Guitar Intermediate

Guitar Intermediate: Week #2

G Scale

We moved this to a "first position scale" yesterday which means that we can utilize the open strings. This week, really try to get used to what the names of the notes are on the instrument. This will help us crack the code of figuring out how to read music. Also, this week, try to memorize where the open strings fall on the staff. I'm resending the diagram of where the notes of the G scale are on the staff as well as on the guitar.

G Scale Sheet Music

G, D7 chords, Chord switching

These are going great. We added the D7 chord (similar, but not quite the same as the D chord) and worked on switching between the two chords. Give yourselves 4 strums and 4 beats of rest as you're going between the chords.

G Chord

D7 Chord


House of the Rising Sun 

This week we have our first “bonus tune” which will give you some great practice in chord switching.  Take your time and play through three to five times each day.

Ring of Fire

Take a look at the chart below for the notes to the first two phrases of this session's song, Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire."   This week, take it slow and really try to figure out where each staff note is on the guitar.  Recordings of the first, second and combined phrases are attached.

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Guitar Intermediate: Week #1

Major Scales

Remember that every major scale is made up of the following intervals (the distance from one note to it's neighbor):

W - W- H- W- W- W- H

Practice playing these intervals beginning on your open E string  as we did in class.  Remember that whole steps are 2 frets apart and half steps are one fret apart.

This semester we'll be working on the G major scale.  Attached is a diagram and recording of G scale.  For this week we will be starting on the open 3rd string as heard in the recording.  

G Scale High Octave 


Chord Review!

We had an intensive review of chords from Beginner Level in this week’s class.  Take some extra time this week to review each of these every day.  Remember you need to have each of these memorized by name so challenge yourself!  I will quiz on on each of these next week. 

E Major Chord

A Minor Chord

A Major Chord

F Major Chord

C Major Chord

G Major Chord

B7 Chord

How to practice chords at home:

  • Start by checking in with your seated posture (legs, back, shoulders, neck, right arm rest on the guitar and left hand hold)

  • Spend a moment to check in with your pick hold ("thumb wrestle" set-up)

  • Get your left hand fingers position as specified in the charts below

  • Play one string at a time to trouble shoot and fix any dead strings (fingertips!)

  • Give three strums and repeat the process another 1-2 times for each chord

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