Bulletproof Guitar Player: Master the Fretboard
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Bulletproof Guitar Player: Master the Fretboard

The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Professional Guitar Player
4.9 (7 ratings)
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40 students enrolled
Created by Ross Campbell
Last updated 7/2017
English
Price: $40
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
Includes:
  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 33 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Visualise every note on the fretboard instantly
  • Turn scales into melodic solos
  • Move beyond the limits of 'pattern-based' playing and confidently improvise in any position of the fretboard
  • Improvise with major, natural minor, minor and major pentatonic scales
  • Learn the fundamentals of music of theory and APPLY them to the guitar in real-world scenarios
  • Understand how chords work together in major progressions
  • Understand the Circle of 4th's and use it to play any scale or chord in any key, and any position of the fretboard
  • Apply triads to both rhythm and lead playing, expanding both backing and improvisational vocabularies
  • Use diminished and augmented triads to add tension and release to major chord progressions
  • Use motifs in lead playing to begin and develop a well crafted solo on the spot
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Requirements
  • You will ideally need an electric guitar, although you can also apply the content to acoustic guitar playing if you wish to
  • A passion for developing as a musician
  • The desire to learn fundamental theory and be able to apply it to the guitar
  • You should be able to read tablature (TAB)
  • You should have knowledge of basic chord shapes such as barre-chords, power chords and open-string chords
Description

Welcome to Bulletproof Guitar Player! This course is designed to give intermediate guitar players the knowledge and skills necessary for progressing to an advanced level of playing. 

The main focus of the course is to get you to a level whereby you can visualise the entire fretboard with ease; the benefits of this being that it allows you to play and improvise confidently, in any area of the fretboard. 

This is something that I have seen many guitar courses/free lessons/books neglect, instead opting for 'easy and quick' methods of learning to play the guitar, which are very limiting in the long-run. 

Bulletproof Guitar Player is split into three sections:

  • Theory Primer
  • Chords & How to Practice Them
  • Scales & Improvisation 

Theory Primer

I'll start by saying that everything you learn in this section, can be applied to the guitar in real-world situations. There is nothing here that is irrelevant to your development as a musician, you can make use of everything, and all concepts are demonstrated on the guitar in each video. 

What you will learn (in a nutshell):

  • Intervals
  • The Circle of 4th's/5th's
  • How to Memorise Every Single Note on the Fretboard... Easily

There are other bits and pieces here and there, but these are the most fundamental and invaluable concepts that you will learn and master in Theory Primer. 

Chords & How to Practice Them

What you will learn (in a nutshell):

  • Diatonic/Functional Harmony 
  • 7th Chords
  • Common Chord Progressions 
  • Triads

Everything taught in Chords & How to Practice Them is built from what you learn in the Theory Primer section. Through learning diatonic/functional harmony, you will understand how chords work together in the context of major chord progressions. You will also learn how to play 7th chords, play common chord progressions and master triads.

Scales & Improvisation 

What you will learn (in a nutshell):

  • Various Scales
  • How to Practice Scales Efficiently Using the Circle of 4th's
  • Improvisational Tools You Can Use to Create Interesting Solos Including: Motifs, Intervals in Improvisation, Using Triads in Lead Playing, and Transitioning Between Major and Minor Pentatonic Scales

Like the Chords & How to Practice Them section, everything you learn in this section is built from information taught in Theory Primer. Being able to practice scales efficiently (meaning in multiple keys without having to change position) is an invaluable skill to have as a guitar player as it allows you to improvise in any area of the fretboard and visualise the entire scale no matter where you are. The various improvisational tools taught will give you what you need to turn scales into music and create awesome solos on the spot, which is one thing I see a lot of students get frustrated with. 

There are PDF attachments available to download for many of the lessons (where relevant), that include chord and scale diagrams. There are also play-along tracks in video form that highlight chord changes as you play, but if you'd rather have the file for each then you have the option to download them as backing tracks too. 

And of course, if there's anything in the course that you're having trouble with, just leave a comment in the Q&A section and I'll do my best to answer it for you!

