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How To Play Bar Chords With Ease And Grace

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I receive this question this week and I realized many adult learners may have the same thoughts. Ray inspired me to create this video.

 

 

Question:

 

I'll defer to your superior knowledge as a long time instructor and guitar player that you are, indeed, correct in your assertion that learning theory in lieu of learning songs is the superior route (and as a novice even I would agree), particularly if one's intent is to become a professional performer. composer or a teacher.  Learning theory would also be invaluable if one merely wants to take a piece of music and arrange it into a guitar instrumental.    However, at my tender age of 65 I don't have time to learn theory, for obvious  reasons.  I could contract debilitating arthritis, a heart attack or cancer at any moment.  Hence, my urgency to become reasonably competent playing guitar by learning songs is my goal.

Respectfully,

Ray

p.s.  So how about teaching some guitar instrumentals in the genre of your expertise, which  I suspect is classical/Flamenco.  I'd be willing to pay money for that, by golly.

 

Answer:

 

Hi Raymond,

Thanks for your email. I’m sorry the lesson I was trying to get across was not clear. I would never recommend learning theory first. That would be like learning English grammar before talking.

The point I was trying to get across is that it’s more efficient to work on exercises that teach a specific technique than trying to just learn one song after the other. There’s nothing wrong with learning songs, but there is a much faster way to learn guitar.

The basic idea is to isolate specific elements that the student need improvement on, practice exercises that focus on that element, then integrate it into a song.

This is a technique I use over and over in my membership program Real Guitar SuccessI break elements down to short exercises that have you put them together into longer patterns and songs. In addition to show you how to recognize specific patterns that you can use over and over to play many songs. This is much more efficient than looking at every song at the individual learning experience. Learn patterns, then apply them over and over.

Learning bar chords is a great example. Many beginners try to tackle bar chords head on and get frustrated. It's much better to break the process down into steps.

Thanks again for taking the time to email me. I’m going to revise and clarify that email for future students. I hope this explanation has been enlightening.

Take care Raymond,

Tomas Michaud

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Author - Tomas Michaud at Real Guitar Success
Tomas Michaud is an American born guitarist and music educator with a French Canadian heritage. He first developed the Starland Guitar System in 1982 when his 9 year old daughter asked him to teach her guitar. Since then he’s founded the Starland School of Music in the SF Bay Area, and RealguitarSuccess.com.

When he's not making guitar instruction videos or creating more music to record (currently 7 CDs including Beauty and Fire) he's riding his bike along the beach with his dog Marco Polo or traveling to interesting places with his lovely wife Pui.
Tomas Michaud

    6 Comments

  1. Hey Tomas!
    Your lessons are always such a joy. I’m working on learning to play the Blues over the summer and just looked in on your barre chord lesson. Wonderful exercise and explanation- for all styles of guitar playing. Thanks so much and keep me in the loop. Keep up the great work and love for music. (I can’t imagine you even considering teaching the blues. 🙂 Best

    Mike

    Mike Malsbary

    May 25, 2014

    • Hello Mike,

      Tomas is happy to know how much his lesson gives you joy 🙂
      Have you bumped into this lesson Blues Scale Guitar – Learn To Play – Fun – Easy!? If not yet, please go to this link
      >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbDFkIlNbNM. This has Free Downloadable Jam Trax | https://tomasmichaud.com/blues-scale-guitar-la-bamba/
      Tomas Michaud created a 12 Bar Blues Jam Along trax you can download or play along with on his site, NO CHARGE!

      I hope you will like it.

      Take care,

      Hazel
      Starland Guitar
      Customer Support

      Tomas

      May 27, 2014

  2. I always look forward to your lessons. Just want to say thanks!

    Minnie Stinaldi

    June 1, 2014

    • Hi there Minnie,

      Thank you for always looking forward to Tomas Michaud’s lessons.
      He’s been very busy creating lessons just so he can give something new to all of you.

      Have fun watching Tomas video lessons. You are most welcome.

      Hazel
      Starland Guitar
      Customer Support

      Tomas

      June 2, 2014

  3. Would like to get your weekly email, thank you

    Joan

    July 27, 2014

    • Hello Joan,

      Thanks for expressing your interest of receiving a weekly email from Tomas Michaud.

      You can get more of Tomas Michaud’s great guitar lessons and tips, just sign up for email updates at http://bit.ly/1ejHPyz – It’s FREE!

      You will definitely enjoy his lessons. Have a great time playing guitar, Joan.

      Thanks,

      Hazel
      Starland Guitar
      Customer Support

      Tomas

      July 29, 2014

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