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post Jul 19 2017, 12:07 PM
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In this type of 3nps my right hand is fairly relax tbh. I can pick it at about 140 bpm (6 notes per beat) with fairly low tension and quite relaxed.
But then the left hand starts to cramp and getting tired and everything start to derail.

On the opposite point, your Zakk wylde 2nps pentatonic kinda lick, it really beats my right hand when it comes to tension.

But it's all about practicing. That being said, I shall post mission 4 in a couple of days from now.



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post Jul 22 2017, 04:07 AM
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Try to focus on keeping your hand relaxed rather than pushing the speed. The speed will come when you can keep your picking hand very relaxed no matter what the BPM is set to. Tensing up will actually reduce your top speed and burn out your hand much quicker. So forget about trying to play fast for now. Just focus on trying to play a bit more loose on the right hand. Enough to strike the string, nothing more. That's the key. Once you get that, the speed will take care of itself smile.gif

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In this type of 3nps my right hand is fairly relax tbh. I can pick it at about 140 bpm (6 notes per beat) with fairly low tension and quite relaxed.
But then the left hand starts to cramp and getting tired and everything start to derail.

On the opposite point, your Zakk wylde 2nps pentatonic kinda lick, it really beats my right hand when it comes to tension.

But it's all about practicing. That being said, I shall post mission 4 in a couple of days from now.



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post Aug 15 2017, 06:49 PM
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Hi Todd!
I am summer working atm to pay up music school monthly feeds.
I am far from being in my best shape biggrin.gif, my arms are full of small stabs from climbing trees and my fingers feel kind of slow and rigid from catching fruit all day.

Still managed to play like 1h of guitar every day.

So here is mission 4, actually this is more of a quick practice session rather than a final take, but seeing I am working with little time I decided to post it.
150 bpms 4 notes per beat ( I think)



Edit: The dream would be 20+bpms, still gotto practice.

Damn my bald spot seems to be getting worse every day unsure.gif RIP genetics.

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post Aug 18 2017, 05:41 PM
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Hi Todd, believe me or not. But i've played a 100 euros Epiphone SG Special all my life! (It survived traveling around the country, gig, a lot of story and my own blood on it). I am strong believer that if you have the skill you can make any guitar sound good.

But alas, bending the 22 fret so I can hit the 24 fret its quite no effective 80% of the time, even having to play that higher up (19-22 frets) can be a pain, especially on the lower strings.
Now I know you are a big Ibanez fan! And I don't have any shops near me to try it out. Closest is 45 min car trip. Which I don't have the time right now.

So I would like your opinion on which guitar to wonder upon. (800 euros = 939 USD budget)
I was aiming https://www.thomann.de/pt/ibanez_rg721fm_nt...t_ibanez_331827

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post Aug 20 2017, 09:49 PM
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First off I don't know how I missed this one!!! If I don't give a reply to a Mission right away, feel free to shoot me a personal message in the event that i missed it in my post feed. Sorry for the lag! The good news is that you are really tearing this apart!!!! Let's Debrief!

MEDALS OF HONOR


1.)PLANTED RIGHT HAND: Your right hand stays nice and stead and doesn't drift around which is a very important skill to develop and your doing a fine job of it smile.gif

2.)GOOD PALM MUTE: As a result of good right hand technique you have a nice mute which is preventing any extra string noise. Another skill which is crucial to develop.

3.)STRING TRAVERSE: Being able to cleanly go between strings and making it sound like you are just playing on a single string is one of the toughest skills and one that many folks really struggle with. You seem to have a really good grasp on it which is great to see!!

It's wonderful to see you getting such a good handle on so many fundamental concepts that are key to success in bootcamp and in playing in general. You really NAILED ITI on this one and you are more than ready for what's ahead!

In other words you just....

LEVELED UP!!!!!!


