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post Jun 3 2017, 08:12 AM
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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Jun 2 2017, 10:20 PM) *
Thanks smile.gif That's my fave shirt!! Somebody offered me crazy money for it so I sold it. It was at a convention I think. I'm gonna have to get another one. smile.gif I got it from thinkgeek.com I hope they still sell them. smile.gif looking forward to your Missions Soldier!!!

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I can get 1-Off shirts for $20. I deigned 2 different Spock shirts - $20 each, plus designed some Clemson shirts for the National Championship game that I and a bunch of people from work purchased - so if you want one, I can get a couple made easily.

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post Jun 3 2017, 07:35 PM
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How freaking cool is that? How in God's name do you manage to get one off shirts made? Do you have a silk screen press or something? Either way, cool!! I"m a BIG BIG BIG guy so I take a 5x T shirt which makes finding quality Tshirts quite hard. Can you have them made in really big sizes like that? If so, I think I may have to place an order smile.gif One of my fave shirts was also from thinkgeek.com but is not available anymore. It said.

"NO. I WILL NOT FIX YOUR COMPUTER"

I used to wear it to work smile.gif Got a HUGE chuckle out of that smile.gif


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I can get 1-Off shirts for $20. I deigned 2 different Spock shirts - $20 each, plus designed some Clemson shirts for the National Championship game that I and a bunch of people from work purchased - so if you want one, I can get a couple made easily.

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post Jun 4 2017, 12:22 AM
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The imprint is vinyl, but man I still have a shirt from one of my bands that is 20 years old.

I'm sure they can get you size and I can go up to 14" wide.

My son had a shirt that I thought was hilarious, just said "For Sale".
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post Jun 4 2017, 07:04 AM
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I think we should get some of these made!!

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The imprint is vinyl, but man I still have a shirt from one of my bands that is 20 years old.

I'm sure they can get you size and I can go up to 14" wide.

My son had a shirt that I thought was hilarious, just said "For Sale".



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post Jun 4 2017, 08:28 AM
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Just to be clear - to pass lesson 2 I am supposed to be able to go up and down the neck at 240 BPM?

I am very close to the up part, but the down part is going to take some more time - I'm still around 200 BPM on down.
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post Jun 4 2017, 05:45 PM
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There is NO speed requirement for ANY of the Missions. Ever. Let me make that perfectly clear. I may go up to a given speed in the demo video just to show you what it will sound like when you get there, but that's the only reason I'm doing it. The only requirement is that you play with precision. That's it smile.gif


I understand the urge to want a "BPM GOAL" so that one gets to shoot for speed. However, this is counterproductive IMHO. It results in a focus on the speed itself rather than the precision and can result in the dreaded "picking from the elbow" which is cutting off ones nose despite one's face. In the long term, developing good technique, and being able to play with precision is the entire goal/point of the missions. The speed will just happen along the way. I know that it's tempting to skip the middle and head straight for shred, but this is simply not the proper way Soldier. Focusing on fundamentals of performance will serve you well as you adapt to ever more complex Missions.

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Just to be clear - to pass lesson 2 I am supposed to be able to go up and down the neck at 240 BPM?

I am very close to the up part, but the down part is going to take some more time - I'm still around 200 BPM on down.


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post Jun 5 2017, 12:36 AM
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I've found out that speed isn't my enemy - THE FREAKING RECORD BUTTON IS!!!!

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post Jun 5 2017, 02:51 AM
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Soldier, you are officially one of the Band of Brothers! It's the dreaded record button that gets us all. That's part of why I have you guys record these lessons as part of your MISSION. Everyone gets a bit twitchy when that red light comes on. Suddenly, licks that were easy, become very NOT easy. Smooth becomes rough. Simple becomes complicated. It's only natural. smile.gif

Knowing that you are being recorded, makes you more prone to mistakes. Just like playing in front of an audience can make one more prone to mistakes. The good news is, by the time you get neck deep in the missions, you will be so accustomed to playing in front of the red light of Death, that it won't sway you in the least. smile.gif All part and parcel to BOOTCAMP!!!

Let's Debrief!!!

MEDALS OF HONOR
*SYNCH:
You are walking the shining path Soldier!!! Your hands are talking to each other. Nice!

*MUTE: Planted that right hand like a BOSS. Nice!

*TIMING: Tight response and locked in to the Metronome. Spiff!

This is what I like to see Soldier! You just gotta take it step by step, and keep putting one finger in front of the other. Be patient with yourself first, then be patient with the guitar, it may feel like it's fighting you, but it wants to be your partner in BATTLE. Let it.

