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marty8787
post Mar 26 2009, 09:22 PM
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Hey Ivan,
I really love your lesson and that's why I'm asking you to help me out. It's about two John Mayer song Stop this Train and The Heart of Life.
John use a weird technique that he slap a string and pull some others at the same time. I think I'm starting to get it right but it sounds way off.

There's a link where you can wacht him in action:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-e1FHJkVoFE

If you could do something like a lesson or if you have some tips that could help me out, it would be awesome!
And thanks for your contribution to this site, it's really appreciated! biggrin.gif
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Ivan Milenkovic
post Mar 27 2009, 05:48 PM
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Hey man smile.gif

Thanks for kind words! smile.gif I think John is just hitting the string with his thumb, but I'm not entirely sure, I don't have acoustics with me to check it out. Try to experiment with your fingers hitting the string from above, or in front, but with the side of your thumb, and also see if you can produce this sound using other fingers. I have a feeling that he is letting his while palm constantly "hitting" the strings in a pulsating manner, next to the fact that hes fingerpicking.


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post Mar 27 2009, 05:54 PM
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Hey dude tongue.gif
nice to see some other Mayer fans.
its called a flick and slap technique i think

start with heart of life. its the easiest, then stop this train, then neon ohmy.gif

check this video out. he explains it very wellhere dude

i can upload some vidoes as soon as i get a webcam

-Frederik

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post Mar 28 2009, 07:24 PM
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Nice tutorial, thanks for sharing this Frederik! smile.gif


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post Mar 29 2009, 11:05 PM
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Ok good, thanks guy!
I've learned neon but without this flicking thing tongue.gif
I'm starting to get use to it but it's so hard.
John make it look so easy with his phenomenal talent!

Thanks aqain Ivan and Frederik!
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post Mar 29 2009, 11:08 PM
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No prob mate, glad to help in any way! smile.gif cheers!


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post Mar 30 2009, 03:26 PM
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Np Dudes smile.gif

cool enough, if u already have the fingering and such, u should try to add the flicking and slapping, its really ads to the composition. soo much rythm ohmy.gif

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post Mar 30 2009, 07:14 PM
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Yes definitely mate. When I do some more JM lessons with acoustics I will definitely use this technique. Thanks a lot for the advice! smile.gif

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