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Posted by: Todd Simpson Apr 29 2019, 11:53 PM

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/index.php/Portal:Techniques

Here is the link to your own PRIVATE HOUSE OF PAIN!...Er I mean.. SHRED!

http://%20http://bit.ly/carlosbootcamphttp://bit.ly/adamsbootcamp
Practice!
Sarge

Posted by: MisterM May 4 2019, 11:33 AM

Hi Sarge

First mission 180 BPM
I'm sorry, I don't record warmup.
I work on my thumb posiition but at full speed it is less flexible.

Next I will record warmup


Posted by: Todd Simpson May 4 2019, 09:40 PM

WELCOME TO SHRED BOOTCAMP!!!!! Well fought here on your first Mission. You are clearly well advanced in technique. These first few are just to get the ball rolling and get you familiar with the process. The video looks great!! I can hear the metronome and everything. Your guitar could be a pinch louder if possible, but if not it will work as is. Let's Debrief!!
MEDALS OF HONOR

*MUTE: Well Done on your mute technique. Yo Your palm remains planted and your articulating the pick with the thumb and first finger.
*SYNCH: The point of this Mission is to test your hand synch and let me know if there are issues wit it. The Good News is that I don't see any issues!
*PACE: Another aspect of this mission is pace. I want to see if you can play without rushing or lagging, you are spot on and tight with the metronome. Nice!
In other words, you KRUSHED it and got your first Mission badge, you just

LEVELED UP!!!!



Super Congrats Soldier!! You are on your way!!! Plenty of speed on this one as well without it falling apart! Precision is always more important than speed here at bootcamp as speed is just a by product of precision and repetition. I do encourage people to push their limits and find out where the edge of their ability is and try to play on that edge while keeping things clean and tight!
Look forward to your next Mission!!
Sarge


Hi Sarge

First mission 180 BPM
I'm sorry, I don't record warmup.
I work on my thumb posiition but at full speed it is less flexible.

Next I will record warmup


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Posted by: MisterM May 12 2019, 05:14 PM

Hello Sarge
Thank you for your envouragements

This afternoon, Big Sunday SHRED smile.gif

I played my DV MARK MULTIAMP.
The tone is much more organic, I love it.

I did the next three missions.
I also posted my current work regarding the aternate picking
AC/DC thuderstruck and a Cosmin LUPU's lesson Vivaldi winter arpeggios.

I’ve been working on my thumb position every day for the last two months.
It’s not visible on the video but I feel some progress, exercises are easier day after day









On this one I add "Guitar pro" partition track

Posted by: Todd Simpson May 13 2019, 06:28 AM

Well Fought Soldier!!! Some great examples of progress here. Especially on your NO COMBAT vids. That ACDC tune is a clinic in open string technique and muting. Also a lot of bits like good hand positions and timing, etc. go in to playing that kind of lick. The Winter arps are also a great combo of techiques on display. I can see a lot of forward momentum in your playing Soldier! Let's Debrief!!..

MEDALS OF HONOR

*FORM: You are displaying solid technique here Soldier. keep it up! Muting, hand synch, clean strikes. These first few missions are about getting the basics down and you are!
*TEMPO: Not rushing or lagging, which is key.

*AGGRESSION: Jumping in with aggressive style!! Being aggressive on these will serve you well Soldier!Nicely Done! Keep it up Soldier! I'll Debrief one of these per day as that's the Badge Rate. You can keep shooting vids and I'll keep up the debrief!BTW that DV Mark unit sounds killer! I've always been impressed by those units. They have a very organic/tube vibe to them.

LEVELED UP!!!!



Sarge
QUOTE (MisterM @ May 12 2019, 12:14 PM) *
Hello Sarge
Thank you for your envouragements

This afternoon, Big Sunday SHRED smile.gif

I played my DV MARK MULTIAMP.
The tone is much more organic, I love it.

I did the next three missions.
I also posted my current work regarding the aternate picking
AC/DC thuderstruck and a Cosmin LUPU's lesson Vivaldi winter arpeggios.

I’ve been working on my thumb position every day for the last two months.
It’s not visible on the video but I feel some progress, exercises are easier day after day









On this one I add "Guitar pro" partition track

Posted by: Todd Simpson May 14 2019, 08:44 AM

Nice!!!!

I must say I'm impressed Soldier. The lesson started off as expected then BAM! You jumped in to the deep end of BPM and held it together!!! You are well prepared for bootcamp and since you get out what you bring to it and put it, you are set to get a LOT out of it. You may find these first few Missions don't challenge you. They are meant to be able to work for folks that have just picked up the guitar as well. You clearly have a leg up. Let's Debrief!
MEDALS OF HONOR

*PICKING TECHNIQUE: The picking is really the core of everything we are going to be doing so it's great to see you have a good handle on it. You keep it clean even when you speed up which is great to see. Not missing strikes during traverse at speed is something people really struggle with.

