3D Acoustic Guitar by Vicki Genfan and Truefire.com

3D Acoustic Guitar by Vicki Genfan and Truefire.com

 

Author:          Vicki Genfan

Genre:            Acoustic / Universal

Style:              Acoustic Fingerstyle

Level:             Late Intermediate / Advanced

Features:        Tabs (.pdf) & GP5 files

Lessons: 35 Videos (incl. introduction & conclusion) | 195 Minutes

1             3D Acoustic Guitar – Introduction

2             Atomic Reshuffle – Performance

3             Tuning – Technique

4             Thumb Slaps – Technique

5             Thumb Slaps with Hammers – Technique

6             Thumb Slap Etude – Practice Etude

7             Harmonics – Technique

8             Thumb Slaps with Harmonics – Etude

9             Left Hand Harmonics – Technique

10           Body Slaps 1 – Technique

11           Body Slaps 2 – Technique

12           Kali Dreams Intro – Demonstration

13           Right Hand Harmonic Tapping – Technique

14           Harmonic Hammer-Ons – Technique

15           Hammering Single Notes – Technique

16           Groove – Maintaining Groove

17           Hammering Chords – Technique

18           Vibrato – Technique

19           Kali’s First Steps – Practice Etude

20           Kali’s First Steps – Breakdown

21           Creating Tunings – Create Your Own Tunings

22           Exploring Tunings: C2 – Step-by-Step Discovery

23           New Grass – Performance

24           Exploring Tunings: Dsus – Step-by-Step Discovery

25           Kali Dreams – Performance

26           Exploring Tunings: C-9sus4 – Step-by-Step Breakdown

27           C-9 Improv – Performance

28           Exploring Tunings: D2 – Step-by-Step Discovery

29           Let it Rain – Performance

30           Cause of You – Performance

31           Exploring Tunings: C6/9

32           Impossinova – Performance

33           Tunings Chat – Reference

34           My Gear – Guitars, strings and tuners

35           Conclusion – Have fun

 


I’ve got something very special for you out there. The course I’m going to review today is 3D Acoustic Guitar by Vicki Genfan, produced by Truefire.com. This review will be divided into four sections:

  1. Author/Lecturer
  2. Couse outline (Techniques & Songs)
  3. Target group
  4. Conclusion

 

1          Author/Lecturer

I must admit that I haven’t heard about Vicki Genfan before exploring some of Truefire’s courses on rhythm guitar. That’s something I feel pretty bad about, now that I had the chance to read about and listen to this amazing guitar player! It is difficult to describe Vicki Genfan’s playing style or genre. She’s certainly a fingerstyle guitarist, however, she draws from various musical genres and combines it in what is difficult to summarize. You certainly hear influences of Jazz, Folk, Funk, to name a few. This cocktail of genres results in an amazing player with an incredible gift for rhythm. I definitely recommend to check her out on YouTube and to visit her website (www.vickigenfan.com). She’s particularly active in terms of rhythm courses on Truefire.com.

 

2          Course Outline

The course consists of two main parts with each being subdivided into several mini chunks. Starting out with a brief introduction in which Vicki explains what to expect from the course you are going to get an impression of her playing skills in a tune called “Atomic Reshuffle”. There you can already get a hint on what to expect in the following lessons. The moment you hear the tune you are going to realize that her style is heavily influenced by percussive sounds, as well as harmonics and alternated tunings.

After this performance, she goes on and introduces you to the first main section of the course in which you will learn more about the various techniques that are required to play the upcoming tunes. Some of these techniques may be new to you or you may have used them in a different form but be sure that all these techniques form a must-know arsenal of techniques and tools that a contemporary fingerstyle guitarist, you may also call it ‘modern fingerstyle’, needs to have.

These aforementioned techniques, i.e. percussion, harmonics, etc., shall also serve you as the very spark that ignites you, puts you on fire and keeps your motivation and inspiration growing. Some of those techniques come with special etudes, i.e. studies that help you grow your technical skills in a musical way. That way you get immediately into practicing the techniques in a way that enhances your technical skills, those you will need to prove yourself when we come to the songs that are within this course.

