Beginner Guitar with Peter Einhorn

Peter Einhorn teaches the basics of guitar playing from the standpoint of an altered standard tuning. This tuning allows the player to learn the instrument more like you would learn the piano.

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In his basic guitar series, Peter Einhorn takes a more linear approach to learning the instrument. Utilizing standard tuning with a partial capo to create Open Gsus4 tuning, Peter is able to instruct the player on simple melody construction and ease of play.

Lessons in this Series:

Lesson 1

Series Introduction

JamPlay is proud to introduce jazz guitarist Peter Einhorn. In this lesson series, Peter will discuss and demonstrate a way of playing the guitar that differs from standard approaches to playing. By utilizing a partial capo on a guitar in standard tuning, his approach allows the follower to...

Length: 7:06 Difficulty: 1.0 Free Sample Lesson from this Series!
Lesson 2

Getting To Know Your Guitar

In this lesson, Peter goes over some of the basics of the guitar before you get to playing. He covers how to hold the instrument and how to tune it. He'll also cover how the partial capo is applied and gives a quick discussion on how to read the supplemental content provided.

Length: 8:33 Difficulty: 0.5 Member Only
Lesson 3

Notes and Solfeggio

In this lesson, Peter teaches the notes on the 1st string of the guitar as they correspond to the Solfeggio you likely learned in grade school. He explains how to play both "Mary Had A Little Lamb" and "Jingle Bells" with the help of your ears and Solfeggio. By singing the Solfege notes while...

Length: 5:55 Difficulty: 1.0 Member Only
Lesson 4

Notes on the Second String

In the fourth lesson of his basic guitar series, Peter talks about the notes lower in pitch from "do" in Solfege. When the partial capo is attached at the 3rd fret on the first and second strings, these pitches correspond to the notes on the second string, which is lower in pitch than the first...

Length: 4:32 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 5

Using More Fingers

In this lesson, Peter discusses and demonstrates why and how we should use the remaining fingers on our fretting hand. He also discusses positional playing on the fret board. He then applies these techniques to the song "The Water Is Wide."

Length: 10:34 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 6

Accompaniment and Harmony

In this lesson Peter introduces the concept of harmony and accompaniment. To add this to your playing, you'll need to learn about the fourth, fifth and sixth strings of the guitar.

Length: 8:24 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 7

Adding Expression

Now that you've been learning how to accompany melody, it's time to start adding expression to your playing. In this lesson, Peter walks you through the song "Amazing Grace" and points out tips that will help you play the melody with a more vocal quality. He discusses hammer-on and pull-off...

Length: 6:16 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 8

Playing with a Pick

In the eighth lesson of his beginner guitar series, Peter discusses playing with a pick. Not every guitarist is going to want to play solely with their fingers. Playing with a pick can help with rhythm as well as projecting a brighter sound.

Length: 11:00 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 9

Bass Notes and Chords

Peter Einhorn discusses using bass notes as a scale in this lesson. He also talks about creating chords and how to read chord symbols. You'll then apply this knowledge to the song "The Water is Wide."

Length: 8:34 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 10

St. James Infirmary

In this final lesson of his basic series, Peter provides instruction on the melody for "St. James Infirmary". To conclude, he also talks about why this approach to learning is important compared to more common guitar learning methods.

Length: 11:34 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only