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Practicing This Will Change Your Phrasing Forever!

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►►Free Theory Course https://goo.gl/Han6lO On this video I will tell you what you should practice when you don't know what to practice. Whenever I'm stuck I do this exercise. Choose a kid's song and learn the theme by ear, once you have a sense of the tempo start improvising going back to the theme every once in a while. When you make a mistake, stop and analyze what went wrong and work on that. That's what I've been doing recently and it's really helping me improve my playing. ►►Watch This Video Next https://goo.gl/1f9R9A ►Subscribe https://goo.gl/CmJzN2 ►Short Guitar Lessons https://goo.gl/BVjLOs ►Long Guitar Lessons https://goo.gl/i8Wml0 ►Lesson Packs https://goo.gl/kNEBI8 ►Guitar Licks https://goo.gl/yEYTPJ ►Reviews https://goo.gl/Bb9uTn ►Check Out My Music https://goo.gl/Tocer3 ►Business Inquiries: [email protected] Follow Me! Facebook https://www.facebook.com/wallimanndavid Twitter http://www.twitter.com/wallimann Endorsed by Fractal Audio http://www.fractalaudio.com ClearTone Strings http://www.cleartonestrings.com V-Picks https://v-picks.com DiMarzio Pickups http://www.dimarzio.com XiTone Cabs http://www.xitonecabs.com Guitar Pro https://goo.gl/VM5QEx Hosa cables http://hosatech.com -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
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Logan-5 (12 days ago)
I knew you could Shred I have been watching your videos trying to find you actually Shredding . Would still like to hear & watch you with full on Distortion Heavy Metal style Shredding . I know your more of a Blues man but guys like me who love the Shred need guys like you to inspire us onward and upward !! Thanks David !!!!
Paul Prenzlow (13 days ago)
Great lesson. Showing the love from Mississippi
Albert Burton (14 days ago)
This is an extremely useful hint as to how to practice and genuinely develop improvisational skills. The advice to engage our ear is something many of us at intermediate level should listen too. Thanks for this David, it's appreciated and I'm actually intrigued enough to go off now to start working on it.
Rory McClellan (15 days ago)
Your tone is so righteous in this video! Godspeed.
wa ja (1 month ago)
I like you you emphasize melody or musicality instead of speed shreading scales. And..have fun
700k gs (1 month ago)
simple, but brilliant idea. can't describe with a word, really nice advice so far, in other way for finding ideas of improvisations.
Benito Estrada (1 month ago)
Spent more time showing off your skills than teach. Be concise. Remember we do not know much.
Thanks man, Its already giving me more control on the board.Subscribing
wa ja (1 month ago)
Fantastic perspective. Being a copy cat isbmy concern. Subscribed.
James Damwhil Lumactud (2 months ago)
This video is a blessing! Hahaha It somehow made me laugh, but honestly it really made me understand in listening to what I think. Many thanks.
RedLikeWater (4 months ago)
His verbal cadence is bizarre, like an ESL student or Christopher Walken. His emphasis on 'chron' when saying synchronization was unexpected and weird...like when Jan Irvin mispronounces the word origin. The way some one who's read the word in a foreign language but has never heard it spoken before. I'll refrain from commenting on his awkward mannerisms and mechanical playing. Thumbs down. Twice
David Wallimann (4 months ago)
Spot on on ESL! English is indeed NOT my first language.
Ron Gillespie (4 months ago)
What would your advice be for someone who has been practicing economy picking for over one year and still not fluent. Actually not even 50% fluency. Most tech Meeks that don’t come to me very quickly I scrap them but this one intrigues me and it became personal after a few months but so far it is defeating me just like alternate picking string changes did.
