Awesome Marcus! The chord progression and your playing in here is soo neoclassical, yet it made me want to dance...now how is that possible?! This is killer stuff - thanks!
Thank you Marcus!! It was really long awaited but the lesson is great. Just woke up and i'm taking my guitar to learn this one :]
And I certainly hope that there will be a second and a third and a tenth necoclassical etude by you :]
Awesome neoclassical Marcus! I'll for sure check this out when i come home
fantastic !!! awsome too see a new lesson from Marcus too
Awesome lesson Marcus and great to have a new lesson from you
This is just too cool Great to see a fresh lesson from you =)
Awesome lesson as always Marcus U are the neo-classical man !!!So nice piece of work, even though it is another out ouf reach lesson for me, but I KEEP UP PRACTISING and lessons like yours keep my motivation at the highest point
YES YES YES! Finally!
Awesome stuff man, just what I hoped you'd make!
Top class Marcus,thanks!!
Yes, neo-classical! and how awesome composition! Great job Marcus!
I've been waiting for this so long, and it's so awesome too so I didn't wait in vain. And since this is number 1 I guess there are more to come
WOW Love this lesson mate !!!! it's awesome
Awesome lesson Marcus, and with the famous new guitar!!
Yeah, love it! Gonna learn it straight away
YES!!! Finally a new lesson from the mighty Marcus! Thank you so much for this, it sounds really cool.
Very very cool, thanks Marcus- keep them coming!!
Thanks all for your kind comments!!
Awsome lesson Marcus
Nice stuff here Marcus! Cool guitar aswell
Awesome Marcus. Really missed your lessons, so im glad you made one again - Nice strat too !
Yeeeeeehaaaaaaa, finally a new Marcus lesson!
very cool lesson, the chords progression r awesome
Marcus, that was amazing! And at a level I can play. Neoclassical is a style I have been slowly entering into. Please dont stop with this one, continue the series.
Awesome lesson man! THis one is the winner!
Yes, I'm playing on my new guitar in this lesson, which looks like this on the inside:
It's the outside that counts!
Ow this new guitar sounds great!
Is it a scalloped fretboard ?
Awwesome lesson btw
Awesome Marcus I love it glad the new strat sounds great too
Amazing lesson Marcus! I want to learn neoclassical, this is just within my skill range. Please do not stop this series.
"It's the outside that counts" - LMAO Well, in this case I hope that's true
Yes, the fretboard is scalloped. But it's a very very small scallop, so I can barely see/feel it
That Strat has a unique sound, sort of a "hollow" sound to it. Must be a Custom Shop model. Seriously, I was going to not learn new lessons for a few weeks, have learned too many. What the heck, keep going, too pretty to pass on.
amazing stuff man!
nice Etude and great job Marcus.
Awesome stuff! I'm really in to a neo-classical phase of music listening, yngwie, vinnie moore, joe stump, and I'm wanting something to play that sounds like them. This and the power metal lesson in Em is keeping my guitar out of the case and in to my hands.
Quick ? - is this A Harmonic minor or natural minor?
The main key is A natural minor
Killer lesson Marcus !! Great job !
Fantastic Lesson Marus!!!
Very Nice Job!!!
Marcus: I'm having troubles with the timing in the first run. If I play them strictly 16th notes, they don't add up in the ending when the drums kick in in time with the lick building up to 2 fret G-string.
However, if I play them using triplet-feel, it doesn't add up with the backing track either. what should I do? :S
Kickass lesson marcus !
Never mind boss, oversaw the pause-note in the guitar pro tab, my mistake but without that it got really confusing
No - not triplet! it's just 16th notes.
Maybe the problem you're having in the intro is that you shouldn't start playing on the first beat. You should leave the first 16th silent.
Check the GuitarPro file and you'll see what I mean
@Marcus: Yeah, figured it out just before you posted.. Thanks tho
awsome lesson marcus will definitely learn this
and nice new strat btw
Amazing!! My pants are wet! !!
I love this, and my motivation has just been boosted!
How do you stay so relaxed when playing something like this?
@Jeff: The key is to RULE at playing guitar - thats how he does it.
Fantastic lesson, I¨ll been wait impatience a new lesson from you!
This lesson is awesome! The sound, the technique and the progression are excelent!
That is sweet! but crap. my mockingbird is broken. stupid bridge falling off. well, off to tune my other guitar (peice of crap) and learn it!
You're a genius! Do these things just pop out of your mind or do you have to think them out?
