#1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbtOXknM5TE

I'd never done a video before, so I figured, what the hell. It was an effin' ordeal, and much harder than expected.

I'm a Rhythm player, I know thats no excuse for the sloppiness here, but meh, it was hard enough trying to "improvise" -cough-rememberrandomlicks-cough-. Anyway, I know you can't see my picking hand that well, but any tips on technique are appreciated.
Last edited by Sami Philadelph at Jul 4, 2010,
#2
This isn't bad. The faster licks seem kind of forced, but I guess everything is forced when you improv. With more practice you'll get better at picking which notes go where.
Some tips:
Practice with a metronome if you don't already, it'll help a lot.
Keep practicing your scales, this will help you when you're trying to improv.
Learning triads helps a lot too, it'll give you an idea of how chords fit into scales.

I hope at least some of this will help. Keep at it!

You, good sir, have not gone over to your friends house after a hard night of drinking to find 2 dudes passed out in the same room both holding their own flaccid cocks in hand, passed out, with porn on the tv.
#3
Sami,
Interesting keyboards in the backing track. I think your lead guitar is very good! I can't play lead guitar any better than you, so I don't have advice other than: keep on playing!! I'm not gay, but I like your look on the video.....(that felt pretty strange to say that.....LOL!).
#4
Hey dude-
That wasn't bad for improv, I think if you try it more you will get more and more bold with what you do. I really liked some of what you did on the high e string around 2:07, there was some melody there and it worked well with the backing track. Your rhythm is very steady, so I wouldn't worry too much about your picking. You also did a great job of picking notes cleanly. I thought your vibrato sounded good, pretty aggressive. If I had to point out anything I'd say just work on expanding your licks. Great job though, I hope to keep hearing more from you in the future!

\m/
#5
Well for a rythmn player, this aint bad at all. Obviously it aint perfect but jamming out to backing tracks is the best way ,in my opinion, to get your improv skills up to scratch. Just keep trawling the internet for backing tracks and just having a bash at them a few times, trying different things each time, and before you know it, you'll be flying round that fretboard. I also find just holding notes, or playing the least amount of notes possible gives you a chance to stand back and have a bit of a think about what you want to do next, and it gives the listener the impression that you're being soulful about the improv :P
#6
Thanks for checking out my song.

For your first time solo'ing/jamming an improv it isn't bad at all. Your tone sounds great. The backing track is pretty badass as well. I thought the parts when you weren't speed picking and letting some notes ring out sounded a lot better than the double-time double-picking parts, but that's not saying the fast parts sounded bad.

Overall, nice epic sound and good playing for your first attempt. Keep at it and just play over whatever backing tracks you can find. http://guitarbt.com/ has a lot if you haven't seen that site before; just register and check out the 'Downloads' button at the top.
#7
hey dude, sorry i'm late

Thanks for the comments!

Well I think you should work on different patterns than pentatonic scales: minor harmonic scale, and andalusian scale (that sounds oriental, it's pretty cool).
Because in your vid it starts being repetitive after a while.

After learning this you should play it with a metronome, it will help you improve in speed and phrasing

I see you take your time to think what you're gonna do on the guitar during the solo :p that's what marty friedman recommends! You should watch his video lessons on youtube, like melodic control and else!

There's someparts which are cool in the vid like when you make the guitar hero face ! :p

Keep it up !

Hope vilarum is doing good, did you finally find a whole band? With band members :p
Including Jack Beasty
#8
Whoaw I'm freakaing out! I finally get to see Sammi in action!

Not bad for a referee with studded bracelets and a evil panda bear T-shirt.

I'm pumped to see you attempt some leads dude.

IMO, you picked a odd backing track to try and improvise over, but good job nonetheless! You gotta try to stay away from some of the repetitiveness with some more bends and shit maybe. Just a thought. Don't get too good, I'll have to come murder you. (Not a real internet threat Big brother)

I just uploaded a not-so-original original today myself dude.
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1335612
#9
Thanks to all whom have listened!
I really appreciate it, and will work on not being so repetitive and building up some licks!

Quote by aaron aardvark
Sami,
Interesting keyboards in the backing track. I think your lead guitar is very good! I can't play lead guitar any better than you, so I don't have advice other than: keep on playing!! I'm not gay, but I like your look on the video.....(that felt pretty strange to say that.....LOL!).


LOL, thank you my good sir. I actually made a point to wear what I had on because I knew if I'd kept the Megadeth shirt that I originally had on, on, then my friends would make fun of the fact that I rarely take it off. So I just put on my hippie clothes. Oh, and It's only gay if we look into each others eyes!


Quote by flaphead325
hey dude, sorry i'm late

Thanks for the comments!

Well I think you should work on different patterns than pentatonic scales: minor harmonic scale, and andalusian scale (that sounds oriental, it's pretty cool).
Because in your vid it starts being repetitive after a while.

After learning this you should play it with a metronome, it will help you improve in speed and phrasing

I see you take your time to think what you're gonna do on the guitar during the solo :p that's what marty friedman recommends! You should watch his video lessons on youtube, like melodic control and else!

There's someparts which are cool in the vid like when you make the guitar hero face ! :p

Keep it up !

Hope vilarum is doing good, did you finally find a whole band? With band members :p
Including Jack Beasty


Yay! And yeah, its funny you say that because I'd originally started out in harmonic minor but switched to minor because I didn't like the way the last note of the harmonic minor sounded across the instrumental, plus, I'm more comfortable with minor.

Thanks for the tips!

And nah Vilarum is still floating around, I haven't really been looking actually, kinda dropped the ball, but more music'll be sure to come quite soon.


Quote by JudgeDrey
Whoaw I'm freakaing out! I finally get to see Sammi in action!

Not bad for a referee with studded bracelets and a evil panda bear T-shirt.

I'm pumped to see you attempt some leads dude.

IMO, you picked a odd backing track to try and improvise over, but good job nonetheless! You gotta try to stay away from some of the repetitiveness with some more bends and shit maybe. Just a thought. Don't get too good, I'll have to come murder you. (Not a real internet threat Big brother)

I just uploaded a not-so-original original today myself dude.
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1335612



Bwuahaha, funny thing about the panda shirt is I got it at the zoo, during my idiot teenager days, following an extremely bad trip the night before, and upon entering the zoo I tripped balls like a hippie at woodstock because of all the animals. So, upon arriving at the giftshop, I thought it only right to get a tidi shirt.

As for the backing track, I just wanted to do something in Bm because I'd never play in the key of B, and it was the first thing I found.

Thanks for the tips though! As far as getting too good I doubt it, I've been trying to sweep pick and its an awfully humbling experience thats pretty much ruined all ego I might've picked up.
#10
Hey that was fun! You're sloppy at times and such, but the clip was nice - you never seeem to do anything you couldn't do, so thats fine. Since I haven't seen your picking hand I'd suggest you to have your fretting had placed more "rock-style" i.e. try to have your thumb over the neck around 6th string and try to make as little movements with your fingers as possible.

Cheers. Ace.

P.S. Cool shirt