The Intermediate Method

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Welcome to Justin's Intermediate Guitar Method :) I've tried out many different recipes trying to get the flavours just right! And I think now I have got a really solid, fun and progressive series together for you!

The idea here is that you complete the five "Foundation" stages which will give you all the basic techniques and skills you need to start work on the Style Modules, where you will put all those skills into practice! The reason being that I guess everybody wants to start working on different things at this level, not everyone wants to do jazz or thrash metal! So this way, you get the skill set and then apply it to styles you like.

Many of the lesson here are things that are already around the site but I know many of you struggle with getting the order right (and I would have too!!) the the big deal here is giving you some structure to the huge amount of things there are to learn on on our beautiful instruments!

There are some "Essential Development Modules" (like Effective PracticeEar Training and Transcribing) that you can check out at any time, during the Foundation, or during the Style Modules - up to you - they are kinda independent of other stuff, but no less important.

Once you have finished five or more of the Style Modules you should be a "Player" and ready to to really fully explore any style that you wish to! Remember that there is never an end to learning, you just have to chose where it is you want to go and then figure out how to get there!

  • Intermediate Foundation 1

    In this first stage of the Foundation we are looking at many of the concepts that we will be exploring through the other stages as we continue, Barre chords, 16th note rhythms, The Major Scale, Notes on the fingerboard - all sorts of interesting stuff. You should find these Intermediate Foundation stages take a little longer than the beginner ones did. There is more to do and many of the things will take longer to explore properly. Take your time and do it well - there is no hurry here! Hope you enjoy it!

    • IM-111 • E Shape Barre Chord Grip (Maj and Min)
    • IM-112 • One Minute Changes
    • IM-113 • Major Scale Pattern 1
    • IM-114 • Technique: Minimum Movement Exercise
    • IM-115 • Intermediate Rhythm Guitar 1
    • IM-116 • Finding Notes On The Neck Using Octaves
    • IM-117 • Songs for Intermediate Foundation 1
    • IM-118 • JUSTIN Method Training Exercises
    • IM-119 • Foundation 1 Practice Schedule + Goals
  • Intermediate Foundation 2

    This stage we are looking to consolidate the E Shape Barre by learning a couple of extended shapes, looking at basic Improvisation techniques for the Major Scale. We're also looking at playing scales with a metronome, how to and why. We continue looking at 16th note rhythms with a look at accenting notes and get stuck into some basic note reading in the open position. Then there are some songs and transcribing and ear training to do. As before, lots to do, so go get stuck in!

    • IM-121 • E Shape Barre Chord Grip (7 and Min7)
    • IM-122 • One Minute Changes
    • IM-123 • Major Scale Pattern 1 - Basic Improvisation
    • IM-124 • Technique: Playing Scales With A Metronome
    • IM-125 • Intermediate Rhythm Guitar 2
    • IM-126 • Open Position Note Reading
    • IM-127 • Songs for Intermediate Foundation 2
    • IM-128 • JUSTIN Method Training Exercises
    • IM-129 • Foundation 2 Practice Schedule + Goals
  • Intermediate Foundation 3

    The main goal in Foundation 3 is to get the A Shape Barre chord sorted out. But as well we are developing the major Scale a bit with a couple of great ways to break out of the box. We're looking at some more technique work with string muting and in the routines you will keep developing skills and techniques we've looked at already!

    • IM-131 • A Shape Major Barre Chord Grip
    • IM-132 • One Minute Changes
    • IM-133 • Major Scale Pattern 1 - One Finger
    • IM-134 • Technique: String Muting Techniques
    • IM-135 • Intermediate Rhythm Guitar 3
    • IM-136 • Building Melodic Patterns
    • IM-137 • Songs for Intermediate Foundation 3
    • IM-138 • JUSTIN Method Training Exercises
    • IM-139 • Foundation 3 Practice Schedule + Goals
  • Intermediate Foundation 4

    Now we're going to finish off looking at the A Shape Grips we need and check out some cool blues tricks, the blues scale and making up cool blues bass lines (that you can use in many styles and for lead playing too!). We're also going to be looking at some more technique builders and adding percussion to your rhythm playing! Lot to do again in this module!

    • IM-141 • A Shape Min7, Dom7 and Min7 Chord Grips
    • IM-142 • One Minute Changes
    • IM-143 • Using The Blues Hybrid Scale
    • IM-144 • Technique: Bending Strings
    • IM-145 • Intermediate Rhythm Guitar 4
    • IM-146 • 12 Bar Blues Bass Lines
    • IM-147 • Songs for Intermediate Foundation 4
    • IM-148 • JUSTIN Method Training Exercises
    • IM-149 • Foundation 4 Practice Schedule + Goals
  • Intermediate Foundation 5

    Few more important skills to learn before you are set free on the Style Modules :) We're going to be learning to play triads all over the neck, the Major Pentatonic Scale and how to play and use hammer-on's and flick-off's. We're going to playing spreads, splangs and chips in rhythm guitar and learning how to play Picked Fingerstyle. Then the usual suspects, transcribing and JUSTIN Method exercises, more song and a solid practice routine :).

    • IM-151 • Triad Chord Grips
    • IM-152 • One Minute Changes
    • IM-153 • Major Pentatonic Scale
    • IM-154 • Technique: Legato Scale Playing
    • IM-155 • Intermediate Rhythm Guitar 5
    • IM-156 • Picked Fingerstyle
    • IM-157 • Songs for Intermediate Foundation 5
    • IM-158 • JUSTIN Method Training Exercises
    • IM-159 • Foundation 5 Practice Schedule + Goals
  • Consolidation

    Now before you get excited and move on - check with this list and make sure you have all the bits. If not - it's time for some revision!!

    • IM-160 • Intermediate Revision: Stuff you should know by now!!
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