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post Jun 18 2014, 02:03 PM
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post Jun 18 2014, 04:03 PM
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Hi kklee! Great to find a new REC take from you.

I notice that you are having timing issues with the 16th notes triplets which appear at 00:04 and also at 00:23, where there are also some unwanted noises or notes that don't sound. The slower parts have very little timing issue but not as important as the faster ones.

You need to work on your alternate picking technique to be able to play tighter. How to do it?

Work on short loops that allow you to forget about what you are playing and focus just on the rhythm. Practice them over metronome or over a drum loop, use your foot or head to mark the meter beats, even you can double them and mark 8th notes (2 notes per beat). Start at a slower tempo compared with the lesson and use it also to train your right hand muscles. I note that the last part has more problems and it seems that your right hand is tired or at least that can't reach the tempo in a comfortable way.

I must say that your playing is very promising and that focusing on timing would make a big impact on your playing. Please write me a PM as soon as you start working on this to keep me updated.


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post Jun 18 2014, 06:57 PM
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Hello my friend. It's good to see you here again. You made a good effort at this and there's only some minor issues to correct. I'm confident you can do it.

The area from 0:23 onwards is the most troublesome area for you.

As Gabriel suggested, you can create short loops that allow you to work on a difficult section without having to play through a whole sequence.

For example, you could pick a group of 6 notes that allows you to practise picking across 2 strings. Like the bit at 0:26.

I think this is definitely within your abilities so you just need to git rid of those problem areas. It's mainly string changing that is giving you trouble smile.gif
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post Jun 18 2014, 08:28 PM
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Good job, man! I can see you've put in some work on this one and that will get you in the top! Apart from what my colleagues said, I've noticed you don't make full advantage of vibrato and all the tone you can get out of it. I know this lesson doesn't focus on this, but a good vibrato should always be there when in need. Timing, tone, vibrato are essential elements of a great guitarist. Try and listen to some BB King, Joe Bonamassa, Steve vai.. they all have it under their fingers. If you need any suggestions, please don't hesitate to contact me. smile.gif Have fun!
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post Jun 19 2014, 09:27 AM
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Hey mate!

As the guys said, slowing things down and focusing on practicing the faster alternate picking phrases. Once again, use the suggestions from the guys and focus on being able to play relaxed, articulated and in good timing, as an overall state of mind. Don't let any note slip by and be a bit tough on yourself - if you feel like you missed a note, be patient, go back on a slower speed and play until you are happy and after recording, even at a slow speed, every note falls into place.

Keep rocking mate!

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post Jun 19 2014, 10:49 AM
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H mate,

A nice one! ;-)

It's almost everything said from my other colleagues. But I have a few tipps for you.

Gabriel already mentioned are very important thing here:
Practice them over metronome or over a drum loop, use your foot or head to mark the meter beats, even you can double them and mark 8th notes (2 notes per beat).

Playing over a metronome is great and tapping your foot on the 1/4 notes is great of course and helps to develop a better timing. BUT I don't suggest to double your tapps to 8th notes! WHY? Sorry, Gabriel, I have to say this ;-)
Because you'll may have the tendency to get just a little bit before the beat and this will results in a rushed playing. On the other side if you tapp only ¼ notes you're playing will feel a lot more relaxed.
Just try it out:
Play a simple 8th (or 16th) line at BPM 140 and then switch to BPM 70 and play the same thing in 16th (or 32th). I'm sure the slower tempo feels a lot more comfortable to you.
BTW constantly tapping EXACT 8th notes with your foot during the whole song is almost impossible because of the muscle exhaustion but 1/4 notes could be possible.

Also the way how do you tap could be a big difference:
If you're tapping your foot by lifting the front side of your foot( where your toes are), after a while your foot will get very exhausted. But if you're just lifting your heel, it feels a lot more relaxed because you leg muscles will help you too! ;-)

Another thing you should practice is the switch between 8th (or16th) and 8th triplets(16th) triplets. Changing between the straight and triplet notes after every bar is really good exercise to develop your timing!

Rock on! ;-)

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