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Cosmin Lupu
post May 2 2012, 04:21 PM
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Hey Miguel!

I am a grunge lover myself and I like SOAD and Tremonti's works as well!

Mate, I would really appreciate it if you could provide some links with you playing - video or audio smile.gif I am curious to know where we should start and this would help a lot! wink.gif

You sound like more of a lead player, right? tongue.gif

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post May 3 2012, 01:48 AM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ May 2 2012, 03:21 PM) *
Hey Miguel!

I am a grunge lover myself and I like SOAD and Tremonti's works as well!

Mate, I would really appreciate it if you could provide some links with you playing - video or audio smile.gif I am curious to know where we should start and this would help a lot! wink.gif

You sound like more of a lead player, right? tongue.gif

Cosmin


Thanks for replying so soon! That really motivates me!
I must let you know that since my teen years are gone and I am now a full working dad with a healthy soon to be 3 year old I am quite time starved....nevertheless, I will give it my best!

I'll work on the video, never ever done one so we'll see how that goes...hmm, what should i try to play...

Actually, I WISH I was a lead player....that's my frustration...I have never really understood scales or how to use them in a chord progression...you see since I never really stuck to practicing with consistency , I just settled for picking up tabs and playing the songs I liked...when I got to the solo though.....that's another story....so I even gapped 6 months to a year between my playing because of frustration only to pick it up and land in the same place.... mad.gif

Glad you're here to help!
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post May 3 2012, 09:51 AM
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Hey man! No worries wink.gif I am here biggrin.gif try to play anything that comes to mind going through rhythm and lead and just shoot it so I can hear the sound and see you play. No fancy arrangements required wink.gif

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post May 5 2012, 05:47 PM
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OK...got a small video....no leads though! I've never been able to do that! I wish!
I just got a section of the song Teasin' PLeasin' from 89' , band is Dangerous Toys...I just thought I remembered it more or less so I gave it a shot....then a little of STP Meatplow.....I don't think it's quite right but at least hopefully it can give you a feel...

I haven't played in a long time again so I'm eager to scrape the rust from my stiff fingers and get rolling!

Can you please suggest how to embed a video? I did it in iMovies but I think standard Quicktime export will be a huge file size...how do you commonly do it?

Cheers!

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Hey Miguel! First things first wink.gif don't worry man! We are here to take the rust off your fingers, so in order to be able to do that, I must first see HOW MUCH rust is there, or, if there is any at all smile.gif

Now, you should first set up a youtube channel and upload it there, after that click the EMBED option in the SHARING menu available for your little uploaded movie and paste the code in this thread so I can see it smile.gif

If you wish, I can provide a link with more details on how to set up a Youtube account smile.gif

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post May 6 2012, 03:26 PM
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Thanks Cosmin!
I already have a Youtube account , but I have never uploaded a video.....is there any chance I can make it private?
I mean, does everyone have access to whatever I put up there?

Thanks for the patience with this noob!

Cheers!
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biggrin.gif yes it is - Unlisted is how the option is called and you should see it once the video starts uploading wink.gif then, you can send the link to me and only you and I will see it biggrin.gif


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Here you go!

Let me know if it works....it's my first time uploading on the Tube!

Cheers!

http://youtu.be/5FbfNhwTP8M
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It works mate biggrin.gif you seem like a tight player smile.gif I like what I am hearing wink.gif I notice you are very determined and surefooted when playing biggrin.gif (I must admit I am in love with that sounds made by the strings when they are hit hard)

Anyway, I think you got what it takes for a good player wink.gif

I suggest that in order to get the ship floating, we should focus on theory/ technique/ articulation and some phrasing examples.

What's your favorite technique man?

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post May 9 2012, 01:27 AM
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Thanks Cosmin!
Wasn't really expecting that feedback! smile.gif

Herein lies the problem.....I have not done much theory or technique at all...just reading tabs and playing what I can....whenever it got too hard or got to a solo I could only sigh and jump to another....I have tried an instructional book here , another there, but never stuck enough with any to make progress...same goes with gear....I basically know how to use the amp distortion and the clean sound....besides that, I have so much to learn!!! biggrin.gif

With your help I'll try my best to focus and practice as required to improve my playing...I'm a clean slate! happy.gif

As far as technique goes I have a weakness for octaves...i love trills and just wish I could do sweep picking!
But again, although I've learned some major scales through time , I've never really understood how to use them sad.gif

Here's to improving!!! Cheers!!

