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Hi Wyverex! Welcome to your mentoring thread.

Before we start, I'd like to know a bit more about you.

- How many time have you been playing guitar?
- Favorite guitarists, bands and musicians.
- What are your guitar goals?
- How would you like to you see yourself in 5 years (related to music and guitar)?
- How many time can you play guitar each day?
- Do you have playing live experience?
- Which are your strong and weak points with guitar?
- What do you know about music theory?
- Can you record videos of you playing?
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Thank you for having me :-)

QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Aug 4 2016, 09:01 PM) *
- How many time have you been playing guitar?

A couple of years now, on and off. For a time I only played acoustic fingerstyle without any teacher, then I did basically nothing for a few years. About 1.5 years ago I started to take private lessons. I've been playing electric for about a year now.

I started making music about 15 years ago and went from drums to bass (both in several bands) then to piano and finally arrived at playing guitar. So I know a bit of everything but I never had the feeling that I became good on any particular instrument.

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- Favorite guitarists, bands and musicians.

Mark Tremonti, Alter Bridge (& Creed), Shinedown, Poets of the Fall, Tommy Emmanuel, Ludovico Einaudi (pianist, but is still an influence for his beautiful melodies)

I'm really into Alter Bridge at the moment!

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- What are your guitar goals?
- How would you like to you see yourself in 5 years (related to music and guitar)?

I would like to be able to play what I hear inside my head (where I always have the feeling that I lack the technique to express it). I would really like to be able to play Alter Bridge songs and in their general style. I want to have a band again and write own songs again but this time on guitar.

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- How many time can you play guitar each day?

I try to play at least an hour every day. If I can, I play more but usually it's around that. For the last few months I've been extremely motivated and would like to spend my whole day playing, but sadly that's not an option. I have to add that about half of my playing time is devoted to what I do with my private teacher.

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- Do you have playing live experience?

Several gigs on drums and bass. Guitar more in a private setting, like parties.

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- Which are your strong and weak points with guitar?

I think I have quite a good feeling for melodies and how to integrate with other instruments. What I never accomplished on any instrument is playing fast. This has eluded me for years. I also feel that I mostly lack the routine, meaning the bare hours spent getting comfortable with different techniques.
Also, in the past I always tried to progress faster than my ability allowed. That's why I really like the lessons on this site. There's so much to learn even from Lvl 2 lessons smile.gif

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- What do you know about music theory?

I think my theory is pretty solid. I know about chords and scales and how to build chords upon them including 9ths, 11ths, 13ths etc. What I lack is again the routine to apply it to the guitar when I want to. There is if course enough stuff I haven't touched yet like melodic minor scales, the Phrygian Major from the Korn collaboration comes to mind as well. There's always more to learn smile.gif

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- Can you record videos of you playing?

Yes

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- Share here audios and videos that reflect your current playing.

You've already seen my take on your lesson. Apart from that I'm afraid I don't have anything recent. Here's a video from 2012 which reflects my acoustic playing pretty well.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Qn26BPg9NvI

Apart from that, what I'm learning at the moment are:
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guit...-melody-lesson/
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/jumpin...round-beginner/
Recognizing that the note choice here is mostly about landing on a strong note for each chord, I'm also spending some time on
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Improvising-Workshop-1/
because this is also something I never practiced enough.

And with my teacher I'm learning "Always with me, always with you" from Joe Satriani (which is quite the task biggrin.gif )
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Hi mate! Thanks for the info!

This is the first assignment that I suggest based on what I know from you.


ASSIGNMENT #1:

Goal:


- Leveling your guitar playing.
- Working on your expression techniques.


TASK 1:

- Work on this lesson: https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Ballad...s-And-Phrasing/


TASK 2:

- Improvise over the backing track of the lesson trying to create your own variations.


Exam and deadline:


By August 16th you'll have to share 2 videos:

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

Each of this videos will be evaluated (check the coins value below). You need to get at least 7 coins to pass. If you pass, we can continue, if you don't you will have a second "call" that would be the last one.

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Oh, that's a tough one! I hope I can deliver that until the deadline. I'm pretty excited to be able to play this, though smile.gif I'll keep you posted
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Looking forward your news! smile.gif


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I'm making some progress on this lesson, although there are so many subtleties to take into account.
What I'm really struggling with is the right tone, though. Darius writes to use as few distortion as possible to have the widest dynamic range. But I found that my dynamic range is quite small. I can play notes that are more silent than others but it seems that no matter how hard I pluck the strings, I can't make them distort so much that it has a really prominent effect.

Right now I use Bias FX with a dual 59' Tweed Lux Amp (based on Fender Blues Deluxe), a Tube Screamer and Reverb.
The Amp has about
10.8 / 11 Gain
5,5 / 10 Bass
7 / 10 Mids
5 / 10 Treble
2.8 / 10 Presence
The Screamer is set to
5.8 Drive
4.0 Tone
2.3 Level

I don't know if you have Bias FX or if it even makes sense to post those values. I just don't know where to look first to get closer to the lesson's tone. I don't have a Strat - I'm playing an Ibanez S with Humbuckers. I've experimented with the neck humbucker and splitting that into a single coil. The recording is on full humbucker. Does the guitar make such a big difference in the end?

