The human body is essentially a machine, and like any other machine - if used improperly it can start to break down. Join David Isaacs as he gets down to the nuts and bolts of chording and chord progressions. We'll get under the microscope and break down open position and Barre Chords - finger by finger, while discussing the ergonomic benefits of proper hand positioning. We'll also cover the minimalist movements required to create fluid, accurate chord changes that can help avoid injury and maintain fretting hand stamina.
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This course will provide you with a deep understanding of the mechanics involved in ergonomically playing the most common open-position and Barre Chords. Together, we'll break things all the way down to individual finger movements that will help build confidence, stamina, and accuracy in your chording ability.Begin the Course
Welcome to 'The Beginner Rhythm Guitar Practice Plan, Vol. 1 : The Fundamentals'.
Many times a chord change can be accomplished with minimal movement. Let's dive right into the fundamental mechanics of guitar playing by covering parallel and oblique finger movements.
Now let's practice the minimalist approach to chord changes that we learned in the previous lesson.
Efficient movement is key to cleanly making quick or numerous chord changes. In this lesson, Dave will cover one of the most useful movements in guitar playing - 'The Flip'
In this next lesson, we'll run through some repetitions of the 'The Flip' in order to commit it to muscle memory.
True mastery of our chords comes not only from memorizing the names of the chords, but by being able identify the actual sound of the chords. Here, Dave will discuss the importance of positioning and efficiency in order to create quality recognizable chord sounds.
Now lets run through some repetitions of the previous exercise in order to really polish the quality of our chords.
The relationship between chords and scales are one in the same, being that typically the scale resides within the chord itself. In this lesson, Dave will cover how to use the scale of a chord to identify alternate versions and placements of well known chords.
Alright now let's commit the scales within the chords to memory with the goal of being able to create a melody derived from our chord progression.
We've all heard chords that sound like they were made for each other. In this lesson, David will cover some of the chords that work best with a D chord, as well as how to identify them alphabetically and numerically.
Ok. Now let's practice the chord progression provided by David in the previous lesson.
Let's take things up a notch and apply the same concept that we covered with the D chord, only now with more difficult F chord.
Now it's time to practice the F chord progression provided in the previous lesson.
Time to get real. Barre Chords are a real challenge for many players. Many times this difficulty stems from less than optimal finger placement, as well as 'over-gripping' the guitar. In this lesson, Dave will discuss using some ergonomic finesse when utilizing the full bar 6-note F Barre Chord.
Alright, now let's put in some repetitions and practice the full bar 6-note F Chord.
Continuing down the rabbit hole with our Barre Chords, Dave will now discuss the correlation between the A shape and B Barre Chord.
Here's a chance to put in some repetitions of the A-shape and B Barre Chord covered in the previous lesson.
Let's continue our exploration of Barre Chords and dive into the realm of Minor Barre Chords. In this lesson, Dave will cover the ergonomics and placement of the B Minor Barr Chord.
Now it's time to practice the construction and application of our B Minor Barre Chord.
Continuing with our Barre Chords, Dave will now discuss the the E Minor Barre Chord as well as the four primary shapes that are prevalent in modern music.
Ok. Now let's practice committing the E Minor Chord Shape from the previous lesson to muscle memory.
We previously mentioned the four primary Barre Chord shapes. Now let's follow Dave as he covers how to ergonomically combine these shapes into a single chord progression.
In this lesson, we will run through some repetitions of the chord progression provided in the previous lesson in order to commit the four primary Barre Chord shapes to muscle memory.
Coming down the homestretch! In this review, Dave will cover the open-position and fretted Barre Chords which, when committed to memory, will allow us to play all twelve major and minor chords in two positions!
Congratulations! Here we are on our final exercise of the course. Let's bring it home with some repetitions of the extended chord progression from the previous lesson.
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Awesome Dave - looking forward to this :)
David Isaacs is excellent. I really connect with him. The kind of guy I'd like to meet in person. Really learning a lot from him.
He conveys a sense of great knowledge and explains the concepts very clearly.