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Jonas Tamas
post Jan 31 2013, 10:11 AM
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Hi everyone!

What are your music goals for 2013? Of course we always want to improve ourselves in all aspects, but in which area do you want to improve the most this year? For example:

music theory
improvisation
playing more tightly
finishing a lot of own songs
playing arpeggios precisely
using more fast licks in the appropriate situation

etc.


My main goals for this year are: to practice a lot of hybrid picking, broaden my jazz knowledge, and venture to fresh and more bold territories regarding songwriting.


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Bogdan Radovic
post Jan 31 2013, 10:43 AM
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My music goals for 2013 are to focus on practicing slapping technique as well as improvisation, record and release as many of my band's as well as my solo project songs as possible + shoot a music video for one of them which will open up space for composing and recording brand new songs. Also improve my mixing skills and upgrade my home project studio. Lot of interesting things to look forward to! smile.gif


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post Jan 31 2013, 12:00 PM
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Improving with the Basics !
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post Jan 31 2013, 12:52 PM
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QUOTE (Bogdan Radovic @ Jan 31 2013, 09:43 AM) *
My music goals for 2013 are to focus on practicing slapping technique as well as improvisation, record and release as many of my band's as well as my solo project songs as possible + shoot a music video for one of them which will open up space for composing and recording brand new songs. Also improve my mixing skills and upgrade my home project studio. Lot of interesting things to look forward to! smile.gif



Sounds like a lot of promising things going on for you, Bogdan!
Regarding the music video shoot: do you plan to create it yourself, or it is better to hire an outside company, even with the newest improvements of the lower-budget video equipment available nowadays?


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Improving with the Basics !


Yes, the foundation is crucial, I agree.

If you had to list the 3 most important areas of your guitar playing to improve this year, which ones would these be?


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post Jan 31 2013, 01:34 PM
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I'd say Ear training is top of the list. Working out heaps of songs and tabbing them out, drums and bass included.
And keep working on my bends, vibrato, ap, sweeping and timing don't forget timing.
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post Jan 31 2013, 04:52 PM
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QUOTE (Jonas Tamas @ Jan 31 2013, 12:52 PM) *
Sounds like a lot of promising things going on for you, Bogdan!
Regarding the music video shoot: do you plan to create it yourself, or it is better to hire an outside company, even with the newest improvements of the lower-budget video equipment available nowadays?


We are actually planning to record the video ourselves - we have gotten a pretty good gear which is similar to some local smaller production companies here. As our goal is to get out as much of new material as possible, saving the budget on smaller video production would help us fit in the plan. TV music video placement opportunities here are very limited (and the quality we'll produce will work for most of those placement opportunities anyway). It would be awesome to do a high end production music video some time in the future though smile.gif


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post Jan 31 2013, 05:27 PM
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QUOTE (zoom @ Jan 31 2013, 12:34 PM) *
I'd say Ear training is top of the list. Working out heaps of songs and tabbing them out, drums and bass included.
And keep working on my bends, vibrato, ap, sweeping and timing don't forget timing.


Transcribing improves the ear immensely, so it is a great choice - and a big fun too! smile.gif

Good to hear that you are aware of the details (vibrato, bends, etc) as well, they could add up a lot to the overall sound and style.

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We are actually planning to record the video ourselves - we have gotten a pretty good gear which is similar to some local smaller production companies here. As our goal is to get out as much of new material as possible, saving the budget on smaller video production would help us fit in the plan. TV music video placement opportunities here are very limited (and the quality we'll produce will work for most of those placement opportunities anyway). It would be awesome to do a high end production music video some time in the future though smile.gif


Yes, when you have the appropriate gear then it's definitely a wise choice to do it yourselves. I'll be curious to see the video, so when you finish it, then let me know - I have plans for some interesting videos in the near future, and every bit of knowledge and reference helps tremendously wink.gif


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post Jan 31 2013, 06:52 PM
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Some of my goals for this year is to finish the composition and recording of Cirse's new album. Continue improving as a guitar player and composer. Keeping a healthy and balanced life (gym, swimming, healthy food). Producing good albums from some cool bands at my studio.
And many more that will appear once this ones are done or being done. smile.gif


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post Jan 31 2013, 08:34 PM
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My early goal for 2013 is to dedicate more time to learning theory. Also learning to apply all the modes into my playing.


