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post Jun 16 2009, 11:12 AM
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Im going to echo the users that have highlighted the calls for more theory. At present no ideas on how to go about doing this

Ivan's rhythm series should also be very useful addition to the vaults of GMC as indeed, as Kris said, the site is a little Solo orientated.

These would be great additions to an already great site.
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post Jun 16 2009, 11:19 AM
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QUOTE (wrk @ Jun 16 2009, 11:42 AM) *
Awesome news Kris !!
It will be a lot work i imagine... can't wait to see this happening smile.gif

Great would be if this syllabus can be even extended, normally the 2nd book for music studies. I'm dreaming a bit ... smile.gif


Nothing is more constructive than dreaming! smile.gif As soon as we have experience from doing one - number two should be a lot easier (and usually better as well).


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post Jun 16 2009, 11:26 AM
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GMC is THE website for me for about 8 months now.

I visit it almost every day and get happy every time biggrin.gif biggrin.gif

I enjoy GMC very, very much. It is a great place to be!!!!

I think the 1700 lessons are great. I can 't do them a lifetime. If there is a double lesson I don't mind sometimes another way of telling the same thing can be okay.

What I am missing is:
- a scale and chord dictionary (and I mean the exotic (Jazz)chords) and
- Chord inversion lesson. how to play the sound with other sound
- How to play with two guitars: dual guitar melodies, harmonies

Also lessons in song writing or more in-depth the theory behind a lesson:
- the key of this is Am because of ....
- the chords ((with a link to the scale dictionary)) in this key are I, V iV made of ....
- these inversions make the sounds more colourful
- the basics scale (with a link to the scale dictionary) you can use are maj/min pentatonic because of.....
- also these modes can be used (with a link to the scale dictionary) beacuse of ....

- I would like a slow version in the video or backing of a lesson played by the instructor.

Maybe some lessons in:
- how to stay in the beat or (how to count,play: 8, 16 notes)
- play different kinda rhythm: funk, blues, rock, ska, disco
- DAW: basics
- recording with a computer and the use of DAW
- how do use midi with DAW
- how compose a backing track yourself with DAW + VST plugin like bass and drums: i am wordering how the instructor are making there backing tracks
- more of in the style of
- maybe a full cover lesson



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post Jun 16 2009, 12:31 PM
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I was set to do some software tutorials as well, so will address these requests very soon as well.


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post Jun 16 2009, 12:35 PM
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I will do my best to do one Theory and Harmony lesson by the end of this month. If you guys like the concept and content, I will be more then happy to continue with that approach in long run.


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post Jun 16 2009, 12:42 PM
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Congrats to GMC on all the lessons, that's quite incredible!

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post Jun 16 2009, 12:47 PM
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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Jun 15 2009, 09:40 PM) *
I will prepare one big rhythm series if anyone is interested, from basic strumming to more advanced strumming patterns.


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post Jun 16 2009, 01:11 PM
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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Jun 16 2009, 12:34 AM) *
OK, starting to work on the series right now smile.gif


I'd love to see a series on rythm based on the same song.

Take one chord progression with one backing and start with basic strumming. Then evolve the same song with more complex rythmplaying. This way we would also learn the basics about songwriting and how to make a simple chord progression into something much more interesting depending on how you play basically the same song.

Maybe it could end by adding a solo lesson to it as an grand finale smile.gif


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post Jun 16 2009, 03:23 PM
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I'd really like more lessons about putting scales to chords, like which ones sound good together. I know there's some material out there on that, but I would like to see more, to get practice applying it.


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post Jun 16 2009, 03:25 PM
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Hi Kris.

Needless to say that GMC is great! It already changed my life in many ways so far...

I think the content of GMC is really nice and it is really good to have diversity. For instance, I used several sweep picking lessons and it would be good to have even more from different instructors.

In fact, the problem I find now is not something being missing from GMC. On the contrary it is a little bit overwhelming. I check new lessons daily and bookmark them, but I feel frustrated cause I will never be able to complete all the ones I want (unless I lose my job tongue.gif ).

I also feel that it is a hard for newcomers to know what to look for. Andrew series starts filling this gap for beginner players but not all newcomers to GMC are beginners.
In other words, I think that GMC content is good and growing steadily but there is need to some more organization in innovative ways.

Some people mentioned making a "table of contents", which could be a beginning in organizing things, but I think the future lies on "table of contents" customizable for every person. For instance, I have some favorite instructors and perhaps I would like to receive a weekly e-mail telling me what is the new lessons from this favorite instructors. I love hard and pop rock, but perhaps I am not so interested in jazz lessons.
I love to find good surprises on the "Random lessons" but it would be even better to always find good surprises in a "lessons suggested for you". Some kind of data mining and user-customization could lead to develop a system like this.

