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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/tflavasbootcamp

Practice!
Sarge
tflava
Hello Sarge,

Here my misson 1.
I used my les Paul because with my fender my volume pot is blocking my hand sometimes.

150 bpm



Greetz Tim
Todd Simpson
Welcome to Bootcamp!! You are on your way to Earning Your Stripes!!!! 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. Always fight the urge to pick from the elbow. This is DEATH for shredders. Kills speed/precision/control.

*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.

*PACE: Another aspect of this mission is pace. I want to see if you can play without rushing or lagging. You got this one.

You are ready for round two!

You just...

LEVELED UP!!!
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Onward!
Sarge




QUOTE (tflava @ Nov 2 2020, 03:52 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hello Sarge,

Here my misson 1.
I used my les Paul because with my fender my volume pot is blocking my hand sometimes.

150 bpm



Greetz Tim
tflava
Thanks. And now i go for mission 2 i think.
I have to practice that one for a week and then also post a vid?
Am i right 😁
Greetz
Todd Simpson
Some folks only need an hour or two, some folks like to take longer. As soon as you feel it's ready to share, or you feel it's ready for feedback, put up the post and let me know. I'll review it and if it needs a redo for whatever reason I'll put that in the critique. So there's not time requirement, post as soon as you are ready. Even if you think it's not perfect and just want some tips/feedback.

Onward!!

Sarge

QUOTE (tflava @ Nov 4 2020, 02:11 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks. And now i go for mission 2 i think.
I have to practice that one for a week and then also post a vid?
Am i right 😁
Greetz

tflava
Allright man. Here is mission 2.
180 bpm.



Greetz tim
Todd Simpson
Diving in with both feet!!! Looking good!! Let's Debrief!!

MEDALS OF HONOR

*MUTE: Well Done on your palm mute technique. Your palm remains planted and your articulating the pick with the thumb and first finger. This is one of the hardest things to learn and one of the hardest things to teach. It's a foundational technique that will serve you well as you move on.

*SYNCH: The point of this Mission is to test your hand synch and let me know if there are issues wit it. From what I can see your synch is in good shape. It will continue to improve as you progress through these Missions.

*PACE: Another aspect of this mission is pace. I want to see if you can play without rushing or lagging. This is another foundational item that must be there in order to take the next step.

Well fought Soldier!! No rushing/lagging, no picking from the Elbow, etc. You are off to a good start!!

You just..

LEVELED UP!!!

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Sarge


QUOTE (tflava @ Nov 7 2020, 03:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Allright man. Here is mission 2.
180 bpm.



Greetz tim

tflava
allright man. Thanks.
I will go for mission 3 for the next few days.
I'll have to say that i can work almost every day for about 20 minutes and i start to kinda like to work with the metronome. Normally i use the guitar pro speed trainer but its getting comfortabele now with the metronome.

Thanks Sarge en you will see the mission 3 when i think im ready 👍😁
Todd Simpson
Very glad to hear that you are getting a handle on working with the "Evil Clicker!" (metronome), some players really struggle with this. It's great to see you adapting!!

Sarge


QUOTE (tflava @ Nov 8 2020, 05:26 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
allright man. Thanks.
I will go for mission 3 for the next few days.
I'll have to say that i can work almost every day for about 20 minutes and i start to kinda like to work with the metronome. Normally i use the guitar pro speed trainer but its getting comfortabele now with the metronome.

Thanks Sarge en you will see the mission 3 when i think im ready 👍😁

tflava
Hey man.

Here is my mission 3. It felt that i can play clean till the max of 150 bpm. I gotta keep it sure so went for 140 bpm. I practice standing Since 3 days and i like it because i think its better for my shoulder.

I practice every day for 20 minutes.



Greetz tim
Todd Simpson
Well fought Soldier! your palm is planted and you are not lifting it while you pick. Also, not picking from the elbow. Also not tensing up. These may seem like small things, but they are crucial in your journey. Let's Debrief!!

