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  • RE: Can we get the audio of the lesson

    @dengqinghua_42 Sen you an email! :)

    posted in Reed It
  • RE: This is fun

    Happy to hear that! :)

    posted in Boogie Woogie Blues
  • RE: The Best Acoustic Guitars These Days

    Hi Jack!

    There are many brands that build amazing world class instruments. I've tried some guitars that are considered
    some of the best guitars ever made - and some of them I didn't like at all, because they didn't fit my playing style, didn't feel
    right in my hands and didn't produce a sound that I liked. But I have colleges that play that exact guitar - and it sounds amazing
    and feels amazing in their hands. All about taste and feel just like strings etc.
    Asking who makes the best acoustic guitars in the world is kind of like asking who makes the best music in the world.. It's up
    to you what you like - and I always suggest for someone who looks for a new guitar to try as many instruments as possible.
    The guitar that you just don't want to stop playing - that's the one! :)

    I'd say it's not about price either, because there are certain guitars that have a sound and/or a feel that just makes you want
    to keep playing it, but the guitar doesn't necessarily cost a lot at all.

    But this is just my humble opinion and I'd love to hear what other people think about this subject!

    Thanks for asking about this Jack!!

    posted in Acoustic Guitar Forum
  • RE: Left thumb hurt

    Sorry to hear that!! It's difficult to say if you're making a mistake in terms of how you're fretting the chords/holding the guitar without seeing a picture or film of your hand when playing - but if it's a problem that keeps occurring I'd go to someone with medical background to or physiotherapy to take a look at your hand problems. I've always gotten the advice to stop playing if my hand hurts, and then rest - so that you don't get even more problems. Does this happen right away when you start playing or after a few minutes or even an hour?
    Kind regards/E

    posted in Playing techniques
  • RE: Extended version

    Hi Daniel!

    Thanks, I'm happy you like that arrangement! It's a fun one! :) I'm sure there are extended versions of that one but I'm not sure if they are written out. Almost all fingerstyle players (that also play some Chet repertoire) play this song so I'd check YouTube for Richard smith, Tommy etc. Actually now that I think of it, I remember John Standefer had a great version of it! See if you can find that one!
    Have a wonderful day Daniel,
    Kind regards/E

    posted in I'll See You In My Dreams
  • RE: Thumb Independence


    Hi there!
    Happy to see that you've worked through those lessons! Yes, Freight Train is a good song to try out after this! On our site, I'd suggest you try either of these four lessons next:
    "I'll See You In My Dreams* lesson
    "Salty Dog Rag" lesson
    "The Wellerman" lesson
    "Folsom Prison Blues" lesson

    Have fun! And let us know if you have any other questions!
    Kind regards/Emil

    posted in Playing techniques
  • RE: Olá from Portugal

    Yes - it was me who replied! :)
    Thanks so much Olá for sharing! It's great to learn the foundation first and then move on to the next thing, so that you don't learn some patterns the "wrong" way, and then automatically practices in that way for too long.

    Let me know if I can ever help you with anything else!
    All the best,

    posted in Introduce your self
  • RE: optimal side position for Fingerpicking/ Fingerstyle

    Hi there!
    I set my guitar necks very straight, and I have as low action as I can without the strings buzzing. Sometimes this requires a fret job, to get it comfortably set up. I use daddario phosphor bronze 12-53.

    Sometimes, when you feel disappointed with the sound and feel, it can simply be because of the guitar - but you might not know exactly what you're looking for in a guitar.
    Did you try many different guitars yet, or do you feel like you've found the right one?
    Kind regards/Emil form Sweden

    posted in Fingerstyle Guitar
  • RE: Where're the VIDEOS lesson??

    Sorry but I’m not sure if I understand your question. The video lesson is at the top of the lesson page when you're logged in. ( ) The tab and backing tracks are underneath. It’s an almost 2 hour video lesson. Is the video not visible to you?
    Kind regards /Emil

    posted in Banjo Rolls for Guitar
  • RE: Two fingers or one thumb pick

    Hi there!!
    So glad you like the lesson "Right Hand Technique! It's a useful lesson, and it was interesting for me to study my own right hand when making the lesson, haha! I found out why I was playing in that way.

    I'm always careful when it comes to give people too much advice on what NOT to do when it comes to technique - because what I've learned over the years is that there are no wrong ways... Everyone finds their own way to play things, and the best way is YOUR way, if it works for you. With that in mind, I can tell you from my personal view, that I like to mainly use my index finger and thumb, alternating between those.. but I also use my middle finger from time to time, especially when "jumping strings", playing rolls, triplets over 3 strings etc.
    Brent Mason is one of the greatest players ever, and he's using thumb pick and index + middle finger. It seems like he has no limits when it comes to play something fast :) He's also using a lot of pull offs and slides. My main influence, Jim Nichols, is playing kind of like me. (Or.. I should say... I'm playing like him!! :) ) We're using thumb pick and index finger for 90% of the single lines.
    For speed when it comes to single lines, I'd say a regular pick is the best choice, but speed is definitely not everything :)

    I suggest you to try the different techniques for a month or so, and then choose the one that you feel most comfortable with. Don't use a certain technique because someone else does, because it doesn't necessarily mean that that specific technique works for you - we're all different.

    Have a wonderful day and let me know if you have any more questions!
    Kind regards/Emil

    posted in Right Hand Technique