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I have no words to describe how happy I'm of the present you've given me mate. And I can't wait to have in in my hands, but patience is the key nowadays with this kind of stuff. We are on the transition from the previous president to the new one and everything is changing (surely not in the right direction but well... that's what we have).

About your take, yes, this is getting better but bending still need more work. The key is diary practice, and complement this with exercises like the ones shared by Ben Higgins at youtube, and you can also use some Guthrie Govan videos where he covers bending.



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post Aug 8 2016, 03:52 AM
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Yeah, it was only a week, but I expected to make more progress than I feel like I did. I think I have a plan though. I was playing the Beginner Bending Workout like music, playing the whole piece over and over again each night. I think I'll break down each bend and do 2-3 per night just getting the pitches right. No backing, no tempo, just getting the bends right. I think I'll try that this week and make another video next weekend, cool?


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Sounds good, but I think that you could do the same thing over the backing, to have a better reference of pitch.


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post Aug 16 2016, 03:18 AM
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Gab, I'm not going to post a bending video this week. I've been practicing the lesson a lot and am making very good progress with it, but I know it isn't ready so I'm just going to keep working it. I'm very much enjoying it though, it's short, simple and focused. I've also been paying a lot more attention to my bends when just jamming. I realized that I was pretty sloppy and that's just confusing my ears and pitch recognition. So I've been trying to be more disciplined about it.


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Hi mate, cool to read this. Thanks for the update. Take your time to master it. wink.gif


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No video again this weekend for a lot of reasons. Reason 1, I am still not happy with my playing on the lesson, I can often get the first part or the unison bend part right, but never together in one take. I take that to mean I can't really play it yet and it needs more. I am recognizing more of the missed pitches, so I am progressing. I think I'm just going to keep practicing it until I either get it, or get to bored with it to keep going.

Reason 2, I spent almost 100% of my free time this weekend building my studio rack for my MIDI pedal project. I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel on this, can't wait to fill it up with awesome pedals!
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All great things happening here! Congrats on your new Helix!! and also on the rack project!! Those pics are very promising man!

Take your time to feel happy with your playing on the lesson. wink.gif


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Ok attempt number 4. I see improvement, I think.... I have to admit I'm starting to get sick of this one now.



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Ok! This definitely shows improvements in your bending technique. And I think that it's time to move forward. This assignments are prepared to be worked for around 10/15 days so it's normal that you get bored of the same thing since you've been working on it for more than a month.

Are you ready for a new assignment? Are you working on any other lesson / stuff?



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Well, that's a relief to hear you say it shows progress smile.gif Given my personality, I think it may be useful to set a maximum time I'm "allowed" to practice each assignment before moving on, as much as having an initial deadline. That'll keep things fresh and me moving forward, I tend to be kind of hard on myself when I can't get it absolutely perfect after a lot of practice.

Other than the bending lesson, I've been working just as hard on Todd's Shred Journey. I think has been going pretty well so far. I kind of surprised myself, I'm better at it than I expected, or maybe it's just the beginning smile.gif That's it though, I am absolutely ready for the next assignment!


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Ok! So please let's take the deadline of the new assignment and share the 3 required videos at that date so I can give you feedback grading and we can keep moving. Deal?


ASSIGNMENT #2:

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- Improving your vibrato technique.
- Shred Journey


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- Work on this lesson: https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Beginn...ibrato-Workout/


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- Work on lessons 2 and 3 from the Shred Journey.


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By September 4th you'll have to share 3 videos:

- A video playing beginner vibrato workout (4 coins)
- A video improvising over the backing track from the lesson. (2 coins)
- A video playing lessons 2 and 3 from the Shred Journey clean over metronome the faster possible. (4 coins)

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Oh I like it! Especially the idea to improvise over the backing track smile.gif With the bending, vibrato and alternate picking, I've been doing a lot of technique, but I think applying it will be good. I did one Saturday Shredfest and it was really fun. I think more of that over time will really help me put it all together.

Lesson 2 & 3 from Shred Journey HA! I'm already on lesson 18 wink.gif I've been kinda crushing it if I do say so smile.gif


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QUOTE (yoncopin @ Aug 24 2016, 10:25 AM) *
Oh I like it! Especially the idea to improvise over the backing track smile.gif With the bending, vibrato and alternate picking, I've been doing a lot of technique, but I think applying it will be good. I did one Saturday Shredfest and it was really fun. I think more of that over time will really help me put it all together.

Lesson 2 & 3 from Shred Journey HA! I'm already on lesson 18 wink.gif I've been kinda crushing it if I do say so smile.gif



Excellent!

About the Shred Journey, it's up to you! The idea is to incorporate it to this assignments. As this is for building speed, you can always rework the previous lessons. Maybe you can share a video playing the 17 lessons that you've already worked to let me check them. What do you think?




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Oh I see what you were getting at smile.gif I will follow your assignment as you wrote it. I started practicing Lessons 2 & 3 again tonight. It surprised me how much faster I was able to play them smile.gif


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Excellent! wink.gif


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Here are two of this week's assignment videos. I still have to record the improv video, I'm trying to make it really good because I probably spent the most time this week on that assignment. My comments on this week are:

1) I don't think my schedule can handle this many assignments. I felt like I didn't have enough time on each one to see improvement. I also haven't been able to make any progress on my current Shred Journey lesson.

2) The improvisation was what I spent the most time on and was having a lot of fun. I was seeing better ideas come out, not so much trapped in my old pentatonic box, so that was encouraging.

3) The vibrato lesson itself was a little boring.

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...and here's my improvisation. I probably had better ones, but this one is pretty good and with minimal mistakes while also having the video camera running. My soloing sound/style in this one is often how I play, this is primarily what comes out when I just jam.



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Hi mate, thanks for the videos and the feedback about how you've felt the lessons. It really helps me to design better assignments that are adequate for you.

The takes are good. There are obviously things that need more time like the Shred Journey, and your vibrato, but I think that even not being able to see quick results, this type of work shows valuable results in the long term. In other words, your vibrato won't become killer in 1 week, and your alternate picking neither will be faster, but diary practice always pays.

One little details to mark about your improvisation is that your vibrato sounds a bit "nervous", try to make it go more natural with the backing track in your next improv sessions.

Let's consider this assignment passed and let's move forward. Here is my suggestion, please let me know if you feel that it's the right amount of material and if everything motivates you to practice.




ASSIGNMENT #3:

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- Blues phrasing
- Bending & vibrato


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- Work on this lesson: https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/King-Alberts-Blues/

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- Improvise over the lesson's backing track.


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By September 16th you'll have to share 2 videos:

- A video playing King Alberts Blues (6 coins)
- A video improvising over the backing track from the lesson. (4 coins)


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By "nervous" to you mean the vibrato was faster/off-tempo? If so I think I see what you mean and will work on it.

This Albert King lesson looks like a lot of fun smile.gif I like this pattern we have going of lesson + improv. I think that is going to yield positive results, I'll learn more phrasing/licks/techniques and then you can help me work on applying them. That seems like a really good way to proceed. I do usually play blues rock (usually soaked in fuzz) and really like it, I'd love to expand on that. I think we should drop the Shred Journey bits, I'll keep working that with Todd. I'd be trying to make 5 videos per week, I only think I can handle about 3.

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Wou man!! That looks completely awesome! It can't wait to see it finished and working! It will be a monster! smile.gif

About vibrato, yes! That's what I mean. Regarding the assignment, great to know that you've liked the lesson! and off course you can continue the shred part with Todd, and we can focus on the other things. wink.gif I'll edit the assignment.


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