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post Jun 16 2016, 02:51 PM
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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Jun 15 2016, 03:36 PM) *
For a guy in Tat sleeves, wearing a Bathory shirt, you sure you play a very very convincing blues man!!!!! smile.gif

LOL! awesome! thanks dude smile.gif blues can be really cold and depressing... I like that cool.gif

QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Jun 16 2016, 03:17 AM) *
Hi guys, this is turning great! I could miss the opportunity to give a try to this backing. Here is a quick try.

that was some tasty playing, Gab. the delay youre using sounds great.

QUOTE (DeGroot @ Jun 16 2016, 04:21 AM) *
Man, really great takes this week! My take is mostly improv here. I think I used the same turnaround as bleez at the end. biggrin.gif

LOL! the jimmy page to my Taurus laugh.gif


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post Jun 16 2016, 08:18 PM
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Very nice!!!! A killer take from the Gabe man here. A virtual clinic in Blues playing in just a couple of minutes. Notice how he combines traditional blues licks other scale forms thrown in just for flavor? Also his tone is perfect for the backing. Overall, a killer take to be sure. Thanks for this Gabe and needless to say, you just badged up smile.gif

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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Jun 15 2016, 10:17 PM) *
Hi guys, this is turning great! I could miss the opportunity to give a try to this backing. Here is a quick try.




I've used Ab minor Pentatonic bur also borrowed some notes from dominant arpeggios and major Pentatonic scales.


NICE!! Yet another killer take!!! If I'd had known I'd have done blues long ago smile.gif You guys are blues nuts!!! Each one of these has been way beyond my expectations. Continued of course by Degroot. Notice here how he not only uses the traditional bits but also adds pinch harmonics in here and there on top of the vibrato just for extra punch. This is made all the more impressive in that he's using a very blues/non-gainy tone, which makes grabbing pinch harmonics tough as hell IMHO.

The solo just flows naturally from his fingers and we are at the end of it before we realize it. That is the mark of a really good solo. When it's over and you are like "wait, what? didn't it just start?"Very well done here. My name is GROOOOT!!! (Guardians of the Galaxy reference) you just badged up..
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QUOTE (DeGroot @ Jun 15 2016, 11:21 PM) *
Man, really great takes this week! My take is mostly improv here. I think I used the same turnaround as bleez at the end. biggrin.gif




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post Jun 16 2016, 09:20 PM
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OK, another one that doesn't deserve a badge laugh.gif

So many ideas in my head that don't make it to my fingers, I really like all the other entries and was hoping to steel some bit & pieces wink.gif

Wrong guitar for the blues too but I went with it as I had it in my hands laugh.gif

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post Jun 17 2016, 01:35 PM
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Tried my luck with this too:



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post Jun 17 2016, 03:11 PM
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First off, I love that guitar smile.gif Vintage crackleburst if one of my faves. Is it a Jackson? A very cool choice for the blues collab just because it's the last thing I expected to see smile.gif On to your take!!! I like your take on this and I can hear you experimenting in an Atonal Jazz style, which is also entirely unexpected and part of why I like it smile.gif

This is what I love seeing. Stuff that just hits me sideways and leaves me wanting to put it on a loop to try to deconstruct it. Also, your tone works well and it takes stones to play with nearly zero gain/distortion. I like your solo here and you played well for the entire backing. In short, you just BADGED UP!!!!.....

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QUOTE (Phil66 @ Jun 16 2016, 04:20 PM) *
OK, another one that doesn't deserve a badge laugh.gif

So many ideas in my head that don't make it to my fingers, I really like all the other entries and was hoping to steel some bit & pieces wink.gif

Wrong guitar for the blues too but I went with it as I had it in my hands laugh.gif

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDPk5ODyg_E...eature=youtu.be


Quite a spiff take here to be sure. I love the first bend that doesn't resolve but instead just hangs and leaves the tension in the air. Then the transition to proggy bits and back to blues bits is again seamless. As if John Petrucci and BB King were taking turns and leaving no gaps to allow you to tell who is playing. Very cool.

On a side note, I still love your Ibby smile.gif One day I will have one by goodness, just like it. Maybe the red one if I can find one again smile.gif Most tone comes from the fingers and you are putting a TON of tone in to that guitar. I love the tone you are making here. If the rest is coming from BIAS then you have gotten really good at programming BIAS. Sounds like a tube amp with speaker breakup. If anyone doubts that software can sound like vintange amp with a nice microphone on it, I'd just show them this clip smile.gif In short, you KRUSHED it and badged up!!!

