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post Dec 1 2015, 12:07 AM
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Original lesson: Mercyful Fate Soloing by Ben Higgins

Hi Guys, here's my take of this excellent lesson. Thanks Ben! Cheers Peter

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post Dec 1 2015, 03:56 PM
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Hey mate, great job with this one!

I have to say that you are VERY close to play this licks with precision. There just a few parts that need some work to sound cleaner (for example at 00:34) or tighter (for example at 01:03).

The clean issue is related to hands sync so you need to isolate this parts and work at slower tempos to be sure that you are playing with both hands going together. The timing issue is related to legato, you tend to make the pull of faster, take care of it.

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post Dec 3 2015, 10:11 AM
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Nice giuitar Peter! smile.gif Lesson is in fact great and like in most cases you've prepared a descent take (always pleasure to listen:) )

Few things need tweaking. Probably most visible issue is bending. Since you had no huge problms with bending pitch in most of your previous takes, I think it's maybe a "bad day for bending" thing or simply not best settings of your monitoring system. I'm sure you are able to fix it easily

Now some parts have syn issue between both hands - sometimes slightly increasing the width of right hand motion helps to improve the sync. You can also try mobing your hand a bit lower (changing resting point) or...simply try to play a little harder.

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post Dec 6 2015, 07:06 PM
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Hi Peter, thanks for choosing this lesson - it's very cool to hear somebody tackle it!

There's 3 main areas I think you need to improve in order to get it sounding better:

Bending: As the guys have mentioned, your bending is hit and miss here. Some of the bends are too high in pitch, like at 0:13. Fast bends like these can be difficult to accurately bend to pitch because it requires you to get to pitch straight away with no gradual pitch increase. So it is a challenge but the better you get at bending you will eventually associate the physical feeling of the string movement with the interval that you want to bend to.

Hand coordination: Some runs sound a bit awkward as the pick isn't always hitting at the same time the fingers are fretting. Isolate any problem areas you struggle with and focus on both hands working together. Once you're happy that they're working in synch you can then focus on timing.

Timing: In many area you rush in front of the beat... this is possibly because you're anticipating the next lick so you're finishing off the current lick too early in order to give yourself time to be ready for the next one. Allow the notes to sound for their full duration, even if you feel like it's harder to get to the next lick. This will train yourself to link phrases together much quicker because you make yourself get into the next position with less time to spare.

Keep up the good work!

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