Guitar Stuff for 7.31.19

1) Warm-up: Practice major scale - do at least the first octave forward and backward at least five times

2) Continue playing "Glycerine" using new palm mute/percussive technique

3) Start looking at "If It Means a Lot to You"

      click here for video/song
      click here for tab

 

Descending/Ascending strings pattern

Play this slowly; there's no shame in 50 BPM on your metronome.  =)

e-----------------------4-5-------------------------------
B---------------4-----3-----4-----5-----------------------
G-------4-----3-----2---------3-----4-----5-------------6-
D-----3-----2-----1-------------2-----3-----4---------5---
A---2-----1-----------------------------2-----3-----4-----
E-1---------------------------------------------2-3, etc.-

G MAJOR SCALE

This is a "G major scale" because the root note (also called the "tonic") is a G.

MAJOR SCALE

Try playing through this pattern, starting with the first #1 note on the low E string.

Glycerine (Bush)

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &     1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &
1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &     1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

Verse/Chorus (repeats throughout song)

/ x x / x x / x  |  / x x / x x / x
F                |  C        
1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &     1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &
/ x x / x x / x  |    / / xx/ / / / 
/ / / / / / / /  |  / / / / / / / /              
F                |    C     Bb 
D                |  B 
D                |  Bb        

Consistent 8th notes with accents as shown on slashes ("/")

Chorus tag

Bridge

power chord root notes, in case you forgot =)

Guitar Stuff for 7.24.19

1) Warm-up: Continue fingerstyle technique with ascending/descending patterns

2) Begin practicing major scale - do at least the first octave forward and backward at least five times

3) Continue playing "Glycerine" using new palm mute/percussive technique

Guitar Stuff for 7.17.19

1) Warm-up: Keep it up with alternate strings exercise

2) Learn 7th chords (Level 9 tab), then try "Golden Slumbers" (click here for tab) You can hover over the chords with your mouse to see the chords if you forget them.

3) Begin playing "Glycerine" using new palm mute/percussive technique

Lean On Me

Bill Withers

  C          F |          C |            | Em  G 

Verse

e--------------|------------|------------|----------
B--------------|------------|------------|----------
G--------------|------------|------------|----------
D--------------|------------|------------|----------
A----------7-8-|---8-7------|--------7---|-7--------
E-8---8-10-----|-------10-8-|---8-10-----|-----10---
C           F |          C |            | G   C   
e--------------|------------|------------|----------
B--------------|------------|------------|----------
G--------------|------------|------------|----------
D--------------|------------|------------|----------
A----------7-8-|---8-7------|--------7---|----------
E-8---8-10-----|-------10-8-|---8-10-----|-7---8----
e-0-----|----0-0-----|------------|--------0---|-0--------
B---3-1-|--------3-1-|----1-0-----|----1-3-----|-----3----
G-------|------------|--------2-0-|------------|----------
D-------|------------|------------|------------|----------
A-------|------------|------------|------------|----------
E-------|------------|------------|------------|----------
e----0-0-----|------------|----0-------|----------
B-1------3-1-|----1-0-----|------3-3-1-|-0---3-1--
G------------|--------2-0-|------------|----------
D------------|------------|------------|----------
A------------|------------|------------|----------
E------------|------------|------------|----------

Chorus

Alternating strings pattern

e-----------------------------------2---4-----------------
B---------------------------2---4-1---3-------------------
G-------------------2---4-1---3---------------------------
D-----------2---4-1---3-----------------------------3---5-
A---2---4-1---3-----------------------------3---5-2---4---
E-1---3-----------------------------------2---4---, etc.--

Guitar Stuff for 7.10.19

1) Warm-up: Alternate strings exercise

2) Continue playing "Halfway Gone" by Lifehouse

3) Learn 7th chords (Level 9 tab), then try "Golden Slumbers" (click here for tab) You can hover over the chords with your mouse to see the chords if you forget them.