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Tried my luck with this too:



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Thanks Todd,

Is "Atonal Jazz style" a euphemism for having poor timing and playing out of key? laugh.gif

I've redone the video because I was in a hurry and I mixed in the camera mic along with the SM57 rolleyes.gif

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SnrlEBuJQE...eature=youtu.be


The guitar is a Squier HMIII, serial number E947967, it has a Schaller floating trem (locked out) and two PAF Pro Di Marzios.



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First off, I love that guitar smile.gif Vintage crackleburst if one of my faves. Is it a Jackson? A very cool choice for the blues collab just because it's the last thing I expected to see smile.gif On to your take!!! I like your take on this and I can hear you experimenting in an Atonal Jazz style, which is also entirely unexpected and part of why I like it smile.gif

This is what I love seeing. Stuff that just hits me sideways and leaves me wanting to put it on a loop to try to deconstruct it. Also, your tone works well and it takes stones to play with nearly zero gain/distortion. I like your solo here and you played well for the entire backing. In short, you just BADGED UP!!!!.....



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post Jun 18 2016, 07:40 PM
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!!!SAT SHRED FEST X7!!!!

Today's challenge is based on the key of G Major. It's got some Bluegrass influences in it (I'm originally from Kentucky "The Bluegrass State" so why the heck not?) It' also one of the few we have done in a Major Key. Take note of the ROOT notes on the third fret and beyond. Returning to them will help resolve nearly any lick/phrase. Jump in!!


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Key: G Major (G Major Scale for starters)

BPM: 75 BPM

CHORDS USED: 1/3/4/5 Rooted on G Major

DUE DATE: Before Next Sat!!! (June 25th, 2016)

SCALES TO USE:
( You can use ANY SCALES OR NOTES these are just reference)
*Feel free to use any notes/scales/techniques that sound good to your ears

G Major Scale (Entire Neck)
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Attached File  Loopable_GMajor.mp3 ( 1.55MB ) Number of downloads: 57


https://soundcloud.com/techniqueswithtodd/g-major-backing-track-x7-solo-challenge

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This is NOT A COLLAB but something new. It's a "Challenge" I challenge you to play anything over this backing. It doesn't have to be good, it doesn't have to shred, it just has to have you in it playing like you really mean it!!! That's it so here is what I need.

1.)Reply to this post with a youtube video of your performance.

That's it, no files, no transfers, just you playing I will give you feedback on your submission and you will get your updated SHRED FEST MISSION BADGE for having the stones to put yourself out there and for making the time to make music.


2.)Submit: Embed (not paste the link, ask me if you need any help) your youtube vid of you playing over the solo section.


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post Jun 18 2016, 08:02 PM
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I'm in Todd !

edit: have allready do a try, and i'll love it !!

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Hi Todd

this is called -"how to get an idea"



hope you'll enjoy !!


edit:

cannot resist to do another take !



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post Jun 19 2016, 06:25 PM
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Hi there, here is my take over the latest backing track. I really like this backing, sounds like southern rock. As you can se i like double stops, bendings and of course alternate picking smile.gif

Enjoy wink.gif



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NICE!!!! DUDE!!!! Your intro lick here is pretty freakin killer I must say. Well played, articulate and the palm mute is spot on. Your note choice here is splendid and resolving the licks to G to let them settle in happens in just the right spots IMHO.

Very good alternate picking on this one as well. This is probably my favorite solo of yours. It's melodic, it's got shreddy bits, it's always under control and sounds intentional. In short, it's just very well done indeed. The backing does have a "Southern" Vibe to it smile.gif Being born in Kentucky and rasied in Georgia, bits of Bluegrass and Southern Rock are just part of my DNA at this point smile.gif It's very cool to know that folks as far away as Sweden have an appreciation of Southern Rock! Back to your solo, in a word.......SCORE!!!!!!!!

P.S. Bonus points for that killer looking Ibby!! S series? What model?