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Hi mate,

I have to say that your tone sounds good on this take. I'm not very into Bias (yet, I'm curious to give it a try) but from what I know Darius is using some free plug ins so maybe you can try them in your day and if you still prefer bias, you can use it as reference on what to search regarding tone. Fender Stratocaster has a very personal sound so you won't be able to get the same tone, but honestly that's not the main objective here. The idea is that you build your own tone, which should be comfortable for you and that should fit well with the lesson and backing's style.



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Hey Gabriel,

just to let you know, I've been trying to record a video for the lesson for the past two hours and I'm growing more and more frustrated. sad.gif I've spent several hours each day to learn the notes and the structure but I'm far from being able to deliver a recording in acceptable quality in full speed until tomorrow. The last days I've mainly played on about 80-85% speed and even there are still hiccups. But on 100% I'm just feeling rushed and frustrated. The volume swells are particularly difficult for me. And I have to fake the sweep near the end because that's way too fast for me. And I haven't even spent much time on the impro yet...

So in short, I feel I'm in way over my head considering the deadline. There are several options now: I can record it nevertheless but then it'll be nowhere near the quality I would upload into the REC section if I was doing the lesson on my own. Or I can record at slower speed. Or do you have another idea?

I really feel better matched with level 2 or 3 lessons at the moment wacko.gif
Don't get me wrong, I'm highly motivated and I can't get enough of my guitar but I'm at the limit of what I can deliver given the available time.
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Hi mate, this sound very reasonable. Please record this one at a tempo in which you feel comfortable and natural with the overall groove, licks and techniques, ok?


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Ok, I finally managed to record something smile.gif
It's on 90% speed and I'm not completely satisfied with it because there are mistakes included but that's the best I can do for now.



Also the improvisation. I tried to stay in the general style of the backing track having a recurring theme and a slow build-up.



Overall I found this lesson to be very tricky (at least for my current abilities). I'd feel more comfortable to take a step back and concentrate more on a single technique for the next lesson if that's ok for you smile.gif
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Hi mate! Congrats on your first assignment completed! This is mostly a leveler for us since it helps me to see exactly which are the techniques that need more attention. I can say that the first technique that we should work is bending so that's what the one in which we'll focus the next assignment. There are off course more things to work like dynamics, timing, and vibrato, but let's start polishing those bends.

I enjoyed your improvisation. You've taken the original lesson as a template to create a solo of your own. I can say that this are totally fresh phrases but it keeps the vibe of the lesson. That's the best way to get the more of a lesson so it's a succesful recording.

Based on your submits these are your results:

TASK 1: 3 coins

TASK 2: 4 coins

TOTAL: 7/10 coins.



I'll be back with a new assignment, but you can dedicate some time to isolate the bends from the lesson and practice them. Try to reach the correct pitch.


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Hey,

thanks for the input smile.gif I agree that the bendings require work. Some of them actually made me facepalm while listening to them, especially towards the end. biggrin.gif I think I generally bend the strings too far.

Apart from that, over the last days, I spent some time thinking about my practice routine and I realized that I need to change something. Currently there's too much stuff that I'd like to do and I randomly start new lessons (because there are a hell of a lot of awesome lessons on this site smile.gif ) and I need to focus more. Also, your question about my guitar goals (in 5 years) had some impact on me. I didn't think about my goals so clearly before and apparently it needed to sink in for two weeks before I was really clear about it wink.gif

So, I created a practice schedule for myself which I'd like to share with you, so that you know how my practice time will be spent in the next time. My overall goal that I want to be able to play Alter Bridge songs is still valid. But I see that somewhere between 2 and 5 years. My midterm goals are the following:

  • Rhythm
    I want to have a really solid rhythm foundation. While I think that my timing is generally quite good, I'm lacking routine and rhythmic techniques. I want to churn out those in-your-face killer riffs biggrin.gif I don't just want to cover songs though, I want to make those riffs & techniques my own. So I thought about lessons like the following to build up my repertoire (no specific order yet, and there are tons more of them that I like):
    https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Staccato-Power-Chords/
    https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Stamina-School/
    https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Riffin...ith-pedal-note/
    https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Metall...-For-Beginners/

    My midterm goal here is to be able to play Master of Puppets in live speed in a year from now (if that's realistic).
  • GMC Mentoring Lessons
    Whatever you think is important smile.gif I guess I see some bending workouts flying in cool.gif
  • Improvisation
    I want to improve finding strong notes (for which I have developed a plan together with my private teacher) and build a lick library from songs/lessons that I play and then try to incorporate those licks into my improvisation.
  • Songs & Associated Techniques
    As I wrote before, I'm learning Joe Satriani's Always with Me with my teacher at the moment. My plan is to be able to play that until the end of the year. Currently I'm working on better hammer on & pull off technique in preparation for those legato runs.


