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Strumming Secrets – Beginner 5

Time for another strumming exercise! This module is a great addition to the Master Session number 1 from the FOUNDATION GUITAR COURSE – Level 3. I use this strumming sequence in a lot of songs, so I hope you will find it fun to play too.

Beginner Level
7 lessons
30 minutes of video lessons

As usual, I will break up every movement into a series of exercises. Remember that memorising patterns like this takes time, so you may need to come back to it a few times before you fully master this technique. Let’s dive in!

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Module 1Module 1 
Unit 1Inntroduction
Unit 2Strumming once every 4 clicks
Unit 3Strumming twice every 4 clicks
Unit 4Adding an upstroke to the sequence
Unit 5Adding another upstroke to the sequence
Unit 6One more upstroke
Unit 7Integrating it all together

Beginner Guitar Course – Level 4

We will start this module with the fingerpicking technique. I have waited with this for a long time, because I wanted you to have some experience with the chords and chord changes.

Beginner Level
20 lessons
121 minutes of video lessons

I will walk you through all of the aspects of fingerpicking: placing the thumb, and fingers and so on. As usual, I will share a lot of tips and tricks that will help you master this module. I have recorded a very cool backing track that we will use in the first Master session. As a bonus, there is also a a solo part recorded so that you may try to play over the master session.

In the second part of this module, we will practice some two-hand synchronisation exercises and there is also a workout that will improve the technical aspects of your playing. We will finish with another master session, but this time, we are going to use the barre chord F for the first time. You learned this F chord in the previous module, so now it is the time to apply it. I have designed this master session in a way that should be relatively easy to play.

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Module 1Beginner Guitar Course - Level 4 
Unit 1Some inspiration to kick things up
Unit 2The basics of fingerpicking
Unit 3Fingerpicking with the chords D - Dmaj7 - D7
Unit 4Hand synchronisation exercise
Unit 5AV PRESENTATION - Hand Synchronisation
Unit 6Don’t forget to practice your barre chords!
Unit 7Thumb moving exercise
Unit 8A few words about fingers vs nails
Unit 9MASTER SESSION 1
Unit 10Some practicing tips
Unit 11AV PRESENTATION - Verse & Chorus - Master session 1
Unit 12AV PRESENTATION – Lead part – Master session 1
Unit 13A few words about the chords and their names
Unit 14AV PRESENTATION - The chords and their names
Unit 15QUIZ - Chords
Unit 16WORKOUT - Chromatic exercise
Unit 17A minor pentatonic scale - something new
Unit 18MASTER SESSION 2
Unit 19How to use the pentatonic scale in a more creative way
Unit 20Conclusion and your homework

Strumming Secrets – The Mechanics

In this module, we will cover the mechanics of strumming. I will try to answer all of the questions you might have when it comes to your strumming hand. After watching this module, you will be ready to dive into the Strumming Secrets Series.

Beginner Level
10 lessons
31 minutes of video lessons

You will learn how to strum with the guitar pick, what to pay attention to and how to practice the rhythm. We will take a closer look at your palm and wrist and also the behaviour of your elbow. I will give you some tips on how to keep your strumming consistent and how not to miss the strings. As usual, this module is full of practicing ideas, so make sure you watch it all.

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Module 1Strumming Secrets - The Mechanics 
Unit 1How to work on your rhythm technique
Unit 2The guitar pick and strumming
Unit 3Relax your palm
Unit 4The strumming motion
Unit 5About upstrokes
Unit 6The dynamics of upstrokes
Unit 7Don't let your hand fly away when you strum
Unit 8Don't be a perfectionist - I mean it!
Unit 9Simplify your chords
Unit 10Conclusion

Lead Guitar – Beginner 1

TThis module opens up a new series of lessons which are dedicated to lead guitar and improvisation. It will lay a solid foundation that will help you develop amazing soloing guitar skills. You will learn how to position your hand on the fretboard, how to hold the pick and we will also work on some exercises.

Beginner Level
19 lessons
93 minutes of video lessons

You will learn the A Minor Pentatonic scale and learn how to improvise using the scale to the backing track that I recorded especially for this module. We will end by analysing 2 different guitar licks that sound great, straight out of the box and will sound great in any musical situation. The module is full of in-depth information, so make sure you watch everything from beginning till the end! It will be fun. Lets start!

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Module 1Lead Guitar - Beginner 1 
Unit 1Introduction
Unit 2How to hold the guitar pick and differences between picks
Unit 3How to position your picking hand for the best results
Unit 4Exercise 1 - Down picking
Unit 5Quick reminder of how to hold the pick
Unit 6Exercise 2 - Up picking
Unit 7Why did we practice these two exercises?
Unit 8Exercise 3 - Alternate picking
Unit 9Exercise 4 - TV time
Unit 10Tremolo picking - from the wrist or the elbow?
Unit 11Important
Unit 12A minor pentatonic scales - shape 1
Unit 13How to improvise on the guitar
Unit 14What are guitar licks?
Unit 15Guitar Lick 1
Unit 16Guitar Lick 2
Unit 17PRACTICE SESSION
Unit 18AV PRESENTATION - Practice Session
Unit 19Conclusion

Beginner Guitar Course – Level 3

This module will be fun. With this module, we will start implementing barre chords into our practice sessions. Don’t worry, it will be a very gentle introduction. The goal is to just start working on these shapes.

