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Ben Higgins
post Mar 8 2012, 04:39 PM
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Greetings warriors ! There is excitement in The Temple as we unveil the new challenge ! ph34r.gif

Task 7 : https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Classic-Punk-Ramones/

We're going punky this time as you will be getting to grips with some up tempo chord changes ! There is also quite a bit of palm muting and fast down strokes so it's quite a physical riff fest this week ! smile.gif

This will test your fretting hand with the chord shifts.. try to keep them in time and as tight as you can.

As always, I'm here if you need any help. Grab your guitars and rock out !! cool.gif


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post Mar 8 2012, 05:05 PM
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Ha a punk lesson from Gabriel, that's exactly what the kind of music I'm working on at the moment (I'm doing a cover of California Uber Alles from Dead Kennedys with a friend) smile.gif Couldn't be better.
I'll do my best to make a good rec, I need to work on timing as it is a big issue for me... (slowly with metronome blablabla rolleyes.gif )

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post Mar 14 2012, 01:20 PM
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Sorry Ben I'm not able to complete task this week. My wife and I are having a combined 40th this weekend and so much to do here. I'll see if I can catch up next week. Hey Ben seeing as I'm 40 end of the week do I get any old man credits? biggrin.gif
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post Mar 14 2012, 02:21 PM
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QUOTE (zoom @ Mar 14 2012, 12:20 PM) *
Sorry Ben I'm not able to complete task this week. My wife and I are having a combined 40th this weekend and so much to do here. I'll see if I can catch up next week. Hey Ben seeing as I'm 40 end of the week do I get any old man credits? biggrin.gif


Ok.. I'll let you off... seeing as you're 40 I'll be generous and only break the little finger on your picking hand so it won't affect you too much wink.gif

I'm too nice, I really am smile.gif

You'll have to let us know the exact day so we can wish you a happy birthday wink.gif


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post Mar 15 2012, 11:43 AM
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Hu ho we are already thursday ! ohmy.gif
I'll be uploading a take... Right now ! I don't wanna face Sensei Ben's wrath !
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post Mar 15 2012, 12:42 PM
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QUOTE (Olivier777 @ Mar 15 2012, 10:43 AM) *
Hu ho we are already thursday ! ohmy.gif
I'll be uploading a take... Right now ! I don't wanna face Sensei Ben's wrath !


Wise desicion Olivier.. you'll be needing those fingers ! tongue.gif


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post Mar 15 2012, 05:33 PM
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Here is my take, I had fun with this one !



it would have been ready earlier if I didn't realize at the last minute that Gabriel plays this at 180bpm instead of 160 ! ohmy.gif Which was a complete new challenge for me.

Here I still have a few issues to work on...First my picking hand is too tense, and my palm muting also needs work. 2 days ago I was wondering why I had some sort of "woofy" bass sound when palm muting so I started asking myself hundreds of questions like :

- Does it come from too much bass on my amp/preamp/EQ settings ?
- Is it my cab and/or choice of microphone which creates this ?
- Do I need to make a new pod farm tone to see if I reproduce this ?

After checking all of the above for countless hours I think I found the unbearable truth : the problem came from me ! huh.gif My picking hand was too close to the bridge which caused the strings to vibrate for a longer time...

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post Mar 15 2012, 06:52 PM
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Hey Olivier, thanks for your take... very rockin' ! cool.gif

I wondered if you are able to play this lesson using only down strokes for the main riffs ? That would be a good challenge ! It's the way Gabriel plays it in the lesson and most likely the way the bands like the Ramones would play it too.

Your alternating strumming technique works too.. there's nothing wrong with that but the down stroke approach may be worth exploring smile.gif However, it may be because of the fast tempo you chose alternate strumming ?

In some places you went ahead a bit, so you have plenty of energy in reserve ! Try to lock into the beat more and be careful of rushing ahead.

