In this lesson Randall introduces the concept of open tuning. He will talk about how open tunings work as well as how they alter your chords and scales.
Taught by Randall Williams in Lessons with Randall Williams seriesLength: 31:48Difficulty: 2.0 of 5
Randall Williams is a dynamic, powerful, classically trained acoustic musician who interest is found in the dynamic and relevant world of folk. One of Randall's specialties includes the style of cut or partial capo.
In his introductory lesson, Randall Williams discusses music theory in a useful and practical context. This knowledge will be required for his future lessons.Length: 26:39 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Randall Williams returns with the second part of his lesson on useful music theory. In this lesson, he talks about using a capo, ornamenting chords, and the minor scales.Length: 36:38 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
In this lesson Randall introduces the concept of open tuning. He will talk about how open tunings work as well as how they alter your chords and scales.Length: 31:48 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Randall Williams returns to the world of open tunings to talk about open d, open g, and open c. He also give tips on slide guitar and playing in these tunings.Length: 41:30 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In this lesson Randall introduces the partial capo (using a short-cut capo by Kyser) and talks about how it can make the life of a beginner easier.Length: 12:46 Difficulty: 0.5 FREE
In this lesson Randall returns to the world of the partial capo (or cut-capo). He covers additional right hand techniques and a few sample songs.Length: 18:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Randall returns to the world of the partial capo. In this lesson, he talks more about playing songs and chords. He also introduces a second capo.Length: 9:41 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Randall returns with the fourth part of his partial capo for total beginners lesson set. Randall introduces more right hand patterns and talks about playing with a disability.Length: 11:28 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Randall Williams shares his technique toolbox in this lesson. He explains over twenty different rhythmic patterns that can be applied to a chord progression.Length: 27:38 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Randall shares part two of his toolbox mini-series.Length: 25:47 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Randall Williams shares many new ideas in part one of his Partial Capo Techniques mini-series.Length: 38:25 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Randall Williams shares part two of his fantastic Partial Capo Techniques mini-series.Length: 16:30 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Randall shares part three of his Partial Capo Techniques mini-series.Length: 19:29 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Randall Williams continues on to part four of his exciting Partial Capo Techniques mini-series.Length: 29:34 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Randall concludes his Partial Capo Technique mini-series.Length: 32:08 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Randall Williams explains and performs the song "Causeway" by Daithi Rua.Length: 8:24 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Randall Williams takes a look at his original song "Stronger For Your Flame" and offers a wonderful performance.Length: 10:18 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Randall Williams shares an inspiring, original song called "Draw the Line."Length: 6:06 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Randall Williams shares his beautiful original tune, "Praying for Land" in this lesson.Length: 7:50 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Randall Williams teaches his original song "Ghost in the Machine."Length: 9:37 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Randall Williams shares his touching original song, "I Will Come For You."Length: 8:38 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
After sharing many great tunes in his Exploring Songs mini-series, Randall Williams says a few words about performing.Length: 10:29 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Randall Williams creates a song with you from scratch in this fascinating lesson about short form songwriting.Length: 31:18 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Randall Williams presents his introductory lesson on singing with the guitar.Length: 10:36 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Randall explores more singing topics in this lesson. He provides sample exercises and encourages you to sing along.Length: 26:15 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Randall Williams shares another beautiful original tune called "Guatemala" in this lesson.Length: 6:55 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Randall Williams continues his exploration on songwriting. In this particular lesson, he focuses on musicality and the creative process.Length: 14:39 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Randall Williams continues his discussion on musicality and creating songs.Length: 23:34 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Randall continues his discussion on songwriting in part 3 of his songwriting mini series.Length: 21:06 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Randall Williams concludes his mini-series on songwriting in this lesson.Length: 13:24 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
About Randall Williams
View Full Biography
He felt that classical music lacked the inclusiveness of folk music, and that the inevitable division between performer and audience was unbearable. And so Randall returned to the world of traveling with his guitar, writing songs in train stations and sleeping on couches, then singing and playing on street corners, cafï, and pubs. For a time he lived aboard a 20' sailboat that he bought for $800, teaching himself how to sail by single-handing through the Baltic and North Seas with his guitar sleeping in the berth beside him at night. He wrote a book about the trip, which begins with the story of almost getting squashed by a tanker before dawn one morning in the North Sea.
He moved to North Africa, then set off across the Sahara by hitching with locals - bouncing through a minefield on the way that made his mother have bad dreams. He loved the adventure, but he missed the music.
In 2005, Randall returned stateside to scrounge up a career as a performing songwriter, hoping it wasn't too late. So far, it hasn't been. As the "Partial Capo Guy," Randall has written two books for Hal Leonard, recorded a DVD for Kyser Musical Products, and given workshops at some of the biggest festivals in United States. As a performer, Randall has been a finalist in the Founder's Title and Mid-Atlantic Song Contests, A regional finalist at Kerrville, a showcase artist at Northeast and Midwest Folk Alliance, and at the International Folk Alliance in Memphis, and an Audience Favorite at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. His 2007 live release, "One Night in Louisiana" made a respectable dent in the folk DJ charts (One single, "Lebanon," was #8 in May,) and he's generally a nice guy to have around, capos or not.
Randall is as much at home in a Bangkok slum or a Senegalese village, at the Kennedy Center in D.C. or the Fine Arts Palace in Brussels sandwiched between a twitchy orchestra and a full house, or shoeless on the floor of your living room. Randall has sung in a dozen languages in over 35 countries.
Lynne Andrews: "When Randall left the confines of classical music largely behind, they lost a great talent, but the world gained a good friend - a friend who will tell its stories with grace, compassion, humility and humor."
