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Hi Gab,
after three days of bending exercise I recorded a new video. I will continue to practice this way until you are back.
Wish you have a great tour with your band!

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Hi mate, your bending is getting better. Keep on practicing for a few days and be careful with timing!


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After another 3 days doing the "bending exercise" comes a new recording with hopefully more precise bending and better timing?

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Hi Tom! Yes! I note improvements in both elements.

There is still work to do to feel more comfortable with bending and also tighter with timing. I notice that you have some insecurity with triplets so identify the parts and put some more attention to them.


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Yes thats right, I feel only comfortable when I play the target note before and then bend and fully concentrate on pitch. In the lesson with backing track its much harder. Give me a week for a new take. Next video will be Weezer or Frusciante3 .

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Hi Gab - here is my first recording of the Weezer lesson. I did no sync the two videos of lesson part 2 and 5 with the main video yet. I simply do not know how to do that at the moment. But I played everything wink.gif
Tone is also not where is should be as the power chords have more gain than the intro chords and I have no idea how to switch this during playing so fast. Thanks for your comments !

https://youtu.be/y3sBFGIsc7A


Also recorded a second take of the Frusciante lesson after some weeks of practice.

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Hi Tom.

good job here! The lesson is on the right track. You just need to continue practicing to get more comfortable with chord changes, and also to be able to play everything more relaxed. I think that your left hand is the one that need to be more relaxed while playing. I notice that you are not liberating it from your wrist when playing, and this makes your take less groovy. Try to let it move freely from your wrist, let it dance with the groove of the backing track. At first it will make everything less controlled but then, it will give a lot of life to your playing. It takes time off course, so be patient.


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Thanks Gab - I understand what you mean.

What do you think about the Frusciante 3 ?

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Hi mate, sorry I missed the lesson in the previous post.

The lesson is also evolving well. The most important elements to fix on this one are: bending & timing. Bending issue is related to the pitch of your bends. Timing problems appear on the octave chords melodies but also on the faster pentatonic licks (the most classic rock style).

I think that it's better if you isolate the trickier parts of this one to get more familiar with the licks and adjust timing and bending.

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Hi Gab,
still doing the bending exercise daily and also play the Simple Melodies in Am lesson daily. Here is a new video:
Thanks Tom


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Update: Buckethead video added
corrected the lick around the last bend, more presence in my tone, played better biggrin.gif

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Hi Tom!

Great videos! I can notice important improvements regarding all the elements that we've been talking about! I'm personally impressed by how better your timing is on this videos. Congrats!

How are you organizing your diary practice?


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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Apr 2 2016, 06:20 PM) *
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Hi Gab,
Usually I spent around 15-40 min for each of the four lessons with more time to Weezer and Frusciante.

What I changed a little is that I set a focus (a lick, bends, dynamics) and play an isolated part of this and then later the full lesson. If your feedback was about timing issues I play with the original lesson or simply listen to the lesson very carefully again (without playing). As I can play the lesson now its a different listening than during the time when I learned it.
If I play a lesson good I stop after about 3-5 times. I do this to avoid loosing concentration and want to "store" the good playing in my mind. Then I go to the next thing.

With applied music theory I work 15min on scales and arpeggios daily and add every second day about 45min for improvisation. So on most days I play 2hrs.

About Buckethead and Simples Melodies: as I have been working on these lessons for a long time (11month Buckethead, 4month+ on melodies) I would like to make a final video within the next 4 weeks for your feedback and then choose something new.
Maybe one new lesson and a second rhythm from our list (would be Him Style).
What do you thing about this?

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Awesome! I think that your plan is very reasonable, creative and very personal. I wouldn't change any detail on your practice routine because you are being wise on how to work on the weak points without losing focus and motivation. I was asking just because I was curious, since I also note good results in your playing so everything is on the right way.


I think that it's ok to set a deadline with those two lessons that have been on your practice sessions for a long time. This will be positive for you so let's go for it.


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Hi Gab,
Here is the last take of the "Simples Melodies in Aminor" lesson. Not sure if there is improvement since the last one. But its time to change the lesson to keep motivation up.
Please let me know what you think. Maybe I can put it in the REC section too?

https://youtu.be/rCAX2MvdeP4


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Hi Tom, yeah, I think that this one is obviously at the level of the latest takes that you've shared. You are getting more and more comfortable but those bends need still more practice. I think that going for another lesson that includes bending is a good idea.

What about giving a try to this one?

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Thanks Gab - I am sure it will take some years of practice to develop a good bending technique and vibrato.
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