Free Guitar Lesson – Fretting Hand Exercise #2

 Need to bring your 4th finger (pinky) into play? This exercise will build finger strength, increase muscle memory, improve left-right hand coordination, make your fingerwork more accurate and increase your picking speed. These are the foundation to playing scales and lead solos.


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Steve started playing guitar in ‘69, and has been performing regularly since ’90. His involvement with recording and sound engineering began in the early ‘70’s.

Steve, and his bands, have always given back to the community, supporting Special Needs Families, Christian Outreach, Food Pantries, Homeless Shelters and Medical Research.

As a songwriter and registered artist with BMI, Steve’s songwriting and gig sets span the Blues, Rock, Folk, Country and Christian genres.

2009 was the start of a busy solo performing schedule as well as sharing his love of music by teaching both Guitar and Live Performance Techniques. Steve teaches his guitar students to play the music THEY want to play, right from the start, without getting bogged down with music theory. With Live Performance Techniques lessons, students learn how to move from the living room to a live stage.

Free Guitar Worksheet – THE Most Complete Fingerboard Chart EVER!!

I wish I could take credit for creating this worksheet, but I can’t. I don’t know who the author is (please let me know if you do) or who gave it to me. All I know is that it is THE BEST AND MOST COMPLETE FINGERBOARD CHART I have ever seen!

It’s got the name and number of each string. Pretty common, right?

It shows you the notes on every string up to the 12th fret, Yep, that’s pretty common, too.

Ahh, but here’s the beauty…… it shows you each note on the music staff!

It’s pretty self-explanatory, so I won’t take up any more of your time. Download it, print it and have fun!

Here is the link for the PDF file Guitar Fingerboard Chart

 


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Interested in taking Lessons in person (locally), or worldwide (via Skype) or booking Steve for a Private Party, House Concert or Office Function?  Just leave a comment and I will contact you by email (your address shows on my admin panel).

Steve started playing guitar in ‘69, and has been performing regularly since ’90. His involvement with recording and sound engineering began in the early ‘70’s.

Steve, and his bands, have always given back to the community, supporting Special Needs Families, Christian Outreach, Food Pantries, Homeless Shelters and Medical Research.

As a songwriter and registered artist with BMI, Steve’s songwriting and gig sets span the Blues, Rock, Folk, Country and Christian genres.

2009 was the start of a busy solo performing schedule as well as sharing his love of music by teaching both Guitar and Live Performance Techniques. Steve teaches his guitar students to play the music THEY want to play, right from the start, without getting bogged down with music theory. With Live Performance Techniques lessons, students learn how to move from the living room to a live stage.

Free Guitar Lesson – Fretting Hand Exercise #1

 This exercise will build finger strength, increase muscle memory, improve left-right hand coordination, make your fingerwork more accurate and increase your picking speed. These are the foundation to playing scales and lead solos.


Feel free to check out my other Free Resources, available for you to use and share, at my Guitar Lesson Studio Web Site, below.

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Interested in taking Lessons in person (locally), or worldwide (via Skype) or booking Steve for a Private Party, House Concert or Office Function?  Just leave a comment and I will contact you by email (your address shows on my admin panel).

Steve started playing guitar in ‘69, and has been performing regularly since ’90. His involvement with recording and sound engineering began in the early ‘70’s.

Steve, and his bands, have always given back to the community, supporting Special Needs Families, Christian Outreach, Food Pantries, Homeless Shelters and Medical Research.

As a songwriter and registered artist with BMI, Steve’s songwriting and gig sets span the Blues, Rock, Folk, Country and Christian genres.

2009 was the start of a busy solo performing schedule as well as sharing his love of music by teaching both Guitar and Live Performance Techniques. Steve teaches his guitar students to play the music THEY want to play, right from the start, without getting bogged down with music theory. With Live Performance Techniques lessons, students learn how to move from the living room to a live stage.

Free Video Guitar Lesson – Guitar Pick Exercises 3 & 4

In this 3 1/2 minute video, Guitar Teacher Steve Falter shows you how to use two exercises to increase your pick control, accuracy, and speed.


