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  1. If you have any questions let me know. Also, I have a "CAGED" PDF file for free on my website (garretsguitarlessons.com) that should help! Thanks, Garret
  2. [YOUTUBE]Q9yPoOG13E8?list=PL0c6ZEbBbQa8jknVkr9EF7947WnKQNvkd[/YOUTUBE] Here's a playlist of all my CAGED based video lessons 1 - Major Chord Shapes 2 - Minor Chord Shapes 3 - Major Arpeggio Shapes 4 - Minor Arpeggio Shapes 5 - Major Pentatonic Shapes 6 - Minor Pentatonic Shapes 7 - Major Scale Shapes 8 - Minor Scale Shapes 9 - How to Practice and Apply CAGED Shapes 10 - Relative Major & Minor Free pdf's of everything over at garretsguitarlessons.com
  3. Ever hear of the Circle of Fourths? Ever wonder the who, what, where, when, why's of it? Check this out!
  4. http://www.lollarguitars.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=LGP&Product_Code=239&Category_Code=humbucker-pickups I'm really looking for a Barden Tele Neck Pickup, Looking for a cool neck pickup for my tele! PM me offers. Not really looking to sell but shoot me an offer if you're interested.
  5. Awesome. Definitely have your own voice which is such a great accomplishment. I dig. When you have an album put me on the list to buy one.
  6. That's great to hear, I'll be hitting you up soon. You're a monster player.
  7. Great, great lesson. Now if I could only master Scofield's elastic phrasing... +1
  8. Listening now Garret. Nice work brother, you have a nice touch for sure. Very generous to share so freely. Thanks Jeremy! You're one helluva player so your compliments are very much appreciated. I figure that instead of trying to fight the whole illegally download thing and since I'm unknown, I might as well try to get people to listen to it. Thanks again
  9. Hey guys, I hope this isn't spam, if it is let me know, but I wanted to let you all know that I just released my free acoustic instrumental EP "This Time Tomorrow". I already have an electric one written, but now I have to teach myself how to record that one. I'm pretty proud, these are songs I wrote about 1-2 years ago but I'm really happy with them... and for all you heady people I have a nylon track "Nu", for those who just like good music I have a few that might qualify. It's available on my site at: www.garretschmittling.com I posted this here because this is the only section of the forums I've regularly gone to for the past few years. Everyone here has been a huge inspiration and been EXTREMELY helpful in getting my playing (somewhat) together. I plan on having transcriptions available once I find time to get everything together. Thanks everyone and let me know what you think!
  10. (Hey, two weekends ago we got escorted out of Inkster MI by the Wayne County Police!!! The club didn't have a license for a burlesque show but booked us anyways, for some reason the cop thought that was OUR mistake. They shut us down, followed us around while we tore down and left. They even pulled over one of the guys in the group once he left the club, boo!) That's funny! Inkster is rough, I'm RIGHT next door in Dearborn. Last week I was playing in S. Lyon, Brighton and White Lake... ugh the drives. Hopefully they weren't too much of a pain, I'm not sure how the county cops are, most of the city cops around here are hit or miss.
  11. I was always curious after hearing about Yngwie's neck on how it would be different. I host an open jam every Monday and we get some seriously good players and amazing songwriters, and in walks this guy from out of town who's been coming up when he's in the area and he brought his Yngwie's strat. I was curious to play and see how I intonate on it and I was really surprised as how I didn't have to change my technique at all! I think I have a very light left hand so that would help. The coolest thing was I could do microtonal bends by just pressing down harder and bend up and press harder for a bigger bend. Anyways I though it was cool. Have any of you seen a big difference in playing scalloped necks? Any huge advantages? I probably would never buy one after playing it last night as I didn't really notice anything different... other than a really strange looking fretboard.
  12. Tommy Emmanuel. hord melodies helped me with a lot, but my listening has become so much better since I need to hear/sing the melody with it. The thing I always like about him as opposed to a lot of the big acoustic guys now, are his songs aren't complicated or technique oriented (though he has plenty to share), most of them could be a James Taylor song, he just has such feel and an incredible way to put the melody and the song first. That's something I highly admire about him.
  13. I don't think there's any such thing as "theoretical correctness" actually. Theory doesn't prescribe what is right or wrong, it just describes what "is". If you play something that doesn't fit a theory, then it just shows that more theory is needed to describe what you play... GaJ +1
  14. Great insight, I always feel like I have to remind myself of that. I'm not much of a technique player, but I know the times I feel like my technique is at its best is when I'm applying with actual tunes.
  15. All of these ideas are great, the only thing I might add is don't memorize... internalize. Know where the notes are don't think. It takes awhile but if you know where notes are it makes things a lot easier. Take songs with capo's and instead of thinking about capo 4 G shape, think B major chord. Use things you know really well and start using those as bases. Use the dots as "checkpoints". Just my two cents!
  16. A lot of acoustic artists come to mind with this style, especially singer-songwriters. I think I remember a few Jack Johnson songs which use that kind of thing, a specific example, I can't think of. I tend to show that style with "Paint It Black" by the Rolling Stones. Em B7 1+(2)+3+(4)+1+(2)+3+(4)+1+(2)+3+(4)+1+(2)+3+(4)+ using strict down strokes on the 1 & 3's and strict upstrokes on the +'s. On the 2's and 4's you use the base of your palm (the side of your pinky) to strum down but mute the strings simultaneously. Gives a nice percussive sound. Em and B7 are playing along with the song, I think Keith using a capo on the second fret then making those to chords Dm and A7. I hope that makes sense! Best of luck, it's a cool style to develop.
