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post Sep 28 2016, 04:01 PM
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Original lesson: Neoclassical Three-Level-Lesson, Beginner by Marcus Lavendell

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post Oct 3 2016, 10:53 AM
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Hi man, this is a good attempt at this lesson but there's just a couple of things you need to work on to get it sounding the way it should.

When you perform a string bend, you are only using your middle finger. This means that you have less strength to apply to the bend and less control over it. What people do is to use their other fingers to add strength to the bend. For example, if you used your middle finger to fret a note, then you would add your index finger to the string as well. This means you would be bending with the combined power of two fingers, not just one.

Another example: If you bent a note with your pinky then you would also use the previous 3 fingers, giving you the combined power of 4 fingers on a bend!

There's some great bending lessons on GMC but this YT video gives a brief breakdown of the technique so you can apply to this lesson and others.

On the last note, you bent it out of pitch before adding vibrato. You want to add vibrato whilst the note is still held in pitch. I've got a lesson that really breaks the actions down https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Bens-Vibrato-Odyssey-5/

Your picking and hand synchronisation is good so if you work on the bending and vibrato you'll sound a lot more controlled!

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Gabriel Leopardi
post Oct 3 2016, 03:01 PM
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Hi mate, good job on this one!

Your tone and timing are good on this take and that makes the overall sound consistent. However I agree with Ben about your bending and vibrato techniques. And I believe that with a few tweaks you'll be able to make both techniques sound more consistent, and that will make the overall take sound much better.

Besides Ben videos that are essential for this, you can work on these two lessons:



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post Oct 5 2016, 01:01 PM
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Hey there!

It's an excellent lesson with climax and perfect balance between neoclassical flavor and ease of playing. You did handle essential elements of it though...there are things to be fixed. Please keep in mind those advices refer to your overall playing and will take you to another level as fast as you would immediately stop doing things the "old way" and....even if nothing waorks perfect from the first moment, it will profit for anything you'll be doing next.

1. Tuning - you guitar seems to be a little out of pitch. Guitars are not perfect tune-wise. Sometimes it takes time of retuning, rechecking on frets and restretching strings, before the instrument is ready for recording. Tuner quality = tuner tolerance as well, so it's worth making a godo expense on a descent tuner. sometimes tuning open strings only is not enought - try to recheck on frets and make a compromise to make both - open string and fretted notes be as close to perfect pitch as possible

2. Muting job - there is not much of it in your take. Unfortunately playing on distortion (the higher the harder) makes us have to think not only about the note to be executed, but also about everything that happens with other strings. Distortion pulls out even very little, natural vibration of the string, even if you haven't hit it at all. It affects overall method of hand shaping and resting points.
Your currect shaping is rather for a clean tone or classical guitar playing. We can notice some random notes cutting through the mix, while you hit proper notes. You need to start working on this seriously because there is no chance to "hide" or run from if your keep your hand the way they are at the moment.
Here's a detailed explanation on how to make it work

3. Watch a few bending lessons. Notice that players do make bends with support of all other left hand fingers available - not just with the one that you put on the fret. It make things a lot easier strength-wise, and a lot more controlable pitch-wise

4. Single coil pickups vs distortion. The noise and hum you get are natural for the amount of distortion you use, and the type of pickups you have. Strat kind of guitars with Single Coils are very versatile instruments for many genres but to use them with that much of distortion, you would need to consider replacing them with noiseless Single Coils. Worth considering because you'll tru strat tone while getting rid of nasty hum. Other solution is just taking away as much gain as possible, to make the hum level acceptable. Players like Malmsteen and Jeff Beck do use noiseless pickups in their signature Fender guitars.

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