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DarkWaveRiffer
post Apr 5 2012, 07:21 AM
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April - 3 - 2012
half hour of MRO

April-4-2012
1.5 hours of MRO

Sorry too tired to write any more. update later.


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DarkWaveRiffer
post Apr 6 2012, 06:34 AM
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April-5-2012
2.0 hours of MRO 1st part.
Played along with the video. Could keep time, but still had trouble with harmonic part.
I will be working with Cosmin, and my guitar teacher that I see Saturday to make adjustments.




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post Apr 6 2012, 06:47 AM
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QUOTE (DarkWaveRiffer @ Apr 6 2012, 05:34 AM) *
April-5-2012
2.0 hours of MRO 1st part.
Played along with the video. Could keep time, but still had trouble with harmonic part.
I will be working with Cosmin, and my guitar teacher that I see Saturday to make adjustments.


Mornin' mate! Great to hear that you could keep up with the video! Let me know how it goes biggrin.gif

Cosmin


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post Apr 8 2012, 07:22 PM
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Friday Apr-6-2012
2 Hours MRO part 1 - Lesson learned. Look at tab carefully. I missed some rests, and it threw me off on the section, and now I have to relearn it with two critical up strums.

30 min - G Major Scale exercise created by Alex Feather

Saturday Apr-7-2012

1 Hour
Guitar Practice with teacher
Tabbed out a riff I heard in my head
worked on upstrokes

1 Hour
MRO part 1 getting better with upstrokes, and tying in to section.


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post Apr 8 2012, 09:22 PM
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It's a shame the practice blogs were removed, I derive motivation from threads like these. Keep it up, Sir.


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post Apr 8 2012, 11:37 PM
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QUOTE (dark dude @ Apr 8 2012, 03:22 PM) *
It's a shame the practice blogs were removed, I derive motivation from threads like these. Keep it up, Sir.


I am glad its motivational not just for me.


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post Apr 9 2012, 04:44 AM
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This is cool man, my fingers are itching for strings, reading your posts. Keep it up!
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post Apr 9 2012, 06:44 AM
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QUOTE (DevilsWolf @ Apr 8 2012, 10:44 PM) *
This is cool man, my fingers are itching for strings, reading your posts. Keep it up!



I am glad people are finding my journal inspirational. This is just the early stages.

Apr-8-2012

MRO
2 Hours - Getting more comfortable with the 1st part. Can play with the backing track at 50%. I will start increasing the speed next time, as well as start the second part.


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post Apr 9 2012, 08:43 AM
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Great stuff man! Keep it going wink.gif


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post Apr 10 2012, 06:37 AM
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Apr-9-2012
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MRO - Played at 50% first part. Concentrated on clean sounding, getting rid of extra noise from notes that shouldn't be ringing.
Upstrokes is getting more fluid, and comfortable with. I am hoping to reach critical mass with the first part that will carry over into the other parts, and won't take as long as the first part is taking. I focused on my problem spots, and hammered it over and over. I will make a recording tomorrow.


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post Apr 10 2012, 11:01 AM
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QUOTE (DarkWaveRiffer @ Apr 10 2012, 05:37 AM) *
Apr-9-2012
1 Hour
MRO - Played at 50% first part. Concentrated on clean sounding, getting rid of extra noise from notes that shouldn't be ringing.
Upstrokes is getting more fluid, and comfortable with. I am hoping to reach critical mass with the first part that will carry over into the other parts, and won't take as long as the first part is taking. I focused on my problem spots, and hammered it over and over. I will make a recording tomorrow.


Maan biggrin.gif this is getting really interesting! I think you are very accurate in observing issues and this is a good thing as this will lead to certain progress wink.gif keep up the good work man!

Cosmin


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post Apr 11 2012, 06:34 AM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Apr 10 2012, 05:01 AM) *
Maan biggrin.gif this is getting really interesting! I think you are very accurate in observing issues and this is a good thing as this will lead to certain progress wink.gif keep up the good work man!

Cosmin



Apr-10-2012
1H 20min
Worked on MRO with backing track. I feel I am pretty much in time with the drums. I know I can still tighten up my playing.
Have a goodnight. Let me know what simpler teaching videos you recommend. Also let me know when I can proceed to the next part of MRO.
Thanks!


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post Apr 11 2012, 09:33 AM
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QUOTE (DarkWaveRiffer @ Apr 11 2012, 05:34 AM) *
Apr-10-2012
1H 20min
Worked on MRO with backing track. I feel I am pretty much in time with the drums. I know I can still tighten up my playing.
Have a goodnight. Let me know what simpler teaching videos you recommend. Also let me know when I can proceed to the next part of MRO.
Thanks!


Hey man! Let's take it to your thread wink.gif


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post Apr 12 2012, 06:17 AM
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1 Hour
MRO Part 1
50% of original speed X5 times
60 X5 times
70 X5 times
80 X10 times too fast.
75 X10 times too fast
70 X5 times
65 20 times good speed
70 X 50 good till about 30 then started getting tired.
played without backing track, played slow to reduce any strings that should not be playing, especially the low D.

