- Lesson 1
Intermediate Guitar Lesson 1
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- Lesson 2
Intermediate Guitar Lesson 2
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- Lesson 3
Intermediate Guitar Lesson 3
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- Lesson 4
Intermediate Guitar Lesson 4
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- Lesson 5
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- Lesson 6
Intermediate Guitar Lesson 6
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- Lesson 7
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- Lesson 8
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Your first Intermediate Guitar Lesson!
- Get playing
- Start using a capo
- Basic chromatic exercises to a click
- Read about chord progressions
- Build second guitar parts
This should have brought you to a place where you felt more comfortable with strumming and picking, playing and changing between chords as well as understanding how chord progressions work.
Intermediate guitar lessons
In the intermediate lessons we are going to step our learning up a level and aim to actually crack the fretboard code!
We will achieve this by extreme attention to detail, leaving no stoned unturned, we will do this by following in the footsteps of one of the greatest musicians ever lived: Mr Charlie Parker.
Practice like Bird!
Charlie “Bird” Parker, the most famous sax player ever lived, started out like any other sax player, going to jams, getting gigs, getting by. He was nothing special in the early days.
Not exactly a beginner but in no way a master of his instruments Bird decided to take his own playing and destiny seriously, this is what he did:
Bird decided to practice whatever he did in 12 keys.
When he told his friends about it they laughed, a sax is mainly played in flat keys like F, Bb, Eb etc, just like a guitar is almost only played in sharp keys like G, D and A.
When Bird started playing with a freedom not seen before, improvising over extremely advanced chord progressions at scary tempos his friends didn’t laugh any more.
In the end, Charlie Parker invented a new musical style called Bebop.
The only reason he could achieve this was because he had mastered his instrument, nothing was hard anymore, it was obvious, music had become a language that Bird could speak fluently.
Or to put it in a different way, playing in C major was as easy as playing in Ab major.
It is this goal the intermediate guitar lessons aim to guide you towards.
Intermediate Guitar Lessons Homework
If you have decided that you want to master the guitar then you must follow what Charlie Parker did, you have to become fluent in the language of music, that means being able to transpose on the fly, play in any key and move anything you play in one scale shape to another, without first have to sit down, work it out and memorize it.
The question is; can you play all barred chord shapes in all 12 keys?
If not, practice the exercises until you can, it is not impossible achieve, but it will not happen by itself.
Next lesson will look at further details of practicing the barred chords, those first video lessons only the tip of the iceberg!
See you next week for Intermediate Guitar Lesson 2.