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post Dec 16 2016, 02:56 PM
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I like it! I started practicing on it last night and I think this is a great choice to follow up with. I want to really dissect it note by note to get the details right smile.gif


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post Jan 10 2017, 04:54 AM
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The holidays are finally over... I haven't practiced in what feels like forever. We had guests who were staying in my studio room, so I haven't been in there in a while. It's nice to pick up my guitar again, but my routine is way out of wack and I feel like I must've forgotten a bunch of what I'd learned <sigh>


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Welcome back mate! You just need a few days to get back on track. Take a pair of days to move those fingers until you feel comfortable again.



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Thought I'd post an update..., ugh things didn't really get better. After I wrote that last message I got pneumonia/flu really bad and have been very sick. My mom is having back surgery and I'm going to go care for her in two weeks. It's been really hard to get any serious practicing done. I've jammed here and there, but I haven't had the energy and focus needed to really practice purposefully. Everything is so disrupted.

I watched one of Kris's live streams this weekend and realized how important it is to jam over backing tracks. When I do it just by myself, that is when I sound stale, but with a backing, new ideas come out. When I noodle around I'm going to always put on a backing from now on. I did get some maintenance done on my guitars while I was home sick. Some string changes and setup tweaks, and I re-configured some switches to add coil-taps, etc... I moved some pickups around and really have been liking having a mini-humbucker in my Strat bridge position. I was hoping it would inspire me, and it did, but I'm still and struggling with energy/clarity to really practice.

So, that's kinda where I'm at. I did discover this lesson (Stoner for Strat) which is way cool and probably what I want to learn next.


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Hi mate, I'm sorry about those things mate. I hope that everything gets better soon, and that your mother has a good recovery. All my best thoughts to her and you.

Improvising over backing tracks is great for training and it's also really entertaining. I think that it's good to be able to play over backings but it's also cool when you can also play without a backing, just a guitar and you, and it sounds "full". Both things are interesting.



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Here's a quick take of where I am on the Ballad lesson, it's not at full speed, 78bpm. This was just a quick record first take of what I've learned so far. I still have a long way to go, but I wanted to post some progress and see what you thought.



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Hi mate, I think that this sounds very good! I like your feeling and tone on this one. I'd like to hear a better mix/audio recording when recording the full version, because your playing deserves it.

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Thanks Gab! That's great to hear I'm on the right track. I did record this in a hurry, but if that's the biggest negative I feel pretty good because it's the easiest to fix smile.gif

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Hi mate, I think that this sounds very good! I like your feeling and tone on this one. I'd like to hear a better mix/audio recording when recording the full version, because your playing deserves it.

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Thanks Gab! That's great to hear I'm on the right track. I did record this in a hurry, but if that's the biggest negative I feel pretty good because it's the easiest to fix smile.gif



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Finally back in town after being gone longer than I originally planned. I am so psyched to play my guitar again. I have a new compound radius Warmoth neck waiting at home for my Strat that I can't wait to put on. I saw this video this morning and was just supremely envious of the playing, I wish I was even a fraction as good. Just wanted to let you know I'll be getting back to it, so I hope to have progress to share soon.



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Hi mate! Welcome back!! That video is a MASTERCLASS in itself. I'm also impressed on the perfection and naturally of his playing, as well as even playing classic metal stuff, this sounds a lot fresh to my ears.

It would be interesting if you can write down some ideas used on this vid, to be worked in our own playing, what do you say?



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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Feb 25 2017, 11:29 AM) *
Hi mate! Welcome back!! That video is a MASTERCLASS in itself. I'm also impressed on the perfection and naturally of his playing, as well as even playing classic metal stuff, this sounds a lot fresh to my ears.

It would be interesting if you can write down some ideas used on this vid, to be worked in our own playing, what do you say?


Yes, great idea. Here's what stood out to me, that I wish I could absorb into my playing.

1) Improve and expand my library of licks. I feel like I only know/use about a half dozen licks. Everytime I find something I like and really learn to incorporate it into my playing, I feel like my that stale "same"-ness diminishes noticeably.

2) He moves between the octaves really easily, playing the same or complimentary licks. That seems really useful to know the different scale shapes that intuitively.

3) I *think* this is mostly pentatonic playing, but he adds some major/modal flourishes here and there and the ?chorus? has a more major sound to it. I think learning how to break out of the pentatonic boxes with just an occasional note from the full major scale would be really useful.

