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post May 2 2012, 03:08 PM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ May 2 2012, 09:56 AM) *
Alright Jon, you let me know when it's done and you think I can take a look over it smile.gif now, tell me did you grow your right hand nails a bit for the chicken pickin? smile.gif

No! That is funny because I was thinking about it and was going to ask you but I thought it would be a stupid question! laugh.gif So, I need to? Also, I am finding it easier with my middle finger to pluck the B string.


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post May 2 2012, 03:26 PM
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It helped me a ton man smile.gif I have my grown nails since 2007 and I won't give em up tongue.gif it's gonna offer the same consistency as the pick when you attack the strings wink.gif


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post May 31 2012, 01:51 AM
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Hi Cos!
Hope you're enjoying Warsaw! I FINALLY posted a REC of the Van Halen Lesson by Alex. I can play it quite well...... until the "RECORD" button is pushed! laugh.gif


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post Jun 2 2012, 02:12 PM
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Hey Jon smile.gif I listened and graded! What I think you need is to get in touch with the inner clock a little better. Rigidity in rhythm playing is not desirable, so try and tap your foot to the ground at let's say 75% of the tempo and play each part of the song, relying on your foot as a rhythmical base wink.gif Can you do that for me?

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post May 9 2013, 02:07 PM
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Hey Cos! I have slowed down the backing track for Ben's "Time to Gallop" from 120bpm to 100bpm. It looks like I will be breaking it down into several parts. Not sure if I need to slow it down more? Also, should I master one section at slower speed, build it up to full speed and then move on to the next, or master the whole piece at a slower tempo and build up the speed from there? Thanks for any advice you can give! smile.gif

Oops! I accidentally had my track muted. Okay, hopefully it is fixed now. ohmy.gif

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Hey Jon!

I think that you should approach things like this:

- master each part at a slow tempo
- bring all the parts together and play them against the metronome at first and then, in perfect sync with the backing track at a slow tempo
- gradually raise the tempo while keeping the quality of the playing

I think that at this point, you have issues with timing and syncing with the backing track. You need to focus on these two aspects and why not, when you are ready - record against the original recording. If things will not sound muddy and crowded, it means you are clean and precise in playing the piece.

I would say - let's hear each part recorded slow against a metronome click posted right here in this thread smile.gif It's gonna be a bit tedious at first, but once you get the hang of it, it'll go smooth and fast!

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Sounds good! I will use the metronome only at 80bpm and start with 0:00 to 0:13. When I feel it is good, I will submit that section twice: once with just the metronome and once with the backing track (both will be played at 80 bpm). I'm a very impatient person Cosmin. Maybe this will help me to work on it biggrin.gif. I won't rush, so don't be surprised if it is several days before I get anything back on here. Thank you for the advice and I hope you have a great weekend! smile.gif
LOL! I'm glad I proofread this. I had accidentally typed that I would use the metronome at 870bpm!!!! laugh.gif


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Sounds like a plan Jon! If you will focus, the guitar will teach you how to be patient smile.gif

Looking forward to the takes and don't rush, no one is chasing you, ok?


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Hey Cosmin! Okay, I'm pretty comfortable with the way these sound. I have done one with the metronome only at 80 and one with the BT at 80. I chose a different distortion setting for the take I did with the BT, and I hope it sounds better. Only recorded the first 15 seconds or so. You be the judge and, if you think I'm ready, I will work on the next 15 seconds. If not, I'll keep working on the first section. Thank you!
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Hey Jon! In what regards timing, this is good and both takes are ok, but indeed the one that has been recorded against the metronome is better sounding, because of the tone.

What I'd suggest here, is for you to try and play the gallop palm muting without separating the notes with the left hand (I can hear the notes being separated by the raising of the fingers from the fretboard). Try to give the riffs definition just by palm muting tight enough for them to be nicely separated and still ring a bit smile.gif Focus on this and then, move to the next bit wink.gif Deal?


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I'll definitely be working on that and I'll use the backing track I used with the metronome. You are 100% correct about me raising my fingers off the frets also! ohmy.gif Time to get to palm muting!!! biggrin.gif


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Working on keeping my left hand pressed down. This is a hard habit to break! biggrin.gif I'm going to have to use some time and effort on this!


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Don't rush, Jon, ok? Slow and steady makes you ready! biggrin.gif


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Hey Cos!
Okay, here is the first and second parts of the Time to gallop. Again, one is with metronome only and the other is with the backing track at 80 BPM. Have a great day! Jon
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Hey Jon, this is much better mate! I also notice that you are separating the chords using your right hand and thus making things sound heavier! Great going dude! Now, it can sound tighter, if you increase the pressure of the attack a bit more, while taking care not to make the strings buzz. Right hand stuff again - it has to be uber tight. Please post the rest and then we shall increase the speed. Don't forget to focus on tightness, when playing everything. Ok?


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Hey Cosmin!
Thanks for the kind words! I have put in three files this time. There is one of the entire Time to Gallop with metronome at 80 BPM, one of the entire lesson with backing track at 80 BPM and, just for laughs, I did one of the entire lesson with backing track at 120 BPM. I am amazed at how much better the one at full tempo sounds compared to what I had submitted for a REC! I know it's still not a 10, but it's going to be! biggrin.gif Have a great day, my friend! Jon

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Hey Cos! Here is the third attachment. I had to go and delete some previous ones because I maxed out all my available space. laugh.gif
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A bit more, it is almost there at 120 BPM! At 80 BPM I think I have no observations - everything seems groovy and tight. At 120 tho, you had moments where I felt you were rushing a tiny winy bit laugh.gif

Good work mate! Let's get that darn 10, aye?!!

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Hey Cosmin!
I've had a lot of stuff going on (repainting part of my house) and have just now got two more takes done. I have increased the tempo from 80 up to 100 BPM. Getting closer to the 120 mark! laugh.gif Thanks for telling me to me patient with it also. I have found that, if I am impatient, it takes all the fun out of playing and this is certainly helping! Have a great day! Jon
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Hello Jon!

It is always good to have enough patience with yourself, simply because your spirit will stay calm and focused. Once you start getting frustrated, you lose focus and thus your performance decreases badly!

Now, this take here is not that tight - especially when shifting chords and the best example is occurring at the very beginning, where you can't hear the exact chord, but it's a bit blurry.

Please take care of these shifts before going further with the speed wink.gif

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