*MUTING: Your palm mute is spot on and no string noise is escaping. Id' say try to start focusing on a center strategy where your palm stays in one place and you can reach for the low E or High E by just tilting your hand a bit. Even when you are not muting, try to keep your hand just a few millimeters out / above the bridge so that you can get back to the mute in under a beat. You'll need to as we go smile.gif

*SYNCH: You've got very solid hand synch and you are ready for what's next. More than ready.

In other words you just.....
LEVELED UP!!!!



Sarge
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Posted by: MisterM May 21 2019, 11:01 AM

Hi Sarge

You did not say anything about Mission 4, it's in previous posts
I think 160 bpm is too fast for me because timing issue

QUOTE (MisterM @ May 12 2019, 04:14 PM) *


Today Mission 5
I allowed myself to adapt the exercise to the first vivaldi sequence



Here my Work on Vivaldi to 120 BPM
I feel little progress


Posted by: Todd Simpson May 22 2019, 07:39 PM

Sorry for the lag Soldier!! I Think you did an amazing job on 4. You are not tensing up and not picking from the elbow and your playing it quite clean and smooth. This is a great drill to work with a metronome to improve speed an precision. Once mistake and you have to start over. You play it without any mistakes and at quite a brisk speed. I'm impressed that you are able to traverse and pick this fast without stumbling. This is a tricky bit, but you killed it. Let's Debrief!!

MEDALS OF HONOR

*PALM MUTE STEADY ON: You have a good and centered technique here. Very nice work. You keep your pick hand planted near the bridge this is crucial for being able to play what's coming.
*PICKING STEADY ON: If your picking rushes or drags, it will ruin your ability to play briskly with precision. No problem here, you tempo is spot on.
*ENDURANCE: This Mission is one that can burn your arm off if you are not doing it correctly which is sorta the point of Mission 4. if one tries this mission using the STIFF ARM picking technique, for example, it won't last long.You have a very relaxed technique which is perfect for these long looping traverse licks.

I would agree that 160 is a pinch to brisk but that's easily fixed with some repetition. Make smaller bumps in BPM go one or two at a time, you can work up to any speed you like. Also I noticed you didn't run this one up the neck per drill instructions but your playing is so good here that I'm not gonna let that get in the way.
In short you just.....LEVELED UP!!!


Todd
QUOTE (MisterM @ May 21 2019, 06:01 AM) *
Hi Sarge

You did not say anything about Mission 4, it's in previous posts
I think 160 bpm is too fast for me because timing issue



Today Mission 5
I allowed myself to adapt the exercise to the first vivaldi sequence



Here my Work on Vivaldi to 120 BPM
I feel little progress

Posted by: Todd Simpson May 23 2019, 08:23 PM

Very impressive work Soldier!! You are picking with the wrist and not the elbow, you never lose the beat, hand synch is spot on, it's all in there! Let's Debrief!
MEDALS OF HONOR

*TRAVERSE: String Traverse can be a challenge. It's easy to stumble on it. You play it clean and confident. No gaps, no missed strikes. Score!
*PACE:You play very evenly which is what I like to see. It's easy to rush or lag without even realizing it but you stay locked to the metronome which is great. Double Score!
*ARTICULATION: It's easy to stiffen the entire arm and elbow pick which is a bad habit and hard to break. You are articulating the pick very well. The smaller the pick motion, the better, especially on fast bits like this.
You killed this one, you just...... LEVELED UP!!!




Posted by: MisterM May 29 2019, 03:07 PM

Hi Sarge

Mission 6

Not easy to play with metronome
This take is without metronome

I've started the mission 7, it's very interesting, I like it more.



Posted by: Todd Simpson May 29 2019, 07:55 PM

Well Fought Soldier!! This one is tricky to play with a metronome as the lick doesn't match up to 4/4 time on a metronome very well. However, your timing is quite good and you don't seem to need the metronome. If you put the metronome on 3/4 time it should match better, but as long as you can play without rushing or lagging, you can skip the metronome. It's just for reference after all. Le's Debrief!!!

MEDALS OF HONOR

ALT PICKING: Your Alternate Picking is consistent and that's what I'm looking for. Nice!!
MUTE: Very solid work on the palm mute. Also critical. If you can't mute, you will get string noise. Not here, your mute is solid!

SYNCH: If your synch is off, the entire thing will fall apart. Again, not a problem here! Your synch is spot on!

This one also requires a good stretch. You have very good reach and are using your pinky which is great!!! YOU KRUSHED IT!!! In short you just..


LEVELED UP!!!!!


Sarge

QUOTE (MisterM @ May 29 2019, 10:07 AM) *
Hi Sarge

Mission 6

Not easy to play with metronome
This take is without metronome

I've started the mission 7, it's very interesting, I like it more.



Posted by: MisterM May 30 2019, 07:21 PM

Hi Sarge

Thank you

What do you think about Mission 7 ?


Posted by: Todd Simpson May 30 2019, 10:24 PM

Impressive Work Soldier!!! Very well played. From slow to fast, each one is spot on. let's Debrief!!!
MEDALS OF HONOR
ALTERNATE PICKING MADNESS - If your alternate picking is weak, this will show it. Good news is your alt picking is quite strong. At each BPM your picking is clean and clear.

