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Todd Simpson
post Oct 9 2010, 07:32 PM
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Thanks everyone for coming to the Sat Video Chat! It's every Sat at 5:00 PM EST

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post Oct 18 2010, 12:09 AM
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Notes and Tablatures and Videos from Saturday Video Chat Lessons on Alternate Picking and other Topics are all available in the GUITAR WIKI here on GMC. Fran is doing a GREAT job of taking my notes/vids/tabs and breaking them down by entry and making all the info much easier to absorb in a very organized way. Here is the link Check it out!

ALTERNATE PICKING LESSONS WIKI

See you this coming Saturday for more!

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post Nov 10 2010, 07:26 AM
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PREVIEW FOR THIS SATURDAY!

We are going to use a backing track to work on some new chops! Kind of a Heavy Metal Blues thing.
Attached File  Lesson32.mp3 ( 1.27MB ) Number of downloads: 175


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post Nov 14 2010, 12:56 AM
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Hey Todd! Here is the link to the thread my acoustic song.

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post Nov 18 2010, 12:36 AM
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NEW VIDEO FOR LESSON #4!

Enjoy smile.gif The rest of lesson, with the tablature is here at this link.

http://bit.ly/lessonnotes



See you Saturday for Video Chat!
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post Nov 24 2010, 03:18 AM
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Here is a Video to go with LESSON #5. If you have not done lesson 5 yet, make sure to give it a shot. So much else is based on it!

Here is the GMC WIKI entry for LESSON 5.
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/wiki/inde...0%9D_-_Lesson_5

And here is the video.


Practice!
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post Nov 25 2010, 03:29 AM
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Here are the preview videos for this Saturday's Video Chat Lesson @ 5:00 PM EST 10PM CEST. See you there!

*Very Similar to lesson 20, this one is just to get your hands warm and allow you to focus on speed.
34a (Speed)


*This next pattern I tried out with a few students as an improv last session and they all nailed it so I"m tabbing it out and adding to the actual lesson here.
34b (Speed, Stretch, strengthen)


*This is the final version of this pattern where we incorporate our down 3 back 1 approach. I think we will be able to crank this up to crazy speeds.
34C (Speed, Stretch, strengthen, precision)


Practice!
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post Dec 1 2010, 12:29 AM
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NEW VIDEO FOR LESSON #6 PEDAL POINT

If you missed LESSON 6, or need a refresher, here is a Video about that lesson's topic "Pedal Point"

Here is the Lesson Entry for Lesson 6 in our GMC WIKI!
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/wiki/inde...0%9D_-_Lesson_6

See you SATURDAY @ 5PM EST for our next Video Chat Lesson!
Practice!
Todd

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post Dec 5 2010, 04:01 AM
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This is the backing track we worked with in Lesson 35 today in the Video Chat Lesson.
See if you can play some of the licks we have worked on with it. Practice!
Todd
Attached File  Lesson35_backingtrack.mp3 ( 720.33K ) Number of downloads: 145




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post Dec 25 2010, 08:00 AM
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We are starting our Lesson Early This Saturday Dec 25 to allow for Holiday Fun! See you guys at 1:00 PM Eastern Time.

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post Jan 25 2011, 06:50 AM
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After last weeks lesson I did some research in the trusty old " A Pentatonic" scale. It turns out that what I'd been calling plain old "A Pentatonic" is more precisely called the "A Pentatonic Minor". This came up during a lesson so I looked in to and bingo! The scale generator was there to settle it. So thanks to the student who brought this up. It might have been Jstcrsn, I'm not sure. I do appreciate it though, and I"ll be referring to it properly from now forward.

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post Feb 3 2011, 07:47 AM
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New Lesson Video for LESSON 7. Practice!



LESSON #7 - Back and Forth Revisted from lower to higher strings



Here is a Video Demonstration of what we are working on.

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post Mar 5 2011, 09:12 PM
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ON DECK FOR TODAY'S VIDEO CHAT LESSON

5:00 EST, 22:00 GMT


########### PLAYING THE IMPOSSIBLE ###########


*WORKING THE STRETCH (Playing at and beyond an 8 Fret Finger Stretch)

*SHREDDING WITHOUT YOUR THUMB (Using Finger tips/Finger Strength on the left Hand, Playing without using your thumb on the guitar neck)



Join me for a very fun, and unique lesson today.

Practice!
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post Mar 20 2011, 12:42 AM
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Great stuff today, sir! Hope I can make it next week!
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post Apr 8 2011, 09:26 PM
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LESSON PREVIEW FOR SATURDAY VIDEO CHAT LESSON

*Harmonic Minor (Adding some quasi Middle Eastern Vibe to your shredding!)

