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post Sep 7 2016, 01:19 PM
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And here it is, the first pedal card!





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wou! this is brilliant! I can imagine that it's much easier for you to build pedals in this way! I think that you had a great idea by building this, and I think that this could be a great addition for guitar lovers and also at recording studios... go for the patent! biggrin.gif

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I love this blues lesson so far, these one finger bends are really making my finger sore smile.gif


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hehehe great to read this!! smile.gif


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This lesson is really challenging, but I really want to get it. I spent most of my practice time just trying to bend to pitch with my first finger. I don't have enough strength to consistently hit the pitches and I had to build a callous from nothing. I was limited every day by how much my fingertip could handle before getting too sore.

I didn't even bother trying to learn the whole piece and just stuck with the first part as an exercise. I want to keep working on this, the vibe is so cool. I can see working this one for a while to come. Each phrase has so much nuance and "feel" I would really like to learn those details smile.gif So, I just recorded a quick practice video of me, I've been doing this as part of my practice everyday this week.



An update on my pedal rack, now I have two functioning pedals in the rack and can trigger them from the Helix. I have a few kinks to still work out, but it's getting there!



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Hi mate! Thanks for the update!

I think that it's ok if you prefer to dedicate more time to work on this lesson. There are two possibly reasons why you prefer to avoid the 10 days plan. The first one can be that the lesson that I suggested is a bit over your current level. The second possibility is that this type of program is not appropriated for you. Each person is different and some things work for some while doesn't for others.

We have to find the best way to keep your motivation, and progress flowing.

About the rack, that's great! I hope that sometime when you have it finished, I could visit you and try it! biggrin.gif

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Yeah, I don't think the 10 days is working, mostly because I just don't have the time or ability to tackle a task that big every 10 days. I've kinda been stressing the deadlines a bit smile.gif How about we continue with your lesson (or just a certain topic) recommendations, to guide the direction of my playing and address weaknesses. Sometimes I don't even know the area that's most lacking.

I think what I used to do (before we started on the 10 days plan) was I'd take a lesson and just come back months later. How about when I'm working a lesson, I break it down and post progress videos when I've finished each of the lesson sections? Those are nice small bites I can work on and get feedback without having to get the perfect complete take (which is REALLY hard). It might work out that I can handle a few different style lessons, to keep things interesting, but only be working one section at a time, not the entire thing.

That sounds kinda fun to try, what do you think?

As for the Helix, it controls it via MIDI. You just assign a MIDI CC toggle # to a footswitch. It works great! If you're ever around Washington, DC you let me know, does Cirse ever play in the USA? Many, many years ago in college I used to work at the 9:30 club downtown. That'd be your spot smile.gif Now it's just me and the kiddos in the suburbs smile.gif


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Hi mate, I think that your plan sounds good. Let's try it!

About touring in USA, that would be awesome! We didn't play at your country yet, but we hope that it becomes possible anytime! smile.gif


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I'm back! It took an extra week to get my practice routine re-established and toughen my finger callouses but I think I've got Part 1 of King Albert's Blues nailed, on to Part 2...



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Cool! Welcome back mate! Great video. The lick sounds very good, this is promising. smile.gif


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For this week's video I've got King Albert's Blues parts 1&2 at full tempo. The one finger bends are getting a lot easier and the rest of the lesson isn't too hard so far. I'm pretty pleased with the results so far. I've been playing my 24.75" scale Schecter for this lesson because I like the tone and the shorter scale makes the one finger bends much more comfortable. Eventually I'd like to move to the 25.5" but I don't want to limit the practice time by making my finger too sore. How am I doing?

I also made some upgrades to my recording setup which I explained in this thread. I hope you like the results!



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Hi mate, that sounds very good. The only part that isn't precise is the last one, starting at 00:25. There the bends are not reaching the right pitch. The other part is flawless and very tasty. Well done!

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It's been a while since I posted an update to my King Albert's Blues lesson. I'm still working it though. I had to slow the tempo down to 110 to hit the fast run at the very end. I'm currently drilling that part during my practice. The slower tempo makes hitting pitch bends a bit easier to focus on too. They still need some work too I think.



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Hi mate, good take! I just feel that you could play those bends with more confidence, and to get more dynamics on this one. It's a very good take, but there is some little room to give more feeling to the whole thing. You are playing everything at tempo, tight and the bends are precise. Your tone is also great.

What other things are you working?


PS: I've been using the pedal with Cirse and I'm really happy with it. We had a very important gig yesterday and it was on my pedalboard, I'll share some pictures soon. biggrin.gif


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On Friday I had the day off with no family around, so I recorded like 5 videos. I think this one was the last one, so maybe that explains the lack of emotion. My focus has been on other things lately too, but I'm still working this one and hadn't posted progress in a while per our agreement smile.gif The fact that I'm hitting the pitch bends is really the most important thing.

