Total beginner to intermediate guitar - Learn to play by ear

Learn melodies, chords, scales, fingerpicking and more. The course features play-along videos to develop your ear.
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  • Lectures 112
  • Length 3 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 10/2015 English

Course Description

Are you beginning the guitar? OR.....

Have you been playing the guitar for a while, but feel that you are "stuck"?

Look no further if you not only want to become a guitar player but also a better musician.

In my many years of playing guitar and teaching, I have seen beginning guitar players get led astray because of a lack of foundation. People who pick up the guitar sometimes rush toward playing their favorite song or learning a solo with tabs. Although, there is nothing wrong with this, I have often seen that it can lead to discouragement and/or a poor interpretation of music. People end up playing bits and pieces of melodies and can rarely play any song from beginning to end. Or they have a poor sense of rhythm and this makes it hard to play with others. They become closet guitar players because the music only sound right to them.

Other people learn a bunch of chords to songs and are incapable of playing any melodies.

This course is here to fix all this.

Get you off on the right foot by getting a solid foundation in melody. After a short while, you will start to hear the melody within you as you are playing. Just play along with the videos and don't be afraid of starting videos again from the start.

The lessons are divided by string groups. The first lessons include melodies that can be played using only the first two strings of the guitar! From there, each new section introduces a new string. There are also sections that teach chord strumming, fingerpicking and advanced tuning.

Here's a breakdown course's sections:

  • Download a PDF Tunebook of all the music in the course written in standard and TAB notation. 
  • Tuning notes
  • Melodies using the first two strings of the guitar
  • Melodies using the third string
  • Melodies using the fourth string
  • Melodies with changing positions
  • Melodies using the fifth string
  • Melodies using the sixth string
  • Playing in closed position
  • Advanced melodies
  • Learn how to strum and play chords
  • Scales
  • Fingerpicking
  • Advanced tuning techniques

The aim of this course is to get you to play by ear with the help of the video lessons. The format is the same throughout the course. First you will see an example of the melody or exercise you are going to learn. The following video is the lesson that teaches you the melody. This way, once you are learning, you will already have the music in you ears. All you have to do is make your fingers interpret what you are hearing. Then, you can go back to the previous video once your music is up to speed.

You see, it is possible to have the same mindset of some of the greatest musicians right from the start. All the greatest musicians have one thing in common; they are playing what they are hearing.

This course will teach you to do exactly that and more! Don't feel that you need tablatures or sheet music in order to play music. Just watch and learn and you will be amazed at what happens in a short period of time.

See you inside!

What are the requirements?

  • Acoustic, classical or electric guitar

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Strum chords
  • Play melodies
  • Play picking patterns
  • Play scales
  • Learn to properly tune the guitar

What is the target audience?

  • Best suited for ages 12 and over
  • If you like lessons that are short and to the point, you'll love this course!
  • This course will not only show you the basics, but will train your ear. You will go from being a guitar player to a MUSICIAN.

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.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
Introduction
Preview
10:12
01:45

Use the speed feature selection on the video playback controls to change the speed of video playback. If you're uncomfortable with a playback speed of any of the performance videos, take it down to 50% and play along until you're ready to bump it up to 1X. Have fun with it!

Article

Here's the tune book for all the melodies included in this course. Use this tune book as a reference only. You should learn the content of this course be ear. Only refer to the tune book if you are really stuck. 

Learning to play by ear takes a long time. It's perfectly normal to have to revise a lesson several times before being able to play along. Take the frustration out of doing a lesson over and over again. Associate fun with repetition and you'll succeed at learning music by ear.  

Section 2: Tuning notes. Tune your guitar here if you don't have a guitar tuner
02:31

Tune your strings in this video before starting anything.

