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Learn the Skills You Need to Play the Music You Love | taught by Matthew Von Doran
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Learn the Skills You Need to Play the Music You Love!


The 99 Decisions Guitar Program

• The 99 Decisions Guitar Course: This collection of 99 individual video lessons has been designed to take you from a complete beginner to a fully-functioning guitar player. Ranging from two to eighteen minutes long, each lesson represents a choice on your part to apply yourself towards the goal of learning to play music... while having fun!

These focused & concise videos cover all the musicianship skills that you need to play the music that you love in any style or genre. Each video is a complete, self-contained lesson, making it easy to fit learning to play the guitar into your busy schedule.

The course is self-paced. You move on to the next lesson when you feel you are ready. You can also work on more than one lesson at a time, or skip around.

Using large & easy to read graphics, each lesson's diagrams appears on-screen as it is taught. And the PDF booklet included with the program makes it easy to review the material anytime, anywhere.

The 99 Decisions Guitar Program isn't just for beginners. Experienced guitar players can expand their musicianship skills & increase their knowledge by focusing on lessons covering the specific areas that they need to improve. There is a concordance & index that will help you create your own personal guitar agenda.


Hours of Additional Content

Bonus Lessons: The bonus lessons complement the 99 Decision Guitar Course. They're designed to broaden & deepen your musicianship skills, taking your guitar playing to the next level. Each extensive bonus lesson focuses on a specific topic: advanced chord technique, building rhythm skills, beyond the basic chords & ways to play scales. Soon, you'll be sounding like the guitar players you admire.

The program currently includes four in-depth bonus lessons. The bonus lessons range from 40 minutes to over an hour. More will be added regularly.

Etudes: The best way to become an accomplished guitarist is to learn complete songs. Apply the techniques & vocabulary you have learned in the 99 Decision Guitar Program with a series of original etudes, designed to accelerate your growth in becoming a functioning musician.

Start with the five Etudes- Strumming Etude, Barre Chord Etude, Blues Etude, Fingerpicking Etude & Pop Etude. More will be added regularly.

• The Fulfillment Factor: Progressing on the guitar is about more than just getting your finger on the correct string & fret, or strumming the correct pattern. It is about the integration of Mind, Body & Spirit. The Fulfillment Factor video discussions address subjects critical to becoming a well-rounded & confident musician. Topics include maintaining an effective attitude, staying goal oriented, keeping your body relaxed, building hand & finger strength, stretching, staying positive & motivated and more.

The program includes seven video discussions with more to be added regularly. There is also the 99 Decisions Blog, where Matthew addresses all subjects pertaining to exploring the path of learning to play the guitar.


Start off right!
This course and the additional lesson & materials are based on a time-honored effective principle- learn the fundamental musicianship skills in a comprehensive manner right away so that you are set for life in your musical endeavors.

Play the music you love, sooner!
Just two hours into the 99 Decisions Guitar Program, you will know enough chords & strumming techniques to work on the songs you want to learn.

Avoid Overwhelm!
Most online guitar courses present so much material that it becomes overwhelming. The 99 Decisions Guitar Program breaks it all down into digestible, approachable steps so you can proceed at your own pace.

Already play the guitar?
99 Decisions is perfect for filling in any missing musicianship skills you need to learn. Or, you might want to take your current technique & knowledge to the next level. Whatever your goal, the 99 Decisions Guitar Program will help you achieve it.

Create your own personalized curriculum.
The 99 Decisions Guitar Program has an integrated index that lets you find which lessons cover the specific skills you want to focus on so that you can customize the program to fit your own personal goals. Or start with the first lesson and go in sequence all the way through!

Online learning is effective... when it's organized!
Most online guitar courses present so much material that it becomes overwhelming. The 99 Decisions Guitar Program presents digestible, approachable steps to learning to play so you can stay organized and effective. With 24/7 access on all devices, you can easily learn & review anytime, anywhere. The 99 Decisions Guitar Program is completely organized so you can master the material at your own pace and accelerate your progress on the path to becoming a fully functioning guitar player.

Discover your own sound on the guitar & create your own music.
Once you've learned the basic components of music with the 99 Decisions Guitar Program, you can explore your own ideas in the same way your favorite artists do, by combining chords & rhythms & melodies to make your own unique music… your own personal artistic expressions!


