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Hi Tom, the lesson is evolving good but I feel that you should complement this work with some technique exercises that help you take this techniques to the next level:

- Alternate picking
- Vibrato
- Bending
- Legato

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post Jul 27 2015, 08:02 AM
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Hi Gab,
usually I spend 2 hours daily on my practise. The detailed schedule was last week this one:
(Maybe I am "overoptimzing" things - but I just try to compensate my slow learning a little with a clear to do list)

30min Warmup, theory and ear training
5min= learn notes on fret 1-12
20min= ear training (I recorded some intervals and single notes for me to hear ands sing...)
5min = stretching and warmup, playing a simply scale as clean as possible (G or Am pentatonic)

45min Chords and Rhythm (15min per lesson)
5 String Barre
Slash Chords
Oasis Style

15min Fingerpicking Pattern
Mandorino lesson (we will have to change for something new soon, I loose concentration on this)

30min Bending and Vibrato
Buckethead lesson

I always want to improve my tone but end up having no time left for this.

Not sure If I unterstood your thoughts behind the question? Do you just want me to work on technique exercises intensely to get a big improvement with the buckethead lesson?

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Thanks mate. Let's try a small change for this week to see how it works. Ok?

20 min Warmup, theory and ear training
5min= learn notes on fret 1-12
10min= ear training (I recorded some intervals and single notes for me to hear ands sing...)
5min = stretching and warmup, playing a simply scale as clean as possible (G or Am pentatonic)

15 min Chords and Rhythm
Oasis Style

75 min technique workout
25 minutes - Bending: https://youtu.be/Hh_pYY6UYIw (practice the exercises over backing tracks)
25 minutes - Vibrato: https://youtu.be/4Lo9DSA4wXk (practice the exercises over backing tracks)
25 minutes - Alternate Picking https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Altern...Picking-Basics/ (check the spoken videos and practice the last vid exercise)

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OK Gab - I will start today with the new plan.
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QUOTE (Tom51 @ Jul 27 2015, 11:02 AM) *
OK Gab - I will start today with the new plan.



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Hi Gab,
last five days I worked with the new schedule that has the 75 min technique workout. I feel that it is very useful although its hard to get 75min done. I usually end up with 60min. Also the idea to have a backing track during the bending and vibrato workout is really good.

I recorded a new Buckethead take. The 16th notes licks are still not tight but its getting better each day. Bends and timing should also much better now. About vibrato: I feel its wide and fast enough. Is that right?
The more I work on this lesson the more little thing I hear that I need to improve ohmy.gif
I have no idea how to get a good tone on this.

https://youtu.be/MaHLVoeYyEY


Oasis Lesson: Still do not get the change into the middle part (from G to F Barre) fast enough but working on it.

I will post the 5 sting barre lesson at REC to get some further feedback. I have been working on it about 3month and I will not significantly improve at my current level. I am somewhat tired now.
Will play 5/6 string barre lessons or own progressions daily a few times to keep these chord in mind. (warmup)
Maybe we find a new lesson here or use a backing where I have to play a own chord progression and strumming pattern?

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Hi Tom! This new video shows that the current plan is good for you at this moment. I notice improvements on the technique elements that I've marked so we are on the right track!

I extremely recommend you to continue with the current plan for another 10 days in order to keep on improving the different required elements. As you've said, picking is better and require more polishing (be careful with timing), vibrato is getting better and bends are reaching the correct pitch most of the times.

On a side note, it would be good if you can mix the backing louder on your future videos.

For playing your own ideas, what about creating your backing tracks with Reaper?


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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Aug 3 2015, 05:01 PM) *
Hi Tom! This new video shows that the current plan is good for you at this moment. I notice improvements on the technique elements that I've marked so we are on the right track!

I extremely recommend you to continue with the current plan for another 10 days in order to keep on improving the different required elements. As you've said, picking is better and require more polishing (be careful with timing), vibrato is getting better and bends are reaching the correct pitch most of the times.

On a side note, it would be good if you can mix the backing louder on your future videos.

For playing your own ideas, what about creating your backing tracks with Reaper?


Okay...will do so. I alway had the backing -6db compared to my recorded playing. No idea where I got this from but I will change that with the next recording.

- What do you mean with creating backing tracks with Reaper? (btw. I use Cubase Elements - but that should work too)

- Can we add an alternate picking lesson instead of Darius lesson that is more musical (like Tycho?). I could also join the timing workout?


Ahmm...I should have better listened to your advise to ask before posting a take to REC . I do not want to end up with that detuned mediocre chord performance there. Will give it a few extra minutes each day to work on. I also learned that I need a more suitable sound next time. So I will record from my Amp directly with a crunchy sound (instead of GuitarRig) and no fancy FX. Hopefully Ben will enjoy the next take a little more. unsure.gif

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Hi Tom.

Yes, creating backing tracks with Cubase will work. It's good to have some training creating tracks to then be able to record your own music.

About picking lesson, yes, we can go for Tycho's style. This one seems easy but has some dynamics work that require special attention.

Finally, regrading the REC take. It's cool to post it here even at this level because you receive more points of view. I think that it's ok to use guitar rig but adding modulation can confuse the tuning when playing this kind of stuff so I recommend a cleaner sound.