Section 3: Melodies using the two first strings of the guitar
Jingle bells
Preview
00:31
Jingle bells - Lesson
Preview
01:41
Lightly Row
00:55
Lightly Row - Lesson
02:49
Ode to joy
Preview
00:51
Ode to joy - Lesson
01:41
When the saints go marching in
00:43
When the saints go marching in - Lesson
01:53
Section 4: Melodies using the third string
Aura Lee
00:58
Aura Lee - Lesson
01:47
O come little children
00:36
O come little children - Lesson
02:12
Go tell aunt Rhody
01:32
Go tell aunt Rhody - Lesson
02:25
Largo
01:16
Largo - Lesson
02:29
Long, long ago
00:53
Long, long ago - Lesson
01:26
May Song
00:45
May song - Lesson
02:02
Song of the wind
00:45
Song of the wind - Lesson
01:58
Yankee Doodle
00:22
Yankee Doodle - Lesson
02:02
Section 5: Melodies using the fourth string
I saw three ships
00:53
I saw three ships - Lesson
03:15
When Johnny comes marching home
00:44
When Johnny comes marching home - Lesson
01:54
Austrian Hymn
00:43
Austrian hymn - Lesson
02:18
Section 6: Melodies with changing positions
Wayfarin' Stranger
01:12
Wayfarin' Stranger - Lesson
02:45
Amazing Grace
01:50
Amazing Grace - Lesson
02:32
Danny boy
00:47
Danny boy - Lesson
01:36
Swing low, sweet chariot
01:02
Swing low, sweet chariot - Lesson
02:45
Early american hymn
00:44
Early american hymn - Lesson
01:53
Worried man blues
00:42
Worried man blues - Lesson
01:33
Section 7: Melodies using the fifth string
What shall we do with the drunken sailor?
00:39
What shall we do with the drunken sailor? - Lesson
01:36
Angels we have heard on high
00:51
Angels we have heard on high - Lesson
02:15
Kumbaya
00:42
Kumbaya - Lesson
01:56
God rest ye merry gentlemen
01:07
God rest ye merry gentlemen - Lesson
01:33
Section 8: Faster picking using 16th notes
Czech marching song
01:33
Czech marching song - Lesson
03:00
Joy to the world
00:35
Joy to the world - Lesson
03:09
Section 9: Melodies using the sixth string
Silent night
00:58
Silent night - Lesson
02:03
Section 10: Playing in closed position
Trumpet tune
00:48
Trumpet tune - Lesson
03:59
Section 11: Advanced melodies
Greensleeves
Preview
00:59
Greensleeves - Lesson
Preview
02:55
The Wild Rover
00:48
The Wild Rover - Lesson
01:28
Endearing charms
00:53
Endearing charms - Lesson
02:30
Scarborough Fair
00:48
Scarborough Fair - Lesson
02:48
The entertainer
01:08
The entertainer - Lesson
02:53
Loch Lomond
00:33
Loch Lomond - Lesson
01:27
Symphony no.1 Theme
01:03
Symphony no. 1 Theme - Lesson
02:47
Section 12: Learn how to strum and play chords
Chord Strumming
00:35
Chord Strumming - Lesson
01:13
Chord Strumming Down Up
00:25
Chord Strumming Down Up - Lesson
02:20
Chord Strumming Down Down Up
00:25
Chord Strumming Down Down Up - Lesson
02:02
C Chord Progression
00:38
C Chord Progression - Lesson
02:14
G Chord Progression
00:34
G Chord Progression - Lesson
02:36
Aura Lee Chords
01:02
Aura Lee Chords - Lesson
03:44

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Instructor Biography

Daniel Boudreau, Enhance your knowledge. Unleash your creativity.

Daniel Boudreau's courses focus on learning from example. Theory is cut down to a minimum across all courses. Daniel values ACTION strongly in his teaching approach. You will learn core concepts by observation and be able to replicate them right away is in a step-by-step method. Additionally, with the help of the Udemy course layout, elements of a topic are cut down to super specific lessons. This way, you will never feel lost or confused. Daniel is always there to help if you have any questions about a specific lesson. Just head to the discussion tab from any lesson and ask away!  

Daniel has collaborated with several instructors with many years of teaching experience. All of them have a vast knowledge of the subject that they teach. Browse around the many courses that Daniel offers and see what interests you. You can always take a five-minute preview of any course by clicking the button on the right side of the video on any course's preview page. 

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