Guitar Stuff for 3.24.20

 

1) Play through "Ode to Joy" at least ten times.  Try doing the hammer-ons (fretting the note without picking) on the "454" parts.

 

2) Practice root notes for power chords as shown in "Hit Me With Your Best Shot". You can play along with the music or just enjoy playing the root notes. =) When you feel comfortable, try playing the power chords!


BONUS) Begin practicing "Don't Stop Believin'" - see tab below​.  Listen to the song to pick up on its structure!

Ode to Joy

in A major

Hit Me With Your Best Shot

Pat Benetar

E

A

A

A

A

A

A

E

C#

C#

C#

C#

B

B

B

B

B

B

 all root notes on the A string

E

D#

C#

A

B

each section (divided by the line) gets one repeat

Don't Stop Believin' (so far)

 Main chord progression 

E

B

C#(m)

A

E

B

G#m

A

Guitar Stuff for 3.17.20

 

1) Warm-up: play through the scale below.  Do the provided music 5 times. Play through "Ode to Joy" for additional practice!

 

2) Play through the arpeggio exercises below as explained in class.

 

3) Practice root notes for power chords as shown in "Hit Me With Your Best Shot". You can play along with the music or just enjoy playing the root notes. =) When you feel comfortable, try playing the power chords!


Major scale patterns

(warm-up)

* you can move this pattern down all of the frets, as long as you start on the big E string!

here is the whole pattern, should you choose to practice it =)

Guitar Stuff for 3.10.20

 

1) Warm-up: play through the scale below.  Do the provided music 5 times.

 

2) Play through the arpeggio exercises below as explained in class.

 

3) Practice root notes for power chords as shown in "Hit Me With Your Best Shot". You can play along with the music or just enjoy playing the root notes. =) When you feel comfortable, try playing the power chords!


ARPEGGIO

some "rules":

begin with the root note

pick eighth notes on higher strings

return to the root note on the 1 count

tips:

keep your pinky finger rested just below the strings (on the pick guard, if you have one) for improved stability

 

pick lightly, and don't let the pick go beyond the next string

the "easy E's"

a group of power chords on the A string that can be strummed with all six strings

POWER CHORDS

Guitar Stuff for 3.3.20

 

1) Warm-up: play through the scale below.  Do the provided music 5 times.

 

2) Play "Golden Slumbers" as shown below.  Please play through the entire song at least three times.

 

3) Practice root notes for power chords as shown in "Hit Me With Your Best Shot". You can play along with the music or just enjoy playing the root notes. =)


Golden Slumbers

The Beatles

Am7                                        Dm
Once, there was a way          to get back homeward
G7                                         C
Once, there was a way          to get back home
E7               Am           Dm7
Sleep pretty darling, do not cry,
G7                      C
 And I will sing a lullaby


[Chorus]

C          Fadd9                 C
Gold  - en slumbers fill your eyes
C       Fadd9                C
Smiles awake you when you rise
E               Am           Dm7
Sleep pretty darling, do not cry,
G7                     C
And I will sing a lullaby


Am7

Dm7

G7

Dm

Fadd9

E7

Guitar Stuff for 2.25.20

 

1) Warm-up: play through the scale below.  Do the provided music 5 times.

 

2) Play "Golden Slumbers" as shown below.  Please play through the entire song at least three times.

 

3) Practice root notes for power chords as shown in "Hit Me With Your Best Shot". You can play along with the music or just enjoy playing the root notes. =)


Guitar Stuff for 2.18.20

 

1) Warm-up: play through the scale below.  Do the provided music 5 times.

 

2) Practice 7th chords using the "TV Chords" strategy below

 

3) Play "Golden Slumbers" as shown below

 

BONUS) Start practicing open E power chords as shown in "Hit Me With Your Best Shot"


"TV Chords"

The idea is to play these chords without thinking, almost like riding a bike.  Your goal is accuracy first, then speed. Work on memorizing the chords, then try playing them without looking at your left hand. Repeat these patterns at least ten times.  You're welcome to do this while watching TV! :)

G7

G7

D7

D7

C

C

G

G

E7

D7

E7

D7

A7

G

G

A7

PATTERN 1

PATTERN 2

1

1

2

2

Guitar Stuff for 2.11.20

 

1) Warm-up: play through the scale patterns below.  Do the provided music 5 times.

 

2) Practice 7th chords using the "TV Chords" strategy below

 

3) Start practicing open E power chords as shown in "Hit Me With Your Best Shot"


Major scale mini-patterns

(warm-up)

e------------------------------------------------------------------
B------------------------------------------------------------------
G------------------------------------------------------------------
D------------------------------------2-3-5-3-2-------2-3-5-3-2---
A------2-3-5-3-2-----2-3-5-3-2---3-5-----------5-3-5-----------5-
E--3-5-----------5-3-----------5-----------------------------------
   G major                      C major         

* you can move this pattern all over the frets and down to the D string!

