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Gabriel Leopardi
Hi Phil! Welcome to our thread for Gab's Army. At first I will share here some of the info that you shared with me as well as a link to Cosmin's mentoring thread to have everything as reference.

Your previous mentoring thread: LINK

Goals:

- Keeping motivated thanks to constant feedback.
- Developing your ear.
- Being able to play real music, not just scales and exercises.
- Composing your own music.
- Being able to play Surfing with the alien and always with you, always with me by Satriani and some SRV stuff.

Time for practice: 1.5 h each day.

GMC lessons level: 2/3.
Phil66
Hello Gab,

Thanks for creating my link. To clarify, 1.5 hours is the max in the week, some days I only get around an hour, occasionally, due to work commitments I get none sad.gif .

As well as Satriani and SRV, I like a lot of other music.

One of my favourite tracks, which may surprise you is here. I love the rhythm to this one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-a2P-fJhN7U



I'll add more as we progress so that you can get a real good idea of things I like. smile.gif

Cheers

Phil
Gabriel Leopardi
Ok! Thanks for clarifying! And also thanks for that beautiful link. I always enjoy acoustic blues, it has a lot of emotion and makes me feel good. Have you worked on some of these lessons?

http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/instructo...cola-Mandorino/
Phil66
QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Jan 14 2015, 12:50 PM) *
Ok! Thanks for clarifying! And also thanks for that beautiful link. I always enjoy acoustic blues, it has a lot of emotion and makes me feel good. Have you worked on some of these lessons?

http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/instructo...cola-Mandorino/


I tried finger pickin a long time ago, I nearly threw my guitar through the window biggrin.gif

As requested, here are some examples of my playing, both video and audio, I'll add more as we progress.

I am currently working on this with Cosmin, until the end of the month anyway. I am struggling a bit but here it is for you to see.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB1Vzya6wV8



Also here is my Christmas colab in case you haven't seen it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8XIG723MRQ...eature=youtu.be



Also here is a very simple rhythm I came up with. It's not very clean (I only recorded the first take) and it's real basic but I still kinda like it. It's called "Nora's Walk". It's named after a character called Nora Batty in a British comedy series. She was what we call a "battleaxe" and she had an admirer called Compo. This rhythm was inspired by her marching down the street, broom in hand to bash Compo with smile.gif
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Cheers

Phil

Gabriel Leopardi
Hi Phil, thanks for this stuff!

As I said via PM, your power chord rhythm is close but there is some room to improve your timing. Sometimes you tend to play a bit after than you should. This lesson has the characteristic of chords player in the upbeat and that makes everything a bit more difficult. Doing some inner count and using your foot or head to tap tempo can really help. At this moment, you could even try tapping 8th notes instead of 4ths in order to be able to play tighter.

The collab solo sounds really nice. I think that it has a clear structure, tasty melodies and a very good use of call and response and silences. You did a very good job! The things that need more improvement on this one is your tone which is not clear, it's lacks presence and definition, but even with this lacks, it is neither a warm tone so I think that you should experiment a bit more with your sound.

Nora's Walk has a very nice groove. I can imagine that woman of the picture walking angry with that face ready to shout us because we broke her window with a ball. laugh.gif You should add bass and continue this idea, it sounds good.
Phil66
Thanks Gab,

Ok, I'm working on the power chord thing with Cosmin, hopefully I'll crack it very soon. If you want to give me an assignment I'm ready for one but as I said I'll be channeling energy into the Power Chord lesson at the same time.

Cheers

Phil
Gabriel Leopardi
Hi Phil, since you are working on your rhythm I was thinking that starting working on your soloing could be a good idea. I think that something that covers phrasing, including some vibrato and bending could be good at this point. Do you have some lessons that you like in sight?
Phil66
QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Jan 16 2015, 04:22 PM) *
Hi Phil, since you are working on your rhythm I was thinking that starting working on your soloing could be a good idea. I think that something that covers phrasing, including some vibrato and bending could be good at this point. Do you have some lessons that you like in sight?


