May 18, 2020 at 2:06 pm #174383Laura MParticipant
Anyone can advise me on what lessons I should take and if there’s a certain order.
May 18, 2020 at 2:20 pm #174384Phil67Participant
Smiling Laura, this has to be done according to your level and type of sound you like
At low level, there are the blues lead courses or search lessons with criteria beginner
You can also have a first run on micro lessons, this will give you both an overview of the different techniques expanded in epLessons but also a first self evaluation of you capabilities
Finally, and maybe this is the best of these advices, take something You like (except if you are full beginner, take something easy).
Where does the white go when snow melts?
May 18, 2020 at 3:26 pm #174389BillyParticipant
As the lessons go, other than the courses of rhythm, lead or the beginners course then the weekly lessons are more a pick what you like and jump right in.
Some of the AMers focus on the most recent but imho they are missing out on hundreds of older lessons, so my advice would to to grab a lesson which floats your boat and join in.
Welcome to AM Laura, hopefully we will hear a showcase from you soon.
May 18, 2020 at 4:32 pm #174392sunjamrParticipant
Hey Laura, I’ve been a member since the first AM lessons started coming out, and what I’ve noticed is that most of the older lessons are shorter and often (but not always) easier to learn and play. If you want to learn acoustic blues, I often recommend starting with EP065. Maybe the easiest of all ActiveMelody lessons is EP022. That was about the 2nd lesson I learned, and to my great surprise, I could improvise along with the jamtrack right away.
May 19, 2020 at 3:22 am #174409Brian HParticipant
Brian does two excellent courses for beginners. The first is a Beginners course. Following that, if you are interested in Blues, there is is Blues Beginners course. These are excellent.
Also, it is good to go back through the earlier courses. There are courses on the Pentatonic scale and the CAGED chord system. Brian’s tuition also shows how to link scales and chords.
In summary, there is enough material here to get you as far as you want to go. However, be patient. I suggest that you set yourself goals e.g. complete the beginners course in say 6 months. Also, the same for the Blues beginners.
I am beyond the beginner stage and I allow myself two weeks to master his weekly lessons. In that way, I have unlimited pieces to study. GOOD LUCK
May 19, 2020 at 8:31 am #174419Laurel CParticipant
Hi Laura, Have a look at the Blues 3 part mini series Ep311,312,313. Ep311 starts with a 4 note box and advances to other levels. There is no order, but it is a good idea to search out what content is available, it will take a while as there is so much on offer. There are some good blues lessons in the microlessons too for rhythm, call and response, shuffle etc. It depends on finding something you resonate with and to follow through at your playing level.
May 21, 2020 at 8:10 am #174551Don D.Moderator
Hi Laura, it really depends on what you like. The more you play, the more you learn, so finding the ones you like makes sense to me. I would strongly suggest learning some of what’s in the EP167-EP168 package (link is to 168 because it contains both, but start with 167). I could easily play a 45-minute set using just that stuff.
EP061 is called a Stevie Ray Vaughan-style lesson (but it has some pretty well-worn 2- and 3-string riffs that I hear in a lot of places, including the many Howlin’ Wolf songs that use the “Killing Floor” framework, that are really worth knowing), and it’s one I’d recommend to anyone past “just starting out.”
There’s a “Play Sample” button on every lesson, so you can search and sort them out by artist and listen to find the ones that sound good and sound “doable.”
The main thing I tell any beginner is to try to count with everything you do (“1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and” is eighth notes), and if you can’t count, tap your foot to the beat and play against that (try it for 5 minutes a day for a month before saying you can’t; maybe longer, it’s a really valuable skill, counterintuitive to me too, so I chose to disregard it when I was young, big mistake, if you can do that, you can really swing).
June 20, 2020 at 4:33 pm #178519Laura MParticipant
Thank you, so blessed. I have been drowning nyself endlessly to AM blues lessons. Can’t get enough, i’m not great but have advanced in the last 3 months then I have in 3 yrs of playing. I took notes and will keep you posted. Thanks to Brian and all AN members.
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