Guitar Stuff for 1.28.20

 

1) Warm-up: play through the scale patterns below.  Do the provided music 5 times.

 

2) Practice 7th chords using the "TV Chords" strategy below

 

3) Start practicing open E power chords as shown in "Hit Me With Your Best Shot"


Guitar Stuff for 1.21.20

 

1) Warm-up: play through the scale patterns below.  Do the provided music 5 times.

 

2) Work on the three parts we've learned in "Eye of the Tiger"!

 

3) Practice 7th chords using the "TV Chords" strategy below

 

Eye of the Tiger (so far)

Power chords (beginning):

"Additional guitar" (played at the same time):

(repeat several times)

Pre-verse section

C
C
Bb
C
C
C
C
Bb
Ab
You can play the "higher" chords in the pre-verse using the A major and F major shapes on the 8th fret.
= A major shape
= F major shape

< sixteenth strumming

These mini-chords are also featured in the chorus.

Guitar Stuff for 1/14/20

 

1) Warm-up: play through the scale patterns below.  Do the provided music 5 times.

 

2) Play through the power chord exercises below. Start with the root notes only, then move on to playing the power chords!

 

3) Work on the three parts we've learned in "Eye of the Tiger"!

POWER CHORDS

Start with root notes (1st finger only), then try the whole power chords!

Guitar Stuff for 1/7/20

 

1) Warm-up: play through the scale patterns below.  Do the provided music 5 times.

 

2) Play through the power chord exercises below. Start with the root notes only, then move on to playing the power chords!

 

BONUS) Work on the three parts we've learned in "Eye of the Tiger"!

Guitar Stuff for Winter Break

 

1) Warm-up: play through the arpeggio patterns below.  Do each one at least three times before moving on!
 

2) Begin playing through chords of "Warriors" by Imagine Dragons

 

3) Play through the power chord exercises below. Start with the root notes only, then move on to playing the power chords!

 

BONUS) Apply power chords to "Eye of the Tiger"!

Warriors

Imagine Dragons

B7

Guitar Stuff for 12.2.19

 

Same as previous week!  Rehearsal for the show is Friday 12/13 at 7pm; performance is on Saturday 12/14 at 7pm!

 

1) Warm-up: play through the arpeggio patterns below.  Do each one at least three times before moving on!

2) Continue practicing "Feliz Navidad" as shown in the tab below

 

3) Begin playing through chords of "Warriors" by Imagine Dragons

"Feliz Navidad"

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

Guitar Stuff for 12.2.19

 

Same as previous week!  Rehearsal for the show is Friday 12/13 at 7pm; performance is on Saturday 12/14 at 7pm!

 

1) Warm-up: play through the arpeggio patterns below.  Do each one at least three times before moving on!

2) Continue practicing "Feliz Navidad" as shown in the tab below

 

3) Begin playing through chords of "Warriors" by Imagine Dragons

Guitar Stuff for 11.19.19

 

1) Warm-up: play through the arpeggio patterns below.  Do each one at least three times before moving on!

2) Continue practicing "Feliz Navidad" as shown in the tab below

 

3) Begin playing through chords of "Warriors" by Imagine Dragons

Guitar Stuff for 11.12.19

 

1) Warm-up: play modified "stairs" exercise at least five times each practice.  Concentrate on moving straight downward and using less of your pick to play each note!

2) Play through power chords for "Everything You Ever Wanted" -- see notes chart below. We'll start on "Warrior" next week!  =)

 

3) Begin practicing "Feliz Navidad" as shown in the tab below!

Modified "Stairs" pattern

e-------8-5-------------9-6-------------10-7--------------
B---------------------------------------------------------
G-----7-----6---------8-----7---------9-----8-------------
D---6---------7-----7---------8-----8---------9-----------
A---------------------------------------------------------
E-5-------------8-6-------------9-7-------------10--------

Everything You Ever Wanted

Hawk Nelson

Use the power chord root note chart to play through the song!

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)

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

power chord shapes

E string

A string

1

1

3

3

Guitar Stuff for 11.5.19

 

1) Warm-up: play modified "stairs" exercise at least five times each practice.  Concentrate on moving straight downward and using less of your pick to play each note!

2) Play through power chords for "Everything You Ever Wanted" -- see notes chart below

 

3) Begin practicing "Feliz Navidad" as shown in the tab below!

Guitar Stuff for 10.15.19

 

1) Warm-up: play modified "stairs" exercise at least five times each practice.  Concentrate on moving straight downward and using less of your pick to play each note!

