Cool Guitar Videos Part 6

I realised that I discover all these cool videos with tons of lines and ideas that inspire me & that I’d like to transcribe. Day after day all these videos appear and then disappear because other videos on my Facebook timeline. This is my attempt to archive the videos so I can study the ideas and find them again.  Check it out. =)

This is Part 6.
Part 5 was here.
Part 4 was here.
Part 3 was here.
Part 2 was here.
Part 1 was here.

[Jazz]

[Brazilian Jazz]

[Blues]


[Rock/Fusion]

Here’s an hour and 21-minute interview with Guthrie Govan. Also check out my preivous blog post: 10 Things I Learned From The Guthrie Govan Kuala Lumpur Workshop.

It’s Josh Martin of Little Tybee jamming with Dweezil Zappa!

[Jordan Klemons]

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Cool Guitar Videos Part 5 (Jazz, Fingerstyle, Funk)

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I realised that I discover all these cool videos with tons of lines and ideas that inspire me & that I’d like to transcribe. Day after day all these videos appear and then disappear because other videos on my Facebook timeline. This is my attempt to archive the videos so I can study the ideas and find them again.  Check it out. =)

This is Part 5.
Part 4 was here.
Part 3 was here.
Part 2 was here.
Part 1 was here.

[Jazz]

[Fingerstyle]

[Funk]

🏋🏼‍♀️ workout. new music soon. _ #pickupjazz #Guitar #Music #Fender

A video posted by Sam Blakelock (@samblakelock) on

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Cool Guitar Videos Part 4 (Jazz, Folk/Bluegrass, Rock)

 

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I realised that I discover all these cool videos with tons of lines and ideas that inspire me & that I’d like to transcribe. Day after day all these videos appear and then disappear because other videos on my Facebook timeline. This is my attempt to archive the videos so I can study the ideas and find them again.  Check it out. =)

This is Part 4.
Part 3 was here.
Part 2 was here.
Part 1 was here.

[Jazz]

Just a funny video. A worthy reference for a good analog tone and over the barline phrasing.

And a concert…

[Folk/Bluegrass/Jazz]

[Rock]

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Cool Guitar Videos Part 3 (Jazz, Blues, Rock and Fingerstyle Guitar)

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I realised that I discover all these cool videos with tons of lines and ideas that inspire me & that I’d like to transcribe. Day after day all these videos appear and then disappear because other videos on my Facebook timeline. This is my attempt to archive the videos so I can study the ideas and find them again.  Check it out. =)

This is part 3.
Part 2 was here.
Part 1 was here.

[Jazz]

Not a guitar video but an AMAZING LESSON on using motives for jazz improvisation.

A Q&A video with legendary jazz guitarist Jimmy Bruno:

This is a full lesson from Tom Quayle!

[Blues]

[Mateus Asato]

Mateus combines jazz, blues, R&B, neo-soul and more into his own style. Not sure what to label it – all I know is that it’s a lot of great ideas!

[Rock]

[Fingerstyle]

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Cool Guitar Videos Part 2 (Jazz, Blues, R&B and Fingerstyle Guitar)

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I realised that I discover all these cool videos with tons of lines and ideas that inspire me & that I’d like to transcribe. Day after day all these videos appear and then disappear because other videos on my Facebook timeline. This is my attempt to archive the videos so I can study the ideas and find them again.  Check it out. =)

This is part 2. Part 1 was here.

[Jazz Guitar]

[Blues/Funk Guitar]

[R&B]

[Fingerstyle Guitar]

[BONUS: Jazz Piano]

This isn’t guitar but has some really cool lines. Check it out.

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Cool Guitar Videos Part 1 (Jazz, Blues, R&B and Fingerstyle Guitar)

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I realised that I discover all these cool videos with tons of lines and ideas that inspire me & that I’d like to transcribe. Day after day all these videos appear and then disappear because other videos on my Facebook timeline. This is my attempt to archive the videos so I can study the ideas and find them again.  Check it out. =)

[Jazz Guitar]

[Blues Guitar]

[R&B and Neo Soul]

[Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar]

[Jordan Klemmons Practice Videos]

Jordan is an amazing guitarist relearning to play guitar after going through some difficult times. Great musician and these videos contain really awesome musical ideas.

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How Much Music Gear Do I Need To Be Creative?

