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post Mar 26 2009, 11:29 PM
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Hi Jeff

Thanks for your understanding.

With regard to "rhythm with lessons and uploads" I feel you are absolutely right that we need some sort of pattern to this. With regard to uploads I feel that least one upload per week would be do-able. These will be mp3 based untill I sort out the video problem. Hopefully this wont be too long. With regard to lessons i feel that the rate of change should be dictated by my progress. For example I geel that I have worked really hard at the present solo lesson but the final lick at the speed required is just beyond me at the moment. So better to try something else and come back to it afresh later. I'm not a quitter just I sometimes need a new stimulus I will master it one day!!

I hope the above makes some kind of sense to you!

The lesson I think I would like to work on now is https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guitar/blue-note-in-a/
I have chosen this for several reasons. Mostly because I love the sound! Secondly I think that it is slow enough for me to master but also contains enough to stretch me and allow me to progress. For example in terms of timing, phrasing, bends and vibrato I think I will learn a lot. Tell me what you think.

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post Mar 27 2009, 02:13 AM
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Tony, thanks for taking the time to pick a great lesson for use to work on. Mp3 recordings are fine so no worries. I have the back track I think so I can post it for you.

Not only can we explore the blues feel and rhythm, this will give use an opportunity to start learning theory as well.
We can talk about the 5 pentatonic box shapes. Once you learn them in one key you will be able to move these anywhere on the neck and jam with your friends in know time.

Be careful with this lesson though and pay attention to the flow, vibrato, bends and the picking dynamics that Muris uses. It looks and sounds easier then you may first think. These are the things that created the atmosphere and sound that made you like this lesson.

One other thing Tony. Uploads don't need to be perfect for you to upload. I want and upload no later then next Thursday with your best effort ok. wink.gif

I will also post back soon with some box shapes and ideas that I want you to think about.

If you have a question just ask. smile.gif


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post Mar 27 2009, 02:42 AM
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Here is the backing track for the lesson. It was posted for a collab Muris did so there shouldn't be a problem with me posting it.

Attached File  Blue_Note_in_A__Collab_BT.mp3 ( 1.39MB ) Number of downloads: 123


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post Mar 27 2009, 07:41 AM
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QUOTE (UncleSkillet @ Mar 27 2009, 02:42 AM) *
Here is the backing track for the lesson. It was posted for a collab Muris did so there shouldn't be a problem with me posting it.

Attached File  Blue_Note_in_A__Collab_BT.mp3 ( 1.39MB ) Number of downloads: 123


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Thanks Jeff

I really do appreciate the time you give to this.



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post Apr 1 2009, 06:07 AM
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Hi Jeff

I will be out of touch for the next two weeks as I will be away from home visiting the folks back in England.

speak to you on my return

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post Apr 2 2009, 03:35 PM
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Have a safe and fun trip. smile.gif


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post Apr 16 2009, 05:53 PM
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Hi Jeff

Just to let you know I am back from holiday.

Hope yopu had a good easter. Hopefully I will be able to upload something for you over the weekend.

Speak to you soon.


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post Apr 19 2009, 06:50 PM
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Hi Jeff

Here is my second take (after muuch practice) at Ivans beginner blues solo. The end rff has taken a while for me to get anywhere near. Still not perfect but I hope you agree getting better. Bends still a bit off!

Your comments and advice will be appreciated. Where do you think I should go now?

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Attached File  bluessolotake2.mp3 ( 906.99K ) Number of downloads: 102


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post Apr 19 2009, 09:56 PM
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Hey Tony, my Easter was really nice. Thanks! Hope your Holiday was fun.

I feel like your progress is going along fine. This upload sounds nice! No big problems to get worried about. Just work on the bends like you said and one other thing is add some vibrato here and there. I didn't really hear much of that with your upload. About the ending lick your having problems with, what you played there fit and sounded fine but it wasn't Ivans lick. It seems like in every lesson I have worked on there is a least one lick that gives me problems. What I find helpful and would like you to try is just practicing that one section. Do it slow and play it correct without the backing track. You will find that things will start to click and you'll get it in know time.

Lets pratice that one lick and also start working on Muris's Blues in A lesson. Sound good?