2) Play through power chords for "Everything You Ever Wanted" -- see notes chart below

 

3) Begin practicing "Feliz Navidad" as shown in the tab below!

Guitar Stuff for 10.1.19

 

1) Warm-up: play modified "stairs" exercise at least five times each practice

2) Play through power chords for "Everything You Ever Wanted" -- see notes chart below

 

3) Begin practicing "Feliz Navidad" as shown in the tab below!

Guitar Stuff for 9.24.19

 

1) Warm-up: play alternating strings exercise -- do this at least five times each practice session

2) Play rhythm as shown on slide along with "Riptide" by Vance Joy.  You don't necessarily have to play the chords - you can mute the strings and strum along with it.
 

3) Play through power chords for "Everything You Ever Wanted" -- see notes chart below

 

4) FIND THREE CHRISTMAS SONGS YOU MIGHT WANT TO PLAY

Alternating strings pattern

you're welcome to change frets once you get the hang of it

e---------|---------|----------|---------|---6---8--
B---------|---------|----------|---6---8-|-5---7----
G---------|---------|----6---8-|-5---7---|----------
D---------|---6---8-|--5---7---|---------|----------
A---6---8-|-5---7---|----------|---------|----------
E-5---7---|---------|----------|---------|----------

Some tips:

Try to fret the notes closer to the body. The further away you get from the fret, the more "buzz" there is.

Don't let the pick slide down your thumb -- keep it close to your fingernail area as shown in the picture!

16th note rhythm

"Riptide" - Vance Joy

Am    G    |C 
*capo 1 required to play appropriately
|
down down, up-down-up | down down, up-down-up

Guitar Stuff for 9.17.19

 

1) Warm-up: play alternating strings exercise -- do this at least five times each practice session

2) Play rhythm as shown on slide along with "Riptide" by Vance Joy.  You don't necessarily have to play the chords - you can mute the strings and strum along with it.
 

BONUS) Play through chords of "On Top of the World" along with the song set at 75% (see slide)

 

3) Play through power chords for "Everything You Ever Wanted" -- see notes chart below

On Top of the World

play one strum per chord - capo 5

set song at 75% speed to practice

m

- click on play button

- click on "expand" icon [   ]

- click on gear icon *

- click playback speed

- click ".75"

- press ESC

Guitar Stuff for 9.10.19

 

1) Warm-up: continue playing through "stairs" exercises below. See notes on the slide.

 

2) Play through chords of "On Top of the World" along with the song set at 75% (see slide)

 

3) Play power chords for "Everything You Ever Wanted" -- see notes chart below

Guitar Stuff for 9.3.19

 

1) Warm-up: play through "stairs" exercises below

 

2) Play through chords of "On Top of the World" -- try to play along with the song, but don't worry about strum pattern for now.  

BONUS) Spend some time with your guitar practicing the G family chords while watching TV/listening to music.  Try not to "think" about the chords as you do them.

 

3) Root notes for "Everything You Ever Wanted" -- see notes chart below

Guitar Stuff for 8.27.19

 

1) Warm-up: play through "stairs" exercises below

 

2) Practice 16th notes and G family chords (below), and/or practice 16ths along with "Eye of the Tiger"

 

3) Play through chords of "On Top of the World" -- try to play along with the song, but don't worry about strum pattern for now

"Eye of the Tiger" Intro

The proper speed is 109 BPM, but practice at 60 BPM until you can play it perfectly (1 beat = up/down/up/down), then go to 70, etc.

original song 

Guitar Stuff for 8.20.19

 

1) Warm-up: continue playing through permutation exercises (PART II) in the slide below

 

2) Practice 16th notes and G family chords (below), and/or practice 16ths along with "Eye of the Tiger"

 

3) Play through chords of "Bad Liar". You'll need to use your capo on the 3rd fret. Song can be found here: https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/imagine_dragons/bad_liar_chords_2511336

PERMUTATIONS PART II

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-(6-7)-8-5-------8-5-(6-7)-8-5-------8
D-------------(6-7)--------------------
A----------------------------------------
E----------------------------------------

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

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

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

C MAJOR

G MAJOR

E MINOR

D MAJOR

Play the above rhythm using G, C, Em, and D (in that order!)

