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I wanted to give an update on my practice. First of all this lesson has targeted my weakness. As soon as I start playing without any thought it all sounds the same. When I give proper attention to the chords Im soloing over its as if I forgot how to play guitar. This is exactly what I was looking to work on.

Ive found that each chord GBD, DF#A, CEG has so many possibilities in each little cage pattern. You can play straight up the neck, in tight position, or many combinations of them all over the fretboard. Playing it musically and with other notes is a challenge.

Playing G man Pentatonic is a strong sound however it omits the C note, which is half of the chord progression. Sure there is E and G but the tonic is missing. Playing Gmaj is a little easier for me and Im finding that if I build a lick over G but give a little emphasis on B then back to G it seems to add some color to the triad.

What is nice about the triads are each shape is 1st, 2nd or 3rd inversion and remembering each shape can also help remember what notes are what.

In Conclusion, this is something I will spend quite a bit of time on as I see it has already helped me see things I've never seen before and my playing although not as flashy or fast or bendy or pinchy.... has sounded thought out. I have 4 days off work during Thanksgiving and hope to make a cool video on my progress.

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Hi mate, great to see that you are working hard on this!

This is a very good analysis and it's exactly what I wanted you to do with this lesson. I'm very curious to hear what you'll record next based on the work that you are doing this weekend.

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I had to redo the video because the mix was all off. Im sure it still needs work but the first one was pretty bad. I tried taking all the previous suggestions and use as much of the triad positions from the lessons with giving my interpretation.

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Hi Jim! Nice video!

There are some moments when your phrasing becomes very tasty and melodic. I think that there is still work to do in order to continue improving your major improvisation. There are some ideas that you could apply during the next practice sessions:

- More use of silences. Let your phrasing breath by separating some of the phrases with silences. Listen to how guitarists like David Gilmour, Santana and Slash use this element.

- Try to play more horizontally. Being able to see the triads on the same string and moving horizontally can make everything sound much more melodic.

- Experiment more with the triad notes by bending to them, and also by sometimes avoiding them over the first two chords to then target it over the last chord.


And while you continue practicing over this one, you can get into the minor triads and pentatonic.

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guit...xes-and-triads/


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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Nov 30 2021, 11:34 PM) *
Hi Jim! Nice video!

There are some moments when your phrasing becomes very tasty and melodic. I think that there is still work to do in order to continue improving your major improvisation. There are some ideas that you could apply during the next practice sessions:

- More use of silences. Let your phrasing breath by separating some of the phrases with silences. Listen to how guitarists like David Gilmour, Santana and Slash use this element.

- Try to play more horizontally. Being able to see the triads on the same string and moving horizontally can make everything sound much more melodic.

- Experiment more with the triad notes by bending to them, and also by sometimes avoiding them over the first two chords to then target it over the last chord.


And while you continue practicing over this one, you can get into the minor triads and pentatonic.

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guit...xes-and-triads/


What do you think?


I completely agree. I do feel like my vision of fretboard is better, still haven’t learned enough of it to be second nature. I’ll work on horizontal movements and try to hit more chord tones.

I’m looking at other solo lessons here and it seems like many of the solo parts start or end on other tones of the chord beside it’s root…

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I’m looking at other solo lessons here and it seems like many of the solo parts start or end on other tones of the chord beside it’s root…


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I’m still working on this and plan to have a video of the process this weekend. Thanks Gab

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Honestly all of my insecurities are showing in these lessons. I’m working on silence and adding rests. It’s very difficult for me to stop. It’s like when two people are sitting together but no one talks. “I will just start talking to keep it from being awkward” “small talk.

however last night I had a bit of a break through where when I intensionally would stop playing my mind started to hone in on the track and chords more. I’m heading down a good path. Thanks, I’ll keep you posted.

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Hi Jim,

This is very interesting. I think that our guitar playing is an extension of our personalities, so what you say really makes sense to me. And that's why, playing guitar is not only a way of expression, it can also be a tool to work on our insecurities, fears and personalities. It's like meditation for me.

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Heres a backing track I have been working over. It hits me in the right spot and instantly loved it. I can hear vocal melodies and also a good humming track.

