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Gabriel Leopardi
Hi mate! Welcome to your thread for Gab's Army!

I started this thread to have a place where you can share your takes and progress with me to let me give you feedback and suggestions on how to continue with your guitar practice.

Feel free to share everything you want here. wink.gif
MisterM
Hi gab

Thank you for this thread

I'll post a few days my current work

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Gabriel Leopardi
Great! Looking forward it! smile.gif
MisterM
Hi Gab

I work a Stephane Lucarelli's lesson : Creative arpeggios Phrasing

I worked at 80% speed, I haven't yet found the good tone , I have to refine.
This lesson is hard, it need a good relaxation to get fluidity.
I work sequences isolated to improve these things

I try to correct my posture
I put his neck on a horizontal axis but it is not natural , I must think before you play.

What do you think about it ?

Gabriel Leopardi
Hi MisterM! This lesson is evolving really well. It's very helpful to practice at a tempo that you can play the notes clearly and then slowly increase tempo every day.

The new posture looks very natural for me. I think that you will feel it well after some more days or maybe weeks of practice so I recommend you to keep it.

Your tone doesn't sound bad but for any reason it sounds like "far". I assume that you are recording your guitar by line to a daw or something like that, so maybe the problem is the mix between dry signal and effect. Try setting your tone with a lower level of delay/reverb. I also think that some more presence to make it appear more in the mix.

Besides this lesson, what other things are you currently working?
MisterM
Hi Gab

Thank you for all advices
I put too much delay, time and Feedback.
I shall try to do better with the next Take

Here my others lesson, You have already commented most in section 'What you pratice now",
You have not seen the blues yet which I have just recorded this morning, sorry I am still in pajamas rolleyes.gif

QUOTE
Short Phrases Blues by Sinisa Cekic

I work 100% speed

Difficulty :
General Cleanliness
54' : Power Slide is hard for me, I don't understand how to ring E string.
Slide + sweeping open string + palm mute are difficult, I work on.

Take : July 10 2015


QUOTE
Jazz Blues Phrasing by Piotr Kaczor

Actually I work 80/90/100 %

Difficulty :
alternate picking 39'
Sweeping 59'

Take : June 19 2015


QUOTE
The tasty Etude by Jonhatan Burgos

I work 100%

Difficulty :
General Dynamic.

I have to stop working it since a few weeks. I think of resuming hit.
I shall obtain maybe a better tone with my new guitar Ibanez S5470 TKS.

Take : June 12 2015


QUOTE
Jazz Funk Licks II by Stephane Lucarelli

I work 80/90/100 %

Difficulty :
Sweeping 22'
Legato 34'
This lesson is over my limit, it needs more training to play 100%.
Sometimes I made a success, other times not....

Take : May 27 2015


QUOTE
Ben's Land of legato by Ben Higgins

I work 50 at 100%

Difficulty :
Legato Speed
timing and articulation

Take : Marsh 26 2015
Until this day, I progressed about my little finger and the tone is better
I made a daily work, I progressed on the endurance but it is not easy to play. I need relaxation.
At present I am not regular with this lesson



QUOTE
This evening I am on holidays. I take my guitar, I shall play every day little.
I shall make news takes in August.

Good holidays Gab
Gabriel Leopardi
Hi MisterM! Thanks for inserting all these videos here. It is a good reference to have them here.

Nice take on the blues lesson. You can play all the licks correctly at tempo. The next step would be to focus more on small details that make Sinisa's playing very expressive. His way of managing dynamics, vibrato and how he bends are so unique and deep. Try to go further with it.

MisterM
Thank you Gab,

I think Sinisa's lesson will be my next REC. I 'll post a new take in a few week...

@+ Gab
Gabriel Leopardi
QUOTE (MisterM @ Jul 10 2015, 12:46 PM) *
Thank you Gab,

I think Sinisa's lesson will be my next REC. I 'll post a new take in a few week...

@+ Gab



Good idea. Please focus on the elements that I've marked.
MisterM
Hi Gab

I'm on holidays, I work the current lessons, they improve from day after day.
I practise exercises of independence for fingers. It's sometimes difficult has to realize, but it's effective

So, I learn a new lesson to break the routine.