I love it when you use classical instruments in your melodies, it just gives it a touch I like very well It is a harpsichord and in the background, right?
And by the way, the intro melody sounds alot like the theme of the news on the radio here in Norway. Been over the border recently?
Wow,Marcus you ROCK man!!!This lesson is perfect.
I really like that chemballo that follows the guitar melody all the way,gives a really baroque sound.
Bach would be proud.
Awesome lesson Marcus! It's a pleassure to hear you playing!
Awesome lesson Marcus, another aspect to this lesson that i know i need help on is quick posistion changes, excellent!
Hehe... No, I've never been in Norway so I haven't heard the news theme on your radio. But now that you told me - I'd love to hear it! Most parts of this solo is influenced by Bach, and yes it's a harpsichord (aka cembalo) in the background following the guitar note by note - a typical neoclassical thing to do
wow, that sounds truly awesome.
Great Lesson Marcus!!!!!
cool lesson! its a bit too hard for me, but soon i will be able to try it
exactly what i expect from Marcus Lavendell. It's great to have a new lesson from you!
Awesome lesson Marcus, I seriously have to practice again I guess
Ok, I'll try to be ready with a recorder the next time the theme pops up on the radio
It's Marcus here...what else??
Awesome as always Marcus. Thanks for these lessons.
This is awesome! And i think ur guiar sounds awesome!
It says: Neoclassical #1... its more?
Awesome solo and backing
Thanks everyone for your comments! I appreciate it
I called this one Etude #1 because there's a chance I'll do more lessons of this kind (if there's an interest for it). But I don't have #2 planned yet though
Marcus! your bloody brilliant, this is exactly how i dream of playing. Whats the chord progression? i love it! Your my favourite neo classical guitarist really, When ever i think neoclassical i think Marcus, just amazing. I have a question though, for the 16th note rest, how do you recommend i count that? cause i have problems hitting the notes in the begging in time cause of the rest. Thanks!!!
Thanks for your kind words, Sami!!
About the 16th note pause in the beginning (I believe that's what you asking about?) You could stomp your foot once on the first beat, instead of playing.
Another way around this is that you play the first note two times, until you learn the correct timing. And once you learn it, you should just think the first note - but not play it.
Try this, and let me know how it works!
U got the Podxt Preset? or do u use ur usual sound? The Marcus_Lavendell.solo?
and yeah! We want more of this!
I think ur my favourite guitarist man...
I have been showing some of ur videos here to my friends,,, the just go like: "Helvete... Det der er juks..." HEHE
Make a #2 too (#3,#4,#5,#6???)
I actually use my "Nocturnal Vision-tone" in this lesson, which you can download here:
Oh btw, my best regards to your friends!
amazing Marcus! Right up my alley of desired genre practice
By the way, very nice Stratocaster Is this the new one? I was somewhat shocked that it didnt have a scalloped neck XD
Great lesson & solo Marcus
Thank you Dejan, Jerry and Matt
Yes, I’m playin on my new “hollow body Stratocaster” here
And the neck is actually scalloped, but only a little bit.
WOW ! Marcus is back ! This is just awesome man
Thanks Zizi Top, I'm glad you like it!
also, it sounds exactly like rhapsody
Sounds awesome! Now, off to learn!
Great, let me know if you need any help with the lesson
Terrific lesson Marcus.
And thanks for providing also slower backing tracks, that's so useful for beginners like me (working my way up to the 60bpm )
Hello, is it possible to post tabs of the backing tracks here, or is the against the copyright law or anything?
I kind of tabbed down the backing track on guitarpro, and I wanted to show you how it got.
Please tell me how many mistakes I've made.
the tapping my foot thing worked great Marcus thanks so much im now up to everything until the 5th vid playing it at 60bpm, its that alright for someone who has been playing for a year?
I'm actually not sure about if there's a backing track copyright. I personally don't mind at all if you tab it down, but it's best if you ask Kris about this
Wow! That's a fantastic progress for only been playing one year! keep it up!
Idontwantmyusername - feel free to do that here!
Here's the link to the tab
Wow! Great work with that GuitarPro tab. It's almost 100% correct
I am so close nailing it at 60bpm thanks marcus for this awsome lesson and for the slow backingtrack
I'm happy to hear that superize!
If you nail it at 60 bpm there's not much work for you to nail it at 80 bpm, I promise. It's most about learning these notes, and once you know them it's pretty easy to work up the speed!
