Intermediate Foundations (Grade 4/5)

Welcome to my 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 skillset and then apply it to styles you like.

Many of the lessons 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 big deal here is giving you some structure to the huge amount of things there are to learn on our beautiful instruments!

The main gist of the Intermediate level is Barre Chords, 16th Note Strumming and introductions to techniques like string bending, finger picking and improvisation.

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

Before you start...

You should have completed:
• Justin's Beginner Guitar Method Grade 1 & 2
• Really Useful Strumming Techniques Vol 1 (or be super confident at 8th note strumming)

Highly Recommended while doing (or before) this series:
• Practical Music Theory Course


Intermediate Foundation 1

In this first stage of the Intermediate 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!

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!

Intermediate Foundation 3

The main goal of Foundation 3 is to get the A Shape Barre chord sorted out. But we also develop 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!

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!

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-ons and flick-offs. 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 :).