I have been mentioning it here and there for the past year or so, and now it is finally on its way. My brand new Strumming Masterclass e-Course. It`s the most important course or resource I have created as of yet.
One thing that crops up time again from students everywhere is the dreaded issue of chord changes. I spend a lot of time in the early stages with my private students helping them get past this hugely frustrating part of playing the guitar, and I answer quite a few emails on this subject too.
It`s clear you guys who visit this site regularly really love to fingerpick. That`s been shown by the popularity of my `Fingerpicking Classics Series`. I`m just glad you love to fingerpick as much as I do. Even for a rocker like me, fingerpicking is cool.
It`s a great technique and once you get a few simple finger picking patterns down you will find that any chord progression can be given a new lease of life by applying a `stock` fingerpicking pattern to it.
Strumming is essential for all us guitarists. There aren`t many better sounds than that of a well strummed acoustic guitar accompanied by a soulful, engaging singer. Best of all, most simple strumming songs require only a handful of chords that once you can change between allow you to play a huge variety of songs. [Read more…]
I don`t know about you, but when I see those books and courses titled something like `Learn 256 blues licks` or `Play 99 country rock lead licks` or something, I get a bit annoyed. Not because those books and courses aren`t good, I`m sure they are, but because who really needs to learn a 100 licks. I mean really, c`mon. How many of those licks do most players actually use?
Welcome to the final part of our Killer 3 String Chord Series. So far we have learned 4 variations of 1 killer 3 string chord, learned how to apply rhythm to them, created melodies while playing a chord to create the illusion of two guitars, applied the techniques to a super popular chord progression and learned 8 little ditties using the techniques.
One of the secret but massive benefits to learning Killer 3 string chords is that they act as an amazing gateway between open chords and barre chords. This is a concept we have touched on briefly in the series, but will go into more detail on now.
Welcome, dear Guitar Ninja, to Part 3 of our series of Killer 3 string chords. So far we have learned 4 variations of a killer 3 string chord, learned how to apply rhythm to them, created melodies while playing a chord to create the illusion of two guitars, applied the techniques to a super popular chord progression and learned 8 little ditties using the techniques.
Now, it`s time to expand our repertoire and play the different chord types but now with 2 more shapes. This will allow us to truly free up the fretboard and save us from having to make big jumps up and down to play certain chords.
Efficiency as well as killer sounding chords is the name of the game.
Welcome, Guitar Ninja, to part 2 of our series of Killer 3 string chords. So far, we have discovered how to play a bunch of Killer 3 string guitar chord triads – 4 different chords all based around G.
The four chords are G Major, G minor, G sus2 and G sus4. In this lesson we are going to step it up and add some interesting rhythm to the chords and change between the chords within in a bar as apposed to at the end of a bar.
This will add a sense of melody along with the chord and to the untrained listener will sound like two guitars going for it at the same time. Cool, don`t you think?
A really simple way to spice up your chord based guitar playing is to learn alternate versions of the chords you already know and then get deep down and dirty with them. Learning alternate ways to play familiar chords will give you a huge amount more range and diversity to your playing that will help make you sound head and shoulders above pretty much 99% of guitarists out there.
During this series of lessons we are going to look at 12 killer 3 string chords – or to call them by their official name – triads. [Read more…]
When I first started teaching guitar, I quickly realised that if you try to teach students a lot of chord based strumming songs, (which seems like the typical way to teach new students) they would find it difficult and get frustrated. I quickly realised a great way to motivate the student was to teach them riffs – particularly easy, classic riffs.