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post Oct 5 2015, 05:28 AM
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Original lesson: Muse Goes Stoner by Gabriel Leopardi

Really liked this lesson, so I thought I'd submit a REC take. Probably could've polished it a bit more, oh well. There's a couple of things I'm trying to achieve. One is getting REC takes out there. I feel like if I keep submitting REC takes I will make better progress in the long run. Some of them many not be pretty, but they're just stepping stones to better things. Putting down a REC take is a skill in and of itself. Getting comfortable with recording, constantly learning new stuff, and being "on the spot" is just as good as being a proficient player, in my opinion. The other thing I'm trying to achieve is better right hand technique. I'm actually a left-handed person playing righty, and over time I've developed a habit of anchoring my fingers on the guitar to kind of gauge where my pick is. I would like to overcome this handicap.


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post Oct 5 2015, 06:57 PM
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Hi Mudbone!

Your intro text is brilliant. I can't agree more with everything you've written there. Your plan sounds motivating and is also very promising for your future as guitarist.

Your take on this lesson is really close. You can play most of the riffs clean and tight over the backing track. There are just a few details to improve related to timing (some parts where the rhythm pattern is not tight enough) and other regarding cleanness (mostly on the higher notes of the main riff and that section around 00:51 which sounds weird).

Other than that, this sounds powerful, consistent and with a very well set guitar tone. Well done!

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post Oct 7 2015, 04:38 PM
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It's always a great idea to post a take and see if there are some essential mistakes to be fixed wink.gif Like you said - it's a workout of gettin comfortable in front of the camera and with Rec button pressed on wink.gif

From the good news there are no crutial mistakes to fix. It sounds nice already but it's just a matter of even more practice due to some focus issues - you are still wondering where to put the fingers while playing. It would be easier to focsu on timming once you load the whole lesson into your finngers memory. We can clearly capture this when the drums comes in smile.gif

Your tone is quite stoner and it fits the lesson. You playing (aside from a few flaws) seems to be free form unwanted noises and sound tight and confident. Well done smile.gif
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post Oct 11 2015, 02:08 PM
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Bone, how you doin?

I hear what you're saying about your picking position. I don't think anchoring is a problem in itself. I anchor a lot during my playing for the precise reason you gave: it acts as a way of gauging the correct distance between pick and string. It's a really useful & tactile way of making sure you're "on the string".

The problem I saw with you is that your hand was very rigid whilst being anchored, presumably from an effort to retain the anchoring at all times, even during riffing.

I think anchoring has its place during intricate moments, whether lead or rhythm. Any time where sensory input is needed to have as much accuracy and cleanliness in your playing as possible.

There are times when I allow my fingers not to be anchored, which would be during more energetic riffs and strumming, where the anchor would just hold back the movement of wrist and forearm. So, to end my long story, the anchoring itself isn't an issue but anchoring all the time and being rigid (ooh, Matron) is. You don't have to change your hand position at all, just allow your fingers to relax and curl up or hang loose, whatever they want to do. So it's not as big a problem as you may have thought smile.gif

As the guys say, timing fluctuates a bit, which they've covered.

One thing I notice is that you seem to drive your picking technique using your thumb muscles. I find that this limits your potential speed. Instead, allow your thumb and forefinger just to have the role of holding the pick in place but allow the drive to originate further up your wrist and arm. It may not make sense in written form but try and experiment and see if you can feel a difference.
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