Good Guitar Habits
What you'll learn
- A foundation for learning music faster
- Practice in a way that forces improvement
- Optimize your practice routine
- Get started with fingerpicking
- Build picking speed (with alternate picking)
- Develop better precision and accuracy
- Have a guitar (to practice with)
- Available daily practice time (~5-30m)
Whether you're a guitarist who's been at it for years or a new player, chances are that you've developed many habits... and not always the good kind. In this course, I'm sharing some of my private students' most valued first-hand lessons - how to develop good guitar habits.
In this course, you'll learn how to play anything (chords, scales, etc.) in all 12 keys and you'll learn how to practice effectively and efficiently. The sections on playing in 12 keys will give established beginners (and transitional intermediate players) a much more complete understanding of how musical keys map out across the guitar fretboard AND how to use that to their advantage. The section on practice routines will outline recommendations for refining, expanding and optimizing your practice time so that you can get even more out of the same time commitment.
In between these fundamental training sections are two sections on alternate picking and fingerpicking - 2 areas where I see my private students developing their bad habits most often. The purpose of these sections is to establish clear guidelines for learning and practicing these important skills.
Develop good habits and an optimized practice routine to see better results
Stay focused and stay encouraged
Get recommendations for improving your picking speed and precision
No-nonsense kickstarter for adding fingerpicking to your repertoire
Try new things and expand your horizons on guitar
Contents and Overview
After an orientation that will help you understand what to expect and how to succeed, you'll get 4 distinct training sections. Each section will isolate the method for acquiring new skills and learning to practice them in a productive, engaging way.
Following one after another, the courses 4 primary sections will address (1) Practicing in 12 Keys, (2) Alternate Picking Essentials, (3) Fingerpicking Essentials and (4) Practice Routine & Visualization. Each section simulates a series of instructive video lessons modeled after private lessons that have proven helpful in thousands of actual past private sessions.
Practicing in 12 Keys
Learning 12 "Roots"
Scales and Arpeggios in any key
12 Key chord patterns
Note-naming conventions on the fretboard
Alternate Picking Essentials
Learn the Pentatonic scale (if you don't already know it)
Understand timing using subdivisions
Learn to practice effectively using a metronome
Get a clear, repeatable exercise demonstration
Learn finger placement and 'planting'
Understand duple and triple and how to mix them
Simple walking bass lines
Learn about common chord progressions
Practice Routine & Visualization
Discover the power of fretboard visualizationD
Design an optimized, 3-part practice routine for yourself
Find out what's worked for my private students
Each section wraps up with a quiz and an optional 'homework' project. These learning aids will help you see how much you've learned (or see where you need to improve further). Students are encouraged to reach out to the instructor with questions at any time. This course is designed to emulate the most common core lessons that I have been teaching my established beginners (and transitional intermediate) students for years and years. If you want to expand your technical skills, improve your fretboard knowledge and optimize your practice routine, I look forward to seeing you in the course!
Who this course is for:
- Established beginner guitar players who can strum some chords should be enough.
- Students ready to learn scales, techniques and try new things!
I am a full-time professional musician who has broad teaching experience with guitar & bass students in rock, blues, jazz and many other genres. I perform live on bass, guitar and keyboards. In addition, I perform live electronic music improvisation. I've devoted over 26 years to my own well-rounded musical education, focusing on a mastery of all aspects of modern music - from music theory to ear training; from live performance to composition and practice routines.
I specialize in bridging the gap between music and technology, focusing on using modern tools to demonstrate all aspects of music. I compose and perform with Ableton and Push 2 and I have experience with Cubase, ProTools and Logic. I'm extremely comfortable using web-based tools and mobile devices in education, performance and composition. I have created custom MIDI and OSC interfaces for live performance.
I currently maintain a full calendar of private one-on-one students in addition to hundreds of online students in electronic music, guitar and bass. I offer clear, accessible lessons for beginners and experts alike.