Bass Notes and Chords (Guitar Lesson)


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Peter Einhorn

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."

Taught by Peter Einhorn in Beginner Guitar with Peter Einhorn seriesLength: 8:34Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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evitigreevitigre replied on June 20th, 2017

just not beginner friendly!

Jason.MounceJason.Mounce replied on June 20th, 2017

Thanks for providing your feedback! Peter's approach to beginner guitar is certainly much different than more traditional courses of study. If you are finding that his lesson series isn't quite right for you, I would encourage you to check out a different instructor in our Phase 1 section. You may find that a more traditional approach to instruction will benefit you more.

danonwheelsdanonwheels replied on August 28th, 2015

peter confuses me...sorry

MTMalsMTMals replied on February 22nd, 2015

Wow...whole new chord shapes..with capo Ouch.

johnrl63johnrl63 replied on May 29th, 2013

how do you expect a brad new player to follow that, may i ask

peter.einhornpeter.einhorn replied on May 14th, 2013

Thanks for you thoughts here. I use a pick and 2 fingers (Middle and ring finger). Ypu may do this ,or just use your fingers without a pick. I must admit that using fingers only is a more common approach.

funkmaster48funkmaster48 replied on April 10th, 2013

On the cord sybols are the strings plucked simultaneously like you would with a pick? (2) plucked individually like in a melody? or (3) is the bass string plucked and the other two strings plucked simultaneously? I was not able to picked that up from the fretboard and this session was quicker and less detailed than the previous 8 sets

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
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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