Hopefully you've gotten into a bit of a routine in picking up your guitar.
If not, don't give up, just try to pick it up one more time than you did
last week. Here are some things you'll want to focus on:
I hope you're still having fun with these online lessons. Please feel free
to e-mail me with suggestions, compliments,
or criticisms. If you're feeling confident with everything we've learned
so far, I suggest trying to find a few songs you're interested in, and
learn them on your own. You can use the easy
song tabs archive, or the guitar
tab area of the site to hunt down the music that you'd enjoy learning
the most. Try memorizing some of these songs, rather than always looking
at the music to play them.
- First, make sure your guitar is in
- Warm up by playing a blues scale, making
sure you're using alternate picking. Then, see if you can play it with
hammer-ons and pull-offs.
- Review the new barre chord, plus the
other three we've learned so far.
- Review all strumming patterns we've covered. We've learned patterns
in lesson two , lesson
three , lesson four, and lesson
six. Try switching from chord to chord while using these patterns.
- Spend some time playing fingerpicked songs. Practice moving from
chord to chord randomly, using a steady fingerpicking pattern.
- Practice hammer-ons and pull-offs for a minute or two.
- Try to play all of the songs above, plus keep playing those from
In lesson eight, we'll tackle some more
advanced fingerpicking, a new bass alternating strum, string bends and
slides, new songs, and much more. Best of luck, and happy picking!
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