Creation Beyond Imitation Guitar Courseclicked

Study Great Musicians to Imrpove Your Guitar Playing

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About the Course

In ten weeks you will discover not only how to emulate some of your favorite songs from the 1970’s, but you will learn how to create your own song "In The Style of" songs that you’ve grown to love. Join us in this Ten-Week series in breaking down past hits in the secrets of their melodic development, musical theory, rhythm, and technique, and learn how to turn what you learn from others into hits of your own.


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

  • Study 10 Unique Musicians
  • Travis Picking
  • Using Pop Techniques
  • Melodic Guitar Playing
  • Learn Rhythm Guitar
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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

05/29/2017 at 6pm Get Access

Birdy Goes Pop

Birdy Goes Pop visits the 70’s sound of the Beatle’s famous song Blackbird, a song that dealt lyrically and artfully with the topic of civil rights. This lesson won’t be political, but it will be pivotal in that we’ll create a new pop ballad that will harness the elements of this timeless tune, and yet will give us the tools to make it our own.

Week 2

06/05/2017 at 6pm Get Access

The Kansas Wind

Welcome to the back porch of a Kansas home in the middle of the dust bowl. You’ll ride the rails of the Travis picking style and learn how to make an accompaniment stand on its own as a hooking element to any song.

Week 3

06/19/2017 at 6pm Get Access

One, Two, Three

This is a Jackson 5-like blast from the past. You’ll learn the timeless way to incorporate bass lines into your rhythm playing, turning an average acoustic style into something more.

Week 4

07/10/2017 at 6pm Get Access

Just Like Yesterday

Are you one of those people who can’t sing, but you want to hear those timeless melodies sound within your playing? In this lesson you’ll learn how to make melody sing on your guitar; don't worry, being able to sing is not required. In this lesson we learn a famous etude much like the Beatles song Yesterday.

Week 5

07/17/2017 at 6pm Get Access

Losing Sheep

We are going to get close with The Carpenter’s style, and let them build us into arrangers. How do you take a song that’s known for it’s other instrumentation and put it on the guitar? In this lesson, a beautiful piano accompanied song gets "guitared!"

Week 6

07/31/2017 at 6pm Get Access

Like an American Woman

Dave analyzes the song "American Woman" and talks about how you can use the best parts in your own song.

Week 7

08/07/2017 at 6pm Get Access

Based on War

An old tune by Edwin Starr that wars between funk and rock, is re-envisioned into something that pops, and something that builds. Learn in this lesson how to harness a simple section of a song, and turn it into an entire new tune.

Week 8

08/21/2017 at 6pm Get Access

Dreaming in California

California Dreamin’ by the Mamas and Papas is a simple progression with a few twists. Emulating this song is easy, but extrapolating ideas from it can be much more rewarding. Come see how we turn California Dreamin’ into an Alaskan outdoor meditation.

Week 9

08/28/2017 at 6pm Get Access

Time Slipping By (In a Bottle)

Jim Croce’s beautiful accompaniments accent the stories that he tells. How can we take simple chords and shapes and turn them into interesting things to listen to all their own? How can these new shapes and sizes contribute to the stories we want to tell? In this lesson we’ll learn from Jim Croce in how to make our own stories more riveting.

Week 10

09/11/2017 at 6pm Get Access

Like a T-Rex

Many songs from the past and present use the staccato texture of the riff in combination with the legato texture of the chord to make songs more interesting. How is that done, and why? We’ll answer it in our lesson based on Bang a Gong by T. Rex.