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post Jan 11 2014, 03:49 PM
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Hello Mr Cosmin

Got another Rec for you! This one came up pretty good, and somewhat trouble free! Im still having trouble syncing the video properly though, always seems to be a bit off by the end of the vid. Cant figure out why!!



See what you think

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post Jan 12 2014, 03:20 PM
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I think it sounds very good man! Off to the REC with it! biggrin.gif That vibrato could've been a bit wider and more accentuated - just a tiny winy detail biggrin.gif But hell man, it sounds very well balanced and clean! Good work!


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post Jan 12 2014, 04:04 PM
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Great! I'll put it up right away!

Listening back, the vibrato is a little weak, Overlooked that I guess! I did have trouble getting the trills right. Not really my strong point so I'll have to work on them too!

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Always discovering the little details smile.gif biggrin.gif I know how it feels mate.. let's see the REC zone and grade you, then!


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post Jan 14 2014, 09:08 PM
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Hi Cosmin

I need your opinion on something. I've been working on the Slash Track again, and its giving me some headaches. we've spoken before about things not sounding right when its recorded. I've gotten a new guitar recently and there's something not quite right about it(Darius's comment in the Rec re-enforced my thoughts about it) Ive struggled to get a good playable action on it and it usual sounds slightly out of tune no matter how "in tune" it is. I've tried to rectify the problem but its just seems like an um-winnable battle.

So I took a couple rhythm tracks I've done recently for you to have a listen to. One without the bass, as I think that is making the problem even worse as I recorded it with the same guitar. Im curious what you think of it as I've heard it so many times and gotten so frustrated by it sounding "Wrong" I cant tell anymore! Im curious How your ears perceive it.

Thanks In advance

Tim
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post Jan 15 2014, 09:27 AM
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Hey Tim smile.gif I am on my laptop now - but I don't feel any wrong sounds, to be honest.. Maybe my ears should get a check? biggrin.gif Now, if you want to make sure of things - I would strongly suggest to take the axe at a guitar tech/luthier to set it up and check the intonation smile.gif You can try to do it yourself with the help of this little video here, but I'd go for pro help with this...

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/misc-less...uning-tutorial/

See video 5 wink.gif


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post Jan 15 2014, 10:31 AM
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Thanks Mate

I think I have learned a lesson here. I listened to it again this morning and I dont hear much wrong with it. (so your ears are fine too!) I've been approaching the situation the wrong way. There's been a lot of problems/worries/stress's on my side lately and everytime I go to work on some recording Im not in the best frame of mind. Add to that the frustration Ive gotten from trying to get good takes on this track, I've gone in with a negative felling and the results seemed to match what I was thinking.

I spent a couple hours on setting up the guitar last night. (darius has a great thread on the topic!) It didnt sound right when I was finished last night, but this morning It sounded better. It seems Ive expected the guitar to sound bad so my mind has made it happen!
I'd love to take it to a luthier, but ive searched around the area and there is nothing worthy even remotely close. So no go.

Ill keep going on the track, Maybe If I stay positive about it, it will all work out! biggrin.gif

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Ah smile.gif

The tricks our mind plays on us... Mate, I have started meditating in the morning - first thing after I wake up and get dressed. It takes about 5 minutes for the beginners such as myself and there's this exercise you can do which will help you with:

- emptying the mind
- increasing focus power

This exercise will improve your over all state of mind and make you feel more than great and able to do things smile.gif

1) Take a deep breath and let the air out twice while standing up on your two feet.

Become conscious of the center of your body - about 8 cm below your belly button and close your eyes.

Think of the number 1. Inhale, hold your breath and exhale slowly. Repeat until you reach 10. The trick is not to let your mind throw in ANY thought. It will be difficult at first but you have to focus. If while counting, ANY thought kicks in other than the number you are at, you have to start over. Don't set the bar at 10 for the first morning. Try to reach 3 smile.gif If you make it, try 4 the next morning and so on.

See how you feel after doing this. Pick up your guitar and try to practice while having THE SAME state of mind achieved after emptying it smile.gif

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Thanks Mate

I think I have learned a lesson here. I listened to it again this morning and I dont hear much wrong with it. (so your ears are fine too!) I've been approaching the situation the wrong way. There's been a lot of problems/worries/stress's on my side lately and everytime I go to work on some recording Im not in the best frame of mind. Add to that the frustration Ive gotten from trying to get good takes on this track, I've gone in with a negative felling and the results seemed to match what I was thinking.

I spent a couple hours on setting up the guitar last night. (darius has a great thread on the topic!) It didnt sound right when I was finished last night, but this morning It sounded better. It seems Ive expected the guitar to sound bad so my mind has made it happen!
I'd love to take it to a luthier, but ive searched around the area and there is nothing worthy even remotely close. So no go.

Ill keep going on the track, Maybe If I stay positive about it, it will all work out! biggrin.gif

Tim


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post Mar 17 2014, 07:57 PM
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Mr Cosmin!

