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> Take 3: Metallica For Beginners, Lesson By Gabriel Leopardi
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post Dec 10 2014, 01:22 AM
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Original lesson: Metallica For Beginners by Gabriel Leopardi

Thanks so much for your feedback on my last video. I created an audio file with all the pitches on the six strings and have made practicing whole and half step bends to pitch a part of my daily routine. My vibrato is still a work in progress and I'm definitely going to progress to the lessons mentioned last time. It's the primary skill I'd like to improve right away. Practicing along with the original recording was VERY helpful and I was able to identify a lot of details I was missing with just the backing track. Hopefully the third time's the charm.

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post Dec 10 2014, 06:41 PM
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Hi friend! Great job with this one!! smile.gif

I can say that there are many improvements on this new take. The rhythm section sounds perfect now, you mastered it! The solo section starts to get closer but it's still the part that need more work. The first thing that I note is a little tuning issue when you play the higher frets in the higher strings. This can be a calibration problem, something related to having old strings or just a tuning issue. Check it out.

About your playing in the solo, I note that you are still not comfortable with the rhythm of some licks. I notice a little timing issue in the first licks of the solo so re-check them comparing your playing with the original take. Besides this, I can say that your bending is not totally consistent and that your vibrato technique also need some work to be wider and sound more connected with the groove.

I recommend you to add this lesson to your diary practice: https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Bens-Vibrato-Odyssey-5/

In other words, you just have to adjust some details in order to master completely this lesson. You are very close. Keep on rocking!! smile.gif

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post Dec 11 2014, 01:39 PM
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Howdy there mate!

As Gabi pointed out, you need to be focusing on the solo part - slow it down until it's comfortable to play and you understand the rhythm of each lick and the note durations. Practice it with the backing tracks which are slower and then gradually raise the tempo, by practicing with the faster ones.

You will surely get there and of course, focus on the articulation - bending and vibrato - which are very important. You an also try to record yourself against the original and see the differences afterwards - it's always a good manner of spotting out places which need your attention smile.gif

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post Dec 12 2014, 09:22 AM
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Duuuuuuuuuuude, that is sounding way better now !

Your rhythm is sounding very solid. Only one part wasn't quite as 100% as the rest, which was 0:29-0:30, it sounded like you just didn't catch the string quite right with your pick maybe. Nothing major that needs fixing, just a small snag that happened at the time. In terms of technique and execution, you're there smile.gif

As the lads say, you've made great progress with adding vibrato and your bending is accurate for the most part but there is still an issue of timing. You tend to shift to the next note or phrase too early so just relax and hang back. It's a lot to think about, I know, but it's like driving. At first it seems like we can't think of ALL of those things whilst trying to drive a car but eventually it all seeps in and becomes natural. You're getting there !

Gab's suggestion of Vibrato Odyssey 5 is a good one. It really focuses on the technique without any other licks to get in the way.

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