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Cosmin Lupu
post Feb 27 2013, 10:06 AM
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While searching for another link I bumped into this perfect example of making music on the spot and a darn good method for training your ears and becoming a flexible and versatile player.

Watch the late great Ravi Shankar and his daughter Anoushka - he sings a phrase and she plays it!



This is an exercise you can do by yourself or with a friend:

- Sing the first thing that comes to your mind - make it a short phrase at first, but always aim for intonation, dynamics and interesting rhythmic combinations
- Emulate it with the guitar - don't hurry and don't think in terms of scales, arpeggios and such.. just play what you hear, by searching the notes on the neck and putting them together until you manage to sound like the thing you sung (Remember to make it short at first so that you won't forget it!)
- AFTER finding it - analyze it and see what you actually played that in terms of theory smile.gif

The more you do it, the better you will become, so implement it in your daily practice schedule and see how it goes wink.gif

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post Feb 27 2013, 11:41 AM
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Pretty good. I could imagine Sinisa sitting in on this laugh.gif
How much focus did you put on ear training Cosmin?
I really avoid ear training. It's hard work for me although it is getting a bit easier.
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post Feb 27 2013, 12:44 PM
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Reminds me a lot of this Paul Gilbert lesson, obviously a lot more rhythm based than melodic.



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post Feb 27 2013, 11:24 PM
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QUOTE (zoom @ Feb 27 2013, 10:41 AM) *
Pretty good. I could imagine Sinisa sitting in on this laugh.gif
How much focus did you put on ear training Cosmin?
I really avoid ear training. It's hard work for me although it is getting a bit easier.


I have actually done it unconsciously for a long long time - imitating cartoon characters, singing, long before I picked up the guitar. I like the idea in which I am able to imitate things on the spot smile.gif It is hard work but, for instance, the method above makes things much nicer and fun, doesn't it? smile.gif


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post Feb 28 2013, 08:59 AM
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QUOTE (Socky42 @ Feb 27 2013, 11:44 AM) *
Reminds me a lot of this Paul Gilbert lesson, obviously a lot more rhythm based than melodic.



Right! I know this one and I enjoyed it the first time I've seen it smile.gif

How would you guys like to do this sort of practice in one of the video chat sessions? smile.gif


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