Moving away from the pure technical part, you come to the second section that spans several important concepts of exploring your instrument: alternate (open) tunings. Following the course, you are going to get inside into the vast possibilities of alternate tunings, the new sounds that you can reach on your guitar and even a new way of economizing your picking. You will be pushed to explore new tunings, tunings that are part of your playing and that define your style.

Once you’ve finished the course you are going to find a reference chart of the open tunings that you’ve discussed during the course, giving you visual aid that will help you get started with the tunings in case you have a hard time memorizing them, say, if you are new to alternate tunings in general.

 

3          Target group

As for the techniques and tunings that form the main body of this course, you can’t expect this course to be anywhere within the range and reach of a beginner. The concepts that are introduced here go far beyond basic chords, basic rhythms and basic techniques that are related to the beginner’s stage. I would recommend this course to rather advanced players. However, if you are beyond the beginner stage, delving into intermediate material and feel you need to study a particular area, say rhythm, in depth you may lay your hands on this course but be aware that the course will be demanding. As I’ve mentioned several times by now, the content is incredibly complex, despite Vicki Genfan’s easy, accessible and highly didactic method of explaining the content of this course so that everyone can understand it. But understanding things in music and being able or even ready to play it are, in my humble opinion, two different things. So be reminded that you can grow huge with this course but may need strong willpower if you are not yet familiar with the basics of playing. On the other hand, if you are a seasoned player, you may very well draw a lot out of this course, further expand your style and learn new voicings that give you a whole new world to explore.

 

4          Conclusion

If you are on the lookout for a course that helps you get beyond the beginner stage, developing basics on the guitar, this course may not be for you. On the other hand, however, if you are someone who wants to practice his rhythmic play, by adding percussive elements to your playing, emulating a bass player, or if you are someone who is just on the search for a whole new open world to explore, given the alternate tunings you will find in this course or the various techniques that will make your playing more interesting, then this is what you’ve been looking for.

Personally, now that I’ve finished the course, I think differently about the title of this course. In the beginning, I was wondering what “3D guitar” may be. Now, having learnt so much from Vicki, I know that the beautiful instrument I dedicate so much time to, has many different aspects to it that were always there, I simply had to alter my perspective in order to find new, unexplored blank spots on the map. I wish you all the best in exploring your instrument and creating new sounds; sounds that fit your style and that are yours to use.

 

 

Lukas Wedrychowski

MeridirhProductions – ‘cause music matters

 

This course was provided by Truefire.com

My huge project!

Hey everyone,

 

I wanted to let you know what I’d planned for so long.

Ever since I started out with music, I wanted to write a suite, a collection of pieces for a special event. Now this very moment has finally come! As part of my plan to propose to my girlfriend, asking her if she wants to marry me.

For this very moment I have written 7 original pieces for Fingerstyle Guitar, pieces which cover our time and relationship. Those 7 pieces are therefore the very essence of our journey.

The idea was that the first few letters of each piece shall form the question (translated from German) “Do you want to marry me?/Will you marry me?”. This is meant as a very personal gift for her to thank her for our time together and for what lies ahead of us.

Below you will find the seven pieces 🙂

1 – [Will] – Will of the Unknown

2 – [st] – Still in my heart

3 – [du] – Du cœur

4 – [mich] – Mi-chemin

5 – [he] – Heyho Blues (I’m new to you)

6 – [ira] – Irá al jardin inglés

7 – [ten] – Ten days in Albaida del Aljarafe

 


Those pieces include, beside our common story, our passion for languages. We are passionate learners of foreign languages and our common languages are English, French, Spanish which led to the incorporation of those three languages.

🙂 It took me so long to finally write these pieces and I’m happy it’s completed!

Today was the day I proposed to her and asked her if she wants to become my wife… and she said…..

 

!!!!!!!!!! YES !!!!!!!!!!

