Rocking on Acoustic Guitar

Will Ripley is back with his series, Acoustic Guitar! Known for his electric rock guitar series on Jamplay, Will shows us how much electric and acoustic have in common with this series geared towards rock, classic rock and pop-rock acoustic guitar techniques. Learn basic acoustic techniques like strumming, fingerpicking and chords, and apply them over classic sounding tracks in the styles of some of your favorite artists!

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Find out just how much electric guitar and acoustic guitar have in common! Will Ripley is back with his series, Acoustic Guitar. Learn basic acoustic techniques like strumming, fingerpicking and chords, and apply them over classic sounding rock, classic rock and pop-rock tracks in the styles of some of your favorite artists!

Lessons in this Series:

Lesson 1

Series Introduction

Welcome to Acoustic Guitar! This series is geared for beginning and intermediate players with a focus on rock, classic rock, and pop-rock aspects of the acoustic guitar. In this video, Will gives you the rundown of what you can expect in this series.

Length: 5:08 Difficulty: 0.0 Member Only
Lesson 2

Technique Tweaks

To get us started on the right foot, Will goes over some foundational techniques that are 'must know' for this series!

Length: 9:11 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 3

Right Hand Technique

In this lesson, Will gets more specific with the right hand. Learning proper hand placement for strumming and fingerpicking will set you up with a solid foundation!

Length: 10:29 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 4

Left Hand Technique

Not to forget the left hand, Will focuses in on proper thumb placement on the neck of the guitar, as well as how to get nice clean tones from your guitar without any buzz!

Length: 13:29 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 5

Beginner Guitar Progression

In this lesson, Will lays out a path for the beginning guitarist. Following this path will ensure you set yourself up for success on the acoustic guitar!

Length: 12:15 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 6

Intro to Chording

Before Will dives into all the chords you need to know, he brings us this lesson that will set you up for success moving forward. This includes his big secret to changing chords!

Length: 11:05 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 7

Chords You Need to Know

Not all chords are necessary to know when you're just getting going on guitar. Will shows you some essential chords that will get you prepped to play tons of songs!

Length: 15:19 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 8

Developing Strum Patterns

Strumming and rhythm are huge parts of learning guitar. Many players feel they have to know very specific patterns. Will is here to teach you that it's more about developing a sense of rhythm that will give you the freedom to create your own patterns.

Length: 9:57 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 9

Close to the Bridge Upstroke

Here's a cool little technique that gives some dynamic quality to your playing. Just another tool in your tool belt that you can use at any given time!

Length: 5:17 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 10

One Finger Chord Movement

Sometimes chords can be way more simple than we think. This is the case in this lesson. With a basic one finger movement, you can play three super cool sounding chords!

Length: 8:30 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 11

The "Wonderwall" Chords, Part 1

This lesson explores these great chords that allow you to get super pro sounds with minimal movement.

Length: 7:05 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 12

The "Wonderwall" Chords, Part 2

In this lesson, Will expands on these great sounding chords with more easy chord movements. In addition, he shows us how to inject more rhythm into our strumming by accenting certain beats.

Length: 12:10 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 13

In the Style of Buffalo Springfield

In this lesson, Will has a great track for us done in the style of Buffalo Springfield that is a great vehicle for getting solid strumming and rhythm down pat.

Length: 10:42 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 14

Ballad in the Style of Guns 'n' Roses

So much of acoustic guitar strumming is about rhythm. This lesson in the style of a Guns 'n' Roses ballad has a great simple strum pattern that will help you understand connecting with rhythm even more!

Length: 9:07 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 15

In the Style of Coldplay/Cream/Jane's Addiction

Sometimes the coolest sounds are just certain chord shapes moved around the fretboard. This lesson clues you in on how to get some awesome sounds out of your basic E chord shape.

Length: 8:34 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 16

In the Style of CCR

Learning to put accents into your strumming will help you become a more dynamic player, especially when you're playing by yourself! This lesson works on the accents, plus a simple chord progression with a key transitional chord.

Length: 11:39 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 17

In the Style of Marshall Tucker Band

Another classic sounding chord progression here from Will! This lesson will also focus in on changing chords efficiently and smoothly, as well as how to add dynamics to your playing.

Length: 18:01 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 18

In the Style of The Beatles/Green Day

It's time to ramp up the difficulty on your chords! Luckily, Will gives us a great track at a moderate to slow tempo to work out this very Beatlesque chord progression. If you can master this, you will have earned your chord playing diploma!

Length: 17:22 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 19

Slap Strumming, Part 1

In a basic sense, your acoustic guitar is really a percussion instrument. To start to get the most out of that aspect of your guitar, Will shows us a great technique for injecting rhythm into your playing: Slap Strumming.

Length: 5:44 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 20

Slap Strumming, Part 2

Now, let's take this new technique of slap strumming and apply it to some tracks we've already learned in this series. This will help you see the value of injecting rhythm into your playing, especially when you're playing your guitar all by yourself!

Length: 11:59 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 21

Open Barre Chord Shapes

Open barre chord shapes allow you to get very cool colors in your chords by using open strings. Will shows us some of his favorite open barre chord shapes, leading us up to a very cool track in the next lesson!

Length: 7:59 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 22

In the Style Alice in Chains/Nirvana

Now we put those open barre chord shapes to use with this 90's sounding track. This is also a great track for practicing big chord movements around the neck!

