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Welcome to Alex Gordon Hi-Fi's 
SELF-CONTAINED GUITAR!

LEARN to play chords, melodies, bass lines, and percussion parts SIMULTANEOUSLY!

NO MORE LOOP PEDALS

OR BACKING TRACKS - EVER!!

MODULE ONE CLASSES NOW AVAILABLE

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*ALL NEW* PACKAGE DEALS 

For the best value, these deal plans include multiple Self-Contained Guitar classes.

Best Value

The Big Deal

$397.80

397.80

"The Crux" Class ($78 value)

"Picking Hand Basics" Class ($78 value)

"Create Your Own Arrangements" Class ($312 value)

FREE 60 min private lesson ($150 value)

FREE "The Crux" digital workbook ($29 value)

The Heads Up Deal

$351

351

"The Crux" Class ($78 value)

"Create Your Own Arrangements" Class ($312 value)

FREE 30 min private lesson ($80 value)

FREE "The Crux" digital workbook ($29 value)

The Fingers In The Pie Deal

$351

351

"Picking Hand Basics" Class ($78 value)

"Create Your Own Arrangements" Class ($312 value)

FREE 30 min private lesson ($80 value)

The Toe In The Water Deal

$148.20

148.20

"The Crux" Class ($78 value)

"Picking Hand Basics" Class ($78 value)

FREE "The Crux" digital workbook ($29 value)

$647 TOTAL VALUE

-$179 FREE ITEMS

-15% package discount 

$397.80

$499 TOTAL VALUE

-$109 FREE ITEMS

-10% package discount 

$351

$470 TOTAL VALUE

-$80 FREE ITEMS

-10% package discount 

$351

$185 TOTAL VALUE

-$29 FREE ITEMS

-10% package discount 

$148.20

A La Carte Class Menu

If you'd prefer a single class approach instead of a deal plan, you can select an individual class here.

*ALL NEW* DIGITAL WORKBOOK

THE CRUX - digital workbook

Unlock the fretboard through the power of the major scale!

Learn the foundation of SELF-CONTAINED GUITAR in this user-friendly, engaging workbook.  “The Crux” is essential to playing SELF-CONTAINED GUITAR and consists of 3 elements: the fretboard, the major scale, the triads.  Since this book covers some fundamental, universal guitar music theory, it is also ideal for non-solo guitarists, songwriters, and casual strummers who are seeking to improve their knowledge of the fretboard, expand their grasp of chords, or further understand how the major scale works. 

 

“The Crux” Digital Workbook contains over 60 PDFs which cover the following concepts:

  • Chromatic Notes

  • Half Steps/Whole Steps

  • Unisons & Octaves

  • The Major Scale Formula

  • C Major on The Fretboard

  • Major Scale Intervals

  • The Triad Formulas (major, minor, diminished, augmented)

  • Chord Voicings (inversions, barre chords)

  • The Harmonized Major Scale

  • Chord Progressions

Sample Pages - click to enlarge

The Crux Sample Page 1
The Crux Sample Page 2
The Crux Sample Page 3
The Crux Sample Page 4

OR get a FREE copy when you buy

OR

* The Crux Digital Workbook is included FREE in every
Package Deal EXCEPT "The Fingers In The Pie Deal"

What is SELF-CONTAINED GUITAR?

Self-Contained Guitar is exactly what it sounds like - a method of playing the guitar that requires no other instrument for support or accompaniment.  A Self-Contained Guitarist relies entirely on themselves for rhythm, bass, harmony, and/or lead instrumentation.  A Self-Contained approach to playing the guitar allows one guitarist to do all of the work of a band on one solitary instrument.  It may sound unrealistic and impossible to pull off such an ambitious endeavor, but it actually isn’t.  In fact, innovative guitarists such as Snoozer Quinn, Bill Harris, Luiz Bonfá, Ted Greene, Chet Atkins, Paulinho Nogueira, Tommy Crook, Buddy Fite, and Tuck Andress (to name but a few) have been employing a Self-Contained approach to playing the guitar for close to 100 years. 

Self-Contained Guitar version of "From Me To You" by The Beatles

MODULE 1 is the first chapter of Self- Contained Guitar

and is available now for those who wish to begin studying!

Self-Contained Guitar - Module 1 consists of 3 classes:

 

The Crux - Foundational Music Theory 

Picking Hand Basics - Elemental Fingerstyle Maneuvers 

Create Your Own Arrangements - Fundamental Arranging Techniques 

 

Whether purchased and attended independently of each other

or enjoyed as a Package Deal, each  Self-Contained Guitar - Module 1  class

establishes a solid foundation for any budding Self-Contained Guitarist.

 

SIDE EFFECTS  of  Self-Contained Guitar - Module 1

  • cognizant retention of the notes on fretboard

  • capability to map out and perform the major scale in any of the twelve keys

  • aptitude for building any major, minor, or diminished triad & find it on the fretboard

  • capacity to transpose or change keys of songs

  • dexterity with various fingerpicking techniques

  • ability to devise basic solo guitar arrangements from a piece of music

  • proficiency performing two separate parts (bass & melody) on one instrument 

 

ARE YOU A BEGINNING SONGWRITER,

COMPOSER, RHYTHM OR LEAD GUITARIST WHO

DOESN'T WANT TO STRICTLY PLAY SOLO GUITAR?

Self-Contained Guitar - Module 1  can also help you if you are: 

  • a songwriting guitarist seeking fretboard knowledge and major scale/chord construction

  • a guitarist who prefers using plectrum as opposed to fingerpicking