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post Jun 2 2019, 11:26 PM
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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!

http://bit.ly/siinthdsbootcamp

Practice!
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post Jun 16 2019, 07:57 PM
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I had a little time and record first 10 exercises and collect in one video,there are some timing errors that usually come up at the beginning of run.

0:01 - 1ex. 70bpm(4th and 8th)
0:31 - 2ex 70bpm(4th and 8th)
0:47 - 3ex 90bpm (triplets and sixths)
1:13 - 4ex 60bpm (5th and 10th)
1:47 - 5ex 70bpm(4th and 8th)
2:50 - 6ex 130bpm 4th
3:11 - 7ex 70bpm(4th and 8th)
3:49 - 8ex 70bpm(4th and 8th)
4:29 - 9ex 90bpm (triplets and sixths)
4:56 - 10ex 130bpm 4th

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post Jun 17 2019, 04:26 AM
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Impressive!!! I can see that you are clearly bringing a lot to the table here. You can clearly alreadh shred. Our goal will be to get to to a place where you play each note, each riff, with extreme precision. Never missing a note, a stroke, etc. You are just starting out but I think you are ready for the challenges that lay ahead.

I don't typically grade/badge more than one Mission at a time, but after watching your video, you have officially "Tested out" of the 10 Missions. I see no value in having you wait for the feedback one by one when your ability merits tougher challenges that the next missions should provide.

Lesson 10 is a real finger twister and you tore through it like a pro!!!! The Current TOP DOG in Bootcamp has just made it past Mission 100 and is diving in to the deep water. With your skill and drive, you could be the new TOP DAWG in no time at all. I encourage a friendly competition between Soldiers. It can bring out the best in them. That's why we have Badges.

There are certain things I look for in Each Mission. Since we are grading 10 of them, I'll be looking for the most important bits in all of them.

Let's Debrief!!!!
MEDALS OF HONOR
PICK ARTICULATION: One of the hardest things to teach is how to properly articulate the pick. To avoid using the forearm/"picking from the elbow" technique and focus on picking from the thumb/first finger and wrist. You are doing a great job on the slower bits. The only issue is when you start playing fast. Your pick arm stiffens a bit and you start to use a bit of forearm. It's not enough to prevent you from badging, but it's something that we will work on. Before long you will be able to play at any speed you like using only your wrist and thumb/first finger.

As an example, here is my take from a recent collab here at GMC. Look at my pick hand. Notice that I'm picking using wrist, at speed. My forearm isn't part of it. Also, notice I don't ever tense my picking hand. That's one of the keys to the kingdom of shred.




MUTING: Another stick point is Palm Muting. Teaching students to keep the right hand planted and rotate it rather than moving it up and down the bridge. You have a good muting technique that I think we can perfect as you go. The goal being to keep the hand centered on the bridge so that you can reach the high E and low E without moving your palm mute off the bridge. Just by rotating your hand a bit.

Here is an example of "Center Strategy" keeping the palm centered on the bridge and rotating to reach all of the strings.



HAND SYNCHRONIZATION: You have very good hand synch. You have clearly put in your practice time! I did notice that on some of the faster passages, you drifted from the metronome a bit. Yiou were still in time with yourself, I could count time on what you were playing and it was solid, it was just not always connected to the metronome. This happens sometimes when we focus on the playing and go a bit deaf to the click. Adding more clicks can be a handy way to make sure your striking on a click.

Here is a quick video with a ton of Hand Synch Licks. When playing at speed, one miss from Synch and it will stick out like a sore thumb. The good news is your synch is great!


You fought well Soldier!! You've earned the right to wear the 10 Badge!!! You just..
LEVELED UP!!!
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QUOTE (Siinthd @ Jun 16 2019, 02:57 PM) *
I had a little time and record first 10 exercises and collect in one video,there are some timing errors that usually come up at the beginning of run.

0:01 - 1ex. 70bpm(4th and 8th)
0:31 - 2ex 70bpm(4th and 8th)
0:47 - 3ex 90bpm (triplets and sixths)
1:13 - 4ex 60bpm (5th and 10th)
1:47 - 5ex 70bpm(4th and 8th)
2:50 - 6ex 130bpm 4th
3:11 - 7ex 70bpm(4th and 8th)
3:49 - 8ex 70bpm(4th and 8th)
4:29 - 9ex 90bpm (triplets and sixths)
4:56 - 10ex 130bpm 4th



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post Jun 30 2019, 04:52 PM
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So,I'm a bit inconvenient to upload videos at regular intervals due to work, so I try to combine them in one video.
0:01 - 11ex. 150bpm
0:21 - 12ex 150bpm
0:38 - 13ex 160bpm
2:04 - 14ex 140bpm
2:23 - 15ex 135bpm
2:43 - 16ex 130bpm
3:00 - 17ex 150bpm