"Halfway Gone"
Lifehouse

 

Intro (each chord gets a 4 count):

"Halfway gone, I'm halfway gone"

E|--0-------0-------0-------0-----|

B|--0-------0-------0-------0-----|

G|--6-------6-------9-------4-----|

D|--6-------6-------9-------4-----| 

A|--4-------4-------11------6-----|

E|--x-------5-------x-------x-----|

   C#m7 | C#m7/A | E/G# | B/D#
Verse:

"You were always hard to hold..."

E|--0--------0-------0-----0-------0------0-----0-----0--|

B|--0--------0-------0-----0-------0------0-----0-----0--|

G|--6--------6-------9-----4-------6------2-----1-----4--|

D|--6--------6-------9-----4-------6------2-----2-----4--| x1

A|--4--------4-------11----6-------4------0-----2-----2--|

E|--x--------5-------x-----x-------x------2-----0-----x--|

   C#m7 | C#m7/A | E/G# | B/D# | C#m7 | A2/F# | E | Bsus4
Pre-chorus:

"Talk, talk is cheap..."

E|---0-----------0--------0------0--|

B|---0-----------0--------0------0--|

G|---2-----------4--------6------1--|

D|---2-----------4--------6------2--|  x1

A|---4-----------6--------4------0--|

E|---x-----------x--------x------x--|

   Asus2/C# | Badd4/D# | C#m7 | E/A
(chorus on next slide below)

"Halfway Gone"
Lifehouse

Chorus:

"’Cause I'm halfway gone and I'm on my way..."

E|--0-------0------0------0--|

B|--0-------0------0------0--|

G|--6-------9------9------8--|

D|--6-------9------9------9--|  

A|--4-------0------7------0--|

E|--x-------x------0------7--|

   C#m7 | Asus2 | E5 | B(5)add4

Guitar Stuff for 6.26.19

1) Warm-up: Continue practicing arpeggio exercises (below) -- do each one at least ten times, and then play around with different patterns as we discussed in class.

2) Begin playing "Halfway Gone" by Lifehouse

ARPEGGIO

some "rules":

begin with the root note

pick eighth notes on higher strings

return to the root note on the 1 count

"Up an Up" intro/arpeggio

e------- -0------------------
B------------------------0---
G---1--2-----2--1--2---------
D-2--------------------------
A----------------------------
E----------------------------

Use the E major shape to help you play this!

Guitar Stuff for 6.19.19

1) Warm-up: Arpeggio exercises (below) -- do each one at least ten times, then try "Up and Up" arpeggio as shown.

2) Listen to and play through "Singing In My Sleep"

4) Begin playing "Halfway Gone" by Lifehouse

Singing In My Sleep
Semisonic

VERSE
(ALL POWER CHORDS w/8th note strumming)

E (7th fret) | E | B | B | C#m | C#m | A | A | (repeat as needed)

PRE-CHORUS
(more power chords, but on the E string)

A-B B | A-B B | A-B B | B | 
(slide A to B)     (strum it out)



CHORUS
(ALL POWER CHORDS w/8th note strumming)

E (standard) | B | F#m | A | E | B | F#m | A | (repeat as needed)

Guitar Stuff for 6.12.19

1) Warm-up: Arpeggio exercises (below) -- do each one at least ten times, then try "Up and Up" arpeggio as shown.

2) Try playing "Up and Up" as shown in class using the "Easy E's" chords. I've added the bridge section for you.

3) Bonus: Listen to and play through "Singing In My Sleep"

4) More bonus: listen to "Halfway Gone" by Lifehouse

Up and Up

Relient K

Verse: "Yesterday is not quite what it could have been..."
E | E | F#m | F#m | A | A | E | E | (x2)

E major

F# minor

Pre-chorus: "'Cause it seems I get so hung up on..."
A | B | C#m | C#m | A | E | B | B | (x2)
Chorus: "'Cause I'm on the up and up..."
A | B | C#m | C#m |(x3)
"'Cause I'm just trying to be a better version..."
E E/D# | C#m B | A | A |

E/D#

Bridge: "You never cease to supply..."
C#m | C#m | A | A |  E | E | B | B |

Guitar Stuff for 6.5.19

 

1) Warm-up: Arpeggio exercises (below) -- do each one at least ten times.

