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post Dec 10 2014, 09:42 PM
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post Dec 13 2014, 07:41 AM
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Hey!

Thanks for your feedback at REC.
About the string bending lesson, I think that I should do some serious ear training because I practice this lesson everyday!
I will do some half step and whole step recognition with and without my guitar from now on.
And I will post a new take when you'll be back so you and I will see and hear the progress (I hope! wink.gif). I give myself three weeks with this one.

Today I can finally begin my 3 weeks workout smile.gif !

Thanks for eveything and have a nice vacation!

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This sounds very good Rhida. Have a great time with your practice. smile.gif


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Hey bro!
Good to see you back!

So here's a little update.
Unfortunately due to some unexpected diseases, hard work and some family issues I was unable to practice as I wished last month.
But I managed to learn all my major and minor pentatonic shapes and play them in groups of 3 and 4. I also did a recording for the Kris -mas collab.
Anyway I really want to work on the 3week program you designed for me.
Everything is back to normal now it seems so I could practice a lot more from now on! smile.gif.
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Hi Rhida, how are you! smile.gif

Thanks for the update. It would be a good idea to work on the program, would you like to start this week?


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Everything is fine now so hopefully I will start the program by the end of this week.
Lately I 've been working on my two hand synchronisation and motor skills particularly on my fretting hand as I play with a lot of unnecessary tension.
I practice slowly and try to be relaxed, in control, looking for efficient motions with my body.
I discovered that my mind wanders a lot when practicing and my brain doesn't fully control my hands and my fingers. So it's a lot of wasted practice time. My hands and fingers have developped a life of their own. I guess that's a pretty common thing for beginners or guys like me who struggle a lot with their playing.
It's a totally change of mindset and I must learn to do it as I feel I will never progress the other way.
I always thought of myself to be someone with a lot of patience, but I really must be more and more patient than ever and really practice consciously and be in control of whatever I do even if it is at 10 bpm with quarter notes.
I must discover my own pace of improving, not be frustrated but excited to see where I am going with my new philosophy.
Being a part of GMC and having you as a mentor has been a real open-minder.
I am really happy to understand now why I never progressed as I wished although I practiced often 2-3 hrs a day for the past 20 years.
My hand and fingers are fine. It's just that I never practiced with my mind fully in control of my passion.
I feel like my musical journey really begin now.

And by the way, happy new year and best wishes Gab!

P.S: for reference, I uploaded here my take for the Kris-must Charm Audio Collaboration

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Bingo!! Your post is exactly marking part of the problem why many students practice and practice but can't see important results and improvements in their playing. Your mind has the most important role on this because she has the power to dominate your full body, including your fingers and the muscles involving them. There is a first thing that you have to do before starting our practice, it's a change or mentality, you need to visualize what you want to master, and you need to think on it as if you already can play it. Visualize you playing it, your fingers doing each movement, and KNOW that you are can play it. Put all your mind focus just on this for a moment before practice. The effect that this can give to your playing is dramatic. But you don't have to fake it, you have to believe it. Most of the things that we can't master or play are because we believe that we can't, our mind thinks that they are "too difficult" and that's when it becomes so difficult that we never master it. It's awesome how powerful our mind is...

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We have a deal then! wink.gif
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Let's get this thread ressurrected!
A lot to do last year, my mind was not focused as my heart on practicing.
Anyway I intend to be more active this year.
So here's a little improvisation I made last night in one take over a backing track found on Youtube.
I put it on this thread for reference.

I noticed some timing and bending on pitch issues but I wanted to know where I am on my guitar playing right now.

And I almost forgot : Happy new year Gab and GMC!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYc7fAnQrYw

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Hi Rhida! Welcome back!

Ok, this is a great starting point for this second round. We will work on different improvisation concepts in order to take your playing to a new level but before we start, I'd like to hear from you. What are your current goals?



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My goals for the moment

improve my basic technique : fretting notes clearly, bending (Bear's lesson, my nightmare!), hammer-ons and pull-offs, vibrato
improvising : finding an inspiring backing track as the one above, playing with it and sharing my work here regularly
developp my rhythm skills with at least power chords at the moment
playing tight (timing workout)

I've got some lessons on my mind.
I'll share them here soon.


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Ok Rhida, let's choose a musical lesson that includes an inspiring backing track, and also licks that you like. Do you have any in mind?

I'd like to give you some specific tasks for this first week.



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I will let you choose one for me if you don't mind.

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what about this one?

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Beginner-Soloing-1/


The exercise for this week would be to work on this lesson but using the approach explained on this tutorial: https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Your-First-Phrases/


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I was confident you will find a good one. wink.gif
I am on it and I will upload something by next sunday or monday.
Thanks a lot for the suggestions!


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All right this is the result of my work



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Hi Rhida! Very nice!

I think that you are going on the right track but that your phrasing could go more connected to what's happening in the backing track.

Let's go deeper with the note choices. Please analyze the original lesson and the relationship between the long notes and the chord sounding at each moments. If possible write it here: Name of the chord, name of the note and interval relationship.



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