Guitar Stuff for 8.16.19

*short week -- focus on the exercises for now

1) Warm-up: play through permutation exercises (PART II) in the slide below

 

2) Practice whole/half/quarter notes using rhythm exercises (16th notes) and G family chords (below)

 

3) Play through chords of "Bad Liar". You'll need to use your capo on the 3rd fret. Song can be found here: https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/imagine_dragons/bad_liar_chords_2511336

Guitar Stuff for 8.9.19

*don't be discouraged, Robbie --  you're doing great!  =)

1) Warm-up: play through permutation exercises in the slide below

 

2) Practice whole/half/quarter notes using rhythm exercises (16th notes) and G family chords (below)

 

3) Play through chords of "Bad Liar". You'll need to use your capo on the 3rd fret. Song can be found here: https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/imagine_dragons/bad_liar_chords_2511336

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----------------------------------------

Guitar Stuff for 7.30.19

1) Warm-up: play through permutation exercises in the slide below


2) Practice whole/half/quarter notes using rhythm exercises (8th notes) and G family chords (below)


3) Play through chords of "Bad Liar". You'll need to use your capo on the 3rd fret. Song can be found here: https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/imagine_dragons/bad_liar_chords_2511336

Guitar Stuff for 7.16.19

1) Warm-up: play through chromatic scale three times; try forward and backward, and "pedaling" (0-1-0-2-0-3-0-4)

 

2) Practice whole/half/quarter notes using rhythm exercises (8th notes) and G family chords (below)

 

3) Play through chords of "Bad Liar". You'll need to use your capo on the 3rd fret. Song can be found here: https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/imagine_dragons/bad_liar_chords_2511336

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 7.9.19

1) Warm-up: play through chromatic scale three times; try forward and backward, and "pedaling" (0-1-0-2-0-3-0-4)

 

2) Practice whole/half/quarter notes using rhythm exercises (8th notes) and C family chords (below)

 

3) Play through chords of "Lean On Me". Listen to the song on video to hear how it goes.

1 (2) 3 (4)
1&2  3 (4)
1 (2) 3 (4)
1&2  3 (4)

C MAJOR

G MAJOR

Strum through the exercises using the C family chords, and switch when you feel comfortable -- try counting to 4 for each measure to help you strum

F MAJOR

A MINOR

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

E minor

Guitar Stuff for 7.2.19

1) Warm-up: play through chromatic scale three times

 

2) Practice whole/half/quarter notes using rhythm exercises (8th notes) and C family chords (below)

 

3) Play through "chorus" of "Lean On Me".  Listen to the song on video to hear how it goes.

Guitar Stuff for 6.24.19

1) Warm-up: play through chromatic scale three times

 

2) Practice whole/half/quarter notes using rhythm exercises (8th notes) and C family chords (below)

 

3) Play through "chorus" of "Lean On Me".  Listen to the song on video to hear how it goes.

Guitar Stuff for 6.4.19

*same as previous week -- gotta practice! :)

 

1) Warm-up: try pedal exercises -- keep 1st finger on the 5th fret at all times!

 

2) Practice whole/half/quarter notes using rhythm exercises (8th notes) and C family chords (below)

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!

Guitar Stuff for 6.4.19

*same as previous week -- gotta practice! :)

 

1) Warm-up: practice "Auld Lang Syne".  This time, try using your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd fingers.

 

2) Practice whole/half/quarter notes using rhythm exercises and C family chords (below)

Guitar Stuff for 5.28.19

 

1) Warm-up: practice "Auld Lang Syne".  This time, try using your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd fingers.

 

2) Practice whole/half/quarter notes using rhythm exercises and E  and A major (below)

Guitar Stuff for 5.21.19

 

1) Warm-up: practice "Auld Lang Syne".  This time, try using your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd fingers.

 

2) Practice whole/half/quarter notes using rhythm exercises and E  and A major (below)

Guitar Stuff for 5.14.19

 

1) Warm-up: practice "Auld Lang Syne

 

2) Practice whole/half/quarter notes using rhythm exercises and E  and A major (below)

Guitar Stuff for 5.7.19

 

1) Warm-up: continue practicing the ABCs (below)

 

2) Memorize strings and try tuning all six strings (if tuner is available)

 

3) Practice whole/half/quarter notes using rhythm exercises (below)

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"

Guitar Stuff for 4.30.19

 

1) Warm-up: colored exercises starting on the 5th fret

2) Study string names and memorize each string.  Then, tune one string (if tuner is available)

3) Reading tab: ABCs (below)

PLAYING NOTES

1

1

1

1

2

2

2

2

1

1

1

1

3

3

3

3

1

1

1

1

3

3

2

2

2

2

3

3

4

4

Play these notes on your guitar. And take your time!

Make sure the notes "ring". No buzzing or string noise.

Guitar Stuff for 4.16.19

 

1) Look through 1st day and ROOKIE tabs and review guitar parts.

2) Play through colored exercises (below), starting on the 7th fret

3) Study string names and memorize each string.  Try tuning when you feel comfortable.  =)