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post Jun 11 2015, 04:50 PM
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Original lesson: Writing a Solo - Dynamics by Muris Varajic

hi here, this is my first REC session, i had fun with this lesson (and it's not finished ....)


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post Jun 12 2015, 04:45 PM
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Hi Laurent, congrats on your first REC take!

Your playing is on the right track with this one (good tempo, good picking intensity) and I think that if you focus on a few details you will be mastering this one very soon. Let me list the things you need to have in mind during the next days of practice:

- Cleanness: There are many unwanted noises here and there and the main reason is that you are not muting correctly the strings that you are not playing. In order to achieve it you need to use the palm of your right hand and also help yourself with the fingers of your left hand.
Here you can check a vchat session in which I covered this topic: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/63056426

- Bending: Your bending is close but there are some bends that are not precise (00:27) You need to practice this technique to reach the desired notes with more precision and to feel more comfortable with the technique. This video shows essential exercises: https://youtu.be/Hh_pYY6UYIw

- Vibrato: It's not there. You need to make your vibrato more notable and consistent. https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Bens-Vibrato-Odyssey-5/

- Alternate Picking: If I can see clearly, it seems that you are doing some fingers movement with your right hand when you play alternate picking. I really recommend to avoid it and start the motion from your wrist. This can seem to be a detail now but it can be a problem at higher speed. Suggested lesson: https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Altern...Picking-Basics/

- Dynamics: There is a lot of room for dynamics on your take and one of the things that make it more difficult is that your tone has too much distortion. Try lowering your drive and dynamics will be easier to manage. Experiment with dynamics.

Ok mate, I hope that this comments and links help to keep on working and going on the right direction.


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post Jun 13 2015, 09:54 PM
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Hey there! Like Gabriel said - you're on the good track but there is still a lot of things to fix. Very often it takes much more time to figuire out how to shape your hands and finegrs to not only get the note you want, but aslo mute everything that's unwanted. In Your take we hear a melody that has been disturbed by unwanted noises.

Playing distorted electric guitar comes with some more difficulties than acoustic/classical or clean tone electric. Distortion works like compressor - it pulls out all those things that are unvisible while using clean tone. Every move of your hand, ever open strings that has been left untouched will ring and will sound same loud as your regular notes.

Instead of left hand position taken from classical guitar we need out left index finegr to be flat (it will be always in touch with all strings below it). At some point you can use a tip of any other left hand finger to mute the strings above the one you play.

Right hand - that's where you should bring more attention. It seems to be very unsteady - you need to find a few solid resting points so it will also help tu mute unwanted strings. Those resting points will also affect tension (in a good way - less of it). Please review my alternate picking basics lesson for any additional questions. At this moment your right hand is somethign I would give most time a na ttention. Starting to work on it early will help to get better result with any further lessons you choose. That's a skill you get once and forever smile.gif

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post Jun 14 2015, 01:01 AM
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Hey Laurent, great to see you in the REC zone! smile.gif

First off all, I think that it is cool that you chose this lesson which is very interesting and works on a part of guitar player's arsenal which is often neglected - dynamics! This same detail makes this lesson pretty difficult to master.

When analyzing your take, I think that the most urgent fixes you need to do in your playing are in the departments of :

1. Playing clean
2. Left hand fretting dexterity and right hand picking sync

1. This take, as others noted, is full of unwanted noises. Playing clean is not easy but that "technique" alone can take your playing to the next level. It is solved by practicing the muting technique.

Check out these two lessons on the topic:

2. I have also noticed that you have trouble keeping up with picking runs such as 0:17-0:22. I feel that your left hand might be slowing you down. My suggestion here would be to just do some finger fitness exercises. Such as lessons in this series: https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/lessonser...ynchronization/

I think the exercises in the above lessons series would reflect profoundly on your overall comfort when playing and technique making everything smoother and easier.

Overall, there are lots of details in this lesson (it is a demanding one) which require attention so my impression is that you are halfway there meaning that you got down the lesson notes and where everything goes and now need to work on the performance and techniques execution. After fixing the above, the next step would be to focus on the bending, vibrato, slides and other small details which make up the dynamics package in this lesson. Those details are really what this lesson is all about as they are your expressive tools.

It's great that you are starting to use the REC zone, looking forward to more of your videos.

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