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  • RE: SONG

    Hi Laco!

    There have been many requests on Fly me to the moon, and I'd love to do it. Unfortunately it's tricky when in comes to publishing tabs/notation because of publishing rights etc. However, I might be able to do a free lesson on YouTube on those arrangements - teaching them in slower tempos and show chord diagrams etc, similar to this:

    Kind regards/E

    posted in Jazz Blues MOVING BASS LINES
  • RE: How deep is your love - BeeGees - MinhlaNhat fingerstyle cover

    @tần Nice work!! That's a beautiful song!!

    posted in Fingerstyle Guitar
  • RE: New Sonata for Guitar

    @lucascamparadiniz Sounds great Lucas!!

    posted in Classical Guitar Forum
  • RE: Hello Brian Ireland

    Welcome Brian!!
    Means a lot to hear this! Joe is one of the best!! I'm always here if you have questions!
    Kind regards/Emil

    posted in Introduce your self
  • RE: How to reduce mistakes in playing guitar


    To make mistakes when playing solo guitar music is of course very common, and to be able to play a piece without making mistakes takes a lot of practice. First of all, I'd try not to be too critical of my own playing when I practice. You don't necessarily want to label the "mistakes" as mistakes! :) Just see the mistakes as a necessary thing that happens when you practice. When you're performing a song for an audience, know that everyone is on YOUR side, and everyone wants you to do good. Even if you make a mistake, that is OK too.

    There are no shortcuts - it's all about playing the song over and over - hundreds of times. When you practice the difficult sections in the song, you never waste any time. That time you put in to practicing just a short phrase or section of the song will help you in ALL your guitar playing. Technique, timing, accuracy.. everything!
    Record yourself a lot and listen back. Then you really hear what you need to work on.

    So glad you like the courses at ProGuitar! Thanks for being part of the community! :)
    Kind regards/E

    posted in Acoustic Guitar Forum
  • RE: Equipment at home

    Thank YOU! :)

    posted in Fingerstyle Guitar
  • RE: Premium Membership

    Hi Thomas!

    The lessons have different skill levels, although most of our material is in the upper intermediate to advanced field, with the majority of lessons focusing on fingerstyle guitar playing.

    At the moment, there are no specific suggested order when it comes to the lessons, but the free course "Fingerstyle Guitar Basics" is a good start if you want to learn more about fingerstyle guitar and how to get the thumb more independent from your fingers. There are short promos for almost all lessons, so be sure to watch some of those first to see if there are any specific lessons that interests you. As a premium member, you get access to all the material on the site! A good thing might be to start with some free lessons, and if you like them - continue and subscribe for a month to see if you like the content. You can always cancel the subscription before the next billing period.

    Hope this helps, and let me know if you have any other questions! I'm here always, happy to help! :)
    Kind regards/Emil

    posted in ProGuitar Academy Lessons
  • RE: Equipment at home

    Hi Thomas!

    It still sounds good without the amp, although my main guitars are not very loud unplugged. They're kind of "made for" playing through the PA, but they still sound good unplugged - just not very loud. It all depends on your playing technique and how hard you play, and how low your action is and most importantly what specific guitar you're using. I'm playing with fingers/nails and thumbpick - and I don't play really hard or loud at all. This can be a disadvantage when jamming with a bluegrass player or a Django style player - in those cases - I definitely need an amp to be heard at all - haha! When I'm home I almost never play through an amp. The amp that I'm currently using live is the Da Capo 75 (Udo Roesner) amp, which is wonderful. I also play jazz guitars and nylon string guitars at home, and telecasters too. Sometimes plugged into a fender Princeton reverb amp, but I don't have it loud at all.
    Hope this helps!
    Kind regards/E

    posted in Fingerstyle Guitar
  • RE: how to mute the 4th string?


    The palm muting is all about putting the hand on the right spot of the bridge to get that sound. On a nylon string guitar - the bridge is further back and it's not as comfortable to have the hand in that position. A bit easier using a steel string guitar in that sense. I don't have a good answer to help you with your palm muting - it should be a matter of right hand position on the bridge so I hope you can find it and experiment with that.

    My guitar is a Mason EBG808 artist model, and I think the nut specs are on Matons website. I'm not sure of the measurements myself - but it's a fairly standard neck, and works for me. There are no such thing as a general rule about nut width for fingerstyle guitar - it all depends on your playing style, your hand positions, size of hands, and general taste.. I always recommend people to try a LOT of instruments to find what suits you.
    Kind regards/E

    posted in Fingerstyle Guitar
  • RE: Anchoring the pinky


    Hi Jonathan!
    So sorry for the late reply!
    Really glad that you're part of the site!! :)

    This is a great question, and many players are wondering about this.

    The reason for anchoring the pinky on the pickguard is for stability and so that you get a steady right hand that is not floating around too much when playing. Many people do this - such as the players you mentioned, but also Chet Atkins and many other great fingerstyle players.
    The big advantage for this is that you can bring up your hand from the bridge - so that you don't mute any strings, but still get a steady hand. For instance, watch Tommy at 4:28 in this video, where he plays a open string run (in the song "blue moon") with all strings ringing out beautifully - but he still has that steady hand floating over the bridge - because he is able to use his pinky to have a real steady hand even though nothing is muted.

    Some players rarely do this, like myself. I get the steady hand from having my palm on the bridge and/or from the right arm against the top of the guitar, so to speak. So when I don't want to mute the strings and play an open run for instance on the lower strings - it's a little bit more difficult for me to have a real steady hand without muting anything.

    So I'd say that using your pinky on top of the guitar can be a great thing! But if you're like me, that might not feel natural to do - and that's ok too! :) Some players rarely use the pinky on top of the guitar and sound great anyways, so it's all about finding your own way of playing that feels good. Try practicing an open string run using most strings - and see if you can get your hand real steady without muting the strings. That's a great way to work on this!

    Hope this helps!
    Kind regards/Emil

    posted in Playing techniques