> IS THAT YOUR MAMA?

Nope didn't think so either. We all know parents don't get this.

I can show you how to be the virtuoso your folks could only dream about, but I first need your help:

* Pm me and I will show you where to start. I am online every day and I will help you out directly!

* Join my mentoring program. I will customize your learning experience in a way you haven't experienced before. We will have regular contact so that you can remain inspired every day and eventually reach a new level.

* Join my next video chat! GMC startpage holds a video chat schedule. We always cover a lot of ground and have fun. Remember that you don't need any previous knowledge, and you can be passive in the chat.

* Jam with me - you will find active collabs here.

* Post a topic on this board, guitar related or not - doesn't matter! You will find that chatting with instructors boosts your motivation to practice.

* You haven't missed my latest video lessons, have you?

* Oh and did you know that to become a killer guitarist you just need to focus on one thing? Everything
else is secondary. Pm me and I will explain.

5 Pages V   1 2 3 > »   
Reply to this topicStart new topic
> John72's Essential Guitar Training
Cosmin Lupu
post Aug 13 2012, 01:41 PM
Post #1


Instructor
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 22.808
Joined: 14-June 10
From: Bucharest
Member No.: 10.636



Hey John,

thanks again for choosing me mate smile.gif

Well, in order to be able to express ourselves we should learn how to understand and speak a language. Music is a foreign language too, right? The letters are the notes and the words and phrases can be built using notes smile.gif

This is the way I see things - now tell me a little bit about what you know regarding theory and we will take it from there.

Let's rock!

Cosmin


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
John72
post Aug 13 2012, 02:47 PM
Post #2


Learning Roadie
*

Group: Members
Posts: 75
Joined: 13-September 11
From: Florida
Member No.: 13.866



Yes! A language that I speak well enough to have simple conversations, but my accent is TERRIBLE! laugh.gif

As far as theory goes, I can build scales using formulas, and can then find the basic triads from the scale. I pretty much stick with minor and minor pentatonic. I've yet to venture into the modes too far.

I know when improvising to stick with the chord tones, which is always major or minor for me. Sometimes, if I get REALLY crazy, I might go for a 7th. but otherwise VERY simple.

And, I'm pretty weak in practice, so I've got to plan ahead most of the time.

Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Cosmin Lupu
post Aug 14 2012, 09:43 AM
Post #3


Instructor
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 22.808
Joined: 14-June 10
From: Bucharest
Member No.: 10.636



Hehehe biggrin.gif Well, the idea here is that you have to get your ears accustomed to using certain sounds tongue.gif

So, I suggest we focus on ear training and associating the sounds with positions - applied theory, which will consist in analyzing various musical contexts and drawing information out of there.

In the same time, we can focus on technique - which one is your favorite? You need to get your hands ready to react at what your ears tell you biggrin.gif

Cosmin


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
John72
post Aug 14 2012, 02:34 PM
Post #4


Learning Roadie
*

Group: Members
Posts: 75
Joined: 13-September 11
From: Florida
Member No.: 13.866



You're absolutely right. Ear training and theory is without a doubt my weakest area, and I'd like to work that area most. Although, I'm always willing to improve technique as well. I've never been able to build the speed needed to play more complicated stuff (without getting really sloppy.)

So I'm ready to work on whatever you give me !
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
John72
post Aug 14 2012, 06:46 PM
Post #5


Learning Roadie
*

Group: Members
Posts: 75
Joined: 13-September 11
From: Florida
Member No.: 13.866



After thinking about it more, string skipping and tapping are techniques that I'd like to be able to incorporate more into my improv rather than just building speed simply for the sake of playing fast.
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Cosmin Lupu
post Aug 15 2012, 09:12 AM
Post #6


Instructor
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 22.808
Joined: 14-June 10
From: Bucharest
Member No.: 10.636



Good morning man!

To start off with the simplest but efficient ear training exercise, here's what you will have to do:

1) Choose any note and find all the places where you can find it on the neck
2) Start a metronome at about 60BPM quarter notes
3) At each 'First beat' out of the 1, 2, 3, 4 play and sing the name of the note, each time in a different position on the neck
4) Increase tempo once you can go through all the positions 3 times in a row without any mistake
5) The faster you are, the better you can react to change and know the positions instinctively
6) This is where things get trickier - after you play the first note, SING the rest, before you play them biggrin.gif this will get the sound of the note into your system!

