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Back to 4 Skills Course Outline

Lesson 1: Overview of 4 Skills

Lesson 2: How Frets Work, Fingering Notes

Lesson 3: Picking Simple Melodies and Scales

Lesson 4: Your First Chords

Lesson 5: Strumming Technique - Songs in C and G

Lesson 6: More Chords - Am, E, Em, B7

Lesson 7: Two More Strum Patterns

Lesson 8: Chord Summary - G, C, D, E, Em, B7

Lesson 3: Playing Simple Melodies

In this lesson we work on picking technique

As we briefly explained in Lesson 1, effective picking requires that you master a few basic techniques.

First, tip protrudes only about 1/4".

Second, curl your fingers.

Third, keep your hand close to the strings.

Fourth, keep hand movement to a minimum.

Fifth, work on "alternate picking".

Now we're going to practice picking...

Exercise 1: Open Strings

Start at string 1 (high E), pick down/up, down/up. Move to string 2, and so on. Focus on making nice clean, consistent strikes.

Exercise 2: G Major Scale

This serves multiple purposes. You practice picking while learning the G Major Scale. Remember the G Scale has one sharp (F#). F# is at E2 (on both E strings), and D4. Concentrate on using rhe One-Finger-per-Fret technique. F# is the only note in this scale where finger 4 (your pinky) is required.

G Major Scale - See music with notes

Exercise 3: Playing Simple Songs

Here you're given the music for three easy, familiar melodies: Ode to Joy, Twinkle Twinkle, and Three Blind Mice. You can probably figure these out without the music, but knowing how to read music is a very useful skill. If you do know "how to read" you're all set. But if you don't, this would be a good time to start learning. It's a lot easier (at least at this level) than you probably think.

More practice songs...

Ode to Joy - G - See music with notes

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star - G - See music with notes

Three Blind Mice - G - See music with notes

Next Lesson: Your First Chords