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post Jul 18 2011, 12:33 AM
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My first submission. Thanks in advance for the feedback.



The original:
http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Funky-Ballad/

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Fender Strat (American), audio through M-Audio fasttrack pro to Audacity. Video is MS Lifecam.

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Ivan Milenkovic
post Jul 18 2011, 09:59 AM
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The tone is OK and playing OK, but there are timing issues. You need to be able to follow the drums. Let the snare of the drum be your guide to punch in those notes more precisely.

Other big problem are the bends. I think you may use thicker strings too, try to put thinner strings to practice bending, and use all the fingers for bending, as support for the fretting finger.


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Ben Higgins
post Jul 18 2011, 10:53 AM
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Hi Greg, first I'd like to say well done for leaping into REC ! smile.gif

You picked a really nice lesson to learn.. it's also full of very subtle phrasing techniues that are quite tricky to tackle all at once. I think at the moment this lesson is a bit too much because of the techniques involved. It would be easier to work on these areas in smaller doses by picking some lessons that focus specifically on certain areas like bending, sliding or vibrato. If we spend some time working on your key areas, then tackling a piece like this will be so much easier.

I'll send you a p.m. with some suggestions ! smile.gif




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Cosmin Lupu
post Jul 18 2011, 12:31 PM
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Hey man! Congratz on starting to work with the REC wink.gif it'll pay off nicely - I already see that Ben has started this process so there's nothing to worry about, trust me wink.gif

Anyway, timing, accuracy and roundness in your articulation will show off in time, once you get to break down every beat and understand it. As a general advice - make every note count! There are no such things as notes that can be neglected smile.gif start off with this thing in mind and your learning process will provide good results! wink.gif


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Gabriel Leopardi
post Jul 19 2011, 07:34 AM
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It's so cool that you decided to record your first Rec take!! Congrats man! This videos helps us a lot to know how to help you with your playing. As the previous instructors said, the most important thing to work in this take is your timing. I think that you could try to play is along with the original lesson to incorporate the rhythm and figures of this solo. After that you can try again alone with the backing but you have to record yourself ever time to let you check if your timing is better or not. I wonder if you are used to practice exercises using metronome, if not, you have to start doing it.


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Keep working on it man, the foundation is there! 5 on this attempt..


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