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Name: Cliff
Location: SF Bay Area
Occupation: Visual FX programmer
Hobbies: Guitar
Date registered 02.17.2013
Date of birth: 29. May 1966
Last online: 01.20.2015
Sex: male

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Cliff has replied to a post
Tue Jan 20, 2015 10:13 pm | jump to post

Hey Paul - nice work, and congrats on posting a vid!You asked about losing coordination when recording yourself. I suffer from the same problem. Just the other day I was playing, and before I knew it, I was thinking about some personal issue rather than what I was doing, and sure enough my playing fell apart in just the way it does when recording myself. The point I'm trying to make, I guess, is that once the camera is going we immediately become self-conscious and no longer focus on what we're ...

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Sat Oct 11, 2014 11:30 am | jump to post

Damon, I recall now that you did read the piece and comment on it - my apologies for misremembering. I agree entirely that a beginner is better served by focussing on one technique. But the original poster isn't a beginner: he's been playing for over fourteen years. I think the analysis provides him with a valuable insight, namely that the technique he's about to ditch in favor of another, is in fact highly regarded by some, and may very well not be the source of whatever frustrations and limita...
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Fri Oct 10, 2014 8:39 pm | jump to post

GuitarPlayer - isn't it obvious that Ursin intended for the original poster to watch those videos as response to his question? Not sure what additional contribution you've made by suggesting the OP watch the videos...OP - are you *absolutely sure* you need to change your picking technique. As Ursin says, the critical thing is not how you hold the pick, but that the pick is clearing the string at an angle. Plenty of great players use the same angle of attack that you're trying to move away from. ...

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Sat Oct 04, 2014 11:26 pm | jump to post

Thanks for listening, and thanks for the kind words and critique. I agree with you, of course, but what you suggest is a tall order, and one that I think is currently beyond me. It's interesting to hear so many great guitarists who do indeed seem to fall back on ornamentation that seems comfortable - and therefore a little repetitive - to them.
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Sat Oct 04, 2014 11:01 pm | jump to post

Little cover of Santana's Black Magic Woman. Solo is improvised ;)

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Sat Sep 27, 2014 1:59 pm | jump to post

Thanks so much - I'm really flattered. In my case, whatever good you here in there is learned: I started with very little musical ability. At any rate, you've inspired me! I've just finished a warmup session (first time in two weeks - whoops!) and might see if I can find a nice track to jam along to. Thanks again!
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Sat Sep 27, 2014 1:57 pm | jump to post

We don't always agree, Nick, but what you say here is very sound advice I think.Playing slowly gives you more space to listen to yourself properly and apply your critical faculties. Am I making the sort of sounds I want to? Is the tone good? Is it in time? Is it clean, or is there lots of string noise that needs to be damped? Am I relaxed? Am I using as little force as needed, and making as small motions as possible?

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Sun Sep 21, 2014 11:58 pm | jump to post

Nice work Mr Duck. That pentatonic exercise at 16ths at 100bpm is quite a challenge. Very impressive, and very clean sounding. If you can do that at 100, there are probably simpler licks that you can do cleanly at considerably higher speed. (I beg to differ with Nick here, but I really don't think there's any need to be worrying about Sarod - use whatever picking technique feels natural and gives you the tone you want with the ease you want.)

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Fri Sep 19, 2014 12:09 pm | jump to post

Cool tone! Almost violin-like. And great vibrato - I'm jealous ;).

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Wed Sep 17, 2014 11:55 am | jump to post

Love it!


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