Thanks Gab,

How about this? Or is it too much for me? The tone will be hard to get I think.

http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guit...-solo-beginner/

Cheers
Phil
Gabriel Leopardi
In a similar line but I think a bit more appropriated at this moment, I would suggest one of these:

http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/The_tasty_etude/
http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Pop-Rock-Solo-Beginner/
Phil66
Thanks Gab,

I agree, I was just watching my selection again and it is beyond me. I never came across these lessons that you have chosen, they do look more suitable. I'll pick one and start on it tomorrow. Please remember that I won't be able to dedicate all of my time to it as I am still working on the power chord lesson with Cosmin wink.gif

Salud!

Phil
Gabriel Leopardi
Excellent! Don't worry, take your time and keep me updated. wink.gif
Phil66
Hello Gab,

I was getting frustrated with the stacatto power chord lesson and it was becoming counter productive so, for a break I have recorded The Chase, a manic rhythm I came up with whilst thinking about someone being chased through a forest, up to 00:10 they are darting between the trees, 00:10-00:15 I imaging the chaser catching the other person and them both rolling down a bank fighting, at the bottom the person being chased gets away and so it starts again wink.gif

I put this on for you so you can get an insight into my playing level when I'm not trying to learn a lesson by someone else. Your thoughts/advice as always are very welcome.

I'll be back on the staccato lesson tomorrow along with the Pop Rock solo smile.gif

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vJuBFbHZCA...eature=youtu.be



Noroc

Phil
Gabriel Leopardi
Hi Phil, thanks for the update! It's always a good decision to work on your own stuff since that's the main goal after all! This idea is really cool, and I can feel the story that you told while listening to the chords combinations. I think that working on music with stories, photos, drawings, books, movies, or real life situations in min make our compositions deeper so congrats about working in this way!

It would be really interesting to hear this idea with a more worked drum groove, as well as bass guitar, and maybe a longer versions with more parts and repetitions. This could be a full song. The style sounds like a mix of Black Sabbath with the Ramones, so you could work on a song structure close to their songs.
Phil66
Hello Gab,
Thanks for your kind comments. The drum groove is just a basic beat that came with my DAW, it's the same as Nora's Walk but faster. I don't have a way to create drum patterns myself and I think it would be beyond me anyway. I've recently sold a bass as I wasn't using it.
Anyway maybe we can develop it as we go along.

By the way, The Ramones were the first band I saw live in 1980 smile.gif

Cheers
Phil
Gabriel Leopardi
You can use VST instruments and write both drums and bass with midi. I think that drum loops could be edited. What daw and drum vsti are you using?
Phil66
Hello Gab,

I am using Guitar Tracks 4 that came with my Cakewalk V-Studio 20 and the drum tracks are part of the package, they come in folders that appear at the bottom of the DAW.

Thanks

Phil
Gabriel Leopardi
Ok, and are you able to edit midi drum tracks? Do you know if it's possible?

If not, you could try getting another drum vsti like EZdrummer or Steve Slate Drums which are paid, or maybe try some of the free ones like these:

http://www.powerdrumkit.com/download.htm
http://www.pluginboutique.com/categories/7-Drum-Machine/free


I don't know that version by version of cakewalk and guitar tracks, but it should be possible to edit midi, isn't it?
Phil66
QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Jan 23 2015, 12:42 PM) *
Ok, and are you able to edit midi drum tracks? Do you know if it's possible?

If not, you could try getting another drum vsti like EZdrummer or Steve Slate Drums which are paid, or maybe try some of the free ones like these:

http://www.powerdrumkit.com/download.htm
http://www.pluginboutique.com/categories/7-Drum-Machine/free


I don't know that version by version of cakewalk and guitar tracks, but it should be possible to edit midi, isn't it?


I'll look later but I think they are just able to be used as backing.

Cheers

Phil
Gabriel Leopardi
QUOTE (Phil66 @ Jan 23 2015, 10:12 AM) *
I'll look later but I think they are just able to be used as backing.

