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Great job! So the current routine is:


DAY 1:

- Alternate Picking (20 minutes)
- Legato (20 minutes)
- Song analysis (20 minutes)
- Learn a new lick and improvise with it over a backing track. (15 minutes)


DAY 2:

- Fast rhythm (15 minutes)
- Bending & vibrato (15 minutes)
- Song analysis (15 minutes)
- Learn a new lick and improvise with it over a backing track. (15 minutes)


DAY 3:

- Alternate Picking (20 minutes)
- Legato (20 minutes)
- Song analysis (20 minutes)
- Learn a new lick and improvise with it over a backing track. (15 minutes)


DAY 4:

- Fast rhythm (15 minutes)
- Bending & vibrato (15 minutes)
- Song analysis (15 minutes)
- Learn a new lick and improvise with it over a backing track. (15 minutes)



How is your work on the lessons? It would be good to hear you playing the lessons that you are practising to see if we can renew some of them.

Regarding the song analysis, I think that it's something that you should continue doing, however, I think that you can start applying the concepts analysed to the plan is to dedicate days 1 and 2 to work on your own song based on using the elements you've learnt from the songs that you've analysed. And then dedicate days 3 and 4 to analyse new songs.



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Well...due to the massive amount of school work this semester, I haven`t been able to follow the plan as structured as I would, but more like an outline the days I actually have time to play.

My alternate picking and legato stamina have increasing I think.
I am about to make a REC-take for this one this week :https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/legato-stamina/
I actually nailed it earlier today, but fucked up several times as soon as I got on tape, and it is quite demanding for me tongue.gif

I can also try to make a REC-take for some AP-lessons.

For my vibrato/bending, I gotta admit I have not practised that heard. Guess I don`t know exactly what my weakest point is, so I guess I should do some REC/cover-stuff here as well.


As for the plan ahead, dividing the song alaysis 50/50 beetween applying stuff, and learning new stuff, seems like a good idea! A bit more fresh approach smile.gif


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Great! Everything sounds good for me. I'll be waiting for your REC takes to see how to continue. I'm also curious to hear your first new compositions...


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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Apr 29 2016, 01:36 PM) *
Great! Everything sounds good for me. I'll be waiting for your REC takes to see how to continue. I'm also curious to hear your first new compositions...



At the moment, I don`t have access to midi keyboard...or a decent computer for recordings, so I guess the only stuff I would be able to record, are guitar parts, if that would be tolerable?


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Sure! Feel free to share it here.


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Phui....super busy period at school with project deadlines and exam reading recently which have left without the necessary energy to do something fun when I come home. This will unfortunately also last two more weeks...

However, I have been able to make to REC-takes, probably coming up tonight. I am writing on some stuff, but nothing to present yet.

Also, long story short, I am without an electric guitar for the next 6 weeks starting on Friday, meaning only a semi crap acoustic guitar, but that might lead more room to songwriting:)


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Hi mate, great to hear from you!

Life sometimes makes things more difficult but keep going! You'll find the way to do what you love doing. Just stay positive and thinking on it.

I'll wait for your updates.


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Alright, update on AP-technique is uploaded as a REC. Legato-lesson is still uploading, so editing that tomorrow.

edit: And legato is also up!

Any suggestion how to maintain most "playability" in my hands on the nylon string guitar the next weeks? Maybe change thing up completely? Speed is not the main concern anyway, more like a fun tool to maintain

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Cool! I'll check the REC takes. About playing on nylon guitar, maybe you can check out lessons archive, there are many lessons for this guitar which are demanding for both hands so it can be a great extra training, and a way to learn new stuff...

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/video-les...oustic-lessons/



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And from the ashes he rise!...


Jokes aside: I`m back again, but I have lost count of how many times I`ve said that. Long story short: It`s been a couple of months where time has been short, and energy and motivation have not worked together when it comes to guitar playing.

but now it is a new year with new possibilities and fresh motivation!

I have recorden a REC which I will be putting together tomorrow or Tuesday, and I did this little composition today which I will try to come up with lyrics to while taking a walk.

I like the chorus, but overall I feel that the song might be repeating the C#m-sound a bit too much. I might add that I wrote this by ear, not by theory, if that makes sense. I`d be glad to here some feedback Cheers smile.gif
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Hi mate, nice to hear from you here!

You are back with new music, that's great. smile.gif

I like your idea, the chords sound deep and the groove is melancholic as the progression suggests it. It's difficult to judge the structure without having melodies and lyrics on this one. At this point I wouldn't do important changes. Once you have the melody, you can apply the chords functions concept and do some harmonic changes to make it less predictable. However, there are lots of songs that repeat the same 3 chords and that are magical, so let's see what happens with the vocal melodies.



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No melody for the previous chord-song, but I`ve written something new complete with lyrics and melody which I`ll upload when it is ready.