I tried to use my humming to create the melody of this track. There is no video because it is just a jam and it takes more time recording and syncing audio. Ill make videos when Im very proud of it... Let me know what you think

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Hi jim!

Very nice! I'm familiar with this backing track. I've jammed a lot over it. It reminds me to John Mayer.

Your playing is very tasty. I like how you connect phrases, and how you use the call & response concept. It's also interesting to hear that you are much more comfortable with the use of silences. Your phrasing is breathing now.

I'm not completely convinced of the tone that you are using. This is a very subjetive comment, but I would continue experimenting with settings to make it sound clearer. There are some low mid frecuencies that are not very enjoyable. (at least for my ears).

Also, I think that using a cleaner tone could help you to get more dynamics. Have you ever heard this guitarist?

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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Dec 23 2021, 09:33 AM) *
Hi jim!

Very nice! I'm familiar with this backing track. I've jammed a lot over it. It reminds me to John Mayer.

Your playing is very tasty. I like how you connect phrases, and how you use the call & response concept. It's also interesting to hear that you are much more comfortable with the use of silences. Your phrasing is breathing now.

I'm not completely convinced of the tone that you are using. This is a very subjetive comment, but I would continue experimenting with settings to make it sound clearer. There are some low mid frecuencies that are not very enjoyable. (at least for my ears).

Also, I think that using a cleaner tone could help you to get more dynamics. Have you ever heard this guitarist?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxStQFtYjyA


Gab thanks for the feedback! I am having a hard time with a clean tone and for now Im just going to write with the intention of a higher gain until I get a better VST. Ive used the Plini vst from Archetype and I was blown away how clean it sounded. Looking back It reminds me of Sean Angus Watson. Never heard of him but I do like his music. I listened to that whole album and it's rather sad/emotional but Im into that sort of music. His effort on guitar is great, it's just what the song needs.

I have not been working on any Lessons at the moment and have been taking some time to play guitar and take in from the lessons and try to apply it in my natural state. Currently Im working on writing guitar solo's for some of my favorite POST MODERN Rock/metal songs that don't have guitar solos. Here is one that Im in the middle of https://www.reverbnation.com/jimseekford/so...-solo-section-1

What I'm working on is letting the song dictate the solo and trying to let my solos breathe a bit. It's harder when the music is fast paced and aggressive. Not sure how to use the call/responce tactic in this situation...

Anyways Im still at it and will start the minor pent lesson soon... Cheers and happy new year man!

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Hi Jim! Happy new year!

QUOTE (Jim S. @ Dec 29 2021, 12:35 PM) *
Gab thanks for the feedback! I am having a hard time with a clean tone and for now Im just going to write with the intention of a higher gain until I get a better VST. Ive used the Plini vst from Archetype and I was blown away how clean it sounded. Looking back It reminds me of Sean Angus Watson. Never heard of him but I do like his music. I listened to that whole album and it's rather sad/emotional but Im into that sort of music. His effort on guitar is great, it's just what the song needs.


Nice to know that you like it! I listen to this style of music a lot, mainly on weekend mornings. And yes, Plini's plugin is amazing for clean tones. I also like it for lead guitar. It's one of my favorite amp plugins ever.


QUOTE (Jim S. @ Dec 29 2021, 12:35 PM) *
I have not been working on any Lessons at the moment and have been taking some time to play guitar and take in from the lessons and try to apply it in my natural state. Currently Im working on writing guitar solo's for some of my favorite POST MODERN Rock/metal songs that don't have guitar solos. Here is one that Im in the middle of https://www.reverbnation.com/jimseekford/so...-solo-section-1

What I'm working on is letting the song dictate the solo and trying to let my solos breathe a bit. It's harder when the music is fast paced and aggressive. Not sure how to use the call/responce tactic in this situation...


This is a fantastic exercise. The song sounds very cool. I don't recognize the band. You solo sounds like a natural part of the song. If you work a bit on the mix, I would believe that this solo is part of the original recording. There are just a few weak sections that need some work, the overall sounds very consistent. Good job! I would really like to encourage you to continue practicing this since it's a killer exercise for your creativity and arranging skills.

