Course curriculum

  • 1

    Resources For Accelerated Learning On Guitar

    • Get a 24/7 Personal Trainer On Guitar

    • Recommended Guitar Books

  • 2

    Principles Resources

    • Principles Concepts-Understandings and Tools

    • Guitar Practice Organization Chart - PDF

    • Guitar Practice Organization Chart - Word Doc

  • 3

    Progress Control

    • Guide Through Stage 2 Material - Updated 12-29-21

  • 4

    Scales

    • Progress Control Chart - Scales

    • The 3 Finger Combinations

    • 3 Finger Combinations

    • The G Major Scale

    • The G Major Scale

    • The Circle of 5ths and the Major Scale

    • Open G Scales with Alternate Bass & Bass Runs

    • Open G Scales & Bass Runs - Instruction

    • Open D Scale with Alternate Bass & Bass Runs

    • Open A Scale with Alternate Bass & Bass Runs

    • Open E Scale, Alternate Bass & Bass Runs

    • Open C Scale, Alternate Bass & Bass Runs

    • Scales and Chords Combined In G

    • Scales & Chords Combined In G - Instruction

    • Scales & Chords Combined In C - PDF

    • Scales & Chords Combined in C - Instruction

    • Scales & Chords Combined in D - PDF

    • Minor Scales 1st Position

    • Scale Sequences In G

    • 5-2 Major Scale & Arpeggios - PDF

    • 5-2 Scale Explained

  • 5

    Chords

    • Skills Checklist - Chords & Songs

    • Progress Control - Chords & Songs

    • Download Checklist & Chart As Word Document

    • Preparation For Your First Song

    • Your First Chord & Song

    • Learning Your First Song

    • The Full G Chord

    • G to Em

    • G to Em

    • How To Practice Chord Changes

    • Exercise: Changing G to Em

    • Learning The C Chord

    • Em to C

    • Exercise: G-Em-C

    • Learning The D Chord

    • Learning The D Chord - Video

    • Changing G to C

    • Changing D - C - D

    • Changing G-Em-C-D-G

    • Blues In E with Chords

    • Arpeggios in G

    • Arpeggios In D

    • Arpeggios in A

    • Arpeggios In E

    • Arpeggios In C

    • Simple Blues Using 1st Position Chords

    • Simple Blues Using 1st Position Chords - Video

    • Blues In E with Chords & Bass Runs

    • Blues In E With Bass Runs

    • Minor Chords

    • Minor Chords - Instruction

    • Basic Bar Chords

    • Basic Bar Chords For I IV V

    • Essential Jazz Chords

    • Essential Jazz Chords - Instruction

    • Basic Bar Chords Around The Circle of 5ths

  • 6

    Bar Chord Mastery Course

    • Bar Chord Mastery 1 - PDF

    • Introduction: Part One

    • Ex.1 - Balancing Hand Effort And Shoulder Relaxation– Thumb Off

    • Ex.2 - Rolling Pressure To Each String

    • Ex.3 - 2 Travel With Light Bar

    • Ex. 4 - Finger Press With Light Bar

    • Ex.5 - Finger Press With Half To Full Pressed Bar

    • Ex.6 - The Full 6th String Root Major Chord

    • Ex.6a - The 2 Straight Exercise

    • Ex.7 - Rolling Backward For More Pressure

    • Ex.8 - Modifying The 6th Root Major

    • Ex.9 - Changing Positions With The 6th Root Major

    • Ex. 10 - Getting More Comfortable With Flapping

    • Parting Words :Part One

    • Bar Chord Mastery 2 - PDF

    • Ex. 11 - Directing Force To 6th & 1st String

    • Ex. 12 - Directing Force To 5th & 1st String - The 5th String Bar

    • Ex. 13 - The 5th Root Minor Chord

    • Ex. 14 - Barring With The 3rd Finger, The m7 Short Form and 9th Chord

    • Ex. 15 - The 4 String Bar and It's Chords

    • Ex. 16: Preparation For The 3 String Bar

    • Ex: 17 - The 4 Alone Exercise - Preparation For The D Major Chord

    • Ex. 18 - Common Chords With the 3 String Bar

    • Ex. 19 The 6th Root Major With Inside Bar

