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    Quote Originally Posted by dennis.hodges View Post
    please specify which Phase 1 bass lessons for which you need supplemental material. Every bass lesson that was posted that NEEDED tab (i.e., the teacher is actually showing a scale or exercise) has the required material. Some lessons are just talks, like the introductions in each series, or discussions about parts of the bass, tone, etc.

    I know this because I personally notated the following Phase 1 bass lessons: Dave Ellefson, Evan Brewer, Billy Sheehan, and John DeServio, and proofread all of Larry Cook's material (he supplied his own).

    There have been times in the past where lessons slipped through the cracks and went up without tabs, but those days have been over for about 2 years. If anyone ever finds a lesson without tab, please send a note to JamPlay's customer service and it will be fixed immediately.
    Hi Dennis. On the screen is a thing that says "print write up". That always seems to produce a blank page with JamPlay's header on it. Perhaps it HAS a function but it had confused me early on when I began my subscription. One can confuse it with what the designers term "supplemental content". Also on the new interface there should be cursor "hovers" which tell you what a button does. Those are so standard it's hard to believe a beta test wouldn't turn that up as a distinct oversight. The buttons around the screen where the instruction is given don't have needed hovering cursor balloons to say what the action the button triggers.

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    I see. I can't help with cursor balloons, but hopefully this will make sense-

    the "Print Write-up" option, located in the "About" section, exists to print a write-up if one exists for a lesson. This is, in my opinion, an embarrassing problem since we stopped doing write-ups for lessons back in 2009 or so. I understood the original concern to be the supplemental content, meaning TABs for lessons. These are always found in the "Supplemental" section of each lesson.

    For anyone who wasn't sure, any lesson on JamPlay currently that is meant to have TAB has it, and can be found in the "Supplemental" section, not the "About" section. By clicking on "Supplemental," you will see all pages available for the lesson, as well as print options, MP3 files, and downloading options for MP3s.

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    Is there any tricks to get your left hand to stay in proper form when playing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzart View Post
    Is there any tricks to get your left hand to stay in proper form when playing?
    Practice as slow as possible to a metronome and concentrate on your form. Don't worry about speed at all, just playing correctly. Slowly increase the speed over time and you will find your concentrated practice has turned itself into muscle memory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzart View Post
    Is there any tricks to get your left hand to stay in proper form when playing?
    I'm not sure what you mean but here are a few concerns. If your bass is slung too low the angle of your wrist will cause extra pressure on your carpal tunnel which is the channel on your palm that happens when you touch your thumb to your pinky. (I have had the surgery on that hand and it wasn't all that successful.) So hold the bass and neck where it least bends your wrist inwards.

    Another thing is to make sure your hand is completely dry when starting to play. I have used a little baby powder after towel drying my hand. Don't leave any powder on--just clap your hands once to shake any extra off.

    Make sure you're action is as good as it can be. Also, you might want to try flat wound strings or "half rounds". These make the surface of the string smooth and you get a small difference in action because the winding won't buzz with low action (unless it's really too low).

    Keep your left hand finger nails trimmed be careful, of course, when handing anything that can cut you on the finger tip. I once forgot I put a razor blade in a little box and some time latter started throwing picks into the box. One night at a bar people started clamoring for us to play go get some guitars and jam. I was a little "oiled" and went up to my apartment to get my bass and grab a pick (I no longer use a pick on bass). So fishing around in a hurry without looking, yep, sliced open the tip of my index finger. That blew that. (But I wound up with someone else's bass and bled on his strings. Sorry). A cut on the finger tip is a nagging problem that can sideline you for a while--especially if you use round wound strings.

    Other than that just being careful not to hurt your hand, using a hand strengthener (either the kind with several springs or the V shaped one built around one spring at the fulfrum). Always be care not to bend your wrist toward the inside. That can lead to the carpal tunnel--which feels like a "stinger". Good luck.

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    I'm just starting. So, I don't have much in the way of suggestions as far as content goes. I have had a Guitar Tricks account for awhile and I do find the interface here a bit more appealing. I do like the content for guitar at GT but the interface is more "clunky" than the one here. The only issue that I've had is that when I finish a series of scenes, it says that I'm 100% complete but my progress on my home main lesson page doesn't always match that. I've tried to manually go back and make sure that all of the scenes are at 100% and that doesn't usually do it. The only thing that works is just run through all the scenes in a lesson again and then it marks everything at 100%.

    Here's something that would be nice for me. When there is music (and/or tabs) available under "supplemental", it would be nice to be able to open that in a new tab on my browser. I have two monitors and it would be so handy to see the instructor on one screen and the score on the other. Now, I either have to scroll down to see the music (often losing sight of the instructor) or I have to save the music as a .PDF and then open it to see it on the other screen. Or is there a better way to do that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricka47 View Post
    When there is music (and/or tabs) available under "supplemental", it would be nice to be able to open that in a new tab on my browser. I have two monitors and it would be so handy to see the instructor on one screen and the score on the other. Now, I either have to scroll down to see the music (often losing sight of the instructor) or I have to save the music as a .PDF and then open it to see it on the other screen. Or is there a better way to do that?
    How about:
    1. Open a a new browser window and move it to the other screen.
    2. Copy and paste the lesson URL into other browser window URL box.
    3. So now you have two identical windows. Start the video in only one, and look at the supplemental material in the other.

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    That is a good work-around and I'll be doing it that way from now on - thanks!
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    And don't forget you can make the video full-screen. Click on the diagonal arrows in the right hand corner of the slider bar in the video (move your mouse inside the video to see it):

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    Right, with the supplemental music in the second monitor, I will be doing that - Thanks!
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