Asbjørn

Asbjørn
Asbjørn commented on: Old Grimes B Section Melody Apr 08, 2019

I think I understand what you mean. I'll try to focus on that. 
Yes, feeling better.  And now I have a new guitar! Looking forward to show it to you, but I need to practise more. 
Been working for a while on Gold Rush so I will post that eventually.  

Thank you! 

Cheers
Asbjørn (Enslah)

Asbjørn
Asbjørn commented on: Mean Mother Blues Chords and Rhythm Apr 06, 2019

Haha! I was about to comment the joy I felt when I saw that Chris had posted "Mean mother blues"! :D 
I guess I just chickened out before falling asleep with a smile on my face thinking "can't wait untill tomorrow, waking up, make a cup of coffee and watch this lesson!"   Next time I'll try to post before you, Kip! ;) 

Have a great day! :)  

Asbjørn
Asbjørn commented on: Old Grimes B Section Melody Mar 05, 2019

Hi Chris, Actually I think it was both, but I've changed strings now to 12-53. I normally use medium 13-56 which I like a lot, but I have very high action on my Martin, but I figured that was a part of why I got so tired. I noticed it when trying to record Ginseng Sullivan (Torgeir tipped me that it could be high action).  It feels better now I think.  I try to practice more with closed fist as well. Or is it OK with how I play with my picking hand? 

But to be honest I feel the feedback is often even better when I don't ask questions, because the general feedback is so spot on from such great teachers as you (and not too mean :P ) . 
I spend time at artistworks with Michael Daves and Bryan Sutton also, it's truly amazing to be able to take lessons and feedback from so many of my favorite artists. 

Thank you also for good feedback and your kind words on Ginseng Sullivan as well, that means a lot to me!  

Asbjørn
Asbjørn commented on: Ginseng Sullivan Double Stops in Harmony for Solos Feb 27, 2019

Here's my take on Ginseng Sullivan. Not my best, but after so many attempts this is my average performance 😂 I'm far from improvising or making my own solos, but it's a goal for the end of the year. I have started to focus more on using metronome as well. Rhythm is my biggest problem, but I play mostly alone and at home, and the metronome is a motivation killer 😂

I've spent most of this year working on Gold Rush, but thought I would show you my bad habits with Ginseng, so I could revisit this tune as well.

Thank you for great lessons and music!

Cheers

 

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Mar 03, 2019

Enslah, you're sounding so good! You have a very sweet way of singing and playing this song. I particularly like the way you're singing the choruses. Very direct, sweet and honest.

The main thing for you to work on I think is keeping the bar structure intact. There are a few spots where you were jumping ahead to a new bar a couple of beats early. Spots where this happens: 0:07; 0:09, 1:13. 

One way to get better about this is to record your own rhythm guitar track first where you are making sure to play the complete bars. It's much easier to get this right when you're just playing rhythm. You'll want to play the complete arrangement of the song, so intro, V1, CH, instrumental 1, V2, CH, instrumental, CH, tag. Then play along with that. If you get off, it should be pretty obvious. 

Keep up the great work!

Asbjørn
Asbjørn commented on: Old Grimes B Section Melody Feb 10, 2019

Hello Chris. Congratulations on a very deserved Grammy!

 

I have just started practicing a lot again after suffering from neck injury at the start of November. 

I Thought I would post this of Old Grimes. I feel I generally have good Posture and relaxed in wrist, but this tune hurts my wrist, or in better words I get really tired in my wrist fast...  maybe it’s too much practice after a long break. Or maybe you see something I should change. 

Asbjørn
Asbjørn commented on: Old Grimes B Section Melody Feb 10, 2019

Asbjørn
Asbjørn Feb 10, 2019

Hello Chris. Congratulations on a very deserved Grammy!

 

I have just started practicing a lot again after suffering from neck injury at the start of November. 

I Thought I would post this of Old Grimes. I feel I generally have good Posture and relaxed in wrist, but this tune hurts my wrist, or in better words I get really tired in my wrist fast...  maybe it’s too much practice after a long break. Or maybe you see something I should change. 

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Mar 04, 2019

Hi Enslah, 

Just to clarify your question: is it your right or left wrist that is getting tired?

Asbjørn
Asbjørn Mar 05, 2019

Hi Chris, Actually I think it was both, but I've changed strings now to 12-53. I normally use medium 13-56 which I like a lot, but I have very high action on my Martin, but I figured that was a part of why I got so tired. I noticed it when trying to record Ginseng Sullivan (Torgeir tipped me that it could be high action).  It feels better now I think.  I try to practice more with closed fist as well. Or is it OK with how I play with my picking hand? 

