Tadas Bootcamp, Earn every step in Blood!!
Todd Simpson
Nov 25 2020, 01:26 AM
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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!
QUICK TIPS TO PREPARE YOU FOR BATTLE
*Make sure you get both hands in the shot when shooting your video*Make sure you use a metronome for the first several Missions and that the metronome can be heard.*After you complete a mission, shoot me a PM and let me know it's ready and I'll give you a debrief! These are pass / fail, so if you pass you BADGE UP and if not, I'll give you some feedback and you head in to the breach once again.
*The first several missions are VERY simple. They are just to get you used to the bootcamp process.
*Most importantly, there is NEVER a speed requirement in bootcamp. I want you to push yourself to play as brisk as you can, but NEVER at the expense of precision. If you find you are missing a note here and there, slow down a bit. Speed is just a byproduct of precision so my goal is to make you a very precise player. At that point, speed just happens.
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 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, no points for speed, only points for playing in a precise manner as speed is simply a byproduct of precision) Shoot a video and post it as a reply to this post. Make sure to EMBED the video by clicking on INSERT SPECIAL ITEM above the smiley face and then you'll get a drop down menu. Click on INSERT YOUTUBE VIDEO and follow the instructions in the Pop Up Menu. 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! You will then proceed to Lesson #2 and so forth. Here is the link to the entire 400 plus Lesson Library. https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/wiki/inde...rtal:Techniques

Here is the link to your own PRIVATE HOUSE OF PAIN!...Er I mean.. SHRED!
https://bit.ly/tadasbootcamp
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Tadas
Nov 25 2020, 09:20 PM
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Hi Todd, here's my attempt at lesson one. This was at 160 BPM and that's roughly the speed where I start getting tense in the forearm.

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Nov 27 2020, 03:41 AM
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Welcome to BOOTCAMP Soldier!!! As your first Mission this is the first chance for me to see you play. The good news is that I"m very impressed. You have a very good hand synch going on and you are playing with authority and passion. I do notices that your hand is just a bit stiff which is something we can work on as we go. Also, your mute is lifting off of the bridge when you alt pick, but that too is something we can work on as we go. try to plant the back part of your hand on the bridge and keep it from moving. This will seem very strange at first. It will get better over time. You can use your thumb and first finger to articulate the pick and you can use part of the hand and wrist. This is a technique that takes time to master but it allows you to play open string licks that won't work any other way. You are more than ready for Mission 2!!

You just..

LEVELED UP!!!
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Hi Todd, here's my attempt at lesson one. This was at 160 BPM and that's roughly the speed where I start getting tense in the forearm.


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Nov 28 2020, 10:54 PM
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Here's mission 2 (1/8 notes at 180 BPM). It was quite hard to keep the lower strings silent while palm muting the high strings, so there's quite a bit of noise.

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Dec 2 2020, 04:24 PM
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Well Fought Soldier!! I think you did a fine job of muting here. I'm looking for good hand synch and yours is quite good. Also, your mute covers all the strings which is great. Let's debrief!!



MEDALS OF HONOR

*FORM: You are displaying solid technique here Soldier. keep it up! Muting, hand synch, clean strikes. Nice!
*TEMPO: Not rushing or lagging, Spiff!
*AGGRESSION: Jumping in with aggressive style!! Score!!

You are ready for the next Challenge!
You just..
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Here's mission 2 (1/8 notes at 180 BPM). It was quite hard to keep the lower strings silent while palm muting the high strings, so there's quite a bit of noise.

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Dec 4 2020, 11:22 PM
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Watch this vid. IT's a great demo on how to palm mute while articulating the strings. Now, this guy is using his fingers and his pick and a great deal of hammer on/pull off/legato, but focus on his palm mute. Look how he is keeping his mute while he picks. He doesn't lift, doesn't move the entire hand off the bridge. Also, he mutes firmly but doesn't choke the strings.

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Tadas
Dec 5 2020, 09:51 PM
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Wow that's some inspiring technique in that video, thanks for sharing! The hardest thing about it for me so far is that the picking angle is not quite what I'm used to when palm muting on the high strings, but I think I'm making some progress there. Also it's much easier to accidentally choke the high strings, so that happens a lot to me.

Here's my shot at mission 3. Only noticed how badly I'm rushing in the beginning after recording but I can't shoot another video at the moment. dry.gif
Let me know if it's passable, going to continue working on this one either way, I feel like it's a great pinky workout.

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Dec 7 2020, 11:25 PM
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WELL FOUGHT!!! It's great to see you making GAINS!! We are still very early in the process and already you are improving. This is great to see! Let's Debrief!!

MEDALS OF HONOR:

ALT PICKING: Your doing great on your Alternate Picking here. It's consistent and that's what I'm looking for.
Being able to pick in a consistent manner is crucial for moving ahead in bootcamp. You rushed it just a pinch but that's typical when diving in to a tricky bit of play. You quickly synched in to a groove and it was very smooth.

