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#1761
Quote by vayne92
as others have said it's hard to hear yourself over the backing track at times. Looks like you're on the right track though. I would agree with Jlowe22 about stop working on building speed and work with the speed you have. Your faster playing is very sloppy and it throws your timing off considerably. I think you're doing well, but should slow things down for now


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OpP_uHU3h4

here's without any backing track
thanks a lot for checking it out! Yes ill slow down now haha
#1763
Quote by Black_devils
I know for a fact that you can play well from the last video you posted here, but I'd have to agree with the others about the backing track over shadowing your guitar playing. I couldn't really pick anything out, but it does sound like your guitar is out of tune. That's the only constructive criticism I have to offer honestly.


hey thanks a lot bro
here's a video i did without the backing track (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OpP_uHU3h4)
Youre probably right, i didnt use a tuner :P
#1764
There are three (or four, depending on how you approach it) problems with your playing that I spotted mainly:

1 - Your bends and vibrato are weak. These are related and usually come from the same problem: you're not listening to your own playing carefully enough. Your bends aren't quite in tune and your vibrato is pretty weak overall so spend some time listening to yourself play and pay attention to these things.

2 - You're generally lacking some clarity; there's quite a few dead notes in there when you're picking things at all quickly. Legato tends to be better but you're generally lacking a little synchronisation between your hands.

3 - Your sweeping is uneven, rhythmically. The top notes in particular are much longer than the rest of what you're doing and it's really evident on the repeated sweeping idea you played in that video. You need to make sure that every note is even on those kinds of ideas and that you can really control it, because right now it's obvious that your actual sweeping is much faster than you can really play.


Edit: You only need to post your video once.
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#1765
Quote by Zaphod_Beeblebr
There are three (or four, depending on how you approach it) problems with your playing that I spotted mainly:

1 - Your bends and vibrato are weak. These are related and usually come from the same problem: you're not listening to your own playing carefully enough. Your bends aren't quite in tune and your vibrato is pretty weak overall so spend some time listening to yourself play and pay attention to these things.

2 - You're generally lacking some clarity; there's quite a few dead notes in there when you're picking things at all quickly. Legato tends to be better but you're generally lacking a little synchronisation between your hands.

3 - Your sweeping is uneven, rhythmically. The top notes in particular are much longer than the rest of what you're doing and it's really evident on the repeated sweeping idea you played in that video. You need to make sure that every note is even on those kinds of ideas and that you can really control it, because right now it's obvious that your actual sweeping is much faster than you can really play.


Edit: You only need to post your video once.


sorry about that man! :\ thanks a lot for the critique. I will definately work on vibrato and sweeps and and start being less sloppy and more thanks thanks man! ^^
#1766
This is just a little clip of me doing one measure of an arrangement of flight of the bumblee, I'm trying to break the 100bpm threshold, I'm not used to playing at this speed, and I've been doing the practice slow and build up thing, but I wan't to see what you guys notice that needs to be corrected to help me speed up. I start around 80ish, and after a few loops increase by 3bpm(it took me a few minutes to bring up the metronome the first time), I then go up by 3pm every couple of loops to try and show where it is breaking down as I speed up from this point. I'm just not used to this style, and I don't really know what I am looking for...

Thanks

Youtube video of playing
#1768
Quote by Shallon Dark
This is just a little clip of me doing one measure of an arrangement of flight of the bumblee, I'm trying to break the 100bpm threshold, I'm not used to playing at this speed, and I've been doing the practice slow and build up thing, but I wan't to see what you guys notice that needs to be corrected to help me speed up. I start around 80ish, and after a few loops increase by 3bpm(it took me a few minutes to bring up the metronome the first time), I then go up by 3pm every couple of loops to try and show where it is breaking down as I speed up from this point. I'm just not used to this style, and I don't really know what I am looking for...

