Tagged: Martin D18
September 24, 2018 at 9:25 AM #530973
Post a video link to this forum of yourself playing a song you learnt here on CGO. Or a link to a song, or even just a song idea, that was inspired by something you learned on CGO (for example, maybe you came up with a little tune by mixing and matching several different riffs you learned in the Fill Riffs and Lead Guitar Course).
Ok, I emboldened the paragraph above, to keep it short and sweet. But here’s more, for those of you that like wordy posts…
I signed up to CGO earlier this year, and am pretty much learning how to play guitar from this site. I started with the Fill Riffs and Lead Guitar course and was moving along at a pretty good pace, until I recently stalled a bit on Lesson 6, Cripple Creek (there’s a lot of stuff there, and sadly I seem to be ridiculously anal about absorbing everything before I move to the next lesson). That said, I’m just starting to see how all this stuff fits together, and I’m pretty fascinated by how you can mix and match so many of the fill riffs from the various lessons in different combinations, and how they all work together with the G, C, and D chords.
One day, I was looking ahead at upcoming lessons and reading the comments about them. I came across a post by Scooter D. in the comments section for Lesson 10, Country Fills Up The Neck. In his post he attached a link to a video of himself playing the guitar, and I thought, “I’d like to see more of this!”
Anyways (as Devin likes to say)… Scooter D. gave me the idea for this forum, because I’d really like to see what others are doing with the skills they are getting from CGO. If I had my ideal, it would be great to see two different types of videos: 1) videos of any particular song learnt on this site, or 2) videos inspired by the lessons on this site.
Lastly, it would be cool if those of you who post, mentioned what song or lessons you pulled from to create your music!
September 24, 2018 at 12:01 PM #531016
Hey there rschilder. Scooter d. here – thanks for the shoutout…
You have a very good idea about posting videos of licks and runs. At the risk of further embarrassing myself, here is the link to the video ( in the comment section of Devin’s lesson )
Lesson ID: A0117:
Country Fills Up the Neck with 1st Position Scales
Lesson 10 – Rhythm Fill Riffs and Lead Guitar Course
So, I have obviously set the throw-down bar very low and my question is… rschilder – have you posted your video(s) yet? 🙂 We’re all looking forward to viewing a link to your video(s) on this forum.
Good idea. It’s a fun way to practice and making the video did help me focus ( nervously ).
Good luck with your on-going lessons. Devin has provided a terrific lesson site.
September 24, 2018 at 4:23 PM #531047
Thanks, Scooter D…
Yes, it occurred to me that as soon as I posted this forum, I’d get a request to post a video myself. It’ll come someday, I suppose. I’m still in the “When the red camera light comes on, my mind goes to dust” stage of playing. : )
September 24, 2018 at 9:41 PM #531065
No pressure… I’m thinking next time I make a video, I will duct tape that little red camera light… 🙂
Devin’s Lesson site is all about learning new skills without all the extra “magic carpet rides” often found on other sites. It’s just straight-up all-inclusive excellent teaching techniques.
January 1, 2019 at 12:15 PM #2039102
Just forget the camera is there…or trick your brain by telling yourself that you won’t post that particular video you’re shooting. In that way, you won’t put pressure on yourself to perform. In fact, I started a similar post a couple of days ago as I hadn’t read yours first. As I said in mine, I think we should post videos with mistakes and all. In that way, we can get advise from other members and Devin on the really ‘sticky bits’.
January 1, 2019 at 1:11 PM #2039106
Alex, you posted a fine performance in your video. It always seems too easy to be critical of one’s own recording. You did well. I agree with posting mistakes and all, because just the process of “recording a video” of oneself really helps focus on the smaller detail in the song. Most people listening simply enjoy the music, and do not notice the smaller detail items. I hope to post a video again soon, before “rschilder” gets up the nerve to post… 🙂
January 2, 2019 at 10:14 AM #2039209
Hey Scooter, I don’t think you’re in danger yet — although I did consider recording something for the briefest of moments. You know, after owning my own business for the past five years, I’m about to work a real job-type job again. And while they were interviewing me, one of the first things the company did was to give me a personality test (some sorta test to figure out what my key personality trait is, like ambition, competition, money driven, etc.). My result came back as perfectionist, which bothered me a good deal because I can’t help but think of Felix Unger in the old Odd Couple tv show. Perfectionists can be annoying. So, I tried to convince my new boss that I really consider myself more of an Attention to Detail type of guy. Yep.
