Intermediate Guitar Course

Intermediate Guitar Course

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Introduction to the CAGED system

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

Introduction to the intermediate acoustic guitar course and the so-called CAGED system.

Learn how you can convert your open position major and minor chords into barre chord shapes.

Hey There Delilah Step 1

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this first step, we learn how to play the verse and chorus from ‘Hey There Delilah, just like the original recording.

Use the TAB and loops to master these two relatively simple sections of the song.

Hey There Delilah Step 2

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this step, we focus on how to play the M8 section from ‘Hey There Delilah’.

You’ll soon find out how this is in many ways recycling the chords you already played in the verse and chorus.

Hey There Delilah Step 3

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this step, we learn how to play ‘Hey There Delilah’ from beginning to end, just like the original recording.

Use the TAB and the video to play along with me and the singer.

Hey There Delilah Step 4

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this step, we look at how the CAGED system can help us discover 2nd guitar parts for ‘Hey There Delilah’.

The secret to unlocking the guitar fretboard lies within linking the CAGED chord shapes up and down the fretboard.

Hey There Delilah Step 5

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this step, we work out a 2nd guitar part around fret 5. All chords are now barre chords.

However, as we only use three strings, there is not much barring going on!

Hey There Delilah Step 6

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

It’s time to move up the neck and find yet another 2nd guitar part, this time around fret 10.

Where will all this lead? To improvising and learning how to write parts, that’s where.

Hey There Delilah Step 7

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this final step, I’ll show you how you can use the CAGED system to improvise up an endless amount of guitar parts.

Play along with me and the singer one final time, make up your own part as you go along.

Mad World Step 1

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

To learn how to play ‘Mad World’, we start by looking at the verse. First, practice all examples to the loop as the TAB display, then start improvising the patterns.

This composition is in Dorian, that means chord II is our home.

Mad World Step 2

Author: Guru

In this step, we learn how to play the chorus. There are three examples to first learn before you start improvising.

The chorus only move between the II and V chord, a very common movement.

Mad World Step 3

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this step, we take a look at how to play the intro/instrumental melody. To understand how a melody is constructed, we anchor it in the chord shapes.

This will also help with remembering it, as well as understanding music and the guitar neck on a deeper level.

Mad World Step 4

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this step, we play the complete song. You get a loop and a simple TAB chart to play along to.

When you’re comfortable playing this, try it with me and a singer as well.

Mad World Step 5

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this step, we explore how to play all Em and A chords using the CAGED system.

These two chords are a II – V and what you play in the chorus of ‘Mad World’.

Mad World Step 6

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

Today we do what we did to the chorus in the last step to the verse of ‘Mad World’. As there are four chords rather than just two, it may be a bit more difficult.

Persist and you will soon master the CAGED system.

Mad World Step 7

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

With a capo on fret 2 we are set up to think of ‘Mad World’ in the key of Dm.

We can now play the intro melody using open strings and add a sus4 instead of a sus2 to our I chord which is now a C.

Mad World Step 8

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this final step, we fit a capo to fret 5. This means we now must think in Bm. Bm being chord II.

To make the chorus work better with the capo, I use a Bm7 instead of a Bm.

CAGED Fretting Exercises Step 1

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this step, we start working on a bunch of fretting exercises from the CAGED system.

First we learn the C, Cm, A, and Am shapes.

CAGED Fretting Exercises Step 2

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this step, we continue working on our CAGED fretting exercises.

It’s time to nail the G, Gm, E and Em shapes. Practice along to the loops for best results.

CAGED Fretting Exercises Step 3

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this final step of fretting exercises for the CAGED system we work on the D and Dm shapes.

First, practice each line individually on your own, then put them together and play with the loop.

The I III II V in C

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this step, we put the CAGED systems shapes to the test as we play a chord progression in every area of the neck.

The progression is I III II V and the key is C.

Whistle For The Choir Step 1

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

We are back playing a song again, well, almost.

In this step, we go through all the areas you can play this song in for the key of A.

Whistle For The Choir Step 2

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this step we play the complete song with a female singer.

However, in order to do this, we must first learn it all over the neck in the key of G.

Whistle For The Choir Step 3

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

Let’s learn ‘Whistle For The Choir’ in the key of E as well.

After all, this is the original key of the song!

Whistle For The Choir Step 4

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this final step, we play in the key of D as this is what the instrumental section is in. Still, the progression is I III II V.

Playing this progression in so many keys and positions, you’ll probably recognise it on the radio now, in other songs!

Chromatic and Sweeping Exercises Step 1

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

Before we start working on ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’, we first practice some chromatic and sweeping exercises.

The first two use the rhythm of one 8th, two 16th notes.

Chromatic and Sweeping Exercises Step 2

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this step, we practice another couple of chromatic and sweeping exercises.

Spend up to twenty minutes doing this before you move on to the final set of exercises in step 3.

Chromatic and Sweeping Exercises Step 3

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this final step, we practice the same rhythm you’ll use when playing ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’.

This is easier than previous examples for the chromatic version but much, much more difficult for the sweeping pattern.

Blowin In The Wind Step 1

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this step, we learn the verse of ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ using a capo on fret 2.

What you’ll hear is in the key of D, however, you must think as if in the key of C.

Blowin In The Wind Step 2

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this step, you’ll learn the chorus and instrumental sections.

When you can play these two sections you can play the complete song, which we do together at the end of this step.

Blowin In The Wind Step 3

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

Let’s not play exactly the same thing as each other!

In this step you pick the part as I strum, now we sound like a band, a much better idea when playing together.

