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    Hey Kojo27,

    Your feedback is awesome thanks so much. I think I'm pretty serious about this.

    Do you have the DVD? If so, are you doing "rest strokes?"
    No and no. I looked up what rest strokes are, and I actually do rest strokes in other circumstances. Without knowing what the deal with reststrokes would be in this particular setting, I thought part of the exercise was to let the chords ring fully and then land your fingers properly on the beat i.e. not having much time because of the ringing that went before the landing. I know I could have said it simpler but can't find the words for it right now.

    Anyway here are the other videos up until Sea to Sea at 100 bpm. So after your feedback, I might go ahead and proceed to the material after Sea to Sea duet and review it later.

    p5: exercise 2




    Last edited by Langs; 02-05-2014 at 02:19 AM.


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  3. #302

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    Way to go, Langs -- keep it up! Very good timing, which is hard at slow tempos like these, but we all play them slow (or I did) because we're learning to read music. You'll be amazed how extremely diligent Leavitt was in creating this book so that, with every page, the material becomes harder. Just 20 pages in, you'll be playing some challenging stuff. And the book will transform you as a guitarist, in my opinion. I worked through the first two volumes years ago, but went too fast and I'm back to go slower. But just the fast go-through taught me so much.

    So stick with it. You have excellent left-hand positioning. Just watch that you don't arch that wrist too sharply - injuries can happen.

    About Sea to Sea: good playing. Are you going to play the parts separately? I did that for a couple of the duets. Another option is to play along with the DVD guy, do each part with him. Or you can overdub, which is what most of us did, but you don't have to. For that you'd need software (Audacity is free and very good) and an interface such as M-Audio FastTrack, which lets you plug your guitar straight into your computer via USB port.

    Anyway, again, great job. You'll probably do better if you set yourself a general goal, say one lesson (according to the DVD lessons) a week, or every two weeks, ten days, whatever -- and try to move through the book that way.

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    Hey man thanks very much again. I'm all pumped

    Good point you made with the left hand positioning to keep the angle as close to 0 degrees as possible. with the thumb behind the neck it could be easy to overach the wrist in the opposite direction than the one Fep warns for.
    But anyway, yes I pretty much play everything with my thumb behind the neck.

    I could let garageband have me record the two tracks in overdub but for now I'm just going to record separately. Probably tonight I'll have the time to record the melody notes of sea to sea. What you're hearing on the videos I uploaded so far is a line6 usb interface so you're hearing some modeled amp straight into quicktime.

    So again I don't have the DVD unfortunately just the book. No CD either. Think I'm going to stick with the book a bit more and get the DVD.

    Great tip on setting the time as a mark to move on. I'm going to figure out a number of hours per lesson because I've been planning my practice sessions one day prior for a week and I'm liking that very much.

    Talk soon I'll be posting the sea to sea solo

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    Moving on, the Sea to Sea lead part:

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    between 0:30 and 0:40 1 note simply missing so skipped it to stay in time. Then 1 or 2 notes that didn't ring. The 2 note harmonics not ringing very well at the beginning either.

    Sea to Sea rhythm:

    Last edited by Langs; 02-05-2014 at 02:21 AM.

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    Good job again, Langs! Your timing is very good. You'd do the duets justice, I think, if you could play both parts together somehow, but that's up to you. I could never get the hang of a click track - need more practice I guess.

    If I remember right, I think missed a note in this thing, too... Sometimes it happens - screw it, you'll get it better as you keep going back and reviewing the pieces. This is the most important aspect of the Method - review. Never stop going back and back. Make a set # of pages (3 or 4) and review that many a day. Fep used to (probably still does) review the whole book in a weekend - that sort of marathon reviewing. He's a learn-a-holic, though - I'm not suggesting you emulate him. Hah.

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    Hey Langs. I'm planning to go through the book too. You are a little ahead of me which is fine as I've been working through a Mel Bay book so the first few exercises are easy to catch up on. I don't have a webcam yet. I can't wait. I'm glad someone else is still working through the book.

    Quote Originally Posted by Langs
    I just realised my post belongs here and not in the sticky on the beginner's thread

    Please let me know if the group is still going here. If so, I will definitely post more videos of myself going through the course. I have a couple on my hard drive ready to go.

  8. #307

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    Hey jusca thats awesome,

    Don't let not having a webcam let you wait to dive right in! Do you have a mic on your computer or a line in jack input? That would be enough to get you started and share mp3's of your recording.

    Being able to post videos and above average sound quality are bonusses IMO.

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    And here's exercise 6 at 100 bpm; actually happy to record with some daylight. Going to try and get the click on record as well in the future.

    Last edited by Langs; 02-02-2014 at 05:31 AM.

  10. #309

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    Quote Originally Posted by jusca
    Have you been playing guitar for a while (before starting Leavitt's method)?
    Yes I actually played for 8 years and then I quit until recently. Now I'm way into building some real firm basic skills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt.guitarteacher
    I'd say "yes" to downstrokes. As far as chord names, I'd call that "extra credit".

