The 80/20 Guitar: Write Music and Play Guitar in 30 Days

Learn to play guitar and write music in as little as 30 Days by optimizing learning and practice strategies.
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  • Lectures 24
  • Length 3.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
  • Includes Lifetime access
    30 day money back guarantee!
    Available on iOS and Android
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About This Course

Published 4/2016 English

Course Description

In this course we'll break down the 20 most critical guitar concepts into 2 sections.

  • Music Theory
  • Guitar Technique

Within these two category's, there are 10 lessons each.
We'll call each lesson an "input." The goal is to choose the 20 most important "inputs" that give us 80% of our "output." In our case, our output is our direct ability to play guitar and understand music. By focusing on 20 most important topics, this will allow us to build a solid guitar foundation in the most efficient and effective way possible. Just by joining this course, you will also get access to the discussion forums and additional free video content. So, congratulations to you!
You will be able to download my entire 30 Day Practice Schedule, which plans out your practice routine step by step.
This course also comes with downloadable Guitar Pro Files, PDF guitar tabs, and .Wav Audio files. It has accessible tools that anyone can use.
Here is an example of the topics that will be covered:
Music Theory

  • Tuning, Metronomes, Correct Practicing Methods
  • Musical Alphabet and How it Applies to Guitar
  • 9 Most Common Chords on Guitar
  • Writing Chord Progressions and Using Adjacent frets/Open Strings to Make "Common" Chords Not so Common
  • Using the 5 Pentatonic Positions to Start Your Way to Guitar Fretboard Mastery

Guitar Technique

  • Ergonomics of Guitar
  • Strumming Rhythms and How to Create Your Own
  • How to Practice Alternate Picking the Right Way
  • Bass Note/Alternating Bass Note Strumming
  • 5th Chords/Power Chords and How to Create Good Sounding Progressions with them

      This is only half of the material that will be covered in this course. If you want the best start for your guitar playing journey then join the course, download the materials, and most importantly, have fun!

What are the requirements?

  • All you need is a strong desire to learn guitar and music!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Obtain a rock solid guitar foundation in the most efficient and effective way possible, so that students can continue learning the guitar in any direction they choose.

Who is the target audience?

  • Students who are beginners and intermediate players are best fit for this course. Those who are looking to kickstart their music journey by learning the fundamentals in the absolute best way that they can are fit for this course. Advanced and expert level players and theory learners may be wasting their time. Although, they might pick up a few tips and tricks as well.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Getting Started

What to expect from the course, and how things will work.


This video goes over the Exclusive Facebook Support Group! Request to join and gain access to a community of like-minded people who are enrolled in the same course. I will be personally monitoring the group and answering questions as well!


This video covers what your mindset should be like when you're trying to learn the guitar.

Section 2: Your First 10 Inputs

How to make playing guitar comfortable and efficient! You should know exactly how to hold the guitar and know some good warm up stretches!


In this video we'll go over how to tune your guitar, what a metronome is, and what correct guitar practice should look like. You should know exactly what is productive practice and what is not.


This lesson is all about starting to learn your first chords, but we start out easy! You should be able to play all 7 "easy" chords after this lecture. Remember to strictly follow the 30 day guitar schedule that you should have downloaded in the introduction lecture.


We cover half-steps and whole-steps and how this applies to the guitar.


In this lesson, I'll go over the basics of strumming and the motions involved. Afterwards, you should have a good idea of the muscles and movements you should be using to execute the a proper strumming motion.


This lesson covers the 9 most common chords in music and how to play them on guitar. After the lesson is over you should know how to keep practicing these chords to get them memorized and mastered.


This video is all about the palm muting technique. You should be able to mute open strings while retaining the original pitch of the string and not making the sound too "clanky."


In this lesson, I'll show you how you can write your very own chord progressions! After this lecture is over you should be able to put together chord progression using the 9 open chords.


In this lesson, I'll explain the motions of alternate picking in depth and give you some exercises to practice. After this lesson, you should have a heightened understanding of picking mechanics and how to properly perform alternate picking in the most efficient way possible.


I discuss why do we keep time in music, beat values, and how to count. You should be able to play and count the beat values I describe in the video.

Section 3: Your Second 10 Inputs

I teach how to spice up your strumming rhythms by throwing in some bass note accents! After this video you should be able to add this technique to your own chord progressions to make them sound more interesting.


In this video I explain the parts of a basic song and show you how to create your own. After this lesson, you should be able to develop a blueprint for your own original song and be able to follow through and create it.


In this lesson I teach the legato technique. This involves minimal picking, but a lot of finger strength! After this lesson, you should be able to perform the basic exercises that are in the video and PDF file.


In this video, I walk you through step by step on how to find every note on the guitar fretboard in a simple and effective way. After this lesson, you should be on your way to being able to locate any note on the guitar fretboard.


In this lesson, I explain the concept of a musical scale, the pentatonic scale, and the pentatonic scale positions. After this video is over, you should at least be able to perform the first scale position.


In this lesson I go over how to play a power chord on the guitar. This is essential because it's only shape that you can move around the entire fretboard! After this lesson, you should know the power chord shape, how it sounds, and why we use them in music.


In this lesson, I show you how to use the power chord to play in a key using the pentatonic scale as a starting point. I also teach you how to mix 'em up a bit! After this video is over, you should be able to play the I, IV, and V chord in any key as well as know how to come up with creative ways to organize and play those chords.


In this lesson, I go over string vibrating (vibrato) and string bending. After this video, you should know how good vibrato and string bending should sound and how to practice those techniques properly.


In this lesson, I show you how to create 1 note per string patterns using chords. After this video, you should be able to create your own patterns and melodies using 1 note per string.


In this video, I show you how to spice up the pentatonic scale by adding an extra note! After this video, you should be able to identify this extra note within the pentatonic scale positions.

Section 4: Conclusion

Thank you for those who have successfully completed the 80/20 Guitar Course!

-Eric J.

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Instructor Biography

Eric Johnson, Musician and Educator from Los Angeles, CA

Eric began playing guitar when he was 8 years old. Since then, he has been playing for 12 years and teaching since he was 17. His teaching career started in Chicagoland and he later moved to Los Angeles to be more active in music and teaching. Eric has studied the guitar and music for more than 6 years, both in private lessons and self research. He has a modern approach to teaching the guitar that reflects his personality of wanting to pay it forward to guitar students around the world.

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