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QUOTE (bleez @ Oct 2 2017, 08:12 PM) *
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Who does your internet, CompuServe? tongue.gif I dont think I'd get out of bed for 5mbps smile.gif


Pretty sure it's a hamster on a wheel!
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QUOTE (AK Rich @ Oct 2 2017, 06:45 PM) *
I thought mine was bad at 5mbps down and 2 mbps up


I'm about 5mbps down on a very good day - usually in the mid to high 4's. A 2mbps upload would be a comparative luxury laugh.gif

QUOTE (Sensible Jones @ Oct 2 2017, 07:19 PM) *
especially if all 3 of us in the Village that have the Interwebs use it at the same time!!!


You guys must be able to type faster with all those extra fingers!
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Posted on: Oct 2 2017, 04:47 PM


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QUOTE (fzalfa @ Oct 2 2017, 02:50 PM) *
some of my customer are working with almost less.....hard to launch a terminal server service !!!

Cheers

Laurent


It sucks balls.

Loved your new Mazza btw! 6 cylinder power!
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Posted on: Oct 2 2017, 09:29 AM


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I hate you guys.


Try running an internet business with an 0.38mbps upload speed...


Exactly wink.gif
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Posted on: Jun 23 2017, 10:17 AM


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Stunning car! That must have been one hell of a ride, Phil.

But....... seriously, if you get invited to jam with KK again.. next time, bloody well GO! cool.gif

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Posted on: Apr 20 2017, 08:45 AM


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This is classic Dahl! Crazy and catchy cool.gif

The main riff has a nice Melodic Swedish Death Metal vibe to it... where you have a Maiden-ish I VI V chord progression to a thrashy beat. Great stuff.. I love that guitar as well, it suits you.

Re: the warmth... one thing I notice is when the lone guitar plays the riff you can hear the metallic edge of the reverb. It can be tough to lose that metallic edge on 'verbs and that can give a colder edge that we don't want. Experiment by bypassing all FX and seeing if your mix still feels cold. If not, then the fx need tweaking.

Good to see you creating again
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Posted on: Mar 9 2017, 04:57 PM


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Sounds great, Laurent! 6 cylinder engines make beautiful music cool.gif
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Posted on: Mar 9 2017, 04:54 PM


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Hi Fabio, this is a solid take which has good foundations but you just need to work on some technical details:

- At 0:06 you accidentally mute the open high E string.

- The legato run at 0:28 is a bit incoherent so I would work on some legato exercises or some hammer/pull drills just to build up some finger strength and free up the fingers even more.

- The tremolo picking part at 0:30 is supposed to be played as 16th note triplets but you're playing them as straight 16th notes so it's a lot slower than the lesson intended.

You've got a good base of technique - you just need to work on picking speed, finger independence and vibrato for a while smile.gif
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Posted on: Mar 1 2017, 02:25 PM


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Hi Monica this is awesome. Probably one of the most impressive REC's we've ever seen here at GMC.

I thought the hammer-on /pull-off lick performed by the little finger could have been clearer at 0:43. That's about it.

The tone is great, your articulation is brilliant. There's lots of dynamics going on with the staccato notes and you nailed them!

Those arpeggios..... they speak for themselves cool.gif
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Posted on: Feb 20 2017, 12:26 PM


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Hi Manu, from our observations of your vibrato.. the issues were not really related to pitch. The pitch was good. The point Darius was making was that by having an irregular approach to vibrato (sometimes doing upwards vibrato on the G string, for example) could lead to pitch issues. But overall your pitch control is very good.

It was purely the physical approach we were looking at. smile.gif

Here your vibrato sounds great but I can still see you doing upwards vibrato on the G string. You do manage to make it work somehow but generally we don't do this as it's not as comfortable or easy to control. I've added some detailed stuff in the REC take.
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Posted on: Feb 20 2017, 12:21 PM


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Hi Manu this is really good. What a great tone as well!

Darius has made a good observation about the vibrato technique. I follow a general rule with vibrato.

Vibrato is always downwards directed on all strings apart from the B and high E string.

On the B string you can do downwards vibrato but only narrow vibrato. Nothing over a semitone. On the B you have a choice of narrow downwards vibrato, or upwards vibrato - where you can add more if required. Classical vibrato is also an option on the higher strings.

