The issues that Pebber pointed out do not have anything to do with your recording equipment and/or your recording techniques. These issues stem from your playing technique. I hope this clears up any confusion.
As far as Pebber demonstrating/playing 7's, I would suggest starting with his "TIMING Basics" videos. Regardless of being able to accurately play 5's, 7's, etc., Pebber demonstrates one of the most difficult techniques: Playing ONE NOTE exactly on the "click," so that you do not even hear the "click" of the metronome.
Finally, I think it is great that you want to skip ahead and check out Pebber's other YouTube videos...In fact, I watched HUNDREDS of Pebber's vids back in 2009 and early 2010 before I ever contacted Pebber directly!! That is what the videos are for, so we definitely encourage you to check out as much as you like.
Having said this, Pebber does not (and will not) send any out-of-sequence videos to any of his students. Pebber sends videos based on each student's performance and technique (which is why he recommends one student video per month).
Thanks again for your enthusiastic approach, and best wishes in the New Year!!
My name is Adam Steinz, and I am an Associate Instructor & Forum Administrator. This is a very common, GREAT question, and the answer is more simple than you may think:
As long as you can practice at least 10-15 minutes EVERY DAY, you will continue to progress. Obviously, it is better to practice for as long as you can EVERY DAY, but the important thing to remember is that it is much better to practice 10-15 minutes every day, as opposed to playing 12 hours once-a-week.
Remember: There is NO "graduation" from playing a musical instrument. The amount of practice consistency is more important than the total amount of practice time.
Hope this helps, and thank you again for asking this question!!
My name is Adam Steinz, and I am an Associate Instructor and an Administrator on the Pebber Brown Forum. Thank you so much for sharing your video! As I mentioned in my email response to you, students who post their videos here have a much greater chance of getting a response from Pebber, myself, and some of his more dedicated students. We are all here to help each other, and I think you will find the atmosphere encouraging!
I apologize for the delay in responding, but I would like to comment on each video, along with some general thoughts. You've got a great attitude and excellent attention to detail. It's refreshing to see the proper use of a metronome, as well. Let's review some other particulars:
1) VIDEO LENGTH & NUMBER OF VIDEOS: This is almost always an issue for new students. (My first video to Pebber was 10 MINUTES long!!). However, in order to get a better understanding of your progress, Pebber and I recommend performing each exercise for at least 60 seconds, and combining 2-3 techniques per video. Ideally, videos should be 2-3 minutes long. Again, posting videos in the Forum is much better than emailing them directly to us.
2) SAROD PICKING/SCALPEL PICKING: Technique looks really good, but again, this is based on a 36-second video. It WILL take time for this technique to improve. It took me 6 months before I felt comfortable utilizing Sarod and Scalpel Picking into my on-stage playing. I still practice this every day! Your Scalpel Picking is excellent throughout...You just need to work on your timing (I will address this below).
3) SPIDERS/PERMUTATIONS: Looks really good, including your timing!!
4) PER 2 BEATS 1-9 @ 100 BPM: Even though this requires use of the picking hand only, try to hold the guitar properly (don't grab the bottom of it like you do at the 40-second mark). Also, it is a little difficult to decipher the quarter notes, as if you were trying to pack in all the goodness at once. This will improve with practice, so I would love to see you re-visit this in January!!
5) PER 1 NOTE @ 50 BPM: Up until you were playing 7's, this was near flawless!! However, things were a little choppy with your 7's and your 9's...Again, this will improve with practice!!
I appreciate you taking the time to read my comments, and I hope you get something good from them. Remember, we are all here to help each other. There is no "graduation" from learning a musical instrument. Thank you again, and keep up the GREAT WORK, Adrian!!
Great question! For me, I simply must wear the guitar higher than most guitar players, in order to maximize the Classical Technique. At first, it was a little strange, because I am 6'3" ....but I'll leave the "guitar sagging" to dudes like Slash and Duff McKagan. I prefer to sound good, as opposed to "look cool."
Jesse Ed Davis was the real deal. Either he, or a friend of his, lived across the street from Pebber at one point, and Pebber got to know him. Jesse Ed Davis played with everybody, including B.B. King, Eric Clapton, and George Harrison!
It is so nice to see him get acknowledged like this. Thank you for sharing this with us, David!!