Eric D. (4 months ago)
Salut David ! Félicitations pour ce fabuleux "canal" youtube. J'ai souvent regardé tes vidéos et franchement, j'ai très rarement vu un aussi beau jeu sur une guitare. Tu n'es pas que technique, tu as intégré l'émotion ou le "feel" dans ton jeu et je considère que c'est une rareté de nos jours. J'ai été maniaque de Van Halen pour son mélange de hard rock et de blues. Que de pures émotions en ce qui me concerne (dans ma jeunesse en tout cas). Je crois que ça prend des qualité très profondes venues de l'âme pour franchir cette frontière. Bref, merci pour tout ! Si je pouvais seulement suivre tes conseils mais je dois suivre quelques formations avant de comprendre. Ça viendra car c'est mon rêve le plus important. Désolé pour mon mauvais français. J'écris davantage en anglais depuis quelques mois-années. Salut du Canada !
byebyecali (4 months ago)
David- Great video. Jazz musicians and myself have been doing just what you've described forever. On a lot of old recordings you can hear the guitar player singing what he's going to play. This is the secret to improvisation. Most rockers as you know,run scales, patterns and little tricks trills. Many people have asked, what's the secret to playing over changes, especially when they change keys. Well... here's the answer. We can sing over any changes. Our brains always knew how to. So , that's the answer. Sing over the changes in your head and play what you're singing as you've told everyone to do to improvise. It's just a little expansion on what you've been saying in your video.
chuckHart70 (4 months ago)
Wow... I watch a ton of vids, but this is one of the best. Learn to play by what you already know. Everyone knows this melody!
Elijah Tiner (4 months ago)
Man I love this channel
Guitar1969 (4 months ago)
First heard David when he was teaching at GuitarMasterClass. Love his stuff...
David Wallimann (4 months ago)
Thank you so much man! :)
J Rose (4 months ago)
If you watch John Mayer in his Instagram feeds he does this exercise. You can watch him try to workout what the mind is hearing, sometimes he get it right and sometimes it takes him a few times but its a big part of his routine. This is what keeps him on his toes. Good leason to work with something you know really well and go from there.
Patrick Kem (4 months ago)
Hi David, Wanted to weigh in on your fingering exercise. I have been playing for almost 50 yrs and have since had to undergo corporal tunnel syndrome surgery on both wrist Double trigger thumbs. The whole bit. And since watching your approach to fingering control has been very uplifting. It’s the first solid thing I have heard that is beyond,,sorry dude ,,good luck. And I will tell you that attitude is everything! Thanks again brother.!
Marlon Mendoza (4 months ago)
wow. very nice video..:)
Slave Nation (4 months ago)
I almost turned it off after the first few minutes...too much talk at first.
David Wallimann (4 months ago)
I know, I know... what made you continue watching though, just curious?
Guitar Works (5 months ago)
I've been playing guitar for almost 50 years. I practiced for years with almost no input other than replicating what i heard on records and of course just jamming along with songs....correcting "mistakes as i went along until i could play what i heard in my head. I can sing along with my solos, and i know instinctively where on the instrument i can play to best express myself. I have no use/need for tabs, notation, etc to figure out what i can hear better without relying on someone elses interpretation which is many times incorrect anyway. recently Ritchie Blackmore made some comments about Joe Satriani which MANY took out of context...ie....if you never play a wrong note, something is wrong. I just loved this....this is from the heart from someone who became a guitar hero/icon despite the fact that if you listen closely to his performances, very FEW were scripted/rehearsed. Highway Star, Lazy, and e few other "brilliant solos" were written, rehearsed for the recorded performance. beyond that, he played very much in an improvisational manner, and there are a LOT of "out of the box" notes in his solos....wrong? notes....maybe, maybe not...but signature expressiveness that leads to an instantly recognizable style. it's great to see someone like you on youtube encouraging aspiring players to actually "listen" to what they are playing and correcting sour notes as they appear. FINALLY someone who knows that the simple mechanics of the instrument can be learned in a few short years ...but for some even a lifetime of playing/practicing fast scales etc NEVER leads to anything really expressive and/or musical. the key is to develop a balance of the two by really LISTENING to your own performances and figure out where the improvements need to happen. This form of self-criticism is sometimes difficult for some, but if you can work it out and be honest with yourself you will progress much farther than someone who just practices mechanical finger movements and considers him/herself a good guitarist.
Jazz Haze (5 months ago)
Waited 2 minutes to see if the comments below about too much talking were accurate... sure enough... no info at all in the first 2... but hey, I'm not taking time to try to do instructional videos—so I should shut up. Good job, David
Jazz Haze (5 months ago)
David.... You know—I get it! I'm stuck in the studio ALONE so much... when I get out in public I go nuts sometimes—telling stories to strangers ..... Anyway... Nice lesson!
