.


Posted by: Caelumamittendum Sep 13 2013, 10:00 PM

Fair enough. I'll take the challenge in full stride and get it done tonight!

Posted by: Caelumamittendum Sep 14 2013, 01:57 AM

I'm not 100% sure if this is what you mean:



On the first round with single picking, I think I might have started not on the 1st beat with the metronome. Oops!

Posted by: Todd Simpson Sep 17 2013, 05:01 AM

BINGO!!!!! Soldier, after seeing your playing in the Collab I have high expectation and you just met them!

Let's Debrief....

MEDAL OF HONOR

1.)Doubles!!! Quads!!
2.)Solid Techniques on all fronts, right hand, left hand, picking, synch, nice!
3.)Keeping Good right hand position, planted on the bridge.

You Sir have just earned your SECOND MISSION BADGE!!!!

and ...

!!!!!!!LEVELED UP!!!!!!!!!!!






QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Sep 13 2013, 08:57 PM) *
I'm not 100% sure if this is what you mean:



On the first round with single picking, I think I might have started not on the 1st beat with the metronome. Oops!

Posted by: Caelumamittendum Sep 17 2013, 03:40 PM

Here's lesson 3, Sir, singled, doubled and quaded!


Posted by: Todd Simpson Sep 17 2013, 11:07 PM

This is GREAT SOLDIER!!! But I've seen you SHRED in our Collab!!! I know you have more AFTERBURNER in that right arm!!!! You've got the picking down cold, I want you to push it to the edge just before you lose control of it. See if you can take your DOUBLE and QUAD pick Metronome speed HIGHER!!! Keep it tight, but push it fast enough to be at the very edge of your ability!!!

SARGE




QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Sep 17 2013, 10:40 AM) *
Here's lesson 3, Sir, singled, doubled and quaded!



Posted by: Caelumamittendum Sep 18 2013, 12:14 AM

QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Sep 18 2013, 12:07 AM) *
This is GREAT SOLDIER!!! But I've seen you SHRED in our Collab!!! I know you have more AFTERBURNER in that right arm!!!! You've got the picking down cold, I want you to push it to the edge just before you lose control of it. See if you can take your DOUBLE and QUAD pick Metronome speed HIGHER!!! Keep it tight, but push it fast enough to be at the very edge of your ability!!!

SARGE


+20bpm, at 240 bpm it begins to fall apart with the doubles and the quads. Just look at the face during the doubles!


Posted by: Todd Simpson Sep 18 2013, 05:55 AM

Now your talking Soldier!! I can see by the look of outright PAIN on your face that you are EARNING THE LIVING CRAP OUT OF IT!!!!

That's what I like to see!!! I knew you could push it a bit more Soldier, I knew you could do it!!!

Let's Debrief....

MEDAL OF HONOR

1.)Killer Doubles!!
2.)Killer Quads!!!
3.)Keeping Good right hand position, planted on the bridge.

In short, your technique remains very solid. I"m glad to see you pushing the envelope. This is where real progress happens!! keep DRILLING AND KILLING Soldier!!!

You Sir have just earned your THIRD MISSION BADGE!!!!

and ...

!!!!!!!LEVELED UP!!!!!!!!!!!








QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Sep 17 2013, 07:14 PM) *
+20bpm, at 240 bpm it begins to fall apart with the doubles and the quads. Just look at the face during the doubles!


Posted by: Caelumamittendum Sep 21 2013, 04:53 PM

Double trouble!


Posted by: Todd Simpson Sep 25 2013, 07:10 AM

Good to see you earning the crap out of it Soldier!! I can tell from the look on your face that you are having quite the good time smile.gif Earning it!!!!


Let's Debrief....

MEDAL OF HONOR

1.)Look at those Doubles!!
2.)Check those Quads!!!
3.)Maintaining a good right hand position through the entire Battle!

Soldier, I saw you fall off the wagon a couple of times toward the end, but honestly, that was well after you had more than done enough to earn your next Mission Badge!!! I know how fun these MULTIPICK workouts can be! It's hard to stop once you start! I can tell that you LOVE these things so the good news is there are plenty more!!!

In short, ...

You Sir have just earned your FOURTH MISSION BADGE!!!!

and ...

!!!!!!!LEVELED UP!!!!!!!!!!!





QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Sep 21 2013, 11:53 AM) *
Double trouble!



Posted by: Caelumamittendum Sep 26 2013, 09:08 PM

Struggling at higher speeds sad.gif


Posted by: Todd Simpson Sep 27 2013, 03:07 AM

Slow it down a bit Soldier!!! I just want to see you play near the edge of your ability. Take the speed back so that you can play and feel confident, but it should not feel "Easy". You should be focusing and playing near the edge of what you can manage.

But I DO NOT want you to play OVER that edge to where you are not confident in your ability. I just wanna see you earn it!! Whatever speed that is, will be just fine smile.gif

Todd


QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Sep 26 2013, 04:08 PM) *
Struggling at higher speeds sad.gif



Posted by: Caelumamittendum Sep 27 2013, 01:05 PM


Posted by: Todd Simpson Oct 2 2013, 05:33 AM

Well fought Soldier!!!!!!!

Let's Debrief....

MEDAL OF HONOR

1.)Pushing the edge!!
2.)Very Tight Multipicking!!!
3.)Blood on the fretboard!!!

This is what I like to see Soldier!! You really are earning it!! You are playing near the edge of your ability and still playing with confidence and skill. Very nicely done on the picking and the right hand palm mute. You are gathering all the bits together and really making strides in your playing!

In short, ...

You Sir have just earned your FIFTH MISSION BADGE!!!!

and ...

!!!!!!!LEVELED UP!!!!!!!!!!!




Posted by: Caelumamittendum Oct 29 2013, 04:11 PM

A rough stretch of Danish autumn/winter time had loosing my grip a bit. I'm fighting back now though!

120, 140, 160, 180, 185, 180.


Posted by: Todd Simpson Oct 30 2013, 08:11 AM

Welcome back to the fight Soldier!!! I continue to be impressed with your playing. You have some really solid technique and I think you are going to make HUGE strides in your playing as you continue to work!

I think you have this NAILED and from your playing in Vid Chat I must say I think you are ready for the DREADED, FEARED and LOATHED.......

DOUBLE PICKED VERSION OF THIS CRAZY LICK!!!!!!


I could tell you wanted to volunteer for this Special Op but needed a bit of a push, so here it is!!!!!

1.)Play this lick at Speed using DOUBLE PICKING (every note, every single note, doubled)

You on the verge of DRILLING AND KILLING Soldier!!!

Sarge



QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Oct 29 2013, 11:11 AM) *
A rough stretch of Danish autumn/winter time had loosing my grip a bit. I'm fighting back now though!

120, 140, 160, 180, 185, 180.



Posted by: Caelumamittendum Oct 30 2013, 05:16 PM

This is not the face of boredom, it's the face of extreme concentration. I start to lose it around 120 bpm, if not before. Right now after having played it a hundred times, I lose it around 110 bpm already. This video is at 115, 117, 119, 121 bpm.


Posted by: Todd Simpson Nov 2 2013, 04:23 AM

Well fought Soldier!!! I can tell you played this until your fingers bled!!! I can see you played this so much in fact your brain stopped feeding information to your face!!! That's earning it!!!! You had a couple of small blips here and there but that's small potatoes Soldier!! You KRUSHED IT!!!
Let's Debrief!


MEDAL OF HONOR
1.)GoodClean Strikes
No SLOP, pure KILL
2.)Double Pick
The downfall of many a bootcamper!
3.)Great hand synch
Right and Left in Perfect Killing Grace!

