Barre chords are vital if you want to move beyond the third fret, play solid rhythm in all keys and get a wide variety of sounds through chord inversions. This lesson teaches basic chord theory, transposing from one key to another and how to play chord progressions and songs that require barre chords.
Bass runs help provide a smooth and musically interesting transition as you change chords. They're especially useful in country, bluegrass and folk songs, often providing a harmony line to the sung melody. Learning to add bass runs to your chord progressions teaches you how to play the notes of the scale in several keys, and helps you develop good timing and single-note accuracy. This tape teaches you a variety of bass "walks" in several keys, from the most basic to more complex chromatic runs.
The fingerpicking style is one of the most popular and engaging ways of playing the guitar. It's especially good for song accompaniment, and has long been favored by folk, blues and country pickers. This lesson demystifies the right-hand technique by breaking it down into patterns that can be learned quickly and easily. Once mastered, these patterns can spice up anyone's favorite songs.
To help novice guitarists, the following are guitar tabs and lyrics for many easy to play songs. These song transcriptions use guitar tabs. Guitar Tablature or TAB is the most common method of writing out music for the guitar. It is different from classical music notation in that, TAB uses ordinary numbers and keyboard characters as opposed to standard musical notation which uses symbols. Because of this format, anyone with a computer can write or read TAB making it the most user friendly way to read and communicate guitar music. Also TAB relates directly to the fret board of your guitar, meaning that you may easily see where you put your fingers.