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Hi Tom, everything sounds great! Feel free to post the REC take, and start working on Picking hand basics.

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post Feb 26 2015, 09:13 AM
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Hi Gab,
Here comes the video with the resting point somewhere on the outer palm /wrist. This was the eposition I started with and then switched to forearm at guitarbody as I misunderstood some advise from Darius about my hand position.

I feel much better with this position (rest at bridge) although I got used to the other one. Made a few picks and immediately thereafter the video. the angle between pick and string changed too which makes it sound different.

http://youtu.be/0ZH3UsMn7pU

Is that OK now? I will get more used to it with the new alternate picking lesson we choose.


Just watched Ben at "Picking Hand Basics" again - It seems I can rotate the hand some more towards the bridge so that only the outer palm will rest on it and not the wrist ? OK?

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Exactly Tom! I think that the best is what you detected on Ben's video. If you rest your wrist, you won't be able to make some movement from your elbow when it's requires so the best is to do it as you can see it clearly on Picking hand basics lesson.

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Hey Gab - Yes, I got it now. This resting position with outer palm at bridge/saddles is the right one.
http://youtu.be/-FSEZN0QOkM

It seems I need a 4th attempt at REC wink.gif

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Hi Tom, the position and movement starts to look good! Well done. I notice that your hand is not relaxed while you play. Using your palm as an anchor point should let you relax more your hand to make the up and down movement more natural. If you check Ben's video, you will see that he also uses his pinky resting over the higher strings to make his right hand picking even more stable. It's another trick that we use to get a more precise picking. Try it, you will be able to relax your hand more while you play.


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Hi Gab - here we are with some news:

Alternate Picking
Was taking your advise with resting the pinky below E-string and the outer palm at bridge. Feel really comfortable with this setting.
Here is Bear's lesson again:
http://youtu.be/SfQM89OYIpA

Also worked on Ben's Picking Hand Basics that we choose. Here is a first try at 90bpm.
http://youtu.be/UIj1JwahokU



Rhythm and Chords

The Barre chords lesson is getting better ech day. Only the large slides (e.b. C7 to F or Gm7 to C) are still a little slow as I have not found the best way to stay into contact with the strings. Next week I hopefully will have a recording against a slower version of the backing track for you.

Bending
Getting more and more comfortable. It seems all the work slowly starts to pay off...
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Hi Tom! Good job! I can notice that your right hand alternate picking technique is getting better and better. Bear's lesson take is really close, there us a few timing issues but nothing really serious. Picking hand basics still needs more work but it's a great choice to continue working on this technique. The process should be the same than you did for the previous picking lesson. Work slowly and focus on each part, pay attention to the different rhythms used in the second half and be sure that you are playing it right. You can use the guitar pro at slower tempos to be sure that rhythm is ok.


Your bending lesson is better too. Most of the bends are on pitch now! I notice that the half bends are still uncomfortable so please dedicate some more time to them. The next step would be to add some vibrato here.

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Hi Gab, new videos from my side. Wish I could present more progress each week but as long as YOU do not get frustrated wink.gif


Rhythm and Chords

These Barre chords are really challanging. Your advise to practise them in a loop is fine...but if I do so that for5min my hands are tired and I have to switch to a different lesson. Nevertheless I dedicated a lot of time to this one - sorry if the results do not reflect that (yet?)
http://youtu.be/jyfZaqD_ZDc



Alternate Picking

Great that we changed the hand position after the last REC again...

Bear's lesson
http://youtu.be/sHsUyMl3NA0

Ben's Picking Hand Basic's
http://youtu.be/W_qHYT6F3Lw


Bending and Vibrato
Was trying to get the all bends right and emulate vibrato like Bear does.
http://youtu.be/MrgJzC-gZvI


About Recording: I am not so happy the way I do it right now but its fast and I can spend most time on playing.
I may get a Cubase from a friend who makes electronic music and has switched to a different product (Nuendo?) and does not need his license. I understand that I can record with that but I am not sure about the video part. Would that make sense for me?

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Hi Tom! Thanks for this new update! I have to say that I'm seeing a great improvement in your playing since we started working together. Maybe you don't note it because you see yourself playing every day but this thread reflects that you are working really hard and that you are improving so congrats and keep going! smile.gif

Rhythm & chords: This is new stuff for you so it's normal that it takes some time to get used to this bare chords that are a nightmare for all of us when we are starting to play them. Even knowing this, you are changing them and making them sound, just be patient and keep on playing this lessons since this chords will be your friends for many years. biggrin.gif Once you feel comfortable with chord changes, pay attention to your right hand's timing.

Alternate picking: Great work with this lessons! Your picking is becoming much more consistent now. The more you play this lessons the more precise your picking will be. On the picking hand basics lesson, you should take care of the triplets which are not sounding totally tight, so re-check that figure. I think that we are ready for a lesson that cross strings, but before one question: what legato lessons have you worked?

