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  • Essential Reading ListDateWed May 24, 2017 7:38 pm
    Forum post by Adam. Topic: Essential Reading List

    Hi Marko!

    My family, on my Mother's side, comes from Asturias! Enjoy Spain (or I hope you enjoyed it, if you see this after your trip). You know, it's driving me nuts , but Pebber sent me this United States Navy Music Theory book, or something like that,,,and I can't find it for the life of me!

    Anyway, here are some of my favorites (in no particular order):

    Modern Chord Progressions - Jazz And Classical Voicings For Guitar - Ted Greene

    Lenny Breau - Fingerstyle Jazz

    Jazz Practice Ideas With Your Real Book - Andy McWain

  • Real Book?? 6th Ed no Match for Lesson VidsDateWed May 24, 2017 6:43 pm

    Quote: BillyRae wrote in post #1
    Hello Pebber. Just a quick note that I bought the Real book 6th Ed "C" to follow along with your lesson vids' but I find the songs you refer to are not in this book.
    Hi BillyRae!

    I should be able to help you out on this. Can you please reference the lesson videos and/or songs to which you are referring?

  • How to pick what i should practice?DateWed May 24, 2017 5:06 pm

    Quote: heyman wrote in post #2
    I would suggest sticking to the Daily Practice Routine sheet. It is all about being organized on what Pebber has sent you to work on. Any time you have spent on scales and chords has not been wasted. Everyone's journey is different.
    heyman gives some solid advice, right here, Zvono.

    I really like your enthusiasm, and it is GREAT to have you here in the Forum!! I just wanted to suggest that maybe try to slow down a little, and just take a deep breath, and not worry so much about "progress" and "what to practice," because you are (hopefully) going to be playing and learning your entire life. There is no "quick fix" that if you just practice this technique for one month, or that technique for one month, and some theory, that you will become Yngwie Malmsteen (or whomever your favorite guitarist may be). Rome was not built in a day!

    If you become a paying student, Pebber will send you videos each month, which are very helpful in terms of what to practice. Plus, it is always helpful to see a video of your playing, which Pebber really appreciates (and expects) from students who subscribe to his lessons.

    I like the way you divide up your time, so having said that, stick with the Daily Practice Routine.

    Are you familiar where to download the free .PDF's here on Pebber's site? I thought I read in an earlier post that you already have everything downloaded. If not, just go back to the home page, click on "Lesson PDF/MP3 Files," then click the first link under FREE Guitar Lessons (Guitar Lesson PDF files...), and scroll down about 1/3 of the page. Can't miss it.

    Practice well, Zvono,,,and remember that we are all here to help, and learn from, each other another!!!

  • Alternate Picking 60bpmDateWed May 24, 2017 4:42 pm
    Forum post by Adam. Topic: Alternate Picking 60bpm

    Quote: GuitarStyles88 wrote in post #3
    I had also been slacking off a bit last month which bothered me when I would think about it the next day but I feel like I am back on track and ready to keep learning.
    Oh wow, you said it, my friend! I think that is something that affects all of us here, especially me!

    ,,,but the best thing about your statement is that it "bothered you" when skipping a day or two of practicing, AND that you are getting right back at it! THAT is what separates the musician from the "wanna-be." Make the time, and put in the effort. That is so great to see, on your part!!!

  • Visited local teacher. Need your advise.DateThu May 18, 2017 9:35 am

    Hi Zvono!

    You are very welcome! In case you are not aware, Pebber has over 700 FREE videos on his YouTube channel that you can check out, especially since you now have access to all of his .PDF's.

    As I always remind students about posting videos: PLEASE post a video that is no more than 3 minutes long and showcases as few exercises as possible. This will make is easier for to watch and will help others get a feel for where you are at with your technique. I am an administrator here, and I also help Pebber out with some of the hundreds of videos he receives every month. Trust me, it is painful to try to sit through a 20-minute video of someone changing up exercises every 30 seconds! My very first video to Pebber was over 10 minutes, too!!

    I am SO GLAD you are here in the Forum...See you soon, Zvono!!!

  • How to approach Scales on the Fretboard correctly?DateThu May 18, 2017 9:27 am

    ..and it is FARELLI for the win! Excellent response!!!

    Yes, you are getting into "modes," and Pebber has a 28-minute video on this topic on his YouTube channel (in addition to countless others on scales).

    GREAT question, Zvono!

  • New memberDateThu May 18, 2017 9:21 am
    Forum post by Adam. Topic: New member

    Hi disruptor, and Welcome to the Forum! I'm an administrator here, and it's very exciting to read your story, because it's pretty similar to all of here, in one way or another!

