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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!
QUICK TIPS TO PREPARE YOU FOR BATTLE
*Make sure you get both hands in the shot when shooting your video*Make sure you use a metronome for the first several Missions and that the metronome can be heard.*After you complete a mission, shoot me a PM and let me know it's ready and I'll give you a debrief! These are pass / fail, so if you pass you BADGE UP and if not, I'll give you some feedback and you head in to the breach once again.
*The first several missions are VERY simple. They are just to get you used to the bootcamp process.
*Most importantly, there is NEVER a speed requirement in bootcamp. I want you to push yourself to play as brisk as you can, but NEVER at the expense of precision. If you find you are missing a note here and there, slow down a bit. Speed is just a byproduct of precision so my goal is to make you a very precise player. At that point, speed just happens.
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 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, no points for speed, only points for playing in a precise manner as speed is simply a byproduct of precision) Shoot a video and post it as a reply to this post. Make sure to EMBED the video by clicking on INSERT SPECIAL ITEM above the smiley face and then you'll get a drop down menu. Click on INSERT YOUTUBE VIDEO and follow the instructions in the Pop Up Menu. 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! You will then proceed to Lesson #2 and so forth. Here is the link to the entire 400 plus Lesson Library. https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/wiki/inde...rtal:Techniques

Here is the link to your own PRIVATE HOUSE OF PAIN!...Er I mean.. SHRED!

http://bit.ly/onetabmattsbootcamp

Practice!
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Todd Simpson
WELCOME TO THE FIGHT SOLDIER!!! Nice Axe!!! You attack this one with Verve and Aggression Soldier! As it should be! Let's Debrief!!
MEDALS OF HONOR
*MUTE: Well Done on your mute technique. You are doing it just right imho. Your palm remains planted and your articulating the pick with the thumb and first finger. Is this your normal technique or did you read me going on about this in a post somewhere? Either way, NICE!!!
*SYNCH: The point of this Mission is to test your hand synch and let me know if there are issues wit it. The Good News is that I don't see any issues. You have very tight right/left hand synch!
*PACE: Another aspect of this mission is pace. I want to see if you can play without rushing or lagging.

In short, you just.......
LEVELED UP!!!!
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Well fought Soldier!!! This is clearly to easy!!! I think you'll burn through these early missions!! It won't start to actually feel difficult until maybe Mission 25!!! I am a lot more picky on these as it is BOOTCAMP after all. Let's Debrief!!
MEDALS OF HONOR


*PICKING TECHNIQUE: This one is all about solid picking and your picking is Solid!!!!
*MUTING: You are keeping the palm flat and articulating the pick with the thumb and first finger as God intended. Well done!!! It's almost like the forked tongue style. One fork of the tongue (the palm ) stays planted, while the other fork (the fingers/thumb) moves about.

*SYNCH: This Mission is a good chance to see if your playing will fall apart once we start bouncing around the neck. Good news! Solid as a rock.
You didn't even break a sweat soldier!! You just..
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MEDALS OF HONOR

*TRAVERSE: many of these Missions have a good deal of string Traverse (going between strings), and it's easy to trip up when traversing. It's something that takes practice to get right. You did a great job on the traverse in this mission.
*PACE: These Missions are also a great chance for me to see you over a distance of ground. The Missions that run up the neck sometimes make folks want to rush towards the end as their hand starts to wear out. Not you! Strong and steady.
*ARTICULATION: You continue to have very good pick articulation using your thumb/first finger to move the pick and avoiding the dreaded "Picking from the Elbow" syndrome. Well done!!! In short, you took on a large chunk of challenging Missions and just KRUSHED IT!!!!
! in other words you just.....
LEVELED UP!!!
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Well fought Soldier!! You are ready for what's ahead!!
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Impressive Streak Soldier!! You are seriously on a roll!!! Keep it up!!! Let's look at Mission 4. I knew you'd kill it so you are already badged up smile.gif I'll include the badge here again. Let's Debrief!!
MEDALS OF HONOR
PINKY POWER-Well done on the use of Pinky Power!! Using the pinky is very important as it always could use a bit more work no matter how long one has been playing. Also, being able to stick the landing on a given fret with the pinky is the key to playing wads of cool licks, many of which are yet to come in Bootcamp!!
PACE-It's very easy to rush or lag on a lick like this. You are not rushing or lagging at all. Your pace is even and steady. This is one of the main things I'm trying to teach here in Bootcamp. Being able to control the pace of play is one of the marks of a great player. With that type of control, you can speed up/slow down at will, even in the middle of a complex passage.
ARTICULATION-Your pick articulation is very good here. This loop has non stop string traverse. If you have poor pick articulation, your pick will get stuck on a given string and ruin the entire thing. You are picking at a good angle and using the tip which is just as it should be. You had no trouble with this lick at all which is great!! This back and forth movement is the basis of Paul Gilbert's shred style. Being able to do it well will lead to great things in your playing. Keep this lick and see how far you can push the speed in your practice sessions!! This Mission is one for the books you just ... LEVELED UP!!!!
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BOOTCAMP MISSION 5


