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post May 9 2017, 04:23 PM
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Original lesson: Sophisticated Blues by Chris Harrington

Hi Chris, Gab, Kris, Darius, Ben an all instructor and GMC er

I like this playing on the minor and major pentatonic scales.
Diminished Arpeggios is a new thing for me.
It's very interesting to understand How Chris Built the track.

I make a video BackingTrack + vst and an other with direct sound gopro in order to you can hear my picking attack.

I gave the best of my self

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post May 13 2017, 04:39 PM
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I have to admit that it bocomes harder and harder to spot any technical, clear mistakes in your playing - I mean general hand mechanics to tweak. I like your dynamics, especially shown in the "ambient audio" video. Although there happens things that are not in perfect sync between both hands, and somehow you are off with the timing in this particular take. I had a feeling at this stage is too much focus where to place the fingers, while it takes away your ability to completely flow with the groove. Faster runs sound like you're walking on the thin ice (if you know what i mean).

Your strong points are dynamics and overall articulation. I like how your hand tone control has developed through last year.

I have an advice for further recordings. Try to eliminate "rec on button stress" by trying to play a few "I don't care" takes smile.gif And the harder the lick is, the more relaxed you need to be - don't think it's hard, try to start very softly and add stength only on the accents. Don't try to think of all the notes inside. Focusing on checkpoints and turning on "don't care" mode usually leads us to our best performance abilities smile.gif It sound weird but that's actually how things are. Trying to be precise at fast runs makes us think of it too much and increases body tension. This makes even professionals fail to play things they are able to play 9 per 10 times perfectly smile.gif
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post May 15 2017, 03:34 PM
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Hi MisterM!

As you are part of Gab's Army (mentoring program), you already know my thoughts about your overall playing and also your work on this lesson. I can say that Darius's addition about rec stress is a great comment to have in mind for future works.

I always enjoy your takes, your playing, your tone, and it was interesting to also find the ambience sound version of this one.

The sky is the limit man, keep on the great job! smile.gif

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post May 17 2017, 11:38 AM
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As mentioned before your technique and control of bends is great!

In order to take the step to start sounding really pro - I think you need to be able to play a REC take without thinking too much. Darius is def onto something with his suggestion.

I would like to add that you could try mastering a lesson (such as this one) - and then let it rest for a few days, and then record the very first take (warm up with some other lesson). See if it feels different. Alternatively just make one recording every practice day - but don't do it at the end of your practice session. Most people agree that the first take is often the best one - and most representative of what you can actually do.

At this point you just need to learn to know yourself, to control an optimise your performances. An 8 from me. Well done!

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