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Ben Higgins
post Nov 2 2012, 11:03 AM
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Task 40: https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/world_set_on_fire/

Warriors ! As I told your comrades in the Apprentice thread, the cold is drawing in so we've got to make extra special efforts to preserve finger shredding warmth. So I present you with this little ditty..

Am I evil ? Yes I am. ph34r.gif

I know you guys can do it. I've been taking care of some incredibly challenging guitar projects myself in the background and I thought it was only fair to share the pressure biggrin.gif

It may not be easy, but it will sound cool cool.gif

Deadline is next Friday 9th November or I'll take out a subscription to Unicorn Lovers Monthly Magazine in your name....


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post Nov 2 2012, 07:18 PM
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Hot damn, you laid down the hammer this week. This Phrygian style riffing sounds super cool. Fired up to try this one. wink.gif

Unicorn Lovers Monthly ?! laugh.gif Please fingers, don't fail me.



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post Nov 2 2012, 07:37 PM
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There are some really fast AP licks in there. I can manage e.g. the one starting at 21st bar, because it's all inside and it's also a repeating fingering pattern. I will (and have already a little) practice the other licks and see what I can do.

I really hate to be the "I'd love to, but..." guy. Hmm, how can I convert "to, but" into "do, nut"?
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QUOTE (DeGroot @ Nov 2 2012, 06:18 PM) *
Unicorn Lovers Monthly ?! laugh.gif Please fingers, don't fail me.


I knew that would be the deal maker ! biggrin.gif

QUOTE (HungryForHeaven @ Nov 2 2012, 06:37 PM) *
There are some really fast AP licks in there. I can manage e.g. the one starting at 21st bar, because it's all inside and it's also a repeating fingering pattern. I will (and have already a little) practice the other licks and see what I can do.

I really hate to be the "I'd love to, but..." guy. Hmm, how can I convert "to, but" into "do, nut"?


A shiny new edition of Unicorn Lovers Monthly could be appearing on your doorstep every month.......


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post Nov 8 2012, 09:56 AM
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Here is my offering for Bushido Task 40! This lesson reminded me that I probably don't focus on my rhythm playing enough. Especially this percussive type playing. I had some trouble locking into the groove. I would say that I just started to get the feel for it so it could probably use a few more days of practice. I started learning the solo stuff first and spent the majority of my time trying to get that down. Also altered the end of the solo were Emir uses the 24th fret. smile.gif



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post Nov 8 2012, 11:29 AM
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QUOTE (DeGroot @ Nov 8 2012, 09:56 AM) *
Here is my offering for Bushido Task 40!

It's really an impressive take. And you manage to get a great tone from those single coils, too.

I'll never get this one down..
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post Nov 8 2012, 12:06 PM
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QUOTE (DeGroot @ Nov 8 2012, 08:56 AM) *
Here is my offering for Bushido Task 40! This lesson reminded me that I probably don't focus on my rhythm playing enough. Especially this percussive type playing. I had some trouble locking into the groove. I would say that I just started to get the feel for it so it could probably use a few more days of practice. I started learning the solo stuff first and spent the majority of my time trying to get that down. Also altered the end of the solo were Emir uses the 24th fret. smile.gif



WOO !! Who's the brave one, then ?? smile.gif

Well done Mr DeGroot, you rose up to the challenge.

Yes, more rhythm work wouldn't go amiss. Rhythm is the important underbelly that ties in everything we do, solos including wink.gif I'm not surprised that it took a while to sink in, that is a very complex groove.. those trills look murderous.

You handled the solo very well indeed, your picking always sounds clear and articulate.. even if you do miss a note or two now and then (I'm not sure if you did and I'm not suggesting you did ?) it doesn't seem to affect the flow of your picking runs. I'm always impressed by them.

Maybe some rhythm work for the next Task then ?

One Donut to the brave one !


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post Nov 8 2012, 05:50 PM
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QUOTE (HungryForHeaven @ Nov 8 2012, 10:29 AM) *
It's really an impressive take. And you manage to get a great tone from those single coils, too.

I'll never get this one down..


Coming from probably my favorite lead tone on GMC, thank you. wink.gif

You tear it up on Linear Shred lesson... it sounds like the skills/speed is already in place to get this one down! Some of the patterns here are unorthodox. Maybe even upload one at a slower tempo? It might at least get it start clicking with you more... I didn't totally nail it but playing it slow got it to sink in better.

QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Nov 8 2012, 11:06 AM) *
WOO !! Who's the brave one, then ?? smile.gif

Well done Mr DeGroot, you rose up to the challenge.

Yes, more rhythm work wouldn't go amiss. Rhythm is the important underbelly that ties in everything we do, solos including wink.gif I'm not surprised that it took a while to sink in, that is a very complex groove.. those trills look murderous.

You handled the solo very well indeed, your picking always sounds clear and articulate.. even if you do miss a note or two now and then (I'm not sure if you did and I'm not suggesting you did ?) it doesn't seem to affect the flow of your picking runs. I'm always impressed by them.

Maybe some rhythm work for the next Task then ?

One Donut to the brave one !


Thanks Sensei !

I'm not brave enough to submit it to REC just yet. smile.gif Knowing how to play the solo note for note at 90bpm I can tell you that I'm still missing a bit. Mostly just the tail end of the run at :44 is misinterpreted (hardest part). I think with another week I should get it. Like most of these lesson I feel like I get 85-90% down and then move on to something else. I guess it isn't so bad as I'm building skills and continually trying stuff out of my comfort zone.

Yeah, working on some rhythm next week would be great! I know I need to dust off those cobwebs. biggrin.gif


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post Nov 8 2012, 05:51 PM
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Sounding good Degroot. I really envy you and H4H's AP skills. It's a huge glaring weakness in my playing that I just can't seem to get a hold of.