 

 

I’m so happy that I want to share with you one of those pieces that I wrote for her. I plan on releasing the others as well but for now I can only show you the 6th piece our of my suite.

I hope you’ll enjoy it 🙂

The sheet music will be published soon!

6 – Irá al jardin inglés  – by Lukas Wedrychowski

#ProgressLog| Summary/Update: April

Hey everyone,

April had been pretty intense. I managed to get a ton of things down due to the remaining days of my semester holidays. In this post I like to share with you what I achieved, what I planned on doing and what I have in mind for May 2017.

Let’s start with a summary of April for the individual instruments.

 

SUMMARY

Guitar

A. REPERTOIRE

  1. Ode to Joy (L.v.Beethoven): Own arrangement
  2. Mary Had a Little Lamb: Own arrangement in Am
  3. Twinkle, Twinkle little Star: Own arrangement
  4. Irá al jardin inglés (Lukas Wedrychowski): Original piece

B. Theory

  1. Music History: Temper,
  2. Background knowledge: how sound waves work
  3. Scales: C, A, Am, E, Em
  4. Chords: Open chords (C, D, E, G, A, Dm, Em, Am)
  5. Key signatures: C, G, D, A

C. Technique

  1. Sor Etudes
  2. Scale Picking: C, A, Am, E, Em
  3. Chord Practice: C, D, E, G, A, Dm, Em, Am (+ 1st inversion)
  4. Rhythm Practice: T+2-3-2-3-1-2-3-2 | T+2-3-2-3-1-2-3-2
  5. Technique: Vibrato

 

Explanation

As you can see, I’ve managed to get quite a lot done this month. I was able to get my first arrangements going after having learnt the basic skills of orchestration. This is so much fun to do! I really love it and I am definitely going to embed this into my own songs as well, to make them richer and to see what I can explore within the frames of what I want to tell with them. I’ve also managed to finish my new piece which I’ll record soon (once the settings are done). It is part of a huge project that I have set for myself 😉  New updates soon!

In terms of theory, I was focusing on rather historical background knowledge, such as, how does sound travel and how comes the measure Hertz was set at a=440hz. Besides that I’ve been practicing my chords, which chord tones they include and what progressions they belong to etc.

From a technical point of view I’ve mainly been practicing the chords that I needed for my own arrangements of the songs. Most of them were open chords but with some inversions in them. It would technically still be called open chord because I didn’t need to barre anything, but ye… 🙂

Anyway, here comes a short overview of what I’ve planned on doing. I cannot say yet, how my schedule will exactly look like but there are some pointers that might give you a hint on what is supposed to be included.

Generally, this month will be a busy one, since I need to finish my huge project (again, soon more information about it), meaning that I have to finish my three new songs in progress while transcribing my others (in fact it’s just: Will of the unknown; Still in my heart). Once this is done I will announce what I’m planning to do and how it turns out :^)

 

Piano

A. REPERTOIRE

  1. Greensleeves: own arrangement
  2. Etudes: (various) – mainly dedicated to finger strength and dexterity
  3. City of Stars (La-La-Land): piano accompaniment
  4. Ode to Joy: own arrangement

B. THEORY

  1. Chord extensions: (some Jazz chord as well as chord progressions)
  2. Artist study: J.S. Bach and L.v. Beethoven
  3. Scales: C, D, E, G
  4. Reviews: Comparing various methods (reviews coming soon)

C. TECHNIQUE

  1. Etudes: Dexterity and finger strength
  2. Scales: C, D, E, G (both major and minor)
  3. Chord Practice: C, D, E, F, G, A, B (major + minor)
  4. Rhythm Practice: Odd rhythms (11/16; 7/16) etc.
  5. Technique: Damping (I’ve got a new pedal to test out this function; I’ve never had one like that before on my digital piano)

 

Explanation

As you can see, on the piano, I’ve also been experimenting with own arrangements, although it doesn’t yet feel as natural and intuitive as on the guitar. Anyway, the remaining stuff was mainly focused on experimenting with chords, with rhythms as well as my new pedal which is meant to damp the sound a bit. I’ve never been using one until now and I want to give it a try. I read that this one isn’t necessary so I just wanted to test it and eventually send it back if I don’t see any use in it.

