Adam Levy's Rhythm Makeover

In this Rhythm Makeover edition, Adam Levy presents his signature electric rhythm guitar techniques and creative approaches. Adam has been featured on recordings by major-label artists such as Norah Jones (her first three albums), Tracy Chapman (New Beginning) and Amos Lee (Amos Lee), and acclaimed indie artists such as Ani DiFranco and Anais Mitchell.

Expand your electric rhythm guitar prowess with Adam Levy’s Rhythm Makeover and be sure to check out Muriel Anderson’s Rhythm Makeover for fingerstyle and Vicki Genfan’s Rhythm Makeover for acoustic guitar.

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About the Rhythm Makeover Series

Interactive Video Guitar Instruction

guitar courseThousands of #1 hit records use the same handful of chord progressions. So, what makes those songs so distinctive from one another? Melody, lyrics and production values are all very important of course, but rhythm is what gets the feet tapping, the bodies moving and the lips smiling.

Whether they perform in bands, duos or solo as a singer-songwriter, guitarists play rhythm 95% of the time supporting the vocalist and/or soloist. A pretty big responsibility, and a pretty big challenge making those common chord progressions sound original and interesting.

TrueFire’s Rhythm Makeover series focuses on the art of crafting compelling, original and interesting rhythm guitar parts by equipping players with the harmonic skills, playing techniques, chord vocabulary and creative approaches for breathing fresh life into any chord progression.

Rhythm Makeover courses are presented by educators with vast experience composing, arranging, recording and performing songs for audiences world-wide. Each edition is presented a single educator, but all of the educators examine the same 15 chord progressions.

The 15 chord progressions were specifically selected because they have each powered hundreds of hit records, across a variety of popular styles. All of the educators also work with the very same bass and drum tracks to emphasize just how much influence the guitar part has on the distinctive qualities of a song. The progressions and tracks cover a variety of keys:

  1. I-V-vi-IV progression in the key of C major
  2. I-vi-ii-V progression in the key of G major
  3. Descending IV-iii-ii-I progression in the key of E major
  4. ii-V-I-IV progression in the key of A major
  5. I-Imaj7-I7-IV progression in the key of G major
  6. iii-vi-ii-V progression in the key of C major
  7. I-vi-iii-IV progression in the key of G major
  8. I-IV-V-I in the key of E major
  9. Ascending I-ii-iii-IV progression in the key of A major
  10. vi-V-VI progression in the key of D
  11. i-bVII-bVI-V progression in the key of C minor
  12. I-iii-IV-V progression in the key of G major
  13. vi-ii-V-I-IV-iv-I chord progression in the key of E major
  14. I-II-V-I progression in the key of A major
  15. I-bVII-IV progression in the key of D

Bringing his or her unique perspective and skill set to the table, the educator presents two distinct creative and technical approaches for each of the 15 chord progressions (30 approaches in all).

As you work through the 30 different approaches, you’ll learn new chord voicings, strumming and fingerstyle patterns, harmonic approaches, creative ideas, right and left-hand techniques and much more, all of which can be applied to any progression that you might encounter, in any key.

About Your Instructor

Adam Levy

educatorTo call Adam Levy a "well-traveled musician" would be a hell of an understatement. During a six-year stint touring as a member of Norah Jones' Handsome Band, Levy went round the world several times and maxed out the pages of his passport—and then a second one—with country stamps and visas. He first played with Jones at the very beginning of the singer's career and went on to be the featured electric guitarist on her wildly successful first three albums and DVDs. Levy held the enviable gig through 2007, ultimately leaving to follow his own path as a performing songwriter.

Levy released two CDs under his own name while in Jones' band, and has continued to release new recordings annually since then—some featuring his lyrical songs, some wholly instrumental. His latest is The Heart Collector, praised by No Depression online as "a great album overflowing with warm and soulful songs that enchant the ears and captivate the heart." Other recent CDs include Washing Day and Live from Sun Studio—the latter tracked, of course, at the legendary Memphis mecca where Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley cut their first acetates.

