Jim covers the first two strings in this lesson. He explains where the natural notes are located on the fretboard and how they appear on the staff.
Taught by Jim Deeming in Music Reading seriesLength: 17:12Difficulty: 1.0 of 5
Reading music and rhythm is the foundation for anyone serious about music. In order to understand the theory necessary to progress as a player, a basic understanding of how to read music and how to read rhythms is necessary.
Understanding notes, intervals, and scales is key to music reading. Jim proves a beginner crash course on these subjects.Length: 18:53 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Jim covers basic music concepts such as the staff, time signatures, clefs, measures, note duration, and note representation.Length: 16:25 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Jim covers the first two strings in this lesson. He explains where the natural notes are located on the fretboard and how they appear on the staff.Length: 17:12 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Jim covers the third and fourth strings. He explains where the natural notes are located on the fretboard and how they appear on the staff.Length: 11:43 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Jim covers the fifth and sixth strings. He explains where the natural notes are located on the fretboard and how they appear on the staff.Length: 11:34 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Jim Deeming explains more music symbols in this lesson. He also introduces 3/4 time and eighth notes.Length: 10:25 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
In this lesson Jim Deeming uses the classic song "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" as a music reading exercise.Length: 11:06 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In this lesson Jim takes the song "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" and plays it on the lower strings. This is an excellent exercise for reading and memorizing these notes.Length: 5:39 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Jim Deeming teaches a music reading exercise entitled "Echo." This fun, play-along lesson is a perfect way to hone your reading and counting skills.Length: 18:03 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
About Jim Deeming
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Jim Deeming got his first guitar when he was only six years old. His Dad was taking fingerpicking lessons, and Jim wanted to be just like him. The Mel Bay books didn't last very long before he strapped on a thumb pick and added the Chet part to Red River Valley so it sounded better.
Most of Jim's early learning was by ear. With unlimited access to his Dad's collection of Chet Atkins albums, he spent countless hours decoding his favorite songs. They were never "right" until they sounded just like Chet. Around the age of 12, Jim heard Jerry Reed for the first time and just knew he had to be able to make that "Alabama Wild Man" sound. The styles of Chet & Jerry always have been a big influence on his playing.
More recently he has pursued arrangements by Tommy Emmanuel and Doyle Dykes, in addition to creating some of his own and writing originals.
Jim has performed in front of a variety of audiences, including concerts, competitions, weddings and the like, but playing at church has always been a mainstay. Whether playing in worship bands or guitar solos, gospel music is deep in his roots and is also the driving theme behind his debut CD release, titled "First Fruits".
Jim has been playing for about 38 years. He also has taught private lessons in the past but believes JamPlay.com is an exciting and better venue with many advantages over the traditional method of weekly 30 minute sessions.
Jim lives in Berthoud, Colorado with his wife, Linda, and their four children. Although he still has a "day job", he is actively performing and is already back in the studio working on the next CD. If you wonder how he finds time, look no further than the back seat of his truck where he keeps a "travel guitar" to take advantage of any practice or song-writing opportunities he can get.
The opening song you hear in Jim's introductory JamPlay video is called, "A Pick In My Pocket". It's an original tune, written in memory of Jim's father who told him early on he should always keep a pick in his pocket in case he ever met Chet Atkins and got the chance to play for him. That song is slated to be the title track for his next CD, which will feature several more originals plus some of his favorite covers of Chet and Jerry arrangements.
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