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post May 21 2011, 11:22 PM
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Practicing on a clean channel...
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post May 24 2011, 08:03 AM
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SATURDAY LESSON PREVIEW:

Here is a clip for part of a Backing track that I"m working on for this Saturday's upcoming VIDEO CHAT lesson. It's called Canonical Decompostion. (Deconstructing/de"composing" Canon "Accepted Works")

It contains several techniques we are going to work on by learning the parts involved.
*Sweep Picking
*Double Picking
*Alternate Picking
*Economic PIcking

It's based loosely on a Minor/Harmonic Minor Arpeggio grouping. Enjoy! See you Sat!

Attached File  CanonicalDecomposition.mp3 ( 1.3MB ) Number of downloads: 98


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post May 25 2011, 11:37 PM
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Congrats on getting it down! smile.gif Try playing it with a metronome or backing drum track for the recording so that you can see where it's rushing/dragging. The first two notes after the initial open string are in fact separate notes as written but could be played as a slide like your doing as well smile.gif

This is a somewhat complicated little riff so it's great to hear people getting it!

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post May 26 2011, 04:42 AM
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I'm planning to cover the "OVER HAND TAPPING" technique in this Saturday's Video Chat Lesson so here is a quick video demo. It's actually a very simple technique once you get the hang of it smile.gif I"m using it in this video for my take of Daniel Realpe's recent Metal Collab.

Also, I never pick up the pick once I start here which is also something interesting to try if your not used to it. You can do pinch harmonics and other things using just your fingers.



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post May 26 2011, 01:38 PM
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Give "OVERHAND TAPPING" a try after watching this vid. Start small and slow. It's hard at first but gets easier quick. It'll give you some prep for this Sat! We are going to use it in a solo.

QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ May 25 2011, 10:42 PM) *
I'm planning to cover the "OVER HAND TAPPING" technique in this Saturday's Video Chat Lesson so here is a quick video demo. It's actually a very simple technique once you get the hang of it smile.gif I"m using it in this video for my take of Daniel Realpe's recent Metal Collab.

Also, I never pick up the pick once I start here which is also something interesting to try if your not used to it. You can do pinch harmonics and other things using just your fingers.




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post Jun 1 2011, 07:33 PM
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Thanks for checking the PLAYING WITH ONE HAND Video on youtube guys ! If you haven't had a chance, here it is. This is part of what is on deck for this Saturuday's Vid Chat Lesson.



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post Jun 4 2011, 08:52 PM
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LESSON 60 Guitar Pro FIles
Attached File  60guitarprofiles.zip ( 1.64K ) Number of downloads: 314


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See all notes in the WIKI!

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/wiki/inde...rtal:Techniques


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Here is a ZIP file with all of the GUITAR PRO tablatures for todays Video Chat Lesson @ 10PM GMT!

Attached File  Lesson62_GuitarProFiles.zip ( 2.16K ) Number of downloads: 93


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post Jun 23 2011, 06:30 PM
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QUOTE (Azzaboi @ May 21 2011, 05:22 PM) *
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Sounding good so far smile.gif I think you've got the idea!


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post Jul 3 2011, 12:59 AM
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Ok Todd i recorded the stuff you were teaching today.... the tracks are at 200 bps and I hope i didn't do to bad wink.gif tongue.gif

Attached File  Part_1.mp3 ( 362.76K ) Number of downloads: 83

Attached File  Part_2.mp3 ( 313.78K ) Number of downloads: 91

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QUOTE (Strelka28 @ Jul 2 2011, 06:59 PM) *
Ok Todd i recorded the stuff you were teaching today.... the tracks are at 200 bps and I hope i didn't do to bad wink.gif tongue.gif

Attached File  Part_1.mp3 ( 362.76K ) Number of downloads: 83

Attached File  Part_2.mp3 ( 313.78K ) Number of downloads: 91

Attached File  Part_3.mp3 ( 343.98K ) Number of downloads: 81


Nicely done! wink.gif You have it down and are moving at really good speed!

Just a note, the rest of the lessons will be posted in the WIKI as this thread is getting a bit long.
So if you record more, you can upload here but message me here on gmc so I know it's here. smile.gif

Here is the wiki link

http://bit.ly/twtgmc
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post Jul 22 2011, 08:27 PM
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VIDEO CHAT LESSON #61 - NOTES


LESSON #61 (Inside / Outside Picking and Working Your Stretch!)


Let’s focus again on our picking. In this lesson, we will take advantage of some of our previous picking work and work we have been doing to increase our flexibility. If you have missed a few lessons, don’t worry, you should have no problem playing everything we are going to cover today without prior exposure.