TRAVERSE IN STYLE - This one has non stop traverse. Each time you switch strings, you risk missing the strike, or catching the pick on the string and missing a beat. Not you!! Smooth as glass!

SILENT AS DEATH - With string traverse, string noise can be an issue. Any gaps in the mute and string noise raises it's ugly head. Not here!! Quiet as a mouse!!
Very well done. Your technique is on point!!!! You are bringing your A Game!!!You just..

LEVELED UP!!!!


Fight on Soldier!!
Sarge

QUOTE (MisterM @ May 30 2019, 02:21 PM) *
Hi Sarge

Thank you

What do you think about Mission 7 ?


Posted by: MisterM Jun 5 2019, 08:48 AM

Thank you Sarge

I watch my videos and I do not really see any progress on the work of my thumb.
It's been 3 months that I focus on it and I think it will be very long to see progress.

When I play slowly my thumb is very mobile
When I play fast it becomes almost motionless mad.gif

Here Mission 8
Sorry, the track volume is a lot low on this one
I used "native nstrument Guitar Rig", I wanted to add the rec track, but I failed to sync with the metronome



Here mission 9 with my amp, it's better



Here Mission 10
Scales inversion have never been an easy exercise for me


Posted by: Todd Simpson Jun 5 2019, 10:58 PM

Before I debrief these vids (they look great btw) I want to share this explanation of Picking with the THUMB. I made this video just for you to explain it and fix your issue quickly. If you want to re try these videos using this technique, please let me know. If not, I"ll grade them as they are and you can try it on the next Mission. either way is ok smile.gif



Soldier, I am about to fix your thumb articulation issue in under a minute. It's a simple drill on one string using one note. Forget about the left hand. Focus on the right hand.

#Don't allow your palm to move AT ALL from the bridge.
#Focus on using the thumb and finger only
# Ignore the left hand
# use one note on one string, or an open string if you like. No traverse.
#watch this vid carefully.



Posted by: MisterM Jun 6 2019, 05:04 AM

Hi Sarge

Thank you for your vid.

On my take "Triple Etude" the instructors noticed an error in the position of my thumb.
This criticism affected me morally. For 4 years, no instructor had mentioned a problem about my thumb.

Kristopher offered me this exercise a few months ago.



I’ve been practicing slowly for three months. It’s very difficult because it’s not natural for me.
It's been 7 years since I got back on the guitar and I have to fight 7 years of bad practice.

On the mission 11, I will make a slow take to show you that I understood

Posted by: Todd Simpson Jun 6 2019, 09:30 PM

I apologize if I've had any negative impact on your playing or morale. I certainly did not intend any negativity. You have GREAT technique and your vids so far have been great! The thumb articulation is just another way of picking. Some folks NEVER use this method which is fine too. One can just pick from the wrist. The thumb method is not required at all. It's just another way to control the pick. That's all, nothing more smile.gif That vid from Kris is great! He's got a very good thumb articulation technique. It's a bit similar to the vid I made. Notice how his palm is planted and never moves and only his thumb/first finger are addressing the string. He's got a very evolved articulation technique. Please don't beat yourself up over this. Like I said, it's just another way to pick. If it's not working for you, you can just set it aside. Your picking technique is well developed and your not picking from the elbow or doing anything wrong at all. I was just offering a vid to help explain things. It seems you already had a good explantion from Kris. Please don't let this stuff get in your way. Your playing is GREAT. Keep it up!!Todd

QUOTE (MisterM @ Jun 6 2019, 12:04 AM) *
Hi Sarge

Thank you for your vid.

On my take "Triple Etude" the instructors noticed an error in the position of my thumb.
This criticism affected me morally. For 4 years, no instructor had mentioned a problem about my thumb.

Kristopher offered me this exercise a few months ago.



I’ve been practicing slowly for three months. It’s very difficult because it’s not natural for me.
It's been 7 years since I got back on the guitar and I have to fight 7 years of bad practice.

On the mission 11, I will make a slow take to show you that I understood

Posted by: Todd Simpson Jun 6 2019, 11:05 PM

MISSION 8 DEBRIEF!!!!
Another Well Fought Mission Soldier! You have a very well developed picking style. Please don't think that my suggestion about Thumb control are meant to take away from your achievement. You don't need to use thumb/finger articulation if you don't want too. it's just another technique. If it's causing you issues in your progress, just set it aside for a time and maybe come back to it later. You are making great progress without it. Let's Debreif!!!!

This one is a bit tough to hear but it's workable. I can see both hands which is the most important thing. I can probably grade these with the sound entirely off if I can see both hands and the strings. I can hear it enough to work just fine smile.gif I am a big fan of guitar plugins btw. Great way to explore tone! I"m also a fan of that DV mark Unit you have!! I've always wanted one!

MEDALS OF HONOR

GRACE UNDER PRESSURE Soldier, this lick is meant to be hard. You don't even break a sweat!! You make it look easy. You are well ahead of the place you are ranked at. I think you may be very far ahead in fact. This is a good thing as these get harder very soon and your ready.

