Play guitar now in simple, easy steps.
Develop skills at your own pace in detailed steps that you build on with short frequent practices to fit your busy schedule. Track your progress and see the results.
Just tune up and decide whether to play fingerstyle or use a pick. Advantages of each are explained. Focus on just one at a time, but both are covered in the course.
Start by learning one-handed arpeggios. Once you are comfortable with this, move to the Chords section.
Learn one-finger chords first to gain skill and confidence. By the end of the section you'll be switching 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, 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 one Scale used in blues, rock, and country music. You'll be able to use this scale to play along with backing tracks. An introduction to improvising guides you to being able to create your own single note solos so that you can "jam" with friends.
Just follow this step-by-step approach and you'll surprise yourself, friends and family with how well you'll be playing.
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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.
Tips to get you improvising and help you to express your soul through the music
Play along with the backing track repeating the chord progression on the attached sheet.
Use these 7th chords to "get down" with this Blues Rock backing track.
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.