More Free Guitar Lesson Worksheets, Videos and Links

Free Guitar Lesson Worksheets, Videos and Links are available at my Online Music Studio, and you don’t even have to register or log in!

 

I have added more FREE VIDEOS since my original post. The new items are in yellow.

Check out videos, including

How to Buy a Guitar

How to Change Your Guitar Strings

How to Clean Your Guitar

Guitar Lesson – How to Use a Guitar Pick

Guitar Lesson – Barre Chords

Guitar Lesson – Using a Capo

How to Maintain Your Guitar – Parts 1, 2 & 3 

Watch for more video lessons, including-

Tuning Your Guitar

Intermediate Guitar Pick Exercises

Finger Drills

 

Download Free Worksheets that I designed for my students, including

Parts of Acoustic Guitar

Tuning Your Guitar

Strings & Notes

Finger Numbering

Basic Chords

Key & Chords

Blues Scales

Mellow Scales

Capo Transposition Chart

and more!

Feel free to download, print and share this information.

All I ask in return are 2 things.

Please give me credit for the material

Come back and leave a comment about how this information helped you

 

Music, a Gift for Life!

Steve

Songwriter, Musician, Entertainer, Instructor

Visit my Guitar Lesson Studio Web Site

Visit my Musician/Band Web Site

Check out my YouTube Channel

Listen to me on IM Radio


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 Worksheets and Links

Free Guitar Lesson Worksheets and Links are available at my Online Music Studio, and you don’t even have to register or log in!

 

Check out videos, including

How to Buy a Guitar

How to Change Your Guitar Strings

How to Clean Your Guitar

 

Download Free Worksheets that I designed for my students, including

Parts of Acoustic Guitar

Tuning Your Guitar

Strings & Notes

Finger Numbering

Basic Chords

Key & Chords

Blues Scales

Mellow Scales

Capo Transposition Chart

and more!

Feel free to download, print and share this information.

All I ask in return are 2 things.

Please give me credit for the material

Come back and leave a comment about how this information helped you

 

Music, a Gift for Life!

Steve

Songwriter, Musician, Entertainer, Instructor

Visit my Guitar Lesson Studio Web Site

Visit my Musician/Band Web Site

Check out my YouTube Channel

Listen to me on IM Radio


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.

Open Mic Nights Exposed – The truth behind the hosts, the venues, the musicians and the listeners/fans

Are you here to read all the dirty and dirty little secrets about Open Mic Nights? Well, you came to the right place! So get comfortable and read on…..

Where shall I start? I am assuming that you know what an Open Mic is and know the difference between an Open Mic and a Jam Session. If you don’t, this post will help Jam Session or Open Mic – What’s the Difference? . My comments, observations and opinions here come from many years of performing at Open Mics, as well hosting a few and listening to feedback from everyone involved.

Let’s start with the venue. Assuming the venue is a place of business, their goal is to make money. From my experience, the only venues that usually make money on Open Mics are bars, for obvious reasons. For the most part, a venue should consider Open Mics a form of advertising because, there is only so much money people will spend while waiting to perform and listening for several hours. You will attract new potential customers to your establishment and, many will become regulars who will bring their friends and talk it up. Venues should understand that the folks coming to Open Mics genuinely appreciate your hosting it. For those of you attending the Open Mic, please understand that most venues are not making money from the one or two drinks you order. In fact, some venues will stay open later than normal and have to pay staff to be present. I only mention this so everyone knows what to expect.

OK, what about the host? This is usually a paid gig for the host. The host determines the “rules”, such as who plays when, how long each set is, etc. For more details, check out Open Mic Etiquette which I used at my Open Mics. Typically, Open Mics will run until the last person gets their stage time. If the turnout is heavy, the venue stays open and the host stays…. wait for it…. without any extra compensation. Hosts don’t get paid based on how many performers show up. They charge the venue for X hours and that’s it. The host also gets to be the brunt of complaints when a performer accidentally gets overlooked, cut short, doesn’t like the way they sound, had to wait too long to perform, the crowd thins out before their turn, etc. By the way, the host is also responsible for making sure there is music for the duration of the Open Mic. So if performers dribble in and listeners are there, the host will fill in the stage time. In short, the host is trying to keep everyone happy (including the venue) and coming back.