Your palm muting is good. I like the fact that you looked closely at what you were doing and found your answers. You are right.. if you hold your hand too close to the bridge then you don't mute the strings as much and the notes ring out more. If it's too close to the neck then it can be a bit boomy and you lose the notes.. there is a sweet spot somewhere in the middle smile.gif



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post Mar 15 2012, 07:39 PM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Mar 15 2012, 06:52 PM) *
Hey Olivier, thanks for your take... very rockin' ! cool.gif

I wondered if you are able to play this lesson using only down strokes for the main riffs ? That would be a good challenge ! It's the way Gabriel plays it in the lesson and most likely the way the bands like the Ramones would play it too.

Your alternating strumming technique works too.. there's nothing wrong with that but the down stroke approach may be worth exploring smile.gif However, it may be because of the fast tempo you chose alternate strumming ?

In some places you went ahead a bit, so you have plenty of energy in reserve ! Try to lock into the beat more and be careful of rushing ahead.

Your palm muting is good. I like the fact that you looked closely at what you were doing and found your answers. You are right.. if you hold your hand too close to the bridge then you don't mute the strings as much and the notes ring out more. If it's too close to the neck then it can be a bit boomy and you lose the notes.. there is a sweet spot somewhere in the middle smile.gif


Your feedback is reassuring ! I feel like I am on the right path here. Attached Image

Regarding my strumming I tryed to play it like Gabriel does in his slow motion videos, now that you mention it I have to admit I didn't look closely at his main video until now, I should be able to play this lesson only with downstroke. I'll look into that later smile.gif
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post Mar 25 2012, 08:09 PM
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Sensei, as promised I have a take for this assignment, too.
I read in your response to Oliviers take, that Gabriel is using all downstrokes for the main riffs.. Am I missing something here? Because it doesn't look like he's doing that.. huh.gif



Do you think I'd get a REC pass for this one?

Now to Assignment 8 asap...
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post Mar 25 2012, 08:33 PM
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QUOTE (mad @ Mar 25 2012, 07:09 PM) *
Sensei, as promised I have a take for this assignment, too.
I read in your response to Oliviers take, that Gabriel is using all downstrokes for the main riffs.. Am I missing something here? Because it doesn't look like he's doing that.. huh.gif



Do you think I'd get a REC pass for this one?

Now to Assignment 8 asap...


OMG you are right and I was totally wrong.. I just re-checked the original ! I don't know what I was thinking.. poor Olivier ! ohmy.gif

That is a fantastic take.. I would definitely submit it for REC cool.gif

I really like your chunky palm muting.. you're really good at that !



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post Apr 5 2012, 07:47 PM
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Sensei, here's my take for task 7.

Note to self: Practice while standing at least a little each day. rolleyes.gif



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post Apr 6 2012, 08:55 AM
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QUOTE (MossRoller @ Apr 5 2012, 07:47 PM) *
Sensei, here's my take for task 7.

Note to self: Practice while standing at least a little each day. rolleyes.gif



Hey, that was really super tight, I'm really impressed !!

I haven't really got anything to add... stop being too good !! Haha laugh.gif

Yes, about standing up... I always try to practise standing up. It can be tiring but I find that if I spend too much time (especially if I'm working on a technique) sat down, when I go to stand up it feels like I've got to re orientate myself for quite a while and I lose some of the confidence that I had in the technique, which is annoying.

If you're just playing around or composing, or even just memorising a new solo or lesson I think sitting down is cool for that, but for the real drilling of technique it's useful to get used to doing it stood up as early as you can smile.gif


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post May 28 2013, 11:52 PM
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Hi Ben!!

Here is my take!!

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post May 29 2013, 09:12 AM
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QUOTE (alexpabue @ May 28 2013, 11:52 PM) *
Hi Ben!!

Here is my take!!



Hi Alex, this is really good.. very tight rhythm playing. Try to make those chord changes smoother around 0:15 and 0:17. The middle chord (F#5) seems to get lost during this section. So make sure that each chord leaps out smile.gif


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