9 Pages V   1 2 3 > »   
Reply to this topicStart new topic
> Less Is More Competition
Bogdan Radovic
post Dec 2 2013, 12:07 PM
Post #1


Bass & Beginner Instructor
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 15.612
Joined: 30-November 07
From: Belgrade, Serbia
Member No.: 3.410



'Less is more' competition

By playing less, you will quickly get better. Read on to find out how.

Challenge rules:

1. Find a backing track that you like from any of the lessons in our archive
2. Record a video of yourself playing a rhythm or lead over the backing track
3. Play as simple as possible in your take.
4. Upload your take to Youtube and post the link in this thread to enter the competition

Goal:

The goal is absolute simplicity. The less notes you play the better. Use the power of melody and expression to achieve the best results, while keeping it simple. Let you music breathe with long pauses, and carefully chosen notes/chords/bends/vibrato .

We all tend to play a bit too much at times, and this challenge is about the complete opposite: playing as little as possible. This can be as hard as playing flashy licks - taming ourselves is something we often forget to do, even though it probably is the most efficient path towards making progress.

Therefore - we hope that you'll take part in this challenge and that we'll inspire you to think in new terms and approach guitar playing from a different perspective.

Instructions:

* Playing should be as simple as possible

* Recording should be done in video format. Must be a brand new recording, specifically recorded for this occasion.

* You can choose any backing track from the archive.

* Winners will be chosen by GMC Staff and based on the impression we get from your performance and ability to play less...but make it sound more.

* Deadline : 2nd of January 2014.

THE PRIZES


1st prize

Attached Image


Completely custom made per your desire signature guitar pick from Vonhotch Custom Designs.


2nd prize

Attached Image


Cirse - Rompiente album signed by Gabriel Leopardi


3rd prize

Attached Image


1 Year Gift Subscription to Guitar Player Magazine


Who is up for the challenge?

EDIT: competition results here


--------------------
For GMC support please email support (at) guitarmasterclass.net
Check out my lessons and my instructor board.
Check out my beginner guitar lessons course! ; Take a bass course now!
My solo and band songs : Keep Going On, Night Vibe, Kad Te Vidim, Susret, Plava Silueta
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Monica Gheorghev...
post Dec 2 2013, 12:18 PM
Post #2


Learning Tone Seeker
*

Group: Members
Posts: 1.382
Joined: 12-July 13
From: Bucharest, Romania
Member No.: 18.479




Great idea for this competition, Bogdan!!!! When it's a challenge I will surely be in wink.gif







Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Darius Wave
post Dec 2 2013, 01:08 PM
Post #3


Instructor
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 5.257
Joined: 29-November 12
From: Poland
Member No.: 17.069



Awesome new thing for GMC smile.gif Can't wait to see some takes smile.gif I know some users that have a really nice touch to phrasing thing smile.gif


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Slavenko Erazer
post Dec 2 2013, 02:14 PM
Post #4


GMC:er
*

Group: Members
Posts: 2.290
Joined: 31-January 12
From: VALHALLA
Member No.: 15.024



How can less be more? It's Impossible!? MORE IS more !!! laugh.gif
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Ben Higgins
post Dec 2 2013, 03:17 PM
Post #5


Instructor
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 13.785
Joined: 11-March 10
From: England
Member No.: 9.820



Sounds great !

Ok.. so who's gonna do it ?

Who's gonna do.. The ONE NOTE SOLO !


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Darius Wave
post Dec 2 2013, 03:58 PM
Post #6


Instructor
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 5.257
Joined: 29-November 12
From: Poland
Member No.: 17.069



You could as Edge from U2....He would win with his "with or without You" feedback things biggrin.gif


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Huargo
post Dec 2 2013, 04:18 PM
Post #7


Tone Seeker
*

Group: Members
Posts: 392
Joined: 26-May 13
From: Barcelona, Spain
Member No.: 18.287



Very good Idea!!!
i'll try.


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Sensible Jones
post Dec 2 2013, 05:07 PM
Post #8


GMC:er
Group Icon

Group: GMC Senior
Posts: 6.233
Joined: 2-January 09
From: London-ish. UK.
Member No.: 6.517



I think I'll give it a go!!
biggrin.gif biggrin.gif


--------------------
I'd rather have a full Bottle in front of me than a full Frontal Lobotomy!!
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Gabriel Leopardi
post Dec 2 2013, 06:50 PM
Post #9


Instructor
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 28.424
Joined: 3-March 07
From: Argentina
Member No.: 1.289



QUOTE (Slavenko Erazer @ Dec 2 2013, 10:14 AM) *
How can less be more? It's Impossible!? MORE IS more !!! laugh.gif



haha Yngwie is not invited to this one! tongue.gif


--------------------
My lessons

Do you need a Guitar Plan?
Join Gab's Army

Check my band:Cirse
Check my soundcloud:Soundcloud

Please subscribe to my:Youtube Channel
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Mertay
post Dec 2 2013, 06:55 PM
Post #10


GMC:er
Group Icon

Group: GMC Senior
Posts: 2.584
Joined: 27-May 13
From: Turkey / izmir
Member No.: 18.294



Pretty smart idea to boost members composition/musicality a step further smile.gif


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Darius Wave
post Dec 3 2013, 04:29 PM
Post #11


Instructor
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 5.257
Joined: 29-November 12
From: Poland
Member No.: 17.069



Just a little tip - less notes doesn't mean less articulation smile.gif Try to impress us with tone control and color available in whole articulation box smile.gif


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
sammetal92
post Dec 3 2013, 06:31 PM
Post #12


