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QUOTE (philm @ Nov 10 2015, 02:27 PM) *
hey gab, this looks like a cool software that I think will help me out! I downloaded the trial but I don't think I can open a file for example the skate punk guitar pro file? I guess this must be a trial restriction or maybe I am not opening from the right place. I just get a list of examples to open and I can't import a .gp5 either.



Hi mate, that's weird. You should be able to open the files.

Check out this free software which is the same than guitar pro and also opens gp files. It's called Tuxguitar.

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Thanks for the link to the other software, i downloaded it and it worked to open the lesson! I read now that you can't open external files with the trial version of guitar pro. Would you say there is much difference between tuxguitar and guitar pro? Does guitar pro have any major advantages?
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QUOTE (philm @ Nov 11 2015, 02:50 PM) *
Thanks for the link to the other software, i downloaded it and it worked to open the lesson! I read now that you can't open external files with the trial version of guitar pro. Would you say there is much difference between tuxguitar and guitar pro? Does guitar pro have any major advantages?



Great! Honestly I don't know it the differences because I've used guitar pro for more than 5 years. But the basic, and most important stuff will be in both so if you are comfortable with Tux guitar, keep on it. wink.gif


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Yeah Tux guitar is working out well for me, its maybe not as user friendly as guitar pro but it has all I need for the moment. I am still working on my guitar plan,

I don't think i am ready for new takes yet I will push that until next week. I started to learn your royal blood lesson, I couldn't wait! I have a question regarding the fuzz tone from waves that you used. This isn't free is it? Do you know of a good cheap/free alternative fuzz emulator to use with cubase that would suit this lesson?
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no, it isn't free. Fuzz is not a complex effect so there must be many good free plug ins for this.

I recommend you to try some free stuff, I used google and I got this:

http://atoragon.blogspot.com.ar/2013/05/fu...ins-inside.html

http://bedroomproducersblog.com/2012/04/03...ugin-by-damyfx/


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Hey gab, sorry long time no reply. My internet was down for a while plus my time and motivation. But it's sorted out now and I am ready to get going again. Thanks for the links to the fuzz pedals I haven't tested them yet as I am still learning the lesson clean with tuxguitar(this software is really good for learning). The lesson is a lot harder than I first thought though, with the tricky timing! Do you have the slower backing tracks for this lesson that you could send me?

I may have time to make some takes tomorrow, but if not I will try really hard to next week so you can check my progress!
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Hi Philm, thanks for the update.

Here you have the slower backings for Royal Blood lesson: Attached File  backings_Royal_slow.zip ( 9.94MB ) Number of downloads: 22


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Hey Gab, thanks for the royal blood backings. I managed to make a couple of takes yesterday. Still not quite there but I think there is some improvement!

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Hi Philm! Thanks for the new videos!

I notice that your playing is really improving, but there is off course more work to do. The parts start to sound tighter but there are sill tricky sections that need special attention, mostly the single string riffs and solos. These parts are the ones that you should isolate and start polishing focusing on your hands movements in order to make everything efficient. That's the main problem that I note in your playing, you tend to do extra moment or movements that aren't small enough to make the riffs sound at tempo or smooth. This should be the next goal.

Other than that, this still shows important improvements so keep on the hard work!


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Hey there gab, thanks for the feedback on my takes. I have compared your playing on there lessons and my own takes and I think i can see what your getting out with the extra movements and large movements. Are you mainly referring to the right hand or the left hand?
I think I notice these parts that need improvement and need to be isolated,

Sum 41 - First riff and the fourth and fifth palm muted parts.

Skate punk - Definitely the first riff here which is not so smooth. I think its probably my alternative picking technique is a bit of a weak point of my playing. Plus i think my left hand also does some big movements on this first riff.

Bad religion - This first riff I guess and the solo.

How do you suggest I improve this or how should I focus on this issue in my playing exactly? Is this something that will come with practice or are there any other exercises I could do to improve this area?

