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Gabriel Leopardi
Hi friend! Welcome to our thread for Gab's Army! smile.gif

At first, I will share here a routine that I recommend to work during the next 3 weeks in order to master the things that I noted you have to improve based on Metallica's lesson take.

Besides this exercises, please keep on working on the musical lessons that you bookmarked. These ones are long term lessons to polish your technique:

- Warming up
http://youtu.be/1XsLRQFV7rY

- Alternate Picking
http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Altern...king-Workout-2/
http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Altern...king-Workout-1/

- Bending
http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Beginn...String-Bending/

- Vibrato
http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Bens-Vibrato-Odyssey-5/
http://youtu.be/Hh_pYY6UYIw

- Legato
http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Bens-Land-Of-Legato/
yoncopin
Hope you had a good vacation, and I just wanted to post a quick update on what I've been working on. I posted a few REC takes while you were gone:

Beginner String Bending
Kyuss Style

I've been working on Ben's Vibrato and Legato lessons as well and Hendrix Meets Sayce too. Besides that I'm continuing to try to work to memorize the Major scale and the notes of the fretboard.
Gabriel Leopardi
Hi Yoncopin! I had a great time! Thanks for asking and also thanks for your update!

Congrats on passing the bending lesson. You did a great job with that one since all the bends reach the correct pitches. and there are some details to improve as timing and vibrato as the guys commented there. I think that it's time to work on a more advanced lesson that applies these technique on phrasing situations.

The kyuss lesson is also sounding really good and I think that Ben has commented there the details you need to have in mind in order to take it to a new level. Your timing is good on this one and you have a very enjoyable tone. Try to make those phrases starting at 00:37 (to 00:45) sound smoother (compare your playing with the original lesson), take that comment about bending down and keep on rocking!
yoncopin
I've started spending some time some on the Alternating Picking Workout 2 and have run into a question. I've been playing off and on for almost 18 years now and I use a combination of mostly economy picking with some alternating picking depending on the situation. The muscle memory is pretty programmed in at this point, and if I try to adhere to strictly alternate picking my speed goes down a lot.

I don't think my pick speed is my biggest limiter right now but really want to improve my playing. Is it the best use of my time to "go back to square one" on picking vs some other aspect of my playing? Thanks for any advice.
Gabriel Leopardi
Hi mate. There is not a right answer for this question, this depends on you. There are guitarist that play both ways, while some others just use alternate picking or economy picking. Each option has it advantages but what's more important a different feel and sound. Alternate Picking is a bit more difficult for crossing strings because you have 2 different possibilities (outside and inside) and it's not the most natural way to cross strings. You get a more aggressive and accentuated sound with AP. Economy picking is naturally easier and the sound that you get is smoother and lighter.

Paul Gilbert is a good example of Alternate Picking while Frank Gambale is an example of using strictly economy picking for everything.






What's best? In my opinion it's always better to be able to play the same lick with different techniques in order to have more colors, more tool to give different feeling to your phrasing. However Gambale is a good example of the opposite. biggrin.gif
yoncopin
I agree I'd like to develop my alternate picking so I have more options. Thanks for the videos, I enjoyed them.

I guess my question is more, what's the best way forward right now? I have limited time due to work and family and the exercises I'm working on now are primarily technical (legato, vibrato, picking, etc...) I kinda feel like I'm bouncing randomly through lessons with no real goal as I've done for too many years.
Gabriel Leopardi
Hi mate. Our short term goal is to polish the techniques that you are currently working on. I mean vibrato, bending, legato and picking. Each of these techniques is equally important. You shouldn't be practicing randomly, you should be working on the routine shared previously and divide your diary time to cover those topics.

Let's say that you have around 2 hours of practice each day. You can divide your work like this:


- Warming up (5 minutes)


- Alternate Picking (30 minutes)


- Bending (30 minutes)


- Vibrato (30 minutes)


- Legato (30 minutes)


In order to make your practice more focused, the best would be to take the lessons that I suggested and work on 1 or 2 parts each day of the week. You can write down the routine for each day, for example, Monday: part 1 of Warming up, part 1 and 2 of alternate picking lesson, part 1 of bending, and the same for the other days.


