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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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You play the head with taste but can get unmusical with your attacks on some of the soloing. The head was really good, you layed back and did a nice job. You really hit a clam on one chord before the bridge where you did a minor third and it called for the major tonality. As you start your solo watch overblowing the mik with your loud attacks. Your recording quality is good. At the level you play you really should just listen back and decide what reflects "you" and what is just junk you threw in to kill time. I hope this doen't sound too critical. Its what I pay for when I get a lesson or give one. You also get to your "chop level" way too quick. When you're there where can you go??? So, I'd back off and build a solo rather than get too busy too fast. K
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