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post Feb 28 2015, 11:14 PM
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Hey guys and girls smile.gif

First of all - Darek millions of thanks for all the time that You spend working with me smile.gif Trust me, it's impossible to say in words how grateful I'm for this smile.gif You are the best!

Now returning to my take.
Finally I decided myself ( because lately I want more and I'm never satisfied about what I play) that I'm ready for a new video smile.gif It's an improvisation workout. Main focus was for phrasing, tone control, dynamics and building tension. Because this kind of playing has some requirements, my instructor give me 2 possibilities:
1- to play with my usual tone and replace more picking with legato, slide, bends, etc ;
2 - to use a different tone which allows the using of more notes played with picking.
I chose the first option and also I used a different picking strength from the very soft at a very hard and aggressive picking, to not kill the smoothness of the track. I must mention that every picking of note that I used was very carefully analyzed and tested in many versions before the final decision. So, it's nothing random wink.gif

Hope you guys will enjoy this smile.gif I definitely had a lot of fun doing it smile.gif


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post Feb 28 2015, 11:21 PM
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Hi Monica

It's just wonderfull..... rolleyes.gif


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post Mar 1 2015, 12:15 AM
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Nicely done!! Your phrasing and note choices are just killer!


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post Mar 1 2015, 02:45 AM
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I really like this Monica! Bravo
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post Mar 1 2015, 03:14 AM
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Very nice - and relaxing, too! biggrin.gif



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post Mar 1 2015, 10:07 AM
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QUOTE (MisterM @ Feb 28 2015, 10:21 PM) *
Hi Monica

It's just wonderfull..... rolleyes.gif

Thank you so much, I'm very happy you like it smile.gif

QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Feb 28 2015, 11:15 PM) *
Nicely done!! Your phrasing and note choices are just killer!

Thank you Todd, I really appreciate your opinion smile.gif I always try to respect the basic rules of improvisation and create a story wink.gif

QUOTE (Jim S. @ Mar 1 2015, 01:45 AM) *
I really like this Monica! Bravo

Hey Jim, thank you my friend smile.gif BTW your take for "Funk It" collab sounds really cool. I like it very much smile.gif

QUOTE (Chris S. @ Mar 1 2015, 02:14 AM) *
Very nice - and relaxing, too! biggrin.gif

Thank you Chris, I hoped to create for the listener a relaxing mood smile.gif

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post Mar 1 2015, 10:20 AM
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excellent smile.gif I really liked that. The dynamics and phrasing are perfect. I would never have guessed it was improvised, great job Monica.


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post Mar 1 2015, 02:50 PM
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Monica, that was......



BADASS. cool.gif

Playing around with picking dynamics really makes a huge difference and you demonstrate that perfectly, well done smile.gif


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post Mar 1 2015, 05:27 PM
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Hi Monica, this video is great. You playing is so tasty and I can really note a good improvement in your playing regarding dynamics, phrasing and feeling. It's very inspiring to see how you are developing your guitar playing and the fact that you are focusing on elements that many guitarists usually forget or give less importance during the learning process. Dynamics, tone, phrasing, articulation, for example are as important as technique and notes (scales, harmony), and we usually dedicate more time to practice technique and learning scales than to the other ones.

Great and inspiring video! Thanks and congrats! smile.gif


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post Mar 1 2015, 11:11 PM
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Awesome Monica - lots of 'tastiness' in here. It's obvious you're still working very hard - and I am really excited to see where you will take this.

I personally think that by focusing on the expressive sides of your playing rather than the technical, you will work yourself to pro level much faster. In order for you to really make in imprint you must get into producing your own backings (and arranging etc) - you will then be able perfectly match songs with your melodic intuition to create a powerful end product. (You could of course also go the traditional road with irl bands, demos etc)

Thanks for keeping us in the loop!


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post Mar 2 2015, 07:32 AM
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QUOTE (bleez @ Mar 1 2015, 09:20 AM) *
excellent smile.gif I really liked that. The dynamics and phrasing are perfect. I would never have guessed it was improvised, great job Monica.

Thank you very much Bleez smile.gif I'm happy to hear that you didn't guessed that was improvised. It's always awesome and helpful for me to see my playing through people's eyes smile.gif

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BADASS. cool.gif

Playing around with picking dynamics really makes a huge difference and you demonstrate that perfectly, well done smile.gif

Ben, thank you so much and I really appreciate that you listened my take smile.gif It's great to hear your opinion because I know you care about details in playing. I see this in every take of yours and the fact that every note from your videos exudes perfection no matter how fast is the playing, tell lots about you wink.gif


QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Mar 1 2015, 04:27 PM) *
Hi Monica, this video is great. You playing is so tasty and I can really note a good improvement in your playing regarding dynamics, phrasing and feeling. It's very inspiring to see how you are developing your guitar playing and the fact that you are focusing on elements that many guitarists usually forget or give less importance during the learning process. Dynamics, tone, phrasing, articulation, for example are as important as technique and notes (scales, harmony), and we usually dedicate more time to practice technique and learning scales than to the other ones.