PINKY POWER You always use the pinky when called for which is AWESOME. Many players still use the third finger near the 5th fret which is not a great habit and one that is hard to break. Not so with you, pure pinky! It's always a good idea to use the pinky.

PRECISION/SPEED I notice you are building up some good speed as well. Speed is just a byproduct of precision so your precision is getting better! I think you may be doing these at full shred speed in the near future.


In short you KRUSHED it yet again and ..

LEVELED UP!!!

Onward!!

Sarge


Posted by: MisterM Jun 7 2019, 10:19 AM

Hi Sarge

thank you for your encouragements
I keep focusing on the thumb work because I think it will give me progress.

The next mission helps me on this point

Have a nice day

Posted by: Todd Simpson Jun 8 2019, 01:53 AM

I understand. I'm glad that you are trying to work on it. It can be a very good way to expand on a players ability to control the Guitar Pick! When I started getting thumb/finger articulation under control, it really helped my playing especially my Lead Playing. [quote name='MisterM' date='Jun 7 2019, 05:19 AM' post='76890
Hi Sarge

thank you for your encouragements
I keep focusing on the thumb work because I think it will give me progress.

The next mission helps me on this point

Have a nice day
[/quote]

MISSION 9 DEBRIEF!!

MEDALS OF HONOR

SNIPER KILLS: Very precise picking! Like a SNIPER lining up the kill shot!! You are keeping it under tight control which is great. You are reducing the amount of travel back and forth with the pick as you speed up which is perfect. It's good to see! Never hitting the wrong strike, always making a clean hit. keep that up!!
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[size=2]CONSISTENCY
This drill is all about consistency. It's the same shape, same speed, same pattern over and over to see if you can play the same way over a length of ground. You've shown great ability with it thus far. Keep that up too!!

MUTE TO KILL Very good palm mute. You keep string noise under control the entire time. This is crucial for what's coming next.

You are doing GREAT Soldier. You are playing with more precision than just about anybody I've seen come through bootcamp. Usually, there is a bit of a struggle at first to find ones footing. Not so with you. You started off with very tight, controlled playing and it's getting even better!


You just ...
LEVELED UP!!!!
Sarge

Posted by: MisterM Jun 9 2019, 04:40 PM

Hi Sarge

Thank you

Here misiion 11 and 12
On M#11 I try to move my thumb
Sometimes, it move sometimes it freeze, step by step day by day biggrin.gif




Posted by: Todd Simpson Jun 10 2019, 03:44 AM

MISSION 10 DEBRIEF!!!



This is a tricky beast of a finger twisting Mission and you took it on with grace and skill. Well played! Let's Debrief!!

MEDALS OF HONOR

*THAT SYNCHING FEELING: it's critical that each pick strike matches up with a fretted note. You have to stick the landing each and every time, which you do!!

*MUTE OR DIE: you gotta keep a good palm mute on this guy or string noise will just wreck it. Your mute is spot on.

*AGGRESSIVE STYLE: This is a hard lick to play. You jumped right in and pushed the envelope and still kept it under control. Nice!!! In short you just....

LEVELED UP!!!!


Sarge

Posted by: MisterM Jun 10 2019, 05:59 PM

Hi Sarge

Thank you

Here the mission 13

I’ve a trouble with double alternate picking. I think the problem came from my elbow.
On 100 and 110 BPM, the amplitude of my right hand is too large and my elbow is mobile.
I'll work to this point slowly to fix the problem


Posted by: Todd Simpson Jun 11 2019, 03:00 AM

You are playing this quite well. It's VERY tricky. You dont' miss a note/strike. Just from a quick view this one will be a badge up for sure. You are still playing very well with wrist control and are barely using any forearm movement at all. There is always room for improvement on picking, but I must say you have very solid technique. Best of all your pick hand is not tensing up. That's Key to good foundational technique.

QUOTE (MisterM @ Jun 10 2019, 12:59 PM) *
Hi Sarge

Thank you

Here the mission 13

I’ve a trouble with double alternate picking. I think the problem came from my elbow.
On 100 and 110 BPM, the amplitude of my right hand is too large and my elbow is mobile.
I'll work to this point slowly to fix the problem


Posted by: Todd Simpson Jun 11 2019, 03:27 AM

MISSION 11 DEBRIEF!!!!!!

MEDALS OF HONOR
LOOPY: I use lots of "Looping licks" when I teach. The goal of this is to make you a CONSISTENT player. Part of what I'm trying to teach you is Playing like a Robot in order to Shred Like a God.
NON STOP TRAVERSE: This lick traverses strings and frets non stop. Partially to build endurance, partially to get your hands accustomed to playing long sequences of notes. This will serve you well when we start doing very long scale runs.
ARTICULATION: You are doing a very good job of articulating the pick keep that up!! As you continue to improve your finger articulation you will notice that you use less and less of the elbow and even less wrist. Eventually, you will be able to use just your thumb/finger for any speed up to your full SHRED speed limit at which point you will add some wrist
smile.gif

You are doing GREAT soldier. You are starting out with some of the best playing I've ever seen here in bootcamp. Every student starts at a different level. The course is built so that anyone can start and finish it. Those who are further along can get more out of it as they can focus on technique. You are bringing a LOT to it which is great.