Anyways… there may be some truth to it. So, I’ll post something on here, when I’m convinced I know how to hold the pick correctly. Think it’s still gonna be awhile. : )
Where do you live Scooter? I’m in Raleigh, NC.
PS — Great job, Alex!
January 2, 2019 at 11:38 AM #2039210
Hey rschilder, Congratulation on your new job. It sounds perfect… 🙂
No pressure on posted videos. I hope to drop the needle on a recording, but my excuses do come easy. Devin sure keeps a nice pace of pro instructional videos – I don’t know how he and his sound/camera crew keep up…
Where do I live? I’m tryin’ to live on CGO time… Good luck in 2019. Hope you survived the hurricanes.
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January 2, 2019 at 12:02 PM #2039226
After I made that last post, I had the thought that I wasn’t always so timid about making videos — and remembered that I recorded some stuff with my kid About Ten Years Ago! So, to get this party started (and hopefully get some more CGO-member videos up on here), I just posted my first ever videos to YouTube for y’alls appraisal and bemusement. Note: These are Pre-CGO Inspired (so, you can only imagine what I’ll be able to do with my new set of skills)!
Here’s the first one… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YihI3OSoxWg
And here’s another original called Package of Love… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voO-Qu4WBHQ
You are welcome!
January 2, 2019 at 12:12 PM #2039227
rschilder – Very cool videos. Family music is a tough act to follow. Nice original song.
January 5, 2019 at 9:59 AM #2039516
Hey Rick. That’s cool stuff you and your son play there. I just love the family atmosphere too! Keep it up! I wish my dad duetted with me on guitar like that when I was that age!
We want more videos!!
January 6, 2019 at 8:28 AM #2039585
My boy got so good so quickly, it actually discouraged me from playing for several years (or until about the time I discovered CGO). I think some people just have a natural, innate ability, and the rest of us really struggle to get there. I’m in the second group. But, I really love music and enjoy the challenge!
Post more vids people!
January 7, 2019 at 8:35 AM #2039677
Great stuff! Yeah it’s amazing how quickly kids can pick up an instrument. Sounds great, your boy’s right on track.
I’d love to hear more videos too…maybe at some point in 2019 we can start a video challenge or something like that…
Thanks for posting the videos!
January 25, 2019 at 4:26 PM #2040875
Ok folks, so this is my attempt to play Wildwood Flower after 3 weeks of practice following Devin’s Lesson. I play with a capo at the 4th fret and compare the two guitars.
And here’s my attempt to play ‘The last thing on my mind’ by Tom Paxton with the tatty old Martin. I am fingerpicking and the guitar solo doesn’t sound good. Devin, help!
January 27, 2019 at 11:40 AM #2040931
Awesome, thanks for posting these Alex! Both songs sound great! I really like hearing the guitar comparison too…they both have a pretty different tone to them. The Blueridge sounds a little crisper and brighter to me…D-15 is a little more mellow. Great idea. Keep the videos coming! What mic are you using to record?..straight acoustic? It almost sounds like you’re running them both through an amp.
February 1, 2019 at 12:52 PM #2041312
Thanks for the encouragement Devin but I still have a long way to go. My picking isn’t yet clean and precise enough although it is slowly improving. I use a Prodipe GL21 Lanen guitar mic attached to the soundhole and plugged into a Roland AC33 amp with just a little reverb but no other ambience effects. This mic reproduces the acoustic sound really well I think, even at higher volumes (the neighbours haven’t complained yet…)
February 5, 2019 at 7:31 AM #2041574
Just stumbled upon the forum and this thread and, incidentally, found a vid I recorded by chance just over a week ago. It’s just a quick attempt at Wildwood Flower, CGO-style. Here’s the link:
I don’t usually record myself playing, but I really wish I’d recorded all my hours and hours of crappy attempts (and driving my girlfriend crazy) for a comparison because hearing this back, it doesn’t sound all that bad — though I definitely need to work on phrasing and making sure every note is clear and properly sustained. That’s my goal for the next few months — improving clarity and phrasing (and speed, of course…).