Cheers

Phil


Ok! Then let me know. wink.gif
Phil66
Hello Gab,

OK, my time with Cosmin is nearly over and things that I mentioned in PM have settled a little so I've been taking a look at the pop rock solo.

I'm struggling with this last bit in part one (see below). It appears that the last two notes are hammered on but I am struggling to get them to ring out. Any tips?

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-----8--|
--7g9--|
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---------|

Thanks

Phil
Gabriel Leopardi
Hi Phil! So welcome officially to Gab's Army! smile.gif

I just checked the part that is giving problems and I noted that the tab has an issue there, we will fix the original lesson soon, but by now here you can check the correct notes for that last beat:

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Please let me know if this lets you learn the part and continue with the lesson.
Phil66
Thanks Gab and thanks for the welcome smile.gif

I'll try that when I get home, I could hear that it wasn't what the TAB was saying but I couldn't work out what it actually was, even watching it I couldn't see.

Cheers

Phil
Phil66
Gab,

That's much better, thank you. I'll get a video of the first four bars to you tomorrow if that's ok with you? I've also entered the AC/DC collab, my take is pretty poor but hopefully you guys will help to build it into something ok. I just played what came into my head with no thought at first then I spent 5 minutes working on the first section, after that it goes down hill rolleyes.gif

It's funny that I could hear it the pop/rock solo wasn't to the tab but I couldn't work out what it should have been. Anyway it's sorted now so onward and upward wink.gif

Phil
Gabriel Leopardi
Hi Phil! Great to know that now you could learn the part. I re-checked the original lesson guitar pro and it wasn't completely wrong. It was tabbed with an effect called grace note that is an embellishment that is added by composer to certain notes. The problem with this effect is that the .txt tab is not clear, but don't worry, in the near future your ear should be ready to learn this type of licks by ear.

About the take for the collab, I imagine that you are receiving the right guidance by Kris to get the best from you for this one. If you want a second opinion or something feel free to share the idea here. wink.gif

I'll wait for the video!
Phil66
Thanks Gab,

OK here's my first take at the collab. It was mostly improvised, I did have a couple of goes at the first few bars and then I was winging it for the rest. That's why you will hear places where I just stop, I had a mental block laugh.gif I admit it's not very good but that's why I joined GMC wink.gif

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Cheers

Phil
Gabriel Leopardi
Hi Phil! This is a very good first step for this one. Starting with an improvisation and then work to polish it is a good way to develop a guitar solo. When I compose in this way, I usually listen to the solo again, identify the weak parts and mute them. If I have many takes, I check it there is another take that has a strong phrase for the whole and it not, I try to create new phrases. I repeat this process many times until I have a finished solo that I like, to then record it putting my focus on execution, feeling, and tone.

This solo has clearly two great moment, the beginning and the double string phrase starting at 00:22. Then, I find repetition, and also uncertainly moments (silences and blocks). I think that your solo is lacking a bit of direction on the other parts. You need some more phrases to fill this sections and also apply things that can make the solo more interesting and entertained: different type of bending, longer notes, faster parts, harmonics, slides, more vibrato.

At this point I feel that you have to ways. The first one is the safe one, that would be to polish this one. Replace the section where you stop, and adjust some phrases here and there and work on interpretation. However, if this is your first improvisation over the tune, I can say that you have a lot of potential to create a more interesting take, just that you need to dedicate more time, more tries, and then more analysis of what you played.

Phil66
Hello Gab,

I haven't gone anywhere, I've had to build a new PC today and you know how long it takes to get everything installed mad.gif

Be back as soon as possible. Should get something to you tomorrow.

Sorry

Phil
Phil66
Hello Gab,

Update: Crazy day today, wife's birthday tomorrow so we will be going out and I won't get chance to record anything. I'm so sorry to start with you like this, I normally play every single day but this last week has been crazy.

I'll be back on track on Tuesday, I want to get something for the collab and I also want to get the pop rock solo to you as far as I have got and also, I never managed to get the staccato power chord lesson good enough for the REC zone while I was with Cosmin so I need you to look at that for me please.

Cheers and apologies.

