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Wish You Were Here Step 1 (Preview)

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.

Sunshine Of Your Love Step 1 (Preview)

Length: 45 minutesAuthor: Guru

Before we can start playing Sunshine Of Your Love, we have to ensure we can play the minor blues scale in Dm and Gm.

We do this as the riff is based on this very scale. First, we play the scale, then the riff.

Sunshine Of Your Love Step 2

Length: 45 minutesAuthor: Guru

Let’s find 10 ways to play this riff all over the neck in D and G.

By adding more notes to fatten it up and expression techniques like slides and bends, we can make this sound more or less bluesy.

Sunshine Of Your Love Step 3

Length: 45 minutesAuthor: Guru

By borrowing a dom7#9 from Spanky Wilson’s cover version, we can further expand on the main riff.

We also work on how to play the turnaround in a few ways.

Sunshine Of Your Love Step 4

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this step, we play the complete song with a singer. There is a 4 page, complete TAB transcription available.

However, it would be a better idea to look at the fretboard and find the riff in an improvised way, than to focus on the TAB.

Sunshine Of Your Love Step 5

Length: 60 minutesAuthor: Guru

It’s time to summon the spirit of Eric Clapton and play his solo in eleven individual licks.

Our mental coach is Mr. Miyagi who will assist us with the wax on, wax off slow-motion learning technique. You can do this!

Sunshine Of Your Love Step 6

Length: 45 minutesAuthor: Guru

The tempo is now fast enough so we can add a rhythm guitar and play longer phrases from the solo.

If you have prepared well, playing these five examples will be possible.

Sunshine Of Your Love Step 7

Length: 45 minutesAuthor: Guru

You’re almost there when you completed this step as we now play the solo in its entirety.

First in two halves at 96 BPM, then the full solo at 108.

Sunshine Of Your Love Step 8

Length: 45 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this final step, you play with me and the singer again, although now you play the solo.

For a 2nd rhythm guitar part, don’t play the riff in the same area as me and keep changing it!

Take Me To The River Step 1 (Preview)

Length: 25 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this first step, we take an overview of the chord progression which has so many important lessons in itself, especially if you want to learn more about song writing.

We also look at the initial transcriptions of bass line, horns and strings to get this arrangement going.

Take Me To The River Step 2

Length: 45 minutesAuthor: Guru

It’s time to start learning a bunch of variations on the verse.

The question is, how do we combine horns, keyboards and bass line into a one acoustic arrangement?

Take Me To The River Step 3

Length: 40 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this step we dive into the bridge and discover how it can be varied using chord extensions and bass lines.

Since the verse is varied leading into this section this is also included in all examples.

Take Me To The River Step 4

Length: 45 minutesAuthor: Guru

The chorus is what is put under the microscope in this step.

The horns have an important part to play here, so does the bass. Put these together and you have a part.

Take Me To The River Step 5

Length: 60 minutesAuthor: Guru

The final missing bits of the arrangement are here clarified. This includes the intro, m8 and outro.

If you know the previous parts well, this is not too difficult to achieve.

Take Me To The River Step 6

Length: 45 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this step we start putting the entire arrangement together.

Simply play along with the TAB loops and you will complete the first half of this one acoustic guitar arrangement.

Take Me To The River Step 7

Length: 45 minutesAuthor: Guru

Let’s play the 2nd half of the arrangement, this includes the m8 and outro.

The verse and chorus now have all embellishments such as hammer-on, slide, mutes etc. Nail it note for note using TAB loops.

Take Me To The River Step 8

Length: 45 minutesAuthor: Guru

After discovering all the great secrets of this composition, you are now finally ready to play the complete song.

Play it along with me and a singer.

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

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