In other words, you just.....

LEVELED UP!!!!

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Congrats Soldier!!! You have wet your blade in the blood of your enemies!! You are ready for MISSION #3!!!

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I've found out that speed isn't my enemy - THE FREAKING RECORD BUTTON IS!!!!



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post Jun 5 2017, 03:07 AM
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Sweet! I'm glad you understand that. I figured real guitarists don't screw up live. Every time I played live I screwed up 20 to 30 times a song and didn't care, I was half lit. And I came to realize the audience didn't ever notice so I just bounced around like I was Wink Martindale - game show host, camouflaging my slop and full of liquid confidence.

Becoming a sober person changes all that. Now I really do want to become a good guitarist.

The Fireball's 3 year journey gives me hope that I will be able to hit the stage again (sober this time) before I'm ready for the geriatric clinic.
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post Jun 5 2017, 04:01 AM
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I hear ya! It's a whole new thing doing it Sober smile.gif You are well on your way! Dig in and you can be at MISSION 50 before you know it and digging in to the deep bits. Don't stress too much over any one mission. Each one should take about an hour or so to get ready to shoot/record. Start racking em up Soldier!!


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Sweet! I'm glad you understand that. I figured real guitarists don't screw up live. Every time I played live I screwed up 20 to 30 times a song and didn't care, I was half lit. And I came to realize the audience didn't ever notice so I just bounced around like I was Wink Martindale - game show host, camouflaging my slop and full of liquid confidence.

Becoming a sober person changes all that. Now I really do want to become a good guitarist.

The Fireball's 3 year journey gives me hope that I will be able to hit the stage again (sober this time) before I'm ready for the geriatric clinic.


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post Jun 5 2017, 10:40 AM
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Upon replay looks like sound and video are out of sync a bit at the beginning of the 180 run - I just crammed the takes together in quicktime but you get the idea.



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post Jun 5 2017, 08:25 PM
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Soldier, I appreciate your aggressive style. God knows I'm a fan of blood and carnage smile.gif However, this is "Sniper School", not "Demolition Derby". You have a good handle on this drill soldier. But I can tell you are pushing the speed just a pinch to far and losing your footing, so to speak, resulting in small "misfires".

Soldier, I want you to do one thing for me. Slow down. Also, re frame your camera so that I can see your trigger hand as well as your fret hand. I"m going to put you on a special mission here to force your hand down a different path. Take this MIssion and ..

1.)Double Pick it (pick each note twice)
3.)Triple Pick it (Pick each note three times)

Don''t push the speed past the point where you are struggling with aim and acquiring the target. Instead, drop the metronome speed, and focus more on form and take each note one at a time. In doing so, you will get a chance to focus on the picking itself, rather than the lick as a whole since you will be striking each note twice or three times depending. Once you have a handle on this, reshoot and resubmit this mission and we wil go from there Soldier!!!! ONWARDS!!!

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Upon replay looks like sound and video are out of sync a bit at the beginning of the 180 run - I just crammed the takes together in quicktime but you get the idea.



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post Jun 7 2017, 09:12 AM
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Working on those triplets. i did 30 minutes yesterday and just finished 45 minutes. While I can do it, it is not "sniper" and I desperately need to continue working on this.

One thing I noticed is that sitting down does not help me, I probably need a different chair, but sitting down hinders my arm adjustment in relation to my hands on the neck - so just by standing up there was an immediate difference.

But I like that word/philosophy "sniper" - that is what I am not, but want to be, need to be.

So I'm going to stay in this trench until I am satisfied with myself.

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TRIPLE picking will show you where there are any gaps in your technique that need work. Make sure they are evenly spaced strikes, not typical triplets where they are in burst groups of three.

Double Picking and Triple Picking are some of my fave ways of playing drills. They force the hand to adapt, even if the hand is being stubborn smile.gif Again, don't worry about speed, just play evenly and steadily. That's all that matters here Soldier!

While sitting are you in classical position or "side saddle" with the guitar on the right leg? If side saddle, switch to classical, if classical, make sure your left foot is propped up on something about a foot tall or so. This increases the angle of the neck and thus makes it more natural for the hand.

Fight on!

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QUOTE (Spock @ Jun 7 2017, 04:12 AM) *
Working on those triplets. i did 30 minutes yesterday and just finished 45 minutes. While I can do it, it is not "sniper" and I desperately need to continue working on this.

One thing I noticed is that sitting down does not help me, I probably need a different chair, but sitting down hinders my arm adjustment in relation to my hands on the neck - so just by standing up there was an immediate difference.