David Wallimann (5 months ago)
Haha! Thanks! Working alone all day long makes me want to chat to you guys. :)
Louise Attzs (5 months ago)
Acoustics in the room are great. Your sounds so calm
Byron Page (5 months ago)
Thank You! Very much 👍☺
elian kim capacio (5 months ago)
such a nice guy
Forallofus Plenty (5 months ago)
david thank you for your efforts...when i read the comments appearing i decided not to criticize yer guitar TONE during the first 4 min, HAHAHA keep it up my friend, you r doing something positive with your life energies and HELPING others to grow in an area that remains INTEGRAL to our very souls in these VERY deceptive days
David Wallimann (5 months ago)
Thank you! :)
aiza sinlao (5 months ago)
Get to the point dumbass
aiza sinlao (5 months ago)
Shut up
jamesha175 (5 months ago)
and there he is: a musician who happens to play the guitar, as opposed to a guitar player.
vincej151 (5 months ago)
Thank you David. My 20 year old son who plays stevie ray vaughan like a demon, always tells me that my problem is that I play guitar like it was a computer ie lifeless, with no feel.
jamesha175 (5 months ago)
well there's a switch!
Glenn Winburn (5 months ago)
Iv subscribed to ur channel,, seems i come away with a lil somethin new every time,, n thats always good. Thx
Dream Diction (6 months ago)
Quit yakking and get to the point of the title.
We the People (6 months ago)
I just subscribed! This is a great rudimentary concept which even advanced players should practice! Popeye's theme, Pac Man, etc! I really like playing The Wild wild West, the Munsters & even lost in Space! I follow the changes of each theme as they are arranged slightly different through the years!
Stephen Gritton (6 months ago)
David, I would have preferred to send this to you privately, sorry. Thanks for sharing, mate, but I want to give you a little bit of feedback. It was almost four minutes in before I discovered what your video was about. Please summarise what we'll learn from you before your preamble! I almost clicked away and I wonder how many others have acted on that same urge. Could be that 125 thumbs down? I mean for this to be a constructive critique. I know it was unsolicited; please forgive me if I've overstepped. All the best.
LesPeterGuitarJam (6 months ago)
everthing you can whistle, you will be able to play (on any instrument). was a trick i learned by my dad, he didnt knew any music theory at all. but he was really good at play by ear. and its really easy when whistling to hear where the notes are relative to each other..
David Wallimann (6 months ago)
That’s an awesome tip, thank you!
Needles165 (6 months ago)
Lesson starts at 3:22
Olymoon Good (6 months ago)
Thank you David, I came to this way of practice before, intuitively, then I thought, wTF are you doing? Now I see your video, explaining clearly why is this so positive, so I'll go back to this. Thank you very much.
syncro16se (6 months ago)
Thank you so much for the last couple of minutes at the end. Be yourself. Be unique. Great profound message. Simple yet powerful
Mike W (6 months ago)
This is good stuff. Thanks!
Burn Notice (6 months ago)
Beginning with 2 minutes of Nothing.
Camilo Gaviria (6 months ago)
Great concept thanks a lot, I will introduce this into my practice routine.
e200al1 (6 months ago)
Your tips are gold!!! I’ve been struggling with improvisation fir years and could not learn it from different instructors, whether online or online. But your lessons are really helping me. Thank you David!!!
handicapitation (6 months ago)
How did I go my whole life without realizing that the Alphabet song and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star was the same melody?
Steve Ozone (7 months ago)
Isn't that twinkle twinkle Little star?
Samantha Price (7 months ago)
I used to warm up playing the Flinstones theme on my trumpet hehe..
Luminositymusic (7 months ago)
I am not watched this the guitar sound is harsh. You want to sound like Vai, but your not.
channel-z (5 months ago)
Luminositymusic you are actually retarded. go somewhere else with your foamy mouth.
Tactical Bathtub (6 months ago)
Luminositymusic. The guitar tone in this is actually quite clear and allows for every note to be defined. It's not an attempt to take Vai's tone, but all great guitar players search for clarity in even heavily distorted tone (John Pettucci for example).
