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Callum is a multi-instrumentalist with over 10 years of experience in the studio and on the stage. Throughout his career in the greater Colorado music scene, he has gigged extensively in a wide array of genres from jazz, to rock, to pop, to gospel. He has performed with numerous entertainment companies, churches, and local and international artists such as Le'Andria Johnson, Brionne Aigné, Monique Brooks-Roberts, JoFoKe, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and many more. On top... (more)
Callum currently offers 128 guitar lessons at JamPlay, with 50 beginner lessons, 61 intermediate lessons and 17 song lessons.
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Got a new rockin' new electric guitar and not sure where to begin? "Rock Guitar for Beginners" with Callum Bair has all the tools you need to get up and running with your best foot forward! He covers all the basics of your new instrument and even gets you playing a variety of riffs and licks that get you on your way to becoming a confident musician!
Callum Bair introduces us to "Rock Guitar for Beginners"!
For our first lesson, Callum gives us a complete walkthrough of the different parts of our guitar.
Now that we have familiarized ourselves with our guitar, let's talk about the string names and how to correctly tune!
For this lesson, Callum guides us through how to properly pick and how to begin playing notes on our guitar!
Now we have the fundamentals of how to play certain notes, let's look at how to read tablature.
In this lesson, Callum walks us through our first riff!
Now that we have our first riff under our fingers let's now learn a technical exercise that will help us learn how our picking hand and our fretting hand communicate.
For this lesson, we cover a scale that is used quite a bit in the rock genre, the minor pentatonic scale.
Callum covers a common staple in rock music where we play two notes at the same time called power chords!
Let's take the open power chords we just got under our fingers and apply them to some basic blues, called the 12-bar blues formula.
For this lesson, we slow things down a bit by taking a deeper dive into the musical alphabet and how we can apply it to our guitars.
For this technical exercise, Callum walks us through the Major scale in the key of A.
For this lesson we expand our knowledge on power chords!
Now that we have 2 finger power chords under our fingers, let's focus on how to comfortable switch strings.
We continue with power chords this time looking at how we can create dynamic sounds using just one string set.
Callum breaks down some theory in this lesson, talking about the importance of understanding rhythm.
We have covered a lot of ground in this series, we are going to keep pressing forward with learning our full first position chords.
Now that we have a better concept of rhythm and our first position chords under our fingers, let's revisit the blues progression we learned earlier in the series.
For this lesson, we learn one more scale for this series, the minor scale.
We revisit some of our open chord shapes for this lesson to play this AC/DC style riff.
For this lesson, Callum talks us through the minor chords which we associate with more of a "sad" tone in music.
In this lesson, Callum gives us three more first-position major chords!
Callum gives us some insight on alternate picking, which will become extremely useful to us when we need to pick up speed on our guitars!
Let's add a tool to our musical toolbox with hammer-ons and pull-offs that will add us in achieving speed on our guitars!
For our last lesson in this series, Callum shows a chord progression that will use some of the major chords we have learned.
Are you familiar with your fretboard but are struggling on finding your cadence with rhythm guitar? This course will give you all of the tools needed to connect the dots from knowing the concepts and ideas of rhythm guitar to actually playing and implementing these ideas in the correct places within music!
Callum Bair introduces us to "Core Skills: Rock Rhythm for Beginners"!
For our first lesson, we center around the first fret of our guitars and look at our major chords.
Let's build on our previous lesson with a four-chord progression that helps us learn more about voicings and how to properly use them in a song.
For this lesson, Callum walks us through minor chords in the first position.
Now that we have the open position minor chords under our fingers, let's put them in a progression!
In this lesson, Callum walks us through the 12-bar blues formula which governs everything in the blues genre!
Now that we have the 12-bar blues under our fingertips, let's get a little more creative with it in the key of E.
Callum breaks down a little theory in this lesson by going over our Nashville number system.
Now, let's take that number system and implement it into a real-world scenario where we take a song in one key and move it to a different key!
