Workshops

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I’m located in Brooklyn, NY and have taught privately for about 16 years. I was a faculty member at National Guitar Workshop, Montclair Music Studios, author of the Twang 101 column for Premier Guitar Magazine and I write instructional guitar courses for Truefire. I’m available for private lessons and seminars and I teach all levels. If you live somewhere outside of the Tri-State area, I can do Skype or Google video lessons. If you would like to do a video lesson please have a general idea of what you would like to work on beforehand. After payment is received I will email you any handouts pertaining to the lesson in PDF form and we will set up a time.

You can also choose one of the downloadable lessons here on the instruction page. These lessons are available almost immediately after purchase. The downloadable lessons come with PDFs including notation and tab and MP3s of performances and personal instruction. I’m always adding new lessons so keep checking back or feel free to suggest a topic.

Email: jason@jasonloughlin.com

 

 

Blues Connection: Voice Leading Major Pentatonics Workshop

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For a lot of us the blues was our point of entry to becoming a guitarist. Many of us have trouble moving past the first pentatonic mode and the same old licks that we learned when we started. If you have ever asked, how do I play the changes? How do I break out of the same old boxes? How do I truly improvise by letting a musical idea develop naturally? Then you will benefit greatly from the information in this workshop. We’ll learn how to compose and improvise great blues solos using major pentatonic scales, we will tackle how to voice lead major pentatonics, voice lead major pentatonics with common passing tones, learn a 12 bar blues solo for each of the five positions, analyze it and discus three very useful compositional techniques.

 

What You Get:
• Enroll anytime! Your workshop starts immediately
• 8 weeks of access to instructor, materials & tools
• Weekly topic-specific lesson plans and assignments
• Private, personalized assessments from instructor
• Access to student activities & discussion threads
• Full download of all video lessons and materials
• Certificate of completion upon conclusion

 

1-2-3 Country Workshop

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There are endless styles and techniques associated with country guitar. This can be overwhelming. Where do you start? I’ve taken all the material from my 1-2-3 Country Guitar course and arranged it into this interactive workshop format. I will take you through rhythm and lead approaches and go over various songs to get you playing all the parts!

 

What You Get:
• Enroll anytime! Your workshop starts immediately
• 8 weeks of access to instructor, materials & tools
• Weekly topic-specific lesson plans and assignments
• Private, personalized assessments from instructor
• Access to student activities & discussion threads
• Full download of all video lessons and materials
• Certificate of completion upon conclusion

 

Travis Picking Workshop

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In this Workshop, we’ll be working through the essential techniques and concepts of Travis picking. What is Travis picking? Travis picking is a style of guitar playing that maintains an alternating bass line while playing a melody on the top three strings. The technique got it’s name from the great Merle Travis and was later pioneered by Mister Guitar himself, Chet Atkins. Maybe you have never Travis picked before, or if you already know a basic Travis picking pattern but have never been able to make the leap to what players like Merle Travis, Chet Atkins and Brian Setzer do with it: This is the Workshop for both camps of guitarists. A great Travis picker should be having as much fun playing rhythm as when they solo. What we are going to do together is build a solid vocabulary of coordination and musically ideas so you will always feel like you’re creating. You should be able to react with elements of a song or a performance in the moment. That’s where the musical dialogue comes from and that’s what an audience is engaged by. The only way to build that vocabulary is one concept at a time. I find the best way to assimilate new ideas is through creativity. For every new concept we will learn a piece of music that demonstrates an idea and then you will have the option to write a piece of music that puts our new idea to use. Composing is strongly encouraged though not mandatory.

 

I’ve loved the sound of Travis picking ever since I heard Scotty Moore’s playing on That’s All Right as a kid. It’s one of the closest things guitarist have to stride or ragtime piano playing. Later on, I discovered the genius of Chet Atkins and just how far you can take the Travis picking style. If you’re a Chet fan then this is a great place to start. You will get all the fundamentals of the style and have a ton of new found confidence to tackle Chet’s repertoire.

 

Each week we’ll focus on a new element of Travis picking, like coordination drills, basic chord shapes, building I, IV, V progressions, Travis picking patterns, walking bass lines, chord embellishments, chord inversions, chord substitutions, Travis rolls and more. If you want to start down the path of being a killer Travis picker, I’m here to help you meet your goals. No matter if you’re into Rockabilly, Country, Merle Travis or Chet Atkins this is a great place to start. After this Workshop you’re gonna turn more heads as a rhythm guitarist then you did as a soloist.