Ahhh, performers… an interesting breed. I know, because I am one! Performers will run the gamut from rank beginners to “unbelievable, I can’t believe I’m seeing this person for free”. Open Mics are typically a “safe place” for performers and many will try out new material. It is your responsibility to ask the host what the rules are. For a sample check out Open Mic Etiquette which I used at my Open Mics. So, what should you expect? You should expect a heads up before your turn and the host will either introduce you or ask you to introduce yourself. You should also expect the host to keep track of time and let you know when it’s your last song in the set. I promise there will be nights that are incredible and others that aren’t up to par, for any number of reasons. Try to roll with it and come back again. One complaint that is often heard is that people play their set and leave (also their friends leave). To that I say, you want an audience, you be an audience. You should also remember that this is a paying gig for the host and often, if the venue books gigs, they will have the host do the screening. If you are interested in a gig, please ask the host what the policy is.

Listeners/Fans….. we love you! Playing to a room of our peers is nice, but you folks really make the stage time rocof re. Open Mics are a great way to have a night out with live entertainment and not break the bank, which is so important these days, isn’t it? By the way, it really helps if you let the venue know how much you appreciate making their location available. They expect the performers to be grateful, but your feedback can make all the difference in keeping the Open Mic going when things slow down a bit, and it always happens at some point.

If you don’t know where Open Mics are in your area, check my post Jam Session or Open Mic – What’s the Difference? for resources to locate the ones in your area.

If you would like to host an Open Mic and want to know what is involved and what to expect, feel free to contact me and I will help you as best as I can.

Well, there you have it, Open Mics Exposed!! Leave a comment and let me know what you think or what your experience has been.

Taking you back to a simpler time… with music

Steve

Songwriter, Musician, Entertainer, Instructor

Visit my Web Site

Check out my YouTube Channel

Listen to me on IM Radio

 


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

Visit my Musician/Band Web Site

Check out my YouTube Channel

Listen to me on IM Radio


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.


This Christmas got me thinking about – Why my faith is my faith.

I started off with the typical childhood belief in God. That was what I was taught and there was no reason to doubt it. I had a happy, “normal” childhood with terrific parents who loved me (and I knew it), good friends, good education, and not much to worry about except getting home in time for dinner and not getting caught doing something wrong (back then, every adult had parental authority).

When I was seventeen, my mother was diagnosed with Cancer and, in the 1970’s, that was typically a death sentence. Just a matter of time and keeping you comfortably sedated. My mom was “a saint”. By that, I mean she was loving, adored my dad and her family. I never heard her say anything negative about anyone, never had a sarcastic tone in her voice. Never even rolled her eyes at anyone. Two weeks after her diagnosis, she died.

I couldn’t understand why God would take her from us and leave so many awful people alive, so I just stopped believing in Him. It was very easy, actually and I didn’t miss having God “in my life”. Dad passed away exactly four years after Mom, he knew what day it was.

Fast forward eleven years and I’m married and have a beautiful son, Chris, own several businesses and have a lot of responsibilities – home, business, community. The “Great American Dream”. But something is not quite right. Chris isn’t developing the way he should.

We sell the house and businesses and move to Florida. The stress of learning about, and raising a special needs child is consuming, and exhausting. Amidst this, we have a beautiful little girl, Megh. She is the complete opposite of Chris, in her development and abilities. What an incredible child, yet the stress increases. I’m always asking, “Why?”

One day, somewhere in 1989, I just “cave”. I lean back in my chair at work, throw my hands in the air and say out loud, “OK, God. I admit it. You’re real. You’re in control, and I’m not going to ask, “Why?” anymore.

