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Hi Tom! As we have been talking about your practice and designing your routine via PM and I received your first video playing one of the lessons, I decided to start a thread in which we can have everything together to make the work easier.

Based on your current levels and guitar goals, I suggested this routine for the first weeks:


Warming up (10 minutes)

Alternate Picking (15 minutes)
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Beginn...ernate-Picking/

Rhythm (15 minutes)
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Beginn...rumming-Rhythm/

Legato (15 minutes)
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Beginn...eginner-Legato/

Vibrato & Bending (15 minutes)
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Beginn...String-Bending/
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Bens-Vibrato-Odyssey-5/

Jamming: Learning and applying scales (15 minutes)


And this is the video that you send me:



It's a good first take to have as a reference to monitor your progress. Technically you are doing the things right, but you still need to get used to the chord changes to make the chords sound clearer and the changes smoother (with less silence between chords). At first the main recommendation now is to start working diary on the routine and share videos here every 3 days if it's possible.

About the REC nervous issue, don't worry about it. It's normal and will disappear with practice. The more you record videos the more normal it will feel.


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Hi Gab,
Great, thanks for your help!

As I make rather slow progress one recording a week seems to be a good start so that you see at least a little improvement. Is that okay? I still need several tries to get half decent through.
I am not sure if I got you right; should I record all four lessons plus Ben's open chords = 5 each time?

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Hi Tom, this should be very flexible depending on how you feel with each lesson. You can share lessons here every 3, 4 or 7 days, and you can record the ones that you want me to check. Remember that the more I see your progress, the more I can give you tips to make a more effective use of your time and practice. Also, it will be a great practice for the REC button syndrome. wink.gif

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Hi Gab,
Happy New Year to you and all the best for 2015!
During your vacation I added the lesson videos to the REC section and used the feedback from the coaches to hopefully improve things a little.
Below are the new videos from last weekend. Happy to hear what you think.

Cheers,
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Rhythm
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Beginn...rumming-Rhythm/
I tried to copy Bears hand movement to get rid of my "frozen" wrist. There is a clean and an distorted version as the last one had a too much overdrive.

http://youtu.be/u3EJh1diGck
http://youtu.be/NTr14ZCQKXc



Vibrato & Bending
Focus was on new thumb position Cosmin recommended. I also tried to hold the bended note longer and add vibrato.

http://youtu.be/O6sGLcE_Q5w



Legato
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Beginn...eginner-Legato/
Tried to keep volume of picked and legato notes even...

http://youtu.be/zwpMU2C1B8s



Alternate Picking
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Beginn...ernate-Picking/
Here pick position and missing wrist movement was criticized ...

http://youtu.be/KVjNmezj_AI

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Hi Tom! You have been working really hard!! Well done! I'm glad to find all these videos here. Let me give you some feedback and please tell me what you think and if you have any questions:

Rhythm:
Great job emulating the original lesson’s groove! Your rhythm playing is very tight and interacts really good with the backings groove. There are just some little problems with some chord changes when the fast changes appear (for example at 00:38) so try to work on those shapes in order to be able to make all changes smooth.

Bending:
Your bending technique still need days and weeks of practice. It’s not an easy technique because it requires enough strength, and precision to reach the note, make it sound clear, keep timing and add vibrato. These are many things to think on at this moment but I recommend you to think on one of these things at a time, and practice the lesson in smaller sections. You need to get used to the movements and your muscles need to be trained be patient and keep on practicing this one.
I recommend you to add this exercise to your diary practice: http://youtu.be/Hh_pYY6UYIw

Legato:
This lesson is evolving very well, and now you have to focus on two things: make legato notes sound stronger, and make everything sound tight with the backing.
I note that many notes sound weak, mostly when you play pull offs. This happens because you are not attaching the string enough just before you do the pull off in order to make the following note sound strong. The problem is less notorious when you play hammer on, but you can make the notes sound better yet, just try to tap the notes stronger. Once again, work on smaller blocks and focus on the sound and intensity of each note.

Alternate Picking:
The comments received about pick position and wrist movement are totally valid. These problems don’t affect too much to this lesson but you will affront issues on more advanced lessons so I recommend you to give a look at this lesson: https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Using-a-Guitar-Pick/
Also, try to play with your right hand more relaxed and letting it move freely from your wrist and a bit from your elbow. Check out the original lesson and emulate how Bear moves his right hand.


