As I do every lesson, I'm going to plead with you to go back over old
lessons - we have covered such a vast amount of material, it's highly
doubtful you remember how to play everything we've learned. After you've
done that, you can focus on the following:
- First, make sure your guitar is in
- Download one of the software versions of a metronome,
and use it to practice with.
- Practice the major scale, using the metronome
to keep time (pick a tempo you're comfortable with)
- Review barre chords we've covered. Also,
go over the newly learned sus4 chord. Pay
attention to how similar sus4 chords are to major chords with the same
- Practice this lesson's advanced strumming
pattern. This is a tough one, but you're going to want to incorporate
these concepts into your strumming, so it's worth the work.
- Try some string bends, slides, hammer ons and pull offs whenever
you play guitar. Try playing your scales with these techniques.
- Keep practicing the fingerpicking patterns from lesson
seven and lesson eight, and the
songs from those lessons that use them.
- Try to play all of the songs above, plus keep playing those from
If you have any comments, criticisms, or random thoughts on these lessons,
please feel free to e-mail me. I'd love
to hear that they are working for you, and if they aren't I'd like to
know how I can make them better.
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,
the greatest albums tab and lyrics 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.
In lesson ten, we'll tackle palm muting,
a more advanced bending technique, chord inversions, new songs, and much
more. Best of luck, and keep on strummin'!
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