The Axesense Guitar Method: Book 1

The Axesense Guitar Method is designed to simultaneously teach the student to play guitar and to understand how music theory can be visualized on the guitar. This is a special Soundslice course that’s intended to be used with a PDF book. If you purchase this course, Gordon will email you the companion PDF.

Written almost entirely in the key of G, this course will teach you all the fundamental scales to be able to play up and down the neck, most of the essential chords necessary to approach just about any song, and the concept of “The Modes” and how to apply them to the fingerboard. Each lesson has a corresponding video, and each lesson is designed to be a little more difficult than the previous one. That said, feel free to jump around.

When you purchase this course, Gordon will email you a PDF, so you can access all the diagrams and text that aren’t included in the video exercises here. If you would prefer a hard copy of the book, a copy can be mailed to you for $15.

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Total time: 87 minutes across 47 videos

· Axesense Vol. 1 Explained Free preview
· Dorian Jam in A - An Example of Axesense Theory and Technique Free preview
· Physiology - Hand Positioning, Guitar Positioning, etc. Free preview
· Exercise #1 - Chromatic Scale

The universal starter exercise used around the world.

· Exercise #2 - Power Chords

Simple two-finger chord pattern.

· Exercise #3 - Major Scale On One String

Playing the major scale up the 6th string in the key of G. Notice the pattern of whole-step (2 fret) and half-step (1 fret) jumps.

· Exercise #4 - Major Scale - Quarter Notes

The G Major scale played in 2-octaves on all strings using quarter notes.

· Exercise #5 - Major Scale - Eighth Notes

The G Major scale played in 2-octaves on all strings using eighth notes.

· Exercise #6 - Twinkle Melody

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star played using the 2-octave G Major fingering.

· Exercise #7 - Twinkle Chords

Accompaniment chords to go with the Twinkle melody. (Both parts are on the video).

· Exercise #8 - Barre Chords w/ Roots on 6th and 5th Strings

The essential chord shapes to learn to be able to play just about any song.

· Exercise #9 - Note Finding Exercise

Learn where the notes fall on your fingerboard. Combine with the barre chord exercise.

· Exercise #10 - Alternating Bass Notes

Combining a moving bass line with chords.

· Exercise #11 - Country Solo (for over Alternating Bass Notes)
· Exercise #12 - G Natural Minor (Aeolian) 2-Octave Scale

Known as Minor, Natural Minor, or Aeolian this scale is the 6th mode of the G Major scale and the other prominent harmonic focus in that scale.

· Exercise #13 - B Minor Etude

Etude in the key of E minor (aeolian/natural minor).

· Exercise #14 - B Minor Lead

A lead line to play over the E minor progression.

· Exercise #15 - G Minor Pentatonic Scale

The essential scale for soloing over Blues and Rock tunes.

· Exercise #16 - 12-Bar Blues (Key of A) w/ 7th Chords

Learn the core harmony of a Blues progression.

· Exercise #17 - Simple Blues Lead (Key of A)

Easy lead to play over a 12-bar Blues progression.

· Exercise #18 - Rockin' 12-Bar Blues (Key of A)

Same Blues progression with a traditional Rock motif.

· Exersice #19 - Rockin' Blues (Key of A; Movable Forms)

Same Rock/Blues progression, fingered so that it can be played in different keys.

· Exercise #20 - Traditional Rock/Blues Lead (Key of A)

A more difficult solo to play over the 12-bar Blues progression. Introduces some common licks.

· Exercise #21 - Thirds on the 6th-String (Key of G)

Essential harmony up the 6th string, in the key of G.

· Exercise #22 - Thirds on the 5th-String (Key of C)

Essential harmony up the 5th string, in the key of C.

· Exercise #23 - Thirds on the 4th-String (Key of F)

Essential harmony up the 4th string, in the key of F.

· Exercise #24 - Thirds on the 2nd-String (Key of D)

Essential harmony up the 2nd string, in the key of D.

· Exercise #25 - Thirds on the 3rd-String (Key of A)

Essential harmony up the 3rd string, in the key of A. (Different fingering than the previous four exercises).

· Exercise #26 - Triad Arpeggios (Key of G)

Adding the fifth to the previous harmony exercises. Arpeggio is Italian for "broken chord". Most music can broken down as either scales, chords or arpeggios.

· Exercise #27 - Triad Chords (Key of G)

The essential chords in the key of G. Mix and match for an instant song, you can't go wrong!

· Exercise #28 - "Sleep Waltz"

'50s style chord progression that introduces a "rake", which is a short sweep motion with the pick.

· Exercise #29 - "Sleep Waltz" Lead

A simple lead to go over the "Sleep Waltz".

· Exercise #30 - A Dorian 1-Octave Scale

Introduction to the concept of how the modes of the major scale work.

· Exercise #31 - A Dorian 2-Octave Scale

The second mode of the G Major scale.

· Exercise #32 - A Dorian Vamp

A typical cadence in the key of A Dorian.

· Exercise #33 - A Dorian Lead

A simple lead in the key of A Dorian.

· Exercise #34 - B Phrygian 2-Octave Scale

The third mode of the G Major scale.

· Exercise #35 - B Phrygian Vamp

A typical cadence in the key of B Phrygian.

· Exercise #36 - B Phrygian Lead

A slightly more difficult lead to play over the B Phrygian vamp.

· Exercise #37 - C Lydian Vamp

A typical cadence in the key of C Lydian.

· Exercise #38 - C Lydian 2-Octave Scale

The fourth mode of the G Major scale.

· Exercise #39 - C Lydian Lead

A melodic solo that combines hammer-ons and pull-offs to be played over the C Lydian Vamp.

· Exercise #40 - D Mixolydian 2-Octave Scale

The fifth mode of the G Major scale.

· Exercise #41 - D Mixolydian Lead

C Lydian and D Mixolydian are easily interchangeable. This solo is played over the C Lydian Vamp to illustrate that point.

· Exercise #42 - F# Locrian Vamp

Locrian is the strangest sounding mode of the Major scale, as you'll learn from this etude.

· Exercise #43 - F# Locrian 2-Octave Scale

The seventh mode of the G Major scale.

· Exercise #44 - F# Locrian Lead

Play over the F# Locrian Vamp.

Your teacher:
Gordon Kahan

Gordon Kahan has been teaching guitar lessons professionally for over 25 years. A former student of Joe Satriani, I began teaching at Guitar Trader in San Diego, CA, in 1988. I also studied music at the University of California at San Diego and am an expert transcriber.

A veteran of many bands, playing both original and cover music, I am adept at many styles but specialize in Rock, Metal, Blues and Classical. Later in my career I studied Jazz with the very talented Lorn Leber (Jerry Garcia Band).

While I love playing and performing my primary focus has always been teaching guitar. Many of my former students have gone on to have exceptional professional careers, including Mark Lettieri (Snarky Puppy), Scott Henson (bassist for the "Glee" band), and several others who make their living writing and performing music.

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