Hosted by 2016 Grammy Award winner Tim Kubart!
(download the Loog Academy iOS app to watch on your iPhone or iPad)
“The silence is your canvas, that’s your frame, that’s what you work on; don’t try and deafen it out.” - Keith Richards
Lesson 0: Tuning Your Loog
(Feel free to skip this one if you already know how to tune a guitar.)
First things first, as they say. In this video Tim shows you how to tune your Loog using an electronic tuner (actually, a tuner app on his cellphone). If you need help stringing your Loog, you can watch this other video.
Lesson 1: Loog Method Overview
In this overview lesson, Tim walks us through the topics covered in this course. This video is also recommended for music educators to help them get a sense of the Loog method and how they can fit it in their own program.
Lesson 2: Strumming
This video is all about the right hand; or the left one, if you are a lefty. Strumming gives rhythm to the chords you play. It also gives character to a song: depending on how you strum, you can play the same song as a reggae or as a punk tune. In this video Tim shows you how to strum your way to Carnegie Hall.
Lesson 3: Exercise #1
Let's get started with our first exercise: a chord progression from G to C. As you saw in our overview lesson, songs are built on chord progressions, so playing this simple pattern will get you dangerously close to playing an actual song. As a matter of fact, there are MANY songs based on this chord progression (also known as I-IV): Three Little Birds by Bob Marley, Imagine by John Lennon, and You Can't Always Get What You Want by The Rolling Stones, to name a few. In our iOS app (coming in November 2015) we'll include these and many more songs, with guides showing how to play them. We have a dedicated page with how-to videos for all the main chords, but you can find G and C here too:
Lesson 4: Exercise #2
Our second exercise is also a two-chord progression, this time C to Am. This chord progression is used in many, many songs, such as the traditional Irish tune Whiskey in the Jar (covered by Metallica) and the 60s pop hit Locomotion, covered in the 80s by Kylie Minogue. Videos for chords C and Am, right below:
Lesson 5: Exercise #3
Stepping it up a bit with this three-chord progression: G-C-D. Most good ol' rock 'n' roll tunes (think Chuck Berry) are entirely based on this chord structure. Another fun one to play: Wild Thing, by the Troggs. Here are our how-to videos for chords G, C and D:
Lesson 6: Exercise #4
And now, a four-chord progression: C-Am-F-G. It might take you a bit longer to get this one right, but as we always say: music is not a race, so go at a pace you feel comfortable with, rest when you need to, and enjoy the ride. Motown tunes used this structure a lot and you can also find it in Stand By Me, by Ben. E. King.
Lesson 7: Exercise #5
Our last exercise is a five-chord progression: C-Dm-Em-F-G. With this one, we are definitely moving away from beginners territory. It's in the key of C (don't worry about the theory behind that for now) and playing it will give you the muscle memory to play almost every pop/rock song out there. In fact: this is the exact chord structure of one of the most influential (and perfect) songs of all time: Like a Rolling Stone, by Bob Dylan. You might want to download our chord chart for this one.