DADGAD: Favorite Chords (Guitar Lesson)

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DADGAD: Favorite Chords

Taught by Mike Dawes in Mike Dawes Master Course seriesLength: 5:36Difficulty: 3.5 of 5


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Introduction to the CourseLesson 1

Introduction to the Course

Mike Dawes introduces you to his inspirational course. He talks about what you will learn, and what you need to know. Buckle up and get ready for the ride.

Length: 3:53 Difficulty: 0.5 FREE
Mike Dawes GearLesson 2

Mike Dawes Gear

From fingernails to pickups, take a close look at the gear that helps Mike create his unique, beautiful sound.

Length: 7:23 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Travis Picking TechniqueLesson 3

Travis Picking Technique

Time for a technique overview! Mike walks through the basics of Travis picking to set a good foundation for what's to come.

Length: 10:38 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Travis Picking Part 2Lesson 4

Travis Picking Part 2

Mike demonstrates travis picking over the 12-bar blues, a perfect context to get your fingers wrapped around this technique.

Length: 13:43 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Travis Picking LicksLesson 5

Travis Picking Licks

Learn a lead accompaniment inspired by the late Jerry Reed. This travis picked lick works great over the 12-bar blues.

Length: 6:07 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Travis Picking CombinedLesson 6

Travis Picking Combined

Taking the parts learned in the last two lessons, Mike demonstrates them separately, then we overlay them to hear what they sound like together.

Length: 3:55 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
DADGAD: Scales and ControlLesson 7

DADGAD: Scales and Control

DADGAD offers a great stepping stone out of standard tuning. Mike introduces scales and warm-ups to familiarize yourself

Length: 10:48 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
DADGAD: Right Hand ControlLesson 8

DADGAD: Right Hand Control

Now that we are comfortable with scales in our left hand, Mike introduces right hand exercises that will increase strength and control.

Length: 8:51 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
DADGAD: Movable ShapesLesson 9

DADGAD: Movable Shapes

When you changed into DADGAD, it probably felt like you lost your chord shapes. Mike eases you into the change by teaching shapes for this tuning.

Length: 11:22 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
DADGAD: Favorite ChordsLesson 10

DADGAD: Favorite Chords

Continuing with movable shapes, Mike introduces some of his favorite chord shapes that have proven useful in his own songwriting.

Length: 5:36 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Getting CreativeLesson 11

Getting Creative

So far, we've taken a very technical and theoretical approach to DADGAD. Let's start making music. Mike teaches a beautiful, celtic composition.

Length: 7:37 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Getting Creative - Somewhere HomeLesson 12

Getting Creative - Somewhere Home

Extracting a section from "Somewhere Home", Mike puts DADGAD tuning to good use. Beware: this song utilizes hammer-ons, trills, and modulates.

Length: 14:39 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
HarmonicsLesson 13

Harmonics

Mike starts into some more advanced techniques, starting with harmonics. These tools are sure to make your playing rise above the fray.

Length: 13:22 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Harmonics with ChordsLesson 14

Harmonics with Chords

Learning to blend harmonics into chords and melodies is next level! Mike teaches an exercise that introduces harmonics into a chord environment.

Length: 8:30 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Introduction to TappingLesson 15

Introduction to Tapping

Tapping is an useful technique to extend melodies beyond basic fingerpicking. Mike introduces the concept and introduces an exercise.

Length: 7:51 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lap TappingLesson 16

Lap Tapping

Find out how an accident led to Mike discovering a whole new approach to tapping. Lap tapping is an effective way to know your fretboard even better.

Length: 7:26 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lap Tapping Part 2Lesson 17

Lap Tapping Part 2

As Mike continues his exploration into horizontal tapping, he breaks down the first section of his song, Still, for a practical study of this technique.

Length: 7:35 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lap Tapping LicksLesson 18

Lap Tapping Licks

Mike introduces a new, untitled lap tapping riff. We're still hanging out in E minor, but this riff will help increase speed and precision with your tapping.

Length: 7:04 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Acoustic Tapping HarmoniesLesson 19

Acoustic Tapping Harmonies

Time to put your guitar back in the upright position. Mike starts to delve into some more advanced tapping techniques, including harmonization and percussion.

Length: 7:53 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Advanced Acoustic WorkoutLesson 20

Advanced Acoustic Workout

In this "ridiculously, hectic" exercise, Mike takes some familiar shapes and turns them into a beautiful, challenging workout for anyone brave enough to join him.

Length: 8:36 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Introduction to PercussionLesson 21

Introduction to Percussion

You would never hit your guitar? Well, Mike will convince you otherwise. He introduces his "grid" system which offers a foundation to add percussion.

Length: 13:06 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
The Percussion GridLesson 22

The Percussion Grid

As introduced in the previous lesson, Mike expands on the percussion grid and teaches how to create a snare like sound on your guitar.

Length: 10:51 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Drum Kit EmulationLesson 23

Drum Kit Emulation

If you've ever seen a drum kit, there's more than just a kick and snare. We are going to start recreating other sounds found in the world of percussion.

Length: 6:24 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Adding the BandLesson 24

Adding the Band

Now that we've got a handle on drums, it's time to add guitar! We introduce the fretting hand, both as a percussive element and for adding chords.