MUTE: Very solid work on the palm mute. Also critical. If you can't mute, you will get string noise. A bit part of bootcamp is trying to get the picking hand to be able to do a full mute of all the strings and be able to pick at the same time. The goal is to be able to mute all the strings without using the fretting hand to catch the high strings (which is what the hand wants to do). Nice Mute!

SYNCH:
Right/Left hand synch is the core of this drill. If your synch is off, the entire thing will fall apart. Again, not a problem here! Synch is crucial to shredding. If you lose hand synch, you can't play with precision. if you can't play with precision, you can't play fast. Playing fast without precision is just sloppy playing. You have very solid synch and precision.

You've got this. Your pinky made a strong showing as well! This makes a great warm up/cool down drill. Keep it in your bag of tricks!!

You just...

LEVELED UP!!

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QUOTE (Tadas @ Dec 5 2020, 04:51 PM) *
Wow that's some inspiring technique in that video, thanks for sharing! The hardest thing about it for me so far is that the picking angle is not quite what I'm used to when palm muting on the high strings, but I think I'm making some progress there. Also it's much easier to accidentally choke the high strings, so that happens a lot to me.

Here's my shot at mission 3. Only noticed how badly I'm rushing in the beginning after recording but I can't shoot another video at the moment. dry.gif
Let me know if it's passable, going to continue working on this one either way, I feel like it's a great pinky workout.

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Dec 13 2020, 08:35 PM
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Mission 4 attempt:

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This is your best work to date Soldier!! You are starting to put it all together. The toughest part to these early Missions is the traverse. You must not only traverse strings, but also frets. It's very easy to have a bit of a hiccup when moving between strings to re start this sequence. It's also easy to lose ones place and miss a single note. The reason I have you loop these is to give you enough rope to hang yourself with as it were. I want to see your playing over a distance of ground to see if small mistakes will magnify over time. The good news is you keep it high and tight Soldier. You've got a good handle on all of the basic techniques that are required to prepare you for what lies ahead. Picking, muting, traverse, timing. BAM. Soldier you are ready to move deeper in to the YAWNING CHASM OF DOOM!!!!!!!!

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Dec 20 2020, 10:35 AM
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Dec 21 2020, 03:32 AM
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This is very well played Soldier. It's under control and you don't miss a beat. It's great to see progress like this!! Make sure you create a playlist on youtube with your missions so you can track your progress. There is no string noise so your mute is very solid, you are keeping the muting hand planted which is great to see, your using your pinky which is also great and you don't stumble or studder, it's smooth as glass. You clearly have this sorted. I think you could probably push the speed a bit before it started to fall apart. Feel free to include a faster version in vids even if it's got errors. It can give me a chance to see your hand in action when playing at, what will be, your future level/pace. I don't grade the last pass, it's just for previewing where your goin. It's not a requirement, and you don't have to do it. Just a suggestion. You played well Soldier and you are ready for what is coming next!! Like many of these licks, this one can work great at one position on the neck. Loop it and find your max pace, then move it around again. It will feel odd that the hand doesn't want to play as fast sometimes when fret traverse comes back in to play, but it will eventually. This is a "shred lick" as it works in a loop with the same picking pattern. I use it as a warm up lick to this day.

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Jan 2 2021, 11:57 PM
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Mission 6 was quite tricky. Still not very consistent but much better than what I started with. I had to change it to triplets to keep the accents easy to track, hope that's fine. Here's my attempt:

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Very well fought Soldier!! This is a "Shred" lick. It doesn't have any string traverse so you can focus on straight line speed! You show a great deal of progress here on your ability to play in a precise manner and at a brisk pace!! You have made great progress in terms of your precision and your speed. Also, you are NOT picking from the elbow which is great to see. You are using the wrist and a bit of thumb. Nicely done! This lick works great as a warm up lick and as a way to work on your straight line speed. Keep it in your routine and you will be able to keep gaining speed. You'll start building up a collection of licks that you can play faster and faster and then start being able to use them in solos. See if you can use this in our current GMC collab!!!

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Jan 13 2021, 12:48 AM
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Jan 13 2021, 05:26 AM
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You are starting to get the foundations of SHRED Soldier!!! This is great to see. You have good control over your pick and your not over picking things. Putting too much pick pressure in to the mix is a bad thing. It's good to see your pick hand is not putting too much pressure on things. Keeping a light touch is key for learning to keep enough gas in the tank to allow for extended periods of full bore shredding your brains out. Same goes for the left hand. Finding the balance point where you are using the dead level minimum of effort is crucial. You are working towards it every Mission which is great to see. Also you are doing great on being able to palm mute while you are alt picking. This is the trickiest bit and stands as a huge barrier for many a soldier. It just takes practice and I can see the time put in your videos. This one is no exception. It's all high and tight until the last bit which is still ok as I like to see you push yourself and I think you could do it at 120 with a bit more practice. The previous playing was top notch and good enough to get you to the next badge. Congrats! You just..

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