MEDALS OF HONOR

*PICKING TECHNIQUE: Solid picking technique. The picking is really the core of everything we are going to be doing in bootcamp. One can't progress until the basics of picking are sorted. You've got it sorted!

*MUTING: Without a solid palm mute, all is lost. Also, without being able mute and pick at the same time all is lost. You can do both at the same time, success!!

*SYNCH: Keeping your right/left hand synch is another crucial part of this. No less important is hand synch. yet again, if synch fails, all else fails. Your synch is tight!

You are making great gains Soldier! Keep it up!
You just..

LEVELED UP!!!!!
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Onward!
Sarge


QUOTE (tflava @ Nov 14 2020, 03:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hey man.

Here is my mission 3. It felt that i can play clean till the max of 150 bpm. I gotta keep it sure so went for 140 bpm. I practice standing Since 3 days and i like it because i think its better for my shoulder.

I practice every day for 20 minutes.



Greetz tim

tflava
Thanks man. You will see the next one next week. Thanks for the help
Todd Simpson
Keep it up Soldier!! You are making great progress!

Sarge

QUOTE (tflava @ Nov 15 2020, 03:37 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks man. You will see the next one next week. Thanks for the help

Todd Simpson
These three video examples are a great reference so I'm placing them here at the end of the thread.

Example 1. Notice how the amount of pick wag decreases as I speed up. Also notice the pick angle. The angle of attack/address is important as it sets up an optimal position for the hand.


In example 2, notice that my palm stays planted on the bridge. I don't lift or shift. I'm using thumb/finger articulation and using part of my hand and just a pinch of wrist. I've isolated to a single note.


In examle 3, I go through all the strings. Notice I keep a good solid palm mute and dont lift my palm off the bridge. Also, I"m keeping the same slanted forward pick angle. In addition, notice that my pick hand never tenses up. Even at speed, I keep the picking hand somewhat loose. This is key to stamina. Tensing up will kill your ability to play fast for extended periods.\


QUOTE (tflava @ Nov 15 2020, 03:37 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks man. You will see the next one next week. Thanks for the help

tflava
Hey todd.

Here my New takes. One at 210 bpm and one at 218 bpm.




Thanks man

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These are my picks. Greetz
Todd Simpson
BINGO!! Congrats soldier you just put it all together. Good solid palm mute, covering all the strings, not relying on the fret hand to mute, solid picking strikes and good synch. This is a big improvement Soldier. There are some small issues, (I hear a bit of string noise when you go from high to low string, and you lose synch a bit at the end of the last vid.) but I think we can sort these out along the way. Also, those picks are perfect. They are just like one of the Vpicks I use with 3 sides. Plenty big and plenty thick and nice and pointy! Forward!

Let's Debrief!

MEDALS OF HONOR

SOLID MUTE: Mute game is strong and continues to improve.

SYNCHING FEELING: Good synch for the most part. A bit of drift, but an improvement to be sure!

PRECISION: You are putting it all together and doing it with precision.

This is the best I think I"ve seen you play here in Bootcamp. Can you feel the difference?
You just...

LEVELED UP!!
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Onward!
Sarge
tflava
Héllo Sarge.

Yes i definitely begin to notice the difference.
Its started to geel more comfortabele.
I practice every day for 20 minutes and like to do it standing.
So i keep on going and go for the New excersice.
Thanks for all the help.
Todd Simpson
The trick to playing while standing for these drills is to raise your guitar to roughly the same spot as it would be if you were sitting down. Otherwise, you have to learn everything twice, once for standing, once for sitting.

Glad it's starting to feel more comfortable!! Keep it up!! smile.gif

Sarge

QUOTE (tflava @ Nov 21 2020, 05:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Héllo Sarge.

Yes i definitely begin to notice the difference.
Its started to geel more comfortabele.
I practice every day for 20 minutes and like to do it standing.
So i keep on going and go for the New excersice.
Thanks for all the help.

tflava
Hey Sarge.

