Udemy Spice-Up Your Guitar SONG-Playing Develop YOUR Unique Style TUTORiAL
P2P | 15 March 2019 | 11.5 GB
This course will change the way that you are playing songs. It's going to become a much more creative experience, open to your own interpretations and choices.
People will be touched and impressed with what you'll do on the guitar - and they'll want to hear more.
(for more details on the techniques and "spices" that you will learn - see the description below, and also the course curriculum content below)
Are you at a place where you can play songs that you love on the guitar, but you feel that most of them sound plain, and sort-of the same when you play them?
Do you want to play songs in a more enjoyable, satisfying way - with a lot more creative choices and sound options at your fingertips?
Do you want to be able to really express and transmit your emotions through your playing - and captivate your listeners?
Do you want to get into a journey of improving and spicing-up your song-playing through studying the habits, ideas and techniques of some the world's most-loved guitarists? (The Beatles, John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, Jimi Hendrix, Jack Johnson and many others)
If the answers are yes - so you are in the right place, and the only place on the internet which can give you those answers.
I created this course as the dream course that I wish I had when I was at the position that you're at now.
I was at that exact same place shortly after I was finally able to play a lot of my favorite songs fluently, and this feeling stuck for several years of mostly plateauing.
A feeling of "OK... What's next after I got those simple strums down?". I felt like my playing was stuck in a rut and there was nothing really special or ear-catching in my playing, neither to me - or to my friends who were listening.
That's actually a spot most people get to - once they can strum some songs. They want to be more than a campfire player that's identical to the next guy/girl.
And you can be at this spot whether if you've been playing for 6 months or 30 years.
But with the right guidance and inspiration - you can move forward very quickly and fire up the guitar passion all over again.
Once I started getting on that road of discovering new song-playing techniques, the new possibilities and new spices I can add to my sound just kept showing up, my ears got better, and I found new inspirations in many songs that I listened to.
Today - the last thing I feel when I play a song is the "boredom" or the "same-old-same-old" feeling that I used to feel.
The other way around is true - I feel like there are just many different ways in which I can take a song and make it "my own".
Because of that, each time I play a song - it's also a slightly different version of it - and that's what I like the most - the richness of possibilities and choices that I can make.
THE OFFICIAL COURSE E-BOOKS: (Also, look below for the 7 bonus E-Books that you're getting)
Beautiful, printable SONGBOOK with 110+ of the most fun-to-play guitar songs of all time - so you'll have many songs to practice your new techniques on. I handpicked these songs for you - and they are all EPIC. You'll get hundreds of hours of fun out of this book.
BONUS: A detailed 100 page fancy e-book that'll help you ingrain the knowledge from each lesson. Inluding how-to-practice guides, cheat-sheets, links to relevant examples in famous songs, lesson summaries, and more.
The 18 techniques that you will have up your sleeve after this course are: (everything will be learned by using practical examples from at least 5 famous songs, and with detailed "how to put this into practice" guides)
Arpeggio Picking: ("The #1 Way to Beautify Songs") where instead of strumming all strings at once - you pick every note individually. We will focus deeply on this technique and you will get all the tools you need to easily play songs that are originally played with arpeggios, or also to "convert" regular, strummed songs into gorgeous arpeggio covers. Notable examples: Green Day - Time of Your Life, Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven, R.E.M - Everybody Hurts.
Create "Stairways" Over Chord Transitions by Using Bass Walk-Ups & Walk-Downs: This is a technique to make your chord transitions more lively - where instead of for example switching directly from G to E minor, we will take the role of a bass player for a second, and add a "walk-down" on the F# note, on the way down from the G to the E minor. Examples: Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah, Ben E. King - Stand By Me, Radiohead - Karma Police.