  17. The slap always happens on 2 and 4 (like a snare hit). What he does a lot is actually pluck individual strings with his fingers simultaneously. For example the first chord is a G5 chord where his thumb is plucking the 6th string, then his index middle and ring finger are hitting the 4th 3rd and 2nd strings (i-4, m-3, r-4) simultaneously with a hammer on to a sus2 chord (3rd string, 2nd fret... or known to the rest of the world as A). with a stiff and hard mute with his right hand across all the strings. The trick is to feel the time... (as if I'm one to talk!) I personally find John Mayers first album to be his most interesting. Yes, they are sappy... but the songwriting is much more complex and he tends to use cooler chords. "St. Patricks Day"'s chorus has one of my favorite chord progressions of a pop song. I'm not much of a fan of his "guitar hero" type stuff. I'm a huge fan of his right hand and sense of timing. Definitely made me realize what I was (am!) missing and what I need to continue to work on.
  18. Hey guys, I'm VERY new to MIDI guitar and am curious on how to get my midi to start working. I've tried my Godin Jazz with a GR-20 and know it works and tracks very well. I'm running my Godin Jazz into the GI-20 into my Apogee duet into my computer. It's registering with my GI-20 and also with my Apogee, but I can't get sounds from Logic to play. Do I need a sound module? I was under the impression that I can use midi sounds from Logic to run it. Let me know, thank you so much!
  19. Yeah, it's a little daughting looking at it but it's awesome!
  20. Hey guys! It's been awhile since I posted here, not that I ever posted a lot but it was at least every once in while. I've been busy through another semester of community college (who's to say an associates only takes 2 years?), trying to get more gigs, and actually just build my own website (which was a b!tch seeing as I'm not much of a computer guy). Anyways, my guitar teacher turned me on to one of his buddy's website which is just a plethora of really cool advanced (at least to me) chord voicings, transcriptions, and even a neat open string legato scale exercise that I was hackin' away at today, among a lot of really cool things. This will take me awhile to get through and thought of all you guys here. aguitaristsnotebook.com Check it out. Whether you know it or not you have all helped me out tremendously and really appreciate the support and amazing information. Keep on going guys, because I'll still be lurking.
  21. Great story Garrett! Yeah I hear Brad is a tweaker. He is one of the Dr Z Disciples (as am I!) so I am not surprised to hear him doing stuff like that. I am surprised to hear Brad isnt a jazz guy at all. He does a pretty good job of it on the Les Paul tribute on play. Jazz, Blues & Country all share the same roots so I am not surprised he can make the switch. Dr. Z's are my FAVORITE amp, once I got one, I don't need another amp. His Les Paul tribute is spot on. When I heard him playing that, it didn't really click with what the keyboard player said. He's such a monster player though, I'm sure he can play whatever. Some of his legato licks in that stuff has been on my list for a long time, but I think it's time to invest in "transcribe" when I start with that stuff. The little country licks I do know is like a blend between jazz and blues, but not a fusion vibe. The way I look at it is it's the feeling of blues (with that spank!) with the chord tone and changes approach of jazz. I'm a tele player with a Maz18NR, so I actually have the tone (if I want it), all I need is the playing. To actually be on topic, I think tab on the internet is awful. Ultimate guitar is the only tab resource I recommend. If I have to learn a song in a pinch, I'll sometimes listen to the song and look at the tab/chords and correct them as I go, like Mike. Very rarely do you find a flawless tab, and a lot of the times the chords are labeled wrong. The good thing with the guitar magazines is they're usually pretty good, so that's better at least. It's often hard for beginners to start transcribing but if you start easy with simple stuff, start with the bass notes and move on forward. The key is to do it often. My motto is nothing in music is hard... just unfamiliar. There is no better teacher than the music you listen to.
  22. Last night I was lifting some Brad Paisley (I don't normally do country). I just wanted to get inside that sound - plus "Play" is a phenomenal album for any guitar player to hear. Walked away with learning a new tune, and gleaned several tricks for the bag - all for free! Transcribe is a truly wonderful app. Wow Jeremy, I've been actually lifting some stuff off of play too. There are some awesome tracks and real smokin' licks off that one. I can fake my way through most about anything pretty convincingly, country is by far my weakest (because it's the way I play least) I have enough country licks and sensibility to get through a couple choruses of Folsom or something but not much more. I actually met his old keyboard player awhile ago at a show of mine and we were talking about jazz and jazz/pop and he was just saying how much Brad hated it. He was also telling me that he would be behind his amp five minutes to showtime soldering his amp to switch the ohms, and he was like "I can do that, hurry up and get out there". Cool stories though.
  23. Anyone have a list of songs they care to give up on what are good beginning songs? I like the suggestions so far, my mind goes blank when I try to think of some.
  24. Set your metronome on 2 and 4. This leaves 1 and 3 ambiguous and you have to fill in the blanks. Got that from Tomo and it works like a charm, not that I don't have a LONG way to go on my timing.
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