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> Take 2: Santana: Europa Part 1, Lesson By Laszlo Boross
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post Mar 4 2017, 07:19 PM
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Original lesson: Santana: Europa Part 1 by Laszlo Boross

second attempt...... always have a lot of pleasure to play it !!

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post Mar 5 2017, 11:29 PM
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Well played! smile.gif You have a really good sense of the vibe of this lead. You are holding notes and using phrasing very similar to the original which is good. I did notice that your vibrato, while good, is a pinch shallow and fast. E.g. Very fast up/down vibrato, while Santana often uses a much more subtle and slower vibrato to create a relaxing vibe. Just moving the finger slower up and down during vibrato passages can create the effect. Still, I think it works in context of the piece but it's not exactly like the Santana vibrato which is well worth working on as it creates an entirely different impact on the listener emotionally.

You command of picking and right/left hand synch is very good, as is your string traverse and fret traverse. In short, you can move around the neck like a mad mad and keep the picking nice and tight. This is something I usually see in players who have been playing for quite a long time. So well done smile.gif

I think you have this one, but I'm only one vote smile.gif It's very possible other instructors may see things that I missed that need work. But for me, I think you are ready for another one smile.gif In the next one, I would try a wider/slower vibrato though smile.gif


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post Mar 6 2017, 03:24 PM
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Hi mate,

I also have a good feeling about this take. I think that your playing is good, and that with some little adjustments this could be a flawless take.

There basically two elements that need more attention, from my point of view. The first one is your vibrato which sounds like "nervous". This happens because it tends to be fast, and also in many cases it starts too soon. Vibrato is an essential technique in Santana's playing so this deserves your attention.

The other thing is related to polishing some licks that show hand sync issues, and also some bends near to the end of the solo that are not totally precise and/or natural. I also noted that you check many times, while doing the bends, if the camera or daw are recording. This distracts you from what's is important at that moment: playing and feeling what you play.

That's what I can see from this take mate. I notice relevant improvements comparing this one with the previous one so keep going.

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post Mar 8 2017, 10:09 AM
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Hey there!

Well done - this take has some visible improvements smile.gif

I have to agree with Todd's observation on your vibrato. It's a little too fast for the flavor we want to achive from this track.

There are alsmo moment when you play the theme and you do not make breakes between notes, like in the original take. It's not a technical issue. Just a difference between your, and original take.

I think your tone is slightly too fizzy. Santana used to have tone that we could say was even a little too dark for my taste, but definitely your tone has more a kind of american hi-gain frequency response, while Santanasa was "vintage blues-rock" I would say smile.gif Tone type does also affect the way we receive the mood of the track.

Aside from above, there are only minor issues with pitch on bends

Just a side-note. Your LP has a quite long sustain for sure. I think it will give no harm to take away some gain as well smile.gif

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