Learn Acoustic Guitar with German Cova ( beginner )
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Learn acoustic guitar from a legendary guitar player.
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Last updated 2/2017
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Play beginner songs using basic arpeggios and right hand finger techniques.
  • Understand how to use both the left and right hand when playing guitar.
  • Have a solid foundation on becoming a good guitarist.
  • Be a much better guitarist.
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Requirements
  • This is a beginner acoustic guitar class. No prior skills required.
  • Students will need an acoustic guitar to practice along with German Cova
Description

German Cova is a world reknowned guitarist who will share his passion for guitar with beginner to advanced guitarists.  His style has been refined over decades and he is proud to share his skill with the world.  In this class you will learn how to play three beginner songs in classical, flamenco and jazz genres.  German will guide you each step of the way and you can practice with this class as hard as you like.  After completing this class you will have all the necessary skills to embark on a lifelong journey to learn and master acoustic guitar.  Enroll now!

More about German:

German Cova was born 1970 in Ciudad Bolívar in Venezuela. He began his guitar studies at age 16 with maestro Miguel González with whom he learns a very solid base in relation to the execution of scales and music. He studies electric guitar, improvisation techniques and jazz in the "Roland Learning Center" school of the hand of several teachers where he learns the Pick technique in his right hand. He studied classical guitar at the "José Ángel Lamas" School (Caracas) with maestro José Luis Presa and later studied almost all his career at the "Juan José Landaeta" Conservatory. He travels to Spain where he specializes in flamenco guitar techniques to accompany dance and solo guitar, where he finds his greatest passion. The right hand techniques surprise Germán in a way that would never fail to study this powerful technique so full of strumming, chopping, arpeggios and scales.

 
    He participated in "Master classes" with teachers such as Eladio Mujica (Venezuela), Luis Zea (Venezuela), Entry Jiménez (Spain), Tuck Sulivan (USA), Kazuhito Yamashita (China), Janice Williams (USA), Aquiles Báez ), Flavio Sala (Italy), Javier García Moreno (Spain), Leo Brouwer (Cuba), José Thomas Jiménez (Spain), among others.
 
     He participates in more than 30 plays in Venezuela for flamenco schools and offers several concerts in various festivals in the country, including: The International Festival of Angostura Guitar and International Festival of Corp Group.
     He plays in concerts with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra as soloist playing the work "Palimdromia Flamenca".
     In 2012 he is awarded a scholarship by the Barquisimeto Jazz Festival to study in Curitiba (Brazil) and in 2013 for Andalucia (Spain) in the same festival for his talent as a performer.
     He also participates in several festivals of songwriters in Europe. He recorded several CDs with various artists and recorded his own production with 12 original songs as a singer.


Who is the target audience?
  • Guitar enthusiasts welcomed.
  • Beginner to advanced guitarists who want to improve their acoustic guitar playing with two hands.
  • Anyone who wants a better tone out of their acoustic guitar playing.
  • Any age from 5 years to 90 years old can benefit from this class.
  • Music enthusiasts, anyone who likes to learn or listen to beautiful music.
Compare to Other Acoustic Guitar Courses
Curriculum For This Course
24 Lectures
01:43:52
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The Basics
9 Lectures 40:49

License Agreement.

Preview 00:10

John Cannon presents German Cova in his beginner guitar series.

Preview 00:20

German introduces the left and right hand along with three different techniques to tune your guitar.   You should master this lesson before continuing on to other lessons.  It is important to understand what each finger is called and how to properly tune your guitar.  You can purchase a guitar tuner as well.

Guitar Strings and notes:

  • 6th String E ( low E )
  • 5th String A
  • 4th String D
  • 3rd String G
  • 2nd String B
  • 1st String E ( high E )

Notice the 6th string and 1st string are both E.  The sound of those two strings should be identical.

Left Hand Fingers:

  1. Thumb ( not used to play but the position of the left thumb is very important )
  2. Index Finger
  3. Middle Finger
  4. Ring Finger
  5. Little ( Pinky) Finger

Right Hand Fingers:

  1. Thumb
  2. Index Finger
  3. Middle Finger
  4. Ring Finger
  5. Little ( Pinky) Finger

Tuning your guitar:

Always tune the 5th string first to 440 Hz or cycles per second you can get a free tone generator to play A 440 Hz.  This is the most common frequency tuning for music.