Well Fought Soldier!! You started off a bit loose, but you saved at the end. This lick is fun to play fast. You gotta be careful though that you don't let the thirst for blood make you so aggressive that you lose your hand synch! You've clearly got a good handle on this concept that we are working on in this mission though. Let's Debrief!!

MEDALS OF HONOR

SHEER AGGRESSION - I like the aggressive approach Soldier! Throwing yourself in to it!! That gets a lot of points in my book.

PINKY POWER The weakest finger is always in need of work. Great to see you giving it good whipping!!!!

MUTE BY DEATH
With all the string traverse going on, bad muting will result is crazy amounts of string noise. Good news is your mute is spot on!!!

This lesson is clearly to easy for you Soldier!!! You are ready for the Blood and Guts that lay ahead!! You KRUSHED it and..

LEVELED UP!!!


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MISSION 6 DEBRIEF
Pedal Points are a great technique to add to your bag of Tricks Soldier!! Not everyone takes to them right away. You took to it like a fish to water!! let's Debrief!!!....

MEDALS OF HONOR

ALT PICK TO GLORY Your Alternate Picking kung fu is quite strong soldier. One missed strike and this lick falls apart. You didn't miss any!! Well done.

PRECISION KILLS Without Precision, this lick does not work. It requires good pick articulation and and good hand synch. Without both, again it falls apart. You have both in spades!!

PACE NOT RACE Not rushed, not lagged, steady like a rock. Nice!!

Soldier you tore through this. Very well done!!!!! You just....

LEVELED UP!!


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MISSION 7 DEBRIEF
You didn't have any trouble with this one Soldier! Well fought!! I think you may have to get a bit further before you break a sweat!!! Let's Debrief!!

MEDALS OF HONOR

BACK AND FORTH: The "Back and Forth" is in full effect in this Mission. It's a "Paul Gilbert" thing and it's at the core of wads of shred licks. You can get some serious speed on this. Try it in bursts, try it as a long loop. Burst will let you feel what it's going to be like once you are able to loop it at break neck speed as Gilbert would do.
NO SLIP NO MISS: I build these so that any pick strike missed will stick out. You didn't miss any strikes so nothing is sticking out! Precision is everything.
NO NOISE NO MESS: On this type of lick it's easy to get extra string noise if your mute is not spot on. Your mute is spot on so no chance of that!!!
Yet another one for the books Soldier!! You just..
LEVELED UP!!!
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MISSION 8 DEBRIEF

Another Impressive take Soldier!! You are clearly in good standing for what's ahead. Your making great progress!!! Let's Debrief......


MEDALS OF HONOR

GRACE UNDER PRESSURE These licks are not easy for most folks. You seem to have no trouble at all with them. You can play them without breaking a sweat. This is great to see. You are well beyond the level you are currently badged at. You may end up being the first one to crack triple digits. Everyone gets bogged down at some point when the Missions get really tough. At this rate, you'll burn right through it and be the first one in 10 years to do so.

PINKY POWER Great to see you using your pinky power! It's always a good idea to use the pinky.

PRECISION/SPEED I notice you are building up some good speed as well. Speed is just a byproduct of precision so your precision is getting better!

