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QUOTE (Drag0nz&meTaL @ Aug 15 2014, 05:32 PM) *
Hey Gabe! can you tell me a good way to learn and understand key signatures? if i know a little about it i think it will help me write better music,
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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Aug 15 2014, 08:48 PM) *
Hi mate, how are you? What do you exactly need to do? Writing scores? Or you refer to tonalities?


i dont actually know, i met the guitarists of NekroGoblikon after a show 2 days ago and he told me when he started to understand key signatures everything just kind of came together and made writing a little more creative. and i am good i been pracyicing good and hard!
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QUOTE (Drag0nz&meTaL @ Aug 16 2014, 12:03 PM) *
i dont actually know, i met the guitarists of NekroGoblikon after a show 2 days ago and he told me when he started to understand key signatures everything just kind of came together and made writing a little more creative. and i am good i been pracyicing good and hard!



Well, key signatures refer to "accidents" (flats or sharps) that appear at the beginning of a score and it indicates the tonality in which the song has been written. It's a language code to indicate which notes from the song will be played sharp or flat by default. It's really good to know because this means that you will know the tonality and scale used on a song, and also it's a tool to write your own music. But, I don't see how you can become more creative, so maybe the guy was referring to any other thing...

Check these graphic with the key signatures for every key:

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https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...?showtopic=4363
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...?showtopic=3160
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...showtopic=48699


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creative was a wrong word i think "more structure" it was a late night and i drove 3 hours to see them haha i was boggy. thanks i will dig deep into these!!!!!
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QUOTE (Drag0nz&meTaL @ Aug 16 2014, 12:44 PM) *
creative was a wrong word i think "more structure" it was a late night and i drove 3 hours to see them haha i was boggy. thanks i will dig deep into these!!!!!



hahah now we are talking. Yeah, this sounds more reasonable. Check out those thread and let me know if you have questions about this topic.


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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Aug 16 2014, 03:47 PM) *
hahah now we are talking. Yeah, this sounds more reasonable. Check out those thread and let me know if you have questions about this topic.


hey Gabe, how much do YOU practice everyday? Im just curious because your skill level is running at about a 50/10.
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QUOTE (Drag0nz&meTaL @ Aug 18 2014, 12:23 AM) *
hey Gabe, how much do YOU practice everyday? Im just curious because your skill level is running at about a 50/10.



Hi mate. I've been playing guitar for 21 years. When I was a teenager and there weren't too much responsibilities I used to play 8 hours each day. This happened until I was 21, when I decided to dedicate time to composition and production of my band's song. The time was reduced to around 3 hours for practice. Nowadays I practice around that amount, sometimes more, sometimes less, but the good thing is that I work with my guitar, here at GMC, and with my band so I usually have my guitar in my hands many hours. It's not real practice, it's music playing, but that's the main goal after all.

I think that practicing 3 hours every day but wisely, with an effective routine, you will see good improvements in your playing. The main thing is to practice every day, that's the key.



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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Aug 18 2014, 03:31 PM) *
Hi mate. I've been playing guitar for 21 years. When I was a teenager and there weren't too much responsibilities I used to play 8 hours each day. This happened until I was 21, when I decided to dedicate time to composition and production of my band's song. The time was reduced to around 3 hours for practice. Nowadays I practice around that amount, sometimes more, sometimes less, but the good thing is that I work with my guitar, here at GMC, and with my band so I usually have my guitar in my hands many hours. It's not real practice, it's music playing, but that's the main goal after all.

I think that practicing 3 hours every day but wisely, with an effective routine, you will see good improvements in your playing. The main thing is to practice every day, that's the key.


that is incredible. for the 8 hours a day, did you break up each technique into 2 hour segments ?
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QUOTE (Drag0nz&meTaL @ Aug 18 2014, 12:35 PM) *
that is incredible. for the 8 hours a day, did you break up each technique into 2 hour segments ?



