Songwriters often find themselves stuck in a creative rut playing the same old chords and patterns. How do you free yourself from traditional forms? How do you break out of the box? How can you expand your palette of musical ideas? For all those answers and mega doses of inspiration, dig deep into Christie Lenée’s Creative Fingerstyle Guitar for Songwriters.
Combining guitar virtuosity, lyrical storytelling, and a passion for positivity, Christie Lenée leaves her audiences feeling inspired. “She's got unparalleled skill on the guitar, songs that go straight to the heart, plus an immediate and deep connection with the audience. She wowed everybody!”
2017 International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion Christie Lenée views the guitar as an entire spectrum of musical possibilities. Rooted from the simplicity of seeing the guitar first as a tool for self-expression, she says that one of the greatest skills to develop as a musician is to be able to "play what you hear" and speak music as a language. "To feel relaxed, fluid and connected to the instrument is like breathing... and THAT is when the magic happens."
Christie's masterful guitar work and profound instrumental compositions are well described as 'Michael Hedges meets Joni Mitchell and Dave Matthews.’ She is also a passionate educator and we’re very excited to welcome Christie to the family with her first TrueFire course, Creative Fingerstyle Guitar for Songwriters.
Christie will share creative insights about the guitar beginning at fundamentals of holding the instrument, how to play completely relaxed with minimal effort, and how to translate musical expressions through our hands. Other concepts include songwriting and composition approaches, opening up the guitar neck, right-hand fingerpicking patterns with creative examples, open tunings and variations, using harmonics and low drones, creating memorable guitar riffs, and an intro to rhythmic guitar slapping and tapping.
”Throughout the course I’ll show you more than 20 creative fingerstyle approaches to spark songwriting ideas and excite your guitar playing. We’ll apply those concepts across seven performance studies that integrate melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic ideas. You can learn them note for note, from top to bottom, or just pull out a few pieces to inspire your own compositions.”
Christie organized the course in a series of studies. In the first and second study, she’ll show you a handful of melodic applications for harmonizing major scales with new grooves and patterns. In the third study, you’ll learn how to apply chromatic movement, low drones, and harmonics on a melodic ballad in drop-D. The next study, in the key of C, explores new concepts including open string pull-offs, slides, and upper position chord voicings.
The fifth and sixth studies focus on altering bass notes, coloring chords, adding harmonics and right-hand slaps with a funky groove. The seventh and final study introduces DADGAD tuning, right-hand percussion, left-hand finger tapping and upper voice melodies.
"One of the most inspiring things about the guitar is its endless potential for creating interesting sonic landscapes. Songwriters often find themselves stuck in a creative rut playing the same old chords and patterns. I've designed this course to help you break out of the box and expand your palette of musical ideas. Throughout the course, I'll show you more than 20 creative fingerstyle approaches to spark songwriting ideas and excite your guitar playing. We'll apply those concepts across seven performance studies that integrate melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic ideas. You can learn them note for note, from top to bottom, or just pull out a few pieces to inspire your own compositions."
As you work through all of the studies, Christie shares 24 fresh and creative approaches for accompaniment and songwriting on guitar: Major Scale Exploration, Harmonize a Scale Melodically, Incorporate a Picking Pattern, Groove & Melody Interplay, Play with Picking Pattern, Forget What You Know, Play with Chromatic Movement, Drone Notes & Scale-Based Melodies, Harmonics for Melody Ideas, Rhythmic Percussive Slap, Embellish Progressions with Slides, Try Playing with Higher Voicings, Exploring Open String Colors, Percussive Picking, Change Bass Notes Mid Pattern, Try Relative Minor in a Progression, Re-voice Your Chords with Harmonics, Cascading Harmonics, Try an Open Tuning, Moving Bass Lines to Build Songs, Melody in the Top Voice, Adding Dynamic Textures in Middle Voice, Guitar Percussion & Tapping, and DADGAD tuning.
All of the performance studies come with standard notation, tablature, and a detailed breakdown. You can also loop or slow down any of the videos down so that you can work with the lessons at your own pace.
Grab your guitar, and let’s bust out of our ruts with Christie Lenée!