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  • #34088
    Andrew
    Keymaster

    Here is everyone on page 18.

    Five of you submitted past the deadline. I tried to give everyone a friendly reminder about the deadline. Unfortunately, deadlines are strict this year. I’m sorry guys.

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    nitsur – Great job! There’s a couple areas that I’d target your practice towards:

    1) Listen back and notate when there were pauses going from one chord or phrase to the next. You want to loop those sections & practice the transitions.

    2) Watch your tempo in the strumming section, as it increased here and there. Try to play along with a metronome or the on-screen tab viewer to help you keep the beat steady.

    santai – Bravo! It’s fun to see your progress this year! Form in both hands looks great. Great understanding of the rhythms too, and your feel is spot-on. The only thing I can suggest is to focus on improving the clarity of the fingerpicked section and work on cleaning up the last part of the strumming section. Keep up the good work!

    kanae926 – Absolutely beautiful! What I think you excelled the most at is making it sound extremely natural and relaxed. Like, this could be on an easy listening CD. I don’t know what gripes you have about it, but I’d be proud of that. Keep up the great work!

    lildevil – You guys are too hard on yourself, that was awesome! You had a great feel overall and and showed a thorough understanding of the rhythms, as well as, keeping it steady tempo-wise. I’d give you an A, keep up the great work!

    laurasil – That was awesome! The hardest part about this and Bohemian are the constantly changing rhythms, and it’s clear to me that you have a great understanding of this. Even the solo, which is super hard to keep with a steady momentum without a backbeat, had clearly defined rhythms.

    What I would do if I was you, is to take just one section, like a verse or a chorus, and I want you to try to increase the tempo a little bit. But only work on one section at a time. When you can play that section steadily, try it with the next, then connect the 2. Use this approach as you work throughout the tune.

    aquatopaz – Great job! So the strumming section sounds like you’re struggling a little bit with getting the rhythms correct. Check out this video that I made for another member earlier this month. It talks about simplifying the strumming attack, as well as, counting rhythms as you play. Try those two concepts out and I think they will help you get it down.

    cherrytang – Well done! Glad to see new folks join us and I hope you join us again for December. I thought your performance was great overall; the advice I would offer you is similar to the video I made in this post for another member. Which talks about pushing ourselves to play a little bit faster to help increase speed.

    #34089
    Andrew
    Keymaster

    THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED THIS MONTH! WE HAD 80 ENTRIES! YOU GUYS ROCK!

    Hope to see everyone in our December Challenge. December is your LAST CHANCE to win the Kanile’a!

    Here is a list of everyone who participated. Please let me know if there are any discrepancies.

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    andracass
    andracass
    turkgoose
    turkgoose
    rickjava
    nosferatu
    nosferatu
    lisadmh
    lisadmh
    deadbuggy
    deadbuggy
    johanna2509
    johanna2509
    andrewvh
    andrewvh
    lyndallk
    lyndallk
    planetfink

