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Nutcracker March | Tchaikovsky | Easy Beginner Theme | Classical Fingerstyle Guitar

Hey everyone,

 

here’s my arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s classical theme of the “Nutcracker March”! 🙂 It should suit beginning classical guitar players very well and it is a fun piece to play! I hope you’ll enjoy it! Tell me in the comment below if you liked it.

 

Once I transcribed this arrangement I am going to release the sheet music for free here on my website!

Stay tuned,

 

Lukas

 

 

 

Tschaikovsky’s March Slave Theme | Intermediate Fingerstyle Arrangement by Lukas Wedrychowski| Free Tabs / Notation Download

Hey everyone,

 

here’s my arrangement of Tschaikovsky’s “March Slave”. It is meant to be an arrangement for the intermediate player or maybe “late-beginner”, as it includes harmonics and some more advanced techniques such as slides (from a beginner’s perspective).

I hope you enjoy this version of it. Please, consider subscribing to my YouTube channel as well as sharing my videos on your socials and giving my videos a thumb up if you liked it! This helps me out a lot as I am still growing!

Thank you so much!

 

I wish you an amazing day,

Lukas

 

Click the link below to download the arrangement.

Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowski – March Slave – Intermdiate Theme

#ProgressLog | My plans for September

Hey everyone,

it’s already september and we’re nearing 2018! Amazing how time passes by. I wanted to let you know my plans for September, the end of the 3rd quarter of 2017.

However, I first have to make an announcement! We reached over 2000 <—– (!!!!!!!!) views on my guitar progress video! I never expected anything like that (!!!!!!!). I’m so super happy that so many people clicked and viewed the video. What strikes me most, however, are the beautiful comments that you guys left below the video! I read all of them and I tried to answer all of them! Thank you so much for your lovely comments! You are an amazing community! I’ll do all I can do keep up my progress if it really inspires some of you! That’s the least I can do for all the great feedback I received from you guys! Thank you so so much!

As you may have noticed, I wasn’t able to write much the last month. This is due to my stay in England. I am going to spend September in England and improve upon my language skills and do the intercultural project that is compulsory for my study.

However, the family that I will be with throughout September does have some instruments at home, so I am able to practice a bit. Since I won’t be able to take all my studies with me, I am mainly going to use that remaining time in England to write new pieces!

The goal is to capture my impressions in that pieces and at the same time incorporate the techniques that I have know accquired over the last 1,5 years. I’ll make sure to post a video from time to time, showing you my progress! In case I fail to do so, be excited to see some of my new songs!

 

Beside that I want to reveal to you what I have planned for the remaining 4th quarter of 2017. The main goal on all my instruments is to reach the next level:

Guitar -> Intermediate

Piano -> Intermediate

Violin -> Late-Beginner / Intermediate
Ocarina -> Late-Beginner / Intermediate

Cajón -> Late-Beginner / Intermediate

 

For that purpose I want to finish the songs that I set myself as a goal for this year. Those songs/pieces are:

 

Guitar:

  1. Spanish Romance / Romanza  (the reason why I started out on the guitar and particularly classical guitar)

2. Carulli: Waltz in Em

3. Tschaikovsky: Nutcracker Theme

4. Dvorak: New World Theme

5. Haydn: Surprise Theme

6. Strauss: The Blue Danube

7. Silent Night (fingerstyle version by Gareth Evans)

 

Piano:

1. La-La-Land “City of Stars” accomp.

2. He’s a Pirate

3. Für Elise

4. Prelude in C (Bach)

5. Greensleeves

 

Violin:

1. He’s a Pirate

2. Hallelujah

3. Oh Christmas Tree

4. Mad World

5. La Claire de la Lune

 

Ocarina:

1. Silent Night

2. Ode to Joy

3. He’s a Pirate

4. Greensleeves

 

 

 

 

As you can see, a lot of those songs are themed for christmas, as it is approaching. Those pieces are mostly “easy” to play and also pieces that I wanted to play for a very long time.

Once I finish them I am going to attempt higher level arrangements and hopefully leave the “beginner level” 🙂  I’m so excited to see if I can achieve this!

