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    BOB BATES ASSESSMENT MAY 2015

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    Craig Hardie
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    BOB BATES ASSESSMENT MAY 2015

    Post by Craig Hardie on Wed Jun 03, 2015 12:29 am

    Assessment #2 of Albatross

    Bob, here are your main points of weakness:

    1. Pitch control on string bends. This is most notable on the G-string which has less tension than the E and B strings, and on which you have a tendency to overbend (notes going sharp). On your reverse-bends, you are letting the notes down too slowly. Notice how in the original phrasing the pitch changes adhere to a specific rhythmic value. This value isn't always reflected in your interpretation. (This is an area I shall be working on with you in the class in the near future.)

    2. Sustaining slurred notes. Notes at the end of slides are still being cut off or not quite reaching pitch, and often aren't timed authoritatively. This is closely related to point #1 and again, is something we will be training on in class.

    3. Watch the phrasing at 00:27 (notes held too long)

    4. Articulation on pre-bend phrases (e.g. 01:00). Be careful that you sustain the note fully as you let down the bend to neutral unbent pitch. These notes are becoming lost as you let go of the string to get back to the following note (played with your index finger). These "combination" licks (phrases involving a mixture of normal picked notes and other articulations such as bends, pulls and slides) require special attention and training. More of this to come in class...

    I suggest that you do another one of these in a month or two after some training, and that you play to the real band backing track I gave out rather than the Guitar Pro file since it "breathes" more naturally and will make you sound better over all. Smile


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    Post by Bob Bates on Wed Jun 03, 2015 6:06 am

    Thanks Craig. I look forward to the class session.

    BTW, I was playing over the backing track you sent over. Perhaps the balance was wrong and I drowned it out.
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    Post by Craig Hardie on Wed Jun 03, 2015 7:18 am

    Bob Bates wrote:Thanks Craig. I look forward to the class session.

    BTW, I was playing over the backing track you sent over. Perhaps the balance was wrong and I drowned it out.
    It sounds like a MIDI backing, not a full band so you must have the wrong one. I'll email you the real band backing.


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    Re: BOB BATES ASSESSMENT MAY 2015

    Post by Bob Bates on Wed Jun 03, 2015 7:01 pm

    Apologies Craig. I accidentally posted the old version. You were correct. I have re posted the new one.
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    Post by Craig Hardie on Wed Jun 03, 2015 7:26 pm

    Bob, I am just going to add an update here after viewing the new video.

    I can see you've made some improvements to the phrasing and you seem to be playing with more conviction and authority. I would work on the following:

    1. Hold the B note on the bottom string longer before moving to the chords, as it sounds truncated and staccato.

    2. Practise the bending combination licks, focusing on letting the bend down back fully to neutral before moving off.

    3. Overall work on the rhythmic accuracy of phrases.

    4. Use your right hand more to damp unwanted lower strings when playing the high-string bending licks in particular, as you are producing occasional unwanted string noise.


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    Re: BOB BATES ASSESSMENT MAY 2015

    Post by Bob Bates on Wed Jun 03, 2015 7:34 pm

    Thanks. Glad I had shown some improvement. Apologies again for the Senior moment :-(

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