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post Oct 19 2019, 07:02 AM
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NICE!!!! Really well fought Soldier!!!! This one has some serious finger twisters in it and they go all the way up and all the way back down the strings forcing the hand to develop endurance. You may have noticed the Neo Classical Influence lurking about yet again. smile.gif I must say soldier I'm very proud of your discipline. Pretty much every day a new Mission and a new Quick Lick. If every player had your kind of drive, everyone hear would have triple digit badges! So far, it's just you Soldier!!
Let's Debrief!!!
MEDALS OF HONOR


PINKY PROWESS You've gained serious pinky power over the past 100 missions. It's great to see you play with confidence using the weakest finger!

NEO CLASSICAL EMBRACE You have grabbed on to the Neo Classical bits in recent Missions and really dug in to it. Well done!

DEFT FINGER WORK NONE of these bits are easy. They are all high level drills and you are playing with style and grace. keep it up!!!
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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Oct 19 2019, 07:02 AM) *
NICE!!!! Really well fought Soldier!!!! This one has some serious finger twisters in it and they go all the way up and all the way back down the strings forcing the hand to develop endurance. You may have noticed the Neo Classical Influence lurking about yet again. smile.gif I must say soldier I'm very proud of your discipline. Pretty much every day a new Mission and a new Quick Lick. If every player had your kind of drive, everyone hear would have triple digit badges! So far, it's just you Soldier!!
Let's Debrief!!!
MEDALS OF HONOR


PINKY PROWESS You've gained serious pinky power over the past 100 missions. It's great to see you play with confidence using the weakest finger!

NEO CLASSICAL EMBRACE You have grabbed on to the Neo Classical bits in recent Missions and really dug in to it. Well done!

DEFT FINGER WORK NONE of these bits are easy. They are all high level drills and you are playing with style and grace. keep it up!!!
You just...
LEVELED UP!!!!!
You remain our TOP DAAAWWWGGG!!!!!!

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I want to push myself to make the most of each practice day and sometimes it's a really big challenge to do both but there's also a lot of Missions and Quick Licks ahead! If I want to play Paganini or modern shredders' pieces, there's a lot of hard work for me to do but this kind of work is fun and I always happily start each practice session smile.gif
I also noticed some of the students have become more active in their Bootcamp threads since you made the celebration post for my 100 Mission milestone. If I had any part in it, I'm glad about it!

I've been wondering for some time now: you mostly use a digital modelling profiler and you said you usually change your guitars but you also said you have one or two favourite that you keep, if I remember correctly. Do you have a favourite set of pickups?
I'm considering swapping the gold PAF set for an EMG MF set. I don't have a way to try these out first but I like the passive EMGs I have, so it seems like an upgrade from these.


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post Oct 20 2019, 12:18 AM
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Yeah! Since you cracked the TRIPLE DIGIT BARRIER things have picked up a bit which is great smile.gif Lead the way Soldier!!!!!!

You are correct. If you want to play Paganini and Becker, you have a lot of work to do! The good news is that it can be fun just as you say!

As for my tone, for recording I primarily use OVERLOUD TH-U which is a software plugin. It's AMAZING. I have an 11 Rack processsor and I have a Hotone Ampero Processor. I use the processor devices for practice and Jamming. For recording, NOTHING is better for me than Overloud. The tones are amazing and the best part is that you can change the settings on the patch at any time. during recording/mixing. As for pickups, my two main guitars are both "Golden Era" Made in Japan, Ibanez RGs. Both are bone stock. Meaning, nothing has been changed on them. So I'm just using the factory pickups. I had a guitar with the Kerry King EMG set (81/85 with a 12 DB boost switch in addition). But I drifted away from ceramic magnet pickups and started to prefer ALNICO magnet pickups. EMG now makes a great set of pups called the 57/66 set which sound much more modern and open and less compressed than regular EMG pups. Here is a link to a European vendor.
https://www.thomann.de/gb/emg_57_66_set_c.htm
These are active and an more expensive than the EMGHZ pups. However, after years of swapping out various boutique pickups in different guitars, I came to the realization that the pups really didn't play as big a role in my tone as my fingers and my custom overloud preset.