For this lesson, Callum continues to unpack the number system this time focusing on minor keys.
We dive into a power ballad for this next lesson! Callum gives us some tips using the number system within power ballads and as well as arpeggiating notes!
Barre chords are one of the fundamental aspects to understanding how chords work on our instrument, Callum gives us a deeper look into these chords so we can have a firm understanding of how these chords can help us within rhythm guitar.
We have had several lessons addressing theory up to this point in the course, let's take all that knowledge and apply it to this punk style progression.
For this lesson, we are going to break down how we can take a barre chord shape and move our minor chords around.
Let's switch gears a bit and focus on our rhythm with this reggae-style progression.
We are divining into some classic rock styles for this lesson! Callum walks us through a Zeppelin-style riff!
We break down an AC/DC style riff focusing on our A chord and our D chord.
For our Sabbath style riff, we look at our power chord shapes and how to make them moveable.
For this lesson, we take a deeper look at inversions in the first position.
Let's take our previous lesson and apply it to a specific style of rock guitar!
Continuing with inversions, for this lesson we will take a note other than our root note and put it in our bass.
Let's look at another famous rock style, Jimi Hendrix! For this lesson, we again focus on inversions to see how Jimi mastered his specific sound within his ballads!
For this lesson Callum talks us through sus chords, he breaks down what makes up a sus chord, why they sound the way they do, and how we apply them to our guitar playing.
As we get to the end of our course, Callum takes us through an exercise that has been a core tool in his toolbox when it comes to learning different songs, and playing at different kinds of gigs!
For our last lesson of the course, we will combine a few different elements we have learned throughout this course to create a ballad!
When we start our journey on the electric guitar, we are often mystified by the ability of seasoned guitar players, who can improvise and piece together melodic lead lines on the spot. Let's join Callum Bair as we learn the techniques behind creating quality single-note licks, solos, and melodies. To achieve these techniques, Callum will focus on 4 scales that can provide us an endless amount of melodic material: the Minor Pentatonic Scale, the Major Pentatonic Scale, the Minor Scale, and the Major Scale. In addition to learning two positions that work for each one of these scales, he will cover a variety of different licks and solos. By learning licks that utilize each one of these positions, we will better understand the melodic potential that lies in each one of these scales. William will also cover the core inflections that are standard in modern lead guitar - such as bends, vibrato, hammer-ons, and pull-offs as well as a variety of exercises that isolate and develop different aspects of single-note guitar playing.
Callum Bair introduces us to his new course, 'The Language of Lead'.
To open the course, we will take a look at one of the cornerstones of lead guitar - the Minor Pentatonic Scale.
For our first lick of the series, we will expand our application of the Minor Pentatonic Scale with a look at a classic Blues lick that incorporates a slide within the scale.
In this next lick lesson, we will break down a very familiar Classic Rock lick that utilizes a vibratic bend.
For our last Minor Pentatonic lick, we will look at a slight variant of the Minor Pentatonic Scale that incorporates the fabled “Blue Note.”
Expanding on our knowledge of the Major Pentatonic Scale, we will now look at a slower vibratic bending lick that is used widely in many of the classic 80’s power ballads.
Continuing with the Major Pentatonic Scale, here we will learn a classic lick based on what is often called the “B.B. King Box”.
Closing out our section on the Major Pentatonic Scale, get ready for a lick that uses the 'B.B. King Box', but in a Modern Pop context - similar to the style of the Blues/Pop crossover artist John Mayer.
Moving on, in our second technique lesson of the series we will take a look at a useful exercise that focuses on perfecting the singing quality of proper vibrato technique.
The Major Scale is by far the most common scale used in western music. In this lesson, we will break down this useful scale in two separate positions on the neck.
Jumping into the application of the Major Scale, here we will revisit our Hair Metal roots with a look at a lead line in the style of an 80’s power ballad.
Continuing with the Major Scale, now let's take a look at a tasty lick in the style of Neoclassical guitar.