Here mission 5. I revorded at 210, 230 and 240 bpm.
IT started to deel more and more relaxx so thats nice.







Greetz tim
Todd Simpson
Impressive work Soldier!!! You are getting the hang of it. Your picking with less effort, using the tip of the pick, keeping your hand planted on bridge for a solid mute. These things together are what is required for playing these Missions. It's the entire point of Bootcamp. I'm here to help you adjust your technique in a practical way to be able to play whatever your fingers want to play as fast as they want for as long as they want. This is a great example. You can keep this up for days and not lose synch, not loose speed. Bam. Nice. Congrats.

You just...

LEVELED UP!!!
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Onward!!
Sarge




QUOTE (tflava @ Nov 28 2020, 10:47 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hey Sarge.

Here mission 5. I revorded at 210, 230 and 240 bpm.
IT started to deel more and more relaxx so thats nice.







Greetz tim

Todd Simpson
Watch this vid. IT's a great demo on how to palm mute while articulating the strings. Now, this guy is using his fingers and his pick and a great deal of hammer on/pull off/legato, but focus on his palm mute. Look how he is keeping his mute while he picks. He doesn't lift, doesn't move the entire hand off the bridge. Also, he mutes firmly but doesn't choke the strings.

tflava
Hey man,

thanks for the vid. very nice.
Here is my mission 6.
i had to say that this lick was more difficult to play for a long time because of the odd numbering and accents.
But i practiced every day and im statring to like it more and more smile.gif

I could do it faster than this but then after a while i gone wrong because off the odd accents so i recorded the 190 and 200 bpm.
Thanks



Todd Simpson
THIS IS A BREAKTHROUGH Soldier!!! Your muting is very good here. Your muting the entire bridge with your palm and not allowing any extra string noise. This is great to see. I know it's NOT easy to mute all the strings with pick hand while picking. It's one of the main things I'm trying to teach in bootcamp and we use it nearly every Mission. Your hand has adapted!!! Also, you alt picking is very good here. You have clean strikes and each are evenly spaced and your hand synch is spot on!! This one drill puts a lot of techniques together and if one of them is not working, the entire lick falls apart. keep this one in your warm up routine until you find a better one to replace it. It's a great way to warm up your alt picking. Also your mute is just heavy enough to mute string noise but not so heavy that it's choking the strings. This is also great to see. It means you are well prepared for the Misions to come. Super Congrats Soldier!!

You just..

LEVELED UP!!!

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Onward!!
Sarge


QUOTE (tflava @ Dec 6 2020, 03:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hey man,

thanks for the vid. very nice.
Here is my mission 6.
i had to say that this lick was more difficult to play for a long time because of the odd numbering and accents.
But i practiced every day and im statring to like it more and more smile.gif

I could do it faster than this but then after a while i gone wrong because off the odd accents so i recorded the 190 and 200 bpm.
Thanks




tflava
Allright thanks man. Im feeling the progress also so thats real nice 😁 thanks for all your help
Todd Simpson
Keep it up!!! The stuff we do here in bootcamp is what can really help with fast runs in REC.
Here, we work on precision at every speed. This will lead to precision at fast speed. We don't do a lot of vibrato in bootcamp as it's more about hand synch and preparing you to play fast. Ask Gabe to maybe give you some work on your vibrato in his mentor thread and with these two thing combined I think you will make great gains!


Sarge

QUOTE (tflava @ Dec 8 2020, 04:26 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Allright thanks man. Im feeling the progress also so thats real nice 😁 thanks for all your help

tflava
Hey mate.

Thanks i already incorporate it in my practice routine since yesterday.
Before i learned lots of songs and learned rhythm a lot. But ill see its time now to study better and focuss more in the basic Technique before i go further.

So my routine is now:
- 20 min picking
- 20 min legato
- 10 min vibrato
- 10 min bending vibrato.

