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Todd Simpson
post Jan 19 2017, 02:55 AM
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NICE!!! You did indeed kill it! I really like how you found a Melody "Through Line". This is one of the things I really like to see. Having a melody to come back to really gives the ear something to hang on to. This is really important for Non Guitarist Listeners. Without a melody through line, it just sounds like noodling to them.

You show a really good sense of the harmony/melody in the backing and play really well with it. It sounds like real music and not just a bunch of licks strung together. There are a couple of off notes here and there, but they don't throw me off smile.gif Well done!

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Hi Todd

This is my take.

I love it, even with some bad notes and weirds scales.... (OOOPPPSsss)



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post Jan 19 2017, 10:01 PM
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Hi Todd

This is some other solos ideas based on the same melody



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post Jan 20 2017, 12:15 AM
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Well played! Go back and watch some of your first vids on youtube then watch this one again. I just did and I gotta say the difference is amazing. You've come a long way in a relatively short time. It's a testament to your work ethic that you've gotten this good this quick. Also, some folks really think that it's "too late" to pick up an instrument after your a teenager. It's just not true. It's never to late to go from "I always wanted to play guitar" to " So did I, so I learned how " smile.gif

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This is some other solos ideas based on the same melody



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post Jan 22 2017, 09:02 PM
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Anyone else ready to badge up on challenge 36 before we move on? I really want you guys to try to work your dynamics on this one. Pull back on the volume knob during the bit without drums, then kick in in to high gain when the drums come in. It's hard to play with the volumen knob on half if you are not used to it, but it can yield some very cool tones that contrast well to full on gain.

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post Jan 22 2017, 09:49 PM
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zx3GGlfXGwY



had the volume rolled back, sir cool.gif but didnt play much of the intro due to ideas not matching talent!

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post Jan 22 2017, 09:58 PM
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Yeah Bleez !!!

You rock !!

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post Jan 22 2017, 10:31 PM
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QUOTE (fzalfa @ Jan 22 2017, 08:58 PM) *
Yeah Bleez !!!

You rock !!

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thanks dude smile.gif I really want some of those speedy chops that you are knocking out cool.gif


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post Jan 22 2017, 10:39 PM
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NICE!!! I dig the entire vibe of the solo. Works great with the backing. I wanted to use a backing with no drums for a longer chunk to remove the safety net of the snare and most of the rythmic elements. It sorta makes you play in a more slippery fashion as there is no real beat to hang on to. But I must you did quite well! The solo was expressive and displayed a good deal of technique and control. Well done! In other words, you just..

LEVELED UP!!!!!

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zx3GGlfXGwY



had the volume rolled back, sir cool.gif but didnt play much of the intro due to ideas not matching talent!


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post Jan 23 2017, 04:13 AM
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!!! SUNDAY SHRED FEST X-37!!!!
Slow Rock Jam: E Minor/Pent VOL. II

*I"m not playing in this vid. Instead, Instead, feel feel to use it to practice your lead! You can add it to a playlist on youtube if you like to keep track of it.
Direct Link to this Challenge :http://bit.ly/sundayshredfestx37

IMPORTANT: YOU CAN PLAY OVER ANY PART OR ALL OF THE BACKING)


DETAILS:Let's try something similar and try to play light and easy over the intro, without drums using the volume knob on your guitar to back off the gain a pinch till it's nearly clean but with some grit. Then try to find licks that work in this level of gain. It's not easy if you are not used to it. There is a LOOOOOONG version as well to download

DOWNLOAD BACKING:

MP3 Backing Track Attached File  37ShortVersion.mp3 ( 489.06K ) Number of downloads: 9


LONG VERSION!!! Attached File  37_LongVersion.mp3 ( 2.57MB ) Number of downloads: 43


KEY: E Minor

SCALES TO USE: E Minor / E Pentatonic

E Minor
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DUE DATE: Before MIDNIGHT Next Sunday!! (If you run a bit late that's ok) I'm pushing back the due date to as late as possible . To give you more weekend time. So the new challenge may already be posted when you go to put up your take. This is fine, just take a look at the new challenge as you post your take so you can practice a bit during the week if possible

