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Thanks for the kind words about the last recording I posted here

I need some honest criticism and help with this one;

Be as brutal as you like. I seem to struggle with faster stuff.

When I play ballads, I just play what comes into my head, and it is normally pretty melodic, I am in my comfort zone with anything below about 120 bpm. With faster tunes I tend to rely on licks and trills, and this is when I get in a rut.

In this tune, I play one scale and that is about it.

To move up to the next level I need to do some serious study, learn changes, and become less reliant on my ear. I listen very heavily to jazz, of all types, so the "listen and learn" principle does not work for me at this speed.

I will re-record this after a few weeks, taking your suggestions into account, so please be free with your comments, and please don't worry about offending me, I am not happy with this one!
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Crazy, as always, for a guy who hasn't been playing long, you get a nice
alto sound.

The problem with these faster tempos and especially modal tunes like this
is that you really do need good chops to play anything useful.

Doodling won't cut it. Get stuck into those scales and patterns.
Then you will still be able to play your own ideas, but you will
have the technique to pull them off.

A few times you just seem to be randomly twiddling your fingers in an
attempt to play double time.

I think if you are not up to double time playing, then you are better
to stay clear of it for now and concentrate on what you can do well.

Some of those little flutters can create a nice emotive soundscape, but I
think you need to be more in control of them.
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