Beginner Level
18 lessons
134 minutes of video lessons

We will also learn a few very cool sounding guitar chords and strummings. We will work on some arpeggios and play a very nice sounding guitar solo with our Master Session. As usual we will practice 2 hand synchronisation exercises. There is also a new concept – WORKOUT. We will work on your picking technique with the backing track. Lets start!

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Module 1Beginner Guitar Course - Level 3 
Unit 1Am7 and Em7 - cool alternative to minor chords
Unit 2Fmaj7 - great sounding chord
Unit 3Am7 Em7 Fmaj7 - dreamy sounding chord progression
Unit 4Hand synchronisation exercise
Unit 5AV PRESENTATION - Hand synchronisation exercise
Unit 6Transitional chord - G/Gb
Unit 7A new arpeggio - some picking hand tips
Unit 8MASTER SESSION 1
Unit 9AV PRESENTATION - Guitar Solo - Master session 1
Unit 10Some advice on how to work with Master Sessions
Unit 11WORKOUT - Individual alternate string picking
Unit 12Chromatic scale diagonal exercise
Unit 13AV PRESENTATION - Chromatic scale diagonal exercise
Unit 14F major - lets have some fun with barre chords!
Unit 15How to practice the F barre chord
Unit 16MASTER SESSION 2
Unit 17AV Presentation - How to read strumming patterns from tablature
Unit 18Final words - share your achievements!

Master Barre Chords – Minor & Major – 1

In this session we will learn two very common barre chord shapes. One major and one minor. These shapes will open a whole new world of possibilities for your guitar playing.

Beginner Level
17 lessons
67 minutes of video lessons

You will learn about the theory behind barre chords. We will talk about the root notes and relationship of theses barre chords to the open chords. We will learn the names of the chords in all 12 positions. Through a series of the exercises I will show you have to work on memorising these guitar chords, and how to work on transition between them.

These lessons could be quite difficult to master, but it is really fun to work on challenging stuff like barre chords! Remember we are not looking for instant results, the goal is to work on these exercises for extended period of time – 2 months, half year, as much time as you need. Our goal is simple, to make you very versatile and flexible guitarist.Have fun!

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Module 1Master Barre Chords - Minor & Major part 1 
Unit 1Introduction - the root note concept and movable shapes
Unit 2AV PRESENTATION - the root note concept and movable shapes
Unit 3Reference lesson - root note on the 5th string - 12 minor chords
Unit 4AV PRESENTATION - Reference lesson - Minor
Unit 5QUIZ – What is the name of this chord? MINOR
Unit 6Major barre chord with the root note on the 6th string
Unit 7AV PRESENTATION - Major barre chord with the root note on the 6th string
Unit 8Reference lesson – root note on the 6th string – 12 major chords
Unit 9AV PRESENTATION – Reference lesson - Major
Unit 10QUIZ – What is the name of this chord? MAJOR
Unit 113 ways of working with barre chords
Unit 12How to practice barre chords - Example 1 and 2 - Am shape - important practicing tips
Unit 13Exercise 3 - E shape
Unit 14Exercise 4 - Mixing both barre shapes
Unit 15Exercise 5 - Mixing barre and open chords - part 1
Unit 16Exercise 6 - Mixing barre and open chords - part 2
Unit 17Conclusion

Strumming Secrets – Beginner 4

In this Strumming Secrets session, we will take a little bit of a different approach to the rhythm. Instead of playing the sequences of down and up strokes, we will focus solely on the downstrokes.

Beginner Level
16 lessons
52 minutes of video lessons

When you strum the chords, many times you usually strum across all six or five strings. In this session, we will learn how to create the separation between lower and higher sounding strings. It is a very cool way of playing the rhythm. Your chords will sound much cleaner and much more interesting. Throughout this series of exercises, you will learn how to apply this strumming to common and very popular E minor, G, A minor, C And D chords. Make sure that you watch every single video from the beginning until the end. I will share a lot of tips and tricks with you, that are hidden in between the exercises!

