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The Importance of Proper Fingering (Guitar Lesson)


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James Malone

The Importance of Proper Fingering

James talks about the importance of consistent fingering and shows his method of fingering scales.

Taught by James Malone in James Malone Artist Series seriesLength: 8:11Difficulty: 1.5 of 5


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DL8149DL8149 replied on August 28th, 2016

Some good points but this guy takes forever to make his point. Very scattered and all over the place. A bit tedious to follow. Make your your, then explain.

snottysnotty replied on July 8th, 2011

Having your own style when fingering various scale's and modes is fine, but calling someone who doesn't do whole step stretches with their index and middle fingers bad form is completely ridiculous. I'm a GIT grad, and wouldn't touch these with a ten foot pole This lesson should be titled "Quickest Way to Carpal Tunnel" Not impressed JamPlay.

tomruggieritomruggieri replied on October 13th, 2010

Small point, but, on the modes chart, F Lydian, shouldn't the note on the 4th string 8th fret actually be on the 9th fret?

AaronMillerAaronMiller replied on October 14th, 2010

Thanks for pointing that out! Should be fixed now.

robabrobab replied on October 12th, 2010

Great lesson James. Thank you for making the Modes theory, easier to understand and it makes it easier to practice.

James Malone Artist Series

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James Malone teaches intermediate to advanced lessons on various topics in his style of death metal guitar.



Lesson 1

Sit Down with James Malone

Enjoy an exclusive interview with James Malone from the death metal band Arsis.

Length: 23:11 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

Series Primer Lesson

James covers some basic materials in this lesson that will prepare you for the more advanced lessons that follow.

Length: 9:10 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Right Hand Technique

James explains some rhythmic techniques that are common in metal guitar playing.

Length: 16:45 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 4

Sweep Picking Basics

James takes you through the basics of sweep picking arpeggios.

Length: 9:28 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

The Patterns of the Modes

James takes you through seven patterns of the major scale and explains how each one corresponds to a mode.

Length: 13:24 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Basics of Tapping

James explains how he uses two-handed tapping.

Length: 12:38 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

The Importance of Proper Fingering

James talks about the importance of consistent fingering and shows his method of fingering scales.

Length: 8:11 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 8

Practice Routine

James shows you the practice routine he used in his formative years.

Length: 33:25 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 9

Right and Left Hand Muting Techniques

James covers some techniques that will clean up your technique.

Length: 6:29 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

Writing in the Style of Arsis

James explains the compositional techniques employed in three Arsis songs.

Length: 16:03 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 11

Seventh Chords And Arpeggios

James explains how to play seventh chords as arpeggios.

Length: 9:23 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 12

Tapping Arpeggios

James explains how to tap arpeggios for extended musical reach.

Length: 8:15 Difficulty: 2.0 FREE
Lesson 13

Combining Tapping and Sliding

James shows how to add slides to tapped arpeggios.

Length: 4:25 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 14

Sweeping and Tapping

James shows how the combination of sweep picking and tapping can create some fresh new sounds.

Length: 8:16 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 15

Placing Limitations

James teaches ways to be more creative by placing limitations on yourself. He uses four examples that demonstrate just how far the pentatonic scale, chromaticism, and tapping can take you.

Length: 12:19 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 16

Tapping Fully Diminished Arpeggios

James explains how to play fully diminished seventh arpeggios with the tapping technique.

Length: 4:42 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 17

Scale Fragments

James shows how to move around the fretboard by playing small repeating scale patterns.

Length: 3:51 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 18

Bending

James shares some tips that will help you keep your bends in tune.

Length: 7:14 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 19

Interesting Harmony

James shares some harmonic concepts that can be applied to riffs in a metal style. He covers diatonic as well as non-diatonic harmony.

Length: 25:09 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 20

Singing And Playing

James Malone shares some tips that will help you sing while playing guitar.

Length: 10:11 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only

About James Malone View Full Biography James Malone is in a band called Arsis. Arsis is an American death metal band from Virginia Beach, Virginia, formed in 2000. The band is currently signed to Nuclear Blast. He has a pretty loyal following of guitar players and has decided to share is knowledge with JamPlay.com.

He has put together one hell of a series for all you metal heads out there. You'll learn everything from basic techniques to how to sing (growl?) and play at the same time.

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