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post Aug 30 2016, 08:43 AM
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Nice One Soldier!!!! I think you may be beating yourself up too much here on the solo. I liked it quite a bit smile.gif I think it's one of the best solos I"ve ever heard you play to be frank. I can hear you pausing and thinking/feeling where the next bit should be which is how it starts getting to where you want it to be. It's a relationship between you and the backing track. The more you do it, the more you will hear the solo happening in your head a seconds ahead. Your fingers will head to that position to make the lick happen that your brain is saying should go there. After a certain point, you don't even think in terms of licks, it becomes a mostly emotional response to what you are playing over/against/with. You will literally "feel" what the next bit "wants" and your fingers will just play it. smile.gif The best way to get there is to simply play lots of solos over backings. Just like anything else, scales, etc. repetition is key.

On this on in particular, you have good note choice, good timing, some sweet chops, and it works musically, so I'd say give yourself credit, I certainly am!!!!

Let's Debrief...

MEDALS OF HONOR
1.)Well played and executed. This one Mission more than any other, keeps folks from getting their next badge. Making up a solo can be a scary thing. Especially at first. I can't tell you how many folks have had their last badge right before this Mission. Breaking that barrier is something to be proud of.
2.)Your technique here is just what I was looking for. You show a variety of techniques and you string them together without it sounding like just a bunch of bits strung together, it sounds like music smile.gif
3.)Your timing is also very good here. It's great to see your progress as a player! Keep going!!! Solo over songs that you like, just try to find the root note on the E string. A shocking amount of rock music works with the minor and blues scale, so once you find the root, you can start noodling around smile.gif

You really did make a good solo here and as a result Soldier, you have.....

Soldier, you have just
LEVELED UP!!!!



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As if that weren't cool enough, you finished your rack!!! Can't wait to see it with some gear in it smile.gif

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QUOTE (yoncopin @ Aug 27 2016, 10:04 PM) *
Thanks Todd, here is my take on the Lesson 18 Improv. I did a few of those descending scales and noodled around a bit, some good, and plenty of mistakes. Got my rack assembled today, now for the finishing smile.gif

Edit 8/29: I should add that I don't really like my solo much. As I find is often a problem for me, I'm really just playing notes from a scale, that don't sound bad, and throwing in a few of the licks I know. There isn't much happening here that is truly intentional or musically expressive. Musically, I haven't gotten to the point where I'm actually expressing myself in a style that I would actually want to listen to. I'm not sure how to develop that other than to just keep making solos and improvising...



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post Sep 12 2016, 01:27 AM
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Lesson 19 here @ 90bpm. I've been really busy with this, Gabe's lessons and finishing my pedal cabinet. Here are a few photos of the card itself smile.gif







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post Sep 16 2016, 09:14 PM
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Well fought Soldier!!! This is not an easy bit to play. You are really showing promise and ability here Soldier! Let's Debrief....

MEDALS OF HONOR
1.)Good Muting! Without good muting, this entire thing does not work. It's got open strings in it so without good muting you get all sorts of noise. Your muting technique is quite good and has come a long way so congrats there!!

2.)Even Strikes. Very hard to get solid and even strikes with both hands. The goal is to make it sound like it's coming from one hand and you are doing a very good job of it!

3.)Timing. Your timing here is very good!!! There is a nice pace to the playing and its not rushed or dragged.

If this is any indication, you are going to rip through these next lessons like a Hot Boot Knife through Butter!!

P.S. Your new fx module is looking spiff!!! Congrats on that. I can't wait to see a few of these in a rack!! Being able to build y our own pedal board, out of analogue fx, and have it off the ground and safe in a rack is a killer idea. The control board can get beer spilled on it and not wreck the brain of the gear. Also, amazing flexibility, folks could choose their fx and the order they go in. Would also be great outboard gear in a studio!

Back to the fight!
In other words, you just...

LEVELED UP!