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QUOTE (Anders Karlsson @ Jun 19 2016, 01:25 PM) *
Hi there, here is my take over the latest backing track. I really like this backing, sounds like southern rock. As you can se i like double stops, bendings and of course alternate picking smile.gif

Enjoy wink.gif



Some very interesting "Idea takes!" I sent you a PM as well with some suggestions. Give it a read and see what you think smile.gif



QUOTE (fzalfa @ Jun 19 2016, 08:55 AM) *
Hi Todd

this is called -"how to get an idea"


cheers

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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Jun 19 2016, 09:57 PM) *
P.S. Bonus points for that killer looking Ibby!! S series? What model?


Its a Prestige S. I dont know the number but i can check it out. Really like this one, think i have to buy one more;) I would like to try Andy Timmons or Steve Vai:s guitar. Saw that you bought one recently. Looks very nice:)

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here is another take

i try to stay in the G major as i can !



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post Jun 20 2016, 09:42 PM
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As I wrote before I really like this backing track, so i had to do a second rec. Just jamming around here and trying to be so melodic as i can (no fast patterns). I am jamming around the G and trying to find some nice patterns.

There are some misses here and there (especially timing), i dont like the camera staring at me.
I really need to practice in front of the camera, its always hard for me to perfom when the camera is running, is this just only a problem for me??

Anyway.....enjoy wink.gif



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NOW YOUR TALKING!!! smile.gif That's just killer work. I loved it. You explore the melody quite well and nail several shreddy licks in the process. Your playing is precise and still organic. It flows along and has peaks and valleys of melody and tension, ending with resolution at the root key.

It's a great example of how to solo in a somewhat strange key IMHO. We don't do a lot of work with the major scale or with major arrangements. This is partially my fault as I"m a bit of Metal Head and thus drift often towards Minor keys and scales. In doing so I often create lessons along those lines. This is part of why I wanted to switch to something semi bizarre like bluegrass/country in a happy key. To balance out all of the focus on Minor and Pentatonic structures, and you NAILED IT!!!

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QUOTE (fzalfa @ Jun 20 2016, 05:56 AM) *
here is another take

i try to stay in the G major as i can !



cheers

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Spiff!! I really like how you used chordal structures in the start of the solo! This is something I have not seen much of in this round and it sounds great and really works IMHO. Great take. Melodic through and through. Very lyrical in it's approach. It completes the backing and makes it sound like a song instead of just a solo. Well done smile.gif

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It's not just you. When I first started recording my playing, my fingers would freeze the moment I hit record and I could no longer play correctly. Bits that I'd practiced suddenly seemed difficult the moment the camera was on me. I had the same problem playing in front of people. It's quite common. It's why I decided to make my own youtube channel all those years ago when youtube first started. It forced me to get used to the camera. Eventually I came to enjoy recording my performances and really enjoying the live video chat lessons we used to do smile.gif Just like playing guitar, playing in front of a camera or audience requires repetition and practice. I'd suggest recording yourself as often as you can stand and putting it up on youtube. Do short examples, lessons, jams, anything. Just do it often. It will change the way you feel about the camera smile.gif
Here is my youtube channel btw.

https://www.youtube.com/techniqueswithtodd

and this is the first video I ever made. I had my bed in the background (before I learned that was a no no) This was 10 years ago if you can believe that. smile.gif I was using a web cam only.



QUOTE (Anders Karlsson @ Jun 20 2016, 04:42 PM) *
As I wrote before I really like this backing track, so i had to do a second rec. Just jamming around here and trying to be so melodic as i can (no fast patterns). I am jamming around the G and trying to find some nice patterns.

There are some misses here and there (especially timing), i dont like the camera staring at me.
I really need to practice in front of the camera, its always hard for me to perfom when the camera is running, is this just only a problem for me??

Anyway.....enjoy wink.gif



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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Jun 21 2016, 06:13 PM) *
NOW YOUR TALKING!!! smile.gif That's just killer work. I loved it. You explore the melody quite well and nail several shreddy licks in the process. Your playing is precise and still organic. It flows along and has peaks and valleys of melody and tension, ending with resolution at the root key.

It's a great example of how to solo in a somewhat strange key IMHO. We don't do a lot of work with the major scale or with major arrangements. This is partially my fault as I"m a bit of Metal Head and thus drift often towards Minor keys and scales. In doing so I often create lessons along those lines. This is part of why I wanted to switch to something semi bizarre like bluegrass/country in a happy key. To balance out all of the focus on Minor and Pentatonic structures, and you NAILED IT!!!