Then ill hope that after a month or 2 mya vibrato is much better. And after a few months also my legato 😁
But im working on it so i know its gonna be allright
Todd Simpson
Sounds like a good plan Soldier!! Keep in mind though, don't let it become a chore. If it just stops being at all fun, if it starts feeling more like work, change it up. Take a day off, learn a new song that you've been wanting to learn, etc. It's hard to keep up a pace of non stop work. It's possible, but don't let it become all work and no fun. As long as you are enjoying the process and and making gains, keep going! If you start to feel burned out, it's time to change it up or take a day off. Just something to keep in mind smile.gif

Onward!!

Sarge

QUOTE (tflava @ Dec 9 2020, 09:35 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hey mate.

Thanks i already incorporate it in my practice routine since yesterday.
Before i learned lots of songs and learned rhythm a lot. But ill see its time now to study better and focuss more in the basic Technique before i go further.

So my routine is now:
- 20 min picking
- 20 min legato
- 10 min vibrato
- 10 min bending vibrato.

Then ill hope that after a month or 2 mya vibrato is much better. And after a few months also my legato 😁
But im working on it so i know its gonna be allright

tflava
Hey man.

Yes thanks. I think i will sometimes shift my routine.
40 minutes of Technique. With in every day the bootcamp. And i think then 20 minutes some other Technique which i will change between, legato, vibrato or other excersises.
I have then enough time to also do the "more fun" stuff but also working on Technique for a daily base.

I hope soon i can also play again with my bands so that i keep playing whole songs and stuff. But till that time i will enjoying myself playing music from my home 😁

Greetz tim
Todd Simpson
Sounds like a great plan! Balanced approach. Your making great gains!! Keep it up!!

Sarge


QUOTE (tflava @ Dec 11 2020, 03:37 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hey man.

Yes thanks. I think i will sometimes shift my routine.
40 minutes of Technique. With in every day the bootcamp. And i think then 20 minutes some other Technique which i will change between, legato, vibrato or other excersises.
I have then enough time to also do the "more fun" stuff but also working on Technique for a daily base.

I hope soon i can also play again with my bands so that i keep playing whole songs and stuff. But till that time i will enjoying myself playing music from my home 😁

Greetz tim

tflava
Hey Sarge,

here my misson 7.
I recorded it on 4 different speed levels.

200, 220, 240 and 250 BPm.

Hope my technique is ok.



Thanks smile.gif
Todd Simpson
You are getting better each time Soldier!! You have solid techinique here on the whole. Your Alternate picking is good. Your hand position is good. Your PInky power is good. Your pace is good. Mute is good. It's all starting to come together!! Can you feel the increase in speed and precision and stamina? sometimes it happens so slowly that people can't actually see it happening. You seem to be making rapid progress so I hope you can see it to!! The ONE problem I see is that sometimes, when you make a string/fret change, you lose track of what finger is going where and it takes you a few beats to recover. It happens first about 40 seconds in and then a few times after. This is quite common and to be expected. Part of the reason I have you run your hand around the neck is to force it to get used to making quick changes between strings and frets. As you continue, your ability to make these shifts will improve. It's a small issue that usually fixes itself over time. ;Your mute is good here but on the verge of choking the strings. Keep it solid but maybe back off the pressure just a pinch. You want to keep each note muted so that they don't bleed in to one another, but not so much that it kills the resonance a muted note should have. You've got this sorted Soldier!! You are ready for what lies ahead. Well Fought!!


You just...

LEVELED UP!!!
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Onward!
Sarge


QUOTE (tflava @ Dec 13 2020, 02:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hey Sarge,

here my misson 7.
I recorded it on 4 different speed levels.

200, 220, 240 and 250 BPm.

Hope my technique is ok.



Thanks smile.gif

tflava
Hey Sarge.

Thanks i really deel that its getting more comfortabele and the progress happens faster as i would believe before 🙂

Yes i notice that the most difficult part is to change frets within the pattern.

