Alex Barbera

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: Pallet on Your Floor Middle & Ending May 15, 2013

@Corey....here's my feedback....I can't get your tempo...It's too fast for me...Thanks a lot for this series of lessons!!!

 

Ciao

Alex

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: Pallet on Your Floor Variations May 10, 2013

@Corey....I'm almost never satisfied...I always want to do better but at the same time I pay respect to myself. About the different tecniques. Next week end I will attend a 2 days of flamenco masterclass with Oscar Herrero. 4 hours Sat and 8 on sunday. We will work a lot on the right hand I think.Hopefully I'll bring something learned during the lessons in playin the blues!!!

I'm sorry for the shirt.We thought it was large enough!Well...it will b for the nex time! :)

Take Care

Alex

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Alex Barbera commented on: Pallet on Your Floor Melody and Thumb Technique May 06, 2013

Peter when I read the news I couldn't find the cause of death and this made me think that something went wrong.In certain cases media avoid to tell people the truth....I just looked again and unfortunately I had the confirmation of my doubts...Cause of Death is suicide. This is what Mike Pruger, Coroner's deputy of Santa Cruz, said...Remembering Bob, how he looked like and so full of energy and his attitude to the art, maybe he was affected by bipolar disorder. I can't really find others explanations. a friend of mine, couple of days ago, told me that sometime in the future he won't be able to play the guitar anymore for some physical problems..but I don't think this is the main cause. He left us but his art,strengh and passion for music will remain for ever.I hope that now,wherever he is, he just find the peace he was looking for because if it's true that he had bipolar disorder, believe me, life can be like hell.

a presto

Alex

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Alex Barbera commented on: Pallet on Your Floor Melody and Thumb Technique May 06, 2013

@Peter...good choice...I remember that last time we talked about republic resonator guitars and their good report between price and quality...I'm glad you found something you like. The tricone is a kind of resonator. There's many differen type...others are called duolian..I think Corey's Dobro is a duolian......

Yours should be a tricone which means that in the body there are 3 cones instead of only one cone!!!!...usually tricone resonator guitar have a lot of volume and sustain!!!!

oh and about resonator guitar my mind immediately goes to Bob Brozman. He was such a great musician and person too.It's such a pity that he died so young!! If you don't know him take a look at some of his videos on youtube. He was really poliedric and served the music in such a rare way!Rip 

 

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Alex Barbera commented on: Pallet on Your Floor Variations May 05, 2013

and you are inspiration for me as a musician but first of all as a teacher...I would love in the future to teach guitar too in a professional way...Work with schools, cultural association..etc etc..and teach how to play Delta blues to let people find a way, between the others, to feel better with themselves. This is the most important thing for me and it would really satisfy my soul...I hope this dream will come true one day or another. Thanks for your help,Corey! :)

Alex

 

p.s.would be really nice to see you in one of the next lesson wear you that shirt Semi and me gave to you this summer...it comes from a special place, you know...what we don't know is if it is large, small,medium or whatever else..:DD

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: Pallet on Your Floor Variations May 05, 2013

@Corey...I've read all the comments in the others lesson....thanks for your encouregment. I'm still not satisfied at all about what I'm doin here...This video has been the 7th take!!!...I have to be really concentrated to play well this tune and the right hand is still too much contracted.About the bass I think I was helped by new strings too..

Anyway a thing  I noticed is that if I brush the bass strings really close to the neck the sound is more balanced...In fact in the first video, if you noticed I brush really at the end of the strings...another thing is picking. I'm noticed how different is to pick the string with the finger perpendicular to the string or oblique...perpendicular is more like that old blues gibson sound,oblique it's more warm...so for me is challenging to switch from a point to another and be consequentelly more dynamic....you do it really natural...

I've appreciated what you wrote about me as an inspiration for the other students...Mike, Jd,Peter we all inspire each other...Peter and Mike inspire me because for example they do what I usually don't do...they took real slow, and Jd is so good in playin and at the same time  his feets are firmly on the ground..This is a thing that I do appreciate in people...

 

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: Pallet on Your Floor Melody and Thumb Technique May 05, 2013

@Peteer!!! Great!!!!At the end you bought it!!! It's a tricone!!!Is that a national guitar?

About the rest you're doing great in my opinion...One of the most difficoult things to learn in Delta Blues tyle is that alternating thumb picking with the melody and surely it is coming out...Bravissimo veramente!!!

Ciao

Alex

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Alex Barbera commented on: Pallet on Your Floor Melody and Thumb Technique May 04, 2013

Mike..thanks...I'm still not much satisfied....I took that lead from the original version of MJH..I like it a lot too!!!

You're doing great too!!! :)))

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: Pallet on Your Floor Variations May 04, 2013

Corey...I'm still working on brushes and touch....