Todd

QUOTE (Adam @ Oct 19 2019, 07:15 AM) *
I want to push myself to make the most of each practice day and sometimes it's a really big challenge to do both but there's also a lot of Missions and Quick Licks ahead! If I want to play Paganini or modern shredders' pieces, there's a lot of hard work for me to do but this kind of work is fun and I always happily start each practice session smile.gif
I also noticed some of the students have become more active in their Bootcamp threads since you made the celebration post for my 100 Mission milestone. If I had any part in it, I'm glad about it!

I've been wondering for some time now: you mostly use a digital modelling profiler and you said you usually change your guitars but you also said you have one or two favourite that you keep, if I remember correctly. Do you have a favourite set of pickups?
I'm considering swapping the gold PAF set for an EMG MF set. I don't have a way to try these out first but I like the passive EMGs I have, so it seems like an upgrade from these.
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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Oct 20 2019, 12:18 AM) *
Yeah! Since you cracked the TRIPLE DIGIT BARRIER things have picked up a bit which is great smile.gif Lead the way Soldier!!!!!!

You are correct. If you want to play Paganini and Becker, you have a lot of work to do! The good news is that it can be fun just as you say!

As for my tone, for recording I primarily use OVERLOUD TH-U which is a software plugin. It's AMAZING. I have an 11 Rack processsor and I have a Hotone Ampero Processor. I use the processor devices for practice and Jamming. For recording, NOTHING is better for me than Overloud. The tones are amazing and the best part is that you can change the settings on the patch at any time. during recording/mixing. As for pickups, my two main guitars are both "Golden Era" Made in Japan, Ibanez RGs. Both are bone stock. Meaning, nothing has been changed on them. So I'm just using the factory pickups. I had a guitar with the Kerry King EMG set (81/85 with a 12 DB boost switch in addition). But I drifted away from ceramic magnet pickups and started to prefer ALNICO magnet pickups. EMG now makes a great set of pups called the 57/66 set which sound much more modern and open and less compressed than regular EMG pups. Here is a link to a European vendor.
https://www.thomann.de/gb/emg_57_66_set_c.htm
These are active and an more expensive than the EMGHZ pups. However, after years of swapping out various boutique pickups in different guitars, I came to the realization that the pups really didn't play as big a role in my tone as my fingers and my custom overloud preset.

Todd

I'm sorry for the double post here. I was in a hurry when posting the video.

I'm happy it turned out that way! I've learnt a LOT and improved just as much and I hope that the others can enjoy theirs as much as I do!

I'm ready to go to great lengths to accomplish it but even a slight progress I make is both satisfying and motivating. Mr Vai's theory book has been helpful too! I realized I need to push my legato and Econ picking a lot and I try to have a part of my practice designated for both.

It sounds like with digital profiling the pickups don't make a difference. I have a pair of EMG H3/4 in my SG and a similar set in my superstrat, except EMGs are Ceramic and Merlins are Alnico 5. There is a noticeable difference but I can't pick my favourite. I deliberately chose both after weeks of comparing many units. They are just different, I'd say. I had a chance to try out such MiJ Ibby, which was an amazing instrument. It was all stock and didn't need any swaps. My guitars were made in Indonesia and they needed this to come to life.
That EMG set you mentioned seems to be popular lately but I never liked the idea of worrying if the battery will hold for another hour. And the passives really are perfect for me smile.gif

I did some reading too and I found out that the old rock guitars were often loaded with non-waxed pickup caps, which apparently cuts both noise and a bit of treble. I also learned that the first bluees guitars were randomly wired out of phase and that's where the specific tone comes from. It's all so interesting to learn!
Lastly, I agree that the pickups are just a tool and it's up to the person to make the best out if the instrument. I believe everyone should aim for developing their own tone, not copying it from a studio record. It's fun to imitate for a while but only for the while.


