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Strum it Up with Chris Liepe

Guitar 102 - Beginner Guitar Course

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Congratulations on working through the first 10 weeks of Guitar 101. Hopefully, you're feeling confident in the material we've covered so far and are ready to take your playing to another level. We return to the world of beginner guitar in this live workshop. This six-week module is largely focused on chords. We're going to cover, the minors, power chords, barre chords and spend a lot of time looking at chord progressions. Six weeks on chords might sound like a lot, but remember, everything we do includes playing and applying what we learn over real music, so you're not stuck just learning shapes with nowhere to take them. I'm looking forward to helping you continue your guitar journey!

Here are few highlights of things we will cover in this course:

  • Changing Strings
  • Power Chord Shapes
  • Barre Chord Techniques
  • Barre Chord Tips
  • Moving Barre Chords Cleanly
  • Common Chord Progressions
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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. We are bringing live, educational instruction into the next generation with this platform.

5,000 Lessons

In 2016, 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 to your computer, in qualities as high as 1080p!

79 Instructors

Each live course is supplemented with full tablature, music notation, and even backing tracks. Our live lessons are focused, planned, and even give you homework options on how to improve and look forward to the following week.

Live Lessons

Our staff fields questions from the audience throughout each section, and opens the "classroom" up 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!

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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 Chris Liepe and get the instruction you need to advance your playing.

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Week 1

4/21/2016 at 8pm EST Get Access

Changing Strings, 5th Fret Tuning

Well, you've been playing for at least 10 weeks now. It's high time we changed some strings! We're going to look at how to change strings and perform basic guitar maintenance on an acoustic and three different type of electrics, each with different bridge setups. I wish there was an online session like this when I was learning! Bring your guitar and change your strings along with me.

Week 2

4/28/2016 at 8pm EST Get Access

Do You Ever Wear Flannel?

We're going to learn and apply the E and A string power chord shapes. We'll discuss different fingerings and work on two different familiar chord progressions over backing tracks to break your power chord fingers in!

Week 3

5/5/2016 at 8pm EST Get Access

Three Basic Minor Chords

You may have already gone ahead and learned these, but we're officially covering the basic open minor shapes here. We'll look at Am, Em and Dm. In the spirit of injecting a bit of creativity, we're also going to work on a few major and minor chord variations as well. They'll go nicely with our tracks.

Week 4

5/12/2016 at 8pm EST Get Access

The Dreaded Barre Chord, Part 1

Barre chords are often the first major road block beginner guitar players hit. We're going to make the process of getting these pesky chords down simple and pain free! We're going to take the shapes in stages (this week we look at only the E shape), look at hand and wrist positions and look at how to practice barre chords for the best results.

Week 5

5/19/2016 at 8pm EST Get Access

The Dreaded Barre Chord, Part 2

This week is all about the A shape barre chord. We're going to do the exact same thing we did with E and go through the paces with A. There's a few more fingering options with A, and we'll look at those as well.

Week 6

5/26/2016 at 8pm EST Get Access

Common Chord Progressions

We've spent a good deal of time on chords in this module. We're going to cover several common chord progressions that will tap into all that we have worked on so far. Get out that metronome and let's strum some chords!