Im glad you felt more motivated after getting comments. I've been quiet these last few weeks. And rightfully so. I talked with many students about things im dealing with and have had tons of support in that regard so I thank the people who stepped up and reached out to me.
In your words towards the cover and instagram posts advertising their channels.. imo the riff page in its own shouldnt be an advertisement page. And ive openly told some of these posters that they should respect the newbies and not try to bump their advertisements. Some did not like what I had to say some understood. But im glad others notice it. I stopped watching those videos. They don't get views here honestly. Most are guys showing off licks they practiced 500 times before recording the lick anyways.
But back to me. I've advertised a little too (but I try to keep those links in just status updates which I feel is a little different). I'll be honest and say that i know many of you didnt even get passed the first song.. which has almost triple the listens other songs got. If you did and there's a reason you couldn't get passed more (the only criticism ill ignore is quality as i already know about the bass issues. I'll redo these songs after I get some of the newer ones back out.) If you just didn't have a hour its whatever.
As for videos and whatnot. Me and jak talked a lot and there's tons for me to work on so im trying to figure out essentially a good routine for me. I've started by slowing down my sweeps again.. ive noticed a few complications with my picking style and I mentioned it to jak. I know the answer ill get (and the answer say teacher will tell me) but when I slowed it down I found that I can get away with my style but its very very tricky.
As for my theory work.. im gonna start making riffs using g minor and a minor(c major) together. I know them separate but have never tried to join them.considering jak mentioned that to me a few times (and I admit on100% didn't even realize it until she did her live session with her students from bill). In other words jak gave everyone a pretty good bump in gear. Shes always been good for that. One thing i did realize is the school is GETTING BETTER at not relying on jak to say get it in gear. But it looks like momma still isn't happy with the fall that follows.
I guess in the end she's right too. Not really worth learning new covers unless they benefit you. I for sure loved lesrning cradle of filth cause it added more tremolo picking to my playing. Which I honestly think is the reason my picking has improved so much lately. But I've started resorting from covers again and back to my own material after a quick 10 minute jam. And before that jam I tend to do a few sweeps at 90 bpm. From 180 that I did before. Mainly to work on pinky strength during the sweeps. I also found a few places where I bar an extra string without knowing.
Just keep working at it guys.
Bro I could give you a hug for all of this. Because quite literally you summarized everything I was trying to say in a way that I couldn't quite say it. It is true that people have picked up without me having to harp on them. But it has come to my attention that the school is taking a little bit of a weird shift in certain things. Ever since the new layout happened everything crashed into more of a community vibe and became less of a school. I'm going to be honest I don't like that at all. There are dozens of free guitar forums out there that people can be a part of. This however has the benefit of both community and school. And I think 90% of the students are forgetting it's a school and not just a social hangout.
The way I see it is that there are 2 different types of students on here. The students that need help and the students who give the help. Some students who give the help don't necessarily need the lessons because they are so advanced. But that's where they come in in the community aspect and they play their role and I absolutely love that. They assist those who ask for help. But I need to really bring out the people who need the help. That's what I'm trying to do. I don't know more what I can do to get people to post and engage.
In the aspect of the media page. I will be blatantly honest that I have not been satisfied with how that page has been for quite some time. And I know that Syn DOES love it when people promote their work here. He wants people to be able to get the recognition they deserve here. But I told him straight out that I refuse to let people just use this page as a boosting platform and solicitation without contributing at all to the actual school. It bogs down the media category and it discourages other people from posting.
In conclusion there are some reforms that I'm going to be doing and some people may not like it and some people may. I'm currently having discussions to see what I can and can't do. You have been doing amazing am so glad we have become closer friends. If it makes me a bitch that I push the students into the school aspect of this website then so be it. But I'm here to be on the look out for everyone's integrity. Not just mine. Not just Syn's and not just Papa's and not just the students. They issued the school for a reason and my job is to make sure it happens.