It can be argued that no genre is as synonymous with the Major Scale as Pop. In this lesson, we will look at a Pop-style lick that utilizes the Major Scale.
For our next technique lesson, we will look at two of the key tools used in playing lead guitar: hammer-ons and pull-offs. Here, we will break these techniques down and show how the proper application can increase our speed and dexterity while navigating the fretboard.
Now we've made it to our final scale of the course, you guessed it - the Minor Scale. In this lesson, we will dissect the Minor Scale and discuss its relationship to the Major Scale.
Let's apply our knowledge of the Minor Scale and head back to the realm of Neoclassical guitar! In this lesson, we'll take a look at a Minor Scale application of this popular style.
Further expanding our use of the Minor Scale, in this lesson we will look at a lick that uses the scale to set a tone that conveys a sad or melancholy mood.
We use our minor scale again in this intense ascending rock lick. We also learn the essential technique of tremolo picking.
In this last technique lesson of the course, we will look at a few key exercises that can help us develop a crucial skill needed for successful lead playing - alternate picking.
"Moving on, in this next lesson we will discuss the Major variation of a couple key figures that can really help identify and use your chord shapes in a lead setting - triads and arpeggios.
Continuing with our triads and arpeggios, in this lesson we'll cover the Minor variations of these key figures.
Let's put our arpeggios to use! In this lesson, we will work on playing through a simple two-chord progression utilizing our major arpeggio shapes.
Now let's put our minor arpeggios to use! In this lesson, we will work on playing through a simple two-chord progression utilizing our minor arpeggio shapes.
You've come this far, now it's time to get your solo on! In this first full solo, we will learn a short guitar melody in the style of modern Pop- country artists like Carrie Underwood, then view an example solo by William before taking the reins and applying all of the lead skills we've learned thus far to create our own full-fledged guitar solo!
In this next full solo, we will repeat the same method and look at a Classic Rock style melody that highlights the guitar playing of the great Rock bands of the ’70s.
Continuing this method, in this next solo we will look at a lead line in the style of the Modern Pop and Blues crossover artist John Mayer.
Let's keep adding to our repertoire of guitar solos by taking a look at this Neoclassical-style solo that hints at the classically influenced Rock of the ’80s and ’90s.
Congratulations on making it this far! In our final solo and lesson of the course, we will take a look at a lead line that focuses on slow melodic parts over a power ballad backing track.
When listening to the solos and lead lines of history's great rock guitar players, it can be overwhelming to figure out where to start! At the core of all of these great rock guitarists' playing is a large repertoire of licks that they can apply to multiple situations, genres, and styles. Learn some of the most classic core concepts and licks that start your journey into being a great well-rounded lead guitar player.
Callum Bair introduced us to "Flying Solo: Beginner Rock"!
In our first lick, we will look at how the simple concept of a slide can transform a boring scale shape into a musical statement.
The greatest guitarists always seem to have some magical touch that makes their instrument sing. In this lesson, we will look at a lick that makes use of vibrato, so we can work towards an intuitive touch on our instrument to make even the simplest lines memorable.
In addition to vibrato and sliding, there's another basic technique that explores the vocal quality of our guitar: Bending. In this lesson, we will learn a lick that uses half-step bends, and discuss some general pointers for improving our finger strength on the guitar.
Following up on our introduction to half-step bends, we will now push even further to whole-step bends!
Learning short two-bar licks can be exciting, but then the obvious question arises: How do I use these? In this lesson, we will learn a blues-rock solo that uses all of our licks in context, to introduce us to the craft of lead guitar.
Have you ever wished that the lead guitar had a cheat code? While hammer-ons won't solve all of your problems, learning them can be a great avenue to playing fast on your instrument without having to worry as much about your right hand.
Now that we've learned one cheat code, it's time to learn another! In this lesson, we will look at pull-offs and how they offer us a variety of similar benefits that we just saw in hammer-ons.