On the 6th string play the 5th fret and play the 5th string open with no fingers on the string.  Match the sound carefully.  Since you tuned the 5th string to A adjust the 6th string E to match the 5th string A.

On the 5th string play the 5th fret and play the 4th string open with no fingers on the string. Match the sound carefully.

On the 4th string play the 5th fret and play the 3rd string open with no fingers on the string. Match the sound carefully.

On the 3rd string play the 4th fret and play the 2nd string open with no fingers on the string. Match the sound carefully.

On the 2nd string play the 5th fret and play the 1st string open with no fingers on the string. Match the sound carefully.

Play Low E and High E to make sure the sounds are matched.  If they are not there may be an issue with your instrument's intonation that may need to be professionally adjusted.

Notes in Tuning:

  • 6th string 5th fret: A
  • 5th string 5th fret: D
  • 4th string 5th fret: G
  • 3rd string 4th fret: B
  • 2nd string 5th fret: E



Preview 11:47

German introduces basic finger techniques to give you a solid foundation to becoming an amazing guitarist.  Practice daily to get the best results.

Introducing a finger technique to practice the right hand alternating the index and middle finger while doing a scale on the left hand to develop your tone.  The scale utilizes all 4 left hand fingers, the index, middle, ring and little ( pinky ) fingers.  Make sure you place your left hand fingers as close to the fret to get the best sound.


Preview 04:35

German continues with basic finger techniques to build your finger strength and note tone.  Practice daily to get the best results.  The more time you practice the better you will be.

Continuing the finger excercises from Lesson 2 with double note playing with the right hand.  This will help you become a great guitarist.  Practice these beginning lessons frequently and have patience.

Remember to keep the tempo the same.  You can use a metronome to make sure you are in the proper time.


Finger Excercises 2
03:18

Master your guitar with these invaluable finger excercises.  The more you put in the better you get!  

More finger exercises using the index and middle finger.  Pay close attention to your tone.  You don't need fingernails you can buy attachments for your fingers or use your skin.  Nails will help but are not required.

Continuing the finger excercises from Lesson 3 with triple note playing with the right hand.  This will help you become a great guitarist.  Practice these beginning lessons frequently and have patience.

Remember to keep the tempo the same.  You can use a metronome to make sure you are in the proper time.

Practice 10-30 minutes daily the beginning finger excercises.  

As you practice your finger excercises you may find your left hand muscles developing and your fingertips getting callouses.  This is normal and a great sign that you are on your way to becoming a master guitarist!  Keep up the great work!

Finger Excercises 3
04:53

German reminds his strudents to practice daily.  In this lesson he continues the finger excercises.  

Continuing the finger excercises from Lesson 4 with 4 time note playing with the right hand.  This will help you become a great guitarist.  Practice these beginning lessons frequently and have patience.

Remember to keep the tempo the same.  You can use a metronome to make sure you are in the proper time.

Practice 10-30 minutes daily the beginning finger excercises.  

As you practice your finger excercises you may find your left hand muscles developing and your fingertips getting callouses.  This is normal and a great sign that you are on your way to becoming a master guitarist!  Keep up the great work!


Finger Excercises 4 ( Lesson 5 part 1 )
05:42

German show how to use the right hand thumb finger to get a different sound.  

German starts from the 5th fret on each string instead of the the 1st fret in the previous excercises.  When you practice always listen to the tone and sound of each note.  It will make you a more musical player.

When playing with your right hand thumb remember to rest your thumb on the next string when playing.


Lesson 5 Part 2 Right Hand Techniques 1
04:20

Basic Arpeggios
05:44
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Arpeggios
5 Lectures 14:20

An introduction to a basic arpeggio that will get you started.

Right hand fingers used: Thumb, index and middle finger.  German also show how to position your right hand for best technique.

C Chord left hand

  • 5th string 3rd fret ring finger
  • 4th string 2nd fret middle finger
  • 2nd string 1st fret index finger


Arpeggio 1
03:06

Another arpeggio excercise that will help you develop your tone and style.

Right hand fingers used: Thumb, index and middle finger.  



Arpeggio 2
02:25

Another arpeggio excercise that will help you develop your tone and style.

Right hand fingers used: Thumb, index and middle finger.  

Arpeggio 3
03:40

Another arpeggio excercise that will help you develop your tone and style.

Right hand fingers used: Thumb, index and middle finger.  