About the muting. I deel that im searching for the right pressure of the pinky.
All the strings feel good. Only the high e string is the most difficult too mute wel. I will experiment some more with the pressure but now i have some sort of point to focuss on.

I'll keep going. Thanks for your feedback.

Greetz tim
Todd Simpson
It's not easy to find the right amount of mute pressure. Too little and you get string noise, too much and you choke the string. Also, your pinky is probably not used to doing it's mute this way. Most folks mute high strings using the fretting hand, this prevents them though from playing certain licks without needing a fret wrap. Also, you have to find the palm/pinky pressure while doing all of this picking and fretting. So it's a real challenge. The good news is your hand is adapting quickly!! Keep it up!

Sarge


QUOTE (tflava @ Dec 15 2020, 03:35 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hey Sarge.

Thanks i really deel that its getting more comfortabele and the progress happens faster as i would believe before 🙂

Yes i notice that the most difficult part is to change frets within the pattern.

About the muting. I deel that im searching for the right pressure of the pinky.
All the strings feel good. Only the high e string is the most difficult too mute wel. I will experiment some more with the pressure but now i have some sort of point to focuss on.

I'll keep going. Thanks for your feedback.

Greetz tim
tflava
Hey Sarge.

Im at 130 bpm now but i start to notice that my pick can be a little bit sharper. Whats the best way to do that?

Greetz tim
Todd Simpson
It's easy smile.gif Just get a sharp pocket knife and follow the bevel of the pick and shave off very thin layers toward the point. Just like you were saving down a piece of wood. Practice on a pick you don't mind destroying at first. You'll get it pretty quickly smile.gif


QUOTE (tflava @ Dec 18 2020, 05:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hey Sarge.

Im at 130 bpm now but i start to notice that my pick can be a little bit sharper. Whats the best way to do that?

Greetz tim

tflava
QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Dec 19 2020, 04:36 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It's easy smile.gif Just get a sharp pocket knife and follow the bevel of the pick and shave off very thin layers toward the point. Just like you were saving down a piece of wood. Practice on a pick you don't mind destroying at first. You'll get it pretty quickly smile.gif



Allright thanks. I will go for ir tomorrow 😁
Todd Simpson
Share a picture when you get one ready to go!
tflava
Hé Sarge.

I have another question. I want also to practice some more legato or maybe sweep picking in the future.
The problem is that i don't have hours a day.
Do i need to practice the picking excersises then every day or can i also change it sometimes with tapping or excercises?
So that in week 1 i play picking excersises and share it.
Week 2 legato instead of and share a vid at the end.
Week 3 again the picking excersises. Etc?

Or do i really need to play the excersises every dY? Because legato and tapping is also a part of shredding.

If its necesarry then i have to shift my routines sometimes i think.

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Hey sarge,

Here is my new mission. I recorded it on several different speeds. The last one was at 135 Bpm. it was too fast but i think maybe its good to see for you how im dealing with that and if im trying ok smile.gif



Here is also a picture of my pick i sharpened. I will try to play with it tomorrow.

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Thanks again
Todd Simpson
The most important thing is that you try to practice a bit every day. As to what you play, it just depends on what you are working on. With bootcamp, there are wads of missions that are based on TAPPING/Legato, although many are focused on picking. As you move through them you will start seeing them switch between picking/tapping/legato. You are still in the first batch which are meant just to focus on your basic picking technique. So the good news is that you will get missions with other things than picking so keep moving forward. As for Sweeping and for Bending for that matter, there is not a lot of in built in to bootcamp. There are a few sweep missions but not many. Gabes mentorship program is a great way to add those parts in as gabe is just better at sweeping than I am and one of the most expressive players I've ever heard, his bending is amazing well. I'd say try to blend both programs and you'll never run out of things to try to play and you can switch up back and forth as the mood suits you. It's a great way to keep things interesting. keeping it fun and interesting is the best way forward imho since the real issue that stops people from making progress is that they just get burned out from practicing too much and either slow down or stop playing. This creates gaps of time in their journey that are hard to make up.

