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Cosmin Lupu
post Oct 6 2014, 09:28 AM
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Hey matey smile.gif Welcome to your personal thread!!

Let's discuss rhythm and approach in general when studying a lesson! Usually, when learning a certain rhythm pattern based on chord play, here are a series of steps that should be followed in order to make sure that you first understand what you have to play:

- left hand - learn the positions and the amount of time that a chord lasts (i.e. each chord change occurs on beat 1 and 3)
- practice with a metronome by counting the beats and executing the chord changes as clean and in good timing as possible. Mark the changes with one right hand strum.
- right hand - mute the strings with your left hand and practice the strumming patterns with your right hand without focusing on the changes. Learn the groove and start feeling it, by practicing as described above against the metronome. Tap your foot to the beat and focus on understanding where beat 1 occurs all the time.
- both hands: put left and right together after you have become acquainted and used to each drill above - you will feel much more confident for certain.

Then when practicing a lesson, another set of steps that assure a natural and organic learning process would be these:

- understand the theoretical concepts - know what and why you are playing is a healthy way of learning
- learn the lesson structure - things will flow naturally once you know what's next when playing any piece
- learn each part and reproduce it slowly with the metronome - you will learn the lesson and become accustomed with the timing and feel
- put all the parts together and practice them against the slowest available backing track - respecting timing and phrasing will provide essential advantages when you will face the details of any piece!
- work your way up tempo with the available backing tracks

Choose one of the rhythm based lessons that you have the most trouble with and let's try to apply the above mentioned suggestions on it when learning smile.gif What do you think?

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post Oct 6 2014, 04:34 PM
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Excellent stuff Cosmin!
One lesson is on my mind.
I will keep you updated as soon as I get back home.
Thanks for this thread!
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post Oct 7 2014, 02:03 PM
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The pleasure is all mine and I would be the happiest person in the world to know that I managed to help you out with your timing. Timing is in everything, so that's why rhythm is primordial. If your rhythm will become better in music, it will become better in your life in general. Looking forward to your thoughts and recordings, my friend smile.gif


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post Oct 8 2014, 07:07 PM
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So I give it a lot of thoughts and that's what I will do here

Work on a rhythm lesson (currently I am on this one https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Metal-Power-Chords/ and I will add the beginner's corner lesson 2 by the end of this week).

Analyse and learn from it.
Make my own rhythm parts or riffs based on what I learn.

By the way thanks for your feedback at REC. Happy that I impoved my timing! And I will work on these sixteenth notes I promise! wink.gif


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post Oct 9 2014, 06:47 PM
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You are one of the most hard working people here! That's VERY important and I think you will progress nicely if you keep things up at this pace wink.gif Now, I would like to ask you to focus on one of these two lessons at first and make sure you have applied all the necessary suggestions and steps. Once you create a set of good habits, you will see that things will move at a different step and you will be able to apply a series of principles pretty much everywhere. The first step though, is to build the good habits - deal?


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post Oct 9 2014, 07:56 PM
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Oh yeah!
We've have definitely a deal! wink.gif
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post Oct 9 2014, 08:39 PM
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That sounds perfect to me, mate - I'll go check out your take for the collab right now biggrin.gif


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post Oct 16 2014, 08:14 PM
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So here we are!

Simple riff based on the Metal Power Chords lesson I just passed.

Some power chords on the E string in the first part and their inversions in the 2nd part.

Tempo: 100 bpm
Scale : E minor

The riff use an ascending and descending line resolving on the fourth degree and finally on the fifth degree to make it go back to the first degree.


I began to work on this one lately
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Staccato-Power-Chords/
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post Oct 17 2014, 08:51 AM
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Hey matey! Congrats on passing that lesson! I think you are a very hard working dude and you deserve all the credit for that - as I said, keep going and there's nothing that will stop you wink.gif

About the recording - I notice that your timing is generally ok, but the chord shifting has a slight delay - please make sure you are DEAD on the beats when you have to change the position and also, there is a lot of unwanted noise in between the changes - try to mute the chords when shifting - the noises are usually happening because you tend to move the left hand and strike the chord you need to play maybe a little earlier than necessary? I am guessing here, because I can't see what you are doing biggrin.gif Please let me know what your thougths are smile.gif


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post Oct 20 2014, 05:24 AM
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Finger pressure is definitely a big problem of mine. But I'm working on it. I will post another riff soon taking care of that and changing chords on time.

Anyway, here 's another take on the picking hand basics lesson I've been working on for some weeks now.
It has caused me a lot of trouble and I'd rather put my next take here instead of REC wink.gif . For four days now I play the same as this one, I stagnate, I don't seem to go farther with it. I've got a better feeling for the sixteenth notes part but you know better than me.

So tell me what you think, is it better than my last REC take?

Thanks for your help Cosmin!