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For musicians, it’s often a struggle to figure out how much gear one needs. You could have a guitar, a good guitar – and still think there’s another guitar out there that will open up the floodgates of creativity. To some extent, this is true.

Some instruments are just a better fit for you. It may be the right size, have the right looks and produces the tone that you dream of. There is however, a point when you buy gear simply because you want to buy more gear. The sheer satisfaction of saying you have a particular model of an instrument becomes the thing. At this point you become a collector and not necessarily a player.

There’s nothing wrong with either. They are just different things.

Some people are both for example Nels Cline has an amazing collection of guitars and plays them extremely well. Someone once told me there is a guy who collects every model of a particular guitar brand every year. I think this is perfectly fine, as long as you’re aware of what you doing. The danger is, as a musician to use the excuse of not having the right equipment as your excuse for not creating music.

I know friends that sometimes have difficulty in creating music because of unfortunate circumstances (physical or financial) and this is beyond their control. Still I feel that if you have some kind of instrument you can find a way to create music. I remember getting tendonitis when I was in college and realised that I could still write music on my keyboard instead. It was one of those little MIDI M-Audio Oxygen 8 keyboards connected to my laptop. I wrote a piece I could have not written on guitar simply because it was more idiomatic on the keyboard.

I remember a time when I couldn’t play that much on guitar. I felt my technique was limited and I was starving to be able to play better. Still, I ended up writing music that is very different than how I write now. Back then I was writing music influenced by Pat Metheny and Yellowjackets. But, I couldn’t really perform the music or improvise on it. Now when I play the songs, I understand it from the perspective of a more experienced jazz musician. I wrote those songs on classical guitar. Now I can play them on a jazz guitar. But what really is a jazz guitar? Is it the fact that it has been historically related to jazz musicians who have played it over time? Or is it a guitar used to create the music that we call Jazz.

Sometimes, chasing for an instrument based on the brand name or the fact that the musician you admired played the same model can be a distraction. It’s not wrong but is a means to an end.

Find good gear and make good music. Good luck.

Az Samad
Oct 26 2016
9:42am

Originally published on FB as “Gear and Creativity

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How Do You Pick Your Guitar Picking Technique?

HOW DO YOU PICK YOUR GUITAR PICKING TECHNIQUEI’ve been practicing picking and researching about different picking concepts. Here are some thoughts I’ve had about it so far (an incomplete list):

The kind of pick technique you choose is for:
1) Tone
2) Speed
3) Volume
4) Efficiency (or not)
5) Relaxation (or not)

It depends on:
1) Guitar Style
2) Acoustic vs. Electric Guitar
3) Clean vs. Overdriven vs. Distorted vs. heavily effected guitar tone
4) Touch (do you pick hard or pick gently)

Some elements that can change the tone and technique:
1) Edge Picking (and the exact angle)
2) Pick Slanting
3) String Hopping (whether it occurs or not)
4) Your choice of pick
a) Pick Material
b) Pick Size
c) Pick Gauge
d) Pick Shape
e) Pick Colour
5) Alternate Picking
6) Sweep Picking/Economy Picking/Consecutive Picking
7) Picking position
8) Floating vs. anchored vs. different points of contact
9) Caring about string noise and sympathetic string resonance and muting (or not)

The way I see it is that you should examine the kind of sound you’re going for and then see how others have done it successfully.

Then, by analyzing what your guitar heroes have done, you may find what can work for your own technique. There’s not a single correct way to do it, instead there are many different possibilities. What you can do is to experiment and see what works for you. Decide what sound or tone that you’re going for and really zoom into the details that make that sound possible. A lot of it will be actual physical technique (how you play) and another part will be getting the right gear to enable you to get the sound.

Be careful not to get obsessed about the gear part as you can just keep buying stuff and not actually practicing.

Also, be careful not to forget the gear that will help you get closer to the sound you’re after. If you want to shred, get the right kind of solidbody electric guitar. If you want to play jazz, get some kind of hollowbody or semi hollow guitar if needed. For me, my favourite guitar for jazz is my nylon string Takamine EN60c – I just love how it sounds.

It’s all about finding a balance. In the end, always remember that practice and studying how you create the sound is what will make you sound better. Keep working at it. Good luck!

Now, I’d love to hear from you!

  • How did you learn to pick on guitar?
  • What are your biggest discoveries that helped you to pick better?
  • What’s your biggest problems when practicing picking?

