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post Jul 6 2016, 10:09 PM
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Original lesson: Guitar Loves Piano by Piotr Kaczor

This lesson is truly amazing. It is the first time I pay any real attention to dynamics and I think I learned a lot. Huge thanks to Piotr and GMC. Self assessment: I can hear some timing issues, for example around 0:15-0:16, the descending D chord; also some unwanted sounds in the louder section, mainly from the pick accidently hitting the strings. And the last note sounds out of pitch; I might have put some extra pressure on the string...Well, I hope you like it. Cheers, -Val

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post Jul 9 2016, 11:18 AM
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Hi Val, this is a tough lesson but a great choice. Piotr is a master of dynamics and could teach us ALL something!

Ok, I have to say that the first half of your take is the best half. You handle the quiet section with good control and restraint.

The louder half is harder to control. There's mainly two things that I think contribute to this. Firstly, the tone seems a bit harsh here. It's probably to do with the EQ of the preset you're using. The gain preset might be aimed at metal so it gives a harsher top end. Maybe?

The other thing that would improve your take is vibrato control. You mentioned that the last note sounded a bit out of key due to excess pressure. You're correct. However, this also applies to other moments throughout. The trick with vibrato is not only to be able to do wide, strong vibrato but also to control it with the smallest movements as well.

Some of the vibrato in the original lesson requires you to bend no further than a semitone.. possibly even a micro tone. It just needs enough to show that the note has some vibrato on it but also that you keep returning to the original note and don't hold the string out of pitch by pulling too much with your finger.

I hope that makes some sense to you and helps you smile.gif

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post Jul 13 2016, 08:41 PM
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Hi Val,

This lesson is a great choice. I'm a big fan of Piotr's lessons and playing.

I think that you did a good job with this lesson but there are two elements that first attracted my attention and that I think could be improved. The first one is your tone which has some mid high frequencies that is making your sound a bit too sharp. This lesson would sound better with a warmer tone.

The second element that I think needs adjustment is your vibrato. I noticed that this technique is not totally regular, and sometimes tends to sound a bit nervous. The reason can be related to the speed of the vibration, but also to the fact that you sometimes start it too early.

Besides this you can put some more focus on dynamics since and take care of the pitch of your bending.

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post Jul 15 2016, 07:00 PM
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Hey there!

This is a beautiful lesson by Piotr. Very "grown-up" choice of yours - working on most important aspects in music (not only in guitar playing) - dynamics and tone control. Lessons like this are ultra hard to master because there are things hard to explain how to. There is part of learning this lesson, where you need to "open your ears" wide and compare alot of times with original lesson, to get best dynamics response. This would be hard to describe in words but I guess you know what I mean smile.gif

Now from obvious, technical point of view the vibrato pitch is your weakest point. It's not that you do it totally wrong, but it's not good enough yet. You tend to vibrate over slightly bent note. You do not go back to a "correct pitch point" when you vibrate the notes. Sometimes is more visible, sometimes less, but the problem is there. I think your "vibrato machine" needs a review. From my point of view it's a wrong hand motion. You tend to make vibrato partially from the finger and partially from a whole hand. Now...I'm not saying it's 100% correct and it's the only way to make it work fine....but most of us use a rotation of the left wrist instead of "hanging the hand on the string". When we vibrate the note, our hand is pulling down the string but we do have a "locking point" - our index finger is being blocked on the side of the fretboard and it makes things more stable. This way we pull the string and let it naturally go to a full release point.

It's not always perfectly visible so let me point one moment of my lesson where it looks exactly like i'm describing:

At 0:39-0:40 watch my left index finger. See how my left wrist is rotating. In this lesson there are a few types of vibrato but just refer to this particular moment of timeline and left index finger.

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