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  • Jazz Guitar BooksDateWed Oct 21, 2015 10:51 am
    Forum post by Adam. Topic: Jazz Guitar Books

    Hello BluesJwot, and Welcome to the Forum!

    Recently, Pebber was kind enough to send me a wonderful gift: "Jazz Practice Ideas With Your Real Book" by Andy McWain. It is marketed and written for Beginner to Intermediate levels of Jazz students and covers subjects like melodic lines, arpeggios, harmony, and then gets into transcribing, ear training, and even composition!

    Of course, I highly recommend you get yourself the most up-to-date REAL BOOK and start taking a crack at some of the tunes in there. This will keep your learning fun and challenging, plus it will help you set some goals in terms of learning a certain passage or an entire song.

    I also recommend ANYTHING guitar-related by Aebersold Publications, particularly Barry Galbraith's Jazz Guitar Study Series.

    Finally, I suggest that you download Pebber's "Daily Practice Routine" and all related .PDF's from this website. Pebber has a program for paying students with everything set up in a way that, in my opinion, pretty much guarantees success, as long as the student puts in the work. If paid lessons are not something in the picture for you at the moment, no worries! Pebber has HUNDREDS of free YouTube videos - many of which correspond with the "Daily Practice Routine."

    Always remember: You are now part of a Forum where people really want you to do well, and we are all here to learn from each other and help each other as much as possible! Again, welcome, and I hope you stick around!

  • Moses SunDateMon Oct 19, 2015 12:43 pm
    Forum post by Adam. Topic: Moses Sun

    WOW! This gentleman is a total inspiration - What brilliant, flawless tone and technique! He make it look so effortless and easy. Yes, Moses Sun is FANTASTIC!

    I subscribed to his videos and let him know that have turned me on to him. Thank you, Pebber!

  • Single-String Chromatic Warm-UpsDateMon Oct 19, 2015 12:39 pm

    Thank you for posting this video, Ray! This is a great exercise to get loosened up.

    I tried changing the title of this thread, because I want everyone to share their own warm-up exercises, chromatic exercises, and permutation videos all in one place. There are already too many responses to this thread, so I am unable to edit the title. That's OK, though:

    FORUM MEMBERS: Please feel free to keep posting videos of yourselves showcasing your favorite warm-ups here! (Don't forget to use a metronome or other type of click track in your videos!)

  • The DADGAD Thread! (Forum Member Videos Only)DateMon Oct 19, 2015 12:25 pm

    Hi Guys,

    Pebber, thank you so much for your kind words and for posting your video showcasing DADGAD tuning! I really LOVE your take on "White Summer." It blows me away every time I watch that video.

    Ray, the guitar I use in my first DADGAD video is an old KAY. There is a very interesting story behind that guitar, but that's a story for another time and place. I am glad you like the way it sounds. That guitar is not able to be plugged in, but I am always playing and practicing on it. I've got .13 gauge strings on there. Combined with the "F-holes," it gives the guitar a really nice tone in my opinion. Plus, I can really shred on an electric guitar after warming up on my Kay!

  • Daily Practice Routine for the Busy ProfessionalDateFri Oct 16, 2015 5:59 am

    Hi Paul!

    Are you "Jussy" Paul, by the way? I ask this, because you sound exactly like a buddy of mine from my area who is named "Paul," is around this age, has kids, and is a scientist. If you are not him, all I can say is: WOW...What a coincidence!

    Anyway, the response from Deltadiscos outlines a similar approach that I have actually used. Although I recently left my 9-5 "career" in order to focus more on my music, and I do not have any kids, I was able to keep my chops up and also continue learning new things while balancing everything out with my career and marriage (it definitely helps that my wife is a musician, too).

    My schedule began around 4:30 A.M., and I tried to keep this as consistent as possible Monday - Friday. That was my time; chiseled out each day, dedicated to practicing and/or playing music.

    Based on my experience, one of the most important things to remember is to make time to actually PLAY guitar, not just "practice" guitar. Even if I only had 15-20 minutes, I found it better to throw on an extended backing track (these are all over YouTube) and just play. Sure, I got my practice time in, but I made sure to take time throughout the week for playing along to backing tracks in order to apply that which I was learning. Not only did this keep guitar playing interesting and fun, but it also exposed areas in my playing that needed improvement. Eventually, you will most likely discover the same and can drill the more challenging items on the Daily Practice Routine.

    MOST IMPORTANT = PLAY A LITTLE EACH DAY!!!

  • Posting VideosDateFri Oct 16, 2015 4:35 am
    Forum post by Adam. Topic: Posting Videos

    Quote: MatGeorge wrote in post #347
    I see Adam,, thanks ! and yea totally agree this forum has helped me quite a bit,, and ive only uploaded a few videos for critique, very useful being able to take in ideas from a variety of different guitarists here.
    You are very welcome, MatGeorge! I am grateful when Forum Members post videos like yours, because I often learn things about my own playing and technique when watching and critiquing videos by my fellow Members. Hey, if we were all "know-it-alls," then we wouldn't be here trying to learn and improve our playing, right?