That's my schedule draft. Since it contains 4 parts, I would divide my available playing time by four each day and spend that much time on each part then. What do you think? smile.gif

Ah, and since I'm almost done with https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guit...-melody-lesson/ (as written in my first post), I will post a REC of that soonish. There's just one arpeggio run which is still too fast for me.
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Hi mate! Great stuff! This extended goals help me to design better assignments for you. This is what I would suggest:




ASSIGNMENT #2:

Goals:


- Rhythm Practice
- Improvisation Tools


TASK 1:

- Work on this lesson: https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Staccato-Power-Chords/


TASK 2:


- Study this first part of the improv workout: https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Improvising-Workshop-1/


Exam and deadline:


By August 30th you'll have to share 2 videos:

- A video playing the rhythm lesson (5 coins)
- A second video improvising using the concepts from the workout (5 coins)

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I've posted my take on Task 1 into the REC section:
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...showtopic=57373

I think this is exactly where I need to be at the moment. Getting my rhythm more solid. cool.gif
Do you think I should continue with one of those lessons? Or something else?

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Power-Chord-Shifting/
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Power_Chords_Workout/
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Riffin...ith-pedal-note/

Also here is the improvisation:


Note that I haven't really followed the Improvisation Workout #1 here (since that's only about playing C major) but instead I did something a bit more challenging and played over C - Am - F - G and mostly used guidetone lines. So far I have been working on 2/5 CAGED shapes and I was planning to do the rest over the next weeks as part of my improvisation block in my practice schedule.
Also, I tried to do this impro a bit more spontaneous, i.e. I sat down for a while to get into the general feel and to find some licks that I wanted to play and then I recorded it straight-away. The downside is, of course, that the impro has less structure this way (it feels a bit directionless at times) but I guess part of the learning process is to be able to create structure on the spot.

Apart from that, I've now started recording with a real amp! Some months ago I purchased a Mesa Mini Rectifier but I was largely unable to get a satisfying tone out of it given the volumes that I can play with in my apartment. But now I'm using a similar technique to what yoncopin does: I route the amp's pre-amp output into my audio interface and use the Two-Notes Wall of Sound plugin as a power amp and cabinet simulation. This doesn't give me the complete authentic tone of my amp since the Mini Rec has a switchable 10/25 watt power amp stage which does additionally color the sound (going from pentode to triode) but at least I can play my amp now! I've also started using Cantabile as my VST host, which feels so much simpler and better suited than starting up Cubase every time.

For the impro I've also used the TAL-Reverb-4 plugin.

Note that I'm mostly away on a seminar this week, so I won't be able to play much. Also I will be on vacation from September 19th to September 27th.

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Hi mate! Good job! It's a great idea to post lesson takes directly at the REC section since you'll receive comments from other instructors as well which is very helpful.

I think that you've done a good job with both tasks. As the other instructors said, the rhythm lesson only shows some timing issues that deserve some attention since you tend to rush the beat. Regarding the improvisation, there are good things happening there, mostly related to the notes choices over each chord. However, it's lacking some overall structure as well as some phrasing/motiv development. We'll work on it!

Based on your submits these are your results:

TASK 1: 4 coins

TASK 2: 3 coins

TOTAL: 7/10 coins.


ASSIGNMENT #3:

Goals:


- Rhythm Practice
- Improvisation Tools


TASK 1:

- Work on this lesson: https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Power-Chord-Shifting/


TASK 2:

- Get into this amazing lesson: https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Your-First-Phrases/

Exam and deadline:

By September 17th you'll have to share 2 videos:

- A video playing the rhythm lesson (5 coins)
- A second video improvising using the concepts from the lesson Your first phrases (5 coins)

Each of this videos will be evaluated (check the coins value below). You need to get at least 7 coins to pass. If you pass, we can continue, if you don't you will have a second "call" that would be the last one.

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Cool, thanks! The impro lesson looks cool. I'll get right on it as soon as I can smile.gif
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Hey, just a quick question regarding the impro lesson: Do you want me to play the phrases Kris is playing in the lesson or do you want me to record some phrases of my own over the backing track? Judging from what the lesson is all about, I guess it's the latter but I just wanted to make sure smile.gif
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Exactly! The latter... phrases of your own. wink.gif


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Hey!

Here my videos for this assignment. They aren't perfect, but that's probably always the case when hitting the REC button biggrin.gif
I posted the rhythm lesson directly to REC.

The improvisation:

I had some struggles finding phrases for the 2nd and 4th part, where there's not much movement harmonically. I feel a bit limited there.

As I said before, I will be on vacation until September 27th. I don't yet know how I'm going to survive without my guitar mellow.gif
Looking forward to the next lessons though smile.gif

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