Muriel Anderson's Rhythm Makeover

In this Rhythm Makeover edition, Muriel Anderson presents her signature fingerstyle guitar techniques and creative approaches. Muriel is the first woman to have won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship, has recorded with country legend Chet Atkins, performed with Les Paul, the Chicago Symphony and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra.

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

Muriel Anderson

educatorOne of the world’s foremost fingerstyle guitarists and harp-guitarists, Muriel Anderson is the first woman to have won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. An engaging performer, her obvious joy of music, humor, and facility across musical genres is revered by guitarists and audiences worldwide. She has recorded with country legend Chet Atkins, performed in New York with Les Paul, at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall with the Chicago Symphony and in Tennessee with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. She is host and founder of Muriel Anderson’s All Star Guitar Night®, the premiere music event at the semi-annual NAMM music trade shows, and also the founder of the Music for Life Alliance charity. She is a prolific composer of music on guitar and harp guitar, and tours year round in North America, Europe and the Far East.

Her unique approach to the instrument virtually transforms the guitar into a lyrical choir, then a marching band, then a Japanese koto, then a Bluegrass band, one minute launching into a Beatles tune and the next, Rodrigo’s Concerto de Aranjuez. She frequently tours with Germany’s top guitar duo, TIERRA NEGRA, adding a new dimension and excitement to her music. Her new CD includes collaborations with her friends and fellow musicians Victor Wooten, Phil Keaggy, Mark Kibble of Take 6, Danny Gottlieb, Stanley Jordan, Tommy Emmanuel, Earl Klugh, and string orchestra.

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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...

  • - 115 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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