 

Please keep sharing my videos and also keep liking them as it helps a lot to know what videos you guys are interested in! 🙂 Thank you !

 

 

Lukas

“Will of the unknown” – Free Tabs Download

Hey there,

 

now that my video has reached quite a lot of people I wanted to share with you the tabs for the piece. However, keep in mind that I am a beginner when it comes to transcribing. So the tabs right now are kind of a mess. However, I am planning to release an updated version of it around the end of this year / beginning of next year.

 

So stay tuned and so far have fun working your way through this version.

This was the first tune I worked on for my proposal! 🙂 It’s officially the first piece out of seven original ones that were meant to be a gift and a hidden message to my girlfriend. All the titles, their very first words/syllables, form the question (in german): “Will you marry me?”

 

Click the Download link below:  (WARNING: keep in mind that this is the first transcription I ever did, it isn’t that good and I plan on releasing a new version soon!!!)

Will of the unknown x

 

 

 

Stay tuned,

 

Lukas

#Let’sReview | Street Theory for Guitarists by Jeff Scheetz and Truefire.com

Street Theory for Guitarists by Jeff Scheetz and Truefire.com

 

Author:                              Jeff Scheetz

Genre:                                 Theory

Level:                                   Beginner | Late Beginner | Intermediate | Late                                                    Intermediate | Advanced

Features:                            38 Tabs (.gp5) + 40 Charts (.pdf) + 5 Jam Tracks (.mp3)

Lessons:                              45 Video Lessons (4 hours and 44 minutes)

 

 

Today’s review is about a new theory course by Jeff Scheetz and Truefire. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Jeff Scheetz; he is the director of education at Truefire.com. He has already released numerous courses designed to help you improve your journey on the guitar. One of those courses is his „Smart practice for guitar“. This course focuses on another major topic that is key in improving fast: theory.

Theory is usually considered one of those demons that someone put into this world in order to torture us; in particular guitarists. However, theory can ease the learning process a lot! You certainly do not need theory in order to be musical. You can go ahead and create notes on an instrument and replicate songs just by ear and once you figure out how your instrument works.

Why should we then bother to learn theory at all? Let me tell you something I experienced when I started out on the guitar.

I once went to Spain with my guitar and as I was walking around the streets of Cordoba, I noticed another guitar player. I sat next to Raúl and we talked a bit about the guitar, music in Spain and so forth. A little bit later, we decided to have a small jam session. He was clearly better than I was since I had just started out but the way we connected through our instruments and played together was truly an experience that sparked my motivation for music even more. Wait… why am I telling you this? Well, in order to be able to play together we had to be on the same page. We achieved this by clarifying in which key we were about to to play and generally knowing our instrument in terms of notes, chords and basic musical stuff such as melody and harmony. In short, we connected through theory.

“Street Theory for Guitaristsis a catchy title, but one that contains more than you would expect at first sight. Before watching this course I asked myself: what would it take to connect with other musicians you meet? Which concepts would it need to speak the same language and to be able to connect with other musicians?

Going back to the story that I had just told you, I would like to answer what it took for me to connect with Raúl by going over the content of this course. As I’ve mentioned, you certainly need to know your own instrument before you can engage in conversations. That’s why the first section is all about the very fundamentals of your guitar.

Fundamentals include the musical alphabet“, referring back to the notes on your fretboard. If you meet other musicians on the street it is more likely to happen without tabs hanging off a wall so you need to be able to refer to notes if you want to exchange pieces and have a jam session. In order to do so, you certainly need to know your own instrument in terms of notes or the musical alphabet.

The process of learning the notes on the fretboard can be a daunting one. However, this course slowly builds that important skill by first showing you how to name the notes on the 5th and the 6th string. If you know these two strings, you will already know three strings, since you’ve got two E-strings that work the same way. Once you have this skill down you are going to learn how to find octaves on the guitar. Octaves help you to identify the various positions that exist on the fretboard and to navigate through different voicings. It also helps you build chords by narrowing the fretboard.

Once you’ve nailed the note names on the fretboard it is time to connect them by applying what is known as intervals. Intervals are the distances between two notes. As so much on the guitar, intervals are easily learnt by learning the different shapes. Last but not least, the fundamentals section is closed out by learning probably the two most important scales (arguably); the chromatic scale and the major scale.

