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Jim Deeming

Your Friend, the Metronome

Jim Deeming discusses how to use a metronome for practice, skill building, and speed building.

Taught by Jim Deeming in Basic Guitar with Jim seriesLength: 24:02Difficulty: 1.0 of 5


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BlackStrat1967BlackStrat1967 replied on March 23rd, 2017

Just wanted to say thank you for the beginner course Jim.. I'm sure I'll need to go back through one or two things and make sure I have it all down, but I'm officially a graduate. Great course Jim.. THANK YOU!!

flymasterflymaster replied on December 28th, 2016

thanks Jim for the lessons . its been a great beginner cores

DeseratDeserat replied on January 9th, 2015

I don't want to be too negative, but lesson 25 and we're just learning how to use a metronome?! Seems like this should have been lesson 3?

hoboguitarhoboguitar replied on July 10th, 2014

Boiling frogs in a pot?! You're sick Jim! I need to get an even tempo, I didn't realize how off I was until I watched this lesson. Thanks for the awesome teaching...and don't worry, I think frogs are tasty, too!

trini1trini1 replied on March 29th, 2014

Great lesson. Thanks.

ayribayrib replied on July 4th, 2013

Nice easy laid back lesson stressing the importance of a Metronome. Thanks Jim love your style when putting it across.

thundleythundley replied on February 28th, 2013

You are a great teacher Jim, I love your lessons

lynn1lynn1 replied on January 27th, 2013

excellent excellent lots of really good stuff with founation work like this you could not help to improve Thanks!!

serismonserismon replied on January 20th, 2013

where can i learn to play my favourite song?

1973ford1973ford replied on January 8th, 2013

how to use metronome 4/4 count use full coards c f g ect? how do i do that?

hummonkeyhummonkey replied on December 29th, 2012

Couldnt get supplemental music

mrscaryzmrscaryz replied on October 3rd, 2012

For fingerstyle guitar a metronome is all well and good but if you are a solo performer unless you use a visual metronome using a metronome is a great tool for practice but live you will change time unless you have a beat in the background constantly watch Tommy Emmanuel or the old Jerry Reed stuff and they change temps all the time.. for practice good for live you need a visual metronome

cheltonchelton replied on September 23rd, 2012

do you use the metronome at the same time you are playing a song?if so how do you hear both?

layollayol replied on February 4th, 2012

When printing the Supplement Content it comes out so small it's hard to read.

BlueDjangoBlueDjango replied on November 9th, 2011

"...that could kill you, playing at that speed..." lol! I love Jim.

kufungsterkufungster replied on June 13th, 2011

Really good lesson, thanks Jim

sugar billysugar billy replied on May 1st, 2011

i love the lesson on metronome thank

reign121reign121 replied on February 8th, 2011

Thank you so much for posting this lesson! It was very informative!

hakea333hakea333 replied on February 3rd, 2011

Thanks for another great lesson Jim. In defence of mechanical metronomes, they often do have a big metal bell inside which makes a loud CLANG, tick, tick, tick, in 2/4 3/4 4/4 etc. Much easier to hear than the electronics, and the big arm is also a bigger visual cue. They rock!

raptor50raptor50 replied on December 25th, 2010

Thank you for explaining.

cindymikecindymike replied on September 8th, 2010

Love your lessons but can't find the sheet music you were talking about

jboothjbooth replied on September 9th, 2010

Click the "supplemental content" tab below the video.

bluetunebluetune replied on July 15th, 2010

Hi Jim, just started your course, excellent. What are the cord progression in Lesson 25 @ 20:05 min, the funky part? Thanks a lot

joseefjoseef replied on June 25th, 2010

There is no sheet music in the Supplemental as indicated in the lesson, thank you.

CarolLBCarolLB replied on June 23rd, 2010

Excellent lesson Jim. I didn't realize I needed a refresher on how to properly use this most useful tool. No sheet music in the Supplemental, just chords.

iemoriemor replied on June 16th, 2010

Great lesson Jim

gospelfolkmangospelfolkman replied on June 14th, 2010

Thanks Jim This will help greatly

rickmcdanielrickmcdaniel replied on June 12th, 2010

Thanks Jim.

jannejanne replied on June 12th, 2010

You are cool and make things clear. Thanks!

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Fingerstyle master Jim Deeming teaches you the basics of guitar playing. With over 30 years of experience teaching and playing, Jim will definitely start you in the right direction. This is a great series for beginners and guitarists looking to refresh their knowledge.



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Alternating Bass and Chords

Jim teaches you a few more commonly used chords. Then, he discusses a technique known as the alternating bass line.

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Jim covers all possible fingering options pertaining to the basic open A chord shape.

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Jim talks about the future of his Phase 1 guitar series and where to go from here.

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Length: 43:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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The Pinky Anchor

Many guitarists use their pinky as an anchor. Jim explains the pros and cons of this technique.

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Jim discusses an important technique--palm muting. He explains how palm muting is used by flatpickers and fingerstyle players.

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Jim Deeming covers the basics of reading guitar tablature. Knowledge of tablature will help with JamPlay lessons as well as learning your favorite songs.

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Jim explains various tuning methods. He provides useful tips and tricks that will ensure that your guitar is sounding its best.

Length: 31:45 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
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Let's Play: "Red River Valley"

Jim is back with another "let's play" style lesson. He teaches the classic song "Red River Valley" and encourages you to play along.

Length: 52:38 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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Drop D Tuning

Jim Deeming introduces drop D tuning. Drop D is a popular alternate tuning used in many styles of music including rock, fingerstyle and blues.

Length: 25:25 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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Let's Play: "Wayfaring Stranger"

Jim Deeming breaks down the song sections to the classic tune "Wayfaring Stranger".

Length: 29:20 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 24

More On Drop D

Jim Deeming takes another, more focused look at drop D tuning.

Length: 6:27 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 25

Your Friend, the Metronome

Jim Deeming discusses how to use a metronome for practice, skill building, and speed building.

Length: 24:02 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only

About Jim Deeming View Full Biography 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.

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