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LGTWYBL – Positioning

The Position Wheel:

With your left hand, if you are a right handed, (reverse this if you play left handed), you want to keep your thumb right at the center of the back of the neck, right behind the second fret for the first position.

Pivot your thumb at first rotating and swinging thumb to reach up the neck. Your finger TIPS, (optimum islefthandpositionwheel at 90 degrees in all directions), should do the pressing of the strings – NOT the sides.

Hand – Arm Position:

If you have problems getting the 90 degree position of fingertip try moving your left elbow away from your body while keeping your thumb position the same.

By moving you arm and palm away from you, keeping your fingers stationary will roll your your fingertips into correct angle.

Again, I know this may feel weird or even a bit painful at first, but it will get better I promise! You are stretching your hand in a new way but the body will adapt.

Finger Motion:

As you start fingering chords and notes, remember economy of motion is very important. As you play, use as little movement to place the fingertip on and off the string to fret the string for the note as possible. This will give you better speed as your pace increases.

LGTWYBL – Left Hand

Left hand technique:

Where do I put my thumb when fingering chords?

Should I use it to press down the strings to create notes and chords?

There is a lot of discussion about thumb placement and Left hand position. Let me explain my point of view and goals in my suggestions to follow. First of all, putting aside the type of guitar, any amplification, and effects that might be used, the majority of your tone is a product of how you use your Left hand while playing. That may sound like a radical statement to many, but I believe it is true. Your Left hand, fingers, and their actions are major factors in tone, clarity, dynamics, and overall sound.

I always instruct beginning players to used a more "classical" approach to finger placement. There are many reasons why I do this. Here are a few of them. Most beginners are playing acoustic instruments. For the effort and in the long run, even playing an electric guitar, better sound is easier to produce using this technique. Better fingertip placement is created this way. When playing finger style guitar your first and second fingers will be more available than trying to "clutch" the neck using the thumb to create chords.

I understand that when playing an electric guitar this clutch method as I call it, is very useful and even efficient but it is far easier to learn the clutch method later than to try and get around the habit should you want to play more of a finger style technique.

So, for now, just trust me on this if you're beginning to train your Left hand. This may feel a little weird at first, maybe even a bit painful in your wrist but your are using muscles in ways you never have before. Just work at it and in the long run you will reap the benefits!

Ok, here we go!

LGTWYBL – Fretboard

In the Beginning Was the Fretboard!

One of the first topics that I believe every guitar player should take the time to learn, is to memorize the fretboard of the guitar. It amazes me how many guitar players haven't done this. You can go very far without memorizing the fretboard but eventually you will reach a roadblock in your learning experience.

You may have heard of the latest rediscovery in learning to read called 'phonics'. Much of our public education system has done the students a great disservice buy teaching letter memorization of the alphabet and whole words rather than the building blocks of forming words being phonics. Some of our great and progressive educators are discovering that people who haven't been able to learn to read, spell, and speak well haven't had a learning disability. Their problem is that they have not been taught in a way that gives them the skills to build or spell their own words. Duh!

I would like to teach you the 'phonics' of building chords and soloing. The more you learn about these guitar elements the more you will be empowered to create musical structures on the guitar.

Before we can start memorizing the fretboard we need to be sure we are holding the guitar properly. The way we hold the guitar and how we place our hands on the neck are fundamental to success. If you learn bad habits here you will be fighting them all the way. Don't set yourself up to be frustrated by not taking the time to get the next sections under control.

LGTWYBL – Purpose

Ok, you have my attention but what is with this
"Learning Guitar The Way Your Brain Learns" stuff?


Learning to play guitar is not just about learning musical theory. Although learning the theory of music is useful and even fundamental to learning music, I do not believe it is what makes you the skilled player of an instrument.

Music and the theory behind it is an subject that I never seem to completely grasp as much as it seemed other musicians are able to do. None the less, I still have become a very skilled guitar player and continue to learn new details all the time – some of them in music – not just playing the guitar. My mother for example has a degree in music and although officially retired, still teaches piano. She has for what seems like since I was old enough to talk, tried to teach the things of music to me.

Today, YEARS later, I still get a "ah ha!" when thinking about things she tried to explain to me. I love to E-Mail her so I can share what I finally understood and then ask for more! She has been so patient with me throughout the years and is always willing to teach. I hope I will always be willing to learn.

But there are some road blocks to learning. It's easy to get caught up in their traps but they are easily avoided.

LGTWYBL – Introduction

Learning Guitar and Related Pages

jester_header These resources began when I found an article in one of the music newsgroups that caught my interests. I posted it on my website because so many of my friends and ministry teammates were asking me about the guitar and how they might cultivate their skills for use in the ministry.