Phil
Gabriel Leopardi
Hi Phil, don't worry! Thanks for the update. Have a great time with your wife, wish her a happy birthday and let's continue when you're back! wink.gif
Phil66
Hello Gab,

Finally I am back, only one more distraction on the horizon and that's my birthday next Tuesday cool.gif

Ok, managed ten minutes tonight and had a go at the collab as the deadline is soon.

Here is my take from tonight..

Any guidance will be worked on tomorrow. I couldn't remember all of what I did in the first one so I kept it and added at the end. I hope this is ok to do.

Click to view attachment

Cheers

Phil
Gabriel Leopardi
Very nice mate! I like how you managed feeling, dynamics, and harmonics on this one. It gives the solo a new dimension, mostly on the first half.

There are mainly two things that I would improve on this one. The first half is catchy, but it's a bit repetitive. It doesn't need a big change but as it keeps the same rhythm all the time, and similar melodies, I think that it needs a longer note, a faster phrase or at least some silences, generated with shorter notes or staccato. Just work to make it funnier to hear, but don't make a big change, it's close!

The second problem starts around 00:26, to the end. There you seem to be playing and targeting notes that aren't on scale and the results is very weird sounding phrases. You could add "wrong notes" as passing notes but not stay and bend to them too much. Please review the scale there...

Phil66
Thanks Gab,
The first part is the same as before, I was short on time so I just added to the last ten seconds or so. I used a different guitar, an Epiphone Les Paul, the closest I have to an SG wink.gif I played the same shape pentatonic scale but twelve frets higher. It must be my bends you are talking about not being from the scale, am I correct in thinking that?
I'll have a good go tonight.
Cheers
Phil
Phil66
Oh dear,

This evening I just can't get anything anywhere near my last take, I'm just playing monotonous junk rolleyes.gif

Sorry.
Gabriel Leopardi
QUOTE (Phil66 @ Feb 4 2015, 11:13 AM) *
Thanks Gab,
The first part is the same as before, I was short on time so I just added to the last ten seconds or so. I used a different guitar, an Epiphone Les Paul, the closest I have to an SG wink.gif I played the same shape pentatonic scale but twelve frets higher. It must be my bends you are talking about not being from the scale, am I correct in thinking that?
I'll have a good go tonight.
Cheers
Phil


Everything sounds out of tune starting where I marked. It's a combination of the bends, but also the notes so if you've played the correct scale, the guitar must have been very out of tune, or with calibration problems.
Phil66
Hello Gab,

Ok, the pieces from 26seconds onwards were played on a different guitar to the rest, I have checked the intonation and it is as close as the realms of normality allow. I tuned it before I started so I must've shifted up to the wrong position to play the higher notes. My ear isn't good enough to tell the difference sad.gif Sorry Gab.

Anyway, I've put another one down using the original guitar. As the deadline for the collab is today I will now go back to the pop rock solo and the power chord stacatto lesson.

https://soundcloud.com/gmcphil-1/agmc-collab-with-backing-05022015

Playing it back I can hear that the lick at 30seconds start a little late but I'm out of time so I've had to leave it, sorry for that.

Cheers

Phil
Gabriel Leopardi
Hi Phil! This new take doesn't have the tuning issue, well done! The last phrases still lack some direction there but I think that this has been a good effort and the final result is ok for this one. I think that even knowing that you could continue improving this one, you have done a great job and this process has been really educative, so congrats! Please continue joining this type of initiatives since it's the best way to learn while making music.

So you don't have to say sorry! Just let's keep going. smile.gif
Phil66
Thanks Gab,

Ok, tonight I am practicing but I won't get chance to record. Tomorrow I am going away for a couple of days so on Sunday I should get a recording to you. I am working on the two things below.

http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Pop-Rock-Solo-Beginner/
http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Staccato-Power-Chords/

I am struggling with the power chords lesson and have been for a few weeks. Is there anything you can give me to help me along? Maybe a similar but simpler lesson for the time being that will allow me to come back to this one at a later date and improve on it.

Thanks again.

