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Todd Simpson
post Jan 22 2019, 06:52 AM
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Very Close!! Sooo Close!! You have a very good legato here. The only thing keeping you from leveling up is that your timing is drifting. sad.gif Are you using a metronome here? If not, it's time to break out the metronome before your record the vid again. I don't need to hear the metronome if I can hear that you are on time. It's not hard for me to tell if the time is drifting. If you don't have a metronome you can download one for free off the web. Metronome are not expensive though so if you can grab a real one so much the better. Your timing on this Missions needs to be spot on to prepare you for what's next. So keep up your legato technique, it looks great!! Give it one more pass with a bit tighter timing and you've got it!!
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Here are two next vids. As I said before, my legato needs some intense practice but I nailed it (I think). I'll make sure to practice this lick everyday now smile.gif



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post Jan 22 2019, 10:34 PM
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post Jan 23 2019, 08:45 AM
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Nice!! You pulled the pace back a bit at the start so that it matched the pace at the end. IT was very nice and evenly played. As you keep working on this lick, it will get faster and faster. Eventually, you will be able to shred the living daylights out of this lick using only your left hand. Let's Debrief!!
MEDALS OF HONOR
*Left hand POWER! This lick requires left hand power. It will not work without it. You are doing well with your left hand here! Keep at this and it will get better each time!

*Pacing This is a very tough one to keep evenly paced, you did very well on keeping it nice and smooth!! Not rushing or dragging.

*Mute Solid Muting on this one. If you let your mute slip, it's a noise fest but not here! Quiet as Death.

In short, you just ...
LEVELED UP!

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Here is a demo of how it will sound once you get it shred ready!! This vid shows a picked version and then legato version.


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post Jan 24 2019, 06:57 PM
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I did it yesterday but since I uploaded 2 vids before, there was no hurry smile.gif

How does QUick Licks section work? Should I Start from 1 and move up by one or should I do one section before moving to another? The first way makes more sense with the badge that I get from it but I thought I'd ask just to make sure.


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post Jan 25 2019, 07:56 AM
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MISSION 23 DEBRIEF!!
QUICK LICKS INFO: Before doing your debrief, let's talk QUICK LICKS!!! I saw your question and wanted to give you the quick and dirty!! Just like Bootcamp, It's best to start on the First one and work your way up. You can do more than one at a time if you like, I"ll then grade them on per day to maximize feedback. Quick Licks is fairly new and I had been experimenting with doing things differently than bootcamp, but in the end, it just made it more confusing. So I've gone back to doing things the same basic way. Start at 1, and work your way up. The handy thing about quick licks is that they are meant to be "Quick", so I'm not nearly as picky about technique for example. It's meant to allow you to add licks to your library of licks in a quick way. So they have just one drill for each badge, where as bootcamp can have up to 10 drills for a given badge. They are graded a bit more loosely than Bootcamp as they are meant to be done quicker. It's a great way to get new licks under your belt!! ONETABMATT is currently the TOP DAWG on rank and the only GMCer to complete every single quick lick. His badge has the "STAR OF HONOR" signifying top rank. YONCOPIN has the STAR OF HONOR for BOOTCAMP currently. On to the debrief!!!

-------------MISSION 23-------------
Another Clean Victory!!! This Mission involves the most feared technique of all, the dreaded and much feared, "PINKY SLIDE!". It requires you to use the weakest finger to slide up the neck and stick the landing. Leading with the pinky is something that opens up a whole range of licks. It's required if you want to do those crazy scale runs that start on a low fret and end up on the high frets.

Let's debrief!!!!!

MEDALS OF HONOR

PINKY TRAVEL Nice fret travel! Not only traversing strings, but traveling up the fretboard in a very smooth and precise fashion. Precision is the key to this one.

PACING The pacing is nice and even and deliberate as it should be. If you rush or lag, the lick falls apart and you get to start over. Good news is, you nailed it!

