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11 Nov 2014
Hi all,

Below I have made a non-technical analysis on different ways to form questions and responses in soloing/improvization. This analysis is based on Satriani's - the extremist ( where I think it includes all of the following approaches to make his soloing more musical and interesting.

1. questions are usually repeated taking different responses each time
2. Adjacent Questions have small rhythm/melodic variations. Similarly for responses
3. Responses may also be small variations of the questions
4. Sometimes questions will ascend the scale and responses descend or the opposite
5. Other times questions will be mainly based on longer duration notes (half and quarter notes) and responses on shorter duration notes like eighths or sixteenths or the opposite
6. a question may also be a repeating phrase. After it is played repeatedly, a response will follow.
7. responses can also be formed by repeating phrases
8. questions and responses can be short phrases or longer phrases (longer phrases have a feeling like going downhill then climbing up and start to roll with speed again)
9. often responses are played in higher octave or lower octave than questions
10. Also in general, it uses a lot of different rhythm patterns and pauses (even very short ones) at the end of most phrases

I have tried to record an example for most of the above scenarios. I must admit that it may be hard to spot the demonstrated points in the given examples since I was trying also to play something interesting at the same time, which I found it wasn't easy to come up with good ideas. All examples are attached in this post.

I played each example so many times in order to provide the best possible recording but unfortunately there are still some issues.

Let me know on your suggestions and what you think.
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Attached File  point2.mp3 ( 937.17K ) Number of downloads: 243
Attached File  point3.mp3 ( 937.17K ) Number of downloads: 178
Attached File  points4_5.mp3 ( 937.17K ) Number of downloads: 171
Attached File  point6.mp3 ( 937.17K ) Number of downloads: 161
Attached File  lastpoint9.mp3 ( 937.17K ) Number of downloads: 153
8 Oct 2014
Hi all,

My name is Aris, I am 33 yrs old and I just started my lessons in GMC.
I have found very interesting stuff in GMC and I really feel it would help me compose and play my own music based on personal ideas and/or style taste.

I have my guitar since high school but I was always using it to make music for accompanying my lyrics without even playing properly.
A couple of years ago I decided to make a consistent effort to learn properly. So I started playing over a metronome and tried to learn scale positions. At last I was able to follow the beat at least and play my own very simple melodies over it.

A little later we started a punk band with friends and wrote a few songs. Eventually we have played a couple of small shows. Due to focusing on band activities and the fact that I wanted to find suitable guidance, I had paused my self-constructed routine until now. Now I feel I have the guidance to keep on learning new stuff non-stop. Gabriel Leopardi has already provided me with a customized practice routine. It feels great to be learning properly this time.

Some of my main influences are a lot of punk bands (american/british mainly) also in the wider sense and lately I have started to (re)focus on more musically rich stuff like social distortion tunes, the stooges, the clash, radio birdman, the wipers, the doors, pearl jam and so on.

It feels great to be part of GMC community. As I can see it's a great place to be
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