In short you cut through this like a hot knife through butter! You just...

LEVELED UP!!!!

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MISSION 9 DEBRIEF

Impressive work Soldier!!! These are all canon fodder for you the onslaught of your playing!!! It's great to see you burning through these with such grace. You are well prepped for what's ahead as the road does get tricky as you get higher up. You are very close to your next Chevron Badge. Let's Debrief!!..

MEDALS OF HONOR

GRACE UNDER PRESSURE I notice that you didn't even have to look at your hands while playing this. It's a tricky bit and moves constantly which usually requires folks to keep an eye on their fret hand. You seem very comfortable just playing freestyle and not even looking at your hands which is great to see.
TRAVERSE FOR THE WIN Another drill with non stop string and fret traverse. If you were going to miss a note or strike, this would be where it happens. Good news is, you don't miss a think. Sniper!!
MUTED PICKING Keeping a solid mute while doing picking gymnastics is one of the most important things I try to teach. Some players really struggle with this if they have bad muting technique or rely to much on the fretting hand for mute. Not so here. You deftly mute and articulate the pick with the picking hand. Nice!!
In short, you are ready for the next stage of Battle Soldier. You have a firm grasp of the fundamentals and are prepared for War that is to come!!!! In other words you just..
LEVELED UP!!
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Mission 10 is a different lick than the vid posted in your take. I went ahead and graded lick 11 and badged you up. So you vid 10 needs another go but you killed 11!
MEDALS OF HONOR
*OBVIOUS SKILL: This lick is very tricky for some and you burn through it with no
issues. You didn't even break a sweat. Not even a contorted guitar face!!
*PICK ANGLE: The angle of the pick as it hits the strings is one of the critical
elements for any player. You've found a good angle and are getting very consistentpick strikes on everything you play. Nice!
*COMBO KILL: Many of these drills require many techniques to be applied at once.This is one of them. Requires solid muting, picking, traverse, and articulation. You'vemade great progress on all these.

In upcoming Missions, there are several drills to master for each Mission. I don't see these being a problem for you. Well played on this one. You just.. LEVELED UP!!!
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Truly Impressive Soldier. This lick is a real finger twister. Folks often struggle a bit on this. Not so with you. Per usual, calm grace under pressure. No wincing, no guitar face, just calm confidence. Nice. Let's Debrief!!
MEDALS OF HONOR
1.)LET'S TWIST: This is a true finger twister. It does a complicated bit of finger torture on the way up and on the way down. This is to prepare you for the full scale version of this lick which is yet to come.

2.)NEVER A MISS: Didn't miss a note. One miss and the whole thing falls apart, just like most of these. They are built to to make any mistakes stick out. No mistakes. Nice.
3.)PRECISION DRIVE: Your precision continues to increase with each and every mission Soldier. Keep it up!!!!
Very impressive work on this. You SLAYED it and ...
LEVELED UP!!!

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QUOTE (onetabmat @ Dec 11 2018, 10:12 AM) *
10 should be correct video this time

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MISSION 12 DEBRIEF

Well Fought Soldier!!! This one is all about the slide and alt picking. We will use upslides and down slides in future missions. You'll be in good shape for those and for everything that's on deck from the looks of it. You are a very adept player and are ripping a swath through these starter missions! You graduate to the next level of difficulty in at 13 and you are right next to it. Let's Debrief!!

MEDALS OF HONOR

*SLIP SLIDING AWAY- The slide is at the core of this lick. You show a very deft hand on the downslide on every string. It's a very handy technique that Steve Vai uses to great effect. Try using it on your solo work as well.

*ALT PICKING- Non stop alt picking on this and you show great dexterity in execution here. Nice!

*SINGLE STRING WORK - This is non stop single string work and you have no problem with it. There are some trickly single string bits coming up but I don't think those will stress you too badly.

Your ripping a path of Destruction Soldier!! Keep it up!! You just..

LEVELED UP!!!!!
*You are currently making the most progress of anyone in bootcamp. Keep at it!!

