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> Take 3: Phil Collen: Beginner, Lesson By Ben Higgins
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post Jan 30 2018, 08:50 PM
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Original lesson: Phil Collen: Beginner by Ben Higgins

Hello everyone, another try, I know some of the bends are a bit off but that's the sweat on my hand from the nerves again and some of the chords are a bit sloppy with the low E coming into play but, punish as you see fit.The nerves are getting better. I don't know how Ben gets his awesome tone but I did my best. Great lesson this is smile.gif

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post Jan 30 2018, 10:04 PM
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Hey there Phil. In general with this guitar(or your workout did it) it all sounds more in tune. Of course we put aside the fact that the bends are a little of - some more, some less, but not perfect yet. We also put aside that single moment when you hit a wrong note smile.gif
Something weird happened with your tone..it sounds like you missed to turn on the cabinet simulation or the simulation is not descent enough because the sound in very unnatural - to flat for a cabinet. Some old, analog cab sim sounded this way.

As for the playing I have one observation about your left hand. It's subjective but it works for me and some other players. Please see my "20 quick tips" or "20 tips" videos and unwanted noises part. Most of rockers yous more "blues-related" left hand shaping. It's generally flat across al strings....excluding situation when there's a need to make it differently. Your left hand looks more like a classical player hand - rounded. When you hit a powerchord you loose control over unwanted strings. You try to compensate it with your right hand but when you try to prepare it to play what's next, then all the "scratching" noise come out. With this much of a distortion in your take, you would need to be totally disciplined with any of unnecessary hand movements between notes. They all caouse unprofessional noise/scratching etc. If you increase the efficiency of your left hand muting, you'll see that your right hand will get some more freedom, and you will not have to keep that much steady on the bridge. MAke some A-B comparisons of your video on tips video and you'll clearly see.

As for bending I would also redirect you to the tips video - bending notes. Try to think that when you bend a string, all available fingers of your left hand becomes one. They all need to press and push the string. It definitely makes things easier to control. Especially the pitch because a minimal motion can cause serious pitch issues. That may be the reason of your pitch control issues

I'm personally thorn apart on the grade to give for your take. It's some kind of clear improvement comparing to each other but it's not enough yet to hit a next level grade on the scale. It's like your bends where 50% precise and now are 80% (most of them) but in case of pitch 20% is still a lot and I hope some of my ideas would help you fix it for your ucoming takes.

Anyways...you make a visible progress so keep up the good work and let's get it step by step smile.gif
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post Jan 31 2018, 08:02 AM
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Nice Phil!

As you said there are some mistakes here and there. But the big thing I am looking for is an improvement in your bending - as this is the main thing preventing your take from being enjoyable.

...and there is an improvement for sure smile.gif However you are still not consistent enough and there are some ear killing bends still - which is why I still need to give you a 5. You are on the right track though, so whatever you have been doing - keep doing it!

I see you have a bright future ahead of you cool.gif

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post Feb 2 2018, 01:54 PM
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Hi Phil! As we are working at Gab's Army on this one, you already know my thoughts. I'm here just for grading and to check other instructors feedback.

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post Feb 13 2018, 04:38 PM
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