WORK YOUR STRETCH
Watch this short video for some examples of some handy "Finger Yoga"!


WORK YOUR PICKING!!
Here is the first set of tablature. This lick is going to be played later on in the lesson against a backing track so you can see how in sounds “In Context.

(Click below to download the Guitar Pro 5 File for 61a)
Attached File  61a_3_4.gp5 ( 1.67K ) Number of downloads: 105


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Let’s take that same shape and work on adding Alternate Picking / Economic Picking and see if we can work our speed up a bit. You can use either Alternate or Economic Picking here depending on what feels better for you.


(Click below to download the Guitar Pro 5 File for 61b)
Attached File  61b_3_4.gp5 ( 1.74K ) Number of downloads: 82


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Now lets add a Pentatonic Lick to our work. This too will be played against the backing.


(Click below to download the Guitar Pro 5 File for 61c)
Attached File  61c_3_4.gp5 ( 1.54K ) Number of downloads: 86


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Now let’s combine everything we’ve learned and play it with some music. Here is the backing track.
Attached File  Lesson61.mp3 ( 1.33MB ) Number of downloads: 104


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VIDEO CHAT LESSON #62 - NOTES

GMC VIDEO CHAT LESSON #62 - Quadruple Picking!

Let’s add “Quadruple Picking” technique to our back of licks/tricks. This is very simply, four pick strokes per note. This will help you with your ‘Inside and Outside Picking”, and your “Alternate Picking”. This lesson is all about PRECISION. Not so much about speed. As they say....

“Speed is a byproduct of precision”.

Let’s warmup and get started.
*Do our usual Finger Yoga and warmup your hand/arm. Avoid Carpal Tunnel Syndrome! Here is the link for the Finger Yoga Video again.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POvVMNdc6Tg

Here is a preview of what this lesson will sound like once you have it down.

Attached File  Lesson62A_example.mp3 ( 1.3MB ) Number of downloads: 116


We are going to use some “Sweep Shapes” from a previous lesson to leverage time you have already invested learning them. Hopefully, this will let you focus on the picking and less on the shape. For each one of these shapes, play each note four time. Thus "Quadruple Picking". Play with a metronome as slow as needed until you can play fast enough to play it with the backing just like in the example.

62A
Here is the Guitar Pro 5 File for our First Shape.
Attached File  62a.gp5 ( 1.55K ) Number of downloads: 89

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62B
Here is the Guitar Pro 5 File for our Second Shape.
Attached File  62B.gp5 ( 1.53K ) Number of downloads: 86

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62C
Here is the Guitar Pro 5 File for our Third Shape.
Attached File  62c.gp5 ( 1.53K ) Number of downloads: 88

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62D
Here is the Guitar Pro 5 File for our Fourth Shape.
Attached File  62d.gp5 ( 1.53K ) Number of downloads: 80

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*Here is a link to the backing without the quad pick lead for you to download and practice with.

Attached File  Lesson62A_BackingOnly.mp3 ( 1.3MB ) Number of downloads: 84



As a bonus, let’s work on improvising just a bit. Here is a backing track made with an iPod app called GROOVE MAKER (Rock Pack). Here is a link about the software. It’s great for having backings ready to go. (Sadly there is no PC version yet just runs on iphone/ipod/ipad)
http://www.groovemaker.com/rockace/

This is link to the backing.
Attached File  62_Bonus.mp3 ( 4.13MB ) Number of downloads: 88


This backing is in E and has a Minor feel to it. So E Minor, E Harmonic Minor, E Pentatonic, etc. will all sound great. We have tons of licks that we’ve covered that will work well on this backing. Improvise and see what you can come up with!

Practice!
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GMC VIDEO CHAT LESSON 63 - Notes


GMC VIDEO CHAT LESSON #63 - Economic Picking In Context


Let’s warmup and get started. *
Do our usual Finger Yoga and warmup your hand/arm.* Let’s take a look at increasing our overall speed. We have spent a lot of time on Alternate Picking. Let’s spend a bit of time focused on “Economic Picking”. If you find your speed has hit a wall, workng your Economic Picking can help you break through the speed barrier. Let’s use a familiar shape and focus on using two down strokes in a row as we traverse to higher strings. Just to keep things challenging, let’s also work on our stretch a bit as we go. Let’s

look at our first shape. Make sure to try to start with a downstroke, and then use another downstroke when moving to a higher string. This is the essence of "Economic Picking" using more than one stroke type in sequence. Eg. Two downstrokes.

