Many guitarists use their pinky as an anchor. Jim explains the pros and cons of this technique.
Taught by Jim Deeming in Basic Guitar with Jim seriesLength: 9:00Difficulty: 1.5 of 5
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 FREE
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.
Our acoustic guitar lessons are taught by qualified instructors with various backgrounds with the instrument.
Orville Johnson introduces turnarounds and provides great ideas and techniques.Free LessonSeries Details
Hawkeye teaches several Robert Johnson licks in this lesson. These licks are played with a slide in open G tuning.Free LessonSeries Details
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New fingerstyle instructor Don Ross introduces himself, his background, and what you should expect in this series.Free LessonSeries Details
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Marcelo teaches the eight basic right hand moves for the Rumba Flamenca strum pattern. He then shows you how to apply it...Free LessonSeries Details
Eve talks about the boom-chuck strum pattern. This strum pattern will completely change the sound of your playing.Free LessonSeries Details
Our electric guitar lessons are taught by instructors with an incredible amount of teaching experience.
This is a crucial lesson that explains tablature, how to read it, and why it's important.Free LessonSeries Details
Jane Miller talks about chord solos in part one of this fascinating mini-series.Free LessonSeries Details
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Mark Brennan teaches this classic rock song by Jethro Tull. Released on the album of the same name in 1971, this song features...Free LessonSeries Details
James explains how to tap arpeggios for extended musical reach.Free LessonSeries Details
JD teaches the pentatonic and blues scales and explains where and when you can apply them.Free LessonSeries Details
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