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So this is my entry for the contest. In my submission I go over what I learned from the caged system lesson 23. The caged system is all new to me so i thought I’d show what I learned. The reason I have the video in 2 parts is cuz I struggled to remember what I was gonna say for my music dreams and why I love the school lol so I took a day to think of what to say haha I get nervous on camera haha and it’s my first video of me talking and explaining stuff so it was scary lol (Also the first clip has crappy lighting cuz in the second clip it was all natural light, I had my curtains open and for the first clip I did it at night so I had to use my room lights )
I was not going to submit to this contest until I realized how much it is parallel to what I've started doing with the beato book I recently purchased it. Since the two are related I have added the video here as a submission. Its longer then planned.. but I do all 7 chords. You don't have to follow them all. It starts off sluggish with the open notes on bflat but it gets better. Next week I plan to make a simple chord progression using the chords. If you want to suggest a progression for me to play over that'll be helpful. I could pick it myself.. but its more challenging if you pick it for me. I'll do the video of finding the scales I need with the chords from the progression. Then ill record it and solo over it and add that too. Thats basically my plans going forward. But for now.. you can watch me play the chords in the family. Big tip.. I am a FULL STEP down. Pg teaches you these same chords in c major standard tuning. (I'm step down g minor/bflat major)
Hey guys! So for this lesson I utilized Papa's breakdown of the C Major scale into the C Major Pentatonic scale to come up with the G Major Pentatonic scale. I also utilized Syn's tip of using the metronome to practice with alternate picking. There are a few tidbits of other lessons in there such as how to get the notes for the chords and the pattern for the major scale, but I was focused on Lesson 20: Overview of the Pentatonic Scale. Hope you enjoy! And pssttt! TW: I'm sorry for the crying..
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So, I redid it and added me talking about the school and my goals in music I wrote a blues song for the contest so I relied heavily on PGs masterclass for this. I used lessons 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 for the solo and lessons 7 and 9 for the chords underneath. Lesson two is mostly clear from the use of motifs, 3 and 4 are more on the landing tones and color tones. For example I land in the third quite a lot and combine minor and major thirds over the I chord. The scale I based most of this on is the B minor pentatonic scale with some added notes making it more resemblant of the Dorian mode/voodoo scale over the IV chord. The chords used are B7/E7 and F#7 and when I start strumming I use a G7 in between the F#7 and the E7 making it a color chord.
Sorry I'm very awkward talking to the camera haha! For my entry I have taken the teaching from the seven major scale positions and played them in one place on the neck which has helped me learn the shapes and differences better and how to apply them. The backing track is there to show the way they sound over each scales major root tones. For the sixth position halfway through the backing track switches to the relative minor over the same notes just to show the power of relative minor. I touch on it at the end of the video, but my favourite thing about the school is the way there are always people working on their own skills and sharing progress. Seeing people at all skill levels really makes me feel like I can keep pushing to reach the next level in my own playing, and I have gained a lot of confidence thanks to the staff (especially the Instagram) and the word of encouragement I see shared among fellow students. It’s just a lovely community of people learning. Any questions lmk!
Didn't originally plan on uploading this as I started recording stuff this morning just to document my own progress. However, I figured it'd probably help my motivation to put it out there and want to improve on it later! Apologies in advance for my background, rambling, etc. So here we go, me learning the absolute basics, which @[5:@Jak Angelescu] encouraged me to do after one of my vids on Instagram! My next goal is to revisit my Kakariko Village cover thing on my Instagram and learn all of the notes the chords use, so I can gain a better understanding of what I'm doing! I'll also most likely be going back to the CAGED system stuff with this as well! Hopefully this will give me enough to do when I take small breaks from trying to sweep!
Ik i'm kinda awkward you can skip to 1:59 if you just want the riff & thank you to the people that make these contests happen you rock. I did forget to mention in this though that I practiced those 7 guitar scale positions non stop like a crazy person to the point I can play them fast, slow, eyes close, and any key lol basically just saying to put in the time with these videos guys and practice them till you got it, it's worth it and I promise you'll get better.
Still can't believe it. Alexi, besides guys like EVH and Synyster, made me discover so many things about guitar, songwriting and metal. I was a fan since my teens. RIP dude...
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Rough attempt at the River Dragon Has Come solo by Nevermore. Always wanted to try a Jeff Loomis solo and I’ve been working on this one on and off for a looong time!
