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Cosmin Lupu
post May 13 2012, 11:42 AM
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Aloha Mert biggrin.gif

alright man, this is your spot so, let's see - first things first, would you like to approach things from a technical perspective only or would you like to focus on theory or other things as well?

Out of what you told me, technique would be your main interest at this point, but I am asking since I would like to know where you would like to travel in your musical journey smile.gif

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post May 13 2012, 12:21 PM
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Hi Cosmin,

I have had classical guitar education for 8 years and I have been playing the classical guitar for over 20 years now. So from theory side I am pretty well educated and comfortable. I have a pretty solid fretting hand as well. I would like to focus for now on technique, mostly for the picking hand.

Speed is my main problem and things like inside picking, sweep picking, alternate picking with string skipping are things I can do but I would like to be comfortable with these techniques at a shredding speed..

Looking forward to our journey smile.gif
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post May 14 2012, 11:43 AM
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Alright Mert! We shall start from the outside in smile.gif by that, I mean to take things in a slow but surefooted way.

the main points of focus will be:

- relaxation
- precision
- movement economy
- dynamics

This being said, let's start with a simple two note per string pentatonic pattern which I attached in this post.

It is based on 16th notes and you may start at a tempo which feels the most comfortable at the moment smile.gif I am thinking that we should agree on a particular BPM goal, ok?

let me know what you think wink.gif

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post May 14 2012, 12:08 PM
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Hi Cosmin,

I think the plan you suggest sounds excellent! I will have a look at the exercise you attached for the coming days. For me a good starting pace would be 100bpm. I don't know what the goal should be, let's say 140bpm to start with?? It is best if you set some goal for me and I will do my best to achieve that smile.gif

I will post a video once I achieve it or if I can't within a week I will still post a video as best as I can do it and wait for your feedback..

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I think 140 is awesome biggrin.gif Send the first vid when you shoot it at 100 BPM and we'll take it from there wink.gif

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Hey Cosmin,

Here we go. The pentatonic 2 strings exercise at 100bpm.



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Hey Mert, this sounds very clean and accurate smile.gif it is not really necessary at this stage, but focusing on moving both your hands less and less will bring enormous benefits.

Let's see the next one biggrin.gif

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post May 17 2012, 10:17 AM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ May 15 2012, 06:53 AM) *
Hey Mert, this sounds very clean and accurate smile.gif it is not really necessary at this stage, but focusing on moving both your hands less and less will bring enormous benefits.

Let's see the next one biggrin.gif

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Here we are. Pentatonic scale exercise with 2 strings at 130bpm.

Cheers smile.gif
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Hey Mert, this sounds good man! You choked a few notes but you kept the timing which is very good. Now, this whole deal is just a matter of practicing more wink.gif


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post May 20 2012, 01:20 PM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ May 18 2012, 07:06 AM) *
Hey Mert, this sounds good man! You choked a few notes but you kept the timing which is very good. Now, this whole deal is just a matter of practicing more wink.gif

Hi Cosmin smile.gif

How is it going? So here we are, pentatonic 2 strings exercise at 140 bpm.

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haha biggrin.gif Great timing man! And very tight played! You are pretty awesome man biggrin.gif now, let's change things a bit wink.gif you have noticed that the exercise takes each 4 notes of each pentatonic box one after the other, right? What if we would shift the exercise on the next pair of strings smile.gif meaning A and D - would you be up for it? 140 is our goal as well wink.gif

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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ May 20 2012, 04:33 PM) *
haha biggrin.gif Great timing man! And very tight played! You are pretty awesome man biggrin.gif now, let's change things a bit wink.gif you have noticed that the exercise takes each 4 notes of each pentatonic box one after the other, right? What if we would shift the exercise on the next pair of strings smile.gif meaning A and D - would you be up for it? 140 is our goal as well wink.gif

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Thank you Mater Cosmin smile.gif I am honored to hear good compliments from a guitar player like you smile.gif
Ok I will work on the next pair of strings with 140 as my goal. Will post something slow, around 110-120 first.

May the force be with you smile.gif
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Hehehe biggrin.gif man, you are awesome yourself! I feel like I am inserting a coin and the prize comes out from the machine when I see your progress biggrin.gif


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post May 24 2012, 10:54 AM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ May 20 2012, 05:06 PM) *
Hehehe biggrin.gif man, you are awesome yourself! I feel like I am inserting a coin and the prize comes out from the machine when I see your progress biggrin.gif


Hello Master Cosmin smile.gif

Here is my take on the new exercise. Pentatonic exercise on B and E strings. I skipped low speeds, uploading my take on 130 bpm. Next will be at 140, hopefully tongue.gif

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Almost perfect mate biggrin.gif try the 120 once wink.gif but it has to be flawless, k? wink.gif


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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ May 24 2012, 10:05 AM) *
Almost perfect mate biggrin.gif try the 120 once wink.gif but it has to be flawless, k? wink.gif


All right, here we go, at 120 bpm. It is so hard to make it flawless biggrin.gif



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Almost there man! biggrin.gif Well, In the mean time, I told you something about some arpeggios played by using sweeping 3 strings, right?

Try this idea on for size - harmonize the C major scale using these positions and sweep through the shapes:

E--3---------------5----7----------------8----
B-----5---------6----------8---------10----
G--------5---7----------------9---10----

for instance, or re-arrange them so that you will always start on the G string going up towards the E string and then back again for the follwoing shape smile.gif

What do you think? What tempo shall we aim for this one?

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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ May 25 2012, 02:27 PM) *
Almost there man! biggrin.gif Well, In the mean time, I told you something about some arpeggios played by using sweeping 3 strings, right?

Try this idea on for size - harmonize the C major scale using these positions and sweep through the shapes:

E--3---------------5----7----------------8----
B-----5---------6----------8---------10----
G--------5---7----------------9---10----

for instance, or re-arrange them so that you will always start on the G string going up towards the E string and then back again for the follwoing shape smile.gif

What do you think? What tempo shall we aim for this one?

Cosmin


Hey Cosmin,

Thanks smile.gif I will post my pentatonic exercise at 140 bpm in the coming days. In the mean time yes I need to practice some sweeping. Basically sweeping and inside picking are two things that stop me from being fast. So this exercise is very nice. I don't know what tempo to start this or what to aim for. In the GMC lessons this kind of sweeps are usually done at say 120 bpm with 16th notes, but that seems a bit too out of my reach at the moment. What do you think? You tell me and I will work towards it smile.gif

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Start playing it at 100 BPM - 8th notes smile.gif go up until you reach your limit biggrin.gif then go down 10 units (playing 16th notes now, k?) and start building up from that point on biggrin.gif


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post May 28 2012, 11:58 AM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ May 25 2012, 02:55 PM) *
Start playing it at 100 BPM - 8th notes smile.gif go up until you reach your limit biggrin.gif then go down 10 units (playing 16th notes now, k?) and start building up from that point on biggrin.gif

Hey Cosmin smile.gif

Here is pentatonic exercise on B and E strings at 140 bpm.

I didn't quite understand your suggestion on the sweeping exercise tempo, what I will do is I will start at 60 bpm with 16th notes and try to reach in the end 120 bpm. But that will take a long time tongue.gif so I should also be working on another AP or sweep exercise in parallel to that. As you find fit my master smile.gif



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