Love it Ivan - just awesome!!
Excellent workshop Ivan, great in-depth training
Wow! This is going to be most helpful. Thanks great lesson. Bring on more!
great idea... im looking forward to this
...Are you tired of playing like this...was hillarious..really made me laugh...excellent lesson again Thanks a lot
That was awesome!
WOW WOW WOW!!! Great, nice video editing, just by watching that first video, I'm in.
reallyy useful lesson Ivan !!!! love the main video
Nice lesson. Compilation of the video is great. I'm looking forward to see the complete series!!
great stuff man.
Wow, pimped intro
nice Lesson for real... I am freaking tired of improvise like that
Thanks a lot!
Awesome lesson Ivan !! Really helpful...
Looking forward to follow this series. Thanks.
Nice, pentatonic scale is great, I will follow these series for sure
Cool Lesson very useful for absolute beginners
OMG IVAN!!! Youre one of the most innovative and creative person ive seen. Great job with another great lesson.
nice lesson Ivan!!!!
Holy crap. I sound between like the first one and the second one.
great lesson and video production
Extremely useful, and a interesting way to give learners a chance to develop with one of the most common scales. Well done Ivan.
Yeah ! Super useful! Cant wait for the next ones;)
Killer lesson Ivan, and I LOVE the "are you tired of playing like this" intro :-)
Great lesson Ivan,intro is awesome tho!
nice workshop Ivan .very useful
Awesome Work!! Really interesting man!!
Oh my God! You should tab the first part! XD
Very nice! ;-D
Funny intro, cool lesson.
great lesson also i learned how to loop sections of the video i didnt realise you could do that thanks
cool, im definitely doing this one, my blues soloing sounds like the same couple of licks played over and over.
Thanks a lot guys.
One thing to note in the beginning - this series will consist of 5-6 different lessons and they will be mostly EXERCISE lessons - each working on different aspects of pentatonic scale use. Along the way we will cover other skills too. I will try to include something for everyone, something for those who are just getting to know the pentatonic scale and right up to different pentatonic scale uses in jazz/rock/fusion genres.
I will try to keep this whole series more beginner oriented tho, because I came to the conclusion that a lot of people here do need these kind of lessons. too. I know I would have definitely give everything if I had these kind of lessons back when I was starting with pentatonics.
Thanks again and have fun with the lessons!
Very good lesson Ivan!
Great lesson Ivan, you're really taking the lessons here to the next stage!
Wonderful Ivan! Landmark lesson if I can say so.
Thanks a lot guys
My comment may be a month late, but this is a rather spectacular lesson.
Ivan, this is an awesome lesson! I'm looking forward to going through your entire series.
Thanks man, be my guest
This is the lesson for me. Playing along at speed is great. Also your video production is first rate. Thank you.
THanks a lot for kind words man
I have a question. Is it important to pick the strings the way you show, with downstroke on every string going up and down, and then upstroke all the way down and back up? It seems I have been picking down when moving down, and picking up when moving back up the strings.
Is this important, or just being able to pick in both directions?
It is important to develop both upstroke and downstroke technique in both directions yes. It will mean a lot when transferring strings, and form a solid foundation for further AP development.
OK, now is the time to avoid developing bad habits, so I will stop cheating. haha. Thanks man you are the greatest.
No problem man, thanks for kind words, it means a lot.
Really great lesson. I decided to start this series to rework on basics and actually already learn some stuff. First, I realized I never practice any exercise starting with upstroke. Second, this is really great as timing exercise. I was really needing that. About 16th triplets, do you have any tip to count it? I can play along with you, but I can't do it properly on other tempos... All the other patterns I can play other tempo
THanks for kind words man.
About sixteen triplets, I suggest you try to count them 3 at a time. For example in one beat\click you have 6 of them, so you can tap your foot and every time you go down with the foot you count 1 2 3 and when you go up with the foot you go again 1 2 3, so you have:
1 2 3 - 1 2 3 1 2 3 - 1 2 3 1 2 3 - 1 2 3 1 2 3 - 1 2 3 in one bar of four clicks. I hope this makes sense.
wow man this helps so much, I am even able to the 16th notes bar at the end. Thanx
No problem man, I'm very glad you find it useful.
You bet I am tired to "play like that". I joined yesterday and this morning your pentatonic series was on my agenda. I have been practicing scales for the last couple of months with only books and no game plan. So I was on my own for tempos and beats and what not. This workshop is incredibly well structured. I will be leaving tomorrow for three weeks to Spain and your Pentatonic workshop Level 1 to 3 along with your Little Jazz Workshop will be my homework for the next three weeks. I will not have Internet access, well only modem no High Band width so I downloaded all your lessons to take with me on my computer and iPod. Will tell you how it went when I am back.
