April 14, 2019 at 6:50 am #130889
13:03 -13:18 – Part 2 For Premium Members
As an advanced beginner, I have been laboring, writing notes on the tab sheets, and playing all of EP268 -as I eventually memorize the phrases and run them. Love it. Progress was slow and sloppy, to confident and partial. Getting better on each workout. Extremely satisfying but slow with my own constant reviews and analysis simply because this is all new to me extremely encouraged by such a concise and melodic teaching.
Until I hit the V chord (B) on the Premium, and this is tough work. Almost discouraging-perhaps it will get easier as I work it. Take a look at 13:03 – 13:18 on the Part 2 for Premium Members, V chord B (bar 23 on the Tab Sheets). Barring the top 3 strings, playing frets 7/9, 7/10, 7/9, 7/7, on the high E&B, while barring the G (top 3 strings) well, my fingers are too big to get that high E string to ring clear while fretting the B string (7-Barre), 9,10,9 while barring all 3 strings at the 7th fret. High E string is buzzing by my fat, 3rd finger stretching to reach that 9,10,9 on the B string. This is not fun, it’s frustrating. The tiny space between the E and B – my chunky, ring finger has to isolate both notes? E string note that is supposed to ring out clear from that 7th fret, 3 string barre? I write this because those E and B played together as tab-noted and played in the video sound sooo good, but hard to get definition on that high E while shifting and holding the barre on 3 strings. Thanks for reading. All the best to everyone.
April 14, 2019 at 9:33 am #130897
Move your fingertip playing the B strings up a little higher toward the G string and concentrate on holding pressure on the e string with your index finger when picking that those notes. It won’t matter if your fingertip is touching the G string at that point.
Like most guitar playing, what seems impossible suddenly becomes easy after some time and practice.
Hope that helps and good luck.
April 14, 2019 at 2:48 pm #130910
I have short fat fingers, and I often run into a situation where I just can’t reach a note, or fit my finger into the required place. So I just get creative and figure out another way to make it sound similar, or even create a totally different lick that works. I can’t help but notice that many of the great guitarists I watch on Youtube have long skinny fingers, and can move them super fast. On the other hand, many years ago I had dinner with the father of modern classical guitar, Andres Segovia, and I noticed that his fingers were almost exactly the same as mine…short and fat. You may have noticed that the string spacing and neck width is much wider on classical guitars vs steel string guitars. I have searched for electric guitars with wider string spacing, and there are very few. Apparently a few models of the Seagull guitars have wider string spacing.
April 14, 2019 at 8:31 pm #130926
Check the angle of your fingers with relation to the fretboard. The more you attack the fretboard perpendicular to it with your fingers, the easierthiswill be.
If you still find it impossible, then lose the barre. You do t have to keep the third string ringing. So leave the barre, and play the notes on the first and second strings in a way that works for you.
There are several things that Brian does that I would never think of doing. Like playing an A type barre chord using the pinky to barre the 234 strings. This is not classical guitar. Anything that gets the sound you want, and does not lead to injury, is correct.
May 23, 2019 at 11:59 pm #133605
UPDATE: “Well, I got it!”
Lesson: Never give up. But there were helpers and here they are.
I left it alone and went back to other workouts, perhaps they gave me muscle memory and clearer thinking on ‘the brick wall’ I ran into.
(1) Learn the rhythm- there is staccato here and without that, you won’t get the lick. Sing it, get the melody — and then the rhythm will help the lick crystalize .
(2) Switch guitars! The Super Strat neck I was using was just too crammed with the string spacing for my big fingers, somehow -sooooo, when I switched to my NEW Les Paul and that extra something in the neck and string spacing made it happen (with time away while woodshedding on other lessons). Also with my pedal board, and the Les Paul, I started feeling the sound more, the blues warmth just left the Strat shrill in the dust, I’ll put the pedals down below***.
Really working the Premium lesson by Brian and watching his attack on his guitar, let me dial in the ease of play on my Gibson. BTW I was stumbling on my Martin acoustic and failing miserably on the barre issue. So I think the tone and sustain of the effects of the LP and the pedalboard helped get me that V chord (B) lick down to where I could own it, not rent it. LOL.
Previously it was a shambles as I described. I swore I would replace the sucker with an easier run. Looking back at my frustrated and wordy post, I am delighted that this brick wall that seemed unsurmountable in what was smooth sailing previously got broken through. I never thought it possible with what time I had available, or skill.
In time, we grow. Doesn’t seem possible at the time-but we do grow. Give it time.
Les Paul, Bridge Pickup -into Pedalboard consisting of:
SP Compressor by Xotic with toggle in Hi Position +
BBE Windowpane Fuzz +
Ibanez Turbo Tube Screamer+
TC Electronics HOF Reverb Mini =
All into Black Star 3W FLY (small) amp (OD off) , with iPad sending Active Melody audio to Line In.
Active Melody Part 2 For Premium Members – Full Screen Mode
Using the 15 second rev & fwd control on Viewer lower toolbar, many, many times as I am a newbie. I wanted EP268 to be what jazzers and classical players call, a “set piece”. I wanted to break it down, note by note as perfect as possible and ALSO just for me as I like it so much, commit it to memory. Hope this helps others. That is why I added this UPDATE. In time, we grow. Doesn’t seem possible at the time-but we do grow. Give it time.
May 24, 2019 at 12:15 am #133607
Thank you, to those who posted above. The quality of replies helps me even now as I still work at getting this down smoothly. Thx.
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