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Jim discusses the importance of setting goals. He provides some tips that will help steer your practicing in the right direction.
Taught by Jim Deeming in Basic Guitar with Jim seriesLength: 11:00Difficulty: 0.5 of 5
One of the most important components of studying music is listening to it as frequently as possible. In order to become a successful guitarist, you must first learn what success sounds like. The best way to accomplish this goal is to listen to your heroes and begin to emulate them. In addition to listening for enjoyment, set aside time each week for structured listening time. When you listen to the music you love, spend some time analyzing it. What is it about this music that draws you to it?B. Short Term Goals
Note: Jim discusses ear-training skills in lessons to come. He will instruct you how to train your focus on specific aspects of the music.
Jim suggests that beginning guitar students focus on a primary genre. The techniques that you learn in the few months of study can be applied to any genre. Knowledge of basic chords, scales, and finger exercises is necessary to play in any style. However, you should devote some time to learning the style of your choice. Focusing on one genre to begin with will help you structure your practice time. Trying to learn a variety of styles right out of the gate is too difficult to manage for the average student.
An example of a good short-term goal is what you plan to do this week. Set some preliminary goals at the beginning of the week. How long do you plan to practice each day? What do you need to work on this week? Many of your short-term goals are determined by your midterm goals. It’s hard to focus your practice if you don’t know what you want to achieve.C. Midterm Goals
Do you want to play a song that is currently above your ability level? Do you want to learn the basics of lead guitar? These are examples of midterm goals. Asking these kinds of questions will help you focus your practice. For example, if you want to improve your improvisation skills, devote extra practice time to learning licks, scales, and techniques such as bending.D. Long Term Goals
Do you want to play at home for your own personal enjoyment? Do you want to try out for the high school jazz band? Or, do you want to form your own band and write your own songs? These are long term goals. They make several months, years, or even decades to accomplish. Asking these kinds of questions will give you a direction and purpose when practicing. Talk to someone who has accomplished the things you wish to accomplish. What did he/she do in order to achieve this level of success?Achieving Your Goals
The best way to maximize your practice time is to develop a practice schedule. First, you must determine how much time you will devote to practicing each day. To achieve any sort of positive results, you must practice for at least a half hour every day. Each day, your practice time must be organized. Break up your practice time into a few specific areas. As a daily warm-up, practice finger exercises and scales. Then, move on to chords and repertoire that you are currently working on.B. Playing with a Metronome
Note: Check out Matt Brown’s first Phase 2 Rock lesson for more information about establishing a practice schedule.
The most important aspect of a musical performance is the rhythm. For this reason, you should practice with a metronome as much as possible. Many young guitarist believe that they have a solid internal rhythm. When the metronome comes on however, they struggle hopelessly to play in time. If you can’t play a piece or song in time with a metronome, you can’t play it. Period. Unless you are practicing something that is intended to be played in free time, always practice with a metronome.C. Have Fun
In addition, play with other musicians as much as possible. This will greatly improve your rhythmic feel. Playing with other musicians places a higher emphasis on rhythm. If the performers aren’t rhythmically tight, the music is quite painful to listen to. If at all possible, play with musicians that are more advanced than you. In a discussion with Jamplay instructor Matt Brown, legendary jazz guitarist Pat Metheny imparted the secret to his musical success. “The best way to become a great player is to always be the least talented person in your band. Nothing lights a better fire under your ass.”
Learning to play any instrument takes years of hard work. However, music has to be fun. Otherwise, what’s the point of doing it? In addition to your practice schedule, spend time having some fun with the instrument. Spend a day out of the week doodling or simply messing around. When you come back to serious practice, you’ll have a fresh perspective on what you wish to accomplish.
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.
In this short lesson, Jim Deeming will introduce himself and talk about his upcoming lessons.Length: 6:12 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Jim gives his thoughts on purchasing your first guitar.Length: 7:09 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
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 Members Only
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
Jim introduces proper playing technique. Then, he explains how to play your first chord.Length: 52:24 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
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
Jim discusses a plethora of right hand techniques that are essential to guitar playing.Length: 35:19 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
This lesson provides additional information about chords and keys.Length: 19:08 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
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
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
Jim covers all possible fingering options pertaining to the basic open A chord shape.Length: 17:42 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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
Jim delves into basic music theory. He starts from square one in this lesson.Length: 29:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Jim Deeming breaks down the song sections to the classic tune "Wayfaring Stranger".Length: 29:20 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Jim Deeming takes another, more focused look at drop D tuning.Length: 6:27 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
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
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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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