Oh man, I've been doing so many different things lately! I was inspired to write some more riffs/licks after the Rammstein collab. So, I did two of Todd's Sunday Shredfests. AC/DC and Pink Floyd. You already know I'd been working the Rammstein collab and now the Audioslave. I've also moved forward 3-4 more lessons in Todd's Shred Journey. I also finally finished my modular pedal rack, built a Tonebender Fuzz and am working on my first delay pedal.

I've also had some gear issues I've been dealing with. My Fender Bassbreaker amp has been at a repair center for the past three months for a factory warranty issue. I finally got fed up and called Fender about it again, good news is they're sending me an entirely new amp so I really hope it's here soon. Also, my Helix has a service issue with the expression pedal. It's a known issue apparently that they start to squeek really bad and mine has started. They've been very helpful, and as soon as I finish the Audioslave recording I'm going to ship it in for service. I don't know what I'll play on then, maybe plugins?

I'm so glad you're enjoying the pedal smile.gif I couldn't be more appreciative of the instructors here. I feel really optimistic about my playing right now, like I am REALLY getting better smile.gif The collab and sunday shred have shown me I can do some things I didn't even know I could. I would LOVE to see a photo of your pedal board, really excited my work is out in the world getting used.


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Hi mate,

Your post is pure energy mate, even with those gear issues! The most important thing is to keep being motivated and that's what happening here. I'm glad to know that the collab has waken up your creativity! Don't stop making music!

In the meantime you can use some plug ins. There are lots of great ones, and some of them are free (Check the ones that I use in my lessons).

And congrats on your modular finished! I would love to see a video of you using it! And sharing how it works.

I'll be back with some pedalboard pics. biggrin.gif


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I finally got all my gear back! I've been practicing again and think I'm almost finished with the King Albert's Blues lesson. I can play it at tempo pretty well now and it's starting to get a bit boring. Below is a very quick take I did tonight. I thought I would get your feedback on it and then record a more polished take with your feedback for REC this weekend. Let me know if you think I'll be ready to move on and we can settle on what to tackle next. Thanks Gab!



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Hi mate,

this is a very good take. The things to improve are very subtle but not less important and are related to articulation/groove, and dynamics. If you pay special attention to the "swing" or "groove" feel of the original take, you'll note that the movement regarding timing feels great with the backing's groove, and that it's totally intentional. In your take, there is some of this it's not going with the feel of the backing. This is very subtle, but it's what gives professional playing that "extra" that is difficult to explain. The same happens with dynamics.

This is not anything easy to achieve, and it can take years, but by listening and thinking on it, you are going on the right direction. I can note really important improvements regarding your bending and dynamics comparing this take with the previous ones, so you are definitely on the right track.

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Hi mate,

this is a very good take. The things to improve are very subtle but not less important and are related to articulation/groove, and dynamics. If you pay special attention to the "swing" or "groove" feel of the original take, you'll note that the movement regarding timing feels great with the backing's groove, and that it's totally intentional. In your take, there is some of this it's not going with the feel of the backing. This is very subtle, but it's what gives professional playing that "extra" that is difficult to explain. The same happens with dynamics.

This is not anything easy to achieve, and it can take years, but by listening and thinking on it, you are going on the right direction. I can note really important improvements regarding your bending and dynamics comparing this take with the previous ones, so you are definitely on the right track.

Let's discuss about how to continue!


Yes, I totally agree. There is a stiffness to my take that isn't in Chris's lesson. He has this smooth effortless groove while mine is a bit more hurried. I have been focusing on that, for example trying to avoid nervous sounding vibrato, but like you said (and it's much like bending), it seems to be a task that outlasts any single lesson. Dynamics is more challenging to even hear. It's also like bending in that you have to develop an ear for it, but I think I'm less progressed on it.

I do think my bending is really improving, and also with using different finger combinations. I feel like this lesson pushed my bending a step forward on hitting the correct pitches. The very last bend on this take is wrong, but I mostly feel pretty good about the rest.

I do feel like I've taken this lesson as far as I can at my skill level. I think if I revisited it in a year I'd improve a lot, but I don't know if grinding on it daily is going to give me the biggest benefits right now. Let's forget the REC take, if you agree, I think it might be time to move on to the next thing. It's been a few months since we started this one, I'm not even sure what I want to do next smile.gif

I just went back and watched my older takes on this one, and feel pretty proud of myself. I remember this first video I couldn't even hit the first bend! I'm glad we're doing this more frequent takes approach, it's really good to have these progress videos to look back on smile.gif


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That sounds great mate! I also can hear really important progress in your playing! I think that the last assignments have been really polishing your playing.

The lessons that you've worked on the last assignments are:

- Beginners Bending Workout
- Beginners Vibrato Workout
- King Albert Blues


So this is my suggestion to continue:


ASSIGNMENT #4:

Goals:

- Dynamics
- Bending & vibrato


TASK 1:

- Work on this lesson: https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Ballad...ics-phrasing-2/

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- Improvise over the lesson's backing track.


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