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post Nov 9 2017, 12:49 AM
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Original lesson: Alternate Picking Workout #5 by Darius Wave

Missed the pinky slide :(

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post Nov 9 2017, 10:55 AM
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Hey Sid,

Cool - I can def see you have put some serious work into this.

I think you start of pretty well with only tiny sync problems. The further in we get the more mistakes we see - starting from around 0:30.

It looks to me like your right hand is on a good path though - which obviously is the main purpose of this lesson. It would have been interesting to get a full shot of your right hand + arm as well, though.

The best suggestion I can give at this point - is to spend more time on the slower speeds, and making sure you are fully relaxed. That's the best way to avoid the somewhat irregular right + left hand sync problems we see here.

Your sound and recording technique needs improvement but I am not considering it for my grade because this pretty much is a strict technique etude.

Keep going - you are on a good path! You get a 6 from me.

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post Nov 9 2017, 06:28 PM
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Hi mate!

This is a great lesson to train your AP technique. From what I can see here, your motion is good for both hands, but you need more days of practice to put both hand on sync, and to be able to keep the speed along the whole lesson.

The first thing (hand sync) is achieved by working at slower tempos, and dividing the lesson in smaller blocks to connect both hands better. You don't look comfortable at this tempo, it seems that you have a "running" feel while playing and it doesn't help to put your focus on making both hands stay in sync.

Once you make both hands going toghether with presicion, the following stage is to be able to keep perfection along the whole lesson. This is a long lesson, and requires continuos alternate picking playing, so it's normal to feel your hands tired when you are reaching the half of it. The more you practice, the more comfortable you'll feel, but remember to work on hands sync first.

That's all by now, keep on the hard work! I'll wait for a new take, if possible in 7 days.


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post Nov 13 2017, 08:25 PM
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Hey there!

Thanx for choosing my lesson smile.gif Speed of this one can be tricky. It's medium for the right hand but the left hand shapes are a little more tircky. It was dedicted for this purpose - the purpose of working out your hands sync. The hardest part is to keep your right hand relaxed (in this tempo it's possible). General issue of people learning speed playiing is a tendecy to tense up while trying to increase the speed. The reality is totally opposite. Try to first play things very soft but in sync. Once you feel comfortable with the speed and left hand position shifts, you then start to see how you can manage your strength to boost the performance of your picking. Not the opposite. Tension and bad strength managment is an enemy of even best alternate"pickers". Simple example is when you tense before a live concert. Soemtimes if you can fight it, you fail even some of the stuff that has always been easy for you....at home. That's where you need to focus now.

Additional thing is that before trying to play in tempo, you really have to have the lesson loaded into your fingers memory. It there are any doubts or moments when you need to "struggle", then there will be some mistakes for sure. I can clearly see that you already put a lot of effort to this one but at the same time I notice you are not yet able to fully relax becasue you still have some "doubts" in your left hand.

There are some moments of wrong notes (easy to compare with original lesson), moments out of sync and oomments where you mess up the picking direction - 0:51 [part for example. You made some economy picking while it all should be alternate picking.

In genral you're at the point where the real workout in this lesson begins so please don't pass it yet. I'm sure you can get it to a higher level just of you put some more, focused practise smile.gif

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