Student testimonial - “Thank you so much for this course. It was perfectly matched to my ability level and each week added more difficulty and complexity...but just enough to make it attainable".
This continuation course has a more relaxed pace than my first class with more duets so you can practice with your teacher, and more new solo music too!
You'll continue learning how to read simple guitar music and play in rhythm. You'll learn the rest of the notes on your D4, A5 and E6 bass strings within the first 5 frets and by the end of this course you'll be able to play new songs and apply the techniques you learned in my first class to create beautiful expressive music. Read course syllabus.
Students have access to the course material 24/7 and work at their own pace. The course contains music and exercises that allow you to practice specific techniques to improve your coordination and control. These techniques will further develop finger independence and increase your stretch range.
This interactive course consists of 8 lessons. Each lesson contains 5 chapters and 1 lesson assignment. New sessions begin each week and the lessons are released every Wednesday for 8 weeks. As with my first course, you'll get detailed illustrations, photos, videos and audio recordings that will give you valuable insight into the process of making beautiful music with your guitar. $99
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About the Author/Instructor:
Edward Burns, a university graduate in classical guitar performance and has a gift for helping students discover their inner guitarist. A “born musician,” Edward has an extensive musical background as a professional performer, instructor, composer, and recording artist. He has published several guitar methods and composed countless guitar technique studies designed to develop specific skills. Edward has created and taught guitar and music theory courses for colleges, music academies, and conservatories for over 25 years.
Effective practicing involves managing your time in a way that allows you to progress in small increments. It's easy to be overwhelmed if you try to take on too much at once. Try learning just 4 or 8 measures in one day and play it several times until you know you've got it down and are ready to learn the next 4 or 8 measures.
We all have busy lives with many other activities and responsibilities but it's important to have a regular structured practice regiment that will allow you to learn, progress, and improve. Feel free to download the practice log sheet to help you stay on track.
In addition, slow, controlled practice is crucial. Try not to let the rhythm push or rush you. You are in control of how fast you play. You'll experience better results if you strive to play accurately and under control. And you'll find that you won't get frustrated as often. Maintain a high level of concentration through out the passage and forecast your next chord change in advance. Try not to put yourself in a position where you're practicing your mistakes over and over. After you develop your precision, use your metronome to put the music in rhythm.
Those who take lessons from me know how I like to come up with funny analogies and metaphors for learning and practicing. Like for example - hooking the student up to the metronome so that every time it "clicks", the student receives a small electrical shock, resulting in an effective way to learn to stay on the beat. Of course I'm only kidding. But if you're not working with a metronome at times during your practice sessions, then you're not exercising and developing your rhythmic control. Like learning new music and new notes on the fret board, it's just as important to learn how to count the rhythm as you play the music. Everything with the guitar requires persistence and patience. Know that it will eventually happen.
Selecting a new guitar If you don't currently have a knowledgeable instructor to assist you, here are some important things to look for when selecting a guitar on your own.
The fretboard should have a slight lengthwise concave bow. Try to avoid a guitar that has a convex bow or hump in the fretboard. To view this condition, sight down the fretboard from the head. The frets should be securely seated in their slots and not have any sharp edges.
The "action" which is the distance between the strings and the frets determines the playability of the guitar. If the strings are too high over the frets, it will be difficult to press them firmly against the fretboard. If the strings are too low over the frets, they will produce a buzzing sound. When the action is adjusted properly, the strings should not be too difficult to press against the frets and the guitar should have clear tones with and even volume. Adjustments in the action should be made by a qualified professional.
Carefully look over the entire guitar checking for compromises in structural integrity such as cracks in the wood and finish or any loose parts. Check the tuning pegs to make sure they turn smoothly without any hesitations.
Select the guitar that sounds most beautiful to you. Make sure it's in perfect tune before you play it. Play every note on the fretboard listening for consistent sounding notes in volume and tone. There should be no dead notes or unusual soft spots at any fret position. Hopefully the strings will be in fairly good condition as this will greatly affect the sound. If the strings look worn at the frets or are discolored at any point, they should be changed. Always buy the best strings you can afford. If you buy more expensive strings, they will sound better and maintain their tonality longer.