Our lessons are structured like this:
We state the objective for the lesson.
Warm up and stretching and go through what you are going to need for this lesson.
We walk you through the theory and break down the movements in easy to understand sections.
We show you an example of the subject, a demo or use of the subject in its final context.
It's your turn to play, using what you've learned in the lesson you will be asked to apply this technique within the context of your chosen song, original music or in the demonstrated pieces. Take your time to practice a little everyday and jump to the Engage section of the topic to post and publish your result.
That’s where you interact with the rest of the class and post your progress video. You can view other student's submission and you can share your thoughts on the lesson. This is what makes this course so unique. We encourage you to engage with others as much as possible and who knows you might make some great friends and connections through the platform. We will be reviewing everyones submission and guide you as best as possible based on your individual progress. We will post answer videos as well. The community spirit is very important and we encourage everyone to participate and comment on each other's videos.
Overview – Percussive strumming.
Let’s face it, most of you are probably here to learn more about what makes Opal Ocean’s guitar playing so unique, our strumming technique. It’s a technique that was adapted by Gabriela Sanshez from Rodrigo y Gabriela, when they were busking in Ireland in the early 2000s. Sounds familiar? Well yes, us too were buskers in our early days and faced the same challenges as Rodrigo y Gabriela. We learned the technique and made it our own. It is a sort of classic Spanish rumba with a more powerful approach where the guitar body is divided into areas to produces different drum like tones.
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Lesson – Warm up.
Nadav takes you through his stretching and warm up routine
Drums on the guitar
Exploring your guitars sounds
The Basic Opal Ocean Strum Technique
How to play the strum, and percussions.
The Triplet Strum Technique
How to play the Triplet technique
Putting the Rhythms together
Putting the rhythms together
This is what you need to practice
How did you go? Did you discover any interesting sounds while hitting your guitar? Did you remember all the moves? How fast did you go? Broke any nails? Any questions? Play us one of your composition or pick any chords you’d like using this strumming technique. Here are the chords to Mexicana: E | F | E |G F
Opal showing exemples