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> Take 3: Dio Style, Lesson By Ben Higgins
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post May 23 2017, 11:19 PM
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Original lesson: Dio Style by Ben Higgins

Really started to dig in my pick into the strings after the previous comments. Trying to get more bite from the picking hand. Also tightened the little interlude runs.

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post May 24 2017, 09:08 AM
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Timing for most part felt good - and you convey neat energy through your riffing.

The only thing which dragged listening exprience down for me is your tone - which I feel could have been a bit less distorted and scooped. You get an 8 from me.

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post May 24 2017, 11:21 PM
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Hi mate,

This is a good take. There are some elements that you could have in mind during the next days of practice in order to improve the overall thing.

- Timing & Dynamics: I think that the main problem is when playing galloping. Compare your right hand movement with Ben's and see how his motion is more related to the backing's groove. The hand moves up and down with the groove, and the pick is separated enough to do this this up and down motion natural with the groove. The fact that he does the down pick starting a bit upper from the string gives his playing more dynamics.

- Cleanness: There are some passages that could sound cleaner. (one around 00:24, and other around 1:01 for example). Work on them.

- Tone: I'm with Kris about this. I think that less drive is the way to start polishing your tone on this one. Less is more. Always try lowering the distortion before start recording and see how the tone improves. It will require more strength from your right hand, but the overall sound will be much better.

- Vibrato: There is some extra vibrato added in chords and melodies by Ben that could be good to be incorporated in your playing. Check it.

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post May 25 2017, 01:42 PM
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Hey there!

Your picking hand experiments are a good way to go. Even in this take after such a short time, there is a visible improvement in the clarity. Let's say that it's not perfect yet, but definitely better comparing to your previous takes form REC.

In general the tone is taking my attention through all the take. From one point it's a kind of metal flavor that we all like, but from the other it has too much harshness and a little to low level of "definition" frequencies like low mids. We don't speak of making a rock tone out of your metal one, but sometimes there are tones that seem to sound quite similar, yet they act totally different in the mix. Maybe you can try to find other tone from the metal-family in your devices and try it out?

Another thing to analyze is your general pitch. As we all know guitars are hard instruments if we try to be computer-precise pitch-wise but we can get quite close, even with low cost guitars. The trick is to spend some time restretching the strings, using the same picking strength on each note/string, recheck tuning on frets as well and....restringing the guitar let's say...at least once per two months (if you have no "radioactive" sweat - then coated strings may bea good choice.

Above is a case if care of the instrument and you need to know that a correct pitch through allk the take makes the take sound 50% better, even if there are some technical mistakes. Perfect pitch is a domain of professionals, and it's not as hard to keep your instrument in a good ,pitch condition to try to get even to them. But...pitch is not only the instrumnet. Make sure you do not "over-press" notes with your fretting hand. It can cause nots to go up with the pitch even if your instrument has been tuned properly.

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