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post Jun 30 2019, 05:36 PM
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Impressive work Soldier. I can tell that you are looking at the tabs/score carefully and considering what is being played. You've got very good technique going here. Nothing sloppy, no string noise, good palm mute, clean pick strikes. It's all there. These are some great takes. I'm going to go through each one and give it proper consideration and then focus on the most important bits that are common to all of them for the critique. The good news is I didn't see a Miss in any of them. Doing a bunch at once you run the risk of say boning on one in the middle, which means you can't badge past it til you go back and re do it. However, I don't see any that need to be redone on the first watching. Congrats on that. Full critique to follow. Keep it up!!
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So,I'm a bit inconvenient to upload videos at regular intervals due to work, so I try to combine them in one video.
0:01 - 11ex. 150bpm
0:21 - 12ex 150bpm
0:38 - 13ex 160bpm
2:04 - 14ex 140bpm
2:23 - 15ex 135bpm
2:43 - 16ex 130bpm
3:00 - 17ex 150bpm


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post Jul 1 2019, 12:59 AM
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MISSION DEBRIEF!!!!!!

Soldier, I went back and watched all of these again and I must say I'm impressed. You have a strong grasp of the various techniques involved in all of these. Best of all, you are not giving in to cardinal sins like picking from the elbow, rushing/lagging, over committing to any single pick strike, weak palm muting, avoiding using the pinky, etc. Nope! In fact, you look like you've put in serious time in the wood shed to avoid all of the typical pitfalls that these lessons are designed to bring out! Each one of these builds on the last. Each one is built to give your hands just enough room to play something badly, with poor form, without the pinky, etc. You don't fall in to any of the traps set before you. Instead, you display solid technique the entire time. Not to mention, NICE IBBY!!!!! smile.gif

Let's Debrief!!
MEDALS OF HONOR

PLAYING WITHIN ABILITY: It's always tempting, to push the envelope well past where one actually can play. I see it all the time. In an earnest effort to shred, folks end up trading precision for an attempt at speed and end up getting neither. No problem here. You push the envelope just to the point where you still retain control. The metronome keeps you honest the entire time and your ability to play with the metronome is impressive in and of itself. Many times folks struggle to line up the click with the pick. Not you. You were born to it!!!
NOT TENSING UP: The most crucial lesson I try to teach NOT TENSING. If one let's the arms tense up, precision/speed/endurance, it's all wrecked. You keep enough tension for control, but not so much that you are tensing yourself out of playing well. Nice.
PACING: It's often tempting to play the parts that are easier for the hand faster than the parts that are more difficult. Good news is you don't fall in to that trap!!! You lock in with the Metronome and keep it smooth as glass.

In other words you just..
LEVELED UP!!!!!
It's been a LONG time since I badged anyone up this quickly but you clearly have tested out of these early lessons. You are ready for the the next batch. If I saw things that needed fixing it would be a different story. Nope. Well played!!!
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Soldier! Sarge here. Been looking for you on the Gun Range? Hope all is well.
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post Aug 3 2019, 04:06 PM
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first experience in improvisation,and as awfully expected. i have recorded sound and video together for more identity,but appeared some sound problems like bass resonation from backing track


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Well Fought Soldier!!! This Mission often puts many a soldier on the back foot. It seems almost intimidating at first. All that blank canvas and it's all up to you to create a cool solo from scratch. It's a LOT to ask of any player.Especially when one is still new to creating solos.



Let's Debrief!!
MEDALS OF HONOR

This mission is not graded by bullet points as each solo and player is different. It's more like a conversation. To wit!
If my experience as a teacher has taught me anything, it's that the best way to get better at playing solos, is to create and play a LOT of solos. One has to "play through the bad" sometimes to get to the good. There is just no way around it. However, I was impressed with your solo and didn't hear any BAD bits in it. You were on time, bends were to good, notes in key or relative to key, technique was spot on, it's all there!! When you played with speed it was tight and hand synch was good. When you slowed down, vibrato was good as well. In short, I think you are a fine soloist and have a great deal of potential to yet explore. I fear perhaps fear itself of soloing may be holding you back, the evidence suggest you have talent and chops to spare! I'd like to see more of your solo work as you are well prepared technically and just need more time creating solos to get really good. Our COLLABORATIONS are a great chance to get better, I'd say join ni every one that you can. Make a playlist of them on youtube so you can track your progress with each video you make. In short you just..
LEVELED UP!!!
I look forward to your next mission soldier!! You are on a roll!!!
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first experience in improvisation,and as awfully expected. i have recorded sound and video together for more identity,but appeared some sound problems like bass resonation from backing track
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post Sep 5 2019, 07:58 PM
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Hi There!lately it was very hard to take up exercises and there was a catastrophic lack of time.Because you can notice a lot of dirt and I hope I will return my form in the future.
19 - 0
20 - 0:19
21 - 0:59
22 - 1:35
23 - 1:59
24 - 2:12
25 - 2:29
26 - 2:49
27 - 3:03
28 - 3:20

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WELCOME BACK TO THE FIGHT SOLDIER!!!


