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post Jan 1 2016, 06:45 PM
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Hello Gabriel


This afternoon I recorded the Buckethead II at 70bpm. Presently I practice this lesson at ~80bpm but I already made the rhythm section a few months ago at 70bpm, so I decided to use it.

https://soundcloud.com/david-enrique-20/buckethead-ii-at-70bpm

The rhythm section is recorded twice and panned 80 left / 80 right.

The lead guitar is my new Vigier Expert. For the first part I used the neck pickup with low volume (on guitar), the second part I used the bridge pickup and high volume.

I like this lesson very much because of the calm rhythm and first part of soloing, and then when I go to the second part much more rock ! Miam miam ! Thank you for this nice lesson !
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Very nice take mate! I enjoyed your feeling and tone on this take. It sounds very calm and tasty. There some little details to adjust regarding timing (on faster phrases) and some bending's pitches (mostly in the last part) but the overall is very enjoyable.

Your new guitar sounds very good, and the volume pot trick works great here. The two tones used, the cleaner and the more distorted are exactly what I think the lesson needs.

The rhythm recording sounds perfect. Both the tone and the performance are top level. Great job!



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Yes, about timing, this is not very easy to place some licks right in the time. I have still much work to do with this.
And I hear the bends pitches issues. Bending isn't as much easy as it seems.

But I'm quite happy with the progress and thtat you find it tasty. Something positive for me ! smile.gif

Thank you and I'll continue working on this lesson !
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Great Daeron. Congrats and keep working!


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Hello Gab !


I'm back on GMC, I have more time to work the lessons because I don't have many new songs to learn for my group.
So, I decided to work daily on my unfinished lessons until I can post them in the workshop :
- String bending ( https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Beginn...String-Bending/ )
- Hammer-on ( https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Beginn...r-22-Hammer-On/ )
- Pull-offs ( https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Beginn...r-23-Pull-Offs/ )

There's also the Buckethead style II lesson ( https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Buckethead-Style-II/ ) which I'd like to complete at normal speed but I'm still not able to play some phrases at normal speed ! ohmy.gif

I choose also a few new lessons :
- Hybrid picking ( https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Countr...Hybrid-Picking/ )
- Boogie woogie country ( https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Boogie-Woogie-Country/ )
- A lesson a little bit more jazzy ( https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/9th-Blues-Fingerstyle/ )

I have a new amp since few days. It's a sort of Vox AC4 handwired made from an old radio and it sounds very good with country style for example ! So, I'll try to record myself directly with the camera for our exchanges and I'll record with a microphone when I'll post to the workshop (because it takes much more time).

I'm very happy to be back again ! laugh.gif


Ah, I wanted to tell you that I participated to some improvisation workshop these last weeks and if you want to listen :


My take start at 3'15 with the bottleneck and my Telecaster. Alex5 is also playing on this video ! smile.gif

I wanted to participate to your applied theory workshop but time was missing... rolleyes.gif
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Hi mate! Welcome back to practice!!

Your plan looks ambitious! I think that it's ok if you manage your time correctly to be able to cover each topic deeply. I'll be here to follow your progress so feel free to share your videos playing the lessons here or at the REC to let me give feedback.

Congrats on the improvisation video. There are nice things happening there, and I think that your solo sound tasty and very personal. Well done! Are these takes complete or edited?



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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Feb 21 2016, 09:31 PM) *
Congrats on the improvisation video. There are nice things happening there, and I think that your solo sound tasty and very personal. Well done! Are these takes complete or edited?


Yes, Gab, the program seems to be ambitious... let's see if I'm able to work all the lessons daily.
The problem is that playing the same lessons for days and days and days... isn't very cool. My brain need fresh licks ! biggrin.gif
So, I'll try this way and I'll share my takes more often.

About the improvisation, thank you for your listening. I'm not sure to understand your question but I made my improvisation in two parts : the first one with bottleneck and then another one with the fingers only. So there are two takes.

Today I intended to improvise using phrygian mode. That's the first time I was able to do something with another scale than the pentatonic minor scale.

https://soundcloud.com/david-enrique-20/improvisation-en-mi-phrygien

I played both with the mediator and my middle finger to play on dynamics. That's also one of the first time that I played this way and I must say that I like very the control of the dynamics with the fingers... smile.gif

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Hi mate! Great to see you experimenting with a new scale. I'd like to share an interesting video about Govan's approach to modes. I don't mean that it's specially for you because of your take (which is very melodic) but it's a very wise speech.