    • Ex. 20 - Tips On Changing Bar Chords

  • 7

    Songs

    • Song Melodies

    • Eleanor Rigby

    • Songs To Play -PDF

    • Songs To Play: Instruction

    • Stand By Me

    • Don't Think Twice It's Alright

    • I Walk The Line

    • I Walk The Line - Instruction

    • This Land Is Your Land - For Alternate Bass In G

    • This Land Is Your Land - MP3

    • Wild Horses -PDF

    • Wild Horses - Instruction

    • I Can't Help Falling In Love With You

    • Fly Me To The Moon

    • House Of The Rising Sun

    • You Really Got Me

  • 8

    Mel Bay Volume 1

    • Buy Mel Bay On Amazon

    • How To Practice Mel Bay using _The Principles_ p.7-9

    • How To Practice Mel Bay Guitar Method P.10

    • How To Practice Mel Bay Guitar Method p. 11-13

    • How To Practice Mel Bay Guitar Method p. 14-16

    • How To Practice Mel Bay Guitar Method p. 16-18

    • How To Practice Mel Bay Guitar Method p. 19-21

  • 9

    Strumming

    • Basic Strums

    • Basic Strums - Instruction

  • 10

    Rock & Blues

    • Skills Checklist - Rock & Blues

    • Progress Control Chart - Rock & Blues

    • 12 Bar Blues In A with Simple Chords - PDF

    • 12 Bar Blues in A with Simple Chords - Video

    • Blues Shuffles Explained

    • Blues Shuffle 1 in A

    • Blues Shuffle In A

    • Shuffle in A with b7

    • Blues Shuffle With b7

    • Shuffle in A with Bass Walks & Slides

    • Open E Blues Scale & Licks

    • Open E Blues Scale

    • Open E Blues Licks

    • The Basic Rock/Blues Scale - Minor Pentatonic #1

    • The Basic Rock/Blues Scale - Minor Pentatonic #1

    • The Basic Bends

    • The Basic Bends - Video

    • Jam Track - Blues In E

    • Solo 1

    • Solo 1 at 60

    • Solo 1 at 100

    • Essential Licks Part 1

    • Essential Licks Part 2

    • Essential Licks 1 - Video

    • Essential Licks 2 - Video

    • Solo 2

    • Solo 2 Preparation 1

    • Solo 2 Preparation 2

    • Solo 2 at 60

    • Solo 2 at 100

  • 11

    Fingerstyle Skills

    • The Difference Between Rest & Free Stroke

    • Training Fingers For Perfect Free Stroke Part 1 - Hand Position

    • Training Fingers For Perfect Free Stoke Part 2: Training Individual Fingers

    • Finger Style Skills - Exercises

    • Fingers Rest Stroke with Thumb Free Stroke

    • #2: 2, 3 and 4 Notes with Thumb & Fingers Free Stroke

    • #3: Finger Rest Stroke with Thumb Free Followed by Finger Free Stroke

    • Home On The Range - Block Chords

    • Home On The Range - Instruction

  • 12

    Chord Melody

    • When The Saints Go Marching In - Chord Melody

    • Amazing Grace - Chord Melody

    • Autumn Leaves: Melody 1st Position - Notes

    • Autumn Leaves: Melody 1st Position - Instruction

    • Fly Me To The Moon -PDF

    • Fly Me To The Moon - Instruction

    • Autumn Leaves Chord Melody

    • Autumn Leaves Chord Melody - Performance

    • Autumn Leaves Chord Melody - Instruction Part 2

  • 13

    Hammers & Pulls

    • Hammers & Pulls - PDF

    • Hammers From a Fretted Note: 1-4

    • Hammers From a Fretted Note: 1-3

    • Hammers From A Fretted Note: 1-2

    • Pull Offs 4-1

    • Building Speed with Pull Offs

  • 14

    FingerStyle Blues

    • Skills Check List - Finger Style Blues

    • Progress Control Chart - Finger Style Blues

    • Introduction To Fingerstyle Blues

    • Exercise 1

    • Exercise 2 & 3

    • Exercise 4

    • Exercise 5

    • Exercise 5 2nd Line

    • Exercise 6

    • Exercise 7

    • Exercise 8

    • Hamburger Blues - Continuing Study

    • Hamburger Blues

    • Hamburger Blues Performance & Instruction

    • 2 Hamburger Licks From "Blues Factory"

