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> Quick Change Blues in A, Lesson By John Hatcher
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post Sep 28 2013, 09:07 PM
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Original lesson: Quick Change Blues in A by John Hatcher

Hi GMC, here is my first Acoustic Workshop.

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post Sep 29 2013, 11:00 AM
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Guten tag ! I think you played this very well. There's one important aspect that is holding you back though. You are rushing in front of the beat in the background. Try to listen to the beat and let yourself adjust to it. smile.gif

The only other observation I have is that you pick quite softly during some of the more busier picking lines. When you play the more complicated runs, you need to make these stand out a bit better, ok ?

Overall, very good. If you can improve on those two aspects, it will make a big difference.

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Cosmin Lupu
post Sep 29 2013, 12:43 PM
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Hey there! smile.gif

I think that Ben observed the important aspects regarding the timing and picking dynamics, so, I suggest you to focus on playing this again at a slow tempo and getting that good balance in your rhythm smile.gif

One thing you could do, is play along with the original recording and that will help a lot in getting the groove

Keep bluesing,


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post Sep 29 2013, 02:35 PM
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Too soft picking is probably the most common issue for many beginners. It's not only about the confidence while playing but also it affects the tone. Playing softly is nothing bad but only in some particular situations. I think this lesson requiers more picking strength. It should also improve You timming. Anyway good job! keep it up smile.gif

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post Sep 29 2013, 02:47 PM
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Hi FolkyRingo!

This was a great take and in many ways you nailed it. My suggestion would be to work on palm muting through most of the shuffle bits. I hear this technique in a ton of blues and really adds a cool dynamic to your playing.

To be more specific, instead of letting all the notes ring out, use your picking hand palm to lightly press on the strings near the bridge. This will give the notes more of a dull thud sound rather than a clearly ringing sound.

The other comments here are constructive, but let me say the most important thing is to have fun. When I listened to your take, I really got the impression that you enjoyed playing this piece. When that comes across, the rest tends to fall in place.

Again, awesome job!!



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post Sep 29 2013, 07:36 PM
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