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  • SARODDateSat Nov 15, 2014 1:27 pm
    Forum post by diegopaudyal. Topic: SAROD

    I found a couple of videos on Sarod and thought would be cool to share on here. The name "Sarod Picking" probably came from this instrument called Sarod.

  • Improv videos for critiqueDateTue Sep 16, 2014 6:39 pm

    Hello guys,
    I haven't been on here or a while. I see many new members here. Welcome to all!!

    I have been practicing 1.5-2 hours a day lately. My picking speed has gone way faster after I started lessons with Pebber. However, I still struggle with Improvising or playing over a backing track probably because I do not practice playing over a backing track lol. Well, its time to practice and progress.. Here is a video of me improvising over a C Major Rock backing track from I know it does not sound great, lots of mistakes, not clean etc. However this is on the spot improvisation. None of the licks/melodies were pre thought. Any feedback/advice would be greatly appreciated.


  • Tonal Center, Scales and ModesDateSat May 17, 2014 7:59 am

    Nick, thank you for your response.

    Ursin, thank you for your advice. I just purchased the book. You have been a great help to me.


  • Tonal Center, Scales and ModesDateThu May 15, 2014 5:36 pm

    Okay, so am sitting down with a pen and paper and listening to songs and trying to figure out the chords, melody, scale and tonal center with my ears. I just finished my first song and I am little bit confused about how I should look at and think of the chords as I play them and what the tonal center for this song is.


    (i)m vi(dim) (ii)m vi(dim)
    F#m, D#dim, G#minor, D#dim
    F#m, ............ B, ............B, ............C#m
    F#m,......... C#m, .............FMajor, ..............F#minor ( and so on)

    I figured out that it is played in F# Dorian mode which is also the (ii)minor in the E Major scale. Now, should I think of the tonal center as F# Dorian? or E Major?
    Above I have written the roman numerals for every chord. Should I think of the F#m chord as (ii)m instead of (i)m, D#dim as (vii)dim instead of (vi)dim and so on and think of the tonal center as E Major?

    OR I can choose to think of it either way I want? Which one is the general approach? How would you think of it if you were analyzing this song?

    Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!!

  • Playing with a group/bandDateThu Apr 24, 2014 9:30 am

    Nick, I am assuming the response was for me. I don't really understand what you mean. Thank you though.

  • Pinky ProblemsDateTue Apr 22, 2014 11:12 am
    Forum post by diegopaudyal. Topic: Pinky Problems

    Yeah, I appreciate your reply Nick. No, the muting hand actually didn't make a bad noise.

    I learned isolating one hand idea from Tom Hess, especially for directional/economy picking technique. I guess I can apply the same idea for trilling as well.

  • Playing with a group/bandDateTue Apr 22, 2014 11:04 am

    Quote: NicholasJacquet wrote in post #10
    We should start a Marriachii sarod band.

    Thats cool nick. I live close to Normandale college. I am not sure about "Mariachi sarod band" but we could meet up, share ideas, jam, start a group if possible. Private message me if you are up for that.

  • Pinky ProblemsDateSat Apr 12, 2014 2:09 pm
    Forum post by diegopaudyal. Topic: Pinky Problems

    Okay thanks. I will practice trilling putting my picking hand away from the guitar from now on.


  • Pinky ProblemsDateSat Apr 12, 2014 7:25 am
    Forum post by diegopaudyal. Topic: Pinky Problems

    Quote: uderoche wrote in post #4
    Question: Are you trilling so hard that the guitar is shaking THUS making your pick hand shake?


    Do you think your pick hand is "sympathetically shaking" with your fret hand?

    The guitar is shaking a little bit, but I don't think that is the reason for my picking hand shaking. Isn't it normal for the guitar to shake a little bit while trilling?

    Yes that could be correct. I watched the video a few times and at times I am subconsciously doing scalpel picking, other times my whole hand is moving. You can see my thumb and index finger only move at 1:15. I think that I am subconsciously picking in the air.

  • Pinky ProblemsDateFri Apr 11, 2014 7:52 am
    Forum post by diegopaudyal. Topic: Pinky Problems

    Okay so I have been doing theses trill exercises everyday since I read this post about a week ago. I've been doing 2 minutes for each finger on each string, total of 48 minutes. I can feel my finger curvature and strength has become nice and strong, especially my pinky, but my picking hand shakes when I am trilling. It looks as if I am picking the string but i am not. My hand is shaking very bad. I am muting other strings with my picking hand/fingers.
    My hand starts shaking at around 0:56 here.

    What should I do to fix this Ursin?

