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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

“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

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

#ProgressLog – June 2017

Hey everyone,

 

I really hope you are doing well! I wanted to let you know what I did throughout June and what I am planning on doing throughout July!

As you probably know, I have added the Cajón and the Ocarina to my repertoire of instruments and now I am finally able to record some videos to show my progress!

Since the Cajón is quite different to my other instruments, I plan on doing some videos on basic technique and basic workouts. The sheet music for those workouts will soon be published here on my website, once I get a hold of the basics and am able to write my own exercises !

Anyway, let me give you another update on one of my instruments: the piano! So far, I have been following a book method, called “Die Russische Klavierschule” (The russian school of piano) and I must say, that I am not quit thrilled by it anymore. That’s why I want to give my piano practice a different touch in experimenting with a new method I wrote myself. This method is a collection of stuff and chops I learnt on my other instruments (most notably the guitar). The goal of this method is to work on the fundamentals first; not just piano related fundamentals but rather musical fundamentals. I am soon going to publish an article on it but for now I want you to know that I am going to change my practice plan for the piano, starting with July 2017!

 

 

Progress Logs:

 

Guitar

A. Repertoire

  • La Claire de La Lune (own arrangement)
  • Paganini: Caprice 24 (Theme) – late beginner/ intermediate version (arr. by Lukas Wedrychowski

B. Technique

  • Etudes
    • Fernando Sor: Opus 60 No. 1
    • Fernando Sor: Opus 60 No. 3 (in progress)
  • Scales
    • C Major Scale
    • E Major Scale
  • Chords
    • C Major
    • D Minor
    • E Minor
    • F Major
    • G Major
    • A Minor (+ inversions)
  • Rhythms
  • Techniques
    • Harmonics (12th fret harmonics)

 

Violin

A. Repertoire

  • Greensleeves
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb (in progress)
  • Ode to Joy
  • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (in progress)
  • La Claire de La Lune (in progress)
  • Caprice 24 (Theme) – in progress (beginner version)

B. Technique

  • Etudes
    • Napolitaine by G.F. Telemann
  • Scales
    • C Major Scale
  • Rhythms
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    • ♪♪♪♫
    • ♪♪♫♫
    • ♪♫♫♫
    • ♫♫♫♫
  • Techniques
    • Bowing & Posture
    • String Crossing
    • Mid-bow bowing
    • Whole-bow bowing

 

Welcome two new members to the family :-)

Hey everyone,

 

I’ve got some big news!  There are two members joining my instrumental family. A few days ago I’ve acquired these two lovely instruments *_*

I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward getting started with them! Over the last couple of months, I’ve been listening to these instrument on YouTube and other sites and I really fell in love with them. So I went ahead and got a cajón from Schlagwerk!

In my opinion, the cajóns from Schlagwerk are by far the best sounding ones and I’m really happy that I was lucky enough to acquire one on a relatively low price (thanks ebay).20170613_124026

Here it is!  A Madagascar cajón from Schlagwerk; 🙂

The other one is an old-time favourite of mine (nope, not due to The Legend of Zelda)… the OCARINA!

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Here it is! It’s a non-name product for about 13-20€. It isn’t properly tuned which makes it hard to play with other instrumens. That’s why I’m looking to purchase one from Thomann, Europe’s biggest vendor for musical equipment, in hope that the Ocarina is properly tuned :^)

 

Anyway, expect some new stuff with those two beauties!