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Interested in taking Lessons in person (locally), or worldwide (via Skype) or booking Steve for a Private Party, House Concert or Office Function?  Just leave a comment and I will contact you by email (your address shows on my admin panel).

Steve started playing guitar in ‘69, and has been performing regularly since ’90. His involvement with recording and sound engineering began in the early ‘70’s.

Steve, and his bands, have always given back to the community, supporting Special Needs Families, Christian Outreach, Food Pantries, Homeless Shelters and Medical Research.

As a songwriter and registered artist with BMI, Steve’s songwriting and gig sets span the Blues, Rock, Folk, Country and Christian genres.

2009 was the start of a busy solo performing schedule as well as sharing his love of music by teaching both Guitar and Live Performance Techniques. Steve teaches his guitar students to play the music THEY want to play, right from the start, without getting bogged down with music theory. With Live Performance Techniques lessons, students learn how to move from the living room to a live stage.

Free Guitar Lesson – Barre Chords

The beauty of Barre Chords is that they use a Movable Chord Form. Once you learn them, you can play chords anywhere on the neck.

Barre Chords come in 2 shapes, A and E.  

So, how do you know when to use the A or E chord forms? Simple. If your chord’s root is on the 6th string (E), use the E chord form. If your chord’s root is on the 5th string (A), use the A chord form.

By A and E Chord Forms, I mean A (major), Am, A7, Asus, Amaj7 and E (major), Em, E7, Esus, Emaj7.

OK, let’s fret a F# Barre Chord.

We need to know two things to do this. First, the root, F#, is on the 6th string, 2nd fret. Second, that it is a Major Chord.

Think of your 1st finger as a capo.

First, you fret, or “Barre”, all six strings with your first finger on the root’s fret, in this case, the 2nd fret. Next you fret/finger the rest of your chord, just like an open E chord. using your 2nd, 3rd and 4th  fingers.

If we needed and F#7, we would put our 2nd and 3rd fingers in the same position as an E7, but at the3rd and 4th frets

OK, now let’s fret a B Barre Chord.

The root, B, is on the 2nd  string, 2nd fret and it is a Major Chord. Barre the 2nd fret with your first finger, and use an open A chord shape on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th strings at the 3rd fret.

This takes some getting used to, especially your hand and finger strength. You will usually want you thumb pressing right in the middle of the width of the neck, directly behind your first finger.

Barre Chord Exercise

I have my students start with and E major chord form at the 7th fret, then and Am chord form at the 6th fret, and so on, down to the 1st fret. So, you are alternating chord forms back and forth one fret at a time.

I have found that it is much easier working from higher frets to lower frets and develops muscle memory, hand and finger strength quickly, and at the same time.

Here’s the video version

Feel free to check out my other Free Resources, available for you to use and share, at my Guitar Lesson Studio Web Site, below.

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Interested in taking Lessons in person (locally), or worldwide (via Skype) or booking Steve for a Private Party, House Concert or Office Function?  Just leave a comment and I will contact you by email (your address shows on my admin panel).

Steve started playing guitar in ‘69, and has been performing regularly since ’90. His involvement with recording and sound engineering began in the early ‘70’s.

Steve, and his bands, have always given back to the community, supporting Special Needs Families, Christian Outreach, Food Pantries, Homeless Shelters and Medical Research.

As a songwriter and registered artist with BMI, Steve’s songwriting and gig sets span the Blues, Rock, Folk, Country and Christian genres.

2009 was the start of a busy solo performing schedule as well as sharing his love of music by teaching both Guitar and Live Performance Techniques. Steve teaches his guitar students to play the music THEY want to play, right from the start, without getting bogged down with music theory. With Live Performance Techniques lessons, students learn how to move from the living room to a live stage.

Learning your First Songs on Guitar – FREE Lead Sheet Sample

My approach, in private lessons, is to teach students how to play the songs they want to play, so I have created a “1st Songs” format with the Chorus and 1st Verse in lead sheet form on the left side of the page and standard chord charts on the right.

