Beginner Guitar Course Week 6 Step 3 and 4

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Revise all Chromatic Exercises + Final Robin Hood study!

Today we finish of our study of ‘Robin Hood’ by strumming using a capo at fret 7.

We also revise all Chromatic Exercises, and combine them!

Remember, by practicing different Chromatic Exercises you will increase dexterity and therefore speed.

Keep track of all your BPM numbers as you go along.

Let’s get on with it and see how far you can push the BPM today!

Week 6 – Step 3 – 10-20 min

First, start off by playing all three Chromatic Exercises you’ve learned so far, notate BPM.

When they all feel good, let’s consider this concept: Combine all three in an improvised manner!

Sounds scary? Don’t worry, it’s easier than you might think. Use the lowest BPM as a starting point for this, the 16th note.

You want to improvise when you swap from one rhythm to another, whenever in doubt, just go back to the easiest 8th note pattern.

It could, for example, look something like this:
Beginner Guitar Course Week 6 part 3 Chromatic exercises blended
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Week 6 – Step 4 – 10-20 min

So far we have looked at playing ‘Robin Hood’ in three different ways.

  1. Strumming open position chords in G
  2. Picking open Position chords in G
  3. Picking open position chords in C, capo fret 7

The final idea is, that’s right, to strum the open position chords in C, capo at fret 7

Here’s some TAB to help you along:
Beginner Guitar Course Week 6 part 4 Robin Hood strumming capo
When you think you got the hang of it, start moving between picking and strumming, maintaining the capo at fret 7.

Play along with the video in an improvised manner. Aim to complement what is happening in the video.

If you want to play this song with a friend, you now have four options of how to play it.

Here’s the video for the last time!

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This week we looked at playing ‘Robin Hood’ for the last time.

This will have given you four different ways to play the song, six, if you include playing finger style or not when you pick the part.

Whenever you learn a song it is always a good idea to look at several ways to play it. This will give you a broader spectrum as well should you want to develop the parts.

Next week we start learning a new song, see you then!

Dan (your guitar guru)