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post Jan 31 2013, 08:46 PM
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QUOTE (Jonas Tamas @ Jan 31 2013, 12:52 PM) *
Sounds like a lot of promising things going on for you, Bogdan!
Regarding the music video shoot: do you plan to create it yourself, or it is better to hire an outside company, even with the newest improvements of the lower-budget video equipment available nowadays?




Yes, the foundation is crucial, I agree.

If you had to list the 3 most important areas of your guitar playing to improve this year, which ones would these be?



timing / rhythm -- feeling the fretboard / notes -- building up speed

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post Jan 31 2013, 10:13 PM
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my goal is to get into contemporary music school here in Canada. just a few more months til my audition tape is due! biggrin.gif



QUOTE (Jonas Tamas @ Jan 31 2013, 09:11 AM) *
Hi everyone!

What are your music goals for 2013? Of course we always want to improve ourselves in all aspects, but in which area do you want to improve the most this year? For example:

music theory
improvisation
playing more tightly
finishing a lot of own songs
playing arpeggios precisely
using more fast licks in the appropriate situation

etc.


My main goals for this year are: to practice a lot of hybrid picking, broaden my jazz knowledge, and venture to fresh and more bold territories regarding songwriting.

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post Jan 31 2013, 11:09 PM
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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Jan 31 2013, 05:52 PM) *
Some of my goals for this year is to finish the composition and recording of Cirse's new album. Continue improving as a guitar player and composer. Keeping a healthy and balanced life (gym, swimming, healthy food). Producing good albums from some cool bands at my studio.
And many more that will appear once this ones are done or being done. smile.gif


Impressive list, Gabe! Great to see your holistic approach, focusing on all the important areas of your life. Cool! smile.gif

And good luck for the new album of Cirse!

QUOTE (leonard478 @ Jan 31 2013, 09:13 PM) *
my goal is to get into contemporary music school here in Canada. just a few more months til my audition tape is due! biggrin.gif


Wow, that's a major goal, and I hope you'll reach it!
Can you tell me more about this school? Are you going to study contemporary classical music or contemporary jazz/rock? What is the best thing in this school, in other words, what is the main reason for you to go there?

QUOTE (Dieterle @ Jan 31 2013, 07:46 PM) *
timing / rhythm -- feeling the fretboard / notes -- building up speed


I like it, your 'top 3' covers a lot of aspects of guitar playing.

QUOTE (DeGroot @ Jan 31 2013, 07:34 PM) *
My early goal for 2013 is to dedicate more time to learning theory. Also learning to apply all the modes into my playing.


You're spot on - both learning theory and applying it are equally important. If you do both simultaneously, then you're on the right path,

If you have time, then head on to the new topic https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...showtopic=47710, you can guess the mode of the song segment of a famous guitarist I've just put in via SoundCloud. It is one of the coolest modes IMO.


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post Jan 31 2013, 11:17 PM
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Its called Selkirk College its in Nelson , BC. Its purely contemporary so we will be exposed to anything from fusion and metal to jazz and blues.
Its the only school in north america that is a sister school of Berklee College of music, So it follows the exact berklee curriculum for a fraction of the price. Also after 2 years at Selkirk college, I can transfer to Berklee instantly , so its quite wonderful, plus in such a rural area there are far less distractions so i can just stay in the shed and work on my guitaring tongue.gif

QUOTE (Jonas Tamas @ Jan 31 2013, 10:09 PM) *
Impressive list, Gabe! Great to see your holistic approach, focusing on all the important areas of your life. Cool! smile.gif

And good luck for the new album of Cirse!



Wow, that's a major goal, and I hope you'll reach it!
Can you tell me more about this school? Are you going to study contemporary classical music or contemporary jazz/rock? What is the best thing in this school, in other words, what is the main reason for you to go there?



I like it, your 'top 3' covers a lot of aspects of guitar playing.