    • Rosedale Blues 1 & 2 Played by Jamie Andreas

    • Rosedale Blues 1 & 2 Played by Jamie Andreas

  • 15

    Classical Guitar

    • The Difference Between Rest Stroke & Free Stroke

    • Training Fingers For Perfect Free Stroke Part 1 - Hand Position

    • Training Fingers For Perfect Free Stoke Part 2: Finger Independence

    • Alternating Fingers Rest Stroke with Thumb Free Stroke

    • Prelude in Am -notes & tab

    • Prelude in A Minor - Performance

    • Prelude in Am - Instruction

    • Prelude in Am - tab only

    • Student Performance: Prelude in Am

    • Classical Excerpt #1

    • Classical Except #1 - Instruction

    • Asturias - PDF

    • Asturias - Performance & Instruction

  • 16

    Classical/Fingerstyle Course

    • 1: Main PDF

    • 1a: Action Cues

    • 1b: Cycle of the Note

    • 1c: Two Voices One Staff

    • 2: Main PDF

    • 2: P32

    • P. 32-35 Left Hand

    • 2: P.33-34

    • 2: P33-34 Above

    • 2: P. 35 Etude 4 Front

    • 2: P37

    • 2: P.41

    • 2: P.41 Right Hand

    • 2: P.41 Left Hand

    • 3: Main PDF

    • 3: Action Cues

    • 3: Cycle Of The Note

    • 3: Moorish Dance

    • 3: P.42

    • 3: p.44

    • 3: P.44-47 Right Hand

    • 3: P. 44-47 Left Hand

    • 3: P. 45

    • 3: P. 46

    • 3: P. 47

    • 3: Tremolo Prep 1

    • 3: Tremolo Prep 2

    • 3: Tremolo Prep 3

    • 4: Main PDF

    • 4: The Right Hand In Long Scales

    • 4: Etude 9

    • 4: Two Notes Together Free Stroke

    • 4: Folk Song

    • 4: Country Dance

    • 4: Allegro

  • 17

    Music Theory

    • Reading Music Made Easy

    • Music Theory 1: Building Major Scales

    • QUIZ MT1: Understanding Music Theory 1

    • ASSIGNMENT 1: Building Major Scales

    • Music Theory 2: Intervals & Chords

    • QUIZ MT2: Intervals & Chords

    • Playing Major Scales Up Open Strings

    • ASSIGNMENT 2: Building 3rd and Triads

    • Music Theory 3: Extended Chords - 7th Chords

    • Music Theory 4: Minor Scales

    • Circle of 5ths

    • QUIZ MT3: 7TH Chords

  • 18

    Exercises

  • 19

    The Yoga of Guitar

    • The Cycle Of the Note

    • The Cycle Of the Note

    • The 3 Phases Of the Note

    • The 3 Phases Of the Note

    • Right Arm Weight Transfer - Thumb

  • 20

    Practice Methods

    • Stage 1 Practice Methods - Order of Use

    • Working In Groups To Build Speed

    • The Expanded Beat - PDF

    • The Expanded Beat - Video

    • The Full Press Technique

  • 21

    Extras

    • Practice Organization Chart

    • Essay: Practicing Is Meditation

    • The Necessity of Precise Rhythm - How To Check

  • 22

    Class Recordings 9-15-18 Onward

    • Class Summary 9-15-18

