I am a self taught guitarist in Malaysia, I play guitar for my singing accompaniment. Before joining aftertabs, I play guitar by checking out the chords of my favourite songs online. I mostly play open chord root position and with a capo. Thus, it sounds very plain and boring.
If there were some special chords in that song, I will google out online and try to learn the chord shape, but as soon as I play it on that day, I will forget it the next day and need to refer back again and again.
I never learnt to maximise the use of the whole fretboard, will feel panic and lost if I encounter some special chords like C#m, Fsus4, Cadd9, Am/G. The usual chord I play is C, G, F, D, Am...and others with capo..
This course has been an eye opening process to me. It helps me understand how the fretboard works, I can recognise the notes easier now by introducing intervals on the fretboard.
It became more exciting when Tomi taught us about CAGED system.
With CAGED system it is so much easier to create a chord, wherever we want on the fretboard! Everything now make sense and more systematic.
Later on,Tomi taught us to HEAR and FEEL music, chords progression and others.
In one session, Tomi also hummed a "lame" melody made by a young child and how he immediately composed an arrangement to it and make it sound so incredibly good!
Chord progression and arrangement knowledge can really make a difference to a song!
After this 15 weeks, I am amazed how much quicker and easier for me to learn one new song. And now I not playing with just following the chords and what tabs told me to do, but try to analyse more for the chord shape, and the arrangement. My playing now is not so boring now and I can even play melody line with accompaniment!
Although 15 weeks is short, I feel I have learnt a lot of things, and Tomi had implanted some special "musical seed" in everyone of us, through time it will germinate and grow bigger and stronger when we continue playing guitar, we will be reminded of his theory and become better!
As now i am busy with other things i still keep my practise using the precious i learned from Tomi.Will join one of his future classes again...Kudos to Tomi and keep up the good work cause now you have me as your fan and friend for life : )