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Play Acoustic Guitar 7: Grooves & Études

Fire up your acoustic guitar repertoire with this Acoustic Learning Path core course.
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Overview

Welcome to Play Acoustic Guitar 7: Grooves & Études for intermediate to late intermediate students of acoustic guitar. This Acoustic Learning Path core course is presented by 3 top TrueFire educators: Vicki Genfan, Massimo Varini, and Adam Miller. The Grooves & Études curriculum is comprised of select acoustic guitar lessons from the educators' existing TrueFire course libraries.

One of the qualities that attracts all of us to the guitar is the virtually infinite range of styles and techniques that are possible on the instrument. Having a grasp on a wide variety of styles and techniques not only broadens your musicality, it opens the door to many more playing opportunities with other musicians. You'll gain more clarity on the instrument overall and expressing yourself on it will become a richer experience. The video guitar lessons in this core course will diversify your skill set and help take your playing to the next level.

Play Acoustic Guitar 7: Grooves & Études is organized into 3 sections. In the first section, Massimo Varini puts 4 acoustic rock song forms at your fingertips. Adam Miller serves up 5 more performance studies overflowing with new moves and creative approaches in Section 2. Finally, Vicki Genfan steps you through 5 rhythm makeovers illustrating how you can modify any given progression to craft new textures and cool vibes.

When you've completed the lessons here in Grooves & Études, you'll find lessons focused on more acoustic styles in Style Variations, also a Play Acoustic Guitar 7 core course.

The educators demonstrate all of the key examples over jam tracks (where and when applicable) to simulate a real-world application, in a musical context. Key examples are also tabbed and notated for your practice, reference and study purposes. Take as much time as you need to work through each video guitar lesson before moving on to the next lesson. If you want to dig deeper or wider into any of the topics covered in this core course, check out the rest of the courses in the Acoustic Learning Path where you'll find more examples, techniques and insight from top TrueFire educators. Grab your guitar and let's get started!

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Play Acoustic Guitar 7: Grooves & Études - Introduction

01: Play Acoustic Guitar 7: Grooves & Études - Introduction

Welcome to Play Acoustic Guitar 7: Grooves & Études for intermediate to late Intermediate students of Acoustic guitar. This Acoustic Learning Path core course is presented by 3 top TrueFire educators: Vicki Genfan, Massimo Varini, and Adam Miller.

2 min
Acoustic Rock - SECTION 1: Overview

02: Acoustic Rock - SECTION 1: Overview

In this section, Massimo Varini rocks the house and your fretboard with 4 full form acoustic rock performances. The key learnings in this series demonstrates how to combine intro, verse, pre-chorus, bridge, and outro rhythm parts into full song forms.

1 min
Full Song Form 1 - Performance

03: Full Song Form 1 - Performance

Full Song Form 1 - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by Massimo Varini and is sourced from Rhythm Factory: Acoustic Rock. Performance song 1

1 min
Full Song Form 1 - Breakdown

04: Full Song Form 1 - Breakdown

Full Song Form 1 - Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Massimo Varini and is sourced from Rhythm Factory: Acoustic Rock. Intro and outro #1, verse #1, pre-chorus #1 and chorus #1.

2 min
Full Song Form 3 - Performance

05: Full Song Form 3 - Performance

Full Song Form 3 - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by Massimo Varini and is sourced from Rhythm Factory: Acoustic Rock. Performance song 3

1 min
Full Song Form 3 - Breakdown

06: Full Song Form 3 - Breakdown

Full Song Form 3 - Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Massimo Varini and is sourced from Rhythm Factory: Acoustic Rock. We know each part since we've worked on it in the previous sections. So let's talk about the dynamic of the entire song.

3 min
Full Song Form 5 - Performance

07: Full Song Form 5 - Performance

Full Song Form 5 - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by Massimo Varini and is sourced from Rhythm Factory: Acoustic Rock. Performance song 5

1 min
Full Song Form 5 - Breakdown

08: Full Song Form 5 - Breakdown

Full Song Form 5 - Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Massimo Varini and is sourced from Rhythm Factory: Acoustic Rock. We know each part since we've worked on it in the previous sections. So let's talk about the dynamic of the entire song.

2 min
Full Song Form 8 - Performance

09: Full Song Form 8 - Performance

Full Song Form 8 - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by Massimo Varini and is sourced from Rhythm Factory: Acoustic Rock. Performance song 8

2 min
Full Song Form 8 - Breakdown

10: Full Song Form 8 - Breakdown

Full Song Form 8 - Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Massimo Varini and is sourced from Rhythm Factory: Acoustic Rock. We know each part since we've worked on it in the previous sections. So let's talk about the dynamic of the entire song.