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Well Fought Soldier!! This one is a real finger twister! Many a fine Soldier has fallen in the field while trying to conquer this one. You seemed to have no trouble at all! let's Debrief!!
MEDALS OF HONOR

*SYNCH OR SWIM: Your hand synchronization is much improved. This drill in particular is a good one to work on synch. Keep this drill handy as a warmup and try to add it to your routine. It will help your hand synch more and more as you go.

*PACE: Not rushing or lagging. This is crucial. If you can't play in a steady fashion, then it's impossible to control ones pace when one does wish to lead or lag during a guitar solo for emphasis.

*PRECISION: Without precision this lick falls apart quick. You have a good deal of articulate and precise playing going on here. Well done!!
In short you just..
LEVELED UP!!
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This looks like Mission 15 Soldier. Not a big deal. Just one ahead. 14 is a single string sort of lick. Once more in to the breach!!

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Well Fought Soldier! This is what I'm looking for on this Mission!! A strong palm mute and good hand synch. This is a great hand synch drill. If your synch is off, even a little bit, the lick falls apart as I"m sure you found out when learning it. I found out for certain while writing it. I had to work hard on this one to play it like it sounded in my head. I was able to write it long before I could actually play it. You seemed to have no trouble at all!! Let's Debrief!!
MEDALS OF HONOR

*PALM MUTE-Very solid mute here. Without the mute, the open string just rings and creates a steady noise which ruins the lick. Not so here! Tight mute the entire time.-

*SYNCH- This is a synch drill. Any drift in synch shows up. That's the entire point of playing this. Good news is your synch is spot on!

*AGGRESSIVE STYLE- Leaning in to the fight like a Soldier!!!! I appreciate a bit of aggression!
In short, your synch has improved quite a bit! Well done indeed. You just ....
LEVELED UP!!!
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MISSION 15
WELL FOUGHT SOLDIER!! Another battle, another victory. This one requires a good stretch and very articulate pinky control and pick control. You gotta stick the landing each time, and you can't miss a single strike or it just falls apart. It requires control and technique from start to finish. Let's debrief!!

MEDALS OF HONOR

PINKY POWER - This lick requires good control of the pinky. Gotta stick the landing each and every time. Miss one pinky landing and the lick does not work. It comes around over and over and you stick the landing each time. Nice!
ARTICULATION - This one requires pick articulation at a pretty high level since it has non stop string traverse. It forces the pink hand to keep switching strings and thus requires the fretting hand to do the same. The end result is that it requires great hand synch. This is a great synch drill. Keep it in your warm up and try to march it up the neck one fret at a time. Nice!
TIMING - This requires spot on timing. There are no gaps in it at all. In addition to the non stop traverse using both hands, it mixes a triad shape with a scale shape and allows no time to prep or recover so one has to transition smoothly. This is really the point of this lick. To teach the hand how to transition between techniques/shapes without a gap. Well played!

You've got this one well in hand Soldier! You just..

LEVELED UP!!!
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MISSION 16

Well Fought yet again Soldier!!! There might be a pinch much mute on the first one, but that's not a serious problem. The muting used on the rest worked great. Make sure not to "over mute" on the low E or you kill all the tonality. This is a tough nut to crack and you cracked it wide open!! Let's Debrief!

MEDALS OF HONOR

PINKY POWER- You are knee deep in a series of Missions that will lean on your pinky. Many folks have serious issues when it comes to the weakest finger. Most folks, myself included, often avoid the pinky when possible. It's short, it's weak, what is there to like? Well, REACH for one thing. Without the pinky, one simply can't play guitar effectively. It's great to see you sticking the landing with the pinky!

TRAVERSAL OF FORTUNE- You don't just play the lick on the E, you try it on several strings and show your skills at being able to traverse strings and keep up the same high level of technique that you display on the first one. It's great to see. Nice!

PRECISION- Yet another lick that has no gaps, no room for error, requires the weakest finger, doesn't allow for any rush/lag. Not a problem with you Soldier!!! Nailed it.

In short, you freaking KILLED IT!!! This lick, like the last one, forces the hand to mix and match triad shapes with scale shapes. It's all about getting your hand to behave as you would have it behave and not how it wants to behave. In short it's about control and precision and you have it in spades!!! Well done. You just..