As we are working on Alternate Picking, not economy as a part of this routine, you could dedicate the 30 minutes to the new way of crossing strings. (AP technique).

What do you think?
yoncopin
Yes, ok that sounds good. I'm sorry for not understanding. What I've realized after so many years of aimlessness is that focused practice is what I need to break the plateau I've been stuck on for way too long. Learning how to practice properly is what I need to make real progress. Thanks so much for clarifying!
Gabriel Leopardi
Great! Use a notepad where you write down the routine, and weekly goals. You can focus a bit more on one technique over the others each week of the months and take some conclusions after the first month of practice. Practice is also trial an error, there are some things that will work better than others for you and this can be noted with experience. But as you said, focus is very important.

Please keep me updated.
yoncopin
Hi Gab,
I have been practicing hard on the legato and vibrato lessons and making good progress, but I have a question about Ben's Vibrato Odyssey 5 There are two parts B:5-7-9-10 (repeated at different tempos) and E:10-12-13-15 I want to practice with a metronome to bring my vibrato up to speed. I think the 'vibration beats' are as follows, can you confirm? Thanks.

85bpm

B:5-7-9-10
1) 1/4 notes
2) 1/8 notes
3) 1/16 notes
4) 1/32 notes

E:10-12-13-15
10=1/8
12=1/8
13=1/16
15=1/32
Gabriel Leopardi
Hi mate, it's an excellent plan to work on this over metronome. I checked the rhythm used for each vibrato part and I think that this is the correct description:

B:5-7-9-10
1) 1/4 notes
2) 1/8 notes
3) 1/8 notes (triplets)
4) 1/16 notes


E:10-12-13-15
10=1/8
12=1/8
13=1/8 (triplets)
15=1/16


Please record yourself practicing this and share it here. wink.gif
yoncopin
Ok, well you asked for it... I feel kinda embarrassed sharing this because it's just so awful. In the video is first a take of the vibrato lesson with the backing track followed by the legato lesson to a metronome at 90 bpm (I can't even come close to full speed yet). I have mistakes all over the place in both of the takes.

Vibrato lesson: I clearly have pitch problems, but I'm struggling most with tempo. I need to keep working on my endurance for the 16th notes and I lose all sense of the beat when I try the triplets.

Legato lesson: I'm having a lot more success with this one. I have lots of mistakes and excess string noise, but I can hammer-on/pull-off all of the notes pretty strong. I'm making progress on the transitions at slower speeds and feel confident I'll get this one if I just put the time in. I've made tremendous progress since starting, I couldn't even get all the notes to sound at first.

Gabriel Leopardi
Hi mate! Thanks for this video! It's a big help for me to give you feedback and for you to note the issues and notice the future improvements.
Let's go with some comments:

Vibrato lesson: As you said, one of the biggest issues on this on is the pitch. It seems that the higher you go in the neck, the more notorious is the problem. Maybe you are basing the technique on "strength" instead of "hearing". The strength that you have to do when do the vibrating bends is different depending on the fret that you are playing so you have to be sure to listen to the pitches while you do the vibrato. The second issue, which is a bit less notorious is timing, mostly for the faster vibratos. You are close, but you are still slower, focus on it while you practice, and use the slower backings if it's necessary to be sure of the rhythm. At 00:58, both issues are combined and the result is an irregular out of pitch vibrato/bend. I notice that you don't get back to the note's pitch, you keep the string bent. It's the trickier part so pay special attention to it.

Legato: Once again I agree with you, the things to improve on this one are avoiding the unwanted noises and adjust a bit more timing. As there are parts that sound tight, and others that sound clean, I think that this is not a problem that you can't solve soon, it's just a matter of practice. You already know and can apply the techniques, just take your time to polish the lesson, it's going on the right track.


yoncopin
Hi Gab, I'm planning to make another progress video shortly (hopefully this weekend). I've continued improving on both the legato and vibrato quite a bit. In the meantime, I was hoping you could recommend another lesson on right hand speed/timing/rhythm. My left hand has been getting a LOT of work lately with the big stretches and vibrato strength and is getting pretty fatigued. I was hoping for something I could continue to work on primarily with my right hand that was easy to fret with the left. Thanks!
yoncopin
Those look great thanks! A bit more fun in terms of musicality too. Would the Queens one work in Drop D? I don't have a guitar I want to tune to Drop C without the setup being off and floppy loose strings.

QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Feb 7 2015, 10:01 AM) *

yoncopin
Ok, here is an updated practice video after another week of progress. Things are definitely improving, it's cool to watch the last video and be able to see it after just a week of work. It definitely helps you see that you are slowly getting better.

Gabriel Leopardi
Hi mate, thanks for this new video.

The main problem on the vibrato lesson the pitch of your vibrato. You are bending too much most of the time and that makes your notes sound out of tune over the backing. Your timing is ok but if you pay attention to Ben's original take, he is bending the strings to notes that are part of the scale that he is playing, and this makes his vibrato sound on key. You need to use a lot your ear at this stage and play along with the original lesson to be sure that you are reaching the right pitches for each bend. As the strength and tension will be different for each fret, I recommend you to work slowly on 1 fret each time. This means that you listen to ben's first vibrato, then you try to replicate it, again listen, again replicate it, until you feel that you are reaching the same notes. This process should be applied to each note.

The legato lesson has improved! I notice that you avoided unwanted noises on this one which was one of the last tasks I gave and now this one just needs more practice to polish the sound of some sections and to keep timing tight along the whole lesson. It needs more work but you are on the right track! Well done.

yoncopin
Thanks so much for the feedback Gab!

Here's an update video after another week of practice. The vibrato is still giving me difficulty with pitch and tempo, but I think it's improving... some. The legato is going much better and this take was getting pretty close. I'm up to full speed now but need to work on my pinky more. It tends to fatigue by the end of the piece and I lose the timing.

Gabriel Leopardi
Hi mate, congrats on your good job. I note that both are improving compared with the previous entry. The vibrato lesson is still the one that has more important problems and they are still related to the pitch of your bending. I'm not sure how you practiced this but it would be important to re-check the pitch of end bend comparing and playing over the original lesson. That's the only way by now that I think will help you to fix the pitches issues. However, I'd like to ask you, can you hear the pitch issues when you replay your take?

The legato evolves good, there are not unwanted noises now, there are just some notes sounding weak, and what's the main thing to focus now, I notices timing issues here and there. You tend to play the hammer ons and pull of a bit faster than you should and it makes the patters sound sometimes before the beat.

You are going forward, so keep on the hard work. wink.gif
yoncopin
Yes, I can hear the pitch issues in the video. It's still difficult to hear and make my fingers do when I'm actually playing though. I've practiced with the original lesson, with the backing track, a metronome and unplugged around the house. After reading your response it reminded me of what I did for the string bending lesson, record a drone note and bend/vibrato to it. It's less cluttered for my ear and I can sit on one note as long as I need to work on the muscle memory. Are all the vibrato lesson pitches essentially repeated half step bends?

I've been making these last few videos to sort of document my progress as a video diary like you mentioned. I know they aren't perfect but wanted to share how hard I've been working on these lessons. These two pieces are the only things I've been playing for the last few weeks and I've been spending a ton of time trying to perfect them. Maybe it would be better to post less?
Gabriel Leopardi
QUOTE (yoncopin @ Feb 15 2015, 10:31 AM) *
Yes, I can hear the pitch issues in the video. It's still difficult to hear and make my fingers do when I'm actually playing though. I've practiced with the original lesson, with the backing track, a metronome and unplugged around the house. After reading your response it reminded me of what I did for the string bending lesson, record a drone note and bend/vibrato to it. It's less cluttered for my ear and I can sit on one note as long as I need to work on the muscle memory. Are all the vibrato lesson pitches essentially repeated half step bends?


This idea sounds promising. The problem is related to tempo, you need more time to be able to think on all the things that you need to think so that's why your idea or working everything at a very slow tempo is the key to progress. Vibrato is not always half step, sometimes when it's fast, it can be less than that but your ear must be trained enough to be sure that you are not making it sound out of scale. Listen to guitar solos, or instrumental guitar songs and pay attention to vibrato, try to notice how much they are bending the strings up and down. Listening and analyzing is part of the learning process.


