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Hi mate, so the issue is that you are moving your hand too much instead of your fingers? Is that the problem? I'm confused...



I basically note that your fingers and hands don't seem to be totally comfortable with the movements and this is related to some technique lack that can be improved with technique exercises that cover: stretches, fingers independence and legato.


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post Oct 27 2015, 04:00 PM
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Hello hello,

Yep, still alive :-)

Not that I did not practiced, simply I've been doing stuff more "on my own"..

I've recorded a guitar-piano lesson, do you think it is recable ?

Tnx

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Hi mate! Great to hear from you!

The take on this beautiful lesson is good, but it has some pitch issues around 00:45, 00:48 and the bend at 00:53. this can be related to the tuning or calibration of your guitar.

Other than that this sounds good! What is your current guitar plan?


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post Oct 29 2015, 09:47 PM
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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Oct 28 2015, 02:05 PM) *
Hi mate! Great to hear from you!

The take on this beautiful lesson is good, but it has some pitch issues around 00:45, 00:48 and the bend at 00:53. this can be related to the tuning or calibration of your guitar.

Other than that this sounds good! What is your current guitar plan?


Hello,

Plan is to put behind me a lot of lessons I've learned the past two or three years but that I still can't play correctly, or at least at correct speed.

In the last weeks I've paid some attention to bends and vibrato, but also to picking, I think I've improved a bit in those areas.

I've also had a look to your improv stuff, with the caged system, and begin to really learn note on the fretboard (at least !).

Voilà voilà.

I really hope to provide some rec takes in the coming months, but if you want to give me some specific stuff to learn or practice, I'm always ready for such a thing..

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Hi mate! That's a perfect plan! I'll be here to guide you, check your progress and help with everything you need...

thanks for the video, it's a great solo by the master of all!


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Hello Gabe,

Sooo, here are two very old lessons, blues licks 1 & 2, among the firtst you proposed to the site I thing.
I still not master them perfectly (can't believe it..), but I feel I'm not too far from a correct take.

If you think there are exercices or other lessons I could learn to reach the required level to provide a correct Rec for those takes, feel free to tell me :-)



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ps; I've learned this one, really love the drop D vibe, but I'm playing it slower than needeed
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Bring-...-Horizon-Style/

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Hi mate, I've checked both lessons and I noticed that you need to work on these techniques:

- Bending
- Alternate Picking
- Vibrato

Besides isolating each lick and working on it as a loop, you could work on exercises to master these techniques. About alternate picking, I think that this can help:

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About bending, this video shares a good exercise:



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Hi there !

Next REC proposal, that first blues lesson on which I'm breaking my fingers for ages :-)

I propose you a first take as "base", at 100 Bpm instead of 120.
There is a timing issue at the end, but except this, at least for my ears, it is decent, even in terms of bend/vibrato/tone :-)

Of course you can have a totally opposite opinion..

If you agree, tell me on which points I need to focus, and I'll try to raise the speed in the coming days.

What I dislike when speed come is I have to get rid of some funny things like pinched harmonics, I don't have time to think about that.

Muchas gracias !!

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ps: I'm doing the guitar gym whenever possible, I think it will pay..
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Hi mate, good job!

You already know what you have to fix on this one and you also know that you still have to be more comfortable with some techniques in order to be able to play this faster.

How are you practicing the lesson? Do you practice small blocks or the whole thing over and over?


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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Nov 10 2015, 04:55 PM) *
Hi mate, good job!

You already know what you have to fix on this one and you also know that you still have to be more comfortable with some techniques in order to be able to play this faster.

How are you practicing the lesson? Do you practice small blocks or the whole thing over and over?


Hello Gabe,

Of course I know what I have to fix except it seems to me that it is not a complete mess when I play it a little bit slower than what is required.

I will practice the licks with bends like a guitar gym instead of playing it over and over :-)

Tnx for your ears..

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QUOTE (krakou @ Nov 10 2015, 12:33 PM) *
Hello Gabe,

Of course I know what I have to fix except it seems to me that it is not a complete mess when I play it a little bit slower than what is required.