I have been focusing on my right hand these last weeks, where I have adjusted how I hold the pick and I have also been trying to move more from wrist and not just pick from my fingers. I think this adjustment also makes me do these extra movements, maybe because I am not quite used this adjustment yet.
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It's a matter of time and practice. At first you will find some adjustments in your technique uncomfortable but then they become natural. You need to focus on one thing at a time. For example, take the first riff of Sum 41 lesson. Compare your right hand movement with mine, notice if you are doing any extra movement, if not, you can check the other hand, if you notice extra movement you should dedicate some time to adjust this. The same for each part that needs practice.

Write your analysis, write down the things that you need to remember every time you play each riff to be sure that you keep on using the right technique the following days, until it becomes natural.

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Ok gab thanks for the explanation. I understand now what you mean, I am glad i am not doing anything majorly wrong but that I just need to practice more focused on these parts. I will take a look and compare videos and then work on just the individual riffs next week. Thanks for the help!

Ok gab, I just looked at the first riff of the sum 41 lesson after writing this and just wanted to ask if I am on the right track with my analysis.

Sum 41 - Riff 1
Right hand- One problem is i am trying to pick from the wrist and this causes my to do larger movements than necessary. These movements are also not smooth because i rest my pinky finger on the 6th string which doesn't allow full control of the movement of my right hand in and up down motion.
So i need to still pick from the wrist but lift my pinky finger off so I can smoothly pick up and down from the wrist. Ok this is hard to explain but I think i already after 5mins practice identified these problems.

Left hand- Here the main issue i think is that my fourth finger is always so far from the fretboard when not being used.

Bad Religion Riff 1
Right hand- very similar to the sum 41 lesson with the movements too large and the resting pinky finger issue.
Left hand - here my fourth finger really goes wandering and flies of the fretboard. It's really hard to force my fourth finger to stay close to the fretboard!

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Awesome analysis Philm!! This is exactly what you need to do now. Please practice trying to get used to the fixes and share a new video in around 1 week.


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Thanks gab, glad to know I am on the right track with this. It takes a lot of concentration and time to break down these riffs like that, so I can't break down each lesson completely because of time so I have made this plan. After two practice sessions I already notice some differences though!


1.Sum 41 - Riff 1, 5mins right hand and 5 mins left hand focus(10mins) All(2X)
2.Bad Religion - Riff 1(5mins) Solo(5mins) All(2x)
3.Skate Punk - Riff 1 (5mins right hand and 5 mins left hand focus(10mins) All(2x)
4.Rise Against - All(2x)
5.Lagwagon - All(1x)
6.ADTR - All(2x)
7.BMTH - All(2x)
8. Royal Blood - Lesson learning(10-20mins)
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Great mate! Keep on the good job! smile.gif


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Hey Gab, an update from me. I have been working the last week and an half on reducing the hand movements in the left and right hand on the sum 41, bad religion and skate punk lessons. Below are some new takes to check out! Cheers


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Hi Philm! Good first step! I note that you are making smaller movements now. The next goal is to feel more comfortable with this movements until it becomes natural and everything sound with more groove and more connected with the backings rhythm.

Please keep on working always rechecking your movements and trying to make everything become more and more natural.



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Hey gab, thanks for your feedback. Its hard to focus on everything all at once, timing, groove, making small movements but I will keep working on making these small movements because its a bit of an adjustment. I am away for a while, but I will get back playing and practing hard next year!
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Yes, it is not easy to focus on everything at a tempo that you are not used to. That's why you need to practice in smaller blocks and at a tempo in which you can think on each element. That's the secret.



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Hey Gab,
Happy new year! I'm back and ready to get going again. First off thanks or all your help last year, I really felt like I have made progress. Progress i wouldn't have made struggling on my own like I used to. So thanks for all the feedback, pointers and critic this last year and I look forward to getting started again.

I started yesterday back on the same routine i was on. I have learned all of the Royal Blood lesson at a very slow tempo and I will practice it for a further couple of days and then I shall do a take for you to check.

I couldn't resist also starting on your spectacular "20 Punk Bands in One Song". I think this lesson would be good for me, I have learned a few of your punk lessons but I think this is the master test of 2016 is for me to learn this lesson.
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