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Randall Williams

Series Introduction

Meet Randall Williams in this brief introductory lesson. Learn who he is, his teaching approach, and what he plans to cover in this series.

Taught by Randall Williams in Basic Acoustic Guitar with Randall Williams seriesLength: 2:13Difficulty: 0.5 of 5


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danonwheelsdanonwheels replied on August 31st, 2015

Trying out different Instructors is Fun

beabeabeabea replied on October 21st, 2013

gone though your beginners section or phase one. Where do I go now? like your teaching style Mark thanks Bea

joulesjoules replied on December 14th, 2014

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ellonysmanellonysman replied on March 24th, 2013

Maybe we should have a facebook on jamplay for us rank beginners...?

alvarez_fam31alvarez_fam31 replied on March 4th, 2013

First video on jam play, looking forward to this definitely!!!

chiller99chiller99 replied on January 25th, 2013

first lesson at age 60,lol.Ive heard a lot of great music ,I hope it remains fun and not frustrating

bfrick27bfrick27 replied on January 1st, 2013

This is my first lesson. No capo yet but I am real excited about learning. Ive looked through alot of instructors and I think I will go ahead and follow your lessons.

coffinguycoffinguy replied on November 14th, 2012

just signed up today and will probably be on line here all day hope my wife understands...

vrobinsvrobins replied on August 13th, 2012

Hi, started your lesson series (thanks by the way)... Don't have a capo - recommendations (brand/model)? Thanks!! - V

sufreesufree replied on May 1st, 2012

Hey Randall, really like your teaching. Just wondering, you mentioned that a some guitars are easier to play than others. I have a second hand $50 guitar. I can't click, as the strings are too far from the fret and it makes it really hard to press. What guitar would you recommend? Thanks. =)

peytonb201peytonb201 replied on February 5th, 2012

best teacher ever!!! thanxxx

dmartinodmartino replied on January 28th, 2012

my first vid at Jam play, thanks

dmartinodmartino replied on January 28th, 2012

My first lesson @ Jam play, Thanks

Randall.WilliamsRandall.Williams replied on December 29th, 2010

Thanks, appreciated! :) R

mtunnellmtunnell replied on December 28th, 2010

I love your lessons and the way you teach. I need to find a teacher in Austin like you! Keep up the good work!

chuck bradychuck brady replied on December 19th, 2010

very good hope to hear more from you

Basic Acoustic Guitar with Randall Williams

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Randall Williams guides you through the basics of acoustic guitar.



Lesson 1

Series Introduction

Meet Randall Williams in this brief introductory lesson. Learn who he is, his teaching approach, and what he plans to cover in this series.

Length: 2:13 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

Basic Chords & Strums Part 1

Randall starts off by teaching the Em chord and a basic strum to get you going.

Length: 5:25 Difficulty: 1.0 FREE
Lesson 3

Basic Chords & Strums Part 2

Randall Williams continues his discussion on basic chords and strums.

Length: 7:22 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

The Learning Process

Randall discusses his philosophy on studying the guitar before moving onto some basic songs.

Length: 4:29 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 5

Your First Song

Randall guides you through your very first song. He teaches a rendition of a current popular song that uses only three chords.

Length: 6:25 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Song Two

Randall Williams shares another wonderful song in his beginner series. This song should be rather easy to pick up due to its similarity to the previous song.

Length: 3:10 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 7

Song Three

Randall presents the third song in his beginner series set.

Length: 7:40 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

Song Four

Randall Williams shares one last song in his beginner series.

Length: 2:55 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

Right-Hand Techniques

Randall Williams talks about basic strums and right-hand techniques in this lesson.

Length: 15:20 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

Fingerpicking

Randall continues his extensive coverage of beginner right-hand techniques with a lesson on fingerpicking.

Length: 34:17 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.

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