Learn ~ Create ~ Enjoy


Matthew Von Doran
Matthew Von Doran
Founder of 99 Decisions LLC

Matthew Von Doran is an artist, musician & educator with a vast background in the music industry. He has a strong passion for teaching guitar & is dedicated to helping students learn to play music while enjoying the process. He has been assisting people achieve their musical goals for over three decades. Matthew has created hundreds of personal individualized curriculums for students seeking to grow as musicians & guitarists.
He also helps people develop their success skills- mental focus, goal clarification, time management, total body awareness, effective mindset & cognition.

The 99 Decisions Guitar Program represents a lifetime of enthusiasm & experience manifested into a course that is comprehensive, yet streamlined... teaching the skills you need to play the music you love.

"Learning music is not just about the guitar, it involves strengthening intuition, building confidence, and finding the center of your passion."

Matthew's experience as an performer & educator includes:

  • Over 35 years of guitar instruction with individuals, clinics, music camps & universities all around the world
  • Ten years as an Instructor at the Grammy Foundation's Summer Music Camp in Los Angeles, California
  • Released acclaimed Modern Jazz album of original compositions, In This Present Moment, featuring Jimmy Haslip, Peter Erskine, Larry Goldings, Bob Mintzer,
    James Genus, Terri Lyne Carrington, Bob Sheppard, Marcus Baylor & more.
  • Artist residencies for the Center of Creative Arts in Saint Louis
  • Educational program performance & development for the Sheldon Theater, Saint Louis
  • Recording session work for countless artists internationally
  • Jazz guitar clinics at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen, Michigan
  • A world tour with La Quinta Estacion, winner of the 2010 Grammy for Best Latin Pop album

Course Curriculum

99 Decisions Guitar Course
465:17
99 Decisions Course Book
Decision 1 - Learn the parts of the guitar
D1 - Parts of the Guitar - PDF
Decision 2 - Learn how everything is numbered FREE
D2 - How Everything is Numbered - PDF
Decision 3 - Learn to tune the guitar
D3 - Tune the Guitar - PDF
Decision 4 - Learn your first chord on the guitar: C Major FREE
D4 - C Major chord - Book
Decision 5 - Learn two new chords: A Minor & D Major
D5 - A Minor & D Major chords - Book
Decision 6 - Learn two new chords: G Major & A Major FREE
D6 - G major & A Major chords - Book
Decision 7 - Learn about basic strumming technique with 
Preparatory Strumming Exercise #1
D7 - Preparatory Strumming Ex #1 - Book
Decision 8 - Learn three new chords: E Major, E Minor & E Dominant 7th
D8 - E major, E Minor & E7 chords - Book
Decision 9 - Develop technique with “Lift & Replace” FREE
D9 - Lift & Replace - Book
Decision 10 - Learn two new chords: D Minor & A Dominant 7
D10 - D Minor & A7 - Book
Decision 11
- Learn how to transition from one chord to another
D11 - Chord transitions - Book
Decision 12 - Learn two more chord transitions
D12 - Two More Chord Transitions - Book
Decision 13 - Learn even more chord transitions
D13 - Even More Chord Transitions - Book
Decision 14 - Learn about basic strumming technique with Preparatory Strumming Exercise #2
D14 - Preparatory Strumming Ex #2 - Book
Decision 15 - Learn to play barre chords: F Major, F Minor & G Minor

D15 - Barre Chords F, Fm & Gm - Book
Decision 16 - Learn to play certain chords with different fingerings
D16 - Chords with Different Fingerings - Book
Decision 17
 - Learn yet another chord transition
D17 - Yet Another Chord Transition - Book
Decision 18 - Learn how to play chord transitions in time
D18 - Chord Transitions in Time - Book
Decision 19 - Learn about music notation for chord progressions
D19 - Music Notation for Chord Progressions - Book
Decision 20 - Learn a chord progression
D20 - A Chord Progression - Book
Decision 21
- Learn another chord progression
D21 - Another Chord Transition - Book
Decision 22 - Learn a chord progression where chords last for only two beats
D22 - Chord Progression with Chords for Two Beats - Book
Decision 23 - Learn a chord progression with four different chords in it

