Acoustic Guitar After The Basics

Improve your knowledge of chords and rhythm and start fingerstyle guitar
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  • Lectures 25
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 11/2014 English

Course Description

This follow-on course will improve your guitar playing.

I will show you:

  • how to read TAB
  • exactly where to place your fingers to play finger-style guitar
  • how to decide what rhythm to use in a song
  • how to play chords of A, A7, A7sus4, B7, D7, Dsus2, Dsus4, E7, Em7, F, Fmajor7, G6
  • more complex strumming patterns
  • how to pick individual notes using a plectrum
  • how to use a capo
  • techniques hammer-ons and pull-offs

The videos follow a carefully designed order to help you improve quickly. The course is divided into sections, the first dealing with improving your rhythm by introducing more complex strumming patterns using various songs while also introducing new chords. The next section gets you started reading TAB and learning the basics of finger-style guitar. And the final section takes a look at some more advanced techniques such as hammer-ons and pull-offs.

During the videos any chords that are being used will appear onscreen and there are video inlays to give you a closer look at what my left-hand fingers are doing. For lessons on finger-style and picking there are also video inlays that will show you a close-up of the right hand. A visual representation of the strumming patterns and for finger-style songs TAB will also be shown onscreen where necessary.

The strumming patterns and chord sequences are included as supplemental materials so they can be downloaded and studied separately from the videos.

The course should take approx. 10-15weeks to complete but that will depend on the amount of time you are able to dedicate to practicing the guitar. If you can only practice for an hour at the weekend it could take considerably longer than if you can practice on a more regular basis.

To put the cost into perspective, a 10 week group class in the school where I teach would cost approx. $210 and it would be unlikely to cover half the amount of material featured in this course.

What are the requirements?

  • You will need a Guitar (acoustic steel string or classical nylon string) a plectrum, and a desire to learn
  • Set aside a definite amount of time to practise, as regular practise will help you to make progress
  • A capo would be useful but not absolutely neccessary
  • Students should be able to play the chords of G, C, D, Em, Am & Cadd9 be able to change between them without any difficulty while playing basic rhythm

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Improve your chord vocabulary
  • Learn more complex rhythm patterns
  • Start fingerstyle guitar
  • Picking individual notes with a plectrum
  • Connecting chords with passing notes

Who is the target audience?

  • If you have completed the Acoustic Guitar Basics course, this is the next step
  • Anyone who would like to improve their rhythm and start fingerstyle guitar
  • This course is NOT for absolute beginners, students should be able to play the chords of G, C, D, Em, Am & Cadd9 and be able to change between them without any difficulty while playing basic rhythm

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Section 1: Getting started
This course is designed to follow on from The Acoustic Guitar Basics course, to help you increase your knowledge of chords and rhythm and also introduce fingerstlye and flat-picking.

A brief look at the chords and rhythms that were explored in the Acoustic Guitar Basics course

  0:11 Chord of G 
  0:17 Cadd9 
  0:21 Chord of D 
  0:24 Chord of C 
  0:27 E minor 
  0:30 A minor 
  0:57 Basic rhythm pattern 4 beats per bar 
  1:35  Rhythm with up-strokes 
  2:40  Final rhythm pattern 
Do you know these chords?
5 questions
Section 2: More chords & Rhythm

Adding extra rhythm to Knockin' On Heavens Door chord sequence

    0:12 Chord sequence for the song 
    1:18 Into to 1/16th strumming 
    0:00 1/16th strumming with chord sequence 
    5:00 1/16th strumming at the end of the sequence 
    7:03 Some ideas for using 1/16th strumming  

How to read TAB and how to add individual notes between chords using Let It Be chord sequence

     0:00  TAB explained 
     2:11 Connecting chords C and G 
     3:10 Let It Be chord sequence 
     4:33 adding some 1/16th strumming to the sequence 
     5:20 Using a capo with the song 
Just Checking!
7 questions

Learn how to play the The River and also how to include a passing chord between G and Em

   0:27 Changing between G and C 
   0:53 Passing chord G/F# 
   2:27 Adding rhythm to the song 
   3:34 Separating bass notes from the chord 
   4:56 Chord sequence for the song 

New chords Fmajor7, Dsus2 and G6 as part of the song One

    0:00 Fmajor7 chord 
    1:25 G6 chord 
    2:03 Chord of Dsuspended2 (Dsus2) 
    2:56 Changing from Am to Dsus2 and Fmaj7 
    4:37 the full chord sequence for the verse 
    6:05 chorus chord sequence 
    9:09 Rhythm pattern for the song 
    12:12  Adding some extra strumming to the rhythm  

Learn the rhythm for That's Entertainment with 16th strumming starting before the first bar of the song

  0:24 16th strumming starting before the first bar 
  1:01 Rhythm of the song with G and Em 
  2:46 Rhythm of the song with Am and Fmajor7 

Learn some chord variations, Em7 and Dsus4 along with the rhythm for Wonderwall

 0:24 Eminor7  
 1:12 moving from Em7 to G  
 1:42 Dsuspended4th or Dsus4  
 2:18 A7sus4  
 3:42 Basic beat of the song, 2 beats per chord  
 4:38 Adding in 16ths  
 6:08 Leaving out some 16ths  
 6:52 Another rhythm variation  
 9:11 Combining rhythm patterns  
 10:01 Adding some extra 16ths 


I get asked a lot by students 'How do I know which rhythm to use in a song?' This lesson gives you a practical solution to building the rhythm for a chord pattern.