3 min
Acoustic Grooves - SECTION 2: Overview

11: Acoustic Grooves - SECTION 2: Overview

Adam Miller brings a fresh, new perspective to your acoustic musicality. These 5 performance studies will impart new techniques and creative approaches that you can apply in your own compositions, accompaniments, and arrangements of cover tunes.

1 min
Empty Lounge room - Overview

12: Empty Lounge room - Overview

Empty Lounge room - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Adam Miller and is sourced from Acoustic Groove. A simplified version of my song Empty Lounge room allows you to start to put together simple bass lines to chords.

2 min
Empty Lounge room - Performance

13: Empty Lounge room - Performance

Empty Lounge room - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by Adam Miller and is sourced from Acoustic Groove. A simplified version of my song Empty Lounge room allows you to start to put together simple bass lines to chords.

2 min
Empty Lounge room - Breakdown

14: Empty Lounge room - Breakdown

Empty Lounge room - Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Adam Miller and is sourced from Acoustic Groove. A simplified version of my song Empty Lounge room allows you to start to put together simple bass lines to chords.

10 min
Groovin' Texas Blues - Overview

15: Groovin' Texas Blues - Overview

Groovin' Texas Blues - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Adam Miller and is sourced from Acoustic Groove. This "SRV" styled blues progression focuses on a strong-picking hand technique and a lot of muting with the fretting hand.

1 min
Groovin' Texas Blues - Performance

16: Groovin' Texas Blues - Performance

Groovin' Texas Blues - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by Adam Miller and is sourced from Acoustic Groove. This "SRV" styled blues progression focuses on a strong-picking hand technique and a lot of muting with the fretting hand.

1 min
Groovin' Texas Blues - Breakdown

17: Groovin' Texas Blues - Breakdown

Groovin' Texas Blues - Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Adam Miller and is sourced from Acoustic Groove. This "SRV" styled blues progression focuses on a strong-picking hand technique and a lot of muting with the fretting hand.

7 min
Lord Mayor - Overview

18: Lord Mayor - Overview

Lord Mayor - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Adam Miller and is sourced from Acoustic Groove. The "Lord Mayor Of New Lambton" was written with the sounds of Steely Dan in mind.

2 min
Lord Mayor - Performance

19: Lord Mayor - Performance

Lord Mayor - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by Adam Miller and is sourced from Acoustic Groove. The "Lord Mayor Of New Lambton" was written with the sounds of Steely Dan in mind.

1 min
Lord Mayor - Breakdown

20: Lord Mayor - Breakdown

Lord Mayor - Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Adam Miller and is sourced from Acoustic Groove. The "Lord Mayor Of New Lambton" was written with the sounds of Steely Dan in mind.

12 min
The Sleazy Song - Overview

21: The Sleazy Song - Overview

The Sleazy Song - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Adam Miller and is sourced from Acoustic Groove. The Sleazy Song is just that! This puts almost every technique covered in the concepts into play.

1 min
The Sleazy Song - Performance

22: The Sleazy Song - Performance

The Sleazy Song - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by Adam Miller and is sourced from Acoustic Groove. The Sleazy Song is just that! This puts almost every technique covered in the concepts into play.

1 min
The Sleazy Song - Breakdown

23: The Sleazy Song - Breakdown

The Sleazy Song - Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Adam Miller and is sourced from Acoustic Groove. The Sleazy Song is just that! This puts almost every technique covered in the concepts into play.

12 min
Shifting Straight Units - Overview

24: Shifting Straight Units - Overview

Shifting Straight Units - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Adam Miller and is sourced from Acoustic Groove. This fingerstyle study of my song Shifting Straight Units covers the Straight 8 bass line.

2 min
Shifting Straight Units - Performance

25: Shifting Straight Units - Performance

Shifting Straight Units - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by Adam Miller and is sourced from Acoustic Groove. This fingerstyle study of my song Shifting Straight Units covers the Straight 8 bass line.

1 min
Shifting Straight Units - Breakdown

26: Shifting Straight Units - Breakdown

Shifting Straight Units - Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Adam Miller and is sourced from Acoustic Groove. This fingerstyle study of my song Shifting Straight Units covers the Straight 8 bass line.

13 min
Rhythm Makeovers - SECTION 3: Overview

27: Rhythm Makeovers - SECTION 3: Overview

The same twenty or so progressions are used over and over again, across the entire popular songbook. It's the rhythmic qualities, creative approaches, and chord voicings that distinguish one song from another.

1 min
The I V vi IV Progression - Overview

28: The I V vi IV Progression - Overview

The I V vi IV Progression - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Vicki Genfan and is sourced from Rhythm Makeover: Vicki Genfan. For this progression, we'll be working in the key of C and playing a I-V-vi-IV progression.

