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Todd Simpson
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 and 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 at a speed you didn't think possible, and playing it a clean as a freshly waxed floor, you will be given your first insignia of Rank in BOOTCAMP!

Here is your link your personal training ground/HELL!

http://bitly.com/gregcsbootcamp

Practice!
Todd
Bas Cuthach
unsure.gif TechWithTodd Lesson 1 - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/wiki/inde...0%9D_-_Lesson_1 unsure.gif



Todd Simpson
Well played! Congratulations on taking on MISSION 1! Here is where you did your DRILL BOSS proud!

MEDAL OF HONOR
1.)Consistent strikes, Nice!
2.)Consistent Tempo, also Nice!
3.)Wide range of fret choice!
4.)Impressive speed!

Here is where half your squad got killed.

PURPLE HEART
1.)String traverse: It's hard, believe me I know. Look at 0:14, and 0:21 on the video. When shifting between strings and trying to maintain consistent speed/strike, any flaws will show up in a big way. The good news is, it's fixed with some more running of the bit.
2.)Drift: Just to show how well you can stick to a given count, try to play with a metronome click or even drum click track in the background and only speed up when it speeds up so show you can LOCK in to a given time signature.

In short, WELL DONE BUT YOUR NOT DONE YET! Take another pass at this one and focus on string traverse and higher frets as those are hard sometimes, and on locking to a given tempo/click. Shoot one more Vid and SLAY THE ENEMY!

FIGHT! I mean, PRACTICE!
Todd



QUOTE (Bascuthach @ May 3 2012, 06:12 PM) *
Bas Cuthach
ph34r.gif Will Do Bas, Wait thats ME, JK, Lots of Practice for I want to prefect it ph34r.gif
Bas Cuthach
TechWith Todd Lesson 1
Bas Cuthach
TechWith Todd Lesson 2
Todd Simpson
CONGRATULATIONS! Private you has passed the first test on your journey to be a RAVING NUT of a Shredder! The road is long, but journey is worth taking. Here is your first MISSION BADGE! The first of many I'm sure!
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QUOTE (Bascuthach @ May 3 2012, 06:12 PM) *

Bas Cuthach
I could not help to notice that you quoted on my old vid, also I have posted my second vid, I will redo as soon as I can, as this vid was made some time back



QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ May 8 2012, 07:38 PM) *
CONGRATULATIONS! Private you has passed the first test on your journey to be a RAVING NUT of a Shredder! The road is long, but journey is worth taking. Here is your first MISSION BADGE! The first of many I'm sure!
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Todd Simpson
QUOTE (Bascuthach @ May 8 2012, 11:29 PM) *
I could not help to notice that you quoted on my old vid, also I have posted my second vid, I will redo as soon as I can, as this vid was made some time back


One vid at a time smile.gif I gotta approve one before we can move on to the next, but well done posting the next one! The Mission Badge goes up by one for mission, so the next one will have another mission badge. smile.gif I"ll put my drill instructor hat on and take a peek your second mission vid!

CONGRATS ON LIVING LONG ENOUGH TO FACE MISSION 2!

After a post-mortem review of your performance on the field of Battle, here is what we have.

MEDAL OF HONOR
1.)Consistent strikes, Nice!
2.)Consistent Tempo, also Nice!
3.)Wide range of fret choice!


All the basics are covered, so moving on to...

Here is where half your squad got killed!

PURPLE HEART
1.)Higher Frets - Start at the 12th fret and work up!
2.)Push it a bit harder Private! You have good control and clean picking, push the speed just a bit farther!

Your next Mission Badge awaits!

FIGHT! I mean, PRACTICE!
Todd
Todd Simpson
NNIIIIIIIICCCEEE!

I wanted to give you a bit of time to enjoy your first badge so I held off a bit on this but man, WELL DONE!


MEDAL OF HONOR
1.)Consistent strikes, Nice!
2.)Consistent Tempo, also Nice!
3.)Tight Control of pick hand and it's nice and planted to the Bridge, never drifts, AWESOME!
4.)Impressive speed!

In short Soldier YOU FREAKING CRUSHED IT! Onward TO BATTLE!

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Congrats!
Todd


QUOTE (Bascuthach @ May 8 2012, 07:34 PM) *
Bas Cuthach
cool.gif Thank You Thank You, Shall we move on? cool.gif
Bas Cuthach
What am I doing? Im lost with out my instructor telling me what to do... I need directions here.... smile.gif
Todd Simpson
QUOTE (Bascuthach @ May 26 2012, 08:46 PM) *
What am I doing? Im lost with out my instructor telling me what to do... I need directions here.... smile.gif


Soldier you are on a MISSION! smile.gif Actually several MISSIONS. As you complete one mission/lesson, start on the next! So Do one Lesson/Mission at at time, making a video example for each workout in a given lesson. If there are four examples, then you have to master all four and make videos so it gets CRAZY hard later on. For now, there are mostly one example per lesson. So start on your next!

