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Gabriel Leopardi
post Jun 19 2014, 02:44 PM
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Hi Vince! Welcome to our thread for Gab's Army where I will help you to design guitar plans to achieve your music goals.

At first I will share here your goals as reference:

"My guitar goals are to master at least 5 styles of music and start a band in the near future.I have a job that allows me to have a lot of free time so my main focus is to benefit and learn guitar at a high level.I can practice 5-6 hours per day and more in the week-end.As music styles I am attracted to blues and rock ballads but also metal is ok.My weakness is improvisation,i tried only 2 times but i left this idea after i saw that my fingers were like 1 km from the fretboard so i started to work and get my fingers closer and now everything it's ok.I would like to learn improvisation,rythm and ear training in the same time,day by day,so a practice skedule would be so nice."

So the current list is:

- Learning 5 music styles (Blues, Rock, Metal... )
- Start a band
- Learn to improvise
- Master Rhythm
- Ear training



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- Your favorite musicians and bands.
- What do you know about theory?
- Do you have any audio or video of you playing?
- Are you able to record videos of you playing?


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post Jun 19 2014, 03:27 PM
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Hi Gab!It's so nice to be here,sorry for my late reply...i had to kill someone to get my laptop back wink.gif Let's get started...

- Your favorite musicians and bands.Eric Clapton,John Mayer,Slash,etc.
- What do you know about theory?I know only basic stuff like chords and scales.
- Do you have any audio or video of you playing?I don't have any videos of me playing guitar.
- Are you able to record videos of you playing?Yes i can record videos.

QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Jun 19 2014, 03:44 PM) *
Hi Vince! Welcome to our thread for Gab's Army where I will help you to design guitar plans to achieve your music goals.

At first I will share here your goals as reference:

"My guitar goals are to master at least 5 styles of music and start a band in the near future.I have a job that allows me to have a lot of free time so my main focus is to benefit and learn guitar at a high level.I can practice 5-6 hours per day and more in the week-end.As music styles I am attracted to blues and rock ballads but also metal is ok.My weakness is improvisation,i tried only 2 times but i left this idea after i saw that my fingers were like 1 km from the fretboard so i started to work and get my fingers closer and now everything it's ok.I would like to learn improvisation,rythm and ear training in the same time,day by day,so a practice skedule would be so nice."

So the current list is:

- Learning 5 music styles (Blues, Rock, Metal... )
- Start a band
- Learn to improvise
- Master Rhythm
- Ear training



Could you please give me some more info?

- Your favorite musicians and bands.
- What do you know about theory?
- Do you have any audio or video of you playing?
- Are you able to record videos of you playing?

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post Jun 19 2014, 04:06 PM
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Cool! Great to hear from you here! Welcome officially to GMC Forum! smile.gif

Our first goal would be to have a video of you playing. What about choosing a lesson from GMC archive that you feel you can play, learn it and record it?

Maybe a blues lesson? Click HERE.


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Thanks Gabriel! After seeing the blues lesson i decided to try and play a lesson called Blues Licks laugh.gif by Gabriel Leopardi biggrin.gif
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QUOTE (Vince09 @ Jun 19 2014, 12:32 PM) *
Thanks Gabriel! After seeing the blues lesson i decided to try and play a lesson called Blues Licks laugh.gif by Gabriel Leopardi biggrin.gif
I will do my best smile.gif



hehe I think that I know that guy! tongue.gif

It's a good choice. Every Time I learn a new lesson at GMC I follow the next steps:

1. Check the scales suggested by the instructor, listen to the backing and try the scales over it.
2. Learn video part 1 from the lesson. Practice it until I can play it at tempo.
3. Try the part over the backing track, in different parts. I listen how it sounds over the different chords and analyze why the instructor played those notes, what's the relationship between the chords from the progression and the notes from the solo.
4. I create variations that make it fit over any part of the backing. I make it evolve, and combine it with some other phrases from my own.
5. Start working on the following video parts and do steps 2, 3 and 4 with this one.
6. I combine everything over the backing.
7. Improvise over the backings with the learnt licks, variations and my own ideas.


