06 Sep Rhythm Guitar: there’s a LOT to learn. For each one of us.

Really good, simple but exceptionally useful swing video shown to me by a Uk guitar teacher.

There’s so much to learn.

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Fil "SoloDallas" Olivieri
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17 Comments
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    Lemmiwinks
    Posted at 00:03h, 18 October

    since the comments on this video is all about learning more than rythm playing^^ I feel like I’ve started to not making any progress. One mentioned band as an option. I know thats a good one but in my area there are not much but metalbands and thats not going to help me if im into AC/DC, Thin lizzy is it? or is any kind of musical jamming no matter what genre good for me as an guitarist?

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      banane
      Posted at 07:01h, 18 October

      What about jamming with backing tracks? Playing on a backing track helps me a lot to improve my timing. Will be a bit frustrating the first time when playing too slow but after some exercising there will be a great feeling of success.
      And recording yourself (video and audio) will help you, I assume. At least for me it does.
      And Fils and JaiminhoPaginas Videos are also a great help and essential for learning.

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    iBrows
    Posted at 16:09h, 07 September

    What is the guy’s name? I’d love to watch some more of his lessons :-)

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    faaradar
    Posted at 00:18h, 07 September

    I started in my mid 40’s. I figured even the great players made alot of progress in about 5 years, so go ahead and start now, whatever your age. I spent some time learning theory and some of the basics. Then I started applying the styles, licks and progressions I liked from my favorite songs to new songs I would write. This helped me sink in what I wanted to learn and is enjoyable to create your own music. I agree, most of it is dedication and discipline in becoming better. If you love it, it makes practicing alot easier.

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    Jacob Yergert
    Posted at 17:46h, 06 September

    Yeah, Ive never felt that Ive had a real talent with music, but I certainly enjoyed it. I started at 15, now I’m 18, and at times I feel I am making no progress. I feel like I want to put it down because Im not going anywhere with it, but if I keep playing I can usually get through that wall.

    Ive found one of the fastest ways to improve is by playing with a band. Not just jamming with other people, but writing songs and such, and that really stretches my brain in the ways of technique and such.

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      Jacob Yergert
      Posted at 17:47h, 06 September

      I meant to put that as a reply to the thread below it, not as a new comment. My bad.

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    depuis1899
    Posted at 08:54h, 06 September

    fil i started one year ago at fifteen
    i can’t read notes and nothing like that
    just tabs and some corrections with my ears…
    do you think it does make sense to continue like this for a few years?
    i wont give it up now, i just can’t stop it but sometimes i think i’m fuckin’ bad :/
    what do you think?

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      Dave4433
      Posted at 09:11h, 06 September

      Same thing here, only that I started playing a little bit earlier. But, as I play I just get better and better at it.
      Don’t give it up, especially if you feel that you can’t stop. That must mean something πŸ˜€
      Any way, keep practicing, you don’t necessarily need notes to play, you need to feel good about when you play, have fun while doing it. :)

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 09:53h, 06 September

      I wish you could all see what *I* was like at 15 years old. I SUCKED MAJOR BALLS. Now excuse my mouth. I was really, really bad. I got better in time, haven’t I?

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        depuis1899
        Posted at 09:57h, 06 September

        ok thanks dave and fil
        and no fil
        you’re still soooo bad
        kidding
        you’re one of the greatest player i know i wish to be as good as you once =) that would be enough for me πŸ˜›

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    Kinglance
    Posted at 08:30h, 06 September

    Fil, I have a big question for you? Do U believe there’s something like talent? If I watch great players like Hendrix, Santana, Page, Young brothers, Rory Gallagher, SRV and Joe Bonamassa… I think yes! Bonamassa for example started at age 5 or so with playing guitar. I think that’s a big advantage. I started at age 18, that’s too late for my opinion. I try to exercise and to play as much as possible, but I don’t have the talent from the great players. If I watch my tennis skills (I started playing tennis at age 3, :-) , my father is a tenniscoach ;p ), I see a have more talent for that, I started at a very young age, played a lot when I was young.
    My tennis-skills and guitar-skills are totally different… What’s your opinion on talent? Maybe a percentage from 50% talent, 50% training? It’s not enough to have talent, u have to work for it, u have to do something with it :p