That was the beginning of my first big life shift. Things didn’t instantly get “all better”, nothing was magically fixed, but things were changing in me. In December of 1990, I accepted Christ as my Savior.

A lot of things have happened since then. Not all were good, but I had a way to deal with them, now. Fast forward to the present and while being 180 degrees from the man I was before 1990, I am truly at peace and trust God completely.

My pastor at Northland Church, Joel Hunter, said in his sermon yesterday, that God came as a child because a child can impact people in a way that someone else never could. He was so right. God took my Mom and I ran from Him. Years later, he gave me a child that drew… no, body slammed me right into his arms.

Once, when telling Steve Brown, of Key Life Ministries, about my concerns for some people in my life, he just said, “Steve, as much as you love them, God loves them even more, so you don’t have to worry about them.”Years later, I wrote a song for my son titled, “God Loves You Even More”.

Thanks God and Amen!

Fans Picks – Top 10 Songs and Videos

What are your favorites? Leave a comment now!

Top 10 Song Plays on my Web Site (click on the song to listen)

Rank Song Title

1

Tootsie Pop Blues by Steve Falter © 2009

2

If I Could Be Your Mirror by Steve Falter and Parlor Jones © 2010

3

Julie’s Dentist Visit Blues by Steve Falter © 2009

4

A Soft, Soft Place To Fall by Steve Falter © 2007

5

Who Is They by Steve Falter © 2004

6

Guardrails Of My Life by Steve Falter © 2010

7

If It Looks Like A Duck It Must Be Love by Steve Falter © 2007

8

He Held Nothing Back by Steve Falter © 2010

9

I Talk To God by Steve Falter © 2009

10

She Said Yes by Steve Falter © 2005

Top Video Plays on my Web Site (click on the Video Title to watch)

Rank Song Title

1

If You Won’t Leave Me (I’ll Find Someone Who Will)

2

If It Looks Like A Duck, It Must Be Love – Taste of Oviedo

3

God Loves You Even More – Taste of Oviedo

4

Tootsie Pop Blues – Taste of Oviedo

5

I Dig Rock-n-Roll Music – Taste of Oviedo

6

Stormy Monday – Taste of Oviedo

7

Guardrails of My Life – Taste of Oviedo

8

A Soft, Soft Place To Fall – Taste of Oviedo

9

Steve Falter on IM Radio

10

Steve Falter Interviewed on the Atticus Black Show


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 Lesson – How To Tune Out Distractions

Live Performance Techniques – Tuning Out Distractions

I teach Live Performance Techniques to musicians who want to move from the comfort of their living room to performing on a public stage. For many, being in the spotlight does not come naturally so getting comfortable on stage and tuning out distractions is just as important as knowing how to set up and use your equipment.

This method has proven to be successful, can be done at home, and usually without having to buy any additional equipment.

First, practice performing with the TV on, preferably when the news is on. Face away from the set and have the volume loud enough to hear, but not be overbearing. You want to be able to hear your playing and singing clearly.

The rationale is that if you can learn to tune out a news show with changing topics, voices and commercials, you are on the right track.

Next, repeat this exercise while facing the TV. Now you are simulating performing in front of an audience. Pretty life-like, isn’t it? When you have mastered this exercise, it’s time to kick it up a notch.

Replace the newscast with a DVD of your favorite tear-jerker for the ladies or action movie for the guys. You want it to be one you know very well. Crank it up so you can hear everything, face the screen and start practicing. If you can tune out your favorite flick, not lose your place/rhythm and not start reciting lines and/or crying, you are only one step away from the live stage.

Next, I always recommend taking your performance to an Open Mic. You’ll perform for 15-20 minutes or up to 3-4 songs depending how the host runs it. It’s a very safe and friendly environment and you’ll have a mix of people giving you all their attention while others are chatting. Check out my post on Open Mics for more info. Here is a post on Open Mic Etiquette that you might find helpful, too.

Was this helpful for you? What do you think? Please leave a comment and let me know.

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See you on stage!

Steve

 


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.