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Jim Deeming

Introduction Lesson

In this short lesson, Jim Deeming will introduce himself and talk about his upcoming lessons. He will share his personal philosophies regarding the guitar.

Taught by Jim Deeming in Basic Guitar with Jim seriesLength: 6:12Difficulty: 0.5 of 5
Chapter 1: (06:20) Welcomes Jim Deeming Welcome to the Phase 1 Beginner Guitar series with Jim Deeming! Jim kicks off lesson 1 with a demonstration of his masterful guitar technique. Jim is predominantly a fingerstyle player in the vein of legends such as Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, Doyle Dykes and Tommy Emanuel. Jim enjoys playing fingerstyle music due to its flexibility. The music performed in this scene included a bass line, harmony, and a melody. Playing fingerstyle allows a single guitarist to create the sounds of a full ensemble.

Note: For more information about Jim Deeming, please read his JamPlay biography.

To hear more of Jim's playing, please visit his MySpace page.

You can also hear more of Jim in JamPlay's Entertainment section. This section can be accessed from the left hand side of the homepage.

Overview of Lesson Series

Jim will eventually cover the guitar styles of the iconic players listed above in Phase 2 and Phase 3 lessons. With this lesson series, Jim explores the acoustic guitar from the ground up. The beginning lessons of this series are completely independent from a specific genre. Jim will teach basic guitar concepts that are essential to all styles of music. Although Jim teaches all of the lessons in this series on an acoustic guitar, all lesson concepts can also be applied to the electric guitar or the nylon string classical guitar.

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JamPlay welcomes Jim Deeming.

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JamPlay welcomes Jim Deeming.

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Hello. I am Jim Deeming instructor for

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I want to introduce myself to you a little bit and talk about what's coming up in the lessons in phase one.

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First of all a little bit about the style of playing you just heard me play.

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My main style of playing is finger style.

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You are probably familiar with Chet Atkins, Merle Travis and Jerry Reed.

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More recently Tommy Emmanuel, Doyle Dykes some of those guys there are some giant finger style players in the world to emulate and learn from.

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That's been the basis of my style now for going on thirty years.

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That's what I want to eventually start to teach you but we're going to start with the basics

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and we will talk about what the guitar is and how to tune it, how to put strings on it and the beginning of learning how to play.

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The beginning lessons will end up being a little independent depending on which style you will eventually end up playing.

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Whether you go with an Acoustic or Electric, whether you want to play nylon or steel string, whether you want to flat pick or finger pick.

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The basics are pretty much the same and that's where we will start and then we'll progress from there.

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One of the reasons I like finger style so much is that's it's so flexible and versatile you can literally play almost any style of music.

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You can play it solo or you can sit in with a band and it works for sing along stuff.

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What you may have heard me do on the intro is that'll you'll notice there was an alternating bass

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and on top of that you can add some rhythm and on top of that you can add the melody.

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So it's very flexible and it brings in a lot of parts, a little bit of a one man band effect there but as I said it'll apply to different styles.

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You can go for a little bit more of the Elvis Presley bass line there

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and then play something like Tommy Emmanuel does, a little bit of an old fashioned love song.

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So again, it's flexible.

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You can bring more of a rock n roll feel, pop, country, bluegrass, several styles work for this and of course classical.

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I'm just a big fan of it I think it's one of the more flexible and enjoyable styles to play especially if you play solo or for your own enjoyment.

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That's what I focus on for myself and once we get through the basics I will be rolling out some finger style phase two lessons for you

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and then in phase three we will be bringing some arrangements that you probably see out on YouTube.

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Some popular ones: Tommy Emmanuel is just doing a killer job of creative arrangements like that and you can find them on YouTube.

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If you see those, Tommy Emmanuel, Doyle Dykes or Chet Atkins and you see things out there that get your blood going

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stay tuned we're going to be covering some of that here with both video instruction and tablature.

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I hope you enjoy your guitar journey and thank you for watching.