You've got this down pat Soldier!! You just...
LEVELED UP!!!!


Sarge

QUOTE (MisterM @ Jun 9 2019, 11:40 AM) *
Hi Sarge

Thank you

Here misiion 11 and 12
On M#11 I try to move my thumb
Sometimes, it move sometimes it freeze, step by step day by day biggrin.gif




Posted by: Todd Simpson Jun 12 2019, 08:34 AM

MISSION 12 DEBRIEF!!!
MEDALS OF HONOR
ALT PICK OF DESTINY: Alt Picking is a big part of "Shredding". I have a LOT of alt picking drills in bootcamp. Without good alt picking technique, this lick won't work. It's the kind of thing you just cant play with all downstrokes and have it work well. Your Alt picking technique is top notch! Nice!!
MULTI PICK OF DOOM: Welcome to Multi Picking from Hell!! It takes some getting used to but it's a powerful technique. It works on any lick. Well done!
PINKY TIME: Good use of the pinky here! On the lower frets, Pinky Power is crucial.

The "slide" is another great way to add something to single string work. You got it spot on! The only thing I'd say to try is a bit heavier of a palm mute from time to time to give these licks more of a "chunky" and percussive feel. When played with a heavy palm mute, these licks sound different than when played with a light mute. Well done on the pinch harmonics as well!

You krushed it and ..

LEVELED UP!!!
Sarge

Posted by: Todd Simpson Jun 14 2019, 03:24 AM

MISSION 13 DEBRIEF!!!

Soldier I"m impressed! ! This is a tricky bit to be sure. You have great technique on display here. The only issue is near the end where it's really fast, I see that you sort of lose the wrist and start picking from the elbow. This is not enough to keep you from badging up as you play the piece just fine and you can pick any way you like. Just something to be aware of. It seems like your arm is still getting stiff as you speed up. This also prevents you from keeping a solid palm mute as the entire hand is moving along with the arm. Let's debrief!


MEDALS OF HONOR

*TACTICAL PRECISION: Precision is the key to everything and you are very precise. Each strike matches up with a note.

*STEADY PACE: Didn't rush, didn't lag. This is something people often struggle with. They end up playing easier bits fast and tougher bits slow. Not you!! Smooth as glass.

*QUIET AS DEATH: On these types of licks that use all the strings, it's very hard to keep it from generating string noise. Not a problem here!

You ticked every box I was looking for in this Mission!!

Well fought Soldier! You just..
LEVELED UP!!!
You just graduated to the DOUBLE CHEVRON BADGE!!! Super Congrats!!

Sarge

Posted by: MisterM Jun 26 2019, 06:01 PM

Hi Sarge

I'm starting to work last guido's lesson : https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/11-Spicy-Repeating-Rock-Licks/
162 BPM will be a challenge for me.

Several licks are very difficult, I will take my time.

Mission 14 after 1rst July,
I 'm in Holiday.... No gear to make a video, I took just my guitar and THR10C amp

Posted by: Todd Simpson Jun 26 2019, 09:23 PM

No worries Soldier!!!! Enjoy your vacation!! A bit of Sun is good for the soul! smile.gif Bootcamp will be here when you get back!
Sarge

QUOTE (MisterM @ Jun 26 2019, 01:01 PM) *
Hi Sarge

I'm starting to work last guido's lesson : https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/11-Spicy-Repeating-Rock-Licks/
162 BPM will be a challenge for me.

Several licks are very difficult, I will take my time.

Mission 14 after 1rst July,
I 'm in Holiday.... No gear to make a video, I took just my guitar and THR10C amp

Posted by: MisterM Jul 12 2019, 04:12 PM

Hi Sarge

I work this one since few weeks.
I'm not proud but I can't make better for a moment.
Palm muting like you is hard


Posted by: Todd Simpson Jul 13 2019, 12:29 AM

IMPRESSIVE WORK SOLDIER!! This is much harder than it look as I'm sure you found out. It's all about learning to keep a solid palm mute (the open string licks all require full bridge mutes as they take the left hand out of the equation during open string strikes). You do a fine job here of keeping your mute while keeping good hand synch and keeping a smooth flowing pace.
This is a LOT of stuff to put together at one time. Well done on getting it to work! This lick works on every string and you can use any scale you like with a root note on one of the six open strings. I can see you have put in the time to be able to play this with skill and confidence. The more you put in, the more you will get out smile.gif

Let's Debrief!!
MEDALS OF HONOR

*PICKING-This is all about single string picking technique. So firstly I'm looking at your picking. Good news is your picking is improving with each Mission. Keep going and try to adapt along the way. Take the left hand off the guitar and focus on the picking hand only to work on isolating the pick strikes. Keep the wrist as loose as possible. Keep it up!