2 min
Approach 1: Performance - The I V vi IV Progression

29: Approach 1: Performance - The I V vi IV Progression

Approach 1: Performance - The I V vi IV Progression is a video guitar lesson presented by Vicki Genfan and is sourced from Rhythm Makeover: Vicki Genfan. By varying the amount of right hand palm muting you use, you'll change the sound and the feel of this riff.

1 min
Approach 1: Breakdown - The I V vi IV Progression

30: Approach 1: Breakdown - The I V vi IV Progression

Approach 1: Breakdown - The I V vi IV Progression is a video guitar lesson presented by Vicki Genfan and is sourced from Rhythm Makeover: Vicki Genfan. Can you find any alternate color tones for this progression?

4 min
Approach 2: Performance - The I V vi IV Progression

31: Approach 2: Performance - The I V vi IV Progression

Approach 2: Performance - The I V vi IV Progression is a video guitar lesson presented by Vicki Genfan and is sourced from Rhythm Makeover: Vicki Genfan. Be sure to let that hi E string ring! It gives us some really nice color tones with these voicings.

1 min
Approach 2: Breakdown - The I V vi IV Progression

32: Approach 2: Breakdown - The I V vi IV Progression

Approach 2: Breakdown - The I V vi IV Progression is a video guitar lesson presented by Vicki Genfan and is sourced from Rhythm Makeover: Vicki Genfan. You may have to take some extra time with this to make sure you can get the strum really flowing while staying clear of the 6th and 5th strings!

5 min
The I vi ii V Progression - Overview

33: The I vi ii V Progression - Overview

The I vi ii V Progression - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Vicki Genfan and is sourced from Rhythm Makeover: Vicki Genfan. This is a I-vi-ii-V progression in the key of G. So we have G-Em-Am-D. This progession is sometimes referred to as the 50's progression, since so many songs from that time use it.

1 min
Approach 1: Performance - The I vi ii V Progression

34: Approach 1: Performance - The I vi ii V Progression

Approach 1: Performance - The I vi ii V Progression is a video guitar lesson presented by Vicki Genfan and is sourced from Rhythm Makeover: Vicki Genfan. If you're a more advanced player and/or used to using a down-up strum you can try this pattern that way.

1 min
Approach 1: Breakdown - The I vi ii V Progression

35: Approach 1: Breakdown - The I vi ii V Progression

Approach 1: Breakdown - The I vi ii V Progression is a video guitar lesson presented by Vicki Genfan and is sourced from Rhythm Makeover: Vicki Genfan. Pay special attention to keeping your right hand relaxed! See if you can really feel the syncopation in this pattern.

3 min
Approach 2: Performance - The I vi ii V Progression

36: Approach 2: Performance - The I vi ii V Progression

Approach 2: Performance - The I vi ii V Progression is a video guitar lesson presented by Vicki Genfan and is sourced from Rhythm Makeover: Vicki Genfan. Practice listening for the voice leading in this approach.

1 min
Approach 2: Breakdown - The I vi ii V Progression

37: Approach 2: Breakdown - The I vi ii V Progression

Approach 2: Breakdown - The I vi ii V Progression is a video guitar lesson presented by Vicki Genfan and is sourced from Rhythm Makeover: Vicki Genfan. Just as a note: the Em chord form here is actually a beautiful GMaj7 with an added 13(open 1st string - E) and 9 (2nd string - A) if we use the 5th string as our root.

6 min
The IV iii ii I Progression - Overview

38: The IV iii ii I Progression - Overview

The IV iii ii I Progression - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Vicki Genfan and is sourced from Rhythm Makeover: Vicki Genfan. This is a IV-iii-ii-I progression - or I like to refer to it as a descending bass line.

2 min
Approach 1: Performance - The IV iii ii I Progression

39: Approach 1: Performance - The IV iii ii I Progression

Approach 1: Performance - The IV iii ii I Progression is a video guitar lesson presented by Vicki Genfan and is sourced from Rhythm Makeover: Vicki Genfan. Notice how I'm letting all the notes ring here.

1 min
Approach 1: Breakdown - The IV iii ii I Progression

40: Approach 1: Breakdown - The IV iii ii I Progression

Approach 1: Breakdown - The IV iii ii I Progression is a video guitar lesson presented by Vicki Genfan and is sourced from Rhythm Makeover: Vicki Genfan. If you don't feel comfortable using the pick-pluck-pluck technique with your right hand, feel free to use the pick for all of it - or your fingers for all of it.

5 min
Approach 2: Performance - The IV iii ii I Progression

41: Approach 2: Performance - The IV iii ii I Progression

Approach 2: Performance - The IV iii ii I Progression is a video guitar lesson presented by Vicki Genfan and is sourced from Rhythm Makeover: Vicki Genfan. This approach uses a very classic down-up strum pattern.

