These lessons http://www.challenge66.org/music-lessons/ are a free resource to the expert guitar player who wishes to just get a certain amount of the rust off their playing, all the way to the very novice guitar player who wants to start out practicing the fundamentals correctly. I was a music teacher for the guitar for over 15 years and have been playing acoustic guitar for over 40 years.
You will be able to obtain a great deal of lesson materials on this site. The two major acoustic guitar picking styles that will be covered are Flatpicking Guitar and Fingerstyle Guitar.
Flat picking Guitar Lessons:
Flatpicking is a style that is familiar for the most part to Bluegrass guitar players. It is also known as plectrum picking. We will cover subjects like right and left hand placement, how to place the pick, how to play efficiently and much more.
We will also go into detail about the left hand techniques, such as hand and finger placements, how to finger notes the best way, forming and changing between chords very quickly and much more. These basic methods may seem unnecessary, but if you don’t start out right with the fundamentals, you practicing abilities will suffer a great deal. Proper practicing technique and strict discipline are the key elements you need to concentrate on to become an exceptional player.
TAB or tablature is a subject that we will cover in detail. TAB or tablature is the musician’s shorthand for those of us who cannot read standard notation. Ornamental notes will be covered as well.
These are typically known as hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, bends and harmonics for your learning pleasure. These ornamental techniques are often considered intermediate or even advanced level of guitar practicing, but it is important that you master them.
Lastly, we will be examining a few of the TAB breaks from such impressive flatpicking guitar masters such as Doc Watson, Tony Rice, Norman Blake and others. Use these secrets, and you will experience your practicing will proceed at an amazing pace.
Acoustic Guitar Lessons – Fingerstyle Approach:
This technique has it’s roots based in ragtime and blues type guitar performance. The fingerstyle contemporaries, such as Jerry Reed, Merle Travis and Chet Atkins, popularized this sound, and brought it to levels never before witnessed.
Although it is a very challenging style of guitar playing, it does give a great amount of gratification to the guitarist and the listener alike.
Having a good feel of the guitar with a flatpick is advised prior to jumping into fingerstyle guitar. This will help your transition. With flatpicking under your belt, you will be able to put certain strategies behind you such as left hand methods, ornamental domination, speed training, TAB reading and more. Not to mention that you ought to become very intimate with scales, positions and the guitar fretboard.
You will start out very slowly with some simple exercises, and gradually get your feet wet in the procedure. There will be a considerable amount of attention on the left hand, the right hand fingering styles, picking styles, chord patterns and chord forms.
Also left hand differences will be covered with regards to chord forms and more. Next comes the development of your own distinctive style of fingerstyle guitar. We will take actual song samples, pull them apart and examine why certain methods are used and you will develop a clearer understanding of this style.
Sample breaks will be studied by a number of of the most famous fingerstyle guitarists such as, Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed and more. Let’s not re-invent the wheel at this point because we can begin by copying their licks. You can create your own unique style through analyzing these arrangements and breaks.