Daniel Homes (5 months ago)
your speach at the beginning reminds me on my guitar teacher. Nice words about learning music and instrument.Thx David. R.I.P Rainer
Andrew Pope (7 months ago)
I guess
maxitrillion (7 months ago)
Great video, but I wish you did the twinkle twinkle little star song instead because it would have been a lot easier to improv on
David Wallimann (7 months ago)
kausmo tumynski (7 months ago)
Ugh mindless scale runs, this is what happens when you eschew jazz and blues basics when you learn guitar: just a mindless noodle. Ear training is a basic component of music pedagogy. Better yet learn to write out what you hear as well.
colaboytje (7 months ago)
There is not a single lesson that will teach you how to play what you hear in your head the moment you start playing. There is the fact that people have a talent/genetic feature that allows them to identify a note without reference. That is called absolute hearing or an absolute ear. That is only a small percentage of people. You can train your ear/hearing so you recognise intervals, but if you don't have the genes for absolute hearing, you'll never get to that point where you can hear for example a drum being tuned to a G note without reference. That is the majority of people. And then you have tone deaf people. Why do I say this what you probably allready knew? It's very important to realise in what category you are, because you might be chasing an unobtainable goal. My advice would be: play as many songs as you can. Listen to every note while you are playing it. At some point you will be able to recognise stuff, because you remember it. That is memory training. Learn as many riffs as you can, and you will start to recognise parts of those riffs in other songs. So what you are actually doing is memory training, which is called ear training in music terms. Do this every day: you hear a song you like and then learn to play that song or parts of that song. It will help your technical abilities and will at the same time train your ear/memory. If you look at for example John Mayer: he has absolute hearing. Don't expect to be able to play like John Mayer if you don't have that talent. But you can learn and train to a point where you will be satisfied by accepting your limits. You will feel comfortable during jams, because you know your limits. If you go in execting to play like John Mayer, you will get frustrated, angry and discouraged. I'm using John Mayer as an example because he is well known.
Brad Atherton (6 months ago)
colaboytje Those are notes, but not frequencies. If you ask someone with perfect pitch (or anyone really) to hum an A note, they might hum 440 Hz (most common), or they might prefer 432 Hz. If you ask this person to slide to the perfect 5th, will they slide to 440*1.5 (Pythagorean Temperment), or will they slide to 440*(2^7/12) (Equal Temperment)? The punchline I'm after is...genetic predisposition is one thing, but when notes, scales, and frequencies are man-made then the only thing limiting you is how hard you want to work for it. It is important for individuals interested in music to understand this type of detail because it will guard them against selling themselves short or chickening out due to notions like "I wasn't born with a good ear" blah blah excuse excuse. The human mind is the biggest limitation of all, not genetics. Cheers to that.
colaboytje (6 months ago)
Brad Atherton c, f, a#, F#, .... That's what I meant. The 12 notes in western music.
Brad Atherton (6 months ago)
colaboytje Recognize what notes in between? If you understand how temperments works, you'll realize all intervals are man-made and therefore must be learned. So if anyone claims they have pitch, make sure to ask them what temperment they have lol.
colaboytje (6 months ago)
Brad Atherton It's not negative. Science backs it up. I can tune a guitar by ear as well, but that is not absolute hearing. That is reference hearing. If you have absolute hearing, you could recognise the e,a,d,g,b,e on any instrument and all the notes in between. You could recognise the pitch of a drill sound for example. Or a simple computer generated note without overtones.
IT'SME (7 months ago)
For how long did you practice before you realized you didn't know what to practice and then figure out what you needed to practice again? LOL
Jay M (7 months ago)
some very helpful & usefull ideas that can expand into many other practice methods. thank you David.
chinookmark (7 months ago)
I totally agree with this theory! I’ve been a rock/punk/metal player for decades. My improvisation was never anything more than rehashed pentatonic/harmonic minor shred type stuff. Recently, out of lack of free time, I play my acoustic along with my toddlers’ music. Learning all the kid songs by ear has actually been a really eye (ear?) opening experience. Just seeing how the melodies are constructed has really changed my playing. I find it a lot easier to improvise and construct a melody, and my improv now sounds less like scale exercises and more like music.
specterman74 (7 months ago)
I liked this lesson a lot! In theory, it sounds like it should help me grow as a guitarist. I will try it and see if it helps me. Thanks!
