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Gabriel Leopardi
post Dec 26 2012, 04:27 PM
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Hi Mad!! 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 Dec 26 2012, 07:49 PM
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Hi Gabriel!

Thanks for starting this thread for me smile.gif
I'd like to work on my AP-techniques (mainly). Here is a video of trying to play your ITC class 1
Warmup excercise:



Here's a video showing one of the warmup techniques I usually use:



I'd like to be able to play fast and clean AP up to shred speed (>=170 bpm) tongue.gif
And I think I need a practice plan for that. Do you think it's possible to have a plan that works when I spend half an hour a day?
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Hi Mad! Good videos! yes, I think that if you work hard those minutes every day you will notice an improvement after some weeks.

Let's start this week with these exercises:

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...showtopic=42828
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Picking-Hand-Basics/
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Hand-Synch/

Please check out the 3 links and let me now what you think and if you have any question! smile.gif


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post Dec 27 2012, 04:06 PM
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Thanks!
Will give ITC Class3 a try and upload something for you soon.
I remember the picking hand basics lesson is already recorded, but can't find it - will do another take though.
Hand Synch is great, practiced it a few month ago for a few weeks but never get the original speed, so let's see where I can get to this week smile.gif
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OK, here are my first recordings from the ITC3 for today:

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https://soundcloud.com/mad-gmc/ex1-120bpm?in=mad-gmc/sets/gabs-army-week1-day1

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https://soundcloud.com/mad-gmc/ex1-160bpm?in=mad-gmc/sets/gabs-army-week1-day1

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https://soundcloud.com/mad-gmc/3patterns100bpm?in=mad-gmc/sets/gabs-army-week1-day1
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post Dec 28 2012, 12:23 AM
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and here is a recording for the picking hand basics:

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Hi mad! The youtube video is private so I cannot see it. The other samples sound good. The patterns could sound tighter with the tempo. Also, the idea of these patterns is to also move them along the whole string in A minor. This means that you play 4 repetitions and then you move to the following position. If this is not clear, please join my Vchat later today where I will review the ITC course.



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Oh, sorry - corrected that..
Won't be able to join your v-chat today, sorry. But I have the idea, so I'll do another recording. I recognized problems with the pattern when descending with my pinky, so I'll make a slower recording with video, maybe you can catch something where the problem could be..

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The video sounds good! The only comment that I have is that it would be better if you pick the first note öf each beat with a downstroke. The accentuation will be easier to do a more natural than starting with an upstroke. Does this make sense?


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Thanks!
Well, regarding the downstroke at the first beat: I play it, but the video isn't that good synchronised, sorry.
I'll upload a take of the patterns asap and a very slow take of hand synch soon!
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Here are the 3 Patterns played at 80bpm each:

https://soundcloud.com/mad-gmc/pattern1-80bpm?in=mad-gmc/sets/gabs-army-week1-day1

https://soundcloud.com/mad-gmc/pattern2-80bpm?in=mad-gmc/sets/gabs-army-week1-day1

https://soundcloud.com/mad-gmc/pattern3-80bpm?in=mad-gmc/sets/gabs-army-week1-day1

The third one was the hardest..

Hope that's how you meant it to play smile.gif
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QUOTE (mad @ Dec 29 2012, 04:40 PM) *
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Well, regarding the downstroke at the first beat: I play it, but the video isn't that good synchronised, sorry.
I'll upload a take of the patterns asap and a very slow take of hand synch soon!



ahh ok! so let's forget the comment! wink.gif


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yeah! this is exactly what I was meaning. Great job! Keep on practising this exercises to be able to increase the speed without losing precision.


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Great! Will do so and keep you updated!
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QUOTE (mad @ Dec 30 2012, 05:36 AM) *
Great! Will do so and keep you updated!


Perfect! smile.gif


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Progress..

Pattern1 @ 100bpm

https://soundcloud.com/mad-gmc/pattern1-100bpm?in=mad-gmc/sets/gabs-army-week1

Pattern2 @ 100bpm

https://soundcloud.com/mad-gmc/pattern2-100bpm?in=mad-gmc/sets/gabs-army-week1

Pattern3 @ 90bpm
Disabled by soundcloud due to copyright reasons!?

Wasted Years Intro @ 100bpm(I've taken the "original" tabs...)

https://soundcloud.com/mad-gmc/wastedyearsintro100bpm?in=mad-gmc/sets/gabs-army-week1

I work on the hands-synch lesson, too. But atm I'm just practising the first measure to get it to 60bpm...
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haha copyright reasons??? ohmy.gif ohmy.gif

Hey mad! These samples sound great! There is nothing to fix here, just keep on the hard work!! wink.gif


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Hey Gab, happy new year to you, too smile.gif

Here's the result of keeping my hard work..

Pattern1 @ 110bpm
https://soundcloud.com/mad-gmc/pattern1-110bpm?in=mad-gmc/sets/gabs-army-week1

Pattern2 @ 105bpm
https://soundcloud.com/mad-gmc/pattern2-105bpm?in=mad-gmc/sets/gabs-army-week1

Pattern3 @ 95bpm (no copyright probs this time tongue.gif )
https://soundcloud.com/mad-gmc/pattern3-95bpm?in=mad-gmc/sets/gabs-army-week1

Wasted Years Intro @ original speed
https://soundcloud.com/mad-gmc/wastedyearsintro-full?in=mad-gmc/sets/gabs-army-week1
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This is awesome!! You are improving so fast!! Congrats for the great work! The samples sound very good.
Happy New Year mate! smile.gif


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Thank you biggrin.gif

Well - to be honest, the last days I spent more than half an hour working on AP-techniques (got some free time). So I do few sessions a day each 30-60mins.. as long as I'm not too tensed while playing it's OK (I think).

Today I was able to speed up even a little bit more without messing up too much (few slips here and there). But when I remember the days before I dreamed to play these simple patterns at that speed biggrin.gif

Here we go..

Pattern 1 @ 125bpm (this one was really like a WOW-effect for me cool.gif tongue.gif )
https://soundcloud.com/mad-gmc/pattern1-125bpm?in=mad-gmc/sets/gabs-army-week1

Pattern2 @ 110bpm
https://soundcloud.com/mad-gmc/pattern2-110bpm?in=mad-gmc/sets/gabs-army-week1

Pattern3 @ 105bpm
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