With the E string, vibrato can only be directed upwards. (unless you use classical vibrato but not many people use it on the electric. Only weirdos like me)

That vibrato you did on the last string bend was brilliant, by the way wink.gif
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Posted on: Feb 7 2017, 12:21 PM


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Hi there. This is not a bad take but there's a couple of technical areas that you can improve upon straight away

First of all is your picking movement. You've probably followed picking advice very closely and read / watched all about how less movement is good etc. For alternate picking runs and intricate playing this advice is mostly good but when it comes to rhythm playing you can afford to use more kinetic energy in the execution of riffs. This helps in two ways

1. More movement gives you more of a physical reference point to stay in time, a bit like dancing.

2. More forceful downstrokes due to more note velocity gives a stronger sound.

I feel you may be trying to apply your intricate alternate picking approach to a rhythm context so you're visibly trying to restrain your hand movement. Instead, let it move.. you don't have to clamp your wrist to the same spot on the guitar - it will only hamper movement.

The second area of technique is that you appear as if you don't have a full grasp of the picking direction you want to use. In the lead section in the middle, there are points where Gab may play a couple of downstrokes in succession but much of it is pure alternate picking. If you use alternate picking when he does, you'll have less trouble when it comes to the end of the line and you have to move back to the previous string.

Hopefully that all makes sense! smile.gif
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Posted on: Feb 7 2017, 12:09 PM


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Hi Manu, this is very impressive work.

You tackle the dexterity of the lines very well and I think this is probably the smoothest we've seen you play when it comes to fast runs with alternate picking. You've definitely made considerable improvements in this area.

The tone is really tasteful, silky smooth.

You mentioned about dynamics. I don't think anybody, including us, would be able to play that piece like Diego plays it because it's so full of nuances and he's an incredibly dynamic player.

However, yes I agree. If I could sum it up I would say yours sounds softer overall whereas Diego digs in and gets harder edges out of his performance. There's a bit more toughness in the staccato parts which helps create a dual opposite nature with the softer lines that use pull-offs. If you can achieve a bit more hardness by using more 'raking' techniques that will also add some 'grit' to your playing.

Great work, you should be proud
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Posted on: Feb 7 2017, 11:58 AM


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Hi Laurent!

Listening to the take, the first thing I noticed was that you're probably using more distortion than you need to. If you were playing another piece or playing something at full tempo then you would do things according to your taste and distortion levels are a subjective thing. But this lesson is more of a technical study so it might help you to lower the gain levels so you can work better on eliminating unwanted string noises. This issue is most apparent when you play the lower strings.

You have a nice, relaxed pick angle but for sweeping you need to be prepared to mute much more than you do normally, though. So you may need to bring your hand closer to the strings to use your thumb to help mute the lower strings and the outside edge of the hand (pinky side) to help control the higher strings.

Timing is mostly good but with a few exceptions. It's a lot harder to keep a steady rhythm when sweeping at low speeds but if you can do it well at this speed then you'll have an advantage at the faster tempos.

As Darius said, you could improve the sweeping motion itself as much of it looks like separate strokes. I could be wrong because videos can be deceptive... but if you do need some technical reference points to help then check out this video smile.gif

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Posted on: Jan 31 2017, 01:00 PM


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Hi man, this performance sounds and looks totally controlled and accurate. I can't find anything wrong with it at all so I have no choice but to throw down a 10 smile.gif Well done.
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Hi Simon, I love the tone and overall execution of this piece. our vibrato is very tasteful as well, I must say!

Your picking technique looks nice and relaxed, with a good hand position. As the lads have pointed out, there's a few instances where the hand sync doesn't quite line up, you can hear these little 'fluff's every now and again where a note doesn't quite ring through or a finger lands before the pick or vice versa. Nothing major but a few of them appearing in the piece is enough to show that the sync needs a bit more work in general.

Keep it up!
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Posted on: Jan 26 2017, 06:56 PM


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QUOTE (bleez @ Jan 26 2017, 05:48 PM) *
I thought the first 2 seasons of vikings were particularly excellent. Its a great show overall but the first 2 are perfect. I totally binge watched them one weekend and the following day you posted up 'Cross to bear' and it reminds of the show everytime smile.gif in fact that song should be 'Athelstans theme' and should be played everytime he is onscreen...... without exception.


Man that's brilliant - thanks for sharing! biggrin.gif
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I dig material from ABBA, Kate Bush, Madonna, I love most of what Ghost are doing..

A Swedish band with some truly great music is The Ark





Surprising enough for you? wink.gif

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My good friend Bill sent me the first 2 seasons as a gift.. I'm waiting for my schedule to be clear enough to watch it but I can't wait cool.gif
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Hi Anders, you've definitely got the speed and the overall hand co-ordination for this level of picking. Todd is right, the tone sounds nice and chunky.