Changing the Vibe of a Song by Changing the GROOVE (rhythmic feeling): Take a song that you know and with (or without) the help of a virtual drummer app, "inject" a new groove (new "rhythmic feeling") into it. For example, turn a chill song into a funky song, or a rock song into a bossa-nova. This one's FUN, and you can see examples in The Fugees cover of No Woman No Cry (sort of a folk rhythm in the Bob Marley version, turned into R&B rhythm), in John Mayer's cover of Free Fallin' (The Tom Petty rock song - turned into folk), and in Jamiroquai cover of Sunny. (soul song turned into a super funky song)
Give Your Songs a Lot More DEPTH by Building Them Up Gradually, Using DYNAMIC Playing: With the techniques and theory in this section, you'll be able to leave the "flat" song-playing behind you, and give songs deeper performances, with varying energy levels in each part, even when all you have is just one acoustic guitar and not a full band. Examples: the build-ups between the parts of the song in Green Day - Time of Your Life, Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah, Van Morrison - Into the Mystic.
Add Some MELODIES to Your Song-Playing by Adding Riffs & Fills Between Chords: Spice up your song-playing by combining some lead-guitar playing in it - by adding cool melodies and riffs in between some of your chords. Examples: all the Jimi Hendrix songs, John Mayer - Gravity, Jack Johnson - F-Stop Blues, Van Morrison - Crazy Love (Athens 1989 version).
Adding Some Acoustic Beach Vibes to Your Songs with "The Jack Johnson Slaps & Mutes": Learn how to play chill, acoustic, "beach-style" guitar - in the style of Jack Johnson. Examples: Jack Johnson - Better Together, I Got You, Banana Pancakes, Bubbly Toes. The Beautiful Girls - La Mar. Ben Harper - Forever.
You'll be able to naturally substitute plain chords with some COLORFUL 7th chords in songs that you play. (like Dmaj7, F7, Em7, etc.) You'll know how to use them and you'll know when they fit in best. Examples of songs with a lot of 7th chords: Just the Two of Us, The Beatles - Something, Fly Me to the Moon. Also, most blues songs contain Dominant7 / minor7 chords.
Beautifully decorating your chords by using hammer-ons and pull-offs in and out of them. Examples: Bob Dylan, Brett Dennen - Don't Think Twice It's Alright, The Doobie Brothers - Long Train Running, John Mayer - Queen of California.
We'll work on adding the #1 ingredient into your songs - EMOTION. We'll see different examples from artists who evoke different emotions and do some exercises ourselves, so you can really start feeling the songs, and make sure that your listeners feel you as well.
Learn how to play songs in the electric style of Jimi Hendrix and John Mayer, with their unique right-hand groove, and while adding riffs between the chords (and while playing "thumb-over chords"). You can use it to play their songs, or to "convert" any other song into their style. Examples: Jimi Hendrix - Bold As Love, The Wind Cries Mary, Castles Made of Sand. John Mayer - Slow Dancing In a Burning Room, Gravity, Daughters.
Adding “The Funk Sauce” to Different Genres of Music: SLIDING Into Chords: This technique will enable you to make a more "pronounced" entry into chords that you want to emphasize. It can be done either in a "funky" style, "country" style, and more styles that you'll see in the lessons. Examples: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge, (sliding into some of the chords in the verse) Jimi Hendrix - Little Wing, Red House, (Sliding into some of the chords in the intro) John Mayer - Stop This Train. (Into the 2nd chord of the repeating progression of the verse)
Sus 2 & Sus 4 Chords: Adding Interest with Tension & Release Elements. Examples: Brian Adams - Summer of '69 (intro of the MTV unplugged version), Elton John - Can You Feel The Love Tonight, (Just before the chorus) John Denver - Leaving on a Jet Plane. (Just before the chorus)
How to use Palm-Muting to play around with the dynamics of a song - so you can make sure that the intro sounds smaller, and the chorus sounds BIGGER for example. Examples: Ed Sheeran - A Team, Green Day - Basket Case, Van Morrison & Bob Dylan in Athens - Crazy Love.
Make Your Songs Butter-Smooth and Your Chords SPACIOUS: Slash Chords. This one's about Using slash chords (like D/F#, C/B, Em/G, etc.) to either create interesting bass line movements, or to get fuller-sounding chords. Examples: Elton John - Your Song, Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Tiny Dancer. Simon & Garfunkel - America. (Interesting bass line movements - either ascending or descending ) Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here. (fuller sounding chords)
"Wiping Down" The Strings – a Great BUILD-UP Technique to Capture Attention: build up quick tension before a new song part. A cool little touch that adds a lot of fun. Example: Stevie Ray Vaughan - Pride and Joy, (before the first solo) Jimi Hendrix - Little Wing, (right as the song starts) John Mayer - Ain't No Sunshine cover (right before the 2nd verse).