Great and inspiring video! Thanks and congrats! smile.gif

Gab you know my playing from the first day since I came in GMC. Your opinion it's important for me because you always can say exactly if I made an improvement or not. This is a big advantage for me and I know you judge a playing from all points of view. Thank you a lot my friend for your kind words and support smile.gif

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Awesome Monica - lots of 'tastiness' in here. It's obvious you're still working very hard - and I am really excited to see where you will take this.

I personally think that by focusing on the expressive sides of your playing rather than the technical, you will work yourself to pro level much faster. In order for you to really make in imprint you must get into producing your own backings (and arranging etc) - you will then be able perfectly match songs with your melodic intuition to create a powerful end product. (You could of course also go the traditional road with irl bands, demos etc)

Thanks for keeping us in the loop!

Kris I must thank you twice smile.gif First one for your kind words and your constant support and the second because when you posted your recording over Javier's backing, you told me "I am dying to hear a fresh recording of yours" and this was the first impulse to decide myself to make a new video smile.gif

I guess you have right and maybe it's time to play over my own backings and arrangements. Lately I had in mind to make this thing but....."I want more from my playing" mood doesn’t leave me alone.
To be honest because I’m never satisfied about my playing, to convince myself to post this video I asked and said to Darek for many times: "do you think it's a good improv?", “ to post this vid or to keep this only for our practice?”, "I don't want to post a shit", "I can make another one", "what things should I polish?", "do you like this improv?", "if you don't like something please tell me and I will make another one", " I feel it's not good enough",etc. After he stopped me, explained me many things and put me back with the feet on the ground, in the day when I made the video I changed a lick in improv because I thought it's much tasty. So...this is me lately biggrin.gif
Also it happen something that I don't understand. When I start to play at guitar and I had million mistakes in a take, I had lots of friends around me. Now with every video that I make and you guys as instructors tell me that I make a constant progress and I also feel this, I started losing friends. It’s a weird feeling which creates me an uncomfortable mood and raise many questions in my mind.
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post Mar 2 2015, 09:03 AM
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QUOTE (Monica Gheorghevici @ Mar 2 2015, 07:32 AM) *
I guess you have right and maybe it's time to play over my own backings and arrangements. Lately I had in mind to make this thing but....."I want more from my playing" mood doesn’t leave me alone.
To be honest because I’m never satisfied about my playing, to convince myself to post this video I asked and said to Darek for many times: "do you think it's a good improv?", “ to post this vid or to keep this only for our practice?”, "I don't want to post a shit", "I can make another one", "what things should I polish?", "do you like this improv?", "if you don't like something please tell me and I will make another one", " I feel it's not good enough",etc. After he stopped me, explained me many things and put me back with the feet on the ground, in the day when I made the video I changed a lick in improv because I thought it's much tasty.


I can only recommend working on your own backings if you feel for it, otherwise wait. There is no rush.

I can say for sure though that recording yourself regularly and upload videos - and thereby exposing yourself to an audience - is very smart. I have done this recently (aprox one vid per week) and this has accelerated my progress like never before. I have told myself I need to upload regularly, so I will not spend much more than one week on something - and I will upload even if there are mistakes in the take that kill me. Why you ask? Well I have found that the mistakes will usually be gone next recording (either through work around or fixing). Again nothing beats playing in front of an audience, that is why our REC section is so important.

QUOTE (Monica Gheorghevici @ Mar 2 2015, 07:32 AM) *
Also it happen something that I don't understand. When I start to play at guitar and I had million mistakes in a take, I had lots of friends around me. Now with every video that I make and you guys as instructors tell me that I make a constant progress and I also feel this, I started losing friends. It’s a weird feeling which creates me an uncomfortable mood and raise many questions in my mind.


Are you referring to irl friends or online (or both)? Unfortunately, success is not known for bringing any new friends (especially not true friends). So whoever is aiming for success should be extra careful about keeping their old friends.

QUOTE (Monica Gheorghevici @ Mar 2 2015, 07:32 AM) *
Kris I must thank you twice smile.gif First one for your kind words and your constant support and the second because when you posted your recording over Javier's backing, you told me "I am dying to hear a fresh recording of yours" and this was the first impulse to decide myself to make a new video smile.gif

Hehe great, that was my plan! tongue.gif


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post Mar 2 2015, 11:14 AM
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@Kris: - Definitely I will follow your advice and I will start to work at my own arrangements. Because it's not a dead line for this thing (only my ambition to finish this soon but in a good way wink.gif ) I can work for every note until I will feel that it sounds good. We will see together what will happen next wink.gif

QUOTE (Kristofer Dahl @ Mar 2 2015, 08:03 AM) *
Are you referring to irl friends or online (or both)? Unfortunately, success is not known for bringing any new friends (especially not true friends). So whoever is aiming for success should be extra careful about keeping their old friends.

I talk about irl guitar friends who supported me when I started to play and we had cool and very fun days of jamming together. The old close irl friends remained only the people which have no connection with music area.
If we talk about online side, I have lots of friends and with each vid that I post I have more subscriptions on my YT channel. This is a good thing.

QUOTE (Kristofer Dahl @ Mar 2 2015, 08:03 AM) *
Hehe great, that was my plan! tongue.gif

Hahaha...I fell into your trap biggrin.gif Huge thanks for this smile.gif
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