Freebo, acclaimed bassist, guitar player and songwriter walks you through the craft of writing and playing songs.
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Freebo, most commonly known for his ten year stint with Bonnie Raitt, is an accomplished bass player and guitarist. He is also a songwriter and musician who has released four of his own albums. In this series he will talk about playing the guitar and writing songs.Begin the Course
In the first lesson of his artist series, Freebo introduces himself as both a person and musician. He moves on to talk about his guitar, choice of strings and even throws in a bit of philosophy.
Freebo jumps into his first official lesson on the basics of the guitar. Before anything else, you must learn how to tune your guitar. Walk through the process with Freebo in this lesson.
Freebo touches on some basic theory in this lesson, including the very helpful I-IV-V progression. He uses a keyboard for visual reference.
Freebo starts talking about basic songwriting in this lesson. He uses an original song, "She's My D.O.G." as an example, which is a simple I-IV-V progression in the key of E.
Freebo talks about basic song structure in this lesson, covering the verse, chorus and bridge. He uses his original song, "If Not Now When" as an example.
Freebo continues his discussion on songwriting with a lesson on relative minor chords.
In his newest lesson, Freebo talks about chord inversions.
Freebo talks all about seventh chords in this lesson.
In this lesson, Freebo gets bluesy and takes a close look at the pentatonic scale.
Freebo takes some time to talk about the circle of fifths.
Freebo uses his original song, "My Personal GPS," to demonstrate concepts such as blues riffs, slash chords, and secondary dominant chords.
To help explain his songwriting process, Freebo talks about his thoughts and choices behind one of his original songs - "When There's No Place Like Home".
Freebo talks about some picking techniques using an original song called "To The Light" as an example.
In lesson 14, Freebo uses an original song, "How Do I Say Goodbye," to talk about pedaling.
In this lesson, Freebo teaches an original song called "Trouble." This catchy tune provides a great opportunity to practice more right hand technique.
Freebo takes some time to talk about time signatures in this lesson. He uses two songs as examples and also touches a little more on groove.
Freebo talks about right hand rhythm and groove using two original songs as examples: "The Beauty Of Life" and "Sometimes It's For Nothin'."
Freebo takes some time to talk about the "rule of two" and how it can be useful in songwriting. He uses a couple song examples to show how it works, including one of his originals, "We Are All One People."
In this lesson, Freebo talks about drop D tuning using his original song, "A Soldier At War" as an example.
Freebo continues his discussion on alternate tunings with a lesson on double drop D tuning. He uses an original song called "More Like You" as an example.
Freebo talks about partial capos and shares some cool ideas for using them. He uses his original song, "She Loves My Dog More Than Me" as an example.
Freebo talks about his original song "It Goes By Fast". He uses this song to talk about his songwriting process.
Freebo continues his partial capo and songwriting discussion using one of his original tunes, "Before the Separation," as an example.
Freebo continues the topic of the partial capo and songwriting by using his tune "Something to Believe" from the album of the same name.
Freebo continues his discussion on partial capos in relation to songwriting using two of his original songs - "On the Parallel Together" and " That's What Love Is."
Freebo leaves us with one last lesson in this series; he performs a beautiful song called "Standing Ovation". He also concludes his discussion on songwriting and partial capos, and gives his final thoughts on the series.
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All of the above... practical, simple, and encouraging.
Freebo is awesome!! Great music....I've learned a lot.
very articulate man who I have alredy picked up on a philosophy to have what he has or at least work towards thanx
Thanks Freebo. Met you at Far West and you gave me a card to Jam Play. I'm really excited to dive in to the lessons !