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post Jan 2 2013, 02:53 PM
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Hey Cos! Glad to hear you were able to fit in a little time off of your own. While I would naturally want to choose a lesson to increase my lead chops, maybe a rhythm lesson is in order.

I've still been playin the arpeggio lesson - i admit my break was more than 2 days over the holidays - laugh.gif
I'm not having any problems with the picking or simple string skipping but the two stretched barre chords, while I can fret both rather easily now, are still holding me back from playing the lesson up to tempo. I really need to stretch to make the two chord shapes by dropping my elbow down and forward. (I cannot play the lesson through while standing!?) I will continue working on this lesson as my flexibility has increased alot with this exercise its just taken alot longer than I had hoped and this lesson has been a tough one to play repeatedly as once my hand begins to tire the lesson becomes unplayable for me at this stage in the game. Hopefully, with the addition of a new lesson to mix thing up I will be able to break past this barrier I've seemed to have ran into with this latest lesson.

Talk to you soon man!
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post Jan 2 2013, 03:55 PM
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Hey buddy! Gotcha smile.gif You know, when standing up, you need to lift your axe at the height where you feel most comfy with smile.gif You have to respect the same angles appearing between your limbs when sitting down, with the ones appearing when standing.

About the new lesson - what do you say about this one? https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Rhythm-Figures-Workout/ it combines lead and rhythm in phrasing smile.gif It should be a sort of a second level after playing the 'Picking hand basics' lesson you already did, from Ben biggrin.gif

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post Jan 3 2013, 05:29 AM
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Thanks for the new lesson Cos! I'm feeling pretty confident I should be able to post a solid take of this quite soon. I'll start working on this one and continue working on the arpeggio lesson too!
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QUOTE (Limit @ Jan 3 2013, 04:29 AM) *
Thanks for the new lesson Cos! I'm feeling pretty confident I should be able to post a solid take of this quite soon. I'll start working on this one and continue working on the arpeggio lesson too!


Alriiight! That's the spirit! biggrin.gif


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post Jan 9 2013, 07:13 AM
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Hey man, it's crazy how fast a week can go by. Here's a vid of the latest lesson; I recorded myself playing along with the lesson video to compare my timing. Sorry about the sound quality.

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Pfff, man, tell me about it... smile.gif

Well, this sounds pretty darn accurate! Let's hear the version in which it's only you and if it's as good as this one, I will be pleased smile.gif


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post Jan 10 2013, 05:58 AM
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Alrighty man, here's another go at it - Just me this time wink.gif

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Hey mate smile.gif It's technically correct indeed! Congrats! Now, I would like you to focus on two important aspects with this lesson and if you nail these we can move on

- try to move your left had fingers as little as possible away from the fretboard
- pick all the notes using alternate picking - that means you should not pick two consecutive notes in the same direction

Up for the challenge? biggrin.gif

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Hey Cos,

Sorry I haven't replied sooner. I figured I'd make some adjustments and post another take a lot quicker than this. I had never thought about how wildly I moved my fingers when fretting notes until you mentioned it and it has been a hard habit to break thus far. I've gotten better with it, my pinky still need to be reigned in from time to time but, it was pretty bad at first. I really had to force every movement and adding that to trying to eliminate the economy style picking and let's just say I was having a heck of a time with a very easy lesson. Anyway, I think my next vid should show some improvement, I will hopefully get time to record and post this weekend. Hope all is well man - we'll chat soon.

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Hey mate wink.gif No rush - as long as you took enough time to make things sound good, time was well spent! Looking forward to the take smile.gif


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Hey Cosmin! Hope you had a good weekend man, I've been under the weather with a bit of a head cold but think I'm starting to feel better today.
I have a question that I've been thinking about for awhile, when I realized I have the best resource literally at my fingertips. So, anyway here it goes. I've been giving a lot of the thought towards the song writing process.
As I've been practicing more now than ever before I find that I practice for awhile with the routine of warming up with a metronome (usually just up and down the fret board a few times and playing through the alternate picking exercise a couple times), I then practice my current lesson with the backing track, and then I tend to noodle around to break up the repetitiveness of playing the same scale exercise over and over. I then return to the scale exercise and find I alternate back and forth between practicing and noodling.
What bothers me with this is I feel a lot of this noodling time to be quite unproductive for me. I do have a goal of eventually being able to create my own music, and I would like to make this noodling time more productive but I've realized that I have no idea where or how to start.
Obviously, some theoretical knowledge must be learned and really I still have a long way to go in basic development. I guess what I'm wondering is, do you think there is something else more productive I could alternate back and forth with while practicing and developing my fundamental guitar skills that would help develop my own musically creative side? Should I begin with some theory, work on learning a song beyond just learning a riff, maybe some song/style analysis, or should I just focus harder on basic skill development for now? I would be interested in your process when you write music with your band or even when you develop a lesson in the style of. What goes into this process and what can I do to get closer to having this ability. Anyway man, thanks for all your help so far and I will look forward to your thoughts on this.

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Hey mate smile.gif I'm glad you chose this path, as this is the ultimate goal - using what you learn in order to make music.

See there isn't really a process to it all, but it's more like a journey - exploring a lot and recording and arranging/ orchestrating afterwards.

Usually, when I want to make an 'In the style of...' lesson, I choose a band/ artist that I am particularly fond of, because that means I have the music in me already - I don't need to force it in - it would probably not get me to a good result anyway smile.gif

I use specific elements that you encounter in that music - structures, phrasing, modes, techniques, orchestration elements, tones - that sort of stuff. I have a saying, the more you do this the better you become at it so, as a start - I'd recommend this:

Record ALL your ideas into a DAW or as little videos and select the ones which you LOVE and want to transform into something more than just a riff smile.gif

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Thanks for the advice Cosmin. There is so much to learn when you're first starting out and I find its easy to get overwhelmed and ultimately frustrated with everything. I keep telling myself - one day at a time and it will all come together. Anyway, thanks for all the help man, it is very much appreciated!

Here's a take from tonight with the Rhythm Figures Workout Lesson, I'm pretty sure I locked into the strict alternate picking you've requested. My hand control still needs some work but it's getting there.

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Hey mate! This looks and sounds good! I think you are on the right path and now, there are two things I'd like to know from you:

- I want to hear some of the ideas you have and you'd like to turn into songs smile.gif

- Should we tackle another hand sync lesson?

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Sounds good man! I will need to spend more time working out some song ideas. What do you have in mind for my next lesson?
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Ok man, take your time with those and meanwhile... how about this? smile.gif

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Hand-Synch/ - based on the idea of building up your sync wink.gif

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I'm really enjoying this lesson! I'm close to having the whole thing under my fingers but it might be a bit before I have it up to speed. I will try and focus on good synchronization and slowly bring it up to tempo.
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Hey man smile.gif Great to hear that! You know you can post a slow version so that we may check out the timing and sync and everything wink.gif


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