*TIMING-Timing is crucial in this lick. It's the second thing I look for on this one. If the timing is bad, the lick does not work. It's got to be played with solid timing and your timing is very good!

*DIFFERENT STRINGS-Traverse is the third thing I look for here and you traversed very well. You showed you can play this on any string and keep the mute.

In short, your work has paid off. You've added to your guitar skills in a big way. Keep it up!!!
You just.. LEVELED UP!!!


Looking forward to your next Mission!

Sarge

QUOTE (MisterM @ Jul 12 2019, 11:12 AM) *
Hi Sarge

I work this one since few weeks.
I'm not proud but I can't make better for a moment.
Palm muting like you is hard


Posted by: MisterM Jul 14 2019, 04:02 PM

Hi Sarge

Thank you smile.gif

I work on Mission 15
Also, I put this lesson on REC Section

I hope that you love it


Posted by: Todd Simpson Jul 14 2019, 07:04 PM

Impressive take on that REC! I'll pop over and give some feedback. Please do continue to share your rec takes in this thread so I don't miss them!! This is really well played. You have very much improved your right hand picking/muting technique. You are picking from the wrist, as is appropriate, NOT from the elbow, so you are able to keep a good mute and keep picking. This has string skipping in it, so keeping a good mute is key. Poor right hand technique would make this impossible to play.
Sarge

QUOTE (MisterM @ Jul 14 2019, 11:02 AM) *
Hi Sarge

Thank you smile.gif

I work on Mission 15
Also, I put this lesson on REC Section

I hope that you love it


Posted by: MisterM Jul 19 2019, 07:40 PM

Hi sarge

Thank you for grade and comment smile.gif

Here M#15 & 16




Posted by: Todd Simpson Jul 20 2019, 06:20 AM

IMPRESSIVE!!!! Let's look at 15. I can see control and movement in your wrist that I didn't see when you started these. The good thing about many of these is that they almost force you to learn to play with the wrist so that you can keep your palm mute. That's why I start throwing in open strings and traverse. Left hand mute won't save any Soldier this deep in the woods. You are kicking butt and taking names Soldier! Let's Debrief!

MEDALS OF HONOR

*Sweep Shape: The shape is the most important part. If you can't get your hand to stretch, this lick falls apart. The good news is your stretch is great!! you show really good reach on this. Nice!

*Follow Up: I put a wide triad bit against a scale bit and it forces the hand to adapt. You adapted quite well!
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*Precision: Precision separates the Men from the Boys Soldier! you show great hand synch and precision. Well played!


Congrats Soldier!! You have very solid technique growing here! keep it up! You just..

[size=4]LEVELED UP!!

Sarge
QUOTE (MisterM @ Jul 19 2019, 02:40 PM) *
Hi sarge

Thank you for grade and comment smile.gif

Here M#15 & 16




Posted by: Todd Simpson Jul 21 2019, 04:40 AM

MISSION 16 DEBRIEF!!



MEDALS OF HONOR
*SOLID MUTE: Lots of string traverse so I'm looking at the palm mute. You have a great mute. It's getting better each time.

*SYNCH OR SWIM: Each note has a pick strike. If you miss one strike, it falls apart. Good news is you never miss! Not even when DOUBLE PICKING! Nice.

*ARTICULATION: Well done on your pick articulation. Also getting better each time. Very clean and using the wrist more than the elbow! YOU JUST LEVELED UP!!!!

Sarge

Posted by: MisterM Jul 28 2019, 04:45 PM

Hi Sarge

Here Mission 17
Difficult to understand the beat on your video because your playing is more speed
I made a tab "triplet 70 BPM", you can upload on mission 17 for help other guitarist smile.gif

https://ahp.li/bc81232df29b5b3b3172.gpx


Posted by: Todd Simpson Jul 29 2019, 01:49 AM

WELL DONE!! This is a full on SHRED lick. I didn't expect you to be able to play it this fast and this clean! I'm adding a Guitar Pro 5 Version and picture for compatibility and will add it as PART III to the Mission 17 page. Thanks very much for creating this. I used the fast vid to try to motivate people to work toward speed. I think I need to put a slow version on there as well.

 mission_17_part3.gp5 ( 2.24K ) : 3




Let's Debrief!
MEDALS OF HONOR

*SOLID MUTE: Without a good palm mute, this just sounds like sloppy noise. Good news is you have a great palm mute and it's all very distinct!!
*SYNCH OR SWIM: Playing at this speed requires tight hand synch. Lose your synch and it falls apart. Your synch is tight as a drum!!
*ARTICULATION: Moving the pick with control and confidence. Well done. Using the wrist and not picking from the elbow. Some folks actually encourage picking from the elbow. I'm not one of those folks. The elbow picking just lacks the precision that wrist/finger articulation can provide imho. It's like trying to paint or draw with a brush thats as long as your arm and holding it as far away from the tip as possible. It's just not as precise as using a smaller brush.
You just. LEVELED UP!!!


