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Steve Eulberg

Steve Eulberg

Steve is a Guitar instructor at JamPlay.com

An Award-winning multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, Steve Eulberg weaves mountain and hammered dulcimers with a variety of unusual instruments to create thought-provoking, smile-inducing, toe-tapping acoustic experiences. He has sung and composed for religious communities, union halls, picket lines, inter-faith retreats, mountain-top youth camps, as well as the more familiar venues: clubs, coffeehouses, bookstores, festivals, charity benefits and showcase conc... (more)

Steve currently offers 307 guitar lessons at JamPlay, with 120 beginner lessons, 126 intermediate lessons, 31 song lessons, 24 Lick & Riff Library entries and 6 entertainment videos.

Basic Guitar with Steve Eulberg

Phase 1 Acoustic Lessons with Steve Eulberg is a great place to begin your journey as a guitarist. With over 30 years of playing experience, Steve appreciates the importance of beginning your guitar training the correct way - no bad habits! These lessons are not just for acoustic players. Electric guitarists will receive the same benefits from this lesson series.

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The Absolute Basics

You will learn the parts of the guitar and how they function. Steve also discusses the importance of technique.

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Your First Chords

Three simple chords will literally enable you to play millions of songs. In this lesson, you will learn the primary chords for the key of G.

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Strumming Technique

Now that Steve has taught some chords, he will go over the proper methods of strumming and right hand technique.

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All About Chords

This lesson is all about the various aspects of chords.

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Chord Theory

Steve explains how basic triads are formed in this lesson. He also explains the relationship between scales and chords.

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Intro to Fingerpicking

Steve Eulberg introduces you to the wonderful world of fingerpicking.

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Bringing it Together

Steve starts to weave the strings of the past lessons together.

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Chords, Keys and Relationships

This episode delves further in the realm of chords, scales, keys and the relationships between them. You will also learn some new chords.

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Barre Chords

This lesson covers power chords and barre chords. You will learn how these chords are formed and how to apply them.

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Tools for Guitar

Steve explains how basic tools such as the metronome, capo, and picks aid your guitar playing. Enjoy!

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Playing Lead and Scales

This lesson gets you into the basics of playing melodies on the guitar. Playing melodies and solos is often referred to as "lead guitar."

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Hand Stretches

Steve demonstrates some great stretches for the hands, wrists and upper arms.

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Different Guitars

Steve discusses the difference between the steel string acoustic, classical, and 12 string guitars.

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Changing Guitar Strings

This lesson is all about changing guitar strings. This process can be very frustrating, but it doesn't have to be. Learn some great tips from Steve.

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Timing and Tempo

Steve Eulberg delves into the wonderful world of rhythm and time signatures.

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Circle of Fifths

Steve Eulberg introduces the Circle of Fifths. He demonstrates a song that features a Circle of Fifths progression.

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Clearing Up Confusion

In this lesson Steve attempts to clear up some confusion with previous lessons. He will talk about reading tablature, note names, chord names and more.

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Review and Moving On

Steve Eulberg does a quick review of this lesson series and talks about moving on.

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Completing Lessons

Steve answers the popular question, "When should I move on to the next lesson?" by sharing his personal goals and some important advice.

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Kids and Guitar

Playing the guitar can be a fun, educational, and productive activity for children of all ages. Introduce your child to the wonderful world of music with this lesson series.

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Introduction to Guitar

In this lesson, the first in the Kids and Guitar series, Steve Eulberg introduces the guitar and its many wonders.

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Parts of the Guitar

Steve Eulberg talks about the parts of the guitar and how they function. You also get to see some of his wonderful artwork.

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Holding and Playing Guitar

Steve explains how to properly hold your guitar. He also explains how the strings are named.

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Playing Guitar

Steve prepares you to play your first notes in this lesson. Get ready for some fun!

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Finger Placement and More

Steve explains finger placement and proper playing technique. He also teaches a fun new song.

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Tuning the Guitar

Learning how to properly tune the guitar is an absolutely essential skill. In this lesson, Steve walks you through the tuning process.

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Hand Exercise

In this lesson, Steve Eulberg provides a new exercise that will challenge your mind and hands.

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Chords and a Song

Steve introduces some basic chords. Then, he teaches the classic song "Hot Cross Buns."

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The Right Hand

Steve explains proper picking hand technique.

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Mary Had a Little Lamb

Steve Eulberg covers the classic children's song "Mary Had a Little Lamb."

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Aunt Rhody

Steve teaches an easy children's song called "Aunt Rhody." We've all heard the song. Now it's time to play it!

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Paw Paw Patch

Steve teaches a classic song called "Paw Paw Patch" in this lesson.

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The Wheels on the Bus

Steve Eulberg teaches the popular kids song "The Wheels on the Bus."