The second section is all about chords. Knowing the formula for building chords is essential if you want to understand the concept of chord triads and chord inversions. You are also going to learn why we guitarists need barre chords and what the secret of that “barre” actually is. Once you nailed this, you are going to be taught how to name the chords in terms of roman numerals and how to build progressions out of them. Another important concept that is brought to you by Jeff Scheetz is the method to identify in which key your song is in so you know which chords to play in common progressions.

 

Moving on to section three, you move away from the harmonic side of music and turn towards the melodic side of it! Unless already familiar with them, you are going to be introduced to scales and different types of scales (pentatonic and blues scales as well as modes! Knowing which scale to play is crucial if you want to transfer the correct mood of a song and literally playing and staying on the same page as your fellow musicians.

Last but not least, there are some further important concepts that could certainly be put into the other sections but that are slightly more advanced. In section 4 you learn about the CAGED system and how it functions within the different chords that you can play all around the neck! This really opens up the whole neck for you and gives you more freedom and more voicings to explore! You will also learn how to move harmonies and how to arpeggiate chords. Those concepts will allow you to articulate yourself in a more complex way.

Let’s sum this course up… “Street Theory for Guitarists” by Jeff Scheetz and Truefire.com is one of those courses you may have wished as part of your starter kit, as part of your very first guitar as it can help you digest the massive load of information that you will have to acquire throughout your career. Theory is not boring at all. The way it used to be taught, however, was old-fashioned. Learn music theory the cool way with Jeff Scheetz and be able to connect with other musicians and actually speak the same language!

Highly recommended!

 

 

Lukas Wedrychowski

www.meridirhproductions.com – ‘cause music matters

 

This course was provided by Truefire.com

Fingerstyle Essentials | Fingerpicking Pattern No. 2

Hey everyone,

 

I wanted to share with you something I came up with recently. For all you beginners out there, I wanted to share my most important fingerstyle patterns that I learnt during my first 1,5 Years on the guitar.

It’s a nice 8th note pattern that builds up dynamically and allows for quite some emotional and intense fills and runs in your own performances.

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Click here to download the study (.pdf format)

Fingerpicking Pattern No. 2

 

This fingerstyle study consists of three parts.

Part one shows you the very basic pattern. Starting with your middle finger (M), going over to your index finger (I), repeating that pattern and then moving up to the ring finger (R) and then a rundown with your M, I  before returning to your M.

So the basic version of this pattern in PIMA-format looks like this:

M-I-M-I-R-M-I-M

1  +  2 + 3  + 4 +

 

The second level of this pattern includes the bass note. On the 1 you simply add the respective bass note of the chord you are playing with the thumb (T).  So, say you are playing an Am chord. You then want to play the open 5th string.

M/T-I-M-I-R-M-I-M

1  +  2 + 3  + 4 +

 

Then I show you a small alteration of the pattern which gives you the possiblity of bridging to another chord or another sequence or generally a verse  or a chorus, depending on your arrangement’s or song’s structure.

M-I-M-I-R_R R_R     (R_R = like a tie; holding the note)

1  +  2 + 3  + 4 +

 

My approach ever since I started out as a beginner on the guitar was to transform everything I learn into music and having fun with it. That’s why I always want to show you what you can do with the stuff that I am showing you.

Below you will find my arrangement of “Mary Had A Little Lamb” in Am, featuring this beautiful fingerpicking pattern! Go check it out and don’t forget to leave a like, a comment and most importantly, to subscribe to my channel!

See you next time!

And don’t forget to have fun with your guitar! 😉

Lukas

 

 

 

Musicarium Songbook by Andy McKee and Truefire.com

Musicarium Songbook by Andy McKee and Truefire.com

 

Author:            Andy McKee

Genre:              Acoustic

Style:                Fingerstyle | Acoustic

Level:               Late Intermediate / Advanced

Features:         Tabs (.pdf) & GP5 files

Lessons:          38 Videos (incl. introduction & conclusion) | 188 Minutes

 

Today’s review is going to be about Andy McKee’s first course for Truefire.com called “Musicarium Songbook”. In this review I am going to give you a brief introduction to Mr. McKee, highlighting some milestones in his career as well as my own opinion on him, having followed him for quite some time on YouTube. After the introduction, I will move on and discuss some of the songs and techniques within the course as well as give you a conclusion of what to expect from Mr. McKee’s first course on Truefire.com.