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Hi Gab,
Its been a few days since my last videos. As time was limited I used it all for playing the four lessons. Yesterday I made a first video again, all the others will be recorded over the weekend. I feel I make some progress. Even the bending gets better. Still have not found the tone yet that Bear has in his lessons but I do not want to spend too much time on this yet as I have only 90 min/day which I want to use as intense as possible. For warm up I just try to play E and A based Barre Chords now.

Also found some nice new lessons...(David Gilmou style and finger picking wink.gif wink.gif
But sure only after once I got an approval for the current lessons.
Cheers Tom


Rhythm
(was really working hard to get chord shapes moving fast and smooth)
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Beginn...rumming-Rhythm/

http://youtu.be/JC3WUA0IUI4

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Hi Tom! Thanks for the update! I can really note and improvement on the rhythm lesson compared to the previous take. The chord changes are starting to be more consistent, there is still more room but you are on the right track. The task for this week regarding this one is to isolate the changes that give more problem and play the two chords as a loop, one measure each chord in order to practice the change. Put all your focus on it, think on the next chord a bit before it's time for change. Do this during this week as an extra training for this lesson and let me know what happens.



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Thanks Gab. I really know which changes to concentrate on. Hopefully a new recording can be done on Sunday.
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QUOTE (Tom51 @ Jan 14 2015, 10:16 AM) *
Thanks Gab. I really know which changes to concentrate on. Hopefully a new recording can be done on Sunday.



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Hi Gab,
here are again my records from over the weekend. The videos are still difficult as I want to be as good as possible and keep all advice given in mind... therefore I am never as relaxed as was before. Maybe over time I will get used to it.


Rhythm
First version again with distortion and second clean.

http://youtu.be/pj8J-BDZr20
http://youtu.be/nI-rFKmkUMc


Bending
Was paratising Ben's exercise (half ton and full ton bending) daily to get the right pitch.
I just realized that my chair makes some noise when I move during playing that one can hear if the Amp is on low volume...sorry.

http://youtu.be/9CPTnV5kX7c


Legato
http://youtu.be/geVqaR1sUGk


Alternate Picking
with pick in hand like Ben ...

http://youtu.be/1TB6uSq1LwM


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Hi Tom! Thanks for this new videos. I can see you really progressing, congrats! Here I go with some detailed comments.


Rhythm:
This is getting better and better! Your rhythm is tighter on this take and the chord changes are much better now. There are some little problems at 00:44, 00:51 and similar parts where the chords sound a bit muted, but it's slowly improving. I note that your guitar is not perfectly tuned, so check it out for the next time you record this one. There are some little moments in which you tend to go a bit before the beat, it's not something really important but try to notice and avoid it during your next days of practice.

Bending:
This take is not bad but your hands still need to get more comfortable with both your bending and vibrato techniques. To make bending more consistent, your fingers need more practice to gain more strength. To improve vibrato, it's also related to strengh, but you also need to remember that the motion is from your wrist (not your fingers). Check Bear's vibrato motion carefully and try to imitate him. Also check out this lesson: LINK

I also noted that you don't reach the correct pitches in some of your bends. Those that are half tone are the ones that have more problem, but there are also some whole tone that don't reach it.

I recommend you to work on very little sections, comparing your playing with the original lesson and also playing along with it, to adjust your bending pitches, and your vibrato technique.

Legato:

This one is sounding nice. It's getting very close. The next things to polish are:

- Making everything sound smoother: If you listen to the original lesson, you will notice that Bear makes this one sound smoother, all the notes are long enough to make the whole exercise sound smooth and fluently. In your take, the notes are cut a bit early, and in some sections, this issue becomes more important (00:10).

- Timing: Your timing is good, but there is still some room to adjust it and to gie your playing more groove. There are some pull offs that are a bit quickly and this affects the overall groove. The issue is more notorious when you go to the higher frets.


Alternate picking:

Goo job with this one! It is starting to sound really good! Your right hand picking is starting to be more consistent and this is noted just listening to this take. Just some tips to have in mind:

- Try to relax your right hand while you play.
- Keep on working on your timing. It's better but sometimes you tend to play before the beat.



