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arctic1234
post Mar 24 2010, 01:04 PM
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Hi! Great competition! smile.gif
Are we allowed to share one idea now but also contribute with other ideas later? I mean, you don't have just one shot at sharing all your ideas?

Anyway, I got one idea for starting: How about posting a download-able version of the backing-track together with the lesson? The backing could be posted in the corner with the “tools”, together with tabs and guitar-pro files. This way you would have to be a member to access the backing.
It would be much faster than asking in the forums. Many of the instructors no longer use the forums, so contacting them I believe is a tough way of getting a backing-track. At least I believe it is a little improvement... smile.gif


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Kristofer Dahl
post Mar 24 2010, 01:06 PM
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QUOTE (Staffy @ Mar 24 2010, 10:41 AM) *
What I really miss here on GMC is a Guitar/Bass tuner to be used in conjunction with the lessons. I will develop one in FLASH and post it in the upload thread, hopefully with some cool design.

//Staffay


hehe wow missed this one Staffy - sounds awesome!

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Hi! Great competition! smile.gif
Are we allowed to share one idea now but also contribute with other ideas later? I mean, you don't have just one shot at sharing all your ideas?


Absolutely!

Bare in mind that your ideas will have most impact if you spend some time tweaking them, and then gather them in a nice way. (rather then suggesting them one after one in a more spontaneous way)


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Bogdan Radovic
post Mar 24 2010, 05:15 PM
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This should be the best competition! Prizes are awesome and ideas posted so far interesting! smile.gif Can't wait to hear more of them! smile.gif


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post Mar 31 2010, 06:38 AM
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This competition is fantastic!! There are already many excellent ideas in the uploads thread! Keep them coming! smile.gif


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post Mar 31 2010, 03:36 PM
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Hey there fellow GMC'ers.

I've been watching some guitar related videos on YouTube and keep stumbling upon shred competitions like "Shred This" and "Petrucci Fever". I am no shredder, so I haven't entered any of them, but I have noticed that hundreds of guitarists submit their entries. Of course, being a SHRED competition, many people, like myself, feel unworthy of joining the fun, but with a more generous view concerning the solo, maybe more people would join? I mean to say that having a guitar-solo or melody competition using a certain backing track would be attractive to a larger part of the guitarist population than a high-level shred contest.



In this competition, Tom Quayle and Rick Graham were among the judges. Both of these guitarists are active instructors at http://www.infiniteguitar.com and I do not intend to advertise for that website. Obviously, putting their names on a video like that will immediately make people wonder "Hmmm, why would these guitarists be qualified judges?" and of course evoke an urge to learn more about them. Searching Rick Graham on Google, the third link displayed is from Infinite Guitar. People will check out his YouTube videos and also his lessons, and be blown away, and eventually subscribe to the website.

http://www.google.no/#hl=en&source=hp&...99f78b6effe3417

Now I am asking myself why GMC doesn't do the same thing, and after a long period of deep meditation I concluded with the following: I don't know.


How does this apply to GuitarMasterClass, and why am I writing all of this?

GMC is, as far as I know, a private "company" and needs customers to sustain the instructors and people running the site. There are many ways to make GMC a better place to learn guitar, but how does this quality matter if people do not take the risk to join in on the fun?

Advertisement or POPULARITY BOOST are keywords here.

As many of you may know, GMC has implemented a new tool called "Collaborations" which basically consists of one of the instructors handing out a backing track over which GMC members can record their solos. The collection of the takes will be mixed and posted as an audio file.


MY SUGGESTION (finally)

1. A sacrifice is made, in that the GMC community lets the outside community on YouTube download ONE backing track freely in a solo collaboration, just like we already do on GMC, but on YouTube with videos.

2. A video, like the one posted above, is made by somebody on GMC, who should get some form of credit for it. Every active instructor donates 5-10 seconds of recorded guitar-madness, and the sum of these videos will be mixed and we should get something like 2-3 minutes of very efficient advertisement, showing off our instructors.

3. Following the couple of minutes of show-off, we announce a video collaboration, where anybody can upload a 20-30 second take (according to the backing chosen) playing over the backing track.

4. The prizes are announced. Now I don't mean pedals and amps and guitars that we send around the world. I am talking about something virtually free, but very valuable.


PRIZES

TOP 10 guitar solos / melodies are chosen, mixed and posted on YouTube as a final mix / video collaboration.

All of these guitarists get a certain time period of FREE subscription on GMC. Maybe 3 months ? All they have to do in return is write something to advertise for GMC on their YouTube channel, and maybe add a referral link.

All other participants get a 50% discount for the first 3 months (an elite referral bonus, as I'd like to call it), given that they also add a referral link on their YouTube channel.



SUMMARY and RELATED SUGGESTIONS

This kind of collaboration will involve the outside world with what GMC is all about. First of all, they will have the opportunity to experience the great quality of backing tracks available on GMC. All participants will get a large price reduction on their first few months at GMC. GMC does not PAY for this, but can potentially earn a great deal knowing that many of these guitarists will want to stay.