All of the lessons/Missions are listed at the bottom of this page in the wiki! Get Moving Solider!

http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/wiki/inde...-_Shred_Journey

Todd
Bas Cuthach
Sir Yes Sir, for I do not wish to move on with out being ready Sir, My Mission is to be the best of the best and you will take me there Sir, if its not good enough I will practice it till my fingers bleed Sir
Todd Simpson
Sorry for the delay Soldier! To ensure smoother reaction time on the part of your Drill Instructor (me), be sure to shoot me a PM whenever you complete a mission so that I know to check your THREAD OF DEATH for new Mission!

One to the DeBrief!

SOLDIER YOU RAWK! This is well played!
-Right hand planted firm on bridge
-Good pick strikes! Nice and clean!
-Speed Kills! Nice and fast!

You even did DOUBLES and TRIPLES! The only complaint I'd have is with the triple picking being a tad off set to the metronome but that's understandable as triples are hard to match to 4/4 time. You played with consistency and that's all that really matters to me. WELLL DONE!

Congratulations Soldier! You have BEEN PROMOTED! YOUR ARE OUR FIRST 3rd MISSION MONSTER!

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On to MISSION 4!

Todd
Bas Cuthach
Sir no Sir for I am on Mission 4 Sir, here is Mission 4 Sir

Todd Simpson
Sorry for the TYPO Soldier! I just awarded you the MISSION 3 badge so of course it's time for 4! Good eye Soldier!

I"ll have a look at your latest Mission of Death!


QUOTE (Bas Cuthach @ Jun 3 2012, 10:57 PM) *
Sir no Sir for I am on Mission 4 Sir, here is Mission 4 Sir


Bas Cuthach
Sir all good Sir, Sir mission 4 Sir if I may Sir
Todd Simpson
QUOTE (Bas Cuthach @ Jun 14 2012, 01:20 AM) *
Sir all good Sir, Sir mission 4 Sir if I may Sir

On to the DeBrief!

SOLDIER YOU RAWK! This is well played!
-Right hand planted firm on bridge
-Good pick strikes! Nice and clean!
-Speed Kills! Nice and fast!

You hit all the needed marks on the course of DEATH! SPIFF! Here comes OUR FIRST LEVEL 4 MISSION BADGE!

NIIIIIIICE!!!!!

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ON TO MISSION 5 SOLDIER! FACE DEATH AND COME OUT A VICTOR!
Bas Cuthach
OK Mission 5, Here it is wink.gif



I notice I play faster than others, am i really that good? Dont get me wrong I know Im not Great wink.gif
Todd Simpson
Well played Soldier! You are playing nice and brisk! As for marking your performance against our other brothers, keep in mind you are only in a PITCHED BATTLE against yourself! And I"m happy to say your fighting and winning!

One small note on tone. I can hear what your playing but it does sound kinda small in terms of tone. It's fine for our work hear as I just need to hear what your playing, not a Marshal Stack. What kind of amp are you using and what do you have available to you for your weapons of war? Also, do you have an audio interface? Or even an adapter to put your guitar cable in to your computer sound card? I'd like to be able to hear your palm muting and pick strikes a little bit better if at all possible. But these are pretty small concerns. Keep fighting!

On to the DEBRIEF! YOU JUST LEVELED UP SOLDIER!

MEDAL OF HONOR
-Good Precision
-Spiff Strikes
-Killer Speed

Congratulations Soldier! You are our first Warrior to see LEVEL 5!!!!!!!!

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QUOTE (Bas Cuthach @ Jun 24 2012, 02:06 AM) *
OK Mission 5, Here it is wink.gif



I notice I play faster than others, am i really that good? Dont get me wrong I know Im not Great wink.gif

Bas Cuthach
Im using a Mini Tone Master by Fender, It has 2 speakers, I believe to be 2 inches each, perfect for my computer desk, I am using a web cam with a built in mic, on my other computer I have a sound card but the video has lag, I have 3 other amps, 2 are in a picture of mine, the 3rd one is smaller than those but has the same style, I also have access to a camera with video recording, I dont think Im palm muting
Todd Simpson
While the setup you are using with the micro/mini 2 inch speakers is fine if that's what works best. It's really hard to hear any bass as there isn't much to hear and thus I can't tell if your not palm muting which is something I'm trying to get everyone to do on these workouts as it helps separate notes and makes you practice muting while pick traversing strings. If possible, can you skip the mini me amp and just plug in to the computer where your web cam is and use something like Amplitude Free? That way you can create a full range recording and it will really help me get a better idea of what's being played.

Let me know if you have any questions about installing/using Amplitude 3 or what not. Onward!

