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post Jul 22 2016, 05:26 PM
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Original lesson: Becker Made Easy by Ben Higgins

Some parts still need a bit of tweaking. I guess.

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post Jul 22 2016, 06:44 PM
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Hi mate,

great to see you at REC again!!

I can say that this is a good take of this beautiful lesson. There are only some little details in which you could focus to get more from this lesson:

- Cleanness: Most of the lesson sounds clean but the arpeggio could sound cleaner (around 00:14). This can be related to your tone also, which I feel has too much drive.

- Vibrato: Your vibrato is not bad, but we are talking about a Becker lesson, and executed by Ben. There is always room to get more from Ben's vibrato. I feel that sometimes your vibrato could be wider and more consistent.

- There are some tremolo bar effects missed in the last phrases that deserve to be learnt since they sound great!

- Tone: I've commented about this at cleanness. I feel that your tone could sound cleaner, without losing sustain.

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post Jul 25 2016, 12:18 PM
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Hey Ben!

Great to have you back in the REC smile.gif First of all that's very good take. For my taste it's a good, studio quality solo take. About the cleaness I was not able to spot anything more than the 0:14 where Gab has pinted a few notes not perfectly separated. Aside from that I like the stability of your right hand and I know how hard it is to keep perfect timing with sweep kind of motion in a slow tempo.
As for your vibrato it's already dscent but it hasn't got that 100% width and rhythm control as Ben had in his original lesson. At some point you "uncover" yourself being focused on what's gonna happen next and you release the vibrato while the note sustains smile.gif You start it correctly but then you become distracted by another notes to happen, and you loose the control. Aside from this I have no serious complains smile.gif Well done
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post Aug 11 2016, 08:43 AM
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Hi Ben, this is a really strong take and I have only a couple of things to mention.

As the guys said, there's a small loss of fluidity during the sweeping section. I think it's just caused by the turnaround of one shape to another. Sweeping is very hard to do at slow speeds whilst maintaining cleanliness and timing. You do it very well actually, it's only that slight pause.

Whammy bar use. What you do in the lesson is perfectly acceptable in terms of taste but I think the lesson provides an opportunity to learn a different whammy trick, which is to pull up on the bar just as you release a pull-off, giving you that famous Becker (and Vai) wailing baby kind of sound. It might be more difficult to implement at first, because you can't pick whilst doing it, you have to rely on the fretting hand for sustain.. but that is why we do it on a pull-off.

Give it a go!
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