The acoustic guitar is one of the most beloved instruments in the world. Eve Goldberg will guide you on your guitar playing journey.
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Eve Goldberg will cover the basics of the acoustic guitar and move on from there. She will cover all of the essential topics and get to playing songs as quickly as possible.Begin the Course
In this lesson, Eve Goldberg introduces the acoustic guitar. She talks about the parts of the guitar, the string names, and tuning.
In this lesson, Eve Goldberg introduces the first chord in this series, the A chord. She also shows how this chord can be used to play a simple song.
Eve Goldberg introduces the E chord. She explains how it is played and provides some exercises designed to improve your chord changing abilities.
Eve Goldberg returns to the song "Swing Low" and talks about playing it with two chords instead of one.
Eve talks about the boom-chuck strum pattern. This strum pattern will completely change the sound of your playing.
Eve Goldberg teaches how the boom-chuck strum can be applied to the song "Swing Low".
In this lesson, Eve introduces the D chord. You will also learn how to switch from the D chord to the A chord while applying the boom-chuck strum.
Eve teaches the song "Little Birdy," which is a great tune to practice changing from the D chord to the A chord with your boom-chuck strum.
You will learn the The Carter Family song "I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes" in this lesson.
Eve talks about 3 chord songs and demonstrates a few as an example. She also introduces the capo.
Eve continues her discussion on capos. She explains how to find a key by using a piano keyboard drawing.
Eve introduces the flatpick. She explains the proper way to hold it and strum.
Eve shows you how to to compliment your boom-chuck strum by adding an A to D bass run.
In this lesson, Eve furthers your knowledge of bass runs by teaching the E to A bass run.
Eve continues her discussion of bass runs and also covers some great practicing techniques.
Eve introduces the G chord and practices changing to and from other chords you have learned. This is important for the next song you will learn.
Eve teaches the song "Gold Watch and Chain" using the G chord you learned in the last lesson.
Eve shows you how to add a little spice to your standard boom-chuck strum in this lesson.
You've learned the Boom-Chuck strum. You've learned the Boom-Chucka strum. Now you will learn the Boom-a-Chucka strum. Have fun!
Eve shows how to incorporate the A to D bass run into the song "Gold Watch and Chain."
Get ready for a new run! Eve teaches the D to A bass run in this lesson.
Learn how to add even more flavor to "Gold Watch and Chain" by including a bass run from D to G.
Learn the G to D bass run and incorporate it into the song "Gold Watch and Chain."
Eve encourages you to take all of the tools you've learned thus far and apply them to the song "Gold Watch and Chain."
Eve introduces a new song called "Hobo's Lullaby."
Eve introduces fingerpicking in this lesson by using the song "Hobo's Lullaby" as an example.
Eve adds a D to G bass run into the song "Hobo's Lullaby."
Eve adds the bass run from A to D into the song "Hobo's Lullaby."
Eve adds the bass run from G to A into the song "Hobo's Lullaby."
Eve Goldberg finishes up her lessons on "Hobo's Lullaby" by adding one final technique: The D Doodad.
Eve Goldberg continues her beginner series with another amazing song called "Careless Love."
Eve Goldberg continues her discussion on "Careless Love" with a lesson about the pattern and chord changes of the song.
Eve Goldberg takes a look at the G chord fingerpicking pattern for the song "Careless Love."
Eve Goldberg continues "Careless Love" with a lesson about the fingerpicking pattern for the D chord.
Eve teaches a Travis style picking pattern for the C chord. She also explains how to make the change from the C to the G pattern.
Eve wraps up "Careless Love" with a lesson about putting the whole song together.
Eve Goldberg introduces a new song called "Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad."
Eve Goldberg reviews the chord structure for the song "Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad."
Eve Goldberg returns to "Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad" with a lesson all about the hammer-on.
Eve Goldberg continues her discussion of the hammer-on. She explains how a hammer-on can be used within a C major chord and the importance of timing.
Eve adds the G chord hammer-on to the song "Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad."
Eve gives a quick review of what you have learned so far in "Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad." Then, she dives into some bass runs that can be added to the chord progression.
Eve plays the G to C run in the song "Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad." Then, she breaks it down for practice.
Eve taught the G to C bass run in the last lesson. In this lesson, she teaches you how to go from C back to G.
Eve Goldberg covers a transitional chord between G and Em that functions like a bass run.
Eve Goldberg wraps up "Goin' Down this Road Feelin' Bad" with a lesson that combines all the techniques you have learned in the song.
Eve Goldberg introduces a new song called "Stewball" in this lesson. Get started with a little history and some basic concepts.
Eve Goldberg talks about the chord structure for the song "Stewball" in this lesson.
Eve Goldberg wraps up the song "Stewball" with some strum pattern variations.
Eve Goldberg returns to JamPlay with another exciting addition to her beginner series! Here you will take a look at "Drunken Sailor". Eve builds on this song in lessons to come.
Eve Goldberg returns to the song "Drunken Sailor" with some great tips on strumming patterns and more.
Eve Goldberg finishes up "Drunken Sailor" with some new strumming exercises.