In short you just.....



!!!!LEVELED UP!!!!




Fight On Soldier!!!




QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Oct 30 2013, 12:16 PM) *
This is not the face of boredom, it's the face of extreme concentration. I start to lose it around 120 bpm, if not before. Right now after having played it a hundred times, I lose it around 110 bpm already. This video is at 115, 117, 119, 121 bpm.


Posted by: Caelumamittendum Nov 13 2013, 06:46 PM

Here's the next lesson at 130 bpm with singles, doubles and quads. That is the highest I've been able to push it to.


Posted by: Todd Simpson Nov 16 2013, 06:20 AM

NICE!!!! This is some fine playing Soldier!!! You have great precision, your picking is very synched up, and some brisk speed!!

I think you are ready to spread your wings a bit Soldier!!! Take everything you are doing and move it around the neck. Try playing this bit very low on the fretboard to force our pinky to come in to play and feel the stretch!!! Then play in the middle, etc. In short, bounce around the neck to show you can "stick the landing" leaving no gaps in between each run through of the bit. Make sense? Play it at 12th, then 5th, then 1st fret, etc.

And you will then be ready to LEVEL UP!!!!

Sarge


QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Nov 13 2013, 12:46 PM) *
Here's the next lesson at 130 bpm with singles, doubles and quads. That is the highest I've been able to push it to.



Posted by: Caelumamittendum Nov 18 2013, 05:52 PM



Apologies for the low volume!

Posted by: Todd Simpson Nov 19 2013, 12:21 PM

Nice one Soldier!!! You continue to impress with your blood thirsty aggressive playing style!!!

Let's debrief!!!

MEDAL OF HONOR

1.)All Over The Neck!!
2.)Never Misses a Beat!!
3.)Earning It, Pushing the Edge!!

I knew you could do it Soldier!! You are heading in to the tall weeds here in a bit. Prepare yourself!!

In short, ...


!!!!!!!LEVELED UP!!!!!!!!!!!








QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Nov 18 2013, 11:52 AM) *


Apologies for the low volume!


Posted by: Caelumamittendum Mar 22 2014, 04:59 PM

Something stirs in the midst of a battlefield laden with nothing but death and destruction...




Posted by: Todd Simpson Mar 22 2014, 08:25 PM

There he is!! I thought the war had claimed you, but it's good to see you back in the fight!!! I'll give this mission and debrief!

QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Mar 22 2014, 11:59 AM) *
Something stirs in the midst of a battlefield laden with nothing but death and destruction...




Posted by: Caelumamittendum Mar 23 2014, 12:32 AM

QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Mar 22 2014, 08:25 PM) *
There he is!! I thought the war had claimed you, but it's good to see you back in the fight!!! I'll give this mission and debrief!


I have arisen from the dead and am not giving in without a fight!

Posted by: Todd Simpson Mar 24 2014, 05:05 AM

Welcome back Soldier!!! Been sharpening your teeth for the final assault it seems!! Let's debrief.



MEDAL OF HONOR

1.)Aggressive style and tone
2.)Precise Picking and fretting
3.)Multi-picking like there is no tomorrow!

Great to see you have unleashed the beast!!! Wolfman, in short, you just....

!!!!!!!LEVELED UP!!!!!!!!!!!



Congrats!! Now this is no time to rest on your laurels and eat the kill, it's time to take on the ritual hunt and draw fresh blood!!!!!

Sarge

Posted by: Todd Simpson Jul 18 2014, 07:37 PM

LEVEL 8 is a serious achievement in BOOTCAMP Soldier!! You are ready for MISSION 9!!!!

Sarge

QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Mar 22 2014, 07:32 PM) *
I have arisen from the dead and am not giving in without a fight!


Posted by: Caelumamittendum Aug 12 2014, 04:45 PM

I'm back for blood with a new weapon of mass destruction!



Posted by: Todd Simpson Aug 12 2014, 10:05 PM

NICE!!! Not only did you freaking KRUSH the Mission, you brought in the DOOMSLAYER 8 String Just for extra Blood!!! Nice smile.gif

I applaud your aggressive approach and playing Soldier! let's debrief!!

MEDAL OF HONOR
1.)Blitzkrieg Speed and Steadiness
2.)Planted Right Hand
3.)All around aggressive approach and style while not sacrificing precision.

to put it simply, you just.....

!!!!!LEVELED UP!!!!!!!


Soldier you really killed it!!! You are more than ready to face MISSION 10!!!!









QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Aug 12 2014, 11:45 AM) *
I'm back for blood with a new weapon of mass destruction!



Posted by: Caelumamittendum Aug 19 2014, 08:20 PM

Here's a go at the next level:




Posted by: Todd Simpson Aug 20 2014, 01:03 AM

NICE!!!!! Soldier!! This stuff is TOO EASY For you!!!!! Tell you what. Let's RAISE THE BAR!!!

Take this lick and MARCH IT UP THE NECK!!!

Also, do one pass with ..........

QUAD PICKING!!!!!!!!!

and you will be ready to BADGE UP!!!!

Sarge





QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Aug 19 2014, 03:20 PM) *
Here's a go at the next level:




Posted by: Caelumamittendum Aug 20 2014, 01:03 PM

Aye, Sir! It's on! I shall return from the battle in victorious style!

Posted by: Caelumamittendum Aug 20 2014, 04:31 PM

Here's a go at it:




Posted by: Todd Simpson Aug 20 2014, 07:41 PM

DRILLING AND KILLING!!! Soldier you are EN FUEGO!!!!!!!! As a bonus, you are playing an 8 string guitar with a long scale length, making all of this more challenging. WELL DONE!!!! Let's debrief.

I applaud your aggressive style and playing Soldier!

MEDAL OF HONOR
1.)Nice Streeeetch!!
2.)Perfection on the picking
3.)Aggressive style and tone

to put it simply, you just.....

!!!!!LEVELED UP!!!!!!!


*Bonus Honors: In recognition of your effort, you have been awarded the "Precision" mark with cluster (Legion of Honor) on your Badge.






QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Aug 20 2014, 11:31 AM) *
Here's a go at it:




Posted by: Caelumamittendum Oct 23 2014, 08:02 PM

Man, I did not and do not enjoy this one on the 27"!


Posted by: Todd Simpson Oct 23 2014, 09:28 PM

Nicely Done!!!! Soldier, you are simply on a rip and shred mission from beyond!!!! I love it!! Keep it going!!

That had to be a challenge on thhat 27 in scale neck!!!! But you pulled it off with flying colors!!!

Let's Debrief!!

MEDAL OF HONOR
1.)Perfect Timing!
2.)Aggressive Picking!
3.)Solid Palm Muting!

to put it simply, you just.....

!!!!!LEVELED UP!!!!!!!

CONGRATS!!! Solder, you are ONE LEVEL AWAY FROM THE DOUBLE CHEVRON!!! Very, Very, Very few folks have made it this far. Usually Soldiers fall away right at mission 12. I have high hopes that you will fight through it Soldier!!



QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Oct 23 2014, 03:02 PM) *
Man, I did not and do not enjoy this one on the 27"!


Posted by: Caelumamittendum Oct 30 2014, 08:51 PM

Here's the next one:


Posted by: Todd Simpson Oct 31 2014, 08:36 AM

Well fought Soldier!!! This is a CRUCIAL lick in the BOOTCAMP process and you've got it NAILED!!

Let's Debrief....