MUTING Nothing is so under rated as a technique as palm muting. You may have noticed that most of the missions have some element of muting. That's because it's the one technique that gets overlooked and ends up biting folks in the rear. Without a good mute, you get wads of string noise if you open string licks, long scale runs, etc. The good news here is that your muting is top notch! Keep it up!

In short, you just ...
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post Jan 25 2019, 10:42 AM
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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Jan 25 2019, 07:56 AM) *
MISSION 23 DEBRIEF!!
QUICK LICKS INFO: Before doing your debrief, let's talk QUICK LICKS!!! I saw your question and wanted to give you the quick and dirty!! Just like Bootcamp, It's best to start on the First one and work your way up. You can do more than one at a time if you like, I"ll then grade them on per day to maximize feedback. Quick Licks is fairly new and I had been experimenting with doing things differently than bootcamp, but in the end, it just made it more confusing. So I've gone back to doing things the same basic way. Start at 1, and work your way up. The handy thing about quick licks is that they are meant to be "Quick", so I'm not nearly as picky about technique for example. It's meant to allow you to add licks to your library of licks in a quick way. So they have just one drill for each badge, where as bootcamp can have up to 10 drills for a given badge. They are graded a bit more loosely than Bootcamp as they are meant to be done quicker. It's a great way to get new licks under your belt!! ONETABMATT is currently the TOP DAWG on rank and the only GMCer to complete every single quick lick. His badge has the "STAR OF HONOR" signifying top rank. YONCOPIN has the STAR OF HONOR for BOOTCAMP currently. On to the debrief!!!



Thank you, I'll start doing the Quick Licks regularly now!

Does that mean nobody's done more than 88 Bootcamp missions, though there is much more than that? Sounds like it gets really difficult quite fast. Maybe it's a good idea to check what's up ahead and prepare mentally. And technically, I could claim the title if I keep up my current tempo? smile.gif

By the way, I managed to record all missions up to 29 and I'll post them sometime later. Number 30 I left for today, because the night time dinged while I was at it.

Edit: I'm posting up to 29. I'm trying to play the patterns with legato as a warm-up and practice and it's not a bad idea, though it sounds horribly from me. Over the weekend I'll be at work as usual. I do need a lot of sleep and rest because all the assignments at Uni are wearing me down. If I post something, and I will, it will be Quick Licks, since they are quick, easy and very enjoyable. Bootcamp feels like a hard work at school but it does bring results. Without further ado:

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post Jan 26 2019, 06:37 AM
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MISSION 24 DEBRIEF
Yup! Nobody has EVER broken triple Digits on BOOTCAMP. Nobody. Ever. It's been over half a decade. Still nobody has managed it. It does start to get tough once you are knocking on Heavens Door past Mission 75. I recently went in and actually reduced the difficulty a bit as it is apparently a solid wall of difficulty. So it's more in line with previous lessons in terms of effort now. So yea, you may be the first one EVER to break 100 and get the, never before bestowed,
"100 Missions" adornment to your Bootcamp Badge! There are four such adornments. One for each 100 missions completed. I've never given one out. I hope you are the first! keep it up and you will be!!! Let's debrief!!
SO CLOSE, ALMOST THERE!!!!

*This Mission, per the demo video, is about striking once on a given string and then hammering on the rest of the notes. It's about working on your left hand finger power. In your vid, you strike every single note, which you do quite well and with precision! I'm looking for a strike once, hammer many approach on this Mission though. I hate sending soldiers back to the front!! I need you to do one more on this where you strike each string one time, then hammer on the other notes with the left hand. It's NOT easy. It requires some work on the left hand but it's a great way to be able to run a scale/lick without having to pick all of it. I"ll replace that tablature with a new one that shows the strike pattern and hammer ons with notation. It's not clear in the current tablature. Only by watching the vid can a soldier see what I''m looking for. This tablature was made long ago and I now see that it needs to be corrected. That's my bad soldier. I'll fix that and you give me one more vid! One more time Soldier!!
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I did it yesterday but since I uploaded 2 vids before, there was no hurry smile.gif

How does QUick Licks section work? Should I Start from 1 and move up by one or should I do one section before moving to another? The first way makes more sense with the badge that I get from it but I thought I'd ask just to make sure.
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post Jan 27 2019, 12:13 AM
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24 re-take. I hope this works fine smile.gif



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post Jan 27 2019, 05:52 AM
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MISSION 24 DEBRIEF!!!