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Hi Gab,
Please find below assignment 10 ear training. I listened to the 4 note melody once and played it then with my guitar from the sound I had in mind. Maybe I misunderstood this? Was it allowed with the guitar or should I only find the notes by listening and singing?

1 = CEGD
2 = CABC
3 = CDFA
4 = CGCE
5 = CBAF
6 = CDGE
7 = CEAG
8 = CADE
9 = CFED
10 = CAFD

Most of them should be ok?
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Hi mate! The results are excellent!

It's ok to use your guitar but it's also really helpful to try to do this without your guitar, and trying to identify the melody only with your ear and voice. Maybe you can re-do it and then compare answers... what do you think?



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Yes, I will try to find this without guitar and let you know how it was.
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Ok. Keep me updated.


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Hi Gab,
some news... Its holiday season and I practiced a little less than weeks before (about 1h). But it was very focused and I really enjoyed it. Ear training without guitar is really tricky but gets better. I still use 15min for finding notes and ear training daily. Ear training helps a lot with finding the bending pitch. I no longer try to remember how much the string has to be bend to rech a certain note, I start relying on my ear.

Barre Chord Lesson
Was trying to be tight with the beat and get chord changes smoother. Sound comes from GuitarRig. Not so happy with my tone choice yet.
https://youtu.be/jj2K9S1HKmI

Buckethead Style Lesson
Did only play it about 15min daily but very concentrated and I feel I made some good progress here. At least I enjoy playing this one a lot. tongue.gif
https://youtu.be/bbCSbCaSAgI

I like the tone here more. Maybe if it gets better I should post a GR5 screenshot for what I used?

Tomorrow I would like to start with this lesson (in addition) because I really like the sound. Good idea?
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guit...ciante-lesson2/

Next week I will get back to my 1,5-2h routine.
Thanks much for your time and help!
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Bare chords: Your guitar has tuning issues on this take. Your playing is good, you are changing chords smoothly most of the time. Your rhythm is also better and tight but I think that a more relaxed right hand movement would be this lesson groovier and with more natural dynamics. Try to feel more the overall groove while playing.

Buckethead lesson: Good job! This one is also getting better! There is off course room to improvements but the good news are that the overall lesson sounds much better, and that the second half which have more important problems is starting to get polished. The parts that I've marked on previous comments are the ones that are improving but also the ones that still need work to do so keep going!
About the tone, you're right! The clean tone sounds really good, and the solo section is also nice for this one. It sounds a bit like "stoner" but I like it...

Frusciante style lesson is a good choice to continue!







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Tuning issues again...its a nightmare and makes me feel like an idiot.
I found out that my strings loose tuning very soon and B and G string are not in tune at 12th fret. (according to GuitarRig 8-9cent above tune) So just changed strings again. This time with some quality strings that hopefully will last longer. (Elixir 009-042)
Now I understand why there are professional guitar players that put on new set of strings before each stage session.
I have also learned to tune not only open string but check at 12th fret too.
Maybe I should have better bought one of these new Gibson LP with automatic tuning instead of a strat sad.gif .

Thanks for the encouraging feedback about Buckethead lesson. Will work hard to get this right.

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Strats tuning can sometimes give some headaches. Good strings usually are more resistant and can last more time but the tuning is more related to tuners and guitar calibration. Professional guitarists change strings for each show, first because they have the money, secondly because there is less risk to break a string while playing, and on third place because of the extra bright that you get when strings are new.

I recommend you to take your guitar to a luthier to adjust calibration and to ask him about the quality of your tuners. That's the best move mate.



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Thanks for your advise Gab. I will just give it a last try with the new strings. I tune it so often right now and except the B and C string where there is a very tiny difference at 12th fret its on spot. If I will have the same issues I will have it checked at a luthier.

Just recorded the Frusciante 2 lesson - do you hear any tuning issues?
https://youtu.be/nJhbkW8UywY

Btw: this is the first lesson I have learned in one week with 15min/day at final speed. I really enjoyed playing and learning it. Was very relaxed this time wink.gif

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Hi Tom! Good job with this lesson! Your timing is really good! You have to continue playing it twice every day to get more comfortable and make the licks sound smoother, and also to adjust two things.

Vibrato: There are some of them that are weak and not consistent. (00:07, 00:16).

Slides: The slides at 00:23 are not sounding clear and smooth. Isolate them and make them sound strong.


Besides this, please work on the lick at 00:26, and the connection between slides and this lick exactly at 00;25.


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Hi Gab - here are some updates an videos.

Practice Schedule is currently (about 90min/day)

15min Ear Training
45min Improvising Workshop
10min Frusciante Lesson (new recording next weekend)
10min Buckethead
10min Barre Chords

Usually I spend a little more on the three lesson and often end up with 2h. My practice atmosphere has changed in that way that I am much more relaxed and enjoy each minute of playing. Even if progress is slow.
I stopped the learning notes on fretboard part as I now feel quite comfortable about that and can apply the knowledge at the Improvising workshop. That helps a lot.

Here is a new Buckethead - was also trying to get more dynamics in my playing (besides better timing, bending and vibrato)
https://youtu.be/Hisg5526iGA

Barre Chord - trying to feel the groove and play with a tuned guitar wink.gif
https://youtu.be/1CVL4LlUtPE

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