2) Try playing "Up and Up" as shown in class using the "Easy E's" chords.

3) Listen to and play through "Singing In My Sleep"

*BONUS* play arpeggio intro for "up and Up"

Guitar Stuff for 5.29.19

 

1) Warm-up: Arpeggio exercises (below) -- do each one at least ten times.

2) Try playing "Up and Up" as shown in class using the "Easy E's" chords.

3) Listen to and play through "Singing In My Sleep"

Guitar Stuff for 5.22.19

 

1) Warm-up: Descending strings exercises

2) Try playing "Up and Up" as shown in class using the "Easy E's" chords.

Guitar Stuff for 5.15.19

 

1) Warm-up: Descending strings exercises

2) Try playing bass notes in "Everything You Ever Wanted" and "When I Come Around" as shown in class.  Add your ring finger to make a power chord and play along with the songs.

 

Everything You Ever Wanted

Hawk Nelson

Opening chords: 
C         A(m)      F         G
/ / / / | / / / / | / / / / | / / / / (1x)

VERSE chords 
C         F        D(m)       G
/ / / / | / / / / | / / / / | / / / / (2x)

Pre-chorus:
Em        F         Em        F   G
/ / / / | / / / / | / / / / | / / / /

Chorus/Intro:
C         Am        F         G   
/ / / / | / / / / | / / / / | / / / / (2x)
(opening riff played in background)
(open C into VERSE 2)

Bridge chords:
Am        C         F               G
/ / / / | / / / / | / / / / | / / / / (2x)


When I Come Around

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &     1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &
1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &     1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

Verse (repeats throughout song)

Chorus thing

/ / /   / / /    |    /   /    
F#      C#       |    D#  B    
1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &     1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &
/ / / / / / / /  |  / / / / / / / / 
/ / / / / / / /  |  /       ~       
G#               |  B 
G#               |  B 

Guitar Stuff for 5.8.19

 

1) Warm-up: Continue with 5 fret permutations (see below)

2) Practice C family chords, playing through "Rude" by Magic!  You'll need a capo on the 1st fret to play it correctly. Pay attention to various rhythms through song.

3) Try playing bass notes in "Everything You Ever Wanted" as shown in class

 

PERMUTATIONS (5 frets)

The purpose of these exercises is to isolate and correct any fingering, strength, or mental discrepancies in your playing.  Feel free to try switching notes around once you feel confident with these! Use a metronome and start at 75 BPM.  Try to do one five times with no mistakes before moving on or increasing speed.

e----------------------------------------
B-----------------------------------(7-8)
G-5-9-(7-8)-5-9-------5-9-(7-8)-5-9------
D---------------(7-8)--------------------
A----------------------------------------
E----------------------------------------

e----------------------------------------
B-----------------------------------(8-7)
G-5-9-(8-7)-5-9-------5-9-(8-7)-5-9------
D---------------(8-7)--------------------
A----------------------------------------
E----------------------------------------

e----------------------------------------
B-----------------------------------(7-8)
G-9-5-(7-8)-9-5-------9-5-(7-8)-9-5------
D---------------(7-8)--------------------
A----------------------------------------
E----------------------------------------

e----------------------------------------
B-----------------------------------(8-7)
G-9-5-(8-7)-9-5-------9-5-(8-7)-9-5------
D---------------(8-7)--------------------
A----------------------------------------
E----------------------------------------

"Rude" by Magic!

