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Cosmin Lupu
post Mar 9 2012, 09:02 PM
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Hey man! biggrin.gif here ya go - your very own personal mentoring thread!

Why don't we start with you telling me about your goals and knowledge so far? tongue.gif

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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Mar 9 2012, 09:02 PM) *
Hey man! biggrin.gif here ya go - your very own personal mentoring thread!

Why don't we start with you telling me about your goals and knowledge so far? tongue.gif

Cosmin


Hi there! How cool is that! Thank you! biggrin.gif

Getting right on your questions :

Goals :

Off course there is the most common goal I share with I think every member to this site. I want to get better on guitar. tongue.gif
But seriously - to achieve that I need to subdivide this one into smaller, easier reachable goals.

1. Technique

- Legato playing
( it was never my strength ) I always thought alternate is the real deal, being influenced by players that I like to hear (Steve Morse, Petrucci to give you an example) I based my focus on alternate picking, where I think I am pretty good so far tongue.gif .

- Advanced Tapping
String Skipping Taps Sequences , Scale Tapping Sequences. To get some new tools to add to my improvising vocabulary.

- INSIDE PICKING
I need to improve that

2. Musical

- My main goal here is to get a better understanding of more advanced improvisation concepts.
I want to get a deep understanding on modes and melodic minor scaling and when and especially WHY I can use them at a certain point in the music. I have the feeling that I am stuck there at the moment.

-If I will get better at the previous point, I hope that it will have effect on "self adjusting" already known Scales. From my understanding you can base any scale-variation to the basic ionian/aeolian scale. You just modify them. I want to do this on the spot. biggrin.gif Right now I think too much while adjusting. biggrin.gif

3. Discipline

-I am usually spending at least an hour a day rehearsing gmc lessons and other guitar stuff. On the weekends its sometimes more. It depends on how much I need to work.

-I want to film at least one gmc REC Video a month. I surely want to do more, but I can not really record myself at home. I need to be in the rehearsing room for that. That will give me just one day on the weekend for that.


I could write all night on that list, but I think it should give you an overview and a point to start with. biggrin.gif

To my actual knowledge:

Hmm. It is hard to answer that. But I try. biggrin.gif

I have good knowledge in :

- Basic Scales
- Penta Scales
- Alternate Picking
- Sweep Technique
- Arpeggio Shapes 5, 6 and 7 String
- Timing / Timing Signatures

That should also be enough to start with I think. tongue.gif

What do you think Is a good way to start? Currently I just practice gmc lessons as they come.

Thanks again for Mentoring me biggrin.gif ! I am excited tongue.gif !

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Cosmin, you must be doing something right... you haven't even started mentoring yet and Stefan's already submitted an awesome REC !! wink.gif


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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Mar 11 2012, 10:43 AM) *
Cosmin, you must be doing something right... you haven't even started mentoring yet and Stefan's already submitted an awesome REC !! wink.gif


Whoaa man, I'm watching it now biggrin.gif dunno what I did but I think he did it first laugh.gif


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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Mar 11 2012, 11:55 AM) *
Whoaa man, I'm watching it now biggrin.gif dunno what I did but I think he did it first laugh.gif


Yeah, maybe Stefan should set up a mentoring thread for us ! biggrin.gif


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Stefan biggrin.gif I need a little time to think man, I mean, in that REC take you kinda played flawless smile.gif we can start dealing with modes, for the moment and see what else comes up wink.gif

I think it's best to start from here, so what do you say mate?

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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Mar 11 2012, 11:43 AM) *
Cosmin, you must be doing something right... you haven't even started mentoring yet and Stefan's already submitted an awesome REC !! wink.gif



QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Mar 11 2012, 12:55 PM) *
Whoaa man, I'm watching it now biggrin.gif dunno what I did but I think he did it first laugh.gif



QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Mar 11 2012, 01:15 PM) *
Yeah, maybe Stefan should set up a mentoring thread for us ! biggrin.gif



QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Mar 11 2012, 05:27 PM) *
Stefan biggrin.gif I need a little time to think man, I mean, in that REC take you kinda played flawless smile.gif we can start dealing with modes, for the moment and see what else comes up wink.gif

I think it's best to start from here, so what do you say mate?

