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Todd Simpson
post Oct 4 2015, 02:26 AM
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CONGRATS SOLDIER!!!! Great to see you back in the fight!!!

QUICK QUESTION: What are these two picking drills that you are using as benchmarks? Can you make me a vid showing them to me? My concern is that they could be drills that don't lend themselves to picking increases.

Now then, let's DEBRIEF!!!

This is well played Soldier!! I did notice that you are switching up your picking toward the end of each string for some reason, but it still works. Just looks like more work.

I also noticed that on your double picking run, you are single picking the sliding note instead of sliding down between the beats and double picking on the landing. Still, these are minor concerns in the grand scheme. The most important thing is to head to your next mission with anger and intent!! You've got some good momentum going!

MEDALS OF HONOR

1.)Very spiff right/left hand synch
2.)Solid palm mute and no extra string noise
3.)Aggressive style

You are one Mission away from your first DOUBLE CHEVRON badge Soldier!!!!!!

Congrats Soldier, you just ...

LEVELED UP!!

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post Oct 4 2015, 02:52 PM
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Thanks sarge cool.gif
I didnt notice the change in picking at the time. It wasnt intentional! However, this lesson was the most difficult so far. I think the slide really confused me huh.gif
I wasnt too sure how to do the double picking with the slide. Usually I watch other peoples vids to see how they do it but I didnt find any for that one. Now that you point it out I can see where the double pick on the slide should be. I dunno why I didnt figure it out at the time. Lesson 12 is just evil wink.gif
Are there any vids of lesson 13 kicking around? Ive been looknig at the tab and it's a monster!


One of the main lessons I use to check my progress is Gabs Sabbath lesson. The section at 0.46 - 0.52 is the bit which is killing me. Its basically 3 'simple' licks which, I think, are 16th note triplets at 90 BPM. Licks 2 and 3 are the ones I concentrate on because lick one is beyond me and Ive been playing it with pull offs. Here is me playing it at 80 BPM - my fastest. It could be cleaner. Ive been playing this at 80 bpm for at least a year, I just cant seem to increase it. ( I Play the 3 licks then repeat licks 2 & 3 )


If I play lick one without the pull offs, Im down to about 65 BPM. Im not sure whether to just forget about the picking on that one and go with the pull offs, it might sound close enough if I ever get it up to full speed.


Heres another pattern I use for checking progress - however, Im doing better with this one! its a six note lick and Im playing it at 85 BPM. I dunno why I can play this one much better than the sabbath licks - I guess some patterns are just more awkward. On a good day I can get this one up to 90bpm.


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post Oct 5 2015, 03:40 AM
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Thanks for the info Soldier!!! You are in luck!! Lesson 13 was the inspiration for my first GMC video lesson! You can watch the vids and download the tabs here .

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Picking-In-Thirds/

As for your two examples, you are playing them quite well. The second one might be a bit better for working up pick speed simply due to the construction of it. The first one has more fingering involved so it's working many aspects at once beyond picking. The second one is a really good way to work on picking. Even if you just keep it in one spot. I love that lick. It's how i work on picking smile.gif

Quick tips:
move it up to higher strings

don't overdo any one pick strike, think of them as a group of fluid strikes.

don't dig in to far beneath the string threshold. Your pick shouldn't dip far below the string. Just barely touch the string with the tip of the pick. Enough to make it vibrate.

Allow yourself some "free floating" time where you simply push your speed with timing it. It will sound very very sloppy. But it's just a way of pushing your fingers a bit so that they are ready when the metronome starts again. Essentially playing beyond your ability to allow your brain to form pathways that aren't there yet. That way as you approach that level with the metronome, there will be a pinch of muscle memory in place smile.gif


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post Oct 5 2015, 08:18 AM
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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Oct 5 2015, 03:40 AM) *
Thanks for the info Soldier!!! You are in luck!! Lesson 13 was the inspiration for my first GMC video lesson! You can watch the vids and download the tabs here .

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Picking-In-Thirds/


Cool! I didnt recognise the pattern when I first seen that lesson. I'll start on that tonight smile.gif
thanks for the tips, hopefully I'll get those licks nailed at some point.


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post Oct 5 2015, 06:52 PM
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Try cutting the pattern in two octaves. Work on the first octave up and down til your fingers are feeling ok with it, then work on the second octave by itself. Once you have both, it's easy to marry them together smile.gif Well, not "easy" but it's less of a brain fry to be sure!

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Cool! I didnt recognise the pattern when I first seen that lesson. I'll start on that tonight smile.gif
thanks for the tips, hopefully I'll get those licks nailed at some point.


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post Oct 25 2015, 05:25 PM
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hey sarge, lesson 13 vids.
single pick


doubles


Ive almost got it with the backing track you posted for the lesson playing it at the 12th fret. Its really good to play so Im keeping it as part of my overall picking practice smile.gif


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post Oct 25 2015, 11:47 PM
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Great to see you on the Battlefield Soldier!!! This is a TOUGH MISSION and it's great to see you tackle it. It combines a lot of things in to one lick so it shows a lot of different skills at once.

Now then, let's DEBRIEF!!!


MEDALS OF HONOR

1.)Planted right hand while articulating the pick with finger and thumb. Nice!
2.)TIGHT Right/Left Hand Synch
3.)No extra string noise, tight space gap between notes.

Congrats Soldier, you just GOT YOUR SECOND CHEVRON and..

LEVELED UP!!

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hey sarge, lesson 13 vids.
single pick


doubles


Ive almost got it with the backing track you posted for the lesson playing it at the 12th fret. Its really good to play so Im keeping it as part of my overall picking practice smile.gif


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post Oct 26 2015, 09:06 AM
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biggrin.gif go me!
Thanks Sarge. that is a brilliant pattern to play. you can get locked into it and just play it over and over, like some sort of Buddhist monk of shred smile.gif

I might go back to an early lesson and see how I play it now in comparison. I thought it would be a good way to check my progress.


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post Oct 26 2015, 10:20 PM
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It does have a bit of a Zen quality to it smile.gif It's almost a meditation to play it on a loop. Going back is always good smile.gif Seeing how much you've improved may shock you!

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biggrin.gif go me!
Thanks Sarge. that is a brilliant pattern to play. you can get locked into it and just play it over and over, like some sort of Buddhist monk of shred smile.gif

I might go back to an early lesson and see how I play it now in comparison. I thought it would be a good way to check my progress.



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