    I played (poorly, as it turns out) for 20 YEARS before I discovered Pebber on YouTube! He's since become one of my closest friends, and of course, my Guitar Guru!!

    Suggestion for your videos: PLEASE post videos that are no longer than 3 minutes and showcasing as few exercises as possible. It's better to post these, as opposed to a 20-minute video that shows you switching exercises every 30 seconds. My first video to Pebber was over 10 minutes -- LOL!!!

    This will allow others, especially myself and Pebber, to view them quicker. Pebber is FLOODED with literally hundreds of videos each month, and I'll handle whatever he sends my way. Just keep them short and sweet,,,and yes, we ALL suck at something guitar-related, especially including myself. Otherwise, we would not be here!

    I love Justinguitar...GREAT guy and GREAT guitarist!

    OK, well, you're off to the races...See you soon, disruptor!!!

  • E Maj/Emin Scales & Licks DemoDateThu May 18, 2017 7:39 am
    Forum post by Adam. Topic: E Maj/Emin Scales & Licks Demo

    Quote: BillyRae wrote in post #5
    I just picked up a D Trucks 50th Anniv. 61 re-issue SG. I'm trying it out on a jazzy piece from Real Book 6. Hurt my hand this past week so it will be a week or so to posting. Would very much appreciate your comments when you can. I promised myself I'd move to Jazz this year.
    Hi BillyRae!

    I've got a 2007 SG Standard (Heritage Cherry) that I tricked out a little, as well: I had to take it in, because the headstock had cracked just above the neck joint. So in addition to that repair, I had all of the varnish sanded off the back of the neck sanded and then stained (plays SUPER smooth & fast!). I also had graphite saddles and a bone nut installed, tool.

    I'm sorry to hear about your hand injuries. PLEASE take it easy, because nothing gets worse quicker than any kind of pain/damage in the hands, wrists, fingers, and arms, if guitarists try going back too soon! Easy does it, my friend.

    Glad to hear that your going to be diving into that Real Book, though...KUDOS to you, sir!!!

    Quote: heyman wrote in post #6
    Sorry if I high jacked the thread.
    Hi heyman!

    You definitely did NOT hijack this thread at all! The title is called "E Maj/Emin Scales & Licks Demo," and, unless I'm mistaken, that is EXACTLY what your video entails, my friend!

    You keep up that GREAT work!!!

  • Alternate Picking 60bpmDateTue May 16, 2017 11:19 pm
    Forum post by Adam. Topic: Alternate Picking 60bpm

    There he is again, folks,,,,GuitarStyles88 doing his thing!

    You just get better and better, my friend! How do YOU feel about this video and your progress as a whole? I mean, I have nothing to say on this particular video, except "EXCELLENT WORK!!!"

  • E Maj/Emin Scales & Licks DemoDateTue May 16, 2017 11:14 pm
    Forum post by Adam. Topic: E Maj/Emin Scales & Licks Demo

    Hello heyman!

    Look at you GO GO GO!!! Timing for DAYS, my friend,,,,WOW! I like how you tossed in those slippery, slidey, bluesy licks, as well...You put the "FUN" in "FUNky!"

  • E Maj/Emin Scales & Licks DemoDateTue May 16, 2017 11:07 pm
    Forum post by Adam. Topic: E Maj/Emin Scales & Licks Demo

    Hi BillyRae!

    I must say, you have some impressive guitars there! Very nice, sir! The guitar sound on this is indeed better than before. It reminds me of the tones of the late 50's & early 60's era blues, rock, and surf guitar sounds!

    You really got into a nice groove throughout most of the track. It took you a little bit to find that groove, at first, but if you start hitting those timing exercises that Pebber teaches, you will see an even bigger improvement,,,probably a lot quicker than you think!

    I sincerely apologize for the delay in responding, as I have not been without a working computer for a couple of weeks. Geek Squad saved the day, so I am all set.

    Keep doing what you are doing, and I cannot wait to see your next video!

  • Visited local teacher. Need your advise.DateTue May 16, 2017 10:52 pm

    Hi Zvono, and Welcome to the Forum!!

    You are in the right place, my friend, and your English is very good!!! I agree with Farelli's statements 100%, and let me share my story:

    --- I played guitar, completely self-taught, for 20 YEARS, before I discovered Pebber on YouTube.

    --- I, too, discovered that I sucked! I had terrible habits and poor technique

    --- Since I discovered Pebber, not only has my playing and technique improved dramatically, but my confidence continues to grow. There is ALWAYS something to learn on guitar. There is ALWAYS something to improve upon.