Leave your answer in the comments below. Remember to share as much detail as possible so that we can all learn from one another. Your insight may help another guitarist someone from across the world.

Thank you for reading and for hanging out here. Be back again soon!

Best wishes,
Az

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A version of this post was originally published on Facebook here on March 22 2016, 11:14am.


 

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11 Things I Learned About Life Before Turning 35

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I’m a December child. That means that most of my classmates in school became older than me before I celebrated my birthday. When I was in primary school, that meant people rarely remembered when my birthday was. Why? Because it would already be school holidays by that time – so no birthday party or gifts in the class as some of my friends had. 

What that also means for me, now in a later stage of my life – is that the birthday gives me a chance to reflect on how my year went. This is kind of like how people reflect on their year before New Year’s Eve.

I originally wanted to write 35 things I learned before turning 35. I didn’t manage to though I’m sure I have learned AT LEAST 35 things over the years. Still, here are 11 things I learned. These have been pretty life-changing for me and I hope that some of these may help you in some way.

1. Awareness of yourself is important

Being aware of your natural tendencies to reacting to something is important. If you’re aware of how you normally react whether it’s being indifferent, upset, angry or happy – is important to allow you to decide whether you want to embrace that reaction or not. Most of the time, we react without realizing there are other ways to experience the same situation. The external world is still the same, it’s just our internal experience of it that has changed.

For me, this means not getting upset about something but to see how it is like and acknowledge my natural reaction. Then, it’s about entertaining the possibility that there is another alternative reaction that may prove to be a more positive reaction.

Sometimes getting upset about something is not worth it and sometimes it’s just a misunderstanding instead of something actually designed to upset you.

2. You have a choice of how to experience the world

I’ve had days when it just plain sucked. Maybe something didn’t go my way or maybe the weather prevented me from going out or doing something I wanted. What I didn’t realize at those moments is that I can still choose to experience the day from a more positive outlook. We filter our experiences based on how we feel inside. By changing how we feel or allowing another filter (or removing the filters), the day can change.

3. Learning is a life-long process

There’s no reason learning has to stop. In fact, I feel that the people that inspire my work and life seem to always challenge themselves to keep learning and growing. I get disturbed when people believe that education ends after high school or college or even after receiving a doctorate. I think the idea of visible limits to education stops us from experiencing new things or experience repetitive events in a deeper or newer way. Just because you have breakfast at the same place every morning doesn’t mean that it’s not meaningful. There are always subtle differences that can enrich your day if you allow these differences to manifest themself to you.

4. When people point out your mistakes or flaws, it’s an opportunity to grow

Sometimes people will say you’re living an unhealthy lifestyle or you do something in a less efficient way. You can choose to react in a aggresive way and deny what they say or you can acknowledge their perspective, entertain the posibility that they might be aware of something that you’re not (or in denial of) and then either proactively do something to change or let it be.

For some things, you may not care about it as much as the other person who said it to you. For example, someone may say that you should stop smoking because it’s bad for your health and the people around you. You may enjoy the addiction more than you care for people around you. That’s a choice that you make and it’s okay as long as you’re aware of it.

However, you may come to realize that poisoning your body for the chemical high may be something that you not want to do anymore. If so, you may choose an alternative addiction that has a supportive community around it such as vaping or cigars and justify your choice of drugs based on the surrounding research around it and the community. That’s okay as well. Just realize that when some people point out the negative aspects of such choices, it may be because of love for you or a sense of righteousness. No need to be upset or angry but instead realize that they have pointed an opportunity for you to grow.

5. Systems can create new positive habits

I learned this from blog posts by people like Ramit Sethi and his mentor BJ Fogg. What I realize is that taking the first time is the most difficult thing so by doing something seemingly small like a 10-minute walk can trigger positive growth such as being comfortable for longer walks. I also now dig the idea of creating 5, 7 or 21 day challenges to kickstart a new positive habit, to write music or learn something new. Systems can succeed where sheer willpower can fail.

6. Healthy food can taste awesome

I learned about this in California and later on more with my girlfriend Yin. There’s a correlation between healthy food and being healthy emotionally and physically. I now finally notice there’s a difference when I eat raw versus processed foods. The processed foods tend to not make me feel better. The raw or homemade food tends to have more noticable nourishing effects.

7. Some things just take time

I’ve been playing guitar for 19 years now and it finally feels like I’m starting to improve in the way that I’ve been aiming for. But, there’s still so much to work on and that is all right.