Thank you,

Ross

Who is the target audience?
  • Committed players interested in transitioning from intermediate to advanced
  • People who wish to earn a living from playing music in the future
  • People who are interested in studying guitar at college/university and want to be ahead of the curve
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Curriculum For This Course
62 Lectures
04:09:39
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Theory Primer
9 Lectures 32:05




An Introduction to the Major Scale
02:53

The Circle of 4th's
02:41

Fretboard Memorisation Pt. I
07:01

Fretboard Memorisation Pt. II
05:18

PLAY-ALONG Circle of 4th's
01:51
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Chords and How to Practice Them
28 Lectures 02:01:05
Diatonic Harmony Pt. I
05:01

Diatonic Harmony Pt. II
09:48

7th Chords - Root on 6th String
08:49

7th Chords - Root on 5th String
06:56

PLAY-ALONG 7th Chords - Root on 6th String
02:01

PLAY-ALONG 7th Chords - Root on 5th String
01:31

Common Chord Progressions
05:29

PLAY-ALONG I vi IV V
01:55

PLAY-ALONG - I iii IV V
01:33

Practice Track - I vi IV V
02:43

Practice Track - I iii IV V
02:41

An Introduction to Triads
04:42

Major Triads - 1st & 2nd String Sets
06:06

Major Triads - 3rd & 4th String Sets
04:49

Minor Triads
03:18

Diminished Triads
02:52

Augmented Triads
05:18

Dominant 7th Triads
04:00

Circle of 4th's - How to Practice Triads
06:26

PLAY-ALONG Circle of 4th's Major Triads
02:29

PLAY-ALONG Circle of 4th's Minor Triads
02:30

PLAY-ALONG Circle of 4th's Dominant 7th Triads
02:29

PLAY-ALONG Circle of 4th's Diminished Triads
02:30

What about Augmented Triads?
02:04

Triad Application Pt. I - Major & Minor
03:47

Triad Application Pt. II - Diminished & Augmented
06:36

Triad Application Pt. III - Another Approach
09:27

Triad Application Pt. IV - Larger Chords
03:15
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Scales and Improvisation
25 Lectures 01:36:29
How Most Guitarist Are Taught Scales
02:52

7 Positions of The Major Scale
05:28

PLAY-ALONG 7 Positions of The Major Scale
01:30

Circle of 4th's - How to Practice Scales
03:04

Circle of 4th's - The Major Scale Pt. I
04:58

Circle of 4th's - The Major Scale Pt. II
03:36

PLAY-ALONG Circle of 4th's - The Major Scale
01:28

The Natural Minor Scale & the Relative Minor
06:03

The Minor Pentatonic Scale - 5 Positions
03:30

PLAY-ALONG - 5 Positions of the Minor Pentatonic Scale
00:53

Diagram of 5 positions with root notes omitted and the circle of 4th's can be found in the previous attachment. 

Circle of 4th's - The Minor Pentatonic Scale
05:26

PLAY-ALONG Circle of 4th's - The Minor Pentatonic Scale
01:07

The Blues Scale
04:38

Practice Track - A Minor Vamp
03:50

The Major Pentatonic Scale
04:10

Transitioning Between Major and Minor Pentatonic
09:26

Practice Track - E Major
02:24

Intervals in Improvisation Pt. I - Introduction
02:35

Intervals in Improvisation Pt. II - PLAY-ALONG
02:31

In-depth look at starter licks is included in the attachment to Pt. I

Intervals in Improvisation Pt. III - Starter Licks
06:13

Practice Track - A Major Progression
03:03

Triads in Solos
08:27

Motifs in Improvisation
04:58

Practice Track - Blues Shuffle in A
03:30

Well Done!
00:49
About the Instructor
Ross Campbell
4.9 Average rating
7 Reviews
40 Students
1 Course
Guitar Instructor

Ross Campbell is a guitarist based in the UK. Over the past few years Ross has worked with musicians such as Mark Ronson, Jordan Harvey (Let It Shine/BBC), Dunkan Robertson (The X Factor/Britain’s Got Talent/Rod Stewart), Bryan Carter(NBC/Juilliard) and Annie Booth (Solo Artist/Mt. Doubt). In 2017 he is pursuing further work as a session musician and online educator in the UK and abroad.

Whether it’s a groove-laden RNB song, a staccato pop/funk jam, a heartfelt blues ballad or a blazingly fast country tune, Ross has the sensibility to play exactly what is needed for the track – no more, no less.

 His highly expressive playing style has been influenced by high-profile guitarists such as John Mayer, Derek Trucks and Brad Paisley - as well as session musicians including the likes of Paul Jackson Jr (Michael Jackson/Luther Vandross), Phil X (Bon Jovi/Kelly Clarkson), Mateus Asato (Tori Kelly) and Brent Mason(Shania Twain/Alan Jackson).

Recently, Ross graduated with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Popular Music from Edinburgh Napier University, where he also works as a teacher to younger guitar students. He has spent the past four years at Napier training as a professional musician and making friends within the industry.

Ross uploads regular content to his steadily-growing YouTube channel, including all-guitar covers of chart-topping songs as well as music vlogs and guitar lessons.

His online presence has granted him several great experiences as a musician, including a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to record with a GRAMMY award-winning producer at Abbey Road Studios as part of an advertising campaign for the 2015 BRIT Awards.

In recent months Ross has also built up a rapidly growing following on instagram, where he uploads one-minute long clips of his guitar playing.