Very cool man, I'm glad you find these series useful. Please tell me how it went, maybe some suggestions how to improve future lessons too. Thanks again
Hi, I'm working on my work laptop, and I've noticed that the backing tracks are not working! I'll try on my PC when I get home, but may be worth checking at your end just to be sure!
Ivan you are really a big inspiration to me, I am a bluesman myself deep in my soul. I love your technique and fluidity. This series is rockin and I cannot wait to dive into some of the more advanced lessons. Excellent job,your hard work and dedication shows throughout. Peace
Hi Ivan !
Just a short question about the first lesson. I started it yestarday and I'm doing the whole scale with my metronome. Is it ok if I play it with for example 70 bpm, after few minutes change it to 75 bpm and then 80 and so on ? Should I end playing with the same speed as you do at the end of each part ? Or can I move to the next level without being able to play with the top speed ?
Your method of practicing is quite good, so I suggest you stick with it. You will cover the scales more thoroughly by increasing tempo in small increments. btw that is the way I practice most of my stuff as well, but couldn't make a lessons like that since the videos would be too long, if you get me.
can I move to the next stage of the course being able to play fast but no so fast as u show in the first part ? I would still practice to become faster and faster but at the same time I could start learning the other parts of your course
Sure you can start with another lesson. In fact - it is recommended, so you give time for the first one to settle a bit. Cheers
I'm going back and forth (as Macsomething would say) with your lessons and it seems sometimes that my fingers are learning much faster than I am (but not as fast as some of you, sure). I quote you:"I've made the scale in intervals because it is easier and better to remember the numbers of intervals than the note values". Let's say that remember is for me a hard task, mainly because I don't know what should I remember. That's the less good thing with web training. Well, why and what for shall I learn numbers better than… Thanks for a striking answer.
I'm glad the lesson could help you mate.
Those intervals are good to remember, because if you play from any other position, intervals will always be the same. If you remember the intervals, later on you exactly know what modes/chords you have around you when you play. So it is not a rule to remember the intervals, and you don't have to do it, but it is useful to learn them. CHeers mate
few moire questions. I've been doing first and second part of your series for the past two weeks. I wanted to know whether i need to play the patterns from the second part with the top speed from the first part ? Or just match with your tempo ? And additionally, can u write how much time do u think have to be spent on the whole series ? Month ? Two ?
I think if you manage to play the speed I'm playing, that's cool mate, but you really don't have to do that, and force yourself if you cannot achieve it atm. Just push on to the tempo I'm playing the lesson. You can use the metronome to assist you, by changing the tempos on various time signatures. This way you don't have those jumps like from 8th notes to 8note triplets. You can first cover 8th notes on 60, 70, 80, 90bpm and then move to triplets and so on.
I can't really tell you how much time you can practice this, it's a very individual matter. IMO you should practice it until it is fun for you to practice, you see some improvement, and when you hit a barrier, just cool down for a couple of days and start again. The main thing is to play it precisely.
I am not familair with CAGED-patterns, only the caged chord system.
My questions are:
- what is the logic behind the caged?
- at what key do you use these CAGED patters or boxes?
- I don't see any # of b notes is that on purpose?
Thanks very much for your quick feedback.
I understand the logic now:
C= the pattern/box in the 8th postion because there is the C (low E string)
A= is the pattern on the 5 th position
G= is the pattern on the 3 th position
E=is the pattern open position
d=is the pattern on the 10 th position
Just to be sure the patters or boxes are not minor boxes?
Because i am doing a study on minor pentatonics (because Andres adviced in his theory lessons about this subject to start with the minor.)
The minor boxes and the CAGED boxes in your lesson differ. Is that beacuse your lesson is dealing the major pentatonic boxes?
The minor and major pentatonic boxes are the SAME. This is because every major scale has it's own relative minor scale. For example if you check out C major scale, you will see that 6th degree of that scale is A note, and that it builds A minor scale. A minor scale is relative to C major scale. Every minor scale has it's own major scale, and the notes they share are the same.
It is the same with major and minor pentatonic scales. C major pentatonic scale has same notes as A minor pentatonic scale. with 5 boxes, there will be always one major box, and one minor box that are relative to each other, if you know what I mean.
I have to dive into this more better.
I understand that every Maj has it Min (C--> Am)
I dig that both must be the same because of they have the same formula or structure:
3 2 2 3 2 (minor)
A C D E G A
The major pentatonic scale's structure is
2 2 3 2 3.
