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  • Made some new videosDateFri Jun 19, 2020 9:18 pm
    Forum post by Cleudi Martins. Topic: Made some new videos

    Nice work man. Nice guitars too!

  • New Member - First PostDateFri Jun 19, 2020 9:16 pm

    Hey man, nice to hear you joined us. Pebber is indeed a great teacher, it only requires hard work. Other than that, you just got to trust the process. Just commented on your old practicing video, if you have anything new, keep us posted.

    Best regards.

  • Picking Exercise on Each String 1 to 8DateFri Jun 19, 2020 9:13 pm

    Good work, Kyle.

    The only advice I have for you is to try to keep timing a bit more tight. Sometimes you went off a little bit, but that's normal. Gotta keep putting those hours in.

    Maybe the metronome is too slow, try to bump up those bpm a bit more. You certainly can pick faster than that. Got to make the exercise a bit more engaging, just never forget to keep good technique.

    Other than that, great to have you here, man.

  • RhythmGuitarDateFri Jun 19, 2020 9:06 pm
    Forum post by Cleudi Martins. Topic: RhythmGuitar

    Start with the basic strumming patterns and finger picking patterns and gradually move the difficult up a bit each week or every time you feel comfortable with your skills.

    Here's a great lesson from Pebber, it's really good and you'll get a good knowledge on strumming patterns and some of the history behind it: search on YouTube Strumming Concepts part 1 (couldn't post the link).

    If you like Jazz/big bands, that's a treat. I love this video.

    If you need anything else, keep us posted.

    Ah, and one more thing, if you can, try to practice with a metronome, it's really important to develop good timing - it's essencial to become a good rhythm guitar player (and to become a good musician, to be honest).

    See ya, man.

  • Class2020, June, thoughts and troublesDateFri Jun 19, 2020 8:57 pm

    That's very true. A routine is the best way to improve faster and in a "measurable" way. Without a good practice routine we get stuck very easily, and that's my sin from several years. From time to time I try to stick to a schedule, I've been coming back more serious these days (again, lol).

    Hopefully I can advance in the way that I intend to.

    That's great advice, McFly.

  • 326 Days in DateFri Jun 19, 2020 8:52 pm
    Forum post by Cleudi Martins. Topic: 326 Days in

    That's nice man!
    Keep going. It's only gonna get better from now on.

    That's some serious dedication right there!

    Can you send us one video of your new skills? It would be great to see where you are.

    Best regards.

  • How you guys doing?DateFri Jun 19, 2020 8:50 pm
    Forum post by Cleudi Martins. Topic: How you guys doing?

    That's good to hear! It's going to be a long time until we can go back to "normal".
    Maybe only after a vacine is out to the public we can have our lives back to the way it used to be.

    But hey, stay safe my friend!
    I wish all the best to Switzerland (amazing country, by the way!).

  • Who would be interested in Class2020 group? DateWed Jun 03, 2020 9:16 pm

    Sounds great man. But my great issue is with recording and having time to practice. But it might be a great motivation for me being involved with something like this. I'll see what I can do! At least I'll try to comment on the videos.

  • RhythmGuitarDateWed Jun 03, 2020 9:13 pm
    Forum post by Cleudi Martins. Topic: RhythmGuitar

    Got to start on the most basic strum patterns. But, if you're missing them, is probably because you're having difficult with timing, like counting the beat or even changing the chords in the right time (which is a great part of rhythm guitar).

    I would start everything from the beginning, doing all all down strums for a full beat, them changing chord, doing it again and them changing chord again. Going E, A, D might be good for the ears (all open, simple chords, but anything will work). Just practice that for a few minutes, a metronome might help.

    Once you get that down, it's time to add up the difficult. On the "and" beat, start adding up strums, one of the most basic patterns is this: Down Up Down Up (miss) Up down Up Down. The trick is to get the right hand moving in a rhythm and without any stop. After that, you can try complicating things even further.

    As long as fingerpicking does, this might be more complicated. First you have to get the technique down pretty good, going thumb, index finger, middle finger and ring finger while picking the strings. After that, the idea is to do an arpeggio (picking each note separate) of an chord and keep "moving" to the other ones.

    A few good songs to help your strumming technique are these: Knocking on Heavens Door, One (U2 - even the simplified version will help) and Hey Joe (Hendrix, but only the chords not the whole embellishments with pentatonic and other scales).

    For fingerpicking, I really don't know anything super easy, but Stairway to heaven can be a good start and even a good challenge for someone who's initiating in guitar.

    Hope this helps. If all of this sounds crazy, I'll try to explain things a little better. But I'm sure other people here on the forum can give a better answer.

  • First practice videosDateWed Jun 03, 2020 8:45 pm

    Looking good man! Great work!
    Keep going, I'm sure that in a little while you'll be rippin' the fretboard.

    I don't know if I'm a great shape to give you advice, but, if you can, try to make small movements on the left hand. Your picking technique is pretty solid, it's just a matter of time to get faster.

    I've been without practicing for too much time now, hopefully I'll come back tomorrow (fingers crossed).

  • How you guys doing?DateWed Jun 03, 2020 8:39 pm

    Hello there!

    I don't know if this is appropriate, but I'm curious to know how you guys doing during this crazy time. I know many of us over here live outside the United States, but, even the USA seems to be facing some difficulties this year.

    In my country we're still in quarantine, seems like we still have long, long way to go.
    Hopefully we can control this situation in the upcoming weeks.