QUOTE (yoncopin @ Feb 15 2015, 10:31 AM) *
I've been making these last few videos to sort of document my progress as a video diary like you mentioned. I know they aren't perfect but wanted to share how hard I've been working on these lessons. These two pieces are the only things I've been playing for the last few weeks and I've been spending a ton of time trying to perfect them. Maybe it would be better to post less?


It's the best thing you can do, record, listen, share here the more you can. It's an excellent diary of progress and let's me monitor your practice. Sometimes I'll repeat the same things many times, but don't worry, it's just to keep you focus on the right things.
yoncopin
I posted a Rec Take of Ben's Land of Legato today. Thanks so much for your guidance! We'll see what you all think but I wanted to place the video here for the purposes of recording the progress.

yoncopin
I also have a question about your Stoner Rock Lesson In part 3, there's a bend which the tab and Guitar Pro files say is a bend on fret 5, but on the videos it looks like you're bending 7. 7 sounds right to my ear, but I want to be sure. Thanks!
Gabriel Leopardi
Hi mate! Great to find this video from you! This lesson is evolving really good since the sound of your legato is loud and clear. This is a very important step on this technique.

Your take is good but there is still room to polish details that will take your playing to a new level of perfection. I notice that there are some moments when your timing is not completely tight, sometimes the legato pattern seems to be "hurried" while others you go a bit before the beat. This is not anything very dramatic but it should be worked to make your playing sound more regular and consistent.

I also note that there are some position changes that are giving problems (for example at 00:23), so isolate those two positions and work on the change looped over a metronome. It's tricky to make this kind of "jumps" smooth so dedicate some time to visualize the change and to get used to it.



QUOTE (yoncopin @ Mar 9 2015, 02:23 PM) *
I also have a question about your Stoner Rock Lesson In part 3, there's a bend which the tab and Guitar Pro files say is a bend on fret 5, but on the videos it looks like you're bending 7. 7 sounds right to my ear, but I want to be sure. Thanks!


You're totally right! I'll fix it, thanks for notifying! wink.gif
yoncopin
I posted this to REC, but kinda wish now there was a delete button. The more I listen to it, the more issues I am seeing and realize now that this wasn't ready for REC. I bend sharp at 0:11 but pretty much all of the B string bends are ?sharp? Tempo is close but not quite. Dunno, it just needs more practice I think, got too excited and should have just posted it here. It is much better than my previous attempts and shows improvement, but still needs work.

Gabriel Leopardi
Hi mate, this lesson obviously needs more work but that doesn't mean that it's not for REC. That program has been created to receive feedback from many instructors at once, and that's a big advantage because you have different perspectives and comments about the things that you could change or work to improve your playing, so never regret sharing a REC take! wink.gif

Your take is not bad, but I notice that the main problem appears when you have to play the faster vibrato. There your technique is not consistent, you lose the groove and you miss some of the pitches. I think that your left hand movement looks good so the only thing that this needs is practice. Playing along with the original lesson can really help to improve the things that are giving problems.

yoncopin
This lesson has been a lot more fun to play and jam with than some of the other more exercise type lessons I've been working. A welcome change to feel like I was actually rocking out with a band. It has a really fun riff to loop and improvise solos to.

Gabriel Leopardi
Hi mate! It's cool to know that you are enjoying this one! There are some other stoner lessons in my archive and some new coming. smile.gif

Your take on this one is good, you can play the riff section very good, and excepting some little timing issues when you play the trills, I can say that it's close to be perfect. The solo section is also ok but could be polished a bit. There are some moments in which your timing is not totally tight and some unwanted noises here and there. I think that you are very close but your fingers still need to feel more familiar with those licks (mostly around 00:53).

About your vibrato and bending, it sill can be polished but your technique is really improving. You are on the right track with this.

So keep on the good job.
yoncopin
Hi Gab! I posted two REC takes over on the other forum, but am also putting them here to log my progress.

Stoner Rock Lesson


Hendrix Meets Sayce
Gabriel Leopardi
Hi mate, I commented and graded these ones at REC.

Stoner rock:
"Hi friend!