Phil
Gabriel Leopardi
Hi Phil! The date for new videos is ok for me! Let's go for it.

About your question regarding the staccato power chords, we have lots of power chords lessons, and in my archive there are many lessons based on punk bands that include different combinations and progressions of power chords. I think that it would be good for you to start working on some of those musical lessons as a complement for this one. Sometimes we need to go one step forward to then get back and master the current stuff. It's something more related with our mind and not a thing related to fingers or muscles.

These are some recommended lessons:

http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Power-Chord-Shifting/
http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Classi...nk-Sex-Pistols/
http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Classic-Punk-The-Clash/
Phil66
Hello Gab,

Ok, almost back on track. This is the first time I've tried to make a video with this new PC build and for some reason I can't get my camera to stay connected, it keeps dropping out, so I had to hunt high and low in my house to find a card reader mad.gif This has swallowed some time but I have managed to post the first section of the pop/rock solo.
I think it is better to do it in sections as before I used to try and get the whole lot ready for the REC zone and there was too much to keep correcting so I think that getting little bits right and building the piece is better, do you agree?
I will always try to send videos but sometimes time will only allow a sound file, I hope this is ok with you.
I realised on playback that the double stop with the hammer on isn't quite sounding the two notes, I'll improve that tomorrow. It's amazing how much you miss when playing, it's as though your own brain fills in the gaps and when you play it back you notice it. blink.gif



And a ten second go at the first part of the power chord shifting lesson.

https://soundcloud.com/gmcphil-1/pcs08022015

I know the tone needs work and the mix is low on guitar but I just wanted to show you that I am now back on track, things will be better if I can get my camera to work, saves keep removing the tripod to get the memory card out sad.gif

Cheers Gab

Phil
Gabriel Leopardi
Hi Phil! Great stuff! The video looks and sounds great! It will be a great help to check your posture, movements and also for you to detect what things can be improved to take your playing to a new level. It's awesome that you've already noted one of the things to improve. This is why recording yourself is extremely important.

That double string lick needs off course to sound more defined, it's not sounding as a double stop. Other two things that you need to have in mind is your vibrato and your bending technique. I don't notice that you are trying to do vibrato on this one, so you could start experimenting with it. Your bending is there but your finger is a bit weak yet. You should use more your other fingers to help the one that is bending.

The power chords audio is not sounding good, there is a problem with tuning or with the relation between your guitar chords and the bass. The bass start with one root, and you play another one, or maybe your guitar is out of tune, I'm not sure. Please re-check it.

Other than that, it's great to see you working hard. I think that working on small fragments and focusing on details is a great decision. You have a good timing and tone. Keep going!
Phil66
Thanks Gab,

Both the pop rock solo and the power chord lesson were played on the same guitar so I will have to look into that.
Cheers Gab.
Phil
Phil66
Thanks Gab,

Ok I can see in the pop/rock solo that the vibrato is very very subtle.
I will try tomorrow to get this to you. If not it will be the next day, oooops the next day is my birthday so much beer, wine and Jack smile.gif
Maybe Wednesday or Thursday biggrin.gif

Cheers buddy

Sometimes life gets in the way rolleyes.gif

Phil
Gabriel Leopardi
Sure! Don't worry mate, take your time to work on the tasks correctly. Don't push yourself to upload videos before you feel you dedicated time to improve the lessons. So have a great time during your birthday and keep me updated. wink.gif
Phil66
Quick update,

Haven't had as much time as I expected, work work work rolleyes.gif I'm struggling a little with the timing in section 2 of the pop rock solo, I'll try to get something to you this weekend. It's the third bar in section 2 that catches me out, I'll keep going though, slowly slowly catchy monkey wink.gif It's the phrasing, for some reason it seems a little unnatural. It's a lovely piece though and I am determined to crack it.

E E E E Q S S S S
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-------------------------------|
--L--4-----------------4-5-7-|
--------5-----5g7----7-------|
-----------7-------------------|
-------------------------------|

I'm also trying to do the funk collab but I think maybe it is a little too advanced for me. I can't think of anything to play unsure.gif

Got fibre optic internet being installed tomorrow so will have to get the wireless network set up for the house myself, sometimes, as you may know, this can go sweet but other times it can be a nightmare.

