Get you know your Guitar: Fundamental skills
|In this first part, Todd Clouser introduces the course. He explains the fundamentals of classic guitar, the anatomy of the instrument, how to have good positioning when holding the guitar.|
He will also talk about the different strings, how to tune a guitar, the way to read a tablature, and how to hold a pick.
Todd will give you all the advice and exercices you need to start playing with ease.
|In this second session, Todd focuses on the beat and addresses the notions of whole notes, half notes and quarter notes.|
With the help of a metronome he will teach you how to keep the beat. You will be able to practice with a series of exercices.
Finally, Todd will help you learn to read music symbols.
Synchronization of Hands
|Now, you will learn how to play with both hands while paying attention to the synchronization.|
A series of exercices are available to practice this point.
Learning Basic Chords
|Todd Clouser explains what a chord is and teaches you the main chords.|
You will also learn the different types of rests, and why they are important in music.
He’ll also teach you the “chord switching” technique and give you many exercices to master these notions.
Playing Easy Songs
|This chapter will get you started playing easy famous songs such as|
“Lady in the Black”
“Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”
The goal is for you to practice and assimilate the previous notions. You can make use of the metronome when playing, to make sure to keep the pace of the piece.
Learning Easy Chords
|In this part, you will go deeper in learning how to play guitar chords.|
In particular, you will learn the chords B7, A and Dm.
Thanks to many examples and provided exercices, you will soon learn to switch perfectly from one chord to another.
Melodies on Strings
|Here, you will discover how to play a melody on a single string.|
Next, you’ll learn to play the melody with the help of backing tracks for support. In several exercices you will be offered to play the accompaniment, then the melody, and finally both of them.
You will be able to see the first open strings (G, B and E strings) before discovering the E, A and D strings. Finally, you will train on several songs and combine the melody and the rhythm.
The “Dotted half note” notion will also be seen in this session.
|This session contains more pieces of music to continue practicing the melody. You will play on the following pieces:|
“When the Saints go Marching in”
“Will the Circle Be Unbroken”
“Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho”
“I Got the Blues”
Through these exercices you will also get a more in depth understanding of the “Anacrusis” notion and the “Pick-up note”
Natural and Accidental Notes
|Todd Clouser addresses the concepts of natural and accidental notes. You will approach in detail the notions of sharp and flat accidental notes.|
You’ll be able to train on the piece “Down in The Valley”.
The C Major Scale
|This session focuses on the notion of the “major scale” . You will study the C Major Scale, with different octave variations. Todd will also teach you the “Key Signature“.|
You will train on the following pieces:
“Red River Valley”
The Eighth Note
|Here you will discover the « Eighth note ». This is what gives a « blues » character to a piece of music.|
You will specifically see the G7 chord position. You will practice on the folkloric piece « This Train ». Todd Clouser will give you tips and tricks to improve your playing.
You’ll find more exercices to tap the rhythm and to work on the melody.
Barre Chord Study
|In this chapter you will learn to play barre chords, using one finger as a capo. You will understand how barre chords are constructed and how to use a real capo on your guitare. He gives you tips to warm up before practicing.|
F, E and Fm barre chords are seen in detail as well as the « Eighth rest » and « Chord switching »
You will also learn to mix the notes.
Finally several exercices on music pieces are available at the end of the session.
Barre Chord on E and A String
|This session details the previous one. It also deals with barre chords and focuses more especially on E, A, B and Bm chords.|
You will also practice chord switching and ear training thanks to new exercices.
|Your teacher Todd Clouser congratulates you for the long way you have come since the beginning of these beginner guitar lessons, and invites you to continue on with other musical repertoires.|
You’ll now be able to play along with these songs:
“Love is All”
“The Dock of the Bay”