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post Mar 9 2010, 07:43 PM
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Hi Emir,

I am back and ready to work. I think now its a good time to introduce myself and say a few words about me.

My real name is Alex, I'm 25 years old I live in Romania and I'm a software engineer.
I discovered this instrument at the very late age of 21 and been playing it almost daily ever since.
I also was in a band and had some gigs but none of us had any real experience in music and things went very wrong. Here's a link if you're interested: https://www.youtube.com/silviusv#p/u/3/C1d5GClZ7z0

My favorite style is something like Rock/Hard Rock/Heavy Metal.
I started with Queen which I consider to be the best rock band in history.
Then, in kind of a personal order (not necessary by the most favorite), Sabbath, Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Rush, Judas Priest, Maiden, Dio, ACDC, Metallica, Megadeth. Probably missed a few but this is in general.

Influences (or what I would like to be my influences)
Ritchie Blackmore, Brian May, Jimmy Page. (I'm not sure what is the order)
I said that this is what I would like to be my influences because I cannot quite capture their style.

What I am trying to get out of this MTP:
Learn guitar and learn music.

Until a few month ago I had the feeling that I'm really good at playing guitar until we tried to record our first demos (with the band that I was in). Then I saw that I know nothing. I had big rhythm problems, everything sounded dirty, no feel and so on. So ever since I have been working on this, found GMC with the Rec program which is great but I know I need a professionist as a mentor because there is so many things I have to learn and I get lost in them.

By "Learn music" I mean, try to come up with my own stuff (even if my actual playing still need lots of improvement). I cannot really improvise and most of the rhythms that I've come up I don't like and.. to sum up, I cannot see the whole picture when trying to write my own stuff.

Hope that everything is OK with you because I see that you are missing for a while now and can't wait to start the work.



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post Mar 11 2010, 05:10 PM
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Hi Rhoads and thanks for your introduction.

I've checked your video. Sounds very good. Reminds me of days when I first got into metal bands in my country. We played countless shows like this full of positive energy and hungry for the stage smile.gif That was really fun.

Your influences are very similar to mine. All bands and guitarists that you mentioned are great. From your post I could see that you need some improvement in your timing and riff ideas. Tming is extremely important and you realise that when you start recording (as you said).

Do you know how to read notes? We need this to start with.

You probably know that you need to submit one REC take per month. Since you mentioned Ritchie Blackmore, how about this lesson?

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/triplet_feel_riffing/

I made it like in Rainbow style. It has many interesting riffs, tight timing and good picking control. Let me know and we'll move on.

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post Mar 11 2010, 11:06 PM
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Hi Emir,

Thanks ! Just between you and me, we had an amazing audience o three people, the bar staff and the bar owner who was drunk smile.gif) (at the gig in the video).

Ok, so about reading notes, I can read a tabulature and I know most of the chord notations (and what notes they imply). I think that is what you mean.

Ok so one REC take a month. But what is with the weekly assignments that I saw in the previous assignment threads. It's not like I'm going to finish the lesson you proposed in less than a week smile.gif It's just that I think I missed some information and I'm a little confused.

About the lesson. I like it ! I think is a good lesson for what I need right now I will enjoy working on it.

So.. let's start ! smile.gif


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post Mar 12 2010, 05:00 AM
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I played many gigs in front of 3 people, that's ok man smile.gif Sometimes those worked better than the stadium smile.gif

about the REC, you don't have to do it every week. One REC submission per month. Upload in the REC forum and leave the link in the MTP assignment thread. That can be anything from GMC lessons. I thought this one would fit your style so I proposed it.

About notes, we don't need melodic notation, just rhythm exercises (notes on one line only). I'll prepare some stuff for you today.


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post Mar 12 2010, 06:28 PM
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Ok here we are with some timing exercises.

You have drum loop in 80bpm to play over. Make some nice warm distorted sound for this. Take any power chord (E or A work good for this) and play these exercises in this order with no pause in between. When you finish them all just stop as the drum loop is longer.

The important thing to remember is picking and muting. Whenever you have 16th note, pick down and up (alternate). For quarter and eight notes play just down strokes. Palm mute all 16th and 8th notes. Do not mute quarter notes. When you see the rest you need to mute strings so that I can clearly hear the rest. When you see the rest in 16th note groups think of it as an invisible stroke. So if you have

16th note - 16th note - 16th rest - 16th note

You pick first two down and up then the rest should come on down stroke (but you mute here) and the last one is your up stroke. I hope you understand this. Feel free to ask anything you want to know.

These exercises can seriously improve your timing. We'll do more of these later with more complex note grouping.

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post Mar 12 2010, 07:40 PM
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Ok, I think got it. I will start working on it, l record myself and then post it in my the assignments thread.

Yesterday I somehow understood that the lesson you proposed was an assignment or part of one, that's why I was confused. Nevermind that smile.gif

So, I was currently working on this lesson: https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/rhythm-gu...d-rock-rhythm3/ but is still have some problems with the vibratos there and the palm muting is not good. I think it's best to finish this first and then start on you're lesson. I plan to post more that one lesson a month anyway.

Thank you very much for your time and I'll come back with questions/progress.

