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> Take 2: Beginner's Corner 2: Open Chords, Lesson By Bear Rose
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post Nov 17 2014, 07:06 AM
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Original lesson: Beginner's Corner 2: Open Chords by Bear Rose

Another take. I tried to make this one more natural and listening carefully to the sound of each chord. Has my work paid of? You tell me guys and as usual thanks for your insights.

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post Nov 17 2014, 09:02 AM
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Hey Rhida,

This one is much better - your timing has greatly improved and the transitions sound smoother!

What I would like you to focus on, so that you can get to the next level with this lesson and your strumming, in general:

- rehearse it more until you become as natural as possible playing it - at this point, it's technically correct, but it's pretty easy to see that you are a bit rigid and ultra focused on not straying from the beat
- you still have the tendency of pushing the strings too hard - see 0:30 where the pitch is altered a bit from the pressure
- some of the changes could be smoother - see the part between 01:07 - 01:12 - it's a combo between pushing too much on the strings as in the previous observation, a bit of a timing issue and not changing the chord shape smoothly.

These may seem as tiny details, but they are the ones making the difference!

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Ben Higgins
post Nov 17 2014, 10:00 AM
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Hi Rhida, it's nice to see your timing improving dramatically.

As you start this lesson, the changes from D to A are a little shaky. The A is sometimes sounded a fraction too early. But it's only just noticeable. However, as you get further into the lesson your timing improves.

Cosmin's advice is good, watch out for any instances where you press harder on the strings and make the chord sound slightly sharp.

If you check out 1:15-1:18 you can hear the G chord isn't sounding 100%. I think the low G note is perhaps not fretted just right. You can hear the low G note has this 'plastic' sound to it when you strum the chord. You get this sound when a finger isn't quite fretting the note properly. So try to work on your G chord to get it to the same standard as the other ones.

Just a case of becoming more comfortable with changing chords, mostly. You'll naturally attain this as you do it more and more. So far it's looking and sounding great so you're on the right track - well done !

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post Nov 17 2014, 02:24 PM
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Hi Rhida, good job with this lesson.

I can say that your rhythm skills and your chord changes are becoming better comparing this new take with the previous one. However there is still room to improve different things on this one:

- Right hand rhythm: It's better but it's still a bit rigid. Practice trying to give the rhythm a groovier and more dynamic feel. Play along with the original lesson to get it.

- Chords sound: As the guys said, some of the chords are not sounding complete, there are some muted notes. Check this from time to time playing each note of the chord separated to be sure that it's sounding and that it's not being muted.

- Chord changes: The transition between chords it's getting better but this is something that you still need to improve. When you are playing chords, it's a good trick to visualize the next chord to be played a bit before the change. Try it.

Finally, I notice that your guitar is not perfectly tuned on this take. Remember to check it before recording a take.

That's all friend, keep on the hard work! wink.gif

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