As for your pick, looks pointy!! Let me know how it goes. The problem with the Jazz series picks is that they are a bit small. As such they have decreased mass and a little bit of flex/bend. Not to say it won't work, these picks are a far better choice than a typical rounded pick. If you do add more picks to your collection, make sure they are 1.0 mm or better and made of a material that is NOT ultex. Again, ultex is not a bad material. It's stiffer than many other materials. However, it does have a bit more flex than some materials used for making picks. The JTC/IBANEZ picks look good as they are thick pointy and made of material that does not flex at all. They are cheaper than vpicks also. Vpicks are great, but can run five bucks each.

On to your Mission!!! This is good progress soldier!! Just a few missions back you were not able to play with this level of precision at this pace. Your form is very good. That is much improved as well. Keep doing what your doing as it's working. Maybe a bit less hand wag after each pick strike, but that's something that will happen naturally as you continue. Your hand will adapt as your speed increases. I did notice that at the highest speed your hands were struggling to keep up but that's ok. One has to push the envelope in order to get faster. As you continue, you'll break through your speed barriers and that speed will feel like a warm up lick. One way to work on it is to play the lick in one place. don't move it around. Just stay in once spot. This makes things a bit easier for the fingers since they don't have to traverse frets. Once you work up a bit more speed, then start moving around the neck again. You'll notice that you lose some speed when you start moving frets. This is natural. Eventually, this too won't be an issue. After all, part of shredding is running fast licks up the neck. You've got a good handle on this one Soldier you just...

LEVELED UP!!!!
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Onward!
Sarge



QUOTE (tflava @ Dec 20 2020, 08:34 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hé Sarge.

I have another question. I want also to practice some more legato or maybe sweep picking in the future.
The problem is that i don't have hours a day.
Do i need to practice the picking excersises then every day or can i also change it sometimes with tapping or excercises?
So that in week 1 i play picking excersises and share it.
Week 2 legato instead of and share a vid at the end.
Week 3 again the picking excersises. Etc?

Or do i really need to play the excersises every dY? Because legato and tapping is also a part of shredding.

If its necesarry then i have to shift my routines sometimes i think.

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Hey sarge,

Here is my new mission. I recorded it on several different speeds. The last one was at 135 Bpm. it was too fast but i think maybe its good to see for you how im dealing with that and if im trying ok smile.gif



Here is also a picture of my pick i sharpened. I will try to play with it tomorrow.

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Thanks again

tflava
Hey Sarge.

I have a question. If i have a lick i have to learn for a song and i Am working for the bootcamp. Can i also practice that lick in the same time? So for examples. Im working on 80 bpm and play the bootcamp lick, then after that i play the other lick. Then ho 85 bpm and play both licks etc.

Is that possible or do i play one lick work my speed up and then work on the other lick from slow and then speed up?

Thanks man

Todd Simpson
You can practice in any way that keeps you picking up the guitar Soldier. The real key is to just not stop playing. More than anything else, that's what gets in folks way. Always looks for things that you want to learn to play and start trying to learn them. So sure!

You can share any bits you like here in bootcamp. Try to put non bootcamp bits at the end of the vid if possible or in a separate vid to make sure it's clearly not bootcamp stuff and I'd be happy to give you feedback on it. You can work your speed up in any way that seems to work for you. I usually start slow and work up no matter what I'm playing.

Onward!!
Sarge


QUOTE (tflava @ Dec 23 2020, 06:55 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hey Sarge.

I have a question. If i have a lick i have to learn for a song and i Am working for the bootcamp. Can i also practice that lick in the same time? So for examples. Im working on 80 bpm and play the bootcamp lick, then after that i play the other lick. Then ho 85 bpm and play both licks etc.

Is that possible or do i play one lick work my speed up and then work on the other lick from slow and then speed up?

Thanks man

tflava
Hey Sarge,

here is my mission 9.

