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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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Thanks Raphyel, Varying dynamics is something I need to work on, definitely good advice. The only part I like about this take is the outro, when I relax more and repeat some short phrases. The rest is a jumble, too much playing and not enough space.
kavala said:
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.
Thanks Kavala, helpful stuff, I can just about get away with it on a faster blues number, but these pieces are beyond me at this stage.

There are no shortcuts in life, I also acknowledge that I cannot actually sing over this stuff, so God knows how I am supposed to play anything over it!

I take your point about the flutters, I can repeat them and pre-hear them, so they are not random as such, but they are a lazy way of filling space. A musical equivalent of the spoken "ermmmm" or "basically"; superfluous and probably annoying.

Right, back to the ballads!
Wilbur Weltklang said:
I'm not gonna start giving lessons out to characters that are already out of my league.
However one thing I would recommend would be to join in the TOTM quest.
Only just joined it myself but having various approaches to the one tune is certainly a great way (I think) to pick up some valuable tips.
cheers, Mark.
Wilbur, I have done the TOTM (Tune of the Month in "post your soundclips here") a few times, and enjoyed it. I have a problem though in that I hate playing over midi/biab files, and unless I have the relevant Aebersold, then I just don't enjoy it. The other problem is that we are ever so polite to each other in that thread, so sometimes coming out here gets more of an "honest" response. I also need to feel inspired to record something, so unless the tune hits the spot...... Oh, and if you post anything offtopic, it tends to be ignored. I sort of lost interest when an 18yr old posted a lovely take of "confirmation" about 8 months ago there and it got wholly disregarded.

It is a great thread though, and long may it continue....... (I am sure it will)
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