    • 9-15-18

    • Guitar Class Summary 9-22-18

    • 9-22-18

    • Guitar Class Summary 9-29-18

    • 9-29-18

    • Guitar Class Summary 10-6-18

    • 10-6-18

    • Guitar Class Summary 10-13-18

    • 10-13-18

    • Guitar Class Summary 10-20-18

    • 10-20-18

    • Guitar Class Summary 10-27-18

    • 10-27-18

    • Guitar Class Summary 11-3-18

    • 11-3-18

    • Guitar Class Summary 11-10-18

    • 11-10-18

    • Guitar Class Summary 11-17-18

    • 11-17-18

    • Guitar Class Summary 11-24-18

    • 11-24-18

  • 23

    Class Recordings

    • Class 1: 12-1-18

    • Class 2 Summary: 12-8-18

    • Class 2: 12-8-18

    • Class 3: 12-15-18

    • Class 3 Summary: 12-15-18

    • Class 4 Summary: 12-22-18

    • Class 4: 12-22-18

    • Class 5 Summary: 12-29-18

    • Class 5: 12-29-18

    • Class 6 Summary: 1-5-19

    • Class 6: 1-5-19

    • Class 7 Summary: 2-12-19

    • Class 7: 1-12-19

    • Class 8: 1-19-19

    • Class 9 Summary: 1-26-19

    • Class 9: 1-26-19

    • Class 10 Summary: 2-2-19

    • Class 10: 2-2-19

    • Class 11: 2-9-19

    • Class 12: 2-19-19

    • 2-23-19

    • 3-2-19

    • 3-9-19

    • 3-16-19

    • 3-23-19 Summary

    • 3-23-19

    • Class Summary 3-30-19

    • 3-30-19

    • 4-13-19

    • 4-20-19

    • Class Summary 4-27-19

    • 4-27-19

    • 5-4-19

    • Class Summary 5-11-19

    • 5-11-19

    • 5-18-19

    • Class Summary 5-25-19

    • 5-25-19

    • 6-1-19

    • 6-8-19

    • 6-15-19

    • 6-22-19

    • 6-29-19

    • Summary 7-6-19

    • 7-6-19

    • 7-13-19

    • Class Summary 7-20-19

    • 7-20-19

    • 7-27-19

    • 8-3-19

    • 8-10-19

    • 8-17-19

    • 8-31-19

    • 9-7-19

    • 9-14-19

    • 9-21-19

    • 9-28-19

    • 10-5-19

    • 10-12-19

    • 10-19-19

    • 10-26-19

    • 11-2-19

    • 11-9-19

    • 11-16-19

    • 11-23-19

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    New Class - Recordings From 11-30-19

    • 11-30-19

    • 12-7-19

    • 12-14-19

    • 12-21-19

    • 1-4-20

    • 1-11-20

    • 1-18-20

    • 1-25-20

    • 2-1-20

    • 2-8-20

    • 2-15-20

    • 2-22-20

    • 2-29-20

    • 3-7-20

    • 3-14-20

    • 3-21-20

    • 3-28-20

    • 4-4-20

    • 4-11-20

    • 4-18-20

    • 4-25-20

    • 5-2-20

    • 5-9-20

    • 5-16-20

    • 5-23-20

    • 5-30-20

    • 6-6-20

    • 6-13-20

    • 6-20-20

    • 6-26-20

    • 7-11-20 (combined stage 1 and 2)

    • 7-18-20 (combined stage 1 and 2)

    • 7-25-20 (combined stage 1 and 2)

    • 8-1-20 (combined stage 1 and 2)

    • 8-8-20 (combined stage 1 and 2)

    • 8-15-20 (combined stage 1 and 2)

    • 8-22-20 (combined stage 1 and 2)