Now your talking Soldier!! This is what I was looking for. Solid left hand work including the Pinky!!!! Let's debrief.

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 you manage to do both with style!!

MUTE OF DEATH: 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!!!!!!!!

TIMING:
Very tight and very evenly played. This is not easy to pull off on this lick and you used your PINKY!! Well done!!!

In short, you just ...
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post Jan 28 2019, 05:06 AM
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MISSION 25 DEBRIEF
WELL FOUGHT SOLDIER!!!! This one is packed with "Back and Forth" bits. Shredding in general features this technique a LOT. Retracing ones steps over the same notes in a brisk fashion can fool the ear of a listener to sound like one is playing a wad of notes without it sounding like being the same notes repeated in a certain sequence. You've got this one sorted, keep playing it and eventually you'll be playing my signature lick. I use this in wads of solos as it's one of my fave licks ever.

on to the debrief!!!!

MEDALS OF HONOR

PACING Slow and Steady wins the race! : You do a great job of pick control on this one. Steady pace and even playing. Nice!!

NO MUTE NO DEAL: Very clean palm mute per usual as I've come to expect.

BACK AND FORTH Back and Forth like a champ!: This can a VERY VERY confusing lick Score!!!
In short, you just ...

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post Jan 29 2019, 04:42 AM
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WELL FOUGHT SOLDIER!!! These are "Shred Licks" so keep working them up in pace and speed and they will serve you well. Each one is built to be played fast so as you work on them they will get faster and faster!!Let's Debrief!

MEDALS OF HONOR
PLANTED LIKE A TREE:
Planted palm mute and using your fingers to control the pick. Nice!

TRAVERSE FOR THE WIN Traverse is just plain difficult for many a Soldier. Traverse of course, just talking about moving from one string to another. Once you get this, it can be leveraged in to so many other things.

PACE WINS THE RACE: Even handed timing and synch. Not rushing or dragging, just right.

In short, solid technique all around!! I'm glad to see you making such great progress!! Keep it up!! you just..

LEVELED UP!!!!*You also got your first 3 Chevron badge!!
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post Jan 30 2019, 07:42 AM
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QUICK LICKS 27 DEBRIEF!

Nice!!! You played this one smooth and evenly just as I was wanting to see. Also, muting is good and hand synchronization is spot on. Most of all, you used the pinky!!! Using the first three fingers on a stretch lick like this is not great form. I'm glad to see you sticking the landing with weakest finger! This lick is a great drill for working up your speed. Use it as a warm up / cool down. You nailed so you just...
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post Jan 31 2019, 01:33 AM
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MISSION 28 DEBRIEF!!!!

You are on a roll Soldier!! Each one of these is better than the last!!! I'm stoked to see that you are doin so well!

MEDALS OF HONOR


TRAVERSE OR DIE With skill and grace, you traverse like a champ!

SILENCE IS GOLDEN: Solid mute resulting in clean tone without string noise. KEY to playing a bit like this. Without good muting, it's a mess.

PICK ARTICULATION: is some of the best from you I've seen: AWESOME!

LEVELED UP!!!!
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MISSION 29 DEBRIEF!!

I keep setting them up and you keep knocking em down!! I like the fight in you Soldier!! You are really on a roll. Keep it up!!!

MEDALS OF HONOR

CLEAN KILL: Doing a great job managing the string noise that is very hard to escape in licks like these! Nice!

SMOOTH AS GLASS: Pick articulation is smooth and consistent. Nice!
PACE BY PACE You don't lose your mute, you don't start rushing or dragging, solid as a rock.