F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions)

1.)What do I need to do?: Reply to this post with a youtube video of your performance. EMBED the video in the post (Ask me if you need any help)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.)Who can participate?: ANYONE!!
3.)What do I get? Upon putting your video in the thread, you will get a critique of your playing and a badge to commemorate your effort. The more Challenges you complete, the higher the level

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post Jan 24 2017, 02:16 PM
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Hi Todd

Theses are some ideas...... lot of off notes etc.... but ideas



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post Jan 25 2017, 04:27 PM
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post Jan 25 2017, 09:21 PM
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WOW. Gotta say bud. You have come a long way and you were good to begin with. Your use of silence is probably one of the best things about this solo. As they say, it's as important where you don't play as where you do. The way you follow the music to build to crescendo is quite impressive. Not to mention throwing in some very difficult licks and making it look easy. Bravo there. Note choice is great, tone is great, overall vibe is great and matches the backing perfectly. You are becoming quite the lead player my friend and it's great to see smile.gif

In other words, you just.....


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I like what your doing here smile.gif It's a great display of agility and technique. Have a look at BENs vid below, notice how he builds up with the backing to that he starts playing more sparsely then bust into a more aggressive approach when the backing gets more active. It's a textbook example of building to "crescendo" as they say in classical music smile.gif Also, playing with the backing and not just over it. Everything your playing works, but look at your solo as a song. With a Beginning, middle, and end. Also, consider a melody through line (melody line that you keep coming back to) even if you turn down the volume knob on your guitar and play the melody line gently and slow, then later play it fast and chunky it will still be the same melody. So the only area I'm really noticing for improvement is composition. Your chops are just fine smile.gif


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Hi Todd

Theses are some ideas...... lot of off notes etc.... but ideas



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post Jan 27 2017, 11:16 PM
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Hi Todd

This is my take, so off notes, full improvisation, but i love it



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post Jan 28 2017, 10:32 AM
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NICE!!! I like how you set up a bit of a melody line right at the start. Also, you are traveling all over the neck which is great. I usually don't see that until a player has many years under their belt. Folks sometimes get stuck in one position and then the octave of that position. No you. You climb up and slide back down the neck with grace and style. Well freaking done there!! Being able to connect the various forms of each scale is KEY in being able to produce truly wicked Solos and you've made it Freaking Super Wicked!!!!

Also, I must say your right hand technique is top notch. I know you struggled with it for a while but you really have a great handle on it now. You keep a good strong mute on everything without having to rely on the right hand to mute. You are articulating your pick quite often with just your first finger and thumb. This is one of the hardest things to teach and to learn and I'm thrilled to see you doing it on the fly!!!!! I have other students who are struggling with this as we speak and you are a great example that it can be done.

Note choice is spot on, dynamics are there, picking/traverse is good, etc. In Short, you really nailed it!!!!!


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Hi Todd

This is my take, so off notes, full improvisation, but i love it



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post Jan 30 2017, 11:30 AM
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I'm hoping for a few more solo's on X37 as it's a spiff backing to work over and only a couple of GMCers have taken the plunge as yet. I may shift the day of posting or date due to see if we can increase participation a pinch. Every chance to work on playing some lead and getting some feedback, is a chance worth taking IMHO smile.gif Otherwise, what's the point of learning licks/scales/picking? The point, of course, is musical self expression. smile.gif So here is the link to X37. If you missed it, give it a shot! Cell phone video/web cam video/even audio only is ok on this one. Jump in!

Direct Link to this Challenge :
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post Jan 30 2017, 01:12 PM
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Here's another take to keep the thread going:



No need for critique, Todd smile.gif

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post Jan 30 2017, 08:29 PM
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NICE BEN !!!!

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post Jan 30 2017, 10:23 PM
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Thanks, Laurent smile.gif


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post Jan 31 2017, 02:53 AM
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Another killer take Ben! Looking forward to more folks smile.gif

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Here's another take to keep the thread going:



No need for critique, Todd smile.gif


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post Jan 31 2017, 11:06 PM
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Where is the next Saturday shred Fest ????

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