Forbes Music Company

How To Play Guitar In A Band

Class Details
Using real song examples, learn the secrets to playing in a band. From common chords to rhythm and dynamics, learn how to sound like a pro!
December 14, 2020
6.30pm - 7.20pm ET

How To Play Guitar In A Band

With a few expert tips and tricks, you can play in a band and sound like a pro. Use the knowledge you already have, or gain some new insights to take the guesswork out of it. Work through real songs and master the specific guitar parts used. Explore popular top 40 songs from the 60’s and 70’s, as well as contemporary 2010’s-present, that use a variety of chords and rhythms, broken down in easy-to-understand concepts to help you grasp the band dynamic and the guitarists role. This would be a pop-oriented class that teaches translatable skills. Artists from Cee Lo Green, Amy Winehouse, and Aretha Franklin, to Ava Max are just some examples.

Guitar is an art form, and weaving in and out of harmonies and creating textures for the band is a big job! But the good news… it’s not as complicated as you think, and most novice guitarists already have the requisite skills to play in a band and sound great. Gain command of your fretboard, learn simple mechanisms that sound good, and understand the nuances of voice-leading, chord structures, and rhythmic concepts to be a good bandmate.

Topics covered include: Strumming patterns, barre chords, rhythm, triads, major chords, left hand muting, band dynamics, harmony, voice leading. Chord charts for example song(s) will also be provided for practice.

This class is perfect for: Guitar players who want to know the secrets of sounding good in a band. It’s easier than you think! Learn tunes and master the guitar parts. Deepen your understanding about chords and rhythm, and examine the relationship between the instruments. Any guitarist looking to further their understanding of how chords work on the guitar will find a wealth of information from this class. Fans of just about all kinds of rock, pop, blues, and folk music will benefit from this course.

After this class, you will be able to: Play guitar parts of popular songs and master techniques to sounds like the perfect bandmate. Identify chord structures throughout the neck, and play common progressions using professional techniques.

Skills required: (scale from 1-low to 5-high)

  • Fretboard notes = 1
  • Open chords = 2
  • Barre chords = 2
  • Strumming patterns = 2

Add-On Purchases

When class is over, it’s important to make sure you have all the tools and resources available to maintain a positive learning trajectory.

In addition to signing up for and attending an online group music class, attendees will have the option to purchase a recording of the class, to help reinforce all the concepts covered and never forget a thing! This way, you can access the content and information whenever you need it at any time. 

Take the class. Get the video. You’re all set!

Office Hours

Need a quick refresher of something you did in a class? Did you forget a chord, a fingering, or short melodic phrase? 

Office Hours are short, 15-minute scheduled online “lessons” that serve the primary purpose of getting quick, extra help, better explanations, or short refreshers from a teacher outside of your normal class or lesson time. Office Hours can only be scheduled as an online session and are not available for in-home. 

Office hours are a great way to follow up with a teacher after an online class to get a one-on-one explanation of complicated concepts.

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