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Hey mate smile.gif I think that in the last one the 8th notes part, which was in the beginning was a bit more consistent - there is a certain unevenness in the notes duration - see 0:23 for instance.

What I think you should do, is allow the information to settle in better - you are trying to force progress somehow. Your body has a different rhythm than your mind would like it to have and I think that practicing more and let's say filming a take after a week's work on a song with a one day break from that piece, would show another kind of result smile.gif

Have you tried this so far? It's simply a matter of allowing information to settle in. Timing is what your focus should be - so here's what I suggest - keep working on the piece by focusing on note evenness and timing - equal note duration especially and post a take on October 27th smile.gif Choose one day for a total complete break from the piece in the interval October 20-27 and then we'll discuss on the new results, ok?

And regarding the chord changes, yes, you definitely need to build up a lighter touch, in order to preserve both pitch and relaxation in the left hand smile.gif


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post Oct 26 2014, 02:12 PM
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Hi and thanks for your comments at REC.
The idea of taking one day off a week on a particular lesson is an excellent one. sometimes I may feel a liittle burned out and it helps to keep things focused. So thanks for this tip.

I will continue to work on it the way I described it to you by PM.

I just found this excellent lesson to continue to work on the same topic

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Tightness_Etude/

And below you will find where I am today with the Staccato Power Chords lesson.
Timing seems fine (to my ears anyway wink.gif but you know better than me) but I'm still not at ease with the position shifting and the finger pressure of my fretting hand.
So a little more (and more) practice to this one.
I will try to developp a riff mixing various rhythm figures (nothing too fancy, I will keep it at my level) and I will share here by the end of the week I hope.
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Hey mate,

The Tightness Etude sounds like a good idea and the riff mix as well - I am all for exploring and experimenting, so do go on and try these smile.gif Now for the recording you have sent - it has a lot of unwanted noises and I think they are occuring due to the fact that you are pressing hard on the chord positions - this will usually slow you down as all that tension needs to be released and then you have to move your hands as well - I don't know if it makes sense, but I also have another idea smile.gif How about trying to play this lesson on a clean tone? That one will make you hear the changes more clear - have you tried this until now? Please also use the clean tone, when working on your timing as well, as this one is not as tight as it should be.

I am looking forward to see the results you obtain with the clean tone smile.gif


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post Oct 30 2014, 03:46 PM
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Hi Cosmin

here's where I am today with the Staccato lesson



I 've tried to play behind the beat and more laid-back for a few days. Finally I recorded this version. Tell me if I am on the good path bro!

By the way I always practice and record myself with the original lessons, but obviously my timing sucks. And I can't seem to judge by myself if it is any good that's why I post so many takes at REC. It's not something that is natural for me but believe me I work on it everyday and I know that it will come eventually!

P.S.: thanks for your kind words regarding my vibrato at REC!
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Hey mate!

Your timing is getting better, but you tend to lose the groove in the spots in which you need to change some positions, such as 0:18 - 0:19 or 0:32 - 0:36. You start out ideally in terms of timing and right hand technique and groove and you tend to keep this good playing up until around 0:18. Now another important issue - your guitar is badly out of tune sad.gif It's a pity to not check it before recording, as it will always bring a bad mark along ..

Having these things in mind, please proceed to the next take wink.gif Slow and easy, you will get there!


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post Nov 5 2014, 08:52 PM
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Hey Cosmin!

Thanks for your kind words and comments at REC wink.gif.

So, trying to apply your advices, I recorded the two rhythm lessons I work on.
It shows where I am with them today.
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Hey buddy!

I have listened to the recordings and you are slowly progressing wink.gif but please, take some time and focus on the following:

- as Ben observed in the situation of the staccato lesson, when the more crowded passages come over, you tend to lose definition and timing - can you please record a slower version and focus on playing as clean as possible in those passages? Mainly: 0:15 - 0:19 and 0:31 until the end.

- the timing is better in the strumming lesson, but please focus on these two aspects:

- don't push too hard on the chord positions or check the tuning of the guitar because in some parts it sounds like the guitar is out of tune and these two could be the only two reasons I see that could cause this.
- focus on the chord changes, as they aren't too well defined - see how you can tell each chord apart in Bear's recording - be ready to change the chord positions no sooner than right before the beat on which the new chord has to appear and try to play this one slower and even record it slower focusing on these aspects, deal? smile.gif


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post Nov 6 2014, 06:16 PM
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No rushing I get it wink.gif !
I will work slowly on it and show you my progress with video by the end of next week.
We have a deal!
Thanks for your tips.
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He mate! Nothing to it wink.gif That sounds very good to me and if there are questions in the mean time, please do tell me, okai? smile.gif

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Hey how are you doin?

It's been some weeks since I 've posted anything here.
So let's keep this thread alive! wink.gif

So this staccato lesson has been quite a challenge postion shifting and timing wise as you know it.

Here's my today practice.

Thanks for the feedback!

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