    So, I'm just curious: everyone is doing good so far?
    Everyone is healthy?

    Please stay safe my friends.

    Best regards.

    ps: if this topic is out of place or even inappropriate, please delete it, I'm sorry if this is wrong in any way.

  • Question about picking exercisesDateSun Sep 08, 2019 9:08 am

    I don't see why you can't practice with different chords. In fact, I think it's great to add some variation to improve other aspects of your playing.

    Picking on open strings is just as good as picking chords (in my experience). It all depends on what you want to achieve.

    If you can, try practicing both ways. You won't have any "side effect", just as long as you do the exercises correctly.

    Best of luck!

  • How to Double your results in your practice timeDateSun Sep 08, 2019 9:03 am

    Thanks for the tip, Pebber!

  • Longtime YT follower, new online studentDateSun Sep 08, 2019 8:56 am

    Man, your technique is amazing!
    I think we won't have any tips for you, you're already in a good place.

    Just stick with it!

    Good luck and welcome aboard, my friend!

  • Guitar As TeacherDateFri Jul 26, 2019 5:16 pm
    Forum post by Cleudi Martins. Topic: Guitar As Teacher

    Maybe one day I can understand that fully. Dear God! Amazing knowledge only on a few lines. Thanks man! I can do something very similar and ULTRA basic on the minor pentatonic scale.

  • natural talentDateFri Jul 26, 2019 5:05 pm
    Forum post by Cleudi Martins. Topic: natural talent

    I think that we don't put everything into music simply because we fear the failure. Musicians (usually) don't make a lot of money, and depending on where you live, the result can be even worse - specially if you like some different style that's not popular on your region. So, for many of us, risking this type of life is not an option, and deep down we know this (that's just my 2 cents though).

    As the repetition goes, that is really interesting. Because, Michael Jackson, for example, was a freak on that regard. He trained and rehearsed for hours and hours, and that includes dancing, singing and writing. He did it mainly because of his father at first, and this process went through his whole life. The man was a beast, and sure as hell was a perfectionist.

    Another factor that I think plays a huge role is the simply love and satisfaction from playing/hearing music. And, in my experience, there's a huge gap from liking to hear songs to really love and try to understand music. The second part it's not that fun at first, and many, many people quit because it's damn hard. Everyone aspire or wants to be a "superstar", but sure as hell not a third of those people want to put in the hard work. Mainly because they simply figure it out that they don't love it as they think they did.

    I also believe that talent exists. But without hard work, it won't take anyone anywhere. I studied psychology at university some years ago (didn't finished), and one of the topics that still makes me excited is the theory of multiple intelligences that Howard Gardner came up with some other scientists.

    Basically, he says that some of us develop one type of cognitive area faster or better than others, and that IQ alone is not enough to "rate" or label someone (which I agree 100%). To me, that explain talent, and if we observe children we can see clearly that there's some areas that they pick up and excel really fast, while others they just don't improve much. Curiosity and motivation also plays a huge role, but for sure, talent or "gifts" exists. The only real question to me is this: do you think is god sent or scientific related? To me it doesn't matter and it's even a mixture of those two factors.

    I always like to put Hendrix as an example. Everyone can play guitar, even get good at it. But to compose like Hendrix, it's pretty much impossible to get to that level. He had that "extra" that many of us won't have, even if we put our whole life into it.

    Also, we always see great cover bands and guitar players or other musicians that can covers songs with extremely precision. But only a small percentage can really compose and touch somebody else. I think that's the difference that we all are trying to achieve in our music journey to some extent.

    I rambled a lot on this comment, lmao. Sorry for the huge wall of text!

  • Scalpel picking thoughts.DateFri Jul 26, 2019 4:28 pm

    I don't know if this will help you, but from what I know (and I might be wrong on this one), the D string is the one that have the most tension on the neck.

    Because of that I tend to practice my picking exercises on it. Sometimes I even play closer to the bridge so I have to work a bit harder. Usually, this trick makes me improve a bit faster, but maybe this is just me.

    I've never heard anyone trying this before. So, if you test this, please send a message so I can see how it goes. Here in Brazil we have some weird techniques that sometimes works like a charm. Just to point an example, in the 80's some guys used to play with elastic hair ties (I think this is what you guys call it?) on their left hand fingers to have some kind of resistance to work the muscles on the hand.

    It worked greatly for them, I've never tried myself though. But the word of caution is: don't strain or put some "heavy" resistance or you will develop some kind of pain or tendonitis.

    Maybe some other time I can show you guys this weird stuff. Don't know if in USA you guys have something similar.

  • How To Upload Video To ForumDateFri Jul 26, 2019 4:20 pm

    Now I got it!
    In the future I'll send some videos over here.
    But, one thing is certain: I still suck!

    Thanks for the help guys!

  • Hello, new hereDateFri Jul 26, 2019 4:17 pm
    Forum post by Cleudi Martins. Topic: Hello, new here

    Hey man, if you do the work I can almost guarantee you results are gonna come. I studied the free material on YouTube for a long time and sure as hell it worked.

    It takes a bit of time and effort, but if you stick with it you will see improvement.
    To this day I have a short version that I made myself from that legendary video on the module 1 training.

    Hope I can see you playing sometime soon.

    See ya man!

  • Mr. Pebber Brown's book on music theory for guitarDateFri Jul 26, 2019 4:12 pm

    Glad to hear is not out yet.
    Hopefully I can buy one copy!

    Thank you for all your work, Pebber!

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