Steel String Funk (Guitar Lesson)


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David Isaacs

Steel String Funk

Make an acoustic guitar get a little funky! You'll be applying the rhythmic and creative muting concepts you learned in the last lesson to this groovin' tune.

Taught by David Isaacs in Acoustic Guitar Styles with Dave Isaacs seriesLength: 16:26Difficulty: 2.5 of 5


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Acoustic Guitar Styles with Dave Isaacs

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Dave Isaacs is back with his comprehensive series covering all sorts of different ways that Acoustic Guitar presents itself in popular music. Get ready to learn your favorite styles from recognizable artists and put to practice techniques such as strumming, fingerpicking, and chord voicings!



Lesson 1

Acoustic Guitar Styles Introduction

Dave Isaacs is back with his comprehensive series covering all sorts of different ways that Acoustic Guitar presents itself in popular music. Get ready to learn your favorite styles from recognizable...

Length: 5:24 Difficulty: 0.5 FREE
Lesson 2

Pulse, Beat and Rhythm

Dave discusses important ideas about rhythm and time, including counting as you play. He also covers types of notes and rests, and shows you how to read basic rhythms in notation and tablature.

Length: 20:53 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Ghost Strums and Dynamics

Dave dives into two of the most important concepts in modern music - groove and dynamics. He talks about how these two ideas go hand-in-hand to make music more exciting, and shows you how to incorporate...

Length: 17:08 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

Strumming and Chord Embellishments

Dave teaches the song "Heartland Soul," a simple and groovy acoustic number. Using examples from the song, we learn different strumming patterns, as well as how to embellish chord voicings with different...

Length: 23:18 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Picking Direction and String Crossing

You'll get a single note workout in this lesson! Practice crossing strings, using the most efficient and musical motion possible. We'll discuss anchoring, alternate picking, and some 'best practices'...

Length: 22:46 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Flatpicking Arpeggios

Building on the picking techniques from the last lesson, you'll get to learn a cool, laid back track called "Years Go By". When you're understanding and able to track with the picking concepts from lesson...

Length: 13:43 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

Alternate Picking in A Major

Get into some single note work and scales in preparation for learning a song in the next lesson! You'll get a taste for working in position and learn how to choose which fingering makes the most sense....

Length: 12:11 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 8

Bluegrass-style Flatpicking

Take the picking insights from the last tune and apply them to this straight forward Bluegrass tune called "Picking Party" This mid tempo picking workout will help you cement the picking techniques you...

Length: 15:12 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 9

Breaking Down 16th Note Strums

Strumming is an art. It's also something that show flow and be pretty much effortless. Still, many guitar players struggle with maintaining that 16th note feel and making it sound natural. Mr. Isaacs...

Length: 14:28 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 10

Chord Ideas & 16th Note Strums

Continue working on the 16th note strumming techniques that you used in the last lesson and put them to work in a tune called "Strumming Groove".

Length: 17:37 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

Intro To Fingerstyle

If you didn't start as a fingerstyle guitar player, it can be a daunting task to get started with the technique. Dave makes it easy to add this style to your playing!

Length: 24:56 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 12

Classical-Style Fingerpicking

Once you have taken Dave's introduction to fingerpicking, get a taste of the way that Classical music uses this technique. You'll also get to learn a cool tune.

Length: 12:42 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 13

Strums In Six

This lesson will introduce the 6/8 time signature. You'll learn just a small bit of music theory, you'll get better at counting music and you'll learn to groove!

Length: 16:54 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 14

A Tune in 6/8 Time

Take what we worked on in the last lesson and apply it to a song in 6/8 time. You'll get even more used to strumming in this triple groove and play along with real music!

Length: 15:37 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 15

Strummed Chords and Bass Lines

Continuing with honing in on the groove, you'll have an opportunity to work with moving bass lines with in a chord progression and strum pattern.

Length: 13:25 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 16

Lazy Walkdown

Continue with the walking bass and strum concepts in this lesson and learn a catchy tune that takes 'walking' in the low end to the next level!

Length: 17:06 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 17

Thumb Bass, Finger Melody

We're going to circle back around to fingerstyle in this lesson. This time your fingers get to play melody while your thumb acts as your bass player, keeping steady time.

Length: 13:20 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 18

Back Porch Blues

Go a step further with fingerstyle in a Blues setting. Play along with the simple backing track and feel a real sense of accomplishment that you have incorporated the bass/thumb and finger/melody concept!...

Length: 11:39 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 19

Muting With Both Hands

Let's talk about muting, rhythm and percussion. You can add a whole other layer of color and musical interest with proper and creative muting techniques.

Length: 19:40 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 20

Steel String Funk

Make an acoustic guitar get a little funky! You'll be applying the rhythmic and creative muting concepts you learned in the last lesson to this groovin' tune.

Length: 16:26 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 21

Fretted Notes & Open Strings

Use open strings while playing up the neck to bring out the resonance of your acoustic guitar. Learn new chord shapes and scale patterns that span the neck and use the open sound of un-fretted notes....

Length: 14:32 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 22

Let It Ring

Take the concept of using fretted notes and open strings that was worked on in the last lesson and apply it to a soothing little tune.

Length: 14:34 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 23

Plucked Chords

We're going to return to fingerstyle working primarily with plucked chords. This will be a review of basic fingerstyle, but the fresh vibe created by the plucked chords will present a new challenge.

Length: 13:57 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 24

Processional

Apply what you've been practicing in the area of plucked chords to this laid back and meditative piece. You'll exercise other fingerstyle techniques as well!

Length: 13:49 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 25

Easy Groove

Continue to work on fingerstyle, but come at with a slightly different approach. We'll add percussion to plucked chords and subtle melodies within connected chords.

Length: 23:17 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 26

Movable Shapes in D

Get yourself out of the open position, and move up the neck while retaining the ringing of open strings as well. You'll do this by capitalizing on inversions.

Length: 21:45 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 27

Drop D

Drop your low E to low D and open up a whole new range of possibilities. Dave will go over the tuning process and share some tasty finger picked ideas for you to explore the tuning with.

Length: 17:12 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 28

Country Blues Travis Picking

Travis Picking can be used generally to describe any fingerpicking technique where the thumb is alternating with the rest of the strings. This lesson will take the technique all the way back to its roots...

Length: 20:15 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 29

Ragtime

Going deeper into the "Travis" style picking, Isaacs will add a technical variation and teach you a bouncy little tune called "Ragtime". Have fun!

Length: 14:35 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 30

Color Chords in E

We'll return to the concept of moving chords up and down the neck. This time, we'll be in the key of E. We've already done lessons like this on the keys of A and D, so this one should flow nicely with...

Length: 20:20 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 31

Listen Up!

Apply movable chords up the neck and get a strumming workout at the same time with a track called "Listen Up".

Length: 20:23 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only

About David Isaacs View Full Biography Nashville-based Dave Isaacs has made a name for himself as one of Music City's top guitar instructors, working with both professional and aspiring songwriters and artists at his Music Row teaching studio. He is also an instructor in the music department at Tennessee State University and is the coordinator and artistic director of the annual TSU Guitar Summit.

A seasoned performer as well, Dave has released eight independent CDs and gigs steadily as a solo artist, bandleader, and sideman. He continues to write, record, and perform as well as arranging and producing projects for other artists.

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