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Todd Simpson
post Jan 6 2017, 05:05 AM
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Welcome to SHRED BOOTCAMP! I'll be your Drill Instructor! And I do mean DRILL! As in a large power tool used in slasher films and Paul Gilbert concerts. Here is were you EARN THE LIVING DEATH out of your fingers and break through any speed bumps/barriers to become a MASTER CHIEF of Shred!

MISSON #1

THE MISSION

1.)Your mission is to go all the way back to the very start. The base of the mountain.

LESSON 1. http://bitly.com/gmclesson1

Which you will play SLOWWWWWWLLY, very SLOWWWLLLLYYYY until you master it at a crawl (As You'll Do With Each Mission, and focus on left hand FORM! Make it SUPER PERFECT!). Speed it up bit by bit until you feel your ready to take it to WAR (Any speed, it's up to you) Shoot a video of you playing the bit along with a METRONOME or DRUM click in the background so that I can hear if your on beat or not, and embed it as a post it as a reply to this post. I'll then offer a constructive and brutally honest critique.

THE AFTERMATH

Upon nailing the crap out of lesson one, and playing it a clean as a freshly waxed floor, you will be given your first insignia of Rank in BOOTCAMP!

After that proceed to MISSION #2. Here is a link to all of the missions. All 400+ of them.
http://bit.ly/twtgmc

Here is the link to your own PRIVATE HOUSE OF PAIN!...Er I mean.. SHRED!
bit.ly/sidthekidsbootcamp
Practice!
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post Jan 12 2017, 01:59 PM
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Hi Todd!
Here is the report of my first battle:

I am able to play it comfortably at 120BPM -


130BPM is approximately my current stable limit, after this speed I start using the arm to pick faster and can't keep the picking consistent.


We should always use the wrist for picking right? Whenever I feel tension in the muscles of my elbow/arm area I stop and try to use the wrist.
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post Jan 14 2017, 05:10 AM
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CONGRATS SOLDIER!!!! This is your FIRST MISSION and you KILLED IT!!!!! Let's debrief...

You are off to a fine start!!
MEDALS OF HONOR

1.)Maintained splendid palm mute / right hand control in every vid.
2.)Maintained tight and precise picking in every vid
3.)Maintained control of each strike and it's timing


Congrats Soldier, you just ...

LEVELED UP!!

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SUPER CONGRATS on BADGING UP!!! I must take this chance to suggest some modifications to your playing for these missions.

1.)Your muting only the lower strings with your left hand. Find a position with your hand that lets you mute most or all of the strings with back of your left hand.

2.)You are sitting side sadle with your guitar. Some players prefer this. However, it changes the angle on the wrist and simply makes everything a pinch more difficult, especially licks that involve a stretch. I'd suggest trying classical position with the guitar in between your legs. You can always change back later smile.gif

3.)Pick Choice: I'd say get the sharpest pick you can find. 1.0mm at a minimum. Pick flex/bend is your enemy in these lessons.

Looking forward to round 2!

Sarge


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Hi Todd!
Here is the report of my first battle:

I am able to play it comfortably at 120BPM -


130BPM is approximately my current stable limit, after this speed I start using the arm to pick faster and can't keep the picking consistent.


We should always use the wrist for picking right? Whenever I feel tension in the muscles of my elbow/arm area I stop and try to use the wrist.


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post Jan 15 2017, 01:19 PM
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Hi Sarge, here are the results of mission 2 - playing it stably at 240bpm. After 250bpm my arm starts tensing and I get sloppy.



I like the classical position, everything feels more stable!
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post Jan 17 2017, 06:06 AM
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Look at him go!! Nicely fought Soldier!! Good to see you trying the classical sitting style! Also, try to spread your right hand out a bit more so that it sorta covers the entire bridge even when you are playing on the low strings. This is called "Center Stategy" or centering your hand on the bridge to allow for a variety of techniques.

Let's Debrief!

MEDALS OF HONOR

1.)Precise Pick Control (Not swinging to wide or to shallow)

2.)Good Palm Mute (Planted right hand and using the pinky to help out)

3.)Aggressive style!

Congrats Soldier, you just ...

LEVELED UP!!


Keep going Soldier!!!!!

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Hi Sarge, here are the results of mission 2 - playing it stably at 240bpm. After 250bpm my arm starts tensing and I get sloppy.



I like the classical position, everything feels more stable!



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post Jan 20 2017, 06:27 AM
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Mission 3 Sarge! This is at 175bpm, just the limit of my stable speed.


I think my right hand base is more lower now. Also I stopped using the pinky for support because I can't reach the plate while on the bottom strings and switching to it in between while going up is weird.
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post Jan 21 2017, 03:35 AM
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CONGRATS SOLDIER!!!! You are drilling through these like a hot knife through butter!! Keep it up!!

Let's Debrief!

MEDALS OF HONOR


1.)Precise Pick Control

2.)Good Palm Mute

3.)Steady Pacing

You ticked all the boxes I'm looking for in this lesson. You are ready for MISSION 4!

Congrats Soldier, you just ...

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However, I am still concerned about your right hand technique. I want you to really to flatten out your hand a bit more on the bridge even though I know it feels strange, wrong, bizarre, evil, unworkable and crazy. That's natural. smile.gif Learning to be able to "Cover the bridge" will set you up well for many of the techniques that are upcoming in later lessons. String skipping, single note work, etc.

Take a look at this vid. It's from another mission. Notice my right hand placement. Granted, I'm playing on the high strings, but my hand placement doesn't change much even when playing the lowest string. Also notice how little my right hand is moving. Economy of movement is key as you start gaining speed/precision.

Try to copy my right hand placement in your next vid smile.gif








QUOTE (sidthekid @ Jan 20 2017, 01:27 AM) *
Mission 3 Sarge! This is at 175bpm, just the limit of my stable speed.


I think my right hand base is more lower now. Also I stopped using the pinky for support because I can't reach the plate while on the bottom strings and switching to it in between while going up is weird.


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