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Software developer, company director and guitarist.

Experience in C#, C++, Java, SQL, various embedded systems, assembler. Enjoy work with algorithms, distributed computing, anything clever or inventive.

Familiar with various frameworks, technologies and methodologies; ASP.NET / MVC, WPF, MVVM, strong OOP, design patterns, DI, XML / XSLT, WCF, low-level network protocols, some COM, MFC, unit testing, code optimization and other low-level fun bits.


Jun
7
comment How to escape the C Major trap when improvising on the piano
Have you tried A minor? :)
Jun
3
comment Left hand position for high fretting (electric guitar)
@all, Playing around I just found something really interesting! While using my current technique feels better usually, trying to trill with my pinky, even completely relaxed, gets difficult very quick. With the thumb-over-top method, the trill is easier! As such I think I will re-train.. I'm fairly sure this trill effort is what's causing my pain point at the moment!
Jun
2
comment Left hand position for high fretting (electric guitar)
Thanks again! That's where I feel I need the most work too. To get really in the groove for playing the section well, I focus on super light touch etc, and the little finger behaves better. I came straight home and recorded that with no warm up, and that's usually what happens when I do that (any extra tension flails out of that little finger). Overall, I am reassured (thank you), although one niggle: I do need to angle the 'normal' way to reach, see 3sec in ... for one stretchy bit of the passage. Don't know if it's worse to be inconsistent like that. Note: I do obsess over this I know..
Jun
2
comment Left hand position for high fretting (electric guitar)
If it makes a difference or inspires comment, I made a quick video just now - youtube.com/watch?v=4lQwR8POWlo ? The more typical method (second half) feels less natural, do I have it right and need to do slow, deliberate practise on that would you say? Thanks again
Jun
2
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Jun
2
revised Left hand position for high fretting (electric guitar)
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Jun
2
comment Left hand position for high fretting (electric guitar)
Thank you, that makes sense - my hand does come around a bit and very high up, my thumb naturally comes around in the way you describe too. If it makes any difference, my fingers are pointing pretty much straight up vertically, it's just with the guitar angled 'up', it makes they are pointing headstockwards rather than bodywards, if you see what I mean! I'll experiment some more and see what I can work out
Jun
2
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Jun
1
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Jun
1
comment Left hand position for high fretting (electric guitar)
Excellent feedback, thank you. I will experiment some more tomorrow. Going to leave the question unanswered for a wee bit to see what others can come up with!
Jun
1
asked Left hand position for high fretting (electric guitar)
May
1
comment Plateau in speed increases
@enthdegree - it's a long-term plan, I just have a lot on at the moment, busy work, busy preparing an album et :)
Apr
4
comment Plateau in speed increases
Ah I can certainly believe that. I have hints of it at least, sometimes I hear or 'feel' just some key parts of a phrase or lick. Often I use legato and I only 'lock in' to the times I pick or change strings. Ill see if I can focus on that :)
Mar
19
comment Plateau in speed increases
Top advice thanks. I think I'm on the right track in that regard, I manage to get the vibrato, dynamics and some interest into it, despite it being a fairly consistent stream of notes. I'm just frustrated I'm not improving as quickly as I would like :)
Mar
19
comment Plateau in speed increases
Interesting thanks Stephen, I hadn't appreciated that. So time/days elapsed is an important metric too. Can you tell I'm a programmer? :)
Mar
19
comment Plateau in speed increases
Thanks for this. I love the idea but I really am goal-driven: I'm recording an album and made up some great sounding parts I want to be able to play at the correct speed to get the right feel. I would have thought that 'quality' hours spent building muscle memory for those things would have the best direct improvement.. after these are up to scratch I would want to diversify, but before then.. do you think it would help nail these parts specifically to play something else?
Mar
19
comment Criteria for speeding up when practicing with a metronome
Matthew - I pretty sure anyone could play it flawless, but for how long, or how many repetitions? I'd say if you can play it 10 times through, or for 3 minutes, you're on to something good ... ?
Mar
19
asked Plateau in speed increases
Feb
10
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Feb
10
accepted Guitar practice - general techniques