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post Feb 6 2019, 03:28 PM
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Original lesson: Southern Rock by Stephane Lucarelli

I used the Bass and Drum backing track (no guitar) and laid down the backing guitar tracks. I recorded this REC take years ago under the user Kalamari... when rejoined I wasnt sure I could use that account again so now I decided another go at this piece. I worked on the bends and the timing quite a bit by isolating the individual sections and playing over at lower speeds and then then bringing to speed. My calluses are starting to develop back with all the bending for sure. Thanks for your time and ears.

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post Feb 7 2019, 10:18 PM
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Hi Juan!

It's a good idea to continue working on this cool lesson. The original performance by Stephane is very inspiring and it's full of details that you could include in your take.

There are mostly 3 elements that I would work on first place:

- Articulation
- Dynamics
- Bending
- Tone

All these elements are totally related and I would start by adjusting a bit the EQ of your tone. I feel that it's lacking some prescence and/or treble so it sounds less defined and dynamics are less notorious. Use the original take as reference to adjust your tone. I also think that the original take has a bit of drive and that makes it have more sustain.

By articulation I reffer to the way you connect phrases, how you use slides, and vibrato to make the connections smoother. Once again, a tone with more sustain would help.

Your bends are better, but I would put more work on them so you reach the pitches smoother. There is a section close to the end where you seem to be searching for the pitch instead of nailing it.

Ok mate, you take has obviously lots of good things too, but I'm here to help you to improve, it's a 7, keep on the hard work! wink.gif

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post Feb 8 2019, 10:45 AM
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I would like to add that Steph has killer tone going here, with very interesting breakup/compression. This is advanced stuff and not something affecting your grade - but I am mentioning it as a general pointer to work on your tone regularly.

The easiest improvement I can think of is probably to experiment a little more with reverb/delay and position your guitar better in the mix (it's also a tad loud). So currently it stands out as dry & loud - and it's much harder to get away with that. With these pointers I think you would be able to improve the musically of your take without even changing anything playing wise.

Keep up the hard work, you get a 6 from me!

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post Feb 12 2019, 08:46 AM
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Hey there!
Let me get to the point at list my straight-forward observations.

Stephane's a great player who has his kind of feel but while he's more towards jazz and I'm more towards rock, I can hear a jazz player playing rock smile.gif He's touch is very specific so it's not a pure rock attitude but a "smoothen one" smile.gif That's of course is nothing wrong - though...even cool on it's own way. That brings things to even harder level to be redone by someone else.

Your tone is too "cold". It's lacking some juicy midrange and has a little too much of low mids. It has a taste of guitar being plugged straight to the desk without a cab simulation or at least with a dry tone being mixed with simulated one. More or less the treble is not pleasant and worth readjusting.

I think you're quite close with your hand dynamics if it goes about first half. Sometimes you're hand sync is not perfect and some notes sound little off.

In the original lesson you can notice that Stephane's going for more agressive articulation towards the end, and the difference is clearly audiable. In your take I didn't experience that kind of expression boost. It doesn't mean you didn't put some more effort but it doesn't not make that muhc of a difference in sound that we can spot in Stephane's take. That's a thing to make detailed overview and comparison.

Back to sound thing...
You could go for more gain. You need to get some more of compression caused by distortion, which will pull out some of softly played notes and sustain. That's what happens in original lesson. Soft notes sound soft becasue of Stephane's articulation but he difinitely uses a little more gain, less treble and more expression at the final part.

Anyway you're still doing a great job and remember about the importance of details because that's what differs between amateurs and pros. The details actually can take twice as much time to master, than making the first, complete run over the lesson. I think you have the abilities. You just need to put a little more effort once you get to the point you think the lesson could be already posted smile.gif Have a great time playing!
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