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- We start at “Square One” because this gives any newbie the confidence and excitement to move forward as far as they want to go! We start out learning all of the parts of the guitar: string names, the nut, bridge, neck, tuning pegs, and how to tune. Then we learn basic chords: Em, A, D, G, and Cadd9. Crucial to this is teaching you finger pressure and how not to press too hard so that we can practice without pain.
- We pick up on arpeggio patterns and start to gradually increase the difficulty to work on our right-hand accuracy. (You’ll be well-prepared from what you’ve already learned.) Next, we start covering the more difficult open position chords like F, Dm, and different suspended chords. Then you’ll learn the axis of four chords, which is at the core of thousands of songs. (Translation: This is where it starts rocking!)
- We break down both 1/4 and 1/8 note strumming. This gives us the ability to create chord progressions as well as keep ourselves in time while doing it. Then we start tying everything together we have learned so far. (And that’s what mastery begins to feel like, so give yourself a pat on the back at this point!)
- Now it’s time to learn bar chords used in countless popular songs. Don’t let anyone tell you bar chords are difficult – I have some tips and tricks that make them a breeze. We will go over the four most popular major and minor bar chord shapes. Then we will discuss muted bass notes with our bar chords to get that punchy guitar sound used in everything from punk to country.
- Learn different ways to use the open style chords that we already know, using different fingerings inversions and adding and subtracting notes to get cool new sounds from the same old shapes.
- It is time for more moving bass lines, yo! This will help your finger dexterity and chord switching as well as your picking accuracy. We will start using more single note picking within our progressions heard in countless pop and country style songs. We will learn how to take pop progressions and turn them to country so we can use the same old chords and progressions to play or write easily in the two popular styles. Since reggae is such an awesomely popular style of playing used in ALL styles of music today, we go over the fundamentals of how to get that super-cool reggae rhythm sound easily.