1 min
Approach 2: Breakdown - The IV iii ii I Progression

42: Approach 2: Breakdown - The IV iii ii I Progression

Approach 2: Breakdown - The IV iii ii I Progression is a video guitar lesson presented by Vicki Genfan and is sourced from Rhythm Makeover: Vicki Genfan. Watch your left hand fingerings here - you may be tempted to use the fingering you usually use for your first position E chord.

6 min
The ii V I IV Progression - Overview

43: The ii V I IV Progression - Overview

The ii V I IV Progression - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Vicki Genfan and is sourced from Rhythm Makeover: Vicki Genfan. This progression is a ii-V-I-IV in the key of A. Our chords are Bm-E-A-D.

1 min
Approach 1: Performance - The ii V I IV Progression

44: Approach 1: Performance - The ii V I IV Progression

Approach 1: Performance - The ii V I IV Progression is a video guitar lesson presented by Vicki Genfan and is sourced from Rhythm Makeover: Vicki Genfan. Pay special attention here to all the syncopations, or strums that are on the up beat. Be careful not to rush at those places - a common tendency.

1 min
Approach 1: Breakdown - The ii V I IV Progression

45: Approach 1: Breakdown - The ii V I IV Progression

Approach 1: Breakdown - The ii V I IV Progression is a video guitar lesson presented by Vicki Genfan and is sourced from Rhythm Makeover: Vicki Genfan. This chord form for the Bmin chord is actually a moveable chord and can be played anywhere on the fretboard.

4 min
Approach 2: Performance - The ii V I IV Progression

46: Approach 2: Performance - The ii V I IV Progression

Approach 2: Performance - The ii V I IV Progression is a video guitar lesson presented by Vicki Genfan and is sourced from Rhythm Makeover: Vicki Genfan. Both hands are creating the tight, rhythmic feel for this strum with muting techniques.

1 min
Approach 2: Breakdown - The ii V I IV Progression

47: Approach 2: Breakdown - The ii V I IV Progression

Approach 2: Breakdown - The ii V I IV Progression is a video guitar lesson presented by Vicki Genfan and is sourced from Rhythm Makeover: Vicki Genfan. Be sure you don't move your left hand fingers more than you have to when changing chords.

6 min
The i bVII bVI V Progression - Overview

48: The i bVII bVI V Progression - Overview

The i bVII bVI V Progression - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Vicki Genfan and is sourced from Rhythm Makeover: Vicki Genfan. This is a i-bVII-bVI-V progression in the key of Cm. Another name for this progression is flamenco progression because its roots come from the Andalusian Gypsies, or Flamencos of Southern Spain.

2 min
Approach 1: Performance - The i bVII bVI V Progression

49: Approach 1: Performance - The i bVII bVI V Progression

Approach 1: Performance - The i bVII bVI V Progression is a video guitar lesson presented by Vicki Genfan and is sourced from Rhythm Makeover: Vicki Genfan. This one really incorporates the flowing right hand. A lot of chord changes on the up beat, creating a really nice syncopation.

1 min
Approach 1: Breakdown - The i bVII bVI V Progression

50: Approach 1: Breakdown - The i bVII bVI V Progression

Approach 1: Breakdown - The i bVII bVI V Progression is a video guitar lesson presented by Vicki Genfan and is sourced from Rhythm Makeover: Vicki Genfan. If it's comfortable, try using your thumb to play the low F (6th string) in the F chord.

4 min
Approach 2: Performance - The i bVII bVI V Progression

51: Approach 2: Performance - The i bVII bVI V Progression

Approach 2: Performance - The i bVII bVI V Progression is a video guitar lesson presented by Vicki Genfan and is sourced from Rhythm Makeover: Vicki Genfan. Here we focus only on strings 1-4 with a dance groove rhythm pattern and straight major and minor triads.

1 min
Approach 2: Breakdown - The i bVII bVI V Progression

52: Approach 2: Breakdown - The i bVII bVI V Progression

Approach 2: Breakdown - The i bVII bVI V Progression is a video guitar lesson presented by Vicki Genfan and is sourced from Rhythm Makeover: Vicki Genfan. Make sure to get that pinky down quickly - it's a 16th note.

2 min
Play Acoustic Guitar 7: Grooves & Études - Conclusion

53: Play Acoustic Guitar 7: Grooves & Études - Conclusion

Congratulations on completing this core course in your learning path! If you want to dig deeper or wider into the topics covered in this course, check out the recommended supplementary courses where you'll find more examples, techniques and insight from top TrueFire educators.

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