The mentored training program could also be used, where the mentor helps the mentored person to customize its own "table of contents". I am not sure if I am making myself clear, but I what I am telling is that every person should have the "GMC he/she wants".

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post Jun 16 2009, 03:44 PM
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Hmm... I gues some more 101 Kris lessons would be very very cool! Also I still think more explanations would be cool, be a masterclass, not an example wink.gif

Gus is also right, it can be a bit overwhelming for starters! Ofcourse GMC is the coolest site online, these are just two little tiny points!

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post Jun 16 2009, 07:38 PM
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All great ideas here.

All my lessons except a few are solos, these for some reason are more popular. I did an exercise lesson, not very musical but useful in developing good timing and it wasn't as popular as for instance phrasing and dynamics 3 lesson which was a solo.

And I guess it is important to practice interesting musical ideas that keep you interested in the instrument. Studying theory, practicing exercises is somewhat boring for most, but necessary in order to take your playing to another level.

As far as recording and software lessons, I have many times thought about doing something like this but the problem is not everyone will have the access to the same stuff I do.

For instance I use pro tools, don't know how many students here use it, but from what I have seen, they use some form of freeware.

I'd love to explain how I obtain a certain sound, how I eq the guitar in the mix, levels, effects and all that stuff, but it would be easier if we all used the same software, and tools for consistency.


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post Jun 16 2009, 08:25 PM
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I think the diversity of the lessons is the high point of GMC, the level and range of lessons can be a bit overwhelming though.

The viewpoints of the instructors are for the most part all together. But i also find that we seem to be at odds about certain aspects of playing and developing techniques like :speed, phrasing etc.

Each of us has our own viewpoint about these things.


Perhaps some kind of explanation about why each Instructor feels why they do about certain aspects of guitar could be played out.


Also, I see alot of threads concerning writing. Whether it be specific, or general. Perhaps some kind of compositional workshop. Highlighting the aspects of writing a song. How each of us approach it.

I am not sure how to proceed on that basis, but i am sure we could come up with something.


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post Jun 16 2009, 08:30 PM
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Jose has a great Songwriting-Metal lesson, with corresponding thread in his instructor board. More stuff like that, maybe with additional spoken videos certainly will rise quite an interest:)


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post Jun 16 2009, 08:32 PM
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QUOTE (Daniel Robinson @ Jun 16 2009, 09:25 PM) *
Perhaps some kind of explanation about why each Instructor feels why they do about certain aspects of guitar could be played out.


Very interesting thinking - maybe could have these explanations somewhere central on the site!

QUOTE (Daniel Robinson @ Jun 16 2009, 09:25 PM) *
Also, I see alot of threads concerning writing. Whether it be specific, or general. Perhaps some kind of compositional workshop. Highlighting the aspects of writing a song. How each of us approach it.


True - we have very few lessons covering this.

Some brainstorming: Perhaps instructors should create topics with polls where members get to vote on the isntructor's "best" songs. That song (or songs) could then be broken down into a songwriting workshops.

We have some extremely skilled songwriters and arrangers here - I for one, would love to get some insights!


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QUOTE (wrk @ Jun 15 2009, 02:42 PM) *
I would love to see a series of spoken theory and harmony lessons.
Classical harmony compared with Jazz/modern harmony concepts (differences, similarities). Cadences, inversions, use of instruments, etc .. maybe even composition analysis. Everything to become a more complete musician smile.gif

Theory is well explained in a lot of lessons, but it is of course mainly guitar related. I guess more knowledge in harmony would be helpful to be able to compose songs and create more complex backings.

If this could be done would be awesome !!

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I will make a try on a composing lesson, but the problem is that you will hear audio and see different scores covering several possibilities, and how to improve things from raw or from scratch. I will talk about this in the instructor forums and come back later.


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First of all many Congrats to all Instructors for providing such a wealth of knowledge for us to learn from!!!
I agree with some of the earlier suggestions concerning Rythym and Theory Lessons and also recording Lessons! I'll soon be wanting to get more into recording and using VST's and MIDI etc but don't really have much of a clue where to start!!!
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post Jun 18 2009, 09:05 AM
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I wouldn't mind a stanley jordan technique lesson. There's a short piece on his site about touch technique but there's so much depth to the technique that could be covered - harmonizing, piano style, counter melodys, 2 part bass and melody etc.

I'd like to see something that explains how to go about practicing this technique a bit further, as there's only 2 exercises on his website.

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