I start to play just the 1-3 finger octave chords moving up/down the neck to make sure I don't hear the D,B,E.

I notice playing along with the backing track, and instructor I am getting more fluid, less thinking, and more playing.


1 Hour
G Major Scale - I learned 3/4th of the scale. This is a lesson tailored to me by Alex Feather. Doesn't seem like the typical scale, so I can only surmise that it contains the notes from the scale just laid out in a way that tests string skipping, ostinatos, and finger stretches.

Practice felt good today. I felt the journey moving forward.

This post has been edited by DarkWaveRiffer: Apr 12 2012, 06:19 AM


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post Apr 13 2012, 06:07 AM
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1 Hour
MRO
slow practice
It was hard to stay slow. I found myself starting to speed up. I did find more fluidity, and as I was going faster, it felt more natural.

Need to find out the tone he is using for this piece.

50% for 10+ times with instructor led audio with backing track.
60% for 10+ times, felt very good and in time.
70% for 10+ times, felt good, kept time, and felt like it was a little slow for me.
80% for 10+ times, I could keep up with the first part with no problem, the second part gave me a little touble with the opens, I could sync up at the end. I definitely feel the movements as natural now, and not a struggle.
90% first part fine, but trip up with the repeat of the 3 open palm muted D notes.

1 Hour
G Major Scale

practice a few times up to where I left off. Nice, and slow.

Learned the whole scale, so 2 hours to learn the G Major scale. Now to practice it all the way. I have the scale down. I just need to make sure I am picking it correctly.


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post Apr 17 2012, 05:44 AM
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April 13

I came up with some ideas for some songs. I am not going to count this hour, but I will keep track of it. I will call this a improvising hour.

MRO
1 Hour
50% speed X 30
60% speed X 30
I got inspired and inverted the MRO to a cool little riff I came up from it, actually two of them. (30 minutes of that)
70% X 10 good timing, and rhythm.
80% X 30 felt good, tone feels off though.


April 14
1 Hour with Instructor

Apr 16 2012 -
30 mins
G Major Scale:
11111111111(feeling smoother)11111111111= 23 reps. Feeling more fluid, except for the end. I can't place the fingering, seems akward.

1H 30 Min
MRO
15 minutes worked on X5XX pattern. My guitar teacher came up with some exercises to help me with some of the trouble parts I am having with MRO. Where there are rests he added the scratching so I could see the timing. It didn't take me long to catch up, and take out the extra scratches, and work on using the metronome.
Metronome
40 BPM (5 mins)
X5XX pattern
30 BPM (10 mins)
playing the 5-3 transition to 11-9.
40BPM (10 times)
50 BPM (10 times) good
60 BPM (10 times) good
70 BPM (10 times) good
80 BPM (10 times) good
90 BPM too fast
85 BPM (10 times) good
90 BPM (10 times) good, I turned up the metronome so I could hear the clicks better, and I was able to get it.
100 BPM 10+ times)good
110 BPM ( 10 times ) pretty good, but lost timing a little bit. Backing down to 105.
105 BPM (20 times+) good.
I then spent about 10 minutes tying it in and seeing how it felt. My goal is to get my right hand constantly, and in rhythm like a pendulum moving, and syncing it up with my left. Looking much better. Lots of value from this piece. I also now see the value of a metronome. It really helped me a lot. I understand what they mean by playing slow to a metronome over and over, and you will get fast. It forces timing.


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post Apr 17 2012, 07:31 AM
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QUOTE (DarkWaveRiffer @ Apr 17 2012, 04:44 AM) *
I then spent about 10 minutes tying it in and seeing how it felt. My goal is to get my right hand constantly, and in rhythm like a pendulum moving, and syncing it up with my left. Looking much better. Lots of value from this piece. I also now see the value of a metronome. It really helped me a lot. I understand what they mean by playing slow to a metronome over and over, and you will get fast. It forces timing.


Hehehe smile.gif it sounds like a discovery journal man! I read this every morning when I usually take care of GMC business biggrin.gif glad to know it's working out! Let me know when you got something for me smile.gif

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post Apr 18 2012, 05:20 AM
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33 Hours total - April April 17.

1 Hour
Playing Metal Metrics 4

Getting familiar with the song. Much easier than MRO.
1 Hour
30 min
G Major Scale
1111111111111111111= 20 reps


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post Apr 18 2012, 10:00 AM
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Ahoy mate! Glad to know Metal Metrics 4 is getting in your system smile.gif


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post Apr 19 2012, 06:40 AM
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April 18th
1H 30min
Worked on new material from Gab, and scales from Alex. While I was practicing the G major scale I accidentally came across some notes to Silent Night. This was one of the first songs I learned on Piano when I was a kid. Honestly I only knew two songs. Silent Night, and Chop Sticks (easy part). It was kind of weird because this is the first time I actually figured out part of a song by ear.

Cosmin, Do you think you could write out the up, and down picking on the first part of metal metrics? I also like to break things up per bar, and I am having trouble doing that with Metal Metrics 4. I only count 7 notes in the measure for the first bar. I know you are busy, so if you can't, I can wait till I see my instructor on Saturday.



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