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Todd Simpson
Jan 15 2021, 01:56 AM
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Good question Soldier and good eye!! I've updated the Mission Notes.
For the Warmup/A Section..
Strike Once Hammer Many! On this first part, strike the open string and then hammer on the other notes. Keep a good palm mute but don't crush the strings or they won't ring at all.

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QUOTE (Victor Simion @ Jan 13 2021, 03:28 PM) *
Hi,

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/wiki/inde...%9D_-_Lesson_41

Part A of lesson 41 should be alternate picking or hammer ons?

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Victor Simion
Jan 19 2021, 07:04 PM
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Lesson 41

Here is 41a:
I can't control the flying pinky


Here is 41b and 41c:


Here is 41d:

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Todd Simpson
Jan 20 2021, 02:42 AM
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Well fought Soldier!! This one is a big exploration of the pentatonic shape and how it can be used with open and closed shapes. That is to say with open strings and closed fretting combined . Using an open string in a lick gives you an extra note that you don't have to fret. So you can get three notes per string while only fretting two of them. These licks work great in solo work and work great in a warmup. Keep running them and they will get faster and faster. You've got this bit sorted Soldier. You just..

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Lesson 41

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Victor Simion
Jan 27 2021, 06:43 PM
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Hi,

Lesson 42,

Just the warming up part.



I still have to do the solo with the backing track.

I am not too happy with my improvisation over the backing track:
- it sounds like I am just playing scales up and down
- if I come up with a melody it sounds like random notes melody
- even if let's see the melody is good it doesn't fit with the backing track

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Todd Simpson
Jan 28 2021, 09:23 PM
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Well played!! Don't be shy on your solo. It's just there to let me hear how you are coming along. It's only one short guitar solo, meant to allow you to practice making a solo, and to let me see what might be improved. Quick tips.

Start slow and built up.
Start with a bend, or slow phrase. Leave gaps in between the notes.
Build tension slowly by using ascending scales.
Pay of the tension with something played near the higher frets. Typically a root note with vibrato.
Add on tapping, and other techniques.
Put the backing on a loop in your daw and hit record. Record a dozen takes in a row without stopping. Go back and listen. You may be shocked at what you find. Sometimes, this is how I build solos myself smile.gif


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QUOTE (Victor Simion @ Jan 27 2021, 01:43 PM) *
Hi,

Lesson 42,

Just the warming up part.



I still have to do the solo with the backing track.

I am not too happy with my improvisation over the backing track:
- it sounds like I am just playing scales up and down
- if I come up with a melody it sounds like random notes melody
- even if let's see the melody is good it doesn't fit with the backing track

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Victor Simion
Jan 31 2021, 06:29 PM
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Lesson 42,

Tears In Rain improvisation:

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Todd Simpson
Feb 1 2021, 07:36 AM
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Super congrats on putting together a solo!!! I like how it turned out. It's a good example of technique and musicality coming together to make something cool!!! You show solid technique and a good sense of musicality. The only way to get better at playing solos, is to actually play and record solos. The "RED LIGHT" syndrome is something that keeps people from making progress quite often. When that red recording light comes on the camera, sometimes, people freeze. Not you!! smile.gif

One thing that needs a fix is the bend at 34 seconds. Take a listen to it. It's the one note in the entire solo that is just not right. All of the other bends, etc, work well imho. I want to see if you can do one more pass on this to have a take without any bad notes. Also, try to throw in a little bit of tapping if possible. Nothing fancy, just something to add texture to the solo. The more practice on solos the better!! Give me one more Soldier!!


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Lesson 42,

Tears In Rain improvisation:

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Feb 8 2021, 06:34 PM
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Hi,

Here is take 2

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Better!! I like how you used various techniques in this one. Added some hammering etc. Also, a good use of empty space. Not using every bit of space in a solo is something that some players really struggle with. I personally struggle with it sometimes when I get a bit carried away smile.gif It's always a good idea to leave some gaps. Your bending is good here and most of them are to pitch. There is one more at 1:07 that doesn't hit pitch. It's a good idea to think out each bend ahead of time to find out if it's in key or not. A full step bend is like moving two frets up the neck. If you plan on a bend, just move two frets up the neck and check it against the scale chart from the scale generator here on GMC to make sure it's in key for the backing. Your ear will catch this stuff in the future. Until then, it's down to mapping things out.

It's only one note though and this solo is more than good enough to get you a BADGE UP!!! It's great to see you putting all of the work you've done together and apply it to actual music. Practicing your solos against youtube backings is a great way to practice and joining every GMC collab is also a great idea. Just like anything else, the only way to get better at soloing is to do a LOT of it!

Congrats Soldier!
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Hi,

Here is take 2

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Victor Simion
Feb 9 2021, 08:56 PM
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Hi,

Regarding Lesson 43:

Exercise 43a - Should be done using economy picking or strict alternate picking?

Exercise 43b - I see it's the same shape in Guitar Pro file like in the image attached but moved 2 frets up?
Which one should I practice or it doesn't matter since it's the same shape?

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They are two separate pieces. The first is just a warmup. The second is an actual scale so the notes are different. I just checked the GP files and they seem correct. I'm attaching the second gp file here so you can see the difference. The second one is a minor scale inversion lick. As for picking, this one is dealers choice. unless it's mentioned to do a certain type of picking, you can use whatever works for you. I typically use alternate on these types of bits.

Attached File  43b.gp5 ( 2.24K ) Number of downloads: 7


QUOTE (Victor Simion @ Feb 9 2021, 03:56 PM) *
Hi,

Regarding Lesson 43:

Exercise 43a - Should be done using economy picking or strict alternate picking?

Exercise 43b - I see it's the same shape in Guitar Pro file like in the image attached but moved 2 frets up?
Which one should I practice or it doesn't matter since it's the same shape?

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