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Hawkeye Herman

Easy to Play Hard to Forget, Part 1

Chris Liepe joins Hawkeye in this lesson, giving you a practical look at playing with another person with no rehearsal!

Taught by Hawkeye Herman in Jamming With Others seriesLength: 11:15Difficulty: 1.0 of 5


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ames57ames57 replied on December 29th, 2015

Hawkeye, You amaze me. Even though you've been playing the guitar for well over 50 years, it's still obvious that you have an immense respect and love for the instrument. Thank you so much for sharing the wisdom that has taken you a lifetime to acquire. You haven't just given knowledge, you've given of yourself. Please keep the lessons coming. I look forward to each and every one.

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied on December 29th, 2015

Thanks so much for the message and kind words, Ames57. ;-) I started on the uke at age 11, and moved to the guitar at age 13, in 1958, during the folk music 'boom.' From my very beginnings as a basic beginner, I always loved sharing the music and how to play the guitar with others. THAT has never changed. I've been playing the guitar for about 57 years, and for the past 41+ years my sole means on employment & income has been teaching, playing/performing/writing/singing music. I LOVE what I do and I'm very fortunate to been able to go through life doing what I love for a living. When you do what you love for a living it doesn't seem like 'work.' Every day is a joy. Not a day goes by that I don't 'thank my lucky stars' for the path I chose in life. I try to instill that lifelong love, enthusiasm, and gratitude into each of my lessons. ;-) (Thanks for 'noticing' ;-) Please be sure to check out the free guitar lessons at my web site (hawkeyeherman.com) on the 'Guitar Lessons' page. Also, on the 'Original Articles' page of my web site are some informative, interesting, and entertaining articles I've written for music magazines and as contributions (chapters) in books on music and blues history, as well as memoirs about the iconic old blues masters I met and learned from directly. If you click on the "Videos" link at my web site you can view over 20 blues songs/video of me performing live in-concert, in which I use many of the blues guitar techniques tt that I teach here at JamPlay.clm ... Try to play along with me, it's good praactice ... and, of course, try to 'steal' my licks/riffs/ideas. Again, thanks so much for your kind words and for 'traveling' with me on the 'blueshighway' here at JamPlay.com. I hope you continue to enjoy these lessons and that the information and skills I share with you will bring you satisfaction and joy ... for the rest of your life.

nwhynwhy replied on December 21st, 2015

Chris's one last thing, that he saw body language that said Hawkeye was going to go to a fret above the I before going to the I. If you look at the video of this with this comment in mind, Chris is ready at that fret way in advance. I've looked at the video to see who is looking where and what signals were passed. I don't see it and Chris didn't know the song, so it must be mind reading. Care to elaborate on what I'm missing?

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on December 21st, 2015

Good eyes Good eyes! :) What you observed is the unfortunate side of post production editing. Editing can be great cause it gets mistakes out of the way so that the educational message can come to the forefront without distraction, but in this case, it made what I said at the end look a little weird. Whenever we're performing or presenting played material on the guitar, we often do multiple takes in the studio so that the editor has enough to work with and can choose the BEST of what the instructors do and present it to the students in the fully edited form. I remember this session and we did 3 full takes of the jam for the editor. What you saw was NOT the first time we jammed on it, but probably the 2nd time, so I did already know (that time) that he was going a half step up. The point still remains, though... the first time through, I was watching all the more carefully because I didn't know exactly what was coming. Still important... you just couldn't see it in this example.

nwhynwhy replied on December 21st, 2015

Thanks. Great lesson!

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied on December 21st, 2015

Thanks for the comment/question and for the answer/clarification from Chris. Much appreciated. I'm so glad you enjoyed this lesson, and the lesson series. I hope you continue to enjoy these lessons. ;-)

Southern CashSouthern Cash replied on December 16th, 2015

That was pretty cool. I understand what your saying and the points you are making.

toddgerztoddgerz replied on December 10th, 2015

This demonstration is a great example for a intermediate player to finally get out of the box, walk up to other player join jump in the jam. I will enjoy this whole series and will hope for more.

gharringtongharrington replied on December 7th, 2015

Pretty impressive and intelligent lesson. Have watched and learned a ton from several Hawkeye/Maddis/Bailey series and am currently trying to get in a pocket from Chris excellent rhythm series. The insight on jam synergy comes through clearly. High return on investment lesson.