63a
*Here is the Guitar Pro 5 File for this shape.
Attached File  63a.gp5 ( 1.54K ) Number of downloads: 106

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Let’s extend this idea over several strings.

63b
*Here is the Guitar Pro 5 File for this shape.
Attached File  63b.gp5 ( 1.83K ) Number of downloads: 98

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Now lets take a pattern from LESSON 42 and add some Economic Picking focus and play it with our backing track as a solo lick after we master it with a metronome.

63c
*No Guitar Pro for this one, try to create your own Guitar Pro File as a test.
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Here is our backing track for today.
Attached File  Lesson63_Backing.mp3 ( 2.33MB ) Number of downloads: 120


Try to get the shapes down to where you can play them over the backing. You can play fast or slow, just make sure it's consistent.

Practice!
Todd

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VIDEO CHAT LESSON #64 - NOTES

LESSON 64 - Mixing and Matching (Alternate Picking and Economic Picking)

In this lesson, we are going to mix and match our picking a bit. We are going to combine, single and fretted strokes with double open string strokes. This creates a very percussive sound and harkens back to our Pedal Tone / Pedal Point lesson. The big difference is a one to two ratio of fretted to open string strikes.

We are going to use Ben Higgins KILLER collaboration track HIGH RISK as a backing. (With his permission of course). Here is a link to the Final Video on Youtube
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/set-the-pace/

Here is an example of the some of the licks we are going to work on today, taken from this Collab.



*Let’s warmup and get started. Do our usual Finger Yoga and warmup your hand/arm.*

First, let’s let our picking hand get used to today's first pattern. Once you have it down, play it with a metronome to keep it even and consistent.
*Here is the Guitar Pro 5 File for this shape.
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Now let’s add a scale in to it. This pattern will work as played against a backing as a solo lick and as an alternate picking workout. It will also work on every string. This is STRICT alternate picking. NO ECONOMIC picking for this one.
*Here is the Guitar Pro 5 File for this shape.
Attached File  64b.gp5 ( 2.18K ) Number of downloads: 81

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Now let’s go the other way. Let’s do an ascending patter up the neck past fret 12.
*Here is the Guitar Pro 5 File for this shape.
Attached File  64c.gp5 ( 2.02K ) Number of downloads: 92

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BONUS:
As our bonus lick, let’s keep with our Alternate Picking / Single String idea but let’s not do a Pedal Point lick. Instead, let’s change shapes as we move up the neck without using a Pedal Tone.
Attached File  64d.gp5 ( 1.65K ) Number of downloads: 94

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Now based on this, try to figure out the reverse pattern on one string. After that, try to figure out how to do this ascending and descending, using a standard Minor Scale Shape instead of one string. Try to use your ear for this.

Here is the killer backing track Ben created. Play these chops over top of this and let your fingers fly!
Attached File  Ben_Higgins_Collab_Set_the_Pace_105bpm.mp3 ( 1008.55K ) Number of downloads: 107


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LESSON 65 - Pushing Past The “Barrier”

We have been focusing on various techniques for the past few lessons and It seems high time we get back to a quick bit of shredding/back and forth/speed picking. The ideas here should be somewhat familiar at this point. Hopefully, we will be able to push our speed up a bit in this lesson as the shapes will hopefully be quick to master. Once we have them down, we will apply them a backing so that we can play them in context. First, let’s do our warmup, per usual. Then on to the Lesson!

For each of these next three shapes/chops, learn the pattern and play it with a metronome to keep it steady. Once you have built up some speed and feel comfortable with the licks, start playing them with the backing track and turn off the metronome. Here is our backing track for today. Download it and give it a listen before starting on learning the shapes/chops.

Attached File  Lesson65v3.mp3 ( 1.79MB ) Number of downloads: 106


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Let’s add a bit to this idea. Some string traverse will work the fingers a bit. Scroll down for the next tablature.

65b
*Here is the Guitar Pro 5 File for this shape.
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Now let’s add the final bits that turn this in to a lick we can play with or without out backing.

65c
*Here is the Guitar Pro 5 File for this shape.
Attached File  65c.gp5 ( 1.84K ) Number of downloads: 86

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Scroll down for our BONUS riff.

This riff is about pure speed. All the notes are close together so you should be able to work up some scary quick speed on this. It also works as a lick with our backing.

65d
*Here is the Guitar Pro 5 File for this shape.
Attached File  65d.gp5 ( 1.52K ) Number of downloads: 90

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VIDEO CHAT LESSON 66 - NEO CLASSICAL APPROACHES

We have been Working our speed up focusing on our right hand for several lessons now. Let’s shift a bit and focus on our left hand. We are still going to use our Synch approach, meaning or every pick stroke, a note is fretted. This will help our “Precision”. As has often been said, “Speed is a byproduct of precision”.

