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post Jul 4 2014, 06:40 PM
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Hi Krakou! Nice to know that my feedback inspired you to continue working on the lesson. You have a great potential so I think that the next steps will take your playing to a very promising level. The SRV tips lesson is a very good on to keep on working that style of blues rhythm stuff. Denes playing is aggressive and groovy as Vaughan's so I think that it's cool to work on it. Remember to pay attention to:

- Dynamics
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- Vibrato

and also, a good thing to do would be to analyze the arpeggios and scales used to be able to create variations and your own improvisations based on this style.


And about the match... I hope that Argentina wins... if not, you won't be able to continue in my Army. hahaha tongue.gif just kidding! I hope to see a great match!


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post Aug 17 2014, 04:58 PM
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Hi there,

Hmm, no post since the match against Argentina :-)
Did not had a lot of time for the guitar, but now hopefully, should be possible to practice again a little.

Here is the latest of your lesson I've learned, an old but good one.
You may never see it on Rec as you play it at a speed where I'm loosing everything (expression, accuracy, coordination,..).
But at a slower pace, it's ok, even if my take needs lots of improvements.

Tnx for your comments on the Rec SRV shuffle, I will come back with a "almost perfect" take !

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post Aug 18 2014, 04:11 PM
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Hi Krakou, nice to hear from you again here! smile.gif

The rocker lesson is sounding good. I can notice that you are still limited with this current tempo, but you will be able to play it faster with this precision with some more practice. You have to be careful with your bending technique because sometimes I notice that you don't reach the correct pitch. Another detail that I would like to mark is that sometimes you play the notes a bit before the beat, mostly in the first riff when you play 16th notes. The best would be to divide this lesson in parts and work on them isolated to improve details and to focus on gaining some more speed.

So you are getting back to practice, what's the plan? and the goals?


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post Aug 18 2014, 06:59 PM
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Hello,

Plans and goals sound way too much project management oriented, even if, in the end, I may come with someting that looks to a "plans and goals" solution :-)
I would say that I "simply" need to focus on 4-5 lessons, and learn the most from them.
A problem I will always have is that I like lots of different styles, and sometimes it is quite difficult to connect things.
I list you here all the lesson I already know, but I still cannot play good.

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Angus-Young-Style/
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guit...g-blues-lesson/
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guit...evels-beginner/
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Peter-Green-Style/
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Soul-Guitar-Lesson/
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Slash-Slide-Boogie/
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Kenny-...pherd-Phrasing/
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guitar/rocker-riff2/
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guitar/blues-licks3/
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guitar/blues-licks2/
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guitar/blues-licks1/
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guit...r-style-lesson/
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Ratt-Style/

And there are even more :-)

I know I could do exercices but it does not sound like music, and as I don't have a lot of time, it's better for me to focus first on pleasure to play.


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Hi mate, this sounds very good. Don't worry about exercises, it's always better to focus on musical stuff, that's why GMC lessons are so effective. This two tips can help you to get even more from these ones:

- Work on variations of the licks. I've been talking about this previously on this thread but I wanted to refresh it. This idea will make you incorporate the licks and make them of you own. Improvise over the backing track provided combining the licks with your own ideas.

- Create exercises based on the tricky parts in order to master them. This is applicable when you find parts that are difficult and that need some extra practice. Isolate the ideas, try to identify the reason why you can't play it well and create some exercises based on it to practice as a loop over metronome.

It's very useful to set goals and plans when you have them because it will be the guide to design your guitar routines and practice. Everybody is different so there can be exceptions but we tend to waste our time when we don't have at least some guidelines on the things that we should work. We can even dedicate the guitar time to just trying to decide what to practice.

You said: "A problem I will always have is that I like lots of different styles, and sometimes it is quite difficult to connect things."

You made me remember this amazing speech:





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post Sep 27 2014, 09:58 AM
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Hi there,

As requested, a quick off the Record Record of the Joy Div lesson !

Have a nice day

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Hi mate, good shoot! smile.gif

The overall take is very close but it has some rhythm / timing details to improve.

- There is something different at 00:17 compared to the original lesson. All that section has a difference that you should review in the tabs.
- The part that starts at 00:40 has some timing and rhythm issues. Some notes are played a bit early while some others a bit late.
- The lick starting at 00:50 is played with a different rhythm compared with the original lesson. Re-check it.
- Try to make the connection between melodies and power chords at 01:01 smoother and the following section's timing tighter.

Focus on those details and you will master this lesson soon, I think that you are close to master it.

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And you understand why I will never be a rec master ;-)
When I learn a lesson, the more I repeat sometimes the more it become slightly different from the original.
Then it is damned complicated to play it as the original, because I have my version in my head..
Regarding this track, the biggest problem (in my opinion) is the missed connection at 1:01, you should never listen to that on a track.
Well, maybe drunk punks :-)

I give you an enhanced version soon.