February 5, 2019 at 7:54 AM #2041577
goandrius you sure have achieved a respectable level of Wildwood Flower ( with the CGO style ). That was very good. Keep ’em coming. It’s motivation for many of us “wannabees” that dream of someday reaching the “CGO style” summit.
I have older recordings of some of my attempts at “CGO style” and while it seems I make progress, it is like “picking the white off the rice” to get to the next plateau. I keep telling myself “never give up”.
Looking forward to your future updates on your progress.
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February 6, 2019 at 2:57 AM #2041662
Yeah, that’s how I feel as well and how I felt almost exclusively for the first 7 or so years of my guitar-playing life. It’s only in the last 2 or 3 years that I’ve been able to listen back to recordings without cringing at bum notes and expressionless playing, but I’ve also put in many more hours of practice than probably ever before by keeping to a pretty regular schedule of an hour or two every few days during the week and often more than that during the weekends. Still, one plateau always leads to another — I’ve recently joined a bluegrass trio and I want to be able to improvise lead stuff but it’s my first band and seamlessly switching from rhythm to lead is giving me quite a lot of trouble. I think this feeling of plateau after plateau is almost a rite of passage for every hobbyist guitar player. What helps me the most is focusing on my next goal, whether it’s memorizing a certain song, achieving a certain target speed, or learning some aspect of music theory — that’s what helps me to never give up (most of the time).
February 6, 2019 at 8:57 AM #2041673
Nice one Andrius! That sounds great. The intermediate version isn’t easy…you played that nice line over the F chord perfectly and I think that’s one of the trickiest parts. I’ll stumble on that section sometimes…and the chromatic bass walk up the 6th and 5th strings is always tough. Really nice job. I’d love to hear more of your stuff too, and let us know if you upload any videos of your new trio. Thanks for posting –
February 6, 2019 at 2:59 PM #2041694
Very nice Andrius! Sounds really good. What guitar is that by the way? It has an interestingly bright sound. I think you banged the nail on the head when you mentioned the many hours practice required to attain a decent level of competence with your picking. I am not practicing enough, I never did. In the evenings I’m tired after driving an hour back from work and cooking, ironing etc, and then during the weekend, well, it’s the weekend! Visiting friends and family, house chores, diy, gardening, writing a book, you name it! There’s always an excuse not to practice enough! Grrrrr!
February 7, 2019 at 4:45 AM #2041716
Thanks for the positive feedback guys, it honestly made my day — and made me want to practice even more… That take came after warming up for a good hour or so, I definitely can’t play it that well at that speed 100% of the time, probably not even 50% of the time. Still, I hope that after a few more months of working on my crosspicking, I’ll be able to play with that kind of speed and accuracy consistently and maybe with a little more clarity. Goals, goals, goals…
The guitar is a Taylor 214ce (solid Sitka spruce top and layered koa back and sides) and I honestly love it. I bought it about 8 months ago and it’s my first half-decent guitar, so that may be part of the reason why I’m so enamoured with it. That vid was recorded with a laptop mic, so I think that’s exaggerating the already fairly bright tone. Plus, the strings are 80/20 bronze for that old-school feel and I generally prefer them lighter because I also quite like fingerpicking. Here’s a quick recording I made using my phone of one of the Worried Blues melodies, which I think sounds more like what the guitar sounds like in real life: https://clyp.it/wqmchquu?token=6e8a8ea0fd84b714b80cb62b2893268c
February 10, 2019 at 7:15 AM #2041834
Hi Andriushi andrius, I am sure you’ll get there with perseverance and determination. Very few musicians manage to play perfect pieces every single time they perform. To their ears, there is always room to improve no matter how good the audience thinks the music is. That guitar of yours sounds pretty sweet, I have never owned a Taylor but they’re obviouly worth their buck judging by the reviews, I was expecting to find another 6 videos of yours by now, so what are you waiting for…? Good stuuff,
February 10, 2019 at 7:17 AM #2041838
And apologies fir the bead spelling above, I am having issues with the ipad so I can’t see half of the screen and what I am typing,..!