Open-String-Pull-Off-Riff

I had begun several months ago but I didn't understand the technique.
Actualy, after 3/4 days, I'm capable of playing it is 100 %.
I have to work the dynamics and tone, but I'm very satisfied, I shall make a video in my return.

See you soon, good one holidays Gab....
Gabriel Leopardi
Hi mate, that's a great choice! The lesson is very interesting and will add some fresh ideas and techniques into your playing.

I'll wait for your new takes to check your progress.

Cheers!
MisterM
Hi Gab

This is my last take.
This morninig, I focus on two lesson, I've played with my SG.
No time for video, I'll try to make it later.


Jazzy-blues-phrasing

My Take 100% Speed.mp3


Short-Phrase-Blues

My Take 100% Speed.mp3



I work on creative workout 2, I have some ideas, my take soon
Gabriel Leopardi
Hi MisterM!

Good job with this two lessons. Both are getting really close!

The jazz lesson sounds clean and consistent. There are only two elements that I would like to mark that you should have in mind during the next days of practice: dynamics & swing. If I compare your take with the original lesson I notice that there is more room for dynamics on this tune. Also, you are playing the licks even with the tempo while Piotr plays the licks with some retard to give a swing feel. Please listen again to the original take and pay attention to this detail which is fundamental in jazz.

The blues lesson sounds great. You have good feeling, timing and vibrato on this one. The only thing to improve that I note is again dynamics.
Other than that, it rocks.

Keep on the great job!
MisterM
Thanks Gab

I'll try to play with a swing and improve my vibrato and dynamics
Gabriel Leopardi
QUOTE (MisterM @ Jul 28 2015, 01:59 PM) *
Thanks Gab

I'll try to play with a swing and improve my vibrato and dynamics



Great! Looking forward your new takes. smile.gif
MisterM
Hi Gab

A new Take on Workshop....
Gabriel Leopardi
QUOTE (MisterM @ Jul 30 2015, 11:50 AM) *
Hi Gab

A new Take on Workshop....



Great! Thanks! smile.gif
MisterM
Hi Gab

I work a open string pull off, I made a video for watching my mistakes.
It is difficult to press on the string of the neck's head having played the harmonic,
I must work speed and precision. I shall work on the metronome slowly to acquire the movement

I continue to work other current lessons.....

- Jazzy Blues Phrasing on Workshop
I gave the best of myself, swing is difficult.... I'll redo in a few months

- Jazz funk Licks II soon Workshop
- Sort Phrase Blues soon Workshop
I'll make a take before, you can give me a last advice. (in a few weeks)

- Creative arpeggios
I progress....Tone is better, Palmute, sweeping, slide, I try to get a smooth playing like stephane Lucarelli




Gabriel Leopardi
Hi MisterM! Great to see you working hard!

The video that you shared shows that you are on the right track and that this only needs more days of practice to feel more comfortable. The more you practice the smoother the rhythm and harmonics will sounds.

Beside some picking precision, this take needs to sound tighter and groovier. I wonder if you are using your foot to follow the tempo of the backing while you play. It's a good trick to feel the rhythm inside and be able to go more connected with it. You tend to go before the beat so trying to think that the parts a bit slower can also help.

Keep on the hard work! wink.gif
MisterM
Hi Gab

Ok I'll try to use my foot to follow the tempo....
Gabriel Leopardi
QUOTE (MisterM @ Aug 4 2015, 02:45 AM) *
Hi Gab

Ok I'll try to use my foot to follow the tempo....



Good. Closing your eyes and focusing on groove is also a good trick to feel it.
MisterM
Hi Gab

I listened to your advice, it is not easy to play as Became Siniza but I tried to have a cooler play....
I think, it 's better that my first video.. Gibson has string 11/52, it is not easy but I like the tone

What do you think about it ?
I' can to post it on the workshop ?

Gabriel Leopardi
Hi MisterM! Great to find news from you!

