Richard Gilewitz?s Guitar Foundations is an innovative course of study as it serves multiple purposes for multiple levels of play. Gilewitz set out to create a modular course of study focused on building solid foundations for playing, practicing and performing acoustic guitar.
"I've identified what I consider to be the most crucial fundamentals for the beginning guitarist," says Gilewitz. "However, throughout my teaching career, I've also observed that many seasoned players have serious gaps in their own knowledge with respect to basic music theory, structured picking pattern 'languages' to aid in both memorizing and creating tunes, and most importantly, the effective use of a metronome to aid in timing issues."
Beginners will learn the fundamentals from the ground-up with a simple building block approach that unlocks the mystery of music theory, explains chord types, and the design of different keys. Intermediate players can select slabs of discussion about suspended and 9th chords, plus inversions, and how to build upon existing picking patterns to create new sounds utilizing triplets and 16th notes. Even advanced players will benefit from revisiting and perhaps even retooling their techniques. All levels will enjoy tackling a spruced up 12 bar blues with restoration of chord and scale shapes along with rhythm patterns.