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post Jul 26 2012, 06:14 PM
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Hi kklee100!! Welcome to your Gab's Army thread!!

Could you please tell me a bit about you, your musical tastes, influences, strengths and weaknesses? I would need some videos of you playing rhythm and solo guitar, so please post your best material here. If you have some music or ideas of your own, also post them here. Also let me know how you think that I can help you and what are your expectations for our job. You can check the other Army's thread to discover the different modalities of this project.


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post Jul 27 2012, 05:02 AM
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Thank you for accept me.

I am 36 and play guitar on and off for years but not good.
I love metal, for example, stratovarius, avantasia, X japan...etc. ( Are they called neoclassical,melodic, speed metal bands?)

My goal is to be able to play the songs of my favorite bands, including rhythm and solo. (I think it is very difficult for my level now)
I have many weakness, including theory, timing, picking technique, speed...almost everything....

Initially I want to focus on metal rhythm, that is why I love your power metal series so much!!
And I recorded some of my playing on REC.
I will post the link later. Sorry.

Thank you so much!!
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post Jul 27 2012, 10:24 AM
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Here is my REC.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3K78mKYiUU...mp;feature=plcp
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtsykZjJpTw...mp;feature=plcp
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0igUsZrX_uQ...mp;feature=plcp
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbs68glJeXI...mp;feature=plcp

Now I am working on "basic metal rhythm guitar" by Marcus Siepen.
Can you give me some instructions? Thanx!!
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post Jul 27 2012, 06:46 PM
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3K78mKYiUU...mp;feature=plcp

This lesson sound good. There are three things thaty I will comment. First, I note that your right hand is a bit rigid when you are picking, try to relax it a make the alternate picking movement smoother and from the wrist. The second thin to improve is your vibrato, which is being done mostly from the fingers instead of from your wrist. Finally I note that some bends don't reach the correct pitch...

Check this video:



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtsykZjJpTw...mp;feature=plcp

This lesson has some timing issues in the fastest riffs and also in the last melodies..... try to practice it at slower tempos until you master the timing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0igUsZrX_uQ...mp;feature=plcp

The helloween style lesson sounds VERY good. Onlye the last part could be tighter.... it's a 9.5 for me.. wink.gif

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbs68glJeXI...mp;feature=plcp

This one also sounds good but need more practice to sound smoother... mostly in the bridge and chorus.



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1. It is my take on "Basic metal rhythm guitar" by Marcus Siepen.
I didn't record it with a backing track because of different tuning.
Thanx for your comment!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5cyTnZUIqE...mp;feature=plcp

2. I am practicing your German power metal III: Gamma Ray. It is difficult for me because of all down picking at 185 BPM.
It is better for me at 160 BPM. Do you have any suggestion? Thanx!!

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QUOTE (kklee100 @ Aug 5 2012, 12:40 PM) *
1. It is my take on "Basic metal rhythm guitar" by Marcus Siepen.
I didn't record it with a backing track because of different tuning.
Thanx for your comment!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5cyTnZUIqE...mp;feature=plcp

2. I am practicing your German power metal III: Gamma Ray. It is difficult for me because of all down picking at 185 BPM.
It is better for me at 160 BPM. Do you have any suggestion? Thanx!!



Good take on the Siepen's lesson! Your take sound consistent most of the time. The rhythm that needs some more practice is the galloping, I think that you lose your timing and precision on that section. Then I note some power chords in which only sound 1 string, but it's nothing too serious... the overall is very good. wink.gif

Regarding the down picking, turn on a metronome or program a drum loop and practice it every day.... the only secret is practice. If you want, you can post a short video playing some down picking riffing to check your right hand movement.


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This is my take on German power metal III Gamma Ray.
I slow it down to 95% of original speed.
Hope I can advance to full speed later.
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Hey mate! This is sounding really good! Well done! It's time to increase a bit more he tempo. smile.gif
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Hello Gab,
I am practicing Stratosphere by Stratovarius recently.
It is very fast to me. But I love their neoclassical style.
And I want to build my speed. Do you have any lessons for me to practice?
Thanx!!
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QUOTE (kklee100 @ Jan 23 2013, 02:38 AM) *
Hello Gab,
I am practicing Stratosphere by Stratovarius recently.
It is very fast to me. But I love their neoclassical style.
And I want to build my speed. Do you have any lessons for me to practice?
Thanx!!



That sounds great! Please work on this lessons:

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Linear-Shred-Zone/
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guit...evels-beginner/


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Thank you Gab, it is time to practice.
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QUOTE (kklee100 @ Jan 23 2013, 11:19 AM) *
Thank you Gab, it is time to practice.



yeah! keep me updated. smile.gif


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I uploaded my REC here:
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...mp;#entry629934

Thank you for your comment.
Maybe my vibrato is not enough...
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QUOTE (kklee100 @ Jan 27 2013, 12:51 PM) *
I uploaded my REC here:
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...mp;#entry629934

Thank you for your comment.
Maybe my vibrato is not enough...



Hi mate! I already commented your take there! wink.gif


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I upload my video of "Linear Shred Zone" 60% speed.
I can't play 100% speed now. 60% speed is my most comfortable speed right now.
Can you tell me what my drawback is? Thank you very much!!
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Hi mate, the lesson is sounding well but if I'm not wrong you are starting your Alternate picking movement from your fingers, instead of your wrist. Am I right? Are you moving your fingers?


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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Mar 6 2013, 09:44 PM) *
Hi mate, the lesson is sounding well but if I'm not wrong you are starting your Alternate picking movement from your fingers, instead of your wrist. Am I right? Are you moving your fingers?


So I should only move my wrist and keep my fingers fixed? So that is my problem...
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QUOTE (kklee100 @ Mar 6 2013, 09:26 PM) *
So I should only move my wrist and keep my fingers fixed? So that is my problem...


Exactly! Your movement must come from your wrist and elbow, not from your fingers. This is how you will be able to play consistently and fast.

Check Paul's right hand movement:



Some tips about alternate picking:

• It basically means alternation between downstrokes and upstrokes
• It can also help your timing for funk rhythms.
• It lets you use your mind to other things since the motion can be automated.
• Get in the habit of holding the pick between your thumb and your forefinger.
• Keep the exposed area of the pick to a minimum. (for precision)
• Try to do the movements the smaller than possible.


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Thanks Gab, I will watch the video.
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QUOTE (kklee100 @ Mar 8 2013, 06:35 AM) *
Thanks Gab, I will watch the video.


Ok, please work on this issue and share a video with me to see if you are doing it well. wink.gif


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