I will practice the licks with bends like a guitar gym instead of playing it over and over :-)

Tnx for your ears..

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Perfect. That's what I was going to say. Work on small sections, licks. Isolate and master the tricky parts. That's the next step for this.


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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Nov 11 2015, 02:26 PM) *
Perfect. That's what I was going to say. Work on small sections, licks. Isolate and master the tricky parts. That's the next step for this.


Hello Gabriel,

It's holiday today in Belgium, yesterday evening I've looped on the bend parts, and again now.
I've made a shot against your lesson :-)
On the right speaker it is your taken, on the left mine.

Have a nice day !

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Hi Krakou! It's a very good idea to practice along with the lesson for some days. I've checked your take on this one and I can say that your timing is much better and that the overall lesson shows improvements. However you still need to practice each part to adjust each lick and bend, to polish the phrases which are there, but can sound with more feeling and precision.

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Hi there,

Hmm what to say after such a long pause ;-)
I did not stop playing at all, but I've more worked on stuff like alternate picking and arpeggios, quietly at home.
I've also made some jams with other musicians, it was new for me and it was nice experience.

I think I've made some progress and here is a little test on what I'll try to propose on a rec one of these days.
There are still some note that does not sound clear enough for me, I guess I could pass with this one, but I want it to be just a little bit better than this.

Hope you're ok

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Hi Krakou! Welcome back mate, great to hear from you!

That video looks very good! Well done.

What's your plan for this mentoring thread mate?



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Hello Gabriel,

I've read your comment on the rec thread and feel quite happy about it.

My overall goal has not changed a lot over my guitar years, being able to play fluently, with musicality in mind, in a pop/rock/blues/metal style.
I know it is not very precise, but some rec stuff combined with more technical stuff can help I guess.
I still have a huge list of recs I have to work on, some from you, some from others.

Maybe build some kind of routine with 4/5 recs in different genres and add some warm up stuff, some arpeggios/chors exercices and very important to me, link stuff with some theory behind would make an interesting journey.

What I've done last months is mainly just play major and minor arpeggios in each of the caged positions, and it was very good for my finger accuracy.

Time will always be a limiting factor, I can't dedicate hours everyday to the guitar, but when I'm lucky I can play 5/6 hours per week

Hope you're doing well

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Hi mate! That sounds great! Could you share here a list with lessons that you've worked and lessons that you'd like to work?


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Hi there,

I can reply quite fast as I'm @ home today.

Well I know all those lessons, but I'm not able to play them correctly at this moment:

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Blue-Shades-of-Lydian/
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Bring-...-Horizon-Style/
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Peter-Green-Style/
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Ratt-Style/
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Kenny-...pherd-Phrasing/
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Trivium-Style/

And if we stick to lessons,the kind of stuff I would like to master in the longer term is this

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Nuno-B...t-Style-Rhythm/
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Instrumental-Rock-III/
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guit...g-blues-lesson/

Voilà :-)

If you pick some of these you find interesting it would be nice

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ASSIGNMENT #1:

Goals:


- Phrasing
- D Major Improvisation


TASK 1:

- Learn this lesson: https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Ballad...s-And-Phrasing/



TASK 2:

- Analyze the chord progression and scales used for the lesson.
- Improvise over the backing track of this lesson trying to create your own variations.


Exam and deadline:

By October 10th you'll have to share:

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- A second video improvising over the lesson's backing track (3 coins)
- A video or text explaining the concepts learnt from the lesson (3 coins)

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Hi there,

Just to give you some info about my assignement.
First, I did not hang myself trying to emulate the Darius magic touch, and this is a good thing.

I've learned the lesson, but it is not yet fluent, I give you an example of what I can do now.

Analysis is not too complicated, we're in D, all chords are issued from D major scale (D is I, Em is II, G is IV and A is V), all notes are from D major scale except 3 passing notes. I'll give you more details about that before next monday.

More to come soon (well, hopefully before the deadline :-)).

Regards

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