Turning on the Musicality (Guitar Lesson)

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Eric Haugen

Turning on the Musicality

Taught by Eric Haugen in Six String Problem Solver seriesLength: 9:25Difficulty: 1.5 of 5


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Six String Problem Solver

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

This course is for beginner to intermediate guitarists who may have encountered potholes in their roads of study. The aim is to discuss and devise exercises to help fix problems with basic theory, ear training, physical mechanics, and musical philosophy.



Eric Haugen Introduces Six-String Problem SolverLesson 1

Eric Haugen Introduces Six-String Problem Solver

Eric Haugen discusses the goals of his "Six String Problem Solver" lesson series and what kind of material it covers.

Length: 5:45 Difficulty: 0.0 FREE
How to Diagnose Your Guitar's FitnessLesson 2

How to Diagnose Your Guitar's Fitness

Learn to check your guitar's physical condition and solve simple problems.

Length: 13:26 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
11 Essential Open ChordsLesson 3

11 Essential Open Chords

Learn 11 chords that will be useful for playing most folk, rock, or pop songs.

Length: 14:02 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
How to Deal With Information OverloadLesson 4

How to Deal With Information Overload

Learn how to develop exercises that will make your practice musical and relaxing.

Length: 8:44 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
The Spectrum of MusicianshipLesson 5

The Spectrum of Musicianship

Work on playing along with a track at your own pace and skill level.

Length: 6:50 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Electric Guitar Sound SettingsLesson 6

Electric Guitar Sound Settings

Learn how to work with a guitar's electronics and an overdrive pedal to get the sound you want.

Length: 12:01 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Tap Your Foot When You PlayLesson 7

Tap Your Foot When You Play

Learn how moving your foot and body can help you to feel the rhythm when you play.

Length: 6:53 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Downbeats vs UpbeatsLesson 8

Downbeats vs Upbeats

Learn how to use down and up beats with your strumming motion to help you play rhythm more smoothly.

Length: 6:06 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
One Strum Pattern to Rule Them AllLesson 9

One Strum Pattern to Rule Them All

Learn and practice a common strumming pattern that you can use in a broad range of styles.

Length: 7:02 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
How to Follow a Simple ChartLesson 10

How to Follow a Simple Chart

Learn how to interpret a basic chart like one you would download from the internet using your ear and some basic music theory.

Length: 9:33 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Don't Fear ImprovisationLesson 11

Don't Fear Improvisation

Do Not Fear Improvisation: There is No Treasure to be Found! In this lesson Eric shows how he generates improv ideas and gives some tips on habits to avoid as well.

Length: 8:12 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
You Don’t Need a Metronome, Just Don’t RushLesson 12

You Don’t Need a Metronome, Just Don’t Rush

If you don't have a metronome, you can train yourself not to rush your exercises by slowing them down each time you play.

Length: 6:13 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Turning on the MusicalityLesson 13

Turning on the Musicality

Eric shows some examples of keeping your practice musical so that it is more engaging and relevant to playing songs.

Length: 9:25 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
How to Make Your Own Strumming PatternLesson 14

How to Make Your Own Strumming Pattern

Eric walks you through a simple process for developing a strumming pattern around a song you are learning.

Length: 7:08 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
What is Your Outlet or Goal?Lesson 15

What is Your Outlet or Goal?

Sometimes it helps to have something you are working toward in your playing to provide incentive. In this lesson, Eric discusses some activities you might be interested in to take your playing further.

Length: 4:44 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Stock Blues Licks are OKLesson 16

Stock Blues Licks are OK

It's okay to use stock blues licks! In this lesson Eric shows how some simple blues licks can be used as a starting point to generate lots of improvisation ideas.

Length: 10:59 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Use Your Wrist, Not Your ElbowLesson 17

Use Your Wrist, Not Your Elbow

Eric shows you how to loosen up and flex your wrist when you play, and gives you an exercise to help you practice this form.

