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Kristofer Dahl
post May 2 2011, 09:42 AM
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Hi all,

I'd like to take an opportunity to update you on a few changes that we will shortly be implementing at GMC. Just like many other businesses in today's muted economy, we are looking at costs vs income. So what does this mean to you? Well, we are taking the opportunity to refocus GMC a little and we hope that you will be excited by the changes we are putting in place.

Here are the changes we will go through:

* Fewer, but higher quality lessons. We are likely to go from publishing lessons once per day to once every other day, but we are raising standards for all of our instructors - we want the best of the best!

* Lower prices. That's right, see below for the new GMC subscription prices. You will notice we are almost down at the 'old' prices.

Current prices: 1 month $29 - 3 months $69 - 12 months $228
New prices: 1 month $15 - 6 months $70 - 12 months $110

* Better lesson help. Starting from today Ivan and Cosmin are responsible for helping you out in ANY lesson you might have problems with. It doesn't matter if the lesson is old or new, just ask in the lesson feedback and we'll get back to you asap (usually the same day - instantaneously if you see they are online).

* More community activities. Within the next months you will see the following: some instructors will have much more time devoted to you. In other words you will not only get new lessons from our core team of instructors but also accompanying collaborations, video chats and other cool forum stuff. Also waiting times for REC grading should decrease quite a bit.

You can expect even more cool updates the coming months ( downloadable backings, iphone app etc) - in general we will be putting more focus on the community - hopefully you will be as excited as we are about the changes!

This post has been edited by Kristofer Dahl: May 2 2011, 05:01 PM
Reason for edit: added: instantaneously if you see they are online


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Cosmin Lupu
post May 2 2011, 09:47 AM
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post May 2 2011, 09:58 AM
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Wow, that sounds really cool! Let me give you a few comments on the topics:

Lessons: I like the fact that there is a new lesson every day, I think this raises the chance for eversy musical taste to get at least on lesson in a certain style per week. I don't see how the quality can be raised even more, but let's wait and see smile.gif
I actually loved the last two "month themes" and hope this will continue, maybe with an Iron Maiden or Metallica month...?

Lower prices: Great plus, this will give me an opportunity to continue my private lessons with Ben. Question: I am now paying every three months...how can I change that to a once a year payment for 110 bucks?

Lesson help: Great idea! I usually ask the instructor who did the lesson via pm, but as some instructors left the site or are inactive for longer periods, this is a plus.

Activities: The more, the better. I'd love to see more collabs, seems to me like there were more participants in the collabs when we had more collabs than now...strangely enough. Video chats are awesome too, especially when they take place like three times a week or even more often. Also looking forward for faster rec grading, this gives me more motivation to submit some more videos there!

Downloadable backing tracks is a huge plus, although I figured out more than one way to get them when I need them wink.gif
If your budget permits, some more competitions would be cool too. They seem to raise the activity quite a bit.

All in all, great work!

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Kristofer Dahl
post May 2 2011, 10:05 AM
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QUOTE (Gitarrero @ May 2 2011, 10:58 AM) *
Lower prices: Great plus, this will give me an opportunity to continue my private lessons with Ben. Question: I am now paying every three months...how can I change that to a once a year payment for 110 bucks?


First cancel your ongoing plan:
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/help-cancel/

Wait until you no longer have video lesson access (In other words when the days you payed for have expired) then sign up to a new one:
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/signup/

You can also sign up for a new plan right away and you will still keep the "old days" you have payed for.

If you have any questions or encounter problems Justin will help you asap ( [email protected] ).


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Cosmin Lupu
post May 2 2011, 10:06 AM
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Good to hear that you like the ideas!

Regarding the lessons, on my behalf, I shall try to be as conceptual as possible, meaning that I'll try to come up with things that will improve you as a musician/ composer/ creator not only as a guitarist. Let music be our final goal!

I'm around for anything you need, so please do ask smile.gif


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post May 2 2011, 10:11 AM
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Thanks Kris, I just signed up for a new plan without cancelling!
Sounds great Cosmin, looking forward to your next lessons!
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post May 2 2011, 10:17 AM
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Sounds good mate. smile.gif
The new price plan may attract some new faces and a couple of old ones too who left coz they couldnt afford access.