MEDAL OF HONOR
1.)DOUBLE PICKING!!!
2.)Tight Hand Synch
3.)Great right hand muting and control

Soldier!!! You have just .....


!!!!LEVELED UP!!!!




QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Oct 30 2014, 03:51 PM) *
Here's the next one:


Posted by: Todd Simpson Nov 12 2014, 06:48 AM

You've got great momentum SOLDIER!! DON"T STOP NOW!!


Posted by: Caelumamittendum Feb 10 2015, 03:09 PM



Here we go again!

Posted by: Todd Simpson Feb 11 2015, 03:30 AM

There is a STORM coming!!!!! Pun intended smile.gif Well fought Soldier!!!! Big props for throwing in the DOUBLE PICKING!!

Let's Debrief....

MEDAL OF HONOR
1.)DOUBLE PICKING!!!
2.)MILITARY PRECISION
3.)IMPRESSIVE SPEED

In short soldier, YOU NAILED IT!! Palm Mute is perfect and your timing is spot on. You just CRUSHED IT!!!

Soldier!!! You have just .....


!!!!LEVELED UP!!!!





QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Feb 10 2015, 10:09 AM) *


Here we go again!


Posted by: Caelumamittendum Jul 4 2015, 06:37 PM

Really struggling with this one as an avid alternate picker:


Posted by: Todd Simpson Jul 5 2015, 10:13 PM

WELL FOUGHT SOLDIER!!! ECON PICKING can be a serious struggle of the damned at first. But it's worth it!! You've got really good technique here and really good timing and I like your guitar too smile.gif

However, I know you've got WADS of fight in you that we are not seeing in this video so in addition to the ECON version, I want you to DOUBLE and yes TRIPLE PICK this to show your AGGRESSIVE STYLE!!!!! You've got the ECON bit nailed!!!! ONCE MORE IN TO THE BREACH!!!



QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Jul 4 2015, 01:37 PM) *
Really struggling with this one as an avid alternate picker:



Posted by: Caelumamittendum Aug 6 2015, 06:08 PM

You and your doubles and triples! Anyway, here's a crack at it:


Posted by: Todd Simpson Aug 7 2015, 01:22 AM

WELL FOUGHT!!! This is NOT an easy bit to pick. You may have noticed that the pattern is trying to disconnect your playing hand from your picking hand. You have to use quite a bit of focus to force the two together again and I must say you've nailed it and even in picking in TRIPLES!!!! Let's debrief!

Let's Debrief....

Talk about just KRUSHING it!! I think you may be getting help from Odin, simply due to your epic beard. Or perhaps the spirit of SPARTA!!! Or maybe just ardent practice!! Either way....

MEDAL OF HONOR
1.)DOUBLE PICKING and TRIPLE PICKING like a MAD MAN!!!!!
2.)KILLER RIGHT HAND CONTROL on the bridge.
3.)TIGHT HAND SYNCH!!!


Soldier!!! You have just .....


!!!!LEVELED UP!!!!







QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Aug 6 2015, 01:08 PM) *
You and your doubles and triples! Anyway, here's a crack at it:


Posted by: Caelumamittendum Aug 7 2015, 06:11 PM

Here's a shot at level 16, with economy picking, doubles, triples and quads:


Posted by: Todd Simpson Aug 8 2015, 04:57 AM

Soldier you are on the WAR PATH!!! This is not an easy bit to play and you multi picked it like a PRO!!! Nicely done.

Let's Debrief....

You walk the river of Blood Soldier. I can it's paying off!! At first, I thought it was just the Beard, but now I see that hard work and ardent practice are the real factors!!


MEDAL OF HONOR
1.)MULTI PICKING LIKE A BOSS!!
2.)PLANTED RIGHT HAND (zero extra string noise)
3.)TIGHT HAND SYNCH!!!

Above all you rotated the right hand instead of moving it across the strings which is something I'm thrilled to see. You've taken all the lessons to heart and your playing really shows it!! In short Soldier you just.....

!!!!LEVELED UP, AND GOT YOUR 2nd CHEVRON!!!!



SPARTA!!!!!!


QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Aug 7 2015, 01:11 PM) *
Here's a shot at level 16, with economy picking, doubles, triples and quads:


Posted by: Caelumamittendum Aug 9 2015, 03:14 PM

Been trying to push beyond 130 bpm, but it's about where I start losing control, both with singles and with doubles:


Posted by: Jim S. Aug 9 2015, 03:55 PM

Nice to see your hard work! It's a great motivation man. Isn't this boot camp the cats meow?

 

Posted by: Caelumamittendum Aug 9 2015, 06:15 PM

Jesus! That scared the living daylight out of me! Thanks for the kind words though!

Posted by: Jim S. Aug 9 2015, 07:39 PM

My next video I may be wearing this mask and a women's bathing suit... Maybe for the blues collab???

Posted by: Todd Simpson Aug 9 2015, 11:55 PM

Well Fought Soldier!! 130 is quite brisk for this lick as the picking acts almost like a hand/speed brake. If you want to try it a bit faster, use a semi legato technique and hammer/pull some of the notes ala Paul Gilbert and you will be shocked at how much quicker you can run this as a lick.

As far as getting quicker picking every note, that happens one BPM at a time. I"m certain you could push it with ardent practice but, like I said, 130 is BRRRIIISSSKK!!!!


Let's Debrief....

You walk the river of Blood Soldier. I can it's paying off!! At first, I thought it was just the Beard, but now I see that hard work and ardent practice are the real factors!!


MEDAL OF HONOR
1.)Tight, Precise Control
2.)Zero Extra String Noise
3.)Super Clean Palm Mute

Your technique is solid as a ROCK Soldier!!! You have got this lick down. One more thing to try, now that you have the lick, try to do a version where you "let it breathe" a bit. Start slow and work in to the speed. It provides nice contrast when using it in a solo.

Your on a rip and tear Marathon Soldier!! You just ...

!!!!LEVELED UP


FIGHT ON SOLDIER!!!!!!
Here is a quick preview in "Shred Mode"!
(as you might use in a solo)




QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Aug 9 2015, 10:14 AM) *
Been trying to push beyond 130 bpm, but it's about where I start losing control, both with singles and with doubles:


Posted by: Todd Simpson Aug 19 2015, 06:16 PM

SOLDIER!!! MISSION 18 IS CALLING YOUR NAME!!!!

Sarge

Posted by: Caelumamittendum Oct 24 2015, 06:46 PM

A shot at number 18:


Posted by: Todd Simpson Oct 24 2015, 08:11 PM

Well Fought Soldier!! This is the lesson that really seems to stump folks and you just KAAAARUUUSSSSHHED IT!!!!!

Let's Debrief....


MEDAL OF HONOR
1.)Fluid Picking and Fretting
2.)Spot on Note Choices
3.)Smooth Transition between chops

You have really been growing a TON as a musician lately and it's great to see smile.gif Here is your 18 badge Soldier, you earned it! In short you just...

!!!!LEVELED UP!!!!






QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Oct 24 2015, 01:46 PM) *
A shot at number 18:


Posted by: Caelumamittendum Oct 25 2015, 11:41 PM

Here's a take at 19, which proved a bit difficult:


Posted by: Todd Simpson Oct 26 2015, 10:15 PM

Well Fought Soldier!! This is a complex four finger tapping sequence and you really KILLED IT!!!!


Let's Debrief....


MEDAL OF HONOR
1.)Tight Right/Left Hammer/Pull
2.)Smooth timing
3.)Solid strikes and pulls

Not to mention that is one SPIFF weapon you brought to the fight!!!! Welcome to CLUB IBBY!!!!

