Beginner Guitar with Peter Einhorn

For Beginners Guitar Course from Peter Einhorn

Peter Einhorn teaches the basics of guitar playing from the standpoint of an altered standard tuning. This tuning allows the player to learn the instrument more like you would learn the piano.

10 Lessons

Complete course with step-by-step lessons and practice examples.

Multi-Camera

Course filmed with 6 cameras for the perfect angles.

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Full Course Breakdown

In his basic guitar series, Peter Einhorn takes a more linear approach to learning the instrument. Utilizing standard tuning with a partial capo to create Open Gsus4 tuning, Peter is able to instruct the player on simple melody construction and ease of play.

1

Series Introduction

JamPlay is proud to introduce jazz guitarist Peter Einhorn. In this lesson series, Peter will discuss and demonstrate a way of playing the guitar that differs from standard approaches to playing. By utilizing a partial capo on a guitar in standard tuning, his approach allows the follower to learn the guitar more like you would learn the white keys of the piano. Instead of his focus being driven by chordal arrangements and muscle memory, Peter presents a more melody-based playing style.

7:06 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty

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2

Getting To Know Your Guitar

In this lesson, Peter goes over some of the basics of the guitar before you get to playing. He covers how to hold the instrument and how to tune it. He'll also cover how the partial capo is applied and gives a quick discussion on how to read the supplemental content provided.

8:33 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty

3

Notes and Solfeggio

In this lesson, Peter teaches the notes on the 1st string of the guitar as they correspond to the Solfeggio you likely learned in grade school. He explains how to play both "Mary Had A Little Lamb" and "Jingle Bells" with the help of your ears and Solfeggio. By singing the Solfege notes while playing, you'll engrain the pitch and notes into your memory.

5:55 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty

4

Notes on the Second String

In the fourth lesson of his basic guitar series, Peter talks about the notes lower in pitch from "do" in Solfege. When the partial capo is attached at the 3rd fret on the first and second strings, these pitches correspond to the notes on the second string, which is lower in pitch than the first string.

4:32 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty

5

Using More Fingers

In this lesson, Peter discusses and demonstrates why and how we should use the remaining fingers on our fretting hand. He also discusses positional playing on the fret board. He then applies these techniques to the song "The Water Is Wide."

10:34 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty

6

Accompaniment and Harmony

In this lesson Peter introduces the concept of harmony and accompaniment. To add this to your playing, you'll need to learn about the fourth, fifth and sixth strings of the guitar.

8:24 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty

7

Adding Expression

Now that you've been learning how to accompany melody, it's time to start adding expression to your playing. In this lesson, Peter walks you through the song "Amazing Grace" and points out tips that will help you play the melody with a more vocal quality. He discusses hammer-on and pull-off techniques as well as slides.

6:16 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty

8

Playing with a Pick

In the eighth lesson of his beginner guitar series, Peter discusses playing with a pick. Not every guitarist is going to want to play solely with their fingers. Playing with a pick can help with rhythm as well as projecting a brighter sound.

11:00 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty

9

Bass Notes and Chords

Peter Einhorn discusses using bass notes as a scale in this lesson. He also talks about creating chords and how to read chord symbols. You'll then apply this knowledge to the song "The Water is Wide."

8:34 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

10

St. James Infirmary

In this final lesson of his basic series, Peter provides instruction on the melody for "St. James Infirmary". To conclude, he also talks about why this approach to learning is important compared to more common guitar learning methods.

11:34 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty

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  • Huntington, New York
  • Playing since 1962
  • 33 lessons at JamPlay
Peter has performed and / or recorded with Joe Lavono, Jimmy Cobb, Steve Swallow, Placido Domingo, John Abercrombie, Steve Kuhn, Eddie Daniels, Roland Hanna, Walter Booker and many others.

Peter has honed his teaching skills from 20 years of service at the National Guitar Workshop, 10 years teaching guitar students and ensembles at Bard College in N.Y., and, to this day, maintains some private students. As a professional jazz & latin musician in New York City and Miami he has played in many top venues. His work at the Metropolitan opera in New York City over a period of three years should be noted. He has written for network television (NBC, ABC)) and for video (History Channel) and has over 25 scores to his credit. Peter has performed and / or recorded with Joe Lavano, Jim Hall, Steve Swallow, Placido Domingo, John Abercrombie, Steve Kuhn, Eddie Daniels, Roland Hanna and many others. Peter is licensed in Instrumental Music, K-12 in New York State. His guitar improvisational instruction books; "Introducing the Dorian Mode" and "Introducing the Mixolydian Mode", are currently available from Alfred Publishing. He lives in Woodstock, NY with his wife and two children.
Reviews & Feedback 65/100 with 79 ratings
Pedro98

good supplemental

michaelknoy

I have always appreciated good music. Guitar music is my favorite. I am hopeful that someday I can play half as well as Mr. Einhorn. Thank you

nikkialice

i just enjoyed this very much thank you

pknox1970

I like how it is kept simple

MTMals

I'll be parking my guitar with Mr. Einhorn for a few months. Very nice teaching style offering desirable results.