Key Starting Points for Beginners

Live Guitar Course: Important Areas to Improve Your Guitar Playing

Welcome to 10 weeks packed with powerful areas of focus focus that can really improve your playing. Though geared towards beginners, these tips hold valuable nuggets of truth for nearly all players. Discover how to learn new chords and scales, master shapes necessary for all players, boost your rhythm and lead chops, discover the power of ear training, and much more.

Key Starting Points for Beginners

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Key Starting Points for Beginners Guitar Course

About our Live Courses

We have upgraded, revamped, and organized in-studio, live weekly workshops broadcasted in 1080p. These focused, task-based workshops include full tablature, interactivity with the instruction, and even homework each week.

Guided Practice

Download guided practice videos to accompany your practice routine. Keep them for life regardless of your membership status. Just a simple, effective and purpose-driven way to learn the material.

Filmed in 4k

In 2016 and 2017, we completely re-engineered our recording studio with top of the line gear, including a full suite of 4k cameras complimented by a new audio outfit. The result is beautiful live streams!

Tabs & Tracks

Each live course is equipped with full tablature and even backing tracks. Our live lessons are focused, planned, and even provide homework on how to improve and look forward to the next week.

Interact Live

Our staff fields questions from the audience throughout each section, and opens for questions throughout each course. You also have the ability to call in live with your own video stream!

Our live platform has been a major focus over the past 18 months, and we are very excited to fully unleash it's capability! Attend any of these courses with a full JamPlay subscription and get the benefit of full interaction with our instructors in a focused, planned course. We even have the ability to field your questions with live video call in!

Full Course Schedule

And of course, we keep everything, so if you miss a week you can always watch our archive of live courses. Tabs, backing tracks, and a full course PDF are provided for students, along with homework for each week! Interact with other students along with the teacher and get the instruction you need to advance your playing.

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Week 1

07/03/2019 at 6pm

How to Learn New Chords

Many newer guitar players tend to think about learning chords like learning vocabulary words in grade school, but this isn’t necessarily the best approach. In this session, you’ll learn how to analyze beginner chords, giving you the ability to relate new chords you learn to chords you already know

Week 2

07/10/2019 at 6pm

How to Learn and Scales Well

It’s long been thought that the best way to learn scales is… well, just to play them over and over again until your fingers and brain start to remember them. The problem is, that the end goal isn’t to just learn sequences of notes. It’s all about making music. So from the very beginning, we learn with music in mind.

Week 3

08/07/2019 at 6pm

Go To Chord Shapes

Now that you know how to learn and practice chords, we’ll take some familiar and less familiar shapes and put them into some cool applications. Even if you don’t know some of these chords, by the end of the session, you’ll have some good ways to work them into your music.

Week 4

08/14/2019 at 6pm

Go To Scale Patterns

There’s an endless sea of scale patterns you can learn, but it doesn’t mean that you should spend a ton of time going through them all. It’s better to get your handle on a small selection of scales and learn how to modify them for your musical purposes.

Week 5

08/21/2019 at 6pm

How to Start Playing Rhythm Guitar

Great rhythm guitar playing can not be done by adhering to a formula. In order to get in the groove, you have to learn how to let yourself feel the rhythm and then your playing will fall into place. We’ll learn and practice the concept of feeling a groove and simultaneously playing a rhythm.

Week 6

08/28/2019 at 6pm

How to Start Playing Lead Guitar

Great lead playing is a lot simpler than you might think. It can start with only a few notes from one of those scales you already know how to play. But playing lead is more than scales and more than a melody. It is a focus on the art of phrasing. In this session, you’ll get practical tips for developing musical phrasing.

Week 7

09/11/2019 at 6pm

How to Practice Well

How do you make the most of the time that you have? How long should you practice something before moving on? What should you practice next? Should you learn songs? Do you need music theory? We’ll answer all these questions and more in this conversational, interactive session!

Week 8

09/18/2019 at 6pm

Making The Most of a Melody

Building off of what we started in Week Six, we hone in on a specific melody example and develop ideas around a single theme. It’s another great exercise in phrasing and a great way to make your guitar play a vocal role in your music.

Week 9

09/25/2019 at 6pm

Tuning and Possibilities

We’ll go over fast and effective ways to tune by ear and we’ll discuss some common alternate and open tunings. You’ll walk away inspired to try some new positions and ideas out based on what different tunings allow you to do. There’s a whole world out there once you start experimenting with those tuning pegs.

Week 10

10/02/2019 at 6pm

Ear Training Ground Work

Learning to identify your intervals will make you a powerful and creative musician. Having a developed ear is great for guitar playing but will also make you far more well-rounded and able to communicate well with other musicians. It’ll also improve your ability to improvise. Let’s lay the groundwork for a strong musical ear.

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