    • 9-19-20

    • 9-26-20

    • 10-3-20

    • 10-10-20

    • 10-17-20

    • 10-24-20

    • 10-31-20

    • 11-7-20

    • 11-14-20

    • 11-21-20

    • 11-28-20

    • 12-5-20

    • 12-12-20

    • 12-19-20

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    Class Recordings 2021

    • Class Summaries - 2021

    • 1-2-21

    • 1-16-21

    • 1-30-21

    • 2-6-21

    • 2-13-21: I Walk The Line - G Scale For Economy of Motion

    • 2-20-21: I Walk The Line - Half Bar Exercise

    • 2-27-21: Chord Melody-This Land in D

    • 3-6-21: Chord Melody - When The Saints Go Marching In

    • 3-13-21: When The Saints Go Marching In-Chord Melody

    • 3-20-21: Picking On 3 Finger Combos - Fixing Bad Things - Saints Go Marching Chord Melody

    • 3-27-21: Fingers Rest Stroke, Thumb Free Stroke - "Saints" Chord Melody

    • 4-3-21: "Saints" Right Hand Tips - Finger Leaves - Music Theory - Keep Right Thumb Out - Strumming Tips - Pick Choice

    • 4-10-21: Open D Scale - Free Stroke Refinement - Rest Stroke Refinement

    • 4-17-21: Reducing Tension Rock Solo 2 - Chord Changes In Time - Finger Flexibility Exercise - Free Stroke Arpeggios

    • 4-24-21: Saints Go Marchin' Chord Melody - Free Stroke Practice - Fingerstyle Skills - Leftie Guitar

    • 5-1-21: The Proper Shape of A Bend On Electric - Making Scale Notes Legato - The Order Of Practice Methods - Refining & DeStressing Free Strokes

    • 5-8-21:How To Practice the Half Bar (I Walk The Line) - Reading Rhythms, Tapping & Counting - Strumming - Proper Shape of the Bend - Keeping the Wrist Position (Saints) - Thumb wtih Finger Rest Stroke Followed by Free Stroke

    • 5-15-21: Fixing 3 On C Chord -Updated Guide Through Material - New Syncopated Strum - Intro to Wild Horses - Keeping Wrist Curve On Free Stroke - Keeping Fingers Close On Free Stroke - Controlling Left Pinky On G Scale Preventing Collapse

    • 5-22-21: Left Hand Development Ex. 1 - Wild Horses Switching Into Bar Chords

    • 6-5-21: Left Hand Development Exercises - LH Position On Bending - I Can't Help Falling In Love With You - Practice Organization

    • 6-12-21a : Left Hand Dev Ex. 1-3

    • 6-12-21b: Left Hand Development Exercises

    • 6-19-21: Bm Chord Tips - Practicing With Light Fingers - Left Hand Ex. #4 - Can't Help Falling In Love, Strums & Chord Melody

    • 6-26-21: G to Bm Tips - Simple Blues with 1st Position Dominant 7th Chords

    • 7-3-21: G Major Scale - Wild Horses - Refine Free Stroke

    • 7-10-21: Smoothing Out Chord Changes - Stretching Fingers To Fret On Bar Chords - Amazing Grace Chord Melody Keep Right Hand Position

    • 7-17-21:Block Chords/FingerStyle Skills - Putting Arm Weight Into Pick and Fingers - Right Hand Pinky Relaxed During Free Strokes

    • 7-24-21: Hammers 1/4 - Strum #7 Used for Simple Blues

    • 7-31-21: Hammers 1 & 4 Corrections - Hammers 1-3 - G to Bm Chord

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    • 8-7-21: Hammers 1&3 - Hammers 1&4 Corrections - Body Control During Hammers - F to C (Can't Help Falling In Love) - Minor Chords & Circle of 5ths - Repetition on 6th Root Dom 7th

    • 8-14-21: Minor Chords - Hammers Corrections - Keeping 8ths Even With Hammers

    • 8-21-21: Scales & Chords In C - Can't Help Falling In Love Destressing C Chord - Hammers 1 & 3 Corrections

