Acapella Playing (Guitar Lesson)


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Dave Weiner

Acapella Playing

Dave "David J" Weiner introduces his series with a lesson on the importance of rhythm in your playing and his concept of acapella playing. He also talks about taking a kind of "Zen" approach to your playing and being in the right state of mind before you play.

Taught by Dave Weiner in Dave Weiner Artist Series seriesLength: 35:59Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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MoparRulesMoparRules replied on April 27th, 2016

Great lesson, awesome teacher, beautiful guitar!

reneshred18reneshred18 replied on March 21st, 2016

David J ? whats up with that

thomasross20thomasross20 replied on June 14th, 2015

Wow - can't believe how many great artists are on here giving lessons! So excited to watch this whole session. And a general comment for Jamplay - I LOVE how you can view the fretboard from the angle of the guitarist!! Too many sites show the fretboard from the audience perspective which is the wrong way to do it, in my opinion. So - massive thumbs up!!

em325cem325c replied on June 9th, 2015

Woops.. Thought I was editing the same message but instead its generated 3 more. So today's lesson is; there is no edit option. ;-)

em325cem325c replied on June 4th, 2015

Hi Dave, I have seen a lot of online Guitar Teachers but for me you are the best. Your mix of musical training and real world experience is invaluable. But more importantly you have a casual relaxed style and this innate ability to get the message across no matter the subject mater. Sometimes I forget I am watching an online lesson on a computer and it feels as if you are right there in the room with me, giving me a personal lesson. I love learning and playing the Guitar and so I really appreciate the time and effort you put into helping me improve my abilities on this wonderful instrument. PS: Next time you are in Sydney, Australia drop in for a good old Aussie BBQ. The Beer's on me. Cheers.

em325cem325c replied on June 4th, 2015

Hi Dave, I have seen a lot of online Guitar Teachers but for me you are the best. Your mix of musical training and real world experience is invaluable. But more importantly you have a casual relaxed style and this innate ability to get the message across no matter the subject mater. Sometimes I forget I am watching an online lesson on a computer and it feels as if you are right there in the room with me, giving me a personal lesson. I love learning and playing the Guitar and so I really appreciate the time and effort you put into helping me improve my abilities on this wonderful instrument. PS: Next time your in Sydney, Australia drop in for a good old Aussie BBQ. The Beer's on me. Cheers.

em325cem325c replied on June 4th, 2015

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em325cem325c replied on June 4th, 2015

Hi Dave, I have seen a lot of online Guitar Teachers but for me you are the best. Your mix of musical training and real world experience is invaluable. But more importantly have have this casual relaxed style and this innate ability to get the message across no matter the subject mater. Sometimes I forget I am watching an online lesson on a computer and it feels as if you are right there in the room with me, giving me a personal lesson. I love learning and playing the Guitar and so I really appreciate the time and effort you put into helping me improve my abilities on this wonderful instrument. PS: Next time your in Sydney, Australia drop in for a good old Aussie BBQ. The Beer's on me. Cheers.

em325cem325c replied on June 4th, 2015

Hi Dave, I have seen a lot of online Guitar Teachers but for me you are the best. Your mix musical training and real world experience is invaluable. But more importantly have have this casual relaxed style and this innate ability to get the message across no matter the subject mater. Sometimes I forget I am watching an online lesson on a computer and it feels as if you are right there in the room with me, giving me a personal lesson. I love learning and playing the Guitar and so I really appreciate the time and effort you put into helping me improve my abilities on this wonderful instrument. PS: Next time your in Sydney, Australia drop in for a good old Aussie BBQ. The Beer's on me. Cheers.

papapaulrockspapapaulrocks replied on March 21st, 2015

Thanks for this great lesson. I learned a lot about playing with rhythm. Acapella playing is now my favorite thing in the world.

maicontavaresmaicontavares replied on September 22nd, 2014

this awesome this guys is good to explain thanks jam play

janopackjanopack replied on August 29th, 2014

i signed up to jamplay just for dave's series. thanks dave. you explain clearly and concisely.

cov99cov99 replied on May 11th, 2014

Why did most of your videos on youtube disappear Dave?