I wasn't very obsessive with organization in those days but I used to do these things when I was around 15:

- Practice some Yngwie Malsteen songs: Far beyond the sun, Vengeance, I'm a Vicking.
- Practice Blues Saraceno Never Look Back song
- Practice some Steve Vai and Satriani's songs.
- Paul Gilbert Licks: Alternate Picking exercises, string skipping.
- Play along with my favorite songs: I used to listen to music with my guitar, learn the songs while I listen and jam solos over them.
- Sweep Picking practice: Demon Driver, Preludio Obsesivo (Rata Blanca)
- Vinnie Moore clinics licks: Mostly for alternate picking and legato.
- Play along with Maiden's songs.
- Practice Zakk Wylde style pentatonic licks.


I was studying with a shred guitar teacher who used to give me technique exercises and licks every week and I learn them and practice hard to be able to master the licks for the following week.

When I was around 17 years old, I started to study guitar improvisation with a fusion/jazz guitarist who taught me all the secrets behind modes, and using triads and arpeggios for improvising. In those days I added improvisation practice (around 2 hours) to my diary practice.
I also started to play on a professional power/progressive metal band (Damnation), so I used to practice the songs every day for many hours. I noticed in those days that I was lacking some rhythm skills to I focused on it.




Nowadays my practice is based on technique training, and expanding my musical horizons. I'm learning some fusion licks, practicing with my acoustic guitar, some Argentinian folk stuff, etc. The idea for this year was polishing and expanding. smile.gif I'm also dedicating a lot of time to composition, for my band, for gmc lessons, and also some extra stuff for parallel albums or ideas.

I consider very important to have a notepad with all the goals and things progress that will be your guide to be focused on the things that you want to master. If you don't have a plan, time goes by and you don't get profit of it. I still have my notepad and write on it every day. smile.gif


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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Aug 18 2014, 04:05 PM) *
I wasn't very obsessive with organization in those days but I used to do these things when I was around 15:

- Practice some Yngwie Malsteen songs: Far beyond the sun, Vengeance, I'm a Vicking.
- Practice Blues Saraceno Never Look Back song
- Practice some Steve Vai and Satriani's songs.
- Paul Gilbert Licks: Alternate Picking exercises, string skipping.
- Play along with my favorite songs: I used to listen to music with my guitar, learn the songs while I listen and jam solos over them.
- Sweep Picking practice: Demon Driver, Preludio Obsesivo (Rata Blanca)
- Vinnie Moore clinics licks: Mostly for alternate picking and legato.
- Play along with Maiden's songs.
- Practice Zakk Wylde style pentatonic licks.


I was studying with a shred guitar teacher who used to give me technique exercises and licks every week and I learn them and practice hard to be able to master the licks for the following week.

When I was around 17 years old, I started to study guitar improvisation with a fusion/jazz guitarist who taught me all the secrets behind modes, and using triads and arpeggios for improvising. In those days I added improvisation practice (around 2 hours) to my diary practice.
I also started to play on a professional power/progressive metal band (Damnation), so I used to practice the songs every day for many hours. I noticed in those days that I was lacking some rhythm skills to I focused on it.




Nowadays my practice is based on technique training, and expanding my musical horizons. I'm learning some fusion licks, practicing with my acoustic guitar, some Argentinian folk stuff, etc. The idea for this year was polishing and expanding. smile.gif I'm also dedicating a lot of time to composition, for my band, for gmc lessons, and also some extra stuff for parallel albums or ideas.

I consider very important to have a notepad with all the goals and things progress that will be your guide to be focused on the things that you want to master. If you don't have a plan, time goes by and you don't get profit of it. I still have my notepad and write on it every day. smile.gif


noted noted aaaaand noted!! its about that time for me to pick up my guitar and run through the lesson plan! awsome video gabe and thanks for all the help and advice! i start school again on Monday and i will be actively seeking a Thrash/Power metal band myself!! i will keep you updated on how that goes biggrin.gif
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QUOTE (Drag0nz&meTaL @ Aug 18 2014, 01:13 PM) *
noted noted aaaaand noted!! its about that time for me to pick up my guitar and run through the lesson plan! awsome video gabe and thanks for all the help and advice! i start school again on Monday and i will be actively seeking a Thrash/Power metal band myself!! i will keep you updated on how that goes biggrin.gif



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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Aug 18 2014, 04:14 PM) *
Nice! What's your current routine? Do you have it planned?


i do! its the one that you designed for me!it guarentees me at LEAST an hour and a half a day!!!
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i do! its the one that you designed for me!it guarentees me at LEAST an hour and a half a day!!!



