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STRUMMING AND SINGING JUST GOT EASIER

You're about unlock the tools and tutorials you need to strum and sing the songs you love

Tell me if this sounds familiar: You start rocking your favorite song and...

  • It sounds like all your other songs
  • The strumming sounds uneven
  • There’s no energy, no vibe, no groove
  • Singing along creates a trainwreck

IT'S TIME TO TAKE YOUR STRUMMING SERIOUSLY

BECOME A HEARTWOOD GUITAR MEMBER

and you'll get access to a COURSE, a TOOL, and VIDEO LESSONS

THE COURSE

Strum and Sing in 60 Days

Strum and Sing in 60 Days will teach you how to put your strumming on autopilot so that you can sing along with confidence.

Along the way, you'll learn rock-solid fundamentals of guitar playing.

I've taught hundreds of private guitar students how to strum and sing using this formula, and I GUARANTEE it'll work for you.

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SKILLS YOU'LL LEARN

  • Perfect Tuning

    Bad tuning means bad music, no matter how good you are.

  • Fretting with Ease

    Most beginners waste energy and torture their fingertips by fretting wrong. The secret is fretting close to the highwire.

  • Playing in Rhythm

    You’ll learn to play in sync with a recording by playing the simplest kind of guitar part: A quarter-note bass line.

  • Efficient Practicing

    If you want to play cleanly, it’s critical to avoid mistakes while you practice. But how do you do that when playing hard stuff?

  • Quick Chord Changing

    The key to making quick, accurate chord changes is to stay in contact with the strings using anchor and lead fingers.

  • Strumming Smoothly

    There are four principles of good strumming that enable you to play on autopilot.

  • Using a Capo

    I’ll teach you how to change the key of your song using this simple string clamp, enabling you to match the song to your unique voice.

  • Singing while Strumming

    You’ll learn how modify your strum pattern to make singing manageable, then slowly increase the difficulty, so that you’re never overwhelmed.

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WHAT YOU'LL GET

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  • 40 Online Video Lessons

    Accessible on any device, wherever you have an internet connection.

  • Gorgeous Practice Tracks

    Jam Tracks for each song you’ll learn have been professionally recorded at a variety of tempos.

  • Printable PDF's

    You can print chord charts, tablature, and other handouts for quick reference when you’re away from the computer.

  • Fast, Friendly Support

    Contacting me with problems, questions, or feedback is as easy as clicking the “Feedback” tab on every lesson page.

I have to tell you... this course is, hands down, one of the best online courses I've ever taken or seen. Your content, flow, and the way you teach is INCREDIBLE!

Justin Michael Williams

THE TOOL

155 Strum Pattern Videos

CHORD CHARTS ARE RHYTHMICALLY CHALLENGED

They show you lyrics and chords, but how do you strum the #$%& thing?

"Just feel it," they say.  Wow, thanks for the great advice.

If only charts came with a short video that showed you what the strumming pattern should sound like...

SAMPLE VIDEO

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Strum Videos for over 300 songs

    Members see buttons like the one over there in the charts that feature strum videos. Go try it!

  • 155 Strum Videos Total

    How many patterns do you use in your songs? Using the same pattern for every song is like painting with gray.

Folsom Prison Blues
Johnny Cash

Strum:  D   D U   U D U
        1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
  • Try Me!

"I’ve wanted to play “Let It Be” in its entirety (transition and solo included) since I was a kid... and now I AM going to master it!"

Bob P.

PREMIUM SONG LESSONS

Like having a private lesson with me.

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LET IT BE

The Beatles

LEVEL: ALL

Strum and sing this masterpiece while avoiding barre chords, and using a capo to tailor the key to your voice.  Includes a flatpicking style chord/melody solo for more advanced players.

Includes: Video lesson, chord chart, and tabs for solo.


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FOLSOM PRISON BLUES

Johnny Cash

LEVEL: BEGINNER & INTERMEDIATE

Just three open chords, a simple strum pattern, and a couple easy but instantly recognizable riffs.  Whether you play it soft and mournful, or loud and rowdy, it's a great singalong tune.