I am late to the party, but I felt compelled to chime in on a few things:
1) Scalpel Picking uses the thumb and index finger only (no elbow, forearm, or wrist). Sarod picking is loose; incorporates the wrist (like opening a jar of peanut butter). In my opinion, it's definitely a good thing to adapt a hybrid approach (using different techniques in different situations). Based on my personal progress, the best way to learn and/or refine your Scalpel Picking technique is to practice on any strings except the low or high "E" strings. This will force you to keep your movements tighter. I learned this technique while practicing tremolo exercises in my Classical/Flamenco Guitar pursuits. Deltadiscos mentioned something else that is key: Try to keep your remaining fingers pulled in. This is the technique that Pebber teaches. Of course, we can all sight hundreds of examples of some of the most popular guitarists who utilize different techniques (like anchoring with the pinky, for example). In the end, we will use whatever techniques are most comfortable, which brings me to my next comments...
2) Troy Grady is NOT doing people any favors by dissecting how everyone and their mother picks a guitar; especially with that "pick-slanting" NONSENSE! Hey, Troy is a great guitar player, and I give the guy respect for putting in the effort,,,but in the end, all he does is confuse the heck out of people. It's picking diagnosis OVERKILL.
I apologize for the delay, but I am assuming that you figured this out, since I noticed that you posted a video about a week after this post. In case you didn't notice it, the 2nd Thread from the top of the Guitar Forum is "How To Upload Video To Forum."
You are definitely not the first person to have this issue. Please let me know if you have any other issues. Thank you!!
First of all, WELCOME to the Forum...and your English is very good! I am going to break this down into 2 categories...
1) TENNIS ELBOW: You did the right thing by taking a long break from playing guitar. Conditions such as this can end careers if not treated properly. The most important thing is "LISTEN TO YOUR BODY." As soon as you start feeling pain, STOP and REST. Also, make sure that you use an ergonomic approach to your warm-up in terms of proper stretching and breathing (Pebber has a great video on this subject on YouTube). Massage is a good technique, and if you can, try acupuncture. I had something similar regarding the nerves in my right arm and index finger (my picking hand). I saw a chiropractor who also did acupuncture, and all symptoms were relieved withing 3 months!
2) YOUR VIDEO: Yes, using a metronome (or backing track) is always recommended. Your stamina is impressive, considering you are healing from Tennis Elbow, but the only major thing I noticed was that you pause when skipping strings. Your right hand looks really good. I think it is great that you notice that your technique will change, according to what you are playing. That is a good thing! I am not seeing too much Scalpel Picking or Sarod Picking, but as long as you are comfortable with your current technique, there's nothing wrong with it. Now, if you want to really perfect your Scalpel or Sarod techniques, you must start slow; using almost exaggerated movements. For Scalpel Picking, I choose a string other than the low or high "E" strings,. Practicing on the G or B strings, for example, will force you to keep your movements tight (I learned this when practicing tremolo exercises via my Classical Guitar pursuits -- The same philosophy works with a pick). When it comes to Sarod Picking, keep your wrist nice and loose. The movement is similar to opening a jar of peanut butter. Last, but not least, your left hand technique looks excellent.
Kudos for practicing with a clean tone, and that guitar is a BEAST (I just picked up an Ibanez RG8 that I am going to refurbish)!!
I hope my comments help -- KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!!
It's great to see you on the Forum! I've been with Pebber since May 2008, and if there is one thing he stresses, it is to write everything down as much as possible. Download "Guitar 2 NECK Diagrams - LARGE" and "Guitar TAB sheets."
1) Diagram the A Minor Pentatonic scale on the NECK Diagrams
2) Then TAB out exactly what Pebber is playing
Remember: Our eyes and ears are our best friends!!
Quote: Farelli wrote in post #8 I'll do some moving around the neck on the spiders. That's a good idea.
You know, deltadiscos bought up a great point, and I'm glad to see you caught on to what he was saying. I was actually going to mention this, but I figured you were just showing your exercises in one position for the sake of saving video time.
Anyway, I'll do these from Low E to High E, then back, and then move up a fret...I'll usually go to the 12th fret, and then I reverse everything.
Again, it's ALWAYS great to go back and drill these exercises, because no matter how good you are, or how many years you've been playing, the spiders and X patterns will ALWAYS separate the men from the boys! LOL!!!