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post May 2 2011, 10:34 AM
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Hey everyone! Listen, I wanted to let all of you know that if anyone has any questions or concerns please feel free to PM me or email me: [email protected]


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post May 2 2011, 10:51 AM
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This is all sounds exciting.. a Brave New World ! smile.gif That's great that it appeals to the community..

As for emailing Justin, I myself have often emailed him with bizarre questions and he's never let me down with an answer ! wink.gif


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post May 2 2011, 10:59 AM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ May 2 2011, 09:51 AM) *
This is all sounds exciting.. a Brave New World ! smile.gif That's great that it appeals to the community..

As for emailing Justin, I myself have often emailed him with bizarre questions and he's never let me down with an answer ! wink.gif



Wow, thanks Ben! smile.gif


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Kristofer Dahl
post May 2 2011, 12:10 PM
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QUOTE (Gitarrero @ May 2 2011, 11:11 AM) *
Thanks Kris, I just signed up for a new plan without cancelling!


Good to hear Christian! You should cancel the subscription though, to make sure you don't get double billed!


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post May 2 2011, 12:26 PM
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Seems interesting! If somebody has some questions, feel free to ask! smile.gif


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post May 2 2011, 12:51 PM
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That's some interesting & exciting updates for GMC & the community !


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post May 2 2011, 12:55 PM
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QUOTE (Kristofer Dahl @ May 2 2011, 01:10 PM) *
Good to hear Christian! You should cancel the subscription though, to make sure you don't get double billed!


Thanks for the advice Kris, I just did that, so everything should be fine now smile.gif


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post May 2 2011, 01:04 PM
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These are great news Kris, I'm sure many old & new members will be attracted by these changes cool.gif


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post May 2 2011, 01:07 PM
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You know what they say " The Only Constant is Change!". Never more true than in the word of Music and the World of the web. I"m very excited to heard about the new changes and look forward to the new focus as well smile.gif

Christian has some points. More collabs is always a good idea smile.gif I've got a couple in the works now that I'm going to spring on the community aside from our ongoing Quadrium collaboration project (Which everyone is more than welcome to join)


I can't wait to see the ipad/iphone app as well smile.gif Lots of exciting stuff on deck!

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post May 2 2011, 01:52 PM
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Keep the feedback coming guys - this is all about you and how we can involve you more and help make you better musicians!


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post May 2 2011, 02:29 PM
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All these changes sound good for me. When we're talking about lessons I definitely prefer quality over quantity - if it were the other way around I'd just keep watching Youtube videos instead of GMC. I find most GMC lessons very high quality already - glad to know we can get even better. smile.gif

Lower prices? Heck yeah, I sure ain't complaining about that!

About the lesson help and community activities - GOOD. I definitely enjoy the fact that we have a good spirit here - that GMC:s more than just a pay site for learning guitar. It's awesome that we have devoted teachers here to help us on our way.

Great news, Kris, great news. smile.gif
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QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ May 2 2011, 08:52 AM) *
Keep the feedback coming guys - this is all about you and how we can involve you more and help make you better musicians!


I think everything that Kris posted about is great. My only minor complaint about the lessons is the moving backgrounds in the video. To me, it doesn't add anything; it only distracts from the lesson.


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post May 2 2011, 03:24 PM
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Great news! smile.gif
Can I make a suggestion? I think that phrasing lessons should contain some theoretical information like "You should use these intervals to make that kind of feeling" or "The 4th step of the scale sounds especially good here". For example Lian's notes from Diabolic Black Metal Lesson:
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How to compose this? How to make a song sound Evil? There are many options, some easy, some require a lot of study and practice. Here are some basic concepts you can try: combine minor chords from a different scale. I combined C#m followed by Gm. I developed a melody during one chord (C#m) and when I fall to the other (Gm), I force the melody to a note of the scale of the new chord.


That would be great if every lesson contained that kind of advice smile.gif


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