Thanks

Youtube video of playing


Well, in terms of increasing speed you basically just have to continue practicing and the speed will come with time. In terms of your mechanics, you should try to keep you left-hand fingers closer to the fret-board. Most notably your fourth finger could be closer to the strings. It can be difficult to get used to, it takes time and finger strength/independence to execute. Your right hand technique seems fine to me but I didn't look too closely.

Another consideration is to change how you are playing that part. You are currently playing it like this:


e|--12-11-10-9-10-9-8-7-8-7-6-5---------|
B|------------------------------9-8-7-6-|
G|--------------------------------------|


And two different ways to play it:
A:

e|--12-11-10-9-10-9-------------------------------|
B|------------------13-12-13-12-11-10-------------|
G|------------------------------------13-12-11-10-|

B:

e|--12-11-10-9-10-9-8-7-8-7-----------------|
B|--------------------------11-10-9-8-------|
G|------------------------------------11-10-|


Fingerings for A: 4-3-2-1-2-1-4-3-4-3-2-1-4-3-2-1
for B: 4-3-2-1-4-3-2-1-2-1-4-3-2-1-4-3 (or 3-2 for last two notes)

Depending on what comes after this measure (assuming this is 4/4 all 16th notes) can dictate which way of playing will be better suited for the task. If this measure is repeated once then moves to something else you may want to use one of these alternatives for the first time and use the original for the second time. Again, all this depends on the rest of the piece and how well the transition works. You have to ask if this leads into the next section well or if the next section can be moved to different strings to complete a nice transition.

In essence what I'm saying it, sometimes changing the way you play the music can give you a more desirable fingering or an easier transition from one note to the next.

Back on the topic of increasing speed. Shawn Lane had the ability to play fast and many know him for his ability to play fast. This is a video where he talks about speed and perhaps it could help you. I know it helped me when I was still playing electric guitar often. The part I'm mostly talking about is the jump in speed. You continue with this slow process of increasing the BPM but occasionally just take a larger jump. You move to a tempo that is a little too fast for you and then you work on cleaning up that tempo. I hope some of this is of use.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhkbSBxPYcU
#1769
I can't manage to get Pinch Harmonics down.
Tutorial Videos I've watched came down to two things:
-Pluck your string around the neck pick-up
-Hit the string slightly with your thumb as you hit it with your pick.

Am I doing something wrong?
https://youtu.be/StJ_YpeSG4Q
#1770
You shouldn't always pick at the neck pick-up. The position you should pick the string depends on which fret you're in with your left hand. For example, if you're in the 5th, you will have to pick slightly more to the left than if you are in the 9th fret. You also need to hit the string on the right place, so that the part of the string left of the pick and the part right of the pick has a simple fractional relation (which creates standing waves and thus overtones on the string, which we percieve as harmonics).
Try moving your right hand slowly from right to the left while picking the string a countless number of times, just experimenting. You should hit the sweet spot.

Also, if your guitar is set on treble, this will help you.
#1771
I assumed as much so I already had it on treble. Good to know that I shouldn't necessarily use the neck pick-up though. I noticed the sound change a bit as I moved around the string and I think I found it? These sound better than last time

So here's take 2. If I remember correctly first bit is supposed to be b-12 second bit b-7 or b-5... Anyway, Does this sound about right to you?

https://youtu.be/lAoEUp5sqhg
#1772
These are pinch harmonics all right They need more work, but you're on the right track. Also, it's easier to get the really squeeling high pitched sound if you use an amplifier and some distortion.

