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Connecting Deeply, Seeing Clearly: Some basics that people tend to forget in their rush to move forward and get to the exciting stuff, including:

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Connecting: some basics that people tend to forget in their rush to move forward and get to the exciting stuff, including:

  1. 0:00  ”How Deep”, a solo guitar improvisation on an old song
2. 4:00    Some philosophy:
a. The instrument as body
b. The material as language
c. On practice and discipline – for pleasure and against guilt
d. On the purpose of art – feeling, and what that word means
3. 17:40   Breathing and body – a brief meditation toward deeper relaxation and heightened awareness
4. 29:25   Connecting with the instrument
a. How does it feel just holding it?
b. To play a single note that really expresses your personal energy
c. Making your right hand happy
d. Playing melodies you know clearly in your head but haven’t played on the guitar – do it perfectly the first time
e. Open string play (for the right hand)
f. Making the guitar sing
5. 48:50   Comprehensive work on scales, triads and basic tonal harmony, with a view toward learning to see the guitar, and hear music, with greater clarity
a. Scales on a single string
b. Scales in 7 (or 8) positions
c. A brief tangent on phrasing, regarding string crossing as opposed to tones on the same string
d. The Long Scale: a fingering system to get you over the whole neck in one sweeping motion
e. Finding every possible place to play any given note
f. A first bit of counterpoint: a scale played against a stationary tone
g. A triad (G major) in all inversions and all possible places. On a 20-fret guitar, there are 20 in closed position and at least 40 in open position – for just a 3-note G major chord! (”position” here refers to the structure of the chord, not the guitar fingering: closed position chords are voiced in 3rds and 4ths; open position chords in 5ths and 6ths)
h. The behavior of tones in tonal music, including the seminal chord progression I-IV-I-V-I

(88 minutes)

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Connecting: some basics that people tend to forget in their rush to move forward and get to the exciting stuff, including:

  1. 0:00  ”How Deep”, a solo guitar improvisation on an old song
2. 4:00    Some philosophy:
a. The instrument as body
b. The material as language
c. On practice and discipline – for pleasure and against guilt
d. On the purpose of art – feeling, and what that word means
3. 17:40   Breathing and body – a brief meditation toward deeper relaxation and heightened awareness
4. 29:25   Connecting with the instrument
a. How does it feel just holding it?
b. To play a single note that really expresses your personal energy
c. Making your right hand happy
d. Playing melodies you know clearly in your head but haven’t played on the guitar – do it perfectly the first time
e. Open string play (for the right hand)
f. Making the guitar sing
5. 48:50   Comprehensive work on scales, triads and basic tonal harmony, with a view toward learning to see the guitar, and hear music, with greater clarity
a. Scales on a single string
b. Scales in 7 (or 8) positions
c. A brief tangent on phrasing, regarding string crossing as opposed to tones on the same string
d. The Long Scale: a fingering system to get you over the whole neck in one sweeping motion
e. Finding every possible place to play any given note
f. A first bit of counterpoint: a scale played against a stationary tone
g. A triad (G major) in all inversions and all possible places. On a 20-fret guitar, there are 20 in closed position and at least 40 in open position – for just a 3-note G major chord! (”position” here refers to the structure of the chord, not the guitar fingering: closed position chords are voiced in 3rds and 4ths; open position chords in 5ths and 6ths)
h. The behavior of tones in tonal music, including the seminal chord progression I-IV-I-V-I

(88 minutes)

View a clip from Andy’s class

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