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Jim Wing replied to Jim Samuel's discussion Starting Over - With Essentials in the group Flatpicking Essentials
"Bruce Cockburn's Speechless album would be a good starting place, particularly the song "Train in the Rain." But saying Cockburn inspires my fingerstyle playing is like saying David Grier inspires my flatpicking. Both comparisons are…"
Dec 3, 2014
Jim Wing replied to Jim Samuel's discussion Starting Over - With Essentials in the group Flatpicking Essentials
"Beginning Fingerstyle Guitar, by Lou Manzi Beginning Fingerstyle Blues Guitar, by Arne Berle and Mark Garbo I also have dozens of fingerstyle and flatpicking instructional books and DVDs. I've explored all of them and when the going got tough,…"
Dec 2, 2014
Jim Wing replied to Jim Samuel's discussion Starting Over - With Essentials in the group Flatpicking Essentials
"I totally agree that focus is key. When I was flatpicking, I found that having at least one weekly session with other musicians kept me focused and gave me the drive to keep improving. If you can find a buddy or two or three that will practice…"
Dec 1, 2014
Jim Wing replied to Daniel J Thomack's discussion picks
"Four components make up the tone: player, guitar, strings, pick. And then there is the question of what tone your ears like the best. So the pick that works best for me may not be the best for you. Unfortunately, you'll have to learn…"
Jan 10, 2013
ganon left a comment for Jim Wing
"Thanks, Jim! Looks like a good resource. I've obviously recognized the importance for some time, but never found anything that seemed to work very well. Looks like that are many useful ideas and approaches here. "
Sep 5, 2012
Jim Wing left a comment for ganon
"ganon and everyone: I found this tool for ear training; it might be useful to you. I find it really boring, but I've been perservering and making improvement. As with all worthwhile endeavors, there are no shortcuts. http://www.miles.be/"
Sep 5, 2012
Jim Wing replied to Bryan Floyd's discussion Americana music
"Well, you an go here and get started: www.allmusic.com/explore/style/americana-d2958. I don't completely agree with Allmusic's top artists/albums/songs, so here are some recommendations that will steer you to music that I really…"
Jan 4, 2012
Jim Wing commented on Todd McFarland's blog post Memphis, Tn Jams
"Look at the top right corner of this webpage. Click MEMBERS. Click ADVANCED SEARCH. Type in Memphis or any other town and/or state. Teh computer will return all members who list their homes in that area. Write directly to them through this network."
Dec 13, 2011
Jim Wing replied to Derek's discussion Might as well forget it.... in the group Ear Learning
"Hey Derek,   We may have had a similar conversation previously, but I still like talking about it: I'm pretty good at playing meodies by ear, but like you I cannot really hear flatpicking lines. I'm convinced  that the good…"
Jul 19, 2011
Jim Wing replied to Kenny's discussion Hand cramping good in the group Beginner Flatpickers
"I've been playing with and in front of people for three years and I crash and burn every session. It doesn't hurt anything but my pride and that's been so well-squashed it doesn't matter anymore. I simply get back on…"
Jul 15, 2011
Jim Wing replied to Bluesy1's discussion Any interest in a "jamming" group here on FGN?
"My biweekly jam is this Sunday. I'm bringing two tunes we haven't played before: "Ring of Fire" (everyone should be able to play/sing along with that one), and "Lazy John." I'd never heard of "Lazy John"…"
May 20, 2011
Jim Wing commented on Eric Lambert's video
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"Thanks, Eric. Good lesson."
May 20, 2011
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May 18, 2011
Derek replied to Jim Wing's discussion Science and Ear Learning II in the group Ear Learning
"Nail on the head here: Since I learned the G-run, I hear it everywhere in Bluegrass. When I do, I recognize it instantly and I don't have to work out the notes one-by-one. We need to hear something once (or several times the older we get!)…"
May 18, 2011
Jim Wing and Kathy Barwick are now friends
May 18, 2011
Kathy Barwick replied to Jim Wing's discussion Science and Ear Learning II in the group Ear Learning
"Jim, if you'll give me an email addy I have something to share with you."
May 17, 2011

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Favorite Flatpickers
Uwe Kruger
Favorite Flatpicking Tunes
All Dawg Music, but I can play it only on my stereo.
Favorite Guitars
HD28V(adi), D18GE
Tell us more about yourself (place a Bio here if you wish)
I host a mostly-bluegrass open jam at 2:00 PM every other Sunday at the Madison County Nature Trail pavilion on Green Mountain in Huntsville, AL. All acoustic instrument pickers are welcome to join in. See the folkjam website for details.
Do you have a website?
http://www.folkjam.org/recurring-jam/us/alabama/huntsville/hunsvill...

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At 8:06am on February 25, 2010, Chris Hill said…
Hey Jim, Thanks for the comments about the band. I wished that was me taking the guitar breaks but that is our other guitar player Evan Scott. I have dabbled in it a little and just started taking lessons from Josh Williams so maybe before long I can get the hang of it. LOL. I will try to keep you updated. Nothing coming up locally that I know of. Hardly any venues around close that are willing to pay though. Take care, Chris
At 9:51pm on June 30, 2010, Guy Garner said…
Sounds good!
At 11:45am on February 2, 2011, ganon said…

Hi Jim, I don't know if you are interested at this point, but, here are the first two rounds of Jerusalem Ridge from the 'definitive source' (thanks Kathy) the album 'Kenny Baker plays Bill Monroe' (1978), in which -kinda funny- Monroe showed up for the studio sessions and contributed to almost all the tracks (so it really should be 'Kenny Baker and Bill Monroe play Bill Monroe'). Anyway, this version of JR is the only one I know of in which Monroe plays a full mandolin break (second round), so I included it. For ear training purposes, I've slowed to 96 bpm, karyoke'd, and filtered to emphasize the fiddle.

Hope it is useful to you, and that it doesn't cause too much destructive interference with your TAB learned version.

Cheers, ganon

JR-KBaker-40%25-R1%262%20filtered.mp3

At 7:46pm on February 2, 2011, ganon said…

Jim, the Flatpicking Essentials exercises were great for developing the ear, and finding your way around the fretboard, but obviously nothing for speed. Don't get me wrong, and assume that learning by ear reduces the need for lots of repetitions (brute force), you still have to build up lots of myelin insulation (white matter) on your choosen neural pathway whether learned by ear or from TAB. But I do think that the ultimate speed that you can reach by ear is greater, because the starting structure when learned by ear is much more efficient (no built in control points for visual feedback - I think vestiges of those control points remain long after you stop using the TAB, and slow things down).  Right now I experimenting with 'relearning' by ear, tunes that I had previously learned from TAB. For example, Temperance Reel (which if I remember correctly, you like much when you were exposed to it):  I had previously learned it with TAB from both Brad Davis and Wayne Henderson (with varying degrees of success), but now I have relearned it by ear from Tony Rice's album 'Tony Rice' (1977).  Within a couple of days, I was playing @ 120 (recording of same on the play on my page), and after a week or so I am now hitting 180 - 200 without too much problem (Tony plays it @ 270). The TAB learned versions always started to get pretty sketchy around 160, no matter how much practice. The other thing, and most important to me, is the things learned by ear always feel like music. The TAB things don't always, often they feel like rushing to keep up with a sequence of rote learned mechanical actions with zero emotional content.

 

Anyway, hope you catch up with you jam buddies, by whichever route you choose to follow.

 

 

At 7:03pm on September 5, 2012, ganon said…

Thanks, Jim!

Looks like a good resource. I've obviously recognized the importance for some time, but never found anything that seemed to work very well. Looks like that are many useful ideas and approaches here. 

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