  • Playing with a group/bandDateMon Apr 07, 2014 10:56 am

    Oh okay. I hope everyone in this forum finds a group to practice with. Just wondering if anyone here is from Minneapolis, MN area. Private message me if you live nearby.

    Here is last weeks practice. It wasn't that good but yeah some drinks and a lot of fun. I'm sitting down so you cannot see my playing.

  • Playing with a group/bandDateTue Apr 01, 2014 2:36 pm

    Thank you Ursin and Damon. There is no doubt that Pebber is a great teacher. Yeah, I am going to have to learn to see individual notes inside the scale shape.

    Damon, you should try looking at Musicians Wanted on Craigslist. I responded to a few ad on there and met some cool people. I also tried putting my own ad but that didn't work good for me. I talked to some of my close friends and asked them if they have a friend who is interested in playing certain instrument. That's how I started this group.

    I realized that playing in a group is not that easy for me. I can play a complete song at home over a backing track making a little amount of mistake but I find it very hard to play the same thing in the group. Is that a common problem or just me?

  • Playing with a group/bandDateTue Apr 01, 2014 10:14 am

    Hey all
    I've been busy and haven't been here in a while. I started playing with my buddies some weeks ago. We practice once a week on weekends and I should say its going pretty good. Lots of mistakes but we are all beginners. It really makes so much sense now when I am playing a solo. I think 14 position system is paying off now, I can visually see a shape in the fretboard when I am soloing over something. In the past, I used to play note to note and hit wrong notes sometimes because I couldn't visualize or didn't know how to visualize the scale shape.

    What do you guys think of when you play in song that you have already learned. Do you just play from your memory or you still try to visualize a chord/scale shape?

  • Left Hand Challenge #1DateFri Feb 21, 2014 2:27 pm
    Forum post by diegopaudyal. Topic: Left Hand Challenge #1

    Left hand challenge progress.

       First video     Second video   
    75 100

    Spider Picking at 100, 16th notes

  • Here is where I am at.

                                                         Last Week   1 Week Later  Some weeks later
    Down-strokes 70 87 88
    Upstrokes 70 87 88
    Alternate,Sarod,Scalpel,economy, etc. 160 165 170


    Up and down strokes at 88

    Alternate,Scalpel etc at 170

  • Scottulus Dares you. Dares YOU!!!DateFri Feb 21, 2014 2:12 pm

    Cliff- I guess I forgot to send you one last time. I just sent you one some minutes ago.

    I have a little improvement in counting 9 and 10 notes per beat now inside my head. Little bit improvement in picking too but not perfect yet. Tempo same as last time. Some improvement in picking, and I changed my pick from JazzIII XL Series to Dava

  • Bending challengeDateFri Feb 21, 2014 2:07 pm
    Forum post by diegopaudyal. Topic: Bending challenge

    I am a bit late on this one. I hope you guys don't mind.

    Note: I recorded this video a week ago when I was staying at my buddys. I did not realize that I was just playing random stuff on the end. Sorry about that. I should have checked before posting it I guess.

  • Scottulus Dares you. Dares YOU!!!DateWed Feb 12, 2014 8:01 am

    Hi Cliff
    I am sorry for the confusion. I don't mean that you have a bad left hand technique. I mean that you can play way better if you correct your left hand posture. I have sent you a private message on here. Please respond to that. I guess it would't be nice to flood this thread by two people talking back and forth haha.

  • Left Hand Challenge #1DateWed Feb 12, 2014 7:51 am
    Forum post by diegopaudyal. Topic: Left Hand Challenge #1

    Here is my take on this challenge. I m sorry for being late. I am not home these days and not much time to practice either.

    Spider Exercise Challenge at 150 bps

  • Scottulus Dares you. Dares YOU!!!DateSat Feb 08, 2014 10:19 pm

    Very nice Damon. I like that fast picking and clean tone.

    Cliff, nice glasses haha. I find it difficult to change the strings while picking fast too. I think I should put a small suggestion on your fretting hand. Your fretting hand looks very weak in the video, your fingers don't look nice, tight and curved. I have noticed that Damon has his almost parallel to the frets and Scott too. I always try to keep my fretting fingers curved and pointing towards me or at least parallel to the frets. Your fingers are almost pointing away from you. Thanx to Ursin for helping me correct my fretting hand.

    My last weeks video was at 56 and this time I tried at 59. Well, this is actually a fail video instead of a progress video I guess haha. I couldn't practice much, probably about 2 hours. Anyways, I tried and I still can't concentrate on 10 notes per beat. I guess I should slow down haha.

    I don't know if something is wrong with my computer or youtube. I hear the audio don't see the video.

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