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post Nov 11 2014, 02:04 PM
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Original lesson: Bending from Outside Notes: Marty Friedman Style by Ben Higgins

Hey Guys, Here´s my tanke of this beautiful lesson... hope you like it! I know, i messed up at 0:54.. but i think the rest should be fine...

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post Nov 12 2014, 02:32 AM
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Hi friend!

At first I would like to say that it has been a great decision to post the take at REC in order to receive feedback from the different instructors here. I would also like to say that it's great to see you back sharing your progress here and at gab's army.

This take shows that you have been working really hard. This is not an easy lesson, it requires to have a good control of bending and vibrato and what's even more important a well trained ear to reach the correct pitches from outside notes.

You are close at both techniques but it's clear that you still need to practice this lesson and some other ones to make your bending and vibrato more consistent. I could say that most of the bends are very close but aren't exactly on pitch, you tend to bend it a bit less than you should to reach the note required. The best way to train this, is to pay more attention to the pitches but also to play the lesson along with the original take by Ben to be sure that you are reaching the correct notes.

The second thing to improve is vibrato. Your vibrato is not bad, but Ben's vibrato is killer, so this is a great opportunity to make your vibrato more aggressive in some moments, and a bit less in others, in other words, have more control of the technique. Once again, the way to go here is playing along with the original lesson.

So, you are doing a good job, I can note that your playing is getting better, and you are working on advanced stuff, just keep going!

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post Nov 12 2014, 09:01 AM
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Hey mate!

I am with Gabi on this one - he pointed out the most important aspects:

- bending
- vibrato

Both of them can be improved by playing alongside the original recording and trying to get as close to Ben's playing as possible - this is all actually a big ear training test and I think it's very important to treat it that way. In term of pitch reaching, don't think of how much you should move your fingers, but let your ears guide you towards that. As I said and I will underline its importance once again - playing against the original recording and trying to match it as close as possible, will definitely improve your skills.

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post Nov 14 2014, 07:03 PM
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Hi man, it's great to see somebody else tackle this lesson - it's not an easy one !

Ok, as the guys said, you've got some improvements you can make on bending. Even though vibrato could also be improved it's actually good anyway. I quite like your feel along with your tone. When your pitch is on and you're generally phrasing you've got a good touch.

Firstly, let's have a look at bending. You've understood the concept of bending from outside notes well enough. The pitch of the bends are not always where you want them. In many cases they're slightly flat but in some cases you go too sharp, like at 0:28. So try to spend some time on getting the pitch more accurate. One thing you can do is play along with the lesson as C & G have said or also to use that common trick where we first fret the note we want to achieve and then try bending to it, comparing the fretted and and bent note for accuracy.

I think a wrong note is being fretted at 0:19, it's just a semitone out by the sound of it.

As you've already mentioned, the fast run around 0:54 needs work.

On the 2nd and 3rd notes of the lesson, at 0:05, you play them very 'straight' without that staccato pick attack that I, and Marty, use. Try to see if you can work that into your playing as well because these kind of pick dynamics will add interest and contrast to your playing smile.gif

The 2nd half of this lesson is very challenging and even I had a few hiccups when trying to record it... so keep up the good work !

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