Effortless Guitar Primer (Guitar Lesson)


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David Isaacs

Effortless Guitar Primer

JamPlay welcomes David Isaacs to our teacher roster. With his first lesson Dave explains his approach to playing guitar with a focus on efficiency of motion.

Taught by David Isaacs in Effortless Guitar seriesLength: 10:06Difficulty: 1.0 of 5


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tone-88tone-88 replied on September 22nd, 2015

One of the best communicator you've got. A keeper.

Don.SDon.S replied on August 2nd, 2014

Thanks, Dave. So far so good.

dougludindougludin replied on January 19th, 2013

Dave, awesome intro to this lesson! I noticed you use 2 of the licks from your work in the lick library. Would love to see a lesson where you put all of them together like the intro. Doug

cawdorcawdor replied on August 22nd, 2012

Thank You! Thank You! This is where the light shines in the darkness. David has presented a must have reference. And, one that I will be returning to often.

katsiskatsis replied on June 29th, 2012

Holy crap!!!!! Guitar lessons fron Kevin Spacey....Seriously though thanks for the tips and instruction Dave, really helpfulll

hambone63376hambone63376 replied on March 30th, 2012

Dave, Im somewhat familiar with "guitar Principles" by Jamie Andreas, you may know of her. I look foward to more of your solid teaching fundimentals. From what I have seen thus far on the recent videos by you, I think you will be a great asset to jamplay....Thanks.........Please add new lessons......

hambone63376hambone63376 replied on March 30th, 2012

Dave, Im somewhat familiar with "guitar Principles" by Jamie Andreas, you may know of her. I look foward to more of your solid teaching fundimentals. From what I have seen thus far on the recent videos by you, I think you will be a great asset to jamplay....Thanks.........Please add new lessons......

donnacdonnac replied on March 28th, 2012

Thanks. Great lesson. I hope in a future lesson you will comment on how to keep too much tension off the right hand thumb when strumming.

vernaverna replied on March 26th, 2012

interesting lesson David I am looking forward to more. Thank you. Verna

jessman25jessman25 replied on March 23rd, 2012

Go Preds!!!!!

layollayol replied on March 23rd, 2012

Glad to have you David! After going through your first lesson, I;, really looking forward to more. Excellent job!!! Doug

apodestaapodesta replied on March 23rd, 2012

Welcome David to Jamplay. I really enjoyed this lesson and I am looking forward to seeing more in the series. I feel so uncomfortable while I am playing and I hope you advice will help. Antonio.

Mighty.MikeMighty.Mike replied on March 22nd, 2012

Well I thought I was weird for curling my fingers like that. It just feels natural. Cool. Welcome aboard Dave!

LanjaLanja replied on March 22nd, 2012

Looking forward to the lessons! Welcome David...

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mgapmgap replied on March 22nd, 2012

From the looks of things Jamplay has hit a home run! I am looking forward to Davids lessons. Thank you JP.

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alexaffectsalexaffects replied on March 22nd, 2012

weird, It just so happens that in 720p it looks better than most 720p videos here at jamplay, awesome lesson though!

SodaPopSodaPop replied on March 22nd, 2012

Always something new! TY JP.

WheelerWheeler replied on March 22nd, 2012

Welcome David!

jnc51jnc51 replied on March 22nd, 2012

Looks like this will be a cool series

Effortless Guitar

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Effortless Guitar With Dave Isaacs.



Lesson 1

Effortless Guitar Primer

JamPlay welcomes David Isaacs to our teacher roster. With his first lesson Dave explains his approach to playing guitar with a focus on efficiency of motion.

Length: 10:06 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 2

Left Hand Technique

Dave Isaacs takes a look at left hand technique with this lesson. He explains how the hand works with the neck and fretboard and corrects some common mistakes most beginners and intermediate level players...

Length: 10:00 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Flat Picking Technique

In this lesson, David Isaacs explains the mechanics of picking with a flat pick. He shows the differences between using your arm and wrist for the picking motion.

Length: 9:39 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

The Drummer In Your Right Hand

Dave Isaacs teaches right hand rhythms with this lesson for solo acoustic guitar. He explains that when playing by yourself you need to make up for the lack of other instruments by spicing up your right...

Length: 7:47 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 5

Building Chords From Scales

Dave teaches you how to open up the fretboard by learning chords built from scales. In this lesson and most lessons in his series, Dave assumes that the student knows the major and minor scales as well...

Length: 8:48 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Economical Chord Changes

Building upon his last lesson, Dave shows you some ways to change between chords efficiently. This lesson is aimed at self-taught intermediate players but may benefit beginners as well.

Length: 7:32 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 7

Barre Chords

Dave Isaacs continues his lessons on chord technique with this lesson on barre chords (also known as bar chords). In this lesson he shows simple but effective ways to play barre chords efficiently. He...

Length: 9:42 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

Non-Diatonic Chord Progressions

Dave shows you how to connect a chord together in a progression even if it is not in the same diatonic key of the progression. In this lesson Dave assumes you have some basic knowledge of scale and chord...

Length: 9:42 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

Fingerstyle Technique

David Isaacs explores the intricacies of fingerstyle picking and the different methods that can be used. He explains how your right hand works while fingerpicking and how to find what works for you.

Length: 21:31 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

Adding Melody To Your Arpeggio Patterns

Dave Isaacs shows you how to add melody lines to your fingerstyle arpeggio progressions. As with all his lessons in this series a certain amount of knowledge is assumed and Dave focuses on helping you...

Length: 7:37 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 11

Effective Practice Habits For Adults

Dave lays out his life long experiences related to practicing and guitar. If you have limited time to practice and want to get the most out of your time, you need to watch this lesson.

Length: 8:30 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only

About David Isaacs View Full Biography Nashville-based Dave Isaacs has made a name for himself as one of Music City's top guitar instructors, working with both professional and aspiring songwriters and artists at his Music Row teaching studio. He is also an instructor in the music department at Tennessee State University and is the coordinator and artistic director of the annual TSU Guitar Summit.

A seasoned performer as well, Dave has released eight independent CDs and gigs steadily as a solo artist, bandleader, and sideman. He continues to write, record, and perform as well as arranging and producing projects for other artists.

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