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David Wallimann

Rhythm & Timing

David Wallimann talks about the importance of rhythm and timing. You will learn the basics of notes, time signatures and measures in this lesson.

Taught by David Wallimann in Basic Electric Guitar with David Wallimann seriesLength: 14:00Difficulty: 1.5 of 5


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hiphopguitarist.comhiphopguitarist.com replied on October 10th, 2015

More good stuff thanks

Seattlejoey27Seattlejoey27 replied on May 25th, 2015

Theory with Guitar, very cool

brojakbrojak replied on November 9th, 2014

Hi David, I wanna say thanks again. I have never understood music when trying to learn from other people. I don't have a great understanding but a lot of what you said made a lot of sense to me. Maybe because I never liked math either lol.

4rajackson4rajackson replied on February 11th, 2013

What is "E Aeolian" mentioned in backing track?

4rajackson4rajackson replied on February 13th, 2013

Sorry dumb question, found it in Teaching Tools/Scales/Diatonic.

oldsnoringrottieoldsnoringrottie replied on November 14th, 2012

Can I view the tab AND listen to the backing track at the same time (without downloading the backing track)?

tmillermantmillerman replied on October 27th, 2012

ive lost the video portion, was a nice leeson, but i have tried everything so i guess im gonna cancel my lessons.

clp80clp80 replied on February 28th, 2012

I don't understand this lesson at all. I have no clue how the metronome works. He should have demostrated more on the guitar instead of snapping his fingers.

chamjamschamjams replied on February 4th, 2012

That's Guitar Players

chamjamschamjams replied on February 4th, 2012

That's Guitar Players

chamjamschamjams replied on February 3rd, 2012

Thanks Dave I'm finding these lessons and the website so helpful. Especially being able to this at my own pace. I enjoy the way you teach. Hello to all my fellow players.

stevieray77stevieray77 replied on December 25th, 2011

Enjoyed practiceing the E minor pentatonic and Aeolian scales with the backtrack. The sounds just trickled out like the sweet morning rain. Sort of reminded me of Kenny G.

fantomasxdfantomasxd replied on September 12th, 2011

this site is aweseome

jessman25jessman25 replied on September 12th, 2010

Dave - I understand that in 4/4 time but how does that work in 3/3, 2/3, 6/6, etc... What is the relationship?

kylec922kylec922 replied on March 30th, 2011

The top number in ANY time signature is how many beats are in a measure. The bottom number tells how long the beat is.

jnc51jnc51 replied on January 23rd, 2011

Great lesson Dave. I really enjoy the backing track. I used the Em note rhythm you provided and switched back and forth between using that and strumming the Em chord. Sounds nice. I also downloaded it on my "Amazing slowdowner" where I can change pitch and use other scales and chords. I also play it at different speeds and rhythms; very useful backing track.

guitartrainingguitartraining replied on October 7th, 2010

Just one note for extremely new students. In the section over half and quarter notes, you said when using a metronome consider every beat a whole note but that wouldn't be the case. If the time signature was 4/4, then a whole note would last for 4 beats of the metronome. And half notes would last for 2 beat of the metronome. Not trying to insult or put down your lesson, just trying to avoid confusion for any beginners that have never practiced timing with a metronome. I am a huge fan of JamPlay, and David you are one of my favorite instructors, so please don't take this comment the wrong way. Thanks for all the time you spend making this lessons.

landonkoon1landonkoon1 replied on June 27th, 2013

I was going to point that out also. Maybe easier to grasp for beginners but whole notes in standard time are meant to have 4 counts.

jessman25jessman25 replied on September 12th, 2010

Asked my question before moving to the next section which answered my question. I can see the need to listen to various pieces of music in various timings to get a feel for each.

caliban4caliban4 replied on July 29th, 2010

Nice Lesson, Dave. I would just add that the words crotchets, minims, semi-quavers, etc are alternative words for quarter notes, half ntes, etc just in case someone has come across them before. Those terms are also more in use in other countries than in the US.

gibstratgibstrat replied on May 28th, 2010

thx again dave

Basic Electric Guitar with David Wallimann

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David Wallimann will start you on your electric guitar playing journey in this Phase 1 series.



Lesson 1

Series Introduction

David Wallimann introduces himself, talks about his background, and offers advice to new players.

Length: 4:28 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

Knowing Your Guitar

David introduces you to all the parts of your new instrument in this lesson.

Length: 11:18 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 3

Reading Tablature

This is a crucial lesson that explains tablature, how to read it, and why it's important.

Length: 7:03 Difficulty: 1.0 FREE
Lesson 4

Callus Development

David introduces some great exercises for callus development and finger independence.

Length: 10:54 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 5

Learning Chords

David Wallimann provides an introduction to chords. In this lesson, you will learn how to read chord charts. David also explains how to play your first eight chords.

Length: 17:03 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Barre Chords

David Wallimann teaches six barre chords in this lesson beginning with F major. Get ready for a hand workout!

Length: 10:26 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 7

Making Music

David walks you through some easy chord progressions and encourages you to make up some of your own.

Length: 8:17 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 8

Rhythm & Timing

David Wallimann talks about the importance of rhythm and timing. You will learn the basics of notes, time signatures and measures in this lesson.

Length: 14:00 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 9

Rock Technique

David Wallimann goes over some basic rock techniques in this lesson.

Length: 16:45 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

Playing Technique

David Wallimann provides some tips that will improve both your right and left hand technique.

Length: 13:45 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 11

The Blues Scale

David Wallimann shows how adding one note to the minor pentatonic scale creates the minor blues scale.

Length: 10:54 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only

About David Wallimann View Full Biography David was born in Aix-en-Provence, South France in 1977. At the age of 15, he picked up the guitar and started developing a true love for instrumental music and composition.

In 1999 he was recognized by Ibanez for his promising musical achievements and received an artist endorsement. That early recognition in David's musical career encouraged him to consecrate more time on crafting his musical art and apply to the school of modern music Artist' in Cavaillon, France. He received a full scholarship there where he graduated with honors.

In 2001, David won first place for the Tal Farlow French national jazz contest which gave him a full paid scholarship to the CMA school of modern music in Valenciennes, France. He graduated specializing in advance guitar with honors.

Following his school years, David spent the next 5 years working with several bands recording, writing and playing shows in France and Belgium. It's during that time that Wallimann was exposed to the world of progressive rock which opened new doors to his musical creativity.

Deep inside the Mind is his first release as a solo artist in which he exposes his Christian faith. The album was well received in the specialized press and was compared several times to some of Frank Zappa's approach to music adding an element of humor to deep subjects.

In 2005 he joined the internationally renown progressive band Glass Hammer based in Chattanooga, TN. He released several studio albums and live DVDs with the band.

David is today working on his next upcoming solo release and is also spending quite a bit of time teaching guitar in his studio and online at JamPlay.

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