Also, I'm using a Custom Built GUITAR PRO patch in this video and will be sharing that for download Sat as well. It's a handy patch for Heavy tone.
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post Apr 9 2011, 08:01 AM
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BONUS: HERE IS THE GUITAR RIG FILE USED IN THE PREVIEW VIDEO FOR THIS SATURDAY'S (April 9, 2011) VIDEO CHAT LESSON!! SEE YOU SAT!

Attached File  Lesson52.ksd.zip ( 5.32K ) Number of downloads: 88


QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Apr 8 2011, 03:26 PM) *
LESSON PREVIEW FOR SATURDAY VIDEO CHAT LESSON

*Harmonic Minor (Adding some quasi Middle Eastern Vibe to your shredding!)

Also, I'm using a Custom Built GUITAR PRO patch in this video and will be sharing that for download Sat as well. It's a handy patch for Heavy tone.
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post Apr 14 2011, 11:52 PM
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NEW VIDEO FOR LESSON 8 POSTED:



LESSON #8 - Different shapes on different strings


In Lesson 8 we are going to use a piece of the minor scale to work more on our alternate picking. We have been using the same scale shapes across strings but now we are going to use different scale shapes on each string. Our workout here will be using the last six notes of the Minor scale. Those familiar with the minor scale will recognize the pattern.

We are also going to add our "back and forth" technique in to the progression to help further enhance the muscle memory associated with traversing strings for ascending and descending patterns.

In our last lesson we went from higher frets to lower frets and we are going to reverse that. We will start on the fifth fret and work out way up to the 12th. This will be a rather complicated shape at first but with a bit of practice you will be able to play it precisely and at any speed you like. We are going to continue to work with our metronome here as well. Let's start off at 160 BPM using whole notes. Here is the tablature.

Attached File  8guitarprofile.zip ( 13.08K ) Number of downloads: 100


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PRACTICE TIME ( At Least - 30 Minutes Per Day)
*NOTE: Again for this lesson, set your Metronome to 8/4 time if possible.


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post Apr 15 2011, 09:18 PM
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Here are the LESSON NOTES from last Saturday. Join us this Sat for More smile.gif

LESSON 52 : Shredding The Harmonic Minor Scale

In this lesson, let’s work with a “Harmonic Minor” Scale. The Harmonic Minor has a sort of Asian or Middle Eastern vibe to it and can make any solo sound a bit more exotic. Bands like “Melechesh” and “Nile” have incorporated this sound in to Modern Death Metal expanding the limits of the form and bringing new life to it’s traditional structures. Google these bands and check them out on youtube as well.


As usual, before we get going, let’s warm up!


NEVER FORGET! Do Your Stretches!

And remember, If you feel pain STOP PLAYING!

For our warmup, we are going to use a shape that we are going to use also in our fingering of the Harmonic Minor Scale. We are going to avoid the traditional fingering of the scale after going through it once for reference. Instead of the usual way of playing it, we are going to use the traditional “Shredish” approach of using three notes per string all the way up and down so that the scale flows more smoothly at high speed. So here is our shape.
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Now lets get our fingers a little more familiar with this shape using a bit more compiclated pattern. We are working our stretch here in a BIG way. This is the same pattern we have been using to explore shapes so it should be familiar. Hopefully this will allow you to focus on the stretch and not the pattern.

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Now that we have the stretch down, let’s run through the traditional fingering of the Harmonic Minor Scale.
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Now let’s look at the “Shred” fingering of the same scale where we are going to try to put three notes on each string to make it run a bit faster and more efficiently.
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Experiment with this scale and see if you can add it in to your solos!



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post Apr 16 2011, 08:39 PM
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JOIN ME TODAY FOR A VIDEO CHAT LESSON ! Starting at 5PM EST 10 PM GMT. Here are the guitar pro files for today!
Attached File  Lesson53.zip ( 41.71K ) Number of downloads: 103


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post May 21 2011, 06:52 PM
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LESSON #58 - Shred in Context Part III (GUITAR RIG 4 CUSTOM PRESET DOWNLOAD FOR TODAY'S LESSON

I"m using GUITAR RIG 4 during today's lesson so it's a SOFTWARE ONLY tone. The great thing about software is that you can "fake" having a ridiculously pricey amp, towering rack of outboard gear and a large studio room to record in. For home recording, this can be very handy. Trying to record and actual Amp in the same room with the speakers/monitors that you are trying to use to determine what the Microphone is hearing is fraught with problems. Here is the preset in a zip file.

Attached File  GuitarRig4Preset_Lesson58.zip ( 5.38K ) Number of downloads: 99



You can download a FREE version of Guitar Rig to get you started. Here is the link to download KOMPLETE FREE.
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...showtopic=36238

SEE YOU @ 10PM GMT!

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