February 11, 2019 at 9:48 AM #2041987
No worries re. the spelling! I’m working on East Tennessee Blues right now (what an awesome tune) but I want the performance to be a little better than Wildwood Flower, so I might give it another week or so of extra practice before releasing my attempt out into the wild…
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February 16, 2019 at 5:21 AM #2042201
Alright, here’s that East Tennessee Blues attempt:
It’s not quite a perfect try in terms of missed notes and definitely not perfect in terms of timing and note length (it gets a little choppy in places), but I’m trying to play it fairly cleanly and confidently at around 200 BPM. And it doesn’t look like it, but my concentration here is pretty much at maximum levels, so it would be nice to play this at this speed while being much more relaxed. 😀
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February 19, 2019 at 9:40 AM #2042412
Nice! You’ve got that one down. It’s a tough one at 200 BPM and your pick strokes are nice and clean. Really great job. I still think my favorite part of that arrangement is the bluesy bend on the B string. I always try to work that in over the F chord when I’m jamming in C. Fun stuff. Keep the videos coming! It’s nice seeing your progress each time…picking is getting cleaner and faster.
February 19, 2019 at 10:09 AM #2042414
Wahey, thanks for taking the time to reply again! Yeah, I feel like I’ve made some nice progress since the last video, so I guess I’ll see if I can keep it going. I also love the bends in this arrangement — the D# to E bend with the middle finger is deceptively difficult at that speed. I pretty much missed it in the video because I wasn’t reinforcing it with my index finger, which was rushing to the first fret. But now that I’ve spotted why I’m missing it, I’ll try to clean it up…
February 20, 2019 at 4:02 PM #2042502
That’s superb Andrius. Really nice, confident picking. Well done indeed. And yes, the bluesy end sounds awesome. I have started ‘whisky before breakfast’ but I’m nowhere near ready to post it. I’m really glad that a few of us are now posting videos and enjoying it. The ice is indeed broken!
February 23, 2019 at 5:25 AM #2042636
Haven’t had much time to practice this week… But that’s only because I just got myself a banjo and have spent my free evenings on that! I’m from Lithuania and there aren’t really any music shops that sell them, so I had to order online and get it delivered. Got myself a Deering Goodtime 2. And I just learn my first tune, as well — Cripple Creek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kegbN5YWu60
February 24, 2019 at 9:49 AM #2042745
Sounds great, you’re a natural! Really good for your first tune. I actually picked up a banjo about a year ago too. Went with the Goodtime banjo on an impulse purchase…realized later I should’ve bought a resonator and upgraded a bit to a Gold Tone. Looks like you made a good choice with the Goodtime 2. I think they’re really nice to play and they hold tuning better than some expensive banjos I’ve played.
I ran across this guy’s video a bit ago and I really like the lick he teaches around 2 minutes in the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4feoKxBw_I8 It’s been one of my favorite G licks that looks flashy up the neck but it’s actually not too bad to play. Hope you keep posting some good banjo videos after you learn some more.
February 24, 2019 at 10:11 AM #2042768
Cheers, Devin! I’d say the years of fingerstyle guitar definitely make it way easier to play banjo and that’s pretty much all I played for the first 4 or 5 years of my guitar-playing life. The trickiest thing was getting used to the fingerpicks, but the alternating roll, for example, is very easy when you come from a folk/blues fingerstyle background. Still, it’s one thing to have fingers that can move relatively fast, being able to create decent sounding music with them is completely different… That bluesy G lick is awesome — definitely going to try it out once I get home!