LEVELED UP!!!!

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MISSION 17 DEBRIEF

Nice!! This is as close as anyone has ever come to playing this lick as written. You are struggling just a bit on the ascending bit which is understandable as I find it tough to play all the way up every string and hit every note and I wrote the darn thing. Your descending is quite impressive. Running scales this way adds to the "Shreddy" factor in just about any solo you play. You can use this same technique to run any scale you like. I'm just using the 3 note per string Minor scale because it's my favorite scale wink.gif If you like the Harmonic Minor or Dorian, you can run those this same way if you use the three note per string version which you can map out using the scale generator. Let's Debrief!!!

MEDALS OF HONOR


DEXTERITY-This lick requires a dexterity to play at speed. It's that simple. Without a dextrous hand, this lick just won't work at speed. It will stutter and stop in parts which wrecks it. Good news is you have a very nimble touch which works well on this lick.
SYNCH-At speed it's very easy to lose track of which strike is to go with what note. Not the case here. You keep the notes and strikes married up. Nice!

MUTE-As this lick uses every string, muting is key. Without a good mute, it's a noise fest. Not so here. Solid muting keeps it very clean.

In short I"m very impressed. This is one of the most difficult licks so far and you did great. Score!!!! You just ...
LEVELED UP!!!!
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Well Fought Soldier!! This Mission is one that puts many Soldiers in a state of severe post traumatic stress. It has very little in the way of guidance so that the soldier will need to dig deep and come up with something on their own. You seemed to have no problem at all and that's great to see. Well played! Let's Debrief!!
MEDALS OF HONOR
VARIETY- You employ a wide variety of licks here. A broad range of techniques that are all brought together to service the needs of the solo. Nice!!

STYLE- Your style is appropriately intense given the backing. All of the licks work well and I notice that you chose several that reflect work in the Missions. Score!!

TECHNIQUE- A wide variety of technique on display as well! Hammering, scale runs, whammy, etc. All brought together to make a cool solo. Double Score!
In short you KRUSHED it. Great to see you just kill it!!!! There are a few spots where timing issues creep in, but nothing that made it not work. Well done. This is a major milestone in Bootcamp. You just...

LEVELED UP!!!!
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NICE!!! This is a tricky one and many a soldier has fallen in the face of it. It requires a full FOUR NOTE PER STRING TAP and includes an open string so it's really a FIVE NOTE PER STRING TAP!!! This is the secret to being able to make it sound like you are playing at light speed. Once you get your speed up on this, it's 5 NPS rythm makes it sound like you are using a 5 NPS scale. It sounds blistering with only a modicum of efffort. It also works on every string!! keep this one in your practice routine. It works with any scale btw and on every string smile.gif Let's Debrief!!
MEDALS OF HONOR
*TAPPING TO GLORY- 4 NPS tapping is not a simple thing. Add the open and it's 5 NPS tapping. Most Eddie VanHalen style tapping uses fretted strings only and 3 notes. So this is quite a bit more advanced. Well Done!
*PULLING FOR POWER-Pull offs make this lick what it is. Without the pull offs, the lick doesn't work at all. No problem for you. Great pull offs!
*QUIET AS DEATH-The open string is there partially to test your muting. Without solid muting, the string noise kills this lick. Not so here! SCORE!

Well played Soldier you just..
LEVELED UP!!!!
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MISSION 20 DEBRIEF
I appreciate the aggression Soldier!! I fear you may be jumping the gun just a pinch here. You are losing track of the note sequence here just a bit in favor of playing it briskly. There are no points for speed in bootcamp, only for precision. If you shoot 1000 rounds and never hit the bullseye, it doesn't matter how fast you pulled the trigger. Slow this one down maybe just a pinch and make sure you are getting the note sequence correct and you will sail on glorious Victory!

