I’ve always be a big believer in learning to play different styles of music on guitar as not only does it broaden your musical horizons but it also helps to make you a much better guitar player in general.
The first step is always to lay down a very solid foundation by learning chords and strumming patterns and then practicing them to the point where they become very natural and second nature. Aside from this every guitarist should learn how to play not only with a pick but also with their fingers. This means that finger style guitar and the ability to play patterns through chords is also very important.
With this kind of a foundation laid,down you’ll be in an excellent position to move forward and to specialize in specific styles of guitar playing. There are many different directions you could go in including…
- Blues guitar
- Finger style guitar
- Spanish/Flamenco guitar
- Slide guitar
- Alternate tunings
- Electric rock guitar
- Country guitar
and so forth. Each one is a world unto itself and you could easily spend a lifetime inside any of these guitar styles.
One of the biggest reasons why I create different courses in a variety of styles on guitar is to help open the doors and encourage you to walk through them as I know how enriching this can be musically.
My next course will focus on country guitar lessons and so far it’s looking like it’s going to be a massive course. I’m hoping to have this finished sometime this month (March 2012) and just as soon as it goes live I’ll send out an e-mail to let you know.
If you have any requests for the kind of things you would like to be included feel free to send me an e-mail and I’ll do my best to include it in the course. I know many of you are very interested in learning how to play country guitar!
We’ve been working out the last few remaining hiccups for the backing track software this past week. Whenever you develop software it always takes 5 times longer than you planned! But the most important thing is to get it right.
I’m excited about being able to offer this kind of practice tool in my guitar lessons as it’s going to give students the ultimate practice tool – one which I know is deadly effective. The end result is that you’ll achieve fluency on guitar faster and that’s going to be exciting.
One of the great things about YouTube is the fact that you can get so many great guitar lessons for free. While they do vary wildly in quality if you search around enough you can find some very decent guitar channels.
The best way to use free guitar lessons on YouTube is when you have something quite specific that you’d like to learn.
For example, it’s perfect if you want to learn a new blues turnaround lick to keep you busy for the afternoon. On the minus side you won’t really find a lot of complete guitar tutorials or courses which are complete and waiting for you. Guitar lessons on YouTube are really about ‘samples’ rather than structured courses. This means that it’s not really the best place to learn how to play guitar. Learning in what I call ‘bits and pieces’ just leaves lots of gaps in your playing knowledge and it’s these very gaps which will later come back to haunt and frustrate you.
This is probably why many people decide to start from zero with a structured guitar course having spent literally years taking the bits ‘n pieces approach only to find it’s ultimately a road to nowhere.
So in summary – YouTube is great for learning something very specific on guitar but horrible for trying to learn to play in a general sense. There just isn’t a proper structure to follow.
So far over 2,000 of you have already tried the ‘chicken thing’ on your guitar – my inbox has been kind of flooded with emails from you about it and well I’m happy to know that many of you had some good fun (especially with the kids) trying to do it.
One of the most frequently asked questions I got was “do you have a collection of these sounds?” and actually I do. Would you like a complete video list of them? I’ll see what I can put together and of course I’ll post it up on the blog for you all to play.
If you haven’t yet tried it just watch the video the below this post and all will be revealed!
This Ends Tomorrow At Midnight!
In other news… 4 of our most popular guitar products will increase in price in just 48hours so if you’re interested in any of them make sure you order before the deadline closes tomorrow (Tuesday 12th April) at midnight. The following courses will stop being sold at the introductory prices of $37 and increase to $47 so if you want to get in on any of them while they are still discounted do so straight away! Just click the links to check each one out…
Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons
Blues Guitar Lessons
Spanish Guitar Lessons
Electric Guitar Lessons