May will also be quite busy since I have to finish my project (mentioned above in the guitar summary). For this I have to finish my two new pieces on the piano to finally be able to make that huge step…. Can’t tell you how excited I am…. 🙂

So for this month, my focus will mainly be on these two pieces and all that comes along with it. As I said, with the summary of May you’ll get everything you need to know but for now just stay tuned.

 

Violin

A. REPERTOIRE

  1. Ode to Joy
  2. Twinkle, Twinkle little Star
  3. Greensleeves: (at the beginning of it)

B. THEORY

  1. Hold and Posture
  2. Finger Placement 1st Position
  3. Bow sounding points

C. TECHNIQUE

  1. Etudes (bow strokes and first finger placements)
  2. Scales: C, G, D
  3. Rhythms: 4/4 (1-2-3-4; 1-2-3-4+; 1-2-3+4+; 1-2+3+4+; 1+2+3+4+; 1+2+3+4; 1+2+3-4; 1+2-3-4; 1-2+3+4)
  4. Technique: Détaché

Explanation

On the violin I’ve been slowly but surely moving towards pieces that cover the full range of the first position. I mainly focused on proper technique, getting a feeling for the new bow and the new violin (without any markers and tapes). That’s pretty difficult which is why I keep on returning to my other violin with the markers still on. Anyway, this month will also be focusing on repeating what I did during April to get a better control over my bow.

 

EASTER CONCERT 2017 !!!

Hey everyone!

 

today’s finally the day I’ll perform a small concert for my family! I’m looking forward to it! Here’s the full schedule 🙂

 

Guitar
1. Ludwig van Beethoven: Für Elise
2. Johann Sebastian Bach: Bourrée in Em – BWV996
3. Mary Had a Little Lamb (in Am)
 
Piano
1. (aus) LaLa Land: City of Stars
2. (aus) Gladiator: Honor Him
3. Greensleeves
 
Violin
1. Ode an die Freude (duett)
2. Bard & Family (solo)
 
Happy Easter!
 
 
 
 
 
Frohe Ostern euch allen!!!!
 
Viele Grüße,
 
Lukas

#Let’s Review | Essentials: Chet Atkins Style by Muriel Anderson and Truefire.com

Essentials: Chet Atkins Style by Muriel Anderson and Truefire.com

 

Author:         Muriel Anderson

Genre:           Acoustic

Style:             Fingerstyle

Level:            Late Beginner / Intermediate

Features:      Tabs (.pdf) & GP5 files

Lessons:      33 Videos (incl. introduction & conclusion) | 127 Minutes

1 – Essentials: Chet Atkins Style  (Introduction)

2 – Some Notes About Chet (Overview)

3 – Maybellish (Overview)

4 – Maybellish (Performance)

5 – Maybellish (Breakdown)

6 – Nashville Hammer (Overview)

7 – Nashville Hammer (Performance)

8 – Nashville Hammer (Breakdown)

9 – Love to Pick (Overview)

10 – Love to Pick (Peformance)

11 – Love to Pick (Breakdown)

12 – Doh’tcha Know (Overview)

13 – Doh’tcha Know (Performance)

14 – Doh’tcha Know (Breakdown)

15 – Waiting on the Weather (Overview)

16 – Waiting on the Weather (Performance)

17 – Waiting on the Weather (Breakdown)

18 – Jo Bangles (Overview)

19 – Jo Bangles (Performance)

20 – Jo Bangles (Breakdown)

21 – Rolling Hills (Overview)

22 – Rolling Hills (Performance)

23 – Rolling Hills (Breakdown

24 – Chet’s Train (Overview)

25 – Chet’s Train (Performance)

26 – Chet’s Train (Breakdown)

