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Modern Country Guitar

Yvette Young Artist Series

Do you find yourself getting stuck in standard tuning playing the same shapes and scales? Is everything you write sounding the same? If you’re looking to break out of the usual habits and go-to chord shapes you are familiar with, this course will teach you about the fun world of open tunings and introduce you to how they can be utilized in writing full-sounding, melodic parts.

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This comprehensive course will start with an introduction to open tunings, listing a few that Yvette uses, and then introduce players to some more complex fingerpicking patterns (introducing compound time signatures). After that, players can build on left hand and right hand independence and eventually learn some two-handed tapping that utilizes fingerpicking and tapping at the same time. Players will learn about how combining techniques adds sonic texture (e.g staccato vs legato, how different touch affects timbre/tone quality), and gradually build up to learning a few riffs in an open tuning that incorporate various fingerpicking and tapping techniques demonstrated in the course.

Lessons in this Series:

Lesson 1

Series Introduction

Welcome to Yvette Young's series! Join Yvette as she gets creative with open tunings.

Length: 3:16 Difficulty: 0.5 Free Sample Lesson
Lesson 2

Open Tunings

While this course will primarily focus on the tuning, DADF#AE, there are a lot of other options out there. In this lesson, Yvette introduces just a handful of those tunings.

Length: 9:53 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 3

Right Hand Dexterity Exercise

Yvette teaches a right hand exercise that doesn't require much thought, but will help build the endurance and muscle memory necessary for fast, controlled fingerpicking.

Length: 7:29 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 4

Left Hand Dexterity Exercise

Now that you're right hand is more limber and controlled, it's time to work on the left hand. This left hand exercise will walk through the D-Scale, working on muscle memory and getting more familiar with fretboard in this tuning.

Length: 3:52 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 5

Right Hand Triplet Exercise

Learn another passive, muscle memory building exercise that will work on speed and coordination between your thumb and your fingers.

Length: 3:40 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 6

Triplets in D Major

Continuing on with a triplet fingerpicking pattern, Yvette brings in the fretting hand and plays the triplets over a D Major scale.

Length: 3:30 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 7

Fretboard Movement

In this lesson, Yvette takes a look at the two different forms of movement around the fretboard, horizontal and vertical.

Length: 3:19 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 8

Shibuya - Fingerstyle Riff

Learn a riff from Yvette's song, Shibuya. This riff involves complex shapes with fingerpicking and a moving bass line.

Length: 5:59 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 9

Two-Handed Tapping

As guitarists, we never have enough fingers. As Yvette demonstrates in this lesson, two-handed tapping is a great way to create a flurry of notes that simply can't be achieved any other way.

Length: 6:32 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 10

Tap Pull-Offs

Tap pull-offs are a useful tool for expanding and filling out your sound. Join Yvette as she walks through her approach to this technique and teaches a riff that utilizes it.

Length: 2:47 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 11

Two-Handed Tap Melody

Building off of what we've learned so far with two-handed tapping, Yvette teaches a new melodic idea in this lesson.

Length: 4:43 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 12

Tap Slides

Tap slides are a very useful tool for adding fluidity to your runs. Join Yvette as she shows how to effectively utilize this cool technique.

Length: 7:02 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 13

Practice Technique: Chunking

Coming from a background in classical music, Yvette has mastered the art of practicing. In this lesson she teaches a very useful tool for effective practice. We'll be using this technique throughout the remainder of the course, so pay attention!

Length: 3:36 Difficulty: 1.0 Member Only
Lesson 14

Shibuya - Staccato Tapping

In this lesson, Yvette breaks down a staccato tapping riff from her song, Shibuya.

Length: 7:37 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 15

Advanced Tapping

This lesson expands on the tapping techniques Yvette's demonstrated so far in the course by blending them with fingerpicking, to create beautiful, complex melodies.

Length: 7:23 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 16

Writing in Odd Time

If you've ever feel stuck coming up with new riffs or melodies, changing the time signature can be a great way to get the creative juices flowing. Join Yvette as she explores this concept.

Length: 6:20 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 17

Odd Time Riff

Yvette teaches a fun riff with a blend of tapping and fingerstyle over an odd, changing meter.

Length: 8:29 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 18

Tap Flourishes

Time to give those fingers a work out! In this lesson, Yvette teaches and demonstrates tap flourshes that require some serious coordination.

Length: 7:37 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 19

The Technique Toolkit

In this lesson, Yvette walks through the way she approaches songwriting and utilizing various techniques to create engaging dynamics and texture in your creations.

Length: 9:45 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 20

Tapping on Acoustic

Tapping on acoustic is typically much harder than on electric. In this lesson, Yvette explains and demonstrates her approach to this technique.

Length: 6:06 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 21

Writer's Block

Sometimes you just don't know where to go next in a song. While there's no magic bullet, Yvette shares some tools that have helped her break out of a creative funk.

Length: 9:24 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 22

Singing and Playing

Singing and playing doesn't have to be as hard as it seems. In this lesson, Yvette demonstrates some tricks to help you master this intimidating skill.

Length: 5:54 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 23

Song Lesson: Blossom

Sit down with Yvette and take a look at her song, Blossom. Drawing upon many of the techniques she's taught in this course, this song utilizes fingerpicking, slides and harmonics in the context of a beautiful, flowing melody, supported by easy harmonies.

Length: 18:47 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 24

Song Lesson: Nautilus

Join Yvette as she walks through the song Nautilus. This track is a great exercise in tapping and contains a number of riffs that should be familiar from the series.

Length: 13:34 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 25

Song Lesson: Shibuya

This song has made it's way into at least a couple of the lessons in the series, but in this lesson we're going to take a comprehensive look at it and break it into manageable chunks.

Length: 15:52 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
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