You just....

!!!! LEVELED UP !!!!


Posted by: Caelumamittendum Oct 27 2015, 03:03 PM

Number 19 awaits, but which part am I supposed to record? All of it? Including the warm up?

Posted by: Todd Simpson Oct 28 2015, 02:35 AM

I think you mean # 20? The warmup is just for practice. Try to record the other bits smile.gif They are all sorta related.

Sarge

QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Oct 27 2015, 10:03 AM) *
Number 19 awaits, but which part am I supposed to record? All of it? Including the warm up?

Posted by: Caelumamittendum Oct 28 2015, 04:20 PM

Of course I meant 20. Completely forgot I'd already done 19 biggrin.gif

Posted by: Todd Simpson Oct 28 2015, 05:25 PM

Fight On Soldier!!!


Sarge


QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Oct 28 2015, 11:20 AM) *
Of course I meant 20. Completely forgot I'd already done 19 biggrin.gif

Posted by: Caelumamittendum Jul 30 2016, 01:57 PM


Posted by: Todd Simpson Jul 30 2016, 11:04 PM

GREAT TO SEE YOU BACK IN THE FIGHT SOLDIER!!!! Wielding your spiff Ibby as a bonus!! Sorry to hear of your computers issues sad.gif It's a struggle to be sure. On to the DEBRIEF!!!

You are really spot on with this one Nice Axe there too!!


MEDALS OF HONOR
1.)Picking is on point! Your picking is very clean and as a bonus you are not losing your palm mute during picking!!!!!! Well done.
2.)Muting spot on! You keep a good solid palm mute the entire time and don't let a lot of extra noise happen which is great to see! Never underestimate the value of a planted right hand!
3.)Pacing is great as well!! You don't rush or lag during the entire bit. As I always say, you gotta learn to play like a robot if you wanna Shred like a God!

This is not a simple bit and involves a TON of string and fret traverse and you just NAILED IT. I"d challenge you to take this lick and now try it as a solo lick on any backing, write something simple if needed to match the key to take advantage of muscle memory, and try to let the lick "breathe", E.G. don't play it evenly. Let some notes linger and some notes not, to see how moving around the beat can change the way such a structured lick can sound. smile.gif

In short, you just ....

!!!!!LEVELED UP!!!!!!

Sarge





QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Jul 30 2016, 08:57 AM) *

Posted by: Caelumamittendum Jul 31 2016, 01:23 PM

21 at ya!


Posted by: Todd Simpson Aug 1 2016, 11:48 AM

GREAT to see you back in the fight Soldier!!! I must say it's great to see that rare Ibby back in the fight as well!!! It's an awesome weapon of war to be sure. You wield it here with great authority and aggressive zeal. It's heart warming to see Soldier and Weapon working as one!!!

Let's Debrief...

MEDAL OF HONOR
1.)So proud to see your muting get this good!! Not lifting at all. This one thing is something I really try to teach. You got it smile.gif

2.)Precise as a Scalpel. Nothing out of place, no lagging or rushing, just killer!

3.)CONTROL: No extra string noise, no unwanted notes and very even and deliberate pacing. Score!!!

In short, you really did KRUSH it!!!! There are tougher bits ahead and you are fast approaching our highest existing rank in bootcamp. Congrats smile.gif

You just.....

LEVELED UP!!!






QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Jul 31 2016, 08:23 AM) *
21 at ya!



Posted by: Caelumamittendum Aug 1 2016, 12:27 PM

Quickfire shot at 22:


Posted by: Todd Simpson Aug 1 2016, 05:51 PM

WOW!! As I mentioned on your youtube page, This is impressive. Seriously impressive. Not one player in 1000 can do this lick properly in my experience. You nailed it. Left hand only, no pick, perfect right hand fretboard mute. Nice smile.gif

You have developed some really strong left hand finger technique which is critical to pull this off. At this point, picking is really just a tone choice. You can play pretty much any lick with just one hand smile.gif Congrats!

MEDAL OF HONOR
1.)Welcome to the club Soldier!! It's a darn small club!!!! (Folks who can go pure "lefty")
2.)Pacing. Well done on pacing the lick. Keeping this lick evenly paced is not easy, and you did smile.gif
3.)Aggression. This lick goes well with a dose of ARRGGHH!! Well provided by our resident Viking.

In short, you just......

LEVELED UP!!



QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Aug 1 2016, 07:27 AM) *
Quickfire shot at 22:


Posted by: Caelumamittendum Aug 2 2016, 04:34 PM

Here's 23. If you want it with a Metronome, I can do that too:


Posted by: Todd Simpson Aug 3 2016, 10:59 PM

That is some very fine playing to be sure! You make it look easy!! I can tell you are spot on with the timing just by listening. I would like to see you do a MULTI PICK version of it though smile.gif Dealers choice, double, triple or quad. Gotta keep you challenged!!!

Todd



QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Aug 2 2016, 11:34 AM) *
Here's 23. If you want it with a Metronome, I can do that too:



Posted by: Caelumamittendum Aug 3 2016, 11:35 PM

Quickfire from the hip at 23 with double strokes (and new camera test, as we talked about):


Posted by: Todd Simpson Aug 4 2016, 12:02 AM

First off, the video quality is SUPERB. The color, contrast, everything. It really shows off the wonderful color on the Axe that i keep wanting for myself smile.gif Frame rate is good too. I'd say use this as much as possible. Looks pro smile.gif On to the debrief!!!

WELL FOUGHT SOLDIER!! This lesson is all about fret travel. About being able to take a scale and run it up the neck while making it sound like you are not moving your hand.

MEDALS OF HONOR

1.)TRAVELING: Nice fret travel! Not only traversing strings, but traveling up the fretboard in a very smooth and precise fashion.

2.)PICKING PRECISION!! No wasted movement, or effort. This is idea. No picking from the elbow either!!!!

3.)MUTING MADNESS: VERY good job muting on this as it's one of those licks that is prone to cause string noise. If you lift your mute you run the risk of sympathetic vibrations of the other strings. Very hard to teach this and twice as hard to learn generally smile.gif But you seem to have it down!!!

LEVELED UP!



Sarge


QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Aug 3 2016, 06:35 PM) *
Quickfire from the hip at 23 with double strokes (and new camera test, as we talked about):


Posted by: Caelumamittendum Aug 4 2016, 04:07 PM

24 will be up soon, watch this space smile.gif

Posted by: Caelumamittendum Aug 4 2016, 04:43 PM



Oops! In my excitement I forgot to edit out the focus square smile.gif And it's just a demo of the program, so there's a watermark.

Posted by: Caelumamittendum Aug 4 2016, 05:37 PM

I was so impressed by this program that I went ahead and bought it and used a bit of my savings. Here's another video:


Posted by: Todd Simpson Aug 4 2016, 07:41 PM

KILLER VID AND PLAYING!!

The production quality of your vids has taken a HUGE leap forward with the HD camera/Pic in Pic etc. The vid's looks really nice and sound great. Congrats on that for a start!!

on to the Mission....

This is NOT an easy lesson to pull off. You have been really killing it on several difficult lessons in a row. It's almost too easy for ya! I"m gonna have to start giving you SPECIAL OPS duty and add some MULTI PICKING!

Let's debrief!!!!!
MEDALS OF HONOR

1.)PICK AND HAMMER!: The "Pick and Hammer" is very important and you have a very good grasp here both ascending and descending. Some players find if very hard to do to one or the other, just depends on the player and do both with style!!