If hammer-ons and pull-offs are so similar, you might be wondering if we can combine them. In this lesson, we will look at the 'legato' approach to guitar, where we can utilize both hammer-ons and pull-offs.
Following up on our last lesson, we will continue discussing how we can use hammer-ons and pull-offs together, and the unlimited potential for speed that these two techniques give us.
We tackled a solo centering around a minor pentatonic sound, so now it's time to look at a solo that centers around a major sound. In our second solo, we will see the 'upbeat' feeling that comes from a major sound, as well as the culmination of all of our hammer-on and pull-off licks.
Playing two-note power chords is just for rhythm guitar, right? In this lesson, we will learn the concept of double-stops, and how we can play two notes at the same time for our solos as well.
At the core of all of our favorite classic rock solos, is the blues. In this lesson, we will look at a lick that combines vibrato and bending in the style of the greats like Chuck Berry.
In this next lesson, we will learn a lick that teaches us the basics of alternate picking.
We already learned one of the most classic double-stop licks, so how about one more? In this lesson, we will learn a lick that can instantly be recognized from solos spanning from the early 50s to the present day.
In our final lesson, we will take all of the techniques learned from double-stops and alternate picking, and learn our most Rock 'N' Roll solo of the entire course.
Have you ever thought to yourself "I'll never fully understand chord extensions, chord substitutions, or modes"? If you answer "Yes" to any of these statements, you have come to the right place! Callum will break down these and other advanced theoretical concepts in detail to help us truly understand this information that can seem overwhelming, to say the least.
Callum briefly describes the material he will be teaching in the upcoming lessons and what we can expect to learn from this course
For our next lesson on chords, we will take a look at how to build 6 chords and constructing some common chord extensions
Continuing our look at chords, this lesson will be covering Sus chords and chords notated with a slash
This next lesson will be our last one dealing with chord construction and Callum will show us how to play extended and altered variations of some of the chords we learned in the last few lessons
Now that we have a good understanding of how chords are constructed, Callum will show us the seven modes of the major scale and how we can apply them to our playing
Callum will break down the Nashville number system for major keys for us in this next lesson and give a few examples of how it can be used
In this next lesson, we will learn the Nashville number system for minor keys and how this relates to the numbers for our major keys
For our next lesson, Callum will explain the concept of modal chord progressions and how we can recognize these when we encounter them
This lesson will teach us the basic concepts of chord substitutions and a way we can start use these concepts in practical applications
Dominant chords can be used for a myriad of purposes and in this lesson, Callum will break down how they can be used as substitutions
In our next lesson, we will take a look at two commonly used scales, the melodic minor and harmonic minor, and some of the modes used in each of these scales
Callum shows us how to play the whole-tone and diminished scales and gives examples of when they can be used in this next lesson
In this lesson, we will learn how to read and play some common rhythmic notations found in many styles of music
To close out this series, Callum will explain syncopated rhythms and show us how to read some common examples of syncopations
The Heart of Rock 'N' Roll is the third single from the multi-platinum album 'Sports' by Huey Lewis and the News, released in 1984. Callum Bair walks us through a note-for-note version, as well as an Easy Strum version to get us playing right away.
Let's join Callum and dive into this awesome staple of the 80's!
Time to cover the genre-bending Eric Clapton song: 'Lay Down Sally'. This popular song contains elements of classic Country and Rockabilly, and ranks as Clapton's highest-charting country song!
Let's join Callum in a comprehensive breakdown of this classic rock staple!
"I Want a New Drug" is from Huey Lewis and the News' third album, 'Sports' released in 1983. Listed as track #4 on the album, this single peaked at #6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in the spring of 1984. Despite its illicit name, the song is actually a love song playing on the metaphorical titling.
Let's join Callum as he digs into this classic 80's tune!
Released in January of 1996, this anthemic song encapsulated the feel of the '90s. Sitting comfortably at track #5 of disc two in the award-winning 'Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness', the song peaked at #12 on the Billboard Top 100 and was nominated for several awards including "Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal" at the 1997 Grammy Awards.
