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post Apr 21 2012, 12:01 PM
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All the best Carmine! I wanted to congratulate you on your consistency and REAL improvement man! Keep it up! It's a pleasure to work with you!

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post Apr 21 2012, 06:51 PM
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Cosmin
thanks for the kind words and encouragement.
While I continue to work on the easy AC DC lesson, I need a suggestion from you.
I really see a lot of improvement in my playing so what i should do now? Keep working on the lessons posted, start learning some theoretical lessons (Ivan has posted a lot of tutorial on this), doing some hands workout (kind of Ben's lessons) or try my own favourites (the David Gilmour tutorials for example)? I know it should be a mix of all, but time is limited. What is the best way to reach my aim of playing my favourite tunes?

Once again thanks for all the help.

Carmine

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post Apr 22 2012, 02:58 PM
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Hey Carmine! In my opinion, you should stick around with the sort of lessons you are practicing now smile.gif it's a level which needs a bit more work to be completed so to say. After that you can advance to more complex concepts both theoretical and practical. Bear's lessons proved useful, so stick with them a while more wink.gif

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post Apr 25 2012, 11:47 AM
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Cosmin
thank you very much for your comment on my last REC.
I was tapping my foot and I think I know where my problem is. While playing a chord I am thinking next one to play, should be fine. But actually I do not think about next chord, I worry about next chord. I still I am not relaxed when I play, generally. I am really tense when I record. Of course I have to improve, and a lot, the technical aspect, however I think also this tension aspect will play a role. What do you think?

Wish you a great day. Regards,
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Hey Carmine smile.gif I suspected there would be a little tension involved, when shooting the takes wink.gif

I suggest that you record as often as possible and why not, play in front of friends and family - it will be pretty tricky at first, but you will get used to having an audience - be it a real one or the folks online here at GMC smile.gif

Try this, it will be fun! What are you currently working on?

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Thanks Cosmin,
will follow your suggestion. Actually I started playing always with the camera on, so it will be an use.

Regarding lessons. I am studying:
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Beginner-Spring-Tune/

Probably I should also start another lesson, I want to have a break from the lessons i was on earlier to came back to them later on. Any suggestion?

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EDIT:
actually I will try to learn some songs now. Just for fun. I will keep you informed

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Oh, alright Carmine - you know, you can record and send me anything in this thread, so if there's any particular song you'd like to share with me, please go ahead smile.gif

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Cosmin, goodmorning.

Can you let me know, anyway, next lesson we will work on, please? I will start listening to it and internalize it. A very important part of the learning process, often neglected by me. As I said, I will go back to the previous lessons after on.

Have a wonderful day,
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Hey Carmine - let's try a combination of melodies and articulation, ok?

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/D-Minor-Bending/

I am striving to push you just a bit with this one smile.gif it'll be a little more difficult but with a little work, you'll be there for certain.

what do you think?

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Nice and (but) challenging. Thanks.
I have already two questions.
1) D major scale: There is an E note "out of the box", how do you play it when learning the scale? Do you shift your hand so that first finger is on the 9th fret of the G and then go back to the "normal" 10th position, or else?
2) Can you help me with the tone of amp/effects?

Once again thanks.

I wish you a lovely week end,
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Hey Carmine! Glad you like it man smile.gif

yes, that E note is played with the index finger indeed, then the F with the middle finger and the G with the pinkie smile.gif

regarding the sounds - first things first, what are you using to record?

all the best and let me know

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Cosmin,
I am using a POD HD 500.

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Dear Cosmin,
I have post a video in the rec with the "spring tune".
Also, I have started Ben vibrato odyssey 5, the basic vibrato lesson. I am also on the lesson you suggested me plus today Sinisa lesson, seems great, do you think is worth trying it as well since I love riffing?
Regarding tone, I really would like to learn about different guitar sounds. I need to do "in my way", I mean,
I play just in my living room with headphone, nothing fancy. Just would like to recreate kind of blues, rock sounds, so when I play Gilmour I know how to use the compressor and when playing U2 I know about delay and so on.
I use, as said, pod hd 500. I have few modelling software.also a small valvetronix vox, a small and tiny Marshall with few Boss pedals and the line6 echo park for the Edge delay.

On another matter, I will send you, today a pm, I hope you can read it.

Have a great Sunday and thanks SO much for all your help. Regards,
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Hey Carmine, I think you did a VERY good job on the Spring tune. Your progress is boosting somehow laugh.gif I really don't know what you're doing at home but it's obviously result oriented biggrin.gif

The tone you used is very good (the one in the beginner Spring tune) the best advice I can offer, since I have a feeling that you are already using this, is to use your ears when creating your tones - compare with the result you are aiming for and always start from the main elements: bass, mids, highs and gain. These are the only things I am using when coming up with a raw tone. There are all sorts of parameters involved when you want to use an EQ, but I don't have any experience in telling you exactly what to tweak for a certain result. If you need more info on using an EQ I would strongly suggest you to PM Tony Miro here on GMC. He is a sound engineer biggrin.gif

All in all keep up the good work man! Sinisa's lesson looks like a challenge, I think it may be a bit too much at this point, but hey, who says you can't try?

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Goodmorning Cosmin, how are you?

here my question for today. I think I know the answer but really would like to listen to an answer from someone who has far more experience and ability than me.

I have studied a lesson for the REC (an old Santana lesson). I could play it from beginner to the end at full speed but I did not like it. So I guess, instead of rushing and try to record soon I should slow it down it a bit and try more. But, assuming I am correct, how? Just playing slower and then move up gradually or something else?

Thanks in advance. Have a great day. Regards,
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Hey Carmine smile.gif I think that slowing it down and trying to get a hold of all the sensibilities in the piece, with your newly acquired skills, will offer a totally different result, a much better one smile.gif

Yes, go with it this way and when you think it's at the top notch level and what's more important - you are feeling good with what you recorded, give me a shout and we'll analyze it together smile.gif

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Cosmin
here the Santana (by Lucio Antolini) lesson played at 75 bpm. The actual lesson is 100bpm. There is a lot to improve. However I think that some part of it are difficult to play at slower speed.



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Hey Carmine,

first of all take care at the bends, as a great number of them are under the tone and it is very noticeable especially while recording against the track.

I think this would be the main issue right now - let's take care of this, k?

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Ok.

Will try more.
Thanks for letting me know.
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