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Hello Gab,


Thank you for the video. Guthrie Govan is a so good guitarist, one of the best...
If I have to keep some of the advice I could understand in the video, I would say :
- don't play too fast (but that's not my case, ahah)
- introduce slowly the notes that make the color of the scale

That more or less what I've done when I tried to improvise on the phrygian mode. I took my minor pentatonic scale and I added the notes from the phrygian mode and played with the notes to add some color...

But I'd like you to tell me what you keep from his advices. I'm not very good in english speaking ! wink.gif
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Hi Daeron, exactly! That's what he shows in this video, adding gradually notes to the pentatonic to get the color of the mode but keep the tasty/bluesy playing that pentatonic scale gives. You are on the right track.


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Thank you for the answer, Gab !

Today, I recorded myself doing the Hammer on lesson (https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Beginners-Corner-22-Hammer-On/) and this is my take :



The sound isn't very good but I think it should be ok for you to see and listen, and then tell me if I made some progress until my first take.

I'm quite angry with myself because I'm still not able to play correctly the string bending lesson... mad.gif
But I'll continue working, of course !

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Hi Daeron,

Good job with the hammer on lesson. The hammering is sounding good, most of the notes sound clean and clear. The only thing that you need to improve is timing. It's not precise in the first section, and it's not reaching the speed during the faster "country" style licks. I recommend to isolate this repetitive licks and work on them over metronome.

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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Mar 1 2016, 06:02 PM) *
Good job with the hammer on lesson. The hammering is sounding good, most of the notes sound clean and clear. The only thing that you need to improve is timing. It's not precise in the first section, and it's not reaching the speed during the faster "country" style licks. I recommend to isolate this repetitive licks and work on them over metronome.

Be patient with bending. It takes time but it's a beautiful and very important technique.


Hello Gabriel

Yes, I feel that the hammer-ons and pull-offs are sounding better than a few months ago. Thank to your Guitar gym which I practise regularly. smile.gif

The timing on this lesson is hard : when I play with Bear Rose in the video, I'm right in the timing. When I play only the backing-track, I feel that I loose my points of reference. I'll try to isolate and work with the metronome as you advice me. It seems easy but not so...

About bending, that's my favorite technique and that's why I'm quite angry to be unable to make the lesson correctly. I like bends like David Gilmour and BB King and I'm far far far.... I work very much on this technique but I don't learn very quick.

Thank you !


Ah, this week-end I recorded a blues with my whiskybox guitar which I made myself and an old TSF transformed in Vox AC4 1960 made by a friend. I'm quite happy with the rhythm section, not so much with the improvisation but I'll try to do better in the future.

If you want to listen :


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Hi Daeron, thanks for the update.

I'm happy to know that you are focused and that the hard work is showing results.

The video is very creative. I like how the whiskybox guitar sounds and looks, it's very cool! I also think that your rhythm work is great here! Then, the solo is not bad but I feel that your phrasing is lacking direction. You need to continue practicing, trying to create phrases and to generate the "call & response" idea.


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About the Hammer-on lesson ( https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Beginn...r-22-Hammer-On/ ), I think there is something wrong with the tab compared to what Bear Rose is playing on the lesson.

In the first section, I don't ear Bear Rose play quarter notes because I ear the hammer-on a little bit before the beat.
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----------------3----
------3--3h-5-------
3h-5----------------
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What do you think ?

Then in the next section :

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--6-----------------3----|--6-----------------3----|
----------3----3h-5------|----------3----3h-5------|
-----3h-5----------------|-----3h-5----------------|
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Bear Rose isn't starting the lick on the "1" of the beat but on the "and", as I can ear it.

I would like your feeling about that because when I practice the partition with guitar pro or with the metronome it's not the same than when Bear is playing, for me. But maybe I'm wrong ?!



QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Mar 2 2016, 02:03 PM) *
The video is very creative. I like how the whiskybox guitar sounds and looks, it's very cool! I also think that your rhythm work is great here! Then, the solo is not bad but I feel that your phrasing is lacking direction. You need to continue practicing, trying to create phrases and to generate the "call & response" idea.


