Guitar Advanced

Guitar Advanced: Week #3

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.  

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Guitar Advanced: Week #2

 List of Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: READ G Major on the staff 3-5 times each day

  • Technique: barre chord practice first then third finger, three times each day: one note at a time then strum

  • Repertoire: bonus tune number 1: Landslide (Note that I have used the classical markings for RH fingers where p=thumb, i=index, m=middle, and a=ring finger)

  • Additional Studies: D/F# chord

This week we did a thorough review of note names on the staff and put them on the guitar in the form of the G major scale. We reviewed last week’s chord voicings and spent some time dialing in technique for the first and third finger three string barre. After reviewing last week’s fingerstyle pattern we put it to work in Landslide.

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Guitar Advanced: Week #1

 List of Goals for the week:


Warm Up: G major scale up and down 3 times each day

Technique: finger style pattern on C

Repertoire: Chord Review: E-, E, E7, C, F, G, B7, A, A-, D, D-

  • Additional Studies: Memorize notes on the staff, slash chords (G/B), A-7, intro to barre chords (4 fingers no barre)


Summary of what was covered in class:


Welcome aboard everyone!  This week we did a thorough review of guitar tablature, the two octave G scale in open position, and all open chords covered thus far in earlier sessions. We learned about slash chords and barre chords and had a thorough introduction to finger style which we will build upon next week.


How to Practice this at home:


Start each practice session by checking in with your posture, instrument hold and pick hold. Remember to breathe!  It’s a great idea to practice in a mirror to see what your hands and body are doing when you play and to fix any awkward habits.

Get your hands ready to play by playing your G scale as mentioned above. Next comes your chord review: play through each voicing (both new and old) one note at a time, then strum. Test your memory by trying to play each voicing without looking at chord charts.

Now play through the finger style exercise five to ten times.  If you don’t have practice time for memorization of notes on the staff, use some of your subway time to quiz yourself!

 

 

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