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Randall Williams

The Learning Process

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

Taught by Randall Williams in Basic Acoustic Guitar with Randall Williams seriesLength: 4:29Difficulty: 0.5 of 5


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crazihippichiccrazihippichic replied

Not sure if Randall still checks in here, but if you do.....kudos, my friend. I love your laid back teaching style and sense of humor. As someone who has been away from her guitars for a couple of years, and is using JamPlay beginner lessons as a refresher course, there is much truth in what you are saying. Beginning guitarists DO want to be able to play songs right away. And that means songs they like and are familiar with. Then they will want to practice more as they WANT to play, and probably sing, those songs.

JudithddacostaJudithddacosta replied

Agreed. Love the humor

DenaigeDenaige replied

I think you are brilliant and funny. I busted out laughing when you said "millions of dollars". Thanks!!!

axefeveraxefever replied

I am interested in the "structural relationships" between similar shaped chords. G9 -> C maj7

fborrullfborrull replied

not really interested in the million dollars, but hey, you got something special so I'm sticking around...

nonamaynonamay replied

I love your way! I've had my membership for a while and haven't done much. All the teachers are awesome and I wanted to learn songs as I go and get the "details" later! That's my ADD! Totally enjoying! On to my first song

pete81pete81 replied

Great, great, great. This should be really cool.

danonwheelsdanonwheels replied

I'm finding your easy happy approach rerfreshing man

nixiejonixiejo replied

LOL!! I love your teaching style sir...humour is very important. Thanks a bunch :)

cejim1cejim1 replied

Randall love your approach music first. Theory second my variation of music is how my piano teacher use to get fire up with me she agreed my music sounded better but heck it was not the lesson not her power trip ie never continued

tarocattarocat replied

Hey randall...agree with you completely about the learning process. A beginner runs into those barre chords and the guitar goes back in the closet. Like your style!

jaybarton73jaybarton73 replied

Easy to follow-someone I would have hung out with if given the chance. Witty and smart take on learning.

wynettewynette replied

I like this! He is much easier to follow than the teachers I viewed on youtube. : )

johnboy53johnboy53 replied

been jumping around the net for the last year trying to learn and buying lots of books. just joined because i deceided i needed direction. learned some chords and theory. but something was lacking. so i really like your teaching style. please add more lessons and songs. thanks

tscotttscott replied

you rock

tscotttscott replied

you rock

avlystavlyst replied

3 chords, the truth and millions of $, that is funny! So far so great, I'm gonna keep going with you! Thanks!!

chuckrice2chuckrice2 replied

"3 chords, the truth, and millions of dollars." I like this man.

nanooknanook replied

Yea, his a funny guy! Just do it simple!

Don.SDon.S replied

Randall, are you going to be adding any more lessons in Phase 1? I like your style. Thanks.

b_bolligb_bollig replied

Making music and millions of dollars in just 10 lessons? Glad I signed up!

Randall.WilliamsRandall.Williams replied

:)!

rvallimrvallim replied

Cheers mate, that's exactly why I gave up learning in the past, too much theory and not actual song playing, so no motivation. I like your style.

frankielyfrankiely replied

Thanks for bringing up the need to have your guitar set up. I bought my guitar last year and the first few months I was progressing at a very low speed, I felt it was so hard to hold the strings, it was disheartening then my guitar teacher at the time told me I needed to have my guitar set up because the strings were too far away from the body and after that it became so much easier.

paralipaparalipa replied

I enjoy your lessons so far, I love this particular part...it shows me where you are.

Randall.WilliamsRandall.Williams replied

Awesome, Robab. It's easy to get stuck in the theory - how's it coming?

robabrobab replied

Thank you for all of your great lessons. I feel in my case, that I have a lot of theory knoledge but having a hard time making music. Glad to see that you will help us o start making some music.

Basic Acoustic Guitar with Randall Williams

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Randall Williams guides you through the basics of acoustic guitar.



Series IntroductionLesson 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
Basic Chords & Strums Part 1Lesson 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
Basic Chords & Strums Part 2Lesson 3

Basic Chords & Strums Part 2

Randall Williams continues his discussion on basic chords and strums.

Length: 7:22 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
The Learning ProcessLesson 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
Your First SongLesson 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
Song TwoLesson 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
Song ThreeLesson 7

Song Three

Randall presents the third song in his beginner series set.

Length: 7:40 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Song FourLesson 8

Song Four

Randall Williams shares one last song in his beginner series.

Length: 2:55 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Right-Hand TechniquesLesson 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
FingerpickingLesson 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
Randall Williams

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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