Making Chords HUGE with the CHORDS VIBRATO Technique: Most of us know the vibrato from solos, and when it's used only on single notes. However, inside the course I'll show you 5 techniques to add a vibrato to whole chords. It sounds AWESOME. Usually you'll end a song with it, or emphasize certain chords with it. For an even more pronounced, similar effect, check out the tremolo in Stevie Ray Vaughan - Lenny, (intro) and Nancy Sinatra - Bang Bang. (intro)
Spicing-Up Chord Transitions by Adding WHOLE CHORDS Walk-Ups or Walk-Downs: Examples: Radiohead - Just (into the chorus), Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine (a walk-down is often added in live performances, right at middle of the bridge - "and she's always gona too long") Jimi Hendrix - Little Wing (in the middle of each progression - it's a Bbm7-Am7-Abm7)
Playing Alternative Chord Voicings All Over the Neck: Replacing open chords with more interesting, sparkling voicings up the neck.
Three extra techniques - see The Middle Section in the course to find out more!
SONGWRITERS - your future songs will be a lot more interesting and different from the rest of the pack. The new sounds out of your guitar will surely inspire you in more ways, and take your lyrics and melodies to new territories.
Bonus lessons: (available in the "Middle Section" of the course)
How to (Practically) Start Discovering Your Own Unique Sound on the Guitar
Adding the Often-Forgotten, #1 Ingredient to Your Songs: EMOTION
A Quick-Start Guide to PRACTICAL Guitar & Music Theory
How to Make Your Guitar 3X More Fun to Play (80-20 Maintenance Talk)
My Bullet-Proof Method to Easily Find the Correct Strumming Pattern of Any Song
The 2 Main Keys for Learning (and Remembering) ANY Song - Much Faster Than How You're Used to
7 Reasons to Start Spicing-Up Your Performances with a HARMONICA
My 2 Cents About Singing - and Recommended Ways to Learn It
My Favorite 5 Song-Playing Guitarists on YouTube – An Inspiration Source
7 BONUS E-Books: On top of everything that's above, you'll get 7 more fancy Guitar Songs Masters E-Books that'll help you improve your guitar life.
The 14 Best Guitar Apps That You'll Actually Use
11 Guitar Practice Tips for Speedy Improvement
The Complete Guitar Chords Cheat-Book
The 13 Best Guitar Accessories That You'll Need
My Secret Songbooks Link-Bank: Get Access to 7 Songbooks with 5000+ Songs
9 Cool Ways to Customize Your Guitar
Improve Your Sense of Rhythm Cheat-Sheet
Tricks, hacks and techniques: (Partial list, see the curriculum for the rest, and new lessons added every 1-2 months)
Why should you listen to me?
Hey friend! I'm Cooper, a music man based in beautiful Melbourne, Australia. (Originally from the lovely and lively Tel Aviv, Israel) I work with other artists mostly as a guitarist, pianist and harmonica player - and I specialize in (and LOVE!) blues, jazz, and 60s-70s rock n' roll.
In 2014 I founded the blog Guitar Songs Masters-com - (formerly named GuitarHippies) which grew over time and work to be one of the top five most-read guitar blogs worldwide with a monthly readership of 100K people, along with its accompanying video courses academy.
Over the last several years, I spent many months traveling through four different continents with my guitar, and having a great time with many musicians.
My primary focus since my early days of playing the guitar, was to play the songs that I love - while trying to give them my personal twist. That's what I'm an expert at - and that's why this course is the flagship course that I worked on for a year and there's nothing like it on the internet.
To conclude - my expertise is in teaching you how to play the songs that you love - with your own unique sound that I can help you develop.
Looking forward to seeing you inside the course, and to hopefully hear from you as you're making the journey of developing your own sound. (I'm serious - I love hearing from students - so feel free to send me a message)
Who this course is for:
Guitar players that feel like their song-playing is on the boring side - and who want a major refreshment.
Guitar players who feel that they're stuck in a rut and want to add more personal style to their playing.
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