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Series Introduction (Guitar Lesson)

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Peter Einhorn

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.

Taught by Peter Einhorn in Beginner Guitar with Peter Einhorn seriesLength: 7:06Difficulty: 1.0 of 5

Need a partial capo for this lesson series? You can get a SpiderCapo at a discounted price by using the JamPlay promotional code supplied in lesson two of the series.

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BootSQBootSQ replied on December 13th, 2018

Pass[email protected] replied on August 30th, 2016

Basic. But I want to go through all the steps, so I don't miss anything.

PowerShot-xPowerShot-x replied on August 11th, 2016

This Amazing Grace song that was played, it was nice. Is there a teaching or tab on that particular song?

PowerShot-xPowerShot-x replied on August 11th, 2016

Just found out, it's on one of the other lessons by Peter Einhorn. Just Searched for Amazing Grace :)

danonwheelsdanonwheels replied on August 25th, 2015

I found this interesting

nikkialicenikkialice replied on August 15th, 2015

Hi i have a martin backpacker the neck is very thick do you know what kind of capo will fit ?

nikkialicenikkialice replied on August 15th, 2015

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nikkialicenikkialice replied on August 15th, 2015

Thank you i enjoyed this very much .

mare12mare12 replied on March 15th, 2014

couldn't I just tune my guitar to open G?

peter.einhornpeter.einhorn replied on December 19th, 2014

you could. But then you would have an entirely new instrument. None of your chord shapes, scales, melodies etc would work anymore. With SpiderCapo open G, everything you already know on the guitar still works. And what you learn is translatable to playing without a SpiderCapo.

mare12mare12 replied on March 15th, 2014

couldn't I just tune my guitar to open G if I don't have a capo?

prink123prink123 replied on January 14th, 2014

Hello, Peter. How do I update my progress. i'm sure how to do this. I'm very excited about your approach and methodology to teaching this wonderful instrument. Thanks Don Stallings

zertndozertndo replied on January 3rd, 2014

It would be better if you showed the left hand view from the perspective of the guitar player and not the student. That way the student can match the fingering on the fret board and strings more accurately. No offense intended, but Steve's Eulberg's fingers are pretty big and hard to see from the students perspective, IE., which string and fret he is actually playing. This should be applied to all lessons from all teachers.

EricGibsonEricGibson replied on September 7th, 2013

Wow, this looks very interesting! Beginner here, and I have 2 questions about where this lesson series is going, and where I would go from here... 1) How much, if any, of traditional guitar music theory does it replace, or is it more considered a supplement to it? He seems to say that guitar instruction books got started in a wrong direction in the 1950's. 2) Is there further instruction available after this, ie in books, etc? thanks, Eric

potlickerpotlicker replied on August 22nd, 2013

Peter, I really appreciate and enjoy your methods of teaching guitar. I look forward to our journey, I just joined today! :-)

peter.einhornpeter.einhorn replied on November 28th, 2012

I just wanted to address aquariarty . You are quite right, there is no third in the chord. Also there is no fourth so it is not a suspended chord. It is a modal voicing and that is neither major nor minor – a positive thing when it comes to creation of various musical sounds.

peter.einhornpeter.einhorn replied on November 14th, 2012

hey folks-some of the supplemental material is jumbled and thats why it doesn't make sense. We are straightening it out now. Hang in there!

alien_xalien_x replied on October 30th, 2012

Where do I get the coupon to buy one of those capos for 1/2 price, as mentioned by Pete?

jboothjbooth replied on October 30th, 2012

You'll have to email him.

clipclip replied on January 15th, 2013

Sorry to repeat a question but I'm looking for a 50% off coupon as well. How do I get one? Thanks.

kimz_dkkimz_dk replied on October 27th, 2012

Hi Peter. You look absolutely great for one with 92 (!!) years of experience ;) Kim

kimz_dkkimz_dk replied on October 30th, 2012

Ok - now changed to 50. Still not bad :)

peter.einhornpeter.einhorn replied on November 14th, 2012

all lies, I'm 25. I've just had a hard life.. ;-).

sherry1352sherry1352 replied on October 27th, 2012

when are the lessons coming

tarocattarocat replied on October 27th, 2012

Hey, Peter! Hello from Thailand. This series looks most interesting. I'm ready when you are. Thanks, Tony

aquariartyaquariarty replied on October 27th, 2012

Hi Peter, your lessons look very interesting, but I have a question, you say the guitar is in open G, but the fretboard chart shows a chord that looks more like Gsus4, there's no B ! I'm confused.

mattbrownmattbrown replied on October 29th, 2012

You're right...The partial capo setup in this lesson creates a Gsus4 chord.

Jason.MounceJason.Mounce replied on October 27th, 2012

The partial capo creates the open G tuning. The first lesson which will be posted on Monday goes over how to do this and why it works that way.

SodaPopSodaPop replied on October 27th, 2012

A differnt way of thinking for me for sure.

Beginner Guitar with Peter Einhorn

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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.

Lesson 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...

Length: 7:06 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 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...

Length: 8:33 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 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...

Length: 5:55 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 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...

Length: 4:32 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 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...

Length: 10:34 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 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.

Length: 8:24 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 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...

Length: 6:16 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 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...

Length: 11:00 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 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."

Length: 8:34 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 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...

Length: 11:34 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only

About Peter Einhorn View Full Biography 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.

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