Guitar Intermediate

Guitar Intermediate: Week #6

Scale review

G major 1 quarter/note w alternate: drill this

Review Paint it Black

ROF all of the B section

 ”Smells Like Teen Spirit” uses power chords (often called F5, Bb 5, etc).  Practice each chord voicing on its own.  Use the video to get a sense of the rhythm of the opening of the song  and try to imitate!  

G Scale

Keep working on this in single notes in time!

Ring Of Fire

This is sounding AWESOME guys. Recordings of the Ring of Fire spots are attached. As we enter the homestretch practice the following.

  • Chords- Put it all together in the rockabilly rhythm

  • Verse Melody- Keep polishing this. Be careful to count your rests!

  • Chorus Melody- Start putting this together!

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Guitar Intermediate: Week #5

Scale: 2 eighths/note w alternate

ROF chords

G Scale

This sound great. Keep working on getting the scale in single notes in tempo. Next week we'll work on moving up the speed!

Ring of Fire Chords

This week we put the Ring of Fire chords all together. A recording of the chords are attached. A few quick things

  • The strumming bluegrass/rockabilly rhythm that we learned last week is one measure so one repetition through the whole thing will help you keep track of where you are in the form

  • When there's no chord listed in the melody that means you continue

Ring of Fire Melody

Put the verse of Ring of Fire in rhythm this week. Next week we'll finish the tune! A recording of this is attached.

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Guitar Intermediate: Week #4

G Scale

This is coming along great. This week, put the scale into time with two strokes per note, really focusing on what your next note is and what the name of each note is (remember those open strings!) From here on out we'll be working on shrinking the pauses and speeding up the tempo.

Chord Switching

Next week we'll take start to put the chords all together for this tune. This week get used to switching between G and C major and G and D7. Start with four strums and for beats of rest and see if you can comfortably get it down to two of each.

Rockabilly/Bluegrass Rhythm

This is the one rhythm that you really need to know if you want to play bluegrass/rockabilly/country/americana music. The pattern is a quarter note followed by six 8th notes with accents on the second and forth beat or, "Long Short Short Short Short Short Short."

Free Fallin

This is our second bonus tune for the session—- have fun with these!  We will not be performing them at your recital, they are just a fun way to get more accustomed to changing chords and to get a different view at how the guitar is used in music.  Take your time moving slowly from one chord shape to the next and try to get through the whole pattern 5 times each day. 

Ring of Fire

This is coming along so well. This week we put the first phrase into time. I've attached a PDF of the whole melody in time (just focus on the first phrase this week) as well as a quick reference guide for which rhythmic values are which!

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Guitar Intermediate: Week #3

G Major Scale

Play ascending and descending 3 times each day with the following goals:

Left hand: pay close attention to be sure you are using the fingering discussed in class; i this rare case, fret number corresponds directly to finger number.  This is very important in furthering proper LH technique.

Right hand: alternate pick 8 eighth notes for every scale note counting like this: one and two and three and four.  make sure every new note starts with a down stroke. 

Ring of Fire

This is coming along really well. This week we put together the notes for the whole verse. Keep working in sections, especially for the new stuff. A new PDF of the verse notes is attached as well as recordings of the second half of the verse and the full verse notes: imitate the rhythm you hear there and we’ll

Paint It Black

Take your time this week getting your left hand to make the leaps between chords.  Then focus on your strum to get the feel right: you should be running through the whole tune at least a few times each day.

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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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