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Guitar teachers Shane Lamb and Sam Farkas are professional guitarists and bring years of musical experience to their students’ guitar lessons. This knowledge is shared help students learn the guitar skills they need to reach their own goals.
AREAS OF STUDY
Topics of instruction include:
- Electric and Acoustic Guitar for all ages & levels of experience
- Preparation for recitals, contests, or music school auditions
- Rock/Blues/Country Guitar Styles
- Advanced Lead and Rhythm Guitar
- The CAGED Guitar System
- Nashville Style Guitar
- Bass, Mandolin, and Ukelele
- Songwriting and composition: lyric, melodic, harmonic, form & structure
- Picking techniques
- Chords, strum patterns and Rhythm Guitar
- Scales and Improvisation
- Sight reading and notation
- Ear Training
- Music Theory
- Nashville Number System/Lead Sheets
- Slide Guitar
- Open Tunings/Alternate Tunings
- Open Position Chords, Strum Patterns, and Fundamental Rhythm
- Classical Guitar
- Songs and Repertoire Development
- Recording, demo recording, arranging, performance techniques, and preparation and coaching.
Jazz Guitar (beginner and intermediate)
Jazz music is both highly enjoyable and often challenging. Having a solid understanding of the basics is the first step for any aspiring jazz guitarist. Topics covered include:
- Jazz harmony – understand chords that contain extensions and alterations
- Chord voicings – chord spellings that are unique to the guitar and allow you to play complex chords through an accessible fingering
- Scales, modes, and arpeggios – these are the foundations of playing melodies and improvising solos
- Common jazz chord progressions – learn some of the common chord progressions that can be found frequently in jazz music
- Chord-melody arrangements – playing the chords of a song and the melody of the song simultaneously
- Walking basslines – create rhythm and motion in the lower register of your guitar
- Improvisations – developing motifs, “singing” your solo, and transcribing the solos of jazz greats
A common approach in country, blues, and folk music, fingerstyle guitar playing is all about representing the bass, harmony, and melody simultaneously with one instrument. Basic fingerstyle playing is a great way to break away from strumming the same old chords and achieve a more musical and interesting sound. Topics covered include:
- Alternating bass – “bouncing” the thumb between notes
- Travis Picking – a common style often credited to Merle Travis
- Finger independence – breaking out of a repetitious finger pattern
- Alternate tunings – achieve different sounds and textures through common alternate guitar tunings (DADGAD, open tunings, etc.)
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What You’ll Learn in Guitar Lessons
As guitarists, most of us spend a lot of time playing and learning in standard tuning. But eventually, we will run into music that requires us to have some knowledge of alternate and open tunings.
In standard tuning, the guitar strings are tuned in from low to high: E A D G B E. In an alternate tuning, it can be as simple as changing the tuning of one string. For example, Drop D tuning is achieved by detuning the 6th string a whole step from E to D.
Alternative tunings give the guitar a different sound and open the performer/composer different chord voicing and harmonic richness, fingerings, timber and sonorities.
Open tunings are achieved by tuning the guitar in such a way that when you play all the stings open, the end result is a chord. For example, open G would be tuning the:
- low E string down a whole step to D
- A down a whole step to G
- D stays the same
- G stays the same
- B stays the same
- and the high E down a whole step to D.
- When all of the strings are strummed without putting a finger down, the end result is a G chord.
Open tunings are common in blues and folk music.
A great place to start learning guitar is with the open position chords. What this means is learning the major, minor, dominant 7th and minor 7th chords in the first 3 frets of the guitar neck. Along with pressing your fingers onto the string, there will be at least one string that will be un-fretted and will be struck open. You can see my chord sheet of open position chords HERE. The “X” means don’t hit this string, the “O” indicates to hit this string open along with the fretted notes.
Along with learning these open position chords, you will learn how to count whole, half, quarter, eighth and tied notes and play rhythms in different time signatures like: 4/4, 3/4, 2/4, 6/8 and 9/8.
Learning these chords, time signatures and rhythms will allow you to be well on your way to having a fundamental knowledge and ability as a rhythm guitarist. These open position chords are used in ALL styles of music.
Keep in mind, there are THOUSANDS & THOUSANDS of GREAT songs written with these open position chords. If they are good enough for the Beatles, Merle Haggard, the Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan, these open position chords are good enough for the rest of us!