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  • Anyone used Tom Hess' Practice Generator?

    I need to focus my practice and since a good teacher isn't really available to me, I was thinking this might be useful. The only problem is that I'm not sure exactly what it does besides organize a practice. I know the stats from Hess' page, but does it actually provide exercises to improve in the areas you choose? Does it make goal suggestions? Is there a pleasant GUI?

    I'm hesitant to try it out without a demo or even screenshots to go from. Any additional information about this program would be much appreciated. Thanks.
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    Hi Barber. Why isn't a good teacher available for you? Is it your location?



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    • #3
      Partly location. My town is large enough to have several teachers, but probably not of the quality I require at my level of experience. The biggest problem is finding a teacher that is suited to my style. I want to develop as a metal guitarist and I've hit a wall. Unfortunately there is literally no metal community in town, so the teachers are very difficult to find. I have a few more places to try, but my expectations are low.

      So I haven't written off finding a teacher quite yet, but I'm looking for ways to get by on my own as best as I can in the mean time.

      BTW, if anyone knows a great teacher in State College, PA, I'd appreciate the recommendation.
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      • #4
        Oh I see. Have you considered taking correspondence lessons from Tom Hess? He teaches metal also. And he has helped many students reach their goals so I feel you may want to consider contacting him regarding lessons. And he is surely qualified to help you.




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        • #5
          I'm not sure I can afford him. I haven't looked at his rates but he has a reputation for being expensive (though good), particularly, I would think, for correspondence.
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          • #6
            How much would you be willing to pay for a guitar lesson? His lessons are about $55 each. But you do not have to take lessons as often as he can give, which is 2 weeks. You could also take them every 3 weeks - 6 weeks. I think most guitar teachers in US charge about $30 if I'm not wrong.

            So if we have lessons every week we spend $60 in 2 weeks. Which is slightly more than having a lesson with Tom every 2 weeks. But Tom isn't just the average teacher as we can see that many of his students are reaching their goals and being very good at what they do. Each lesson is created to take us closer to our goals and we work on what we have to know.


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            • #7
              I need to focus my practice and since a good teacher isn't really available to me, I was thinking this might be useful. The only problem is that I'm not sure exactly what it does besides organize a practice. I know the stats from Hess' page, but does it actually provide exercises to improve in the areas you choose? Does it make goal suggestions? Is there a pleasant GUI?

              I'm hesitant to try it out without a demo or even screenshots to go from. Any additional information about this program would be much appreciated. Thanks.


              I use a good practice tool that shows you how to play some of those complex leads in slow motion and you can view how it's played from any angle you want. It costs about $19.95 a month or $199.95 a year and you can get it here:

              http://guitarschool.net/page.asp?id=16710&utm_source=app&utm_medium=logon

              It's called IPerform 3D. It will help you break some new ground on learning leads and teaches metal, blues, country, and jazz styles on intermediate and advanced levels...Give it a try...
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              • #8
                There is a demo now, it's super cool. Check it out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txE0xS3Di94&feature=channel_page

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                • #9
                  People ask about playing real fast; I point 'em to Tom Hess. They can sort it out for themselves. I think though that Hess's music is comically mechanical. So if you just want bionic chops, go.
                  EVERYTHING ELSE about music, involves some kind of music. You learn to operate your instrument so you can play it - music that is. What kind of material do you do? Gigs? What's your default performance level? If you have any of these concerns, forget Hess.
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                    1001gear wrote:
                    People ask about playing real fast; I point 'em to Tom Hess. They can sort it out for themselves. I think though that Hess's music is comically mechanical. So if you just want bionic chops, go.
                    EVERYTHING ELSE about music, involves some kind of music. You learn to operate your instrument so you can play it - music that is. What kind of material do you do? Gigs? What's your default performance level? If you have any of these concerns, forget Hess.



                    I'm glad someone said this. It needed to be said. Also, Tom Hess is the Anton Lavey of guitar. But that's secondary to his massive cheese factor and bionic chops. Kinda' like the Conlon Nancarrow of guitar.


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                    • #12
                      People ask about playing real fast; I point 'em to Tom Hess. They can sort it out for themselves. I think though that Hess's music is comically mechanical. So if you just want bionic chops, go.
                      EVERYTHING ELSE about music, involves some kind of music. You learn to operate your instrument so you can play it - music that is. What kind of material do you do? Gigs? What's your default performance level? If you have any of these concerns, forget Hess.


                      When you have chops like that, its all in how YOU wish to use it. No one says you have to eschew your blues chops as a result of the lessons. The lessons give you the ability. Tom wishes to be a neoclassical fusion shredder. Someone else may just want to be able to whip those fast runs out as a "Wow" Factor in a solo.

                      Guitar teachers aren't there to teach you creativity. They are there to give you the tools to fuel YOUR creativity.

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                      • #13
                        Glad you noticed. Anything a sequencer can do better, use a sequencer.
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                        • #14
                          GuitarPro is a good software program that would seem to fill your needs.

                          Check it out.

                          http://www.guitar-pro.com/en/index.php
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                          • #15
                            yeah this guy is like a pyramid scheme guy or something. I gave my email for a free audio thing, which to be honest was alright, and now I get at least one email a day. His website has those really long sales pitches that go on and on and scroll down the page. It's real classic web marketing stuff.

                            Anyway, I'm sure he's good at getting people to learn stuff, but to be honest I checked out all his students playing and it was all pretty horrible music. Like if you grated cheese all over a drum machine and then overbaked it in the oven. Personally I like guitar that sounds like a guitar, - he doesn't seem to cater for this and to be honest I think he'd find it hard to teach anything but 'chops' and economy styles by correspondence.
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