Guitar or Ukulele: The Fingerpicking Engine
The components of the Fingerpicking Engine is the foundation for fingerstyle guitar or ukulele. Study and explore fingering techniques that power this playing style that include banjo- style inside and forward rolls, pairing, pinch-patterns, hammer-ons, and pull-offs, classical arpeggios, tapping and harmonics, as well as effective method of incorporating rhythmic/strumming techniques within your picking patterns and an introduction to both a percussive and classical approach⸺ plus the art of finger substitution that adds to the fluidity of a piece when mapping it out.
Guitar or Ukulele/ Rhythm Study
The study and application of various rhythm patterns using combinations of ¼ notes, 8th notes, 16th notes, triplets, broken 16th notes and the basics of syncopation. Dynamic attack, staccato, and regional strumming will be covered to show you how to spice up your playing. Learn to work effectively and without fear of the beloved metronome.
Ukulele/ Chord Progressions
Learn the basic standard chord progressions in 5 major keys along with a series of progressions in the same keys, but with a jazz twist. These progressions when combined with a variety of rhythms are the foundation of thousands of songs you will encounter in your musical life.
Ukulele/ Adventures for Picking and Grinning
Pick one of four tunes from the “Richard Gilewitz First Lessons Fingerstyle Ukulele” book, published by Mel Bay. (Bicycle Built for Two, Waltzing Matilda, Ode to Joy, or O’ Susanna) Then, with guidance, select the fingerpicking patterns and rhythm/strumming techniques for both hands and get ready to pick and grin. The goal of this session is to quickly bring you up to speed with these simple fingerstyle patterns and rhythms so that you can jam in a group with no issues in regards to different skill levels. Add the lyrics if so desired, and discover the flexibility of the ukulele.
Guitar/Beat the Blues
12-Bar Blues in G: Learn to adapt the 6th, 7th, and 9th chords, plus the mysterious 13th chord from the jazz world into an exciting format of a 12-bar blues/jazz exercise. Learning 12-Bar Blues is an ideal way to lay down the rhythmic foundation at any jam with an invitation for others to join in regardless of their instrument of choice.
Arranged by Gilewitz’s teacher David Walbert, this version of Paul McCartney’s “Yesterday” is a simplified fingerstyle tune to add to your repertoire. Learn the art of picking-finger substitution for a fluid approach to avoid hiccups within a tune. Explore the musical decoration of notes and passages.
Introduction to the Raised F/Low E to F/
Delve into the use of a raised F in the bass to avoid those nasty F-bar chords. Study this instrumental arrangement of the Glen Hansard pop tune “Falling Slowly” as you explore the melody, simple harmony, vibrato, effective transfers, arpeggiated rolls, broken chords, dynamic attack, and finger substitution
Guitar/Echoing Gilewitz in Open D Tuning
“Echoing Gilewitz” by Richard Gilewitz. Take your fingerpicking patterns, tune your guitar into open D tuning, and apply your skills to a section of the original, “Echoing Wilderness”⸺ coined “Echoing Gilewitz” and recorded by Leo Kottke. As you study this tune, you’ll learn and practice fingerpicking nuances, open D positions, harmonics, glissandos, disappearing glissandos, grace notes, vibratos, transfers, the effective use of a metronome, and the benefit of silence.
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