For tapping, let's start off with this nice lesson - it combines the technique itself PLUS interesting shapes which will open up some insight on arpeggios played on the same string smile.gif

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Basic-Tapping/

and string skipping we'll tackle after this smile.gif

What say you?


Cosmin


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
John72
post Aug 15 2012, 05:07 PM
Post #7


Learning Roadie
*

Group: Members
Posts: 75
Joined: 13-September 11
From: Florida
Member No.: 13.866



This sounds good! I'll start tonight and see how it goes.

So, at 60bpm, I play 1 note per click or 4?
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Cosmin Lupu
post Aug 16 2012, 11:49 AM
Post #8


Instructor
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 22.808
Joined: 14-June 10
From: Bucharest
Member No.: 10.636



QUOTE (John72 @ Aug 15 2012, 04:07 PM) *
This sounds good! I'll start tonight and see how it goes.

So, at 60bpm, I play 1 note per click or 4?


One note per click mate - take it slow biggrin.gif


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
John72
post Aug 17 2012, 10:20 PM
Post #9


Learning Roadie
*

Group: Members
Posts: 75
Joined: 13-September 11
From: Florida
Member No.: 13.866



QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Aug 16 2012, 10:49 AM) *
One note per click mate - take it slow biggrin.gif

That makes a lot more sense! smile.gif

I noticed the first few bars of the tab aren't exactly what he plays. I started learning from the tab, but now I'm doing it like he does in the video (I like the sound better.) Does it matter which way I learn it?

Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Cosmin Lupu
post Aug 18 2012, 06:17 PM
Post #10


Instructor
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 22.808
Joined: 14-June 10
From: Bucharest
Member No.: 10.636



Hehe smile.gif If you want to do a REC take, you would better do it the way it's featured in the video - that's a general rule for every lesson you would like to have featured in the REC zone wink.gif


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
John72
post Aug 20 2012, 02:22 AM
Post #11


Learning Roadie
*

Group: Members
Posts: 75
Joined: 13-September 11
From: Florida
Member No.: 13.866



QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Aug 18 2012, 05:17 PM) *
Hehe smile.gif If you want to do a REC take, you would better do it the way it's featured in the video - that's a general rule for every lesson you would like to have featured in the REC zone wink.gif


Got it!

Also, I'm a little confused about the instructions you gave me. The way I've been doing it is picking a note, say 'A'. Then, sing the note and play it all over the neck. Of course, singing octaves of 'A' isn't that hard, but theres no way I can sing the highest 2 octaves! laugh.gif So, I start with the lowest octave and work my way to the highest, then pick another note and play that. I'm thinking thats not what you had in mind.

QUOTE
3) At each 'First beat' out of the 1, 2, 3, 4 play and sing the name of the note, each time in a different position on the neck

Do you mean scale positions? Or just the general area my hand is in at the time?

Also, is the general idea of this to learn the names of the notes all over the neck as well as associate its tone with it?
QUOTE
6) This is where things get trickier - after you play the first note, SING the rest, before you play them biggrin.gif this will get the sound of the note into your system!

So, if my note is 'A', I'll be singing 'A' before playing it in that position?

Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
John72
post Aug 20 2012, 04:01 AM
Post #12


Learning Roadie
*

Group: Members
Posts: 75
Joined: 13-September 11
From: Florida
Member No.: 13.866



How's this sound for the tapping lesson?

http://soundcloud.com/gravesj/tapping/s-YBBWX
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Cosmin Lupu
post Aug 20 2012, 07:38 AM
Post #13


Instructor
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 22.808
Joined: 14-June 10
From: Bucharest
Member No.: 10.636



QUOTE (John72 @ Aug 20 2012, 03:01 AM) *
How's this sound for the tapping lesson?

http://soundcloud.com/gravesj/tapping/s-YBBWX


Ahoy there! smile.gif Your playing is clean! Congrats for that wink.gif It's a good take but, it can be improved by paying a bit more attention to the consistency of your rhythmic approach. The 16th notes are not equal in many spots in your take, so focus on getting them to sound equal as rhythmic subdivisions. This is the only thing which separates you from perfection smile.gif

Regarding the exercise - my goal is to help you associate positions with sounds and as the timing increases, to become able to spot notes instantaneously smile.gif If you could get the sounds in your head and sing them at that speed before you actually play them, that would be nothing short of amazing biggrin.gif It's the goal of every instrumentalist - being able to play what you just sung on the spot smile.gif

Let me know when you are comfortable with the speed and note recognition - try other notes as well, as we'll be moving to intervals then wink.gif