Da Guvna (7 months ago)
Great lesson. When you were improvising with the ABC song were you trying to follow the same chord progression as the song? In other words, what connection did the improvised parts have to the melody aside from being in the same key? Also where are you from originally?
David Wallimann (7 months ago)
Thanks! I wasn’t following chords, but using the scales as a guide. I’m originally from South France. :)
Max Kristoffersson (7 months ago)
Very helpfull lesson 👍
Triston Evetts (7 months ago)
no offense but just get to the point and quit tweaking
tangentz0007 (7 months ago)
Please ignore the negative people here. They probably can't connect two scales together.
bashu shah (7 months ago)
Very valuables information keep shining
Todd Garrigus (7 months ago)
Loved the video, David! Thanks and subscribed!
David Wallimann (7 months ago)
Thanks Todd!
Troy Blair (7 months ago)
David just lucked onto your channel and I'm blown away man! Can't wait to check out more of your lessons!
David Wallimann (7 months ago)
Thank you!
Extra Mile (7 months ago)
Thank you for you contribution. Your aesthetic judgment is traditional and true. Playing guitar is also like dancing.
nicholascremato (8 months ago)
Drummers call this the doodle.
erock steady (8 months ago)
do you tour bro?
David Wallimann (8 months ago)
Thanks for asking! I don', the last gig I played was years ago! :)
Daniel Zaragoza (8 months ago)
Great lesson !
PO G (8 months ago)
That beginning was smashing!
Mary Flack (8 months ago)
This was just what I needed!
Stevo _ (8 months ago)
Can't believe you guys, its for free and your whinging ? ....... how about the guy/gal thats never seen a vid from this channel
Joseph Butler (8 months ago)
I've been struggling with practicing phrasing lately. Thank you so much for this realistic and accessible practice technique!
lewisbeeman (8 months ago)
I appreciate you taking the time to teach via YouTube. This seems like a good practicing tip.
Winston C (8 months ago)
Very good vid. Very helpful and lays out a clear path.
Bollywood cover (8 months ago)
mr5jr (8 months ago)
mr5jr (8 months ago)
David Wallimann but for real though, I remember seeing your video on that strange pick from years ago. I had seen a few rob Chapman videos, and thought he was you lol I tried to find that video by typing his name 😂
David Wallimann (8 months ago)
Haha! :)
mr5jr (8 months ago)
David Wallimann your doppelgänger! Lol
David Wallimann (8 months ago)
Rob who?
Dean Bibb (8 months ago)
This is so simple and enlightening! Thanks Dave!
R. McCloud (8 months ago)
Hey I really loved this vid and the content was really cool . I’m gonna subscribe now , hell im 60 years old, but what you’re doing in this vid is just like what I’m doing with “Piggies “ right now, trying do s jazz deal because I love the tune not cuz Scofield did a version which I also love . The part about personal uniqueness is what made me subscribe, Thanks I’ll be watching from now on,
David Wallimann (8 months ago)
Thanks a lot! :)
Jared B (8 months ago)
You remind me of Steve Brule. But with less crazy hair.
13thAMG (8 months ago)
Interesting headstock on a strat. Humbuckers too. :-)
Shaun mcinnis (8 months ago)
ABC's is the Same melody as twinkle twinkle little star. Wow, I knew that lick from somewhere.  : ) Also, did you know you can like your own comments?  ; )
Life-Row-Toll (6 months ago)
BB Dog Video (7 months ago)
It's also the same melody as Ba Ba Black Sheep. It was written by Mozart when he was a child. 😉
Bob Kersting (8 months ago)
Glad I clicked on your lesson David. Well taught! I subscribed in the first minute. Thanks
Gary Shelton (8 months ago)
Just wanted to say THANK YOU!
