List of Goals for the week:
● Scale: Read G major two octave scale three times each day
● Technique: Barre chords: D major and B minor, one note at a time then strum, three times daily each
● Repertoire: “Blackbird” intro and chords to the verse, three times each day. Bonus tune number two: “Cupid” by Sam Cooke.
Additional Studies: ledger lines, rhythmic notation
This week we did a review of sight reading. I know this is still brand new to most of you; please don’t get frustrated! You’ll have the easiest time in the long run if you do the small amount of reading work every day. I know this feels like heavy lifting now; our goal here is just to give you the basics rather than to get you reading on a high level.
We had a good review of barre chords and put this practice to work in actual chords for the first time in the form of D Major and B minor. We played through our first fingerstyle tune “Landslide” and learned the intro to “Blackbird.”
Included below is bonus tune two, “Cupid” by Sam Cooke. I’ve included the standard tabs one would find on any internet search to give you some experience learning a tune this way. Find the song on YouTube and listen while you read through the tab— you should see that the chords change with the words they are written above on the chart. Give this a try! We’ll look more closely next week.