8. If you want to improve on something, pick one thing and keep working on it

This is the key to growth. I find that you can be a master of several things, just not by working on every single thing at the same time!

9. To succeed at something, make it easy for the habit to repeat

This is something I learned from Ramit Sethi, BJ Fogg, Yin and the classical guitar virtuoso Philip Hii. By creating the right environment, for example making sure your guitar is ready for practice, music scores are out on the music stand, tuner is ready etc. – it’s easier to start practicing guitar daily than having to take everything out every single time.

10. To complete something, set a deadline and a schedule. Then, follow it!

This is something I’ve realised but am still working on. This year, I decided to release 3 new albums. So far, I’ve released two of the three albums. I have 7 days left to release the third one. I should have already had it out. Yes, things got busier than expected (they always do) but it’s completely my fault for not setting a deadline and a schedule. I hope in 2016, I will learn from this experience.

11. Forgive yourself for your imperfections and learn to improve yourself

This is kind of related to number 4. In a way, sometimes we can be very hard on ourselves. Sometimes this can cause a lot of pain inside us because we view our imperfections as a permanent condition. It usually isn’t. Our imperfections often are just like a photograph in time of how we are at that point. If we’re aware of it, we have a chance to improve. This relates a lot to the whole concept of a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset.

What did you learn this year? Please do share your thoughts. =)


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23 Epic Guitar Lessons To Help You Become a Better Guitarist Today!

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Hello there!

2015 has been a wonderful year for the website. The lesson library is growing gradually and there’s more in the works. I want to thank you for being a supporter of this website.

There’s more slated for 2016 that I can’t reveal yet but you’ll see gradually. To round up 2015, here’s a recap of all the 23 lessons on the site so far organized for you!

[WORKSHOPS: LEARNING FROM THE MASTERS]
10 Things I Learned From The Jack Thammarat Kuala Lumpur Workshop
http://azsamadlessons.com/?p=150
10 Things I Learned From The Guthrie Govan Kuala Lumpur Workshop
http://azsamadlessons.com/?p=97

[GENERAL MUSIC TIPS]
How do you get the most out of a jazz festival?
http://azsamadlessons.com/?p=119

[GEAR]
How to find the right guitar for you
http://azsamadlessons.com/?p=136

[JAZZ GUITAR]
My Jazz Guitar Practice Routine
http://azsamadlessons.com/?p=138
How do you play jazz chords on guitar?
http://azsamadlessons.com/?p=114
How to use chromatic notes in your guitar solos
http://azsamadlessons.com/?p=128
How to solo on Autumn Leaves: Part 1
http://azsamadlessons.com/?p=78
In chord melody arrangements, how do you do guitar fills?
http://azsamadlessons.com/?p=59
What are Drop-2, Drop-3 and Drop-2&4 Voicings for guitar?
http://azsamadlessons.com/?p=38
Beyond Scales & Licks: How to create cool solos!
http://azsamadlessons.com/?p=37

[PRACTICE SECRETS]
How to become a better guitarist in just 10 minutes a day!
http://azsamadlessons.com/?p=120
3 things I didn’t realize when I started playing guitar
http://azsamadlessons.com/?p=125
How do you jam with other guitarists?
http://azsamadlessons.com/?p=123
How do you overcome stage fright?
http://azsamadlessons.com/?p=94

[SCALES]
How to Develop Creative Guitar Licks from Scales
http://azsamadlessons.com/?p=82
How To Learn Scales On Guitar
http://azsamadlessons.com/?p=75

[TECHNIQUE LESSONS]
How to play fast on guitar?
http://azsamadlessons.com/?p=130
Beginner Guitar: 7 Tips To Ease Your Barre Chords
http://azsamadlessons.com/?p=92
Folk Fingerstyle Strumming Lesson
http://azsamadlessons.com/?p=72
Intro to Odd Meter Fingerstyle Guitar Patterns
http://azsamadlessons.com/?p=69

[MUSIC THEORY]
Pitch Axis meets Modulation: A Joe Satriani Inspired Lesson
http://azsamadlessons.com/?p=58

[UKULELE LESSONS]
50 Blues Ukulele Licks
http://azsamadlessons.com/?p=31

Wanna learn something in particular in 2016? Please let me know in the comments section below! =)

Thanks again. =)

Best wishes,
Az


 

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