Right-Hand Techniques (Guitar Lesson)

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Randall Williams

Right-Hand Techniques

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

Taught by Randall Williams in Basic Acoustic Guitar with Randall Williams seriesLength: 15:20Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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Rozzyboi500Rozzyboi500 replied

I cut my hand doing the palm mute

Rozzyboi500Rozzyboi500 replied

Very Good

rmeler@att.net[email protected] replied

Staring to get hard now. Need to review.

ChaoXiangChaoXiang replied

Very simple lesson but highly effetive. Thanks Randall.

neverquiteverneverquitever replied

Really enjoyed your lesson set Randall.

nlonguk02nlonguk02 replied

His teaching style is very straightforward. Great job, Randall!

bjayhawkbjayhawk replied

Agree with Choochee, I cannot figure out the palm mute. Thoughts or ideas. Thanks!

choocheechoochee replied

no clue on the palm mute...need another camera angle perhaps...the pick is not touching the strings correct?!...any suggestions? jamplay is sweet...tks randall

lynnnclynnnc replied

Randall, Thanks for a great lesson. I love this sight

rngates1952rngates1952 replied

moments later... There it is!!

rngates1952rngates1952 replied

scene 2 of Lesson 9 was not available on 12/20/2012 ?????

rngates1952rngates1952 replied

scene 2 of Lesson 9 was not available on 12/20/2012 ?????

playtaylorplaytaylor replied

Looking for supplemental content, no find. Help?

playtaylorplaytaylor replied

OK, look down.

sabrinacwestsabrinacwest replied

Randall, your lessons have really helped me get past my beginners rut. Thanks for being silly, being you. Great teacher!!

badkatbadkat replied

Finally, you got me palm muting. Been trying to get that for awhile, just needed the right teacher. Great lesson, thanks Randell!

george_220george_220 replied

Thanks for the lessons Randell. You were right about wanting and needing. After these lesson I feel like I'm getting somewhere. Now I need to play as often as possible!

Randall.WilliamsRandall.Williams replied

Thanks everybody - and sorry I'm not on here more frequently. I use Kyser strings, 13-58. And let me know if I can record something else for you when I'm back to taping, ok?

dmartinodmartino replied

ive gone through all your beginners lessons up to this point NO problems, this ones kicking my tail... getting and keeping the rhythm, ddu udu udu... Gotta get this lesson, i get stuck playing same strum patterns in almost all my noodling around

butchrbutchr replied

I'd like to know what strings you are using including gauge???

vidiavidia replied

I don't get it where are the songs , am I missing something, these just seem like cord progression exercises. ????

sundemsjsundemsj replied

They are basic progression exercises but what he's showing is how incredibly simple these songs are.

mamamystiquemamamystique replied

I had a EUREKA moment when you showed how to mute the guitar. Been playing for a year & I could NEVER get it! SIGH! :) It's the simplest things!

reb123reb123 replied

Randell you're a really good teacher!! Thanks for these aweome lessons!!

ebrancheebranche replied

Oh my my my......I love these lessons. The rhymatic patterns make me feel good and want to play all day and night....thanks bunches.

patriciabackpatriciaback replied

RANDELL THANKS FOR THE LESSON I LIKE YOU NEW SONGS TOO THANK YOU GREETINGS FROM PATRICIA

todd026todd026 replied

Thanks Randall these easy lessons are great i think i may be going to finally get somewhere. just got lost on where we where on the supplement content,time to practice the palm mute and wait for the next lesson. HAPPY NEW YEAR

aquariartyaquariarty replied

Great lesson as usual Randall, can't wait for the next one. Happy New Year !

Don.SDon.S replied

Randall, thanks for the lessons, I'm using them to help a friend with their guitar. Are you going to be in California on January 7th in Atascadero? I'd love to stop by and say hello. You won't be far from me if that is so.

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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