This means that for me learning a lessons isn't just copying the instructor's playing. I try to make those licks and ideas of my own. You don't have to always do all these steps, but have them in mind and try to tend to this type of work.


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Thank you for this advices and I will follow them closely.You will hear from me soon...i hope laugh.gif
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QUOTE (Vince09 @ Jun 20 2014, 12:32 PM) *
Thank you for this advices and I will follow them closely.You will hear from me soon...i hope laugh.gif



Cool, looking forward your news. biggrin.gif


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Ok mate! based on our private messages I decided that we will start building a new guitar routine for you. The topics that we will cover this first week are:


Warming Up

Alternate Picking

Dynamics (vibrato, bending & dynamics)

Rhythm

Blues Theory



I have some ideas for the lessons you could cover for each topic but let me know if you have some lessons that you like from GMC archive which fit here.


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Thanks Gabriel!I think it will be better that you decide the lessons...so I am all ears and ready to practice.
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Ok! Here we go:


Warming Up

Stretches & massages: http://youtu.be/1XsLRQFV7rY
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Picking-Arpeggios/


Alternate Picking

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Altern...king-Workout-2/


Dynamics (vibrato, bending & dynamics)

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Blues-Dynamics/


Blues Theory

Blues theory thread


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Are you sure you can't read minds cause I got my eyes set on alternate picking and blues dynamics for some time blink.gif So How should i study?Learn first lesson and post a video or learn all lessons in the same time 30 minutes each everyday?
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QUOTE (Vince09 @ Jun 24 2014, 12:32 PM) *
Are you sure you can't read minds cause I got my eyes set on alternate picking and blues dynamics for some time blink.gif So How should i study?Learn first lesson and post a video or learn all lessons in the same time 30 minutes each everyday?



hahaha yes, I can! tongue.gif

My way to learn many lessons on 1 week is learning a new part every day, practice it, and the following day connecting it to a new part. This means that you learn part 1 on Monday, part 2 on Thursday and connect it with part 1 and so. This is how it works for me. Does it make sense?




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Now it makes more sense,i will follow this type of studying and let you know of the progress. smile.gif
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QUOTE (Vince09 @ Jun 25 2014, 11:57 AM) *
Now it makes more sense,i will follow this type of studying and let you know of the progress. smile.gif



Great! I'll wait for your updates. smile.gif


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Ok Vince! As I received your updates via PM and gave you feedback by private, I will just write down an update to have it here as reference.

Lesson in progress: Blues Dynamics

Things to improve: Timing & Bending

Suggestions: Working at slower tempo, and practicing the bending exercise that I sent to you.




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Hi Gab!A quick update on the lesson Alternate Picking Workout 2,I learned the first 3 parts as you will see in the links bellow and I am waiting for your approval so I can learn the next part of the lesson biggrin.gif .Sorry for the bad angle of my camera...I promise next videos will be much better wink.gif

Alternate Picking #2 part 1
Alternate Picking#2 part 2
Alternate Picking#2 part 3

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Hi Vince! Good job! You are playing these parts with a good tempo. You just have to be careful with your right hand palm muting because sometimes the notes sound too muted, and the pitch/note isn't clear. Experiment with the position of your palm, move it closer to the bridge and see how the sound changes. Please tell me your conclusions.


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Hi Gab!Another update on Blues Dynamics...I hope you like it.This took more then I expected so I didn't had time to experiment on Alternate Picking lesson.Cheers smile.gif

Blues Dynamics part 1
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Hi Vince! Thanks for the update! The licks are sounding good, you are doing a good use of dynamics on this ones. There are two important things to concentrate on during your next hours of practice:

- Timing: Mostly the first video but alto the others have timing issues. Practice using the guitar pro, or over the main video to be sure that you are playing the licks tight.

- Bending: Your bends aren't precise, you don't reach the correct pitch most of the times. Work on it!



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Ok Gab sad.gif Back to the same old problems.I will work harder
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