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Student testimonial - “Thank you for such a great course! It made learning guitar very systematic and understandable. All other books I had tried to learn from were so confusing and this course was very logical and easy to follow. I really enjoyed your sense of humor and teaching style"
This is a 3 part interactive course that teaches music reading and guitar theory across the entire fretboard. This $89 course is designed to be taken after completingIntroduction to Guitar Part Two.
The main objective of this course is to guide the student to create beautiful expressive music. This comprehensive guitar course is packed with video demonstrations, detailed written instructions, illustrations, photos and audio recordings that show exactly how to apply techniques used by professional players.
Students have access to the course material 24/7 and work at their own pace. Mastering Your Guitar Fretboard consists of 24 lessons in total. The course is divided into 3 parts. Each part consists of 8 lessons. Each lesson consists of 5 chapters and one lesson assignment. The lessons are delivered to the students email inbox each Wednesday for 8 weeks.
The main objective of the part 1 course is to introduce notes on the E1 and B2 strings to the 12th fret to learn and play beautiful new music. The topics and techniques to be introduced are slurs, trills & mordents, grace notes, vibrato, glissando and portamento with a detailed analysis of bar chord technique and notation. Read part one syllabus.
The main objective of the part 2 course is to introduce notes on the G3 and D4 strings to the 12th fret to learn and play beautiful new music. The techniques and key topics introduced in this course will be: Economy fingering, note recognition on the E1, B2, G3 and D4 strings across the fretboard, natural harmonic production, comparing music in various fret positions and unison note comparison across the fretboard. Read part two syllabus.
The main objective of the part 3 course is to introduce notes on the A5 and E6 strings to the 12th fret to learn and play beautiful new music. The techniques and key topics introduced in this course will be: Unison and enharmonic equivalents as well as note recognition on all six strings across the fretboard, continued bar chord development, drop D tuning, how to transpose music to another key and continued development of musical interpretation and expression through dynamics. Read part three syllabus.
A Student Review -
My entire experience, from day one of MYGF Part 1 to the completion of Part 3 far exceeded my expectations. In this series I found the music inspiring. Throughout I also found the videos extremely important on a number of levels. First, I always listened and viewed the videos or audio files from a desktop computer with a 22” screen and good audio, with headphones. I could then really study your fingers and hear the dynamics.
The way you worked through the notes on each string was fantastic. I know where the notes can be found on their respective strings, open or closed, and so much more. I rely on the string and fingering notations in the music, and have worked out a few things on my own too. One question I had that became clear was how chords are built. I recognized a few from the notes in the arpeggios and that recognition helped me think about what I was trying to play. For example, C, or G in the first position, or Dm.
The arpeggios have proven to be so valuable. Aside from finger placement, playing them smoothly is a work in progres. I found the music selections varied and they held a lot of interest for me, demonstrating the different styles of guitar music. Nothing was ‘too easy’. My favorite in Part 1 is Study from Lesson 6. In Part 1 Lesson 7, of course Silent Night was a great addition. The technical sequences of lessons in Part I and up to about Lesson 4 Part II were very challenging.
Part 3 was exciting all the way. I am glad you included Greensleeves, Scarborough Fair, and the Asturias in Part 3. They are all great choices. I liked the Drop D tuning study, too. That entire concept is fascinating. I was especially pumped up by the Asturias though. I can’t describe the energy it gave me at the time. It’s a very difficult piece. Probably the most difficult of all you have presented. I really enjoy working on it. I’ve always admired the ability it takes to play at that level.
Your manner of delivery is very logical. For me, everything flowed well. I was engaged and interested all along, always I was eager to get the next lesson. I don’t think there are too many people out there who could make a distance learning guitar course as effective as you have with this course. Your method of letting the written material and the guitar do the talking really works. You have packed a lot of information into each lesson making the entire package a study in music and in playing it artfully on a beautiful instrument.
About the Author/Instructor: Edward Burns, a university graduate in classical guitar performance and has a gift for helping students discover their inner guitarist. Edward has an extensive musical background as a professional performer, instructor, composer, and recording artist. He has published several guitar methods and composed countless guitar technique studies designed to develop specific skills. Edward has created and taught guitar and music theory courses for colleges, music academies, and conservatories for over 25 years.