Bare Bones - Acoustic Kickstarter. A song based beginners course for rhythm guitar. by Dave Crix

Bare Bones - Acoustic Kickstarter. A song based beginners course for rhythm guitar.

Let's do this!

Would you like to sit round that campfire playing songs on your guitar, rather than just wishing you could?

Are you convinced you’re not talented enough to play guitar, left it too late, or you’ll fail?
I can teach you a very simple method that will have you playing in just a couple of months!
Hi. I’m Dave and I’ve been a music coach teaching guitar, singing, songwriting and performance for over 11 years. In that time I’ve helped people just like you, with all the issues people have when they start learning guitar and have developed a style of teaching that is fun, fast and effective!
I’ve been around a while and I know what works, and I know where people struggle, get overwhelmed and give up before they’ve even given themselves a chance. 
Having taught literally hundreds of students over the last decade, I’ve developed my Bare Bones - Acoustic Kickstarter method, which I believe is the easiest and fastest method available to get you playing songs fast on guitar. 
There is NO theory, and we take baby steps in a logical order, in a structured course where you can also give me feedback so I can modify and include it all to refine this with nothing left out. 
This is NOT like YouTube. I’m actually here for YOU. Listening to your feedback and making sure you get what you need.
You can also check out my own music by listening to my album Always In My Heart. I wrote, recorded, mixed and produced the whole thing in my studio here at Rhythm Shack (I’m also creating a lesson to teach you one of my songs).
You can read testimonials from many happy students on my website, but here’s just a taste for you:
Dave’s high standards, experience, and encouraging coaching have meant that I have gone from a complete novice to playing, singing and writing my own songs and now recording them in less than 5 years. The combination of 1-2-1 lessons, group meet ups, challenging exercises to do at home and the whole rhythm shack community environment has been thoroughly enjoyable as well as very productive. If you’re unsure just do it, you won’t regret it. 
I've been to a few guitar teaches over the years and Dave is the best I've been to. He won't teach you how to shred but If you want to get good at singing and playing acoustic guitar, or if you can already play and sing but want to get better, look no further. 

You could pay for hourly guitar lessons, that will cost you around £30, but in between each lesson, you’ll be left to your own devices and this often means your guitar will sit in a corner gathering dust.  Does that sound familiar?
Whereas for just £49 you get instant access to my Barebones Acoustic Kickstarter course and real-time support from me as you go. 
The course includes:
  • Videos taking you step by step through all of the following;
  • Introduction 
  • Recommendations before you start
  • How to tune your guitar using the Tuna app
  • How to read chord diagrams
  • 5 chords (Em, Am, G, D, C)
  • Practice and Feedback
  • How to improve moving between chords
  • Rhythm Shack strumming approach
  • Percussive strumming
  • Numerous song videos showing you not just the song but building up various skills as you go through them
  • Pdf documents including songsheets
I think anyone would agree this is a pretty sweet deal to learn guitar in such a short time, and get lifetime access to the course so you can come back to it again and again.
I’ll be honest, this course is already better than I expected and with your input and feedback as you go through it, we will make it even more awesome.

I want you to be part of this. So I’m offering this course for an early bird price of just £49.

I fully believe in this course, and I’m happy to offer you a full refund if you find it doesn’t work. All I ask is that you decide if it was the course or you that didn’t work.
Let’s do this!
You've found arguably the best solution if you want to learn to play songs on guitar (assuming this course content suits you), is there a better option?    I don’t think so.
What if you don’t do this?
You are still reading because you want to learn this. So why not take that next step?
You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain. 
But only if you jump in and do this...
Remember; This is the easiest and fastest method available to get you playing songs fast on guitar.
There is no theory, and we take baby steps in a logical order, in a structured course where you can also give me feedback so I can modify and include it all to refine this with nothing left out. 
This NOT like YouTube. I’m actually here for YOU.  
You could be playing guitar by Christmas, or your birthday, or be taking you guitar on holiday.  

What's included?


