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post Oct 23 2016, 10:12 AM
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For sure Gab!

I like this deadline stuff because it makes me work harder.

Exam and deadline:

By October 29th I'll have to share 2 videos:

- A video playing Bending lesson (5 coins)
- A second video improvising over the lesson's backing (5 coins)

Right?
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Exactly! That's the new deadline. wink.gif


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post Oct 30 2016, 08:58 PM
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Hey Gab,

Sorry I missed the deadline yesterday =(
A couple of friends came by my house and they ended up staying for dinner and left really late.
I wanted to record today, but I've been busy all day and I'm going to get home to late to record.
Can I get an extention on the deadline please?
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Ok mate! No problem.


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post Nov 7 2016, 01:57 PM
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Hey Gab,

I haven't touched my guitar in the last week, so I don't have a new take, sorry =(
I don't know what to do right now... It took me 5 months to fail both exercises you told me to do...
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Ok mate, I think that we can try with another stuff. What do you think? Have you seen any GMC lessons that you'd like to learn?



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Hey Gab,

I would like to tell you that I really appreciate your help and you taking your time to try and help me. I can imagine you don't have much time to spare, so thank you for that.
Here is the deal, I don't have much time to play. At the moment I usually play from 3h30 to 5h a week.
I do like the deadlines, it helps me to play more. Weekends are very difficult so maybe keep the deadlines during the week?
Can I propose that we take a step back, find me a easy lesson that I can't screw up? Maybe this one? https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Cage-T...Elephant-style/

What do you think? Too difficult for me? Can you set me a deadline for that?

Thanks again,
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Hi mate, I'm glad to know that you are enjoying my help here. smile.gif

I thin that the lesson that you've chosen is ok! So here we go:

Lesson: https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Cage-T...Elephant-style/

Deadline: November 18th



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Tnx Gab, I'm gonna start right now! wink.gif
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Great. Keep me updated.


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Hey Gab,

I recorded a fast take just to try out the video in video.
Anyway, I need help with my tone, it doesn't sound anything like yours.
What should I change?


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Hi mate, nice! What amp are you using?



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I'm just using my Firehawk connected by USB to my PC.
I just have a "Plexi Lead 100" and a "Phaser" on my chain.

Plexi Lead 100
(Based on* Normal ‘59 Marshall® “Plexi” Super Lead 100, Normal input channel - British)
Drive: 15%
Base: 70%
Mid: 70%
Treble: 50%
Presence: 30%

Phaser
(Based on* the phaser that changed the world—the relatively subtle MXR® Phase 90)
Tempo: 110 BPM
Mix: 30%
Feedback: 45%

I chose these settings based on your "LePoin" settings for this exercise.

Edit: this is what I can use
http://uk.line6.com/data/6/0a06439c36d454e...-amp-models.pdf
http://uk.line6.com/data/6/0a06439c36fe54e...ects-models.pdf

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Hey Gab,

I changed the AMP to another that at least looks more like the one you are using...

Brit J-800
(Based on* Marshall® JCM-800 - British)
Drive: 15%
Base: 70%
Mid: 70%
Treble: 50%
Presence: 30%

Phaser
(Based on* the phaser that changed the world—the relatively subtle MXR® Phase 90)
Tempo: 110 BPM
Mix: 30%
Feedback: 50%

Check it out...
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Hi mate,

this new tone sounds better, however I still think that it could be better. It sounds like if you would be using a cabinet emulation or something. Are you sure you've included the cabinet? Could you share the settings for it and maybe a print screen?

Regarding your playing, I think that this doesn't sound bad. There are some little timing issues to adjust, and there is also some headroom to adjust dynamics, when playing the first lead melody (check the accentuation of the notes in my version), but also in other parts like the chorus. The note intensities are really important to give this the right feel.


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Hey Gab,

Of course, you are right! I'm using a 4x12 Brit T75, here is the configuration...

4x12 Brit T75
(Based on* 1978 Marshall® with stock 70s)
Early Reflections: 0%
Mic: 57A

To address the timing issues the best way is play with the metronome, right?
I'm also gonna give your version some plays to figure out the accentuation.

Thanks!

EDIT: Just adding a video with the patch settings..


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Ok, so I think that you need to experiment with EQ. Here is an idea on how to start with it:

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Try those settings and see if it becomes better. If not, try different configurations until you find a better tone. By the way, you could try any other amp. Fender amps usually have best clean tones.


About timing, yes, metronome is a great tool. However, I think that you could use any slower backing and work first on timing, and then on dynamics. The way to work on it is putting all your focus on that element. Let's supposed that you are going to work on timing. Turn off the lights, and it possible listen to the backing track in the dark (or close your eyes). Imagine how your guitar played tight would sound over it. Repeat this until you can hear your "imaginary" guitar sounding clearly. Then, try it by yourself.

This can sound crazy, but trust me, it works! smile.gif


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Thank you so much Gab, I'm gonna try that tonight!

I'll keep you posted smile.gif
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Great! wink.gif


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I for one did not know Steve Vai had "weaknesses"!
That video is so inspirational, thank you Gab.

On the lesson: I can't believe I had the whole "lesson step 5" all wrong! Will post ASAP, maybe tomorrow.

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