Blowin In The Wind Step 4

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

Let’s remove that capo and create a picked part using the chords D, G, and A.

When you practiced along to the loop enough, try it with me and the singer again. We should now sound even better together.

Blowin In The Wind Step 5

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this final step, we play ‘Blowin In The Wind’ fingerstyle.

The capo is back at fret 2 as we play this thinking in the key of C again.

Chromatic Exercise 2 Accent

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this first step we work towards playing ‘Kiss Me’ by fine tuning our picking technique.

The video lesson explain this in detail as you get four exercises that move the accent around a chromatic exercise.

Chromatic and Sweeping Kiss Me rhythm

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this step we use the verse rhythm of ‘Kiss Me’ and apply it to both the chromatic and the sweeping exercise.

To be successful, you must sing the rhythm as you play, especially when you sweep.

Open Position CAGED Maj7 and Dom7

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this step, we again prepare for playing ‘Kiss Me’, this time by looking at how to create those maj, maj7, and dom7 chords.

To fully understand how to do this, we must first do it as open position chords, then as barre chords.

Barre CAGED Maj7 and Dom7

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this step, we turn an Eb chord into Ebmaj7 and Eb7.

Using barre chords of the CAGED shapes we can easily move up and down the neck like this.

Kiss Me Step 1

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this step, we actually start playing the song.

First up are the intro, instrumental, verse sections which all use the progression: maj – maj7 -dom7 – maj7 on a loop.

Kiss Me Step 2

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

In today’s lesson, we look at the chorus of ‘Kiss Me’.

This is pretty difficult for two reasons. It’s fast and you have to find a way to switch between the chords without tripping over.

Kiss Me Step 3

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this step we finally play the complete song.

You get a chart for this and a video to play along with me and a singer.

Kiss Me Step 4

Length: 40 minutesAuthor: Guru

In this last step, we remove the capo and invent a 2nd guitar part.

Play this with me and the singer and we sound like a band rather than a double booking.

Chromatic Exercise Hammer On

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

Today we start exploring a bunch of hammer on exercises. You don’t need a metronome for this, instead just focus on the clarity and volume of each note.

Most likely, the slower you play this, the better.

Chromatic Exercise Pull Off

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

Today we reverse the idea by pulling off instead of hammering on.

Still, there is not really any need for a metronome, just focus on getting those notes to pop out nice and clear.

Two Notes Per String Hammer On Exercise

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

In order to get a great technique, we must exercise all our fingers.

Starting on fret 2 with your middle finger, then play fret 4 with your little finger will take care of this.

Pull Off One Note Per String

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

How is it possible to pull off when you only play one note per string?

During the switch from one fret to the next, that’s how.

Babylon Step 1

Length: 20 minutesAuthor: Guru

Today we finally start working on a song again!

It’s ‘Babylon’ by David Gray and of course, it does have a hammer on and pull off lick in it.

Babylon Step 2

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

Today we learn the chorus for ‘Babylon’. I’ve got two versions here for you. The first is super simple and a bit boring.

The second example is very chaotic looking and comes from what naturally happened when playing with a singer, having just the one guitar.

Babylon Step 3

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

Today we play the complete song. I’ve got a chart here for you, it’s in the key of D.

When you play along with me and the singer, you must fit a capo on fret 1 or you’ll create the worst sound in the world by being a semitone out.

Babylon Step 4

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Guru

Today we play the song together. I have my part and you have yours.

Now, when you play with me and the singer, we sound like a band!

Angie Lesson 1

Length: 50 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. Chromatic speed exercises
2. How to play ‘Angie’

Angie Lesson 2

Length: 35 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. Exact TAB for the intro to ‘Angie’
2. A chart for the same song

American Pie Lesson 2

Length: 50 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. Full TAB for the intro and outro of ‘American Pie’
2. A complete chart for the same song

Sunny Afternoon Lesson 1

Length: 40 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. How to play all chords to ‘Sunny Afternoon’ using a capo
2. The correct strumming pattern for the song

I’m Yours Lesson 1

Length: 60 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. Play the barre chord shapes of D, G and C, as well as fractions of these shapes
2. Play the chord progression for ‘I’m Yours’ in every area of the neck

I’m Yours Lesson 2

Length: 70 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. Revise all major barre chord shapes
2. Build up to the rhythm part of ‘I’m Yours’

I’m Yours Lesson 3

Length: 60 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. Revise all minor barre chord shapes
2. Play the m8 and get a chart for ‘I’m Yours’

Beautiful Lesson 1

Length: 40 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. How to play uncomfortable chords
2. The verse and chorus for ‘Beautiful’

Beautiful Lesson 2

Length: 40 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. Complete TAB for the intro and m8 of ‘Beautiful’
2. A chart for the same song

Red Lesson 1

Length: 50 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. How to play barre chords, incorporating open strings
2. How to play the chords to ‘Red’

Red Lesson 2

Length: 60 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. All the strumming patterns for ‘Red’
2. A chart for the full song

1234 Lesson 1

Length: 45 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. Understand and apply a drop D tuning
2. How to play ‘1234’ by Feist

1234 Lesson 2

Length: 40 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. Bonus song – How to play ‘Harvest Moon’ by Neil Young
2. Play ‘1234’ by Feist

Starman Lesson 1

Length: 60 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. Yet another new chromatic exercise
2. The chords to ‘Starman’

Starman Lesson 2

Length: 60 minutesAuthor: Guru

1. All strumming patterns for ‘Starman’
2. Two complete charts for the same song