The problem I'm hearing is that you're missing notes on those repeating sextuplets at 0:15 and 0:16. Your pick is catching the 3rd note twice instead of catching the note fretted by the index finger on the string above. So you're missing that note which should be caught by the upstroke on the adjacent string.

I think the issue lies in two places. First you need to make extra sure your pick is picking the string above and not just picking the string you started on. Secondly, lift your pinky off the string when you don't need it and make sure you concentrate all your attention on the index finger as it frets the string above.

Concentrate on those two things and that lick will soon start happening the way it should smile.gif
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Posted on: Jan 24 2017, 11:26 AM


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Hi man, this is pretty impressive actually.. not that bad at all.

What I like about it as that you do have a good grasp of using the pick in different ways to enable strong accents and staccato phrases. Also some really nice pinch harmonics on the bends too - well done.

For me, the obvious thing that needed the most attention was that sometimes your phrases don't flow together smoothly, like there's an awkward transition between some of them. I don't know if this is due to needing more memorisation or if some of the movements are just harder for you but it's not a massive criticism, just something that would benefit your whole delivery overall.

I like the tone... one thing that is worth doing in the DAW is setting up a stereo reverb or delay, sending your guitar track to it and adjusting the fader until it feels your guitar is in the same 'room' as the track. You'd be surprised how unaffected guitar signals actually are, it's more about placing them in the mix right. If you do go for a delay, somewhere between 200-320mls with a very short feedback/repeat of between 3% and 6%

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Posted on: Jan 24 2017, 10:25 AM


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Hi Tom, it's great to see that you've managed to make the change on your pick grip - well done smile.gif

You manage well on this track but Sinisa's phrase are quite sophisticated and can be deceptively difficult. There's a few areas that could be approached differently by re-thinking your finger positioning:

- The sliding phrase at 0:10 could be smoother. Firstly, I would slow down the sliding movement on the G string. It also looks like you're using the index finger for that slide? I could be wrong but if you are, then that is more difficult for you because you just used the index finger to slide down on the B string, so use your 2nd finger like Sinisa. The transition will be smoother that way because you don't have to take your index finger from the B string and put it on the G.

- 0:17, this just needs more work to make the movements smoother. I can't see your fingers but perhaps my previous advice above may also apply.

- 0:21 - 0:29. Try to slow the slides down a little bit so they are more audible. The fretted note is being replaced too quickly and we don't get to enjoy the sound of the slide so much.

- 0:33, the semitone bend is missing here.

- 0:41, this is played excellently. No criticism, just praise here - great work. smile.gif

I'll leave the details at this point. There's some more little bits but they generally fall under the same observations I've made already. My overall advice is just to have a look at what your fingers are doing and try to approach using them more efficiently. If a finger is already placed somewhere, could one of the other fingers do the job instead etc? Using the fingers efficiently to make string changes smoother is an art that you will naturally start improving over time anyway.

Good work!
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Posted on: Jan 24 2017, 10:09 AM


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Hi Guillaume, this is really good take of this lesson.

I think the tone, timing and execution of this track are excellent and cannot find fault in it at all.

The guys have mentioned your hand position and I both agree and disagree about this. Let me explain;

- I think your hand position is very good. It's very relaxed and allows you to do what you need to do. As an overall hand position I would say do not change it - it' great.

- For this type of energetic rhythm playing, I can understand what they mean about using a bit more motion overall to give a more aggressive sound to the strumming. So for energetic rhythm parts, I'd say it's ok to add a bit more motion but don't change your hand position for other stuff that is more intricate and requires accuracy smile.gif
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Posted on: Jan 12 2017, 12:58 PM


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Hi man, this is an excellent take. Your bending accuracy is very impressive and you've got really good control over the technique as well as good control over your timing and tone.

There was only one bend that wasn't 100% on pitch. The semitone bend at 0:31 sounds just a little sharp to my ears but in a real live performance it would definitely be good enough. We just have to be strict and point every little thing out.

However, overall this was great. Those unison bends sounded just fine this time around.

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QUOTE (Sensible Jones @ Jan 10 2017, 06:05 PM) *
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In truth I was filling out a Spec Sheet to enter it in the Show at that particular Rally!! Didn't win anything there but it did lead to a feature in a well known Bike Mag!!
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Back Street Heroes?? The ones with the ladies? tongue.gif
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