Ok mate, once again, congrats on your great work! I can see you progressing a lot these days so keep going! smile.gif


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Hi Gab,
The new videos are here wink.gif
Thanks to your advise I better understand bending now (rotating forearm movement and not finger flexing). I also played together with Bear to better get the pitch and timing. Also did this with the legato lesson.

Rhythm
http://youtu.be/6Hpb3eNokuk

Bending
http://youtu.be/HtwP_df-dDQ

Legato
http://youtu.be/-zi-MkntPM8

Alternate Picking
http://youtu.be/ZYkU3rM1Kpo


I'm curious about what you think. Cheers Tom!
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Hi Tom! Great to know that the comments are helping you to go in the right direction! I can notice improvements from take to take so congrats on your good job!

Here I go with some specific comments as always: smile.gif

Rhythm lesson: This one is getting better and better. Your rhythm is now very tight and there are two things that you should have in mind during the next days of practice. the first one is finally master that chord change around 00:40. Isolate this part and visualize the chords, put all your mind to think on the chord sounding and the next chord that you have to play, think where each finger will go before you move them.
The second thing is that it's time to let your body go with the groove. I notice that you are not letting your body relax while you play and move with the groove. Let it be free, move and feel the pulse, you will internalize the groove and music much more.

Bending: Great job!! I can notice that now your motion is ok for both bending and vibrato. Your bending technique needs to be polished to always reach the correct pitches and your vibrato off course needs to be more consistent but you are on the right track. Keep on practicing this one every day.

Legato: This one is also sounding better. Both the hammer on and pull off start to sound clear and defined but the biggest improvement is timing. It's not easy to keep timing tight with this technique, but you did it! You are ready for a trickier lesson. Congrats!

Alternate Picking: This one is getting close. There are things to improve like timing (sometimes your 8th notes are not being played tight and the overall sound a bit irregular) and how you reach the higher notes at the end of every phrase. Nothing of this is very serious but you should have it in mind. Another thing that I note is that you are keeping your right hand wrist very fixed, please remember that alternate picking motion should start from your wrist on first place and then a bit from your elbow, so please pay attention to how bear moves his right hand and re-check your movements.


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Hi Gab,
Great. Your feedback always keeps my motivation high and let me enjoy everything I do. Once you feel a lesson is played good enough I would like to submit it again to REC section to "get it done" and include a new lesson instead.
Do you think the legato lesson is ready?


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Hi Tom, I'm glad of hearing this. That's my main goal, mark things to improve but always keep your motivation at the higher level possible. About your question, yes, the legato lesson is ready for REC. Honestly, lessons are always ready for REC because the idea of that program is to receive feedback from different instructors, so you can try with other lessons to receive some extra and valuable feedback. But if you want to adjust the most important things first, you can do a "pre" REC here off course, that's up to you. wink.gif


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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Jan 27 2015, 12:01 PM) *
Hi Tom, I'm glad of hearing this. That's my main goal, mark things to improve but always keep your motivation at the higher level possible. About your question, yes, the legato lesson is ready for REC. Honestly, lessons are always ready for REC because the idea of that program is to receive feedback from different instructors, so you can try with other lessons to receive some extra and valuable feedback. But if you want to adjust the most important things first, you can do a "pre" REC here off course, that's up to you. wink.gif


Hi Gab, Its all great how we do it right now. I feel I learned so much during this short period with you as mentor. very happy!
Just when YOU feel a lesson may pass the REC I would submit it. This is something like an GMC approval for me and makes me feel ready for a new lesson (maybe of same technique, e.g. legato.)
So I will submit the legato lesson and see what comes out....
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Ok, this sounds great for me, let's continue like this. wink.gif


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First REC successfully. biggrin.gif

That makes me even work harder tonight to get better in the remaining three lessons. As you proposed I will continue to play the legato lesson daily but put more effort on the others. Once we are through all four lessons we can choose the next step.


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hehehe congratulations Tom!!! I'm proud of you. smile.gif

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Good Morning Gab! Here are the new videos. Thanks Tom.


Rhythm
http://youtu.be/DxSbJyK-ij4


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http://youtu.be/bRWXtEyJGIY


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