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Charlie Stevens is a guitarist and music instructor based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Charlie graduated from the University of Northern Colorado, in May of 2019, earning a music performance degree, with a dual emphasis in classical, and bluegrass guitar. Charlie released his first album in 2020 and now leads the Charlie Stevens Band in performances throughout Colorado.
Charlie currently offers 43 guitar lessons at JamPlay, with 43 intermediate lessons.
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Are you a beginner blues player that is ready to try your hand at some solos? Charlie Stevens' Flying Solo Course has all the building blocks you need to get you playing solos that will take your blues playing to the next level!
Charlie Stevens introduces us to "Flying Solo: Beginner Blues"!
Let's dive into our first lick using the major pentatonic scale in the key of A.
This next lick will be over the four chord as we learn the A minor pentatonic scale.
For this target practice lesson, Charlie walks us through chord tones.
Now that we have all the parts under our fingers let's put them all together for our first solo!
Let's switch gears and jump into some blues with a funk context. For this lesson, we focus on targeting our root note.
In this lesson, Charlie walks us through the turnaround for this piece.
The last chorus we will learn for our funky blues piece uses some similar ideas to the previous lessons by targeting some chord tones.
Now that we have all the pieces to our 2nd solo under our fingers, let's put them all together!
Let's get into a minor blues for the first part of the chorus of this next solo where we will be using the key of C minor.
For this next lesson, Charlie walks us through the 2nd part of the chorus of this solo.
We get the third part of the chorus of this minor blues solo under our fingers in this lesson!
Alright, time to put all those parts together for our third solo!
As we begin our final solo of the course, we slow the tempo down for a slow blues in the key of E.
For this lesson, we learn the 2nd part of the chorus for this solo as Charlie walks us through how to incorporate bends!
Charlie walks us through an optional chorus that may be slightly challenging at first, but he gives us the tools we need to leap over those musical hurdles!
Time for our final solo! Charlie goes over all the moving parts once as we put all the pieces together.
Where did the term "Folk Music" originate and what exactly does it mean? The more we learn about this style of music, the more we begin to realize that it has a number of sources and the term can be applied to different styles of music. Let's join Charlie Stevens as he takes us through the history of folk music and some of the most influential players in the genre. In this course, Charlie will cover the fundamental chord knowledge needed to play this music with and without a pick, and even some lead concepts to help us add depth and range to our playing!
Charlie Stevens introduces us to "Origins of American Folk Guitar"!
In this lesson, Charlie will dive into the roots of traditional and American folk music and briefly discuss some of the key players that helped to shape folk music into what we know today
Now that we have learned about the origins of folk music, it's time to grab our guitar and start learning the names of the strings and some basic open position chords.
The next thing that we need to learn is how to use our individual fingers to pluck the strings without using a pick. Charlie will show us how to do that using some basic fingerpicking patterns in this next lesson
In this next lesson, we will learn one of the most popular strumming patterns that is not only found in folk music but can be heard in multiple styles of music, the Boom Chuck strum.
Moving on from chords, we will take a look at some open position major scales and how they can be used to connect our chords when playing progressions.
Up next, Charlie will give us a brief background of Jimmie Rodgers, including who he influenced and how he helped to shape the folk genre.
Something used commonly in folk music, as well as in other music genres, is Bass Runs. Charlie will explain what they are and how they are used in this lesson.
Although Riley Pucket didn't get as much recognition as Jimmie Rodgers, he was still very influential in the evolution of American folk music and Charlie will tell us a little bit about him in this lesson.
It's time to learn our first song in this next lesson! This one will be in the style of Riley Pucket and is called Ragtime Riley.
In the next player profile piece, we will be learning about "Mother" Maybelle Carter's playing style and how she influenced folk and country music.
Charlie will teach us a tune in the style of Maybelle Carter in this next lesson.
In this next lesson, Charlie will tell us about another important figure in the history of folk music, Woody Guthrie.
One part of Woody Guthrie's signature sound was his use of hammer-ons. In this lesson, Charlie will show us how to play hammer-ons and incorporate them with the boom chuck strum.
It's time for us to learn another song. This one is a traditional song in the key of G, and is titled "Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad".
Now that we have covered some folk players, we will take a look at some blues players that had an influence on folk music, including Blind Lemon Jefferson and Leadbelly.
For the next song in this course, Charlie will be teaching us a classic folk song that has been recorded by many bands and musicians, "Midnight Special".
We will learn how to play a standard 12-bar blues progression using fingerpicking in this next lesson.
For our next artist profile, we will be learning some things about one of the most prolific songwriters of the folk genre, Bob Dylan.
In this lesson, we will be looking at one phrase in particular that can be found in folk songs by several artists. This is the G and G sus (suspended) chord change.
Up next, Charlie will teach us about ragtime music, particularly how it is played by Woody Guthrie's son Arlo.
In the last artist profile lesson, Charlie will give us a little history of Doc Watson and what he contributed to the folk music scene
Doc Watson was known for using a popular method of playing with a pick that is commonly referred to as cross-picking. In this lesson, Charlie will demonstrate how to execute the technique properly and apply it to our playing.
Now we will apply the cross-picking technique we learned in the last lesson while Charlie teaches us how to play the song "Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad".
Charlie has previously mentioned and described what a "fiddle tune" is and in this lesson, he will teach us how to play a well-known fiddle tune titled "Soldier's Joy".
Charlie will close out this course by teaching us a folk-rock-style song. This is titled "Fly Me High" and it is based on a song written by an artist that we learned about earlier in the course, Bob Dylan.
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