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Well, I'm sure that you note that some parts are more difficult for you than others, so if the question is "how to do my practice time more effective?", the answer is, take the difficult parts, write them down and focus your practice on these sections for 1 week. I don't mean that you don't have to play the whole lesson a few times every day, but you need to focus on the problem, discover why it's giving issues and work on it. Search for exercises that can help with it, and create variations of the part as exercises.

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post May 9 2015, 09:57 PM
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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ May 5 2015, 02:31 PM) *
Well, I'm sure that you note that some parts are more difficult for you than others, so if the question is "how to do my practice time more effective?", the answer is, take the difficult parts, write them down and focus your practice on these sections for 1 week. I don't mean that you don't have to play the whole lesson a few times every day, but you need to focus on the problem, discover why it's giving issues and work on it. Search for exercises that can help with it, and create variations of the part as exercises.

After a week, you will notice that your practice time has been very productive.

That makes a lot of sense, I should have thought of it myself! Ive been trying it for the last few days and its working out great. Im spending about an hour per day using the metronome with 3 of the parts which Im having difficulty with. Good idea, thanks dude.



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That makes a lot of sense, I should have thought of it myself! Ive been trying it for the last few days and its working out great. Im spending about an hour per day using the metronome with 3 of the parts which Im having difficulty with. Good idea, thanks dude.


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Gab, could you have a quick listen to these lessons?

Tasteful Blues lesson - I think it might be close but there's a couple of big bends in it and Im never 100% confident about my bends.



This one, Hendrix meets Frusciante is quite difficult to get the same as the lesson especially with all the wah. I dont know if I will get it to a REC level but it was cool learning it smile.gif
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Hi Bleez! Godo job with these lessons!

As you've already said there, your main thing to work on these ones is your bending. It's not bad but it's not totally consistent and these ones are very demanding so I think that both lessons are great choices to work on your phrasing. Vibrato is ok but sometimes it's not totally connected with the backing's groove, and that's the other thing I think you need to work, mostly on the second lesson: Groove. Your playing is lacking the groove that playing Hendrix/Frusciante style requires. Check how Adrian follows the groove with his hand and body to give his playing that perfect but organic timing.

Finally, I think that your tone could be more connected with the styles and backings. It need to be warmer, as it happens with both lessons. Experiment a bit with EQ to get something closer to Adrian or Ivan since I think that your tone is not fitting really well with the tunes. It's not bad off course, but there is room to make it nicer.



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y'know, Im finding that bends are one of the most difficult techniques to get right. Trying to pick fast is actually easier because its mechanical, you just go as fast as your synchronisation to the metronome allows and it's very obvious when you reach your limit but bends...... man!! I guess its more down to developing the ear for it. A lot of the times I can hear that Ive not hit the correct pitch but I cant tell if I'm bending too much or not enough.... its a pain in the ass cool.gif Ive been working on Ben's 'Pre-Bends' lesson on and off since I joined and it still sounds crap!

Im not too good at dialling in tones, it probably doesn't help me that Im using a Les Paul and SG on lessons where the instructors are using strats! I'll keep tweaking the tones on those lessons though, hopefully I'll get closer. Ive got a few of your lessons getting close to being ready to record hopefully the tones will be easier to match between both Les Pauls smile.gif

I'll get back to work on those lesson, Im sure I'll nail them soon cool.gif


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Yeah, bends are tricky. I don't know any other best exercise than this one to practice bends every day:



And off course many variations, and working the same concept over a backing track.

When working on guitar tone, I don't really mean that it should be exactly as the lesson, but for any reason the tone you set for these ones doesn't fit really well over the backings, and using the original as reference can help with the EQ even knowing that you will get a different colour based on the different guitar.


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hi Gab, Ive been working on the Tasteful blues lesson, took another video of it tonight -



Ive also recorded my progress on your Rocker riff 2 lesson. Ive been working on this one for ages tbh hopefully it's not too bad.



I know Im not really getting decent tones but I cant get anything very good with the ux1, I dont think my soundcard is good enough but it looks like I'll be getting the Pod HD 500x after all. So I should be able to have much better tones very soon smile.gif



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Hi Bleez! Great to see new videos from you!

The tasteful blues sounds good. There are 3 things to improve to get the most of it:

- Vibrato: Wider sometimes, and more regular other times.

- Dynamics: You are getting close with this but there is still more to get from the lesson.

- Tone: You knew this! Looking forward to see you rocking the Pod!


The rocker riff lesson sounds very good! I just can comment that the last solo could sound even smoother but it's ok, some alternate picking practice could help.




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cool, thanks for the feedback smile.gif I'll work more on the tasteful lesson and focus on the vibrato and dynamics more. Ive often felt my vibrato was quite a weak area.
do you think the rocker vid is good enough for a REC take or would it be better to work some more on it?