You're spot on - both learning theory and applying it are equally important. If you do both simultaneously, then you're on the right path,

If you have time, then head on to the new topic https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...showtopic=47710, you can guess the mode of the song segment of a famous guitarist I've just put in via SoundCloud. It is one of the coolest modes IMO.

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post Feb 1 2013, 12:41 AM
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QUOTE (leonard478 @ Jan 31 2013, 10:17 PM) *
Its called Selkirk College its in Nelson , BC. Its purely contemporary so we will be exposed to anything from fusion and metal to jazz and blues.
Its the only school in north america that is a sister school of Berklee College of music, So it follows the exact berklee curriculum for a fraction of the price. Also after 2 years at Selkirk college, I can transfer to Berklee instantly , so its quite wonderful, plus in such a rural area there are far less distractions so i can just stay in the shed and work on my guitaring tongue.gif


Sounds like a perfect choice - a very good school with lots of opportunities! I wish you best of luck!


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post Feb 1 2013, 02:50 AM
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Get my scales & modes memorized.

Learn the actual notes on the fretboard with the help of The Professor!

Get my playing to sound more musical rather than "note playing" if that makes any sense.

Do seven REC's this year.


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post Feb 1 2013, 03:46 AM
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Great idea for a thread! It will keep us all accountable. biggrin.gif

- Record/Produce my band's EP
- Incorporate more of my chops into my usual improvising (before school I was all chops, during school I was half chops and half musicality, and now I'm like 95% musicality with 5% chops. Want to get more of the chops I've built up into my improvising, not just in my writing)
- Finish my diploma, get accept into the degree program at my Music School in Vancouver
- Continue writing my own material
- Record at least one song of my own material, hopefully over the summer


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QUOTE (ConnorGilks @ Jan 31 2013, 09:46 PM) *
Great idea for a thread! It will keep us all accountable. biggrin.gif


Oops! ohmy.gif Is it too late to Edit? laugh.gif


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post Feb 1 2013, 08:00 AM
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QUOTE (Blister @ Feb 1 2013, 01:50 AM) *
Get my scales & modes memorized.

Learn the actual notes on the fretboard with the help of The Professor!

Get my playing to sound more musical rather than "note playing" if that makes any sense.

Do seven REC's this year.


Sounds cool, items #1 and #2 on your list will give you a major boost in your guitar playing, and so do the seven REC's!
Yes, I understand totally what you mean by sounding more musical, and it's a good thing that you aim it consciously, this is already half the road to success.

QUOTE (ConnorGilks @ Feb 1 2013, 02:46 AM) *
Great idea for a thread! It will keep us all accountable. biggrin.gif

- Record/Produce my band's EP
- Incorporate more of my chops into my usual improvising (before school I was all chops, during school I was half chops and half musicality, and now I'm like 95% musicality with 5% chops. Want to get more of the chops I've built up into my improvising, not just in my writing)
- Finish my diploma, get accept into the degree program at my Music School in Vancouver
- Continue writing my own material
- Record at least one song of my own material, hopefully over the summer


Oh yes, writing down goals frees up a lot of willpower and energy to actually reach those goals.

Your list is quite impressive. I think that 95% musicality is a good thing, but I understand what you mean - you'd like to incorporate more interesting runs where the music needs that, while retaining all that musicality.


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post Feb 1 2013, 08:34 AM
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I don't really have any set goals for this year, but this thread at least makes me think in that direction. smile.gif

The two things I would like to focus more on is technique practice and lick vocabulary.

More precisely, I want to become a more fluent alternate picker, also my sweep picking still needs lots of improvement. And I need to broaden my views when it comes to improvising and composing, the same ideas keep repeating in my collab solos etc.

I would also like to complete a selection of Bushido tasks (only a year or so too late).
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Mine smile.gif Well...

- finishing and releasing a new Days of Confusion album in the late autumn of this year
- growing my ability to express myself freely through the aid of my instruments - guitar and voice
- learning how to tame technology better laugh.gif
- opening myself up to inspiration coming from life in general - it's the best way to write music smile.gif


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