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Have you ever wondered how some guitarists can create something magical over the most basic of chord changes? They have the ability to see past the normal chord written in the music and play beyond it to create memorable guitar parts. This lesson uses a simple C7 chord as a foundation to create a wide variety of musical ideas. The concepts shown here can be applied to any chord.
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Have you ever asked yourself, “How should I be practicing” or “What should I be practicing”? Here are some real world tips on what you should be doing in your practice time to get the most amount of progress in the least amount of time. There are four important sections to a good practice session: Warm-Up, Technique Practice, Song Practice, and Creative Free Play. Here is a suggested 30-minute practice session. Feel free to vary this according to your needs.
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There are four main areas of the neck that guitarists tend to play in – Open Position, Fifth Position, Seventh Position, and 12th Position and above. Every guitarist should become familiar with these four main regions of the guitar neck. The seventh position is a very comfortable place to play on the guitar but it also tends to be the area of the neck that most guitarists know the least. The position name comes from what fret your first finger is positioned. If your first finger is on the 1st fret, then you are said to be playing in the 1st position. If you move your hand to where your first finger is on the 5th fret, then you are in the 5th position. Positions are often notated in guitar music in roman numerals. This lesson teaches the notes in this important area of the neck.
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Learn how to take a bland progression and turn it into something amazing by using a few diminished chords.
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Using a capo is a basic skill that every guitarist needs to know. Capos allow you to play in a variety of keys while using familiar chord shapes. Capos also work well when trying to find a good key to sing a particular song in by transposing songs up or down. This lesson discusses how to use a capo and the different types of capos.
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This lesson covers these important "money chords" in the key of G that make up great sounding guitar parts. Learn some new forms and start creating the sounds you hear everyday in songs.
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The ability to take a melody and combine it with chords to create a solo arrangement is an important skill that every guitar player should know. This lesson shows how to build a simple arrangement of a song in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step process.
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Many players are comfortable in the 1st position—they know the notes and can play a few licks. But the farther up the neck they go, the more unfamiliar it becomes, and they’re not too sure which note is which.
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Whether you read music or not, every guitar player needs to know the notes on the instrument. You’ve got to know where a C is and where an Ab is. Much of guitar playing is going to be done in the first, or open, position so that’s a great place to start.
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Wouldn’t it be great to be able to look at any place on the guitar neck and automatically know the note names?
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Everything wears out if you use it...even guitars. One of the common wear-out points is the jack (at both ends of the guitar cord--amp and guitar). It will first get scratchy, then begin dropping signal. At that point, it's got to be fixed. In this lesson, presented by master tech, Greg Voros (author of the course, Learn & Master Guitar Setup & Maintenance), you'll learn how to do this simple repair yourself. Enjoy!
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After repeatedly tuning, playing, and replacing the strings on your guitar, there are certain components that will eventually wear down or wear out. The nut is definitely one of these components, and when it wears to the point that the open strings buzz, this lesson offers a quick fix. This is a simple repair that you can probably do yourself, presented by master tech, Greg Voros (author of the course, Learn & Master Guitar Setup & Maintenance). Enjoy!
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In almost every studio recording session I'm in, whether on acoustic or electric, I tend to derive my ideas from a basic set of chord shapes. These chord shapes combined with a few chord substitution rules make for great sounding guitar parts. I call these chords the "money chords" and they have certainly put food on my table more than once. These are the nuts and bolts of great sounding guitar parts whether you are playing for your enjoyment or laying down the intro for a Grammy-winning artist's song in the studio.
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Have you ever said to yourself, "All my solos sound the same. It doesn’t matter what key I'm in, I always play the same licks." You've fallen into the age-old guitar player's trap of being locked into playing in positions. The good news is that you can break out of it and begin playing with a new freshness and life to your sound. All it takes is viewing your guitar from a new perspective.
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If you’re serious about being a musician, then there is only one road that will get you there—practice. Practicing is a necessary key—really the only key—that will unlock the potential inside you to become the guitar player you want to be. Practicing is something you’re going to be doing a lot to become skillful, so let’s learn how to do it most effectively.
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Harmonics are one of the best things you can do on a guitar! Few instruments can provide such an unusual but musically useful technique. With a little practice, they’re pretty easy to play and produce a beautiful chime or bell-like tone. If you’ve ever heard a guitarist suddenly play these high bell-like sounds while just barely touching the strings then you have heard harmonics. Harmonics can be utilized in several very musical ways. This lesson covers how harmonics work and how to play natural harmonics, false harmonics, and harp harmonics, in addition to giving you several great licks to use along the way.
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Open strings—one of the coolest things you can utilize in your playing to get some great sounds relatively easily! Combining open strings with hammer-ons and pull-offs can create a wide variety of sounds that only a guitar could make happen. This lesson covers several ideas using open strings that can be worked into your own playing to create sounds ranging from Fingerstyle to Celtic!
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The ability to break out of the tight little circle of open chords and a few comfort zones will cause your playing to explode. Don't be hemmed in to only a few positions. Learn to use the whole fretboard in this lesson.
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The Money Chords in D In almost every studio recording session I'm in, whether on acoustic or electric, I tend to derive my ideas from a basic set of chord shapes. These chord shapes combined with a few chord substitution rules make for great sounding guitar parts. I call these chords the "money chords" and they have certainly put food on my table more than once.
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