Lesson 19 – Notes on the bass strings

The notes on the bass strings are more challenging to learn as from the 5th string down the notes go below the staff. Notes can continue below the staff however we need to use ledger lines to show how far below the staff they are. You are more likely to see ledger lines on guitar […]

One Note Samba

 One Note Samba is a famous Bossa Nova by Antonio Carlos Jobim.  The pattern requires you to keep the 1st string open for the first section, while the bass (played on beats 1 and 3) is moving down chromatically.  The chords are: Cm7 – C7 – Bm7 – Bflat 7 (flat 5) Followed by: […]

Spanish Ballad Guitar Lesson

 This is an iconic and popular guitar pice that uses 4 main techniques: Position Changes Bass plus Treble notes arpeggio style accompaniment Barre Chords In this video, I’ll take you through each element of technique and give you suggestions on how to practice this piece. Play Along Track   or  

Essential Daily Guitar Drills

 This is a great way to start your practice or lesson. These are simple exercises which allow you to concentrate on what your hands and fingers are doing. The first two exercises focus on right hand walking, then left hand position and synchronisation. The finger ladder will help you develop strength and independence in […]

Perhaps (Quisaz) Guitar Arrangement

 The song Perhaps was made famous by Doris Day in the 60s but was originally written in Spanish by Osvaldo Farrés. This is a guitar Bossa Nova arrangement I have made. Download it in the Latin Guitar Masters portal. Play Along Track or    

New Beginner Course

 Here are the lessons covered in this introductory course: Sitting and Hand Positions Guitar Notation Basics The Rest Stroke Rest Stroke Exercises Parts of the Guitar Rhythm Exercises Overview of First Three Strings E, F, and G Exercises B, C and D The B to G Scale Summer Bossa Fuego This is a free […]