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post Oct 13 2016, 10:48 PM
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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Nov 6 2015, 12:53 PM) *
Hi Aris! I'm so happy to read what you have to say about your work at GMC! I also notice that your playing is evolving really well and it's really inspiring to see how your guitar phrasing is becoming more and more musical. You're on the right track, keep going!! smile.gif


Hey Gabriel,

How are you doing? I ' m glad to speak to you again.

I 've had a lot of changes over the last year (mostly good) and had to readjust to the new conditions. I also broke my hand so eventually I couldn't even play for two months

It feels great to get back and start learning guitar again. I was learning a few songs on my own over the last period - chords based on my acoustic to keep me relaxed but now I might as well get to work with it.

So I 'd like to progress with my improvisation, scales, technique and phrasing and I would be glad if you can be my instructor again and provide me with a new suitable routine and advice.
I estimate that I can play/study guitar for 3 hours per week. Of course it will be more if circumstances allow for it but I don't want to exaggerate and miss on being given with the most appropriate routine for me.

I hope 3 hours can be enough to even make slow progress. Perhaps if an exercise combines more than one techniques it may help me make the most of this little time available, but this is something that you know better than me of course.
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post Oct 14 2016, 12:03 AM
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Hey Aris! Welcome back mate! Sure, I'd like to help you on this new step of your music journey! smile.gif

The first things that I suggest doing is choose a lesson that you like and record it. It will let me check your current level in order to know how to continue.



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post Oct 14 2016, 11:03 AM
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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Oct 13 2016, 11:03 PM) *
Hey Aris! Welcome back mate! Sure, I'd like to help you on this new step of your music journey! smile.gif

The first things that I suggest doing is choose a lesson that you like and record it. It will let me check your current level in order to know how to continue.


Ok great. Many thanks Gabriel. I Will let you know soon
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Great. Let me know which lesson you choose.


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Hey Gabriel,

I started from scratch with the skatepunk lesson which is the one that grabbed my attention even before we start working together last year but I never thought I was ready for it. I also like the fact that you share your composing method on the first killer riff!!! I decided now to go for it even with baby steps.

So this is it after 1+ weeks of practicing it.
https://youtu.be/Sc6rrPp2EOY

I have also included one of my last takes just before I took a break, since more than a year ago (summer 2015 ). I wont be able to play that well now but I will give it a try again.
https://soundcloud.com/aris-33/social-disto...-185bpm/s-573jf

speed and technique are common issues in both.

As I mentioned last time I 'd like to progress with my improvisation, scales, technique, phrasing and some composing instructions so please take these into account for providing me with a new suitable routine and advice. My estimation is that I can work with it for 3 hours per week on average.

Thanks a lot and let me know on your suggestions


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Hi mate, great to find your videos! I think that the social distortion one is a good choice, while the other is a bit fast at this stage. It would be better to go for slower skate / pop punk lessons that make a road to this one.

Regarding improvisation, ok! We can divide your work in two:

Rhythm

Lead


And the lead section can be related to learn solos but also improvise using the concepts learnt. For the rhythm moments I would like to suggest one of these lessons:

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Classic-Punk-The-Clash/
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Classi...nk-Sex-Pistols/
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Classi...nk-The-Stooges/


For the lead, this one:

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Simple-Aminor-Soloing/


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Thanks, seems great! You 're spot on my kind of taste too. I' m on It!

I Will keep you posted.
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Great! Work on 1 or 2 of them at first.


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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Oct 28 2016, 05:35 PM) *
Great! Work on 1 or 2 of them at first.


Hi Gabriel, how are you?


It took me longer than I expected but I was working late and after that playing with the children for a couple of hours until we all pass out.

I focused more on the stooges lesson. I found very interesting the soloing parts and the opening riff.
I started at 100bpm to avoid playing clumsy but now it's looking better.

Here is not my best take but recording always makes me nervous.
https://youtu.be/UFuuHAXu7zk

I have been playing the Clash lesson as well but I found it less challenging since I could play it at the original speed from the start, though I 'm not really accurate on my staccato chord grab which I need to work on a bit. I 'll send a video for it as well.

Now that I'm feeling back in shape somehow, I will try the simple minor soloing lesson too.

Please let me know what you think and how we could progress.

Thanks!
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Hi Aris, great to see you on track!

I've checked the Stooges lesson and it's a good start. The part that needs more attention is the solo section. There I note that you have pitch issues as well as some timing issues. You definitely need to work on your bending technique as a first goal, but you also need to make your vibrato more consistent, and your overall soloing more precise. This lesson is a good start, but I think that it's ok if you complement it with more specific lessons.

For example these two ones are great for working on bending and vibrato.

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Beginn...ending-Workout/
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Beginn...ibrato-Workout/


When playing the rhythm parts, I notice that you are more comfortable but there is room to polish timing, make the single note lines in between the riffs tighter (and cleaner, for example at 00:44) and also adjust some parts in which the chords have pitch issues (for ex: 00:46).

I suspect that the Clash lesson could have similar issues, so I'd really like to check your take as well.



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Hi Gabriel,

Thanks for your comments and suggestions.

I 'll check the new technique lessons and hopefully I will send you some new stuff soon
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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Nov 25 2016, 01:00 PM) *
Excellent! smile.gif



Hello Gabriel,

Hope you are doing fine.

Working hours have been exhausting and I even have very little time free time awake which I spent being with the kids.
Anyway, I have not decided to give up yet and it seems the idea of not giving up is stronger this past week.

I 'm sharing a new take from the stooges below.
The hardest thing for me in this lesson, you will notice, is to start playing the second solo and hit the first bend aiming to land my pinky on the string.

https://soundcloud.com/aris-33/stooges-2

About pitching issues, I have been working on the bending exercise for beginners which you suggested me and hopefully I will post you my progress on it.
I will also renew my subscription too.

Your comments are very appreciated. Thanks.
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Hi Aris! Great to see that you didn't give up! Remember that just a few minutes every day can make the difference.

This obviously needs more practice to adjust the things that we've talked about, but I can note progress. It's important to continue practicing the bending exercises and to isolate that connection that is giving problems to get used to go from the chords to the lead guitar.

Also, when playing the chords strumming, try to go tighter with the drums.


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