Let’s look at our backing track. It’s composed of a variety of shapes and will require a decent finger stretch as well as dexterity of movement. Here is an MP3 Preview. Once you learn the following licks, play them with a metronome until you have them down, then play them with the backing. Go ahead and warm up doing our usual stretches and listen to backing.

Attached File  GMC66_Doxologia_Minor.mp3 ( 1.32MB ) Number of downloads: 118



Let's take a look at our shapes. The first part of each is repeated when played with the backing, but in the tab, it's just shown once for simplicity sake.

66a
*Here is the GuitarPro file for this shape. (GuitarPro 5 or 6 Required)
Attached File  66Backing1.gp5 ( 1.65K ) Number of downloads: 92

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66b
*Here is the GuitarPro file for this shape. (GuitarPro 5 or 6 Required)
Attached File  66Backing2.gp5 ( 1.65K ) Number of downloads: 102

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66c
*Here is the GuitarPro file for this shape. (GuitarPro 5 or 6 Required)
Attached File  66Backing3.gp5 ( 1.65K ) Number of downloads: 88

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66d
*Here is the GuitarPro file for this shape. (GuitarPro 5 or 6 Required)
Attached File  66Backing4.gp5 ( 1.53K ) Number of downloads: 96

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Practice!



GMC VIDEO CHAT LESSON #67 - Notes


LESSON #67 - Sweet Spots, Dirty Spots


Let’s warmup and get started.
*Do our usual Finger Yoga and warmup your hand/arm. Here is the link to the Video demonstration.
https://www.youtube.com/user/toddsquadxyz#p/u/12/POvVMNdc6Tg

In this lesson, let’s combine some techniques and approaches together to create some dynamics in our playing. We have spent a lot of time working playing precise, almost mechanical phrases to help us learn to play with consistency. Now let’s throw in some bends and holds to mix things up a bit. Listen to todays backing track while you warm up and stretch.





Our first lick is a traditional Rock/Blues lick that works well just about anywhere you use it as long as it’s key. Our backing track is in the Key of E so our licks today will be in E as well.

Attached File  67SignumCrucis.mp3 ( 3.75MB ) Number of downloads: 120


67a
Let’s play this with a metronome about 120 BPM to make sure we can play it smoothly and consistently. This is the first lick to play against the backing. Once you can loop this lick it’s a great chop to use and repeat.
*Here is the GuitarPro file for this shape (GuitarPro5 or 6 Required)
Attached File  67a.gp5 ( 1.8K ) Number of downloads: 95

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67b
Now let’s throw in a lick that’s a little more syncopated and scale based. This is a lick based on E-Minor and uses our “Back and Forh” approach. This next bit has a lot of notes. But once you get the idea behind the pattern down, hopefully it won’t be that hard to master. Don’t be thrown off by how big the tablature looks. It’s only because of the notes repeating.
*Here is the GuitarPro file for this shape (GuitarPro5 or 6 Required)
Attached File  67b_final.gp5 ( 2.37K ) Number of downloads: 99

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67c
Now let’s take a different approach to create something that sounds very similar. Instead of using a scale pattern and traversing strings, let’s focus on a single string ascending shape but avoid the use of open strings.
*Here is the GuitarPro file for this shape (GuitarPro5 or 6 Required)
Attached File  67c.gp5 ( 2.03K ) Number of downloads: 96

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GMC VIDEO CHAT LESSON #68 - Building A Solo
In this lesson, we are going to build a Guita Solo and play it against a backing. So essentially we are going to chain sets of licks/chops together in as musical a way as possible. Before we get in to it, let’s warm up a bit and get our fingers ready to rip!
FINGER YOGA!
Let’s do our usual Finger Yoga stretches. Here is a link to the video for references.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POvVMNdc6Tg
PALM MUTED HAMMER ON’S
Let’s do a bit o prep for our first lick by doing some “Palm Muted Hammer On’s” This type of lick just takes a little practice. Once you have it down, it comes in very handy for building a cool solo. The Palm muting creates a percussive sound and takes the place of the pick stroke. Here is our first tablature.
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Now that we have the pattern down. Let’s play it with a metronome to make sure we can play it consistently and work up some speed and move it around the neck.
Now let’s take that same idea nd turn it in to an actual lick that conforms to a scale structure. Our Backing track is in E Minor so let’s use an E Minor Shape. Take a look at the next piece of Tablature.