If you are not a musicianary like me that's OK! It is my hope that as a beginning or whatever level guitar player you will find things of interest, encouragement, and motivation to be the best player you can.

Please enjoy your visit. Consider that the gift you have and are cultivating was invested in you. Your obligation is to invest it in others. Of course that gets into reality beyond just playing guitar. If you are interested in more of that, visit my ministry section.

So, if you're a returning visitor or if this is your first time, just feel free to venture into the joys of learning guitar without dragging through all the theory. I'll explain more about that later.

Copyright: If you visit here I don't charge anything. I ask that you do not copy these pages or their content without written permission, (see Contact). If you create a link to any of these pages, please write me and let me know you are doing so.

What's New?

The main change to this new website is the way everything is laid out. I must tell you it's been no small chore as I have completely reworked the site. All the diagrams have been redone. Navigation should be easier. The layouts should work correctly in most browsers too.

Enjoy!

McBades To Japan Video Interview

Film interview of the McBades and some of the Pastors of Calvary Chapel of Santa Barbara. Hear how they recieved the call to missions, to Japan and about what it means to be a missionary to them.

 

See and hear the mission story in our 2005 video!

"McBades To Japan"

(To download – Right-Click (PC) or Ctrl-Click(MAC) to download – 45mb – 7min)

Introduction – Learning Guitar The Way Your Brain Learns

Learning Guitar and Related Pages

Jester_Header These resources began when I found an article in one of the music newsgroups that caught my interests. I posted it on my website because so many of my friends and ministry teammates were asking me about the guitar and how they might cultivate their skills for use in the ministry.

If you are not a musicianary like me that's OK! It is my hope that as a beginning or whatever level guitar player you will find things of interest, encouragement, and motivation to be the best player you can.

Please enjoy your visit. Consider that the gift you have and are cultivating was invested in you. Your obligation is to invest it in others. Of course that gets into reality beyond just playing guitar. If you are interested in more of that, visit my ministry section.

So, if you're a returning visitor or if this is your first time, just feel free to venture into the joys of learning guitar without dragging through all the theory. I'll explain more about that later. Copyright: If you visit here I don't charge anything. I ask that you do not copy these pages or their content without written permission, (see Contact). If you create a link to any of these pages, please write me and let me know you are doing so.

What's New?

The main change to this new website is the way everything is laid out. I must tell you it's been no small chore as I have completely reworked the site. All the diagrams have been redone. Navigation should be easier. The layouts should work correctly in most browsers too.

Enjoy!

GCF

Grace Christian Fellowship:

gcf_sign-2 Grace Christian Fellowship is located about an hour northwest of Tokyo in a suburb called Ome. GCF was started as a Church plant 5 years ago by Pastor Jonathan Wilson, a missionary/church planter.

Jonathan was raised up under Pastors John Courson and Chuck Smith, with a vision to plant churches throughout Japan. GCF is making a difference in the community through evangelistic outreaches, performance arts presentations, provisions of food and necessities for the needy, and parent training classes. They now hold 3 Sunday services, weekday Bible studies and mid week prayer.

This year marked the opening of a Christian school taught in English, with the goal of eventually being taught in English and Japanese.

Ministering to Japan

Mission Field Japan:

Japan, from the outside, appears to be a serene, well-ordered, and prosperous nation. Yet, on the inside, the people are desperate for something to give them hope.

Japan’s entire culture is steeped in Shintoism and Buddhism. Only about 1% of Japanese people call themselves Christian.

The young are embracing western culture at its worst as the next “MTV” generation.
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Suicide among young men and kids is growing with a 60% rise amongst kids 13 years old and younger.The most alarming trend is that of suicide pacts, group suicides, aided by internet sites giving detailed instructions on how to carry them out.
Japan has also been experiencing greater and greater economic struggles.

They need to see the light and hope that only a relationship with God can give them.

 

Our Role:

In over 20 years of ministry with Calvary Chapel of Santa Barbara we have been well fed with great Bible teaching and practical life training.

What has been invested in us we now have a burden to take as an offering to Japan. We will be working alongside Pastor Jonathan Wilson at Grace Christian Fellowship in Ome, Japan, as part of a church planting and discipleship team.

There are needs in every area at Grace

  • Christian Fellowship
  • Raising up leadership
  • Worship team building
  • Multimedia / performing arts
  • Bible studies
  • Office administration
  • Teaching in the International
  • and Sunday schools
  • Outreach ministries
  • Nationwide disaster relief
  • and compassion ministry

Email: japan@mcbade.com