HOMEWORK: Lessons 12 & 13

Aileé Guerra Aréizaga

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Homework: Lessons 12 & 13
This week we are combining what we learned last time with the next two lessons.
On lessons 12 & 13 Papa Gates taught the following chords Em, G, E & Am, as well as the sometimes overlooked use of silence.
ASSIGNMENT: Use the chords above to create your own progression, you may use the chords in any order you like, repetition is allowed, use a minimum of 2 chords or use them all, your call! Once you decide on your progression create a rhythm pattern to play it, the only requirement is; it MUST include the use of silence during which you will continue to do the Tik Tok motion steadily (as seen in Lesson 13). Use a metronome.
BEGINNERS: For a bonus name the notes on every string of the chords you chose and which strings aren’t meant to be played on certain chords.
INTERMEDIATES: In addition to silences, include muted string chunks in your rhythm pattern. You may change chords in any beat of a measure, not just beat 1.
ADVANCED: Alternate 1 bar of your rhythm pattern with 1 bar of arpeggios.
REMEMBER, the most important points of this assignment are:
1) To improve your groove and rhythm; keep a RELAXED wrist, arm & shoulder at all times and continue to do the Tik Tok motion even during silences.
2) To improve your timing and help you change chords smoothly.
3) To tap into your creativity and improve your writing skills. Have fun with it!
 

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Does it just have to be a chord progression or can you add other things to it? And where do you post it once you have finished?
 

Calvin Phillips

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Riff form.Then copy and paste link here. Cant express enough to not post the link FIRST in your post.its a glitch and your post will not show.
In my eyes if you wanna expand it a bit go for it. It’s your homework. Do as you please. I may not follow suit 100% myself but I always try to apply the lesson in my riffs for the week. It has made for some great song ideas already. go all out dude.
 

Aileé Guerra Aréizaga

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Exactly. The homework is not supposed to be “cookie-cutter”, every person can tailor it to best address the areas where they want to expand or where they need the most practice. It’s just a starting off point, just keep it related to the material that was taught on the lessons.
 

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I finally had time to do the homework again(or more likely I decided to study in the train instead of at home). I also did an A instead of an Am for some reason. It begins with a bunch of noodling which lasts a little bit over a minute you can listen to that or skip it if you want to(my camera always counts down before It starts actually recording so I noodle sometimes).
 

Aileé Guerra Aréizaga

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Excellent work Ids! And for sure! Any lessons you want to teach I’m down to watch your videos, I don’t know if the others have any requests. As for me, maybe some picking tips and tricks would be nice, I’m struggling with that at the moment. Especially while alternating between playing rhythm and lead.
 

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Once again, my apologies for the abysmal audio quality, I’ll get a better camera for next week.
Here is my homework, used all 4 chords, silences and threw a couple of muted chunks.
 

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Hey, lovelies. I’m here with my homework finally. I have two videos actually. I wanted to try one with the metronome and one without, just for fun and to experiment. I think I found something I really need to work on. Also, Hector and I were planning to have the livestream tomorrow 3 pm CST/4pm EST for anyone interested…I’m just trying to keep this going until we figure out what we’re doing with the livestreams. I hope this is alright…I just really wanted to be helpful for a change. Sometimes I feel like I can’t offer as much advice as some people due to my skill level, so I just really wanted to try to help and contribute somehow.
I’m so proud of you all. You guys are literally the coolest and I love all of your videos. I only used two chords in my progression because I was not used to playing those chords and figured I could work on playing them and switching. I did my best and hope you guys enjoy viewing them.
Lesson 12 & 13 Hybrid Homework

Lesson 12 & 13 Riff Without Trying to Play With Metronome
 

Aileé Guerra Aréizaga

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@rowan Well done on the Chord notes! The rhythm you chose works, you are playing faster than the metronome though. If I have any time today, I’ll make you a quick video to help you out with this problem.
Also, I won’t be able to make the livestream tomorrow either, I apologize. I have a family commitment.
 

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This is essentially my finished product.
Improv 24

Basically what I did was take e and em. As me verse. So I tried to go back and forth on e and e minor scales. Then i added in the arpeggios for good measure as I’m trying to get better there. The rhythm is very simple. Chorus is am em. So I can ideally stay in e minor scale. The 3rd feed i stayed in the arppegios.
The bridge and end was improvised so I dont know if I stuck in the scale or not but I went with what sounded good. That’s maybe the one area I’d try to improve on.
120 bpm
 

Aileé Guerra Aréizaga

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Thanks Calvin!
I liked that heavy reverb tail on one of your leads, it added a lot of vibe and the tone was very cool.
If I may make a suggestion, giving more structure to your melody lines would improve your composition.
Melodies are like sentences in a paragraph, they need to be finite complete ideas.
Your melody has a lot of repetition, and you can use that to your advantage by slightly changing the end of each phrase. This can also reinforce your arpeggios, as you could land on a different degree each time you finish the phrase. For example, end on the 3rd (unresolved note, yet still in the chord) and then end on the tonic for complete resolution.
 

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As I play it again and again I’ll probably extend on the melodies. Right low I’m focusing on getting the melody down. Theres more then one time where my wrist doesnt wanna complete the melody in the 2nd verse as my fingers arent used to those positions. Once I feel more comfortable I’ll take the time to extend on where I wanna go.
The reverb is amazing I agree.. mxr reverb pedal was a great buy.