Your take on this lesson is really good! You are playing the licks very tight and with a nice and natural feeling. It's not an easy task with this type of lessons. The good thing about the lesson is that Sinisa's feeling seems endless so you'll always find some more room to keep on making this take better by listening to his playing and trying to emulate his vibrato and dynamics. I don't mean loosing your personality by copying, but I think that you can take your technique and expression to a new level by emulating a bit his approach to feeling while phrasing.

By the way, you doing a really good work with this one. Keep on rocking!

PS: And feel free to share the take in other threads (for example REC) for getting more feedback. wink.gif

MisterM
Thank Gab

I'll work it again with your advices....
I posted on workshop because I'm proud of this take.

I'll back soon with others videos


Gabriel Leopardi
QUOTE (MisterM @ Aug 23 2015, 05:23 PM) *
Thank Gab

I'll work it again with your advices....
I posted on workshop because I'm proud of this take.

I'll back soon with others videos



Great. I'll grade it there. wink.gif
MisterM
Hi Gab

I work everyday on the Stephane Lucarelli's Lesson : creative arpeggios
It's very difficult to progress... day after day my playing become better but I must work and work again for polish (smooth) it.

Today I did a REC, the few secondes before the REC show my difficulty to realise arpeggios,
I play sweeping for warm-up.....

I know, it is not completely in the rhythm, but I wanted to show you the current result.

What dou you think about it, and tone ?

Gabriel Leopardi
Hi MisterM! Good playing here! The warming up arpeggios are not very connected with the rhythm and also show sync issues that makes some part sound unclear but then, when the lesson starts, your playing is smoother and only shows some little cleanness issues, while the overall is really good.

Regarding the tone, I only think that it's lacking some presence. I like the sustain that it has.
MisterM
Hi Gab

I work on the Room335 by Larry Carlton, I work the Jess Lewis's version
There are some licks has to decompose to end the piece.
I often play before beat, I again have to work to improve it.

What do you think about it?


Gabriel Leopardi
Hi MisterM! I really enjoyed this video! Your playing is very good on most of it. It's true that there are some licks close to the end that could sound more consistent but the overall is very good. I also like the overall video quality (audio and video), it looks very professional.

Good job!
MisterM
Hi Gab,

I am happy to read your positive comment.
In a few months, I hope to play before so much intensity as this great guitarist " Jess Lewis "
Her version is really magnificent, I like its vibrato and its groove.

My vidéo show my limit about speed. On the other hand, for 3 years which I play seriously, I find that I progressed.
GMC gave me this envy to surpass me, I know that I shall be a great guitarist in a few years.... tongue.gif
Gabriel Leopardi
only 3 years?? that's awesome mate! Your playing is really good for that amount of time.... You are doing the things on the right way. Keep on the great job.
MisterM
I play the guitar since I am 15 years old.
My father taught me bases, but my practice was never regular.

When I was 25 years old I stopped learning.
I played in the evening for my children simple songs.

I began again to learn new techniques in 41 years.
Gabriel Leopardi
Oh yeah, that sounds reasonable now. Your playing looks mature and this is because you have been connected to music and guitar for many years. I also think that you will have a very good level in some more time if you keep on with this diary practice. Your playing is already really good and promising.


MisterM
Hello Gab,

The next REC which I shall post on the workshop will be: jazz Funk Licks II

Gabriel Leopardi
Hi MisterM! This is another proof of your great playing!

You can play all these amazing licks really tight and clean. I don't find any problem about technique and timing. There are only two really small details that you could improve:

- Dynamics: I feel that there are some notes that could be picked stronger to give licks a more accentuated feel.

- Tone: More presence could make your solo sound clearer and more defined.

Other than that, this is a great take. Congrats!
MisterM
Thank you Gab,


I made a new take of "Creative arpeggios"



I work a funk lesson "Classic funk"

Gabriel Leopardi
Hi MisterM! Fantastic play on these two lessons!

The creative arpeggios sound so sweet. I love your groove, dynamics and tone on it. Your playing is very smooth and enjoyable. I don't think that there is anything else to fix. Your playing is magic.

The funk lesson is also sounding very well, and I think that the only part that still could be more defined is the staccato funky phrasing which is not bad but can be tighter and more accentuated. But this is just a small detail, you work is great!