    Quote: MatGeorge wrote in post #347
    So pissed though I got a nasty cut on my index right at the joint on my picking hand..... havent been able able to grip a pick in almost 2 weeks. I've still been practicing trills, and ladder exercises though :)
    Hope that cut healed!

    Quote: deltadiscos wrote in post #349
    ...i've done some carazy shit to my left shoulder think it is exercise related but i never rested and kept pushing weights and such now had a week away from using left arm on guitar and its killing me yes i can get plenty of picking in... but feel i'm gonna need to run through spiders and trills again. to build up strenth.
    feels like it may be frozen shoulder or some sort of rotor cuff injury ... heres to getting back to it soon

    Hey Deltadiscos! I hope your shoulder is feeling better these days, and like me, it looks like you learned that certain injuries/pain require us to completely stop playing to allow for maximum healing and recovery. I know I definitely learned that the hard way.

    Thanks for sharing, Guys!!!

  • First Video PostDateFri Oct 16, 2015 4:15 am
    Forum post by Adam. Topic: First Video Post

    YES,,,You definitely "get it," Herm! When it comes to playing and learning, there is nothing more "honest" than recording oneself, posting for others, then reviewing everything a day, week, month, year, etc. down the road.

    The best part is that even though I don't "know" you, I can be 99.9% POSITIVE that your playing has already improved since posting.

    On a final note: NEVER apologize for uploading videos like this! As long as each video isn't 10 minutes long (1-3 minutes is perfect), it makes reviewing and commenting so much easier. Plus, as I noted in my initial responses, your videos actually exposed some weaknesses that have developed in my playing that I am now focusing on correcting. Again, how AWESOME is that??!!

    I hope you stick around, Herm. You've got your head in the right place, and you are a clearly an asset to the Forum. Keep at it, my friend!

  • Single-String Chromatic Warm-UpsDateFri Oct 16, 2015 3:55 am

    Pebber, I just cannot tell you how much that means to me!

    Will, it is AWESOME to hear that you dig this variation and will be trying it out! When I first learned this from Pebber, it was also the first time I had seen this variation. I really love the way it forces me "jump" the the proper fret while keeping time. Anything that challenges my "understanding" of something is always interesting to me. You are definitely headed in the right direction, and I hope you decide to stick around the Forum and continue to share with us and participate.

    Thanks again, Guys!!!

  • The DADGAD Thread! (Forum Member Videos Only)DateFri Oct 16, 2015 3:39 am

    Hey Herm!

    First of all, THANK YOU for keeping in the spirit of this thread and posting a video of you playing in DADGAD! I am trying to keep this thread light and fun for those of us looking to explore DADGAD tuning. I can definitely hear "Black Mountainside" in your video, and your descending licks are very cool!

    You are so right: DADGAD is perfect for that Eastern-influenced, droney vibe...and you have just inspired me to try a few things out!

    (Don't you just LOVE it when that happens?)

  • Improvisation with Band in a BoxDateWed Oct 14, 2015 2:29 pm

    Hi Guys!

    First, I don't think Ray's improv sucks at all. This is exactly how to play along to a backing track! So I just did a little research and watched a couple of Band In A Box tutorial & demo vids, and I completely agree with Herm on this one:

    Awesome software,,,but pricey, too!

  • Mod 1 Alternate picking to 8s at 50 bpmDateWed Oct 14, 2015 2:16 pm

    Hi Gas17565!

    I see don't see or hear anything in the video that would make me think you "suck." Quite the contrary, I think this little video was pretty much perfect!

    Thank you for posting, and keep up the great work!

    (I really dig your list of favorite players, too)

  • First Video PostDateWed Oct 14, 2015 2:06 pm
    Forum post by Adam. Topic: First Video Post

    lh chromatic singlestring 100bpm: Excellent! Don't forget about Pebber's exercise of descending in the same pattern as ascending. I just posted a video on this in a separate thread: "Single-String Chromatic Warm-Ups." For example, when you ascend in a 1234 fingering pattern, you descend in a 1234 fingering pattern. Same for 4321, and so on, and so forth.

    lh chromatic 4perstring 100bpm: Right on the money! (Again, don't forget about going back across the strings using the same pattern as first coming across. If you come across 1234, then go back across 1234. I also got this from one of Pebber's videos.

    lh chromatic 5perstring 100bpm: Your own critique about slowing down the bpm's is accurate. No worries,,,it is NOT a race, but you WILL be able to rip these out much more cleanly if you follow your own suggestions!

    lh chromatic 6perstring 80bpm: This looked like it presented a challenge for you. I had a little trouble counting out 6 evenly spaced notes between the beats, and then it seemed like you got a little distracted and started noodling. Hey, if I spot it, I got it...meaning that I do the same stuff at times. I always give honest feedback, as I expect honest feedback from Pebber and my peers. So I would advise knocking down the bpm's a little and then building back up to 6nps per 80bpm.