FYI, it is Ivan Milenkovic week. Some contests, collabs and everyday he is posting a new blues lick that he says are essentail for every blues player to know. Bread and butter lick is what I would call it. Here is a link https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...showtopic=26748

Other information can be found here https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...php?showforum=7

Good to have you back smile.gif


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post Apr 20 2009, 10:34 PM
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QUOTE (UncleSkillet @ Apr 19 2009, 10:56 PM) *
Lets pratice that one lick and also start working on Muris's Blues in A lesson. Sound good?


The problem riff!

Attached File  bluesriff.mp3 ( 248.21K ) Number of downloads: 112


I feel that I have made some progress with it, still not perfect but better perhaps?

You are right about vibrato, my problem is I think that I dont feel I have time between notes to try to apply vibrato. Do you think I should slow the tempo to try to develop this aspect of my playing or is there a better way?

Ivans series looks good I will definately be trying some of it, thanks.


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post Apr 20 2009, 11:28 PM
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Hey Tony, we are talking about lick# 7 right. Sounds like your getting there man just keep at it. Go back and take another look at the video, I think you are missing a few notes. Also, he is using a little bit of Alternate Picking with that lick. Is that giving you problems? I can't tell for sure but it sounded like you where trying to use a lot of down strokes with your picking and that could be causing you to feel rushed.

Definitly slow it down for now. His slowest backing is 70bpm so lets work with that. This will give you time to play with vibrato. Go back and examine the vibrato he uses for each lick. Listen to him play it slow, pause the video and train you fingers and ear to make it sound like what he just played. You should also experiment with out the backing track with different types of vibrato. Use your wrist, find something that's comfortable and it needs to be in tempo with whatever you end up playing along with.


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post Jul 3 2009, 05:40 PM
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Hi Tony.
You still with use man?

Warm regards, smile.gif

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post Jul 13 2009, 07:33 PM
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QUOTE (UncleSkillet @ Jul 3 2009, 06:40 PM) *
Hi Tony.
You still with use man?

Warm regards, smile.gif

Skillet



Hi Jeff

Sorry not to have been around much. I have been practiscing as much as possible but work took priority for a while.

Im now on holiday but guitar is still going to have to come second sad.gif due to family holiday commitments.

I will be in touch in a couple of weeks.

Hope you are well

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post Aug 28 2009, 10:13 PM
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Hi Jeff

Hope you haven't given up on me!

My Hols are now over and back to work next Tuesday!! sad.gif

I continue to practice guitar every chance I get. I realise that I am a slow learner! I need to work on the tone I get as a good tone makes it all so much more motivating. I currently don' have an amp. I rely on gearbox. Dont know whether I should buy an amp or a better guitar such as a tele or strat?

My biggest problem remains capturing my efforts on video! You better watch out once I have solved this!

I am still following your advice and working on the blues.

Speak to you soon hope you are well.

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QUOTE (Boson @ Aug 28 2009, 05:13 PM) *
Hi Jeff

Hope you haven't given up on me!


Give up on you? No way Tony. Good to hear from you and I hope your Holiday was nice. smile.gif

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I continue to practice guitar every chance I get. I realise that I am a slow learner! I need to work on the tone I get as a good tone makes it all so much more motivating. I currently don' have an amp. I rely on gearbox. Dont know whether I should buy an amp or a better guitar such as a tele or strat?


I use Gearbox/PODFarm software with my UX1 also. If you want me to help you create a patch or upload a few of mine to get you started just ask. That's why I'm here.

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My biggest problem remains capturing my efforts on video! You better watch out once I have solved this!

I am still following your advice and working on the blues.

Speak to you soon hope you are well.

Boson



What problems are you having still? What camera/webcam are you using? If we can get this fixed then we could have an interactive session (on Skype or something. Video chat.) where I can help you with your tone and other things.

Don't let uploading video for this MTP hold you back. I have a pretty good ear and can help guide you along your journey just fine if you upload mp3 takes.

No worries Tony. Let me know what you would like to do.


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Hi Jeff,

Hope you are well.

Just to let you know that I percevered with the Beginner Blues Solo and the attached file is about where I am at with it.


Attached File  Beginner_Blues_solo_Sept_09.mp3 ( 884.35K ) Number of downloads: 104



Still a long way from perfect but some progress maybe!

I have been practicing the pentatonic scale boxes mainly in Am. I think I know the boxes pretty well now and am beginning to link them but I am needing some advice/help on the next step. I would like to learn some blues licks and find a way of putting them together but am unsure where to go with this.

Hope this makes some sense.

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post Sep 8 2009, 11:58 PM
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Hey Tony, that really sounds pretty good. You have made some progress with this. There are some things that we can improve but we will get to that. Also I notice that you have a really good feel for the Blues style.