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post Oct 20 2019, 08:37 AM
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Well said!!! As we have talked about, "Tone" is a life long journey, just like learning the guitar is a life long journey. Things change as we change, our preferences, our gear, etc. I have owned several Indonesian Ibby's along the way, and many had the INF series of pickups which I must say did not impress me at all. At the other end of the spectrum, I've used cork sniffer (E.G. pricey boutique, small batch) pickups that are hand built/wound and cost $400 per set. They were quite nice. one set was a builder called HOMEWRECKER PICKUPS in Los Angeles, and also Lundgren Pickups (the ones used by Meshuggah and hand made in Sweden), some ceramic, some alnico, some active, some passive, pretty much everything I could get my hands on. It was great fun. So I've really tried just about anything I could get my hands on at one point or another smile.gif


Every Non ibanez guitar I've ever owned, I swapped out the pickups to try something new. Every Ibanez guitar I've ever owned, even the ones with INF pups, I kept as stock. I did sell all the Ibbys with INF pups though. Eventually, I found that I kept reaching for the same two guitars even when I owned more than a dozen guitars. It was always down to my RG560 6 string (stock) and my RG7620 7 string (stock). So I ended up selling off the rest of them at various points and now I'm down to my fave 2 guitars where I started smile.gif I do still have a FRETLIGHT GUITAR given to me by Rusty (the guy who invented the Fretlight) which is a very handy teaching/learning tool. But I don't record with it.


I record through my Iconnect Audio 4+ interface directly to OVERLOUD TH-U. The new overloud version has "Rig player" which is sort of like a Kemper type thing where they sample an entire rig at once. It's got every amp/cab/effect you could ever thing and the sound quality is amazing. They partnered with the folks at DV Mark, Brunetti, and Randall, to make spot on versions of some great tube amps. So my recording is all "in the box" as it's called (e.g. direct recording clean signal and doing everything in software.). What I love about it is the flexibility, to change everything at any time. I think back to the days when I used to record by sticking a mic on a cab and I don't know how I put up with it compared to how easy it is now to get great guitar tone, it was serious work to get good recorded tone back in the day and it had to be LOUD, or the tone just was not good. It's still a fairly simple thing to get good tone using the BIG IRON, get a tube head, 4x12 cab, shure sm57, dead center on the speaker cone, and turn it nearly all the way up. Many metal records are still done this way.

It's fun to "Ride the Lightening" smile.gif But I'm happy to be able to record without deafening volume these days and still get good results smile.gif

One thing I've added recently is using video FX from a Mobile Phone app called WERBLE (iphone only sadly). The tone on my latest collab was done entirely by the artist who wrote the song, a great guy named Hamin from Iran. He doesn't use any real instruments at all. It's entirely all software, he doesn't own a guitar. Then I put a lead track on it. So I sent him my direct recorded signal, with no effects/gain/nothing. He did a great job! There are so many guitar videos these days, I started using werble to give my guitar vides something to make them stand out. Here is the solo with a bit of video fx spice on it smile.gif







QUOTE (Adam @ Oct 19 2019, 11:29 PM) *
I'm sorry for the double post here. I was in a hurry when posting the video.

I'm happy it turned out that way! I've learnt a LOT and improved just as much and I hope that the others can enjoy theirs as much as I do!

I'm ready to go to great lengths to accomplish it but even a slight progress I make is both satisfying and motivating. Mr Vai's theory book has been helpful too! I realized I need to push my legato and Econ picking a lot and I try to have a part of my practice designated for both.