D23 - Chord Progression with Four Different Chords - Book
Decision 24 - Learn the basics of strumming technique: tempo
D24 - Strumming Tempo - Book
Decision 25 - Learn the basics of strumming technique: dynamics
D25 - Strumming Dynamics - Book
Decision 26 - Learn the basics of strumming technique: foot tapping & accent
D26 - Strumming with Foot Tapping & Accents - Book
Decision 27 - Learn your first strum pattern
D27 - Your First Strum Pattern - Book
Decision 28 - Learn another strum pattern
D28 - Another Strum Pattern - Book
Decision 29 - Learn yet another strum pattern
D29 - Yet Another Strum Pattern - Book
Decision 30 - Learn two more strum patterns
D30 - Two More Strum Patterns - Book
Decision 31 - Learn about strumming accuracy
D31 - Strumming Accuracy - Book
Decision 32 - Learn yet even two more strum patterns
D32 - Yet Even Two More Strum Patterns - Book
Decision 33 - Learn to put it all together: chord progressions & strumming patterns
D33 - Put It All Together… Strum Patterns & Chord Progressions - Book
Decision 34 - Learn some more chord progressions & strumming patterns
D34 - More Chord Progressions & Strum Patterns - Book
Decision 35 - Learn the note names on the 6th string
D35 - Note Names on the 6th String - Book
Decision 36 - Be introduced to 16th note strumming
D36 - Be Introduced to 16th Note Strumming - Book
D36 - Be Introduced to 16th Note Strumming - Book
Decision 37 - Learn two 16th note strum patterns
D37 - Two 16th Note Strum Patterns - Book
Decision 38 - Learn two more 16th note strum patterns
D38 - Two More 16th Note Strumming Patterns - Book
Decision 39 - Learn how to combine 16th note strum patterns with the chord progressions
D39 - Combine 16th Note Strum Patterns w: Chord Progressions - Book
Decision 40 - Learn how to create your own chord progressions & strumming patterns
D40 - Create Your Own Chord Progressions & Strum Patterns - Book
Decision 41 - Learn the note names on the 5th string (and a little bit of music theory)
D41 - Notes Names on the 5th String & a Little Bit of Music Theory - Book
Decision 42 - Get introduced to fingerpicking
D42 - Introduction to Fingerpicking - Book
Decision 43 - Learn some fingerpicking patterns
D43 - Some Fingerpicking Patterns - Book
Decision 44 - Learn some fingerpicking string set variations
D44 - Fingerpicking String Set Variations - Book
Decision 45 - Learn to fingerpick a chord progression
D45 - Fingerpick a Chord Progressions - Book
Decision 46 - Learn a chord progression fingerpicking variation
D46 - A Chord Progression Fingerpicking Variation - Book
Decision 47 - Learn how to create longer fingerpicking patterns
D47 - Create Longer Fingerpicking Patterns - Book
Decision 48 - Confidently know the fret numbers
D48 - Confidently Know the Fret Numbers - Book
Decision 49 - Learn some more dominant 7th chords
D49 - Some More Dominant 7th Chords - Book
Decision 50 - Learn to play two chord progressions that use dominant 7th chords
D50 - Two Chord Progressions That Use Dominant 7th Chords - Book
Decision 51 - Learn to play a full barre chord: major
D51 - Full Barre Chord = Major - Book
Decision 52 - Learn to play two more barre chords: minor & dominant 7th
D52 - Two More Barre Chords = Minor & Dominant 7th - Book
Decision 53 - Start to develop right hand picking technique: picking one note at a time
D53 - Picking One Note at a Time - Book
Decision 54 - Learn the "Percussive Muted Strum"
D54 - Percussive Muted Strum - Book
Decision 55 - Learn another major barre chord
D55 - Another Major Barre Chord - Book
Decision 56 - Learn another minor & dominant 7th barre chord
D56 - Another Minor & Dominant 7th Barre Chord - Book
Decision 57 - Learn some more music theory: sharps & flats
D57 - Some More Music Theory = Sharps & Flats - Book
Decision 58 - Learn how to identify barre chords
D58 - How to Identify Barre Chords - Book
Decision 59 - Learn how to use barre chords in chord progressions
D59 - How to Use Barre Chords in Chord Progressions - Book
Decision 60 - Learn Right Hand Picking Exercise #1
D60 - Right Hand Picking Exercise #1 - Book
Decision 61 - Learn Right Hand Picking Exercise #2 & #3
D61 - Right Hand Picking Exercise #2 & #3 - Book
Decision 62 - Learn the Pseudo-Chromatic Exercise
D62 - The Psuedo-Chromatic Exercise - Book
Decision 63 - Learn the note names on the 4th, 3rd, 2nd & 1st string
D63 - Note Names on the 4th, 3rd, 2nd & 1st Strings - Book
Decision 64 - Learn to play hammer ons
D64 - Hammer Ons - Book
Decision 65 - Learn to play pull offs
D65 - Pull Offs - Book
Decision 66 - Learn about slash chords