Length: 19:45 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 23

Full Barre Chord Shapes

So you've mastered the open barre chord shapes, now it's time to make a slight adjustment and voila! You've got your full barre chord shapes. These shapes will truly open up the entire fretboard to you, and Will uses that to lead us into some cool barre chord songs in the next few lessons!

Length: 17:19 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 24

In the Style of Jason Mraz

Putting those full barre chord shapes to work, Will teaches us a chord progression reminiscent of Jason Mraz. This will allow you to use the shapes you learned, plus practice moving them around the neck of the guitar!

Length: 9:42 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 25

In the Style of Led Zeppelin/Pink Floyd, Part 1

Learning the nuances of strumming is something that can really take your acoustic playing to the next level. In the track that Will made just for this series, he gets into the details of getting a good strum going which adds lots of dynamics and feel to the track!

Length: 13:39 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 26

In the Style of Led Zeppelin/Pink Floyd, Part 2

This lesson is about big, resonant chords. These chords turn your guitar into a huge sounding instrument! In the chorus section of this track, Will shows you how to get the most out of these chords.

Length: 17:50 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 27

In the Style of Led Zeppelin/Pink Floyd, Part 3

Now it's time to learn the signature lead melody of this track! Not only does Will show us the notes, but he also gets us going on some fundamental techniques like bending, vibrato and hammer-ons.

Length: 19:47 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 28

Dominant and Minor 7th Barre Chords

7th chords can drastically change the tonal character of not only chords you're playing, but the songs you're playing them in. Will gets you up to speed on your dominant 7th and minor 7th barre chords, which can be used all over the neck!

Length: 8:52 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 29

R&B Song for Dominant Barre Chords, Part 1

In lesson #29, Will unveils a classic sounding R&B style track that will give you all the practice you need on your barre chord shapes, particularly the dominant 7th shapes.

Length: 19:43 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 30

R&B Song for Dominant Barre Chords, Part 2

In part two of this lesson, Will takes a look at 'thumb chords' as a great alternative to your regular barre chords. And as always, he looks at the rhythm and strumming, adding another type of feel to your repertoire!

Length: 11:22 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 31

Chord Hammer-ons

Adding chord hammer-ons and embellishments is a great way to really step up your game on the acoustic guitar. In this lesson, Will gives you the low down on some commonly used chordal hammer-ons that will make you sound even more pro!

Length: 17:31 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 32

Moving Bass Technique

The moving bass technique is something commonly found in country, old rock and roll and rockabilly. Join Will as he gets us up to speed with this super fun technique!

Length: 13:16 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 33

Slash Chords

Are 'slash' chord still a mystery to you? Well, this lesson is designed to take away that mystery, and get you playing these chords that add a lot color to your sound!

Length: 10:36 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 34

In the Style of John Mellencamp/Neil Young

Here's a cool mellow track in the style of John Mellencamp or Neil Young that gets you moving certain shapes around the neck. This one's a lot of fun!

Length: 14:46 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 35

Movable Triads

Lots of triads shapes can be moved around the neck to get great, colorful sounds. Will takes the common shapes in this lesson, and shows you how and where to move them!

Length: 7:50 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 36

Intro to Fingerpicking

For some of us, fingerpicking can be quite the mysterious process. Will demystifies that process in this lesson, giving you some simple, attainable techniques to get you started on this must know guitar style!

Length: 17:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 37

In the Style of Santana/Led Zeppelin

Now that you've got a few fingerpicking basics under your belt, here's a catchy descending riff that is fingerpicked in the style of Santana or Led Zeppelin.

Length: 5:04 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 38

Fingerpicking in the Style of Led Zeppelin/Pink Floyd

Fingerpicking can be applied in many different ways. Case in point, this is a riff we learned to play with a pick earlier in the series, now Will shows us how the riff can be just as effective using a fingerpicking technique.

Length: 5:44 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 39

Acoustic Blues, Part 1

This lesson encapsulates a lot of elements of classic acoustic blues, but with a rock 'n' roll attitude. Explore the minor pentatonic scale, along with fingerpicking to get that traditional Delta Blues sound!

Length: 15:14 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 40

Acoustic Blues, Part 2

Will now continues with the "B" section of the Acoustic Blues track. Here we'll find some driving, straight ahead strumming, culminating with a simple yet effective minor pentatonic lick at the end of the section.

Length: 8:53 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 41

In the Style of Dave Matthews/The Beatles

This one is all about the shapes. Once you get these intervallic shapes down, you open a whole new world of sounds on your guitar. Couple that with a very rhythmic track, and you end up with a very uplifting, fun practice time!

Length: 15:24 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 42

In the Style of Radiohead/John Mayer

Here's a nice acoustic rock ballad done in the style of Radiohead or John Mayer. This track incorporates some very atmospheric chord voicings, as well as right hand techniques such as strumming without at pick and fingerpicking.

Length: 17:48 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 43

Picked Arpeggio Chording

This technique is sort of a hybrid between strumming and picking. Will uses a track that we learned earlier in the series to demonstrate this technique that you will find in all sorts of classic songs. A great technique to know, it can do a lot to spice up your strumming!

Length: 13:23 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 44

Using a Capo

Capos: A great inspirational tool, or a great mystery? In this last lesson of the series, Will attempts to demystify the capo with some basic information that can get you started using one right away!

Length: 10:34 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
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