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West Fork Gals/Year of Jubilo

Posted by AndyW on Thursday, November 9, 2017

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Had an hour and a half practice this morning.

West Fork Gals had a few tricky bits which I needed to loop round numerous times. The ring finger/pinkie had some nifty hammer-on, pull-off combinations which were awkward to get the timing right. Slow speed really shows up timing issues. It's strange how you get from feeling rushed and stuttered to realllly slooow and smmoooth once your timing is spot on even though the metronome is still ticking along at the same speed. There was also a strange hammer on where it would be more natural to pick the note, and it took a few goes to get that out of the system. (It sounds better picked at slow speed, but I assume hammered adds once the tune is speeded up or Dan wouldn't have arranged it that way.) Those with good memories may remember I ditched WFG when learning the drop thumb tunes. It sounds much better in this arrangement, and I guess it didn't lend itself to losing rests/hammer ons and pull offs. 

After West Fork Gals, Year of Jubilo was a breeze. There are no difficult fingering parts and I was almost able to read and play it straight off the sheet. 

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