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Taking It To The Next Level

A companion forum to my column in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine. Discussion will include fingerboard harmony, practice techniques, swing and jazz styles, all with a goal of achieving constant improvement.

Website: http://www.johncarlini.com
Location: New Jersey
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Metronome or Drum Machine 9 Replies

Started by Jim Samuel. Last reply by Jim Samuel Mar 10, 2012.

Scales Reference 3 Replies

Started by Jim Samuel. Last reply by Jim Samuel Jul 27, 2009.

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Started by Jim Samuel. Last reply by Steve Alexander Apr 16, 2009.

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Comment by Eric Wall on March 30, 2009 at 2:08pm
John, I enjoy your columns. Sometimes a big leap for me, but a great addition. What is that crab walk with the left hand? Maybe more like tiny spiders?
Hope I can move it all up a notch.
Comment by John Carlini on July 10, 2009 at 2:21pm
I'm back!!
Sorry to have not checked in for so long, but I will be touching base here regularly.
Had a fantastic week at the Kaufman Kamp!
Thanks to all for making it so special.
John C
Comment by John Carlini on July 15, 2009 at 9:37am
Correction: If any of you were in my class at the Kaufman Kamp this year when I was talking about the Gershwin tune, "Oh, Lady Be Good", I mentioned that it was in the key of F, but that the flatpicking community prefers to play it in the key of G...for obvious reasons. I was mistaken.
The tune IS in the key of G. I have been playing the tune for years with Dixieland jazz bands. The dixieland guys like to play it in F. I don't really know why, but it probably has something to do with how it lays on the "horns". Anyway, I apologize for the mis-information!
John C
Comment by John Carlini on July 26, 2009 at 7:55am
Today I practiced an original jazz etude in A...16th notes at mm=104 for 10 minutes straight. This kind of work out is extremely beneficial.
Comment by John Cadley on July 26, 2009 at 5:50pm
Hi john,
Could you elaborate on that a bit? When you say you practiced an etude playing 16th notes at 104, does that mean instead of playing the actual time value of the notes you play them all as 16th notes?
John Cadley
Comment by John Carlini on July 27, 2009 at 7:41am
Hey John,
Since there are 4 16th notes/beat, that means 4 notes/click. I composed 12 etudes or studies, one in each key, utilizing the shifting techniques that Segovia employed in his scale studies. Each week I shift my focus key, or Key of the Week, up a 5th, so it's a 12-week cycle around the Circle of 5ths. You could make an exercise out of 8 bars of a fiddle tune if you wanted to. The important thing is the time element. 5 minutes straight every day builds a lot of endurance. How about 2 X's a day!? All you need is a metronome, a clock, and a guitar.
Thanks for the response and best wishes,
John C
Comment by John Cadley on July 27, 2009 at 12:53pm
Thanks, John...if I'm getting your drift, it's not unlike an exercise SK has in his building speed video where he says to play "Old Joe Clark" as triplets (each note three times). He also has some scales to play as triplets and some cross-picking. The point is to play each of the notes a lot. At any rate, your exercises sound beneficial enough that if you have them as a lesson I would be happy to pay for them. Thanks for the response.
John C
Comment by John Carlini on August 2, 2009 at 10:59am
These studies, 12 in all, are grouped into 1 piece called "Opus 7". So there's Opus 7 No. 1, Opus 7, No. 2, etc. They are available individually and as a complete set eventually. Two of them are available on my site now. The rest will follow as I get them prepared. Thanks for asking and Best Wishes,
John C (You are John C also, so I'd have to go as far as John Car!
Comment by Steve Carr on September 28, 2009 at 6:46am

Looking forward to participating in this group. Like many others I've enjoyed your FGM column for years. I've mainly been a Bluegrasser but have been really immersing myself in jazz and swing lately, so the current series you're doing is very timely for me!

Comment by Mark Thompson on February 13, 2011 at 7:45pm
John, I was in your guitar workshop at Denison University yesterday.  It was very informative and motivating.  Your explanation of the modes made me go back through my FGM copies and review your lessons there.  The real-time live examples you and Casey provided were really helpful (and inspiring).  The jam at the end was great too!


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