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Beginning Acoustic Guitar Music Lessons

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Overview

Learn how to play guitar at your own pace. These easy-to-follow videos feature examples in TAB and standard music notation, and hands-on instruction by guitar virtuoso Jared Meeker.

Learn how to play guitar at your own pace. These easy-to-follow videos features examples in TAB and standard music notation, and hands-on instruction by guitar virtuoso Jared Meeker. You'll learn how to hold the instrument, play with a pick, count time, read music, and play simple chords. After mastering these basics, you'll be introduced to fingerpicking, barre chords, improvisation, music theory, and a variety of styles, including blues, rock, country, and folk. Beginning Acoustic Guitar is a must-have for anyone serious about starting to learn acoustic guitar.

Syllabus

Introduction
  • Welcome
1. Getting Started
  • Getting to know your tools
  • Tuning
  • The notes on the fretboard
  • Reading tablature (TAB)
  • Your first chords: "Easy" G, C, and D7
  • Strumming a song
  • Awesome tips for learning and switching chords
  • Full-size chords: D, A, and G
  • Full-size chords: E and C
2. Reading Music
  • The notes and the staff
  • Notes on the 1st string
  • Notes on the 2nd string
  • Time
  • Notes on the 3rd string
  • Rests
  • Eighth notes
  • Notes on the 4th string
  • Eighth rests and dotted notes
  • Notes on the 5th and 6th strings
  • Sight-reading songs
  • Adding sharps and flats
  • Reading key signatures
  • 1st and 2nd endings
3. More New Chords
  • Minor chords
  • Bluegrass G chord and a C chord to match
  • The art of strumming
  • Country and bluegrass strumming
  • Country and bluegrass flatpicking
  • Rocking out with syncopation
  • Cadd9
  • Waltz time
4. Basic Fingerpicking
  • The right-hand position
  • First fingerpicking patterns
  • Alternating bass patterns
  • Travis picking and pinch patterns
  • Fingerpicking in waltz time
5. Improvisation, Music Theory, and Intervals
  • Improvisation and music theory
  • The major scale
  • The circle of 5ths
  • Open-position major scales in C, G, and D
  • Movable major scale fingerings
  • Intervals are your building blocks
  • Interval fingerings
  • Harmony and chords
  • Getting started with improvisation
6. The Blues
  • The 12-bar blues
  • Blues rhythm
  • The minor pentatonic scale
  • Beginning blues improvisation
  • Bending
  • New chords: The dominant 7th
  • More 7th chords: Blues in E
  • Minor blues and minor 7th chords
  • The major pentatonic scale
7. New Techniques
  • Switching chords mid-measure
  • Split strumming
  • The mute stroke
  • A new folk/country strum and I–V–vi–IV
  • Transposition
  • Power chords
  • Barre chords
  • Thumb chords
  • Hammer-ons and pull-offs
  • Walking the bass
8. Expression, Phrasing, and Dynamics
  • Musical expression, phrasing, and dynamics
Conclusion
  • Goodbye

Taught by

Jared Meeker and Greg Horne

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