How to Arrange Stevie Wonder for Solo Guitar
Enjoy lesson 1 here 🙂
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Get an insiders look at how to add groove bass lines, right hand slaps and jazz harmonies into an arrangement. I’ll show you how I approach songs like “Isn’t She Lovely” and “Superstition.”
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The songs are beautifully put together, and taught in bite size pieces that enable one to progress towards learning the entire song.
Adam’s teaching style is such that it feels as if he is sitting in the room with you, walking you through the piece. I highly recommend these videos, it’s helped take my playing ability to a higher level.”
“I first came across Adam Rafferty searching for “learning guitar.”
Adam´s playing appealed to me, and yet I learned even more from his approach, philosophy and attitude towards the instrument and towards music making and performance in general.
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It helped my focus on what is important, and I recommend his site to all my friends.”
“I am a guitar teacher by trade. As a teacher, player, and lover of guitar music I have been influenced by Adam in tons of positive ways.
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“I have been following Adam Rafferty’s videos, DVD lessons and blogs online for several years now.
He is an exceptional performer and teacher and I have found that applying many of his techniques has improved my playing and my confidence immensely.
Though fingerstyle arrangements can be quite challenging, Adam reduces the work load by getting right to the techniques that ease the pain.
His gift is making a difficult piece sound simple and he helps me do the same.”
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A Message From Adam
“What chords are you using?“
Actually, arranging isn’t based on chords. It’s based on “lines.”
I’ll show you how I fit entire Stevie Wonder songs on one guitar (which I teach on the DVDs.) It’s simpler than you think!
“Aha” moments await you – just watch the free “behind the scenes” video lessons.
Here’s What You’ll Get From This Lesson…
- You’ll learn 5 powerful techniques that will help you sound like “an entire band” on one guitar!
- You’ll start to see (and hear) what I call the 3 levels of guitar arranging.
- You’ll get insights into right hand thumb / finger independence.
- You’ll be able to apply these concepts in your playing immediately.
- You’ll learn how to have an effective practice routine. I’ll show you exactly how I do it.
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hyeong seok Choi says
I guess I always knew, or sensed intuitively, the “top, middle and bottom” structure of fingerstyle guitar playing.
I’m intrigued by your video, because you seems to offer a learnable approach to making that idea become a usable. tool, And that, to me, is worth learning.
It’s an insight comparable to me with two other great ideas I learned from quotes 2 great guitarist. – both now in the Great Auditorium.
(1) Joe Beck: “I think of the guitar as a cross between a saxophone and a piano..”
(2) Howard Morgen: Pretty much the same thing, actually, except he does not mention the saxophone. lol.
But he talks about music being in constant motion, while music SCORES or TABS detract from that by tending to present “snapshot” views of a musical melody. (e. g. “Chord progressions.”
I THINK I am ready now, to listen and learn. BTW, Adam, I’m 63, and I’ve been learning to play guitar for about 50 years!
Bring it on, Adam.
I love to play guitar so much and I am dreaming to play like him,I KNOW i have a lot to do more but I AM STILL PRACTISING
THANKS A LOT ADAM DON T STO P TO TEACH
Ramon B. Joaquin says
Nice to see someone explaining clearly how to do it, keep on groovin’ and tnx.
oh man you are great! You just said exactly what I wanted to hear…in my heart I always knew that there is a way to look at that damn music theory in a different way so that it makes sense and moves from gray and flat, to colourful and multidimensional!
Also you bring in something more, there is a passive way to play and there is an active way, I mean the active way is when that magic happens and the stuff that is inside you comes out of your brain through your fingers and comes back to your ears like in a circle and it makes sense, it conveys something. The other way is just boring, it does not make sense and it is just struggling without joy and fascination (and that drains a lot of energy and will out of me). I was looking on the internet for something about these thoughts but I never hoped to find somebody in flesh and bones that actually does this in practice and so clearly like you.
In the past I used to do my nice exercises as a good boy, but I always found them steryle and above all, boring and with no fun…I had enough, I first wants to get some fun which gives me energy and then I can do tons of exercises but with a musical target in mind and not just for discipline. Beyond an instrument in itself, music and sounds are really fascinating and I think that that new dimension that you bring about is absolutely essential to understand music in a visceral way.
The funny thing is that I am starting to do this with my life as well and sometimes the same concepts apply to life in general, socially, personally etc.
Anyway thanks for sharing and passing over
Anthony Young says
Great Lesson Adam
Gyeong Chan Kim says
That was a simple but was really helpful!
carlton vernem says
Great Adam. I’m hooked on this style now
Mike Hepburn says
Hi. You have the best style guitar technique. Your approach is logical. Thank you. I hope to play as well as you someday. Mike
Thank you so much!!
I really love your playing, watching you play is a lesson in itself on how to relax while picking. The penny didn’t just drop since I found you, I dropped a whole bag of them! Great teaching approach. Cheers!
Greetings from the Netherlands,
Richard Tindale says
Hi Adam, I too was clasically trained but never really learned how to play by ear and arrange my own interpretations. Trying hard to learn songs by ear now but finding it really really difficult and a long process. Your video really hits home. Thankyou for passing on your knowledge
Ray S. says
I once played guitar religiously with my brother and only with my brother (unintentional codependance )every chance I got and in 2001 he was murdered and I lost my playing partner. I haven’t played longer than 10 mins since December 19 of 01 so my old Gibson 200 look alike Cortez has unfortunately gathered more dust than memories. I feel guilty for not playing but I suppose I feel even more guilt for attempting to play as if I’m continuing on without him maybe? Either way , I was educating my younger wife on the finer tunes of the 70s when I showed her “superstitious” on the tube not knowing if I was doing it just for her or maybe for me to relive a memory for myself. Either way the first thought I had was “I wonder if I can play that on the acoustic”as I bet most players probably do . I found your instructional video and for your first time in a long time I want to play, apprehension still present, yet I fully intend to sit and if I must wrap each finger with bandaids to complete the song(as I did at 15 with house of the rising sun)I shall attempt to finish what I started.
Im getting older and though I’ve not forgotten how-to play, the driving force to play better for someone else is what I’m missing. I will attempt to get the most from your video as I can see as I never learned tabs either. We gr .
. $v3n; b;;; ew up learning open chords with a little of our own thrown in but I digress.
I wanted thank you for offering free info, maybe I can make sense of it and maybe if I get it somewhat down , maybe my wife will be mildly amused. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the video , I only hope my fingers keep up with my brain. Keep making it fun !
Ray, oh man I am sorry for your loss of your brother and if there is any way I can encourage you – great. Start slow. Play one minute a day…that will turn into two, etc 🙂 – AR
johnny holmes says
Cant seem to figure out how to get the free tab. would you please email them to me. thankyou
Which tabs? JOhnny please check your spam folder and promotion folder for email sfrom info [at] adamrafferty [dot ] com
Roy Rodriguez says
Adam thank you
What you do is a blessing to me
Gonna go home and practice
Superstition…where can i find the tabs? I subscribed and checked email….what am i missing?
Adam Rafferty says
Zach – gosh I am late to the comment! They are available as a DVD or download – click here
Joseph Cabella says
Hello adam my name is Joe
Cabella.i have all the abilities
To play alot on the guitar but like you said. I need to learn the Techniques. Thank you for giving us free ideas on the subject on itt melody. Thanks again.and my God Bless you. 🌎💫🎼🎸 Philadelphia sincerely Joe C
Adam Rafferty says
Son sinceramente una maravilla tus arreglos de Stevie Wonder. Generas un groove sensacional y quiero aprenderlo de tu mano. No será facil.