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Alo Cosmin,

I felt great when I recorded that last track, something clicked inside me and I just relaxed and went for it. Came to do this tonight, same guitar etc and I just wasn't feeling it the same mad.gif I find when the rec button is pressed I think too much about getting it right. In that last .wav file I wasn't worried about getting it wrong. In this video I was constantly thinking about the next bit and what to do next etc. Weird eh?

Here it is anyway. The link is there too as I've found that some tablets (in case you are using one) don't like the embedded YouTube videos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZefVnvYYjE...eature=youtu.be



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Hey Phil - no, I am not using a tablet...yet biggrin.gif Thinking of maybe getting one if it proves worthy in the long run. Anyway, indeed, the audio recording you provided yesterday was having a nicer feeling, but this one is not bad at all. Maybe a little less balanced, but still, let's take it to the REC and see what the other guys have to say smile.gif

I know that maybe the camera is giving you a hard time, but hey, with time, you will learn to ditch this feeling and make things sound natural almost all the time. You know, recordings reflect our state of mind a lot of times smile.gif Life doesn't make it easy on us, but hey.. you know the old saying - when life gives you lemons, have a tequilla biggrin.gif Let's go for the REC, ok?


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Mulțumiri Cosmin,

Fingers crossed.

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Alo Cosmin,

This is not a moan at all one little bit, merely an observation wink.gif I clicked on the "Difficulty 2" icon by the player in the Bear lesson lesson and it showed this below. It just makes me wonder if I am marked down for my vibrato by you and the others?

Just curious rolleyes.gif

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1 - Absolute Beginner
The lowest level lesson. Fingering is simple, tempo is slow and rhythms are regular. Explanations are very in depth and assume little or no prior knowledge. These lessons are aimed at beginners in the first weeks of playing guitar.

2 - Beginner
Slightly more advanced fingerings, rhythms are still easy, and no advanced techniques are evident. Simple chords appear. Proper playing by the student should show fluency, but at this level, instructor phrasings such as vibrato are not integral to the lesson.

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Hey Phil - when the vbrato was problematic, of course it was a reason for a downgrade, but not otherwise wink.gif Just like with everything else - but now, moaning aside, don't think about levels and grades - focus on playing the lesson as best as possible.

This is the thing that should stick to your mind. In the past, they weren't training with weapons to receive good grades or attract attention - they did it to stay alive and become good at what they did. Focus on the playing and not on anything else around it - deal? wink.gif


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Cheers,

I was only wondering because it says in the guide that vibrato etc shouldn't be considered but then it was being considered in my REC takes. I do think about grades etc because they do tend to motivate you when you pass. I am over the moon that I have finally passed this one andcan move on but I will try to improve it.

I did send the .WAV file to Gab just so he could see how much REC affects me wink.gif

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Well, I don't know about the others but I am sure that I will always, BUT ALWAYS biggrin.gif downgrade bad vibrato - I think I can speak on behalf Gabi and Ben as well here smile.gif They both have great articulation skills and know the importance of seeing it progress nicely in students smile.gif

So, Phil - now that you got this one out for a while - what is there left to work on? Is there any lesson on the list, or should we aim for something new?


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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Nov 21 2014, 03:28 PM) *
Well, I don't know about the others but I am sure that I will always, BUT ALWAYS biggrin.gif downgrade bad vibrato - I think I can speak on behalf Gabi and Ben as well here smile.gif They both have great articulation skills and know the importance of seeing it progress nicely in students smile.gif

So, Phil - now that you got this one out for a while - what is there left to work on? Is there any lesson on the list, or should we aim for something new?


Alo Cosmin,

I have Bens's Staccatto Power chords, The down stroke chord thing for acoustic and the Bear solo to work on as well as polishing the A Minor thing.

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Oo - almost forgot about those smile.gif Let's get them down one by one - please tell me, which one do you feel is closest to being finished?



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To be honest they are all at he starting stage. I was so focused on trying to put the A Minor thing to rest that I kept on that rolleyes.gif

I'll knuckle down on them.

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Ok then wink.gif

Let's first aim for Ben's staccato power chords - I think that one would take the staccato technique you have used in Bear's lesson in the rhythm zone and it will be very useful for you in learning how to play tight when it comes down to riffing.

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Salutări Cosmin,

I am still here, sorry I haven't been posting during the weekend, it's been pretty hectic with things, including a family birthday for 79 years old.


OK, I'm back, I am learning the progression for the staccato power chord lesson, it does confuse me in the quick changes but I'm learning it at 50%. Also it throws me when I have to do the second round playing the off beat with the upstrokes, for me, upstrokes on the offbeat feels natural BUT, after doing a round of them on the down stroke and then switching to the upstroke my brain gets tangled biggrin.gif I also don't like the sound of the power chords on the upstroke, yuk unsure.gif

I'll try to get something to you at 50% tomorrow but I am working late so it may be on Wednesday.

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Hey Phil smile.gif

Glad to see you back in action wink.gif Mate, let's see the recording and we'll take it from there, ok? I know there are a lot of new things - especially after seeing how you describe your experience biggrin.gif But hey, that's the only way in which one can evolve!

