"Congratulations on creating a course that I can sincerely say is truly unique and really does fill a gap that has existed for too long in the field of instructional guitar. This will prove incredibly valuable to beginner-intermediate students. "
"I think it’s a fairly well-accepted urban legend that strumming (skills) will just occur naturally once a guitarist learns a few chords…and while this may be true for some, Guitar Strumming Decoded is precisely what the rest of us need in order to progress. "
"Strumming Decoded has given me the knowledge and the confidence to tackle new songs on my own. My strumming has never sounded better. Thank you, Stephen! "
"Your course came at exactly the right time. I was at the point where I knew I needed to change my approach to rhythm but I had no idea how to go about it. Knowing what to pay attention to, and when, turned out to be a game changer for me. Thank you very much for this invaluable program and for the time and effort you put into the follow up support."
This course is designed to get you out of the "How do I strum that song?" rut, basically always waiting for someone else to show you how to strum a song. Instead, this course will help to give you the tools and the training to be able to create your own strumming solutions based on using only ONE KEY SKILL... RHYTHM AWARENESS
Understand how rhythm works without reading music. Instead you will develop a FEEL for rhythm in your body and then apply it to your guitar- as it should be!. Always remember that a guitar cannot make rhythm-only a human can. An awareness of rhythm flows from the body to your guitar- no exceptions! STRUMMING IS RHYTHM!
Strumming actually has a very easy "underlying structure" to it- what I call Basic Strumming Mechanisms (BSM). You will learn the 3 Basic Strumming Mechanisms so you can strum pretty much anything you want. There are lots of variations of these 3 mechanisms- but you have to start somewhere. STRUMMING IS ABOUT CHOICES!
Are you waiting for someone to tell you WHAT TO SAY NEXT? Of course not! Likewise, you don't have to wait to be shown how to strum your favorite song. Both speaking AND strumming are SKILLS-it's just that speaking feels easier to you because you've been doing for a longer time. Waiting for someone/something to show you a strum pattern is just plain frustrating. You can totally do this yourself so you won't have to WAIT! STRUMMING IS PERSONAL!
It's important to remember that the TRAINING PORTION of this course is NOT about giving you "Strum Patterns" to memorize. Rather it's about learning to FEEL the result of you altering one of the 3 Basic Strumming Mechanisms and listening to that result- feeling & listening are the main themes in this course. You will need these skills when you do the APPLICATION PORTION- putting your new found skills to the test and creating your own strumming solutions for 3 songs.
The APPLICATION PORTION of the course is all about, well, applying the concepts of 1. The PULSE, 2. Choosing a BASIC STRUMMING MECHANISM (BSM) as your starting point for your strumming solution and finally 3. MANIPULATING your chosen BSM to get even closer to the FEEL of VIBE of the song. Think of your BSM as a piece of marble and by sculpting it (manipulating) you are getting closer to revealing the sculpture- the true VIBE of the song.
The next time you want to join in a beach jam session you won't have to ask the question " How do I strum that song?" You'll have the skills to listen, pull some information from the song and simply...GO! It does take some training but that's true of ANY SKILL. KNOWLEDGE is POWER and both contribute to your confidence as a strumming guitarist. STRUMMING IS FREEDOM!
The TRAINING MANUAL provides essential Rhythm Concepts and hands on Rhythm Awareness Training Exercises that, together with the Video Training, constitutes the TRAINING PORTION (WOW! that's a lot of training) of the course. After that, we hit the APPLICATION PORTION where, using 3 original songs, we will apply those training skills to answer this course's most important question- How do I strum to that song? What's really important in this phase is deciding what strumming solution best fits the VIBE of a song- that quiet voice inside your head that says to you "Yeah! That's how the song goes". This way you will STOP ALL YOUR STRUMMING FROM SOUNDING THE SAME. Finally, you will be able to hang with other players in the PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP. Inside the Group you get access to me with scheduled OFFICE HOURS and additional lesson material to continue your strumming growth. This course is 100% digital.
I explore the most important concepts of rhythm to prepare you for the actual TRAINING portion of the manual.
Over 4 hours of video training. I demonstrate each and every training exercise in the manual with additional video supporting important content throughout.
This group is ONLY for those who have purchased the program. You'll join a community of like-minded strummers all working toward improving their skills. I hang out in the group weekly with OFFICE HOURS so I'm available to answer your questions or concerns. I also provide additional training to the group addressing common strumming issues.
Let's take a look at who can benefit from this training and who should NOT consider this training- at this time!
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