Vicki Genfan's Rhythm Makeover

In this Rhythm Makeover edition, Vicki Genfan presents her signature acoustic rhythm guitar techniques and creative approaches. Crowned champion of Guitar Player magazine's Guitar Superstar competition, Vicki plays all the big international stages from Montreal's Jazz Festival to Germany's Open Strings Guitar Festival to Italy's Soave Guitar Festival.

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

Vicki Genfan

educatorEvery now and then an artist comes along whose music reaches out and touches the soul of all who hear them…virtuoso guitarist, singer and composer Vicki Genfan is among those artists… Drawing from folk, jazz, pop, soul and world music, Vicki is redefining ‘singer/songwriter culture.’ With a mastery of the acoustic guitar that borders on pure alchemy, audiences are mesmerized by the waves of sound Vicki creates with just two hands and her voice. Using 29 alternate tunings and the percussive technique she calls ‘slap-tap’, you’ll find the addition of her pure, expressive vocals that dig deep and stir the heart to be the perfect accompaniment on many of her songs. Vicki writes and beautifully sings her own brand of music and lyrics while putting her unmistakable imprint on familiar tunes like the Beatles’ Norweigian Wood. An evening with Vicki is far more than a concert; stories, warmth and humor come gift wrapped in an unforgettable evening of music that leaves the audience always wanting more.

Vicki has been recognized among the world’s greatest guitarists and musicians at festivals such as The International Montreal Jazz Festival, Germany’s Open Strings Guitar Festival, Italy’s Soave Guitar Festival, as well as at venues and Performing Arts Centers across the US and abroad. In 2005 she was one of the featured artists on ‘La Guitara’, the first compilation CD featuring female guitarists from around the globe, released by Vanguard Records. With several additional ground-breaking recordings behind her, recent acquisitions of the 6 string banjo, 12 string and baritone guitars, high demand at clinics and music camps and an ongoing European presence, Vicki continues to reach beyond musical borders and into new territory. Find out more about Vicki.

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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...

  • - 180 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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