Cosmin


First of all - thanks to all of you for your kind words. smile.gif They are very welcome and greatly appreciated biggrin.gif .

But back to the subject biggrin.gif : Yes Cosmin I would like to start dealing with modes. Sounds like a cool idea.
I am looking forward to it! Onwards! laugh.gif

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Alrighty man! biggrin.gif first of all - what do you know about modes and how have you been using them so far?


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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Mar 13 2012, 10:20 AM) *
Alrighty man! biggrin.gif first of all - what do you know about modes and how have you been using them so far?


Hey Cosmin,

ok... here is what I know. Sorry if its a little unstructured, but I think you will see my gaps best this way. tongue.gif

First of all there are 7 Modes :

ionian, dorian, phyrgian, lydian, mixolydian, aeolian, lokrian.

ionian is equal to natural maj . and aeolian to natural minor.

If I start with the C-ionian scale I get :

C D E F G A B . If I harmonize the scale I have : Cmaj7 Dm Em7 Fmaj7 G7 Am7 Bm7b5.

I proceed now with numbers : 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 starting with Cmaj7 as 1.

The Fingerprint of a C-ionian scale is : halftone steps between 3 and 4 ; 7 and 8
The Fingerprint of a A-aeolian scale is: halftone steps between 2 and 3 ; 5 and 6.

In regards to the fact that both Scales share the same tonal material - its the order of the halftone steps what makes the different sound. I think its the same with all the other modes.

For example if a Song is in Fmaj, which has a Bb in it. I am able to play in the F-ioninan Scale off course.
But if for some reason a Fmaj7 occurs I am able to switch to the C-ionian Scale, which makes the Sound F-lydian, because the C-ionian Scale has no Bb in it, but a natural B. And that makes the sound.Right? huh.gif

So far my theoretical knowledge ( And I just think that I am right tongue.gif ) in practical it is even more difficult.
I stick to my example :

Song is in Fmaj. ... Fmaj7 comes, thinking begins. ok... Fmaj7 minus 4 Steps...ahh ok Cmaj. play in C man!! Noooo, already over..... Song is transposed to Gmaj.....ultimate brain meltdown begins! laugh.gif

If I have MUCH time to sort out the different parts of a Song, I might be able to add some mode sounding melodies to it.
But Modes are not part of my improvisation knowledge. And I want them to be ! biggrin.gif But I don't know where to start.

Thats it ! biggrin.gif




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Hey Steve biggrin.gif

in my opinion, when we're dealing with with modes we have to use our ears A LOT wink.gif Here's what I'd like you to start with:

1) Let's start with the first 4 of the 7 modes, which I covered in my video chat sessions until now:

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...39243&st=80

Take a look at the characteristic scale degree of each mode and the sort of chords each mode can be played against wink.gif

2) Try to sing that/ those notes against those types of chords biggrin.gif

When you can sing those notes it means you can hear them, thus include them in your licks

Let me know how this process goes, at a first glance and we'll dive into it with more details, k?

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Hi Cosmin!

Thats some cool stuff ! I will get into this biggrin.gif . And I will keep you posted.

Thanks man! biggrin.gif

cheers,

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QUOTE (steve-rec-freak @ Mar 17 2012, 01:28 AM) *
Hi Cosmin!

Thats some cool stuff ! I will get into this biggrin.gif . And I will keep you posted.

Thanks man! biggrin.gif

cheers,

S.


Great man smile.gif we can go into details once you get the hang of this, so tell me when you're ready wink.gif

have a great weekend

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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Mar 17 2012, 08:40 AM) *
Great man smile.gif we can go into details once you get the hang of this, so tell me when you're ready wink.gif

have a great weekend

Cosmin


Yeah man smile.gif. I will dig into this over the weekend. I will get back to you if questions occur. And I am pretty sure
that they will occur laugh.gif !

Have a great weekend too!

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QUOTE (steve-rec-freak @ Mar 17 2012, 04:55 PM) *
Yeah man smile.gif. I will dig into this over the weekend. I will get back to you if questions occur. And I am pretty sure
that they will occur laugh.gif !

Have a great weekend too!

cheers,

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Hehe! Thanks bro, I'm here for ya whenever you need me wink.gif


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