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Re: new recording
1/9/2012 8:39 AM
Danny Danzi (2052) wrote:
I don't know Warren (I mean no disrespect, honest) I felt Slim asked some valid questions regardless of how long or short AC has been playing.
I think we do AC an injustice if we sugar coat. I mean without being harsh, what do YOU hear when you listen to this? I hear stuff that if the guy was my friend, that I'd tell him about, ya know? Rather than maybe bashing on someone that pretty much asked valid questions and asking them to provide examples of their playing, wouldn't the better move be to explain to Air Cooler that he really needs help in a few areas, bro? That's just me...but I didn't see anything harsh in Slim's post to where he would need to justify his playing. What I'll say here may make you ask me for some of my work..which if it comes to that, sure I have a few things I can share. :)
For example, the timing on this needs so much work, I find it a bit strange that no one commented on the obvious. We hear that AC has learned a pent scale. I would have much prefered to hear the scale in time with the drum machine instead of the free-form, out of time jam session I heard.
So if you're reading this AC, I come in peace brother...but I tell it like it is without being harsh. Slow down and get what you know cleaner and more precise. Kill the delay and focus on proper execution of your notes. Basically what you did here was practice a few scales WHILE a drum machine played. You didn't play TO the drum machine, understand?
Timing is one of the most important things to consider when you are a musician and the earlier you grasp this and put it in motion, the better off you'll be. You can be the best riff master in the world and totally fall on your face if your timing is off.
Try slowing down those blues scales you're playing and literally play them in time with the drum machine beat. You're very sporatic when you play and if you're not careful with some of this, bad habits can come into your playing that will be really hard to break. If you can't keep up with the drum machine, slow the tempo down on the drum machine. You're better off playing the scales at 50 beats per minute perfectly than at 120 beats per minute sloppy, know what I mean?
That said, what you did here isn't super bad or anything. As a matter of fact, if we put a Led Zep backing to it in the right key, it would sound a lot like Jimmy Page...which in a sense, is a compliment. However, even when Page was stoned and at times sloppy, he always pretty much played in time. There are times where you can do some off timing things and use tension points etc, but at this point in your playing, I'd concentrate on accuracy and cleanliness while keeping the best time you can.
Phrasing, forms, achieving an identity etc will all come in time. But you have to be on the right course to get to those things. Remember to also spend as much time with chords and voicings because they will actually help you to play better lead guitar in the long run. Try to learn a chord or two per week and then really look into what notes make up that chord. The colors of what makes a chord sound like a chord will inspired you grately.
Remember, though most of us love to play lead and rip it up, if you run before you can walk sometimes it can take longer to get where you need to be. You're better than I was in my first year of playing, but you still need to work on timing and get things a bit more formulated and focused.
Free style jamming like you did here is a good thing. But spend as much time practicing properly in different areas as well and use the jam part to "max out" so to speak after you've done the real work. The key to being fast and clean (if you so desire) is to be slow, productive and accurate first as well as maintaining your timing.
Also, quite a few of us rockers love effects. Do yourself a favor though and try to keep a part of your practice session to a minimum of effects. The reason being, they often mask our errors. A delay doubles the sounds and of course can jumble our notes. If you lose focus and use effects while you are trying to hone your skills, it's too easy to have your inconsistencies masked by these effects. So make sure you spend some time with a nice clean sound without anything enhancing it.
Then once you practice for a bit and really hear what you're doing and can hone in on your issues, THEN have a little fun and put some effects on and just enjoy it. But you have to have a mixture here as to not deter your progress yet you need to challenge yourself.
When I teach my students, I have found that if I give them something challenging, something fun and then do a free form jam, that it keeps their moral high. If I just constantly give them hard stuff or make it too much like "work", this will turn them right off. So remember to challenge yourself, but also keep the fun factor in too. Make it a point to learn one new thing per day. No matter how stupid or simple it may be, it becomes another tool in your tool box that someday....may become a valuable weapon.
Best of luck to you!