I have played 3 times this one to be sure that I wasn't missing anything and I have to say that except a little timing detail on the the first trills and some adjustment that you could give to the licks around 00:52, your take is VERY good. YOu can play the whole thing tight and comfortable over the backing.

Keep on rocking soldier!"


Hendrix meets Sayce
"Hi again mate!

I also think that you are doing a great job with this lesson. Your playing is consistent on this one as it happens with the Stoner Lesson. I think that there are two things that could be improved on this take:

- Vibrato: Working on a wider and more consistent vibrato (for example the one at 00:32)

- Tone: I feel that a tone with more presence and definition could make this one sound better.

Other than that you're on the right track. Keep on the good job!"
yoncopin
Thanks! Those got some good grades, probably some of my best yet. I'm still working the vibrato lesson, it and the alternate picking #1 are going to take some time I think. Building that strength and speed is just going to take time, but I've got a good start on both. I'm going to start on your 2nd stoner rock lesson too.

I also found a new website playthisriff.com last night which has video lessons directly from some of the artists I mentioned in your other thread (High on Fire, 3 Inches of Blood, Dead Meadow) It's pretty cool to hear the artists themselves describe their playing. I'd like to learn/record some of my favorite covers at some point so might check out a song to work on too and post it here. A downside is a lot of those bands use dropped tunings which I don't feel like dealing with, maybe I can just transpose them somehow?
yoncopin
After thinking about it, I bit the bullet and ordered a set of 12-60 gauge strings to set up one of my (too many) guitars for drop C. I don't know why I was resisting it. Hopefully that will be good enough for a 24.75" scale length. I'll either use my Schecter C1 or an Epiphone Les Paul. Should be fun!

For recording a cover song video, how do guitarists go about creating a backing track for an actual song? I could manually program drums, bass etc... but one song would take forever to produce. I was also thinking about using Riffstation to try to filter out the guitar parts on the actual recording. Any ideas/opinions?
Gabriel Leopardi
Hi mate! Great stuff!

It's a very good decision to set on of your guitars with C tuning if most of the bands that you heard use that tuning. Regarding backing tracks, all those options are possible. If you decide to produce your own backings, it will take more time but the learning/practice process will be richer since you'll be also learning and analyzing what other instruments are doing. Using software to filter guitar or searching for backings on youtube is also ok so I think that you have to do what you prefer.
yoncopin
Hi Gab, I made a recording of your Stoner Rock 2 lesson. I think it's pretty close, what do you think?

I used a new technique for recording this time. Based on the tone comments from the Hendrix video, I wanted to be able to re-amp my recordings using my Pod HD500X. I was able to figure out how to route a dry track from the DAW back into the Pod and re-record my track with any tone I want. That should let me focus on just the take and then dial in the best tone afterwards.

yoncopin
I was able to learn the Queens of the Stone Age lesson in about a day and get (what I think) is an almost identical recording. I posted it on the Rec forum with some details about the new re-amp technique I'm using to match tones.

Queens of the Stone Metal
Gabriel Leopardi
QUOTE (yoncopin @ Apr 10 2015, 04:55 PM) *
Hi Gab, I made a recording of your Stoner Rock 2 lesson. I think it's pretty close, what do you think?

I used a new technique for recording this time. Based on the tone comments from the Hendrix video, I wanted to be able to re-amp my recordings using my Pod HD500X. I was able to figure out how to route a dry track from the DAW back into the Pod and re-record my track with any tone I want. That should let me focus on just the take and then dial in the best tone afterwards.




Fantastic work mate! The tone of this one is perfect for this tune and style, it sounds very stoner. It has that fuzzy feeling but it doesn't lack definition. Your playing is also very tight on this one. Just the last solo vibrato could be a bit more consistent (check kyuss and quees of the stone age "wide/fast vibrato") but it's just a details. You did a great job.

It's always really helpful to be able to reamp or adjust amp setting when you are doing the final mix so this new method is very clever.

QUOTE (yoncopin @ Apr 11 2015, 05:25 PM) *
I was able to learn the Queens of the Stone Age lesson in about a day and get (what I think) is an almost identical recording. I posted it on the Rec forum with some details about the new re-amp technique I'm using to match tones.

