Beginner Guitar Course Week 5 Step 3 and 4

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A Chromatic Exercise to rule them all + Robin Hood 2nd guitar part!

Hi and welcome back, last lesson was pretty intense, right?

To play that bass note, then strum, it’s not easy. But practice makes perfect, all you need to do is spend a little bit of time on it every day.

Today we are going to look at a second guitar part for ‘Robin Hood’.

Try this new part using a pick, as well as playing it finger style.

Before we get to that though, it’s time to go back to our trusted Chromatic Exercise again.

Week 5 – Step 3 – 10-20 min

Next time we look at a Chromatic Exercise it will be using a different rhythm, actually, from then and on it’s all about applying different rhythms to the exercise.

As you notate your BPM of these other exercises you should always have a go at Chromatic Exercise 2 to find out if your BPM has gotten any better.

What will happen is that all the other exercises will fine tune your dexterity, allowing you to play the straight 16th note pattern even faster.

This is not the last time you play Chromatic Exercise 2, far from it. It is however the last time you will practice using only 16th notes.

Here it is again as a video, can you play along with it yet?

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Week 5 – Step 4 – 20 min

There are always many ways to play a song. To strum ‘Robin Hood’ might have been the most obvious way, it’s certainly not the only way.

Today we’re going to explore picking the progression instead. Just like you did with ‘Talking About A Revolution’.

By doing this you will have built yourself a second guitar part which will sit nicely along with what I play in the video.

You can choose between using your fingers or you could use a pick. I would prefer if you tried both.

Here’s the picking pattern for the different sections written out in TAB:
Beginner Guitar Course week 5 part 4 Robin Hood 2nd gtr part
To further explore how to group different chords like this when building different patterns you need to remember a few basic rules.

  1. Chords starting on string 6 use string 6, 4, 3 and 2. (G, D/F# and Em)
  2. Chords starting on string 5 use string 5, 4, 3 and 2. (A, Am, G/B and C)
  3. Chords starting on string 4 use string 4, 3, 2 and 1. (D, Dsus2 and Dsus4)

Verse Pattern

Notice how the verse pattern, for the first two bars, use the same top strings, this brings repetition to the pattern. This is good both for your fingers and the listeners ears.

When the C appear for a whole bar the pattern is subtly changed to clarify this.

The last bar of the verse take the same form as the C chord and moves from Dsus4 to D by just changing the top note.

Chorus Pattern 1

This pattern use the same idea as the first two bars of the verse.

Chorus Pattern 2

In ‘Chorus Pattern 2′ we change the pattern as the chords now occupy an entire bar.

What you see here is a classic finger picking pattern which moves over string 6, 4, 3, 4, then moves up and employ string 2, 3, 4, 3.

By twisting it around like this we make it more obvious that each chord last for an entire bar.

Practice each section on it’s own before you play along with the video.

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Today you have learned that the straight 16th note Chromatic Exercise is what you will compare all other Chromatic Exercises with.

We also looked at how you can group strings together for different chords to create picking patterns.

You tried playing this pattern using a pick as well as playing it using only your fingers.

Next week we will take the same concept and apply a capo to the guitar. This will further distinguish between the two different guitar parts.

See you then!

Dan (your guitar guru)