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by fredramsey
July 24th, 2009, 3:26 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Good Way to Practice Chord Changes
Replies: 11
Views: 3117

Re: Good Way to Practice Chord Changes

Jamie,

You're right, I know "what" he's doing - he explained that well, but not "how". I have tried it, and I see how it could work, but you are correct, I have not been able to teach my hands what to do.
by fredramsey
July 24th, 2009, 10:27 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Good Way to Practice Chord Changes
Replies: 11
Views: 3117

Re: Good Way to Practice Chord Changes

If any of you have a question on something or a piece you are working on that you find troublesome, let me know, and I will answer your questions or create a lesson around the problem. Jamie, My problem right now is that I have been playing for over a year without knowing how to properly mute strin...
by fredramsey
July 23rd, 2009, 4:47 am
Forum: Reviews of Instructional Material, CDs and Shows
Topic: Guitar Control DVDs, anyone seen them?
Replies: 4
Views: 4604

Re: Guitar Control DVDs, anyone seen them?

Woo, lordy!

Thanks so much for the heads up! Good thing I couldn't afford his materials right now anyway!

:lol:
by fredramsey
July 22nd, 2009, 4:08 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Good Way to Practice Chord Changes
Replies: 11
Views: 3117

Re: Good Way to Practice Chord Changes

Can't recommend this book enough, guys and gals. It really helped me. :D Hi Folks, It is nice to see the "no tempo" method I teach in "The Principles" finding its way into your vocabulary! Yes, it is the most powerful single method there is for training your fingers. But, it must be coupled with int...
by fredramsey
June 25th, 2009, 6:53 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Barre Concern
Replies: 49
Views: 7748

Re: Barre Concern

Minotaur wrote:...I sat in class last night and could not get my fingers to do a stinkin' thing right...
This is common. When I try to play for anyone but myself, it seems like I can't communicate with my fingers anymore... 8)
by fredramsey
June 17th, 2009, 7:26 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Good Way to Practice Chord Changes
Replies: 11
Views: 3117

Good Way to Practice Chord Changes

I've found this to be a good, if a little boring, way to practice chord changes. First, spend some time just making the change real, real slow, attempting to move each finger involved at the same time. At first, you won't be able to move all the fingers at once; you'll be moving them one at a time. ...
by fredramsey
June 4th, 2009, 9:22 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Barre Concern
Replies: 49
Views: 7748

Re: Barre Concern

I can't do it consistently perfect (probably won't for quite some time) but just found the "trick" that works for me, a target to shoot for in terms of strength and muscle memory.

:D
by fredramsey
June 4th, 2009, 8:20 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Fingering Question - Vertical Runs
Replies: 1
Views: 725

Fingering Question - Vertical Runs

There's a couple of places here where notes are played the same fret down 3 or more strings - how would this best be fingered? Is it a chord shape?

Thanks

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/tabs/p/p ... r2_tab.htm
by fredramsey
June 4th, 2009, 7:57 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Barre Concern
Replies: 49
Views: 7748

Holy Freakin' Cow!

I can do a full-barre F now!

WOOT!
by fredramsey
June 4th, 2009, 7:53 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Barre Concern
Replies: 49
Views: 7748

Re: Barre Concern

Here's my attempt at a couple of photos of what worked for me.

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by fredramsey
June 4th, 2009, 7:35 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Barre Concern
Replies: 49
Views: 7748

Re: Barre Concern

And here is a great song to practice barring with:

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/tabs/w/w ... rd_tab.htm
by fredramsey
June 4th, 2009, 7:32 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Barre Concern
Replies: 49
Views: 7748

Re: Barre Concern

Well, the combination of finger position and pressure seems to have done it. For my fingers, the 6th string ends up being held by only the last 8th to quarter-inch of my index finger, close to the fret, and not squeezing quite as hard. Now if I can get my thumb used to it - hurts if I hold it for mo...
by fredramsey
June 3rd, 2009, 8:52 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Barre Concern
Replies: 49
Views: 7748

Re: Barre Concern

dhodge wrote:They can't be that much shorter than mine. My index finger isn't even three inches from webbing to tip.
Mine is just shy of 3"... maybe there is hope after all. :)
by fredramsey
June 2nd, 2009, 6:41 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Barre Concern
Replies: 49
Views: 7748

Re: Barre Concern

dhodge wrote:Understand that without seeing you play, this is purely guesswork, but a typical beginner mistake is to use too much of the index finger to barre.
With my relatively short fingers, I don't know how much finger I can spare :D

But I'll try that as well.
by fredramsey
June 2nd, 2009, 7:32 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Barre Concern
Replies: 49
Views: 7748

Barre Concern

I know, barre chords need a lot of practice. I am just now getting serious about developing this skill, but I have a concern about my index finger. Rarely, and I do mean rarely, can I get my index finger to actually hold down the B string. I roll, I squeeze, I move it around, and it almost seems lik...