Guitar School

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Welcome to the Gigajam Guitar School. Get ready to learn to play guitar with our award-winning web-based method.

To get started first download and install the Gigajam Xtractor software, for either Windows or Mac OS X. Read the lesson instructions and watch the Introductory TV Show to get the most from your lessons.

Then open a lesson and have fun learning. When you've completed an exercise you can upload it to your porfolio in your locker.

Introduction:  Introducing the guitar

An introduction to the guitar and how to use Gigajam's lessons and software. If you are new to Gigajam or to the guitar, start here.

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Level 1

Lesson 1:  Playing rock chords

Understand the layout of the guitar and how to follow chord boxes. You will be able to play a couple of rock chords with music by the end of this lesson.

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Lesson 2:  Developing rhythms

Learn how to create rhythm using different notes. Play a series of rhythms with your rock chords along with music.

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Lesson 3:  Introducing eighth notes and developing rhythm

You will be developing a good understanding of rhythm and how to read rhythm on the musical stave. You will also learn two new chords to mix with your existing chords.

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Lesson 4:  Introducing palm muting

Learn to play great rock chords and the technique of palm muting. You will develop greater control over the sound of the guitar and greater fluency in moving around the guitar neck.

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Lesson 5:  Developing palm muting with accents

Sound like a real rock guitarist using all the rhythms and chords learned so far. You will be acquiring the techniques that make you sound like a professional.

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Lesson 6:  Developing understanding of the fingerboard

The world of rock chords is wide open for you now, as you are taught how to learn and be able to play every power rock chord there is!

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Lesson 7:  Learning new chords

With rock chords in the bag, it is now time to use all your skills to develop playing all the chords you need. This lesson starts you on the journey introducing strumming technique and major and minor chords.

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Lesson 8:  Developing strumming and chord changes

This lesson provides a more in depth look into strumming technique and opens up another world of rhythmic playing for you, whilst learning even more chords for your library.

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Lesson 9:  Developing your rock chord library

More chords, developing your rhythm and ability to move fluently around the guitar neck.

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Lesson 10:  Performing a song

Learn how to play with a professional band, whilst reading a guitar chart. This lesson completes your Level 1 in Essential Guitar Skills with Gigajam Guitar School.

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Gigajam Band:  The First Time

Watch the The First Time being performed by the Gigajam band.

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