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Slimfinger
post May 31 2015, 07:26 PM
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Hi,

I just wanted to introduce myself! I have been playing for about 2 years, mainly learned from you tube, truefire courses and jamplay.

The problem is that I don't get any feedback , so I am exited about joining this community.

The following video has no rhyme or reason, just a bag of stuff , mixed chords that probally dont go together, offbeat strums and at the end, I stopped to think of some blues lines, so that is why the pause.

Im just looking for some direction to go with the acoustic and what to practice. I have such a passion for this guitar but i feel that I am not improving or getting anywhere.

Thank you for watching and let me have it, don't be afraid of being cruel , well to a extent

https://youtu.be/krQcXUQ7Ju4

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post May 31 2015, 08:52 PM
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Hey Slimfinger, awesome to have you here! biggrin.gif

First - this is a stable performance and I can see you have already established a great base to build upon. Being able to keep a steady beat and add some embellishments is more than enough write and perform excellent music!

Please consider the acoustic guitar is no my main area of expertise. However I can tell you there are some things you can improve and see fast results.

Most obvious is your strumming - which is a bit sterile in the sense that you strum with little variation. You should play around with picking position (picking closer to the bridge will give you more treble), picking strength, and the amount of strings you actually pluck.

So if you would play the exact same thing again - but by vary the things a mentioned above - I think results would be much more enjoyable.

Not sure I managed to explain this well, please let me know if it makes sense?

It would also be cool to hear if you have any specific long term goals?


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post May 31 2015, 09:24 PM
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Hi,

Thanks for responding , Im hoping you guys don't boot me ! Dont ever feel you have to respond right away, sometimes, I will just get a hair about a new technique and post it.


Anyways, thanks for your suggestion here is what I was thinking you suggested https://youtu.be/bogrzlARfPM

It is so nice to actually get some feedback , everything has been bottled up in me for so long that it is nice to get it out and ask questions.

You asked, what I hope to accomplish . I really just want to not be embarrased to go out in my backyard and play.

Do some guitar playing with the wife so she can sing , karaoke style for are own enjoyment.

Im 51 and have no inspiration that i would ever be good enough to perform in public , starting this late.

I want to be the best that I can be with the time that I have left after discovering this wonderful intrument.

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post May 31 2015, 09:48 PM
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Yeah!!! That's a big difference, I can tell you were already aware of these things. There might also have a been a bit of stage fright in the mix - you seem more confident in vid #2.

>You asked, what I hope to accomplish . I really just want to not be embarrassed to go out in my backyard and play.
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With your current level - you are definitely ready to start "practicing" this. I don't know of any other way, then to actually go out there and perform in front of somebody.

That's basically what you just did, and we were your audience. And see how much better yout second attempt was! smile.gif

Can you image what it will sound like after 10 attempts?

I would strongly recommend you to submit a lesson to the REC section of our site. It will help you overcome stage fright, and teach you so many new licks and tricks to add to your repertoire.

Check it out here:
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...showtopic=40697


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post May 31 2015, 10:01 PM
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Hey Slimfinger, nice to see you in the forum and meet you in the video smile.gif

That was a really cool intro and I like your goals of playing nicely on the porch. I have listened to your playing and what I'm noticing is that you have pretty good sense of time keeping and you got those chords and changes nicely.

How here come my personal suggestions and impressions smile.gif

What is missing, since you are aiming for solo performances of acoustic blues without vocals, is going pass regular chords strumming. My advice would be to first go for a bit more traditional blues shuffle rhythm and progression. For example this is a great lesson for that: https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Intro-to-12-Bar-Blues/ (to internalize the 12 bar blues progression and practice that shuffle feel which I think you already can play).