But to be honest I feel the feedback is often even better when I don't ask questions, because the general feedback is so spot on from such great teachers as you (and not too mean :P ) . 
I spend time at artistworks with Michael Daves and Bryan Sutton also, it's truly amazing to be able to take lessons and feedback from so many of my favorite artists. 

Thank you also for good feedback and your kind words on Ginseng Sullivan as well, that means a lot to me!  

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Apr 01, 2019

So glad that the change in string gauge seemed to help! Are you still feeling better?

One thing that I notice is that when you are picking on the lower strings of the guitar, your wrist seems to move pretty far in an upward direction on upstrokes while the rest of your forearm stays relatively still. You might try lifting your shoulder and/or forearm very slightly to assist in accessing the lower strings. That way, the angle of your wrist relative to your forearm can stay more consistent. 

Asbjørn
Asbjørn Apr 08, 2019

I think I understand what you mean. I'll try to focus on that. 
Yes, feeling better.  And now I have a new guitar! Looking forward to show it to you, but I need to practise more. 
Been working for a while on Gold Rush so I will post that eventually.  

Thank you! 

Cheers
Asbjørn (Enslah)

Asbjørn
Asbjørn commented on: Banks of the Ohio Crosspicking and the Backward Roll Jan 01, 2019

Beautiful, Torgeir! That guitar of yours keep sounding better and better! Happy new year! 

Asbjørn
Asbjørn commented on: Butter and Eggs Introduction and Chords Nov 01, 2018

Thank you, Torgeir! Yes, where in Norway are you from? Bergen-ish here. 
I've just ordered myself a Strand guitar, so that's why I recognised your guitar. :D 

Asbjørn
Asbjørn commented on: Butter and Eggs Introduction and Chords Oct 31, 2018

Hello, Chris. I decided to post a video with different parts from Butter and eggs.  I know I should revisit the different instructional videos because it's a while since I've watched them. But I thought maybe you could give me some practice tips or something. I'm struggling a bit with rhythm, because some of the parts is really hard to count while I'm playing. 

I've been playing guitar for many years but mostly by myself and often with many months break from playing. This year I've really loved hanging out on your site. Great songs and teaching from a master.

I love both Punch brothers and your duo with Lage. Keep bringing us great music!

Thank you

Enslah (Asbjørn from Norway)

Asbjørn
Asbjørn commented on: Butter and Eggs Introduction and Chords Oct 31, 2018

Asbjørn
Asbjørn Oct 31, 2018

Hello, Chris. I decided to post a video with different parts from Butter and eggs.  I know I should revisit the different instructional videos because it's a while since I've watched them. But I thought maybe you could give me some practice tips or something. I'm struggling a bit with rhythm, because some of the parts is really hard to count while I'm playing. 

I've been playing guitar for many years but mostly by myself and often with many months break from playing. This year I've really loved hanging out on your site. Great songs and teaching from a master.

I love both Punch brothers and your duo with Lage. Keep bringing us great music!

Thank you

Enslah (Asbjørn from Norway)

Torgeir Jorem
Torgeir Jorem Oct 31, 2018

Really good crosspicking and solo!

Welcome, good to see that we are two Norwegians on this site!

Asbjørn
Asbjørn Nov 01, 2018

Thank you, Torgeir! Yes, where in Norway are you from? Bergen-ish here. 
I've just ordered myself a Strand guitar, so that's why I recognised your guitar. :D 

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Nov 20, 2018

Hey Enslah, 

Beautiful! You’ve captured the essence of the feel in your approach. It’s very warm and relaxed - bravo!

You are right that the rhythm is the aspect that is presenting some issues. I would try playing along with either:

1) my and Julian’s recording from Avalon 

2) a metronome

3) make your own rhythm guitar track. (This is probably the best option)

Record yourself playing the rhythm guitar all the way through the form 3 or 4 times. It should be easy to keep the form and the rhythm intact. Once you’ve got a solid rhythm guitar track to play along with, the areas where the timing/phrase lengths are getting off should become clear. If you’re still having problems after that, come back and let me know and we’ll take it from there!

Asbjørn
Asbjørn commented on: Butter and Eggs Solo Oct 15, 2018

Strand guitar? It sounds beautiful! 

 
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