I've been watching pepper's videos since June of last year. I just recently joined through my mom's paypal (Martha) Though i her son, (Connor aka pinkmoonman) am the one interested in lessons. Anyways, these videos show me practicing some of the modules of the daily practice routine. Please critique! Thanks, Glad to be aboard!
Hey pinkmoonman, welcome to the club!
I watched both your videos, and have a few observations.
Your scalpel picking looks good to me. It seems fluid. Your Sarod looks a bit more like side-to-side wrist movement rather than twisting, but that's hard to see in the video. Pebber tells people to practice moving the wrist like they're stirring a cup of tea with a stick. I find Sarod somewhat difficult but haven't practiced it that much.
Something I noticed is that you seem more comfortable with your Sarod style as you move up the strings. Particularly from the 3th through 6th strings the sound quality was improved greatly. Maybe your wrist is uncomfortable on the 1st string and you're therefore not getting as fluid a movement. Maybe you can talk about that in this thread a little.
Your form looks good, but you're moving too quickly. That's causing you to make a lot of mistakes (could be nervousness due to the camera as well). But whatever the cause, you need to slow down. Don't allow yourself to make any mistakes will training your mind to handle that classical position. If you do you will train yourself to always make the same mistakes and you will spend months or even years trying to correct them.
If you need to, put on a metronome at 60 bpm and move positions such that you place your fingers on each beat. That will force you to slow down and be more accurate.
Your fingering looks good. You're pulling your fingers a bit far from the board for my taste. But I'm personally working on moving my fingers as little as possible.
That's up to you. I like to make 5 to 10 minute videos that show several techniques at once, rather than doing one long video per technique. Others like to do the opposite, and Pebber likes to make really long videos showing all techniques. :)
Basically I'd say do whatever feels most comfortable to you.
thanks, i'll work on that! And yea, i guess i was a little nervous with my first time on the forums and all so i went a little too fast, so i'll practice to a slow pulse and we'll see what happens.
Also i had a few questions about being an online student and i'm not sure if you have the questions but maybe pepper will.
1. I really want to try and do every module each day i practice though not every module is discussed on video (Pepper sure does go into detail on the first few though). I'm trying to look up what each module is asking for though other online videos though i'm not sure if that's how pepper wants me to practice them. And i am a level one so i dunno if i just need to get to higher levels to have access to modules 3-7 videos.
2. Again the lessons are being paid through my mom's E-mail, though i use my personal e-mail on the forums. i'm not sure if that would affect me or not, just wondering.
3. Thanks again for your feedback, it will surely help me along the way.
Pebber will give better responses, of course, but I think I can help a little. :)
You can plan to do all 7 modules every day if you want. Take your total practice time and divide equally, or unequally, and then do a bit of each.
Or you can do as most do; pick the items you are weakest at and work exclusively on those. I work mostly on picking and left-hand exercises, then some scales, and songs. I need a more structured practice where I do all but I have limited time.
In the subscription model, Pebber will start with a bit of right and left hand exercises, then focus on right hand until you move through them all. At least that's how he did it for me.
The detail on the later exercises will come, just keep practicing and sending him video updates so he can give suggestions and see improvement.
Looks like I am working "backwards," since my first introduction and extended review was in response to your most recent video (The "In my 2nd Month.." thread). In case you are seeing this post first, my name is Adam Steinz, and I am an administrator here at PB Guitarstudio FORUMS. I'm VERY happy to see you here!
Anyway, Farelli pretty much summed it all up, although there are a couple of things I can add:
1) A Friendly Reminder: PLEASE refer to Pebber as "Pebber" (not "pepper"). Now, I am sure this was an oversight on your part, but I do see this a couple of times in your post. Trust me when I say that he takes great offence to plays on his name (intentional or not).
2) Video Length & Editing: Pebber and I definitely prefer videos no longer than 2-3 minutes. They are easier to review, and they tend to get reviewed quicker (because we get hundreds of videos each month, obviously outside of this Forum ). There is just not enough time to sit through dozens and dozens of 5+ minute videos and still be able to focus on what we do during the day (lessons, teaching, work, my own practice/playing/recording time). Hey, my first video to Pebber was 10 minutes, so I'm definitely "guilty" of submitting excessively long videos! LOL!!! Never again, though. Shorter videos should also help with your editing, and doing away with excessive talking, starting/stopping an exercise repeatedly...things i mentioned in my response to your most recent thread. I also had a habit of doing all of these things, so again, I am just speaking from experience.
3) What/When To Practice: When it comes to learning an instrument, as long as you can get in at least 10-15 minutes a day for practice, you WILL continue to improve. It's not about the quantity of your practice, rather it's about the quality. Now, if you can rock out a Module per day, you are doing just fine!
Thanks again for posting your videos in the Forum, and KEEP AT IT!
LOL,,,,it's all good, Connor! I was very confident that you were not doing that on purpose. Hey Man, you have a FANTASTIC ATTITUDE and you work hard. Just keep doing what you are doing,,,,you will grow by LEAPS AND BOUNDS before you know it! Pebber and I see it constantly with the more dedicated students