Bending and vibrato: This one is getting better so you are on the right track. There is off course room to polish both techniques: Your bending is not always on pitch and your vibrato is sometimes weak, but I think that it's a matter of time. Your movements and technique look good. I also think that we can move to a new lesson that includes this techniques on a musical solo.


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Thanks Gab! About your questions:

Alternate Picking
No, since I submitted Bear's Beginner Legato to REC I did no practice a new Legato lesson. Thought we would choose that all new together once I finished Alternate Picking and Bending...but that took a little longer. So do you have something new with both picking and legato in mind?


Bending and Vibrato
Yeah - I am ready to move to what you called a musical solo lesson with bending and vibrato.

Thanks for the recording link. I will check this later when I am too tired to play ..
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Hi Tom, this is what I'd suggest to start working:

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/legato...cking_beginner/
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/The_tasty_etude/

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Wow - really great stuff. Lets see if I can master this. I was looking for easier once tongue.gif like this
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Beginn...-Beginner-Solo/

But if you fee I should try a level 3 lesson ...


So what does it mean for the exercise structure now?

Rhythm and Chords:
the 6-string barre chord lesson I am already working on

Alternate Picking and Legato
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/legato...cking_beginner/

Bending and Vibrato
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/The_tasty_etude/

Is that OK so?

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yes! the structure looks great! Let's try it and let me know how you feel the lessons. smile.gif


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Hi Gab, not much to show this week. I have been learning the two new lessons. Its really challanging for me and reminds me that I ve been playing guitar for only five months now. So I will learn a lot in these lessons although I have some doubts that I can play at that speed soon. But when I tried my first barre chords I thought the same and now its so much better. Next week I will record "something" for both Alternate Picking and Legato as well as the Etude.

Rhythm and Chords

Barre chords and I are slowly becoming frieds tongue.gif
http://youtu.be/Z4x8eiaiFew

Once I mastered the 6 and 5 string barre chords lessons I will include both in my warmup routine and play them daily. Just to keep this basic knowledge in good shape.

Still working at recording setup. I will get this done sooner or later...

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Hi Tom! Be positive and hard worker and things will happen. smile.gif

Your take on the chords lesson sounds really good, you are now getting familiar with those chords. The changes are getting smoother and the chords clear, you are ready for the next step.

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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Mar 16 2015, 03:29 PM) *
Hi Tom! Be positive and hard worker and things will happen. smile.gif

Your take on the chords lesson sounds really good, you are now getting familiar with those chords. The changes are getting smoother and the chords clear, you are ready for the next step.

You are on the right track! Keep going!



next step... you mean care about the different dynamics Bear has is some of his upstrokes - right?
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QUOTE (Tom51 @ Mar 16 2015, 03:53 PM) *
next step... you mean care about the different dynamics Bear has is some of his upstrokes - right?


yes, working on rhythm, groove and dynamics is the next step. Please re-check the right hand rhythm because I note some differences between your take and the original.


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OK - I will try to figure that rhythm thing out...

Something else: today started a new GMC collab with a backing track that really sounds great. Do you think I should give it a try or is it at my playing level a waste of time and I should better dedicate my time to the new lessons?

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OK - I will try to figure that rhythm thing out...

Something else: today started a new GMC collab with a backing track that really sounds great. Do you think I should give it a try or is it at my playing level a waste of time and I should better dedicate my time to the new lessons?



Go for it! The new collab includes a workout followed by Kris at that thread in which he will help you to get the best of you for the collab, so it will be a very inspiring learning process.


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Hi Gab,
back again after I lost a few days due to a cold. Thats why I had no videos last week.
The new lessons are still a big challange. As I have max 2h/day I decided not to take part at GMC collab as my basic skills are still very weak and better dedicate the time to the lessons. So mostly did about 45min Legato, 45m Etude and 15min Barre chords each day.


Alternate Picking and Legato
Its really hard, a lot of things to learn: coordination left-rigth hand, one finger per fret (mobility), hammer-on pull-off with pinky, muting of unwanted string noise and so on.
http://youtu.be/8LoH4b9OO74


Bending and Vibrato
Learned with guitar pro first and then viewed Jonathan to get the right phrasing.
http://youtu.be/EP5ar6HHBFw

Just would like to look at bit at theory side as well. I was asking myself why he can play C major against these differnet chords

Intro : C –F –C –F –G
Verse : C –G –Am - G – F (x2)
Chorus : Dm – Em - F - G - Am – G - F-
Am –G –Am/F# - F
Final: F –C –Dm –G – F

Then I looked at all chords and found that they contain notes from c major scale only, except the Fm which has an Ab included. Right thoughts ???


Rhythm and Chords
First time I recorded with Cubase and replaced the camera sound in the video with the recorded one. So I am ready for lessons that require a recorded backing track first like your very cool Buckethead Style II .

Was trying to get rhythm and groove of it.
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