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QUOTE (yoncopin @ Sep 11 2016, 08:27 PM) *
Lesson 19 here @ 90bpm. I've been really busy with this, Gabe's lessons and finishing my pedal cabinet. Here are a few photos of the card itself smile.gif







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post Sep 19 2016, 07:07 PM
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Lesson 20 here!



and my pedal cabinet with two working effects smile.gif



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post Sep 19 2016, 08:33 PM
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New Mission and a new build!! Congrats Soldier smile.gif Before I Get in to the Mission, I gotta give you props on your build!!! Looks amazing. Super nice. Really looks like it could be in any top notch studio. I don't know if you are up for starting a small biz selling custom cabs to studios, but I gotta say, you certainly have the skills to do it. IF you ever need a second line of work, or wanna make a few bucks, even selling through ebay/reverb could make you some good money. Folks will pay for nice quality. Do you know anything about wood stains and such? Could you do oxblood for example? Just to give you an idea of what things go for, here is a tiny oxblood stained table for a studio that runs $655. They are sold out currently smile.gif

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/445786063095315592/

Also, I see your modules in there!! Very spiff. Could be another income stream smile.gif Custom analogue modules of your choosing. Literally any configuration. Very spiff indeed!!!

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QUOTE (yoncopin @ Sep 19 2016, 02:07 PM) *
Lesson 20 here!



and my pedal cabinet with two working effects smile.gif




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post Sep 19 2016, 09:12 PM
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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Sep 19 2016, 03:33 PM) *
New Mission and a new build!! Congrats Soldier smile.gif Before I Get in to the Mission, I gotta give you props on your build!!! Looks amazing. Super nice. Really looks like it could be in any top notch studio. I don't know if you are up for starting a small biz selling custom cabs to studios, but I gotta say, you certainly have the skills to do it. IF you ever need a second line of work, or wanna make a few bucks, even selling through ebay/reverb could make you some good money. Folks will pay for nice quality. Do you know anything about wood stains and such? Could you do oxblood for example? Just to give you an idea of what things go for, here is a tiny oxblood stained table for a studio that runs $655. They are sold out currently smile.gif

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/445786063095315592/

Also, I see your modules in there!! Very spiff. Could be another income stream smile.gif Custom analogue modules of your choosing. Literally any configuration. Very spiff indeed!!!

Tod


Thanks so much Todd smile.gif That is very kind of you to say. I'm very pleased with how the project turned out. I really liked experimenting with pedal building, but the enclosures were such a pain and my room was approaching a serious cable-pocalypse. This is nice and contained and I don't have to spray paint anything smile.gif I would definitely still call it a prototype, but for my home use it'll work just how I need it to. It was a good opportunity to learn more about electronics, woodworking, audio, etc... It's a bit hard to tell, but this cabinet is stained "Classic Grey" so oxblood is definitely doable. I don't think I'll be making it a business any time soon though, I just love creating and building things smile.gif It's taken a lot of time away from my actual guitar playing, so I'm glad to be back to that. Once I get some more effects I'm planning to do a more thorough write-up for GMC and maybe post it to a couple other DIY places.


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post Sep 19 2016, 10:16 PM
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Well Fought Soldier!! You have a really good grip on everything in this mission. You are more than ready for what lay ahead!!!!

MEDALS OF HONOR
1.)Picking is on point! Your picking is very clean and as a bonus you are not losing your palm mute! This is a very important skill that can take forever to get a handle on and you've got it!

2.)Muting spot on! You keep a good solid palm mute the entire time and don't let a lot of extra noise happen which is great to see! Being able to control the noises that happen and don't happen is key!

3.)Pacing is great as well!! You don't rush or lag during the entire bit.

In short you KILLED IT Soldier!!!! Prepare yourself for some rough bits to come but nothing you can't handle!!!!

In other words, you just ...

LEVELED UP!!!!

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P.S Are you using the Helix to control your modular fx rack? Does it take midi control or some type of remote control?

Keep it up Soldier!!

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QUOTE (yoncopin @ Sep 19 2016, 02:07 PM) *
Lesson 20 here!



and my pedal cabinet with two working effects smile.gif


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post Oct 12 2016, 12:50 AM
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It took me a bit of time to get back in the routine of practicing after my vacation, but things are starting to settle down again. Here's Lesson 21!



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NICE!!!!! Well Fought Soldier!! I just realized after looking through this tab, that's it's a stripped down version of what's being done in the video. I'm going to update the lesson itself but as this was my bad I'm not going to hold you responsible. You played well and deserve your kudos!!!!

Let's Debrief...

MEDAL OF HONOR
1.)Right hand is firmly planted on the bridge and you are starting to articulate the pick very well with a pinch of wrist and some finger action. Well done there!

2.)Precise as a Scalpel. This is a very good workout for either alt picking or econ depending on how you approach it it.

