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post Oct 29 2014, 11:07 AM
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Original lesson: Beginner's Corner 2: Open Chords by Bear Rose

It took me quite some time to figure out the strumming pattern and to have it under my fingers. The A chord is a tough one with my big fingers!

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post Oct 29 2014, 04:09 PM
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Hey mate!

Congrats on your hard work! This take is shaping up nicely but I wanted to talk to you about two important aspects:

- timing - you tend to be a bit in front of the beat, that means you are rushing - as Ben always suggests, you should try to stay behind the beat deliberately and of course try to play along with the original recording, in order to have a good grasp on the groove and timing.
- you are seemingly pushing the strings too hard against the frets and the chords sound a bit muffled - please focus on getting used to a lighter touch, as it will benefit you on the long run wink.gif

Having these in mind, let's proceed to the next take focusing on implementing these two aspects in your playing, deal?


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post Oct 29 2014, 06:46 PM
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Hi Rhida, this lesson is a very good choice. You need to work on this stuff.

Your take is good. There first thing that I note is that your guitar is not perfectly tuned, so remember to check it before recording. Then, your playing is evolving well with this one, but you need to have in mind:

- Improve timing: You are playing the strumming right but your rhythm is lacking groove and it's not tight in some sections. Practice this one over the original lesson to emulate the rhythm even more.

- Chords changes: You are still not comfortable with the chord changes. I can notice that some chords are giving problems yet. I know that it's tricky to focus on both rhythm and chords but you can divide your practice. Dedicate some time to focus mostly on rhythm, to try to make it feel more natural and then the same with chords. Visualize the chord a bit before the change happens.

That's all, you are doing a very good job, keep on rocking. wink.gif

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post Nov 4 2014, 02:06 AM
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Great to see your take Rhida!

First of all, I'd like to suggest that you don't play the A chord using that fingering if its not comfortable for you.
It can be hard to fit in 3 fingers in there!

I prefer this one:

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You can also fret all three notes by barring the index finger like Ben does in this lesson : link (check video part 1)


Timing in your performance is shaky but the good news is that it is not your right hand. It is mostly related to difficulty changing chords with the left hand. Try practicing with a drum beat or metronome just the problematic changes. For example going from D to A. Here is one of my lessons which has drums only backing tracks in various tempos, you could use them for practicing changes (you can play the same rhythm as in this lesson for example) : link to the lesson

The timing will improve as you get more comfortable switching chord shapes.

My suggestion would be to first focus on the fretting hand and chords switching and once that is in place, add the right hand rhythm and focus on it. Note small details in Bear's performance like when he stops strumming at 0:15 (on the D chord).

Last but not least, try adding a hint of overdrive to your tone to get a more similar tone to Bear's in the lesson. It helps glue the chord notes better and make them more rock sounding.

See you in the next REC take! smile.gif

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