More great advice from Chris and a new guitar to work on it with ... this is shaping up to be a top 5 birthday ;-) Thanks again!!!
Here is the same AB with hopefully improved wrist action as recorded on the first take (if you don't count the other 20 takes). Thanks again for any/all feedback!
Hi Chris, thanks a bunch for your thoughtful feedback on my videos! Looking forward to implementing your advice. Thx!!
Hi Chris and the good folk of SJ,
Here is a short AB only of Old Grimes with some involuntary "improvisation." Any and all feedback always greatly appreciated. Thx, Adam.
Hey Adam, sounding good here too! Your left hand looks great with a very delicate touch. It can be easy to overpower the strings and use too much muscle but your hand looks fantastic.
It does look like you are holding a good bit of tension in both your right wrist and your right hand. Can you feel that? To begin addressing this try playing it a few times with your right hand being cartoonishly loose. It'll get sloppy and that's ok. I just want you to notice and be aware of what it feels like to not have that tension. Once you know what that feels like, try to maintain that same sense of weightlessness and looseness as you play. It'll be sloppy but your body will subconciously begin to sort it out over time.
This looks so much more relaxed and it SOUNDS so much better. There’s a really nice flow to the way you’re playing it here. Excellent. Now, try to apply some of that same awareness to the rest of your arm (forearm, elbow, shoulder, etc). Ideally you want your “right hand technique” to all be one integrated mechanism where all the component parts of your right arm from your shoulder (end even back) all the way down to the tips of your fingers move in concert as one.
Hi Chris, and and good SJ folk. This is my first attempt at letting non-immediate family hear me play, so I just thought I'd upload the most embarrasing combination of my playing combined with my singing so all future efforts will look dignified by comparison. For example, not singing will be an immediate and simple improvement. It's just such a fun song I could not resist.
Thank you Chris for all the great lessons and music. Adam.
Hey Adam, welcome here! You have such a great spirit in the way you are playing and singing this! It's very open and generous. The main thing I would suggest working on is making sure that you are playing bass notes in your rhythm guitar, rather than just strums. If you watch what I'm doing under my own vocals, you'll hear that there are strums happening sometimes, but they're usually at the ends of vocal phrases and their use is to fill up the space. There's a clear example of this at 0:36. But most of the rest of the time I'm playing alternating bass notes with only very light "brushes" on the high strings in between the bass notes. The reason that's a good thing is that it'll leave a little more space for your vocal and/or anyone you may be playing with.
Great job on your first video, looking forward to hearing more!
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