F         G                    Am      Am                   F
Saturday morning jumped out of bed and put on my best suit
          G                    Am   Am                      F
Got in my car and raced like a jet, all the way to you
                G                      C
Knocked on your door with heart in my hand
   Am                   F
To ask you a question   
                    G                      C       Am             
'Cause I know that you're an old-fashioned man

(Pre-Chorus)
F                                 G                   C
Can I have your daughter for the rest of my life? say yes, say yes
          Am 
'Cause I need to know
               F                              G
You say I'll never get your blessing 'til the day I die
        C                      Am                F
Tough luck, my friend, but the answer is no!

 

(chorus)
              G            C
Why you gotta be so rude?
                    Am         F
Don't you know I'm human too?
              G            C
why you gotta be so rude?
           Am
I'm gonna marry her anyway
F
marry that girl
G
marry her anyway
C
marry that girl
      Am
yeah, no matter what you say
F
marry that girl
    G                  C
and we'll be a family
              Am    F  G   C    Am            
Why you gotta be so rude

Guitar Stuff for 5.1.19

 

1) Warm-up: Continue with permutations (see below)

2) 16th note rhythm exercises -- use G family chords

2) Practice C family chords, playing through "Rude" by Magic!  You'll need a capo on the 1st fret to play it correctly. Pay attention to various rhythms through song.

 

PERMUTATIONS

The purpose of these exercises is to isolate and correct any fingering, strength, or mental discrepancies in your playing.  Feel free to try switching notes around once you feel confident with these! Use a metronome and start at 60 BPM.  Try to do one five times with no mistakes before moving on.

e----------------------------------------
B-----------------------------------(6-7)
G-5-8-(6-7)-5-8-------5-8-(6-7)-5-8------
D---------------(6-7)--------------------
A----------------------------------------
E----------------------------------------

e----------------------------------------
B-----------------------------------(7-6)
G-5-8-(7-6)-5-8-------5-8-(7-6)-5-8------
D---------------(7-6)--------------------
A----------------------------------------
E----------------------------------------

e----------------------------------------
B-----------------------------------(6-7)
G-8-5-(6-7)-8-5-------8-5-(6-7)-8-5------
D---------------(6-7)--------------------
A----------------------------------------
E----------------------------------------

e----------------------------------------
B-----------------------------------(7-6)
G-8-5-(7-6)-8-5-------8-5-(7-6)-8-5------
D---------------(7-6)--------------------
A----------------------------------------
E----------------------------------------

16th NOTES

some more exercises

"one and two and three-e-and-a-four, one-e-and-a-two, three e and a four"

"one and ... three-e-and-a ... one and ... and three and ... and"

G major

D major

E minor

C major

Guitar Stuff for 4.17.19

 

1) Warm-up: Permutations (see below)

2) 16th note rhythm exercises -- use G family chords

2) Practice C family chords, playing through "Rude" by Magic!  You'll need a capo on the 1st fret to play it correctly.

 

Guitar Stuff for 4.10.19

 

1) Warm-up: Pedal exercise starting at 5th fret, then chromatic scale

2) Practice C family chords, playing through "Boston" by Augustana

 

e-1-2-1-3|-1-4-1-3|-1-2-1--|--------|--------|--------|
B--------|--------|--------|-1-2-1-3|-1-4-1-3|-1-2-1--| and so on. =)
G--------|--------|--------|--------|--------|--------|
D--------|--------|--------|--------|--------|--------|
A--------|--------|--------|--------|--------|--------|
E--------|--------|--------|--------|--------|--------|

"Pedal" exercise

play the pattern shown below on each string.  Keep your #1 finger on the fret you begin on!

THE CHROMATIC SCALE

you can play through the musical alphabet twice (two OCTAVES) using the first five frets. play the tab below using a metronome.