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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Jan 2 2022, 12:58 PM) *
Hi Jim! Happy new year!



Nice to know that you like it! I listen to this style of music a lot, mainly on weekend mornings. And yes, Plini's plugin is amazing for clean tones. I also like it for lead guitar. It's one of my favorite amp plugins ever.




This is a fantastic exercise. The song sounds very cool. I don't recognize the band. You solo sounds like a natural part of the song. If you work a bit on the mix, I would believe that this solo is part of the original recording. There are just a few weak sections that need some work, the overall sounds very consistent. Good job! I would really like to encourage you to continue practicing this since it's a killer exercise for your creativity and arranging skills.


Happy New Year Gabriel! I had a bit of a slow start but have already begun working on some newer songs that I like and adding guitar in them. I can definitely say that I feel much more comfortable playing improvisation and find that most any backing track I put on, I can play with it and although I may not know exactly the chord Im playing over, my natural senses have a better grasp where to land.

This year I hope to work on creating my own licks and solos. There are so many licks that I have written over the years but don't know how to take them to the next level or what to do with them. I also feel that Chords and Progressions should be the next plan of attack. What do you think about that?


I also recently wrote a guitar solo for Talk to a Friend by Rain City Drive. Here is the Solo Talk to a Friend by Rain City Drive Solo

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Hi Jim! smile.gif

QUOTE (Jim S. @ Jan 12 2022, 10:58 PM) *
Happy New Year Gabriel! I had a bit of a slow start but have already begun working on some newer songs that I like and adding guitar in them. I can definitely say that I feel much more comfortable playing improvisation and find that most any backing track I put on, I can play with it and although I may not know exactly the chord Im playing over, my natural senses have a better grasp where to land.


This is very cool to know. This is an infinite journey so you'll always find new things to learn and improve, but it's nice to know that you are now comfortable with your current improvisation level. Keep going! smile.gif

It's not necessary to always know the chord that it's sounding. It's an information that can help to make choices, mostly when our ear and/or mind are not inspired. Personally, when I'm practicing, I write down the progression and follow it, but when I'm playing I trust more on my instinct. However, all the formal practice obviously gives tools when you start to feel a bit lost.

QUOTE (Jim S. @ Jan 12 2022, 10:58 PM) *
This year I hope to work on creating my own licks and solos. There are so many licks that I have written over the years but don't know how to take them to the next level or what to do with them. I also feel that Chords and Progressions should be the next plan of attack. What do you think about that?



Great plans! Have you checked my Composition course? Maybe it's a good place to start with the basics.


QUOTE (Jim S. @ Jan 12 2022, 10:58 PM) *
I also recently wrote a guitar solo for Talk to a Friend by Rain City Drive. Here is the Solo Talk to a Friend by Rain City Drive Solo


It sounds EPIC! I think that the original song needs a solo as emotive as this one there. It works perfectly mate. You should share it with the band. biggrin.gif

Honestly it's killer.


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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Jan 13 2022, 08:51 AM) *
Hi Jim! smile.gif



This is very cool to know. This is an infinite journey so you'll always find new things to learn and improve, but it's nice to know that you are now comfortable with your current improvisation level. Keep going! smile.gif

It's not necessary to always know the chord that it's sounding. It's an information that can help to make choices, mostly when our ear and/or mind are not inspired. Personally, when I'm practicing, I write down the progression and follow it, but when I'm playing I trust more on my instinct. However, all the formal practice obviously gives tools when you start to feel a bit lost.




Great plans! Have you checked my Composition course? Maybe it's a good place to start with the basics.




It sounds EPIC! I think that the original song needs a solo as emotive as this one there. It works perfectly mate. You should share it with the band. biggrin.gif

Honestly it's killer.



That put a huge smile on my face! Thanks for the kind words. I want to polish it a bit and make a video and I could tag them possibly.

I have not seen the composition course but will search next time I play! Cheers Gab

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QUOTE (Jim S. @ Jan 13 2022, 01:18 PM) *
That put a huge smile on my face! Thanks for the kind words. I want to polish it a bit and make a video and I could tag them possibly.

I have not seen the composition course but will search next time I play! Cheers Gab



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