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Posts made by emilernebro
RE: My Cover of Mia&Seb's Theme using harmoics
Very very nice playing! I see that you've used ideas from my lessons and it makes me very happy to see you applying these concepts in your own work and arrangements. I truly enjoyed it very very much. I think you played it with a great feel and and tempo. Even though you might feel that you sometimes lose the tempo when practicing with a metronome etc, all that work practicing with the metronome is important even though you lose the time feel sometimes. I do that too!
And this particular song doesn't need to be played exactly to a click/metronome because it's a beautiful ballad that can be "stretched" in tempo here and there. In a song like this, the tempo should be a bit floating because you're able to be more dynamic with the melody, and it can slow down on some parts and speed up a little, but it doesn't bother the listener because the song sounds wonderful with that feel.
Great work with the harmonics as well.. you're getting a bit too good.... ;)
Very very nice work! Keep playing, you're doing great!
RE: Emil - How Do You Master A Song?
Thanks for your post!
I don't imagine or think the note names when I play music. In fact, I try to not think too much about anything when I'm playing. Of course, the piece needs to be practiced enough so that you don't have to think about what chord is coming up next or where the melody is. The important thing when you're learning a new song is not necessarily names of the notes but the relation between each not and the chord being played behind the melody. Study the melody together with the chord, and find a way to play the chord with the melody on top. You don't even have to look at my arrangement at all for this. I'd recommend you to play autumn leaves in another key, and find a way to play the song with the melody on top of each chord. When you start to remember and understand the function of the chords as well as where the melody is relative to each chord, you can change the key instantly and try it anywhere. This is how you really learn a song well. When I imagine a song before I play it, I think more in numbers. So you need to know how to harmonize a scale, and what chords are within a scale. Then you put numbers to each chord. In C major for instance, the 1 chord (Roman numerals are often used for this.. ) is the Cmaj7. The ii chord (2nd chord of the key) is Dm7, 3rd chord Em7 etc.. Check out my lesson here on YouTube if you haven't learned how to harmonize the major scale yet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NWF_eAqwOk&t=129s
Try autumn leaves again, and play a simple (without rhythm) in the same key, (Am) and study the chords with the melody on top. Then change key.
Regarding playing live. The best thing I can recommend you to do is to play for people as often as you can. And be OK with you messing up a bit here and there. Because it takes practice to play for people - and the more you do it, the better you'll become at it. So just get a family member or a friend to listen to you perform a song. You'll get nervous even with a couple of people but that's Okey! I've been nervous like that hundreds of times live, but it gets easier if you practice playing for people!
An remember it's not the end of the world if you mess up. People WANT you to do good, they're (the audience) on our side :) Don't be afraid to mess up.. I mess up all the time - but I managed to get past being too nervous to play well but it took time and practice.
RE: Autumn Leaves By Emil
Very good questions, and thanks for specifying what parts exactly. That makes it easy for me to answer your questions more clearly.
You are absolutely right!
Playing E7 - E7 to Am instead of Bm7b5 - E7 - Am is a very common simplification of the progression. In fact, you could actually look at that Bm7b5 as simply a "suspended E7b9 chord". Whenever you have a minor 2 - 5 -1, you can simplify it by playing only 5 -1 if you want. Sometimes it sounds better with the 2 chord before the 5 chord, but sometimes it sounds great simply playing 5 to 1.
This goes for the 2nd question as well - I've just made the progression a bit more simple that works good with that slightly countryish "boom chick" sound :) It's based on a version that Chet Atkins plays (its on YouTube) in the 70s.
Let me know if you have any more questions,
Have a great day!
Kind regards/Emil from ProGuitar.com
RE: New Guitar Help - Maton Artist
Emil here, thanks so much for your post!
I do play an EBG 808 Artist from 2007, and it is my main live performance guitars. It's definitely a great fingerstyle guitar. I have other high end instruments that produce more volume acoustically, but for live performance (when plugged into the amp/PA), the Artist is my choice. Very even in sound from lows to highs, and super easy to play. I do setup my instruments with help from a guy here in Sweden that really knows that stuff. Almost no instrument I've tried have had the right setup for me when coming from the factory so that's something that everyone should think about when trying guitars. The guitars can always (well.. almost always) be setup in a way that you like.
It's really difficult for me to say that you should or shouldn't buy a guitar without trying it. I've done that a couple of times, and it actually worked because I really knew what I was after, and I already tried the same models earlier. However, I have friends that have done that (from different guitar brands) and unfortunately some of them are not satisfied with the instruments.
I love Maton guitars so I'm pretty sure you'd like the guitars.. but you never know until you've tried an instrument.
