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post May 18 2015, 03:54 PM
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hehehe, you won't imagine how much you can do it just those shapes. Let's start making music.

Record an improvisation over this backing:

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post May 18 2015, 06:26 PM
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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ May 18 2015, 02:54 PM) *
hehehe, you won't imagine how much you can do it just those shapes. Let's start making music.

Record an improvisation over this backing:

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Buckethead-Style/

No lie - I was listening to this video yesterday and was like "wow, I really dig the backing track" laugh.gif

It's ironic how you post it today asking me to improvise over it!

It will be my pleasure biggrin.gif


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That's what I call connection! Awesome! ohmy.gif smile.gif


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So I've been a bit busy with everything that is going on in the forum right now tongue.gif

My first attempt with the exercise you provided me - and MY BRAIN HURTS! wink.gif

https://soundcloud.com/stortzmusic/gmc-timing-lesson


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Interesting! You did a good job with this one.

The next task is to use different notes from the scale now. You can play a measure from the exercise, then a measure with a long whole note and then again the following measure from the exercise. The idea is to make it sound a bit more musical and nicer to your mind, what do you say? biggrin.gif


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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ May 20 2015, 03:25 PM) *
Interesting! You did a good job with this one.

The next task is to use different notes from the scale now. You can play a measure from the exercise, then a measure with a long whole note and then again the following measure from the exercise. The idea is to make it sound a bit more musical and nicer to your mind, what do you say? biggrin.gif

It's a deal!

Should I apply this over the backing track from assignment 2?


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QUOTE (Chris S. @ May 20 2015, 12:57 PM) *
It's a deal!

Should I apply this over the backing track from assignment 2?



It's a good idea.


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Hey Gab!

So I spent some time over the buckethead backing track and this is what I came up with:

https://soundcloud.com/stortzmusic/buckethead

The playing is a little sloppy - I didn't work too much to perfect it but rather getting the idea recorded to develop it.

What do you think, my friend? biggrin.gif


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Hi Chris, ok, so this should be our first reference to see how your improvisation / composing skills progress in the next weeks.

The next task is to learn the chords used in the backing track in different parts of the neck. Try to play the whole progression on a same range of the neck, use the closer chords and identity where the 3rd of each chord is. After doing this for a while, follow the chords playing only the thirds of each. While you do it, try to also visualize A minor pentatonic scale to have it as reference.

Finally, keep on focusing on thirds but use other notes from the pentatonic minor scale to slowly start creating simple phrases.

Record yourself and share the audio or video here.



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Hey Gab!

So I've been away for the week - my grandmother passed away last Sunday, unfortunately sad.gif

I haven't really had the motivation to play this week but I'm back.

I recorded this:

https://m.soundcloud.com/stortzmusic/bop-it-idea

Just a random idea in my head, what do you think?

And with that idea out of my head I can resume where we left off tongue.gif

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Hi Chris, I'm sorry about about your grandma. sad.gif

The idea that you recorded sounds good. I like both the riff and the solo section, it would be cool if you continue and complete this one. What do you think?



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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Jun 1 2015, 12:49 PM) *
Hi Chris, I'm sorry about about your grandma. sad.gif

The idea that you recorded sounds good. I like both the riff and the solo section, it would be cool if you continue and complete this one. What do you think?

Thanks Gab - I appreciate that.

I would like to develop it further but I feel as though I should wait until I develop my composing skills some more?

So I tried taking your advice about learning the thirds of the chords for the buckethead backing:

The main chord progression is Am C F

The minor third of Am is C, the major third of C is E.

So I tried building something around C and E (the F chord seems kind of short so I didn't really think into working around it too much for now) and I came up with this but it's not too much different from the original mad.gif

https://soundcloud.com/stortzmusic/bucketrack-working-with-thirds

It's kind of strange for me having to think about what notes to use since I usually just play whatever - but I know that I have to work on this to develop stronger melodies over my backings.

I'm kind of stuck, any advice?

Thanks Gab! biggrin.gif

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Good job Chris! This is a good first step. The next step is to incorporate more notes from the scale around the thirds. You should keep on focusing on thirds but now you can "surf" a bit more the scale, to make the phrases less obvious. Just that, experiment with it in different positions and share a new take when you have it.

We will add different elements like this one, gradually to make your phrasing more interesting. wink.gif


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Hey Gab!

I got a sweet deal on IK Multimedia Sample Tank 3 SE - originally $100, got it for $40.

