Thank you for your kind words and good feedback, Chris. I will try to work on the things you've said and maybe I'll repost it in the future.Thank you also, Kip, for kind words! :) Stay safe everyone!
Hello, Chris. Thank you for wonderful feedback on my last upload (Gold Rush). That was a real motivational boost for me. I went and worked on Church Street Blues right after that feedback! Will work some more on that and post later maybe.
I've been working on Last thing on my mind this year. It's not perfect, but it's starting to take form so I can start to pick up speed. And I guess it's typical that my rhythm is a bit off! I love that there are so many great and fun songs to choose from on this site! I would love some feedback on this and what to improve.
Hope you're doing fine!
Really cool ...
Asbjorn, this sounds so lovely! You guys are all sounding so great. So musical and expressive, which is what I'm most interested in! I appreciate the tenderness and flow that you are bringing to the tune. There are different ways of approaching the feel, but this one is nice and sincere.
There are are a few spots where the beat is getting turned around a bit: 1:31, 1:50 and 1:55. At 1:31 it sounds like you added an extra note. At 1:50 it sounds like you skipped a few notes and at 1:55 it sounds like you are re-straightening out the beat, but it gets a little confusing. Go back and give a little extra attention to those parts making sure that you can count along and that the count comes out right.
The other thing that I would encourage you to work on is your guitar accompaniment to your voice while you play. The strumming that you are doing is very lovely and you are doing a great job of it, but a bit of variety would help. You might try playing less strums at times and more bass notes instead - C note, G note, C note, strum. That sort of thing. Also, some more of those Tony Rice-ish fills between the vocal phrases would be nice if they happened more throughout the tune. For example, you do a nice one at 3:54.
Overall this is beautiful. Bravo!
I have been months away from consistent guitarpractice and trying to get back in it. Don't know where to go from here, so much to learn and not enough time or just too tired to practice. Oh well! I'm posting this and maybe you have so pointers on what and how to improve on this tune. Thank you for being on this site with us!
Asbjørn, you are sounding so killer. Despite the months away from consistent practice your rhythmic flow has gotten so good! There is an ease to to the way that you are playing this that keeps the listener moving forward. Bravo. I appreciate how you're spelling out some of the fun syncopations for the listeners. You do this very well at the beginning of the second B section (1:07-1:11). I also really appreciate how you are not playing it like me or Tony --- you are playing it like you, and it is graceful and filled with intention. That's how I want everyone on here to play: like a strong, graceful version of their own unique selves. You're demonstrating that here.
One thing to fix: going into the high variation around 1:29 there are some beats that get dropped and the bar structure gets disrupted a couple of times. I'll make a video to show you what I mean:
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.
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! :)
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!
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!
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!
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.
Just to clarify your question: is it your right or left wrist that is getting tired?
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.
Beautiful, Torgeir! That guitar of yours keep sounding better and better! Happy new year!
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
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!
Enslah (Asbjørn from Norway)
Really good crosspicking and solo!
Welcome, good to see that we are two Norwegians on this site!
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!
Strand guitar? It sounds beautiful!
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