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post Jun 14 2016, 10:03 PM
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Original lesson: Alternate Picking Workout #2 by Darius Wave

Hi mates; this is an excellent workout and it turned out harder than I thought. You need to be very delicate with the strings, pick and all. My own assessment is that my dynamic is not perfect; some of the notes are louder, while others are quieter than necessary. I also have some timing issues, I think... Still, I hope you like it. Cheers, -Val

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post Jun 15 2016, 11:24 AM
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Hey Val!

First of all...thanx for choosing my lesson. I hope you enjoyed learning it.

From the critical things there is only one to spot - around 0:58 there is a wrong note - f# instead of f

Now some details:

Very good thing is that you can detect most of problems on your own. That's the first step to self developement.
Your timing is not so bad at all. Yes - there are spots where it could be more precise but overall your picking is consistent (timing-wise)

You are right the the dynamics are the issue here. Whole lesson was built on the "question-response" pattern. "Questions" are being played with palm muting and they should be clearly different than the responses. you palm muting is not even at the moment. Some notes sound less muted, some...more muted.

You need to watch out for the open G-string. IT tends to ring while you start to play another sequence

I would suggest to avoid using delay effect for alternate picking takes. It's not a must but in your case there is sort of slap-back effect that slicely blurries your playing

I would also experiment with a little more distortion. Your picking is sharp (that's nothing wrong) and your "not muted" notes sound bright and sharp. With a little bit more of compression, caused by more gain, you could be able to create more contrast between palm muting and open notes.

Aside from above you're doing very well and your take has nothign serious to fix (excluding this one wrong note). I like that you respected the chnage of picking direction in the final part.

All best! Darius
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post Jun 17 2016, 06:54 PM
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Hi Val,

Good job! This is a very effective lesson to train different elements like alternate picking, timing, left hand fingering and dynamics. I think that the overall sounds good and that you've already detected which elements are weak on this lesson.

I consider very important to continue practising this lesson in order to make your picking more consistent, and to polish timing and dynamics.

This is not a lesson based on dynamics but in your take I also note that the overall sound irregular regarding intensities. The lesson is based on 8th notes so the accentuation should be slight but on the first of each group of two 8th notes, in other words, you can accentuate each down stroke.

Ok mate, this new take shows that you are focused and working hard. Keep going!!

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post Jun 20 2016, 12:46 PM
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Hi Val, this is a strong take with good timing.

As my comrades say, the dynamics could be more even.. some notes are loud and some not so loud etc.. it also sounds a little stiff. It could flow a lot easier. Maybe it's because you're concentrating hard?

As Darius said, playing with a clean tone can make it harder to get even dynamics. However it does show us where we pick hard and where we don't so maybe keeping it that way is a good test.

You're doing a good job, so just keep on doing it!

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