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Learn to Write Your Own Fingerstyle Guitar Arrangements

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About the Course

Learn to compose your own fingerstyle compositions! Jim will walk you through the process of taking separate elements such as chords, a melody, and a baseline and weaving them into one tight and honed fingerstyle masterpiece. Don't worry, this is not as complicated as it sounds, especially for basic arrangements; the end product, however, will be mindblowing and have everyone you know wondering when you got so good.

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

  • Basic Fingerstyle Techniques
  • Create Melody Focused Pieces
  • Picking Chords for a Melody
  • Playing the Groove
  • Polishing Your Arrangement
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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 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 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!

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.

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Week 1

09/19/2016 at 8pm Get Access

Fingerstyle Basics You'll Need

We will discuss the basic building blocks of a song and some common terminology to get you started. We'll also review and demonstrate each of the core fingerstyle skills you'll need for the coming weeks. This should get you up to speed!

Week 2

09/26/2016 at 8pm Get Access

Melody Is Job One

No matter what else you add, melody is what makes a song make sense. We'll start with a sample song and learn how to map it to your guitar. This important step will set the stage for the rest of the arrangement process.

Week 3

10/03/2016 at 8pm Get Access

Chords Are The Scenery

If the melody is the song's "story", chords are the scenic background as we go along. They are not just part of the structure - they set the tone and "color" of the song. We'll talk about how to find the chords no matter what key the song is in and how to get them put together in a way that makes sense.

Week 4

10/10/2016 at 7pm Get Access

Putting It All Together

Now you'll put chords and melody together. In fingerstyle, you have the tools to play both at once, but caution, there are challenges ahead! This session will be totally focused on your left hand, making decisions about fingerings, choosing alternative chord positions or possibly even changing to a different key.

Week 5

10/17/2016 at 8pm Get Access

Get in the Groove

Next we'll focus on the right hand, which is in control of the groove. You've probably heard it said, "Your left hand tells me what you know - your right hand tells me who you are". The soul, the feeling of a song is driven by your right hand fingers and thumb and this is when we'll add "life" to the arrangement.

Week 6

10/24/2016 at 8pm Get Access

Make It Yours

Fingerstyle lets you put lots of spices in your recipe and this week we'll look at some ways to customize your arrangement. Techniques like walking bass lines, alternate chords, syncopation and more will put the "cool" in your song and make it something you'll want to hear and play over and over again.

Week 7

10/31/2016 at 8pm Get Access

The Big Picture

An arrangement that's truly a finished product has more than just repeating parts. Now we'll look at crafting intros, endings and other variations you can add to really put the polish on your song.

Week 8

11/07/2016 at 8pm Get Access

More Than Just Covers

Creating your own cover arrangement is great, but what about composing your own material from the ground up? We'll wrap up this course with a look at the question, "Where do ideas come from?" You may not write an entire song but sometimes making up a bridge to drop in the middle of an arrangement is a tasty way to spice things up. We'll look at examples about how a simple idea can evolve into something bigger, even a whole song. Suddenly you're not repeating someone else's story, you're telling your own!