Length: 5:57 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Percussion: OverloadLesson 25

Percussion: Overload

Mike takes a percussive groove from his song, Overload, and breaks it down. This riff takes the grid system and introduces a simple bass line.

Length: 7:05 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Percussive Riff - Maybe SomedayLesson 26

Percussive Riff - Maybe Someday

Mike takes a riff from "Maybe Someday" a song from his first album, "What Just Happened" and breaks it down for us. This riff has a celtic waltz feel and involves subtle percussion.

Length: 5:51 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
New Song - The Old RoomLesson 27

New Song - The Old Room

World Premiere of this hauntingly beautiful song, "The Old Room". In this lesson, Mike does a complete playthrough, then breaks down the first verse.

Length: 16:41 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
The Old Room - The ChorusLesson 28

The Old Room - The Chorus

The chorus of The Old Room opens up into a majestic section with lush, full chords, harmonics, and accented single note runs. Sounds difficult, but it's an achievable challenge!

Length: 7:21 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
The Old Room - Verse 2 and Chorus 2 VariationsLesson 29

The Old Room - Verse 2 and Chorus 2 Variations

Now Mike takes a look at some slight but cool variations in the second verse and second chorus of The Old Room.

Length: 9:52 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
The Old Room - Interlude A and BLesson 30

The Old Room - Interlude A and B

Relying heavily on a mix of harmonics, fingerpicking, pull-off's, hammer-on's and percussion, this will be a technical challenge, but it is well worth the effort.

Length: 13:27 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
The Old Room - Interlude CLesson 31

The Old Room - Interlude C

Interlude C of The Old Room features 3 sub-sections that build off of one another. Starting with a melodic phrase, Mike then adds a little percussion, then adds a lot of percussion. A nice build as we...

Length: 12:16 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
The Old Room - OutroLesson 32

The Old Room - Outro

Mike closes out the song with this open, free-time outro with dark harmonic tones and heavy reverb. If you don't feel the emotion, check your pulse!

Length: 6:05 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Boogie Shred - Song LessonLesson 33

Boogie Shred - Song Lesson

Building off of what we've learned, Mike is going to break down his song Boogie Shred, section by section, in unparalleled detail. In this first lesson, Mike does a complete playthrough, then shows us...

Length: 16:01 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Boogie Shred - The VerseLesson 34

Boogie Shred - The Verse

The verse of Boogie Shred is built upon a bass pattern with some simple percussion. From there is escalates, but getting the foundation is key!

Length: 11:34 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Boogie Shred - The Pre-ChorusLesson 35

Boogie Shred - The Pre-Chorus

We'll take a look at the pre-chorus of Boogie Shred.

Length: 7:53 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Boogie Shred - Chorus and Verse VariationsLesson 36

Boogie Shred - Chorus and Verse Variations

In this lesson, Mike teaches us some cool variations on the verse and chorus of Boogie Shred.

Length: 4:41 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Boogie Shred - Pre-Chorus 2 and VariationsLesson 37

Boogie Shred - Pre-Chorus 2 and Variations

Now it's time to take a look at some variations in the pre-chorus the second time it comes around.

Length: 7:17 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Boogie Shred - The BridgeLesson 38

Boogie Shred - The Bridge

It sounds crazy, but Mike breaks down the hectic bridge of Boogie Shred and shows that it is actually possible to play!

Length: 8:11 Difficulty: 4.5 Members Only
Boogie Shred - The OutroLesson 39

Boogie Shred - The Outro

For the final piece of Boogie Shred, we look at the outro, which is a variation of the chorus. Mike then congratulates us on a job well done as he wraps up the entire series.

Length: 5:05 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Bonus InterviewLesson 40

Bonus Interview

Mike shares stories and advice from his own experience as a career musician.

Length: 16:10 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
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His show is not just for guitar fans however, his entertaining and humorous rapport transcends the traditional guitar concert. Extraordinary virtuosity meets Monty Python via a one-man rock show. Mike has recorded with and taught multiple grammy winning artists, appeared on film and TV soundtracks, released apps, written for the world’s best selling music magazines and in addition to his solo work, currently performs alongside and in support of the legendary frontman of The Moody Blues, Justin Hayward, the debut live DVD of which entered the US Billboard charts at #2.

At 28 years of age, Mike has made a huge impact in a relatively short space of time. His persistent work ethic and entertainingly meticulous approach to composition and performance on a single instrument has seen raised smiles and dropped jaws all over the world. He is not a typical guitar player. On a single steel string guitar Mike is able to coax out the most unusual and subtle textures, whilst performing layers and layers of music simultaneously using complex micro-techniques led predominantly by the right hand.

In a style that is hard to illustrate, the young Brit combines rock, folk, funk and pop music in an instrumental concoction that leaves listeners both confused and intrigued. However, it’s his innate musicality and ear for melody that give listeners something different. Mike is able to utilise his advanced technical arsenal to achieve a musical and emotional end, a skill set often lacking in this instrumental category. In the live arena, his British humour and electric presence sprinkle an entertainment not uncommon in a comedy club. He does not take himself seriously, but the music is taken very seriously

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