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Want to become "great"? Some people believe you need to practice 10,000 hours!
At the end of the 3rd Co Op session, (Fri. March 12, 2016:
1. We talked about some
2. I told the students if they had a song they wanted to learn, let me know. (In class or email or Facebook)
3. I demonstrated the easy C, and G chords, and the standard Em, D and A. We even did a "version" of "Country Roads.
The (simple) C chord is formed by placing the index finger-- finger #1 -- behind the 1st fret on the B or 2nd string.)
The (simple) G chord is formed by placing the "fat" finger-- finger #2-- behind the 3rd fret on the 1st string (high e/smallest).
The Em chord is formed by placing the -- fat finger-- finger #2 behind the 2nd fret on the 5th/A string and the "ring" finger --finger #3--
behind the 2nd fret on the 4th/D string .
The D chord is formed by placing the finger #1 behind the 2nd fret on the 3rd string (G); the 2nd finger behind the 2nd fret on the 1st string( high e);
and the 4th finger behind the 3rd fret on the 2nd string (B).)
4. I stressed the importance of following a rhythm (even if you don't hit every note or chord.)
5. We talked about how you can deaden the strings and just "play drums. (If you don't know a chord.)
6. I stressed the importance of SUPPORTING the others in the group, and that often means what you DON"T PLAY is more important than what you do play.
At the 5th (April 1) session, we had the music teacher from the State School, Josh Haza, as a guest teacher. Josh has played with numerous bands.
He taught us "Peanut Butter." I couldn't find the lyrics, and this video is in the key of D. If you have a capo, you can capo on the 7th fret
and play along.
"Country Roads". He plays it in G, but remember you can play the simple G an C chords.
downloadable/printable "Country Roads"
Here are some easy E, A tunes.
Chords to master:
A, C, D, G,
(Remember, there are 1 finger versions of C and G. Practice switching between
chords as quickly as possible. Use the harder forms of G and C as you get quicker.
E, F, Bb, B
G7, D7, C7, B7, A7, E7
Things you might want to learn later
finger picking: travis
Vanderbilly is a great website to learn songs:
Youtube is great too. Open Youtube then type "How To Play [song title]" in the search box.
If there is a song you'd like to learn, let me know.
Try to find people to play with. Or you can play with a recording.
If you are looking for strings or other stuff for a guitar, I really like the guys at
Shenandoah Music in Winchester.
downloadable "Take Me Home, Country Roads" in G
downloadable "Battle Of New Orleans" in G
downloadable "Amazing Grace" in G
downloadable "Blowin' in the Wind" in G
downloadable "Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound" in G
downloadable "DANNY'S SONG " in G
downloadable "Dead Skunk" in G
downloadable "Don't Worry Be Happy" in G
downloadable "Granma's Feather Bed" in G
downloadable "HardToBeHumble" in A
downloadable "If I Had A Hammer" in C
downloadable "Lord, I Lift Your Name On High" in G
downloadable "King Of the Road" in G
downloadable "Mr. Spaceman" in G
downloadable "One Tin Soldier" in G
downloadable "Paradise" in G
downloadable "Rockin' Robin" in G
downloadable "TheRiver" in D
downloadable "TieMeKangarooDown" in C
downloadable "WildThing" in A
downloadable "I'll Fly Away" in D
This is a video of "I'll Fly Away" -- more complex-- in G.
I need to fix the links for "Surfin' USA" and "I'm My Own Granpa"