It sounds like with digital profiling the pickups don't make a difference. I have a pair of EMG H3/4 in my SG and a similar set in my superstrat, except EMGs are Ceramic and Merlins are Alnico 5. There is a noticeable difference but I can't pick my favourite. I deliberately chose both after weeks of comparing many units. They are just different, I'd say. I had a chance to try out such MiJ Ibby, which was an amazing instrument. It was all stock and didn't need any swaps. My guitars were made in Indonesia and they needed this to come to life.
That EMG set you mentioned seems to be popular lately but I never liked the idea of worrying if the battery will hold for another hour. And the passives really are perfect for me smile.gif

I did some reading too and I found out that the old rock guitars were often loaded with non-waxed pickup caps, which apparently cuts both noise and a bit of treble. I also learned that the first bluees guitars were randomly wired out of phase and that's where the specific tone comes from. It's all so interesting to learn!
Lastly, I agree that the pickups are just a tool and it's up to the person to make the best out if the instrument. I believe everyone should aim for developing their own tone, not copying it from a studio record. It's fun to imitate for a while but only for the while.
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post Oct 20 2019, 07:10 PM
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Here is a quick demo of the last 2 drills in this mission. I simplified them a bit in order to make them playable for students. They are from a Ben Higgins song called "A SENTIENT FOG" which was a Blackened Metal Experimental collab. Enjoy!


A valiant Fight Soldier!! The last two licks on this one are very tricky. I notice you went to a clean tone and then even avoided tapping on the tapping lick. In the tablature for part D, the P and H you see are for Pull Off and Hammer On, as it's supposed to be a tapping lick. I didn't mention TAPPING LICK in the subtitle of the tablature, so I'll call that one fair game!
Let's Debrief!!
MEDALS OF HONOR
NEOCLASSICAL RABBIT HOLE You may have noticed the first two had a bit of a neoclassical vibe to them. You are adapting to these quite well!

THUMBLESSS It's a very powerful technique that allows one to play things that the hand may otherwise have trouble with. You are adapting to thumbless quite well also!!!

CRAZY PATTERNS The last two drills are not scales. They are not really even microtonal. They are written to be dissonant / grating/ abrasive. They went with a Black Metal style track and are very similar to Black Metal style soloing which is largely Atonal. You adapted to these as well!
In short, you got this Soldier!!!
You just..
LEVELED UP!!!!

You remain the TOP DAWWWGG!!!!!
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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Oct 20 2019, 08:37 AM) *
Well said!!! As we have talked about, "Tone" is a life long journey, just like learning the guitar is a life long journey. Things change as we change, our preferences, our gear, etc. I have owned several Indonesian Ibby's along the way, and many had the INF series of pickups which I must say did not impress me at all. At the other end of the spectrum, I've used cork sniffer (E.G. pricey boutique, small batch) pickups that are hand built/wound and cost $400 per set. They were quite nice. one set was a builder called HOMEWRECKER PICKUPS in Los Angeles, and also Lundgren Pickups (the ones used by Meshuggah and hand made in Sweden), some ceramic, some alnico, some active, some passive, pretty much everything I could get my hands on. It was great fun. So I've really tried just about anything I could get my hands on at one point or another smile.gif


Every Non ibanez guitar I've ever owned, I swapped out the pickups to try something new. Every Ibanez guitar I've ever owned, even the ones with INF pups, I kept as stock. I did sell all the Ibbys with INF pups though. Eventually, I found that I kept reaching for the same two guitars even when I owned more than a dozen guitars. It was always down to my RG560 6 string (stock) and my RG7620 7 string (stock). So I ended up selling off the rest of them at various points and now I'm down to my fave 2 guitars where I started smile.gif I do still have a FRETLIGHT GUITAR given to me by Rusty (the guy who invented the Fretlight) which is a very handy teaching/learning tool. But I don't record with it.