2.)Palm Mute Madness: Very good control of leaving your palm in one place and using your fingers to make notes. This is something I try to teach all the time and it takes folks quite a while to get the hang of it, and you have it!!!!!!!!

3.)Precision and Control: You have very good control of your picking/fretting and I'm not hearing any string noise or false notes. You are simply killing it!


In short, you just ...
LEVELED UP!



Posted by: Caelumamittendum Aug 5 2016, 03:27 AM

Bit out of focus, but perhaps it will do anyway:


Posted by: Todd Simpson Aug 6 2016, 01:43 AM

Ben! You are turning into a MONSTER player!!! This is not a simple lick at all and you clearly go and can play it smoothly at speed. On to the debrief!....


MEDALS OF HONOR

1.)Precision Pick Control: You do a great job of pick control on this one. Steady pace and even playing. Nice!!

2.)PALM MUTE MADNESS: Very clean palm mute per usual as I've come to expect. Nice!!

3.)Played with confidence and aggression, bonus points!

*Used a vintage Ibby so you get a few extra points as welL smile.gif

In short, you just ...

LEVELED UP!!!!





QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Aug 4 2016, 10:27 PM) *
Bit out of focus, but perhaps it will do anyway:


Posted by: Caelumamittendum Aug 6 2016, 03:27 PM

A shot at 26:


Posted by: Todd Simpson Aug 6 2016, 08:08 PM

NICE! Soldier you are really on a roll here! You are knocking them down left and right. I"m very impressed with your discipline and your technique. Let's debrief!!!!!


MEDALS OF HONOR
1.)Planted palm mute and using your wrist/fingers to articulate the pick.

2.)No unwanted string noise, only the notes you are intending to play.

3.)Multi Picking!!!!! Just as clean as the single picking. Truly impressive. Double picking while doing non stop string traverse. You are really tearing it up!!

In short, you are KILLING and DRILLING Soldier!!!
Keep it up and you'll be Top Kick in no time!!

In other words you just....

LEVELED UP!!!!





QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Aug 6 2016, 10:27 AM) *
A shot at 26:


Posted by: Caelumamittendum Aug 6 2016, 09:12 PM

Thanks, Todd. smile.gif


Posted by: Todd Simpson Aug 6 2016, 10:06 PM

You've got this one for sure but I think you may be pushing the speed just a pinch at the first few measures. By the time you reach the third position your timing is locked in, but just at the start you are lagging the metronome just a bit. It doesn't have to be shred fast, just needs to be lock step with the beat. I really respect you putting a DOUBLE PICK take on as well smile.gif Try maybe backing off just a pinch on the metronome and synching the pick with the beat as you jump in and give me one more Soldier!!!!

Sarge

QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Aug 6 2016, 04:12 PM) *
Thanks, Todd. smile.gif


Posted by: Caelumamittendum Aug 6 2016, 10:42 PM

Here's another go:


Posted by: Todd Simpson Aug 6 2016, 11:19 PM

Now your talking Soldier!!!! You are on point here. Let's debrief!!....

MEDALS OF HONOR
1.)Planted palm mute and using your wrist to articulate the pick. Spiff!

2.)SOLID string traverse without any unwanted notes/noise.

3.)Multi Picking!!!!! Just as clean as the single picking. Awesome!

Bottom line, you really are getting the hang of these tougher Missions with all the string traverse and odd patterns. Keep it up Soldier!! In other words, you just.......

LEVELED UP!!!!



QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Aug 6 2016, 05:42 PM) *
Here's another go:


Posted by: Caelumamittendum Aug 7 2016, 04:19 PM

Watch out! Bullets incoming!


Posted by: Todd Simpson Aug 8 2016, 10:56 AM

NICE!!! Great finger control and you didn't get lost in the looping notes. The repeating nature of the lick can be confusing. It's meant to teach the idea that running certain loops of notes during a scale run can give the impression of having played far more notes than one is actually playing.

MEDALS OF HONOR
1.)Finger Traverse: Like the last lesson this is all about traversing the string back and forth but this time it's over more strings. You KILLED IT!

2.)Very good muting resulting in clean tone without string noise.

3.)Single and multi pick versions are clean and steady as they should be.

You are on a roll!!! In other words, you just....

LEVELED UP!!!!




QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Aug 7 2016, 11:19 AM) *
Watch out! Bullets incoming!


Posted by: Caelumamittendum Aug 8 2016, 09:24 PM

Managed a take with my father looking like: "that's not music, what the hell you playing?" smile.gif


Posted by: Todd Simpson Aug 8 2016, 10:08 PM

JUST KRUSHING IT!!!!!! There is no stopping you Soldier!! I think that Ibby is the best buying decision ever wink.gif

MEDALS OF HONOR

1.)Clean muting/picking. Doing a great job managing the string noise that is very hard to escape in licks like these! Nice!

2.)Very smooth timing. It's often the case that these licks get rushed, dragged, but nope! Perfect.

3.)Playing ALL the licks well. Not just some of them. Well done!


You are on a roll Soldier!! In short, you just...

LEVELED UP!!!!




QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Aug 8 2016, 04:24 PM) *
Managed a take with my father looking like: "that's not music, what the hell you playing?" smile.gif


Posted by: Caelumamittendum Aug 9 2016, 08:43 PM

BOOM!


Posted by: Todd Simpson Aug 10 2016, 07:16 AM

Look at him Go!! You are heading for the top spot with vengeance! Let's debrief!!!


MEDALS OF HONOR

1.)Multipicking!! Right off the bat you dive in to the multi picking on each lick. Well done there!! Your multipicking is very tight and even which is awesome.

2.)Overall Technique: Your right hand is well planted to prevent unwanted string noise, and it's doing a good deal of the muting. This is key in playing bits that don't let you mute with your right hand. Some folks never quite get this, you got it smile.gif

3.)Steady Hand: Your picking is very clean and even. One of the hardest bits can be learning to play on beat and in rythm. You have a very natural sounding rythm and it's spot on.

In short you just....

LEVELED UP!!!!



QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Aug 9 2016, 03:43 PM) *
BOOM!


Posted by: Caelumamittendum Aug 10 2016, 03:54 PM

Here's a shot at 31. It was kinda tricky getting those part to fit with the backing track. Sorry for the weird angle, didn't adjust my camera and just played.


Posted by: Todd Simpson Aug 11 2016, 04:21 AM

SUPER CONGRATS SOLDIER!!!!! This Mission separates the Quick from the Dead. Very few folks find their way past it. It's a Landmark lesson in your progress. None of the licks fit easily. The timing is odd, the licks are odd, the whole thing is difficult. You persisted, you nailed it. Let's debrief.

MEDALS OF HONOR

1.)Proper use of very technical licks in context, and in time.
2.)Very precise technique and right/left hand control per usual smile.gif
3.)Very good muting and noise control with the right hand, and articulating from the wrist.

You did well here Soldier. None of this is easy. You handled it well and pushed forward.

Congrats Soldier, you just ...


LEVELED UP!!


QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Aug 10 2016, 10:54 AM) *
Here's a shot at 31. It was kinda tricky getting those part to fit with the backing track. Sorry for the weird angle, didn't adjust my camera and just played.


Posted by: Caelumamittendum Aug 11 2016, 03:38 PM

BANG BANG!


Posted by: Todd Simpson Aug 12 2016, 12:50 AM

WELL FOUGHT SOLDIER!! You are on a Mission to reach the TOP I can see that smile.gif

You have really been putting in some serious effort here lately soldier and it shows. Your playing is getting steadily better and it was already darned good. Your Precision is improving, and overall you technique is getting better as well. Nice!!!