It's great to see you back in the FIGHT Solder! It's clear that you have been putting in some time on the gun range!!! You have been making some great progress!! I don't usually badge up more than one Mission at a time, however, in light of how well you play these, I think you've earned SPECIAL DISPENSATION. Let's Debrief!!
MEDALS OF HONOR


TRAVERSE OR DIE You may have noticed that these drills lean heavily on your ability to traverse strings. If you can't traverse, these licks fall apart. The good news is you have really strong traverse skills here. NICE!!

SILENCE IS GOLDEN: Without a solid palm mute string noise will overpower the notes you are trying to fret. You display a very strong palm mute technique that works well over a variety of drills. SCORE!

PICK ARTICULATION: Perhaps the most important skill of all. Being able to articulate the pick based on what is being played. You adapt to each one of the drills with ease. MEGA KILL!!!

CONGRATULATIONS SOLDIER!!

You Just.........

LEVELED UP!!!!!


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Hi There!lately it was very hard to take up exercises and there was a catastrophic lack of time.Because you can notice a lot of dirt and I hope I will return my form in the future.
19 - 0
20 - 0:19
21 - 0:59
22 - 1:35
23 - 1:59
24 - 2:12
25 - 2:29
26 - 2:49
27 - 3:03
28 - 3:20



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post Oct 8 2019, 10:49 PM
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Hi there!i'm here,sorry for a little delay.
29 - 0:00
30 - 0:32
31 - 1:07
32 - 1:44

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That first lick you played was amazing. It's not part of 29 but honestly thats fine. It's a great example of your ability. I'm very impressed solider. The actual Mission was well below your ability. You are clearly ready for the crazy stuff that is coming. In the coming missions there will be 5 ddrills to master. Some of them are not very easy to play. But you seem to have grown quite a bit as a player since I last saw you so I think you will RIP through them. Let's start with the first one.

MISSION 29 DEBRIEF!!

MEDALS OF HONOR

CLEAN KILL: First thing I look for on this is a good mute. This has open strings so string noise is the enemy. You're doing a great job managing the string noise that is very hard to escape in licks like these! Nice!

SMOOTH AS GLASS: Looking for good pick articulation too. Pick articulation is smooth and consistent. Nice!

PACE BY PACE Lastly I want to see no rushing or laggin. You don't lose your mute, you don't start rushing or dragging, solid as a rock.

Well Played Soldier!! You just..

LEVELED UP!!!!


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29 - 0:00
30 - 0:32
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MISSION 30 DEBRIEF!!!


MEDALS OF HONOR

SYNCH OR DIE You may have noticed how much emphasis I put on hand synch. If your synch is bad, your playing is bad. Good news here is your synch is spot on!

MUTE OF DEATH You may have also noticed how much I focus on palm muting. I 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.
Ticked every single box I was looking for. Every single one!!!

In other words Soldier, you just...


LEVELED UP!!!!
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Hi there!i'm here,sorry for a little delay.
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30 - 0:32
31 - 1:07
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MISSION DEBRIEF 31

Well played! This has a bit of a steve vai feel and requires some fancy fretwork with the pinky! No problem for you!! 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 ...

LEVELED UP!!

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MISSSION 32 DEBRIEF


MEDALS OF HONOR


SYNCH OR DIE 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 You may have 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 when you want to play open string licks, etc, you will be able to.

PRECISION KILLS 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 Soldier!!

In other words, you just...


LEVELED UP!!!!
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I noticed what will be a big work in ex.42 because I eagerly wanted to start her=))
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35 - 0:53
36 - 1:25
37 - 2:02
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39 - 3:39
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Well played!

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I noticed what will be a big work in ex.42 because I eagerly wanted to start her=))
33 - 0:00
34 - 0:10
35 - 0:53
36 - 1:25
37 - 2:02
38 - 2:36
39 - 3:39
40 - 3:54
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I must apologize for all of the confusion on this lesson. I remember making the video and doing a "Pick Every Note" drill, then later making the mission a bit more straight forward by eliminating the tablature for that. I'll killed the video as there are only 2 pieces in this, no double picking etc. That stuff was slowing people down this early on. Not you! smile.gif
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MEDALS OF HONOR


MUTE AND MORE MUTE First thing I look for is a solid palm mute. You continue to impress with your solid planted palm on the bridge!

SYNCH MUTE Second thing I need to see is goog synch! Both of these require the dreaded "Synch Mute", e.g. hand synch while doing a palm mute. Well played!

TRAVERSING NOT TRAVESTY Lastly, smooth string traverse.This one is non stop string traverse so if your traverse is bad, the lick falls apart. Not so! Your traverse game is good.

you killed it and ..
LEVELED UP!!!!!
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