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post Dec 22 2015, 03:11 PM
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Original lesson: Bending Ballad by Max Sokolov

just an first impression so you guys see the progress. Havent use my audio interface this take but will use it next time. greetz tim

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post Dec 26 2015, 09:32 PM
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Hi mate!

This is a good idea. I think that this video will be a good reference to monitor your progress with this lesson. The main things to adjust in this one are:

- bending
- timing on faster passages
- tapping cleanness and pitches
- vibrato

I recommend you to review this video deeply and identity the weaker sections to isolate and practice them slower to get used to the required technique.

I'll here to check the next takes. Keep on the hard work!

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post Dec 28 2015, 09:30 PM
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Hey Tim! I think I just found where is the cause of your bending issues. Your left hand is very unstable while you bend. It does not have a solid grip that would keep it in place. You move your whole hand instead of using rotation of the wrist to bend or vibrato. Unfortunately most of those bends are out of pitch - usually over-bent. It's excellent idea to work on this lesson and solve the bending problems. When you bend with left ring finger, do not take away other fingers of the string. Use all fingers behing to minimize strength use per finger.

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post Dec 31 2015, 04:26 PM
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Hi Tim, good to see you working hard and pushing yourself towards improvement, as always.

Ok, this lesson is a tough one - even for experienced guitarists. I challenge anyone to play it as good as Max.

Firstly, your pitch control needs work during your bending. One way of doing this is to fret and then play the note you will bend to, and then bend to it. For example, if you're bending a whole tone then first fret that note two frets above and then bend to that note from two frets below. You can do this with any interval. This will train both your hands and your ear at the same time.

Secondly, you need to be able to add vibrato successfully to your bending. I can see you made the effort to do this but what you're doing is just moving the neck in your hands without actually affecting the strings. Have a look at this lesson of mine which focuses on vibrato on bends.


However, in order for you to be able to make that lesson work you may need to take a look at this one


I hope this helps. Happy new year!

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