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post Dec 22 2014, 09:21 AM
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Original lesson: Chords by Ben Higgins

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post Dec 22 2014, 11:47 AM
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Hey mate smile.gif

Once again, it's great to see you working hard!

This take is well on its way and I think that if you will focus on the timing, you will definitely have a good take at hand.

What do I mean by that, exactly? Well, the chord changes occur with a delay, due to the fact that you aren't shifting the positions in time. Please focus on this aspect at a slower tempo, working either with the metronome or with the slower backign tracks and when taking the chord positions, please make sure that you can place all yoru fingers on the fretboard at once, just like a stamp.

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post Dec 22 2014, 02:35 PM
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Hey, nice work. Wow, Gabriel's really got you hitting all the fundamentals at one go. It probably seems like a lot to take in but this is a brilliant way of immersing yourself into the guitar and letting things trickle down until you notice little improvements just happening out of nowhere. It's a lot like learning to drive.

Ok, as Cosmin said, there's quite a delay as you get your fingers into position for the next chord HOWEVER this is totally normal. We all had to go through that stage. It's a lot for the fingers and brain to try to remember in a matter of milliseconds. F chords and the B barre chord are notoriously hard at the beginning so don't worry, you're doing the right thing - just keep going and the time it takes for you to switch between chords will just decrease naturally.

When you strum, you're allowing your hand and forearm to remain in a rigid position. If you can, try to let your wrist roll your hand down for the down stroke and up for the upstroke. It can be hard to get this motion because our first focus is usually just keeping the pick in contact with the strings and staying in time so don't worry too much about that but just try to see if you can get more wrist movement happening so it can let the forearm take a break. Think of it more as a forearm rotation. It rotates 'in' and the wrist moves up and inward for the upstroke. It rotates out and down for the down stroke.

Good work - keep it up !

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Darius Wave
post Dec 22 2014, 06:50 PM
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Hey there! You look very focued (though Your face is not visible smile.gif ) But Your hands says it all. Your performance is nice - You try to be as clean as possible and It's visible for the listener. What specially took my attention is Your right hand - it tensed and You make most of the movement from Your forearm. Trying to explain in best possible way I would say...Try to play more from the wrist. If the tempo is slow You can partly use the forearm but LWAYS try to get that natural motion from the wrist. Playing chords is probably most common motion to drying hands without the towel smile.gif Make wider movements to fit the tempo but do not hold Your wrist like frozen smile.gif)) Try to push the wrist away from the bridge and increase it's angle to get relaxed position smile.gif

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