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Hi mate. Well, I can say that this is not a problem. I think that it's good to start trying to master lessons as they are to be sure that you are not changing the things because of limitations. This is off course, having in mind that you are on a learning / training period. However, it's also important to dedicate some time to some random practice that includes variations, and some extra improvisations that help you to incorporate some of the licks and ideas on your own playing and style. The idea is that the lessons add some licks to your vocabulary as well as inspire to to come out with some new stuff.


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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Sep 29 2014, 03:55 PM) *
Hi mate. Well, I can say that this is not a problem. I think that it's good to start trying to master lessons as they are to be sure that you are not changing the things because of limitations. This is off course, having in mind that you are on a learning / training period. However, it's also important to dedicate some time to some random practice that includes variations, and some extra improvisations that help you to incorporate some of the licks and ideas on your own playing and style. The idea is that the lessons add some licks to your vocabulary as well as inspire to to come out with some new stuff.


You're right (as always..).
In that case, it is not really a problem, because I can make it sound quite ok, and the little discrepancies do not mean I'm not able to play it.
For other lessons, it is definitely an issue if I choose the easy way to hide the fact it is too difficult for me.
It can be ok to play a little bit dusty or even out of tune for instance (at least for my ears), but only if it is by choice and you can also play it clean.

And now, some laidback inspiration :-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOfIN7XBl-4



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Exactly. This is the way to find your own voice with the instrument and that's our main goal. That's a nice song, thanks for sharing. smile.gif


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This one is closerI think.
I also try to keep the energy of the style smile.gif
In fact I would like to be able to jump while playing this...

I also give you my first "Gilmour/walliman" draft lesson, not perfect yet, but listenable.


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Hi mate! Great takes! Joy Division's one still has differences in the parts that I previously marked but it sounds much more solid now. The changes are all musical now, there aren't timing issues. Well done!

And about the other lesson (Gilmour), as you said, it's a very enjoyable take. I like your feeling and phrasing on this one. I can notice how your soloing skills are taking shape. Your bending technique is precise, and your timing is quite perfect in the whole take. I also like the way you set delay effect and the quantity of drive used, it sounds clean but it has enough sustain, it's great!



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Hello Gabe !

If you agree, we could try to focus a little bit about that Gilmour lesson.
I know that my take is of course not as perfect as the original one, but at this point, I have the feeling I'm more or less at the closest point I can reach.
Maybe a strategy would be to play something else, but I will face all the time the same beding/vibrato issues.
Unless I decide to focus on punk stuff :-)

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I think that it would be really useful if you incorporate these two exercises into your diary practice:



https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Bens-Vibrato-Odyssey-5/


and off course some other phrasing lessons....

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/guitar_loves_piano/
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Steve-...r-Modern-Style/
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Oki, I will integrate some bending exercices !

Regarding the phrasing lessons, gosh, like I said, this is not punk smile.gif

The guitar loves piano, I will try to learn it, it is the only among the 3 that I'm able to play in less than six month, but as you can imagine, I find it quite boring if I compare it to the other ones.
I should write learn it, play it like Piotr with all nuances is probably complicated..
The Lukather is great, I've always found that Jonathan Burgos had terrible phrasing skills, and the SRV lesson is terrible too but, hey, there are even 3 lessons in one in that one. Playing exactly like SRV with so little gain is killing me, I guess that's what dynamic means...

I come back when I have some material.

JL

ps: just for fun, I'm learning your Trivium tune !

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hehehe great to know that you liked the suggestions! Don't think too much, practice and enjoy the journey. And off course, keep me updated about your progress, with posts, audios and videos. Ok? smile.gif


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Hi there,

Bloody hell this is difficult to play correctly smile.gif
So, this is the shot of he week, without taking too much care about the vision of the composer.
I'm not satisfied with the sound, but this is what I have now..

I've seen your message about the VChat, I promise I'll try to attend one of these weeks, but at that moment my kids are sleeping, so you understand guitar is no longer an option for me.


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Hi mate!

The lesson is evolving very well. It's not as easy as it seems because it requires a good manage of feeliing and timing. The first one (feeling) is better than the second one, but off course there is room to improve both things. There are notes that are not clear (you surely note them) and there are also some timing issues, mostly the phrases with palm muting.

It's not an easy task to keep timing tight when you just have a piano in the backing track so I can say that even with the little timing issue, you take is very valuable. The next step is to practice it over the original lesson to emulate expression and timing details. Focus on vibrato, notes length, dynamics and timing.

The tone is not bad, I would like to hear a warmer sound, but it's not bad. Delay setting fit great with the phrases and backing. So just experimenting a bit with EQ is my suggestion.

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Hey, tnx for this quick reply :-)

Clearly it is a draft, and I've also noticed that there is room for improvement regarding timing, feeling and tone.

About the "feeling", I will always have the problem with the rec exercice to put myself in someone else's footsteps.
Regarding that, it's easier with lesson like the Trivium one I'm working on it, because it is more on the energy side.
But trying to reproduce what Piotr is doing is a nice exercice, there are lots of variations in his vibrato, I'm too much "one kind vibrato" on my take.

The tone is a little bit too harsh, I need to find something with warmth and dynamic, should be feasible smile.gif

I'll be back...

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