Looking forward to your video smile.gif Keep the chord shape with the right amount of pressure and shape and the upstroke will sound good as well! Focus on that please, deal?


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Alo Cosmin,

Ok, only had a short amount of time tonight but I have nearly learned the order of the chords, I am playing through it with random timing only looking at the TAB when I have forgotten the next chord. I find it best for me to do it this way so that I know what comes next for each bar. I then go on to learn the real playing of the first four bars, then add a bar at a time. I hope this makes sense, it's like learning the words of a song before trying to sing it, it makes sense to me anyway rolleyes.gif

I may get a .WAV to you tomorrow up to the first tricky bit, possibly a video, I'll do my best.

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Alo Cosmin,

Sortare din nou rahat legal , va primi ceva la tine mâine sigur.

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QUOTE (Phil66 @ Nov 25 2014, 09:17 PM) *
Alo Cosmin,

Ok, only had a short amount of time tonight but I have nearly learned the order of the chords, I am playing through it with random timing only looking at the TAB when I have forgotten the next chord. I find it best for me to do it this way so that I know what comes next for each bar. I then go on to learn the real playing of the first four bars, then add a bar at a time. I hope this makes sense, it's like learning the words of a song before trying to sing it, it makes sense to me anyway rolleyes.gif

I may get a .WAV to you tomorrow up to the first tricky bit, possibly a video, I'll do my best.

Noroc.

Phil smile.gif


Hey Phil, no rush here, mate smile.gif I think I have already mentioned this aspect at some point in our discussions - the main idea is to start remembering the chords, without looking at the tab. It will only distract you and instead of building your anticipation power, you will only get distracted by having to focus on a third aspect - the screen. When you are learning the words in a song, you usually learn its parts, but mind you - reading is something which comes natural to you - right? You have been doing it since you were VERY young tongue.gif

I think that you should try to anticipate more by following the next procedure:

1) take a set of 4 bars
2) learn it well and make sure you ALWAYS know what's next and how it sounds
3) play it without looking at the tab
4) see where you have issues
5) focus on that part
6) play again and repeat the above procedure until you can play your 4 bars with flow and anticipation
7) take the next 4 and apply the same steps smile.gif

What do you think?

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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Nov 27 2014, 08:40 AM) *
Hey Phil, no rush here, mate smile.gif I think I have already mentioned this aspect at some point in our discussions - the main idea is to start remembering the chords, without looking at the tab. It will only distract you and instead of building your anticipation power, you will only get distracted by having to focus on a third aspect - the screen. When you are learning the words in a song, you usually learn its parts, but mind you - reading is something which comes natural to you - right? You have been doing it since you were VERY young tongue.gif

I think that you should try to anticipate more by following the next procedure:

1) take a set of 4 bars
2) learn it well and make sure you ALWAYS know what's next and how it sounds
3) play it without looking at the tab
4) see where you have issues
5) focus on that part
6) play again and repeat the above procedure until you can play your 4 bars with flow and anticipation
7) take the next 4 and apply the same steps smile.gif

What do you think?

Cosmin



Alo Cosmin,

I know we have spoken about "no rush" but I like to explain why I haven't been active, it only seems fair when you put the time in to help me that I should give an explanation as to why things aren't happening sometimes smile.gif
Yes, I agree, with a short chord based piece like this though, I find it easier to learn the chord progression until I can fumble through it without looking at the tab, then I build accuracy bar by bar.
With a note/scale based peace I find it easier to learn whole bars one at a time. I don't know why but it's how it works for me.

Hope this makes sense to you.

Noroc

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Alo Cosmin,

Ok, I've had a good old bash at this tonight, bars 7 & 8 are killing me laugh.gif With the metronome it seems ok (probably not) but with the backing track I completely lose it biggrin.gif It's that rumbling bass line that throws me rolleyes.gif

I'll stick at it and get something to you once it is ok for the first half, and I mean "OK" not good. This is another simple sounding killer biggrin.gif

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Hey Phil smile.gif

The more you tell me about your experiences when practicing, the more I can help out - let's have the recording and we'll see what goes on in there. The idea here is that out of what I am noticing in time, you have some issues on focusing on multiple things you hear around you - that is a skill which will have to be developed in time, as it helps you ENORMOUSLY in orienting yourself when playing.

You have two things which you have to focus on and understand at this moment in time:

- your guitar
- the backing track/metronome

Understand what each of them does in the given context and listen for the landmarks - it will help you more than you can imagine smile.gif

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Alo Cosmin,

Ok, here is the first half negi și toate rolleyes.gif

I haven't been practicing much the last week or so, been hectic at work with the end of the month and also doing end of month paperwork at home mad.gif

Anyway, no excuses, I played this tonight until I got cramp in my left forearm biggrin.gif It's a total mess but I had to get you something. Bar's 7 and 8 are the real killer for me. I also tried to get back to start the upstroke strumming for the second half but WOW, that's hard and the right hand muting is even harder when upstroke strumming biggrin.gif

Voi ajunge acolo cu un pas la un moment dat . Încet, dar sigur marele stejar crește de la o ghindă de un copac puternic.

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Any guidelines on how to practice to get this better are greatly appreciated Mr Lupu Sir smile.gif

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