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Monday - Friday 12pm PST / 3pm EST

- No instruments needed to participate - 

If you do not have a guitar or a piano, please have a tablet or smartphone available to download the free recommended apps listed here.

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INTRODUCTION

With social distancing keeping everyone at home, many of us are finding that wehave extra time on our hands, on top of the inability to meet in-person for music lessons. At  Ausounds, we understand the struggles that everyone may be experiencing right now, andwe'd like to offer something that could help to educate, inspire, and unite our music community during these uncertain times. Ausounds will be hosting a free Music Lesson series with ChrisVasquez for the public on March 30th at 12pm PST. Anyone is welcome to watch, listen, orlearn to play.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Anyone interested in learning more about music should join us each day.These lessons will teach guitar, piano, percussion, music theory, improvisation, and more. Theywill be immensely beneficial to anyone who ever considered learning to play any instrument.Every lesson will include popular music examples that everyone can learn and share with friends and family. Students can participate with instruments they have at home, free instrumentapps discussed in the lesson, and with household objects. Each session will be interactive, fun,and engaging. Chris will cover a variety of topics and take requests for songs and topics duringeach  session. All players are welcome!

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FULL 5 WEEK SCHEDULE

WEEK 1 (Week of March 30th): INTRODUCTION

BEGINNERS

 Day 1 - Monday | Guitar for Beginners

  • Guitar anatomy

  • Placing the hands on the guitar

  • Reading tablature

  • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star | Alphabet Song

  • Free guitar apps for everyone

Day 2 - Tuesday | Piano for Beginners

  • Piano anatomy

  • Finger placement

  • Mary had a little lamb

  • Twinkle, Twinkly Little Star | Alphabet Song

  • Free piano apps for everyone

Day 3 - Wednesday | Percussion at Home

  • Defining a "beat"

  • Four principle rhythms

  • Identifying rhythms in music

  • Identifying patterns

  • Home percussion instruments

Day 4 - Thursday | Music theory | Ear training at home and in the car

  • Defining melody, harmony, and rhythm

  • Ear training basics

  • Recognizing pitches

  • Recognizing intervals

  • Learn movie themes

Day 5 - Friday | A week in review | Total request live

  • Week in review

  • Take song requests from participants

  • Teach song requests

WEEK 2 (Week of April 6th): MUSIC DOESN'T WAIT

BEGINNER | INTERMEDIATE

Day 6 - Monday | Guitar for Beginners

  • Tuning the guitar

  • Defining chords

  • First open position chords

  • The importance of time

  • Strumming the guitar

Day 7 - Tuesday | Piano for Beginners

  • C major scale with finger placement

  • Defining chords

  • Defining chord progression

  • Playing in time

Day 8 - Wednesday | Percussion at Home

  • Reviewing our rhythms

  • Introducing 8th notes

  • How to count 8th notes

  • Counting out loud

  • Home percussion

Day 9 - Thursday | Music theory | Ear training at home and in the car

  • Introducing the treble clef

  • Memory systems

  • Math and music

  • Ear training at home and in the car

Day 10 - Friday | A week in review | Total request live

  • Week in review

  • Take song requests from participants

  • Teach song requests

WEEK 3 (Week of April 13th): CHOOSING A PATH

INTERMEDIATE

Day 11 - Monday | Beginner - Intermediate Guitar

  • More open position chords

  • Eighth note strumming patterns

  • Working on popular music examples

Day 12 - Tuesday | Beginner - Intermediate Piano

  • C major scale, left hand

  • C major scale with two hands

  • Playing chords with two hands

  • Continued work on the popular music examples

Day 13 - Wednesday | Percussion at Home

  • Explaining time signatures

  • Playing in 3/4 or 6/8

  • Song examples

Day 14 - Thursday | Music theory | Ear training at home and in the car

  • Introducing bass clef

  • Memory systems for bass clef

  • Combining all of our notes on the grand staff

  • Defining scales

Day 15 - Friday | A week in review | Total request live

  • Week in review

  • Take song requests from participants

  • Teach song requests

WEEK 4 (Week of April 20th): FINAL PUSH

INTERMEDIATE | ADVANCED

Day 16 - Monday | Intermediate Guitar

  • Introducing the pentatonic scale shape 1

  • Using the metronome

  • Measuring results

  • Pentatonic guitar riffs

Day 17 - Tuesday | Intermediate Piano

  • Scales in G major

  • Scales in D major

  • Scales in A major

  • Popular music examples

Day 18 - Wednesday | Percussion at Home

  • Defining 12/8, swing, shuffle

  • Defining cut time and half time

  • Recognizing rhythms

Day 19 - Thursday | Music theory | Ear training at home and in the car

  • Identifying song forms

  • Identifying song parts

  • Introducing the road map | lead sheets | charts

Day 20 - Friday | A week in review | Total request live

  • Week in review

  • Take song requests from participants

  • Teach song requests

WEEK 5 (Week of April 27th): THE NEXT STAGE

ADVANCED

Day 21 - Monday | Intermediate - Advanced Guitar

  • Introducing bends, slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs

  • Defining improvisation

  • Defining relative minor

  • Guitar soloing

  • Soloing in any key

Day 22 - Tuesday | Intermediate - Advanced Piano

  • The circle of 5ths

  • Scales in all keys

  • Self accompaniment

  • Popular music examples

Day 23 - Wednesday | Percussion at Home

  • Defining dynamics

  • Defining "drum fills"

  • Creating magic moments

  • Supporting the song

Day 24 - Thursday | Music theory | Ear training at home and in the car

  • Introducing roman numerals

  • Applying roman numeral concept

  • Recognizing chord progressions

  • Knowing the rules

  • Breaking the rules

  • Speaking the language of music

  • Creating your own music from nothing

Day 25 - Friday | A week in review | Total request live

  • Week in review

  • Take song requests from participants

  • Teach song requests

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