    planetfink

    cauer2

    cauer2

    nthibode

    nthibode

    brenna
    brenna
    holly1

    holly1

    stinyuke

    stinyuke

    willymac
    willymac
    suesbarn

    suesbarn

    k_ra11
    k_ra11

    annefgodfrey

    annefgodfrey

    oldan_
    oldan_

    jkulele

    jkulele

    laurakarr12

    laurakarr12

    russellbarnett

    russellbarnett

    karenj

    karenj

    ccwuke

    robinboyd

    robinboyd

    timolnz

    timolnz

    brettboy

    brettboy

    brettboy

    lisotta

    lisotta

    rickeymike

    rickeymike

    cyukug

    cyukug

    mdugal

    mdugal

    joe150

    joe150

    fiona99

    fiona99

    ripley

    ripley

    joannetala

    joannetala

    kellyblackburn

    kellyblackburn

    alterin

    alterin

    nerdjenni

    nerdjenni

    ramiro

    mac1984

    lisamcc

    lisamcc

    mac1984

    cyberloh

    cyberloh

    smudge

    smudge

    kirpuff

    kirpuff

    kirpuff

    gardn_gnome

    gardn_gnome

    golf39

    golf39

    golf39

    jayton

    jayton

    surfnrz

    surfnrz

    surfnrz

    kelsey91

    wongbrown

    wongbrown

    dubrova

    dubrova

    tiff27

    jazzitup

    ramon91

    jinajupiter

    jinajupiter

    yukalele

    yukalele

    coffeemug

    coffeemug

    gstriph

    gstriph

    mfaske

    mfaske

    jonathan_gabel

    jonathan_gabel

    apblondie

    apblondie

    givingtree89

    givingtree89

    ukukelley1

    ukukelley1

    mweir1

    mweir1

    ealtman

    ealtman

    bklynsoul

    bklynsoul

    chi-_-t

    chi-_-t

    nitsur
    nitsur
    santai

    santai

    kanae926

    kanae926

    lildevil

    lildevil

    laurasil

    laurasil

    aquatopaz

    aquatopaz

    cherrytang

    #34090
    bklynsoul
    Participant

    Hi Andrew,

    Thanks for the feedback and noted. I applied the 4 bar method to learning October’s challenge and I believe it was 6 bars at at time for November. I found this month’s song easier to remember. I am also trying to use a metronome or tab viewer for tempo training. But what really messes me up is hitting record. Seriously, I’ll play a song well or ok before recording but once I hit that button, it all falls apart. I believe others have experienced this phenomenon as well. I guess recording requires practice too. Cheers!

    #34091
    lildevil
    Participant

    Andrew, thanks for the positive words and “too hard on yourself” comment. But I must confess I was kinda too easy on myself. I wanted Bohemian Rhapsody as of 11/1, but by 11/3, life totally got in the way. Couldn’t get to playing again until the 26th, at which point I switched to Sweet Child of Mine (for a long time, my ring tone for my son!) thinking I could handle it. By the afternoon of the 30th, I was totally stressed trying to get it memorized, cleaner, faster. Rather than seeing it through, I bailed and switched to House of the Rising Sun. Not that it wasn’t without it’s challenges, but as always, my biggest challenges this month were managing expectations and accepting limitations. Thanks for going easier on us for December!

    #34095
    rickeymike
    Participant

    Andrew, what does L SEP mean after the name?

    #34099
    mfaske
    Participant

    Andrew – Thank you so much for the compliment and encouragement. Great advice, I’ve been practicing by memory without the sheet music or the on-screen tab viewer and am trying to introduce a little rubato! It’s added a whole new level of enjoyment to playing this song. I just get so focused on trying to play through it without losing my place and maintaining a consistent tempo. I need to learn to play using a metronome. Thanks again. Matt

    #34100
    Andrew
    Keymaster

    Thanks guys!

    @rickeymike – I don’t see “L SEP”. What/where is it?

    #34102
    jonathan_gabel
    Participant

    Thank you Andrew for the visual feedback, I appreciate how you catch bad habits before they get engrained, and seeing you slide on your pinky from the D to the three-fingered F instantly helped me with that rough spot.

    #34103
    coffeemug
    Participant

    Thanks, Andrew! I remember seeing your comments to Lyndall’s initial video and thinking I really need to make an effort to use a slow tempo when I do my recording. Intentions, however, didn’t get me very far. I will keep working at it. And that walk-up…I could feel myself getting sloppy when I practiced that as well. I should’ve listened to my instincts and spent more time with that part. Thanks, again!

    #34104
    rickeymike
    Participant

    See attached. I had to take a picture of the screen. When I pasted it didn’t show. Must be some computer language?

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    #34107
    lisamcc
    Participant

    Thanks for the positive feedback Stephen! I tend to race a bit (particularly when I’m recording… it’s like I go into fast forward!) I’ll try and bring it down a notch.
    Thanks for your encouraging words @Rickeymike and @Robinboyd.. really appreciated.
    Good luck with the next challenge… getting in the Christmas spirit already!

    #34108
    Andrew
    Keymaster

    No idea, Rickey. But it looks like you are using IE. That browser has been discontinued and I’d highly encourage you to use its replacement, Edge. Or any other current browser: chrome, firefox, etc.

    #34109
    kanae926
    Participant

    For what it’s worth, I saw what Ricky mentioned in my PC on Chrome but I don’t see it on my phone (also Chrome).

    #34111
    mfaske
    Participant

    What you’re seeing is called a Line Separator [Unicode Character U+2028]. How it displays depends entirely on the font being used: If the font is compliant, the character displays as a space. Otherwise it displays as that [or possibly some other] symbol. It’s one of many invisible encoding characters included when content is copied from other sources… especially web sites. This character only shows up on Window machines where empty spaces may be present at the end of a line. That’s why it doesn’t show up on your phone. Commonly this happens when you copy and paste from a .pdf document that was opened using Mac Computer with Preview.

    There are all sorts of solutions, some simple, some complicated. Some involve adding scripts to your CSS.

    IMO, probably best to just ignore it.

    #34113
    rickeymike
    Participant

    Drew, I am using Edge. At least that’s what it says that I am using. I always use Chrome when I access the tablature play along. I just opened the site in Chrome and those symbols still show up.

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