Finger picking patterns – Play in 4/4, 3/4 and 6/8 time
Play in any key using a capo
Play any song in 3 capo positions
Understanding chord charts
Transpose complex keys into guitar-friendly keys
Tuning, pick and strumming technique
Damping strings, learn the notes on the neck
We used a different approach to teaching beginners on this Beginning Guitar course. Having taught thousands of students over the years we have moved from doing it the ‘correct’ way with the usual bedrock chords of Em, G, C, D, A, Am etc etc etc. The difficulty with that approach is that often all fingers have to change their fret and string position as you move from chord to chord. Instead we teach using a few basic chords with more complicated names that essentially allows them to change from chord to chord with minimum finger movement.
We explore shapes for ‘5’ chords and add9 chords for adding strength or beauty to the sounds. We look at playing open chords in B without using barre chords or a capo!
Finally we play in B with a detuned top E for all sorts of new sounds!
If you want to develop their finger picking skills especially when it comes time to playing hymns and the dreaded Christmas carols on guitar we encourage you to work through this great lesson on the art of Travis picking.
Travis picking is all about keeping your thumb moving with the bass notes to provide an interesting and rhythmic finger picking style. To get Travis picking under your belt requires some regular practice so we break the basic style down into 9 daily exercises to build your muscle memory and get your fingers moving!
A perfect and step by step introduction to this in-depth guitar style.
This lesson teaching the Brooke Fraser song, Lead Me to the Cross, is from the Worship Guitar Collection.
It explores using C based chord shapes for songs written in the key of D alongside some changing strumming patterns and learning the intro riff played on acoustic guitar, note-for-note.
Learn how to approach playing hymns with quick chord changes on guitar, and because the song changes key for the final chorus you’ll learn these quick change chord shapes in both the C and D based shapes.