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Course #5: Electric Guitar
(Lead & Rhythm)

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

✅ How to play rhythm, including power chords, high lead rhythm shapes & bar chords.

✅ Learning strategies to quickly identify notes across the entire fretboard

✅ Highly useful scale patterns, intervals & lead positions for all strings & keys

✅ Common guitar movements such as vibrato, bending & more

✅ How to use music theory to create memorable, iconic lead parts

✅ How to serve your team, play around vocals & become a lead player your worship leader loves to have on the team

✅ And much more!

  Includes 234 min. video run time, 175 multiple choice quiz/test questions, 25 paragraph-answer critical thinking questions, 9 Coaching Community prompts & 3 posts. 

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

If you're new to guitar, we recommend you complete the ZJC Acoustic & Music Theory courses before taking this course.

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Here's a lesson from Module 8 of this award-winning course:

Remember:

Another thing you can do is mandolin style tremolo picking. 

What we want to do is put our pick close to edge of the bridge, and move back & forth rapidly, using as little motion as possible so we can sustain it for a long time. 

This takes practice to build up muscle, but the key is that we must be efficient with our motion. 

We don’t want to put the pick too low on the string. 

By barely touching it on the edge of the pick, we can get a consistent sound without requiring tons of tension & back & forth motion.

Watch the video for examples of this in action.

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Here's what's included in your course:

Step #1: Get functional first.

Module 1 - "Rhythm Electric"

  • How we use acoustic rhythm chords on electric
  • How to play power chords all over the guitar
  • How to play insanely useful high rhythm chords for electric
  • How to play bar chords (and why I encourage you not to use a capo)
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Module 2 - "Scales, Keys & Anchors"

  • How scales & keys work with lead guitar
  • How to play individual notes on every string of the guitar
  • How to use "Anchor" notes to memorize the neck, and how to create them
  • How to play notes & scales used in every key on lead guitar
  • How to start creating your own lead parts using one note at a time
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Module 3 - "Scale Patterns & Lead Positions"

  • How to play multi-string scale patterns on each string
  • Essential lead guitar positions
  • How to play beginning 2 note rhythm patterns common to lead guitar
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Step #2: Expand your toolbelt of essential chords & concepts.

Module 4 - "Movement & Chord Interactions"

  • Common techniques & movements around the guitar such as sliding, hammer-ons, pull-offs and more
  • Detailed analysis of the interactions with common worship chords & major scale degrees (this is KEY to creating your own lead parts!)
  • How to create iconic lead parts using only single notes
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Module 5 - "3rds, 6ths & Octaves"

  • How to use intervals & music theory to make your lead parts sound amazing
  • 3rds on D, G, B & E strings, in every key
  • 6ths on D, G, B & E strings, in every key
  • Octaves on D, G, B & E strings, in every key
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Step #3: Get creative & prepare for professional-tier worship ministry.

Module 6 - "Playing In A Worship Team Setting"

  • How to play electric in a worship team setting (creating hooks, flavor & ambience while playing around vocals)
  • How to make your team's sound better by following the principle “less is more”
  • How to play around vocals & three ways you can serve the melody of the song
  • How to play with a click track
  • How to create iconic hooks that gel with your team & style
  • How to enhance your team's dynamics & help your congregation engage in worship
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Module 7 - "Get The Most From Your Gear"

  • How to get the most out of your gear
  • Tips to create a solid guitar sound
  • How to use essential effects like EQ, distortion, delay, reverb & compression
  • Note:  This is NOT a buying guide or high-end gear tutorial.  This is geared for players trying to get a quality, worshipful sound while on a budget.
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Module 8 - "Advanced Techniques"

  • How to play swells

  • How to pull off "mandolin-style tremolo picking"

  • How to start learning soloing

  • How to begin leading worship from electric guitar (and playing lead parts while you sing!)

  • How to automate certain mental aspects of the music so you can focus on what's really important

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