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Hi Alex, thanks for the video and reports. I'd like to pay specific attention to the video's exercises since they are perfect to polish your technique in order to be able to play the parts that you can't master from the song and lessons. I think that you have to continue practicing the exercise but trying to make the motion of your left hand fingers smaller. Check out how the fingers separate from the fret board when you quit them. That separation should be the smaller possible. Try it at this same tempo, and once you feel really comfortable, try increasing the tempo 5 bpm and see what happens. This simple correction will have a big impact in your speed.

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Hey Gabriel!

Tried this and it works fine smile.gif
Here is a video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zkrlMbmLwk...eature=youtu.be
Not total video/audio synch since I did this pretty fast and had some issues with the PC.

Got also a question, would you recommend to play guitar while I watch TV or a movie, just some basic up and down alternate picking? Would I benefit from this or would it just be waste of time? smile.gif

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Hi Alex, this is getting much better! Please check out your first finger (index from your left hand). The jump from one string to the other adjacent string could be much smaller. That would be the next step.

About your question, I think that it's much better to practice less time but totally focused. The practice in front of your tv just can train a skill that is being able to play thinking on another thing instead of the technique. It can be helpful to do it a bit, but first you have to master technique.


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Hey Gabriel!

Here is new video, it was quite challenging to make this work, both for the fingers to adjust but also to make it sound clear.
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Hi Alex, it's better but now we are on the other side. You should get used to use your index finger as a bare since it will bring unwanted noises issues when you turn on your distortion pedal. You should do some king of jump from one string to the other but it must be VERY small. Does it make sense? If not I can record a short video showing it.


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I think I have understand this correctly, but a short video will not hurt:) Will get you a new recording tomorrow smile.gif

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Ok, so here is a short video showing my left hand playing these exercise: Attached File  Alex_Vid.mp4 ( 11.17MB ) Number of downloads: 47


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Hey Gab!

Short video, showing left hand while playing the exercise
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jp_lg4uyCqs...eature=youtu.be

I am soon able to play Always with me, Always with you at full speed, only need to get one section of the lick up 18 bpm.
You want a video of that later when I feel ready?
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Much better! Remember to always try to keep your fingers the close possible to the fret-board.

A video playing Satriani's song?? Sure!! smile.gif


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Should I continue practice this exercise or do I get a new one?
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QUOTE (HiimAlex @ Feb 10 2015, 10:36 AM) *
Should I continue practice this exercise or do I get a new one?



I'd like to see a full video playing the lick 30 seconds with sound. Is it possible?


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Hey Gabriel! smile.gif

Here is the 38 sec video



Am I ready for next mission? biggrin.gif

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Good job! The next task is simple. Record yourself playing this 8th notes triplets exercise but this time playing it along with the backing. You will notice that the hi hat will be playing the same time figure than you. Practice until you can play it tight and share a video here.

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Thank you Gabriel! smile.gif

Just want to make sure I understand this correctly, should I record exercise 1 with the backing? It is just quarter notes triplets that is why I am a bit confused. smile.gif
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Exactly! Exercises I & II.

These are quarter notes triplets:

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Hi Gabriel!

How are you ?? smile.gif
Here is the video with backing and the notes for the past week.
The video is not perfect, some notes is not totally clear, and the last 30 sec I play in front of the beat but I feel ready to move on to next exercise.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8gHWVS5djM...eature=youtu.be

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Guitar Notes Week 8

Day 1:
Alternate Picking: Praciting Exercise 2, I think this one is the easiest of all three to play. Reached 80 bpm on this but decided to practice all three at comfortable speed to record.
Played exercise 3 at 65 and 70 bpm.

Always with me, always with you:Playing Section 3 = bar 3+4. Reached 110 bpm.

Day 2:

Satrinai Song: Practing Section 1. Reached 148 bpm.

Alternate Picking: Trying to make smaller finger movements on all exercises. Played at 60 and 65 bpm.

Day 3:

Satriani Song: Reached 125 at Section 2.

Alternate Picking: practiced at 65 and 70, then recording video.

Day 4

Satriani Song: Practing section 3. Finished at 148 bpm.

Day 5

Satriani Song: Practing Section 2. Reached 135 bpm.

Day 6

Alternate Picking: Playing exercise 1 at 85 bpm.

Satriani Song: Practing section 2. Reached 140 bpm.

Day 7

Alternate Picking:Playing the exercises at 85 bpm, trying to get it tight.

Satriani SOng: Reached Finally 148 bpm on section 2 so gonna start practing the whole song at full speed.
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Hey Gabriel!

How was your weekend?? smile.gif

Because I saw that the video in the previous post is really bad, I decided to record another tonight with only exercise 2 which I hope you think is better https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKOtRhM8TWM...eature=youtu.be

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Hi Alex, thanks for the reports and the video shared. I notice that your triplets on the video are not going even with the tempo. This means that you need to practice this exercise a bit more. I consider it VERY important because it can become an important timing issue in the future.

I think that it would be really important to check if this timing issue is something general so the best would be to try some of the tasks that I'm working on a timing workout with Dieterle and Rhida.

Please work on the first task given in post 1: LINK

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Hey Gabriel! smile.gif

It sounds good to me, always fun with new exercises and challenges smile.gif
Some days I have not much motivation to play guitar because some days I feel like I do not progress, but hey progress does not come overnight.
Lately I have started to listen to Dream Theater ( have not listened to them at all before ) and I have to say that they are really good, think they is my favorite band for now. I also listened to some Cirse and I think they are really good too smile.gif
I had a pretty bad day overall today so my playing is not 100% but I thought I would record the Satriani song Always with me, Always with you anyways.
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Hi Alex, thanks for the video. It is a good document to have as reference to see your future progress and compare with this one. I notice many things to improve regarding your playing: vibrato, bending, legato, picking. The song is over your current level, but it doesn't mean that you don't have to continue playing it. As I notice timing issues, I feel that the timing workout that I suggested is a good next step on this journey. The road is slow and long but be sure that we are going forward, so please be patient, enjoy the process, and keep the hard work.

Regarding this song, continue practicing, but focusing on a different section each day to polish details. The slower parts need to sound tighter and with more vibrato, the faster sections can be used as technique exercises.

But please focus a bit more on the workouts and exercises that I'll give you, starting with the timing exercise.


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