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A jam to John Mayer's "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room"

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this is the video that i get the most feedback from so check it out and tell me what you think

Posted : 10/06/2009 4:11 pm
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As improvising over a song goes, this has got a nice feel to it and you've definitely got some chops. But as far as showing a feel for the song, you can certainly do better by playing a lot less, going for more of a call and response sort of thing instead of playing all over the singing. Or making what playing you do over the singing blend in, becoming more a part of the song than apart from it.

This song has got a lot of soul but right now your playing draws more attention to your playing than it does being an integral part of the song. None of this is meant to be a putdown, by the way. What you're doing is very typical of people starting out and it's a necessary part of the learning process. With experience, preferably experience with playing with others in a band or jam setting as opposed to just playing along with recordings, you'll develop more of a knack for saying more with your guitar while playing less.

You've got a good feel and you can certainly play. And I'm looking forward to hearing more.


Posted : 10/06/2009 4:33 pm
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+1 on David's comments there. For simple yet powerful playing, may I recommend some Peter Green and some Mick Taylor. Both of these guys can play one note and leave their audiences flawed. I'd also recommend thinking about how to make your soloing build, since you have the chops to be thinking ahead of where you're at in the music. The interest in solos generally isn't the cool licks, but the way the player builds up to those cool licks, and the way they fall away from those licks afterwards. Think of your soloing as a song within a song, it should have structure (esp. on an extended solo) and movement but with a familiar thread running through it.

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Posted : 10/06/2009 10:16 pm
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Less is more :D Nice playing, but it just gets to busy ..mostly because you are playing along with a already full track.David pretty much said it all. Try playing along with just a rhythm section. Better yet create your own backing track. Please keep posting here, I really enjoyed this :note1: :note2:

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Posted : 24/06/2009 7:31 am
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I agree with all of the above - and i am also very guilty of being too "busy" with the guitar.
however, you look very comfortable and have obviously studied hard to become familiar with the fretboard and there is some nice licks in there - i would like to see you post a cover, im sure you'd do a good job.

"I like to play that guitar. I have to stare at it while I'm playing it because I'm not very good at playing it."
Noel Gallagher (who took the words right out of my mouth)

Posted : 26/06/2009 6:22 pm