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If your question is if this take would pass, the answer is YES! It's a good take and it only needs that the solo section sounds a bit smoother. By the way, REC is not about passing, it's about receiving different points of view and suggestions. wink.gif


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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ May 30 2015, 04:47 PM) *
If your question is if this take would pass, the answer is YES! It's a good take and it only needs that the solo section sounds a bit smoother. By the way, REC is not about passing, it's about receiving different points of view and suggestions. wink.gif

yeah...... but I dont wan to to embarrass myself by uploading a take I think is good only to find that Im miles out cool.gif Im never totally confident in my playing, especially if there are any bends involved rolleyes.gif

Ive been trying to improve the tasteful blues / rocker lessons. I 'think' the tasteful one has a little better vibrato ( in some places ) than last time and I just tried to play the rocker one more relaxed as I tend to push it a bit when the camera is on.






Tone wise - Im expecting my new pod 500x to arrive on Wednesday smile.gif I cant wait to get it fired up, Im sure it will make me sound awesome!

As a side note - there's a UK stoner blues band called ten foot wizard. they are quite a new band, Ive been listening to them for a while. They just released their second independent CD and it is pretty damn good! I thought they might be to your taste as well. you should check out the first track from their CD.


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Awesome work Bleez! This is what I call "focusing on details"! and this is the kind of work you need to do on the next days. I can notice how you are concentrating on each vibrato note and bend on both notes and this has a big impact in your playing, you definitely need to continue working like this. And this, combined with a better tone will be killer! Can't wait to see you playing with the new device.

Thanks for the link to the song. I'm listening to it right now, and it sounds promising! Good groove and nice guitar tones.

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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Jun 1 2015, 01:41 PM) *
Awesome work Bleez! This is what I call "focusing on details"! and this is the kind of work you need to do on the next days. I can notice how you are concentrating on each vibrato note and bend on both notes and this has a big impact in your playing, you definitely need to continue working like this. And this, combined with a better tone will be killer! Can't wait to see you playing with the new device.

Thanks for the link to the song. I'm listening to it right now, and it sounds promising! Good groove and nice guitar tones.

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Thank you sir smile.gif I will definatley look at the Guthrie bending approach. I have a couple of GMC lessons which Ive been working on for over a year now and it's just the bending which is preventing me nailing them. I really need to make some progress on that technique rolleyes.gif

I think I can squeeze out some more improvements to the Tasteful blues lesson so I'll work some on that one before submitting for a REC take. The Rocker lesson, I think I will upload it for a REC take ohmy.gif Im feeling brave!! smile.gif



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QUOTE (bleez @ Jun 1 2015, 04:04 PM) *
Thank you sir smile.gif I will definatley look at the Guthrie bending approach. I have a couple of GMC lessons which Ive been working on for over a year now and it's just the bending which is preventing me nailing them. I really need to make some progress on that technique rolleyes.gif

I think I can squeeze out some more improvements to the Tasteful blues lesson so I'll work some on that one before submitting for a REC take. The Rocker lesson, I think I will upload it for a REC take ohmy.gif Im feeling brave!! smile.gif



hehehe great! It's a very good idea to focus on bending now that we noted that it's the main thing giving problems to master lessons. The exercises that I've shared will help. Please try them for a few days and let me know how you feel.

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hey dude smile.gif I had another recording session with the tasteful and poorman lessons. I still cant get the same 'bite' to the tones especially in the poormans blues lesson but hopefully the playing has improved a little over the last attempts.

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Hi Bleez! Awesome improvements!! It's really inspiring to see how much your tone has improved. It's deeper and warmer, and makes your overall playing much more enjoyable. Your expressing techniques are also much better on this ones! I can see that both your vibrato and bending are more controlled and connected with the backings.

All great things to say about you mate, congrats my friend!! smile.gif


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hey gab, just wondering if you have ever added real stomp boxes to your HD500?
I was thinking about getting a couple of Tone City overdrive pedals ( they are cheap at the moment over here ) and using them instead of the pods overdrive / distortion.
Just wondered if it was something that you had tried at all..... not sure if they would sound the same through the pod as they do through a normal amp.
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Hi Bleez, I've done this before with overdrive and wah wah and it worked great. I've read a lot of stuff about using tube screamer overdrive before an amp simulator to get better results.

I don't like the overdrive pedals emulated by pod, so adding some extra stompbox for this could really work. If it's possible try before buying. wink.gif


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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Jun 11 2015, 01:59 PM) *
Hi Bleez, I've done this before with overdrive and wah wah and it worked great. I've read a lot of stuff about using tube screamer overdrive before an amp simulator to get better results.

I don't like the overdrive pedals emulated by pod, so adding some extra stompbox for this could really work. If it's possible try before buying. wink.gif


Cool smile.gif Im planning on a similar set up to what you had then as Id also put in my cry baby as well with the overdrives. Its good to know that it's possible.
thanks mate.


** forgot to say, thanks for the detailed feedback on the poorman take. I should have seen all the issues myself but sometimes I think I focus so much on one part, like getting the bends, that I dont notice other stuff quite as much. But I can see all the points you mentioned and I'll keep working on them until I nail it smile.gif

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