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The Wheels on the Bus Part Two

In this lesson, Steve Eulberg teaches the song "The Wheels on the Bus" in a different key.

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Old MacDonald Had a Farm

Steve teaches the popular kids song "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" in this lesson.

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Ode to Joy

Steve teaches "Ode to Joy," a catchy and highly recognizable tune.

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Scale Finger Practice

Steve demonstrates techniques to accomplish the ability to move your fingers independently.

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E Minor Chord

Steve teaches the E minor chord. This chord was first introduced in the song "Ode to Joy" and serves as an introduction to the remaining minor chords that will be taught in this series.

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A Minor Chord

Steve introduces the A minor chord. You have an opportunity to compare and contrast the difference in sound between major and minor chords in this lesson.

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Picking Technique

Steve breaks away from left hand positions to focus on picking hand technique.

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B Minor Chord

Steve adds yet another chord for your fingers to enjoy. In this lesson, he teaches the B minor chord. Steve teaches the proper fingering for this chord and incorporates it into a few chord progression exercises.

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4 Fret Exercise

Give your fretting hand a workout with this 4 fret exercise!

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12 Fret Movement Exercise

Steve Eulberg explains an exercise that will develop your ability to perform position shifts.

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"Monkey Around" Fret Exercise

Steve shows how to "monkey around" with a fret hand exercise designed to develop creativity and proper technique.

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D Minor Chord

Steve demonstrates the D minor chord.

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Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho

Steve uses the new D minor chord from Lesson 25 in the classic song "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho."

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Smooth Chord Transition (The Pivot Finger)

Steve demonstrates some techniques that help transition smoothly between chords.

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What and When Hands

This fantastic lesson explains that the strum hand determines when we hear the sound, and the "what" hand creates what we hear.

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5th Fret Magic

Steve breaks explains how notes are laid out in first position and how the 5th fret is used to shorten up the work needed to play full scales.

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House of Chords - The Room of G

Welcome to the first installment of a series that details how various chords are formed! Get started by learning some "G" chords.

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House of Chords - The Room of C

Steve moves from room to room in the house of chords. This lesson features the room of C.

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House of Chords - The Room of A

Steve continues through the House of Chords. In this lesson, he has found himself in the room of A.

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House of Chords - The Room of E

Steve welcomes you to the room of E as he continues to take you on a tour of the House of Chords.

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House of Chords - The Room of D

Steve finally completes his tour of the House of Chords with the room of D.

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Advanced Strumming Pt. 1

It's time to introduce a new strumming technique commonly referred to as the "boom-chuck." This lesson will help develop more advanced picking hand skill.

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Advanced Strumming Pt. 2

Steve continues with part 2 of his advanced strumming techniques.

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Advanced Strumming Pt. 3

Diving more in depth and getting a better grasp on the alternate "boom chuck" style of picking, Steve continues with part 3 of his advanced strumming techniques.

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Advanced Strumming Pt. 4

Steve introduces full chord strumming techniques in part 4 of his advanced strumming lessons.

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Advanced Strumming Pt. 5

Steve demonstrates how to "alternate the boom" to a different string in this Advanced Strumming Pt. 5 Lesson.

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Advanced Strumming Pt. 6

Welcome to part 6 in a series of advanced strumming techniques. This lesson demonstrates how to "alternate the boom" on two different strings.

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Advanced Strumming Pt. 7

Steve Breaks down what the D chord looks like when applying the "boom chuck" strum technique.

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Advanced Strumming Pt. 8

Steve finishes off his strumming sessions by demonstrating additional alternating bass patterns within the context of the "boom chuck" strum pattern.

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Beginner Guitar with Steve Eulberg 2015

If you are a beginner to the guitar or looking to brush up your skills, this series is for you. This beginner series starts off pretending you have never touched a guitar and gets you playing in no time. The skills in this series will be the foundation for your guitar-playing career.

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Introduction to the Course

Steve Eulberg introduces his beginner course and talks about who the course is for and what will be taught. He also demonstrates several beautiful pieces of music to get your blood moving. It's time to learn guitar!

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Meet the Acoustic Guitar

Steve introduces you to the wonderful world of the acoustic guitar. He talks about the instrument, its parts, and considerations when purchasing one.

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Meet the Classical Guitar

Steve introduces the classical guitar in all of its nylon-stringed glory. He discusses the parts of the instrument and talks about how it differs from the traditional steel-stringed acoustic.

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Meet the 12 String Guitar

Steve Eulberg introduces the 12 string guitar and talks about its merits and the differences between it and a 6 string guitar.

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Meet the Electric Guitar

Steve Eulberg introduces the electric guitar. He talks about all of its parts and explains what makes it different from the acoustic offerings.

