Beginner Guitar Course Week 4 Step 3 and 4

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Chromatic Exercise and the full Redemption Song!

Today we finish off our study of ‘Redemption Song’ as well as continuing pushing the BPM of the Chromatic Exercise that use 16th notes.

As well as being a great exercise for dexterity, the Chromatic Exercise teach you the importance of keeping track of your progression.

By writing down how much time you spend practicing as well as your BPM results you put yourself in control. You should adapt this philosophy to everything you do if you want proper results.

One of my students got so excited about this that he actually designed a site that do this for all Spy Tunes exercises, check it out:

Week 4 – Step 3 – 10-20 min

Let’s start today by building up your BPM for the Chromatic Exercise. What BPM are you at?

Do you spend a little bit of time on this exercise every day?

These are all questions you should be asking yourself. Keeping track of your own progression is what matters the most.

Below is the video again, can you play along at this tempo yet?

If not, don’t worry, what’s important here is that you are making progress and that the BPM is increasing. You will get there if you keep going.

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Week 4 – Step 4 – 10-20 min

Let’s look at all the details discussed when playing Bob Marley’s ‘Redemption Song’.

  1. Intro
  2. Roman Numerals translated to chords
  3. Strumming Pattern
  4. Muting
  5. Extended Chords

1. Intro

The Intro was written out for you in TAB, however, this was just the basic notes. In the video you see how I hammer on to some notes. Ensure you get all the details right.

A good idea is to sing the intro melody, this will more firmly establish the connection and enable you to get it right.

2. Roman Numerals translated to chords

By understanding a chord progression as numbers you can hear the chords on a different level.

Ultimately you will think of how a song use a progression and see how the same patterns are repeated in different songs.

This is the most important part when learning to play an instrument. Study this carefully every time you learn a new song.

3. Strumming Pattern

The basic strumming pattern was written out for you, but there are a few more that appears, let’s look at them now.

  • Whenever there’s two chords in a bar, play as you do in the first half of the bar.
  • For the end, play straight 8th notes over an Am6 chord, end on beat 3.

Here’s the notation:
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4. Muting

In the notation above you see the basic pattern for the guitar break, you need to mute the strings using your fretting hand.

5. Extended Chords

Only one chord has been extended, it’s the last chord, the Am6. By introducing it at the end we lift the attention. By abruptly ending on beat 3 we get a surprise stop.

Arranging for one guitar can be as simple as this. When it is, it is very, very effective.

Play along with the video, consider all 5 points mentioned.

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That was all for week 4. If you feel you need more time on this, simply retake the lesson again tomorrow.

Next week we will start working towards a new song that contain another slash chords, it will be added in order to create a descending bass line.

See you then!

Dan (your guitar guru)