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> Beginner's Corner 23: Pull-Offs, Lesson By Bear Rose
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post Oct 28 2014, 03:34 PM
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Original lesson: Beginner's Corner 23: Pull-Offs by Bear Rose

Been working on it for quite some time now. It's definiely not a level 1 lesson at least for me!...

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post Oct 29 2014, 06:59 PM
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Hi again Rhida!

This take has some great moments and some others that need more practice. I can say that some of the first vibratos are great! They sound natural and go very well with the groove. Congrats!

The main problem in both sections (the first and the second half) is timing. In the first half, the pulled off note is played a it early, it's not bad but it's different compared with the original lesson. In the second half (starting with the lick that includes open E notes) the timing issues become more important, and it also needs more practice to make the open E notes and also the 12th fret notes sound louder, clearer.

Keep on practicing this one focusing on both things and you'll master it soon. wink.gif

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post Oct 30 2014, 10:13 AM
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Hey mate,

As Gabi said, there's clearly a big sign of overall improvement and as I said in the comments on your full collabtake, your vibrato is very sensible and full of expression - that is a strong point which you should strive on developing wink.gif

Timing, is the most important thing that needs your attention here, so please focus on playing along with the orginal recording - I know this gets annoying already, but it's a surefooted way to get the phrases, pulse, details and timing into your mind - and focus on the aspects Gabi mentioned. You can try to record against the original, once you feel confident and then compare the takes - what would the differences be?

Keep rocking and let's see the next take!


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post Nov 4 2014, 02:23 AM
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I think this take is played very artistically similar to the original lesson. Very good job there!
The only issues are in technique nature. The most important one I notice is that you are playing a bit "staccato" sounding. This means that you make a small pause when you move from fretting one note to another. This is natural and with some practice focusing on this it is easy to fix. Pull-offs are pretty good but notice how after pulling off, you lose sustain of the note when moving the finger towards next note. Somehow you loosen the pressure on the string you pulled off to too early as a preparation to moving to another note/string. Try to make the pauses as minimal as possible and the piece will sound much smoother.

Let me go in more details :

The opening lick example: 0:00-0:06.
You need to keep the pressure on the index finger to keep the note ringing, while moving the ring finger and playing the next note with it. You should loosen the index finger pressure at the same time as when you play the next note with the ring finger (or even just slightly after playing the next note).

Another technique issue hot spot is when you need to play a note on one string with the index finger and then play the next one with the same finger but on the string above for example. Example of this is the 2nd lick in the lesson (0:06-0:08). Here you need to apply the same rule as before - keep the pressure on the index finger to keep the string vibrating and note sustaining and then quickly roll the finger upward to play the next note. Check out how Bear plays it in the lesson videos. Goal is to remove pauses in between the notes. I've made a bass lesson covering this topic in details, check it out (all of it applies to guitar) : Legato and Staccato

The section with open E string pull-offs has a bit of issues of picking hand synchronization with the pull-off motion. Practice this section some more to get it smoother.

Hope you'll find these tips useful, looking forward to your new REC videos.

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