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Start your fingerstyle foray under the tutelage of a world-class player. Mike Dawes takes you from a fingerstyle newbie to playing some of his most advanced compositions. 33-lessons to both inspire and challenge any guitarist, exclusively from JamPlay.
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Start your fingerstyle foray under the tutelage of a world-class player. Mike Dawes teaches you to go from a fingerstyle newbie to playing some of his most advanced compositions.
33-lessons to both inspire and challenge any guitarist, exclusively from JamPlay.
This course applies to all skill levels.. from the beginner player starting to discover modern fingerstyle techniques, to the seasoned veteran looking to add more dynamic and versitility to their craft. Mike will begin by building the foundation needed to tackle his hypnotic style, then challenge you with song exerpts, exercises and more.
Popular techniques will be covered, including travis picking, tapping, harmonics, and drum emulation. Mike will also provide ideas for various theory applications, including how to translate chord shapes to DADGAD tuning, moveable chords, and even touch on the blues.
Are you a "permanent" beginner struggling to make strides? Inject life into your playing with Mike's creative approach, and build your fingerstyle foundation. Mike introduces:
Build your foundation with essential concepts, and "set the stage" to further your playing.
Mike Dawes brings you a crash course in maximizing the capability of each hand, finger... and inch of that guitar. He covers:
From lap tapping and chordal harmonics, to emulating a full drum kit, Mike provides the keys to unlock the full potential of the instrument.
Songs as a utility. Mike will include tabs and breakdowns of some of his more famed compositions, allowing you to both learn music, and practice these advanced techniques. Mike covers segments of:
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Mike introduces himself and explains what this course is all about.
From fingernails to pickups, take a close look at the gear that helps Mike create his unique, beautiful sound.
Time for a technique overview! Mike walks through the basics of Travis picking to set a good foundation for what's to come.
Mike demonstrates travis picking over the 12-bar blues, a perfect context to get your fingers wrapped around this technique.
Learn a lead accompaniment inspired by the late Jerry Reed. This travis picked lick works great over the 12-bar blues.
Taking the parts learned in the last two lessons, Mike demonstrates them separately, then we overlay them to hear what they sound like together.
A common open tunings, DADGAD, offers a great stepping stone out of standard tuning. Mike introduces scales and warmups to familiarize yourself.
Now that we are comfortable with scales in our left hand, Mike introduces right hand exercises that will increase strength and control.
When you changed into DADGAD, it probably felt like you lost your chord shapes. Mike eases you into the change by teaching shapes for this tuning.
Continuing on with movable shapes, Mike introduces some of his favorite chord shapes that have proven especially useful and vital in his own songwriting.
So far, we've taken a very technical and theoretical approach to DADGAD. Let's start making music. Mike teaches a beautiful, celtic composition he authored.
Extracting a section from his song, "Somewhere Home", Mike puts DADGAD tuning to good use. Beware..this song utilizes hammer-ons, trills, and modulates.
Mike starts to take us into some more advanced techniques, starting with harmonics. These tools and tricks are sure to make your playing rise above the fray.
Learning to blend harmonics into chords and melodies is next level! Mike teaches a musical exercise that introduces harmonics into a chord environment.
Tapping is an useful technique to extend melodies beyond basic fingerpicking. Mike introduces the concept and introduces an exercise.
Find out how an accident led to Mike discovering a whole new approach to tapping. Lap tapping is an effective to know your fretboard even better.
As Mike continues his exploration into horizontal tapping, he breaks down the first section of his song, Still, for a practical study of this technique.
Mike introduces a new, untitled lap tapping riff. We're still hanging out in E minor, but this riff will help increase speed and precision with your tapping.
Time to put your guitar back in the upright position. Mike starts to delve into some more advanced tapping techniques, including harmonization and percussion.
In this "ridiculously, hectic" exericise, Mike takes some familar shapes and turns them into a beautiful, challenging workout for anyone brave enough to join him.
You would never hit your guitar right? Well, Mike will convince you otherwise. He introduces his "grid" system which offers a foundation to add percussion.
As introduced in the previous lesson, Mike expands on the percussion grid and teaches how to create a snare like sound on your guitar.
If you've ever seen a drum kit, there's more than just a kick and snare. We are going to start recreating other sounds found in the world of percussion.
Now that we've got a handle on drums, it's time to add guitar! We introduce the fretting hand, both as a percussive element and for adding chords.
Mike takes a percussive groove from his song, Overload, and breaks it down. This riff takes the percussion grid system and introduces a simple bass line.
Mike takes a riff from his first album, "What Just Happened" and breaks it down for us. This riff has a celtic waltz feel and involves subtle percussion.
World Premiere of this hauntingly beauitful song, "The Old Room". Mike breaks down the first verse and chorus, as well as variations.
Relying heavily on a mix of harmonics, fingerpicking, pull-off's, hammer-on's and percussion, this will be a tehnical challenge, but it is well worth the effort.
Mike closes out the song with this open, free-time outro with dark harmonic tones and heavy reverb. If you don't feel the emotion in this song, check your pulse!
Building off of what we've learned, Mike is going to break down his song Boogie Shred, section by section, in unparalleled detail.
We'll look at the variations involved in the second rendition of the chorus, verse and pre-chorus of Boogie Shred.
It sounds crazy, but Mike breaks down the hectic bridge of Boogie Shred and shows that it is actually possible to play. We'll also look at variations used.
Congratulations on making it to the end! Mike wraps up the series and shares best wishes for his students.
Mike shares stories and advice from his own experience as a career musician.
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