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Wish You Were Here Step 1

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this first step we look at how to strum the verse/chorus as well as the more complex intro.

To make it sound nice, focus on how you change the dynamics of your strumming hand, maintaining the rhythm.

Wish You Were Here Step 2

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

Let’s take a look at those four licks played during the intro in detail.

There is lots to learn from here, the unexpected b9 bends, the call and response between chord VI and I. Let’s learn this note for note.

Wish You Were Here Step 3

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

Let’s play the complete song. Simply play along with me and the singer in the video.

Whenever I play the intro chords, play the licks and focus on getting them perfect.

Wish You Were Here Step 4

Length: 60 minutesAuthor: Guru

This step is a minor and major pentatonic check-up extravaganza.

The first five exercises move each shape between chord VI – II – III. The last five loop chord I – IV – V.

Wish You Were Here Step 5

Length: 40 minutesAuthor: Guru

Let’s move those perfect intro licks to all areas of the neck.

This will be a great way to check how well you know those minor and major pentatonic shapes.

Wish You Were Here Step 6

Length: 40 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this step, we work on playing the vocal melodies of the chorus and verses.

We do this in the open position and focus on what intervals are used as well as playing the syncopated rhythm just as written.

Wish You Were Here Step 7

Length: 40 minutesAuthor: Guru

Let’s play the chorus melody in all shapes as this will help us identify intervals in relation to chord shapes.

The ultimate goal is that you can play through all shapes in one go, just like the last TAB loop does, without looking at the TAB.

Wish You Were Here Step 8

Length: 50 minutesAuthor: Guru

Today we do what we did in the last step but with verse 2’s vocal melody.

Focus on what interval each phrase start and end with and you will be on to great things.

Cannonball Lesson 2

Length: 40 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. Building add9, madd9 and sus2 chords
2. Turnaround and end TAB for ‘Cannonball’

Cannonball Lesson 3

Length: 40 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. Add a 9th to the Minor Pentatonic
2. Add a b6th to the Minor Pentatonic

Cannonball Lesson 4

Length: 40 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. Em, Dm and Am Aeolian scale shapes
2. A complete ‘Cannonball’ chart

Cannonball Lesson 5

Length: 40 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. The Gm and Cm Aeolian shapes
2. The verse melody for ‘Cannonball’

Cannonball Lesson 6

Length: 50 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. The chorus melody of ‘Cannonball’
2. Improvise using the Aeolian mode

Angels Lesson 1

Length: 40 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. ‘Angels’ chord progression
2. The strumming pattern for the same song

Angels Lesson 2

Length: 60 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. Building towards the Ionian mode
2. ‘Angels’ chart

Angels Lesson 3

Length: 60 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. A, G and E major pentatonic shapes with maj7
2. ‘Angels’ verse/bridge melody

Angels Lesson 4

Length: 50 minutesAuthor: Guru

3. Major pentatonic with an added 4th
4. ‘Angels’ vocal melody

Angels Lesson 5

Length: 40 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. Two more Ionian scale shapes
2. The vocal melody for ‘Angels’

Angels Lesson 6

Length: 50 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. All Ionian scale shapes
2. ‘Angels’ chorus melody

Revise Wish You Were Here

Length: 50 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. Revise the minor and Major Pentatonic scale shapes for the last time
2. Revise ‘Wish You Were Here’

Revise Min7 and Dom7

Length: 40 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. Min7 chord shapes, new exercise challenge
2. Dom7 chord shapes, new exercise challenge

Take Me To The River Lesson 1

Length: 40 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. Eight TAB examples of how to play the main riff of ‘Take Me To The River’
2. Verse, bridge and m8 TAB for the same song

Take Me To The River Lesson 4

Length: 40 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. ‘Take Me To The River’ TAB chart in the key of G
2. Place a capo on fret three and jam along using the original riffs

Roxanne Lesson 1

Length: 40 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. All five shapes of the min7 and maj7 chord shapes
2. ‘Roxanne’ TAB

Roxanne Lesson 2

Length: 40 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. ‘Roxanne’ chart
2. TAB for for the same song without a capo

Roxanne Lesson 3

Length: 45 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. Improvise over ‘Roxanne’ using pentatonic scales
2. Add a b9 to the Minor Pentatonic, build towards Phrygian

Roxanne Lesson 4

Length: 45 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. Five shapes of the Phrygian mode
2. Improvise over the verse of ‘Roxanne’ using only modes

Roxanne Lesson 5

Length: 40 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. Improvise over bridge and chorus of ‘Roxanne’ using modes
2. All m7b5 chord shapes

7th note Chord shapes

Length: 35 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. Min7b5 chord shapes through the cycle of 4th
2. Exercises for all 7th note chords using the same rhythm

Creepin’ In Lesson 1

Length: 50 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. Sweeping exercises 15-18 using pull-offs
2. ‘Creepin’ In’ intro, verse and chorus

Creepin’ In Lesson 2

Length: 50 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. Chromatic exercises 19 and 20 using hammer-on and pull-offs
2. All ‘Creepin In’ sections, including the end

Creepin’ In Lesson 3

Length: 55 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. How to play all Lydian shapes using hammer-on and pull-offs
2. An (almost) complete chart for ‘Creepin’ In’

Close To You Lesson 1

Length: 35 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. The ripple technique used in the verse of ‘Close To You’
2. The broken triplet in the chorus for the same song

Close To You Lesson 2

Length: 50 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. How to play all Phrygian shapes using three rhythms
2. How to play the intro, verse and chorus of ‘Close To You’

Close To You Lesson 3

Length: 60 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. The instrumental section for ‘Close To You’
2. The end section for the same song

Close To You Lesson 4

Length: 50 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. Connect all Phrygian shapes in two keys
2. A complete chart for ‘Close To You’

Revise Take Me To The River

Length: 50 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. Maj7, dom7, min7 and min7b5 chords through the cycle of 4th
2. ‘Take Me To The River’ in two keys

Revise Roxanne

Length: 60 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. Revise Mixolydian, Ionian and Lydian in every shape
2. Revise ‘Roxanne’

Revise Creepin’ In

Length: 60 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. Revise the Dorian, Aeolian and Phrygian modes
2. Revise ‘Creepin’ In’

Blackbird Lesson 1

Length: 50 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. Chords around the major scale in three positions
2. The two basic fingerstyle techniques of ‘Blackbird’

Blackbird Lesson 2

Length: 40 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. Two more positions of the ‘chords around the major scale’ exercise
2. How to play the ‘Blackbird’ verse

Blackbird Lesson 3

Length: 50 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. All chords around the major scale in five positions, key of F
2. How to play the chorus and chorus tag for ‘Blackbird’

Blackbird Lesson 4

Length: 60 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. Chords around the D major scale
2. A full chart for ‘Blackbird’

Chords around Ionian

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. Chords around Ionian in the key of C, three shapes
2. Chords around Ionian in the key of C, two shapes

Tears In Heaven Lesson 2

Length: 60 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. Chords around the scale shape in the key of A
2. The bridge, m8 and end sections of ‘Tears In Heaven’

Min7 Arpeggios

Length: 50 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. Two sweeping speed exercises
2. Five min7 arpeggio shapes

Dom7 Arpeggios

Length: 60 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. Three more sweeping speed exercises
2. The dom7 arpeggio

Phrygian

Length: 45 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. All Phrygian shapes
2. Two shapes of the Phrygian Dominant scale

Major Modes

Length: 25 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. Revise the three major modes in the G, E and D shapes
2. Revise the three major modes in the C and A shapes