I like the Deering — it definitely has no problem staying in tune or keeping in tune up and down the neck and that’s obviously one of the most important things with any instrument. The tone is pretty good too, but it’s the first and only banjo I’ve ever played so I don’t really have much to compare it to!
February 26, 2019 at 6:37 AM #2042869
Worried Blues recorded at home and thanks to Devin’s arrangement.
Cheers Devin 🙂
February 26, 2019 at 1:20 PM #2042886
Love it! Thanks Justin! Your vocals in this one have an influence that I can’t quite put my finger on. Sounds great. Really like your style you added to it. Still picking with the Bluechip CT55? I just ordered a Bluechip TAD-3R with the 55 thickness. Kind of curious about how the rounded edges will sound on the mic. I’ll keep you posted.
Have a good week –
February 26, 2019 at 3:12 PM #2042895
Lovely stuff Justin. Sounds divine. I want to see the guitar thought!
February 26, 2019 at 4:46 PM #2042900
February 26, 2019 at 4:52 PM #2042901
Thanks Devin and Alex for your very kind words.
I play a Martin HD28v as pictured above, it’s my pride and joy, although I’m also lucky enough to also have a D18. Both are lovely but totally different sounds which I love.
I’m still using the Blue Chip pick, took me a few weeks to get used to it, but I wouldn’t be without it now. Certainly has a unique sound to it and feel.
Thanks again Devin, love the site and I’m enjoying playing more than ever. 😀
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February 26, 2019 at 4:57 PM #2042904
February 27, 2019 at 2:35 PM #2042926
Those are a couple of beautiful guitars. The D-18 looks like it might be a Golden Era model. Really nice.
February 28, 2019 at 5:14 AM #2042980
Hi Devin it’s a D18e Retro with the Fishman F1 Aura electrics. It sounds amazing.
My love of Martin’s came from my late dad. He always wanted one but sadly could never afford one. He had instead a very nice Yamaha which I now have too. When I was 40 I decided to save up and buy my hd28v for my birthday and to remember my father by.
The D18 came this year as I’m playing live more and needed to play through a PA system.
Both guitars are lovely acoustically and I play both very regularly. 😀
March 19, 2019 at 3:31 PM #2044408
Hi Justin. I haven’t logged on for a while, so I’ve just seen your photos. You have two beautiful instruments but the HD28v looks amazing. It has a really nice vintage sheen to it. Did you buy it new or second-hand? That thing can only sound better with time. And considering how it sounds now, imagine it in 20 years of so…
April 2, 2019 at 5:07 PM #2045204
Haven’t logged in for a couple of weeks and sadly notice that no one has posted any more playing videos for a while! Come on folks, time to catch up! I’m just as bad though, far too busy with work and the rest to practice!
April 24, 2019 at 7:32 AM #2046550
Hi Alex, sorry for the late reply. My hd28v is 1995. I love it, it’s plays and sounds amazing. You are right guitars just get better with age.
What guitar do you play?
May 8, 2019 at 2:40 AM #2047388
just seen your reply after several weeks. I have a Blueridge BR180 and now a Martin D15. I bought the Martin out of curiosity on eBay after watching Devin’s videos and I must say that it sounds incredible. A lovely dark woody tone compared to the crisp highs of the Blueridge. I have just had an LR Bagg Anthem SL installed in the Blueridge which sounds great on the AC33 Roland amp. With the setting on 3/4 mic side (1/4 piezo) it reproduces the tone of the guitar very well even at high volume.
I’m taking a break from CGO during the summer months as I won’t have much time to practice, but will be back in late autumn. By then, I’m sure Devin will have posted even more lessons. You just can’t keep up with him…
I’ll leave you all with my latest attempt at Early snow by Tom Paxton on the Baggs amplified BR. I learnt it by watching Tom’s videos and messing around with easy chords. No lessons so it might not sound perfect. This is a good one to practice hammer ons and pull offs and sing along to a ‘sleepy’ tune.
See you all here at CGO in about 6 months!
May 8, 2019 at 3:02 AM #2047389
Oh, and this one played on the old D15. Nice walkdowns on this old JD’s tune.
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