GMC:er
*

Group: Members
Posts: 760
Joined: 21-January 13
Member No.: 17.500



Less, as in using less notes and less shredding techniques, right? smile.gif

I'm gonna try taking part in this, but I think its gonna be hard... I've been working on my shred techniques lately, so we'll see soon enough biggrin.gif

This post has been edited by sammetal92: Dec 3 2013, 06:31 PM


--------------------

Download my free guitar and Floyd Rose setup guide: http://www.samsguitars.tk/
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Gabriel Leopardi
post Dec 3 2013, 09:00 PM
Post #13


Instructor
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 28.424
Joined: 3-March 07
From: Argentina
Member No.: 1.289



QUOTE (sammetal92 @ Dec 3 2013, 02:31 PM) *
Less, as in using less notes and less shredding techniques, right? smile.gif

I'm gonna try taking part in this, but I think its gonna be hard... I've been working on my shred techniques lately, so we'll see soon enough biggrin.gif


Less is more. Sometimes we think that it's something difficult, we can say, how will I do to make a solo with a few notes that can blow everybody's minds??

The answer to this question is simple: be yourself. I'm sure that if I ask you to sing the first melody that comes to your mind over a backing track you wont sing a million of notes in a second. You won't make your mouth sound like a machine gun. You will sing something nice, something melodic. This melody talks much more about yourself than a machine gun effect.

I think that if everything goes well, we will have many unique takes over this backing... forget the pre-conceived patterns and let your soul express. smile.gif


--------------------
My lessons

Do you need a Guitar Plan?
Join Gab's Army

Check my band:Cirse
Check my soundcloud:Soundcloud

Please subscribe to my:Youtube Channel
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Bogdan Radovic
post Dec 4 2013, 02:34 PM
Post #14


Bass & Beginner Instructor
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 15.612
Joined: 30-November 07
From: Belgrade, Serbia
Member No.: 3.410



Awesome to have you in everyone! smile.gif

Please feel free to take any approach you find interesting as "simplicity" can be very personal and subjective matter.
When I compose my lines, I usually first come up with something that I like and then I start taking out the unnecessary notes in order to make it sound more effective and easier to play on the instrument. I have learned that I usually come up with more then its needed for the song.

Again - possibilities here are endless as well as possible choice for the backing track in the GMC archive so please give it a shot if you can, you might be surprised by the results! smile.gif

Who else is in?


--------------------
For GMC support please email support (at) guitarmasterclass.net
Check out my lessons and my instructor board.
Check out my beginner guitar lessons course! ; Take a bass course now!
My solo and band songs : Keep Going On, Night Vibe, Kad Te Vidim, Susret, Plava Silueta
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
DeGroot
post Dec 5 2013, 04:01 AM
Post #15


Experienced Guitar Hero
*

Group: Members
Posts: 1.365
Joined: 16-January 12
From: Chicago, Illinois
Member No.: 14.899



I'll give it a shot. Count me in! smile.gif


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Doug Lane
post Dec 5 2013, 04:10 AM
Post #16


GMC:er
*

Group: Members
Posts: 101
Joined: 13-October 13
From: United States, Georgia
Member No.: 18.894



Things are looking hectic for the next couple weeks, but I'll do my best to try and submit an entry. Can I make my own backing track for it if I choose?


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
bahadirpeker
post Dec 5 2013, 11:59 AM
Post #17


GMC:er
*

Group: Members
Posts: 270
Joined: 20-May 13
From: Istanbul, Turkey
Member No.: 18.251



There are lots of good backing tracks and it's very difficult which one to choose! Especially after Darius' Vchat, I realize that a lot of GMC backing tracks can suit the competition!
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Bogdan Radovic
post Dec 5 2013, 12:12 PM
Post #18


Bass & Beginner Instructor
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 15.612
Joined: 30-November 07
From: Belgrade, Serbia
Member No.: 3.410



QUOTE (Doug Lane @ Dec 5 2013, 04:10 AM) *
Things are looking hectic for the next couple weeks, but I'll do my best to try and submit an entry. Can I make my own backing track for it if I choose?


Sure - you can do this as well!


QUOTE (bahadirpeker @ Dec 5 2013, 11:59 AM) *
There are lots of good backing tracks and it's very difficult which one to choose! Especially after Darius' Vchat, I realize that a lot of GMC backing tracks can suit the competition!


Yeah - the possibilities are endless. What can also be interesting is to choose a busy backing track and play "less" smile.gif


--------------------
For GMC support please email support (at) guitarmasterclass.net
Check out my lessons and my instructor board.
Check out my beginner guitar lessons course! ; Take a bass course now!
My solo and band songs : Keep Going On, Night Vibe, Kad Te Vidim, Susret, Plava Silueta
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
vonhotch
post Dec 5 2013, 02:49 PM
Post #19


GMC:er
*

Group: Members
Posts: 836
Joined: 25-April 12
From: Franklin, New York
Member No.: 15.741



Great idea for a contest. Good luck everyone. smile.gif


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Headbanger
post Dec 5 2013, 03:55 PM
Post #20


GMC:er
*

Group: Members
Posts: 877
Joined: 18-January 13
From: 3rd stone from the Sun
Member No.: 17.478



QUOTE (vonhotch @ Dec 5 2013, 02:49 PM) *
Great idea for a contest. Good luck everyone. smile.gif


I dont suppose you will get 1st prize VH! laugh.gif
(Haha or me)


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post

9 Pages V   1 2 3 > » 
Fast ReplyReply to this topicStart new topic
1 User(s) are reading this topic (1 Guests and 0 Anonymous Users)
0 Members:

 


RSS Lo-Fi Version Time is now: 24th March 2017 - 09:14 AM