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    HAYDEN NEWTON ASSESSMENT NOV 2014

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    Craig Hardie
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    HAYDEN NEWTON ASSESSMENT NOV 2014

    Post by Craig Hardie on Tue Nov 04, 2014 12:37 am

    Assessment of open 2-string power chord exercise.

    The first chord cycle - E5-A5-D5-A5 sounds strong but the second cycle (E5-G5-D5-G5-E5-G5-D5-A5) is inaccurately played. The chords are not being fretted correctly, and after the first E, the whole pattern is unclear, as though you are not sure where to put your fretting fingers.

    The first thing you need to do to improve this is SLOW DOWN. Remember, that you need to establish that you can play the exercise cleanly and accurately with complete consistency (EVERY TIME) before you increase the tempo. It sounds like you are rushing. Perhaps you are simply assuming that because the first chord cycle works up to that particular tempo, that the second chord cycle will fall into place at the same speed without the same attention during practice. Are you practicing the two halves of the piece separately before trying to play all the way through?

    Do this:

    1. Practice only the second chord cycle until you can play it accurately and consistently to the same tempo as the first one. If you haven't measured the tempo you recorded this at, work it out with a metronome.

    2. Drop the tempo by around 10bpm and practice the whole piece from start to finish. (Only when you've completed step 1)

    3. Gradually increase the tempo until you can match or exceed your original speed without errors.

    I know you can do this Hayden! Your chording is fine in isolation; it's only putting thing together that you are finding a challenge. Keep at it! Smile


    Newtonh295

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    Re: HAYDEN NEWTON ASSESSMENT NOV 2014

    Post by Newtonh295 on Wed Nov 05, 2014 9:37 pm

    Craig, thank you for your feedback and advice, you are correct l fluff the second chord cycle as a combination of worried about fretting wrong and getting the order wrong. The first cycle is well in my muscle memory so need to do the same with the second. I did practice both sections separately at first and then started to play them through.
    Thanks again for your feedback, really helpful will practice with the advice you have given me.
    Thank you,
    Regards,

    Hayden.

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