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JeffyjeffyJeffyjeffy replied

i think that this will be right up my ally

JvmacJvmac replied

Very intimidating

RobincoteallenRobincoteallen replied

Looks like a marvelous adventure and exactly what I’m looking for!

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Looks like a marvelous adventure and exactly what I’m looking for!

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Looks like a marvelous adventure and exactly what I’m looking for!

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Looks like a marvelous adventure and exactly what I’m looking for!

GirafelleGirafelle replied

I am so excited to start learning fingerstyle with you!

guitar724guitar724 replied

you are a great player. Look forward to learning with you

Laney58Laney58 replied

Hi Jim. Im very gald to be sarting this journey with you.

LoritchkaLoritchka replied

Looks like a lot of fun.

RoseliaRoselia replied

Thanks, it looksgreat learning from you!

deftfingersdeftfingers replied

Hope to be half as good

mattjohnmachadomattjohnmachado replied

Spectacular playing man. Excited to get started.

MehtlhMehtlh replied

Just starting into this after being away from guitar for 30 years!!!

Irene-1Irene-1 replied

Anxious to get at the lessons

deb.cawleydeb.cawley replied

Are you needing help with the lessons, Irene-1?

wnanningwnanning replied

@ 52 years i got introduced to actually playing the guitar by a blues playing cousin... bought a Crafter guitar last Christmas (2015) and just couldn't get past playing the E, A, E minus and A minus chords that he showed me with a transition time of a snail in a tarpit... but when i had to replace my strings because they snapped i got this free trial on jamplay and stumbled over this session... hooked! It is going to be a struggle but i already won by being introduced to Jim's play and some examples of excellent player... keep on Jammin'

makinmusicmakinmusic replied

Sounds like fun!

Delk32Delk32 replied

Wow great intro.

lars.ljungberg15lars.ljungberg15 replied

Inspiring introduction.

grburgessgrburgess replied

good stuff

aaronbcjaaronbcj replied

Video didn't load in IE 11.0, luckily i tried in Chrome and was able to proceed.

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rustycage65rustycage65 replied

Godd lesson, just an FYI. The lip sync of the instructor is "out" by about a second and a half.

Painter59ManPainter59Man replied

Man That Was Awesome. Hope To Be Able To Do Similar someday

karolkakarolka replied

Wow! Looking forward to your lessons.

mistymountainrain4mistymountainrain4 replied

omg .love how u play ur awesome ..

jackphotocajackphotoca replied

Hi, Jim. I saw your YouTube webinar yesterday. I stopped by to check out your lesson series. Really good stuff. Thanks!

AzeddineAzeddine replied

Thanks Jim for sharing your guitar skills with us and doing it in such an outstanding pedagogical and motivating way.

jazzartjazzart replied

Great Introduction, Looking forward to a outstanding lesson

solsticestringssolsticestrings replied

Well, I have a few of you beat in the age department, but I'm determined to give this a go. I started with lessons as a 13 year old, and have had several guitars over the years. We're going shopping tomorrow for my next one, and I can't wait to get to the lessons! Jim, I love your style of playing and hope to learn a lot from you. Play on, everyone!

duncandanduncandan replied

Hi Jim, bought a guitar and time to learn it. Starting now. DAN

purplehaze911purplehaze911 replied

I have beautiful guitars, boutique pedals, boutique amps and Zero talent, 51, pensioned off, so here goes!

gershgersh replied

Looking forward to future lessons! I hope to play this style with confidence.

bosmith1bosmith1 replied

Looking forward to learning & playing John Prine material

esharp045esharp045 replied

Very interesting style. Excellent delivery.

esharp045esharp045 replied

Very interesting style excellent delivery.

oceanestarsoceanestars replied

thats so fabulous that i think thzt i never gonna be able to do that

olan clementeolan clemente replied

Excited to starrt this lesson,i already bought a guitar and a newly arrived capo from kyser and i see this free membership and i will finished this!thank you kyser!

devohenrydevohenry replied

i have capo

govindsrigovindsri replied

what are you wearing on your thumb? Where do I get it? Is it useful?

johnlovelandjohnloveland replied

This is what I was looking for. I'm excited to begin learning this.

