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Brief introduction

Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul, on which they mightily fasten, imparting grace...
--Plato

Playing guitar is great for a long list of reasons. The way the Guitar Kitchen is set up you will be making music after the second lesson. Making music is an amazing feeling, so have a go at it!

Remember

  • keep your hands relaxed
  • keep your guitar in tune
  • play in time, with the rhythm
  • musicality always beats technicality
  • practice too slow instead of too fast
  • play along to records whenever you can
  • play with other people whenever you can

Truth + Love + Power

Align yourself with truth, love and power! Some thoughts on learning guitar in a truthful, loving, empowering manner.

Quotes

The loftier the building, the deeper must the foundation be laid.
--Thomas Kempis

Start with a strong foundation now, be patient and you will reap a bountiful harvest in due time.

It had never occurred to me before that music and thinking are so much alike. In fact you could say music is another way of thinking, or maybe thinking is another kind of music.
--Ursula K. Le Guin

Stay relaxed

Not straining your hands and arms is accomplished by staying relaxed, taking breaks, following our general advice and understanding principles of ergonomics.

Staying relaxed is important for your hands as well as the rest of your body. The music you make will sound better when you are relaxed.

12 week starter course

Starting out - 1st month

Introduction Introduction to the Lessons
Lesson One Holding the guitar and tuning
Lesson Two Open chords (G to F) and a pentatonic scale on the 5th fret
Lesson Three G chords and a pentatonic scale on the 5th fret
Lesson Four Modified D, A, E chords and combining pentatonic scales

Rock and blues - 2nd month

Lesson Five Blues progression (A7, D, E7) and the blues scale on the 5th fret
Lesson Six Blues progression (G7, C, D7) and the blues scale on the 3rd fret
Lesson Seven 50s rock in G and a new pentatonic scale pattern
Lesson Eight 50s rock in C, the C major scale and how the pentatonic and major scales are related

Moving along - 3rd month

Lesson Nine Harmonic minor and syncopation
Lesson Ten Basic reggae
Lesson Eleven 3 chord rock, power chords, and bar chords
Lesson Twelve The blues, bar chords, and blues riffs

Styles

Salsa

#1 Montunos, tumbao and clave

Flamenco

Part #2 Learning rasgueado technique
Part #3 Learning how to count in 12

Folk guitar

Part #1 Learning basic strumming patterns
Part #2 Adding texture to your strumming
Part #3 Alternating bass

Jazz

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Jazz advice 3 important aspects of learning jazz
Creating melodies Creating your own melodies is a good place to start learning to play jazz
Blues in jazz Basic jazz blues
Chords I Beginning jazz chords

Reggae

Get up, stand up A good place to play some reggae

Rock n roll

Purple Haze Some basic tips for learning the song