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Lesson Eleven - Amazing Grace

I hope you enjoy playing this great melody.  Here are a few practice tips:


Amazing Grace has an incomplete measure.  Notice the first measure has only a quarter note.  This is called a pick-up note and should be played on beat three.Watch out for notes that are "tied" together.  You can read about ties in Lesson Five.All the notes for Amazing Grace can be found in the fifth position.Strive to connect the notes and play smoothly - legato.

Study in A Minor

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This piece is found in the "Additional Music" section at the back of your book.  Please keep in mind the following when practicing this song:

Use the suggested right hand fingering throughout the entire song - p i m iUse a metronome and work on evenly spacing four notes for every beat (sixteenth notes)Accent the note that is played with the thumb.  It is the melody of the song.Watch the video below for a demonstration of the song "Study in A Minor".

Lesson Nine - The Notes "E", "F", and "G"

Keep in mind the following as you play through the exercises and songs in this lesson:

The notes E, F, and G can be found on the first, second, and third string.  For this book you only need to find them on strings one and two.Try playing the songs Jazz Odyssey and One String Etude in the open, third and fifth positions.Be sure to use the correct fingers.  In some positions you will need to use your pinky.  Be sure to use it.  It needs a lot of practice.

Lesson Eight - The Natural Notes

This lessons will teach you how to find the natural notes on the guitar.  On the piano, the natural notes are all the white keys.  Be sure to read this lesson and then fill in the neck diagram with all the natural notes up to the 12th fret.  You can check your work by looking at the completed neck diagram at the end of the lesson.  No peeking!  Do your homework first!

Lesson Seven - Reading Music

This is a great lesson to read especially if you have no background in reading music.  This lesson will teach you about standard notation.  This is the "industry standard" for notating music. Basically, this lesson has nothing to do with the guitar.  It's more about music than it is about the guitar.

Be sure to do the note quiz at the end of the lesson.

Lesson Eleven - The Notes A, B, and C

These notes are to be played in the fifth position.  Here are a few practice tips:


In the fifth position play the following notes: C, D, E, F, G, A, B,  and CThese are the notes of the C major scale.  These are the notes of the first exercise on the following page.I recommend that you play this scale as an exercise.  As a technical exercise, be sure you play on the tips of your fingers and keep your thumb low on the neck.As a rhythm exercise, put your metronome at a very low speed and practice playing one note/click (quarter notes), two notes/click (eighth notes), three notes/click (triplets), and four notes/click (sixteenth notes).  Be sure to use down and up strokes when playing more than one note/click.