Weekly Lessons

Week 3

You know that song you have stuck in your head, the one you keep humming or singing along too. What you’re singing is the melody. The melody is the “tune.” It is the sequence of notes that the singer sings or the lead often plays. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica it is the:

“aesthetic product of a given succession of pitches in musical time, implying rhythmically ordered movement from pitch to pitch.”

Let’s listen to a famous somber and beautiful melody:

Here’s one that’s on the radio and everywere else right now:

Here's a classic melody:

Ear training exercise:

Listen to one of your favorite songs and see if you can pick out the melody (or part of it) on your guitar. Repeat a five second section over and over again until you think you have it. Now you have a new tune under your fingers!

Week 2

This week I would like to focus on rhythm. What is rhythm? Let’s look at the Oxford English Dictionary’s definition:

“A strong, regular, repeated pattern of movement or sound”

Or more specifically

“The systematic arrangement of musical sounds, principally according to duration and periodic stress.”

Simply put, rhythm is the “beat” or the “pulse” of music. This is arguably the most important element of music. Without rhythm, music would be pretty odd and boring.

Music with rhythm:

Music without rhythm:

Focus on the rhythm of your piece this week. First, practice slowly, making sure that you play the rhythm accurately. Then try to play the piece a bit faster, notching your way up at as little as 1 bpm (beats per minute). Eventually, see if you can match that of a professional recording of the song.

Remember, don’t push yourself too hard! If it starts to sound sloppy or out of time, go back to a slower tempo. If you have been practicing for too long, don’t be afraid to give your guitar a rest!

Week 1

Welcome to the new lesson page! As this is the first week of lessons, I would like you to think about your goals and what makes you interested in guitar. Don’t worry too much about the details, just think about what would make you enjoy playing. A goal could be to play Beethoven’s 9th all on guitar or just having fun. Who are some of your favorite artists? Some guitar players play blues:

Some guitar players play jazz:

Some guitar players play flamenco:

And some guitar players play with their teeth?

Have fun experimenting this week and thinking about what interests you!