 

thanks Alex

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Alex Barbera commented on: Pallet on Your Floor Melody and Thumb Technique Apr 27, 2013

@Corey..here's my video..I think that finally I suceeded to avoid the noise when playin only the bass line..Do you think it's fine the way I'm brushing now the strings? .when I start playin the melody the volume of the bass gets lower....I need to practice, practice and practice!! :D

Ciao

Alex

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Alex Barbera commented on: Pallet on Your Floor Rhythm and Chords Apr 25, 2013

@Mike..thanks...I live in a beautifull area called Barca here in Bologna...it's full of green....in front of me I have the river and not so far from my apartment there's a building called "train"..(treno)....it's funny as river and train are two symbol of early blues!! :)))

About the sound, actually I'm not really satisfied about what I'm doing...I'd like to let the bass go out more...It's really tought...I don't think I've got much problems in playin melody lines or alternating the thumb!! anyway  this is really a life's work...

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: You Got To Move Endings and Dynamics Apr 24, 2013

@Corey...grazie!!! I'm glad that you like it...I just met Max and we both share the same passion...This was our first attempt in playin the tune!!!!I'll try to put the slide on the 2nd string too...at least alternate it!

Ciao

Alex

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Alex Barbera commented on: Pallet on Your Floor Rhythm and Chords Apr 22, 2013

ops...I forgot...at the end of the video there's also Spike Driver  Blues :DD

@Jd, I think I can understand what you're talkin about!! :DDD

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Alex Barbera commented on: Pallet on Your Floor Rhythm and Chords Apr 22, 2013

@Corey...I think it's official...you read into the minds of your students!!!! Recently I was reviewing Spike Driver Blues tryin to brush more on the III and IV strings but I still can hear some noise especially coming from the 3rd string...I used to just pick the III and the VI so I didn't have this problem before but now that I'm brushing more I'm having this sound that some times it's not even so bad...I've noticed also in other videos of very good guitar players the same "problem"...anyway I'd like to have a clearer sound...For me would be nice if you could spend some time in the next lesson about how to mute the strings...palm muting it's not been a problem for me since I started playin the guitar but now, in this case, brushing more the III and the IV and I'm startin to be in trouble....It's curious the fact that I was experimenting this problem a few days ago with Spike Driver Blues and now you upload a lesson on MJH..the tune is different but the concept is the same!!!

thanks and talk to you soon!!!

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: You Got To Move Endings and Dynamics Apr 21, 2013

thanks Mike!!!! It was the first time we were playin it together! :)

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: You Got To Move Endings and Dynamics Apr 17, 2013

Thanks Bruno! :)

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: Romance in the Dark First Chorus of Solo Apr 16, 2013

Mattia il video si sente a tratti!!!!cmq bello quel che si è potuto sentire...in certi momenti mi hai ricordato Django Reinhrdt! :))

Fatti vedere anche dall'altra parte...le lezioni di blues acustico sono molto belle e Corey è molto molto esigente! :)

Sorry guys for writing in Italian but once upon a time, when I find somebody coming from my country, it's nice to talk in our language of origin and well Italian is a nice language to learn too...as we had to learn English!!! :DD

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Alex Barbera commented on: You Got To Move Endings and Dynamics Apr 15, 2013

Hy Corey and all...this time little surprise for you, if you like :)))...In this video are playin my friend Massimiliano (right) and me (left)....He's a great blues guitarist and a true fan of Mississippi Mc Dowell...so this series of lessons has been really usefull to arrange this tune and put all the things together...I'm prevantly accompanying him....We changed the tonality to F# as we both feel more comfortable in singing the tune

Thanks 

Max and Alex 

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: You Got To Move Vibrato & Dampening Apr 09, 2013

@Corey...thanks for feedback...I think the action is quite low as I'm used to put a capo...Usually I play Vestapol in open D as I use 0,13 strings...If I tune the guitar in open E I can feel especially the 4th string really at the point to break itself...I was reasoning too in these days about the touch and I realized by myself that I tend to put too much force picking the high strings and as a consequence put even more force on the bass strings...so I was tryin, before reading your message, to really pick the high strings in such a light way that I quite can't even hear it!!! :DD...but the result was nice..the bass was quite nice and clean...in Italian I would say....mi faccio, la domanda e mi trovo la risposta..e prima o poi vedrai che ci arrivo..:DD

Grazie 

A presto

Alex

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Alex Barbera commented on: You Got To Move Variations Apr 08, 2013

sorry Peter I didn't know what "rant" mean so I searched and found different meanings..most of them with a negative acception!!....like "talk in a wild or vehement way"... but you know , English is not my mother tongue....

I think too this is a good topic to discuss....at the end it's only a matter of taste and the example of cooking is really appropriate for me too!!! I come from Italy and you know how cooiking here is part of the culture and it's an art too!! 

 

 
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