    • 8-28-21: Hammers 1 & 3 - Adjusting Left Thumb - Menuette Corrections - LFR 3rd Finger Slant - C to Dm Chord - 3rd Finger Bar Chord

    • 9-11-21: A minor Scales 1st Position -Fly Me To The Moon Chords - Correct Bending Technique - Using Mel Bay

    • 9-25-21: Open E Minor Scale - Jazz Chords - Music Theory -3rd Finger Bar - Origin of Scales & Modes

    • 10-2-21: De-Stressing Right Hand Free Strokes - Using Stop & Drop - Fly Me To The Moon Chord Melody - 3 Finger Combinations & Finger Flapping - Stretching Pinky on Dom 7th Chord

    • 10-9-21: Divebombing the D Chord - Fly Me To The Moon Dm7 Chord - FM2TM Expanded Beat & Double Touch - Autumn Leaves Chord Melody - Releasing Pressure On 3 Finger Combinations

    • 10-16-21: Autumn Leaves Chord Melody Playing and Harmonic Analysis

    • 10-23-21: Chords From the Minor Scale - Using The Guide Through Material - Why To Use Mel Bay - Fly Me To The Moon Chord Melody - Using The Expanded Beat

    • 10-30-21: Autumn Leaves Chord Melody - Dealing With Finger Shakes

    • 11-6-21: Microscopic Awareness - Can't Help Falling In Love Destressing Free Stroke - First Chord Changes - Fly Me To The Moon Chord Melody

    • 11-13-21: Refining Free Stroke - Controlling Fingers On Hammers - Fingerstyle Exercise #1 - Fly Me To The Moon Measures 1-3 Verbal Event Analysis - Classical Harmony & Jazz Harmony

    • 11-20-21: Right Hand Weight Transfer Exercise - How To Change G To D - Doing Correct Free Stroke - Correct Half Bar

    • 11-27-21: Using The Position Studies Book - 3 Finger Combinations - Autumn Leaves Chords Up Neck

    • 12-4-21

    • 12-11-21

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    Class Recordings 2022

    • 1-8-22: House of the Rising Sun - G Major Scale - Don't Squeeze Chords - Electric Bending - Refining Free Stroke - How To Move Slowly - Correct Approach To Bar Chord

    • 1-15-22: Principles Concepts Slides - Playing Up To The Touch - Free Stroke Keep Fingers Close - Classial For Non Classical #1 - Electric Vibrato Development

    • 1-22-22: Guide Through Material Update - Basic Bar Chords = Help With Bm - Refine Free Stroke

    • 1-29-22: Yoga of Guitar Review - Bending Technique - Classical Excerpt #1

    • 2-5-22: Reaching The Pinky To The Fret - Touching Technique with Index on Right Hand - Basic Bar Chords

    • 2-12-22: Free Stroke Corrections - Doubling Speed One Group At A Time - Posing On Stress Points - Bar Chord Mastery 1 & 2

    • 2-19-22: Bar Chord Mastery Part 2 - 3rd Finger Bar

    • 2-26-22

    • 3-5-22

    • 3-19-22

    • 3-26-22: Chromatic Octave Exercise - Overview of The Classical Course

    • 4-9-22: Using The Guitar Practice Organization Chart - Major Bar Chords - Practicing The 3rd Finger Bar - Complete Stroke wtih the Right Thumb

    • 4-16-22: Detailed Refinement of 6/2 Major Scale - Scales & Chords In D Major - 3rd Finger Bar - Playing I IV V with Bar Chords

    • 4-23-22: G Major Scale Refinement - Autumn Leaves Fingerstyle - Thumb Off Practice - 5th Major Bar Practice - Damping with Right Thumb - Metronomes

    • 4-30-22: The 5/2 Major Scale, reaching back with 1 - Shenandoah (Mel Bay)- Holding Pressure on Chromatic Octaves - Asturias

    • 5-7-22

    • 5-14-22