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Jim Deeming

Silent Night

Jim Deeming teaches a beginner version and a more advanced fingerstyle version of "Silent Night."

Taught by Jim Deeming in Songs with Jim Deeming seriesLength: 20:05Difficulty: 2.5 of 5


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brandtjbrandtj replied on May 18th, 2011

I'm getting an early start on learning Christmas songs. I thought this wasn't going to be very difficult... I was wrong. Haha. At least I have something to practice!

hilaryhilary replied on April 28th, 2011

The TAB doesn't show any chords.

lee helmerlee helmer replied on December 16th, 2010

I just discovered JamPlay and want to say that Jim Deeming's videos alone makes it a huge bargain. His musicianship and teaching skills are outstanding. I'll enjoy exploring all of his lessons and growing in my skills as a guitar player. Thanks so much and Merry Christmas.

dash rendardash rendar replied on December 15th, 2009

Jim is The Man! It's great to be picking again. :)

prudenceprudence replied on November 22nd, 2010

wHERE IS THE TAB? Is there a Tab that I can see written down for the lessons and instruction?

jboothjbooth replied on November 23rd, 2010

Click the tab below the video that says supplemental content, it's all in there!

jhenriksenjhenriksen replied on October 23rd, 2010

Is there a reason why the lyrics aren't printed in the supplemental content? Following the lyrics always makes it a little easier to learn a song.

johnsobjohnsob replied on December 20th, 2009

I started jamplay a few months ago. I have to say I have learned more I a couple of months than I have in all the years that I had a guitar sitting around the house. I have never taken any lessons before. I would like to thank you Jim. Your style of playing is what I have allways wanted to be able to do. I am just begining to make sounds that sounds like music. I do not sing and really have no talent. I have to just wok hard and try remember each note. It is getting easier. Thanks again to all the instructors. This is a great way to learn the guitar. I will be with jamplay for a long time . Keep it up guys.

eduartboudewijneduartboudewijn replied on December 7th, 2009

Hey there Jim, great lesson and nice arrangement :) Happy holidays :D

Larry PrinceLarry Prince replied on December 4th, 2009

Will there be notaton for this one, also?

jboothjbooth replied on December 4th, 2009

There already is!

jboothjbooth replied on December 4th, 2009

Oh actual notation. crap, it should be there, let me recap the files from GP5!

Larry PrinceLarry Prince replied on December 4th, 2009

HA! :) I've been trying to figure out how you got GP5 to print only tabs. ???

gjdbgjdb replied on December 4th, 2009

hey jim, great lesson! I really like the sound of your guitar too. What kind of strings do you use? Thx and merry christmas!

rarsenrarsen replied on December 2nd, 2009

Jim, Last week I reviewed Steve's Silent Night lesson that I learned last year. I thought I only needed a little polishing up by Christmas, but now you stepped it up. oh well, I guess I won't have much time to go shopping. This will be a much better and beautiful musical gift for my family! Thanks and Merry Christmas!

jboothjbooth replied on December 2nd, 2009

Tab will be up shortly, Jim is working on the GP5 files as we speak!

jboothjbooth replied on December 2nd, 2009

Tab is up!

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied on December 2nd, 2009

sounds great Jim!

Larry PrinceLarry Prince replied on December 2nd, 2009

Nice one Jim. You've put some very interesting chords in there. This one is going to be fun! And Merry Xmas to you and the Family.

BarryNZBarryNZ replied on December 2nd, 2009

Nice one Jim - Merry Christmas to you

Songs with Jim Deeming

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Lesson 1

Christmas Medley Part 1

Jim teaches the first part of a beautiful Christmas medley. This installment features "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus."

Length: 31:00 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 2

Christmas Medley Part 2

In this second part of the Christmas medley, Jim Deeming adds the song "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."

Length: 15:30 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Christmas Medley Part 3

In the 3rd part of the Christmas medley, Jim Deeming adds "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer."

Length: 28:00 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

Alice's Restaurant

Jim Deeming covers the classic song "Alice's Restaurant" by Arlo Guthrie.

Length: 18:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

On Jordan's Stormy Banks

Jim Deeming teaches "On Jordan's Stormy Banks", a gospel tune from his CD First Fruits.

Length: 30:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

In this lesson Jim Deeming teaches a beautiful fingerstyle version of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."

Length: 22:29 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

Windy and Warm

In this lesson Jim covers his version of "Windy and Warm," a song written by John Loudermilk and performed by Chet Atkins.

Length: 23:43 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

Waltzing Matilda

Jim teaches an arrangement of "Waltzing Matilda," a popular Australian folk song. He teaches the song in the style of Tommy Emmanuel.

Length: 38:28 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

Yankee Doodle Dixie

In this lesson Jim Deeming teaches a performance version of "Yankee Doodle Dixie." This version features both the verse and chorus of "Dixie" on top of "Yankee Doodle."

Length: 30:21 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 10

Red Wing

Jim Deeming teaches a fingerstyle version of the classic folk song "Red Wing."

Length: 15:34 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

Wildwood Flower

Jim teaches "Wildwood Flower," a well-known bluegrass folk song. While it was made popular by the Carter Family, this song originated in the 1860s. Jim teaches you his own version which blends the familiar...

Length: 30:04 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 12

Stephen Foster Medley

Jim teaches Chet Atkins' arrangement of the "Stephen Foster Medley." He adds his personal touch to this three song medley.

Length: 40:17 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 13

Last Steam Engine Train

Jim Deeming teaches the song "Last Steam Engine Train" by John Fahey.

Length: 15:47 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 14

The Claw

Jim Deeming teaches "The Claw" by Jerry Reed.

Length: 39:51 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 16

Away In A Manger

Jim Deeming teaches a simple version and an advanced fingerstyle version of "Away In A Manger".

Length: 19:38 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 17

Silent Night

Jim Deeming teaches a beginner version and a more advanced fingerstyle version of "Silent Night."

Length: 20:05 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 18

The Little Drummer Boy

Jim Deeming teaches a warmed over arrangement of "The Little Drummer Boy."

Length: 36:19 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 19

Freight Train

Jim Deeming teaches "Freight Train" by Elizabeth Cotten.

Length: 13:02 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 20

Amazing Grace

Jim Deeming teaches a fingerstyle arrangement of "Amazing Grace."

Length: 12:27 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 21

Auld Lang Syne

Jim Deeming teaches a fingerstyle interpretation of the classic "Auld Lang Syne."

Length: 28:18 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 22

Red River Valley

Jim Deeming teaches a fingerstyle arrangement of the traditional folk song "Red River Valley."

Length: 11:09 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 23

Armed Forces Medley

Jim Deeming teaches a medley of songs from the five main branches of the United States Armed Forces.

Length: 40:37 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 24

Good King Wenceslas

Jim Deeming teaches the Christmas song "Good King Wenceslas."

Length: 27:05 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 25

The Water Is Wide

Jim Deeming teaches both a fingerstyle and flatpicking version of the classic tune "The Water Is Wide."

Length: 31:59 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 26

A Pick in My Pocket

Jim Deeming teaches his original fingerstyle masterpiece, "A Pick in My Pocket".

Length: 51:07 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 26

Farewell My Bluebell

Jim Deeming teaches a fingerstyle arrangement of the classic tune "Farewell My Bluebell." Originally written by Edward Madden and Theodore F. Morse, the tune has been popularized by artists such as Merle...

Length: 20:44 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.

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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