Onward!!!
Sarge
QUOTE (MisterM @ Jul 28 2019, 11:45 AM) *
Hi Sarge

Here Mission 17
Difficult to understand the beat on your video because your playing is more speed
I made a tab "triplet 70 BPM", you can upload on mission 17 for help other guitarist smile.gif

https://ahp.li/bc81232df29b5b3b3172.gpx


Posted by: MisterM Aug 2 2019, 03:35 PM

Hi Todd

for this one I wanted to work on a form of composition.
I respected the chord bar, I hope that you will find it fun.

you will surely recognize a great movie theme



Posted by: Todd Simpson Aug 3 2019, 04:26 AM

Well played Soldier!!! You clearly have no problem composing and soloing over a composition. That is what this Mission is all about. I provide a backing just in case folks don't want to create their own. I'm glad to see that you are able to build a backing from scratch and then compose a lead over top of it. Beyond that, you display really good technique the entire time. Let's Debrief!!
MEDALS OF HONOR
This debrief is less about bullet points than about a discussion. Each solo is quite different so there isn't any one thing in particular I'm looking for other than the ability to play a musical sounding solo over a backing. You KRUSHED IT!!!! The backing itself is very well produced and very well composed and played. As for the lead, I enjoy your tone differences that you used and I really am impressed with the quality of your vibrato. Vibrato is the one thing that separates the men from the boys IMHO. If one has weak vibrato, one is simply limited to being a weaker player. Vibrato is one of the most expressive things about playing guitar and being able to bend to pitch and then use vibrato in a tasteful way is key to being a well rounded player. Your bends to pitch were spot on and your vibrato is killer. Also, well done on not picking from the elbow, your pick articulation improves with each mission. I've seen some great progress from you Soldier!! keep it up!!!
You just..
LEVELED UP!!!




Well fought!! I look forward to seeing your next Missions. You are about to badge up to the Next Chevron Level!
Sarge
QUOTE (MisterM @ Aug 2 2019, 10:35 AM) *
Hi Todd

for this one I wanted to work on a form of composition.
I respected the chord bar, I hope that you will find it fun.

you will surely recognize a great movie theme



Posted by: MisterM Aug 4 2019, 06:14 PM

Thank you Sarge

Here Mission 19


Posted by: Todd Simpson Aug 5 2019, 01:49 AM

TOP NOTCH WORK!! Being able to do a Five Note Per String (if you include the open string) Tapping Sequence is not something every player can do. It's not your average Eddie VanHalen 3 note per string tap, it requires going to an open string in this case so muting is key. It's easy to let noise creep in but not here! Clean as a whistle! Let's Debrief!!
MEDALS OF HONOR

*TAPPING TO GLORY-This is advanced tapping. It will work on every string so try it on every string when you can! It's a great way to work on muting to try to tap this on the G string. You did a great job keeping sounding right the entire way through. You have to hit every note for it to work and you did!!

*QUIET AS DEATH-The open string is there partially to test your muting. If you don't mute well, it will ring and others will ring sympathetically. It can become a noise fest. Not here! Quiet as a church mouse.


*PULLING FOR POWER- Pull off ability is key here as well. You are not just striking, you are striking and pulling to get the next note. If your pull is weak, the next note won't be audible. Your pulling is very good and every note is clear. Welcome to Advanced Tapping Soldier!! Try to use this in a solo when possible!!! you just..


LEVELED UP!!!!



Yet another impressive showing Soldier!! These are getting ever more difficult and you are rising to the challenge like a pro!!!
Sarge

QUOTE (MisterM @ Aug 4 2019, 01:14 PM) *
Thank you Sarge

Here Mission 19


Posted by: MisterM Aug 23 2019, 09:52 AM

Hi Todd

New take, lesson starting 2016




Starting 2016



Working 2016


Posted by: Todd Simpson Aug 24 2019, 06:22 AM

Nice!! That's one of my fave techniques. When I learned it was called a "Scale Inversion" but for the sake of continuity, I did a lesson on this technique for the Lessons Section called "Thirds". It also shows up in several variations in Bootcamp and even quick licks. It's a great way to make a scale more interesting and works on any scale. I use it in solos all the time!!
Todd

This is the Lesson link.https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Picking-In-Thirds/

QUOTE (MisterM @ Aug 23 2019, 04:52 AM) *
Hi Todd

New take, lesson starting 2016




Starting 2016



Working 2016


Posted by: MisterM Aug 24 2019, 05:04 PM

Hi Todd

This lesson is actually on REC Section.
My mentor Gab has give me 10/10,
I thought I would get an 8

I'm Happy ... smile.gif
I waiting grade others instructors

Posted by: Todd Simpson Aug 24 2019, 06:02 PM

10 wow! I"ll check it out!

QUOTE (MisterM @ Aug 24 2019, 12:04 PM) *
Hi Todd

This lesson is actually on REC Section.
My mentor Gab has give me 10/10,
I thought I would get an 8

I'm Happy ... smile.gif
I waiting grade others instructors

Posted by: MisterM Oct 20 2019, 07:11 PM

Hi Todd

I work lessons 20 and 21.