Congrats on your playing. smile.gif
MisterM
QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi)
Hi MisterM! Fantastic play on these two lessons!

The creative arpeggios sound so sweet. I love your groove, dynamics and tone on it. Your playing is very smooth and enjoyable. I don't think that there is anything else to fix. Your playing is magic.


Thank you Gab,
When I listen the original Lesson, I'm not proud of my REC....
However, I don't any more want to work it.
Think you that I can submit itto the workshop?


QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi)
The funk lesson is also sounding very well, and I think that the only part that still could be more defined is the staccato funky phrasing which is not bad but can be tighter and more accentuated. But this is just a small detail, you work is great!

Congrats on your playing. smile.gif


I agree with you about the lesson Funk, the saccato is not enough tightened, I again have to work it.
I am going to insist on this lesson to finalize it.

I also work Off Beat Boogie, this lesson is magnificent.
I had difficulty about the finger picking, actually I'm able to play the rhythmic and the solo at 100 % speed

I hope to make a video tomorrow, you will say to me what you think of it
Gabriel Leopardi
Another good choice to work! I like the lessons that you work, they are really tasty.

About sharing your video at REC, yes! Go for it, it's ready.

MisterM
Hi Gab

This morning I made a REC of Rythm part.. Tomorrow I'll try to do a solo part.
Chris uploaded the BT without rythm by Private Message.


What do think about my work ?

Gabriel Leopardi
Hi MisterM, this is sounding good! There is only some more room to make the triads sound clearer but other than that this is a really good take, good timing and tone.

MisterM
Hi Gab

OK I shall try to correct that
Gabriel Leopardi
Great! wink.gif
MisterM
Hi Gab

I made a REC of classic Funk by Javier Aviles.
I 've worked staccato. What dou you thi,k about it ?

Gabriel Leopardi
Hi MisterM! Good job with this lesson! I note improvements regarding staccato on this take. You playing is becoming more precise. As Javier said on the youtube comment, you are giving this one your own personality and that's a really good thing.

If you would like to get even more from this lesson, setting a cleaner tone and trying to get the dynamics that he gets on the staccato section could be the next step with this one. Also, there are some little moments where your timing could be groovier.

Other than that this is a really good take, keep on the great job!
MisterM
Hi Gab


I listen to your advice, you are a great mentor.
I know my problems of dynamics and timing, I work every day.
It is not easy, but I shall eventually make a success.

9/10, Ben and You, a compliment of Javier, I'm so haapy biggrin.gif
Gabriel Leopardi
Yeah! You are doing a great job! Congrats mate! smile.gif
MisterM
Hi Gab

I'm "Tone Star" ?
It's a new level bitwin "Rock Star" "Tone seeker" biggrin.gif

I'm not able to play this lesson :"Ben's land of legato"
I had posted a REC a few months ago, but I gave up, because I did not progress.

Today I understood my mystake : My index finger was blocked on the string.
I work every day by hoping for a progress. My index finger leaves the string and my hand is more relaxed.
Videos are sometimes lacking explanation, it's a pity.

I bought this accessory to work noiselessly. What do you think about it ?

Soon my REC about "Off Beat Boogie".
Gabriel Leopardi
Hi MisterM!

I'm not completely sure about your issue with land of legato lesson. Is it possible for you to share a short video to let me check exactly what you mean?

About the noiseless accessory, I don't think that it's a good idea to practice with it. It's better to find the way to mute the strings that you don't want to play with your own hands. It's a risk to get used to not mute well when playing, and develop bad technique habits.
MisterM
Hello Gab

First - I look at the video and I say myself, wow I have some work mad.gif



When I work with 2d exemple, it's same difficulty but my hand is more relaxed.
I suffer less over time and this is easier to slide on another sequence

I work on the metronome, I can play has a speed 75 / 80 BPM, legato technique is a big weakness in my playing
The BT "Ben's lad of legato " need to play at 110 BPM, I hope progress in a few weeks.



What do you think about may technique ? I work maybe too fast ? I wait your precious advices
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