I add the strum patterns on the sheet after the student has learned the chord transitions. Then we can move from basic strumming to strumming & picking to fingerpicking, if applicable.
I usually can keep the songs in a 3 chord format and get a lot of concepts taught from a simple song they already know. It does make it a little easier if students don’t have to learn the song AND how to play it.

Four popular songs that many of my students like to learn are Ring of Fire, Sweet Home Alabama, Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, and Silent Night. Click the orange link for a PDF sample lead sheet.  1st Song Sample

I invite your comments and suggestions since I am always open to improve my methods. After all, it is about helping my students fall in love with the music!

What would you like to learn about?

Ask your questions and I’ll answer them right here for you!

Taking you back to a simpler time… with music,

Steve Falter

Songwriter, Musician, Entertainer, Instructor

Visit my Guitar Lesson Studio Web Site

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Interested in taking Lessons in person (locally), or worldwide (via Skype) or booking Steve for a Private Party, House Concert or Office Function?  Just leave a comment and I will contact you by email (your address shows on my admin panel).

Steve started playing guitar in ‘69, and has been performing regularly since ’90. His involvement with recording and sound engineering began in the early ‘70’s.

Steve, and his bands, have always given back to the community, supporting Special Needs Families, Christian Outreach, Food Pantries, Homeless Shelters and Medical Research.

As a songwriter and registered artist with BMI, Steve’s songwriting and gig sets span the Blues, Rock, Folk, Country and Christian genres.

2009 was the start of a busy solo performing schedule as well as sharing his love of music by teaching both Guitar and Live Performance Techniques. Steve teaches his guitar students to play the music THEY want to play, right from the start, without getting bogged down with music theory. With Live Performance Techniques lessons, students learn how to move from the living room to a live stage.


Guitar Lesson Tips – Two Forms to Help You Learn

Guitar Lesson Tips – Two Forms to Help You Learn

Here are two forms I use to help my students practice, learn and improve.

The first form is a Lesson Plan form that I created. It’s just a simple table with four rows and four columns as follows

Rows (top to bottom) – Goals, Worked On, Homework, Notes
Columns (L-R) – Songs, Technique, Chords, Theory

Here’s how I use it.

I fill it in, throughout the lesson, go over it with the student at the end of the lesson and give it to them to take home. They bring it back the next week and we start the lesson by going over the items on the form and then use that to pace the current lesson. This starts my comments for today’s lesson and helps me adjust my teaching methods and approach to be more effective for each student.

Next is the First Song form I created to present songs to students at the beginner level. I let my students tell me what songs, or genres, they want to learn. Then I put the first Verse and Chorus in this simple format along with the Chord Diagrams. Since the reason most people take lessons is to learn how to play the music they like, this is an easy way to keep them motivated.

You are more than welcome to copy, share and modify these forms. I just ask that you credit me as the original author and include the following link to my Blog http://wp.me/Ommi

I invite your comments and suggestions since I am always open to improve my methods. After all, it is about helping my students fall in love with the music!

What would you like to learn about?

Ask your questions and I’ll answer them right here for you!

Taking you back to a simpler time… with music,

Steve Falter

Songwriter, Musician, Entertainer, Instructor

Visit my Web Site

Check out my YouTube Channel

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Interested in taking Lessons in person (locally), or worldwide (via Skype) or booking Steve for a Private Party, House Concert or Office Function?  Just leave a comment and I will contact you by email (your address shows on my admin panel).

Steve started playing guitar in ‘69, and has been performing regularly since ’90. His involvement with recording and sound engineering began in the early ‘70’s.

Steve, and his bands, have always given back to the community, supporting Special Needs Families, Christian Outreach, Food Pantries, Homeless Shelters and Medical Research.

As a songwriter and registered artist with BMI, Steve’s songwriting and gig sets span the Blues, Rock, Folk, Country and Christian genres.

2009 was the start of a busy solo performing schedule as well as sharing his love of music by teaching both Guitar and Live Performance Techniques. Steve teaches his guitar students to play the music THEY want to play, right from the start, without getting bogged down with music theory. With Live Performance Techniques lessons, students learn how to move from the living room to a live stage.