Bon1Bon1 replied on April 9th, 2014

Loved this lesson, Thank you Dave.

jrblixtjrblixt replied on February 17th, 2014

I really hope you do an acoustic series as well! I love your acoustic playing!

buddy dbuddy d replied on January 28th, 2014

Dave, you are the man. This puts a whole new light on guitar playing. :)

professionalwaffleprofessionalwaffle replied on November 14th, 2013

This lesson series will help me out a lot! Thanks for everything!! This has also inspired me to create some lessons of my own on youtube! Thanks Dave! I will definitely finish your series!

john1112john1112 replied on October 3rd, 2013

This is going to be a worthwhile series of lesson and insight. Thanks Dave.

jpbluestringjpbluestring replied on August 22nd, 2013

What a good lesson Dave. Back to having fun with the guitar and make something different I think. Thanks you got a natural teaching talent.

billfreshbillfresh replied on May 14th, 2013

life is about the journey...not the destination. love this quote. i have been using it with my kids for yrs

thomasbarchenthomasbarchen replied on April 18th, 2013

Very useful lesson! Thank you!

strat53strat53 replied on February 5th, 2013

Great lesson Dave Thanks

ivan_cortes16ivan_cortes16 replied on January 4th, 2013

Amazing and straight to the point of making music

Molly_BellMolly_Bell replied on January 1st, 2013

My gratitude cannot be expressed in words.

buckeyestevebuckeyesteve replied on October 10th, 2012

Amazing lesson! Thanks Dave.

boianboboianbo replied on September 8th, 2012

Hours of Fun!

johnnyrockitjohnnyrockit replied on June 18th, 2012

I will mark this date 6/18/2012 as I begin your awesome course David this was somewhat nice, a little familiar for some reason as I guess I have developed a 'sense' of rhythm over the years but I expect it's going to get quite a bit more difficult very rapidly, thank you for this I'm looking forward to more...

junkiejunkie replied on April 27th, 2012

Dave, you are God! Honestly. My god anyway. Thanks for offering the free trial via FB. I will renew my membership here soon. Awesome ocean of lessons.

dash rendardash rendar replied on April 26th, 2012

Just renewed my Jamplay membership after a long lapse. Picked this lesson at random out of the hundreds on offer. THIS GUY IS FRIGGIN' AWESOME. Nothing complicated in this lesson, yet I feel like a much better guitarist already!

siegbsiegb replied on April 16th, 2012

What a great series of lessons. You've reminded us to use the tools and creativity within us and get a groove happening. You made one chord sound great.

phatbulldogphatbulldog replied on March 15th, 2012

Wow. Best way I can explain it... If you taught Drivers Ed it would be like learning from Micheal Schumacher instead of the old P.E coach. Thanks you really helped me break down another wall.

isirius42isirius42 replied on February 20th, 2012

Just the type of lesson I was hoping to find. Thanks!

nicolas krakennicolas kraken replied on January 24th, 2012

Such an awesome lesson. The message is so clear and there's so much there for me to take from it even though I've been playing for over 10 years I feel like you dropped a huge truthbomb on me. lovin it!

rancearmstrongrancearmstrong replied on February 12th, 2012

Dave one of the simplest and most helpful lessons i have ever seen

nicolas krakennicolas kraken replied on January 24th, 2012

Such an awesome lesson. The message is so clear and there's so much there for me to take from it even though I've been playing for over 10 years I feel like you dropped a huge truthbomb on me. lovin it!

iter8iter8 replied on January 18th, 2012

The focus of this lesson was spot on for me. I have a number of tools, but my implementation is often lacking. I really appreciated the message and the examples. This will change how (and what) I practice. Thanks.

luigigrossoluigigrosso replied on January 18th, 2012

Great lesson !! Thanks!!

saddlegeeksaddlegeek replied on January 9th, 2012

Absolutely terrific. Can't say enough good things about the style of teaching. Can't wait for the next one.

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied on December 27th, 2011

wonderful! glad to see you here, Dave

jj90jj90 replied on December 27th, 2011

Really natural teaching! The way of explaining just seems so simple but really works for me. Had the same feeling when you talked about some stuff in your webcam sessions here on JP.

mattbrownmattbrown replied on December 26th, 2011

Great lesson! Welcome Dave!

foxboyfoxboy replied on December 26th, 2011

A very comprehensive approach. Especially the first scenes should be a "must watch" for every beginner: Practice "Zen", establishing a rhythm, getting the whole musical picture. Many, many thanks!

jesperlindejesperlinde replied on December 25th, 2011

this is exciting.. :) needed this type of lesson series on Jamplay.. thank you.

mike4370mike4370 replied on December 24th, 2011

hey Dave, I've been a subscriber to your youtube channel riffoftheweek. Great to see you here.

gorbaggorbag replied on December 24th, 2011

that was a great lesson Dave, I'm really looking forward to your lesson series!