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This is a classic blues lick so it's very important to get this one spot on and right at 4/5 seconds, where it gets tricky due to the finger shift, you lose the note sequencing just a pinch. I think you are still rushing things a bit here. No points for speed, in bootcamp so you don't have to play it briskly. What's most important is that you learn to play this type of lick with the proper note sequencing so that you can apply this method of running a scale to any pentatonic mode that you like. This lick is much easier to play when using a straight standard scale. it's made MUCH more difficult by using the run up the neck which requires that awkward change on the B string. Slow it down just a pinch and keep it nice and steady and I"m sure you can play this. Once more in to the breach Soldier!!
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Now your talking Soldier! This is a tricky bit. Especially with all the string traverse and sliding. It's worth getting right though. It's good practice for REC. There is a very low tolerance for almost getting things right in REC as you may have noticed. If one's playing is at all sloppy or not quite there, REC grading will require another pass. So working on your precision in Bootcamp is a great way to get ready for your next rec! Let's Debrief!
Well Fought Soldier!! You have a really good grip on everything in this mission. You are more than ready for what lay ahead!!!!

MEDALS OF HONOR
PICK OF DESTINTY Your picking is very clean and as a bonus you are not losing your palm mute! This is a very important skill that can take forever to get a handle on and you've got it!

MUTE OF DEATH You keep a good solid palm mute the entire time and don't let a lot of extra noise happen which is great to see! Being able to control the noises that happen and don't happen is key!

PACE WINS RACES Pacing is great as well!! You don't rush or lag during the entire bit.

You got it Soldier!! You are ready to move on! Well done on sticking with it!
In other words, you just ...

LEVELED UP!!!!
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I applaud your aggressive style here!! However, I fear aggression has won out over technique just a bit. The scale bit that is after the main rythm is very complex and will take some time to play at speed. You tend to rush in to playing these pieces at a brisk pace a pinch before being ready. These are challenging bits and take time to play at speed. They are meant to just teach you a very hard piece to allow you to learn it and then go from there and spend time achieving speed. It took me years to play this properly without missing notes. Being able to play it at all, any any speed, is a victory. Slow down a bit and play it note for note. Even if that means playing well below your normal speed. I can see that you can clearly shred. This pieces are designed to force you to slow down enough to learn complex patterns with precision so that when you get them back up to speed, they sound incredible. There are no points for speed in bootcamp though. Only points for precision. Miss a note, or a few notes, and it's got to be done again. These are graded much harder than quick licks but REC is graded even harder. Part of bootcamps purpose is to teach patience with yourself. Not rushing in to playing something at speed before your hands are ready. Had I not written the piece in question, I might not even know the difference. It's a blur of notes after the main rythm. Which is what this lick sounds like played fast. Having written it and played it thousands of times, I can hear each one of those notes when they are present or absent. Back off the pace a bit so that you can play the entire thing at a steady pace and give it one more go!

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BINGO!!! That's what I was looking for. I want to be able to hear each individual note during that fast back and forth bit. I knew you could play this with a bit more time in the wood shed!! let's Debrief!!
MEDALS OF HONORWell Fought Soldier!! This is a very tricky bit of playing. It's got two entirely different bits hooked up together which makes it very very tricky indeed. The first part is slow then the scale is double time. You play it at speed and nailed it!
Let's Debrief...

SILENCE IS GOLDEN
is firmly planted on the bridge and you are starting to articulate the pick very well with a pinch of wrist and some finger action. Well done there!

PRECISION IS THE KEY This is a very good workout for either alt picking or econ depending on how you approach it it.

ARTICULATION: No unwanted notes and very even and deliberate pacing. Score!!!

In short, your hard work is paying off in spades and you are more than ready for the hurdles that away you in coming missions! ATTACK!!!

You just.....

LEVELED UP!!!
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Soldier, that's one of the best MISSION 22s I"ve seen. Ever. Thats the lick I've been trying to share for as long as I can remember. BINGO! You got it. That's the finger pattern and pull off pattern that makes this lick shred. Let's Debrief!
MEDALS OF HONOR

PULL OFF MAGIC: This lick only works at speed with the pull off technique well in hand. It's not easy to pull this lick off at this speed, with this level of precision. Nice!
REVERSAL: Backwards and forwards, no problem.

AGGRESSIVE STYLE: Full tilt without losing control.

You pretty much nailed it. This is another great lick for solo work. I use it quite a bit as it's one of my favorite licks. You can apply this to other scale modes as well. You killed it and just..
LEVELED UP!!

