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Well, here is the one with the beginner solo:

https://youtu.be/NxR2evuN89I

I was trying to do the bendy blues as well, but I didn't get a take I was happy with and my fingers are getting tired.
SO I'll try again later biggrin.gif

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Hi Lester,

Good job with this lesson. You can play the whole thing and now it's time to focus on some details to polish your playing:

- Bending: There are many bends that don't reach the correct pitch so you need to put extra attention to this and practice bending exercises diary.

- Vibrato: Your vibrato tends to be too fast most of the times and this makes your phrasing sound like "nervous". Compare your vibrato with the original lesson and try to imitate a bit how Marcus makes the vibration sound more natural. I refer to the rhythm of the vibration and also width evolution.

- Cleanness: Some of the faster licks don't sound totally clean. Isolate them and practice.

- Tone: I think that your tone would go better with this solo if you set EQ to make it sound warmer, and drive to make it sound with some more sustain.


Please let me know if the feedback is clear and shows you the next steps to do.

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Hi Gabe,

Great, thanks for the elaborate feedback!

Indeed, vibrato and especially bending are quite hard for me still.

I'll get working on it! smile.gif
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Ok, keep on working and share a new take in 7 days if it's possible. wink.gif


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Allright, I'll try and have it by the end of next week.
In exactly 7 days is my sisters wedding, so that won't work wink.gif
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I do not have something called drive in the current setting btw...I am not sure if distortion would do the same thing.
Which ones should do the trick? smile.gif

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Yes! Adding more distortion to that Cat emulator will give you more sustain, try it and let me know if it works.


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Hi Gabe,

As promised here are some new takes today smile.gif

I'll start with the Muse style...I recorded some audio both yesterday and today...but the main point I was focusing on, as you suggested, was making
the point in 0:30 and 0:58 more defined...

this was the old take:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4EWxtwNzGk

Here is the audio for two new tries...does it make any sense what I'm doing? I am not sure if this is more defined or not?
And do you mean that it should cut through the mix more? or just cleanness in playing?

<iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/243293304&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe>

<iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/243293440&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe>

I'll upload the other takes shortly wink.gif

Let me try that again biggrin.gif for some reason I cannot edit previous post rolleyes.gif

this was the old take:




Here is the audio for two new tries...

https://soundcloud.com/lester-moorman/muse-style-take-22-01-2016

https://soundcloud.com/lester-moorman/muse-style-take-21-01-2016





Well, that's weird...now it has merged the posts! huh.gif
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And here are the ones for the beginner solo:



and the bendy blues:



Honestly, I'm not overly happy with either of them, but my hand is hurting so bad right now...I can't manage anything better.
I have been practicing very consistenly the past few weeks, I guess I need a little rest. I am doing the stretching ofcourse wink.gif

let me know what you think!

P.S. I know that bendy blues is especially bad, I can do better...

The hard parts remain speed with multiple bends and bend pitch I guess biggrin.gif
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Hi Lester! Great to find these takes from you!

Let's start with Muse lesson. The old take wasn't bad at all, but the new ones are even better. I think that your tone fits better now, and that you are playing the riffs and also the final arpeggios smoother and tighter. The last octave chord could be a bit tighter but it's not bad, just a little detail to tweak. Well done!

QUOTE (Lester @ Jan 22 2016, 07:51 PM) *
And here are the ones for the beginner solo:



and the bendy blues:



Honestly, I'm not overly happy with either of them, but my hand is hurting so bad right now...I can't manage anything better.
I have been practicing very consistenly the past few weeks, I guess I need a little rest. I am doing the stretching ofcourse wink.gif

let me know what you think!

P.S. I know that bendy blues is especially bad, I can do better...

The hard parts remain speed with multiple bends and bend pitch I guess biggrin.gif



As you've noted, the beginner solo is closer while the bendy blues has more important issues to fix. However I notice that you are on the right track with both and that your playing is improving a lot! Beginner solos has licks that sound very consistent as it would be played by an intermediate/advanced player.

Bendy blues will take more time because you have to train your fingers to be able to do all those bends and reach the correct pitches. So be patient and keep on practicing.


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Thank you for the kind words, mate!

It's nice to hear that, I have been practicing consistently now...which I haven't done in a long time
It's actually the first time that my hands and arms start hurting, but I can also feel that when I've had some rest that my fingers become stronger

I will upload one last Muse take soon, directly into the REC forum, I think we have discussed it thoroughly now, haven't we? wink.gif
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Great to read this mate! Keep going!!

and yes! Go for the rec with Muse's lesson.



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And at last...here it is! biggrin.gif

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Well done! You have an 8 from me. smile.gif


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Thanks mate! smile.gif

I just did another take for the music theory workout, I'll upload it there now.
I also got working on Kris's lesson on first phrases and implemented some ideas into that take.

Next I will look into the other ones you suggested there, since they can be applied in the music theory workout.
In the meantime I'll just keep working on the beginners solo and the bendy blues biggrin.gif
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Great mate! I've just commented your new take at the theory thread. Check it out!



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Hi Mate,

How was your vacation? Hope you enjoyed it! smile.gif

I was listening to a song yesterday from buckethead that I would like to add to my practice routine:



But before I do, I figured I need some lesson to introduce me to the proper technique, I guess it's alternate picking all?

Here is the tab:

Attached File  buckethead_magellans_maze.gp5 ( 46.79K ) Number of downloads: 15


Could you suggest a lesson that would get me going? biggrin.gif

The video doesn't show in my feed, here's the link:

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_quer...gellan%27s+maze
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Hi Lester, cool choice!

yes, the tricky parts of this song are played with alternate picking + palm muting. It's mostly a riffing song so you need to train your metal rhythm skills. There is a part where I think that he is also using hybrid picking which combines pick with fingers.

This is a good lesson to start: https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Megadeth-Made-Easy/



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Thanks Gabe,

I'll get working on it! wink.gif
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