The next step I'd take myself would probably be one of the following :

- Learn more blues sounding chords (Dominant 7 chords) to spice up your blues improvising: https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Dominant-7-Chords/
- Learn some cool blues licks to add to regular strumming, this is what makes acoustic blues cool sounding to me : you can blend rhythm and lead playing. This is a good lesson as an example of that: https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Expand...c-12-Bar-Blues/

Some future goals could be :

- Learning some chord inversions (these are same chords but played in different notes order and in differnet positions of the neck) so that you can improvise in different positions on the neck.
- Experimenting with bass + lead kind of acoustic blues line (I think this would be the delta blues genre) : https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Finger...Blues-Patterns/

Hope this helps, please keep us updated with your progress, videos and follow up questions smile.gif


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post May 31 2015, 10:08 PM
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Hello and welcome! It's great to have you here!

As Kris has already said, that video shows a good based. I notice that you can change chord smoothly and can keep rhythm at tempo. However, the strumming is not very clear, mostly when you play with your fingers so you need to practice more this kind of playing trying to improve the tone that you get with your fingers when using this hybrid picking technique. I assume that you like Tommy Emmanuel, don't you?

We have a lot of acoustic and clean stuff here, you'll finger finger picking, picking and also hybrid picking lessons that will help you to polish your rhythm skills in order to be able to play cover songs, and maybe start composing your own tunes if you want.

If you want to receive feedback from different instructors here, you can join REC program and share your takes on GMC lessons to be graded and also receive comments and suggestions to improve your takes.

Also, I consider very important to have a well designed practice plan based on weekly practice routines that cover different aspects based on your main goals as a guitarist.

So from my point of view, these are the next steps to do here:

Choose 1 or 2 lessons that you like from our archive (Acoustic lessons). Learn and practice them for some days. Then, when you feel comfortable, record yourself and share your take at REC program. You can also send me a PM when it's ready.

This takes will give us an idea of what things you should work and what comes next. I'll be here to help you to design your routines.

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post May 31 2015, 10:11 PM
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Thanks everyone !

I cant express how happy that I am at this moment, I feel that i have some direction and somewhere to turn when in need.

I am going to practice those videos that Bogdan suggested and get back with you at the end of the week.

Im not sure about the REC aspect , im a little intimidated by this, at this point in my playing.
This site is everything thing that I hoped it would have been .

Thanks , and you guys have a wonderful weekend

Slimfinger



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post May 31 2015, 10:15 PM
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QUOTE (Slimfinger @ May 31 2015, 06:11 PM) *
Thanks everyone !

I cant express how happy that I am at this moment, I feel that i have some direction and somewhere to turn when in need.

I am going to practice those videos that Bogdan suggested and get back with you at the end of the week.

Im not sure about the REC aspect , im a little intimidated by this, at this point in my playing.
This site is everything thing that I hoped it would have been .

Thanks , and you guys have a wonderful weekend

Slimfinger



Great to know it! smile.gif

If you don't feel comfortable with REC at this moment, just let us know when the videos are ready and we'll see how to continue. wink.gif


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post May 31 2015, 10:39 PM
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Hi,

Yes , I love Tommy Emmanuel



You mentioned , improving the finger strumming, do you have any videos on that ?

I generally strum up with the index and sometime flail my 3 fingers down to get a different sound.

For instance, I have been working on Maggie May by Rod Stewart

I hit the bass and strum up with the index , i was wondering if there was another way ?

Thanks

Jeff

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post Jun 1 2015, 02:59 PM
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Well, there are many ways to play this kind of stuff. I really recommend you to give a look and work on some lessons from Nicola Mandorino, who dedicates to mostly acoustic guitar lessons and gets a very warm and defined tone with his finger picking technique:

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/instructo...cola-Mandorino/


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post Jun 1 2015, 09:03 PM
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Hello Slimfinger,

Those videos are pretty impressive imho. If I heard you over our fence I wouldn't be knocking you at all.

Welcome to the family. This place is the best, as you mentioned you don't get feedback on the other sites so you can't really judge yourself.

Enjoy the journey. smile.gif


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post Jun 1 2015, 09:14 PM
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Thanks Phil

Yes, I was swatting my computer screen to get that bug off , thanks to your profile pic...lol

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