    One overall comment about the chromatic exercises (especially your first 2 chromatic vids): If you haven't done so already, I would start working incorporating "piano technique" into your chromatics. That means you keep each finger fretted on one string until it is time to move to the adjacent string. Obviously, this only really works when using ascending patterns (1234, 123, 234, etc).

    lh ladders 140bpm: Yes sir! This is why I like trying to play along to a lot of videos that others post, because it exposes and/or reminds me of things that I need to work on,,,,and I DEFINITELY need to work on a few of the more challenging ladder patterns in order to play them at 140bpm. Great job!

    rh neuvoclassical triplets 140bpm: Fantastic!

    rh neuvoclassical quarters 140bpm: Another bit of a challenge, here. Same for me, too! I would advise kicking it down a few bpm, then work back up to 140bpm.

    OK, well I sincerely hope that you found my feedback honest and helpful. After all, that's why we are here! Finally, I would like to again thank you for posting your videos. This helped me a great deal, as well. Keep up the great work, Herm!!!

  • First Video PostDateWed Oct 14, 2015 1:09 pm
    Forum post by Adam. Topic: First Video Post

    Hi Herm!

    WOW! looks like you had a pretty good practice session. By the way, I LOVE the fact that you practice on an acoustic. I do the same, because nothing strengthens my fingers more than working out on acoustic guitar!

    Thanks for posting the videos. I am watching them all and am playing along to them, too. I will comment on each video, a section at a time.

    Pentatonic 100bpm: Looks good! Time to move to adjacent patterns.

    rh pentatonic 120bpm 1 & rh pentatonic 120bpm 2: I think your own critique regarding the "mistakes" per video is accurate. I really like the way you "catch" yourself and quickly get re-focused.

    rh pentatonic 140bpm 2perstring: This one gave you (and me) a little more of a challenge in certain parts. Again, you regained your rhythm and persevered!

    rh pentatonic triplets alternate: You tore these patterns up...NICE!

    Overall, your right-hand and left-hand techniques look great to me!

  • The DADGAD Thread! (Forum Member Videos Only)DateTue Oct 13, 2015 9:38 pm
    Topic by Adam. Forum: PB Guitarstudio FORUMS

    I've recently started exploring DADGAD tuning, and learned this little étude off a Keith Murray YouTube video. This thread is for all of us to post videos of our (FORUM MEMBERS) videos playing in DADGAD Tuning.

    There are threads for other artists that play in this tuning, so again, I am hoping to keep this thread for just me and my fellow PB Forum Members.

  • Single-String Chromatic Warm-UpsDateTue Oct 13, 2015 8:05 pm

    This was topic 666 by the way! Spooookie!

  • Single-String Chromatic Warm-UpsDateTue Oct 13, 2015 7:52 pm
    Topic by Adam. Forum: PB Guitarstudio FORUMS

    I initially posted this as a response to one of our fellow Forum members, but this video should be beneficial to all.

    Enjoy!

  • Left Hand Exercise VideoDateTue Oct 13, 2015 7:49 pm
    Forum post by Adam. Topic: Left Hand Exercise Video

    I just uploaded a video response that can help out everyone, so I created a separate thread: "Single-String Chromatic Warm-Ups"

    Again, I hope this helps!

  • Left Hand Exercise VideoDateTue Oct 13, 2015 10:17 am
    Forum post by Adam. Topic: Left Hand Exercise Video

    Hi Will!

    Welcome to the Forum, and thank you for posting your video. I watched the entire video, and I think your left-hand technique looks good! Your thumb is behind the neck, the notes are clearly fretted, and you appear comfortable with your approach.

    Those first single-string chromatic runs should also be played the same way descending as ascending (and vice-versa); a technique that Pebber strongly stresses. For example: If you ascend index (first fret), middle (second fret), ring (third fret), pinkie (fourth fret), you should also descend in the same pattern. This means that once you get to the 13th fret, 14, 15, 16, you will descend index (9th fret), middle (10th fret), ring (11th fret), pinkie (12th fret), then index (5th fret), middle (6th fret), ring(7th fret), pinkie (8th fret), etc. The same goes for ascending in a 4321 pattern, as you would then descend in a 4321 pattern. This makes things more challenging as you need to "jump past" frets.

    My only suggestion for your future videos would be to try to include a metronome or backing track.

    Again, things look really good, so keep it up!

  • Badass Tommy EDateTue Sep 29, 2015 9:17 am
    Forum post by Adam. Topic: Badass Tommy E

    "Energy" is definitely the correct word to describe Tommy's playing style. He makes it look so easy, right?

  • Guitar picksDateTue Sep 29, 2015 9:10 am
    Forum post by Adam. Topic: Guitar picks

    I love the Jazz III's (Stubbies, too!), and I also like certain V-Picks and Gravity Picks. It depends on the type of guitar (acoustic vs. electric) and other conditions (humidity, sweating on-stage).

    Pebber turned me on to some Dava's a few years back. I will still use those from time to time when playing an acoustic. I like the ones with the stiffer points.

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