Queens of the Stone Metal



Once again the tone is KILLER!! Great job mate! And I also agree that your playing is perfect on this one. Nothing to fix, it's a 10 at REC. biggrin.gif
yoncopin
Ok, here's my latest take on Stoner Rock 2. I posted it to REC and tried to give the vibrato a wider/faster feel after your comments.

I'm still working on the vibrato and alternate picking. The vibrato is much better but the tempo of the 16th notes is still challenging on the lower frets. Any trick to improving on 5 & 7? I find that I have a lot more leverage on the higher frets. I'm up to about 120bpm on the alternate picking, that lesson is really going to take a long time to master.

Gabriel Leopardi
Hi mate! Great job with the Stoner lesson! You can play the whole thing really good, I like the vibrato added on lower strings during the firs riff, it goes great with the tune's groove. Just be careful with the connection at 00:38, and the timing of your only down strokes riffs, starts exactly at 00:39. Other than that, the take is killer!

" Any trick to improving on 5 & 7? "

I don't understand what you mean with this question... blink.gif
yoncopin
Thanks! Sorry that question wasn't very clear. On Ben's Vibrato Odyssey I have difficulty with the 16th note vibrato on frets 5 & 7 on the G string, but I find it gets easier the higher up the neck I go. I can play the 16th note vibrato pretty well on the 10th fret because I can get more leverage with my hand there. Is there anything I should focus on to improve my faster vibrato on the lower frets?

QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Apr 21 2015, 08:00 PM) *
Hi mate! Great job with the Stoner lesson! You can play the whole thing really good, I like the vibrato added on lower strings during the firs riff, it goes great with the tune's groove. Just be careful with the connection at 00:38, and the timing of your only down strokes riffs, starts exactly at 00:39. Other than that, the take is killer!

" Any trick to improving on 5 & 7? "

I don't understand what you mean with this question... blink.gif

Gabriel Leopardi
Well, this is normal. The tension on lower frets is higher and we need to do more strength. How to work on it? There are no shortcuts, work on vibrato on lower frets to get used to the strengh required for this, it's the only things you can do.

You could work chromatically using the classic 1 2 3 4 exercise on every string but adding the vibrato (like in the lesson) to each note.
yoncopin


I started reading the book, The Musician's Way a few days ago and am finding it really helpful in making an effective practice routine. Just thought I'd share, it's really interesting.
Gabriel Leopardi
Interesting! I've heard about it but never had the oportunity to read it. What things can you highlight from what you've read?

yoncopin
I started reading it because I know I need efficient practice and proper goals to improve my playing. Discipline has never been my limiter but a clear direction has. The topic of guitar is SO broad that I'd try to build a routine to cover everything and just never have enough time to see real progress on my overall playing. With work and family obligations I have about one hour per night and a bit more on the weekend. I started playing in 1995 and know exactly zero songs, my entire guitar life has been noodling (which I am decent at, though with a limited "vocabulary") and trying to find my voice through trial and error. Almost 20 years, off and on, and my skill level is that I'm fairly adept at box 1 minor pentatonic playing, basic open chords and power chords.

So, here I am at GMC again and trying the whole process over... Musician's Way had an example plan with a few main topics - repertoire, technique and musicianship. I liked that because I can't just play exercises, I need to make actual music to enjoy the guitar. Here are the best highlights so far:

  • Choose accessible material, 1-2 weeks to master
  • Focus on ease not speed
  • Mental focus, avoid mindless repetition
  • Emphasize excellence to imprint correct habits
  • Concentrate on efficient movements
  • Get out of your comfort zone

Here is the resulting plan I've been working with for the past few days:

Repertoire

Technique
  • Alternate picking
  • Pick grip - Tuck my fingers in, small movements
  • Right hand placement - Using the bridge as a reference point, try not to let hand drift
  • Left hand position - Emphasize correct hand placement based on the material (back of neck vs thumb over)
  • Use finger tips not flats

Musicianship
  • Minor pentatonic scale - box patterns, 3/4/5 note sequences, 1/2/3/4/5 notes per beat, ascend/descend in fourth intervals
  • Learn notes of fretboard - Smartphone apps and review strings note names aloud with guitar

There's a lot of focus on the pentatonic scale in there because it's kind of what I understand and it's the first chapter in Fretboard Theory, another book I'm using which progresses Pentatonic -> CAGED -> Major scale.

