Category: guitar

Buying Your First Guitar

Buying Your First Guitar Determine your budget. Since this blog is referring to a beginner, try to keep your budget low. Around $75-$300 for any guitar. Used guitars are great as well, so check your local pawn shops or used dealers. There are also great packages that come with small amps if you decide to go with an electric guitar.…

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Guitar Lessons – Working with Guitar Music Effects

Why Doesn’t My Guitar Sound Like The Recording? One of the most time-consuming aspects to playing the electric guitar is the different ways you can affect your guitar’s sound.  Don’t get me wrong, I love spending countless hours adjusting and tweaking my guitar’s sound.  But for a beginner, trying to perfect your sound can be incredibly frustrating.  We’re used to…

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Matt’s Fingerpicking Exercises

Fingerpicking exercises with Matt

 

 

This instructional video features one of Dave Simon’s Rock School’s experienced instructors, Matt Maher. During this video, Matt explains fingerpicking exercises that are perfect for beginner guitar students. Fingerpicking is a great way to start to practice playing the guitar with just your fingers and without a pick. Playing without a pick can feel at bit awkward at first, so it’s always good to build up the muscles and comfort level. For beginner students, fingerpicking can help get your fingers accustomed to the feel of the guitar strings. This is a great exercise for students who want to get started with fingerpicking but may not be ready to tackle an entire song.

This video goes over a few simple exercises that use different fingers and techniques. It starts with a C chord using a few fingers and thumb, and then moves into a different pattern that allows you to work on some different muscles. This is just one of many exercises that students can look forward to during Dave Simon Rock School classes. Each class strives to move students’ overall progress forward, without overwhelming them with complicated skills outside of their current skillset. Simple exercises, such as this fingerpicking exercise shown here, not only build muscles, muscle memory, and physical comfort level on an instrument, but also help build students’ overall confidence. If you’d like to set up a class with Matt or any of our other talented and experienced teachers, contact us!

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SKILLS TAUGHT IN GUITAR LESSONS

  • Power Chords
  • Open Chords
  • Barre Chords
  • Seventh Chords
  • Jazz Chords
  • Major/Minor Pentatonic Scales
  • Natural Major/Minor Scales
  • Modes
  • 12-Bar Blues
  • Improvisation
  • Rock, jazz, folk and classical stylings
  • Reading chord charts
  • Reading lead sheets

All students in guitar lessons take assessments each session to track their progress and set new goals. We encourage students to bring CDs or iPods to their lesson to learn their favorite tunes.

ADAM’S MINOR PENTATONIC LESSON

Guitar Lesson with Adam Beck

This is a simple and easy lesson for guitarists of all skill levels. The minor pentatonic scale is a 5-note scale derived from the natural minor scale. It is often used in rock and blues as a scale for improvised solos. This is a fun and easy scale to learn. It’s also great for creating riffs. (series of notes played in a repetitive pattern). At Dave Simon’s Rock School we teach concepts found in rock, jazz and classical. Each style of music expands a child’s musical toolkit for creative expression.

 

James’ Tuning Tutorial

Guitar Tuning Tutorial

Tune a Guitar Don’t Tune-a-Fish

with James Shiliday

 

Tuning your guitar is a must know skill. You can’t always rely on your tuner if the battery goes dead! Tuning also helps fine tune (no pun intended) your ears.

This Guitar Tuning tutorial is great for beginner guitarists who have not yet mastered the skill of tuning their guitar. This instructional video features one of Dave Simon’s Rock School’s talented and experienced teachers, James Shiliday.

Guitar tuning is an essential aspect of playing the guitar. No matter how well you can play a song, it will never sound right if your guitar is out of tune! In this video, James walks you through the steps of properly tuning a guitar. The first thing you’ll need to do is memorize your open strings: E, A, D, G, B, and E from top to bottom string. These will be the targets you are shooting for when you use your electric tuner. Once you have your tuner plugged into your guitar, pluck the first string continually and watch the tuner so that you can adjust your string as your pluck it and observe the tuner. By continually plucking the string, watching the tuner, and adjusting as you play, you will be able to tune your guitar quickly and efficiently. It can take time to work up to tuning as quickly as James does in this video, but don’t get discouraged! It will all be worth it when you can start rocking out on your properly tuned guitar. If you’d like to take guitar lessons with James or one of our other instructors, contact us!

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SKILLS TAUGHT IN GUITAR LESSONS

  • Power Chords
  • Open Chords
  • Barre Chords
  • Seventh Chords
  • Jazz Chords
  • Major/Minor Pentatonic Scales
  • Natural Major/Minor Scales
  • Modes
  • 12-Bar Blues
  • Improvisation
  • Rock, jazz, folk and classical stylings
  • Reading chord charts
  • Reading lead sheets

All students in guitar lessons take assessments each session to track their progress and set new goals. We encourage students to bring CDs or iPods to their lesson to learn their favorite tunes.