Welcome to guitar lessons at Bandwagon Music Studios

Learn rock, metal, pop, blues and jazz guitar styles.
Be taught to play chords, riffs and solos to your favourite songs.
Learn on electric or acoustic guitar.

We focus on -

Chords - this is the main job of guitarists. To provide a rhythm background while someone sings or another instrument is doing a solo. A guitarist would play rhythm for generally 90% of the time. There are 4 levels that we cover - taking you from being a basic busker, to being a basic rock player, then to a fancy rock player, and finally if you wish to be being a jazz player.

Lead - this is the extra exciting part of guitar. Learn the opening riffs to songs and then be able to do a blazing solo. There are 6 levels that we cover - these cover basic riffing, pentatonic scales and soloing, harmony solos, as well as all the techniques you need to do lead.

We can easily make you be a master of modes. 
See lead level 4.

Melody Reading - this is learning how to read music and play the melody to a song - the part that you would sing or whistle.

Resources

Be sure to check out the goals and core songs for each level.
We set goals so you know what you are working towards and also so you can get excited about what you are going to play and learn.
The core songs are great examples of the level you are playing in. These aren't the only songs you'll be learning. We definitley want you to ask for your favourite songs to learn - oldies, latest hits, songs from movies, any song. We want you to really enjoy your guitar playing through songs you love. 
And because students have these common core songs it's great when we have a jam session. There are songs we all know and we can have fun making music with other people.

 

  • Chords
  • Lead

Chords 1

The whole aim of this level is turn you into a competent busker / party / BBQ type player. Imagine the fun you will have with your family and friends playing a few songs. We work on basic open chords and strum patterns. One of the big stumbling blocks for beginners is changing chords. We have a unique way of getting beginners through this. The tricks and exercises will have you changing chords like a pro before you know it.

Contents Contents (64 KB)

Goals and Core Songs Goals and Core Songs (58 KB)

Finger Groups Finger Groups (100 KB)

Major Chords Major Chords (83 KB)

Strum Patterns Strum Patterns (81 KB)

Chords 2

       
 

Vocal Warm Up by

     
     
If you can't see the score, get the Sibelius Scorch plug-in here.
Created using Sibelius.

Lead 2

Now we move onto soloing or lead playing. Imagine learning how to play some cool solos and learning how to make up your own solos. Soloing is one of the greatest joys of guitar playing! In this level you will learn the most commonly used scales in rock - the minor pentatonic and the major pentatonic. We will show you them in their most used positions. There is no over study of scale shapes and positions that aren't commonly used - why learn things that are rarely used? We cover just the essentials for rocking out.

Contents Contents (77 KB)

Goals and Core Songs Goals and Core Songs (51 KB)

A Shape Licks A Shape Licks (46 KB)

E Shape Licks E Shape Licks (46 KB)

Major Pentatonic Major Pentatonic (99 KB)

Minor Pentatonic - A Shape Minor Pentatonic - A Shape (60 KB)

Minor Pentatonic - E Shape Minor Pentatonic - E Shape (57 KB)

Lead 3

This is an accompanying book to lead level 2. The book is full of cool solos and licks that are from the minor and major pentatonic scales. It is to be used as a library of licks to build solos with. First we learn some "cliche" licks.
This example plays the cliche licks using Enter Sandman as the backing. This shows you how useful and versatile the licks are. You can use them to make an awesome solo for any backing.

Cliches used as a solo to Enter Sandman Cliches used as a solo to Enter Sandman (376 KB)

Then we learn licks from all the great players over the years. Players like Jimi Hendrix, Slash, Angus Young, Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, Metallica and Stevie Ray Vaughan. For each player there is one of their solos and a few of their licks.

The second half of the book looks at all the licks in their respective scale choice. Now you have a huge choice of licks for each scale and position.


Goals and Core Songs Goals and Core Songs (51 KB)

Contents Contents (76 KB)

Cliche Licks Cliche Licks (102 KB)

Hendrix Study Hendrix Study (195 KB)

Minor Pentatonic - E Shape Study Minor Pentatonic - E Shape Study (524 KB)

Lead 4

Here is the holy grail of soloing and thankfully shown in an unbelievably easy way to follow. There is no over explanation - just plain, easy to follow information and diagrams. Modes are just an extension of the pentatonics. So all that work done previously plus a couple of new notes and you have them! The book again follows great players. There are some of their songs, solos and licks from all the main modes.

Aeolian mode Aeolian mode (48 KB)

Dorian mode Dorian mode (48 KB)

Major modes E shape Major modes E shape (47 KB)

Minor modes E shape Minor modes E shape (56 KB)