Agreed... this should be about technique and the exercises to perfect that technique. Perfect the exercises and your playing will improve. The last video did not use any of PB's right hand techniques and there seemed to be some left hand issues as well.
Based on the very little jazz I know and the jazz guys I know I have to agree w/ Pebber. Every jazz guy has 10 different tunes he would put up there. So you might as well grab a Real Book, open up to a random page, and learn that tune. Do it 10 times and you've got your own 10 tunes.
However, since you're asking for specific tunes, here are a few I enjoy...
How High The Moon Girl from Ipanema One Note Samba Blue Bossa
I trill for at least an hour a day. Trill each 1 finger combo until I can't, rest a min or two, then do each 2 finger combo, then the first finger alone. After that I work on my open string 2 finger trills and finish up w/ the first finger trill. If I'm watching a movie I'll do that 2 times w/ a sock over the neck so I don't bother the wife.
A big key to this whole thing is to get your wife on board. Let her know how important this is to you and how much dedication you want to have vs how much time you have to spend. She should understand and you should still be able to get some practice w/ her around. Tie a sock around the neck during the movie and do trills, spiders, and mindless picking drills. That's when I try to get those drills done so that I'm spending time w/ her while still getting in good practice. Other than that try to dedicate an hour each day where you focus on guitar, learning licks, doing metronome practice, learning songs, practicing songs, etc... things that take your whole attention. If you and your lady watch commercial TV do trills and such during the show w/ a sock over the neck and then do scale practice during the commercials. You can do it, you just have to be creative as to when you practice.
Learn the 2, 3, 4, & 5 note sequences for each of the 14 positions. I have for most of the positions and it is surprisingly musical when used in context. Another thing to try is to use an arpeggio to go back in the scale sequence
I'm familiar w/ touchable, however there are many things left to be desired IMO compared to the HW alternative. Touch sensitivity is the biggest thing, you simply can't get the feel of a keyboard or live like hits of a drum w/ software. If I was only doing studio it would be one thing, but because I need it to work live as well I need to have the tangible hardware, nobody wants to see me play an ipad on stage. As far as guitar amp sims, I'm still not sold on them over micing a nice tube amp yet. Yes, they have gotten better, but they are nowhere near ready to be used as a studio alternative and definitely not ready for live use IMO. It's the little things like controlling distortion w/ the volume on the guitar and pick attack that are lost in the sims. The only 'sim' I've seen that can accomplish that is the new Mustang series amps from Fender. Very good modelling with those amps which leads me to believe they are getting closer.
My introduction was Hendrix and Page, but what got me interested in doing it myself was Jake Cinninger from Umphrey's McGee and seeing Buckethead live for the first time at a festival a couple years ago (never heard of him until then). Since then I've been into some of the jazz fast players like Mclaughlin and fusion players like Shawn Lane.
Balance is key. I try to keep to a few exercises and move through each of them every day. Trill, spider, picking w/ a metronome, scales (going through single string scales right now), permutations, ladder, chord exercises w/ a jazz chord book, blues exercises w/ a blues lick book, arpeggios, and at least 10 min a day of just open jamming. I can do all of this in about two hour and a half sessions which I do before and after dinner, and then I do spider, trill, and picking w/ a sock over the neck as I watch TV w/ the gf until I go to bed (usually another 2-3 hours). This seems to be the best way to get the time in while still balancing work and wife.
Quote: jvieira72 wrote in post #30Hey guys I have the latest version of Ableton live that I'm slowly learning. I'm a visual artist so audio software is all new to me. I want to record my practices and have some jam tracks to play along with. Do you recommend I learn to make my own jam tracks or start off with some prerecorded stuff? And if I use prerecorded do you guys have any recommendations of where to look? Thanks in advance for any info.
Start w/ Pebber's jam tracks on a single chord. In Live you can grab 8 or 16 bars and loop them forever if you want, just crop the sample and play it in session mode. You can record yourself on another track. If you have some delay just mute the track you're recording to and go back later to edit it to fit the backing track again. Once you're comfortable w/ the software doing these simple things of playing a track and recording you should start looking to build your own single chord tracks. Create or use a drum loop, create a synth bass line (can just be one note), then add some pads, keys, and/or guitar chords and Bam! you just made your first jam track. Live really makes it simple, if you have questions feel free to ask me, I've been using Live in a live situation for two years now and am very comfortable w/ the software.
I'm in a similar boat, I've been using the 5 position system for a couple years and learned, memorized, and used the 14 position system over the last 3-4 months or so and have it down, down, down. So like you I'm wondering if I should decide on a new scale and learn it or keep at the 14 position system for a bit longer until it is absolutely second nature.
Quote: pebberbrown wrote in post #8NO you are doing it right! 1-2-4-3 - what happens is you put 1 down, hold it down, then put 2 down - now holding down BOTH 1 and 2. Then put down 4. Finger 3 should also go down behind it. Then lift UP finger 4 to reveal 3. THATS the correct technique.
Pebber, would I use the same technique for the 4-3-2-1 permutation as well? Put all 4 down then lift up 4-3-2?
You shouldn't have a delay, try plugging your headphones directly into the line out or as suggested above, plug it into an amp. My guess is that the delay will be gone in which case the culprit is the bluetooth dongle.
Ok, I could easily be wrong here, but based on the videos and lessons this is what I've taken from this (I'm still learning)...
1. You are using muscles you've never used before and 3 weeks is nowhere near enough time to have your muscles in your hand built. Because of this you should be doing upstrokes only, downstrokes only, then alternate as 3 separate exercises to build the muscles and build the muscle memory. Do this for 3 months or even 3 years if you want to get it down.
2. Ideally you'd be using this technique in your playing all the time, however, it's just not going to be possible because the muscles aren't built and your muscle memory is using the method you've been using for 8 years. Because of this, when you're playing in your band just play. When you practice, practice the correct method and over-exaggerate the motion. Eventually the practice will creep into your playing naturally, especially if you practice this picking method at home w/ the songs from your band.
3. Lastly, I'd quit trying to increase the BPMs every single week. Speed will come once you have the motion down absolutely perfectly, in perfect time, and ideally able to switch the subdivision number effortlessly. I'd be very surprised if you were making the metronome click disappear in such a short time, but I could be wrong. If you are and are ready to increase the BPMs then ignore this last part.
I too got serious into guitar because of guitar hero. All of my friends were spending countless hours perfecting the game on hard and expert, so after I beat normal I too started putting in the hours to get 'good'. After about 2 hours of this I looked beside my TV and saw my real guitar just sitting there and I thought to myself 'why am I wasting my time learning a skill that is almost entirely useless 'acting' like I'm playing the guitar when I can learn the actual song and play it anywhere I have a guitar handy'? From that point on I never picked up GH again, bought a looper, got some lessons, and now I'm working towards being the best musician I can possibly be.