Are any of these true about you?
You're new to guitar and want to get creative right away
Soloing makes you feel nervous or intimidated
You feel stuck inside the box and are ready to find your own voice
If you said yes, then this course is for you.
You'll learn an approach to soloing that will unlock your creativity and allow you to improvise with confidence.
"The most common impediment to soloing is getting stuck in your analytical mind. This course is designed to get you out of your head and into the music!" -Gary Heimbauer, Pow Music Founder
What You Will Learn:
How to create compelling musical ideas with just a few notes
How to use different string pairs to create tasty licks and build a solo
How to use techniques like slides, vibrato and bending to add feeling to your playing
How to trade off with another soloist (me) :D
How to use techniques like hammer ons and pull offs to play faster
How to build speed and practice creatively and effectively
The first shape of the pentatonic scale and blues scale
Some common patterns to apply to practicing the scales
The house of blues extension
How to solo in any key
How You Will Learn:
In this fun-filled interactive course where you'll be playing non-stop, we're going to start really simple. First we're going to jam on just a single note, focusing on creating cool rhythms and getting into the groove. We'll gradually add more notes until you're comfortable using multiple guitar strings to play your own original riffs. Each new section will begin with me demonstrating with some "repeat after me" ideas along to a backing track, but soon after it will be your turn to make up your own riffs.
Once you feel comfortable using a few notes at a time, and then a few strings at a time, you're going to learn how to use the whole pentatonic scale and the "House of Blues" extension - my absolute favorite place to rip a searing solo! You'll also learn how to incorporate some awesome guitar tricks that will make your guitar sing and bring your musical ideas to life!
sliding, bending, vibrato, hammer ons and pull offs.
There will also be plenty of opportunities to really go off into your own creative zone such as in the "Guided Solo Game" and "The Last Pair" activity where you'll create your own song!
In addition to all that, you'll learn how to practice what you are learning in a way that will allow you to grow as quickly as possible in both your technique and musicality.
What Makes This Course Unique?
In this course, we start with music making first instead of a bunch of anxiety producing information overload so that you don't get stuck in your head. Once you are comfortable being musical with some very simple music making activities, we'll expand at a natural pace that will gradually make your comfort zone bigger and bigger. Eventually we'll get to the theory and technical info, but that is secondary. The focus in this course is on helping you to feel comfortable being creative and expressing yourself, so that when you do get to the technical points, they can help you instead of hinder you.
What is Included When You Enroll?
17 sequential video lessons divided into five sections
10 play along jam track videos
20 drum tracks in different styles at various BPM
Blog style practice tips and advice for each lesson
Access to the Soloing for Complete Beginners Facebook Community
Weekly live Q and A session with instructor Gary Heimbauer
FOR CLASSROOM MUSIC TEACHERS: A multi-unit downloadable print curriculum with essential questions, enduring understandings, aims, procedures, National Arts Standards alignment, rubrics and assessments!
Scroll down to see the course outline!
Are You Ready to Rock?
Let's do this! If you’re ready to make music with me, click on the link below to sign up and I'll see you soon.