I played it at 145 bpm and skip a string and go backwards from fret 12 to 3 on the hig b and e string. The skip is not sounding right i know that but i just continued.
I also tried to speed up and push the limit and recorded on 165 ad 175 bpm.
Overall i really feel that my speed and precision increase.



Greetz Tim
Todd Simpson
WELL FOUGHT! This time you held things together quite well even at the higher speeds. You are making great progress!! You are not cheating at all either. You are picking each note, and keeping a solid mute and keeping good hand synch! Also, you are doing very well on being able to traverse strings and frets. This is the big challenge on these licks. If they stayed in one spot, it would be easier, but they don't. It's getting your hand ready to make fast runs up the neck without losing precision. Being able to play for long periods of time at speed without losing a note is the key and you've got a good handle on it! Congrats Soldier you just..

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Sarge

QUOTE (tflava @ Dec 27 2020, 11:19 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hey Sarge,

here is my mission 9.

I played it at 145 bpm and skip a string and go backwards from fret 12 to 3 on the hig b and e string. The skip is not sounding right i know that but i just continued.
I also tried to speed up and push the limit and recorded on 165 ad 175 bpm.
Overall i really feel that my speed and precision increase.



Greetz Tim

tflava
Hey Sarge,

Here is my mission 10.
i have to say that this one is the most difficult one till now.
At the beginning of the week my speed was 90 bpm and at the end 10 bpm more not so much.
I ddnt have problems with the thirds but more with the seconds in the second half of the lick.

but ill have to say. this is a good one to use in my improvisations and i allready used it sometimes. I try to use all the licks before sometimes smile.gif

Thanks and a good new year smile.gif



Greetz Tim
Todd Simpson
Nice One Soldier!!! There is a little miss toward the end but nothing that would keep you from moving up. This one is all aboout proving your endurance. I've set this up as a looping lick in order to give your hands enough time to burn themselves out if you are using improper technique. The good news is that your technique is quite good so your hands don't burn out!! If one tries to pick from the elbow, or use too much finger pressure, the hands/arms just burn themselves pretty quickly and the player has to stop playing and usually scream in pain. This is what I've been trying to train you to avoid. To use the minimal amount of strike pressure and finger pressure. This is key to shredding. By finding the minimal amount of force needed, you can keep shredding as long as you want, not just in short bursts like most players are limited to. You have good muting, synch and pace on this one Soldier. This isn't a "shred" lick per say as it's built to be impossible to play very fast. It's just too complicated. It's really just about endurance and showing that you can play over a stretch of ground. Well done!!

You just...

LEVELED UP!!!!
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Sarge



QUOTE (tflava @ Jan 3 2021, 03:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hey Sarge,

Here is my mission 10.
i have to say that this one is the most difficult one till now.
At the beginning of the week my speed was 90 bpm and at the end 10 bpm more not so much.
I ddnt have problems with the thirds but more with the seconds in the second half of the lick.

but ill have to say. this is a good one to use in my improvisations and i allready used it sometimes. I try to use all the licks before sometimes smile.gif

Thanks and a good new year smile.gif



Greetz Tim

tflava
Hello Sarge,

here are my new takes.
I've done the shred mission. The last time i tried maximum speed in one position to see if i can make it but its a little too fast smile.gif

I've also learned a yngwie malmsteen lick which i also praticed whole week and made a vid of. im curious what you think of it.
thanks again smile.gif





Greetz Tim
Todd Simpson
First off let me congratulate you on your picking!!! I noticed that in your Mission vid your hand has adapted!! You are keeping your palm mute in one place and keeping your hand from lifting while you are alternate picking. This is VERY VERY VERY hard to learn and you've done it!! It's one of the main things I'm trying to teach here in bootcamp and many of the Missions are focused on this very thing. Until one can pick and mute at the same time, it's almost impossible to play most of the licks in Bootcamp. You've done a great job of making progress by putting in the time. That's really what this is all about. There is no way to get better at guitar than simply putting in the time for practice. As an instructor I can hear the time put in when I listen to you play. I can also hear time not being put in when a student doesn't practice. This is what really separates folks making great progress from folks who are not. Also, your picking is very even and smooth. The reason this and many other licks, loop is to give you a chance to fail at some point along the way. Rushing or lagging, missing a note etc. You play with confidence and grace the entire time. Even on the fastest pass!! Well done.

