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WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That Dream Theatre album is AWESOME, I am a new fan. I've only had chance to hear half so far but it's incredible.

I can hear Zappa era Vai in there, I can hear Marilion, the first two tracks sound like they could be out takes from The Wall.
Thank you for introducing me to them Gab, I don't know why I have never got into them before. I must go and see them live next time they come here smile.gif

I've had much trouble with my new interface, turned out to be something simple but if you don't know it might as well be the most complex thing in the world. If you want to know the ins and outs it's HERE. Basically it froze my DAW completely because I had it plugged into a powered usb hub which I thought was fine, unlike an unpowered hub, that bit I sorted myself but the other was a sample rate conflict with windows.

Basically what all this means is that I have lost 3 evenings of practise and I am not here this weekend. I will give everything my full attention as soon as I get back.

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uff, I hate when these things happens. The reason is usually related to drivers and windows. Every time I have a similar issue I try these things:

- Reinstall soundcard drivers
- Google the problem to see how other people solved it.
- Reintalling windows. (Last chance)



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Thanks Gab

The problem is fixed, it was a sample rate conflict between the software for the interface and windows. Focusrite offer free live support via a live chat system, in my country it's available between 1pm and 1am. Perfect smile.gif

Right I'm back on it now after my micro holiday. Got to catch up on the theory workshop, I think others are struggling a bit as there hasn't been much activity sad.gif

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Hi Phil, great to know that you finally could solve the issue!

yeah, this workout is showing us again that each student is different. I know that you like long deadlines, however I feel that other students prefer smaller assignments with short deadlines to keep motivation and focus. We have stuffs and threads for everybody so this is not a problem. We have long term workouts, short term workouts and also mentoring thread for each one so we are safe.


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No worries Gab,
I don't mind sort deadlines I just don't have the time to fit the work in to meet them smile.gif if you want to put a shorter deadline on the theory workshop it wouldn't be a problem, I could work at my own pace if you don't mind and post here to prevent messing up the main thread.
I don't want to hold others up because of my time issues wink.gif
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UPDATE sad.gif The others will sort out this issue hopefully but I've put the link just so you know about it smile.gif

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...st&p=728037

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Hi Phil,

That's not a nice noise! Could you solve the issue? It seems to be related to a calbe or connection that is not working good. Have you tried changing cables?



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Thanks Gab
The same cable works fine straight from the guitar, it is only when I go through my Boss. I'll do some more checking tonight but it's doing my head in now.
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Oh, ok, I hope that you can solve it soon.


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Thanks Gab,

Problem sorted but not solved, at least I know what it is now. I can now move forward smile.gif

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Awesome!! So we were close when suspecting of cables or connectors... smile.gif


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Thanks Gab,

Sort of, but if you have time, check this out please https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...st&p=728155

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Did you see my comment about theory deadline? It's a few posts above this one but I've put it below to save you looking. I don't really know why people wouldn't participate if the deadline is long but they prefer short, they can submit as soon as they like and the get on with other things until the next one, surely that's better than not participating at all. Oh well, each to their own. smile.gif

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No worries Gab,
I don't mind sort deadlines I just don't have the time to fit the work in to meet them smile.gif if you want to put a shorter deadline on the theory workshop it wouldn't be a problem, I could work at my own pace if you don't mind and post here to prevent messing up the main thread.
I don't want to hold others up because of my time issues wink.gif
Thanks mate


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yes! I've read that. I'll think about it. It's not my idea to change way the workout is but I'll think about it. It would really help if you and the other students that are working share takes more frequently.

I'll check the other thread, thanks for the link.


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Thanks Gab,

I know I should have been more active in the theory thread, especially as it was my idea, but with my holiday, and the initial struggle to understand the CAGED system and then all of the problems with my new interface I have got so far behind with my Petrucci lesson, the theory workshop, the creativity workshop and now the new collab I just feel everything is on top of me.

I need to get out of this hole, and quick.

I've posted a comment in the theory thread to try and pick it up a bit. I hope you don't mind smile.gif

Cheers Gab.

UPDATE:

I've had a good go at the theory workshop tonight. To try to catch up I tried to have the triads on screen while I jammed but the backing is far to quick to give me time to think so I went into GP5 and slowed it to 50% which helped. I'll try my best to hit the deadline with something Gab.

Getting Petrucci down now, harder than the Satch one, I'm not so used to Petrucci style as Satch smile.gif

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Great mate! I've just commented your post there. It seems that everything is on the track now. Good news. smile.gif

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Hello mate,

OK, I've finally got something onto the theory thread, it's very very basic and not exactly what you asked for but, personally, coming into it so late I'm struggling, and I also find the backing a bit too complex and quick for my level. I've never followed the chords before as, in all of the collabs we've been given a scale that will work over the whole thing if we're beginner level.
I'm thinking it may be the same for some of the others so I've put mine up mainly to coax the others in, I'm not impressed with it but maybe with it being so bad the others might come in and not be shy of their offering. Hope this makes sense to you.

I've also had a good go at the Petrucci lesson. That pre bend was tricky, I've done them before but only improvising and after a long pause. Trying to do it as a set piece I struggled, the silence between the pre bend always sounded like a mistake rather than something that should be there, kind of like I'd missed a note or my finger slipped off the string too early, I guess it's all down to timing. Anyway I got that down okay, I've now got to get that run in bars 5 and 6 down, that will take a while as it's pretty quick for me.

I'm giving these two things my main attention for the moment if you don't mind. I'm not concentrating on the creativity or the collab but I am thinking about them both. If I get something in my head I'll get it down as soon as I can.

Cheers Gab.

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Hi Phil, thanks for the update.

This sounds good to me and thanks for sharing stuff there! I'll check your take for the theory board.

I think that it's ok to focus on a few things and go deep with them. It's much better than covering too many things but not deeply.

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Cheers Gab,

Added another take to the theory workshop, and offered my easy backing to everyone.

On Petrucci, I'm struggling with the end of bar 7, where Ben does vibrato with his pinkie. I can do it with just my pinkie but when I use my other fingers for support I choke the string. I think this is just a matter of finger independence and the pinkie is lifting when the others come down. Haven't got bars 5-7 anywhere near speed yet, 25% is about my limit. Just got to get more familiar with it.

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O, so this is a good excuse to practice vibrato with your pinky (and other fingers helping) in different parts of the neck, and maybe apply it on your improvisations too.


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Thanks Gab,

I've been practising the pinkie vibrato, I've been adding one finger at a time behind the pinkie for support. It's really tricky for me though, it is all down to finger independence I'm sure. The muscles need to be trained to allow the pinkie to maintain pressure. It's fine if I just fret with four fingers, it's just when I apply vibrato. No secrets with this one, just fingers on the fretboard until it happens. smile.gif

In the real world would you do it or would you just slide to the note with your third finger and apply vibrato with that? I'm not going to try and cheat, I am going to master it, just wondering wink.gif

Regarding the theory workshop, I've played the GP5 backing track 1 alongside the studio backing track 1 and I can't see an association. Are my ears playing tricks? I thought the GP5 backing would be a very simple 1 2 3 4 strumming pattern of the studio one? I was going to play them together as I find it easier to hear the chord changes on the GP5 track. I thought if I had both running, the GP5 would help me follow the chords and the studio would inspire more musicality. Hope you understand what I'm trying to say wink.gif

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Hi Phil,

Everything is possible in real life. We practice to try to avoid limitations and be able to play whatever comes to mind, and fingers respond correctly.

I honestly didn't understand how you are using both backing and guitar pro for practicing but if it helps to learn the triads it's ok for me!


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