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Fretboard Freedom
Carvel Avis
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Fretboard Freedom

A system of thought about music as visualized on the guitar for beginner and intermediate guitarists.
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$25

These lessons were originally recorded in 2005 as part of a DVD set that was never released. I'm releasing them now as Course One in the Guitar Creative System of thought. When you look down at your guitar, do you see a world of possibilities? Do you feel totally free as a player? Because, really getting to know your guitar is the key to becoming a great player. Read full description…

These lessons were originally recorded in 2005 as part of a DVD set that was never released. I'm releasing them now as Course One in the Guitar Creative System of thought. When you look down at your guitar, do you see a world of possibilities? Do you feel totally free as a player? Because, really getting to know your guitar is the key to becoming a great player.

Sure, there are many talented players who can string together various memorized riffs to produce an artfully convincing solo. I take nothing away from those who have achieved that level of artistry in their playing. But for the guitarist wanting the freedom to create new music on the fly, it takes more than a memorized bag 'O riffs. It takes a deeper understanding of both music and the instrument itself.

I have always felt like adult beginner guitarists shouldn't be talked to as if they were children. A person of average intelligence can quickly and easily grasp the principals of music and the complete layout of the guitar fretboard long before they are able to play fluidly. I've seen first hand how having this knowledge has propelled beginner and intermediate guitarists to improve so much faster. It's because they become filled with the understanding of where everything they want to be able to play is located all across the guitar fretboard. They can see it - all the patterns and possibilities.

Soon I will be releasing course two which applies the knowledge you'll gain in this course to releasing your creative potential. Soloing becomes truly spontaneous rather than a stringing together of a bunch of memories riffs.

Full course

Full course is 89 minutes across 41 parts
Basics of String Vibration and Fretboard Layout
Basic Principals of String Vibration
Only Seven Letters!
Our Twelve Tone System
Natural Notes Explained
Finding the Natural Notes on a Single String
The One String Guitar?
The Other Five Notes - Sharps and Flats
Intervals and Introduction to the Major Scale
Introduction to the Major Scale
The Major Scale in Multiple Positions
Introduction to Intervals & Unison
Unison and Hand Position
Finding the Unison of Any Note
The Major Second
The Major Third
The Perfect Fourth
The Perfect Fifth
The Major Sixth
The Major Seventh Interval
The Octave
Finding and Playing Octaves
Playing Octaves From the Sixth String
Playing Octaves From the Fifth String
Playing Octaves from the Fourth String
Playing Octaves from the Third String
Octave Exercise
Intervals Wrapup
Fleshing Out Chords Based on the Major Scale
Chords Built from the Major Scale
What is a Major Chord?
What Is a Minor Chord?
How to Find the Notes Used in Chords from the Major Scale
Chord Types in Every Major Key
The Number System for Chords in a Key
Improvising Scales with Chords
Embrace Simplicity
Seven Keys to Becoming an Exceptional Player
Never Leave Your Guitar in the Case
Practice Left and Right Hand Synchronization
Teach Yourself to Relax When You Play
Mix It Up
Get Totally Focused
Learn to Read, Write and Improvise
Learn to Time Your Breaks
Seven Habits Summary

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@swampthang · Louisiana

Passionate about becoming a more creative musician and teaching others to do the same.

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