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied on December 7th, 2015

Thanks so much for your kind comments, Gary. Much appreciated. Stay away from 'jam breakers' when calling tunes ,,, in blues jams, stick with 8-bar and 12-bar blues. In C&W, stick with I/IV/V chord changes, not tunes like "San Antonio Rosé," that demands knowledge of a bit more than basic I/IV/V chords .. for best results in including others, rather than excluding others. Be sure to look over the free Guitar Lessons at my web site ... and try to play along with my many youtube.com 'Videos' ('Videos' link at my web site), as I use the bleus gutiar techniques I teach here at jamplay when performing, try to play along with e, it's good practice, and try ot 'stteal' my licks/riffs/ideas. Also, if you're interested in blues history and the many iconic blues mastters I ment and lenarned from, check out the 'Original Articles' page at my web site ... all available here.www.hawkeyeherman.com. I hope you continue to enjoy these lessons. Thanks agin for your kind comments. ;-)

joseejosee replied on November 14th, 2015

I really enjoy this lesson, very practical for somebody who never get in a jam session.

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied on November 15th, 2015

Thanks so much for your comments and for enjoying these lessons I soincerely hope that someday you'll be able to participate in a blues jam with other players. Spontaneously playing blues music with others is great fun, regardless of the skill levels of the players ... the common/accepted chords/concepts of blues music brings people together in a happy way. I hope you continue to enjoy these lessons. Find a friend who is interested in playing the guitar, show them how to play what I've taught you, and you'll be able to enjoy playing together ... YOU could be the start of a 'blues scene' in your corner of the planet. ;-)

Jamming With Others

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Are you tired of just playing in your bedroom? Are you thinking of putting yourself out there in a jamming situation? If so, this series from Hawkeye Herman is just the one for you! Hawkeye has been a professional musician for more than 40 years, and has facilitated hundreds of jams. Benefit from his vast experience in this series, Jamming With Others.



Lesson 1

Series Introduction

Join Hawkeye as he introduces his series, Jamming With Others.

Length: 5:14 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 2

How to Survive a Blues Jam, Part 1

Hawkeye gets started in this series with this lecture style lesson explaining just what a blues jam is, and how your typical jam session works.

Length: 14:38 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
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How to Survive a Blues Jam, Part 2

Remember, it's not all about you! Hawkeye discusses a major part of jamming with others: etiquette!

Length: 19:33 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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How to Survive a Blues Jam, Part 3

Learning how to be on stage during a jam is super important! In this lesson, Hawkeye gives us a picture of what it's like on stage, and he coaches us on one of the most important aspects of all: How to...

Length: 14:50 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Easy to Play Hard to Forget, Part 1

Chris Liepe joins Hawkeye in this lesson, giving you a practical look at playing with another person with no rehearsal!

Length: 11:15 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Easy to Play Hard to Forget, Part 2

Now, Chris will lead a song and Hawkeye will back him up! Then they will both explain the process they went through to make this jam successful.

Length: 8:37 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

Easy to Play Hard to Forget, Part 3

One more collaboration between Chris and Hawkeye. In this one, they explain the process of complimenting each other musically, when both are playing rhythm guitar.

Length: 12:40 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

The Nuts and Bolts of a Jam Night

Now that Hawkeye has discussed all of the elements of a Jam, he gives you a detailed look at a Jam Night, from being a jammer to being a facilitator of the jam.

Length: 10:35 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

Planning Your Own Jam

Having your own regular, private jam session can be a great way to build a musical community. In this lesson, Hawkeye shares is extensive knowledge that comes from years and years of hosting his own private...

Length: 29:42 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

Series Summary

Hawkeye wraps up his series on Jamming With Others with a review of his key points: Jamming in a club situation, and starting your own private jam.

Length: 11:33 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only

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