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post Feb 24 2014, 10:20 PM
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Hi Darius,

Can we talk about your comments to my last rec takes?

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...st&p=676065

I know that it has no flavor comparing to original lesson but I as you wrote I was focusing on bends pitch which I'm still practicing. When I'll play those bends more naturally I'll start to practice vibrato I think.

As for my pick grip. By '"no angle" pick position', you mean, that the pick is parallel to strings? I think I've done this because it was slow tempo playing and almost downstrokes only. When I play faster and using alternate picking, I think I angle the pick, so it slides on the string more easily. And when I play downstrokes only, even faster ones (like some powerchord chugging) I also use 'no angle' position, wit the tip of the pick pointed slightly up.

As for the soft playing in https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...st&p=675797
you are right. In previous attempt my right hand was tensed, so this time i loosened it and play to soft. I'll work on that and I'll try your suggestion with decreasing gain and adding some hand strength.

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Darius Wave
post Feb 25 2014, 09:27 AM
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Hey Marcin! I've seen You next take and I realized it was just an issue of one performance. In the rhythm lesson You operate with pick angle pretty well smile.gif I was just curious what happened in the bending lesson. I did relate to the picking strength because I've been there years ago and I found disappointed that I can't sound good on a real amps. I was growing with old boss mulitple effect and it's distortion was "easy playing" - You could play soft and it sounded powerfull. When I started to own some popular tube amps I found there was something wrong with my playing. Also very first gig's showed that I can't play with such a huge gain amount, because even with a noise supressor the feedback was absolutely out of control. I started to play harder and harder and found it was a perfect choice because I started to get nice and heavy tone even from the low gain amps, not designed for metal. I think that it's important to share how important is picking strength. The earlier You start to work on in, the faster You bacame a player who can sound good on pretty much everything.

Of course don't get me wrong. There are always things to be played soft but palm muting metal chops are usually not one of those smile.gif))

As for bending lesson I think You did a good job. It's now only a matter of You deciding will You spend some more time on it to begin feel relaxed smile.gif This will affect overall pleasure of listening and that moment comes when the song comes into Your fingers instead of a mind...and You can use full attention to control dynamics and timming. You're on a very good path. You feel the timming well and You have a good hearing. Don't waste this. It's worth doing things perfect - they might find useful in the future smile.gif


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post Feb 25 2014, 12:25 PM
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QUOTE (Darius Wave @ Feb 25 2014, 09:27 AM) *
I was growing with old boss mulitple effect and it's distortion was "easy playing" - You could play soft and it sounded powerfull. When I started to own some popular tube amps I found there was something wrong with my playing.


I use POD HD500 and I never played through real amp. I'll try the approach with lowering gain and see how it goes.

QUOTE (Darius Wave @ Feb 25 2014, 09:27 AM) *
As for bending lesson I think You did a good job. It's now only a matter of You deciding will You spend some more time on it to begin feel relaxed smile.gif This will affect overall pleasure of listening and that moment comes when the song comes into Your fingers instead of a mind...and You can use full attention to control dynamics and timming. You're on a very good path. You feel the timming well and You have a good hearing. Don't waste this. It's worth doing things perfect - they might find useful in the future smile.gif


Yes, I will definitely spend more time practicing bending.

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post Feb 25 2014, 03:35 PM
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Thanx for Your response! I patiently waiting for Your new takes. Keep up the good work! smile.gif


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post Apr 8 2014, 11:11 PM
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Hey Darius smile.gif

I thought this topic would be the best one to jump into and post up that rec take which I owe you. I re-recorded it with the upstroke is section 3 which I missed the first time.
I actually started on the lesson about 5 months ago, took me ages to get it up to speed! After a while I must have just forgot to start that section with the upstroke.



Also, you mentioned on the Gary Moore thread about hearing the fast pentatonic lick I should try using, Ive added it to end of the vid. it's probably the fastest lick I can play at the moment. I play the lick a couple of times on its own and then on the end of a little repeating lick.

thanks mate.

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post Apr 9 2014, 01:38 PM
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Hey man! Sure - we can see what's happening here smile.gif

Let's start from the end smile.gif Licks sound cool - love this blues/classic rock touch. Not much to complain aside from just a bit of noise from low strings (right hand muting job) but those kind of licks are pretty "timming free" with some unregular rhythms so it all sound great. I would like to hear them in the improvisation mix with backing track smile.gif


As for the lesson Somehow I didn't noticed it before but Your right hand does weird picking directions. Picking in the lesson is very regular. Always donw/up. There is no "down-down-up" and similar patterns. I would like to ask to take a close look at this. It's very important because in 2/3 lesson hand has to have constant down/up motion even when You skip the strings. There is no economy movement.

Why this is so important

Picking direction to rhythm assignment is essential for good timming and precision in higher tempo. It's about habits we get. If You learn to properly assign direction to particular note in the bar, You will not get confused / make mistakes. At some tempo range You can literally play however You like but getting things fast will uncover the problem.

In at least 70% of alternate picking problems at beginner / semi advanced level it's the random picking direction that makes all those problem.

Funny thing - now the 3rd part looks much better and even more consistent in case of picking direction biggrin.gif Ask if You would need any additional help smile.gif


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post Apr 10 2014, 08:15 AM
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no problem, I'll look at my picking more closely. Usually Im okay with alternate picking but I'll keep an eye on that and make sure Im not dropping back into bad habits, cheers dude smile.gif

I'll try and get that lick into a backing, I dont think Ive even tried it with a metronome!


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post Apr 13 2014, 02:55 PM
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Watching Your won Rec take closely is great reference smile.gif Try to catch the details and You'll see how much You can learn on Your own smile.gif


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