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Hi Todd!
I am summer working atm to pay up music school monthly feeds.
I am far from being in my best shape biggrin.gif, my arms are full of small stabs from climbing trees and my fingers feel kind of slow and rigid from catching fruit all day.

Still managed to play like 1h of guitar every day.

So here is mission 4, actually this is more of a quick practice session rather than a final take, but seeing I am working with little time I decided to post it.
150 bpms 4 notes per beat ( I think)



Edit: The dream would be 20+bpms, still gotto practice.

Damn my bald spot seems to be getting worse every day unsure.gif RIP genetics.


That's a nice axe smile.gif I'm sure it would make you a happy guy. However, if you are willing to spend that kind of money, I'd honestly look in to maybe buying a used guitar via ebay or something similar and shooting for a prestige guitar. My fave guitar is currently a 2010 prestige that I got for around the price you are talking about called a 3570z. It's in mint condition which is rare but you can find them if you shop around. With ebay, they always let you return stuff if you don't like it even if the seller said "no returns" so there is very little risk. Even a guitar that's 5 or 10 years old, as longs as it's been kept in a case or case in a closet and not played, can play like a new guitar that costs 2000 euro such as the new Ibanez prestige line. However, some folks just don't like hunting down old guitars, or want a new one, so if that's the case that 7621 is still a fine Ibby smile.gif

Todd

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Hi Todd, believe me or not. But i've played a 100 euros Epiphone SG Special all my life! (It survived traveling around the country, gig, a lot of story and my own blood on it). I am strong believer that if you have the skill you can make any guitar sound good.

But alas, bending the 22 fret so I can hit the 24 fret its quite no effective 80% of the time, even having to play that higher up (19-22 frets) can be a pain, especially on the lower strings.
Now I know you are a big Ibanez fan! And I don't have any shops near me to try it out. Closest is 45 min car trip. Which I don't have the time right now.

So I would like your opinion on which guitar to wonder upon. (800 euros = 939 USD budget)
I was aiming https://www.thomann.de/pt/ibanez_rg721fm_nt...t_ibanez_331827



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post Aug 21 2017, 06:44 PM
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Makes sense, I will try and look around the used market. I've a friend who is a completely nerd on that kind of stuff. Will try and find something good.


About picking technique, I had a revelation a few days ago, I used to use the bottom of my palm as an anchor for my picking and it worked fine, but I still wanted to reduce the movement of my hand to the minimum, so I started to use my right hand ring finger as an anchor but it was more of a subconsciousness movement rather than me consciously do it.
Was kind a decision of my body, rather than my brain tongue.gif

I still have an hard time using anchor finger while playing in the low strings. I usually have my ring finger anchored in the high E string when alternate picking in the lower E and A. At least that's how I am able to do it on my SG.

Alas I not that comfortable with it yet, BUT I've noticed a lot more control in my picking hand!

Back to practicing! biggrin.gif

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Like I always say, pick from the fingers back, not the elbow forward smile.gif Picking from the wrist is a good start. Picking from the thumb and finger is even better and then using the wrist when needed. If you anchor now and then, it's not the end of the world. often it's a sign that your hand is tired and needs something to use as ballast. Great to hear you articulating with your fingers first, wrist second and elbow not at all. Congrats!!

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Makes sense, I will try and look around the used market. I've a friend who is a completely nerd on that kind of stuff. Will try and find something good.


About picking technique, I had a revelation a few days ago, I used to use the bottom of my palm as an anchor for my picking and it worked fine, but I still wanted to reduce the movement of my hand to the minimum, so I started to use my right hand ring finger as an anchor but it was more of a subconsciousness movement rather than me consciously do it.
Was kind a decision of my body, rather than my brain tongue.gif

I still have an hard time using anchor finger while playing in the low strings. I usually have my ring finger anchored in the high E string when alternate picking in the lower E and A. At least that's how I am able to do it on my SG.

Alas I not that comfortable with it yet, BUT I've noticed a lot more control in my picking hand!

Back to practicing! biggrin.gif



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