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With so much material out there, what should you focus on? How much time do you spend on a certain topic? How do you progress? How do you measure progress? Chris covers all of these topics in this lesson.
Taught by Chris Liepe in Rock Guitar with Chris Liepe seriesLength: 17:16Difficulty: 1.0 of 5
Define your long -term goalsPeople go through different phases of life which can define the type and intensity of practice that is possible: Being younger and dependent on family for income or a time of unemployment etc... Will allow you to structure your practice differently than if you are working 3 jobs and are a single parent of 3 kids.
Define short-term goals that help you work towards your long-term goal
Decide how much time you have
Set intentional time aside
1. Beginner phase: tinkering, mis-guided practice, fragments of ideasIt is possible to be in more than one phase at a time.
2. Intermediate phase: developing some goals, tons of time spent practicing, maybe some teaching, still a lot of time wasted while practicing
3. Focus phase: honing in on an area of playing that really interests you. could be a technique, genre etc...
4. Application phase: practice time tapers off, you learn how to make money at what you do. Spend more time "working" with your guitar than you do practicing.
Technique (speed and accuracy)One other note: Make sure practice time is actual practice time. It's easy to get in to the mode of playing with bands, songwriting, recording etc... and not actually spending time focusing on just practice. All of these things really do help you improve as gain experience as a guitar player, but there is no substitute for being regular in alone time practicing with your instrument.
Theory (musical application)
Chords sounds like it could be under technique or theory, but it needs separate attention because we're so busy learning scales, arpeggios, flying gymnastics etc...
Composition and Creation (writing licks, songs, backing tracks, melodies... whatever, just make sure YOU are coming up with it -- also includes playing with others.
Instrumental Rock carries with it many creative aspects both in writing and playing. By the end of this series, Chris will have covered almost everything you will need to know to create and play your very own melodic instrumental rock piece, with emotion!
Chris Liepe introduces his Phase 2 Rock Essentials lesson series. By highlighting specific instrumental rock styles and techniques, Chris will help you become a more melodically creative player.Length: 3:57 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Chris Liepe starts off his Rock Essentials series with a lesson on 3 on a string scales. Utilizing 3, 4, and 6 note sequencing, Chris begins to dive into instrumental rock style phrasing and provides several...Length: 37:00 Difficulty: 3.5 FREE
Chris introduces the pentatonic scales as well as some of their basic applications.Length: 19:35 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Chris Liepe takes some time to explain chord numbering. Understanding how chords are built will only help in your overall knowledge of the guitar.Length: 16:25 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Chris breaks down the CAGED system and its chord chemistry. He covers both major and minor chord forms.Length: 35:06 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Chris digs into the sweep picking technique. He uses the C, A, and E forms introduced in the previous lesson to help with finger synchronization.Length: 27:15 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Chris moves on to the subject of modes. He explains where modes come from, how they sound, and how they are used.Length: 30:04 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
This lesson demonstrates how to modify the old trusty 5th fret A minor pentatonic position to make it sound modal.Length: 10:30 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
How do you know which mode to use? There are giveaways with every chord progression, and Chris covers them in this lesson.Length: 17:12 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Chris demonstrates how to complete the major and minor scale by using pentatonic positions based on the roots of the I, IV, and V chords.Length: 14:52 Difficulty: 4.5 Members Only
Chris Liepe utilizes everything he has taught in the series so far to demonstrate how to create catchy lead lines over a backing track.Length: 15:30 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Chris Liepe delves into the world of implied tonalities. This lesson details how a single arpeggio can be implied over various chordal sounds.Length: 25:40 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Chris teaches the solo that was used in the introduction lesson for this series. He uses the solo as an example of how to effectively compose your own solos.Length: 22:09 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
It's time to give the right hand hand some work with two hand tapping on the guitar neck.Length: 31:26 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
With so much material out there, what should you focus on? How much time do you spend on a certain topic? How do you progress? How do you measure progress? Chris covers all of these topics in this lesson.Length: 17:16 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Chris Liepe offers up some insight into his past. Hopefully this lesson will help you further your own goals as a guitarist.Length: 11:42 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
About Chris Liepe
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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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