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> Alternate Picking Workout #7, Lesson By Darius Wave
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George Hlio
post Jun 26 2018, 04:31 PM
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Original lesson: Alternate Picking Workout #7 by Darius Wave

I really like the neoclassical vibe! I think that this is the prequel to workout 3! Hope you like it!

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Darius Wave
post Jun 27 2018, 04:12 PM
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Hey again George!

Yet again we have a forearm instead of wrist problem. You should have a solid resting point with your wrist resting on the low strings (to mute them). Here you redirect most of your strength to your forearm which will work mostly for medium tempo but will not profit on ultra high speeds. Aside from this there are some little timing issues. Fast part of this lesson definitely needs more pracrtise - you loose some notes - your hand tend to loose sync for a very short moment. Besides mentioned I haven't spotted anything serious.
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Gabriel Leopardi
post Jun 27 2018, 05:20 PM
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Hi again George!

This lesson is also very important to develop your guitar technique. These are some elements that need attention:

- You need make your picking stronger to make everything sound more consistent. You tend to pick too soft and this is reflected in your tone.

- The faster section shows timing issues. You are not comfortable with that figure at this tempo. You need more time.

- I notice hand sync issues during the faster sections. This is also related to the fact that you are not comfortable yet.

Please keep on practicing the lesson, and if it's necessary isolate the faster parts and work more on them.

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Todd Simpson
post Jun 27 2018, 11:11 PM
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This is a tough bit and I'm guessing that's why you chose it!! It takes real stones to pick the hard ones on purpose so I commend you for diving in the deeper in of things and not picking an easy bit! This will benefit you in the long run. Nobody ever got better by NOT challenging themselves!
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As Darius mentioned ( no need for me to go all through it again) Your right hand bridge rest position could use a bit of focus. I notice you using more wrist and even some arm motion instead of relying on your thumb and first finger for most of your pick articulation. At slow to medium speeds, the thumb/finger should be able to provide all of the speed and strike pressure you need.

Take another look at my picking hand from this most recent quick lick which you did very well on! go back and watch your video from this as well. You have a good hand placement right in the middle of the bridge and use your articulation is happening much closer to the pick, and away from the elbow/forearm. Here is the vid, Ignore my fret hand. Just watch how my pick hand is resting on the bridge and I'm using mostly finger/wrist motion, just like you did in your vid. We only traverse two strings here, but this same approach can be used on all six strings, you can reach them all by simply turning your wrist and keeping your mute. You may have to adjust where the guitar rests on your body, maybe bring it around to the front just a little, and even bring it up just a pinch. Until you find that perfect spot where you can rest your palm on the bridge and keep it mostly centered, even when traversing from high to low strings.

I also noticed, around :57 that you miss a note here and there which sounds like it's being struck, but not quite hard enough and either isn't being fretted or the noise gate is clamping it off. Turning down the volume on the guitar is a good way to get a clear more articulate sound, but you have to make up for the decrease in volume with an increase in PICKING POWER and use firm, confident pick strikes that are dead lock synched to fretting hand.

I"ll make some Quick Licks drills that can help you to focus on these areas of playing while not making them so complex, note wise, that you have to shift attention away from technique and towards trying to play actual music. Once the technique becomes a simple matter of muscle memory, almost a reflex, it gets much easier to play actual music such as that in this GMC lesson.

Don't give up on this, you have made good progress. Keep at this and I'll make some drills to help and you will KRUSH it!!!

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post Jun 28 2018, 08:14 PM
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You did pretty well up to 00:25 where we could start to hear misses!

I agree that you should focus on your picking movement - as it will be a key factor in achieving consistency for this kind of picking etude.

You get a 6 from me - keep up the hard work!

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