You are well prepped for the uphill climb before you soldier!!!You are on a roll Soldier!! In short, you just...


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post Feb 2 2019, 01:10 AM
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I almost forgot I ran out of vids already. Here's 30. I'm having fun playing clean tone or with slight overdrive, I hope that's okay?



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post Feb 2 2019, 05:30 AM
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The tone works well for these. Too much gain and notes get buried under it. Too little gain, not enough sustain. So yeah, works great!
MEDALS OF HONOR

SYNCH IT Your right/left hand synchronization is spot on Soldier. This workout, like most, will help show you if there are any gaps hiding from view. The good news is I don't see any!!!

TECHNIQUE ON POINT Your right hand is well planted to prevent unwanted string noise, and it's doing a good deal of the muting. This is something else that stumps many players as they often rely on right hand muting which results in not being able to play certain licks without generating string noise.

STEADY AS A ROCK our picking is very clean and even. That's one of the hardest of all. This is VERY important and you've got a really good handle on it. Like I always say, you gotta learn to play like a robot if you wanna shred like a God!!!

You are killing it Soldier!!! Keep it up!!!
In short you just....

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This mission requires quite a bit of picking precision that makes you find picking direction and then keep it clean. Then I add a stretch in to things. This is one lesson on which many warriors have stumbled, but not you! You have the pinky going strong and tempo is nice and smooth. Let's Debrief!

MEDALS OF HONOR

PRECISION KILLS
Precise and clean picking, even with a stretch.

SYNCHING AND SWIMMING Very tight and controlled, right/left hand synch.
SILENCE IS GOLDEN Very good muting and noise control with the right hand
I know this Mission is not easy. You have demonstrated impressive ability and are ready for what awaits!


Congrats Soldier, you just ...

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I wanted to make sure I'd given you a copy of the new version of the MISSION 24 Tablature. I can see that the old versions, before I started using GUITAR pro are just sorta confusing!!!! I'm going to try to replace all of the old ones with guitar pro files.Attached File  24_FIXa.gp5 ( 1.92K ) Number of downloads: 8

Attached File  24_FIXb.gp5 ( 1.97K ) Number of downloads: 10


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WELL FOUGHT SOLDIER YET AGAIN!!!!!!!!

You may have noticed that this lesson has a wide variety of techniques all pulled together in to a series of drills. If you had not been working hard up to this point, you'd not have been able to pull this off. The good news is that you have been working hard so you pulled it off just fine!! Let's Debrief!!!
MEDAL OF HONOR
SYNCH OR DIE TIGHT right and left hand synchronization. You may have noticed how much emphasis I put on hand synch. It's part of nearly every drill in bootcamp. If one has poor hand synch, one is a poor player. It's that simple. If your synch is bad, your playing is bad. Good news here is your synch is spot on!
MUTE OF DEATH right hand for a solid mute.. You may have also noticed how much I focus on palm muting. I make these licks so that it's hard to cheat and use the left hand to mute. This is so that hen you want to play open string licks, etc, you will be able to.

PRECISION KILLS picking with very good articulation. I always encourage picking from the thumb/finger then back along the hand/wrist. The only way to get used to picking this way, dare I say the "proper way", is by repetition. Each one of these drills is designed to try to allow you to work through any of your weak spots so that you progress in technique every time you badge up.

Ticked every single box I was looking for and did so with grace and apparent ease!!!! You are more than ready to move forward Soldier!!!!

In other words Soldier, you just...

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I wanted to make sure I'd given you a copy of the new version of the MISSION 24 Tablature. I can see that the old versions, before I started using GUITAR pro are just sorta confusing!!!! I'm going to try to replace all of the old ones with guitar pro files.Attached File  24_FIXa.gp5 ( 1.92K ) Number of downloads: 8

Attached File  24_FIXb.gp5 ( 1.97K ) Number of downloads: 10


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