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All About the Strings

In this lesson Steve Eulberg delves into the mysterious and wonderful world of strings. He talks about the standard tuning on the guitar and moves on to introduce the concept of string physics. Don't worry, it's not as intimidating as it sounds!

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Tuning and the Magic of the 5th Fret

Before you play your first chord, your guitar must be in tune. In this lesson, Steve talks about a simple, effective and free way to tune using the magical properties of the 5th fret.

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Tuning Devices

It isn't always possible to tune by ear or using the magic of the 5th fret method. Whether it's a noisy room, or you simply are not comfortable doing it, having a tuning device can be valuable. Steve talks about the common tuning devices.

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Holding the Guitar

It may seem like a tedious subject for a lesson, but learning how to properly hold guitar can make you a better player and prevent unnecessary strain and pain.

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The Left Hand

In this lesson Steve introduces the left hand, or fretting hand. He talks about how to properly play notes on the fretboard and gives you an exercise to build your dexterity and accuracy.

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The Right Hand

In this lesson Steve talks about the role of the right hand, or the picking hand. He discusses proper placement, demonstrates the use of a pick and thumbpick, and talks about alternate picking.

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The G Chord

Steve guides you through getting your fingers on the fretboard and playing your first chord. Don't be intimidated; this version of the G major chord only requires you to use one finger!

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The C Chord

Steve Eulberg introduces your second chord, the C. He teaches a 1 finger version of the chord that you will be strumming in literally no time.

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Your First Song

Steve Eulberg takes the one finger G and C chords from the previous lessons and combines them in an easy song we are all familiar with.

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The D7 Chord

Steve moves on to teach the D7 chord, which is your first chord that makes use of three fingers at once! Don't worry though, if you've followed the lessons up until now, this will be cake for you! You will also learn a bonus chord that doesn't even require you to fret a note; how's that for efficient?

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Moving Between Chords

The focus of this lesson is nurturing the ability to change between chords in a quick and accurate fashion. Steve uses two techniques which he calls "pivoting" and "sliding" to facilitate improvement.

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Moving Between Chords Part 2

Steve moves on and talks about transitioning between two chords that do not have any fretted fingers in common. He uses a technique he calls "hover fingers" to accomplish this task.

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Steve's Guide to Practice

Steve talks about his five-pronged approach to practicing. He also explains how he would recommend making use of the JamPlay progress report for the best results.

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Written Resources

As a guitar player you will be assaulted with a wide variety of written resources, ranging from tablature to chord charts. In this lesson, Steve introduces the most common sources, so you won't be left in the dark.

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Conquer the World with Three Chords Part 1

If you know three chords, you can play thousands of songs. In this lesson, Steve demonstrates how three chords can be use to conquer the folk genre using the song "This Land is Your Land".

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Conquer the World with Three Chords Part 2

Steve Eulberg explains how learning three chords allows you to play most bluegrass songs.

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Conquer the World with Three Chords Part 3

Steve advances his assault on the free people of planet Earth by showing how three chords can be used to conquer the blues.

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Conquer the World with Three Chords Part 4

Steve demonstrates how three chords can be used to dominate the rock genre. He uses the song "Bad Moon Rising" as a demonstration.

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Conquer the World with Three Chords Part 5

Steve shows how knowing three chords can be used to play gospel music.

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Conquer the World with Three Chords Part 6

Now that Steve has covered 5 genres of music that you can dominate with a mere three chords, we will move on and learn an extremely valuable tip about switching chords.

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The Strumming Workshop Part 1

Think of this like bootcamp, but for strumming and rhythm playing. Steve introduces a few new chords to practice with, and then helps you get your strum on with new and exciting patterns.

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The Strumming Workshop Part 2

Strumming in 4/4 time is an invaluable and fun skill, but alas it is time to move on. In this lesson, Steve teaches 3/4 time and shows how it can be used.

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The Strumming Workshop Part 3

Steve teaches the song "Over the Waves" as an example of how to strum in 3/4 time.

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The Strumming Workshop Part 4

Steve is back with some more strumming goodness. He introduces what he calls a "fan strum," or what most guitarist refer to as 'rolled' chords.

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Single String Goodness

It's time to return to the world of picking single notes, the precursor to busting out some sweet lead guitar. In this lesson Steve teaches a single string exercise that will take you from the first fret all the way up to the twelfth. Don't forget to alternate pick!

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The Ultimate Skipping Exercise

Now that you've practiced playing the frets in order it is time to skip around! This challenging exercise will have your fingers reeling and your mind beginning for mercy, but don't let them win. This is an important skill for any guitar player.

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Playing across Strings with Clarity

Steve brings an old exercise back from the dead and breathes new life into it. The goal of this lesson, and exercise, is to focus on making the transition between two strings seamless.