Number 21 is really amazing, I love it

I will make videos in a few days if I can or maybe later

Posted by: Todd Simpson Oct 20 2019, 08:48 PM

Awesome! smile.gif Glad you like it!!! If any of the Missions is something you want to take and use to create a song/track/backing/etc. feel free to do so smile.gif I make all of this to share.

Todd

QUOTE (MisterM @ Oct 20 2019, 02:11 PM) *
Hi Todd

I work lessons 20 and 21.

Number 21 is really amazing, I love it

I will make videos in a few days if I can or maybe later

Posted by: MisterM Oct 22 2019, 04:14 PM

Hi Todd

Mission 20
I worked on the Calling elvis backingtrack.
The exercise really starts from 55 sec.

Mission 21
150 BPM with third party harmonization.
Sorry for the tone, the phaser may not be a good choice,

REC SECTION FUTUR
Also, a https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Funky-Blues-Rhythm/I’d already done.
I still have some progress to make in playing as a stephane lucarelli, but I think I’ve made a good progress with it
I wait, I think I can improve it.

What do you think about it ? smile.gif


M#20 - Custom


M#21 - Third Harmonizing


Funky Blues Rythm (REC SECTION)

Posted by: Todd Simpson Oct 23 2019, 04:27 AM

MEDALS OF HONOR

*CONTROL- First thing Im looking for is control. If your fingers are out of control, out of synch, you will never be able to shred. The good news is your hands are talking to each other and your hand synch is getting better as you get better.

*ARTICULATION - Second I'm looking for good pick articulation. It's important to not let the pick pass too far beyond the point of the string so as to not get hung up in the strings. You are doing a good job of not letting the pick get "stuck"!

*MUTE- Last, as always, Muting. Muting is key to all of these drills. They simply can't be played properly if there are gaps in someones skill level. Good news. Your skill level is very impressive and continues to grow.

Very nice job putting it to music and making it work with a backing! As I"m always saying, music is the entire point after all. My goal is to get your hands to a place where they play as a matter of instinct.

Also, your REC take shows quite a bit of work and woodshedding. It looks good to me. I'd say go for it!
As for this one, you killed it!
you just..
LEVELED UP!!


Todd
QUOTE (MisterM @ Oct 22 2019, 11:14 AM) *
Hi Todd

Mission 20
I worked on the Calling elvis backingtrack.
The exercise really starts from 55 sec.

Mission 21
150 BPM with third party harmonization.
Sorry for the tone, the phaser may not be a good choice,

REC SECTION FUTUR
Also, a https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Funky-Blues-Rhythm/I’d already done.
I still have some progress to make in playing as a stephane lucarelli, but I think I’ve made a good progress with it
I wait, I think I can improve it.

What do you think about it ? smile.gif


M#20 - Custom


M#21 - Third Harmonizing


Funky Blues Rythm (REC SECTION)

Posted by: MisterM Oct 23 2019, 06:30 AM

Hi Sarge

Thank for feedback
Do you think that I can upload on REC SECTION
I don't understand "woodshedding". What do you say about it? biggrin.gif

Posted by: Todd Simpson Oct 24 2019, 01:44 AM

Yes! Submit it smile.gif Woodshedding is just slang for lots of practice. We would say you have spent time in the "woodshed" just an old saying smile.gif Means time spent alone and away, focused on improving a skill.
Todd

QUOTE (MisterM @ Oct 23 2019, 01:30 AM) *
Hi Sarge

Thank for feedback
Do you think that I can upload on REC SECTION
I don't understand "woodshedding". What do you say about it? biggrin.gif

Posted by: Todd Simpson Oct 24 2019, 02:42 AM

21 DEBRIEF

WOW! Impressive work Soldier! Nobody yet has played this Mission at the actual speed it was written at. You are the first. It's got that shred lick at the end of the riff that is just not easy to play, and even harder to play at speed and maintain precision..
Let's Debrief!
MEDALS OF HONOR
*MUTE OR DIE Right hand is firmly planted on the bridge and you are starting to articulate the pick very well with a pinch of wrist and some finger action. Score!

*PRECISION This is a very good workout for either alt picking or econ depending on how you approach it it. You adapt really well to this lick. You play it with precision and at speed.

*CONTROL No extra string noise, no unwanted notes and very even and deliberate pacing. NICE!

Impressive work Soldier. I can tell you worked long and hard on this one. It's well Earned.

LEVELED UP!!!

Sarge

QUOTE (MisterM @ Oct 22 2019, 11:14 AM) *
Mission 21
150 BPM with third party harmonization.
Sorry for the tone, the phaser may not be a good choice,





M#20 - Custom


M#21 - Third Harmonizing


Funky Blues Rythm (REC SECTION)

Posted by: MisterM Oct 24 2019, 10:56 AM

QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Oct 24 2019, 12:44 AM) *
Yes! Submit it smile.gif Woodshedding is just slang for lots of practice. We would say you have spent time in the "woodshed" just an old saying smile.gif Means time spent alone and away, focused on improving a skill.
Todd


Hi Sarge

ok thank you for explain smile.gif
go REC section

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