Practicing Fundamental Skills

Live Guitar Course: Hone in on the details of good, core fundamental guitar skills.

Regardless of what level you’re at, there’s a good chance that there are some fundamental holes in your playing so don’t be shy, come hang with Dave as he hooks you up with some great exercises to help patch those flaws so that when you’re done with this course, you’ll feel more stronger and confident in your playing than you have in a while! We'll cover things like hammer ons and pull offs, vibrato, sliding, bending, phrasing, reading rhythms and much more!

Practicing Fundamental Skills

Course Complete

Course available for instant access with guided practice, tabs, and JamTracks where needed.

  • Live, Interactive Lessons
  • Tablature and Guitar Pro Files
  • Taught by Professional Instructors
  • Get Your Questions Answered
  • Student Driven Course
Begin the Course

All live courses, artists, teachers and replays are included free with your JamPlay Membership.

Practicing Fundamental Skills Guitar Course

About our Live Courses

We have upgraded, revamped, and organized in-studio, live weekly workshops broadcasted in 1080p. These focused, task-based workshops include full tablature, interactivity with the instruction, and even homework each week.

Guided Practice

Download guided practice videos to accompany your practice routine. Keep them for life regardless of your membership status. Just a simple, effective and purpose-driven way to learn the material.

Filmed in 4k

In 2016 and 2017, we completely re-engineered our recording studio with top of the line gear, including a full suite of 4k cameras complimented by a new audio outfit. The result is beautiful live streams!

Tabs & Tracks

Each live course is equipped with full tablature and even backing tracks. Our live lessons are focused, planned, and even provide homework on how to improve and look forward to the next week.

Interact Live

Our staff fields questions from the audience throughout each section, and opens for questions throughout each course. You also have the ability to call in live with your own video stream!

Our live platform has been a major focus over the past 18 months, and we are very excited to fully unleash it's capability! Attend any of these courses with a full JamPlay subscription and get the benefit of full interaction with our instructors in a focused, planned course. We even have the ability to field your questions with live video call in!

Full Course Schedule

And of course, we keep everything, so if you miss a week you can always watch our archive of live courses. Tabs, backing tracks, and a full course PDF are provided for students, along with homework for each week! Interact with other students along with David and get the instruction you need to advance your playing.

Date Topic

Week 1

04/28/2020 at 8pm

Right and Left Hands

You’ve got two hands and neither is more important than the other when it comes to playing the guitar. This week we’ll take on some exercises that will address both separately and later in this course, we’ll take the time to sync them up.

Week 2

05/05/2020 at 8pm

Hammer Ons and Pull Offs

Hammer ons and pull offs are definitely essential when it comes to phrasing on the guitar, but often players don’t get their fingers to fire accurately. In this lesson, we’ll take the time to fix that once and for all...and you’ll soon start to realize that they’re a good work out too!

Week 3

05/12/2020 at 8pm

Vibrato

Known as the guitar player’s “fingerprint”, vibrato is so important when it comes to sounding like a great guitar player because ultimately it’s your goal to sound like a great vocalist. This week, we’ll take the time to practice a couple different types of vibrato because honestly, how many of you sit down and do that?

Week 4

05/19/2020 at 8pm

Sliding Fundamentals

Not only is sliding a fun winter pastime, but it’s also a key element in phrasing when it comes to the guitar. In week 4 of Practicing Fundamentals, we’ll take on sliding as its own endeavor, but then start to mix and match it with some of the things we’ve covered up to this point in the course as well.

Week 5

05/26/2020 at 8pm

Bending Fundamentals

Accurate bending takes strength and patience (which is just another form of strength if you think about it). Although we won’t go overboard with it this week, we’ll not only make sure the most important bends are accurate, but we’ll also start to combine them with other concepts in this course to really help to start to develop your phrasing ability.

Week 6

06/09/2020 at 8pm

Timing and Groove

You can play a wrong note or two and other players might not mind, but if you’re timing sucks, nobody’s going to want to play with you. In week 6 of Practicing Fundamentals, we’re going to get real cozy with your new best friend, the metronome as we address beat placement, swing and getting that 2 + 4 to breathe.

Week 7

06/16/2020 at 8pm

Alternate Picking Vs. Economy Picking

A lot of players out there kind of just do what they got to do in order to play something, but consistency is the key to accuracy. In this lesson, we’ll discuss what alternate and economy picking are, the pros and cons and ways to practice both, so hopefully your right hand goes from chaos to so confident that it just goes on autopilot.

Week 8

06/30/2020 at 8pm

Strumming and Reading Rhythms

There is logic to strumming and it’s based on rhythms. Understanding this and practicing both will undoubtedly make you a better player. This week we’ll demystify both so that not only will your right hand be more accurate, but hopefully you’ll begin to understand how to speak in rhythms as well because after all, this is a language that we’re dealing with.

Week 9

07/07/2020 at 8pm

Phrasing

'Hey', 'Hello' and 'Yo, what’s up?' are all greetings. They all serve the same purpose but depending on the social setting, you might strategically pick one over the other. This same concept applies to music by using subtle alterations in how you approach notes that can make all the difference. In today’s lesson, we’ll recap how basically all of the things we’ve been talking about so far can help you construct the perfect phrase and we’ll apply those concepts to some pretty bland phrases in order to spice them up!

Week 10

07/14/2020 at 8pm

Strategery

Let’s say there’s two ways to clean your room. One takes 30 minutes and the other takes two hours and doesn’t get it as clean as the 30 minute procedure. Which method are you going to opt for? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Efficiency is everything when it comes to practicing whether it’s right then and there as you sit down or whether you’re trying to plan out your schedule for the week. In our final lesson, we’ll talk about how to practice including learning a passage as well as creating a sample practice routine of things to work on from this course before we actually sit down and practice it together.

Unlock All Courses

Get Started

Get access to live courses, archives, and over 6,000 guitar lessons from our staff.