Percussive Fingerstyle Guitar

Learn the basics of the Percussive Fingerstyle. Step by step and right from the start.
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  • Lectures 74
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 2/2015 English

Course Description

Learn Percussive Fingerstyle right from the start in a comprehensive guitar course that teaches you the basic techniques step by step. All lessons are based around a percussive guitar song that you will be able to play at the end.

The main learning objective of this course is to teach you how to play the guitar as two instruments at once by adding backbeats to regular chord progressions and picking schemes. Furthermore, you will learn some advanced strumming patterns and rhythms.

Besides the HD video tutorials you get many exercises consisting of PDF, Guitar Pro 5+6 and audio files in three different speed levels to help you learn even better. Challenging quizzes increase your understanding and provide you with instant feedback.

This course provides you with material for 4 to 6 weeks on average whereas the amount of time can vary depending on your level of playing.

What are the requirements?

  • ✔ You should be able to play open and bar chords
  • ✔ You should be able to play standard strumming patters
  • ✔ You shoud have a basic knowledge of fingerpicking

What am I going to get from this course?

  • ✔ You will learn the basics of percussive fingerstyle
  • ✔ You will learn to play two instruments at once by emulating a drum set
  • ✔ You will learn and understand rather advanced rhythms
  • ✔ You will learn to read beat notation and tabs correctly
  • ✔ You will learn how to use percussion to compose own rhythms and songs
  • ✔ You will learn your first percussive fingerstyle song

Who is the target audience?

  • ✔ Intermediate to advanced guitarists that want to learn the basics of percussive fingerstyle
  • ✘ This course is probably not for you if you are further advanced and already have some experience with the percussive guitar technique

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: Becoming The Drummer

This lecture summarizes some important advice such as:

  • Turn on HD on videos
  • Check out the material downloads
  • Having fun ;)
Lessons & Resources

This lecture covers:

  • Basic parts of a drum kit
  • How does a beackbeat work
The Parts Of A Drum Kit?
3 questions

This lecture covers:

  • How to emulate the bass drum on your guitar
  • How to emulate the snare drum on your guitar

This lecture shows you how you can read basic beat notation

Beat Variation #1
Beat Variation #2

This lecture covers:

  • Explaining how the hi hat is emulated on the guitar
  • Beat exercises

This lecture covers:

  • The first complete beat exercise
  • All three elements of a drum kit are used here
Read This Beat
Remember The Beat?
3 questions
Section 2: Master The Beats
Read The Beat (Advanced)
Exercise: Play The Beat I

This video is a brief demonstration of the exercise before.

Exercise: Read The Beat II

This lecture covers:

  • A different beat variation
Exercise: Read The Beat III

This lecture covers:

  • A groovy beat
  • A beat including 16th notes
Section 3: Turn Up The Bass

This lecture covers:

  • Bas and downstroke combination
  • Basic beat with the bass on the 1 and 3 and the downstroke on the 2 and 4
  • Introduction of the chord: F#m7
Exercise 1: Bass & Downstroke
1 page
Exercise 2: Bass & Downstroke II
1 page

This lecture covers:

  • A bass and upstroke combination
Exercise 3: Bass & Upstroke
1 page
Exercise 4: Bass & Upstroke II
1 page

This lecture covers:

  • Bass hit together with up- as well as downstrokes
  • Explanation of right movement
Exercise 5: Bass & Up-Downstrokes
1 page
Exercise 6: Bass & Up- and Downstrokes II
1 page

This lecture covers:

  • Bass hit played simultaneously with up- as well as downstrokes
  • Explanation of right movement
Exercise 7: Bass & Downstroke At The Same Time
1 page

This lecture covers:

  • The chords needed to play the full song
    • F#m7
    • Aadd9
    • E mayor
    • Badd11
Exercise 8: Show Me The Chords
1 page

This lecture covers:

  • The first part of the Intro
  • The fingerpicking pattern used
Exercise: Intro Part A
1 page

This lecture covers:

  • The second part of the Intro
  • An added bass hit
Exercise: Intro Part B
1 page

This lecture covers:

  • The last bar of the intro
  • Bridge part
Exercise: Intro Part C
1 page
Full Intro

This lecture covers some basic learning advice:

  • Internalize the things
  • Don't move on to fast
  • Play without looking at your guitar
Exercise: Full Intro
1 page
Section 4: One Man Band

This lecture covers:

  • Explanation of incorporation the snare in a beat
  • Beat pattern
Exercise: Adding The Snare
1 page
Exercise: Adding The Snare II
1 page
Exercise: Adding The Snare III (Only Upstrokes)
1 page

This lecture covers:

  • Bass & downstroke at the same time
  • Using bass & snare combination
Exercise: Bass Downstroke & Upstrokes
1 page

This lecture covers:

  • Introduction of 16th strumming
  • Counting 16th notes
Exercise: 16th Strumming
1 page

This lecture covers:

  • The chords used in the Chorus
  • The slightly different chord variations
Exercise: Chorus Chords
1 page
Full Chorus
Exercise: Full Chorus
1 page
Let's Play All We've Learned So Far: Intro + Chorus
3 pages
Section 5: It's Gettin' Tricky

This lecture covers:

  • Additional percussive elements on the neck
  • New beat pattern
Exercise: Adding Percussion
1 page

This lecture covers:

  • Percussive fills that can be used in a bridge
Exercise: Between Changing Chords
1 page

This lecture covers:

  • A more advanced percussive usecase
  • Percussion consisting out of 16th notes
Exercise: Percussive 16th Notes
1 page
Percussive Notes as X's
1 page

This lecture covers:

  • The method of playing the snare and chords at the same time
  • Explanation of right movement
Exercise: Snare & Chord
1 page
Playing The Bass, Snare & Chord At The Same Time
Exercise: Bass, Snare & Chord
1 page

This lecture covers:

  • The first part of the bridge
  • Explanation of picking technique
Exercise: Bridge Part A
1 page

This lecture covers:

  • The second part of the bridge
  • Explanation of right movement
Exercise: Bridge Part B
1 page

This lecture covers:

  • The entire bridge
  • Explanation of right movements
Exercise: The Full Bridge
1 page
All Together: Intro + Chorus + Bridge
3 pages
Section 6: Let's Play

This lecture covers:

  • The preparation of the complete song
  • Practice advice
Let's Play The Full Song
5 pages
Full Song Playalong

This lecture covers:

  • The final words
  • Well done ;)

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Instructor Biography

Tobias Rauscher, Musician & Guitar Teacher

Tobias Rauscher is a melodic percussive fingerstyle guitarist who combines different influences in his songs. His musical characteristic is a strong focus on melody with various techniques and custom tunings.

With over 20 Million Views on YouTube Tobias also noticed an increasing demand for percussive fingerstyle lessons as many people contacted him for lessons, tabs and tutorials.

With his first courses on Udemy and his own Guitar Academy, Tobias aims to provide a great online learning experience to teach the art of percussive fingerstyle.

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