GMC members will have a chance to prove their worth by taking the responsibility of editing and mixing the video, and could be given credit or a free subscription for a certain time period.

A "GMC Community" YouTube channel can be created, where GMC related events and videos will be posted. This will be GMC's official link to the outside world, much like Kristofer Dahl's channel. Every video collaboration that GMC organises will be posted on this channel, and YouTubers can get more views by taking part in these collaborations.

This video collaboration could be standardised and taken care of by a responsible member, and repeated once every month or second month. This is up to the management.

All in all, this is a win-win situation. GMC gets a largely increased popularity, and guitarists all over the world can become more famous, as well as become better musicians by experiencing the thrills GMC has to offer. If very capable musicians take part in this collaboration, then these could also be potential new instructors who can help improve GMC's learning community.



I hope this is somewhat comprehensible, and I look forward to reading more posts. Good luck to all other participants! smile.gif

Alexander


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post Apr 1 2010, 08:22 PM
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I'm not looking for a prize but I would like the "random guitar lessons" back, you always found something you wanted to play there.


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post Apr 3 2010, 09:50 AM
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Why isn't there a link on the front page? We need to get some attention to this competition wink.gif

UPDATE: I just saw there is a link on the front page, but the fact I didn't even see it says something, doesn't it tongue.gif

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post Apr 4 2010, 09:00 PM
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Gmc should have it's own Ipod/Iphone/Ipad application.
So that the users of Gmc can check out the site/forum and the lessons anytime! smile.gif
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Kristofer Dahl
post Apr 5 2010, 09:56 AM
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We've already got some great contributions in the uploads thread.

I particularly like the ones which involve how you experience working with the lessons and the community. There must be hundreds of things which you think could be done differently / better. We all know there are a lot more improvements/new features which would make learning guitar at GMC easier and more fun, so c'mon give it your best shot!!


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post Apr 5 2010, 10:50 AM
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QUOTE (Kristofer Dahl @ Apr 5 2010, 10:56 AM) *
We've already got some great contributions in the uploads thread.

I particularly like the ones which involve how you experience working with the lessons and the community. There must be hundreds of things which you think could be done differently / better. We all know there are a lot more improvements/new features which would make learning guitar at GMC easier and more fun, so c'mon give it your best shot!!

I agree with Kris!
There's a lot of great suggestions in the upload thread smile.gif

I was thinking about a few things myself, but I soon realized they were already mentioned laugh.gif

Great work guys, but don't get lazy! There's still some time left! wink.gif
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post Apr 5 2010, 06:21 PM
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I just saw this thread, and I believe this is the best competition GMC has had so far. Hats off guys biggrin.gif


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post Apr 6 2010, 03:58 PM
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More theory video lessons, I find it really hard to learn theory by reading complicated english smile.gif
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post Apr 6 2010, 07:53 PM
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Rather than lessons providing an assortment of backing track speeds, just provide one standard backing track. Allow the user to select a speed and/or pitch that is appropriate to them. Implement a module that makes the conversion on the fly, and pipes that to the user interface. I am sure such modules exist and minimal or no cost in a variety of programming languages, and considering today's CPU speeds, the delay due to the conversion would certainly be minimal for your typical backing track.

edit: I realize that a person can do this sort of thing themselves with "Best Practice" or some other program. However, I prefer to work "on line", because you have all the site resources organized and available when you work that way.

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post Apr 6 2010, 08:09 PM
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QUOTE (fkalich @ Apr 6 2010, 08:53 PM) *
Rather than lessons providing an assortment of backing track speeds, just provide one standard backing track. Allow the user to select a speed and/or pitch that is appropriate to them. Implement a module that makes the conversion on the fly, and pipes that to the user interface. I am sure such modules exist and minimal or no cost in a variety of programming languages, and considering today's CPU speeds, the delay due to the conversion would certainly be minimal for your typical backing track.

edit: I realize that a person can do this sort of thing themselves with "Best Practice" or some other program. However, I prefer to work "on line", because you have all the site resources organized and available when you work that way.



I could definately use this


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post Apr 12 2010, 05:47 PM
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It would be very helpful, I think, if we could get a downloadable copy of the backing tracks. I don't know how many other people do this, but i usually plug my mp3 player into my amp and play along with songs that I know and would find it very convenient if I didn't have to drag my amp near to the computer to practice all the time.

I'm not sure how easy it would be for you guys to implement but I can't see it as being to hard to do.
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post Apr 12 2010, 06:04 PM
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I suggested that in the upload thread .. the backing tracks could be like douloaded in the main page of the lesson it wouldin really handy ..


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post Apr 12 2010, 09:16 PM
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This might sound lame, but I completely agree with Sted, so, sted if you win, we can cut the pedal /pack strings in 2.


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post Apr 15 2010, 02:06 PM
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Just a reminder smile.gif

If anyone have posted an idea in this thread, be sure to post it in the UPLOADS thread if you want to be part of this competition!!!!
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post Apr 23 2010, 06:46 AM
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Competition closed!
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