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

Hello Chris, hello everybody. Great song, great version ! I hope you will show us those wonderful solos you do.

Great, great lessons you give, huge luck we have.

Very warm regards,

Jack.

 

 

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Jack commented on: Butter and Eggs Thinking About Scales Jan 15, 2018

Hello Chris, I had not seen this lesson, very interesting and precise.
With a very nice surprise to boot. Your mother is a fine lady, It shows.

Please give her my best for the new year, and thank her for a pleasant visit,

Jack.

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Jack commented on: Rygar A Traditional Approach to a Nontraditional Tune Jan 15, 2018

Absolutely, definitely a desert island album. At the same time virtuoso and peaceful, harmonious, with a beautiful voice. A folk flavor.
Another desert island record to me is Elementary Doctor Watson, with a great version of last thing on my mind, finger style by the late Doc.
Any old time could be a good idea for a request, with fine blues breaks.
But let's keep that secret, It's gonna be one day a surprise for our respected professor.

jack
Jack commented on: Rygar A Traditional Approach to a Nontraditional Tune Jan 13, 2018

Hello Chris, one more interesting lesson.

The difference between a peaceful meditative beginning and then a more powerful music is beautiful.

Imho it is great of you to propose non traditional or strictly bluegrass tunes like that, because we are all guitar lovers, and it's interesting to expand the scope and learn all sorts of things (bluegrass, Greensleeves, silent night, ... all that is wonderful). It's a great choice to me, not too difficult and a good way to practice the melody and accompaniment technique.

Thank you again for a great help and motivation, and a nice tune.

PS : you are Tonyricing us. I was more in Watson, I've just bought TR's cds, among others Manzanita and Church Street Blues, and I am amazed.

 

James Macklin
James Macklin Jan 13, 2018

Church Street Blues is one of my desert island albums. Masterpiece from start to finish.

jack
jack Jan 15, 2018

Absolutely, definitely a desert island album. At the same time virtuoso and peaceful, harmonious, with a beautiful voice. A folk flavor.
Another desert island record to me is Elementary Doctor Watson, with a great version of last thing on my mind, finger style by the late Doc.
Any old time could be a good idea for a request, with fine blues breaks.
But let's keep that secret, It's gonna be one day a surprise for our respected professor.

jack
Jack commented on: Let Him Go On Mama Playing the Melody with Chords Jan 04, 2018

Happy new year Chris, full of personal and professional satisfactions.

Thank you for your invaluable lessons, for your will to transmit what you know (and you know a lot) instead of showing off your skills as you could do.

I'm looking forward to discovering each one of them.

Be well maestro !

Jack.

PS : this lesson is great.

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Jan 04, 2018

Thank you so much Jack and may you have a fulfilling and happy 2018 as well!

jack
Jack commented on: Let Him Go On Mama Playing the Melody with Chords Jan 02, 2018

A guitar made with a box of Ibold cigars from Cincinnati.
The cigars are probably better than the music.

Jack.

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Jack commented on: Let Him Go On Mama Playing the Melody with Chords Jan 02, 2018

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Jan 04, 2018

Amazing find!

jack
Jack commented on: What Child Is This Different Scales, Different Colors Dec 30, 2017

Hello Chris, great lesson to me, all the more so since I was just wondering why we had this C sharp in the B section. Now I understand we are in the key of D for a little while, with F sharp and C sharp ( the G chord actually being the 4 chord of D,, as you say). 

The same for the B major chord instead of minor, introducing a leading tone with D sharp, that really wants to go to E. That way the ending B major E minor is very convincing. Very convincing but maybe more modern, psychological. To me B minor E minor is very beautiful too, different, maybe more interesting, sounding more ancient, solemn, mysterious, noble. 

Anyway thank you a lot for those explanations very important, I really feel I need to understand how it works (which is nor the case now) to play and learn the music. 

Your ending variation is great too, I will try to catch it, even I am not good at that, but you play slow and neat, it should be possible.

So see you next year maestro,

and thank you again,

Jack.

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Jack commented on: What Child Is This The Tune Dec 24, 2017

Hello Chris, one more interesting  lesson,  like so many with you. A nice way to play melody and chords, as we did before, and as we can do with Red haired boy, Imho.

I only knew this song as Greensleeves until I heard it beautifully sung by the Judds, as a Christmas song.

Merry Christmas to you, dear over the ocean professor,

Jack.

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Jack commented on: Butter and Eggs Introduction and Chords Oct 18, 2017

I'm  from  Lyon. Do you know the  city  ?

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Jack commented on: Butter and Eggs Introduction and Chords Oct 18, 2017

Hello Chris, one more time a beautiful tune to learn, this one interestingly different, a melancholic folk ballad. Frankly Chris, I’m amazed at the quality of what you do for us. When I see the pedagogical way you conduct this course, from the fundamentals with so many pieces of advice : playing what we can sing, no tension, your clear explanation of the Jimmy martin strumming, … I am so glad I know this site. I don’t want to torture your modesty but I wonder if there is something as good in any official conservatory, and actually I don’t think so. Also the dedication and will you have to transmit what you know, the beauty of your music,(everything you do in Tennessee waltz is stunning, any solo sounds like a musical meditation to me), Madre mia, que belleza ! Thank you for that and in everybody’s interest, and especially mine, please take care of yourself, dear Chris, and be well.  From France, with warm friendship and respect, Jack.

Rémy
Rémy Oct 18, 2017

Hi french buddy ;)
Where are you from ?

jack
jack Oct 18, 2017

I'm  from  Lyon. Do you know the  city  ?

Rémy
Rémy Oct 18, 2017

Ok. Never'been in Lyon. I live in Tours.
Cheers :)

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Oct 18, 2017

Jack, thank you so much for these kind words. It’s a wonderful community that we have here and I feel lucky to be a part of it!

cheers,

Chris

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Jack commented on: Fundamentals The Pick on the String Aug 18, 2017

Hello Chris, this is Jack. I stumbled recently upon your lessons on line, and I am so glad I did. I’m one of those guys you describe working with tabs, not being really able to sing what they do, maybe not hearing first before playing. I think you may be the one able to put me on the right track, the track of music.Your method is brilliant, starting from a simple and beautiful song like White dove, and building up on that. Learning things in a context. Thanks to the late Marcel Dadi I discovered Doc Watson years ago, saw him in Paris in the 80s, and at the Merlefest 2001. On that instance I met and talk to Chris Thile, Merle’s widow, Jerry Douglas, … I saw performances by Tony Rice, Bela Fleck, Dolly Parton accompanied by Chris and Doc, unforgettable. Having listened to Doc for years I realised now that I have this repertoire in my head, making your lessons very precious. As for rest strokes, very interesting subject. In classical, while doing an arpeggio they rest the ring finger, making the melody (usually played by this finger) stand out. They never rest the thumb, flamenco players always do. It gives their bass notes a power and depth remarquable. Slight remark for the singing of White dove : it took me a little while to get that it begins on beat 3 : White on beat three, dove on beat one.

Very warm regards to you from France, and to this very likeable music community.

PS : sorry for so long a message, I won’t do it again.

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Aug 22, 2017

Jack, so nice to have you here in our community and thank you for this post! I was also at Merlefest in 2001 - that was where/when I reconnected with Tony Rice. I have great memories from that festival. Cheers!

 
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