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Ostinato Etude, Lesson By Piotr Kaczor
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FreePizza
Apr 17 2021, 03:32 AM
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Original lesson: Ostinato Etude by Piotr Kaczor

I have been working on this exercise all week and I'm still really messy at it. 100bpm is definitely too fast. I slowed the 90bpm down 5% to approximately 85bpm and feel somewhat comfortable there. I miss notes and my sweeping at the end is off time I'm sure. Much thanks and appreciation to Piotr for such a fun piece to attempt to learn lol. Thanks for listening and watching.

PS I'm not sure why I did that harmonic and dive bomb where I did. It kind of just happened and I left it in. Hope that's ok.

Update:

After watching other students efforts I'm kind of embarrassed I even submitted this take. I apologize for the additional stuff I added, I should have stuck to the lesson. I will try to do better. I think I need to get this exercise down at 70 or 80bpm. and practice it there for a while.

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Kristofer Dahl
Apr 17 2021, 01:46 PM
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Hi FreePizza,

Awesome to see you post your first REC take and I can assure you - you have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. You rock! 😎

And we cannot blame you for adding stuff over this lesson - because we can tell you are enjoying yourself (and who wouldn't over Piotr's killer tune).

You say the up to tempo version is too fast for you - and I would like to add that this current tempo also feels a little fast for you. I still think you can practice a certain amount of time at this tempo (because rocking away is a lesson in itself).

However to guarantee quick progress and proper technique - I would advice you to spend more than 50% of your time at a slower tempo than what you are playing here.

More specifically we are indeed hearing some missed notes / bad hand sync as you pointed out. This kind of stuff usually solves it self if you can refrain from playing a tempo that is too fast for you.

There is also a pitch issue which I think has to do with your tuning - be sure to double check that prior to your next recording.

I can't grade you as you are not playing up to the original tempo yet - but I am extremely happy you submitted your first REC take and I am looking forward to more of them 👊

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Darius Wave
May 4 2021, 02:26 PM
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Hey there!

Never be embarassed of showing your playing and asking for some feedback. Fortunately this community consists of many great people who are or have been at the point your are, and totalyl understand your situation.

Kris is spot on (as usually) with his "yoda" guidence - yes, just make sure you enjoy what you do, and practise will become fun as well smile.gif

Since most of the stuff looks more like it needs polishing than redoing from scratch I would like you to rethink this:

With medium to fast playing it is critical to manage you strength between tension and release state.

It is not 100% accurate to say that practise slow will make you play fast (it is in a sense but it needs extended explanation). At medium to high speed it demands from our right hand to change it's mechanics to distribute the strangth properly to speed. If you play slow and heavy and try to speed this up, you'll figureout you loose the ability to contonue playing at some point, due to over-tensioned hand. From the other side if you keep playing soft you''ll easily loose timing and "punch".

The trick is to peoperly layout accents that will be played stronger and matched with timeline...for example drum beats. When playing triplets you can play one per 3 notes stronger and 2 other softer so the hand will tense and then have two notes of relax.

Moments of tension are critical for good timing match and precise position shifts. You need to learn your mind when it need to highly focus for quick and precise position shift or for precise time of accenting. this way you can keep both - the reasonable tension of your hands and precision in playing. What I feel you're doing is trying to speed up sort of lazy and loosen hand state. It's especially visible on the tapped notes section.

Witm such a seed and short time between notes there is no chance to do thins without a tension moments unless you sacrifice some notes to get extra time for positions shifts.

I guess being in your shoes I would focus and that topic first smile.gif

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