I have the rhythm part down but I have nothing for the lead. Can't even get the first quick little run. dry.gif

I'll at least record what I have so I submit something.


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post Nov 8 2012, 05:53 PM
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QUOTE (DeGroot @ Nov 8 2012, 05:39 PM) *
Coming from probably my favorite lead tone on GMC, thank you. wink.gif

You tear it up on Linear Shred lesson... it sounds like the skills/speed is already in place to get this one down! Some of the patterns here are unorthodox. Maybe even upload one at a slower tempo? It might at least get it start clicking with you more... I didn't totally nail it but playing it slow got it to sink in better.

Thank you. cool.gif But Linear Shred is.. well, linear. Basically only one pattern (except it's played backwards at the end), you just need to fly around a bit and stay in scale. As I mentioned, I can handle the "1-3-2-1-2-3" thing (the run that you consider the hardest??) even if it's on the limit of what I can do at 120 bpm, because it's regular and, more importantly, only inside string crossings. I have learned the descending pattern just before that, and practiced at lower speed, but it's a looong way to the top.

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QUOTE (HungryForHeaven @ Nov 8 2012, 04:53 PM) *
Thank you. cool.gif But Linear Shred is.. well, linear. Basically only one pattern (except it's played backwards at the end), you just need to fly around a bit and stay in scale. As I mentioned, I can handle the "1-3-2-1-2-3" thing (the run that you consider the hardest??) even if it's on the limit of what I can do at 120 bpm, because it's regular and, more importantly, only inside string crossings. I have learned the descending pattern just before that, and practiced at lower speed, but it's a looong way to the top.


The second tab in step 4. Emir switches hand position and uses his pinky to start. I need to improve with my pinky as I notice I avoid it almost every chance I get... hard habit to break. I ended up playing something different here by accident. I had a lot different variations actually. Kinda liked the sound of this one so just left it for now. smile.gif

QUOTE (gregc1 @ Nov 8 2012, 04:51 PM) *
Sounding good Degroot. I really envy you and H4H's AP skills. It's a huge glaring weakness in my playing that I just can't seem to get a hold of.

I have the rhythm part down but I have nothing for the lead. Can't even get the first quick little run. dry.gif

I'll at least record what I have so I submit something.


I hear what you mean Greg. I would guess that your back ground is more blues and hard rock? I started playing early on geared more towards trying to play faster stuff (for lack of a better term) without much feel. Now back tracking (thanks to GMC) to get more feel and expression into my playing that I think is more essential to good sounding guitar playing.


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post Nov 8 2012, 09:47 PM
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Yeah Degroot, Blues is mainly what I started out playing and played for years with Rock/Hard Rock mixed in as well. What I have going for me is simply 20+ years of playing, what I have against me is discipline. It's damn near impossible for me to just sit down and practice patterns slowly working to build up my speed, I just want to play songs so it's really my own fault. I've relied more on letting things come to me naturally than really dedicating myself to improve in different areas.

Like you though, GMC has helped me a great deal since I joined about a year ago just through learning these lessons that have these skills embedded in them so hopefully in due time the light switch will really turn on.

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post Nov 9 2012, 10:25 AM
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QUOTE (gregc1 @ Nov 8 2012, 08:47 PM) *
Yeah Degroot, Blues is mainly what I started out playing and played for years with Rock/Hard Rock mixed in as well. What I have going for me is simply 20+ years of playing, what I have against me is discipline. It's damn near impossible for me to just sit down and practice patterns slowly working to build up my speed, I just want to play songs so it's really my own fault. I've relied more on letting things come to me naturally than really dedicating myself to improve in different areas.

Like you though, GMC has helped me a great deal since I joined about a year ago just through learning these lessons that have these skills embedded in them so hopefully in due time the light switch will really turn on.


I'd say you're on the right side of things though Greg.. I (and probably most other players) would rather have what you've got in the way of taste, phrasing, vibrato and overall feel.. to have that and have the technical stuff as the homework is a much better place to be because no matter what, you can always play an awesome solo but when it's the other way around, you can't hide what you're lacking. smile.gif

I also believe that my best progress came from just 'doing it' in an innocent, naive kind of way. No preconceptions or metronomes or rules. Sure' I'd repeat stuff a lot but only with the goal of getting it to sound like what I hear in my head. I feel that when you aim for a sound then you can keep going indefinitely and only your aching hand that is about to fall off will make you stop. (and only then because you want to be able to play tomorrow, not because you couldn't carry on..). However, when aiming for a speed then there is much less motivation there for me.

I follow the music best and when doing so, I can sustain it as long as it needs to go. I swear I could keep blazing on one lick for hours and hours if only there wasn't a chance of overdoing it and ruining practise for next day. When I'm in the zone, I don't mind the pain of muscle fatigue, I can take as much of it as possible. But I only get like this when I've chanced upon a lick that is 'me', usually a legato lick.

That's when repetition works for me.. but it's only done at the pace of my hand's natural progress.. how clean it sounds etc.. I'll slow down and speed up according to how I feel.


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post Nov 10 2012, 03:53 AM
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Thanks for the comments Ben.

"I also believe that my best progress came from just 'doing it' in an innocent, naive kind of way. No preconceptions or metronomes or rules. Sure' I'd repeat stuff a lot but only with the goal of getting it to sound like what I hear in my head. I feel that when you aim for a sound then you can keep going indefinitely and only your aching hand that is about to fall off will make you stop. (and only then because you want to be able to play tomorrow, not because you couldn't carry on..). However, when aiming for a speed then there is much less motivation there for me."

Dead on. Couldn't agree more. I haven't been this focused on playing (since joining GMC) in YEARS so I'm hoping this principle will eventually apply to the new hurdles I'm finding, which I think it will.



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