3.)CONTROL: No extra string noise, no unwanted notes and very even and deliberate pacing. Score!!!

In short, your hard work is paying off in spades and you are more than ready for the hurdles that away you in coming missions! ATTACK!!!

You just.....

LEVELED UP!!!



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P.S. Just for giggles, here is the tab and the guitar pro files that match the lick in the vid. It's a BEAST of a lick to pull of at speed so if you give it a shot, take the metronome down to about half.
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QUOTE (yoncopin @ Oct 11 2016, 07:50 PM) *
It took me a bit of time to get back in the routine of practicing after my vacation, but things are starting to settle down again. Here's Lesson 21!



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post Oct 17 2016, 12:57 AM
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Lesson 22 ready Sarge!



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post Oct 17 2016, 11:15 PM
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Well Fought Soldier!!! Remind me again, is that Ibby an RG570? Either way fine choice smile.gif Not to mention a good choice for this MISSION!!! Sometimes, you just need an Ibby!!!! On to the debrief!!

NICE!!! This is a really tough bit to play as you can't rely on your picking hand AT ALL. It's a great warm up and a great way to work on your left hand!!! If you can play scales with your left hand only, then picking becomes a tone choice. You can add picking or not, depending on how you want it to sound.

Try this technique with just about any shape, any scale, anything at all, it's great work for hand power/finger power/pinky power.


MEDALS OF HONOR
1.)Left hand POWER! That was a great example of using it to shred your brains out!!!

2.)Pacing and Speed! This is a very tough one to keep even and you did very well on keeping it nice and smooth!! Not rushing or dragging.

3.)Aggression! The best part was the aggressive style. Jumping right in to the lick and going for it!!


In short, you just ...
LEVELED UP!

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QUOTE (yoncopin @ Oct 16 2016, 07:57 PM) *
Lesson 22 ready Sarge!



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post Oct 20 2016, 01:01 AM
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and Lesson 23! I took some of your advice in this other thread on audio/video. I tried to make it easy and quick to record, but up the quality a bit.



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post Oct 20 2016, 10:23 AM
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CLEAN KILL SOLDIER!!! This is not an easy Mission, it involves on one of the trickiest bits for many folks, the dreaded "PINKY SLIDE"! You seemed to have no trouble at all!!! Well done there. Many folks find it very hard to slide with the pinky and instead they slide with the next closest finger which makes doing three note per string runs very awkward. Congrats on getting a handle on this technique!!!

Also, very spiff ibby! Can you give me a run down of your collection one more time? Love them in your vids smile.gif In addition, very glad to see that my bit about making easier/better videos helped out smile.gif You have made quite a nice setup there in your home studio!! Direct recording to PC and a new vid editor. It always helps to have as many steps removed as possible. I've found it encourages better and more frequent video making! Welcome to the world of HD videos smile.gif


Let's debrief!!!!!
MEDALS OF HONOR

1.)PINKY TRAVEL; Nice fret travel! Not only traversing strings, but traveling up the fretboard in a very smooth and precise fashion.

2.)PACING: The pacing is nice and even and deliberate as it should be.

3.)MUTING: VERY good job muting on this as it's one of those licks that is prone to cause string noise. You keep a good solid palm mute while using your thumb and finger to control the pick. It's the culmination of everything we work on in chat and it's coming together nicely!!!!

In short, you just ...
LEVELED UP!



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QUOTE (yoncopin @ Oct 19 2016, 08:01 PM) *
and Lesson 23! I took some of your advice in this other thread on audio/video. I tried to make it easy and quick to record, but up the quality a bit.



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post Oct 20 2016, 01:38 PM
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Thanks Todd! The guitars are a silver 2000 RG570 and a black 1990 RG760. I really enjoy them both. I have quite a few other guitars and they all seem to have their special place, I love them all. I think I'm pretty much set, until... smile.gif

Yes, I didn't struggle with this lesson too much. Once I memorized the pattern I pretty much had it. My speed still isn't great, but I'm trusting what you said about that coming on it's own. So I'm just focusing on precision, essentially right at the edge of my comfortable speed.

The video setup is really great, I'm glad I invested the time in setting it up right. That also inspired me a bit to setup a DAW template with my drum plugins. I've been using that more as a metronome than just a click track. It's a bit more fun to jam to and makes a bit better video. So, I hope you enjoy the results!


