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post Feb 9 2018, 08:58 AM
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Original lesson: Speed Runs For Intermediates by Darius Wave

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post Feb 9 2018, 09:51 AM
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Nice Sid!

There are major problems in your recording technique - as the backing can barely be heard. However it's not that much of a biggie for a lesson that is very technique focused such as this one.

Your hands are pretty relaxed which is a necessity for good technique. I would advise you to keep working on this aspect though, especially your left hand can seem a bit tense at times.

Your right hand seems to be doing a decent job. However there are times where it seems to be doing slightly irregular movements (example 00:47). You need to get completely rid of those if you want a reliable shred technique.

There are some slight timing- and hand syncing issues but nothing too serious - so all in all I think this is well done, from a technical perspective. You get a 7 from me!

Keep up the good work!

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Todd Simpson
post Feb 10 2018, 03:24 AM
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I have to agree with KRIS on the problems with your recording techique sad.gif I can't hear the backing at all which makes it hard to grade your synch with the backing and be able to hear how you are working with or against it. I can hear your playing just fine though so let's focus on that smile.gif The recording thing will come with time. We have a great section in our wiki about home recording and how to make it sound nice with very little expenditure. To wit, here is an article I wrote for the wiki on recording for the REC program smile.gif Please 2 Enjoy. https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/wiki/inde...Record_a_Lesson

Back to the playing. You are mostly doing a very good job with some very technical passages. You have good muting with your right hand and keep a nice solid planted hand most of the time which is very good for work like this where you don't want notes to bleed/blur together.

Even without hearing the backing I can tell you mostly have a good handle on timing. The only bit that seems to drift a pinch is toward the end.

You are sitting "Side Saddle" (which is how Kris sits as well so it's not "wrong") and I'd suggest trying to sit "Classical" just as an experiment. It changes the way your hand/wrist addresses the neck entirely and allows for greater range/reach/flexibility IMHO. So give it a shot smile.gif

One thing I did notice is that you are playing each note with confidence and have memorized a very long, very technical bit of music here which is impressive in and of itself. I'd suggest a repost with a better recording where we can hear the background music along with your playing but I'll leave that up to you smile.gif


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post Feb 11 2018, 09:48 PM
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Hi mate,

The most obvious thing to fix on this one is as Kris and Todd said, the overall sound. Both the mix, and your guitar tone need to be improved to make your video sound better.

On the other side, I think that your playing is good in the whole take. Besides the comments already given here, I would like to add that it's safer if your try to economise your left hand movements. By economise, I mean to keep your fingers closer to the fretboard when they are not pressing a fret. This can sound insignificant at this tempo, but it will be essential when trying faster licks and passages.

I don't find any other significant things to fix here, keep on working!


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post Feb 12 2018, 11:57 AM
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Hey there!

As you can see, all of us/instructors have noticed audio quality issues. Keep in mind that we do not expect 1000$ studio quality recording. What we are trying to say is that the narrowed frequency range of the baking and it's poor loudness make us not able to objectively grade your timing for example. Of course there are some other things we can hear precisely because of this situation. For example your left hand "unwanted strings muting" technique needs some work. There are some necessary materials on this topic here, at GMC (Try to find 20 beginner tips lesson and go directly to unwanted noise muting section). Don't get me wrong - you're not that bad at this! smile.gif But at the 3-string sweeps part you are definitely having problems with two things - 1. Unwanted strings noise 2. Notes separation. The fact we play notes on different strings doesn't change the fact that we don't want them to ring one over another. That's the most tricky thing about sweeps. There are some...let's say....exceptions due to ultra high speed but they don't change the fact that sweep picking is a technique that is not only for fas tshredding. In this lesson we have a medium tempo sweeps where each note deserves to sound without any other interrupting smile.gif

As long as this is purely technical lesson, every detail counts. For example - picking direction. Compare your right hand and mine in the slow videos. There are two issues here. 1. You do not make sweep motion, you do a regular string skipping. Sweep is when you push the pick until it falls on another string. Your pick is skipping instead of falling/sweeping. 2. Picking direction is not correct in this part. There should be "down-dwon-down" pattern on every 4-5-6 note of each 6-notes sweep pattern. You play an upstroke on G3 string. There already should be a downstroke and a continuous sweep to E1 string. Video and audio sync problem makes it a little harder to capture but that's definitely the issue I'm describing.

Picking direction is also the case in the very first part. As long as it's random, you will not be able to play fast because it's like doing totally different things all the time. You hadn is not working out a particular pattern. It's a medium speed so you won't feel what I'm talking about but you need to trust me that With you currect picking direction you will have serious problems speeding up that lick. It's a really cool and friendly pattern only as long as you keep the original picking direction which is always the same

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If you keep the motion your right hand will get used to it and create some kind of natural muscle behaviors to help make it relaxed and possibvle to speed up. Mainly...because of the string skipping moments. PICKING DIRECTION IS CRITICAL if you want to learn how to play fast. Copying EXACTLY teh same picking patterns as are in the lessons are probably the only way to get fromt the lesson what you expect to learn smile.gif

In general your pick grip, wrist work adn left hand shaping looks fine. You're on the good path, now just keep working on some more details, so you can get the real profit of this lesson smile.gif And....keep that notice for any future lessons because that's were the secret is hidden smile.gif

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