So you want to learn guitar?
Or maybe you want to reach that elusive next level?
Of course you do.
But what do you do next?
We can all be taught how to play a song. We can all be shown how to play a scale. But what do you learn from these songs? What do you do with these scales? How can you use that in the future?
Fretroom's mission is simple:
Coach you to understand what it is you are doing when you play a song, riff, or lick.
Show you the methods and concepts that will advance your playing.
Extend and compliment your current guitar knowledge.
Fretroom is all about learning the guitar. Located in Burns Street, North Fremantle, it is a dedicated teaching space.
Guitar Lessons are taught in bundles of 5, with the focus set on achievable targets.
Want to understand modes, great, in 5 lessons you will be up and running, applying dorian and aeolian to your playing purposefully.
Want to understand chords, excellent choice! In 5 lessons you will understand Major and minor chords, 7th chords and sus chords, and create and correctly name your own chords.
Whatever you want to learn, I will get you there. Be honest with how much time you are willing to commit each week, and together we can successfully create a package that will work for you.
And this is not just for the advanced player looking to find new scales, modes or picking techniques. The beginner guitarist will get taught a solid foundation and feel confident when trying to decode a youtube tutorial or music book.
All guitar lessons are 50 minutes in duration.
One off lessons are $60, each, but the idea is to have bundles of 5, which are $50 per session. This allows us to establish a goal, and get there. When you first come to Fretroom, you will receive a trial lesson which is $30. After the trial I will create a package that fast-tracks your guitar journey. View the Prices page for more info.
All lesson material is made in house.
You can view the lesson material and download for free at any time on the Lesson Files page.
They generally come in two formats:
And they are categorised as file types:
Creating lesson material like this allows me to make fully customisable material for you.
A classic example of creating custom lesson files is left-handed chord diagrams. I try to discourage the use of left-handed material as there is not as much out there compared to the abundance of material and videos for the right-handed folk. But, hey, you might really prefer it. No worries, any thing I make for you will be in left-handed format.
These files are yours forever. Once you have the pdf you can print them off as many times as you like, even share them amongst your peers.
That's enough from me. Your turn. Get in touch via one of the methods below, let's have a chat.
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Neil learnt a few chords a while ago but never managed to do much more. He decided that the time was right, and came to Fretroom for help. Neil found that he was able to pick it up quicker than he thought he would. The main concept was learning chord shapes, practising chord changes and creating rhythm patterns. We focused on being creative, making new rhythms, and applying the ideas that came naturally.
This was an interesting one for me. Mark is highly skilled at boxing, so we used that knowledge to approach the guitar. We treated the musical rhythms like combinations, the notes like upper cuts, hooks, jabs. Worked out pretty well. With a set of notes (punches), how are you going to apply them as licks (combinations)? Which note is the killer blow? Pretty cool.
Joanne was brand new to the guitar. The first bundle of 5 lessons focused on understanding core concepts: knowing how to find notes on the guitar, understanding where they would be in music notation, and learning a set piece. As a result she was able to play the Happy Birthday melody at her brother's birthday party. Her fist gig! Of course, this will help enormously with her music studies at school.
I love this track.
The guitar is dirty and rubbish, and that makes it raw.
The bass and drums make it seedy.
There is also an acoustic strumming in the background, too. Did you notice.
It is not transcribed.
I aim to do the bass soon, but it won't sound as good because it is a fretless bass and he is not quite hitting the notes properly (as far as I can tell) and that makes it even more great!
This is a version featuring the main parts of the intro and verse.
If having a go, focus on the chord changes using the chords you are most familiar with, then see if you can hear the parts referenced in the TAB.
It is hard to hear and this is my attempt, with headphones on and tv in the background.
Remember, mojo and consistency more than accuracy.
These three pentatonic scale shapes are all E minor/G Major.
The idea is to get you thinking of applying different concepts like 3 note a pattern over a four note rhythm, and then developing your own ideas.
The licks aim to keep in easily recognisable sounds rather than some bundle of notes that might make a good lick but you do not know how to interpret them
This is a tricky piece.
Take your time.
Take note of the finger recommendations and the picking direction.
You can of course adapt the finger or picking choice. But if you do, make sure it i for a good reason and works better for you
Generally speaking, songs do not use this scale or it's chords exclusively. Instead, the chords or the scale are inserted in to a 'Major Scale' song for effect.
So what chords are from the Harmonic Minor Scale?
Cool chords come from this scale, that's what!
They all have their niche so if you play one and do not like it - do not write it off! It will be the perfect chord at some point in your musical journey.
You need to be up to speed with the MAJOR SCALE CHORD FORMULA.
So, what is the Harmonic Minor scale?
Well, it is a cool series of notes that can really spice up a tune.
How do you create it?