As I mentioned above, I have been following Andy McKee for quite a while now, growing a steady interest in fingerstyle playing! If you haven’t yet heard of him or seen him playing, go and check out his YouTube channel! One particularly good performance that I enjoyed was him playing Toto’s Africa together with the amazing and well-known Tommy Emmannuel, who happens to release a new course for Truefire almost simultaneously!

My own impression of Mr. McKee is that of a very versatile technical player with a clear joy for the instrument. By incorporating various techniques, ranging from harmonics over to percussive slaps and body percussion techniques he manages to merge sounds that form this very style, typical for modern fingerstyle guitarists!

What to do if you want to follow an idol and want to get – at least – as good as your favourite guitar player? Well, you are most likely going to study his songs… This is exactly what you are able to do with this course. You will be introduced to a total of five songs, each being an essential core of Andy McKee’s repertoire, highly instructive in terms of technical demand as well as a joy to listen to.

From an instructor who shows his own songs I would expect the following: an introduction in which the artist explains his thought process or the motivation behind the song, a clear and high quality performance of it, so you get a perfect example of “how-it-should-sound” as well as a detailed breakdown into the different parts of the song so we can slowly but surely work on the tune, working our way up until we can play the complete tune!

Let me show you if Mr. McKee managed to fulfil my expectations by having a look at his first song of the course called Drifting. The piece is broken down into six parts, starting out with an overview, a performance and a breakdown (consisting of four videos) of the piece.

The introduction teaches us what inspired Andy McKee to write the tune when he was about 18 years old. Preston Reed was the driving force behind the tune, having shown young Andy McKee that an acoustic can easily hold its ground to an electric guitar. Furthermore, you are given an overview of the different techniques that you will need to know to play the tune.

The introduction is followed by a full performance of Drifting. Here you are going to see first-hand if this tune is something you want to learn or not. It becomes evident from the get-go that this tune is a highly technical piece that requires good command of the instrument. However, for those who decide to stick with the tune and learn it, you are getting a very good recording of the tune in multiple angles to focus on the difficulties that may come up when studying the piece.

Once you have listened to the recording you are heading right into the breakdown of the tune. I cannot go too much into details here as I don’t want to spoil anything. However, I can tell you what the breakdown section is compiled of and what you can expect to learn here. First of all, the tune is divided into four sections: the intro, the verse, the chorus and the bridge.

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Throughout the breakdown videos for Drifting, about 30 minutes in total, you are getting introduced to the chords and the chord progressions in this tune. The piece is written in the DADGAD tuning, which really helps out incorporating the various over-the-neck-techniques that you use to play the chords while switching back and forth between them and the bass parts, consisting of body percussion all around the guitar body. Below you are going to find the performance of this tune to see exactly what makes this piece a demanding one!

 

 

Andy McKee’s explanations are always on-point! He understands well to break down the individual problem areas of the piece bit by bit, giving it enough time to really sink in. He is known as a very technical player and you need to know that before you attempt to follow in his footsteps. However, I cannot stress enough of how impressive his playing is and once you enter that path you are going to draw a lot out of this course!

Beware that the course will take some time as there are no simple pieces or tricks to make you play the pieces magically. However, the high quality recordings and cutting that is a trademark for videos and courses by Truefire.com are a real aid in learning this tune!

The course material is accompanied by tabs and notation in .pdf or .gp5 format.

 

Conclusion

For advanced fingerstyle players, those, who search for a course that serves as an artist study, “Musicarium” is the right choice! Here you are going to be challenged as the techniques used in the songs are by no means easy. Once you put the time and effort into it you will definitely benefit from the clear instructions and the amazing pieces that were chosen for this course.

Lukas Wedrychowski

MeridirhProductions.com – ‘cause music matters

 

This course was provided by Truefire.com