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Beginner Guitar I
This level picks up from the previous string crossing guitar exercise, adding different fret positions. 1) Goal tempo on the metronome for this guitar string crossing exercise is 100 to 120 bpm. 2) Practice on the high and low fret positions on the guitar. 3) Playing the scale near the 1st guitar fret requires more...
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Commit the following to memory: 1) The “sharp” raises a note by a ½ step. The sharp symbol looks like this: # 2) The “flat” lowers a note by a ½ step. The flat symbol looks like this: b The following chart shows all the notes on the guitar using sharps. That’s because we are...
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Here is our second tune, play using the “pick strum” guitar pattern taught in Level 008. Both the C-Major and A-Minor guitar chords start on the A string. 1) Watch the video. 2) Remember speed is not important now, keeping a steady beat is. Go slow. 3) Set a goal speed of 60 bpm on...
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1) Review the diagram for the C-Major guitar chord finger position. 2) Listen for blocked notes or lack of pressure and make adjustments as needed. 3) Practice moving from A-Minor to C-Major. Take notice of your finger position that the third finger is the only finger that changes position.
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Now it’s time to take our scale playing to a higher level with guitar string crossing exercises. Once you have master this exercise at 60 – 80 bpm on the metronome you can replace the previous scale technique exercise with this one in your practice routine. 1) Watch the video. 2) Remember to keep alternation...
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This post covers the pick strum pattern using E-Minor. When strumming chords on an electric guitar as opposed to playing scales, we float the right hand over the strings (hovering about a quarter of an inch) centered somewhere between the bridge and where the neck begins. Pick the top E string and strum the rest...
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Using scale technique, you should be able to learn and play some basic guitar chords such as the E-Minor and A-Minor. The guitar chord diagrams down below are both popular for teaching chords on the guitar. The vertical lines represent strings and the horizontal lines represent frets. The numbers represent left hand finger positions. “X”...
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Pushing A Note Or How To Fret A Guitar Sounds are generated by vibrations. What we perceive as a high or low note depends upon the frequency of a vibration. On the guitar we can achieve different vibrations (frequencies) by changing the tension of the string (ex. Tuning) or by affecting the length of the...
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Hold scale technique is used to help develop proper hand and finger positioning. It also helps to develop finger strength and independent movement. This exercise uses a fixed finger position. 1) The fingers starting from the index finger are referred to as 1, 2, 3, and 4. 2) Whenever I talk about “frets” I mean...
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This level will cover a basic right hand exercise for developing alternate picking technique. This drill can be practiced on both acoustic and electric guitars. Alternate picking simply means to alternate the pick using down and up strokes in succession (down, up, down, up, down, up, etc.). This technique is far more efficient than picking...
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