Chris Liepe lays down some grooves in this lesson! He provides instruction on rhythmic strumming patterns and time signatures such as 4/4, 3/4, and 6/8.
Taught by Chris Liepe in Basic Electric Guitar with Chris seriesLength: 21:12Difficulty: 2.0 of 5
We've made it to lesson #7 in this beginner lesson series. This lesson is not going to focus on any new chords, and not a whole of new information, but rather going to give you a chance to practice strumming the guitar. Before we get started with the application, we'll do some review.
Time SignaturesA time signature is displayed with one number over another number (4/4... 3/4... 6/8... etc...) The first, or top number is how many beats or counts there are in the measure. In a 4/4 time signature, when counting out the beat, you would count to "four". In 3/4, when counting, you would only count to "three". The bottom number refers to which note value gets the count (or beat). In 4/4, every quarter note you see is worth one beat and gets one count. In 6/8, every eighth note is worth one beat and gets one count.
Subdividing the BeatSubdividing a beat means that you are playing more, faster notes of a certain value within one beat. These subdivisions are counted and played differently depending on what time signature we are in. In 4/4, an eighth note would be counted on the "AND" and would be exactly 1/2 of a full beat. If we were to play an 8th note strum pattern in 4/4, we would count it as 1& 2& 3& 4&. In 6/8 time, since the eighth note gets the beat, and 8th note strum pattern in 6/8 would be counted as 1 2 3 4 5 6... 1 2 3 4 5 6... etc...
Strumming GuidelinesOne of the main things that is hard to grasp when learning to strum efficiently is deciding when to play an upstroke vs. a down stroke. If you start out with the following general rule, you will do just fine:
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Chris Liepe lays down some grooves in this lesson! He provides instruction on rhythmic strumming patterns and time signatures such as 4/4, 3/4, and 6/8.Length: 21:12 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Intervals, Intervals, Intervals! Chris Liepe explains what they are, where they are found, and how to play them in this lesson.Length: 14:07 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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Chris Liepe breaks through his 10th lesson with a detailed discussion of triads. Dig in and take these triads for a ride!Length: 24:14 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
This lesson begins a mini-series on effects pedals. Chris breaks down routing and how effects work with each other.Length: 8:20 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
The compression effect pedal is one of the most misunderstood pedals around. Chris Liepe finally sheds some light on the subject. By explaining all the different options and sounds this pedal can create,...Length: 14:12 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Chris Liepe is back with the 3rd installment in his Effects Pedal mini-series. He explains the concept of "gain stacking" by combining an Ibanez Tube Screamer and a Boss DS-1 Distortion pedal.Length: 7:54 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Chris Liepe adds yet another lesson to his effect pedal-mini series. Here he covers the delay pedal. This effect that operates on the principles of time and rhythm. Use this pedal to add depth to your...Length: 19:52 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Chris Liepe quickly demonstrates the chorus pedal with some 80's style licks. This pedal can create a deep and rich addition to solos or add the illusion of multiple guitars.Length: 3:28 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Key Signatures! How do they relate to one another? Chris Liepe explains them in lesson 16 of his beginner series. Getting familiar with your key signatures will help pull everything together that has been...Length: 15:21 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Chris Liepe demonstrates how to take a key signature (the set notes within a key) and stack 3rds on top of a root note to form chords. With the help of a modulating backing track, this should be a fun...Length: 30:02 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Chris explains and demonstrates the very basics of alternate picking. He also provides simple exercises to develop the technique in your own playing.Length: 16:03 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Chris details and demonstrates the fundamental movements and suggested left hand position for legato playing -- specifically hammer-ons and pull-offs. He also provides exercises for developing the technique.Length: 16:11 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Chris talks about proper palm muting and discusses potential snags when first attempting the technique. He offers a number of exercises and patterns to help palm muting become a part of your rhythm playing.Length: 9:22 Difficulty: 1.0 FREE
Hybrid picking can add a fresh dimension to your chord and rhythm playing. In this lesson, Chris briefly covers how to get started with hybrid picking and offers two exercises that you can use to apply...Length: 6:27 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Chris talks about what it means to play in position and teaches three of the five "CAGED" major scale positions in the key of G.Length: 12:44 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Chris continues in his teaching of the five basic "CAGED" major scale positions in the key of G.Length: 11:39 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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Chris Liepe was born on September 17th, 1981 in Portland OR. His first instrument was piano which he pursued until discovering his love for the electric guitar in high school. He became fans of such groups as Soundgarden, Collective Soul and U2 inspiring him to start singing, songwriting and helping others in their musical endeavors with teaching, co-writing and album production.
Having moved to Colorado with his family, he began gigging, recording and teaching in a number of music stores as well as out of his apartment until deciding to pursue music full time. He moved to Denver, CO to complete a Bachelors in Music Technology and was then hired on by Sweetwater Productions, a division of Sweetwater Sound and one of the largest, most successful recording studios in the Midwest.
Chris spent nearly 4 years at Sweetwater as a producer, recording engineer, studio musician and writer. During this time he had the privilege of working with many artists including Augustana, Landon Pigg, Jars of Clay, and Mercy Me. He also wrote for and played on numerous independent albums and hundreds of radio/TV commercials.
Wanting to get back to his favorite State in the world (Colorado) and feeling the urge to 'go freelance', Chris moved to Greeley, CO and opened his own recording and teaching studio. He continues to write and produce music for artists and agencies and is happy to be among the proud JamPlay.com instructors.
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