Lastly, here are a few tools I'm using to learn and keep organized.
Tools

I've also found some good exercises and technique instruction at Pebber Brown Guitar Studio and from his Youtube channel.
Gabriel Leopardi
Hi mate! It's awesome to see how much inspiration this book has bring to you. This plan sounds fantastic, it's focused on making music and that's the main thing! I'm sure that you'll see incredible results if you keep this routine and work every day on the different tasks. This is the direction that you need to achieve your goals.

If you want an extra excuse to practice and progress, you can use this thread to share your reports, progress, audios, videos and everything else related to this journey, I'll be happy to give my feedback and suggestions.

yoncopin
It's not only this book, but it did put some things in very clear terms I could use. The next challenge will come in a few weeks when I need to revisit this plan and make changes. Another problem I've had in the past is knowing when to move on to the next thing. How fast should I get at running the pentatonic scale before I move to the next step? 100bpm? 180? 999999? It can go forever but you have to push forward at some point and I've had trouble knowing when to do that, then eventually getting bored.

I do want an extra excuse to practice! You've been extremely helpful thus far, and I really appreciate the time you spend communicating with me (as well as the other instructors in REC). I don't have any other musicians in my life, so it's really motivating to have someone critically listen to my playing and give me a reason to record and strive for perfection. Your guidance is perfect for keeping me on the right track because I don't need so much hands-on instruction as I'm very self-directed.

As for my progress thus far, I've kind of "finished" the lessons you set out for me with the exception of the vibrato and alternate picking. I got some very good scores in REC on the stoner rock ones and really enjoyed them. Do you have any new suggestions which would be fun and complement my plan?

Status:
Ben's Vibrato Odyssey - Still working on this, just not quite there with the 16th notes. My vibrato is SO much more usable now, I want to get some musical variety and focus on using my new skills in real solos.

Alternate Picking Workout 1 - 180bpm is blazing fast, so this is a really long term goal. I'm a bit tired of the Canon Rock, so instead of continuing to try to bump the bpm on that one piece I'm going to work to make alternate picking a priority and second nature in other (slower) musical pieces. I was up to about 114-118bpm on the 16th notes.
Gabriel Leopardi
Hi mate, I'm glad to know that my work here is exactly what you need to keep going! I'm feel honored and inspired by reading your post. As you are already working on technique lessons I think that combining this work with more musical solo lessons could be a good idea, as well as some rhythm stuff to continue the work that you are doing with Stoner series.

I was thinking on something like this:

http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/guitar_loves_piano/
http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Beginner-Summer-Tune/
http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/The-Vo...Of-Your-Guitar/
http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Instru...With-Melody-II/


What do you think?

and about rhythm lessons, I have lots of lessons in the style of that you could check and use the ones that are more close to your musical tastes: http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/instructo...briel-Leopardi/
yoncopin
Those are some great solos to get outside of my comfort zone. With a little practice they seem mostly in reach and have lots of subtle technical bits to develop. For example, I'd love to learn some basic whammy bar stuff. Today I was able to spend two hours (kid's nap time) on guitar and was able to finish learning the solo in Paranoid. It feels so awesome to play along with the band, even slowed down, and brings me a lot of joy.

Looking at your lesson list I also just realized that now I have a drop C guitar and can learn your In Flames lesson. I heard that one a while back and the riffage is just awesome, really looking forward to it!

Thanks again for the guidance, hopefully I'll have the Black Sabbath Paranoid cover recorded before long.
Gabriel Leopardi
Great stuff mate. Yeah, that In Flames lesson is very cool to hear and play so it's a great choice!

I'm happy to know that my guidance here is helping, thanks for your words, I'll be waiting for some audios and videos to monitor your progress and suggest new ideas.

Keep on the good job!
yoncopin
Just saw your new Red Fang lesson, it's awesome!!!! I'm almost up to full speed on the Black Sabbath Paranoid solo, so hopefully I'll have a recording soon. I want to get it really tight though. Just wanted to tell you how much I liked the sound of the new lesson.
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