hhpeskahhpeska replied

Oh, this is gonna be fun. I can't wait to get into it and this was exactly what I needed to renew my nerve to start playing again.

robbiesharprobbiesharp replied

cool intro

kpark10057kpark10057 replied

Aloha Jim can't wait to start this new style!! Great intro

tnactnac replied

Liking this already. To accomplish this seems daunting but I'm gonna try. I'm using my baby Taylor it helps for my hand's finger reach is not so good. Not sure about using a thumb pick but I'll try. Great stuff Jim

cindymikecindymike replied

Hi there Jim ,Love the way you play and teach...I'm glad you go into detail like that,it is truly for a beginner like me.Hope to learn a lot more.

nicdav100nicdav100 replied

Hey Jim, I've decided to always keep a pick in my pocket just in case I run into you one day and you ask me to play... Thanks for the great lessons and inspiration to continue.

backwardsrosebackwardsrose replied

Oh. My. Gosh. YOU ARE MY PERFECT TEACHER! Finger-plucking is exactly what I was looking for. Maybe I won't skip any lessons due to having 1 1/2 years of prior experience...

catguycatguy replied

thanks Jim, lookin forward to the journey :o)

bany_rockbany_rock replied

jim, i really admire you as a player! you made me want to play acoustic like in past time, today i´m most of a rock-pop-alternative composer, but i´m ready to leave the pick a little and put my right hand on good shape ;)

realestateexchangerealestateexchange replied

Jim your a super talented guy and a great communicator. Haven't played my guitar much since vietnam. But I really have the desire to do well and I think your the fellow that will help me. Thanks Jim Beimel

diandgardiandgar replied

Hi Jim. My name is Diane and I'm excited about your lessons. I've been trying off and on since I was 9 to learn to play guitar - even had lessons here and there, but never seemed to get anywhere much. I've decided to go through every lesson in your beginner series eventhough I'm not a complete beginner. You are an excellent guitar teacher. If I can't learn from you, I guess I just can't learn. You seem to read my perfectionist mind sometimes and your 'don't make this hurt' comments bring me back to reality and remind me to just enjoy the learning process. I have 3 guitars. I really love the sound of guitar, especially fingerstyle. I think you are awsome and I love JamPlay.

snakehipssnakehips replied

Jim, it looks like your attracting more than your fair share of fumble fingered oldies. I'm 60 years old and a long-standing, frustrated, guitarist. This is my last ditch effort to improve my ability to play, what has always been, my favourite instrument. The jam play site is impressive, your playing is first class, in a style I aspire to and your lessons are well delivered. I have a good guitar, time to spare and the determination to give it one last shot. So, there are no excuses, outside of limited talent. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the Martin D1 doesn't end up becoming just an ornament again. By the way, Is it more difficult to play with your fingers crossed?

terryeterrye replied

Love your style Jim. I have been playing fumble fingered for too many years. You folks are my last stab at making any kind of headway on guitar. Also love your Gibson. I have a J 50 I bought in 1966. Well... Bring it on, I'll see if I can handle it.

floorshakerfloorshaker replied

Hi Jim. When mentioning Tommy Emmanuel you forgot to mention how funny he is. Check this out

werwinwerwin replied

Even though I do know how to read music, and can play some chords, I do have a lot to learn. The style that you have is the exact style that I always wanted to learn. I do have a reletively inexpensive acustic guitar, as I learn I will then decide to upgrace to a better sounding guitar. I am glad to be a student, and hope that I can play 1/3 as good as you some day.

