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Guitar Review for Beginners Lesson 8 & 9

Updated on September 29, 2015


Triplets are 3 notes that are played as one beat. They are groups of three and sometimes have a number three written on top, as you can see in the second measure.Looking in the Key Signature at the beginning of the music we see 3/4 time which means 3 beats to each measure.

Line one is written in groups of three eight notes, and each group will get one tap of the foot. What do the two dots mean at the end of the line? The answer is go back and repeat the whole line. Three counts to each measure, 3/4 time.

Line two, we start with half note E that is held for 2 counts while we play triplets. If you first looked in the signature we have a F# which means every F is a sharp, move one fret over toward the bridge. Measure 2 gives us our first real slide. A slide usually has the Sl. with a __ type line indicating to slide. You can do the first by forming double notes C AND E and sliding the finger to D and F#. How many counts to each measure? 4

Line three, double notes D and B Hammer notes C and E.

Line 4, Hammers raise the note or pitch. Pull s lower the pitch of the second note.Hammer the second note hard. Pull the second note with the finger that plays the first note.

Hammers, Pulls, Slides, And Am Scale

Line 5 is review of the Slide, 2nd measure slide the finger from Eb to E natural, the natural sign brings the note to E at the 2nd. fret. Line 6 last measure slides the whole chord. Line 7 simple slide with 2nd finger 2nd fret to slide to fret 4, 4th finger for the B note.Line 8 is more Triplets. Remember the F is natural, and the B is flat 3rd finger 3rd fret 3rd. string.

We can now start work on minor scales and the chords in each of the minor scales. What is the basic difference between Major and Minor Scales? Listen to your minor scale and the sound will tell you it has a sad sound. Major Scale music seems to be happier. This is a simple explanation but a true one. Music is shades of different moods. The music can give the feelings of the person playing. When a person is sad or depressed so is the music.

Every major key has a relative minor. Minor scales are made of half steps and whole steps,but are in a different order.

To Improve Your Playing

* Play slow until accurate

* Make sure you have mastered each example

* Play at least for 15 minutes each day

* Move on to the next lesson only after mastering this one.

Making Minor Scales

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Review Slides, Hammers, Pulls and A Minor Scale

Lines 1 to 4 Learning triplets
Lines 1 to 4 Learning triplets | Source
Lines 5, 6, 7,
Lines 5, 6, 7, | Source
Using the C major scale count up 6 and this is A minor.
Using the C major scale count up 6 and this is A minor. | Source
Pick out the three chords using 1 - 4 -5 Method.
Pick out the three chords using 1 - 4 -5 Method. | Source

A minor

Play the C scale and count up to the 6th note and you will get A this starts the A minor scale. A,B, C, D, E, F, G, A, these are the 8 notes to the A minor scale. Play the C scale a few time to review and then start the A Minor scale. There are no sharps or flats in the key signature. We are using the Natural A Minor Scale. We will also learn Harmonic and Melodic scales, but for now we will concentrate on the Natural scale.

Pick your Chords out using the 1 - 4 - 5 - Method. Try and play each chord. The A minor chord contains the notes A, C, E, D minor D, F, A, and E7th E, G#, D.

1, 3, 5, A minor 1, 3, 5, D minor, 1, 3, 7, E7th

Use the scale to find the notes for each chord. Take the A minor scale and we see 1 is A count up to the third note and we get C, and the fifth note would be E. Use this for each chord.You must learn the fret , fingering for each note. The chords in this lesson will need to be memorized. You should after this lesson is studied play songs in the key of A minor.


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    stella vadakin 3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    Thanks I sure hope so. It's so relaxing to play the guitar.

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    Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    I think it's great that you made a video for this hub, ladyguitarpicker! I'm sure that the video will add a lot of value to someone who wants to learn how to play the guitar.