 0:15 Establish how beats are needed for each chord 
 0:44 Default rhythm for songs with 4 beats per chord 
 1:34 Songs with only 2 beats per chord 
 2:13 Songs that have 4 beats for most chords but also have some chords with 2 beats 


Learn some new chords Amajor, A7 and D7 and use these along with other chords you already know to get the chord sequence for Hey Jude

     0:08 A major chord 
     2:09 A7 chord 
     3:12 D7 chord 
     3:55 Chord sequence for the song 
Things to remember
Chord Checkpoint
7 questions
Section 3: Beginning Fingerstyle

This lecture goes into greater detail about TAB and using it for fingerstyle guitar picking.

 2:05 Right-hand position for playing fingerstyle guitar 
 3:05 Playing a D chord 
 4:56 Playing the C chord 
 5:57 Playing the Em chord 
 8:25 Putting the chord sequence together 


Learn another right-hand fingerstyle pattern that is very common, where you would pick 6 notes per bar (6/8 time)

 0:00 Right-hand position for the D chord 
 1:36 Playing the sequence in time 
 2:07 Right-hand position for G chord 
 4:06 Changing between D and G chords 
 5:29 Right-hand sequence for Em and A major chords 
 6:57 Connecting A major to Em with passing notes 
 8:27 Connecting G to Em  
 9:46 Putting the whole song together 

Learn how to play 2 new chords F major and E7

 0:00 How to play F major 
 1:47 How to play the E7 chord 

Some new chords Fmajor and E7 which can be combined with other chords you have previously learned to play House of the Rising Sun. This song is also in 6/8

  0:08 Chord sequence for the song 
  0:50 Right-hand position for Am and C chords 
  2:30 Changing from C to D 
  3:00 Right-hand position for D and F 
  3:43 changing from D to F 
  5:23 Right-hand position for E 
  6:05 Full chord sequence 
  6:43 Changing the rhythm  

The chord sequence for Hallelujah along with new chord B7. Another song in 6/8 time

 0:00 Connecting G to Em7 with passing notes 
 1:45 Right-hand position 
 4:40 B7 chord 
 5:29 The full chord sequence 
 7:30 Using the capo 

Learn how to play this song, also in 6/8 time, using fingerstlye and also using passing notes to connect chords

 00:25 Chord sequence for the song 
 2:38 Connecting D to C with passing notes 
 4:13 Full chord sequence with passing notes 

This is a more complicated right-hand fingerstlye pattern quite different to what we have looked at up to now.

 0:34 Right-hand position for Am chord 
 2:11 Pattern for C chord 
 2:40 Left-hand melody for Am 
 3:48 Left-hand melody for C chord 
 4:13 Em chord 
 5:28 Putting the chords together 
Some points to watch out for
Chord Checkpoint
5 questions
Section 4: More Technique

Learn how to execute the hammer-on technique where you produce 2 notes but only pick 1

  0:00 How to play hammer-ons 
  2:15 Hammer-ons in Heart of Gold 
  2:40 Hammer-ons in Wish You Were Here 
 3:20 Advice on how to practice hammer-ons 

In a previous lesson we looked at the chord sequence and strumming for this song now we are going to learn how to pick out individual notes for the intro and first verse.

 0:19 Basic picking pattern for G 
 0:58 Pattern for Cadd9 
 1:14 Pattern for D chord 
 1:30 Putting the sequence together 

Previously we looked at the chord sequence and strumming for this song now in this lesson we learn how to pick out individual notes for the first verse

  0:18 Picking pattern for Em 
  0:56 Pattern for G 
  1:04 Pattern for D 
  1:17 Picking pattern for C 
  1:31 Putting the sequence together 
  2:56 Picking pattern for connecting G to Em 

Learn how to execute the pull-off technique where you produce 2 notes but only pick 1 and also combine this with the previously learned technique, the hammer-on, and produce 3 notes but only pick the string once

 1:25 Pull-offs used in Wonderful Tonight 
 2:00 Hammer-ons combined with a pull-off 
 2:30 New technique played in Wonderful Tonight 
Section 5: Conclusion
Spending long hours playing the guitar is not necessarily the best way to get results, here are some tips to help you along.
Well done for completing this course, I hope you enjoyed it. Remember that regular practise is the best way to improve.

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Instructor Biography

Francis Long, Music Teacher dipABRSM, LTCL

I have been involved in the music business for many years. At the age of eight I joined the Artane Boys Band, where I received a great introduction into the world of music, learning how to play the clarinet, oboe and the bell lyre. When I left this marching band (which is compulsory at age 16) I discovered the guitar and began the next phase of my musical journey playing rock, pop and blues in various bands in Dublin. Looking for a further challenge I decided to study classical guitar in which I have earned both an Associated Board ABRSM diploma and a Licentiate LTCL diploma. Along the way I worked in different music shops, where I got the opportunity to try other instruments and ended up also learning banjo, mandolin and bodhran. I have been teaching guitar, banjo, mandolin and music technology at Waltons New School Of Music in Dublin since 2003 and have also given lessons at several Dublin-area primary schools through Waltons In-School Music Programme.

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