Let's DEBRIEF!!!

MEDAL OF HONOR
1.)TIGHT right and left hand synchronization!
2.)Ear for fitting the licks in so they sound musical, not mechanical.
3.)PRECISION picking and string traverse.

Most importantly, you played "Musically". I could almost feel the notes as you searched for the most appropriate place to put them. You didn't just rattle off the licks, you thought about it and felt your way through to place them in a musical manner, in to the backing. well done smile.gif

Soldier!!! You have just .....

!!!LEVELED UP, AGAIN.!!!



QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Aug 11 2016, 10:38 AM) *
BANG BANG!


Posted by: Caelumamittendum Aug 12 2016, 01:14 AM

Threw in a little extra stretch for you. 0-5-10 instead of 0-5-9. It's in the second half of the video smile.gif


Posted by: Todd Simpson Aug 12 2016, 10:47 PM

WELL FOUGHT SOLDIER!!

You are on a serious roll here Soldier!!! You are ripping through the enemy with reckless abandon!! I love it!!!

Let's DEBRIEF!!!

MEDAL OF HONOR
1.)TIGHT right and left hand synchronization.
2.)PLANTED right hand for solid mute which is CRITICAL in this type of lick.
3.)Elegant and fluid STRETCH! The key to this entire bit is the stretch and you have it NAILED!

It looks like you put in some time on this one. It's a big stretch and you made it even bigger just for kicks! Nice


Soldier!!! You have just .....

!!!!LEVELED UP, AGAIN!!!!


QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Aug 11 2016, 08:14 PM) *
Threw in a little extra stretch for you. 0-5-10 instead of 0-5-9. It's in the second half of the video smile.gif


Posted by: Caelumamittendum Aug 12 2016, 11:04 PM

Worked ahead a bit while at the stretches. There was no picking pattern in the lesson, so I assume it was all to be legato as noted.


Posted by: Todd Simpson Aug 15 2016, 01:40 AM

NICE STRETCH! Soldier, You have some serious STRETCH going on!!!! Not to mention, very good control despite the long finger gap. Let's debrief!.......


MEDALS OF HONOR
1.)Pinky Power!! You not only play the stretch, you go beyond it and do with style and grace.

2.)SOLID string traverse, per usual smile.gif Without any string noise.

3.)Back and forth with picking and fretting is spot on with no hesitation or misses.

This is a WIDE stretch to make and to make it and keep one's playing even and steady, while not adding string noise, takes some doing. You do it quite well smile.gif In short, you just....

!!!LEVELED UP!!!!


QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Aug 12 2016, 06:04 PM) *
Worked ahead a bit while at the stretches. There was no picking pattern in the lesson, so I assume it was all to be legato as noted.


Posted by: Caelumamittendum Aug 15 2016, 09:48 AM

Played around with a few patterns in 35, including the one that it was all about:


Posted by: Todd Simpson Aug 16 2016, 05:37 AM

This is very well played and your technique is on par with many of the best players I've ever had the privilege to teach smile.gif One quick thing though, as noted in the notes on the lesson, the backing is in E even though the tablature is in A. It's done in A, to help work the stretch a bit, then we transpose to E (Just moving to the 12th fret E string as our root note) to match the key of the backing and to work in a much tighter confined space further up the neck.

So your playing is spot on, it's just not quite in key with the backing. This is the chunk from the notes on that lesson.

"we will transpose it to E Minor (12th Fret) and use it as a solo lick with backing track. Here is our first tablature."

As you are now one of the Highest Ranking Soldiers EVER, and about to move the the second in 5 years, FOUR CHEVRON BADGE, I'd like to have you play it in E if for nothing else than the benefit of others to follow to see a good example of the lesson being done. Can you give me one more Soldier?

Sarge

QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Aug 15 2016, 04:48 AM) *
Played around with a few patterns in 35, including the one that it was all about:


Posted by: Caelumamittendum Aug 16 2016, 11:41 AM

I didn't see that at all for some reason. Will give it another shot. Watch this space.

Posted by: Caelumamittendum Aug 16 2016, 04:32 PM



EDIT: Forgot to take off the focusing rectangle. Oops! Well, now you know where the action is smile.gif

Posted by: Todd Simpson Aug 16 2016, 08:55 PM

That's what I"m talking about Soldier!! You are feeling the notes and letting the backing guide you. That's the secret of crafting good solos. Even though you are semi restricted to the scale bits in the lesson, you make it your own and interpret it, in light of what you are hearing in the backing. The two combine to create a new piece of music. Well freaking done smile.gif

MEDALS OF HONOR

1.)Precision Pick Control: You do a great job of pick control on this one.

2.)PALM MUTE MADNESS: Very clean palm mute per usual.

3.)Played with confidence and aggression, more please!!

In short you KILLED IT!!!!

In short, you just ...


!!!LEVELED UP!!!!




QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Aug 16 2016, 11:32 AM) *


EDIT: Forgot to take off the focusing rectangle. Oops! Well, now you know where the action is smile.gif


Posted by: Caelumamittendum Aug 16 2016, 10:19 PM

Here's 36:


Posted by: Todd Simpson Aug 18 2016, 06:15 AM

Soldier, you are really ripping it up!!!! You are only a few lessons from the top slot at this point!

MEDALS OF HONOR

1.)Finger Traverse: Many of these lessons focus on picking while moving your fingers between strings. You have gotten really good at this which is the foundation of long runs.

2.)Very good muting per usual!! You have a very firm grasp on muting and it makes your technique sound nice and clean!

3.)Multi picking from Hell! Your multi picking has really gotten good.

You are Drilling and Killing Soldier! Keep it up! In other words, you just....

!!!LEVELED UP!!!!



QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Aug 16 2016, 05:19 PM) *
Here's 36:


Posted by: Caelumamittendum Aug 18 2016, 10:14 PM


Posted by: Todd Simpson Aug 19 2016, 05:21 AM

Soldier, you are a freaking MACHINE!!!!!!!! It's great to see you tearing through these smile.gif

MEDALS OF HONOR

1.)Finger and Pick Traverse: Combining these two things is just not easy. You have a really good handle on it and it's impressive.

2.)You've adapted the "Static Mute" (E.g. keeping your palm mute while picking from the Wrist) to your own style and it's working well. Certain licks are just off limits until one masters this to some degree. You have it down.

3.)Multi picking from Hell! Your Multipicking is as smooth as Glass!!!!

You are UNSTOPPABLE Soldier!!! In short, you just....

!!!LEVELED UP!!!!


QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Aug 18 2016, 05:14 PM) *

Posted by: Caelumamittendum Aug 19 2016, 10:34 PM

38th enemy in sight:


Posted by: Todd Simpson Aug 19 2016, 11:20 PM

Soldier, you are knocking on Heavens door, as it were! Also, you are about to cross a very vaunted threshold. Only one other player has EVER achieved the FOURTH CHEVRON BADGE. That would be, of course, our current Ranking Champion, FZALFA. 39 is the crossover point. So you are right there wink.gif

Let's Debrief!


MEDALS OF HONOR

1.)Precision, Precision, Precision. Resulting in Speed, Speed, Speed.

2.)Pinky Power! : Great use of all fingers, especially the oft neglected PINKY!

3.)MULTI PICKING POWER BONUS: Very clean and articulate multi picking.

In other words, you just...


!!!!LEVELED UP!!!!