    Learning to read these three-note voicings in notation is the challenge here, even if you've worked through single-note or classical reading methods previously. Also, playing some of these voicings without muting the open string in the middle can be a challenge and requires a different technique from classical playing.

    With a non-classical nut width, you have to err on the side of touching adjacent non-played strings to let these inner, open notes ring. Of course, this mutes the non-played strings -- and that's a good thing, but, again, different from a traditional classical technique.
    I've always done down strokes for quarter notes and alternate picking for eighth notes and up.

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    I am new to this forum.. this is so awesome!! i got my old william leavitt book out and going through it again. This place Rawks!!


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    Just for kicks and giggles, as Austin Powers would say.
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    I am new to this series as I decided to learn notation and improve my general playing before diving into the jazz lessons. I do have a biginner-intermediate knowledge of Piano and basic guitar technique, but am new to reading notation for guitar.
    I've noticed that I strugged BIG TIME on the first two solos in this book. However, after watching the DVD lessons explained, I noticed the instructor mentions the chord shapes, and I wrote them down on another sheet, sort of a 'cheat sheet' if you will. I then got through the solos without much trouble after a few runs.

    I realize this is a new train of thought....telling my fingers to play multiple NOTES on the fretboard, rather than 'chord shapes'.
    Is this intentional for book 1? Meaning, should I try not to think of the chord shapes for now, or would I be doing a dis-service to myself by at least writing the chord names above the notation? Maybe write them in at first then cover them?
    I'm curious what other people's thoughts are on this.

    *Edit* I did notice before some solos / duets that there are chord form warmup exercises that would sort of match up with the next song. This is why I'm a little confused if I should be thinking of chord forms or not. Part of me wonders if the author expects us to just apply the chord forms knowingly.

  15. #314

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    The notes were written because a specific voicing was intended. You are to play the notes as written, and only those notes.

    As you progress you will play ever more complex arrangements and chord voicings. I see nothing wrong with writing a symbol and even a chord diagram/grid if it helps you learn a particular tune or arrangement. After enough practice you won't need the symbol or chord diagram. In fact, for your recitals you should memorize arrangements - no looking at anything except your hands on the guitar.

    It's a little crutch but if you continue to practice and progress you will need these diagrams and symbols less and less. It's no big deal at this stage. Whatever helps you to (reasonably) quickly learn to play the material correctly is fine.

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    Ahh yes. A new year with new ambitions. I am glad I found this group. Gets me motivated. I will try to post a couple of times a week.

    Exercise #1 @ 80 bpm

    Edited link. I had originally uploaded file as a wav. Changed to mp3.
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    I have been practicing extending the note for a little bit longer. I put click track and the waveform next to each other. It looks like I am rushing the beat just a hair. I can't tell it when it is just one guitar and the click. Two guitars and the click and I can tell that that couple millisecond rush makes the piece sound messy.

    Exercise 2
    @ 80 bpm

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    Reading the stacks of notes, if stacks is the correct term to use, is becoming easier and easier to read. It is to the point where I see the stack and know where to put my fingers. My comfort zone will end once the accidentals get thrown into the mix and position changes. That is why practice was invented. Hahahaha!

    Exercise #3
    @ 80 bpm

    Exercise #4 @ 80 bpm

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    Sounds good George. If you want to challenge yourself just a little, try to notch up the tempo just a bit. Maybe 100 bpm

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    I bumped up the click to 100bpm. I like the challenge. There are a few spots I rushed. I also I think that I am pressing down harder when making a change from single note to chord. I can't really feel it but I hear a modulation in sound. Sounds like it goes sharp to flat. I listened to the recording but I could not hear it. Maybe I am just hearing things.

    Exercise #5 @ 100bpm

    Exercise #6 @ 100bpm

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    Sounds good to me George!

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    Is anyone working on MMFG right now who would like a fellow traveler?

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    Quote Originally Posted by atarchin
    Is anyone working on MMFG right now who would like a fellow traveler?

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    I might, what volume? (1,2,3?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazzstdnt
    I might, what volume? (1,2,3?)
    I would like to start with 1

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    Did the previous players dating back to January stop and you're trying to begin anew?

  27. #326

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    Well I'm happy to (re) kick it off.

    Here are a few of the Volume 1 early studies. I think that I was learning panning at the time but not necessarily EQ, if you know what I mean. I will try not to be so boomy from now on, promise.
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    A couple more if I can figure out how to upload.

    Leavitt Volume 1 - Page 22.mp3

    Leavitt Volume 1 - Page 20.mp3

  29. #328

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    Hi All,

    as anticipated, the train of a new study group for A Modern Method for Guitar (by William Leavitt) is about to leave the station.

    The official start date will be July 22nd: this should give prospective students enough time to decide and, eventually, purchase the book.

    The first new thread will be "[Study Group] NEW A Modern Method for Guitar" to collect comments and suggestions; then I would like to start with the same structure used by the original group, working on a number of pages per week, according to the pace set by our predecessors.

    Here is a link to the introductory thread: NEW A Modern Method for Guitar

    Let the fun begin!

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    Awesome!! I would like to join. I started in this thread a couple months back but hurt my hand. I have been out of commission. I could use a start over.