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
John72
post Aug 20 2012, 02:42 PM
Post #14


Learning Roadie
*

Group: Members
Posts: 75
Joined: 13-September 11
From: Florida
Member No.: 13.866



QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Aug 20 2012, 06:38 AM) *
Ahoy there! smile.gif Your playing is clean! Congrats for that wink.gif It's a good take but, it can be improved by paying a bit more attention to the consistency of your rhythmic approach. The 16th notes are not equal in many spots in your take, so focus on getting them to sound equal as rhythmic subdivisions. This is the only thing which separates you from perfection smile.gif

Regarding the exercise - my goal is to help you associate positions with sounds and as the timing increases, to become able to spot notes instantaneously smile.gif If you could get the sounds in your head and sing them at that speed before you actually play them, that would be nothing short of amazing biggrin.gif It's the goal of every instrumentalist - being able to play what you just sung on the spot smile.gif

Let me know when you are comfortable with the speed and note recognition - try other notes as well, as we'll be moving to intervals then wink.gif

Thanks for the input. I did notice the rhythm issues when I was listening back. I'll work on that now. Also, the exercise makes sence, too! So, I guess in each position, there will only be 2 or 3 of each note? So after playing and singing those, move up 4 frets?
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Cosmin Lupu
post Aug 21 2012, 08:28 AM
Post #15


Instructor
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 22.808
Joined: 14-June 10
From: Bucharest
Member No.: 10.636



Mate, I don't think I understood the question sad.gif You find all the A notes and play them at random, the more at random and the more the speed increases and you are able to manage, the better biggrin.gif


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
John72
post Aug 21 2012, 03:36 PM
Post #16


Learning Roadie
*

Group: Members
Posts: 75
Joined: 13-September 11
From: Florida
Member No.: 13.866



QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Aug 21 2012, 07:28 AM) *
Mate, I don't think I understood the question sad.gif You find all the A notes and play them at random, the more at random and the more the speed increases and you are able to manage, the better biggrin.gif

Ok. NOW I got it! Sorry man! I was really trying to over complicate things! blink.gif
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Cosmin Lupu
post Aug 22 2012, 11:22 AM
Post #17


Instructor
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 22.808
Joined: 14-June 10
From: Bucharest
Member No.: 10.636



QUOTE (John72 @ Aug 21 2012, 02:36 PM) *
Ok. NOW I got it! Sorry man! I was really trying to over complicate things! blink.gif


Hehe biggrin.gif It's ok mate wink.gif No biggie, ask me anything so that you may evolve as fast as possible wink.gif


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
John72
post Aug 25 2012, 01:47 AM
Post #18


Learning Roadie
*

Group: Members
Posts: 75
Joined: 13-September 11
From: Florida
Member No.: 13.866



QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Aug 20 2012, 06:38 AM) *
It's a good take but, it can be improved by paying a bit more attention to the consistency of your rhythmic approach. The 16th notes are not equal in many spots in your take, so focus on getting them to sound equal as rhythmic subdivisions. This is the only thing which separates you from perfection smile.gif

Hey Cosmin! Just checking in to see if I'm on the right track with the rhythm of the 16th notes. Also, I'm getting pretty comfortable with the notes and sounds at 60bpm (at least all the natural notes, I haven' been working on any sharps or flats.) I can usually go faster after warming up a little and getting in to the exercise.

Here's another take. Hopefully I'm on the right track! cool.gif
http://soundcloud.com/gravesj/tapping-take-2/s-p96w2
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Cosmin Lupu
post Aug 25 2012, 11:47 AM
Post #19


Instructor
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 22.808
Joined: 14-June 10
From: Bucharest
Member No.: 10.636



Wow biggrin.gif Yes mate, yes indeed, the progress is real and audible wink.gif Congratulations!

I say, ONE MORE and it will be perfect wink.gif There were some little hick-ups, but nothing major smile.gif should we aim for perfection?


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
John72
post Aug 25 2012, 07:59 PM
Post #20


Learning Roadie
*

Group: Members
Posts: 75
Joined: 13-September 11
From: Florida
Member No.: 13.866



QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Aug 25 2012, 10:47 AM) *
should we aim for perfection?


Absolutely!Always! cool.gif
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post

5 Pages V   1 2 3 > » 
Reply to this topicStart new topic
1 User(s) are reading this topic (1 Guests and 0 Anonymous Users)
0 Members:

 


RSS Lo-Fi Version Time is now: 21st January 2017 - 09:36 AM