Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Guitar II Reference materials

Students in Guitar II should be familiarizing themselves with the reference material in 2nd edition of the Guitar School book.
The reference material (pgs. 6-11) breaks down as follows:

  • Pg. 6-7 Intervals- Intervals are the distances between the notes. With a strong understanding of intervals and how to find them on the guitar, a player can build all types of chords and scales anywhere on the neck of the guitar.
  • Pg. 8 Triads- These are the basic three note chords that form the background of our harmony. There are 4 types of triads and with a solid understanding of intervals, a student can transform chords through these basic triad types.
  • Pg. 9 Seventh Chords- A seventh chord is a triad with an additional note added to give more variety and color. Review these different types of seventh chords as they will become more used as you progress in your playing.
  • Pg. 10-11 Principal Chords- These are the backbone chords in any key center. They are the I-IV and V chords in your key. 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Guitar starter tips

I wanted to share some thoughts about starting on the guitar. Having played most of my life, I have made plenty of mistakes and fail on a daily basis. Hopefully this advice will be of some benefit.
  • Be patient
    • Progress often comes slowly. If you want instant gratification, you may be disappointed. Make small goals for yourself and chart your progress toward those goals. 
  • Regular, consistent practice
    • Seems like a no-brainer, right? Regular and consistent doesn't necessarily mean endless hours of practice. 15 minutes of targeted practice on a routine basis will yield results you can measure and be proud of.
  • When your hands get sore or fingers get tired, take a break.
    • You are building muscles and callouses in places you have never built muscles and callouses before. Sore hands mean your muscles are growing. Give them a chance to build and strengthen.
  • Listen
    • You learn so much from absorbing the sounds around you. We have never lived in a time when resources are so readily available. Take advantage of these opportunities.

Guitar 1: Tuning the guitar by ear