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post Feb 18 2015, 10:19 PM
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Hey Gabriel! smile.gif

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Here is my first take on the timing assignment


I would like to change my creative part of my guitar practice, instead of keep playing the Satriani Song, I really want to play a GMC lesson because I have practiced the Satriani Song for 3 months now so I am little tired of it and because the Song is higher than my skill level at the moment, I think it would be a good varation to learn a GMC lesson and maybe come back to the Song at one point. Do you have any specific suggestions for a GMC lesson?

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Hi Alex, I think that we have discovered a very important thing to fix! You are not playing those quarter notes even with the beat and this is something that we need to work hard since it will affect all your playing. It's fundamental to be able to play these tasks totally tight to then be able to play complex licks tight over a backing track, and even more on a live band situation.

So, please let's do this task: LINK

As it says there, for 3 days. Ok?

It would be important that you mostly focus on this so if you start working on a lesson, please give more priority to this timing task.

As a part of the timing work, I would work on a melodic lesson, like this one: https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guit...sciante-lesson/



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Awesome Gabriel! The only opponent is within, right? smile.gif
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Exactly. Go for it. smile.gif


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Hey Gabriel! smile.gif
How was your weekend? smile.gif

Here is new video with notes.
This week I practiced the timing most as you said it was VERY important, which I think too. Pretty useless to know a bunch of awesome licks without being able to apply them to something cool. So I practiced the timing assignment for 60-80 minutes each day and 15 minutes of bending/vibrato.


My timing is not tight yet, even though I have realized a progress since the first day I started practice it. I think I need some more days of practice this one. smile.gif
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Hi Alex, thanks for this new update!

Your work on the timing task is slowly evolving but it definitely need more work. The good news is that you are improving and that we discovered a very important issue that once you master it, it will have a big impact in your overall playing. There are some suggestions that I would like to give for the next 3 days of practice.

- Work on this timing issues during 3 days, in 3 blocks of 20 minutes, but before you start each block.
- Before you start the block, dedicate 5 minutes to visualize what you should do. Push play to the backing, listen to it and imagine what you should play. If you can, play along the quarter notes over it, while tapping the tempo with your foot.
- Try the same thing with your eyes closed.
- Then, when you start the block, don't worry too much about notes, you can repeat the same sequence of notes all the time, and put all your focus on timing. Once again, tap with your foot, close your eyes, move your head with the groove. Each of these things will help you to feel the groove
- Start practicing with only downstrokes, and once you feel that you can play this tight, go for alternate picking. I think that you should find only downstrokes easier for playing tight.


This workout should take 1 hour each day. Besides this, you can dedicate 2 blocks of 20 to the lesson that I suggested in the style of Frusciante to keep on working on phrasing techniques.

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Hey Gabriel! smile.gif

Thanks for all your awesome tips about how to improve the timing, it feel like it helped so I hope you can here a difference smile.gif Here is the video of me playing the timing assignment first with all downstrokes and then alternate picking.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDIfuAdZ-38...eature=youtu.be

The style of Frusciante was pretty easy to play so you might get a video of that later this week smile.gif

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Hi Alex! Yeah! I note an important improvement on this video! You are getting closer! I'm glad to know that the tips have really helped to work on this task. As we need this sounding perfect so let's dedicate 2 more days to this task since it will have a killer impact in your playing.

So, 2 more days to go! ok?


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QUOTE (HiimAlex @ Feb 27 2015, 12:18 PM) *
Sounds perfect Gabriel! smile.gif


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Hola Gabrielo! smile.gif

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Here is the video with both the Timing Assignment and the Frusciante Style lesson.
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Hi Alex, thanks for this new video.

Unfortunately the timing take is not tight this time. You are not going even with the beat and it's very notorious if you hear your take and pay attention to drums. For example follow the snare which is always on beat 2, and see how your note is just before it and it creates a double effect. I feel that there whole take is a bit before the beat. I think that you can do it with more concentration, focusing on the drums. You should be following the kick and the snare all the time, your guitar would become the percussive part of the backing. We are not ready for the faster backing yet, please continue practicing it with your eyes closed, moving the head with the beat, feel it.

Frusciante's lesson starts to sound good, I think that there are some timing issues on this one but I would like to hear it over the backing track, is it possible?

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Hey Gabriel!

I wonder how many this I should continue practice the timing assignment before you want a new video?
About the Frusciante's lesson I will take the timing in mind and give a new video in a couple of days because I have just focused to play it so it sounds good with bends and vibrato.
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Hi Alex! I think that 3 days for both tasks is ok to check the progress. Ok?



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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Mar 3 2015, 02:00 PM) *
Hi Alex! I think that 3 days for both tasks is ok to check the progress. Ok?

Sounds excellent smile.gif Just wonder if you want this week's Guitar Notes because there is really not something special to them smile.gif

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QUOTE (HiimAlex @ Mar 3 2015, 11:18 AM) *
Sounds excellent smile.gif Just wonder if you want this week's Guitar Notes because there is really not something special to them smile.gif


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Hey Gabriel! smile.gif

I think the timing lesson is starting to sound good, here you go https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPuzcPh6nd4...eature=youtu.be
And the Frusciante Style, I feel like I am pretty good in timing when I play along with the GuitarPro but when I shall record and put the backing over it, it isn't correct in timing at all https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWqmIMytGhw...eature=youtu.be
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Hi Alex! Thanks for this new videos. I can notice that your timing is getting better! The timing assignment is VERY close, you are now playing the notes even most of the time. We are ready for the next backing track, so please download this one and practice the same thing during 3 days, the same amount of time than you did for the previous one. It's very important that you dedicate your time and energies to this task.

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Frusciante lesson is also sounding good, but it has timing issues here and there that you should fix. From 00:00 to 00:20, timing is close, but there are notes on those phrases that are played a bit before or after, timing is not so bad, but it's irregular. The faster phrase that starts at 00:20 has even more notorious issues. In the second half I note the same, the slower parts are better while the faster has also important issues. So please keep on practicing this one, over the original lesson and also just using the backing track.

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