I've had a Maton 808 Michael Fix model (with cutaway) in the past, and it was great too but I sold it to buy a Maton Custom Shop (beautiful 808 model as well), with my own specs that I use mostly for recording. I didn't need the cutaway really. For me, cutaway is cool, but not necessary for my solo live gigs. People say there's difference in sound with or with our a cutaway, but I'd say that's not a big difference.. it's really about the woods, and how the guitar is put together that makes it sound a certain way. And cutaway is a "look"-thing too.. some people like the look of a cutaway more, and some people prefer the standard model.
Hope this helps and good luck finding your new high end instrument!
Kind regards/Emil, ProGuitar team
RE: Reduced Speed version?
Thanks for asking and I'm really glad you're working on the lesson and that it has helped you to reach another level! Great work!!
As of now, I don't have that recorded in a slower speed - sorry! Half speed should sound OK when changing the tempo in the player at our site, but I get what you mean when we change to 1/4 of the speed it's difficult to hear what's actually happening. Sometimes it helps to just practice using the metronome for awhile and then go back to the backing track. Try it in a slower speed using only metronome and then see how you do when going back to the lesson backing track. Kind regards/Emil
RE: Ny gitarr
Det är verkligen en smaksak med gitarrer, men personligen tycker jag om mindre gitarrer med OM (eller liknande)-kropp för just fingerspel. Det finns en tydlighet i fingerspel som jag upplever kommer fram på ett fint sätt med den typen av gitarr, om man jämför med större gitarrer eller Dreadnaught etc. Jag har faktiskt inte koll på hur Furch GC SR är, men en snabb googling så verkar det som en väldigt fin gitarr, och en av deras mer exklusiva instrument. Jag tycker Furch är ett väldigt bra val. Mycket gitarr för pengarna också!
Min som sagt, min smak för fingerspel är OM-kropp eller liknande. Det är viktigt att testa testa testa! :)
Ha en fin dag Björn!
RE: Hi from Florida
Most people know him from the films, but he is one of the greatest songwriters for the guitar in history! Incredibly talented, funny and musical. He saw himself more as a "guitar writer" than "guitar player".. he said.. "I wrote it, now YOU play it!" :) But man,.. could he play... amazing!
RE: Hi from Florida
Great to hear that you're working on those tunes! The Squirrel Chase Rag is one of the most difficult songs that I've written, and it takes a lot of practice to be able to execute that melody. You'll find a lot of similar techniques used by the great Jerry Reed. And if you want to keep digging in that style of playing, check out songs like "Jerrys Breakdown", "The Mad Russian", "Funky Junk" etc. Also, check out Jerry Reeds solo on "Cannonball Rag" with Chet Atkins (from the album "Me and Jerry". Awesome solo!
RE: Fingernail health
I use acrylic on my nails, and that's my solution and my way to get a good tone. The thicker the nail is, the better - and they never break. Go to a nail-saloon and put on acrylic on your nails, then tell them you shape it yourself, and it will be so much easier. Most saloons are used to guitarists coming in to do "guitar nails". (Usually classical guitar players), so they kinda know what you're after. I do this maybe 7 times/year and I couldn't play without the acrylic nails.
RE: Cycle solo question
Sorry for the late reply! I'm in the middle of moving to a new place so I haven't been able to catch up with the forum the past few days.
Thanks for your question!
The way that some notes and open strings react when playing certain parts using open strings all depends on the strings, action of the strings and the guitar. Just out of curiosity, did you try the same lick on another instrument to see if it might be a guitar "set up" thing, or try changing strings? Sometimes when I get weird overtones etc from open strings, I've changed strings and it solves the problem.
Let me know if this works, but try with another instrument first to see if this happens.
Have a wonderful day Doug, keep pickin' that tune! :)
RE: Hi from Florida
So wonderful to read your message! We're super happy that you enjoy the lessons and my teaching as well!
Let me know if you ever have any questions, I'm always available here on the forum. What are you working on at the moment?
RE: End noodle
Thanks so much for watching my lessons! :)
That ending-lick is a quick improvised thing, I had to go back and watch to see what I did there. It's basically a blend of different scales and concepts. I use some chromatics as well as lydian dominant sounds. One thing that I did there that I use all the time, is that I'm playing a maj7 arpeggio down a whole step from the chord I'm playing over.
In other words, if you play over E7, you can go down a whole step and play a maj7 arpeggio! It sounds very nice! That's what I did just at the end of that lick :) try playing a Dmaj7 arpeggio over E7, and then resolve it on the major 3rd of the E7 chord.
Have a great day!