Been practicing for a few days now and the only thing that gets me is the transition from 13p8 on the B string to 8p5 on E. My hand just doesn't want to do it! XD
Yes, that's definitely one of the tricky parts. My best advise is to practice it at slow speed and stay relaxed. Don't increase the speed until you nail it effortlessly.
You were right Markus i tried to play at 80 pbm and i can almost play it as good as in 60 som pieces are better and some are worse but not long till i nail it at 80 bpm
That's great news superize!
So... 100 bpm next?
Oh, yes! This is really great stuff! Amazing, it feels so good to play it. Please do some more like this... and yes, I like Bach! ;-)
Thanks Procyon! yes,I will do more lessons like this
Argh, I was playing this with the BT at 100 bpm and thought that it was going pretty well, but then I recorded my playing and listened to it with the playing "highlighted" I mean I put much more volume to it than to the BT.. It sounded SO bad :<
Yay, after playing at 80 for a while, the 100 seems to be a bit better sounding.
Woah I totally forgot to say: Awesome lesson! Can't wait for the #2
Yep, that's the way to go. Start slow and increase the speed bit by bit
Awesome lesson Marcus, I love you're neo-classical style. I'm wanting to learn this style, so this is going in my bookmarks!!
Hi again, I managed to record the radio theme that sounded like your lesson!
Can't wait for #2
Awesome lesson Marcus!
Helped me alot with AP. Some tricky fingering there. Made me progress a lot, thanks
awesome lesson, can't wait to learn this
some very useful techniques. great lesson!
Great lesson Marcus ;-)
Unfortunately, I can't manage to nail down the lines at 120bpm :'(
I just can't get that fast...how do you manage to get this velocity ?
Thank you Flushovsky
Don't worry. Just relax and work your way up the speed bit by bit.
marcus, your lesson is just what i need, it not only draws imediate attention from the ear by everyone who heard it here, but it is the best pinkytrainer I found AND that I enjoy playing so much! playing it makes my fingers feel stronger and preciser than ever before!
very very nice work man!
Bummer... I noticed the link to download your pod-presets is broken... :´( and i especially made room in my pod for this magnificent sound hint hint please please
Where's that link that is broken? Can you send it to me and I'll try to fix it
this is the link :
big thanx man!
Marcus, you are the Neo clasicall KING! This is great stuff,
Excellent piece Marcus!
Just a question concerning the key. It's A natural minor, but I guess there's some A harmonic minor in there to make that neo-classical sound? I've definitely seen G#'s!
Would this piece sound as neoclassical if you stuck purely to A natural minor? (I'll check it out myself when I can play it at the correct speed!) - just thought I'd ask the expert. I'm just wondering if the G# from the harmonic minor is the all important 'neo-classical note'. Can you throw some light on this please?!!
Now, where's my plectrum...
Yes, you got it right! If we replace G with G# the scale is called Harmonic minor instead of Natural minor. It would not sound as neoclassical if we played it purely in natural minor, because the G# is the all important neoclassical note, as you said.
Thanks a lot Marcus.
All I need to do now is learn the piece!
Ps You look just like Alex Lifeson in your pic! (after his hair-cut that is!!!)
Fantastic lesson Marcus, I really enjoy playing this!
Wow ! This is a masterpiece !
Is this Phrygian Dominant? Just checking my analysis skills.
Really cool solo... and not all that hard to play either! Wonderful!
great piece! loved how the keyboards do the unison
this is amazing!
Absolutly great and amazing. I'm on it at 100 bpm and cant play faster:) Struggling to get it clean in every tone. You have taken my playin' to a whole new level! Thx for sharing:)))
This etude is just amazing - songwritingwise and techniquewise. I love the melody and the backing track and while it is really fun to play, it's also an excellent exercise!
Superb song and lesson! I joined GMC to try to learn this.
Great backing track. Its so easy to pick it up if you get lost. Thanks
Great lesson! I have downloaded the backing track and I'm currently running it through my DAW so I can slow it down a little and slowly build up to your tempo.
Quick question for you...
Do you know who wrote this piece? I kind of like the history of music as well as playing it.
Great lesson! Hopefully I will be posting a video soon so I can get some feedback from you guys, but I have to practice a little more! lol!
Thanks for clearing that up for me Ben.
Awesome writing Marcus!
Hey Marcus! This etude has kept me busy for the past three days, and I'm feeling nearly ready to submit a REC. Thank you for helping me get back to intense practice after a long break in progress.
Thats horny stuff. I want more of em.
The syncope at the beginning need some explanation.
I love it.
Great work Marcus!!!
Such a pleasure to play! Thanks marcus! You rock