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Jim Deeming got his first guitar - the one pictured on the right - 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 C... (more)
Jim currently offers 146 guitar lessons at JamPlay, with 25 beginner lessons, 34 intermediate lessons, 29 song lessons, 10 lessons in our Artist Series, 34 Lick & Riff Library entries and 14 entertainment videos.
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Fingerstyle master Jim Deeming teaches you the basics of guitar playing. With over 30 years of experience teaching and playing, Jim will definitely start you in the right direction. This is a great series for beginners and guitarists looking to refresh their knowledge.
In this short lesson, Jim Deeming will introduce himself and talk about his upcoming lessons.
Jim gives his thoughts on purchasing your first guitar.
Jim discusses the importance of setting goals. He provides some tips that will help steer your practicing in the right direction.
Jim Deeming walks you through the process of changing your strings. He gives some excellent tips on this important process.
Jim introduces proper playing technique. Then, he explains how to play your first chord.
Jim teaches you the 3 primary chords in G major. He also explains how chords relate to specific keys. A great lesson!
Jim discusses a plethora of right hand techniques that are essential to guitar playing.
This lesson provides additional information about chords and keys.
This lesson is all about playing. Jim will start you off playing a song. You will have the opportunity to play along with him.
Jim teaches you a few more commonly used chords. Then, he discusses a technique known as the alternating bass line.
Jim covers all possible fingering options pertaining to the basic open A chord shape.
Jim talks about the future of his Phase 1 guitar series and where to go from here.
Jim delves into basic music theory. He starts from square one in this lesson.
Jim Deeming invites you to a veritable chord fiesta. He demonstrates common dominant and minor chord shapes.
This lesson is all about movable chords. Learn the importance of barre chords and other movable shapes.
Jim Deeming explains how to create a productive practice routine. Make sure you aren't wasting needless time!
Many guitarists use their pinky as an anchor. Jim explains the pros and cons of this technique.
Jim discusses an important technique--palm muting. He explains how palm muting is used by flatpickers and fingerstyle players.
Jim Deeming covers the basics of reading guitar tablature. Knowledge of tablature will help with JamPlay lessons as well as learning your favorite songs.
Jim explains various tuning methods. He provides useful tips and tricks that will ensure that your guitar is sounding its best.
Jim is back with another "let's play" style lesson. He teaches the classic song "Red River Valley" and encourages you to play along.
Jim Deeming introduces drop D tuning. Drop D is a popular alternate tuning used in many styles of music including rock, fingerstyle and blues.
Jim Deeming breaks down the song sections to the classic tune "Wayfaring Stranger".
Jim Deeming takes another, more focused look at drop D tuning.
Jim Deeming discusses how to use a metronome for practice, skill building, and speed building.