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Course #1: Acoustic
(Be Worshipful & Creative)

By the end of this course, you'll know:

✅ Over 100 chords, inversions & variations across 8 content-rich modules, plus Intro & Final Exams

✅ Best practices for keys of G, D, C, E & A, as well as how to transpose, access any key with a capo, bar chords & acceptable substitutes for difficult chords

✅ 3 alternate tunings unique to Zac's style of worship leading for a better sound & easier chording (you likely won't find these anywhere else!)

✅ And much more!

✅  Includes 214 min. video run time, 200 multiple choice quiz/test questions, 25 paragraph-answer critical thinking questions, 8 Coaching Community prompts & 5 posts. 

(Used in multiple courses:  10 min video, 6 quiz questions & 3 posts.)

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Here's a lesson from Module 1 of this award-winning course:

Remember:

G chord is 3x0033 (actual notes used: GxDGDG). 

This is technically a G5, but I recommend you use this voicing for G chords.  It is a fairly universal voicing you can use in many situations.

There's another version of the G chord not covered in this video.  Many people default to is 320033 for G (2 instead of x on the A string).   In my opinion, this sounds too muddy or messy, and won't be used.  If you use it, it's best to use it when capoed higher (capo 3 and higher).

A note: Your fingers will probably hurt, maybe even have indents.  This is normal.  When I started playing guitar, it took me about 2-3 weeks of daily practice to build callouses so my fingers got used to playing guitar. 

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Here's what's included in your course:

Step #1: Get functional first.

Module 1 - "Our First Two Chords"

  • How to quickly read & interpret guitar chords in tabulature
  • What notes to tune to in Standard tuning
  • Proper fretting technique so you get a clean sound
  • G & C chords (Standard tuning)
  • Basic "diamond" strumming patterns (and how to simplify to self-teach strumming)
  • Bonus for advanced players:  G & C chords in Zac's favorite alternate tuning (Lazy D)
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Module 2 - "Three More Chords, Key of G"

  • The other 3 chords needed to play most worship songs in the key of G:
    • Em, D, Am
  • Practical shortcut chords that help you get functional faster while improving your sound
  • Simple strumming patterns using primarily downstrumming
  • Bonus for advanced players:  Em, D & Am chords in Zac's favorite alternate tuning
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Module 3 - "Let's Learn Another Key"

  • Chords used in the key of D (A, Bm, G)
  • Useful substitute & shortcut chords in the key of D so you get functional faster (Asus, Bm7, G2)
  • How to transition between chords smoothly
  • Increasing strumming pattern difficulty
  • Bonus for advanced players:  chords in the key of D in Zac's favorite alternate tuning
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Step #2: Expand your toolbelt of essential chords & concepts.

Module 4 - "Keys, Capos & Transposing"

  • How to find notes on specific frets on guitar
  • What keys are and how they work
  • How to use capos to access any key easily using chords in the key of G or D
  • How to transpose chord charts between keys, and develop the ability to do it on the fly mentally
  • Adding F & Dm chords in Standard tuning so we can play in the key of C
  • Useful shortcut chords for F & Dm (Fmaj7, Dm7)
  • Bonus:  Why we usually don't use F or Dm in Zac's favorite alternate tuning
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Module 5 - "Essential Chord Variations"

  • The most common inversions you'll see in the keys of G, D & C
  • Common chord variants in key of G, D & C
  • Large chord library full of practical voicings & options you may not have seen before
  • Recommended voicings to use for chords with multiple options
  • How to know when to use specific chord voicings
  • Bonus for advanced players:  Common chord variants in keys of G, D & C using Zac's favorite alternate tuning
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Step #3: Get creative & prepare for professional-tier worship ministry.

Module 6 - "Playing in a Worship Team"

  • How to play acoustic and excel in a worship team setting
  • How to know when “less is more” and when you need to guide the rhythm on your team
  • How to vary strumming patterns for dynamics & creative effect
  • How to play with a click track
  • Special techniques such as palm muting & fingerpicking
  • Bonus for advanced players:  Beautiful, useful chords you can use to be creative higher on the neck in Zac's favorite alternate tuning
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Module 7 - "Getting Creative"

  • How to play in the key of E, with many chord options high & low on the neck
  • How to play with the warm Open D tuning (D, A, Bm, G, Em), including tons of beautiful chord voicings & inversions
  • Fingerpicking/classical guitar techniques in Open D that are ideal for solo acoustic
  • How to use multiple acoustics in a team to avoid the dreaded "wall of sound" effect in a mix
  • Bonus for advanced players:  Alternate chord voicings and countermelody options higher up the neck in the key of D
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Module 8 - "Advanced Techniques"

  • How to play in Drop Top C alternate tuning using C form chords for a pseudo 12-string sound with options high on the neck

  • Advanced bluegrass strumming patterns that are useful for songs by bands like Rend Collective, All Sons & Daughters, Shane & Shane, etc.

  • How to play with kick while leading from acoustic & develop competency even if you don't play drums

  • Automating certain mental aspects so you can focus on what's really important

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