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 08:40h, 06 September

      I think yours is a very important question. My opinion is that – yes – there is something called talent. By it I only mean those who have it since they were kids and it came out spontaneously. That sort of “genius” that some have. The names you mentioned though – no. I don’t call that “talent” in the sense of a “born with” capability. It’s ALL BUILT WITH HARD WORK. No secret. No magic. A LOT of passion and determination and at some point, a turning key. My turning key has been… believe it or not… dancing! I DANCE. Well I can’t call it dance, I look awful and goofy and rediculous… but it DOES get me into the groove! TRY IT. Move. Listen to the groove while playing. Even don’t play, just listen and dance. PLEASE TRUST ME. ? :)

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        theoneandonlyhorst
        Posted at 15:33h, 15 September

        when did you recognize that dancing thing?
        thought about that when i watched one of your newer videos. you were moving trying to play and it sounded a lot more like angus than some vids before.

        dancing is very important for feeling the groove. and moving to angus’ solo reveals a lot of what he is really doing live.

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      OldSchoolRocker666
      Posted at 10:22h, 06 September

      Play it, enjoy it, and have fun, there is no such thing as ”Year cap” when trying to learn playing instruments, you can be 5, you can be 50 or more, if it’s fun and you enjoy learning and playing, go for it, i to started at 18-19 and even if i don’t play every minute, i find it relaxing, to let out feelings through such a thing like a guitar.

      For me, there is no other non vocal things that allows me to express myself as i feel as through an guitar :)

      Enjoy it πŸ˜€

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        rjofig
        Posted at 11:32h, 06 September

        If you want to play professionally for a living, I’d think you need to start early; but if you want to play because you enjoy music, I think starting age is not the issue. I was worried about that starting at 38 (I had a year of so of classic guitar as a kid but unfortunately didn’t really enjoy the music I was being taught – too bad no youtube back then :). After a year now I’m playing better than I thought I would, enough to have fun jamming; looking forward to the turning key :)
        cheers,

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          banane
          Posted at 17:02h, 06 September

          Same here, age 39. Started with 38. Can’t reading notes too, maybe i’m learning it later.
          Beginning was hard and frustrating, but after a year i’m getting better and better.
          First 6-10 months were a lot frustrating.
          Sometimes it just take a long time learning new things and then some day you just found that you are playing fine.
          Most important thing is to have fun, so you can feel what you play and get along with it. And dont get yourself under too much pressure.
          As Fil wrote on his youtube page earlier: “If i learned it, you can learn it too”.
          And thats damn right.

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      theoneandonlyhorst
      Posted at 15:30h, 15 September

      always thought about that…

      my oppinion is, that there’s two sides of the medal.
      on the one hand playing guitar is a simple adaption of the human body and brain – achieved by a lot of practicing. quite similar to bodybuilding. sounds strange, but it’s the same principle.

      well maybe “talent” is the thing, that makes young people fall in love with music and their instrument.
      some children have to be forced to practice, other one have to be forced to go out, leaving their instruments at home.
      and remember – a childs brain adapts a lot faster to a new stimulus.

      considering you start playing the guitar at the age of 5, 6 or 7. when you’re 20 you’ve been playing for over 10 years. you won’t achieve that skills by playing for ten years when you start playing at the age of 20 or 30.

      and last but not least:

      what “talent” do you mean? ability to play very fast, being very creative, creating new licks, new sounds, writing good songs, easily transport feel and emotion?

      i don’t think there’s one guitar player that combines all of that things. πŸ˜‰

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