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I have hit a wall... Advice or critique appreciated
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July 28, 2013 - 8:05 pm
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I did not do a video... Bad "me" day... 

I know intonation and timing is an issue.



... Any other tips?





Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato


July 28, 2013 - 9:06 pm
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I could hear the tune really well. It was there. Nicely donegold_star > Tips??? ~~~ >

Now that you know where ya want to go with it. I would run the scale of the key you are working this tune in. I would run it UP and DOWN the neck. Open strings and closed. 5ths and double stops. I do this on tunes I am trying to learn and it helps me.

Seems when I do that > Next time I play the tune I am working on > it gets better and better. Well,~~~~~~ in my little world it does. 

Nice playing CPO.


July 28, 2013 - 9:17 pm
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Hey Toni,

That's a much harder song than the others you've recently recorded, and longer too, with several different sections. You did very well, with accidentals and all, even. I suspect you're reading music, not doing this aurally/memorized?  Maybe work on small sections, where you're having more trouble. Play them over and over, maybe 10 times. If you make a mistake start over until you can play each small section properly 10 times. That will fix the correct way to play it in your mind. Just keep working at it, it will eventually all come!

Kent, Washington USA
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July 28, 2013 - 9:24 pm
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Wow, Toni, very nice.

That is a great start.

That made me trying to learn the tune now.

Keep up the good work, Toni.




July 28, 2013 - 9:29 pm
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First tip:  Be proud!  That is sounding darn good. 

Second tip: Look at some of the little sections that are giving you trouble, and try them with both open strings fingerings and pinky finger.  Sometimes what is hard to get sounding right one way is easy peasey to get sounding right the other way. 

One thing the pros and advanced players do, from what I understand, is work the sections in different ways to figure out which is the most "economical" (meaning takes the least work to get the sound right) and/or puts their hand in the best position for the next move.


"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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July 29, 2013 - 8:45 am
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Thank you for the tips Stone, Steve, Daniel and Ratv.   I really appreciate the help.  I have trouble with the main chorus of the song.  Would love to figure out How to find another position where it is not

such a far reach.   I will work on small sections of the song and they'd to play with a recording for tempo.  Yes Steve I play from sheet .. But some of it is memorized.  I have actually played the song once or twice where I liked it.  I feel there is hope.

Thank you for the help.


Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato

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