Posted by: Caelumamittendum Aug 20 2016, 09:35 PM

Aim taken at 39th target:


Posted by: Todd Simpson Aug 21 2016, 05:21 AM

WELL FOUGHT SOLDIER!! This lick is something we did quite a bit in our Online Vid Chat lessons. As I remember, you had a firm grasp of it then, and now! This is called a "Scale Inversion", I did a lesson on this topic for the GMC lesson archive. Here is a link to it. https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Picking-In-Thirds/

Anyhoo, let's DEBRIEF!!!

MEDALS OF HONOR

1.)Picking from Wrist (Extremely Articulate I might add!)
2.)Palm Mute held fast while picking like a maniac. (Never pulled off the bridge)
3.)Precision and Speed together with a very steady pace. (solid as a rock!)

In other words, YOU KILLED IT!!! You are more than ready for what is coming. The lessons get a bit more complicated from here on out. But that should be no problem for you Soldier!!!! You are more than ready. Reload!!!

Also, it is my duty to inform you that you are now the second Soldier in Bootcamp History to EVER achieve the much vaunted FOURTH CHEVRON BADGE. Super congrats there!
In other words, you just LEVELED UP!!!




QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Aug 20 2016, 04:35 PM) *
Aim taken at 39th target:


Posted by: Caelumamittendum Aug 21 2016, 04:33 PM

Here's 40!

I know you said to march the pattern up, and that usually means to play the same pattern, but I decided to spice it up a bit and play the same notes, moving it up within the "scale" instead, cause it would make it a bit more interesting.



I misread the first (warm up) exercise, I think, and it was supposed to be legato? Here's a legato version:



And here are the tabs for the "extended" and redeveloped exercise:



 Todd_40_extended.gp5 ( 3.48K ) : 19
 

Posted by: Todd Simpson Aug 23 2016, 08:59 AM

No Enemy can withstand the aggression and persistence of FIRE!!!!

You are drilling and killing Soldier!!!!

Let's Debrief!!!

MEDALS OF HONOR


1.)FINGER TRAVERSE: Just like the last Mission, this one has picking/fretting traverse from low all the way to high string. You handle it like a champ!

2.)PALM MUTE: Your ability to strike each string and traverse while striking and not lift up off the bridge is something that takes wads of woodshedding and yours has clearly paid off!!

3.)MULTI PICKING FROM HELL: Also carried over from your last Mission is your killer use of MULTI PICKING which has expanded from Doubles to Triples!!! This requires different strike and traverse patterns and you walk through it like a hot machine gun barrel through butter!!!

In short Solder......

You Just......

!!!!!LEVELED UP!!!!!




Posted by: Caelumamittendum Aug 23 2016, 10:11 PM

Quickfire shot:


Posted by: Todd Simpson Aug 26 2016, 12:23 AM

No Enemy can withstand the aggression and persistence of FIRE!!!!

You are drilling and killing Soldier!!!!

Let's Debrief!!!

MEDALS OF HONOR


1.)FINGER TRAVERSE: Just like the last Mission, this one has picking/fretting traverse from low all the way to high string. You handle it like a champ!

2.)PALM MUTE: Your ability to strike each string and traverse while striking and not lift up off the bridge is something that takes wads of woodshedding and yours has clearly paid off!!

3.)MULTI PICKING FROM HELL: Also carried over from your last Mission is your killer use of MULTI PICKING which has expanded from Doubles to Triples!!! This requires different strike and traverse patterns and you walk through it like a hot machine gun barrel through butter!!!

In short Solder......

You Just......

!!!!!LEVELED UP!!!!!






QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Aug 23 2016, 05:11 PM) *
Quickfire shot:


Posted by: Caelumamittendum Aug 26 2016, 06:19 PM

42nd!


Posted by: Todd Simpson Aug 27 2016, 10:39 PM

WOW!
This is just freaking killer Soldier. What you did with this backing is just great. You used many bits from lessons past and present, you used many techniques from lessons past and present, and you threw your own "vibe" on it and gave many licks a very 'Steve Vai / John Petrucci" vibe. Who could ask for more?

Your ability to link together the bits that are required and smoothly integrate the bits that you brought to the table yourself, is impressive. Being able to construct a solo is IMHO the truest test of a lead player. Not every player is a lead player. Some players are "Rythm" players. Which is fine and God Bless them. Good lead players though are a different batch. It's great to see you continue to become a really good, expressive, musical, lead guitarist. Congrats on that wink.gif


Let's Debrief!!!

MEDALS OF HONOR


1.)Picking and Fretting Precision: Picking and fretting in a synched up manner is not an easy thing. Right/Left hand synch is something I always focus on in my lessons and you've got it DOWN.

2.)Musical Interpretation: The point of this MISSION is to use all that you've learned to interpret a solo and you NAILED IT. Adding your own bits to Mission bits. Nice.

3.)Variety of Technique and Tone: You mix and match a wide variety of techniques and tonal variation using your picking and fretting style as well as slides, pull offs, precision picking and palm muting. Well freaking done.

In short Solder......

You Just......

!!!!!LEVELED UP!!!!!
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QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Aug 26 2016, 01:19 PM) *
42nd!


Posted by: Caelumamittendum Aug 28 2016, 09:42 PM

43:


Posted by: Todd Simpson Aug 30 2016, 07:16 AM

Super Nice!!!
We spent a lot of time on this lick in our Vid Chat sessions and you clearly have put the time in outside of that. You have this lick DOWN COLD. Inversions can be tricky to be sure. Once you have it, you may find yourself using it in solos smile.gif I use some sort of inversion in wads of solos. I just love the way it works over nearly any backing wink.gif Even if just a few notes.


Let's Debrief!!!

MEDALS OF HONOR


1.)PICKING LIKE A MONSTER: Your picking is getting extreme and that's a good thing smile.gif Precision and control. The two keys to the kingom smile.gif

2.)PRECISION, PRECISION, PRECISION: Speed is a byproduct of precision as you know, I've noticed your precision going steadily up of late smile.gif Keep it going!

3.)PINKY POWER!!: I love to see you using the pinky and not losing any precision or dexterity when doing it. Mastering the pinky is a life long pursuit, you have a really big head start on it!!

In short Solder......

You Just......

!!!LEVELED UP!!!





QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Aug 28 2016, 04:42 PM) *
43:


Posted by: Caelumamittendum Aug 30 2016, 10:41 PM



Bad camera angle on this. Hope it still works.

Posted by: Todd Simpson Aug 31 2016, 06:07 AM

Beyond Cool!
You have a serious momentum going here and it's good to see smile.gif You sailed through this one with zero issues at all. Nicely done!!!


Let's Debrief!!!

MEDALS OF HONOR


1.)Right/Left hand synch: Spot on per usual as I've come to expect smile.gif

2.)Precision=Speed. And your precision gets better each day.

3.)PINKY POWER!!: Using the pinky even up on the higher frets. Shows a high degree of control and dexterity.

In short Solder......

You Just......

!!!LEVELED UP!!! (not to mention krushed it)









QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Aug 30 2016, 05:41 PM) *


Bad camera angle on this. Hope it still works.

Posted by: Caelumamittendum Sep 6 2016, 08:48 PM

45 smile.gif


Posted by: Todd Simpson Sep 7 2016, 11:01 PM

KRUSHED IT!!!!!
You tore through that like a hot knife through butter. Almost seemed too easy!!! Well fought Soldier smile.gif

Let's Debrief!!!

MEDALS OF HONOR


1.)Continuing to show very solid technique on both hands

2.)Continuing to show very good synch on both hands

3.)Continuin to have very good grasp of right hand muting to prevent strings noise in string traversal


In short,

You Just......