So I decided I wanna do some non metal covers on here cuz I obviously don’t just listen to metal lol so I decided to do one of my favourite Beatles songs! I’m missing one part cuz I can’t seem to find a tab for it but I’m slowly working it out by ear! Enjoy ( also I know the bend in the beginning isn’t too good haha)
better sound* I thought it sounded pretty cool with the backing song, it was some random music I put on. Got a new sweater too, just came in. thx mummy!

Riff Contest

This is my participation for the new Riff Contest, here I am using the The harmonic minor scale (Lesson 101) I really like the sound and emotions that this scale transmits. for the arpeggio part I am using the lesson 48 (introduction to building chords) to make a chord progression on that scale and then using the lesson 49 (Building more complicated chords) I started adding some 7th chords to change the sound and make it more "Jazz" What I love of the Syn Gates School is that you can progressively learn guitar no matter your level or skills in a very organized way and having the support of the others students that are always helping to overcome the difficulties. My main aspiration as musician is composing my own music, I love Pinkly Smooth and currently I am composing music inspired by them, maybe some day if you want I can share something of that here Hope you enjoy my participation and thank you for listening!
I started working on this in November last year but was struggling with the motivation to actually finish it and put it out. I was just sitting on bunch of unfinished riffs or ideas in my laptop. I was failing to motivate myself to actually plan out different parts of a song, piece them together and make a final thing. Over the last few days, I decided to get rid of that old habit of not finishing anything. In my mind, this school will be a place to push myself everyday to work on ideas and finishing songs as I go. I will upload each one here from now on just so that I can stop myself from going back to my old ways. With that being siad, I am also working on my song writing skills, learning mixing mastering along the way. So if you notice anything (however little it may be), that can be improved, please let me know. and, if you actually read this full thing, you are truly awesome.
I've been working on my technique, I think it's sounding better. Having trouble getting the right harmonic at the end, it has a low volume on that note. I think the tab book might be slightly off or I'm missing some things. It's still a little off, this is my best solo, I got it memorized. I didn't know the sound would be this low, next time I'll adjust the settings. I've been working on this rock jam, I learned the strumming pattern here. Today I practiced it again to share, but it got a little more interesting by accident and was able to work it into my playing. Going to try and upload the jam tomorrow with some kind of song structure.
some Cyborg groove
Soundcloud labeled it as electronic rock and krautrock i made it last night in a fit of rage, took like 20-30 minutes for the basis and messed with it this afternoon. the solo is crappy ( i think i could do better ). I just put something over it to hear how it sounds. The bass part was really simple at first and tried to make it a little more interesting. Piano melody I had something, but when I went to record, I totally messed up and just left it. was the still notes just different order tempo. I was gonna try sing over it, but was already tired from practicing before. it sounded bad so I took it off. I could still change all this stuff around The woofer bass is a little too loud
So it's day 7 of me working on eudaimonia overture and I'll probably continue working on it to make it instagram ready but this is what I have so far 😅
I got a little further with the sweep picking lesson, 8 bars and the bend at 70% speed. The first 4 bars helped separate my middle and index fingers, not to mention the huge pinky stretch. The next 4 bars had me connect them close again, which was awkward feeling. I've been working on my bends and muting, it's making my fingertips numb and can't do it for too long. Here I'm using my index finger to mute like 3-4 strings and bending with my 3 other fingers, I'm just lightly resting it on the strings and applying pressure to my other 3 fingers for the bend and vibrato. Last half is some weird keyboard stuff again, I did a little bit of practice again today along with other guitar stuff. Didn't record anything during the day so the volume is low again. So yeah this is what I got for today, I'll try to get something loud when I wake up, usually got more energy too.
Since I have been taking a break from my private lessons, has been using the time to really hone in on what I've learned. I re visited the C major scale in the concept he wanted me to get really well under my belt: the concept of key changes :)
Final day of the challenge, intro and verse/chorus, threw in the bridge section for good measure. A few little mistakes here and there but overall I am happy with the progress given the time frame. Will be one I will continue to work on.
I think the scale is the same or similar to the one on Seize the Day. Learned the 1st four bars on the sweep picking etude, forgot to use a pick when i recorded it. That's a crazy stretch, I was surprised I could do it and standing up too. Normally my fret hand fingers rest together, after I did the Etude bars my fingers collapsed a fret apart each. Kind of scary to me, hopefully I can still be able to play power chords. It's late again so the volumes low, this is what I worked on before I slept and after I woke. Did some camera effects too.
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