Length: 7:04 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Don't Pick Too Far Into the StringsLesson 18

Don't Pick Too Far Into the Strings

Eric shows you good picking depth technique, talks about why it matters, and gives you an exercise to practice picking at a good depth.

Length: 6:10 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Alternate Picking WorkoutLesson 19

Alternate Picking Workout

Eric gives you a musical exercise to practice your alternate picking technique.

Length: 8:19 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Fretting Hand Thumb PositionLesson 20

Fretting Hand Thumb Position

Eric shows you good thumb placement for your fretting hand and then gives you an exercise to practice supporting with your thumb.

Length: 9:08 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Fretting Hand Pinky ProblemsLesson 21

Fretting Hand Pinky Problems

Eric shows you an exercise that is great for working with the often-ignored pinky finger.

Length: 7:49 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Basic Finger Picking PositionLesson 22

Basic Finger Picking Position

Eric talks about beginning finger picking techniques and gives you an exersize to help you practice some Travis style finger picking.

Length: 10:15 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Dynamic ControlLesson 23

Dynamic Control

Eric discusses how good dynamic control comes from proper picking hand technique and shows you an exercise to practice your playing dynamics.

Length: 8:19 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Be Careful of Your Low E StringLesson 24

Be Careful of Your Low E String

Eric shows you some chords where the low E can be problematic, and gives you an exercise to help work on avoiding the E when you need to.

Length: 6:44 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Basic Barre Chord ReviewLesson 25

Basic Barre Chord Review

Eric goes over the four basic barre chords and shows you an exercise to practice them.

Length: 8:19 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Slash Chords ExplainedLesson 26

Slash Chords Explained

Eric discusses what it means when you see a "slash chord" in a chart or chord sheet and how to find and play these special, transitional styles of chords.

Length: 10:15 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
The Importance of the 12 Bar BluesLesson 27

The Importance of the 12 Bar Blues

Eric talks about what the 12 bar blues is and why it is so fundamental to modern music and important in a jam setting.

Length: 9:19 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
The Importance of the 1, 4, and 5Lesson 28

The Importance of the 1, 4, and 5

Length: 7:52 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
How to Hear the Key of a SongLesson 29

How to Hear the Key of a Song

Walks you through listening to a song and finding the key, or tonal center, of the song with your ears and your low E string.

Length: 4:53 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Where to Start With TranscriptionLesson 30

Where to Start With Transcription

Eric talks about some of the most common chord changes and cadences and shows you an example of finding those changes in a song so you can play along.

Length: 10:29 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
The Difference Between Major, Minor and 7th ChordsLesson 31

The Difference Between Major, Minor and 7th Chords

Eric talks about how major, minor, and 7th Chords relate to each other and how to listen for them in a song.

Length: 6:36 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
The Three Parent Scales: Major, Minor, BluesLesson 32

The Three Parent Scales: Major, Minor, Blues

Eric talks about how the three parent scales are related, why they are important, and how to recognize when each should be used.

Length: 11:32 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Common Time Signatures and Their PersonalitiesLesson 33

Common Time Signatures and Their Personalities

Eric discusses some common time signatures, what they mean with regards to music theory, and what they feel like to hear and play.

Length: 9:54 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Eric Haugen

About Eric Haugen View Full Biography Eric Haugen is an accomplished guitarist and experienced teacher who emphasizes composition, subtlety, and tone, and his detailed transcriptions showcase not only classic guitar heroes but also those often overlooked. Currently Eric sits in with Blue Cactus and Birds and Arrows. He writes songs and plays regularly with guitar-pop buddies The Outboards as well as acoustic folk collaborative Nantahala. He also hosts a YouTube channel with over 51,000 followers. Eric knows that the mastery of the guitar is a life-long journey. He continually seeks out new techniques, theories, and songs to keep his playing and ultimately his students’ playing interesting.

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