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Ben Higgins
post Dec 18 2010, 09:24 PM
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Hi everybody... just a reminder that I'll doing the video chat tomorrow evening at 18:00 GMT, that's Sunday 19th !

Remember to have any questions about the Festive Challenge ready ! Hope to see you there cool.gif


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post Dec 18 2010, 10:21 PM
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Good Luck everybody smile.gif I will try to tackle the intermediate If i have time..


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post Dec 18 2010, 10:51 PM
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What an awesome competition! I'm looking forward to seeing the entries smile.gif))


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post Dec 18 2010, 11:37 PM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Dec 18 2010, 09:24 PM) *
Hi everybody... just a reminder that I'll doing the video chat tomorrow evening at 18:00 GMT, that's Sunday 19th !

Remember to have any questions about the Festive Challenge ready ! Hope to see you there cool.gif


Damn i got a game tomorow so i will miss the chat.

Was hoping to get some help with this but i guess i am on my own


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post Dec 19 2010, 11:24 PM
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It woulld be cool if everyone who is going to enter could tell something about what level they are going for and how they are doing.

For me i am aiming at Intermediate/Advanced.

The intermediate is actually very hard at some parts and i am having some difficulties with it now so i will most likely have to set my goal to master that even though i really wanted to do the advanced but i really dont have the time am afraid


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post Dec 19 2010, 11:47 PM
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QUOTE (superize @ Dec 19 2010, 11:24 PM) *
It woulld be cool if everyone who is going to enter could tell something about what level they are going for and how they are doing.

For me i am aiming at Intermediate/Advanced.

The intermediate is actually very hard at some parts and i am having some difficulties with it now so i will most likely have to set my goal to master that even though i really wanted to do the advanced but i really dont have the time am afraid


I would recommend going for intermediate. Its better to play something on your level well then push too hard and go for advanced.


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post Dec 19 2010, 11:59 PM
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Thanks for the chat today, Ben! I still need a bit more practice, but I'll go for the intermediate one. It's challenging for me, but I think I can make it.
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post Dec 20 2010, 12:18 AM
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I'm going for the advanced. It's pretty hard, but I want to push myself. I started to learn it yesterday and I got the piece memorized, just trying to work it up to speed. The last lick is really hard, but I'm making some progress so I hope I'll be able to submit a take of the advanced, otherwise I'm going to try my hand at the intermediate (which also looks pretty difficult to be honest).

Are we allowed to post takes in the uploads board to get comments before we submit it for the competition?

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post Dec 20 2010, 02:17 AM
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good luck! I won't be able to make it, I would like to though


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post Dec 20 2010, 03:06 AM
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I looked at each short lessons and I was actually learning few pieces from intermediate lesson lol.. I wanted to do advanced. Then, I opened up the tab and saw the licks I learnt weren't there.. haha. smile.gif

Anyway, been 2 days I started doing advanced lesson and the things I have learnt before are really helping me. At least the sweep part. I never did sweep properly before I started practicing Muris' extreme neoclassic and this helped me grasp the last lick on advanced lesson. But its quite tricky. I am pretty used to single slot of licks such as this part has 5 notes and it was making me crazy and was hard to think there are 6 notes. But I tried slowly and I think I got the last part now. I am having difficulty in the fast AP in the middle though. I see Ben's not really using strict AP (kind of sweeping/AP) and I am not so used to that (though I have done it at the last lick). I will try practicing and I think given the time left, I can master this one. I can pretty much do it in tempo at the moment but still need to hit each note right meaning more practice. smile.gif

So, what was discussed in the chat? would love to know any tips... smile.gif

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post Dec 20 2010, 12:07 PM
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Hi Guys !!

It's great to see so many of you having a blast at the intermediate and advanced lessons. The Intermediate is quite hard as well (sorry abut that !!!) unsure.gif

If any of you have any questions about any parts you can always send me a message any time..

Maharzan, that part you are talking about in the Advanced lesson: I play the lick using economy picking but please use alternate picking if that is what you're comfortable with. The main goal is to be able to play the song and melodies.. it doesn't matter if you pick it different from me. So use alternate picking there.. it's a typical 3 note per string pattern (apart from the beginning note on the A string) so you can use the normal 'down-up' picking approach there and it will work fine smile.gif

Superize, if you would like any tips or advice then I'm here to help smile.gif I would personally recommend concentrating on the Intermediate as the Advanced really is more difficult, especially with the sweeps at the end...

One of the things that we talked about in the chat was the term I used in the written description for video 8 - 'rake' This means to push your pick across the strings that you are not playing to get to the desired note, creating a scraping sound. It's like sweeping, but instead of playing notes with your left hand, you're just playing muted strings (muted using your picking hand) until you get to the note that rings out. Practice sweeping through the strings with just your picking hand (don't worry about the fretting hand for now) and keep the strings muted so they have a 'plink plonk' sound to them... now try adding a note with your fretting hand. Pick a note somehwere on the G string, then practice raking through the muted strings until you get the the note on the G string, then pick the note cleanly. This will probably require you to move your wrist slightly in order to un-mute the strings and pick the note. But after some practice it will become second nature and you'll start including it in your playing style, I bet you ! wink.gif


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post Dec 20 2010, 01:10 PM
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Thanks Ben. ha I forget that name - economy picking. smile.gif nearly there now...


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post Dec 20 2010, 01:18 PM
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QUOTE (maharzan @ Dec 20 2010, 03:06 AM) *
So, what was discussed in the chat? would love to know any tips... smile.gif


Beer biggrin.gif

Oh, about the lesson? What Ben said smile.gif
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post Dec 20 2010, 01:47 PM
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Just one question cause I didnt really get it...What does the second rule mean? I can somewhat get what it means, but I would like it fully explained if that's possible wink.gif The fault's obviously my english biggrin.gif Thanks anyway!!
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post Dec 20 2010, 01:59 PM
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SubbedChris,
It says that you shouldn't pick a song below your level.
If you can do the intermediate, don't pick the beginner. It is a challenge.

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post Dec 20 2010, 02:57 PM
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Well yeah that's what I understood but I havent really uploaded any lesson so how would anyone know what level fits my skills? Personally,Im going for the 3 level song tongue.gif Even if I dont have any proof,that level is the one that fits me best! tongue.gif There's no way I could manage the 5 one.Would that be alright?
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post Dec 20 2010, 03:05 PM
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Hey Chris,
I think it's perfectly alright to go for the beginner song. And the victory might already be yours, since it looks like most of us will go for the intermediate or even advanced song smile.gif
But if I were you I would practice the intermediate lesson as well, at a lower tempo, as it will be a good training for you. Maybe you could record a video of you playing that song as well and post it in Ben's forum, just to get some feedback. The great instructors here can't really help you when they never see you play wink.gif

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post Dec 20 2010, 03:14 PM
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Ha... I just saw "G STRING" several times on Ben's post.. Now I am motivated! wink.gif


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post Dec 20 2010, 03:15 PM
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QUOTE (maharzan @ Dec 20 2010, 03:14 PM) *
Ha... I just saw "G STRING" several times on Ben's post.. Now I am motivated! wink.gif


What's going on between Ben and you? First you ask him a vibrator question, and now this... tongue.gif laugh.gif


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post Dec 20 2010, 04:17 PM
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QUOTE (Gitarrero @ Dec 20 2010, 03:15 PM) *
What's going on between Ben and you? First you ask him a vibrator question, and now this... tongue.gif laugh.gif


You kinda guessed it! laugh.gif laugh.gif


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