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post Oct 8 2016, 11:38 AM
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Hey man.

Just started with the harmonic minor so will send you some improvisation of it soon.
Its more easy to record because i have a new amp with a load box so i play directly into my daw without using a pluginn.
Before i start with the cd of building speed i Will start with the al die meola lesson 3 to improve my alternate picking techniques.

My picking and speed need most improvement so will focus on that.

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Hi Tim! Ok! Thanks for the update. Looking forward your new takes!


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Hello gab.

If i want to start the intensive techniques course.
Are the video chats still online or are they also gone?

Because if the video's are there i think i wil start with the course after i'm done with the di meola picking lesson.
Mybe its a good idea then to divide my guitar schedule in 4 parts.
Part 1: 1 lesson of GMC. Only 1 difficult lesson at a time.
Part 2: The intensive technique course.
Part 3: Improvisation
Part 4: learning or repating songs for my band.

I will start with the ITC when im done with the al di meola lesson. The ITC will cover all sorts of picking?


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Hi Tim, I think that the videos are not available anymore, but I can help you with the work. ITC focuses very deeply on alternate picking and also covers other techniques as sweep picking, bending, legato, vibrato, and some other cool topics.

The plan looks perfect to me.


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Hello Gab,

Allright when i'm done with di meola lesson i will start the ITC.

Here is an improvisation in harmonic minor.
I tried to use natural minor and harmonic minor on the v7 chord.
I also tried 2 or 3 times rto play the G#dim7 arpeggio on the V7 chord.

I only used 3 patterns of the scale because i have to still learn the rest.


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Hi Tim, the lines sound good over the backing track but I think that your improvisation is lacking a motif, something that makes it "say something", and idea that is presented and evolved.

Here is an interesting lesson about it:

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/repetition-secrets/


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Hey man.

Is this more repetetive?

I tried to play the first part on root notes and chord tones and the second part in c on the pentatonic scale.
Then when it falls back to first part i trie to follow chord notes again.


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yes! This is much better! This is the right direction mate! I recommend you to keep on experimenting with this concept and share a new take whenever you want.

You could now put some emphasis on dynamics, and other expressing techniques.


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Hey man.

yesterday was a good day because i noticed something which didnt helped me.
I was practicing the al di meola but i noticed i put a lot of force on my pick. I put a lot of power in my thumb and first finger to hold the pick. But because of that my alternate picking is not so fluent and tight.

I noticed when i hold it more relaxx my wrist was also more relaxed and it was easier to play fast and fluent smile.gif

So i think i putted too much pressure on my thumb and first finger.

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Cool! That's a good trick to be able to be smoother at alternate picking and also some other techniques like Sweep Picking. It's not a rule that everything uses (Check out Paul Gilbert's Intense Rock videos) but it definitely works and sound "modern" (because notes are not too accentuated making it sound more "fusion" style).



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Hey man,

I posted a first take of the miola picking on the REC zone so the other guys know also im doing something with their feedback. Ans that they know what we've working on.

How is the best way for us to work with the ITC. Do i have to Record every part or how does it work?
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Great, I'll check your new take.

How to work on ITC?

It's like a technique book. I recommend you practice the exercises over metronome always focusing on playing clean and tight. So you need to start at a comfortable tempo and slowly increase it.

In order to let me check your progress, you can record videos of you practising the exercises. One video per exercise would be cool.



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Hey man,

I recorded a new improvisation with lots of chord changes.
I tried to make melody lnies and follow the chords.
I also used some sequences but the most focus was on playing melodic.

I also tried to put some thirds and fifts in it for diatonic harmony.

What do you say of it?



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I'm also still buisy with the di meola.
i'm practicing each section with metronome.
i start with 60 pm, play it 5 times and then raise the bpm with 5.
is that okay?

I'm also still buisy with the di meola.
i'm practicing each section with metronome.
i start with 60 pm, play it 5 times and then raise the bpm with 5.
is that okay?
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QUOTE (tflava @ Oct 29 2016, 06:55 AM) *
Hey man,

I recorded a new improvisation with lots of chord changes.
I tried to make melody lnies and follow the chords.
I also used some sequences but the most focus was on playing melodic.

I also tried to put some thirds and fifts in it for diatonic harmony.

What do you say of it?



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That sounds tasty. I like your phrasing on this one. I think that your note choices are tasty. Sometimes I feel that your phrasing needs more notes, or maybe some longer notes. Other times, I just need more expressing elements, like bending, vibrato, slides and other stuff. I also think that your tone needs some tweak, since it is not clear, it's a bit dull. Experiment with EQ (Adding more presence)


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I'm also still buisy with the di meola.
i'm practicing each section with metronome.
i start with 60 pm, play it 5 times and then raise the bpm with 5.
is that okay?



That's exactly how I would do it. Keep going.

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Hello man.

i think you are right. I have to listen more to you to improve my alternate picking.
i think i have to break all the habits down an build them from the beginning again with your help.
I have a plan:

- i start with the basic picking lesson from Darius you gave me. Then i will strictly hold to the plan that you will give me.
So one part of my practice is the alternate picking, the lessons you choose for me. Even if its a level 2 i will do it:)
- I also choose one lesson i really like to play. 1 lead and maybe 1 rhythm but not with heavy fast parts.
- And i will keep on practicing imrpovising with mode3s. I'm still working on the mixolydian mode. Soon i will send an mixolydian improvisation.

What do you think of it.

its time to change my alternate picking techniques !!:)

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Hi Tim! This sounds like a plan!! smile.gif

Let's go for it, and please keep me updated with comments and videos. Deal?


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Hey mate,

i work on my synchronization every day. the lesson you gave me.
I work only a small part of the lesson and i can play it clean now till 100 bpm.
in about a week or something i will record something to show you.

I'm also working on the knopfler style lesson. Here is a first take:



I also recorded a blues improvisation in A. I tried to use the dominant arpeggio's of the chord and mixed them with the mixolydian scale and minor pentatonic.
I only used 2 patterns. My goal is to be able to play the arpeggio's mixed with the mixolydian en minor scale over all 5 patterns. then i will record an improvisation using 1 pattern for each 12 bars.




What do you say of it:)

Greetz Tim

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Hi mate,

for any reason, the first video is not working at my computer, it says "try later". Is it working for you?

It's great to see that you are working on your improvisation skills. At this point I notice that the sync issues appear when you are improvising so you need to continue polishing this issue. Then, talking about phrasing, I think that you need to start to use more note variation, longer notes based on noted from the arpeggios. Your solo could also include more bends, as well as cover more fretboard.

I recommend you to check some blues albums to get into the feel of that king of phrasing.



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https://youtu.be/NnWOiV9IG9E

Can you see it now?

Yes man i Will trie to cover more fretboard next time.
Im still practicing the alternate picking.
What do you think is better:
The lesson from darius you send me or another not too difficult alternate picking lesson. Because the lesson of darius isnt that melodic.

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