Meanwhile, I have started a long needed work on my vibrato. first take: https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...p=0&#entry0


As of from here and out: I`m writing my master thesis now. I`ll be able to play for 2-3 hours some days, and then maybe only needling (no serious exercising) for 2-3 days.

My suggestion for a plan updated would be:

5-20 minutes of warming up and general picking stuff. Both speed and technique included here.

20 minutes of work on either a specific technique (in need of work) or solo/GMC-video, so not necessarily legato every other day and so on.

10-20 minutes of learning or writing something new. Licks, riffs, solos, chord progressions. whatever.

And for extra time, I`ll just spend time on what I feel like spending it on for that day.

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Hi mate, great stuff.

I'll check the take at REC in a moment. The plan sounds good. I would use some time to analyze some music. It can be a song, a part of a song, a solo, a part of a solo or a lick. Transcribe it, learn it, and analyze the theory behind it. Then, try to apply it in your own music / improvisations. The routine is ok, but it's more focused on technique, while I think that more time for repertoire, theory and music analysis can be helpful.



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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Feb 14 2017, 12:14 AM) *
Hi mate, great stuff.

I'll check the take at REC in a moment. The plan sounds good. I would use some time to analyze some music. It can be a song, a part of a song, a solo, a part of a solo or a lick. Transcribe it, learn it, and analyze the theory behind it. Then, try to apply it in your own music / improvisations. The routine is ok, but it's more focused on technique, while I think that more time for repertoire, theory and music analysis can be helpful.


Thanks for the input. I agree regarding a bit much focus on technique. I guess it is easier to sit down with a metronome and just practise, rather than analyzing songs which I might find harder. I`ll try to adjust it some!


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QUOTE (mhskeide @ Feb 15 2017, 08:36 AM) *
Thanks for the input. I agree regarding a bit much focus on technique. I guess it is easier to sit down with a metronome and just practise, rather than analyzing songs which I might find harder. I`ll try to adjust it some!



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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Feb 15 2017, 01:39 PM) *
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so, while practising technique, analyzing songs and trying to write my own stuff: How do you suggest I take best advantage of the mentor program to develop more efficient? smile.gif


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Hi mate,

There are two big things on that suggestion. The first one is song analysis. For this, I recommend you to write down a list of 10/15 songs that you like, get a notepad, and start analysing one at a time. The analysis should include: song structure, arrangements details (what's happening), and the theory behind it (scales and chords). You can share the results here to let me check if there is anything missing. Once you finish a song, remark or write down the most relevant elements found, or those that captures your attention.

Regarding writing your own music. The first step could be to create a library of ideas. You could have a folder with some sub-folders to label ideas by licks, chord progressions,or if you prefer any other labels like style, feel, mood, etc. The idea is that you get back to this ideas from time to time to see if you can continue them. As soon as you advance in the song analysis, you'll have more elements and tools to give this ideas a full song shape.




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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Mar 5 2017, 06:25 PM) *
Hi mate,

There are two big things on that suggestion. The first one is song analysis. For this, I recommend you to write down a list of 10/15 songs that you like, get a notepad, and start analysing one at a time. The analysis should include: song structure, arrangements details (what's happening), and the theory behind it (scales and chords). You can share the results here to let me check if there is anything missing. Once you finish a song, remark or write down the most relevant elements found, or those that captures your attention.

Regarding writing your own music. The first step could be to create a library of ideas. You could have a folder with some sub-folders to label ideas by licks, chord progressions,or if you prefer any other labels like style, feel, mood, etc. The idea is that you get back to this ideas from time to time to see if you can continue them. As soon as you advance in the song analysis, you'll have more elements and tools to give this ideas a full song shape.


Awesome, thanks for the input! I have barely started on somethng similar to the library that you suggest. but I need to get better routines for revisiting it and pickup up old ideas.

As for analysing: Is any song too simple, or should I just share whatever I do (for a time at least), and maybe you can point out some stuff that I`ve missed even in the simple ones?


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QUOTE (mhskeide @ Mar 7 2017, 06:00 PM) *
Awesome, thanks for the input! I have barely started on somethng similar to the library that you suggest. but I need to get better routines for revisiting it and pickup up old ideas.

As for analysing: Is any song too simple, or should I just share whatever I do (for a time at least), and maybe you can point out some stuff that I`ve missed even in the simple ones?



Sure! Share everything!

And about the ideas. try to progress the more possible. Sometimes, I connect two original ideas with a thief from a known lesson if it works, just to see the song progress and be completed. Then, I get back to the part from another song and re-work it. I share this just to say that it's very important to avoid getting stacked too much on an idea. It's important to let it flow... even if there are some part that aren't cool enough, these uncool parts can be the reason why the great parts appear... the secret is keep moving.

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