1

2

3

4

e|-------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------|
D|---------------------0-1-2-3-4-|
A|-----------0-1-2-3-4-----------|
E|-0-1-2-3-4---------------------|

 

e|-------------------0-|
B|-----------1-2-3-4---|
G|-0-1-2-3-4-----------|
D|---------------------|
A|---------------------|
E|---------------------|

 

0

Guitar Stuff for 4.3.19

 

1) Warm-up: Practice highlighted two string exercises as shown below using the "spider" technique.  Explore other patterns when you're comfortable.

2) Practice C family chords, playing through "Boston" by Augustana

 

"Boston" by Augustana

Verse 1:

C (2)     C/B  (2)     Am (4) F (2)      C (2)

   In the light of the sun, is there anyone?

    F  (2)       G (2)

   Oh it has begun

C       C/B            Am    F                C

   Oh dear you look so lost, eyes are red and tears are shed,

        F                 G

   This world you must've crossed, you said


Chorus:

C  (4)              G  (4)         F  (4)     G (4)

You don't know me, you don't even care - oh yeah

C                  G                 F          G

You don't know me, you don't wear my chains - oh yeah


C C/B | Am | F C | F G


Verse 2:

C      C/B          Am     F              C

   Essential and appealed, carry all your thoughts

    F             G

   Across an open field,

C       C/B             Am            F            C

   When flowers gaze at you, they're not the only ones

       F              G

   Who cry when they see you, you said


(chorus)



Bridge/outro:

                             C                            G

She said I think I'll go to Boston, I think I'll start a new life,

                      F                           G

I think I'll start it over, where no one knows my name,

                      C                      G

I'll get out of California, I'm tired of the weather,

                   F                       G

I think I'll get a lover and fly him out to Spain

                            C                              G

Oh yeah I think I'll go to Boston, I think that I'm just tired

                  F                            G

I think I need a new town, to leave this all behind

                   C                       G

I think I need a sunrise; I'm tired of the sunset,

                         F                         G

I hear it's nice in the summer; some snow would be nice

C                  G              F           G

You don't know me, you don't even care - oh yeah


C G F G (repeated through outro)

There are really only two chord patterns in this song. Each section has four counts:

     Verse:    | C  C/B | Am | F  C | F  G

     Chorus: | C | G | F | G |

I've also included the number of counts per chord in each section of the song.

Guitar Stuff for 3.27.19

 

1) Warm-up: Practice Auld Lang Syne, continuing to use your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd fingers to play the corresponding notes.

2) Practice E and A major chords using rhythm exercises below.

 

Auld Lang Syne

e-----------0---------0--------0--3--5---
B---1--0-1----3--1-3----3-1--1-----------
G-0--------------------------------------
D----------------------------------------
A----------------------------------------
E----------------------------------------

e-5--3--0-0-------------0----------------
B------------1--3--1-3----3-1----------1-
G------------------------------2-2--0----
D----------------------------------------
A----------------------------------------
E----------------------------------------
1  2  3  4
1  2  3  4
1  2  3  4
1 2 3 4

E MAJOR

A MAJOR

Strum through the exercises, switching between E and A major by line (or by measure if you're comfortable with switching) -- try counting to 4 for each measure to help you strum

Guitar Stuff for 3.20.19

 

1) Warm-up: Practice the ABCs (slide below). Use your 1st and 3rd fingers for the 2nd and 4th frets as you get more comfortable.

2) Review string names, then tune all six strings each time you practice.

 

e------------------------------
B------------------------------
G-----2-2-4-4-2---0-0----------
D-0-0-----------------4-4-2-2-0
A------------------------------
E------------------------------

e-----------------------------
B-----------------------------
G-2-2-0-----------2-2-0-------
D---------4-4-2----------4-4-2
A-----------------------------
E-----------------------------

e------------------------------
B------------------------------
G-----2-2-4-4-2---0-0----------
D-0-0-----------------4-4-2-2-0
A------------------------------
E------------------------------

The "ABCs"
also: "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and "Baa Baa Black Sheep"