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Jim Deeming

Performing With Guitar

Taught by Jim Deeming in Jim's Bag of Tricks seriesLength: 30:51Difficulty: 0.5 of 5


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LucdabloozemanLucdabloozeman replied on November 3rd, 2013

Very good tips Jim. I wish I had some of them tips years ago when I was starting out but I did get one from an old musician about stage fright. He said to me " when you're in front of a small crowd or family members, just think of how many people there could actually do any better than you? Don't be shy or nervous, and if they can do better than they will teach you". It stuck with me and ever since I've been playing more and more in front of people. It does get a little easier every time :)

Julius KJulius K replied on August 10th, 2013

Thanks Jim a very good lesson. I will never perform on stage. But I do take part in a weekly Jam session were everyone takes a turn in doing any song of there choice (performing). And what you have covered here will help my playing at the Jams. Thanks again for this lesson.

jimmyjazz1875jimmyjazz1875 replied on July 28th, 2013

Best lesson I have seen yet, really useful tips. Thanks.

boone114boone114 replied on December 30th, 2012

Many great tips here! Most helpful for me: Performing for others is a skill to be developed; work on it. Also, if you lose your place and your brain shuts down - keep the rhythm going - keep on that chord, take a deep breath, smile at the audience, then get back to it - focus on the next second of music, the next chord, the next measure or two.

BD cgullBD cgull replied on June 8th, 2012

I practise with headphones on so I don't instantly start making mistakes when I hear someone walk in the room.

nickonicko replied on February 10th, 2012

You cant imagine how much this lesson owns! Im sad i havent seen it earlier...

gabrielcallejagabrielcalleja replied on February 9th, 2012

thanks jim really helpful!!! helped me already by just playing infront of a mirror instead of a window!!!

gorbaggorbag replied on February 7th, 2012

thanks Jim that was really well thought out

rick_lovisonrick_lovison replied on February 7th, 2012

That was a fantastic lesson Jim! I'm nowhere near good enough to play in front of an audience and may never be though I'm certain your tips will come in handy when playing in front of my mother-in-law who frequently asks for a performance. I'll try not to forget to breath. :)

basprellictbasprellict replied on February 7th, 2012

Great Job! Some performance tips that cannot be duplicated.

sandyman53sandyman53 replied on February 7th, 2012

Good Job Jim! I can't wait for when I can share the feeling for the music with an audience.

GondekGondek replied on February 6th, 2012

Thanks...for your wise words...based on experience!

echochickechochick replied on February 6th, 2012

Ther is an incredible amount of info in this lesson,,, i think i will tatoo "I kno what I'm going to play and I kno it well" on the back of my hand. Thanks for the insights!

SodaPopSodaPop replied on February 6th, 2012

Great advice for all performers! Thanks.

mkorsmomkorsmo replied on February 6th, 2012

Great lesson that should go into the 'required viewing' folder.

Jim's Bag of Tricks

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

In this lesson series, Jim covers frequently asked questions and tips of the trade.



Lesson 1

Performing With Guitar

In his first "bag of tricks" lesson, Jim discusses pitfalls of performing with your guitar and how to get past stage fright and adrenalin rush.

Length: 30:51 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

Strumming Harmonics

In this lesson, Jim demonstrates how you can go about getting harmonics out of a strummed chord.

Length: 7:08 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Barre Chord Helper

Do you struggle with barre chords and tend to shy away from them? In this lesson, Jim demonstrates and discusses some ways to perfect barre chords as quickly as possible.

Length: 20:58 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only

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 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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