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post Sep 4 2016, 01:51 PM
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Original lesson: Slow Melody Lesson by David Wallimann

I started with this lesson just after joining GMC, so I thought it's about time to record it, although there are still some mistakes and I'm not completely comfortable with it. But I need to get this off my plate now smile.gif

One note regarding the difficulty: It has level 2 but I'm not completely sure if that's accurate. I'm aware that everyone has a different view on what's difficult and what's not, but I spent weeks on this 6-string arpeggio at 00:45 and you can clearly hear that it's not accurate yet. I think for a beginner it's pretty difficult to do.

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post Sep 5 2016, 10:52 AM
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Hello my friend. I agree about the difficulty level.. probably closer to a 4, considering the sliding and the arpeggio shapes.

You've got a very good vibrato developing there. If you keep going with it you'll get really good at it. It's even and controlled. Eventually you'll be able to use it on any finger, anywhere on the neck.

There's only two aspects that are obvious at needing a bit of work.

Timing - You're timing is generally solid but in some cases it loses its accuracy. The sliding can cause that. Be aware of rushing things, which is usually how most timing fluctuations occur.

Sliding - this is probably the main challenge in this lesson. I personally found sliding one of the most difficult techniques to learn. I remember my frustration at not being able to do it! Sliding requires the fingers to keep their rigidity and pressure applied to the string during the sliding movement. If we lose structural integrity, due to the finger wobbling, it can mess up the slide. Also, if we are not able to keep the same pressure applied on the string, the note can die out.

So those are the two main things that need improvement. Overall, you performance is very good.
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post Sep 5 2016, 01:58 PM
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Hi mate, good job!

The overall take is close be mastered, however there are some elements that you need to adjust and most of them can be analysed just by comparing the first phrase from your video with the original. By doing it, you'll notice 3 things:

- Your bending is not reaching the pitch perfectly. Isolate those bends, play the target note first and then reach it with a bend. Do it many times every day.

- The vibrato done with your picky isn't strong enough. It's weak, you need to train this finger to make it stronger.

- The vibrato at the end of the phrase starts too soon. Let the note sound and then add gradually vibrato, going with the backings groove.

Please do what I've don with the whole lesson and you'll find similar issues related bending and vibrato. That's the next step for this lesson.

About the level,, I think that it's somewhere between 2 and 3 based on current standard but this can always be a bit subjective as we've been discussing at the forum. By the way, don't worry about number, I feel that this lesson is suitable for you and that it having a good impact in your playing.

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post Sep 12 2016, 02:12 PM
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Hey there!

First of all your hands looks promisting - good pick grip and shaping + resting points. Now there is a thing you need to start focusing at. You make a lot of unnecessary movements with your right hand. They cause some other strings to be randomly hit or a "scratch noise". Playing on distorted tones is very demanding. It makes us think a lot more about everything happening aroudn the note we play at the moment. Right hand should not only avoid moving while note rings, but also should stay in contact with string to mute them (on the distortion natural vibration of guitar body can cause low strings to start ringing). Those are essentialls of playing "dirty" tones smile.gif

That would be my 2 cents to what guys above had already mentioned.
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