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Hehehe! Let's get to it mate!

I will stress the importance of theory once again smile.gif and your first assignment will be the following:

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Triads..._Series_Part_1/

this series of lessons will help you in understanding the theory behind harmonizing a scale.

Have you ever heard of this concept? If not, let's discuss a bit smile.gif

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I've heard of it but do not really understand it or know what it means.
I'm going to immediately review triads again from my fretboard logic theory book (based on CAGED) to help me better understand the video (theory-wise).

I'll let you know my thoughts on the subject ASAP!

Thanks! biggrin.gif
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Looking forward to your post and in the mean time - harmonizing a scale means replacing each step of the scale with a chord instead of playing a single note.

We would be using only notes belonging to the scale itself, so out of this idea, we get the following formula:

Major minor minor Major Major minor diminished Major

For instance, in the case of C major the chords harmonizing the scale are: C major D minor E minor F major G major A minor B diminished C major

Let's see smile.gif what would the chords used to harmonize G major be? Your turn biggrin.gif

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Errr...G major A minor B minor C major D major E minor F diminished and G major?

So you're explanation definitely helps me understand the concept....nevertheless I'm going to have to remember how to produce a minor and diminished since although I've probably used them while playing by tabs I can't easily recognize them. I think I'll nail it down quick, I'll just need to dust off my old "Fretboard Logic".

Practicing and posting soon!
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...aaaand your answer iiiis CORECT biggrin.gif great to see you're handy with these, man! Alright, I'll be waiting for your post smile.gif anyway, the formula for the minor is 1 b3 5 and for the diminished, it is 1 b3 b5 - try these for Am Bm and F#diminished

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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ May 11 2012, 07:01 AM) *
...aaaand your answer iiiis CORECT biggrin.gif great to see you're handy with these, man! Alright, I'll be waiting for your post smile.gif anyway, the formula for the minor is 1 b3 5 and for the diminished, it is 1 b3 b5 - try these for Am Bm and F#diminished

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Hey Cosmin! First of all gratz for your band! Liked em on Facebook....you guys rock!
Long story short ...Im hopefully back for good...I got frustrated with the lesson, eventually got into my old habit of trying to play songs and eventually gave up! Theres no way around it...have to take the hard road!

Just wanted to check in...kinda embarrased, but hopefully you'll stick with me! I love the guitar too much...I have to make this work!

Ill be working on the lesson and posting soon! Cheers!

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Hello Miguel smile.gif Indeed mate, there is no way around it wink.gif

No worries, I will stick with you mate! All you have to do is work for yourself and your playing skills smile.gif


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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Jun 19 2013, 07:51 AM) *
Hello Miguel smile.gif Indeed mate, there is no way around it wink.gif

No worries, I will stick with you mate! All you have to do is work for yourself and your playing skills smile.gif


Finally got it done and does it feel good! I get tense when Im recording so sorry for the fractured playing...but I think I got it right...at least it "sounds" right.

Here's the link!

http://youtu.be/JOHrJldvfZI

Cheers!

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Hehe biggrin.gif Good work mate! I see you got the shapes, but now, it would be great if you could record this lesson against a metronome!

Set a tempo of about 60 BPM to start with and record the lesson as it is played in the original recording - you need to focus on timing and shifting the whole chord position not each finger at a time wink.gif

The slower you work, the faster you will be able to progress - keep that in mind and please record the lesson with a metronome, deal?


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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Jun 24 2013, 01:00 PM) *
Hehe biggrin.gif Good work mate! I see you got the shapes, but now, it would be great if you could record this lesson against a metronome!

Set a tempo of about 60 BPM to start with and record the lesson as it is played in the original recording - you need to focus on timing and shifting the whole chord position not each finger at a time wink.gif

The slower you work, the faster you will be able to progress - keep that in mind and please record the lesson with a metronome, deal?


Hello again Cosmin! I'm not quitting this time! tongue.gif
I've added the clip a little slower at 50 bpm, just wanted to make sure I pace myself.

http://youtu.be/MwktQ7uD0Fo

I realize I'm really wobbly in some parts and that I botched that last run in the high strings ...somehow when I realize I'm recording myself I bear down the weight of the world on me! Very hard to focus...It's amazing actually! Anyways....I can tell you it's flowing right now...and I'm glad you sent me up to face the metronome! I can REALLY feel and "hear" the improvement as I'm practicing now.

Cheers!

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