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The acoustic guitar may seem like a very one-dimensional instrument, but with the correct techniques, it can be expanded to truly become a versatile instrument that provides a wide range of colors, tones, and feels. Let's join Austin Filingo as he breaks down the skills required to unlock your acoustic playing and achieve a new level of versatility!
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Austin will cover a wide range of skills that are aimed at expanding our knowledge of the acoustic guitar. Each exciting lesson will contain a new skill and a practice session to help get them under our fingers to truly expand our acoustic versatility!
Austin Filingo introduces us to, 'Acoustic Versatility: Core Skills'!
Let's get underway as Austin discusses the all-important right-hand, which is as important as the left in regards to creating a versatile acoustic sound.
Should we play with a pick or our fingers? The answer is both. In this lesson, Austin will highlight some great hybrid picking techniques with a fun Swing-styled chord progression.
Harmonics can add a layer of finesse to our playing. Here, Austin will cover some techniques to incorporate our right hand into the harmonic mix and expand our knowledge beyond the standard open harmonic positions!
Strength and speed are essential to attributes to versatile playing. In this lesson, Austin presents us with a challenging exercise using a two-octave G-major scale.
A strong left hand can help create clear and confident notes that allow for great embellishments in our playing. Here, Austin shows us a great trilling exercise to help develop our left hand strength!
Open string licks not only sound great, but can also be a great way to traverse the fretboard. Here's a great pedaling horizontal lick that really captures a classic-rock feel.
Now let's cover open-stringed vertical licks with this fun descending lick!
One of the common embelishments that we'll run into are bends. Here, Austin provides us with a bluesy lick that uses bends to cover a lot of real estate on the fretboard!
Capos are one way that we can effortlessly embellish our sound to create unique tones and textures. In this next lesson, Austin will highlight a few different capo positions over a single backing track to create different feels within the song.
It doesn't take much to steer the feeling, color, or melody of a song. In this lesson, Austin highlights a minimalist phrasing technique utilizing very few notes.
Displacing our notes rhythmically throughout a piece can create an interesting ebb and flow in our phrasing. In this next lesson, Austin will highlight this technique over a familiar backing track.
We've all heard the term "in the pocket", but what does that actually mean as a guitarist? Here, Austin covers this topic and provides us with a rhythmic phrasing exercise to help us find and stay in "the pocket"!
It's time to open up the fretboard a bit with this pleasant chording exercise that highlights the I, IV, and V positions!
Let's take our I, IV, and V positional knowledge to the next level with this exercise covering the scales and modes of those positions.
Closing out our section on the I, IV, V, here Austin will help us to relate these chord positions to their accompanying arpeggios!
Arpeggios are a fun and useful trick, but how can we make them musical? In this next lesson, Austin will highlight some of his techniques for creating musical arpeggios!
Bebop Scales can be moved chromatically on the fretboard due to the inclusion of passing tones in the scale. Here, Austin will highlight the use of these scales with a droning chord exercise where we can try our hand at incorporating these useful scales from the Bebop Era of Jazz.
Congratulations! You've arrived at the final lesson of the course! To close things out, Austin will share a great sounding two-string chromatic lick.
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