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Adding Expression (Guitar Lesson)


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Peter Einhorn

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.

Taught by Peter Einhorn in Beginner Guitar with Peter Einhorn seriesLength: 6:16Difficulty: 1.5 of 5


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

Very nice song. I wish I saw the special offers on Guitar Pro before starting on JamPlay. Nice to be able to download the tabs for Guitar Pro :) You can use this tabs with or with out a capo...

lj94552lj94552 replied on May 24th, 2016

Is this really for beginners? He's does not explain the hammer on and hammer well at all.

danonwheelsdanonwheels replied on August 25th, 2015

still a bit confused but gonna try carry on

MTMalsMTMals replied on February 20th, 2015

Hi Peter, back in for close study of your play of Amazing Grace. I'd like to see a close up of your right hand finger movements in the Accompaniment. I hit the strings in the tableture and its not sounding right. Also I had to guess you capo'd all but the D and G string 3rd fret (G,C Major in Spider brochure) observing your capo in the video. Thanks Mike

freetfreet replied on February 17th, 2014

Hi Peter I have a question about the capo. Q: I tune my guitar and then put the capo on is correct? Q: Do I have to tune my guitar again?

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

Sure you find out by now, but just for others. You tune first, not after. But you could also use it without a capo if you wish...

morpheas40morpheas40 replied on February 11th, 2014

Thank you for a very sensitive, expressive and personal version of this song and encouraging us to express oneself...!!

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 FREE
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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
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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
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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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