4) As always, speed and improve my vibrato smile.gif


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Hi mate,

yes! All those things are happening here. I can see some connection between him and Ozzy's guitarists: Randy, Zakk, and even Gus G. This is like the rocker side of Metal. He has a fantastic tone, and a really tasty note choices and melodies.

Technically, there is a great control of alternate picking, sweep picking, vibrato, bending, and some legato. Regarding theory, this is mostly a minor aeolian piece, and most of the things played here are pentatonic minor, blues scale, with some other chromatic notes, and also the use of triads to follow the chords from the backing.

It's not a bad idea to use the slow downer in youtube and transcribe this solo. You'll find lots of great licks that could be incorporated in your playing.

Finally, I think that this type of players have an important arsenal of licks in their brain archive and that's because they have a repertoire of full songs (maybe instrumentals, maybe normal songs but with longs solos). They practice these songs frequently, and they surely play this stuff live. In order words, they study all these licks and ideas and play them diary, weekly. So, I think that having an instrumental repertoire could be a great help to expand your licks vocabulary.



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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Feb 28 2017, 08:04 PM) *
Hi mate,

yes! All those things are happening here. I can see some connection between him and Ozzy's guitarists: Randy, Zakk, and even Gus G. This is like the rocker side of Metal. He has a fantastic tone, and a really tasty note choices and melodies.

Technically, there is a great control of alternate picking, sweep picking, vibrato, bending, and some legato. Regarding theory, this is mostly a minor aeolian piece, and most of the things played here are pentatonic minor, blues scale, with some other chromatic notes, and also the use of triads to follow the chords from the backing.

It's not a bad idea to use the slow downer in youtube and transcribe this solo. You'll find lots of great licks that could be incorporated in your playing.

Finally, I think that this type of players have an important arsenal of licks in their brain archive and that's because they have a repertoire of full songs (maybe instrumentals, maybe normal songs but with longs solos). They practice these songs frequently, and they surely play this stuff live. In order words, they study all these licks and ideas and play them diary, weekly. So, I think that having an instrumental repertoire could be a great help to expand your licks vocabulary.


I really like this style of playing a lot, like you said, the rocker side of metal. Transcribing this solo is a tall order, but I'm up for it. I am re-establishing my routine and focus after being away for so long. My ballad is progressing as well as the Shred Journey lessons. So you think they have such a repertoire of licks from just playing songs/solos? Not explicit focus on smaller licks themselves? Is that similar to the path we've been on learning the full lessons? I feel that I tend to learn a piece and before long it's forgotten, though small tidbits remain. Am I doing the right thing?


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He certainly picked the right pickups wink.gif That set is the best they make IMHO. I put one of them in my 8 string Rusty Cooley and it changed the guitar completely. The 57 / 66 set, are still hot pups but add the alnico clarity to things and remove some of the fizz/darkness that plagued many emg sets. Not to mention he's a killer player smile.gif


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QUOTE (yoncopin @ Mar 1 2017, 11:22 AM) *
I really like this style of playing a lot, like you said, the rocker side of metal. Transcribing this solo is a tall order, but I'm up for it. I am re-establishing my routine and focus after being away for so long. My ballad is progressing as well as the Shred Journey lessons. So you think they have such a repertoire of licks from just playing songs/solos? Not explicit focus on smaller licks themselves? Is that similar to the path we've been on learning the full lessons? I feel that I tend to learn a piece and before long it's forgotten, though small tidbits remain. Am I doing the right thing?



The difference is that in many cases, the solo guitarists play all that repertoire 3 or more times per week live so they don't forget it. The approach that we apply to the lessons is the way to go: Learning the lesson, then creating variations and improvisations over the backing track. However, you need to get back to those lessons that contains licks that you love.

Once you analyze this solo, you'll notice that there isn't a lot of stuff, but it's treated in a creative way. Even the most versatile guitarists like Govan, tend to have a pack of licks that they play in most of their jams. Changing some notes, a different key, group of strings, tempo, are the keys to refresh it...



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Man, this Ballad lesson is a beast! I have finally managed to actually learn/memorize the whole thing. I'm still working on smothing out each section before bringing it up to tempo. I'll post an update when I can get it all smooth at a lower tempo.


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Cool! Thanks for the update. Keep going. wink.gif


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So I've been practicing the Ballad lesson now for 14 weeks! (With a couple taken out for travel) I can finally play it from beginning to end at 65-70bpm. I recorded a video to capture the progress and get your comments. I flubbed a few bends and got a bit lost towards the end of the solo, but overall I think it's a fairly accurate take on where I'm at today. After listening to it myself, I think I need mostly to focus on the second half of the solo and my tone needs less gain. Comments?



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