Video 1: In part one (1 of 2) of this guitar masterclass, professional guitarist Al Street teaches you a wide variety of rhythmic, melodic and harmonic concepts. He discusses many important topics for professional working guitarists, such as controlling your sound (live and in the studio), comping techniques, rhythmic techniques, constructing melodic guitar solos and more.
Topics Covered: Separating the components of music; understanding musical tempo; isolating your right and left hands; strumming chords; playing percussive funk guitar; sightreading; strengthening your upstrokes; playing “chanks”; rhythmic exercises; palm muting; advanced metronome exercises; harmonic practicing; understanding half-diminished chords; using minor chord substitution; phrasing and doubled notes; playing with even dynamics, etc.
Video 2: In part two (2 of 2) of this guitar masterclass, professional guitarist Al Street teaches you the essential aspects of rhythm section playing, stylistic diversity, guitar maintenance, tone and more. He discusses important strategies and concepts for working guitarists in the modern age.
Topics Covered: Stretching strings, tuning the guitar, avoiding string breakage, keeping your guitar in tune; practicing with headphones; dealing with backline gear; choosing the right picks and guitar strings; using pedals to sculpt your sound; utilizing your “inner producer”; smart guitar tuning; staying in one place on the neck; using different ranges of the guitar; playing different musical styles; getting gigs as a guitar player; managing your “artist side” and your “working side”; keeping your head up in the music business; smart scheduling as a musician, etc.