Let's put on our favorite flannel shirt and join Callum as we dive into this 90's hit!
Don Henley's 1981 classic hit 'Dirty Laundry' was co-written with producer and guitarist Danny Kortchmar. This tune comes from Henley's first solo album and features two incredible solos - one from Steve Lukather of Toto fame, and the other from Joe Walsh, who joined Henley in the Eagles five years prior. This lesson series breaks the song down piece by piece and gives us amazing insight into not only how these legendary guitar parts are played, but into the minds of the musicians who played them!
Time to join Callum on this massive 80's hit and dish on some dirty laundry!
"Welcome to the Jungle" was released in the late summer of 1987 as the opening track for Guns N' Roses' debut album, "Appetite for Destruction". The song is widely known as the song that put Guns N' Roses on the map and helped propel the album to #1 on the Billboard Top 200. It has since gone on to be considered one of the top ten albums of all time!
Are you ready for some fun and games? Let's join Callum Bair as he dissects this G N' R classic!
Released as s single in the spring of 1982, "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor quickly became a major success after it was used for the theme song for the film "Rocky III". It sat at the top of the American charts for six weeks and reached certified platinum status by August of the same year. The song was written by two members of the band, guitarist Frankie Sullivan, and keyboardist Jim Peterik.
Let's join Callum Bair as he breaks down this iconic anthem from Survivor!
"Psycho Killer" was released in the winter of 1977 as the fourth track on side two of their debut album, "Talking Heads: 77". Widely considered to be their "signature debut hit", the song was the only release from the album to appear on the Billboard Top 100 - barely squeaking onto the list at #92. While it was widely assumed that the subject matter revolved around the "Son of Sam" killings of the late 70s, the band has insisted that there is no connection and that the timing of the release is simply an eerie coincidence.
Let's join Callum Bair as he walks us through this Talking Heads classic!
Released as a single in November of 1996, "Every Day is a Winding Road" by Sheryl Crow was recorded at Kingsway Studios in New Orleans. The song was the second single off of her self-titled second album and reached #11 on the US Billboard Top 100. Prince covered the song on his album "Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic" and joined Sheryl on stage in 1999 to perform the song at a Lilith Fair show in Toronto.
Let's join Callum Bair as he performs a clinic on this breakout hit from Sheryl Crow!
In the summer of 1978, the band Chic released their second studio album, titled "C'est Chic" which featured the band's first number-one hit song "Le Freak". A few members of the band were refused entry into the famous Studio 54 nightclub and this song was written as a reaction to that event. The song became the first to earn the number-one spot on the Billboard US Hot 100 three separate times.
Let's get our freak on with this funky hit!
"We Are Family" was released in the spring of 1979 as the title track for Sister Sledge's third album. Sitting comfortably as the fifth track on the A-side of the release, this certified gold track topped the Canadian and US charts and enjoyed a resurgence with a remixed release in 1993.
Callum Bair breaks down this Disco Soul hit by Sister Sledge!
Let's join Callum Bair for Volume One of the Chord Melody SongPack as he breaks down chord melody renditions of seven of the most popular pop songs to ever grace the airwaves. These chord melody versions are sure to be a hit when playing for a crowd or even a fireside with a few close friends!
Let's kick things off with a chord melody rendition of Aretha Franklin's timeless hit, "I Say a Little Prayer".
Up next Callum covers a chord melody version of the Green Day mega-hit "Wake Me Up When September Ends".
Ready for your next challenge? In this lesson, Callum shares his chord melody rendition of Michael Jackson's "Human Nature".
Moving on, in this lesson Callum breaks down his chord melody version of Gotye's #1 smash hit, "Somebody That I Used to Know".
Jump in your time capsule and come with us back to 1984 for a chord melody version of this comeback smash hit by Tina Turner!
Congratulations! You've reached the last song in our Pop Chord Melody SongPack. Let's close things out with a stirring rendition of Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next".
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