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Module 1Strumming Secrets – Beginner 4 
Unit 1Introduction
Unit 2Open strings exercise - with an explanation of how to hold a pick
Unit 3Open strings exercise - targeting the 6th string
Unit 4Open strings exercise - targeting the 5th string
Unit 5Open string exercise - targeting the 4th string - some tips for the strumming hand
Unit 6Mixing it all together - some practicing tips
Unit 7Applying the strumming concept to the E minor chord - some music theory explanations
Unit 8Chord G with the new strumming
Unit 9Applying the strumming to the chord A minor
Unit 10Applying the strumming to the chord C major
Unit 11Applying the strumming to the chord D major
Unit 12Motivation tips and new strumming with the chords Em and G
Unit 13Applying the strumming to the chords Am and C - how to mute the unwanted 6th string
Unit 14Chords E minor and A minor - travelling across the neck
Unit 15E minor, A minor and D with the new strumming - composition tips and how to put chords together
Unit 16Conclusion - the importance of rhythm and practicing ideas

Master Barre Chords – Foundation

A lot of beginner guitarists are afraid of barre chords. These shapes look almost impossible to master. This session will prepare you to play these challenging chords. It is designed to slowly immerse you into the world of barre chords.

Beginner Level
10 lessons
57 minutes of video lessons

You may wonder why we need barre chords? You could easily use the capo and play open chords instead. In the first lesson, I will explain and demonstrate the purpose of barre chords. I hope after watching it you will change your mind about playing these guitar shapes. Let me just say this, if you spend some time studying these shapes, a whole new world will open up for you. You will be able to play almost anything on the guitar. It will become extremely easy to transpose music to different keys, and you will be able to apply very cool articulation techniques.

There are plenty of exercises in this module. The goal is to prepare you and your hands to play these guitar chords. Some of the exercises are very challenging so please allow some time to get used to them. Remember that mastery of these shapes can take quite a lot of time. Instead of trying to practice these exercises for 30 minutes every day, I would try to do them for only 5 minutes every day, or every other day. You will avoid frustration, and your hands will get the chance to slowly get used to the barre chords.

In this module, I will show you how to practice these exercises, and how to implement them into your practicing schedule. The exercises are really fun and will not only prepare you to play barre chords but will also improve your general guitar technique. I hope these online guitar lessons will be fun and effective. Don’t forget to share your thoughts on the forum and Guitar Couch Social Stream.

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Module 1Master Barre Chords - Foundation 
Unit 1What are barre chords?
Unit 2Exercise 1 - How to position your index finger
Unit 3Exercise 2 - Fun index finger exercise
Unit 4Exercise 3 - moving it around
Unit 5Exercise 4 - spicing it up
Unit 6Exercise 5 and some practicing tips
Unit 7Exercise 6 - Am and E - unusual approach
Unit 8Exercise 7 - Am and E - moving it horizontally
Unit 9Exercise 8 - chromatic exercise with the bar on the 5th fret
Unit 10Conclusion

Beginner Guitar Course – Level 2

The beginner guitar course part 2 is a game changer. Things are getting much more interesting and exciting in here. We will learn some really cool sounding new chords, a few new arpeggios and a strumming pattern.

Beginner Level
18 lessons
139 minutes of video lessons

Again, we are going to have two new Master Sessions in this beginner guitar course and one of them will have a simple guitar solo. The audiovisual presentations will cover the tab versions of the arpeggios and the solo. The first unit will prepare us to play the barre chords. I will show you a few simple exercise to get your hands ready to play these challenging chords

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Module 1Beginner Guitar Course - Level 2 
Unit 1Barre chords introduction
Unit 2Hand synchronisation exercise
Unit 3AV PRESENTATION - Hand Synchronisation
Unit 4String skipping arpeggio
Unit 5AV PRESENTATION - String skipping arpeggio
Unit 6QUIZ - guitar tab
Unit 7MASTER SESSION 1
Unit 8AV PRESENTATION - Guitar Solo - Master session 1
Unit 9Asus2 and Cmaj7 - two fancy chords
Unit 10RHYTHM PRACTICE with Asus2 and Cmaj7
Unit 11Simplified chord F
Unit 12How to practice all of these chords - quick tip
Unit 134 down 4 up arpeggio
Unit 14E7 chord
Unit 15Am(add9) - mysterious sounding chord
Unit 16MASTER SESSION 2
Unit 17AV PRESENTATION - Arpeggio Am(add9) - Cmaj7 - Performance
Unit 18Feedback - important

How To Play – Song Analysis

I have plenty of tutorials on You Tube. But this section is very different from You tube and also the How To Play free section of Guitar Couch. These song analysis’ go much deeper into the structure of the song.

Beginner Level
11 lessons
277 minutes of video lessons

We will practice the songs together and approach them from different perspectives – fingerpicking, arpeggios, lead parts and cool ornamentations that you can add to the song, to make it sound really good.

This module is brand new. I will add a new song once every two weeks, so that over time these will be really comprehensive tutorials and library of ideas. You can use these ideas in different songs and in your own compositions.

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Module 1Song Analysis 
Unit 1Introduction
Unit 2Zombie - The Cranberries
Unit 3See You Again – Charlie Puth
Unit 4Free Falling - Tom Petty
Unit 5Midnight Rider - The Allman Brothers Band
Unit 6The One I Love - REM
Unit 7Runaway Train - Soul Asylum
Unit 8For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield
Unit 9Melissa - The Allman Brothers Band
Unit 10A Horse With No Name - America
Unit 11Rusty Cage - Johnny Cash