C D E G A C
But when i look to the boxes of the G minor the patters are diffent than the boxe of the CAGED lesson Video.
Still don't understand why, probly because in your video you start with a diffent root note. I thought that there only where 5 boxes: Here are the boxes i mean: https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...?showtopic=5023
The box patterns are the same mate, only the box patterns shift left or right, depending in what key you are in.
For example if you check out the A minor pentatonic box 1 on the 5th fret (the one that starts with A note on the low E string), you will see that this box is the same as G minor pentatonic box 1 on the 3rd fret. So basically you only have to shift the boxes horizontally on the neck if you know what I mean and choose your key.
Do you recommend not moving on if I'm struggling through the 16th triplets?
Hey man. I definitely recommend taking a break with those exercises if you can't really play them up to speed. Don't worry about it and just try the same exercise after 5 days or a week. In the meantime play something else. During that period you should move the limit a bit with those 16th triplets. Try to take a metronome as well and practice 16th note triplets on several lower bpm's like 40bpm and 50bpm.
Thanks for this series! This is exactly what i needed to improve my pentatonic scale.
Great man, I'm glad you like it! Let me know if you have any questions at all!
As always, your lessons are awesome! I am sick of playing choppy, and this will help me to play smoother.
Thanks man, I'm glad this lesson can help. If you have any questions feel free to ask.
Thanks Ivan...I am a beginner just starting to learn pentatonics...this really helps me understand, memorize the fretboard, and develop speed.
Awesome mate, I'm glad you like it!
I fell in love with this workshop Ivan.. I just can't stop practicing it. The first series I've gotten serious about since becoming a part of GMC.. thanks!
I'm glad you like it man, keep rockin!
this is an awesome lesson man
Thanks a lot mate
Awesome feedback! I actually did not know about the looping feature of videos until I saw this video and read the lesson description. It should definitely be a selling point advertised on the site because that feature is killer!!
hehe, I agree mate, the loop function is often overlooked by newer members (but even older ones who just didn't notice it/thing about it!). I discovered it by accident as well
great workshop series, thanks
Hello Ivan, great lesson!
I'm trying to follow it (and also playing it clean, as your other lesson). I don't really know what to search when you mean CAGED note positions.. could link me to some web which explains this in detail and comprehensive way?
Hello, and thank you!
CAGED note positions are simply positions or boxes that you use to group notes together on the fretboard in several positions. This makes them easy for remembering and referencing. Here's a theory article that explains in detail, but let me know if I can help you with them!
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...?showtopic=2944 - first part
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...?showtopic=2984 - second part
Well it's nice to see that even Ivan can play like crap if he really tries to... I'm referring to the "before-after" intro-video...
Hello and thanks for the great lesson ! helped alot .. but please can you upload the 5mins loop backing track? its not working..
Never mind about my first feedback..thanks Ivan again .. im definitely in!
This lesson has taken me from a messy 60 bpm to a precise and clean 100 bpm triplet picking !
I cant thank Ivan enough fort his contribution to GMC. Absolute Magic...
Indeed a pleasure to hear that it helped you mate. If you need any more assistance, feel free to let me know
ivan... this is imposssibble, absolutely impossible too speed!!! hehehe any suggestions for the fingers and the pick?
thaks!! I´ll try!!
OK mate, cheers Talk to you soon
another great problem is when I pass to another string and my finger ups to that string, the original still ring without any finger preseed and finally there are two or 3 strings ringing alone and it´s not clear... (sorry for the english, I don ´t know if you understand me
i mean... how I mute the string? with my fongers or with my right hand?
This problem concerns the muting of the strings. As you play the instrument with 6 strings, it is important to keep every string tamed so it doesn't produce any unwanted noise. When you play one string, all other should be muted.
You can do muting with both fretting and picking hand. Muting with the fretting hand requires you to gently touch other strings then the one you play, so you prevent them from ringing. Muting with the picking hand requires you to palm mute (with the side of your palm, bellow the pinky finger) the strings above the one you play.
Take it easy with these muting techniques, as they require some time to develop. It's not hard, specially if you start implementing it now in your practice sessions. If you want more details on this topic, feel free to contact me, or watch this "Basics of Muting" lesson that I made some time ago.
80 bpm yesterday!!!!
Awesome Great to hear there is progress! Keep on rocking, and if you can record the take, feel free to do that, I'll be happy to post feedback.
Excellent lesson!! was very helpful!
For beginners (than i) very useful. Thanks Ivan! I will practise it a lot.
i cant download the backing track?
Hi i was wondering, what is the advantage of practicing the upstroke vs the more common downstroke?
I do not understand the Tab Format.