Getting started
4 mins
Recommendations before you start
5 mins
Tuning your guitar with the Tuna app
6 mins
How to read chord diagrams
4 mins
Chord diagrams
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First chords, first song
Em chord
2 mins
A Horse With No Name
10 mins
A Horse With No Name - Songsheet
27.5 KB
Practice & Feedback
8 mins
More chords, more songs
Am chord
7 mins
G chord
3 mins
Songbird - Oasis
10 mins
Songbird - Songsheet
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Play along to Songbird.mp3
4 mins
Play along to Songbird 2.mp3
3 mins
Intro to Ooh La La
5 mins
Ooh La La (simple version in G) - Songsheet
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C and D. Final chords
C chord
5 mins
D chord
3 mins
Chord Changes For Kickstarter Songs
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Chords. Learn, change, speed up.
10 mins
Rhythm 'n' Strumming
Rhythm 'n' Strumming
14 mins
'Percussive Strumming'
6 mins
More songs. Putting it all into practice
Blue Moon - Elvis Presley
9 mins
Blue Moon - Songsheet
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Stand By Me - John Lennon version
8 mins
Stand By Me (John Lennon version) - Songsheet
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I Love To Boogie - T-Rex
5 mins
I Love To Boogie - Songsheet
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Ooh La La (in D) - Faces
8 mins
Ooh La La (in D) - Songsheet
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Dark Road - Richard Hawley
6 mins
Dark Road - Songsheet
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Candy - Paulo Nutini
7 mins
Candy - Songsheet
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*Bonus Song
Time and Tide MP3
6 mins
Time and Tide - Songsheet (course version)
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What guitar do I need?

I recommend the Yamaha F310. It’s an award winning and affordable guitar ideally suited to most beginners. Slim neck and easy to play right out of the box.

How much time do you think people should expect to be doing the course?

If you came to me for one to one hourly lessons I’d say the average is around 4 months. But because you don’t have to wait to see me each week I think it could be done in as little as 2 months. Assuming you practice 5 x 30 mins a week.

How much time should you be prepared to invest each day?

I recommend 5 x 30 min sessions a week. I’ve done some maths and think that will get you the results. It’s better to do frequent short sessions to keep things fresh in your mind and reduce any pain you might get in your fingertips.

I’ve heard it hurts your fingers?

I’ve heard that too. You will build up callouses (virtually invisible) on your fingertips. It takes a couple of weeks usually. So just go steady. Go little and often. Don’t believe the ‘pain’ is unbearable. It’s just discomfort..
If you make sure your guitar is set up correctly, has 11 gauge strings, avoid a hot bath or anything else that softens your fingertips before you play...
You’ll be fine.

Why is it these particular chords?

These are the open chords in the key of G. Without getting technical, they work well together, and come up A LOT.

Can I get my money back?

Yes. 100%. All I ask is that you show that you tried to do the work. I’m
Sure you’ll agree it’s unfair to blame me or the course if you didn’t bother to do the work.

What if I don’t make progress?

You will. I’ve taught this successfully for years to 10 year olds. They can do it and so can you.
The only way to fail is give up...

Can I do the videos in any order?

You could, but it wouldn't make much sense and you’d probably get overwhelmed. I’d suggest you work through them in order, because I’ve designed this course in a certain way, so you progress in stages. But if you want to browse the videos and get a feel for it and then come back to working through it logically, hey, sure, why not.

Can I get in touch with feedback on the course?

Yes of course. I completely encourage that.

What happens when I finish this course?

I’m already working on others. The Bare Bones rhythm guitar series is looking like it will be a total of three courses that follow on from each other. Kickstarter, Improvers, and finally Campfire Superstar. 
You could then chose to go in different directions such as more guitar, or moving on to singing or songwriting.

Are there plans for a Facebook Group or Zoom stuff in a group? Cos I’d love a community where I could ask questions and chat to other students?

If there’s enough demand, I’ll try and workout the best way. Just give me lots of feedback.