Includes: Video lesson, chord chart, and tabs for riffs.


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TAKE ME HOME, COUNTRY ROADS

John Denver

LEVEL: BEGINNER

Best singalong song ever!  Choose a dead-simple strum pattern or a slightly more challenging one.  If you want to get fancy, I teach you how to end the song with a bluegrass-tinged Lester Flatt Run.

Includes: Instructional and practice videos, chord chart, and tabs for the Lester Flatt Run.


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REDEMPTION SONG

Bob Marley

LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE

A great song with a great message.  I teach the classic intro note-for-note, and offer easier and harder strumming options.

Includes: Instructional and practice videos, chord chart, and tablature for the intro.


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WAGON WHEEL

Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor

LEVEL: BEGINNER & INTERMEDIATE

This is a favorite in the Hampton household.  Even my little boys sing along with the simple, memborable chorus.  With just four chords and two options for strumming the song--one simple, one more complex--this should appeal to beginners and intermediate guitarists.  If you want a bigger challenge, I've composed a low-intermediate-level instrumental break using alternating bass technique.

Includes: Video lesson, chord chart, and tabs for the instrumental.


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I'M YOURS

Jason Mraz

LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE

A sweet love song with a tricky strumming pattern.  Serenade (and impress) your sweetheart!  I've arranged the instrumental section for solo acoustic guitar.

Includes: Instructional and practice videos, chord chart, and tablature for the instrumental


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FREE FALLIN'

Tom Petty

LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE

Just three chords, but the strumming in this gorgeous tune will provide plenty of challenge.

Includes: Instructional and practice videos, and chord charts for both Capo 3 and Capo 1 versions.


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WISH YOU WERE HERE

Pink Floyd

LEVEL: BEGINNER & INTERMEDIATE

A mega-classic and rite of passage for any rock-loving guitarist.  I teach the riff note-for-note, but also provide options for beginners.

Includes: Instructional and practice videos, chord chart, and tablature for the riff.

"I truly feel like you are walking me through the complete process of learning to play."

Frank A.

DAILY GUIDED PRACTICE VIDEOS

Practice often.  Practice well.

"Doing guitar at home is tricky because there's no one present during practice to keep me honest. These will help."

Susan

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15 minute videos

Short enough to fit into your busy day.

Each video starts with a practice tip

Slow down to avoid mistakes.  Relax your body.  Get the best tone possible.

Then a countdown timer starts

You practice your own material for 10 minutes, and I occasionally remind you of the practice tip you're working on.

WHAT THEY SAY

This tutorial is by far the best one ever!  Very easy and helpful for beginners like me (I sucked at strumming and you helped a lot).  You've made my interest in playing the guitar start once again.

Vanshika Jain

Like every other beginner out there, I've checked out all the "tube tutors" and you are VERY good at showing how to put it all together.  I'm practicing twice a day with you and the songs are nearly recognizable 🙂

John Breslin

Seriously great lessons. Thank you for being clear and simple to follow. Good instructors are hard to come by! You are the man!

Debra Raden

John Parchem

Luthier

I’d been playing guitar for 20 years before meeting Rob, but I still I sounded like a beginner. Most embarrassingly, I could not strum through a simple song and sing to it. It was hard to maintain a consistent rhythm, and not break down entirely while trying to sing.

Rob got me to sing while strumming by breaking down down all that was going on, and providing simple exercises that allowed me to make progress without being overwhelmed.

I can now actually view a recorded performance without cringing.

About Me

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Hi, I'm Rob Hampton, former burned-out high school English teacher then briefly Seattle's worst handyman...

...and since 2003, owner of Heartwood Guitar Instruction.  I've introduced hundreds of private students to the guitar, from 4-year-olds to CEO's of Fortune 500 companies.

I love helping everyday people have extraordinary experiences making music.

In my spare time, I like to rock climb, play with my three little boys, and Google "Winds of Winter release date."

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