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post Oct 21 2016, 11:38 PM
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Fine scores on both!! Personal advice would be to only sell them on pain of death. They just dont' make them like that anymore and the necks on those are works of art that are now found on guitars that cost about 2 o 3 thousand dollars. Even the new Peripery Jake Bowden Sig sports the Wizard II which is a bit thicker and the guitar costs an arm and a leg. The Wizard is now called the SUPER HP WIZARD or something similar and requires hyper strong support rods to keep it from warping.

One bit of advice, avoid 10 gauge strings if possible. If not, it's your axes and some folks do do fine. Some folks put 10s on a wizard and notice it warp. I use 8s or 9s at best on my RG60 smile.gif

Very true about each axe having it's own spot. It all depends on what you are playing. With wads of stuff in bootcamp, you may find that one of the Ibby's is your best bet as that's what I write most of it on smile.gif

I do enjoy the results quite a bit! Top quality vids with drums. Having a daw template with your drums ready to go and a camera ready to roll, really takes away the "pain in the neck factor" of sitting down to record quite a bit. smile.gif Found that out the hard way as I used to do it the old way from scratch each time and found it actually discourage me sometimes.

Your precision is quite good! The speed will just happen over time without even realizing it smile.gif

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QUOTE (yoncopin @ Oct 20 2016, 08:38 AM) *
Thanks Todd! The guitars are a silver 2000 RG570 and a black 1990 RG760. I really enjoy them both. I have quite a few other guitars and they all seem to have their special place, I love them all. I think I'm pretty much set, until... smile.gif

Yes, I didn't struggle with this lesson too much. Once I memorized the pattern I pretty much had it. My speed still isn't great, but I'm trusting what you said about that coming on it's own. So I'm just focusing on precision, essentially right at the edge of my comfortable speed.

The video setup is really great, I'm glad I invested the time in setting it up right. That also inspired me a bit to setup a DAW template with my drum plugins. I've been using that more as a metronome than just a click track. It's a bit more fun to jam to and makes a bit better video. So, I hope you enjoy the results!


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post Oct 22 2016, 07:54 PM
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Thanks for the advice, I wouldn't want anything to happen to them smile.gif Up next, lesson 24.



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Let's debrief!!!!!
MEDALS OF HONOR

Congrats Soldier! You are knocking em down left and right!! Let's Debrief!! ...
BTW Such a lovely Ibby there, every time I see it smile.gif

1.)PICK AND HAMMER!: The "Pick and Hammer" is very important and you have a very good grasp here both ascending and descending. Some players find if very hard to do to one or the other, just depends on the player and do both with style!!

2.)Palm Mute Madness: Very good control of leaving your palm in one place and using your fingers to make notes. This is something I try to teach all the time and it takes folks quite a while to get the hang of it, and you have it!!!!!!!!

3.)Timing and Precision: Very tight and very evenly played. This is not easy to pull off on this lick and you used your PINKY!!

In short, you just ...
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QUOTE (yoncopin @ Oct 22 2016, 02:54 PM) *
Thanks for the advice, I wouldn't want anything to happen to them smile.gif Up next, lesson 24.



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post Nov 4 2016, 09:57 PM
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Lesson 25 here!


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Yet again WELL FOUGHT SOLDIER!!!! This is what I call a "Back and Forth" Lick for hopefully obvious reasons smile.gif I can't help but notice the smooth delivery of your alternate picking and the confident fretting of your right hand. This is EXACTLY what I like to see. no hesitation. Pure killer instinct.

on to the debrief!!!!

MEDALS OF HONOR

1.)Slow and Steady wins the race! : You do a great job of pick control on this one. Steady pace and even playing. Nice!!

2.)PALM MUTE MADNESS: Very clean palm mute per usual as I've come to expect. Nice!!

3.)Back and Forth like a champ!: This can a VERY VERY confusing lick, Well done

In short, you just ...
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QUOTE (yoncopin @ Nov 4 2016, 04:57 PM) *
Lesson 25 here!


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post Nov 6 2016, 01:48 AM
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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Nov 4 2016, 09:56 PM) *
I can't help but notice the smooth delivery of your alternate picking and the confident fretting of your right hand. This is EXACTLY what I like to see. no hesitation. Pure killer instinct.


This was a great comment to get smile.gif On to Lesson 26!


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