The Path is a guitar learning sequence for beginners, re-starters, teachers, songwriters, & those looking for a way to put it all together, piece by piece, and/or topic by topic.
We start at the beginning with Tier 1 (there are 5 Tiers • 100 Waves begin 2015). Even if you did just the first 2 tiers, you will learn the absolute essentials which prove that you can play the guitar. I’ve yet to see anyone fail, giving it their best, using this content.
The path is built for self-directed study. It can be a functional supplement to your current studies, or be your primary source for getting your guitar playing happening [and keep it going – life-long!].
A core idea here is creating/maintaining a guitar practice, which leads to an integrated overall experience [see zones]. Though we are learning a bunch of useful information [we train, we figure stuff out, we jam/perform], over time, all of it will ideally just be one thing [the tonal groove]. One way we can do this is to keep our practice as pure as possible [at least for defined periods of time]. This allows us to get to know who we are musically, rather than a possible over-absorption in known figures. We nurture conditions for the creation of music, whether it is play our own music, or the music of others. We train/jam until they become one thing.
There’s a lot we can do with all of this information. I understand that you have guitar music to share. I’ve built this course to open up this process [building the path is a central piece of my guitar practice]. I hope any one of these pages can be a bridge for you. Sometimes it takes only a page or two. If you go through every lesson, you are seriously a true champion, in my book of champions.
Once onto the path, arrows on each side of your screen go to the next and previous session [screen, lesson, page].
You can also reorganize content, across the site, using Series or Widest Categories • View as One. Any lesson slide which is linked to that series or topic, shows up in a ‘view as one’ mode; and, they are in order. Some of these pages are seriously long form.
There are currently 65 videos. Always updating video, plus adding new. We use 4 categories of hands-only video, and we color code:
- ‘Training’ (green) are ‘play this with me, as an exercise’. Includes Chord Connect video [Series I & Series II].
- ‘Figuring It Out’ (gray) are ‘working out fingerings’ & articulations.
- ‘Jam’ (dark gray) are ‘make music with the content’. Emerging types: I comp for you, we comp together, add counterpoint, trading
- ‘Teaching’ (yellow) are screen captures & other media with talking. This is a new category.
There is, of course, overlap with these types. They do blend & have sub-sets of one another. For these ‘in-between’ or mixed, I typically default to Jam, since this is where we want to live.
Reading exercises/music will be getting video. Color TBD.
Custom Practice Students
If you are a current Custom Practice student and need a link to your personal Practice Hub, please send a note.
Sharing is enabled on individual slides. This is for sharing between students of the site, plus myself – sharing with students. Without being a student of the site, all of these links will hit the login screen, so sharing to Facebook or other service will produce this result.
Chord Strumming System
Chord Connect is available to access as its own module [Chord Connect is included in any path account]. If you can’t strum and change chords yet, Connect serves this purpose, exactly.
Here’s one of my tunes.
Widest Categories • View as One
Fretting • Strumming
Picking • Fingerpicking
Media • Audio • Video
Reading • Staff • Below
7 Majors • Pentatonics
Process • Challenges
Chord Scales • 7ths
E Form • A Form
C Form • D Form
Blues • 12 Bar
minor as Key
Flat Majors • 2ndary Doms
By Key • Chord
Am/C • Em/G
A Major • C Major
D Major • Db Major
E Major • E minor
F Major • G Major