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Todd Simpson

MISSION 23 DEBRIEF


Nice!!!!!! This one has a much feared PINKY SLIDE!!!! Many a soldier has packed up and just called it quits rather than face the fact that the pinky needs to slide!!! You did it with ease and grace. You can take this type of lick and run it all the way up the neck and all the way back down.


MEDALS OF HONOR
PINKY TRAVEL: Nice fret travel! Not only traversing strings, but traveling up the fretboard in a very smooth and precise fashion.

PACING: The pacing is nice and even and deliberate as it should be.

MUTING: VERY good job muting on this as it's one of those licks that is prone to cause string noise. You keep a good solid palm mute while using your thumb and finger to control the pick. It's the culmination of everything we work on in chat and it's coming together nicely!!!!

In short, you just ...
LEVELED UP!
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Todd Simpson
MISSION 24 DEBRIEF

Yet another Victory March Soldier!!! None of this seemed to make you even break a sweat!!! Good reach, picking, it's all in there!!! Let's Debrief!!!

MEDALS OF HONOR

Congrats Soldier! You are knocking em down left and right!! Let's Debrief!! ...
BTW Such a lovely Ibby there, every time I see it

PICK AND HAMMER-ON: The "Pick and Hammer-On" is very important and you have a very good grasp here both ascending and descending.

MUTE MADNESS: Very good control of leaving your palm in one place and using your fingers to make notes. This is something I try to teach all the time and it takes folks quite a while to get the hang of it. You nailed it!

TIMING: Very tight and very evenly played. This is not easy to pull off on this lick and you used your PINKY!!

In short, you just ...
LEVELED UP!
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Todd Simpson
MISSION 25 DEBRIEF


Well Fought Soldier!!! This is quite a deft bit of shreddery and you blew through it with ease! Let's Debrief!

MEDALS OF HONOR

STEADY ON:
You do a great job of pick control on this one. Steady pace and even playing. Nice!!

PALM MUTE MADNESS: Very clean palm mute per usual as I've come to expect. Nice!!

TRAVERSELY SPEAKING: This can a VERY VERY confusing lick, with all the back and forth movement between strings. Not for you!!!

This is a tricky bit and you just KRUSHED it!!

In short, you just ...
LEVELED UP!
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MISSION DEBRIEF MISSION 26

Another Victory!!!!! Yet again I'm impressed with your hand strength here. You keep your palm mute and still manage to do hammer on/pull off runs without picking each note. That's a skill that can be very hard to teach as it requires endless hours of finger drills to get enough power in the fingers. You've clearly put your time in the Wood Shed! Let's Debrief!

MEDALS OF HONOR

PERMA MUTE: Mute like a Rock!!! Planted palm mute and using your fingers to control the pick. Nice!

TRAVERSELY: Traverse is just plain difficult for many a Soldier. Traverse of course, just talking about moving from one string to another. Once you get this, soooooo many other things fall in to place and you got a really good handle on it Soldier!!

SYNCHING: Even handed timing and synch. Not rushing or dragging, just right.

You got this one sorted Soldier!! You just...

LEVELED UP!!!!
*You also just earned your Next Chevron!
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Todd Simpson
MISSION 27 DEBRIEF
MEDALS OF HONOR
PLANTED MUTE: Easy to get string noise when traversing, good to see you muting well!

SYNCH ON POINT: If your hand synch drifts even a pinch, drills like this will let you know. Not a problem here.

TRAVERSELY: Being able to traverse frets and strings while making everything sound like it's being played on one string that's moving under your hand instead of your hand moving, is the goal and you nailed it

In short you are more than ready for what's next! You just...

LEVELED UP!!!!

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Todd Simpson
LESSON 28 DEBRIEF
MEDALS OF HONOR

Finger Traverse: With skill and grace, you traverse like a champ!

Mute Like You Mean it: Very good muting without string noise. KEY to playing a bit like this. Without good muting, it's a mess.

Articulate Picking: Picking articulation is some of the best from you I've seen.

In other words, you just...

LEVELED UP!!!!!!
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