Check out carter-style, where you strum lightly on the brightest (maybe two, three our four of them, I'm not sure what is the ''right way'), between the melody/flatpicking. Seems like a good way' for you since you got the melody good! Left hand doing exactly the same.
Hey Chris! Cool lesson and very fun song to sing along to. Here's my try on it with an attempt to make some ideas on soloing (parts I have used from your lesson also).
Torgeir, cool hearing your take on this song! You're playing some of the chords a little differently than I do, but it all sounds good and musical. The spot that stuck out to me the most was when your solo started. At that moment the song lost a bit of momentum. I really liked the composition of the solo and all of the notes and melodies that you chose, but make sure that the forward momentum and energy that you have when you are playing rhythm and singing doesn't get fall too far behind.
Keep it up!
Thanks so much for these lessons, really cool learning about arpeggios! This is my try on jessamyn's reel, a lovely tune (congratulations on the grammy also). Realize this needs some more practize to be finished, some of the parts are challenging. Looking forward to it though!
This really sounds good and musical Torgeir, keep working on it!
I don't know if this is relevant, but do you notice that your index finger is all the way up on your sixht string? Maybe if you place your index on your bass notes (b and c# instead of f# and g#), the strecht becomes easier? Maybe this is wrong, but it's a suggestion :)
Your crosspicking sounds amazing!
Thank you Bryn and Enslah!
hello Chris and happy new year! I've just finished one year on SJ and have just renewed for a year more. Really feel this is helping, especially with right hand-teqhnique which has been a main focus for me this year.
Here is banks of ohio, thanks for a beautiful crosspicking arrangement.
Beautiful, Torgeir! That guitar of yours keep sounding better and better! Happy new year!
Totally agree with Enslah here...beautifully played, and that guitar of yours has wonderful tone!
Beautiful! Sounding absolutely beautiful Torgeir! 👏
Beaufitul picking Torgeir!
I'm not very good at questions about guitar repair. So I can only qoute what has been Said to me. If anybody has the knowledge, please correct me! And excuse my english.
1) My guitar is all made of wood (cheaper guitars often have parts which is not). Wood is alive material and will move alot, especially the first years. The wood is not used to being guitar shaped, and needs some time to stabilaze. The action (string height) on my guitar got waay higher after a year or so.
2) norway has got cold winters, which means the air inside our houses will become dry because we heat it up. The difference between summer and winter is huge. I use humidifier from october till may and exhange between summer and winter saddle (I think that's the name). Had to make a right saddle for my guitar based on how it reacts on summer vs winter air.
Correct if that doesn't make sense at all. Based on what I have been told I Hope it Will be more stabile when the wood it's used to the climate and to actually be a guitar. Interesting topic, please let me know if you know anything else!
Hi Dan and Torgeir,
Yes, depending on the design of the guitar there may be some slight intentional rotation of the top that will occur in the first couple of years. Meaning that the area of the top behind the bridge and under the bridge might pull up and rotate very slightly due to the tension of the strings. It will then stabilize. You will see this rotation to some degree on every old Martin (although I doubt that it was intentional in those old guitars!).
In areas where the temperature changes a bunch over the course of the year, and especially in areas where winters get particularly cold and dry, the action on a guitar can change drastically as the wood either contracts (with dryness) or expands (with humidity). If I’m touring with a guitar with a removable saddle, I’ll generally have a ”winter” saddle and a “summer” saddle.
I actually had to change out the saddle on the Collings that I was playing on this just-finished Punch Brothers European tour one week in. The action got too high and I was really struggling. I put the lower saddle in. By the end of the tour last night the guitar was starting to buzz. If we’d had another gig I would have put the original saddle back in!
Wow, that sounds really good!
Can't wait to hear! My guitar is really starting to open up now after two years, so you have a lot to look forward too :) takes some adjustments at guitar repair the first years though, but I guess that is the price for quality pieces of wood.
Hi Torgeir. I'm curious - what was the reasons for the adjustment on your Strand? Seems weird to me that you need an adjustment on a brand new guitar
Thanks for the kind words and advices on my earlier videos. I've challenged myself with another one of your solos here. It's really difficult to keep rythm with so many notes, I struggled a bit with keeping it steady especially between part A and part B.
Also useful for me to use this as an introduction to the pentatonic scale (I'm one of the few who have never learned this before). Thanks for this input!
BRAVO! Sounds great, Torgeir! I could really feel the good natured spirit of the music coming through.
The groove seemed to suffer a bit when you went to the lower strings on the B part. Give some attention to making sure that your physical mechanics are as reliable on the low strings as they are on the high strings. One good way to practice this would be to learn the whole A part solo, but down an octave on the low strings. Then play it and the B part together, focusing on the groove the whole time.
Really good crosspicking and solo!
Welcome, good to see that we are two Norwegians on this site!
That's really cool!
Thank you, Enslah! Yes, it is a Strand. 00-12, beautiful guitar and joyful to play!
Seeing this again, I realize that I got the rythm on the solo part wrong. I'll work on that!
First of all, I have to agree with Enslah, that is a beautiful sounding guitar and you're really making it sing on this tune. I particularly liked how lyrical you were with the slides around 0:06. You are correct in noticing that the rhythm is a bit off. I suggest making your own rhythm guitar track and then try playing the solo along to that (I just used Garageband on my iPad). This will help keep you honest with the phrasing and it'll also allow you to focus on just playing good solid rhythm for a bit, which is something that will benefit anyone.
Hey again !
Posting a new video on this one, with Norman Blake-version between verses. I could see on my other version that Tony rice-picking after strumming is for now too difficult. I have some of the same problems if I have to change between flatpcking and strumming (my right hand struggles with the transition). Is that a common problem for beginners by the way?
Hello Torgeir! I'm so pleased to see this - your guitar playing is really getting better and better all the time! The thing I think you should pay the most attention to is actually making sure that you're singing is in the groove rhythmically. You're developing a nice flow with your guitar playing but what pulls me out more often is the timing of the singing. I know that English isn't your first language so this might be tricky, but think more about the actual rhythm and groove of the words coming out of your mouth and make sure that they are working together with your guitar playing to create a groove and pocket.
Regarding the guitar playing, you've made so much progress. Your Tony Rice-style intro here sounds good. You might try paying a bit of extra attention to the dynamics. Allow the phrases to get soft and loud to create a touch more drama. All in all though I thing you're sounding great. Bravo!
Hello Chris! Here is my solo version of butter and eggs. This is such a beautiful guitar song, thanks to both you and Julian Lage.
This has been a enjoyable lesson, although i got confused with the different scales you used. D-pentatonic and b-minor for the most? This is still way over my theory level. Anyway, it has got me started trying to learn pentatonic scales on different parts of the fretboard (also inspirered by the Old Grimes lesson).
I did some small mistakes the last ten seconds, the end part is really difficult with a 12-fret gitar!
Strand guitar? It sounds beautiful!
Great discussion, welcome! You have maybe seen this one, but for others here is Chris Tile talking about his teqhnique:
I remember Chris E. saying he has been influenced by Tile's right hand teqhnique.
Thanks Torgeir! I saw this this week, so I feel that I am at least in a good camp. Someone like Grier uses both ways, but it is definitely something to work hard at, if you want to be able to move easily between both approaches.
Thanks for the reply on mississipi valley, I wasn't really aware that I always used the third when playing alternate bass!
I have practized this picking style for about three weeks now, and it's cool, but so hard to control. I listened to the church street blues album also, full of so many good tunes! Any advices om my video is much appreciated.
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