    --- I have NEVER had the need to seek out another instructor, other than Pebber.

    As Farelli said, you need to make the ultimate decision, but for some guy to say that you are "learning wrong" is not only an insult, it is completely NOT TRUE! If I were that teacher, I would encourage you to keep developing your skills. This guy wants to put an idea in your head that you REALLY need his help,,,but you DO NOT NEED HIM.

    Save your money and stick with Pebber. 20 YEARS from now, you will thank me!

  • Why I play guitarDateTue May 16, 2017 10:40 pm
    Forum post by Adam. Topic: Why I play guitar




    (Oh, and I also like the "meditation" that Farelli mentioned up above!)

  • Essential Reading ListDateTue May 16, 2017 10:37 pm
    Forum post by Adam. Topic: Essential Reading List

    Hi Marko, and Welcome to the Forum!

    Glad to see that you have armed yourself with Pebber's essential documents!

    Deciding which books to purchase usually depends on what you are trying to focus on, as I do not know of one book that covers it all. A good place to start: ADAM KADMON'S GUITAR GRIMOIRE. He's actually an old buddy of Pebber's (although Adam Kadmon is not his real name)

  • Guitar Instructors, Methods, and WebsitesDateTue May 16, 2017 10:29 pm

    Quote: Ivan wrote in post #4
    have you ever checked out scott grove's groovy music lessons channel, Adam?

    He seems like an interesting cat from the tone of his videos :D
    Do you have any opinion on his playing? Is he legit?

    I've also noticed that Greg Howe does private lessons via Skype which is something I'm curious about. His album "introspection" is on high rotation on my music player. I'd love to know how he does some of that shit!
    Hi Ivan!

    I'm reviving some old threads that seemed to have slipped through the cracks and wanted to follow up with you:

    1) Scott Grove: Yes, I am definitely familiar with Scott Grove and his videos. There are a lot of folks that take shots at him, but I would say his is very legit. I respect him for what he does and his abilities.

    2) Greg Howe: Of course, Greg is a PHENOMENAL player. Have you taken any lessons from him? He's way too expensive for me, and I would be surprised if he is as detailed an instructor as Pebber is,,,,but that's just my opinion. A good guitarist does not automatically equal a good instructor. Pebber happens to be both,,,that I KNOW!



  • Anyone working out of the Real Book?DateThu Apr 20, 2017 3:49 pm

    Hi heyman,

    We needed to remove your last post, because the link you provided was incorrect. I tried opening the link in Firefox and in Chrome several times, but I would only be directed to the video section on my own YouTube channel. Pebber had the same issue: He clicked on the link, but he was also directed to his own video section on his YouTube channel.

    Once you get this figured out, please feel free to re-post the proper link and let us know. Thank you, heyman!

  • Stormy MondayDateTue Apr 11, 2017 9:50 pm
    Forum post by Adam. Topic: Stormy Monday

    Hi BillyRae,

    No need to ever apologize for making an honest effort,,,your FIRST video, at that! There are countless tutorials all over the internet on how to record guitar, so have FUN exploring and learning!

    Kudos to you for posting your video...keep 'em coming!!

  • Pick angle forwards or backwards?DateTue Apr 11, 2017 9:39 pm

    Hi Monkey Puzzle,

    For students trying to learn from Pebber's free .PDF's, videos, etc., there can be some work required in terms of finding corresponding videos for each Module or Exercise. I solved that problem by simply watching every video on Pebber's YouTube Channel!

    However, those students who sign up with Pebber are sent videos in sequential order -- Stuff that is obviously NOT on YouTube. Stuff that is more in-depth. That's a major reason for becoming a paying student!

    In terms of your practice routine, I don't see anything wrong with it,,,as long as you are playing & learning, it's all good!

  • Anyone working out of the Real Book?DateTue Apr 11, 2017 7:36 pm

    Hi heyman!

    I went to check out your video but noticed that it is not available on YouTube. Hopefully, you can re-post that here in the Forum...would love to see it!!

  • Buy Complete Theory 101 video lessons?DateTue Apr 11, 2017 7:16 pm

    Hi Katie!

    It's GREAT to see you in the Forum, and thank you so much for sharing your thoughts! Yes, Pebber has literally hundreds (last count: 759) FREE videos on YouTube; almost every single video is of an instructional nature. Hopefully, you will eventually be able to sign up as a paying student, but in the meantime, you are strongly encouraged to keep posting your thoughts, your questions, and (hopefully) videos of your playing, right here in the Forum!

    I think you will find the Forum to be a supportive place, and as a Forum Administrator, I am VERY glad you are here!!

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