Don.SDon.S replied

Very nice, Jim. I'm looking forward to progressing through your series.

jaj251jaj251 replied

I just bought an Estaban Classical Guitar from HSN. It came with instructional videos. What is your opinion of his guitars,playing and teaching style. I was searching the internet and found this site. I am completely new at the guitar and have never played any musical instrument,but I would like to learn to play the guitar. I am 58. Hope its not to late. I just want to learn,because I've always liked guitar music.

jboothjbooth replied

It's absolutely not too late my friend :) we have quite a few members in the 60+ range here showing remarkable progress. If you have the drive and desire to learn to play the guitar it WILL happen, regardless of your age or current skill level. As far as the Estaban guitars, I can't really say what quality they are, though I have seen people quite often taking jabs at Estaban, but I don't know if that's because of the quality of the materials or just because of the way he sells / presents them.

gideongideon replied

Great stuff Jim! I'm gonna love learning finger style guitar. Can't wait.

flocop1974flocop1974 replied

Just the style I was looking for. Great intro Jim.

whoispankajwhoispankaj replied

Great Lesson

williams_702williams_702 replied

Very impressed with your delivery Jim and also given me a lot to think about with what style i want to play. Oh yeah and the anti virus didn,t even kick in when your face appeared on screen (reference from the chatroom). Keep up the great work mate. I also want to make a point of saying that it is fantastic that we have so much choice with all the great instructors Jamplay have given us... Maybe you should all get together and give the masses a bit of a tune.

Basic Guitar with Jim

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

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.

Introduction LessonLesson 1

Introduction Lesson

In this short lesson, Jim Deeming will introduce himself and talk about his upcoming lessons.

Length: 6:12 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Choosing a GuitarLesson 2

Choosing a Guitar

Jim gives his thoughts on purchasing your first guitar.

Length: 7:09 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Goal SettingLesson 3

Goal Setting

Jim discusses the importance of setting goals. He provides some tips that will help steer your practicing in the right direction.

Length: 11:00 Difficulty: 0.5 FREE
Changing the StringsLesson 4

Changing the Strings

Jim Deeming walks you through the process of changing your strings. He gives some excellent tips on this important process.

Length: 41:09 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Meet Your New GuitarLesson 5

Meet Your New Guitar

Jim introduces proper playing technique. Then, he explains how to play your first chord.

Length: 52:24 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Learning More ChordsLesson 6

Learning More Chords

Jim teaches you the 3 primary chords in G major. He also explains how chords relate to specific keys. A great lesson!

Length: 39:15 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Right Hand RevisitedLesson 7

Right Hand Revisited

Jim discusses a plethora of right hand techniques that are essential to guitar playing.

Length: 35:19 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
New Chords and KeysLesson 8

New Chords and Keys

This lesson provides additional information about chords and keys.

Length: 19:08 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Let's PlayLesson 9

Let's Play

This lesson is all about playing. Jim will start you off playing a song. You will have the opportunity to play along with him.

Length: 20:10 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Alternating Bass and ChordsLesson 10

Alternating Bass and Chords

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

Length: 40:54 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
A Shape ChordsLesson 11

A Shape Chords

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

Length: 17:42 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Basic Guitar CheckupLesson 12

Basic Guitar Checkup

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

Length: 4:18 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Notes, Scales and TheoryLesson 13

Notes, Scales and Theory

Jim delves into basic music theory. He starts from square one in this lesson.

Length: 29:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Chord FiestaLesson 14

Chord Fiesta

Jim Deeming invites you to a veritable chord fiesta. He demonstrates common dominant and minor chord shapes.

Length: 43:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Movable ChordsLesson 15

Movable Chords

This lesson is all about movable chords. Learn the importance of barre chords and other movable shapes.

Length: 40:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Proper PracticingLesson 16

Proper Practicing

Jim Deeming explains how to create a productive practice routine. Make sure you aren't wasting needless time!

Length: 30:00 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
The Pinky AnchorLesson 17

The Pinky Anchor

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

Length: 9:00 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Palm MutingLesson 18

Palm Muting

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

Length: 7:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Reading TablatureLesson 19

Reading Tablature

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

Length: 21:12 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Tuning ExtravaganzaLesson 20

Tuning Extravaganza

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
Let's Play: Lesson 21

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
Drop D TuningLesson 22

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
Let's Play: Lesson 23

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
More On Drop DLesson 24

More On Drop D

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

Length: 6:27 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Your Friend, the MetronomeLesson 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
Jim Deeming

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.

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 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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