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> Take 3: Staccato Power Chords, Lesson By Ben Higgins
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post Nov 29 2014, 07:03 PM
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Original lesson: Staccato Power Chords by Ben Higgins

And now this one!

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Gabriel Leopardi
post Nov 29 2014, 07:49 PM
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Hi again friend!

This lesson is also evolving well but it still need to polish some sections. The main rhythm is sounding ok, but sometimes you tend to go a bit before the beat, mostly with the faster changes (00:05, 00:10). However the problem becomes more important when the fast changes are more, as it happens in the section at 00:15 and at 00:33. The chords are sounding well, so I think that your fretting hand is doing a good job but now you have to put your focus on timing in order to master this lesson.

As I usually say, remember to follow the rhythm with your foot or head in order to feel it, practice over the original lesson, and try closing you eyes while you do it putting all your concentration on drums and rhythm.

Keep on the hard work! wink.gif

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Cosmin Lupu
post Nov 30 2014, 02:47 PM
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Hey again Rhida!

As Gabi said, the issue here aside the slight rushing, is representing by the faster changes - as we have discussed before, I was curious to know if you are tensing the left hand to such degree that it can't move properly.

I would isolate those parts and play them against a metronome click at a slow tempo until they are comfortable to play. You can play as fast as you are playing the part which proves the most difficult and troublesome in a music piece. If you play the rest at the desired tempo, but not that one, you can't really perform the piece onstage - take the time to disect things, as you would be preparing for a concert wink.gif

That should be your mindset smile.gif

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Ben Higgins
post Nov 30 2014, 06:56 PM
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This is getting better each time, man.

As my comrades have said, you are playing in front of the beat in a few places.. it tends to happen just after the end of a difficult phrase. When we have several movements that require us to fit many things in, one after the other, it often makes us rush directly afterwards because we panic that we've lagged behind the beat due to the difficult parts but don't worry... don't let the difficult parts make you rush.

Your biggest hurdle at the moment is the moments where you need to shift slide from one chord to another. When you practise this, practise it using a click set to a slower tempo and also try it over the slower backing tracks too. Concentrate on maintaining the same pressure with both fingers of your fretting hand as you slide to the new chord and make sure both notes are still sounding clearly when you slide up to the next chord.

Sliding was one the things I struggled with the most when learning how to play rhythm so don't worry, you're doing good smile.gif
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