Hello! Im Back! Where to begin??
7 weeks ago I had to do a spontaneous trip home to Australia. A few family matters came up that need my attention, A good friend was getting married, plus I hadn't been home in years so I packed up on short notice and vanished. Sorry bout that. I didn't even say bye!

Im back now, all is well. Picking up life where I left it. Im hoping that by the end of the week I'll be able to get working on guitar again. Get those finger tips hardened up. (yet again!)
Before I left I got most of the tracking down on the slash track and made a rough mix of it. It still needs a bit of work with guitar tones and mixing, but im happy with the way its working out! I'll post it here. I hope to have it done soon as im tired of working on covers, I'd like to work on my own tracks next! Ill also get going on some lessons again and get a REC done too.

Also, I liked your suggestion about the meditation! Im yet to start it, But meditation has been on my "to do" list for a while now so ill try to get started on it. You must be getting a lot better at it by now huh??

Otherwise, how is everything going for you in general and at GMC? Im sure there will be plenty of new stuff to catch up on!
Hopefully I can make the vid chat this week.

Catch you soon

Tim


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Hey mate! Welcome back! Wow, life is really exciting for ya, eh? biggrin.gif

Well, things are steady here, we are working on big collabs having me, Gabi and Darius involved and pretty much a lot of the students - these are very fun and they usually turn up epic! Take a lookie here and join if ya wish: https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...t=0&start=0

I'd be thrilled to hear some of your pieces mate smile.gif Throw your ideas in here if ya have some and about 'Starlight' - I like the tones and the interpretation a lot! For now, I have been listening on the laptop and I can't quite hear any bass yet, but I will also give it a go on the studio monitors and see if it's alright with that smile.gif

About meditation... well, I am a beginner too man smile.gif I am learning about myself and taking it slow. It is important to start - if you want to read something interesting on meditation and developing focus power, try this book: http://themartialscholar.yolasite.com/reso...0Philosophy.pdf

I learned a lot from it! smile.gif


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post Mar 20 2014, 03:28 PM
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Hey Cosmin

Good to hear all is well!
Thanks for the kind words, I do like the way starlight is sounding too, just needs some polish. The bass is in there, but probably needs to be turned up. I haven't had any time to start on guitar again this week, few too many other things to catch up on. soon though. maybe I can still catch the collab!.

Also cheers for the book recommendation! Looks very interesting!

Tim


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Ah, there's no hurry just yet mate - the deadline is April 10th, so you still have time wink.gif

Get settled with life and I will be here whenever you wanna start discussing your compositions smile.gif Also, start reading the book as it will provide valuable insight and exercises on using the power of focus and your ki.


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Hi Mr Cosmin

Got a quick Rec for ya! Been slowly getting back into it and toughening up those finger tips! This one came together relatively easily, Working on the theme of getting my general playing cleaner and more precise. See what you think.



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Howdy mate!!

I think you did a great job here smile.gif Post it if you will and I will grade 10 without hesitation! wink.gif

It's always good to keep your hands and mind in shape with stuff that is not that difficult to perform, in order to polish your expression smile.gif

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Hi Mr Cosmin

Got a quick Rec for ya! Been slowly getting back into it and toughening up those finger tips! This one came together relatively easily, Working on the theme of getting my general playing cleaner and more precise. See what you think.



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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Apr 6 2014, 06:43 PM) *
Howdy mate!!

I think you did a great job here smile.gif Post it if you will and I will grade 10 without hesitation! wink.gif

It's always good to keep your hands and mind in shape with stuff that is not that difficult to perform, in order to polish your expression smile.gif



Cheers man! I'll post it up

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QUOTE (Timmy b @ Apr 6 2014, 07:20 PM) *
Cheers man! I'll post it up


Perfect! See you in the REC zone wink.gif


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Hi Cosmin,

Hope your having a nice Easter break (If your schedule allows it) Oh, and if you celebrate it at the moment, Easter is celebrated at a slightly different time in Romania? or am I mistaken?
I've been busy lately, got another rec done yesterday. Pretty happy how it came up! Should have another one up today too if all goes well.




Also, I just noticed last night that your vid chats are no longer running. Is it for good, or will they make a come back??

Tim
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Hey Tim!

Well, Easter is occurring on Sunday biggrin.gif But we started a little holiday earlier wink.gif Now, I like the take, but I think that the part up until 0:18 can be perfected - there are some notes which are not heard that well when you play the legato phrases smile.gif Otherwise, great as usual! Get those in shape and it's good to go for the REC! wink.gif


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Hmm, damn those missing notes! Ill leave it for a few days and Ill take another look at it next week. Ill work on something till then.

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Ah, alright man!

It's not that bad - but you want perfection, right? biggrin.gif What else would you like to work on?

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Hmm, damn those missing notes! Ill leave it for a few days and Ill take another look at it next week. Ill work on something till then.

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