Essential Grooves 1

When it comes to developing rhythm skills, working to broaden the number of strumming patterns, grooves and feels we are comfortable with helps us in a variety of ways:

It means there are more rhythms that are available to you in your own composition and accompaniment choices.It becomes easier to hear and transcribe rhythms present in…

Style Part 4

Congratulations on learning a lot more about the elements of style in vocal performances!

You now possess an understanding some of the technical aspects that affect the vocal sound produced, and you have a breakdown of how to develop your style in the direction you want. Your ability to make adjustments is only ever as refined…

Triads with a root on string 3

We can move around shapes with a root on string 1. We can also move around shapes with a root on string 2. And we have one more small moveable chord form – which has a root on string 3. With these three shapes, you can unlock a considerable portion of the fretboard. You can…

Fingerstyle Training: Pinch pattern

It’s important to keep building your speed and fluency with the Travis patterns so that you can apply them to different sets of chords, and so that you can adapt them to the speed of any ensemble setting or song you want to use them with.

Here are two chord progressions that repeat with audios…

How To Understand Rhythm For Guitar part 1

Part one looks at the difference between the pulse (the regular beat that goes through the music) and the rhythm (which is organised around the pulse, but isn’t always the same thing). We look at some easy ways to train your ability to identify the pulse and to start training your right arm to synchronise…

2020 Song list

Listen through to all the songs on the playlist. There may be some you don’t know or haven’t heard recently that you’d really enjoy learning. Think about the guitar techniques needed, and what types of guitar sound you can hear. There may be some sessions where we look at sections from one of the songs…

Fingerstyle training – Descending Arpeggio

This pattern is a great-sounding Travis picking pattern which you can integrate with other patterns to produce really nice arrangements. The right hand fingers are written in for you. Walk through each chord first individually if you have not played this pattern before.

Once you have done this, try applying this pattern to other chord…

Song skills training

This training material helps you to get used to an optimal, reliable system for working on any material you want to be able to play confidently. Any piece of music requires us to have different skills working at the same time to perform it fluently, and knowing how to train each of these skill areas…