I record through my Iconnect Audio 4+ interface directly to OVERLOUD TH-U. The new overloud version has "Rig player" which is sort of like a Kemper type thing where they sample an entire rig at once. It's got every amp/cab/effect you could ever thing and the sound quality is amazing. They partnered with the folks at DV Mark, Brunetti, and Randall, to make spot on versions of some great tube amps. So my recording is all "in the box" as it's called (e.g. direct recording clean signal and doing everything in software.). What I love about it is the flexibility, to change everything at any time. I think back to the days when I used to record by sticking a mic on a cab and I don't know how I put up with it compared to how easy it is now to get great guitar tone, it was serious work to get good recorded tone back in the day and it had to be LOUD, or the tone just was not good. It's still a fairly simple thing to get good tone using the BIG IRON, get a tube head, 4x12 cab, shure sm57, dead center on the speaker cone, and turn it nearly all the way up. Many metal records are still done this way.

It's fun to "Ride the Lightening" smile.gif But I'm happy to be able to record without deafening volume these days and still get good results smile.gif

One thing I've added recently is using video FX from a Mobile Phone app called WERBLE (iphone only sadly). The tone on my latest collab was done entirely by the artist who wrote the song, a great guy named Hamin from Iran. He doesn't use any real instruments at all. It's entirely all software, he doesn't own a guitar. Then I put a lead track on it. So I sent him my direct recorded signal, with no effects/gain/nothing. He did a great job! There are so many guitar videos these days, I started using werble to give my guitar vides something to make them stand out. Here is the solo with a bit of video fx spice on it smile.gif




QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Oct 20 2019, 07:10 PM) *
Here is a quick demo of the last 2 drills in this mission. I simplified them a bit in order to make them playable for students. They are from a Ben Higgins song called "A SENTIENT FOG" which was a Blackened Metal Experimental collab. Enjoy!


A valiant Fight Soldier!! The last two licks on this one are very tricky. I notice you went to a clean tone and then even avoided tapping on the tapping lick. In the tablature for part D, the P and H you see are for Pull Off and Hammer On, as it's supposed to be a tapping lick. I didn't mention TAPPING LICK in the subtitle of the tablature, so I'll call that one fair game!
Let's Debrief!!
MEDALS OF HONOR
NEOCLASSICAL RABBIT HOLE You may have noticed the first two had a bit of a neoclassical vibe to them. You are adapting to these quite well!

THUMBLESSS It's a very powerful technique that allows one to play things that the hand may otherwise have trouble with. You are adapting to thumbless quite well also!!!

CRAZY PATTERNS The last two drills are not scales. They are not really even microtonal. They are written to be dissonant / grating/ abrasive. They went with a Black Metal style track and are very similar to Black Metal style soloing which is largely Atonal. You adapted to these as well!
In short, you got this Soldier!!!
You just..
LEVELED UP!!!!

You remain the TOP DAWWWGG!!!!!
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You are right about being able to play without disturbing others. Though I know it's very convenient to have such option, I like the analogue rig too much to give up on it. I just play during the daytime when it isn't too much of a nuisance and it's good enough for now. Still, it's amazing how modern technology can allow one to create a studio-quality productions at home. This one and your other Collab video you shared sound both great! It's really tempting to get something that would allow me to make my own backing tracks but that will have to wait a bit longer.

For the pickups, I've decided to re-use the Merlin PAF I took stopped using some time ago and get a Becker's designed SD for the bridge position. I keep getting back to thinking about it. I go to work and I'm living a simple life. Playing guitar makes me happy and that pup was my dream, so I'm not sure how much it will improve but I don't see a reason not to chase my dreams.

The previous mission didn't indicate at tapping. One of the exercises had that arc that points at legato and I've tried to do it the best I could. The third exercise was a real pain and took me a long time just to get the sequence right. Much like the Quick Licks, I recorded that part during the night time, so I wanted to get it done while not disturbing my neighbours too much.

That original track is intimidating but also very impressive! It being irregular and not a pattern-based makes it 10 times harder than a regular drill! I double-checked today but I couldn't find anything that would indicate tapping in these exercises you mentioned.


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