Yes, I'm quite proud of the sound and the playing of my rhythm section. About the solo, I didn't know if I should play an impro or a "written" solo. What is the difference ? Maybe I could make something more melodic if I write something that I would play always the same ?
I'd be happy if you accept to help me make a good solo on my little blues. smile.gif

Of course, not write a solo for me but help me to create it by myself. wink.gif
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Hi mate, you are right about the lesson's tab. I'm attaching here a fixed version of the guitar pro file. We'll fix the whole lesson soon.


About writing a solo. I'm obviously open to help! The difference between improvising and composing is just related to time. It's supposed that improvising is composing in real time so both are totally related. You can start writing a solo with an improvisation and then continue polishing and working on the weak parts to get the solo that you want/like.

Writing a solo is not something that you learn in a short time. It's an endless learning process related to many different concepts and elements that you can work like scales, phrasing, triads, licks, etc.

If you want to write a good blues solo, the first thing that you should do is to learn as many blues licks and solos as you can, and you should also learn the basic scale used for it: Blues Scale.

Besides the blues scale, if you go deeper you'll find out that dominant arpeggios, combining major and minor pentatonic, mixolydian and dorian modes, and even diminished scales can be used to get different colors.

In order to organize your next steps, I recommend you to search for a GMC blues lesson that is related to the solo that you want to compose. Learn it, and let me know when it's ready.

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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Mar 3 2016, 02:32 PM) *
Hi mate, you are right about the lesson's tab. I'm attaching here a fixed version of the guitar pro file. We'll fix the whole lesson soon.


Ah, that's much better, thank you !
But, as I can ear it, there's still a difference in the first section. I ear Bear Rose play the hammer-on before the beat "2". And... mmmh... it feels better to me that playing on the beat. I don't know why but when I play it exactly on the beat it seem too straight/flat. Not tasty.

You don't ear it ? Am I mad ? laugh.gif



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About writing a solo. I'm obviously open to help! The difference between improvising and composing is just related to time. It's supposed that improvising is composing in real time so both are totally related. You can start writing a solo with an improvisation and then continue polishing and working on the weak parts to get the solo that you want/like.

Writing a solo is not something that you learn in a short time. It's an endless learning process related to many different concepts and elements that you can work like scales, phrasing, triads, licks, etc.

If you want to write a good blues solo, the first thing that you should do is to learn as many blues licks and solos as you can, and you should also learn the basic scale used for it: Blues Scale.

Besides the blues scale, if you go deeper you'll find out that dominant arpeggios, combining major and minor pentatonic, mixolydian and dorian modes, and even diminished scales can be used to get different colors.

In order to organize your next steps, I recommend you to search for a GMC blues lesson that is related to the solo that you want to compose. Learn it, and let me know when it's ready.


Thanks you for your advices. That's a big program and I think I should divide it in order to have my ideas clear.
I like very much melodic solos like Gary Moore and Fred Chapellier. But I think that it's maybe not adapted to this rhythm I made.

I also like very much BB King and this kind of solo :
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Beyond-The-B-B-King-Box/

This lesson is awesome ! But what do you think ?
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Hi mate, I think that I know what you mean. Please check this new file: Attached File  bear_rose_2.gp5 ( 2.79K ) Number of downloads: 11


About Blues, let's start with that lesson. It's a good choice. Please learn the licks, practice them over the backing and analyze the chords and scales used.


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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Mar 4 2016, 07:31 PM) *
Hi mate, I think that I know what you mean. Please check this new file: Attached File  bear_rose_2.gp5 ( 2.79K ) Number of downloads: 11


It seems perfect, now. Many thanks, Gab !

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About Blues, let's start with that lesson. It's a good choice. Please learn the licks, practice them over the backing and analyze the chords and scales used.


Ok, I'll work this lesson and I'll let you know when I start to feel comfortable with it. smile.gif

Edit : Ouch, I didn't realize that there was a 3 semi-tons bend on the little e string. It's very hard for me to reach the pitch and I don't feel able to do it at the moment. Maybe I should pick another lesson more easy for me.

This one : https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/BB-King-Blues/ ?

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Perfect choice! Yes, let's go for that bb blues lesson.

I'll fix the original lesson with the new tabs. Thanks for notifying.


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