Arpeggio 4
02:30

Arpeggios with 6 notes right hand fingers thumb, index, middle and ring finger.


Arpeggio 5
02:39
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Putting it together
4 Lectures 20:22

Another arpeggio excercise that will help you develop your tone and style.

Arpeggios with 6 notes right hand fingers thumb, index, middle and ring finger with a different technique playing the index, middle and ring fingers together.

Arpeggio 6
06:37

Another arpeggio excercise that will help you develop your tone and style.

Arpeggios with 6 notes right hand fingers thumb, index, middle and ring finger with a different technique playing the index, middle and ring fingers separately.

Arpeggio 7
02:54

Another arpeggio excercise that will help you develop your tone and style.

Arpeggios with 6 notes right hand fingers thumb, index, middle and ring finger with a different technique playing the index, middle and ring fingers together.

Arpeggio 8
04:13

Another arpeggio excercise that will help you develop your tone and style.

Arpeggios with 6 notes right hand fingers thumb, index, middle and ring finger with a different technique playing the index, middle and ring fingers separately.

Arpeggio 9
06:38
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Strumming Techniques
4 Lectures 21:06

Some basic strumming techniques using the thumb, index finger, ring finger and middle finger of the right hand.

Arpeggios with 6 notes right hand fingers thumb, index, middle and ring finger with a different technique playing the index, middle and ring fingers together.

Using different chords.

Preview 03:50

Some basic strumming techniques using the thumb, index finger and middle finger of the right hand.  A very nice and relaxing approach to playing acoustic guitar.

Arpeggios with 6 notes right hand fingers thumb, index, middle and ring finger with a different technique playing the index, middle and ring fingers separately.

Strumming 2
07:36

Some basic strumming techniques using the thumb, index finger and middle finger of the right hand.


Strumming 3
04:21

Left Hand advanced techniques
05:19
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Finishing Touches
2 Lectures 07:15
Final Lesson 1
03:57

Final Lesson 2
03:18
About the Instructor
John Cannon
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Professional instruction from a legend.

John Cannon has been creating media since the mid 1980s.  He is a true renaissance man who has gained expert skill in audio, visual, web, programming and print.  He has been involved in advancing the arts and culture in the United States since he was in his mid 20s and now reaching his half a century mark wants to give to future generations who care to make a difference in our world.  If you are in the tri-state NYC area reach out to John and his team to create magic.  John has been a teacher since 1998 and has trained thousands of students in person and online.   John Cannon has composed over 500 music pieces, developed 200+ web sites, taken thousands of photographs and videos and produced dozens of series focusing on technology, music, art and media.  Join him today in his classes.

German Cova
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Professional Guitarist

German Cova was born 1969 in Ciudad Bolívar in Venezuela. He began his guitar studies at age 16 with maestro Miguel González with whom he learns a very solid base in relation to the execution of scales and music. He studies electric guitar, improvisation techniques and jazz in the "Roland Learning Center" school of the hand of several teachers where he learns the Pick technique in his right hand. He studied classical guitar at the "José Ángel Lamas" School (Caracas) with maestro José Luis Presa and later studied almost all his career at the "Juan José Landaeta" Conservatory. He travels to Spain where he specializes in flamenco guitar techniques to accompany dance and solo guitar, where he finds his greatest passion. The right hand techniques surprise Germán in a way that would never fail to study this powerful technique so full of strumming, chopping, arpeggios and scales. He participated in "Master classes" with teachers such as Eladio Mujica (Venezuela), Luis Zea (Venezuela), Entry Jiménez (Spain), Tuck Sulivan (USA), Kazuhito Yamashita (China), Janice Williams (USA), Aquiles Báez ), Flavio Sala (Italy), Javier García Moreno (Spain), Leo Brouwer (Cuba), José Thomas Jiménez (Spain), among others. He participates in more than 30 plays in Venezuela for flamenco schools and offers several concerts in various festivals in the country, including: The International Festival of Angostura Guitar and International Festival of Corp Group. He plays in concerts with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra as soloist playing the work "Palimdromia Flamenca". In 2012 he is awarded a scholarship by the Barquisimeto Jazz Festival to study in Curitiba (Brazil) and in 2013 for Andalucia (Spain) in the same festival for his talent as a performer. He also participates in several festivals of songwriters in Europe. He recorded several CDs with various artists and recorded his own production with 12 original songs as a singer.