Welcome to the final part of your beginner guitar course!
You have already covered the basic musical material of open position chords, and your first scale. You have learnt how to practice this material as efficiently as possible. You have also learnt some key musical theory that can help you learn the fret-board and open up those open position chords to play any chord you like. as long as you can make it movable! We have also looked at a number of strumming patterns and a couple of songs to get you started. We have also covered what chord qualities are, such as the Minor and Major 7th etc and the magic power-chord which you can use in all sorts of way and lots more! There was a lot that you have covered if you reach this stage. The level 4 beginner guitar course is the final rounding off level and it has been my aim to give you the lessons you need to learn all the songs in my beginner song book which you can find on this site. By finishing the level 4 you will be armed and ready to take on any particular style you might like or take a dip into one of my technique specific courses to help you develop a certain technique without feeling daunted but ready for the challenge. We kick off this course with Strumming and advanced strumming patterns. So get that guitar, run through a warm up or 2 and get ready to learn some of the basic strumming pattern rules that countless new guitarists miss and have to learn the hard way!
Discover a few simple rules to follow when learning strumming patterns so you will always know when to do a downstroke and when to do an upstroke. This will help a great deal when learning new material or when you want to jam
This lesson is about creating your own strumming patterns from the basic note grouping on offer. We learn the most popular 1 beat patterns and then string them together to create some cool sounding strumming patterns that are actually quite complex. You will be strumming in no time!
Part 4: Funk Rhythm Playing
Part 5: AXIS of AWESOME Chord Progression
Part 6 : 12 Bar Blues Chord Progression + Variations
Part 7: Blues Progression Theory
Part 8: Canon Chord Progression
Part 9: Pentatonic Scale Positios 2
Part 10: Blending Scale Shapes
Part 11 : Guitar Technique basics Sliding/Bends
Palm muting adds a nice professional touch to your strumming patterns, in this part we learn how to take a simple strumming pattern and add a plam muting technique to it. Its the key factor to sounding more professional when playing
Funk players are some of the best strummers around (outside of spanish guitar) and i show you a very basic technique you can use to start creating your own funk rhythm. Its all about creating a pattern of mutes and strumes based off a 16th note pattern. You will see what i mean by diving into this lesson!
Chord progressions (a bunch of chords played one after another) are vital for creating great sounding tracks and in the next few lessons i talk you through some of the most popular chord progressions around. We will even take it a step further by looking at the theory behind them. We Start with the Axis of awesome, one of the most used progressions of our generation!
Its a classic and a favorite for guitarists due to the amount of soloing that you can do over it! This is a great one for beginner guitarists, the most important point of a 12 bar blues chord progresssion is to make sure its 12 bars long! so we look at how to count it, how to play it and then we look at some variations of the 12 bar blues
As the blues lesson covers a lot of material I decided to split the theory part into its own section. Here we see how the blues progression fits into the theory we covered in the Axis of Awesome. This will allow you to play blues progressions in any key and anywhere on the fretboard!
Our final chord progression of the beginner course. This one dates back 100's of years and has cropped up in countless songs. well worth knowing. We also look at how you can use this progression to create some of your own. The final thing we cover is the theory behind this one just like the previous 2 chord progressions
The Pentatonic scale is the first scale that i teach as its fairly easy to play and sounds good over a variety of chords. We look at expanding this to the 2nd position. This will allow you to be a bit more creative in your improvisations and we look at how to beldn 2 scale shapes together. This will be important for all future scales
In this lesson we look at how to blend the 2 positions you have already covered. Remember that this will apply to any scales you may already have learnt outside of this course. For now i show you how it applies to the pentatonic scale position 1 and 2
In the guitar techniques we look at some essential playing techniques that will help make your playing a little more interesting. We start by looking at the slide and the bend. 2 fantastic techniques for lead guitar that you will need to get your hand around!
Part 12 : Guitar Technique basics Hammeron/Pull off
The hammer on and Pull off are 2 essential techniques not just for lead guitar but all sorts of styles and it's important that you develop a good one. He we look at some exercises for good hammer on and pull of technique and i try to break down the movements so that you can achieve a great technique on your pull off and hammer ons!
Part 13 : Legato basics for guitar
Legato on guitar is the act of playing smoothly, what it means for guitarists is to play without picking as much as possible and calls for great hammer on and pull of technique. Here i give you an exercise to build on your hammer on and pull of technique so that you can play legato runs up and down the fretboard
Part 14 : Tapping Basics
Tapping on guitar is usually seen as a "show off" technique but it can actually be quite musical. Here i show you the basics of how to do it on electric and acoustic guitar and i'll also teach you a cool riff that will develop the technique
Part 15 : Natural Harmonics + Theory
Harmonics that occur naturally on the guitar are well worth knowing about, they can add a really nice sound to the guitar that is a little different and can also be used to create all sorts of wierd and wonderful effects. I teach you how to do them, where to do them and also some of the theory behind them
Part 16 : Artificial harmonics
There are some cool ways we can create our own harmonics and in this lessons i show you the beginning of a technique called harping. We will look at how to create a harp harmonic 12 frets ghigher than where you fret. Its a great technique that would build into all styles for acoustic and electric guitar so its worth getting the basics down
Finished Level 4?
Bonus 1: Learn 60 Major Chords in 12 mins
In this bonus lesson you will be able to learn about how you can learn your chord shapes the easy way. no need to learn lots of multiple shapes. with this simple trick and knowing your fretboard (from the guitar 101 course) you can build almost any chord and play it anywhere on the fretboard. Enjoy!