Your badge is forthcoming. I wanted to reply as soon as I watched a few times. I'll build your badge as soon as I get back to my studio. Well done!!



Spiff!! I really like how you used chordal structures in the start of the solo! This is something I have not seen much of in this round and it sounds great and really works IMHO. Great take. Melodic through and through. Very lyrical in it's approach. It completes the backing and makes it sound like a song instead of just a solo. Well done smile.gif

CAMERA PANGS

It's not just you. When I first started recording my playing, my fingers would freeze the moment I hit record and I could no longer play correctly. Bits that I'd practiced suddenly seemed difficult the moment the camera was on me. I had the same problem playing in front of people. It's quite common. It's why I decided to make my own youtube channel all those years ago when youtube first started. It forced me to get used to the camera. Eventually I came to enjoy recording my performances and really enjoying the live video chat lessons we used to do smile.gif Just like playing guitar, playing in front of a camera or audience requires repetition and practice. I'd suggest recording yourself as often as you can stand and putting it up on youtube. Do short examples, lessons, jams, anything. Just do it often. It will change the way you feel about the camera smile.gif
Here is my youtube channel btw.

https://www.youtube.com/techniqueswithtodd

and this is the first video I ever made. I had my bed in the background (before I learned that was a no no) This was 10 years ago if you can believe that. smile.gif I was using a web cam only.




Thanks Todd, I'll have that in mind:)
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Almost missed this!!! Wanted to take a moment to give it some feedback smile.gif I like your playing here and it works well with the backing smile.gif One thing though is that you look like you are working out of E Flat Minor when the key of the backing is A flat. It's always a good idea to try to base licks around the key that a given backing is in. Of course it's cool to go off and be atonal as well, but more of a spice than a full meal sort of thing. Make sense??

So when you are working up near the 12th fret, It's important to find the "Root" notes and land on them now and then to "resolve" your licks. Here is a handy chart with the G# (same as A Flat) showing in RED where the root notes are near the 12th fret. Following this, I think you can build on your work so far and make an even better version if you like smile.gif
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You are not alone in this at all. When I first starting playing up the neck, I did much the same things as you. It's just a matter of time and practice. smile.gif

QUOTE (Phil66 @ Jun 17 2016, 03:01 PM) *
Thanks Todd,

Is "Atonal Jazz style" a euphemism for having poor timing and playing out of key? laugh.gif

I've redone the video because I was in a hurry and I mixed in the camera mic along with the SM57 rolleyes.gif

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SnrlEBuJQE...eature=youtu.be


The guitar is a Squier HMIII, serial number E947967, it has a Schaller floating trem (locked out) and two PAF Pro Di Marzios.



Cheers buddy



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Thanks Todd,

This piece is the same piece that you critiqued HERE just with the camera mic taken out of the mix wink.gif

Thanks for the advice on the root note thing wink.gif

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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Jun 21 2016, 09:04 PM) *
Almost missed this!!! Wanted to take a moment to give it some feedback smile.gif I like your playing here and it works well with the backing smile.gif One thing though is that you look like you are working out of E Flat Minor when the key of the backing is A flat. It's always a good idea to try to base licks around the key that a given backing is in. Of course it's cool to go off and be atonal as well, but more of a spice than a full meal sort of thing. Make sense??

So when you are working up near the 12th fret, It's important to find the "Root" notes and land on them now and then to "resolve" your licks. Here is a handy chart with the G# (same as A Flat) showing in RED where the root notes are near the 12th fret. Following this, I think you can build on your work so far and make an even better version if you like smile.gif
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You are not alone in this at all. When I first starting playing up the neck, I did much the same things as you. It's just a matter of time and practice. smile.gif



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Happy to help smile.gif The root bit is one of the bit keys to building good solos IMHO smile.gif It's all about "Tension and Release", e.g. building tension with bends and avoiding the root, then release when you resolve a lick and land on the root. Once you have that down, everything else sorta falls in to place over time with practice smile.gif

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Thanks Todd,

This piece is the same piece that you critiqued HERE just with the camera mic taken out of the mix wink.gif

Thanks for the advice on the root note thing wink.gif

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All these upbeat happy sounding backings are really putting a dent in my infernally dark evil dude image cool.gif

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