Thanks for the upload. smile.gif

I think its a great idea you have about working on some licks and how the 5 boxes connect. I need to find a few things for use so just give me some time to find it and I'll post back with our next task soon.

By the way, how much time do you get to practice each week now? I want to keep this fun and not give you to much to work on.


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post Sep 9 2009, 09:33 PM
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Hi,

Thanks for the comments.

I practice for at least an hour every day, but it isnt often very oganised or methodical. I am th worlds best at jumping from one lesson to another and never completing something. However I recognise that a more disciplined approach will pay dividends and so hopefully you can keep me focussed!

I am happy to concentrate on the blues as I recognise that this is the basis for lots of the music I like (70s rock, santana etc)

Just found this lesson https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guitar/blues-licks1/ which I like and thought I might try. I dont think it is easy for me at this stage but it should be useful. What do you think?

By the way had a listen to your take on the Feeling Inc. Collaboration, thought it was really cool, if I could play like that I would be a happy guy!. The tone you used was also excellent and fitted the backing really well.

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Thanks for the kind comments on my collab upload. I really appreciate it Tony.

Its funny you picked that lesson to work on because I was looking at that last night and was wondering what you would think about it. If you want to work on this then go for it. Your right, I don't think you should pick lessons you can play or that are easy. I want you to pick things that are challenging and have content that you feel will help you. This lesson has some nice licks that you can incorporate into your playing. Good choice!

I would like use to look at the 5 Am pentatonic boxes, how we can link them together and get you fingers moving around a little smoother (all over the neck). In you last mp3 upload it seemed like you started to have a few problems with the faster licks and the lesson (really it is an exercise) below will help use fix this. Also it will help free your mind and keep you from being stuck playing in just 1 or 2 boxes. The lesson is a level 6. I just want you to get to the point where you can just play it at 80 - 90bpm with a metronome (don't worry about full speed right now) this will make a huge difference in your playing and how you look at creating your own licks.

I understand that you don't have much time to practice. We need to make the practice time you have count right! If you only have an hour to practice then for right now I want you to spend at least 30 minutes (half of what ever time you have to practice) to memorize this lesson and practicing it at a slow speed to get your fingers lose and moving. Gradually increase your speed but make sure you are picking everything clean. If you have trouble with the metronome or getting the timing down please just let me know and we will get things taken care of. I would be more than happy to upload a short video to address any questions or problems you may have if you feel it will help, but you have to let me know whats going on. Deal? wink.gif

Here is your exercise. Enjoy!. smile.gif
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/pentat...five-positions/


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QUOTE (UncleSkillet @ Sep 10 2009, 04:01 AM) *
Thanks for the kind comments on my collab upload. I really appreciate it Tony.

Its funny you picked that lesson to work on because I was looking at that last night and was wondering what you would think about it. If you want to work on this then go for it. Your right, I don't think you should pick lessons you can play or that are easy. I want you to pick things that are challenging and have content that you feel will help you. This lesson has some nice licks that you can incorporate into your playing. Good choice!

I would like use to look at the 5 Am pentatonic boxes, how we can link them together and get you fingers moving around a little smoother (all over the neck). In you last mp3 upload it seemed like you started to have a few problems with the faster licks and the lesson (really it is an exercise) below will help use fix this. Also it will help free your mind and keep you from being stuck playing in just 1 or 2 boxes. The lesson is a level 6. I just want you to get to the point where you can just play it at 80 - 90bpm with a metronome (don't worry about full speed right now) this will make a huge difference in your playing and how you look at creating your own licks.

I understand that you don't have much time to practice. We need to make the practice time you have count right! If you only have an hour to practice then for right now I want you to spend at least 30 minutes (half of what ever time you have to practice) to memorize this lesson and practicing it at a slow speed to get your fingers lose and moving. Gradually increase your speed but make sure you are picking everything clean. If you have trouble with the metronome or getting the timing down please just let me know and we will get things taken care of. I would be more than happy to upload a short video to address any questions or problems you may have if you feel it will help, but you have to let me know whats going on. Deal? wink.gif

Here is your exercise. Enjoy!. smile.gif
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/pentat...five-positions/



Great choice Jeff, Thanks!

I hadnt seen this lesson before and would probably been put off by the level 6! But I'm definately up to give it a try!

I'll get on to it tonight after work.

Thanks again.


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