Todd


QUOTE (Bas Cuthach @ Jun 27 2012, 01:01 AM) *
Im using a Mini Tone Master by Fender, It has 2 speakers, I believe to be 2 inches each, perfect for my computer desk, I am using a web cam with a built in mic, on my other computer I have a sound card but the video has lag, I have 3 other amps, 2 are in a picture of mine, the 3rd one is smaller than those but has the same style, I also have access to a camera with video recording, I dont think Im palm muting

Bas Cuthach
Here is Lesson 6, this was made right after lesson 5 so its not what you where looking for, demonstration for being able to play, I will work more on the palm muting


Todd Simpson
This is the other bit of tablature that will be added to the WIKI. Give it a look smile.gif

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QUOTE (Bas Cuthach @ Jul 20 2012, 09:56 AM) *
Here is Lesson 6, this was made right after lesson 5 so its not what you where looking for, demonstration for being able to play, I will work more on the palm muting



Nicely done Soldier! I'm looking over the MISSION and I realize that I"ve only got tablature up for the starter bit. Watch the and you can see the next bit as well. I"ll put up the other Tab today!
Bas Cuthach
Cool Thanks, ok so what am I doing now?
Bas Cuthach
You gave me an idea so here it is biggrin.gif

Todd Simpson
Great job on the Guitar CAM! Give us a break down of your rig! The guitar sounds almost like nintendo or a guitar synth? It's an interesting tone for sure!


QUOTE (Bas Cuthach @ Aug 15 2012, 10:10 PM) *
You gave me an idea so here it is biggrin.gif




QUOTE (Bas Cuthach @ Aug 15 2012, 06:43 PM) *
Cool Thanks, ok so what am I doing now?


You've got the hang of this lick, but play each note ascending and descending and you've got it!
Take one more look at the tablature.


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Todd
Bas Cuthach
Direct sound through the sound card, Digitech rp50 custom sound

Here is my take at the second part

Todd Simpson
Well fought Soldier! You got the idea on the single/double picking alternation and the pattern! So guess what! YOU LEVLED UP! AGAIN!

MEDAL OF HONOR
-Good Precision
-Spiff Strikes
-Killer Speed

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I like that your trying new tones as well! On the RP50, can you tweak the Cabinet emulation presets? I don't know how many cabs are in it but the cabinet is the final bit in the chain typically to trick the ears in to thinking it's a real amp! Tone, like playing is a life long journey and I'm glad to see you trying new bits. Keep it up!

Todd


QUOTE (Bas Cuthach @ Aug 18 2012, 04:46 PM) *
Direct sound through the sound card, Digitech rp50 custom sound

Here is my take at the second part


Bas Cuthach
Moving on to Mission 7, I have worked hard on these and put time into them,
with a little practice one can become good, here is the next lesson biggrin.gif

Todd Simpson
Well fought Soldier! I can your playing improve in each and every Mission! Let's get to the debrief!

MEDAL of HONOR
1.)Nice right hand technique!
2.)High precision!
3.)High Speed!

In short soldier, your time spent in combat training is paying off in spades! You just LEVELED UP!!!!!!!

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Making you our HIGHEST RANKING SOLDIER!!

QUOTE (Bas Cuthach @ Aug 24 2012, 06:20 PM) *
Moving on to Mission 7, I have worked hard on these and put time into them,
with a little practice one can become good, here is the next lesson biggrin.gif

Bas Cuthach
ok here is lesson 8



and here is lesson 124d at 240 BPM

Bas Cuthach
Lesson 125a at 300BPM

Todd Simpson
QUOTE (Bas Cuthach @ Sep 1 2012, 07:42 PM) *
Lesson 125a at 300BPM



NIcely done Soldier! Economic picking seems to agree with ya! It really is a great secret of serious precision/speed!
Todd Simpson
MISSION 8 DEBRIEF


Congratulations Soldier, you continue to show great progress and display the benefits of ardent practice. Someday, both you and I will be able to keep up with GRACE in chat. But until then, we have to earn it!


MEDAL OF HONOR

1.)Clean Strikes
2.)Good Speed
3.)Blood on the fretboard from ardent practice

SOLDIER! IT IS WITH GREAT PRICE THAT I HEREBY AWARD YOU OUR FIRST

LEVEL 8!!!!!


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QUOTE (Bas Cuthach @ Aug 25 2012, 07:45 PM) *
ok here is lesson 8



and here is lesson 124d at 240 BPM



QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Sep 1 2012, 11:38 PM) *
MISSION 8 DEBRIEF


Congratulations Soldier, you continue to show great progress and display the benefits of ardent practice. Someday, both you and I will be able to keep up with GRACE in chat. But until then, we have to earn it!


MEDAL OF HONOR

1.)Clean Strikes
2.)Good Speed
3.)Blood on the fretboard from ardent practice

SOLDIER! IT IS WITH GREAT PRICE THAT I HEREBY AWARD YOU OUR FIRST

LEVEL 8!!!!!