Dave Weiner Artist Series

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Lesson 1

Acapella Playing

Dave "David J" Weiner introduces his series with a lesson on the importance of rhythm in your playing and his concept of acapella playing.

Length: 35:59 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 2

Style And Attitude

Dave "David J" Weiner returns with a lesson on how to play with style and attitude. He covers all the basic techniques you'll need to get started.

Length: 13:09 Difficulty: 1.5 FREE
Lesson 3

Dynamics And Phrasing

In this lesson David J teaches you about dynamics and phrasing and how this all ties into his basic musician development concept.

Length: 8:00 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 4

Building Stamina With Melodic Phrasing

David J continues his look at phrasing and shows you how to simultaneously build your stamina while playing over backing tracks.

Length: 10:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Melodic Playing And Motifs

Dave talks about turning repetition into melodic playing and how to start using motifs in your playing.

Length: 15:36 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Learning The Fretboard

Dave switches gears and focuses on theoretical concepts. In this lesson he explains different ways to gain knowledge of the fretboard.

Length: 10:09 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

The CAGED System

Dave shows you a way to find and learn the notes on the fretboard using the CAGED system. He then shows you how he would practice using the CAGED system.

Length: 9:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

Transitional CAGED Based Licks

Dave shows you how to advance your fretboard knowledge by creating licks that bridge the CAGED shapes.

Length: 12:43 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

Open String Licks

Dave continues teaching how to master the fretboard by teaching open string licks.

Length: 8:20 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

Intervallic Playing

Dave "David J" Weiner explains how to avoid sounding scalar. He shows how to jump around the scale and not just play sequentially.

Length: 11:41 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

The Technical Side Of Playing

Dave "David J" Weiner switches gears and gets in-depth with techniques. In this very informative lesson Dave shows what to practice, how to practice technique, and his own personal practice routine.

Length: 21:06 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 12

Alternate Picking

Short lesson, years to master. Dave talks about alternate picking and how to practice it!

Length: 4:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 13

Legato

David J talks about legato technique, which uses very little or no picking. He shows you how to develop the technique and how to play longer runs on the fretboard.

Length: 14:44 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 14

Sweep Picking

David J shows the basics of sweep picking and also shows you how to make it more musical.

Length: 17:30 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 15

Tapping

David J continues his look at various integral techniques to playing guitar with a lesson on tapping. He not only shows you how to do various tapping techniques but shows you how to use them in a real...

Length: 14:28 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 16

Hybrid Picking

David J finishes his lessons on technique with a video on his favorite technique, hybrid picking or "chicken pickin'". He shows how to get the country sounds and also how to incorporate it into every aspect...

Length: 15:22 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 17

Improv Concepts

David J explains how the ability to improvise is a good test of a musicians understanding and ability on the instrument.

Length: 12:00 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 18

Improvising With Chords And Scales

David J shows you how to practice improvising first by using scales and then how to improvise with chords.

Length: 5:21 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 19

Improvising With Motifs And Licks

David J revisits the concept of playing with motifs and shows you how to use it in your improvisation. He also shows you that building a lick vocabulary is vital to spontaneous playing.

Length: 13:08 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 20

Storytelling

David J teaches you how to incorporate the concept of storytelling into your improvisation. This concept utilizes everything Dave has taught up until this point.

Length: 13:00 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 21

Dave "David J" Weiner Interview

Dave sits down with JamPlay.com and talks about various subjects including his start with Steve Vai and his current projects.

Length: 25:26 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only

About Dave Weiner View Full Biography Facts on Dave Weiner:

-13-year member of Steve Vai’s band (’99-present), 8 world tours, playing over 700 shows in over 50 countries.



-Recognized by NARAS for 4 Grammy nominations (guitar player, audio engineer) for his work on various Vai recordings.

-3 solo records: “Shove The Sun Aside” (2004), “On Revolute” (2010), “A Collection Of Short Stories: Vol. 1” (2012). Dave’s solo records have shipped to all 50 states and over 45 countries.

Founding member of Philadelphia-based fusion trio, Visible At Night ([email protected]).

Graduate and instructor at Musician’s Institute: Guitar Institute of Technology.

Master clinician and writer. Featured articles in Guitar Player, Guitar World, Premier Guitar, Young Guitar, Guitarist UK and many more.

Online lesson pioneer. Dave was one of the first to offer online guitar lessons via webcam. Dave teaches when he’s off tour to hundreds of students across the globe.

Endorsements: PRS guitars and amps, Friedman Amps, Ernie Ball strings and straps, Fractal Audio, Dimarzio pickups, Xotic effects, Wampler effects, Maxon effects, Hermida Audio.

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