But I like that word/philosophy "sniper" - that is what I am not, but want to be, need to be.

So I'm going to stay in this trench until I am satisfied with myself.


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post Jun 7 2017, 02:27 PM
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Right, my problem is not with gaps in my picking, it's fretting and positioning of my finger within frets to consistently make a nice clean note. I think that is why I pick hard, to compensate for possible miss aiming the fret.

It's not all the time, but enough to understand it's an issue.
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YES smile.gif Finger Fatigue is very real. You can wear out your fingers pretty quick by over pressing and by playing the guitar at a less than optimal angle, E.G. "side saddle". For avoiding fatigue I always suggest a light stretch before playing, and focusing on a light touch during practicing, and a cool down stretch after practicing.

having the action set low, and not using really heavy gauge strings will also reduce fatigue. Eventually, you can work up to playing for several hours without finger fatigue. But it's easy to wear out the hand when playing too hard.

I know we've been over this ground many times, but were you using these techniques when you hit your fatigue point? If you were playing on a guitar with high action, set on 10 or 11 strings, side saddle, then yeah, I'd expect your hands to wear out pretty quick. If not it could be something else. Let me know and I"m sure we can work it out smile.gif

also, I can edit posts but for some reason can't make new ones in the forum. TIl I work that out I"ll have to edit posts instead of hitting reply.

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Is "Finger Fatigue" a thing?

I sat down to practice yesterday and my fingers did not want to make the stretch near the end of the neck. As well, I had a difficult time playing songs that I play just for excercise.

And to top that all off, I am having severe pain in my right arm rotator cuff which I have to believe is from practicing this stuff. I've made an appointment to go get a shot (which helped me years ago and kept me from having to have surgery).

Anyway, I was just astounded by my fingers unwillingness to cooperate. I'm going to start again as soon as I get my coffee down but just thought I'd write to complain.

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That's what many folks struggle with. Don't feel the need to play briskly. Playing cleanly is all that is required no matter how far down you need to turn the metronome. The multi picking will also show you any spots in your playing that need refinement in terms of consistency (that's actually what I meant by gaps in your playing, e.g. gaps in your ability). But you can do it smile.gif I've seen you play and I"m sure you can pul this off!

Play as slow as you need to in order to be consistent. Looking forward to your Mission Soldier!!

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Right, my problem is not with gaps in my picking, it's fretting and positioning of my finger within frets to consistently make a nice clean note. I think that is why I pick hard, to compensate for possible miss aiming the fret.

It's not all the time, but enough to understand it's an issue.


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Is "Finger Fatigue" a thing?

I sat down to practice yesterday and my fingers did not want to make the stretch near the end of the neck. As well, I had a difficult time playing songs that I play just for excercise.

And to top that all off, I am having severe pain in my right arm rotator cuff which I have to believe is from practicing this stuff. I've made an appointment to go get a shot (which helped me years ago and kept me from having to have surgery).

Anyway, I was just astounded by my fingers unwillingness to cooperate. I'm going to start again as soon as I get my coffee down but just thought I'd write to complain.
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YES Finger Fatigue is very real. You can wear out your fingers pretty quick by over pressing and by playing the guitar at a less than optimal angle, E.G. "side saddle". For avoiding fatigue I always suggest a light stretch before playing, and focusing on a light touch during practicing, and a cool down stretch after practicing.

having the action set low, and not using really heavy gauge strings will also reduce fatigue. Eventually, you can work up to playing for several hours without finger fatigue. But it's easy to wear out the hand when playing too hard.

I know we've been over this ground many times, but were you using these techniques when you hit your fatigue point? If you were playing on a guitar with high action, set on 10 or 11 strings, side saddle, then yeah, I'd expect your hands to wear out pretty quick. If not it could be something else. Let me know and I"m sure we can work it out

also, I can edit posts but for some reason can't make new ones in the forum. TIl I work that out I"ll have to edit posts instead of hitting reply.

Todd

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Is "Finger Fatigue" a thing?

I sat down to practice yesterday and my fingers did not want to make the stretch near the end of the neck. As well, I had a difficult time playing songs that I play just for excercise.

And to top that all off, I am having severe pain in my right arm rotator cuff which I have to believe is from practicing this stuff. I've made an appointment to go get a shot (which helped me years ago and kept me from having to have surgery).

Anyway, I was just astounded by my fingers unwillingness to cooperate. I'm going to start again as soon as I get my coffee down but just thought I'd write to complain.


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