And well played on the other lesson examples as well!!!!



Bas Cuthach
here is Misson 9

Todd Simpson
CONGRATULATIONS SOLDIER! You just made the grade! You have officially .....

LEVELED UP!!!!!!



MEDAL OF HONOR

1.)Good Speed
2.)Clean Strikes
3.)Consistent fretting.
4.)Effective use of the weakest link in the chain (The Pinky!)

You are again to be Honored with our

HIGHEST RANKING BADGE IN ALL OF BOOTCAMP!!!

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QUOTE (Bas Cuthach @ Oct 16 2012, 01:56 PM) *
here is Misson 9

Bas Cuthach
lesson 134

Todd Simpson
Nicely done Soldier! You are playing these licks like an old pro and we just learned this on Saturday! Good form and good feel and good speed and good precision! Nice pinky work best of all! Good stuff soldier!

Todd


QUOTE (Bas Cuthach @ Nov 3 2012, 06:12 PM) *
lesson 134


Todd Simpson
SOLDIER! You did a fine job on Lesson 134! You are well prepped for 135! We are going to take that crazy stretch Tripeggio thing and turn it in to an actual guitar part! This one is a bit more in line with the minor scale but uses the same hand position. Here is a preview!

http://soundcloud.com/techniqueswithtodd/134-stretchtripeggioincontext
Todd Simpson
SOLDIER!!!

You are our highest ranking fighter, and I wanted to ask about your progress on lesson 10!!! Give em hell!!

Todd


QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Oct 20 2012, 11:23 PM) *
CONGRATULATIONS SOLDIER! You just made the grade! You have officially .....

LEVELED UP!!!!!!



MEDAL OF HONOR

1.)Good Speed
2.)Clean Strikes
3.)Consistent fretting.
4.)Effective use of the weakest link in the chain (The Pinky!)

You are again to be Honored with our

HIGHEST RANKING BADGE IN ALL OF BOOTCAMP!!!


Bas Cuthach
Mission 10 as Granted, this was recorded when I was a young lad, I have been to war and back since I made this


Todd Simpson
QUOTE (Bas Cuthach @ Nov 26 2012, 08:47 PM) *
Mission 10 as Granted, this was recorded when I was a young lad, I have been to war and back since I made this



Well fought Soldier!!!!!! I have viewed your combat footage and I have to tell you.



SUPER KILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!


MEDAL OF HONOR

1.)Good Precision/Speed
2.)Clean Strikes
3.)Killer hand Synch


Your progress is impressive soldier! Keep em coming!!!! You are still our HIGHEST RANKED SOLDIER!!!

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Bas Cuthach
Todd Simpson
SOLDIER!! This is REALLY WELL FOUGHT!!! You are going above and beyond with your spiff Double Picking here. It's really nice work! Understand when I say I have a weapons grade respect for your playing and the effort you are putting in. I feel like I"m reporting a death in the family to tell you that the second bit, around 19 seconds, is the only thing keeping you from the Vaunted Rank of LEVEL 11 (Which will be our FIRST Level 11 Mission Badge Ever), is the metronome. You are playing in a fine manner, at time index :19, it's just not tied to the metronome as much as it should be. Your timing is solid. It's just a slightly different timing than the metronome. I Know you can synch to the clicks. There may be too many clicks going on actually. If you don't need them, reduce the number of clicks by cutting the metronome speed in half. Count the time in your head and use the clicks just for reference. You should be able to hear the missing clicks in your head.

Give this one more ASSAULT soldier and be our FIRST TO BREACH 11!!!!!

Old Sarge
Todd


QUOTE (Bas Cuthach @ Dec 7 2012, 11:49 PM) *
Todd Simpson
Good news! The MISSION ROOM (The Wiki Lessons) Are BACK!! Training can resume smile.gif

Thanks BOGDAN For following up on this and getting it worked out!!!

Todd
Bas Cuthach


Todd Simpson
Well fought Solidier!! In the first video you KILLED IT!!!!!!! And I was about to go and fetch your new RANK BADGE but then..... I saw the second vid and while I applaud your shear cahones!!!!! You were lagging the metronome just enough to throw off your Drill Sarge. I really like to see you pushing yourself! Re Record the second video (Suicide Run Speed) and shave a bit off the tempo. Also, do a pass of Double Picking!!!!

FIGHT ON!!!!!!!!!

Todd


QUOTE (Bas Cuthach @ Dec 13 2012, 04:49 PM) *


Bas Cuthach
ok so I backed it off a little, and I relaxed a little smile.gif Double Picking, I forgot the Double Picking, oh NOOOO, If I must, Sir, Permission to skip the double picking sir for my hand is tired sir
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