Jones is not the only top-shelf artist whose music Levy has been party to. He can be heard on Tracy Chapman's New Beginning (that's Levy's laid-back blues solo on "Give Me One Reason"), Amos Lee's eponymous Blue Note debut (featured on the single, "Arms of a Woman"), Sex Mob's Din of Inequity, Ani DiFranco's Which Side Are You On?, and Anaïs Mitchell's Young Man in America. He has performed onstage with all of these artists—as well as with Rosanne Cash, Lisa Loeb, Dan Hicks, Darol Anger, Joey Baron, and many others.

Levy is also well-known as a writer and journalist, with articles appearing regularly in the pages of Guitar Player and Acoustic Guitarmagazines. And he has earned a reputation as an esteemed educator. He is the author of Jazz Guitar Sight-Reading (book) and Play the Right Stuff (book & DVD), and has led many workshops and masterclasses all across the U.S. and internationally.

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What you Get:

Video software (Windows and Mac) with TrueFire's Lesson Player, PIP, full-screen, looping, slow motion, keyboard shortcuts, plus...

  • - 173 Minutes of Video
  • - Text Commentary
  • - Tab
  • - Standard Notation
  • - Jam Tracks
  • - Guitar Pro

Curriculum

Intermediate - Advanced

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. I-V-vi-IV Progression
    - Overview
    - Approach 1: Performance
    - Approach 1: Breakdown
    - Approach 2: Performance
    - Approach 2: Breakdown
  3. I-vi-ii-V Progression
    - Overview
    - Approach 1: Performance
    - Approach 1: Breakdown
    - Approach 2: Performance
    - Approach 2: Breakdown
  4. IV-iii-ii-I Progression
    - Overview
    - Approach 1: Performance
    - Approach 1: Breakdown
    - Approach 2: Performance
    - Approach 2: Breakdown
  5. ii-V-I-IV Progression
    - Overview
    - Approach 1: Performance
    - Approach 1: Breakdown
    - Approach 2: Performance
    - Approach 2: Breakdown
  6. I-Imaj7-I7-IV Progression
    - Overview
    - Approach 1: Performance
    - Approach 1: Breakdown
    - Approach 2: Performance
    - Approach 2: Breakdown
  7. iii-vi-ii-V Progression
    - Overview
    - Approach 1: Performance
    - Approach 1: Breakdown
    - Approach 2: Performance
    - Approach 2: Breakdown
  8. I-vi-iii-IV Progression
    - Overview
    - Approach 1: Performance
    - Approach 1: Breakdown
    - Approach 2: Performance
    - Approach 2: Breakdown
  9. I-IV-V-I Progression
    - Overview
    - Approach 1: Performance
    - Approach 1: Breakdown
    - Approach 2: Performance
    - Approach 2: Breakdown
  10. I-ii-iii-IV Progression
    - Overview
    - Approach 1: Performance
    - Approach 1: Breakdown
    - Approach 2: Performance
    - Approach 2: Breakdown
  11. vi-V-VI Progression
    - Overview
    - Approach 1: Performance
    - Approach 1: Breakdown
    - Approach 2: Performance
    - Approach 2: Breakdown
  12. i-bVII-bVI-V Progression
    - Overview
    - Approach 1: Performance
    - Approach 1: Breakdown
    - Approach 2: Performance
    - Approach 2: Breakdown
  13. I-iii-IV-V Progression
    - Overview
    - Approach 1: Performance
    - Approach 1: Breakdown
    - Approach 2: Performance
    - Approach 2: Breakdown
  14. vi-ii-V-I-IV-iv-I Progression
    - Overview
    - Approach 1: Performance
    - Approach 1: Breakdown
    - Approach 2: Performance
    - Approach 2: Breakdown
  15. I-II-V-I Progression
    - Overview
    - Approach 1: Performance
    - Approach 1: Breakdown
    - Approach 2: Performance
    - Approach 2: Breakdown
  16. I-bVII-IV Progression
    - Overview
    - Approach 1: Performance
    - Approach 1: Breakdown
    - Approach 2: Performance
    - Approach 2: Breakdown
  17. Conclusion

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