Beginner to Advanced – Guitar Lessons – Benicia & Vallejo CA
As I teach beginning to advanced guitar in Benicia and Vallejo I stress all guitar students to work on basic Jazz Chord formations where you use both your pick and fingers to create both a guitarist and bass player sound all by yourself. Some guitar players to check out are Joe Pass, PatMetheny, George Benson, Barney Kessel, Wes Montgomery, and Larry Coryell.
I have 5 Basic chord formations you must learn first in every key:
- G major
- G major 7th
- G dominant 7th
- G major 6th
- G minor 7th
You will notice left to right known as the chord progression that I go root on bass 6th string of guitar followed by first inversion known as third in the bass followed by 5th in the bass known as second inversion. First take root inversion of all 5 formations and transpose to all keys on 6th string. Then take first inversion and finally followed by second in version. This could take two weeks to two months too master. Then take all 5 versions and practice left to right slowly. You will notice that on beats one and three you pick bass 6th string on downbeat and quickly followed with finger pinching remaining strings on the up beat. Notice on even beats two and four you are just playing passing single bass notes . Just master in key of G only.
Once you have mastered these 5 patterns then refer to my arrangement of Moon Dance by Van Morrison.
Have fun and if you want to see me apply these techniques I’m performing every Sunday night 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with a bass guitarist doing open mic night doing music from swing era jazz up to contemporary songs. Located at great Vallejo Thai Food establishment known as “ Cha Am”. Food is great and medium pricing and no cover charge. Address is 153 Plaza Drive in Vallejo California.