On your Yngwie vid, this is clearly a challenging lick. I think you have it down though. The faster version starts to fall apart a bit as your fingers start falling behind. On the slower pass your hand is adjusting quite well. This is a complicated lick that requires lots of fret traverse and has no time in between parts so you have to stick the landing over and over. Your work in bootcamp has prepared you for something like this. It will just take more repetition. This lick is a bit more complex than what we have been working on. We will get to sliding licks all the way up the neck smile.gif

In short you did great on your Mission vid. You just.
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Onward!
Sarge




QUOTE (tflava @ Jan 9 2021, 02:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hello Sarge,

here are my new takes.
I've done the shred mission. The last time i tried maximum speed in one position to see if i can make it but its a little too fast smile.gif

I've also learned a yngwie malmsteen lick which i also praticed whole week and made a vid of. im curious what you think of it.
thanks again smile.gif





Greetz Tim

tflava
Really thanks man my hand is feeling so much more comfortable as in the beginning.
With the yngwie lick it also felt like the last was too fast but i practiced it lot slower.
Ill think for the coming week i go further with the bootcamp mission and integrate one more lick in my arsenal but focuss on precision smile.gif

Thanks for your help man it really pasy off.
tflava
Hey Sarge,

here is my bootcamp mission and also 1 other phrygian dominant lick i also practiced.
In the mission at the end i noticed that i have to pick a mute string to get the tempo right and then execute the lick. Sometimes it also went well without but its difficult to start a lick on full speed from nothing .





Greetz Tim
Todd Simpson
Impressive work Soldier! Your hard work is paying off!! Practice is always worth it in the end IMHO. It's simply the only way to get better. It's the crucible one must pass through on the way to being able to play the way one wants to play. The best thing Is that your hand has adapted to being able to mute and pick at the same time. I saw this starting a few missions ago and it keeps getting better. Notice in the vid how it almost looks like the hand is nearly split in half in terms of what it's doing? The back half stays on the mute as it should. This allows dynamic muting where you can lift or press in a split second. Then your thumb/first finger articulate the pick with the help of only part of the hand. This technique is just not easy to do. The hand wants to wag back and forth bending at the wrist. It's natural, but it's not helpful for playing this type of stuff. That's why nearly every lesson that has picking is muted. To give the hand practice doing this un natural thing. Nice!

Also, your left hand is keeping good pace with your right. This is also crucial or you'll lose hand synch. When you lose synch (as in tremelo picking which I don't advise to anyone) the notes are not connecting to the fretting and it just becomes a blur. Not here! You keep it all high and tight. Spiff!! You make good speed on this and hold it together until the fastest rate. This is just fine though as it's good to share a pass on the edge of your ability. Every other pass was plenty to pass muster. I understand about getting your picking hand up to speed before starting. Just sticking the landing on high speed alternate picking is a skill unto itself. Being able to hit the deck at a full sprint does take some time. But your on your way!!!!

The add on lick was very good as well. It's a very complicated asymetrical lick where you hand has to play only a couple of notes on one string from the look of it. I usually try to structure 3 notes per string even if I have to do a crazy stretch to do it just as it makes the timing easier, but that's just a personal pref. The lick sounds great!

You just..

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Sarge


QUOTE (tflava @ Jan 16 2021, 03:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hey Sarge,

here is my bootcamp mission and also 1 other phrygian dominant lick i also practiced.
In the mission at the end i noticed that i have to pick a mute string to get the tempo right and then execute the lick. Sometimes it also went well without but its difficult to start a lick on full speed from nothing .





Greetz Tim

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