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post Feb 3 2010, 07:28 AM
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QUOTE (-Zion- @ Feb 2 2010, 05:11 PM) *
quick update... todays band practice was cancelled due to a snow blizzard, so i have been practicing my legato instead..

I have already noticed a difference.. it already seems a little easier.. even the legato part in this months REC is easier now.. it's awesome..
I have just done it at 120 bpm.. still a long way to 180bpm, but i am definately getting better and faster.. it's great..



This is great! smile.gif thanks for the update! It usually happens that the exercises start to seem easier after some days. The first day uses to be frustrating because you find the exercise impossible!
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post Feb 7 2010, 11:18 AM
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Okay.. sorry i am late with the videos, but here they are.. finally.. smile.gif

First up is the legato exercise video.. First up i want to say that i have definately improved a lot.. started at 80bpm, and i pushed myself and shot the video at 125bpm.. still room for improvements though, and my stamina isn't the best yet.. this is a good start though..



Next up is this january rec take.. I hope you like it.. let me know if you think this is good enough to be posted in the REC section
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post Feb 12 2010, 03:19 AM
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Hello Zion! I think that you did a very good job in both videos. In the first one I only notice that you have timing issues in some parts but this can be solved concentrating on that. The other aspects of this assignment are perfect. Now it's time to train your left hand with this exercise. You have to increase the time that you can keep playing this exercises as a loop.
Regarding the REC take I must say that I'm impressed! There are some awesome bends and vibrato there! I think that you are going in the right way and I can note your improvements. Keep on concentrating on this two techniques to continue developing the expression in your playing! I think that we can use this take as our REC for this month, please share here the link to the REC when you post it there.

Assignment 4:
The last assignment will be a continuation of the previous one. I think that we must continue with the previous pattern but this time the idea is to play it in every string. You must start doing 4 repetitions in the first string (high E) and then play the same repetitions in B string, G string, D string, A string and Low E. You have to play all this together over metronome as you did in the previous assignment. It would be great if you can increase a bit the tempo. You have to use your right hand to mute the strings that aren't played at every moment.


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post Feb 15 2010, 12:09 PM
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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Feb 12 2010, 03:19 AM) *
Hello Zion! I think that you did a very good job in both videos. In the first one I only notice that you have timing issues in some parts but this can be solved concentrating on that. The other aspects of this assignment are perfect. Now it's time to train your left hand with this exercise. You have to increase the time that you can keep playing this exercises as a loop.
Regarding the REC take I must say that I'm impressed! There are some awesome bends and vibrato there! I think that you are going in the right way and I can note your improvements. Keep on concentrating on this two techniques to continue developing the expression in your playing! I think that we can use this take as our REC for this month, please share here the link to the REC when you post it there.

Assignment 4:
The last assignment will be a continuation of the previous one. I think that we must continue with the previous pattern but this time the idea is to play it in every string. You must start doing 4 repetitions in the first string (high E) and then play the same repetitions in B string, G string, D string, A string and Low E. You have to play all this together over metronome as you did in the previous assignment. It would be great if you can increase a bit the tempo. You have to use your right hand to mute the strings that aren't played at every moment.


First off, i have been sick yet again (will this never end?), so i haven't been here a couple of days, but i hope i can move forward again this week..

I am glad that you like the assignment video.. yes, there are some timing issues, and i believe it's because of stamina issues.. after i do this kind of exercise for 5-10 minutes my hand and fingers gets so sore and i start to loose focus on what i am doing.. i think more practice will help my stamina greatly in this regard..

It was really awesome to read your impressions about the REC take.. after our first couple of assignments with bending and vibrato i could really notice a difference in my playing.. now it's not that obvious anymore, although there are minor improvements.. however, hearing that there actually are improvements is great and even you calling some of it "awesome" really helps my spirit.. Thank you for that.. biggrin.gif

i'll do the rec topic, and post it here..

edit:
it's right here


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Sickness again?? That sounds really bad! I hope that this has been the last time!

I'm glad to read that my comments helped as well as the assignments. The assignment 3 is definitely very useful to train your stamina so keep on practicing it! smile.gif

thanks for the REC link,

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post Feb 21 2010, 08:34 PM
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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Feb 15 2010, 04:20 PM) *
Sickness again?? That sounds really bad! I hope that this has been the last time!

I'm glad to read that my comments helped as well as the assignments. The assignment 3 is definitely very useful to train your stamina so keep on practicing it! smile.gif

thanks for the REC link,

Gab.-

Well.. what do you know.. sickness again.. i cant believe how much i have been sick lately.. i usually never get sick.. or very rarely.. but i have been sick every week since my daughter started in her kindergarten.. i cannot believe it.. crazy..

That said, it goes without saying that i have not practiced much this week, so i wont be able to do a "proper" video yet.. i can say that it's going better now, although i still have stamina issues.. also, i find it pretty difficult to do it on the 5th and 6th string.. those strings need a lot of practice..

i hope you can bear with me until i can do a proper video for you..
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hey gabe.

first of, i want to apologize for not giving you the video for the assignment.. there are no excuses other than i just went through a period of guitar hatred.. Its kinda weird that you know you really should be practicing, but you just hate the fact that you have to do it on the guitar.. it's weird.. i think it happened because of the 3 week break in the band.. i guess when i dont have anything the look forward to and show my newly aquired skills i kinda loose focus and dont like playing guitar..

i dont know.. it's weird.. i am not quite back with the guitar practice yet, but i am not really sure what to do next..
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Hi Zion, I think that it is normal to have periods where you lose your motivation for an intensive practice. Having a band is a very important incentive to practice and to compose. BTW there are many other things that can incentivate yourself like watching music dvds, clinics, going to concerts, reading books, talking with friends who are musicians too, buying cds or music magazines... those things always incentivate me. Try to do some of the previous things and notice how your feel... smile.gif


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thanks for your understanding..

I know what you mean about getting inspiration from other places.. unfortunately i dont have that many friends who are musicians.. i try to listen to as much music as possible, but i actually think the best thing for me would be concerts or live performances.. i think i'll try to find some of those..

band practice starts again tomorrow.. i hope this period will end so i can continue my practice..
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