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The C Major Scale

Don't let the terms scale and music theory drive a black wedge of fear deep into your soul. They exist to make the guitar easier, and once understood, are valuable tools. In this lesson Steve introduces the concepts of a chromatic and diatonic scale. Then, he moves on to teach the C major scale.

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Chords and Their Intimate Relationships

In this lesson, Steve talks a bit about how chords are made, but more importantly how they relate to each other. This lesson serves as a very basic introduction to the I-IV-V chord progression, which is one of the most common in Western music.

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Relating to Minor Chords

In this lesson Steve Eulberg talks about minor chords and explains how they relate to major chords, how the minor chords in any key can be figured out using only your hands, and how they work with the Nashville Numbering System.

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Fast and Easy Chord Transitions

Now that you've learned a slew of new chords, Steve Eulberg takes a look at them and sees if any can make use of a "pivot finger" to expedite the process of transitioning between them.

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The D Family of Chords

In this lesson Steve covers several chords built from a D root note.

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The A Family of Chords

With the D family of chords firmly in our rearview mirror, it is now time to move on to A. Steve teaches the popular open position A chord and its many variants.

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The G Family of Chords

This time around Steve takes a look at the G family of chords. As with previous lessons, he explores the many variations of this wonderful chord.

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The C Family of Chords

Now it's time to delve into the mysterious world of the C family of chords. Steve teaches all of the common variations of this extended family.

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The E Family of Chords

Steve moves on to the E family of chords. Memorizing all of these chord families is a challenge, but don't worry, we are nearing the home stretch!

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Pump up Your Pinky

Steve takes a break from the punishing chord lessons he has been serving up day after day to examine two exercises designed to increase the power of your pinky.

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E Shape Barre Chords

You've been dreading this for months, perhaps even years, but we can't run any longer. It's time to learn the dreaded barre chord. Surprisingly this isn't as difficult as you have been told, and has uses that range far and wide. This time around, Steve covers the E shape.

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The A Shape Barre Chord and the CAGED System

Now that you've learned the E shape barre chord, it's time to ratchet up the difficult a notch. This time around Steve teaches the A shape. While this only requires a 5 string barre, fingering can be more difficult, so get ready for a challenge! He also talks about the CAGED system, a very useful system which grants players the ability to play up and down the entire neck without confusion.

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Hand Stretches and Exercises

Steve talks about exercises and stretches that are useful for protecting your hands and wrists from strain and overuse.

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The Circle of 5ths

Though it may sound complicated, the circle of 5ths can be a very useful tool, and can be learned quicker than expected. Steve covers this topic in today's lesson.

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Bringing It All Together: D

Steve brings together your understanding of music, theory and the understanding of keys. He combines these skills with useful chord progressions. Get ready! This is a test of your skills and knowledge.

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Bringing It All Together: A

Steve takes the chord progression from the previous lesson and transposes it to the key of A. Again, this lesson combines your knowledge of music theory and keys with the ability to strum and play chords.

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Bringing It All Together: G

Steve continues with his "bringing it together" theme. This time he ventures into the key of G. He introduces new ways to strum this chord, and once again talks about transposition.

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Bringing It All Together: C

Steve continues in the theme of his previous lessons and brings everything together in the key of C.

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Bringing It All Together: E

In this lesson Steve takes a look at the key of E, and brings together all of your past lessons to understand this key and how to play progressions in it.

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Introducing the CAPO

In this lesson we introduce the CAPO, a fabulous tool that can be used to change the key of your guitar on the fly. Steve talks about what it is, how it is used and why this is important.

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Major Scale Pattern

Scales can seem a daunting and confusing topic, created only to stifle young musicians. But never worry, even this indomitable beast can be tamed. The major scale can easily be conquered by learning a simple, movable pattern.

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Introduction to Fingerpicking

Steve introduces the concept of fingerpicking, and teaches a basic picking pattern.

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Introduction to Fingerpicking Part 2

Steve introduces a fingerpicking pattern that sounds quite complex, but in all reality isn't that difficult to play. That, my friends, is the beauty of fingerstyle.

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Introduction to Fingerpicking Part 3

Steve returns to the world of fingerpicking and introduces a new platter that he dubs "the pinch-pluck". This is slightly more difficult than the last pattern, but the rich, complex sound is worth it.

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Introduction to Fingerpicking Part 4

In this lesson Steve talks about one of the core tenets of fingerpicking: using your thumb to create an alternating bassline. This is when the guitar truly starts to sound like more than one instrument.

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The Major Pentatonic Scale

It's time to return to the world of scales. This time we take a look at the major pentatonic scale. Don't worry; this one is easy, it's just a major scale with two notes removed.

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The Minor Pentatonic Scale

Steve moves on to teach the minor pentatonic scale. Like the major before it, this scale can be mastered by learning a simple pattern and moving it up and down the neck.

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