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Lesson Six

Subjects Covered

  • Chords
    • Blues progression in G and chords (G7, C, D7)
  • Scale
    • The G blues scale on the 3rd fret
  • Musicality
    • More blues playing stuff
  • Exercises
    • String skipping notes

The main points for this whole course are

  • keep your hands relaxed
  • keep your guitar in tune
  • play in time, with the rhythm
  • musicality always beats technicality
  • practice too slow instead of too fast
  • play along to records whenever you can
  • play with other people whenever you can

Chords - Blues progression in G

Points to remember

  • keeping the rhythm is more important than playing all the notes
  • These chords sound a little corny for the blues but in a couple of lessons we will be playing more 'bluesy' chords
  • memorize this progression
  • play in time

Blues = 12 bars

Remember from last lessons that a blues is usually 12 bars (or measures) long. There are many different ways to play a blues progression.

The G blues scale

Itís a pentatonic scale with one added the note - the 'blue' note. Play it along to the recorded track.

Musicality

Groove-based solo

Pick two notes. Make a rhythmic solo out of just the two notes. Now add a third note. Remember to bend the notes.

Make your guitar sing

Try to make the guitar sound like a person singing. Use bended notes and play different notes at different volumes.

Exercises

Strumming patterns

  1. Take the G chord and down pick using this pattern :
    String : 6 , 5 , 4 , 3
  2. Now pick using this pattern: 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6
  3. Now try combining the two like this:
    6 , 5 , 4 , 3 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6
  4. Use a metronome. Play one note per beat, then play two notes per beat.
  5. Play as slow as needed.

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