27 – Mr. Chester (Overview)

28 – Mr. Chester (Performance)

29 – Mr. Chester (Breakdown)

30 – A Fine Pickle (Overview)

31 – A Fine Pickle (Performance)

32 – A Fine Pickle (Breakdown)

33 – Essentials: Chet Atkins Style (Conclusion)

 

 

Essentials: Chet Atkins Style is part of the essentials series on Truefire.com. It’s considered to be a sum up on what may be considered crucial on a particular topic. In typical Truefire fashion you’re going to literally play yourself through the material, applying what you’ve just learnt to ten pieces that are designed to showcase essential techniques that can be seen as trademarks of Chet Atkins. Chet Atkins is one of the most influential players and one that had an impact on most fingerstyle players nowadays. Some of his key signatures, such as the electric guitar or the thumb pick were, among others, true to the sound he was recognized for and associated with.

In this course, you are going to get to know this amazing artist with the help of Muriel Anderson, who has some of the finest fingerstyle courses on Truefire. I always enjoy her clear explanations as well as proper technique. She clearly understands to break down complex material so that it becomes more approachable and accessible for players of varying levels.

Since this course is dedicated to players who have just passed the beginner stage and head towards the intermediate level you can expect a lot of detailed work in it. This course is aimed at players who have just nailed the basics of music theory and basic fingerstyle techniques to now delve deeper into the style of Chet Atkins.

The tunes in this course increase in difficulty the more you progress. You start out with Maybellish in which you underline your play with a very basic bass-chord accompaniment. The next on the list, Nashville Hammer, already goes a step further and introduces an alternating bass which helps you to grow your thumb independence, an essential skill among fingerstyle players.

Nashville Hammer

1.: Muriel Anderson in action on Nashville Hammer

However, there are also more difficult ones in there to put your skills to a test. One of those is Anderson’s own tune, Mr. Chester, in which you implement some of the techniques that you’ve been already introduced to by now following the curriculum of the course. Beside those you also get to know, “a chord form, that you see Chet using all the time. This little three finger chord.” (Muriel Anderson)

3 Finger Chord Form

1.: Three Finger Chord Shape Typical for Chet Atkin’s Play

I very much enjoyed this course, not only because I’ve been listening to Chet Atkins recordings as well as interviews about this fascinating and inspiring personality. Muriel Anderson certainly did him justice by covering essentials of his playing style, one that affected so many players who now play the wonderful style of fingerstyle guitar!

The course covers more than two hours of video footage as well as all ten tunes in tab and .pdf format, as always in high quality, as known from Truefire.com. That way you get enough possibilities to not only learn the pieces but also to further analyse it in order to enhance and widen your musical knowledge. I always loved the courses on Truefire since they allow you to literally play throughout the whole course, enjoying what you learn in a musical way.

If you are into fingerstyle it is almost guaranteed that you’ll draw a lot out of this course but Chet Atkins was more than just a fingerstyle player… he was inspirational and charismatic and that’s what he showed with his music. I really hope you may find this course useful the way I did and that you may also find your own sound.

Lukas Wedrychowski

Meridirh Productions – ‘cause music matters

#Let’s Play | Mary Had a Little Lamb – Version in Am | Arr. by Lukas Wedrychowski

Hey everyone

 

here’s a new video! It’s my rendition of the famous tune “Mary had a little lamb”, but in Am. It’s darker than the original but something that I found still fitting if we consider the times we live in.

I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

 

How to set up a practice routine ?

Hey everyone,

ever since I decided to learn music without a teacher I had to come up with various practice routines to support my development as a musician. In the beginning I wasn’t sure what to do since I lacked the knowledge of what to focus on.

After a few months I learnt some basics out of a beginner’s book on music theory and a guitar method that I bought along with my first, very cheap guitar.

The main four aspects of practice that I think everyone should be focusing and that proved the most effective for me (considering the fact that I am quite happy what I’ve achieved so far): Continue reading How to set up a practice routine ?