Echo (Guitar Lesson)


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Jim Deeming

Echo

Jim Deeming teaches a music reading exercise entitled "Echo." This fun, play-along lesson is a perfect way to hone your reading and counting skills.

Taught by Jim Deeming in Music Reading seriesLength: 18:03Difficulty: 3.0 of 5
Chapter 1: (06:43) Lesson Introduction Note: Open "Reading Exercise #3" listed under the "Supplemental Content" tab.

Exercise Features

-This exercise is a duet written for two guitars.

-The time signature for the exercise is 4/4.

-The exercise is played in the key of C major. The natural notes in first position are used with the inclusion of a new note. The note A is played at the 5th fret of the first string. The pinkie must stretch out of first position to play this note. When performing any finger stretch, do not stretch with the whole hand! The pinkie must perform the stretch by itself while the wrist remains in first position.

-The rhythm features a mix of quarter notes, half notes, and whole notes. In addition, several quarter, half, and whole note rests are used. Review these rest symbols at this time if necessary. Jim briefly reviews them in the lesson video.

Lesson Objectives

In past lessons, you have doubled the same part that Jim plays. Now, your counting and rhythm skills are truly put to the test. This exercise involves two independent parts. Consequently, you must count all of the note rhythms and rests correctly in order to play the exercise successfully.

Exercise Overview

While you perform the melody line (track 1), Jim will play the accompaniment figure (track 2). Throughout most of the exercise, the accompaniment figure echoes the melody line one octave lower. This imitative form of counterpoint is quite common in guitar duets. The imitation ends at the beginning of measure 19. A more straightforward contrapuntal approach begins in this measure.

Exercise Demonstration

Jim performs both parts simultaneously at 05:16 in the lesson video. Before you begin to practice the exercise, listen to this performance a few times. You will have a much easier time mastering the exercise if you know how it should sound beforehand.
Chapter 2: (01:02) Exercise Information and Metronome Before you attempt to play "Echo" along with Jim, practice the top part on your own along with a metronome set to 60 beats per minute. Once you feel comfortable with your respective part, return to the lesson video and play along with Jim in the following scene.

For the first few measures, Jim will play both parts to ensure that you are counting properly. Then, he will back out, forcing you to rely on your own counting skills.

Do not neglect the repeat signs at the end of the exercise! The repeated portion IS part of the piece!
Chapter 3: (02:10) Play Along Exercise When performing with another guitarist, your primary objective is to begin and end together. If you make a mistake, simply keep going. Try to figure out where Jim is playing by scanning his part. Then, jump back in as soon as possible.
Chapter 4: (02:49) Faster Pace For additional practice, play the exercise along with Jim in this scene. His metronome is now set to a slightly faster tempo (76 beats per minute).
Chapter 5: (05:15) Trading Places Before you begin this scene, practice through the second part along with a metronome set to 60 beats per minute. Once you have mastered this part, return to the lesson video. In this scene, Jim plays the melody line while you must accompany him with the second part. Once again, Jim will play both parts for the first four measures.

The second part is much easier from a reading and technical perspective. However, it is slightly more difficult from a counting perspective due to the number of rests that occur. For this reason, you must devote more of your attention to counting and keeping up with Jim.

Note: Jim plays through the exercise at 60 beats per minute at the beginning of the scene. He kicks the metronome up to 76 beats per minute at 03:03.

Preview of the Next Lesson

The next reading exercise that Jim will present involves reading basic chords in standard notation. Until then, review the materials presented in the first nine lessons. Also, feel free to check out the Phase 2 Reading Music and Rhythm lessons taught by Matt Brown.

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krummholzkrummholz replied on October 8th, 2015

Thank you for a very good set of lessons. I now have a good understanding of basic music reading.

proffitt44proffitt44 replied on April 24th, 2013

Any signs of the mystical next lesson. If not, is the information about reading chords covered anywhere else on Jamplay?

gfeenangfeenan replied on December 27th, 2012

One of the most difficult things to do is counting nothing (no sound). Yet, counting is essential when playing music with others. You should make more lessons available to practice counting. Thank you.

proffitt44proffitt44 replied on April 24th, 2013

Dave Proffitt

BuffyLOLBuffyLOL replied on January 22nd, 2012

this series were very helpful, when will there be new videos for this series? Very good!!!

spurtonspurton replied on June 13th, 2011

When will the next video in this series be available?

jboothjbooth replied on November 27th, 2010

It's coming up in the future, hasn't been recorded yet Josef.

joseefjoseef replied on November 26th, 2010

Loved this lesson but you mention a next video but I don't see it here...for chords etc. ?

angelomark1angelomark1 replied on March 4th, 2009

your system seems to be down. Thank you

Larry PrinceLarry Prince replied on March 4th, 2009

Scene 5"Trading Places" is the exact same video as Scene 1 "Introduction". Can you fix that?

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Lesson 9

Echo

Jim Deeming teaches a music reading exercise entitled "Echo." This fun, play-along lesson is a perfect way to hone your reading and counting skills.

Length: 18:03 Difficulty: 3.0 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.

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