Eve Goldberg dives into "Haul Away Joe," another fun sea shanty.
Eve Goldberg takes another look at "Haul Away Joe" with a brand new strumming pattern.
Eve Goldberg starts on a new folk song called "The John B. Sails". This particular song was later made famous by The Beach Boys under the title of "Sloop John B".
Eve Goldberg continues with "The John B. Sails". This time she introduces a brand new strumming pattern.
Eve Goldberg finishes up "The John B. Sails" lessons with a couple of brand new chords and a new strum.
Eve Goldberg dives into some basic, practical theory to expand your knowledge of the guitar. In this lesson, she talks about the I-IV-V progression and explains the circle of fifths.
Eve Goldberg continues her practical theory discussion, this time with an emphasis on minor chords and how they fit in.
In lesson 60 of her basic guitar series, Eve Goldberg offers up another traditional song to add to your repertoire. In part one, you'll learn the basic patterns for Frankie and Johnny. You'll also be introduced to the B7 chord, which the song utilizes.
Now that you've learned the basic chords and structure of the song Frankie and Johnny, it's time to start adding some extra bits. In lesson 61 Eve will walk you through adding bass runs between chord changes. She also introduces a spot where you can use the E7 chord to change the feel of the song.
As we are adding more complexity to this tune, it's a good time to look at how it's played using the fingerstyle technique. As with the other lessons on this song, Eve will start you off with a basic pattern and add complexity as you go.
You've learned all of "Frankie and Johnny" at this point. Now it's time to put all of the techniques together and create a varied and flowing arrangement.
In lesson 64 of her basic guitar series, Eve provides a look at another traditional tune. You'll start off with the basic song, and then progress by adding additional skills and challenges.
It's time to take a closer look at spicing up the song "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down." In this lesson, Eve introduces more strumming options, including several that haven't been discussed previously.
In lesson 66 of her basic guitar series, Eve demonstrates the bass runs that will work over the song "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down".
To finalize her beginner series, Eve offers up the song "The Water is Wide." This will be a good start on the song that you can use to transition to her fingerstyle series.
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Eve Great lesson thanks MikeRGR
I got to Lesson 10 with Jim Deeming before I felt things slipping away. I learned the CAGED chord progressions but transition was at 60 bpm. Starting over seemed like a good idea.
The way it is taught is so easy and relaxing to understand. Eve's method of teaching is great, she puts you so much at ease and it's just what I needed the way it's being taught
A great review for me and Eve goes step be step which is easily understood.
Actually all 3 above. This is the types of lessons I would like to learn more of... the keys as to scales to notes to chords and how to use.
All of the above - the teacher is great and very easy to understand.
All three statements apply!
All three--Eve is great, easy to understand, and the lessons are perfect for what I'm looking for.
also easy to understand
also: I liked the teacher
Would have liked to go through chord changes for all verses
That's perfect class. Amazing beginner lesson Thanks for all Nelson
At 59 I decided to learn how to play a guitar. Because I always wanted to do that. Eve Goldberg is really making me feel at home while learning. I really hope that someday i will beable to do this. Thanks to Eve.
BEAUTIFUL singing ... !!!
Slow and steady wins the race, thank you Eve. Learning something new and complex can feel like climbing a massive mountain, Eve is showing us the little ledges along the way to take a rest.
Easy and very practical explanation - great!
Easy to follow and Eve seems to really enjoy the process of moving us forward.
Easy to like Eve. I'm an absolute beginner and I like the pace of instruction.
She has helped me so much!!!
Eve Goldberg is great. I chose Jam Play because of her. I met her at a ukulele camp and loved her teaching style. I then discovered that she instructs on Jam Play and signed up right away. I like that she gets students right into the meat of
Eve has a great singing voice
Eve is a great teacher. :)
Eve is a wonderful teacher!
Eve is amazing so nice and explains everything she is great
Eve is awesome!
Eve is just excellent. So easy to understand. Beautiful singer. I would like to buy a cd of eve if she has one. I am a retired teacher myself and I just marvel at her ability to teach so pleasantly and clearly. Thank you Eve.
Eve is such a wonderful teacher. I really enjoy how she teaches. Thanks Eve!
eve is the best teacher...knows just how to simplify every song
Eve, you are the best! I like the songs you select. They are fun for the beginner to play.
I appreciate the slow and easy instruction on the fingerstyle picking lessons! I so needed this :)
Finally understand what capo is about and how to figure out what key I'm in/need to find. FINALLY. Thank you Eve
Great teacher full stop. Makes everything look so easy. Helps with motivation.
From the first I thought it was a bit slow, but now this is just perfect! I can always speed it up a bit myself, but then I prefer to go at the tempo the teacher suggests. I like this repetitive sort of lesson - after going through it I felt t
Fun songs to play at the campfire.
Slowly, but surely, Eve coaxes the tricky bits out of my fingers and guitar. Love it!
Goes over basics in the perfect amount.
Good discussion about negative self talk and anxiety.
Good impression, clean playing.
Great explanation with the piano visual
Great start Eve thanks..
Great teacher, lesson was easy to understand.
Great teacher. Very easy to follow