Now let’s add a different type of lick in to our Solo. After a syncopated scale run type of lick, loosening things up with a Pedal Point, Open String Lick can often work quite well. Let’s do an open string “Pedal Point” style lick where the open string is our “Pedal Tone”.
Take a look at the tablature. Once we have it, let’s play it on every string to give our hand some practice on it.


Now, let’s string these licks together and play them as a solo against a backing. Here is what it should sound like. Click on the link below to be taken to SOUNDCLOUD.com for a preview.
http://snd.sc/nH5O9r
Once we have this solo down, think back to last weeks lesson. It was in the same key as this lesson. E Minor. Try to remember the licks we did. All of them will work with this backing. So now, let’s improvise. Take all the licks from this week, and the licks you remember from last week, and mix and match them against the backing. Play them in any order and cycle them as many times as you think it sounds right to do.
You are building up yoru “Bag of Tricks/Licks” and eventually, as long as you know the key, you can whip out a solo on the spot.


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TODAY'S LESSON NOTES


GMC VIDEO CHAT LESSON #71 - DOXOLOGIA MINOR PART II

On deck today, Alternate picking, string skipping, and stretching! Let’s do our usual finger yoga and jump right in.

Here is our first pattern. It’s all about string skipping.
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Now let’s add to that.
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Now let’s get in to our main lesson.

Here is a preview.

http://soundcloud.com/techniqueswithtodd/g...doxologia-minor


Here is part 1.
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Part 2.
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Part 3.
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Part 4.
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Parts 1 - 4 Guitar Pro Tablature

Attached File  FourParts.zip ( 2.3K ) Number of downloads: 77


LESSON LINKS

Here is a link to the Guitar Rig Patch from Today’s Lesson

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...mp;#entry537995

Free Software For Recording (Guitar Rig Free, and Pod Farm Demo and Reaper, etc.)

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...showtopic=36238



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GMC LESSON 69 - Building A Solo, Employing Previous Techniques



In this lesson, we are going to build a Guitar Solo and play it against a backing (The Backing is the Metal Collab recently initiated by Cosmin Lupu, here is my full solo take as a preview.




Here is a link to the audio file of backing with solo for download and reference.

Attached File  CosminCollab_ToddWithBacking.mp3 ( 2.76MB ) Number of downloads: 117



*IMPORTANT: The song is written in the key of “C Minor”, but we are going to tune up half a step so that our open string licks will work here and our previous several lessons will match up with this as well. So tune your B string to a C.


let’s warm up a bit and get our fingers ready to rip!

FINGER YOGA!

Let’s do our usual Finger Yoga stretches. Here is a link to the video for references.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POvVMNdc6Tg

*We are going to do a series of increasingly complex licks. These will help your hands get used to changing shapes each time they move.

OPEN STRING, PALM MUTED, PEDAL POINT, ASCENDING MINOR SCALE (Pedal +2)

Take a look at our first tablature. The Easiest of the bunch.

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Here is the Guitar Pro Tablature File.

Attached File  69a.gp5 ( 1.93K ) Number of downloads: 85


Now let’s play this with a metronome a bit, back and forth and then once we have it, let’s do it with the backing track.

Let’s add a third note in.

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And the Guitar Pro Tablature File.

Attached File  69b.gp5 ( 1.93K ) Number of downloads: 85


Now let’s invert this pattern and try it with the metronome, working up some speed, then transfer to the backing track.

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And the Guitar Pro Tablature File.

Attached File  69c.gp5 ( 1.93K ) Number of downloads: 72



Now let’s add some tapping/hammering in to things. This is a great way to work up some serious speed.

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And the Guitar Pro Tablature File.

Attached File  69d.gp5 ( 1.57K ) Number of downloads: 100



Let’s add another note to this. It really starts to rip as a four note tap.

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And the Guitar Pro Tablature File.

Attached File  69e.gp5 ( 1.54K ) Number of downloads: 91


Now move your right hand around to find other spots on the neck that are in key while leaving your left hand doing this pattern.

LESSON LINKS / FILES

Here is the GUITAR RIG CUSTOM PRESETS I used on the solo.

This one is the "PsychoSynthetic" that sounds almost like a synth.

Attached File  Psycho_Synthetic.ksd.zip ( 6.27K ) Number of downloads: 85


This is the lead patch for the middle section.

Attached File  GMC_LESSON_69b.ksd.zip ( 5.53K ) Number of downloads: 97



Free Software For Recording (Guitar Rig Free, and Pod Farm Demo and Reaper, etc.)
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...showtopic=36238

This post has been edited by Todd Simpson: Aug 23 2011, 05:24 AM


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