Cheers for your patience Gab, it's been a mad couple of weeks here blink.gif

All teh best

Phil
Gabriel Leopardi
Hi Phil, thanks for the update. It would be really important and helpful for you to give a try to the Funk Collab. It's awesome how much we learn by making music and that's a killer opportunity because you have real time feedback during the process. So, go for it! Start with slow melodies, just to get familiar with the tune. Post your pre-ideas at the thread and enjoy the journey. wink.gif

For that lick that you shared, pay special attention to the pick movement used by the instructor in the lesson, and share here a short video playing it to check if you want.
Phil66
Hello Gab,

Ok, here's where I am at so far with the Rock Pop Solo. For some reason I keep hitting the double stop way too hard, I think it's a bit of tension as I have had trouble with this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XU5pYICyYWw...eature=youtu.be



Still trying to come up with something for the funk collab rolleyes.gif

Will have another go at the Changing Power Chord position lesson tomorrow.

Cheers

Phil
Gabriel Leopardi
Hi Phil, nice new take. Yeah, I note that you play that double stop lick a bit aggressive and also before the beat. It's because your mind becomes anxious because the tricky lick comes. This will disappear with practice. The whole thing is sounding good but can be played with more feeling, better groove and dynamics. But don't worry, just have it in mind while you practice and from time to time, listen to the original lesson again and pay attention to those elements.

I'll wait for an update regarding the power chords lesson. wink.gif
Phil66
Hello Gav,

Only managed an hour this evening, had family visiting today. I think I will develop the feeling/dynamics/groove a bit better once I have the note sequence in my fingers and I don't have to try and remember it, then I think I will relax more. I seem to play ok when it is my own stuff as it is from my heart and mind and so I am more relaxed, so I need to get other people's music into my heart and mind before I can get feeling/dynamics/groove and, to do that I need to get it into my fingers first, am I making sense? Do you agree or am I wrong?

Anyway, due to short time I've only managed to get a sound file to you. Tomorrow I am hoping to get something down in the power chord lesson, I got lost in this tonight though, time disappeared rolleyes.gif

Click to view attachment

Cheers

Phil
Phil66
Hello Gab,

Sorry nothing has come to you apart from the above. Last night I got a bad virus on my PC, tonight I have to reinstall operating system.

Sorry

Tomorrow hopefully.

Hurdles hurdles hurdles sad.gif

Cheers

Phil
Gabriel Leopardi
QUOTE (Phil66 @ Feb 15 2015, 05:54 PM) *
Hello Gav,

Only managed an hour this evening, had family visiting today. I think I will develop the feeling/dynamics/groove a bit better once I have the note sequence in my fingers and I don't have to try and remember it, then I think I will relax more. I seem to play ok when it is my own stuff as it is from my heart and mind and so I am more relaxed, so I need to get other people's music into my heart and mind before I can get feeling/dynamics/groove and, to do that I need to get it into my fingers first, am I making sense? Do you agree or am I wrong?

Anyway, due to short time I've only managed to get a sound file to you. Tomorrow I am hoping to get something down in the power chord lesson, I got lost in this tonight though, time disappeared rolleyes.gif

Click to view attachment

Cheers

Phil



Awesome improvement compared with the previous take! That lick in question sounds more natural now and the whole thing starts to have more feeling and groove. You are definitely going on the right track with this one! It's true that you will be able to improve this one as soon as you get more familiar with the lines, and you can play without thinking too much on each note and feeling instead of thinking. That's the next goal for this one.



QUOTE (Phil66 @ Feb 17 2015, 01:23 PM) *
Hello Gab,

Sorry nothing has come to you apart from the above. Last night I got a bad virus on my PC, tonight I have to reinstall operating system.

Sorry

Tomorrow hopefully.

Hurdles hurdles hurdles sad.gif

Cheers

Phil


Don't worry mate! Thanks for notifying. I'll wait for your news. wink.gif
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