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Guitar Lessons for Beginners & Novices


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Bluegrass to Ragtime

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To Play Like a Pro, Learn From a Pro

To Play Like a Pro

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There's more to being a professional guitarist than notes and chords.

40 years of experience

on the road composing & arranging music, playing with the greats - lessons you can't get from someone who hasn't lived it.

Kyle has been a guitar student of mine for 2 1/2 years. He loves to play classic rock, blues, and just jamming with friends in a band. Over the last few years I have seen him make amazing improvements in his musical reading and fingering techniques. Kyle is a wonderful student and a amazing young man. In fact, I think that other parents will like him so much, that I have decided to invite him to be a student teacher for “Guitar Confidence”. [click to continue…]

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Classical Guitar is Like Poetry

I just received a call from Pleasanton CA for a man that has a classical guitar and wants to learn how to read music. Classical guitar can be intimidating to a beginner or advanced guitarist. Just saying the words classical guitar can make a guitarist cringe. My experience is a love and hate relationship with its ups and downs. Beginning level classical pieces sound good but intermediate to advanced can take hours, days or months to master. Listening to a classical guitarist is like listening to beautiful poetry that touches you inside your soul.

There will be intimidating musical terms like technique, pitch, ornamentation, trills, and hammer on and pull offs and rest stroke or free stroke.

For example, you’re picking hand whether you are right hander or left hander is known as PIMA. P is thumb known as Pulgar. You’re first finger is I for India, you’re middle finger known as M or media and third ring finger known as  Angular or A. A good finger picking exercise is bracing your right hand Thumb on 6th string or bottom in pitch known as the low E string and practice alternating with I and m right hand fingers using a metronome time keeper which is a free app on smart phone or lap top or I Pad. Start at slow speed of 60 b. p.m. ( beats per minute ) Keep always your Thumb on bottom 6th string and alternate  index to media fingers on strings 1, 2, 3, 4 and finally string 5 using FREE STROKE. This means as you pick string keep finger above string and not on it.  Meaning Also you should try REST STROKE which means you follow through to next string and come to rest on that string.

Check out MATTEO CARCASSI CLASSICAL GUITAR METHOD or CHRISTOPHER PARKENNING CLASSDICAL GUITAR BOOK ONE AND TWO.

 

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Rock Band Rehearsal Lessons

Guitar Lessons August 23, 2014

Band Rehearsal in East Bay As I travel all over East Bay teaching guitar lessons and performing gigs I find that a lot of musician’s guitarist or instrumentalists are not prepared and it affects the whole outcome of performance or even guitar lesson. “That’s not what I want, but I don’t how to explain what […]

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Easy Pop Melodies Book

Songbooks August 20, 2014

This is a must purchase for students wanting to learn how to jam with there instructor as well as book comes with play along cd. See larger image Easy Pop Melodies Book only 2nd Edition (Hal Leonard Guitar Method (Songbooks)) (Paperback) By (author): Hal Leonard Corp. (Guitar Method). Play your favorite hits from The Beatles, […]

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More Easy Pop Melodies: Book/CD Pack

Songbooks August 20, 2014

This book 1 gives the student a chance to jam with instructor and also with a band on cd. See larger image More Easy Pop Melodies Bk/CD Supplement to any Guitar 2nd Edition (Hal Leonard Guitar Method (Songbooks)) (Paperback) By (author): Hal Leonard Corp. (Guitar Method). A unique pop supplement to any guitar method book […]

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Fender ESC-105 Full-Size Classical Guitar Bundle

Guitars August 20, 2014

This bundle includes a Fender ESC-105 Full-Size Classical Guitar, Gig Bag, Guitar Stand, and Pick Card. You cannot beat this deal for under $160. Great for beginner adult student. See larger image Fender ESC-105 Full-Size Classical Guitar Bundle with Gig Bag, Guitar Stand, and Pick Card – Natural, Rosewood Fretboard Bundle includes Fender ESC-105 Full-Size […]

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Classic Cotton Guitar Strap

Accessories August 20, 2014

This Acoustic Guitar strap fits all size acoustic steel string guitars. See larger image Cotton Guitar Strap, Classic Black; Strong, Soft, Non-Slip Weave (Not Cheap Nylon) for Acoustic and Electric; Fits Most Sizes, 2″ Wide, Adjusts to 56″; Play Standing Up And Improve Performance; Extended Leather Ends; No Logo; 100% Guaranteed! Do You Want a […]

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Protec Guitar Strap with Leather Ends and Pick Pocket

Accessories August 20, 2014

Here is a heavy duty leather adjustable guitar strap for under $8, with pick pocket holder. See larger image Protec Guitar Strap with Leather Ends and Pick Pocket, Black (Electronics) Protec’s adjustable guitar strap features thick genuine leather ends, a handy pick pocket, and is made of high quality nylon. New From: $6.46 USD In Stock Used […]

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Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book 3: Book/CD Pack

Method Books August 20, 2014

See larger image Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book 3, Second Edition (CD included) (Paperback) By (author): Will Schmid, Greg Koch (Guitar Method). Book 3 covers: the major, minor, pentatonic and chromatic scales, sixteenth notes; barre chords; drop D tuning; movable scales; notes in fifth position; slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs and string bends; chord construction; gear; great […]

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Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book 2: Book/CD Pack

Method Books August 20, 2014

See larger image Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book 2: Book/CD Pack (Paperback) By (author): Will Schmid, Greg Koch (Guitar Method). Book 2 continues the instruction started in Book 1 and covers: Am, Dm, A, E, F and B7 chords; power chords; fingerstyle guitar; syncopations, dotted rhythms, and triplets; Carter style solos; bass runs; pentatonic scales; […]

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