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Ben's Land Of Legato, Lesson By Ben Higgins
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1-10
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tflava
Dec 21 2020, 02:43 PM
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Original lesson: Ben's Land Of Legato by Ben Higgins

In working hard on my legato after all the feedback.

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Kristofer Dahl
Dec 21 2020, 10:32 PM
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Cool!

Your posture here looks good and your left hand feels pretty relaxed.

However - there are too many hand sync / timing issues here. Especially right before there is a position or string shift coming up. This to me is a clear indication that you are practicing with mistakes.

It is absolutely mandatory that you practice at tempo where you do not make any mistakes.
Otherwise you will just be consolidating bad habits.

I think you would quite easily be able to clean up your technique if you could just drop your practicing tempo to a pace where you are in total control.

I will give you a 5 here, but I am pretty confident you could easily get a good grade if you shift gears (downwards!)

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Gabriel Leopardi
Dec 22 2020, 02:18 AM
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Hi Tim!

As you've been sharing your progress on this one at the mentoring program, I can say that you legato technique is improving a lot! There is still work to do in order to make the connections smoother, mostly in the second half where you have more notorious issues (for example at 00:25).

Besides that, as I've said in the thread, I think that you should keep this one in your diary practice in order to feel more comfortable with the patterns and be able to play everything tighter, and with your hands more relaxed.

Those are the 3 main goals (articulation, timing & relaxation).

Keep on the hard work!

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Todd Simpson
Dec 22 2020, 03:13 AM
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Super congrats on all of the progress you've made on your Legato!! I can see that your pinky is playing a big part here which is great to see. This piece seems easier on paper than it easy when actually played. I think you are on your way to being able to play this without any issues at all. Keep going with this one. Try to play it each time you practice if possible or every other time. No need to repeat what has been said before, but I do notice a bit of a hiccup when you traverse a string/fret at the same time. This is part of what makes this rec tricky. You have to prepare ahead of time for each new hand position and stick the landing just barely before the beat so that you can strike in time. It's making those changes that I think will get you to the other side of this.
Onward!!

Todd

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Darius Wave
Dec 28 2020, 08:52 PM
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Hey Tim!

Good legato should sound good on clean channel or....acoustic guitar too. It means it needs lots of strength to be made properly but of course when we use distortion it doesn't seems to be that hard. It is important to keep feeling that you actually are having these little "hammers" hammerign the frets and then you pull like you mean it.

Watching your performance I have rather good thoughts - as Kris wrote - good hand shaping and rather relaxed, controlled motion. The trick is to achive some consistency in timing and strength managmenet, so you won't "overhat" too fast. In this video this was my impression.

As a sidenote I belive it's time to stop looking at right hand - it has only 6 strings to work over, and it doesn't have to "target the frets wink.gif Try to trust it

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Fran
Jan 10 2021, 04:49 PM
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Almost there, 5.75

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