D66 - Slash Chords - Book
Decision 67 - Learn the Minor Pentatonic Scale Pattern #1
D67 - Minor Pentatonic Scale Pattern #1 - Book
Decision 68 - Learn the Minor Pentatonic Scale Pattern #2
D68 - Minor Pentatonic Scale Pattern #2 - Book
Decision 69 - Learn the Minor Pentatonic Scale Pattern #3
D69 - Minor Pentatonic Scale Pattern #3 - Book
Decision 70 - Learn the Minor Pentatonic Scale Pattern #4
D70 - Minor Pentatonic Scale Pattern #4 - Book
Decision 71 - Learn the Minor Pentatonic Scale Pattern #5
D71 - Minor Pentatonic Scale Pattern #5 - Book
Decision 72 - Learn about tonic shapes
D72 - Tonic Shapes - Book
Decision 73 - Learn to play hammer ons & pull offs with groups of three fingers
D73 - Hammer Ons & Pull Offs = Groups of Three - Book
Decision 74 - Learn how to play power chords
D74 - Power Chords - Book
Decision 75 - Learn how to play slides
D75 - Slides - Book
Decision 76 - Learn how to combine hammer ons & pull offs
D76 - How to Combine Hammer Ons & Pull Offs - Book
Decision 77 - Learn how to bend strings
D77 - How to Bend Strings - Book
Decision 78 - Learn how to use hammer ons & pull offs with the Minor Pentatonic Scale Patterns (as well as explore some new fingerings)
D78 - Hammer Ons & Pull Offs w: Minor Pentatonic Scales - Book
Decision 79 - Learn how to transpose scales with Transposition Drill #1
D79 - Transposition Drill #1 - Book
Decision 80 - Learn about vibrato
D80 - Vibrato - Book
Decision 81 - Learn to play a Blues rhythm riff
D81 - Blues Rhythm Riff - Book
Decision 82 - Learn to play a riff based on Minor Pentatonic Scale Pattern #1
D82 - A Riff based on Minor Pentatonic Scale Pattern #1 - Book
Decision 83 - Learn to play a riff based on Minor Pentatonic Scale Pattern #2
D83 - A Riff Based on Minor Pentatonic Scale Pattern #2 - Book
Decision 84 - Learn to play a riff based on Minor Pentatonic Scale Pattern #3
D84 - A Riff Based on Minor Pentatonic Scale Pattern #3 - Book
Decision 85 - Learn to play a riff based on Minor Pentatonic Scale Pattern #4
D85 - A Riff Based on Minor Pentatonic Scale Pattern #4 - Book
Decision 86 - Learn to play a riff based on Minor Pentatonic Scale Pattern #5
D86 - A Riff Based on Minor Pentatonic Scale Pattern #5 - Book
Decision 87 - Learn to play a Jazz chord progression FREE
D87 - Jazz Chord Progression - Book
Decision 88 - Learn to play a Jazz Blues chord progression
D88 - Jazz Blues Chord Progression - Book
Decision 89 - Learn the Major Scale Pattern #1
D89 - Major Scale Pattern #1 - Book
Decision 90 - Learn the Major Scale Pattern #2
D90 - Major Scale Pattern #2 - Book
Decision 91
 - Learn the Major Scale Pattern #3
D91 - Major Scale Pattern #3 - Book
Decision 92 - Learn the Major Scale Pattern #4
D92 - Major Scale Pattern #4 - Book
Decision 93 - Learn the Major Scale Pattern #5
D93 - Major Scale Pattern #5 - Book
Decision 94 - Learn Transposition Drill #2
D94 - Transposition Drill #2 - Book
Decision 95 - Learn to play a riff based on Major Scale Pattern #1
D95 - A Riff Based on Major Scale Pattern #1 - Book
Decision 96 - Learn to play a riff based on Major Scale Pattern #2
D96 - A Riff Based on Major Scale Pattern #2 - Book
Decision 97 - Learn to play a riff based on Major Scale Pattern #3
D97 - A Riff Based on Major Scale Pattern #3 - Book
Decision 98 - Learn to play a riff based on Major Scale Pattern #4
D98 - A Riff Based on Major Scale Pattern #4 - Book
Decision 99 - Learn to play a riff based on Major Scale Pattern #5
D99 - A Riff Based on Major Scale Pattern #5 - Book
The 99 Decisions Course Appendix
The 99 Decisions Course Concordance & Index
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