By the way, try making a pinch harmonic on an open string. If you pick relatively close to (or in some cases somewhere on) the fret board, you should find the 2nd octave harmonic (which divides your string into 3 parts to the left and 1 right of your right hand) on this string. If you move your picking hand towards the right while trying to find harmonics, you should find two or three other places on the same string where you get harmonics. From the left to right these are (very close to) the 3rd, 5th and (exactly) the 8th notes of the major scale of that string.
So on the open G-string, you should be able to produce pinch harmonics of G, B, D and G. Other notes will be difficult, at least on my guitar. You might find the G's to sound best.
#1773
haha holy shit, I had it on overdrive but just noticed the gain was just at just 30%, tapping jumps out way more too now xD
Alright, so to apply that on another string, on the for example the A-string, I would be able to produce pinch harmonics from A, C, E, A. Etcetera.
Others will probably be difficult on mine too, especially considering I just have a cheap bootleg

You've been very helpful, thank you.
now I know I'm on the right track and can properly practise them further
#1774
It would be A, C#, E actually. C is the 3rd note of an A minor you see.
No prob, man ^^ glad to hear it worked out
#1775
I can't really upload a video for you at the moment but I have been playing for 4 years and the habits are so bad now that I have started to look at technique, so bad that in fact when I try to curl my fingers round so that just my fingertips are parallel to the frets, its almost impossible. My ring and middle finger after some practice probably will be able to however my ring finger and index are almost incapable of being straight and just above each's fret - especially with the whole thumb in the middle and a space between the underside of the fretboard and the inside of my hand. My main problem is the curling of the fingers to be parallel to the frets and the movement of the thumb keeping it in the middle of the fingers. Any tips? 4 years of this playing really took its toll.
#1777
I guess it depends on if people care to answer. If you have a question or a clip, I can give you my opinion if you'll have it.
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#1778
Hello. I've been playing guitar on and off for 4 years mainly for fun. Now, I've developed interest in mastering this instrument and been practicing scales, but I realised that my picking hand is a problem. So, I found this tutorial and when I apply a pick rotation downwards, I cannot produce much sound. I tried striking it harder, but then it creates tension and increases range of motion, which is not good for economy. Any tips? Thank you
P.S. I can record, but is it necessary? If it is, is major scale ok?
#1780
So Ben Howard in a few of his songs has this strum/slap/percussive thing that he does.
Im not 100% sure if it is a combination of a strum/slap or what it is. He does it in
"Further Away" and as well as "She treats me well".

He is such a great artist i want to play it to as close as possible to how he does.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ITHG--QRBg


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdT0jqfBowg

Any help and method on how to play it is greatly appreciated! Thanks!
#1781
Hi,

I really need some help. Ever since I started playing guitar I kept losing my guitar picks... it was such an issue I decided to make this necklace that holds your guitar picks.

I would really appreciate your feedback on this idea.
#1782
When palm muting power chords my hand naturally seems to be a bit high up on the strings. See pictures (I have highlighted the contact area with the top three (EAD) strings). Does this poistion seem about right and normal, or should i make an effort to move my hand down. (So the contact area is more central on the side of my hand, this is all for power chords). Thanks
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#1784
Hi guys,
I'm a newly registered member
It's my first post in this forum
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I have some questions about this video:

https://www. youtube. com/watch? v=Pe0hFG8ILPQ


1. What is the style of the music he plays? flamenco? pop?
2. Does this kind of music need a special kind of guitar? I think it's a nylon stringed guitar he plays
3. How hard is this music to play? Does this playing considered professional playing?
4. What is the technique he does at the beginning of the music?
#1785
Why is it that none of the old videos play any more? Does the link expire or something? Kind of defeats the purpose of this thread.
#1786
I really never learned the proper way to play Freebird with Lynyrd Skynyrd. Right in the start of the first chorus, it feels like I'm playing it wrong and apparently it's a common mistake. What do you guys make of it?
#1787
Hey guys So currently I'm trying to learn how to play knives and pens by bvb and also unholy confessions by a7x. I kind of got knives and pens down but I'm wondering if there is any tips for having to mute basically every other note in the riff/lick (not sure which one is which). Also when i hammer on and pull off the 8th fret and slide to the 5 and then pick 12 10 8 7 (i think those are the right notes) It tends to just blend together and not sound as nice as the song. If you heard the opening riff/lick to the song I think it would help you answer this question.