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This lesson is all about picking melody notes. Fingerstyle guitar really gets interesting when you combine bass, harmony, and melody.
Taught by Jim Deeming in Fingerstyle Guitar seriesLength: 33:00Difficulty: 3.0 of 5
Fingerstyle guitar allows you to play the bass, harmony, and melody of a song all within the context of a single guitar part.
This lesson serves as an introduction for Fingerstyle Guitar with Jim Deeming. Come on in and get started!Length: 24:32 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Jim demonstrates a basic fingerstyle exercise that you can use with any of the chords you know.Length: 16:05 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Jim expands on lesson 2 and teaches several different picking patterns. He also covers the basics of muting.Length: 14:23 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Jim Deeming explains how to integrate basic syncopation into your rhythm playing.Length: 17:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
This lesson is all about picking melody notes. Fingerstyle guitar really gets interesting when you combine bass, harmony, and melody.Length: 33:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Jim Deeming teaches a fingerstyle version of the classic Civil War era song "Aura Lee."Length: 43:23 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Jim explains key components of Chet Atkins' guitar style.Length: 18:12 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Jim Deeming teaches a fingerstyle arrangement of "Bicycle Built for Two." He uses this piece as an example of 3/4 or waltz timing.Length: 37:34 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Jim Deeming teaches a fingerstyle arrangement of "Yankee Doodle" and "Dixie." Both songs are played simultaneously!Length: 30:03 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Jim Deeming teaches the basics of open G tuning. He also teaches a song entitled "Spanish Fandango" to show how the tuning can be used.Length: 39:58 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Jim Deeming introduces a playing style called "Carter Family Style." The technique is also referred to as "Frailing" or "Clawhammer" style.Length: 13:07 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Jim Deeming teaches the many wonders of DADGAD tuning.Length: 32:25 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Jim Deeming tackles the topic of thumb independence.Length: 31:51 Difficulty: 1.5 FREE
Jim Deeming teaches a more advanced version of the aptly named "JamPlay Song."Length: 7:24 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Jim Deeming teaches a fingerstyle version of the classic song "The Wayfaring Stranger."Length: 31:27 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Jim Deeming answers one of the most common fingerstyle questions, "which thumbpick should I use?"Length: 13:03 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Jim Deeming presents his thoughts on how to properly grow and groom your fingernails.Length: 7:07 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Jim Deeming teaches a fingerstyle arrangement of "The Entertainer," a classic piano song ported over to the guitar.Length: 20:40 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Jim Deeming teaches the skills necessary to transform any song into a solo fingerstyle masterpiece.Length: 37:04 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Jim talks more about arranging fingerstyle songs. This time around he discusses harmonization and chord inversions.Length: 13:35 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Jim Deeming demonstrates alternate ways to play the CAGED chords that can be very useful when playing melody and accompaniment simultaneously.Length: 30:38 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
In this lesson Jim Deeming talks about a simple way to add harmony notes to the melody section of fingerstyle songs. This technique is quite simple and can add a whole new dimension to your playing.Length: 5:51 Difficulty: 2.5 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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