Jump in and develop your playing skills without dealing with unnecessary theory. Theory can come later as it takes on more meaning and you become curious about the way things work.
Learn the essentials and plan for short frequent practices to fit your busy schedule. Track your progress and see the results.
After tuning up, decide whether to play finger style or use a pick. Advantages of each are explained. It's best to focus on just one at first, but both are covered.
Play a one handed arpeggio picking exercise to start developing skills. Once you are comfortable with this, use your skills again in the chord section.
The Chords section starts with one fingered chords to gain skill and confidence. By the end of the section you'll have the ability to switch between three-finger chords and be ready to develop your strumming.
Strumming starts out with easy down strokes. Then you'll add up strokes. Finally you'll learn syncopation and finish off with a good challenge playing chords from a song called “A Horse with no Name.”
In the last section you'll learn a single Scale used in blues, rock, and country music. You'll be able to use this scale to play along with backing tracks to improvise and create your own music.
If you follow this step by step approach you'll probably surprise yourself, friends and family with how well you'll be playing.
Take the course designed for busy adults and have fun playing guitar today.
Make sure that you remember the tuning notes of all the strings. Strings are named according to the pitch to which they are tuned.
This is an explanation of the TAB sheet used in the next lecture.
FunKEY Chord Tones uses 3-fingered chords held for a long time.Try playing this where you apply most pressure on the string being played, but try to keep each finger in place for the duration of each chord. Use this to develop your strength and ability to hold down 3-fingered chords.
Printout or display the pdf TAB sheet and follow along, or follow the on-screen fretboard representation.
After a long time away from playing I picked up the guitar again in 2000 to teach my kids. That sparked a renewed interest in music and I worked hard to regain my roots in classical guitar and from my days playing with bands.
Since 2000 I've taught at private music studios, given group classes and in-home lessons. Although my Bachelor's is in Engineering I've taken private lessons with various top music professionals and have a Music Theory Certificate from Berklee College's Online Campus. I'm currently developing the book series "Guitar in Real Time" based on experiences teaching over the last 15 years.
Music is a passion and I especially enjoy teaching young people who I try to have a positive influence on. This Udemy format is great because it forces me to work at presenting things in the best possible way for others to understand. I'm looking forward to sharing what I have to offer with others who are as passionate about this instrument as I am.