!!!LEVELED UP!!!




QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Sep 6 2016, 03:48 PM) *
45 smile.gif


Posted by: Caelumamittendum Jun 19 2017, 07:08 PM

Here we go with lesson 46 smile.gif I expanded a bit on the last part.


Posted by: Todd Simpson Jun 20 2017, 02:31 AM

This is just top notch work and a big part of the reason you are so far along the path in the BOOTCAMP!! Put simply you practice and play your pants off!! This is very well played and I like how you added your own thing on top at the end. Showing not only a mastery of the technical bits, but creativity on top of it in order to take it further and make it more musical. I hope you get the chance to do more of these! I'm sure other folks find them as inspiring as I do. Oh, and. NICE IBBY!!!! smile.gif

MEDALS OF HONOR

*RIGHT HAND PLANTED: Zero right hand drift. Keeping a solid mute the entire time allows one to pick any string, fretted or open, without any unwanted string noise. This is tough to master. You have a really good grip on it!

*SYNCH LIKE A CLOCK: Right hand strike and left hand fret are locked in step just as they should be. That open string lick is built to show any gaps in your synch. Good news, don't see any smile.gif

*BONUS POINTS: Going above and beyond playing the bit, you interpreted it to other strings while keeping perfect form. Well done smile.gif

In short your just...

LEVELED UP!!!!!!!


FZALFA is TOP DOG with a rank of 60+ but you are close behind!



*You are only a few Missions away from the vaunted 5 Chevron Badge. Making it to 5 Chevrons is something that is really quite rare indeed.

QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Jun 19 2017, 02:08 PM) *
Here we go with lesson 46 smile.gif I expanded a bit on the last part.


Posted by: Todd Simpson Oct 16 2017, 08:12 PM

Talking to the Boss now, looks like we may be able to work something out so I"ll let you know asap smile.gif

Todd

Posted by: Todd Simpson Sep 21 2019, 03:42 AM

Here is the new version of MISSION 1 by BEN. It's the most creative use of this mission that I've ever heard. He turned it in to something amazing, when it started out as just a picking drill.





QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Sep 9 2013, 09:35 AM) *
BINGO!!!!!!! Soldier you just KRUSHED Mission One with a HIGH DEGREE OF PRECISION AND MALICIOUS INTENT!!!

Let's Debrief....

MEDAL OF HONOR

1.)Clean Strikes
2.)Even Pacing and Progression
3.)Good right hand position, planted on the bridge.

You Sir have just earned your first MISSION BADGE!!!!

In short Soldier, you just drew FIRST BLOOD and ...

!!!!!!!LEVELED UP!!!!!!!!!!!



Posted by: Caelumamittendum Sep 25 2019, 11:32 PM

Just having a bit of fun here. Don't worry about grading smile.gif


Posted by: Todd Simpson Sep 26 2019, 12:35 AM

WOW! Top Notch work. This is probably my fave Mission 2 that I've ever seen. I love how you took a pretty basic finger drill and made it something musical and spiff. You did the same with Mission 1 and it was equally impressive.

Let's Debrief!!
MEDALS OF HONOR

PACE: Steady pace without rushing or lagging. Keeping pace is key and you do it perfectly and with style in a way I have not seen until this vid.

TECHNIQUE: Solid Techniques on all fronts, right hand, left hand, picking, synch, it's all there. I am looking for any gaps in technical ability. Don't see any smile.gif

MUTE: Keeping Good right hand position, planted on the bridge. Your mute technique is on point.
YOU KRUSHED IT

you just..
LEVELED UP!!!

Todd


QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Sep 25 2019, 06:32 PM) *
Just having a bit of fun here. Don't worry about grading smile.gif


Posted by: Caelumamittendum Sep 26 2019, 01:02 AM

For good meassure here's mission 3 and 4 in the same style smile.gif





Turning a bit proggy here, as mission #4 is in 5/4.

As promised here are the backings for 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Backing 1: | C | G | F | C G | C |
 Bootcamp_1_Backing.mp3 ( 1.38MB ) : 4


Backing 2: | Am | G | F | Em | Am | G | F | E | Am |
 Bootcamp_2_backing__Am_G_F_Em_Am_G_F_E_.mp3 ( 1.6MB ) : 2


Backing 3: Chromatic from A to E, then landing on a C-note.
 Bootcamp_3_backing.mp3 ( 1.2MB ) : 3


Backing 4: Chromatic from D to A then landing on a D-note.
 Bootcamp_4_backing.mp3 ( 889.79K ) : 2

Posted by: Todd Simpson Sep 26 2019, 03:47 AM

These are AWESOME!! I"ve asked FRAN to add these backing tracks to the original MISSION PAGES in the bootcamp. It will give everyone a chance to play with Music as a backing all the way back to Missioon 1.
HUGE Props to Ben!!!

Sarge

QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Sep 25 2019, 08:02 PM) *
For good meassure here's mission 3 and 4 in the same style smile.gif





Turning a bit proggy here, as mission #4 is in 5/4.

As promised here are the backings for 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Backing 1: | C | G | F | C G | C |
 Bootcamp_1_Backing.mp3 ( 1.38MB ) : 4


Backing 2: | Am | G | F | Em | Am | G | F | E | Am |
 Bootcamp_2_backing__Am_G_F_Em_Am_G_F_E_.mp3 ( 1.6MB ) : 2


Backing 3: Chromatic from A to E, then landing on a C-note.
 Bootcamp_3_backing.mp3 ( 1.2MB ) : 3


Backing 4: Chromatic from D to A then landing on a D-note.
 Bootcamp_4_backing.mp3 ( 889.79K ) : 2

Posted by: Caelumamittendum Sep 26 2019, 10:12 AM

Mission 5 in the same style, including backing track smile.gif



Backing 5: Chromatic from D5 to A5 landing on F#5.
 Bootcamp_5_backing.mp3 ( 1.36MB ) : 3

Posted by: Todd Simpson Sep 26 2019, 09:08 PM

This one is my fave yet. I love the keyboard bit that matches the lick! It sounds very power metal which is killer. This could work as part of a power metal/prog composition. I never thought this lick could be this musical. The lick is a simple chromatic ascending loop. The backing makes it feel like so much more. I've shared with FRAN so he can update Mission 5.

These are truly killer tracks. You RAWK!!

Todd

QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Sep 26 2019, 05:12 AM) *
Mission 5 in the same style, including backing track smile.gif



Backing 5: Chromatic from D5 to A5 landing on F#5.
 Bootcamp_5_backing.mp3 ( 1.36MB ) : 3

Posted by: Caelumamittendum Sep 26 2019, 10:54 PM

Mission #6 in the same style:



 Bootcamp_6_backing.mp3 ( 1.78MB ) : 4

Posted by: Todd Simpson Sep 27 2019, 02:47 AM

That's just perfect!! Very cool composition. Also nice job on doing all the speeds with the backing and making it all sound musical and cool!! I'll share this one next with FRAN. These will give future BOOTCAMPERS a great option. No longer just the metronome, playing with music from DAY ONE. I really dig how the slow version sounds with the backing. Nice!!
Todd

QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Sep 26 2019, 05:54 PM) *
Mission #6 in the same style:



 Bootcamp_6_backing.mp3 ( 1.78MB ) : 4

Posted by: Fran Oct 9 2019, 10:52 AM

I'll be keeping a look in this thread to update future backings to the wiki lessons smile.gif

Thanks Cae & Todd! cool.gif

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