Randall began playing guitar seriously in 1988, and played his first open mic one year later. Randall kept playing and learning more and more. Randall began teaching guitar in 1992, while studying musical composition, analysis, and performance. Randall got his undergraduate music degree in 1996, then studied flamenco for about a year (1997) before beginning studies at the royal conservatory of music in mons, belgium.
From 1998 to 2001, Randall studied voice, analysis, and harmony at the conservatory, with classical guitar lessons on the side for about 6 months. Randall's undergraduate study and the conservatory courses added a degree of musical structure to his improvisational ability, and gave him a strong music theory base. He recieved the premier prix for concert singing from the conservatory in 2001.
Randall's most recent discoveries: how to build a structure for creating chords in open tunings, and learning how to structure placement of partial capos in standard and alternate tunings.
Our acoustic guitar lessons are taught by qualified instructors with various backgrounds with the instrument.
Mitch teaches his interpretation of the classic "Cannonball Rag." This song provides beginning and intermediate guitarists...Free LessonSeries Details
Trace Bundy talks about the different ways you can use multiple capos to enhance your playing.Free LessonSeries Details
Marcelo teaches the eight basic right hand moves for the Rumba Flamenca strum pattern. He then shows you how to apply it...Free LessonSeries Details
Jim discusses the importance of setting goals. He provides some tips that will help steer your practicing in the right direction.Free LessonSeries Details
In this lesson Randall introduces the partial capo (using a short-cut capo by Kyser) and talks about how it can make the...Free LessonSeries Details
Erik expounds on the many possibilities of open tunings and the new harmonics that you can use in them. He explains what...Free LessonSeries Details
Tyler Grant is back with an introduction to his new series "Classic Country Chops." In this series, Tyler goes in-depth...Free LessonSeries Details
Pamela brings a cap to her first 13 JamPlay lessons with another original etude inspired by the great Leo Brouwer. This is...Free LessonSeries Details
Our electric guitar lessons are taught by instructors with an incredible amount of teaching experience.
Do you want to play more musical sounding solos? Do you want to play solos with more emotion behind them? Maybe you're the...Free LessonSeries Details
Lisa breaks into the very basics of the electric guitar. She starts by explaining the parts of the guitar. Then, she dives...Free LessonSeries Details
Just like with the plucking hand, Brent-Anthony shows us the basics of proper fretting hand technique. In addition, he shows...Free LessonSeries Details
Take a new look at the fretboard and learn where to find a voicing that works. There are techniques that simplify the fretboard...Free LessonSeries Details
Hone in on your right hand and focus on getting in the groove. You'll only play one note during this lesson, but it'll be...Free LessonSeries Details
In this lesson, Larry discusses and demonstrates how to tune your bass. He explains why tuning is critical and discusses...Free LessonSeries Details
Steve Stevens shows some of his go-to licks and ideas while improvising over a backing track he made.Free LessonSeries Details
Join Joe as he shows one of his favorite drills for strengthening his facility around the fretboard: The Spider Technique.Free LessonSeries Details
Join Will Ripley as he gives us all the details of his series, "Rock Guitar for Beginners". You'll be playing cool rock riffs...Free LessonSeries Details
JamPlay introduces Nashville session player Guthrie Trapp! In this first segment, Guthrie talks a little about his influences,...Free LessonSeries Details
Take a minute to compare JamPlay to other traditional and new methods of learning guitar. Our estimates for "In-Person" lessons below are based on a weekly face-to-face lesson for $40 per hour.
|Price Per Lesson||< $0.01||$4 - $5||$30 - $50||Free|
|Money Back Guarantee||Sometimes||n/a|
|Number of Instructors||92||1 – 3||1||Zillions|
|Interaction with Instructors||Daily Webcam Sessions||Weekly|
|Professional Instructors||Luck of the Draw||Luck of the Draw|
|Learn Any Style||Sorta|
|Multiple Camera Angles||Sometimes||-||Sometimes|
|Learn in Sweatpants||Socially Unacceptable|
|Gasoline Needed||$0.00||$0.00||~$4 / gallon!||$0.00|
Mike H."I feel like a 12 year old kid with a new guitar!"
I am 66 years young and I still got it! I would have never known this if it had not been for Jamplay! I feel like a 12 year old kid with a new guitar! Ha! I cannot express enough how great you're website is! It is for beginners and advanced pickers! I am an advanced picker and thought I had lost it but thanks to you all, I found it again! Even though I only play by ear, I have been a member a whopping whole two weeks now and have already got Brent's country shuffle and country blues down and of course with embellishments. Thank you all for your wonderful program!
Greg J."With Jamplay I can fit in a random session when I have time and I can go at my own pace"
I'm a fifty eight year old newbie who owns a guitar which has been sitting untouched in a corner for about seven years now. Last weekend I got inspired to pick it up and finally learn how to play after watching an amazing Spanish guitarist on TV. So, here I am. I'm starting at the beginning with Steve Eulberg and I couldn't be happier (except for the sore fingers :) Some day I'm going to play like Steve! I'm self employed with a hectic schedule. With Jamplay I can fit in a random session when I have time and I can go at my own pace, rewinding and replaying the videos until I get it. This is a very enjoyable diversion from my work yet I still feel like I'm accomplishing something worthwhile. Thanks a lot, Greg
Bill"I believe this is the absolute best site for guitar students."
I am commenting here to tell you and everyone at JamPlay that I believe this is the absolute best site for guitar students. I truly enjoy learning to play the guitar on JamPlay.com. Yes, I said the words, ""enjoy learning."" It is by far the best deal for the money.