I'd say about half of the tones are kind of mediocre but the other half are really solid. I was just messing around and I came up with this:

https://m.soundcloud.com/stortzmusic/diaboli

I was going for a horror movie vibe since my girlfriend is really into horror - I'm going to try to develop it further in my spare time, any advice on it?

Thanks mate!

PS: the mix is rather low volume, it sounded fine with my studio headphones but when I rendered it the volume was really low.


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Hi Chris! Congrats on your new purchase! smile.gif

This idea sounds cool, I like the atmosphere created by the synth. I'm not totally convinced by the percussive fx, they don't sound realistic yet. Maybe you could experiment with some reverb and eq to make them sound more real. The reverb could be also added a bit to the synth in order to create an environment.

About volume, always remember to add a compressor/limiter before the stereo out to get louder mixes. There are some mastering tools that can be good purchases in the future. These usually come with compressors, multiband compressors, Eq, harmonic exciters, all great stuff to make your mixes sound better.

Here I've found some free stuff: http://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/trcs/



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Hey Gab!

So I was wondering if you would be ok if I try to push myself harder? biggrin.gif

I was thinking we can break up my schedule like this:

50% = Theory/Composition, phrasing, etc. (basically what we are doing now)

25% = Developing rhythm - learning GMC rhythm lessons to help better my rhythm work so I can develop more complex and interesting rhythms.

25% = Incorporating speed into my lead - so when I am improvising I will hear a quick picking run or legato run in my head but I don't have the experience practicing these to actually be able to incorporate them (think back to my first Buckethead improv, I tried to be flashy but it wasnt there). So maybe giving me a lesson that will develop my speed.

SO:

The theory part is pretty much covered with what we are working on now, and as for the rhythm I have been working on both the Hard Rock Riffing lesson as well as your AWESOME Anvil style lesson. I figured I would focus on the anvil lesson for the time being since it is a little more challenging for me than the other one and this is where I am at:



I try to incorporate as many upstrokes as I can get away with to give my wrist a small break, I don't want my tendonitis to flare up - the New Grip wrist wrap I wear now also helps a little.

Not really sure where to start for speed, any ideas?

I can always upload of video of what I can currently accomplish as far as playing fast?

So what do you think, my friend? cool.gif biggrin.gif

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Hi Chris, this plan sounds very interesting. It's a good idea to push yourself since that's the way to take your guitar playing to a new level.

Let's talk about speed. Speed is achieved with repetitions, working over metronome or drum loops and focusing on making our hands movements the most efficient possible. At first, it's better to work with small patterns that can be looped.

I personally would recommend you to work on this kind of stuff: ITC

It's organized starting with 1 string and gradually incorporating different ways of crossing strings.

This work, combined with some other lessons will be a good training. There are basically three main techniques for speed:

- Alternate Picking
- Legato
- Sweep Picking

and there is an extra that maybe you'll want to try that is Hybrid Picking.

About the lesson choices, we have lots of "in the style of..." lessons that you could work. I recommend start with lessons in the style of Paul Gilbert and Zakk Wylde. You won't necessary have to learn the whole thing, you can take the faster licks that you like and work on them as exercises.

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Thanks Gab! cool.gif

I will start the ITC program you mentioned and post my results from time to time.

What did you think of my take on the Anvil lesson?

EDIT:

I think for speed I'm going to try to nail the intro riff to this and maybe some of the tapping runs because I really enjoy tapping.

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Scarified_by_Racer_X/

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Hi Chris,

Anvil lesson is sounding very good. There are three things that I would consider focusing:

- Dynamics: You could accentuate more some notes from the riffs.
- Timing: There are some little moments that could sound tighter (for example the riff at
- Sound: Your tone could sound more defined. Try lowering some bass mid frequencies and increasing around 3000 hz.


Gilbert's song is killer, I love it. It's not a bad idea to work on those licks.


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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Jun 11 2015, 12:49 PM) *
Hi Chris,

Anvil lesson is sounding very good. There are three things that I would consider focusing:

- Dynamics: You could accentuate more some notes from the riffs.
- Timing: There are some little moments that could sound tighter (for example the riff at
- Sound: Your tone could sound more defined. Try lowering some bass mid frequencies and increasing around 3000 hz.


Gilbert's song is killer, I love it. It's not a bad idea to work on those licks.

Thanks gab!

I will work on Anvil some more as well as begin the intro for Scarified and post a video when I feel there is improvement biggrin.gif


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