David Wallimann (8 months ago)
Thanks Gary!
david porter (8 months ago)
I've been playing for many years and practicing leads for 2 or 3 of those years now, and can't seem to get past a slow tempo. Maybe 16th notes at 50bpm with my alternate picking. Hammers and pulls I can do a lot better, but I've specifically been practicing coordinating my hands for alt picking and can't seem to get any better. What can I do to get over this wall??
scobie187 (3 months ago)
Triston Evetts (7 months ago)
take it slow learn the feeling of your picking. if you think too hard and technical it will screw you up. think of alt picking as a groovy flow and practice on certain strings. took me a while to learn it for metallica solos but in a few days it was like i had been using alt picking my entire life
Miko miko won (8 months ago)
Then you must be something wrong. Check your picking habits.
Daren Lawrence (8 months ago)
Keep going and keep your left fingers close and pick movement small as possible - don't dig deep on strings.
Robert Dunn (8 months ago)
david porter I watched a video on practicing tremolo picking to pick up more speed, try looking it up on YouTube it may help.
Mark Brown (8 months ago)
You know what I've been playing for about 25 years. I suck still! For the reasons you laid out here. I can hear something great in my mind, but if I hit the wrong note, now I've changed the melody in my mind. That's how my brain works. If I hear a set of notes my mind starts creating music based off what I hear. So, if a note comes out different the music in my mind compensates and then the original don't sound right anymore. However, I can just fly, on my scales (that I know) from all the practice I do on them, because I get frustrated with trying to improv.
RadioFreePG (8 months ago)
First visit. You're OK, David. Good choice of song, BECAUSE Mozart did use it: you can never go wrong copying the masters. Thank you.
hottamanful (8 months ago)
Thanks.. very beautiful ideas .. I like listening to u talking by the way 😊
joa fusaro (8 months ago)
Lovely tone
Stephen Webb (8 months ago)
Damn people below bitch a lot about a free lesson ..
Martin Rhodes (8 months ago)
David - a few of us suggested you cut short the long intro you have on your recent videos. Kayoss - as so often happens online - polluted the feed with anger and disrespect. But not important.
David Wallimann (8 months ago)
Oh ok! The channel has attracted a few of those comments lately - it’s frustrating! Thanks for watching my videos! :)
Martin Rhodes (8 months ago)
Dear Kayoss - it was just a bit of feedback. Go find a therapist for your anger issues.
C4r7 (6 months ago)
You're good man.
David Wallimann (8 months ago)
Who’s Kayoss? Did I miss something?
Summersblues1 (8 months ago)
Less talk!! ,your talking way to much!!!
Summersblues1 (6 months ago)
Horror Head , if he just played the lick and gave me the tablature ,I would pick it up right away! I understand if you’re beginning you might want things explained, and I get that, but I’m at the point where I just wanna see the tablature ,and play the lick
Horror Head (6 months ago)
Summersblues1 i guess he could just shred your face off for 10 mins lol not sure what you’d learn tho other than he is a badass on guitar 😏
Noah Fitzell (8 months ago)
isn't that what a lesson is though??
David Wallimann (8 months ago)
I’ve been told. :D
jubjub f (8 months ago)
Oh my..........The Alaphabet song is the same as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star........Things you never quite realize
Jabelar (6 months ago)
Also Ba Ba Black Sheep.
dog breath (8 months ago)
I practice , what key and mode is my flagalant in .
Justin Fisher (8 months ago)
This is excellent advice!
Greg Wood (8 months ago)
At first I thought you were playing a crappy cheap guitar, then I heard you "take off" - it was clear that you had a professional instrument. Your playing, BTW, is horrifyingly spectacular. Please leave the 4 min or so of jammin' at the intro.
David Wallimann (8 months ago)
Thank you so much!!
Shawn Jackson (8 months ago)
finely someone is trying to teach the connection of the soul bone to the heart bone to the fret bone !!! so many skip this or just don't get it at all ! make er sing ! first you have to understand what she is saying before you can set er free !
Sanjay kumar (8 months ago)
Cool Guitar
seemykids99 (9 months ago)
If Dr Steve Bruhl taught guitar
Jared B (8 months ago)
seemykids99 , I just commented the same thing and then scrolled down. I'm glad someone else thinks so too!
Carlos (9 months ago)
I clicked on this expecting to be disappointed and I was not. Impressive, thank you. It really was inspiring. I was actually in that "what do I practice" rut.
David (9 months ago)
Great practice idea!

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