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post Mar 12 2010, 08:28 PM
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I told you, you can take any lesson for the REC submission. We have to do 4 assignments per month plus 1 REC take per month. I hope it's clear now smile.gif

edit: don't forget all assignments need to be video not audio

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post Mar 20 2010, 04:35 PM
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Hi

Sorry for being late. This is rhythm exercise no. 2. Make a drum loop and play in order with no stop. I was trying this one in 120bpm but if you find it too fast then you can slow down a bit.


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post Mar 20 2010, 07:47 PM
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No problem.

Looks difficult smile.gif I'll get right to it.


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post Mar 25 2010, 09:48 PM
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Hi,

This is a bit difficult, I got managed to put it together and now I have to make it sound clean at 120 (or as close as I can)
Here is what it sounds like at 100 bpm. Please tell me what do you think and if you have any suggestions.

I will probably be able to do it correctly at about 110 and then I'll record myself video and post it in the assignment thread.
Until Saturday smile.gif

Thanks,

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post Mar 26 2010, 10:15 AM
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The last one is not good. You can always retype it in guitar pro and hear it for your reference. Also the 8th triplets (bar 1) in the first ex. are not very tight but almost. Don't rush there. You're actually doing a pretty good job just need some polishing. 110bpm will be ok to submit. Also make sure that you pick correctly. I can't hear that now but for the video think of when is down and when up.


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Well.. my crappy camera just broke !!
I will borrow one tomorrow and post the assignment. Tomorrow or on Tuesday the latest.

Sorry for the delay..


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post Mar 30 2010, 09:12 PM
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Hi !


Here's the second assignment. I think it still need some work but could not wait anymore. I don't think I synchronized it exactly because I recorded the audio separately and I could not do it better than this..

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Tell me what do you think smile.gif


I added it in the assignment thread also. Sorry for mixing it up sad.gif

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I also uploaded a REC take (for this month). I don't have the link beacuse it I didn't copy it and it was moved to the private area.
You'll see it.


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post Mar 31 2010, 11:14 PM
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The last one is not good but we won't repeat this anymore we'll just move on. You're too fast in the last one. Listen to the part 3 and start tapping your 4/4 beat with the hand. You will realize when the part 4 starts how much you are off from the beat. I told you if you have guitar pro type the notes there and hear it with the click. There are clearly visible 4 groups of notes and each represents 1 beat. The first two groups are syncopated, the third is just 6 16th triplets and again one syncopated group in the end. That might be a helpful tip to stay in the beat.

What would you like next? More of this, technique, theory?


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But.. I did put in GP even before the I submitted the first sample and it sounded the same to me.. I attached the file to take a look if you can. Or it doesn't and I have such a bad ear. unsure.gif
If it doesn't sound the same then ignore the next 3 paragraphs of the message, I just have to work more.

If not, I think I now what I did wrong. I think the drum pattern in GP is wrong because I placed the snare and the accentuated kick drum to match the the 8th notes in the last pattern and they are NOT on the beat.. Ok now I see how stupid this was but it's to late now. I though it was an interesting idea.

I think the drum pattern should have been like in the second attached GP file. Please tell me if this is OK and I will re-record this and post it in the future (probably when I submit the third assignment).

Also if I listen only to the guitar part (3rd attached file) it sounds as it is in guitar pro (if you mute the drum track).
Or it doesn't ? And again, I just have a bad ear..


For the next one or two assignments I would like the do something to improve my speed at pentatonic runs. For example I tried in the past to do these lessons that I like very much and the only place that I got stuck were the pentatonic runs.

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Rockin...nor-pentatonic/
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guit...cks-101-lesson/
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guit...ck-lesson-solo/

Well the first one really is fast (it seems impossible to me now smile.gif ) but the other do not seem to be that difficult but they sound very dirty and not tight when I do them.

Currently I am working on this aspect and by practicing the pentatonic scale in different positions with 16th notes. A managed to make them sound pretty clean and tight at 100 bpm. Now a think that I should add a recording of how it sounds but I don't have right now. I will post one this days. I don't know, do you have some more effective exercises for this, or maybe you could recommend a GMC lesson for this. I've looked but didn't find anything suitable.

Thanks,
Rhoads

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post Apr 2 2010, 02:03 PM
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Yes it was the drum beat. Sorry, it made me confused. You didn't really need to touch normal 4/4 loop. We don't need complex drum arrangement for this, just your guitar. Even if you did it with the simple metronome it would have be fine. You don't need to submit that again, we got the point smile.gif

Regarding the pentatonics I want you to learn this chart for the next assignment:



You can check this lesson out for your MTP:
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/pentat...five-positions/

If you look at the first slow video, that's where I played the whole above chart. That's exactly your assignment. Make some drum loop and play it.

Remember for the REC you don't need to pass but you need to submit.

Later if you want to do that E min pentatonic lesson of mine, I can help you with that.

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Great ! So my ear is fine. I got a little worried there smile.gif

Ok I will start working on the next one.
As for the REC I submitted one for March. I am waiting for the results now.
Its this lesson that I told you a few weeks ago, unfortunatelly I didn't have enough time until now to do it well to sumbit.
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/rhythm-gu...d-rock-rhythm3/

I'm not sure now which to choose for April but I'll think about it.

Thanks,
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REC can be anything and you don't have to pass it just to submit the link in your assignments.


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