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In this lesson, Mr. Steve Eulberg welcomes you to the acoustic guitar by thoroughly covering its physicalities and how each part affects your sound. Steve also teaches how to tune your guitar using the piano as a reference. Finally, he covers finger positioning and correct placement. These concepts are essential to left hand technique.
Taught by Steve Eulberg in Basic Guitar with Steve Eulberg seriesLength: 45:09Difficulty: 0.5 of 5
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In reference of Steve's lessons, both current and in the future, he will refer to your fingers as numbers, with the index finger being #1, middle finger being #2, ring finger being #3, and the pinky being #4. It is important to note that these fingers will align with the fret board for the exercise in this chapter.
Reference the image to left for a visual of this important factor of the role of the left hand.
Please learn, practice, and master the exercise Steve performs during this chapter. While it may seem very basic and simple, be sure that you can play it accurately, quickly, and consistently.
While playing guitar many people only focus on the left hand, and neglect the right hand which is equally as important. Please pay careful attention to this chapter as it adds information you can use through your entire career as a guitar player.
There are two basic methods for basic left hand use in guitar playing:
Playing with your Thumb
The thumb can be used to play individual strings and strum chords, and is a great way to start out your playing experience. In later lessons we will cover using all the fingers on your left hand, but for now the thumb is the focus.
Playing with a Pick
Most, if not all, guitarists use a pick in their playing at one time or another. People sometimes use a pick for increase volume, convenience or simply enjoyment. Picks come in many shapes and sizes, and the size and thickness of a pick is completely based on personal preference. There are two basic ways to hold a pick.
While playing with a pick, make sure you are not holding it with a death grip. That can cause hand cramps and overall is not ergonomic.
While playing right now, only pick down. In future lessons Steve will go over alternate picking, picking in different directions and the likes but for a beginner you should just concentrate on down picking and down strumming.
While picking many people likes to keep one or two fingers anchored on the pick guard of their guitar. This can help keep track of where your fingers are and give an overall more stable feeling. This is not a requirement, nor necessarily recommended, but if it is something that makes playing easier for you do it, if it feels as if it is hindering your movement do not.
Practice the basics of left hand guitar playing, because it will greatly help your playing in the future.Chapter 6: (03:41) Relation Between the Guitar and Piano In this chapter Steve will go over the relationship between the notes on the guitar and the notes on the piano.
Phase 1 Acoustic Lessons with Steve Eulberg is a great place to begin your journey as a guitarist. With over 30 years of playing experience, Steve appreciates the importance of beginning your guitar training the correct way - no bad habits! These lessons are not just for acoustic players. Electric guitarists will receive the same benefits from this lesson series.
You will learn the parts of the guitar and how they function. Steve also discusses the importance of technique.Length: 45:09 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Three simple chords will literally enable you to play millions of songs. In this lesson, you will learn the primary chords for the key of G.Length: 40:00 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Now that Steve has taught some chords, he will go over the proper methods of strumming and right hand technique.Length: 42:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
This lesson is all about the various aspects of chords.Length: 39:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Steve explains how basic triads are formed in this lesson. He also explains the relationship between scales and chords.Length: 40:12 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Steve Eulberg introduces you to the wonderful world of fingerpicking.Length: 51:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Steve starts to weave the strings of the past lessons together.Length: 47:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
This episode delves further in the realm of chords, scales, keys and the relationships between them. You will also learn some new chords.Length: 34:25 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
This lesson covers power chords and barre chords. You will learn how these chords are formed and how to apply them.Length: 38:24 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Steve explains how basic tools such as the metronome, capo, and picks aid your guitar playing. Enjoy!Length: 27:12 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
This lesson gets you into the basics of playing melodies on the guitar. Playing melodies and solos is often referred to as "lead guitar."Length: 45:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Steve demonstrates some great stretches for the hands, wrists and upper arms.Length: 8:12 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Steve discusses the difference between the steel string acoustic, classical, and 12 string guitars.Length: 12:00 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
This lesson is all about changing guitar strings. This process can be very frustrating, but it doesn't have to be. Learn some great tips from Steve.Length: 37:00 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Steve Eulberg delves into the wonderful world of rhythm and time signatures.Length: 29:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Steve Eulberg introduces the Circle of Fifths. He demonstrates a song that features a Circle of Fifths progression.Length: 15:30 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In this lesson Steve attempts to clear up some confusion with previous lessons. He will talk about reading tablature, note names, chord names and more.Length: 15:52 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Steve Eulberg does a quick review of this lesson series and talks about moving on.Length: 12:44 Difficulty: 2.0 FREE
Steve answers the popular question, "When should I move on to the next lesson?" by sharing his personal goals and some important advice.Length: 6:19 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
About Steve Eulberg
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An Award-winning multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, Steve Eulberg weaves mountain and hammered dulcimers with a variety of unusual instruments to create thought-provoking, smile-inducing, toe-tapping acoustic experiences.
He has sung and composed for religious communities, union halls, picket lines, inter-faith retreats, mountain-top youth camps, as well as the more familiar venues: clubs, coffeehouses, bookstores, festivals, charity benefits and showcase concerts.
Born and raised in the German-heritage town of Pemberville, Ohio, Steve was exposed to a variety of music in his home. Early piano lessons were followed by trumpet in school band, and he became self-taught on ukelele and guitar and harmonica. Mandolin was added at Capital University where, while majoring in History, he studied Ear Training, Voice and took Arranging lessons from the Conservatory of Music.
While at college, he first heard hammered and mountain dulcimers, building his first mountain dulcimer just before his final year. Seminary training took him the west side of Denver where he built his first hammered dulcimer. With these instruments, he was able to give voice to the Scottish, English and Irish traditions to which he is also heir.
Following marriage in 1985 to Connie Winter-Eulberg he settled in Kansas City, Missouri. There he worked cross-culturally in a church of African-Americans, Latinos and European Americans, with music being a primary organizing tool. He moved with his family in 1997 to be nestled beside the Rocky Mountains in Fort Coillins, Colorado.
Founder of Owl Mountain Music, Inc. he teaches and performs extensively in Colorado and Wyoming with tours across the US and the UK. He delights in introducing the â€œsweet musicâ€ of dulcimers to people in diverse settings and in addition to his own recordings, has included dulcimers in a variety of session work for other musicians.
In 2000 he was commissioned to create a choral composition featuring dulcimers for the Rainbow Chorus in Fort Collins. It was recorded in the same year (BEGINNINGS). He is currently at work on a commissioned symphony that will feature hammered dulcimer and Australian didjeridu.
Eulberg passionately believes that music crosses cultural and language barriers because music builds community. Influenced by a variety of ethnic styles, his music weaves vital lyric with rap, rock, folk, gospel and blues. Audiences of all ages respond well to his presentation and to his warm sense of humor.
Steve is a member of Local 1000 (AFM), The Folk Alliance, BMI and BWAAG (Better World Artists and Activist's Guild).
Our acoustic guitar lessons are taught by qualified instructors with various backgrounds with the instrument.
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