We’ve now got three intermediate guitar DVD sets. Our original Intermediate Worship Guitar course, the Intermediate Acoustic Guitar course and now the brand new Intermediate Electric Guitar course. So I guess the questions that many people want to know are what is the difference between the courses and how much does the learning overlap? Or even if I’ve bought one am I going to learning anything new on the other two?
Intermediate Acoustic Worship Guitar Course
The Acoustic Intermediate is purely for acoustic guitar and contains lots of quick wins that you can easily integrate into your playing like 60 new open chord shapes, how to build new strumming patterns, how to play barre chords without the pain, how to find 4 capo positions for every key so you get away from just using the usual ‘G’ shaped chords, plus lots of finger style tips and exercises and even more complex lessons on how to play and integrate Travis picking into choruses and hymns.
Intermediate Worship Guitar Course
Our original Intermediate Course was our first product produced a few years back. It’s more technically in depth than the acoustic DVDs, giving you lots of techniques & ideas that will blow wide open your understanding of where you can go on the instrument and although its suitable for both acoustic and electric guitar it leans a little more to electric playing as many of the ideas help you get to grips with the whole of the fret board. So it covers things like the CAGED chord system which allows you to find ANY chord anywhere on the neck, 5 separate pentatonic scale shapes so you can play lead guitar to any song in any major or minor key, how to use DADGAD tuning in worship, guitar effects, a simple guitar friendly music theory system so you can understand what chords are available to use in ANY key and most importantly how apply that system to learn to get away form the chord chart and learn to play by ear.
There’s probably only 10-15% crossover in the content between Acoustic and the original Intermediate, so if you have one already you won’t be duplicating the learning. What they do both teach from different perspectives is the Nashville numbering system which we think is really important for ear based playing and transposing into awkward keys. If you are not sure where to start we’d recommend that you try the Acoustic course first as it starts at a lower ability level than the Intermediate course.
What the Intermediate does teach that neither of the others do is DADGAD tuning and most importantly a whole system of understanding chords to help you play by ear in any key without chord charts. At some point in 2011 we will produce a dedicated play by ear course but until that time this information alone is worth getting the Intermediate for, especially at the discounted price!
Intermediate Electric Worship Guitar course
The new Intermediate Electric Worship guitar course is closer to the original Intermediate course and shares a few pieces of technical learning but goes a whole lot further and deeper to give a much more comprehensive electric guitar course. It’s designed to show you the full range of ideas pro players use to craft electric parts in worship. So it does overlap with the basic knowledge of CAGED chords, 5 positions of pentatonic scale and some info on 6ths but from there it’s all new and its all applied into more worship songs with more exercises in many different keys. So there are also 7 positions of major scale, an in depth look at loads of shapes, licks and tricks pro players use in the keys of E A D G and C, over 90 useable electric voiced chord shapes, Hendrix style double stops, 3rds 4ths and 10ths to go alongside the 6ths, Drop D tuning for worship, soloing ideas in major and minor keys plus octaves, volume swells, string bending finger picking, drone notes, power chords, lead lines, tremolo picking, how to find every note on the neck quickly and more! There’s a whole load of tips on amps, pedals, choosing the right guitar, pickups, tones, volumes etc, and even an entire section on leading worship on electric. So it’s also very useful for any acoustic player wanting to transfer across to electric.