Ok, nice to know that you'll work on this one. Please let me know how the first day goes. Keep me updated!


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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Aug 18 2014, 04:53 PM) *
Ok, nice to know that you'll work on this one. Please let me know how the first day goes. Keep me updated!


Gabe! hello! i was wondering if you could give me a powermetal course??? with the song sample i wrote that was the most fun ever making cool folkish sounding melodies! i would love to know what scales are commonly used! and i know your the guy to ask!! also i have some exciting news!! my friend is the drummer for the band Hessler, and in November hes going on tour again in Canada and is coming up through michigan near where i go to school, he said if i have a band and a few songs by November hell try and throw us in the opener!!! i thought that was the coolest thing ever!!!
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Hi mate! Exciting news!! I think that this is a great opportunity that you don't have to miss. Are you playing in a band now? Do you have some songs in progress? What's your statues regarding that show?

About the Power Metal Course, off course I'm in! I've been playing and analyzing Power Metal music for many years so I can really help you with this. We will organize the course in 4 modules:

Module 1: Tonalities & Scales used in Power Metal songs.

Module 2: Rhythms & Techniques used in Power Metal

Module 3: Structures & Arrangements

Module 4: Creating a Power Metal song




What do you think?
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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Aug 21 2014, 08:30 PM) *
Hi mate! Exciting news!! I think that this is a great opportunity that you don't have to miss. Are you playing in a band now? Do you have some songs in progress? What's your statues regarding that show?

About the Power Metal Course, off course I'm in! I've been playing and analyzing Power Metal music for many years so I can really help you with this. We will organize the course in 4 modules:

Module 1: Tonalities & Scales used in Power Metal songs.

Module 2: Rhythms & Techniques used in Power Metal

Module 3: Structures & Arrangements

Module 4: Creating a Power Metal song




What do you think?
Please also tell me what concepts you know about tonalities, scales and chords...



i know nothing but i am motivagted to learn!! and not at the moment i move up tomorow and i will be posting wanted posters for musicians all over that dang campus lol! i do have a small sample for you that i made ill upload it! its rough, it was in E flat on new strings, its muddy BUT the idea is there!! i also play it now in Standard tuning so it sounds much much better!!
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Ok, so before we get into Power Metal, wee need to work on some basic concepts that are used on most the Power Metal songs.

- Major Scales
- Minor Scales
- Pentatonic Scales

I know that it can be bit boring at first but trust me and you will slowly become a Power Metal master.

Check out this positions, have you ever heard about the Caged System?

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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Aug 21 2014, 08:57 PM) *
Ok, so before we get into Power Metal, wee need to work on some basic concepts that are used on most the Power Metal songs.

- Major Scales
- Minor Scales
- Pentatonic Scales

I know that it can be bit boring at first but trust me and you will slowly become a Power Metal master.

Check out this positions, have you ever heard about the Caged System?

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Gabe you have my FULL trust. i have heard the term before, and does it have something to do with the circle of fifths? i dont really unerstand either term but i would like to, what do i learn after that?
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Ok, this are moveable scales based on open chord shapes. The term CAGED refers to open C, A, G, E and D chords that will be our guide to find the different scales. Check out this article: HERE.

And also check out this thread about Major scales: HERE


Read all that stuff, learn the C major shapes that I shared in the previous post and try the notes over this backing track.
http://youtu.be/oJhwfKOAkKw

- Notice how each note sounds over the backing,
- Try to get the feel of the scale.
- Sing the notes while you play them
- Listen to music and try to identify songs that use Major Scale for solos or vocal melodies.


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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Aug 21 2014, 09:27 PM) *
Ok, this are moveable scales based on open chord shapes. The term CAGED refers to open C, A, G, E and D chords that will be our guide to find the different scales. Check out this article: HERE.

And also check out this thread about Major scales: HERE


Read all that stuff, learn the C major shapes that I shared in the previous post and try the notes over this backing track.
http://youtu.be/oJhwfKOAkKw

- Notice how each note sounds over the backing,
- Try to get the feel of the scale.
- Sing the notes while you play them
- Listen to music and try to identify songs that use Major Scale for solos or vocal melodies.



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