Monthly New Lessons – May 2018

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The month of May has been an exciting month here at LPM. Here is a list of all the lessons & trailers, released in May. If you like what you see, you can check out the lesson by clicking on the respective buttons.

Week 5 (28th May)

Time Signatures

The time signature 2/4 and 4/8 are actually similar on page, but the only difference is how we count the quaver beats. The full lesson covers all the time signatures you need to learn for ABRSM Grade 4 Theory.

Week 4 (21st May)

Money by Pink Floyd

Learn how to play this progressive rock tune by Pink Floyd from their album The Dark Side of the Moon (1973). We'll focus on playing in odd time signature 7/4 and use swing 8th notes in beat 3.

Chord Changes Without Anchor Fingers

Learn how to deal with chord changes when there are no anchor fingers. We'll look at various techniques such as false anchor fingers, using different fingerings to help with speed and air changes. Learning these skills will help you make chord changes quickly and smoother in your practices.

Major and Minor Barre Chords Off the A String

Learn how to play major and minor barre chords, where the root note of the chord is based on the A string. We'll look two different shapes in more detail. Learning how to play these barre chord shapes will help you get around the fretboard efficiently.

Chopin's Prelude Op. 28 No. 15

Opus 28 No. 15 is the most challenging piece in our series on Chopin. As you listen to our piano teacher Steve perform the piece for you, you should pick up on the complexities of this classical music masterpiece. While the piece is challenging, it is, of course, possible to learn.

Week 3 (14th May)

Three Little Birds by Bob Marley

Learn how to play this groovy tune played by Carlton Barrett from the band the Wailers. This song was featured on the band's and Bob Marley's album Exodus (1977). We'll look at how we can vary our one drop groove, a reggae style drum beat, when playing reggae music.

Basic Chord Theory

What are the differences between a major chord and a minor chord? Learn what triads are on the guitar, how they are constructed and how a single note in each chord is used distinguish between major and minor chords.

Major and Minor Barre Chords Off the E String

Learn how to play major and minor barre chords, where the root note of the chord is based on the E string. We'll look three different shapes in more detail. Learning how to play these chords will enable you to create 12 different chords, play pop songs and navigate around the fretboard in a simpler and more effective way.

Week 2 (7th May)

Fool in the Rain by Led Zeppelin

Learn how to play the groove from Led Zeppelin’s Fool in the Rain. We’ll look at the basics of a groove, fills, and the various combination of the right clash cymbal.

Am, Dm, Em, G and C Chords

How do I play the basic C major chord? Learn how to play it on the guitar and how to overcome the most common problems of playing this chord, such as accidentally touching the adjacent strings, which cause the strings to mute, or your index finger is not pressing the string well enough.

Jazz Progressions Using Barre Chords

Learn how to play major and minor barre chords, where the root note of the chord is based on the E string. We'll look three different shapes in more detail. Learning how to play these chords will enable you to create 12 different chords, play pop songs and navigate around the fretboard in a simpler and more effective way. Check out the lesson here.

Week 1 (1st May)

Chopin's Prelude Op. 28 No. 10

Opus 28 No. 10 seems like a very difficult piece on paper, and it is one of the more challenging pieces by Chopin, but with practice Steve will help you master this very flashy classical piece. You'll learn how to take a triad and open it up and how to play the same patterns all the way down the keyboard.

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