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CreativeHeartTreble Melody Line

Managed to get the middle finger rest stroke down well the other day, as in the past I had issue with it catching where part of the nail is slightly bent (thanks, genetics). Can probably get by well if I play it more to the edge of the nail, though.13 months ago


CreativeHeartMeasures 29 to 35

Good transitioning today. Keep that up.2 years ago


CreativeHeartRest Stroke & Open Strings

Rest stroke might be a bit too heavy-handed (or should I say heavy-fingered? :p) on some of the open strings, even though they’re being played against bass notes. Maybe a lighter rest stroke will suffice.2 years ago


CreativeHeartRest Stroke

It’s not so straightforward trying to get a good rest stroke with the ring finger due to the awkward shape of my nails… but after reassessing my technique, I’ve found it’s a lot better if I try to perform it by having more of the middle part of the nail play the string. This helps to avoid the clicking sound and the nail getting caught up on the string.2 years ago


CreativeHeartMeasures 53/54

Rethink approach to A#/E harmony, so that the B string can ring through. Perhaps don’t barré with middle, but play both individually with index and middle.2 years ago


CreativeHeartMeasure 62

Make sure you barré high enough with the half-barré, which is needed in order to ensure the high E string isn’t prevented from ringing through. Would help to avoid crazy finger/wrist angles that would otherwise result from barring lower.2 years ago


CreativeHeartNote on Own Ending

You could end the piece with artificial harmonics over a nice chord, as well as some lead playing before it.2 years ago


CreativeHeartProblems with Rest Stroke

Nail of fingerpicking hand kept getting stuck during rest stroke. I filed it down some, which seemed to help a little; however, I may have to perform future rest strokes with the flesh of the thumb as this has been a recurring problem.2 years ago


CreativeHeartMeasure 25

Make sure the E on the D string comes out clean here. Need to barré high enough for this.2 years ago


CreativeHeartMeasure 25

Remember, the key here is to barré not so high up and to keep the index finger as straight as possible.2 years ago


CreativeHeartMeasure 62

Make sure the high E string rings through.2 years ago


CreativeHeartA Main Weak Spot

One of the few main weak spots left is transitioning to measure 26. Transitioning must be seamless.3 years ago


CreativeHeartMeasure 49

Watch out for thumbnail getting caught on the string during rest stroke.3 years ago


CreativeHeartAssimilation

I am satisfied with the progress made. It is now time for the assimilation stage.3 years ago


CreativeHeartMeasure 33

Considerably more work needed here. Refine finger positioning.3 years ago


CreativeHeartMeasure 23

This was adversely affected by RH fingernails being too short during practice on it today.3 years ago


CreativeHeartMeasure 21/22 Barré

I do seem to have resolved the problem of the buzzing G string by barring with greater force and directing more force upwards.3 years ago


CreativeHeartRemember

After improving certain problem areas, it occurred to me that I must remember to make sure I am able to replicate the successes achieved on current gauge 10 strings also back on the 12 gauge strings that I normally use.3 years ago


CreativeHeartMeasure 21/22 Barré Observations

The G string was buzzing more the harder the string was plucked. Applying greater force with the barré did help to abate this.3 years ago


CreativeHeartMeasure 26

Focus on the height of the barré; probably should barré lower down. Make sure index finger stays aligned with itself.3 years ago


CreativeHeartMeasure 10/11

Careful here.3 years ago


CreativeHeartMeasure 24/25

Only slide down from the B to the A?3 years ago


CreativeHeartMeasure 21/22 Barré

Directing some of the force of the index finger upwards seems to help with getting the G string clean.3 years ago


CreativeHeartMeasure 64

Work on this to get the timing right during transitioning to it.3 years ago


CreativeHeartMeasure 21/22 Problem

The buzzing G string could perhaps be solved by applying extreme force with the barré shape, while keeping with the original approach to the barré positioning.3 years ago


CreativeHeartMeasure 21/22

May need to barré higher above the neck in order to get the G string clean, but then this may potentially cause lesser problems with the D string. Investigate.3 years ago


CreativeHeartMeasure 21/22

The issue of the buzzing G string needs to be resolved – consider barré placement.3 years ago


CreativeHeartMeasure 28 to Measure 35

Remember to make sure timing is correct when transitioning between these measures. Transitioning must be seamless.3 years ago


CreativeHeartNote

Break down daily practice on this now. Break into three main parts; practising the two weakest parts separately, and then focusing on assimilation of the entire piece.3 years ago


CreativeHeartMeasures 22/23

Try to get the melody, starting on the D#, more articulate.3 years ago


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