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post Sep 2 2013, 05:35 PM
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So we have been jamming and doing sight reading duets thus far , any other ways would be helpful !
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post Sep 2 2013, 05:37 PM
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Recording songs that's damn fun and effective smile.gif
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post Sep 2 2013, 06:15 PM
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One exercise I like is Follow the Leader, where one guy plays 2-3 notes, then the other guy plays those notes back, without looking, then plays 3 more. You continue and add notes until you get to 10 or more. Fun duo exercise!


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post Sep 2 2013, 06:19 PM
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QUOTE (The Professor @ Sep 2 2013, 05:15 PM) *
One exercise I like is Follow the Leader, where one guy plays 2-3 notes, then the other guy plays those notes back, without looking, then plays 3 more. You continue and add notes until you get to 10 or more. Fun duo exercise!



Really interesting idea. It sort of like Simon says type of game. I guess "creative" people will shine at this game.
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post Sep 2 2013, 07:18 PM
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It's very motivating to practice with a friend. Some ideas that come to mind are: Playing songs that has 2 guitars, composing songs & practising improvisation exercises. It's also cool to record the jamming sessions since you could be creating good music than you can share or maybe work more and record an album.


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post Sep 2 2013, 08:10 PM
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QUOTE (korblitz @ Sep 2 2013, 06:19 PM) *
Really interesting idea. It sort of like Simon says type of game. I guess "creative" people will shine at this game.



For sure, and you can start in a key, or from one scale or arpeggio and then work on multiple keys etc.

Another fun game to play is to have one person play random chords and the other person has to solo over them by ear, then you switch around. Very good for ear training and to work on soloing chops at the same time!


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post Sep 3 2013, 08:56 AM
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Taking things to the next level - one of you sings a line and the other tries to imitate it with the guitar tongue.gif I can show you an example in a video or even better - the one playing the guitar, can come up with an interval based melody in order to harmonize the line that the other just sung - will show this in the vid as well wink.gif Stay tuned!


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post Sep 3 2013, 04:25 PM
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Hey buddy smile.gif Here we go:



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post Sep 5 2013, 07:02 AM
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thanks everyone!, but cosmin thank you SO much you are incredible and inspiring, and im really looking forward to trying out your advice, a million thanks!

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post Sep 5 2013, 07:12 AM
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Wow biggrin.gif Hey man, glad to know I could help - don't make me blush at such an early hour tongue.gif Let us know how things are progressing, ok?


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post Sep 5 2013, 01:43 PM
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I remember me and my friend back in the day used to practice arpeggios and other stuff together harmonized. E.g. one playing an Am arpeggio and the other a C or F major arpeggio. Add in 7ths, 9ths or whatever you like. Or it could be other lines, picked or legato etc. It's probably some of the same Cosmin mentioned.

You could also make a deal that you each come up with 5 licks for every time you meet and teach them to the other one.

Or get a backing track, get your equipment set up and play 32 bars each (or whatever fits the track!) and switch back or forth.

Here are some other videos that might inspire you:





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post Sep 6 2013, 08:45 AM
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Great thoughts Ben - especially that one with the harmonization which is pretty much my idea as well, I only thought it in terms of melodic lines. The more you practice seeing things on the vertical - harmonizing lines and especially, being able to harmonize a line you play with one you sing, will not only build up a great ear but it will also develop your orchestration abilities smile.gif It's all a matter of exploring!


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post Sep 8 2013, 01:25 PM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Sep 6 2013, 09:45 AM) *
Great thoughts Ben - especially that one with the harmonization which is pretty much my idea as well, I only thought it in terms of melodic lines. The more you practice seeing things on the vertical - harmonizing lines and especially, being able to harmonize a line you play with one you sing, will not only build up a great ear but it will also develop your orchestration abilities smile.gif It's all a matter of exploring!


Also, I think practicing call and response can be a very 2 player thing to do. Improves your ear and improves your improvisational skills.


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post Sep 8 2013, 11:41 PM
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QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Sep 8 2013, 12:25 PM) *
Also, I think practicing call and response can be a very 2 player thing to do. Improves your ear and improves your improvisational skills.


And for starting out - you can set up some parameters, which will improve both players smile.gif Only use the pentatonic scale, or another scale for instance. And then, you could throw surprise scales at each other - The element of surprise is always a great manner of learning to be aware of your musical environment wink.gif


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