We ll start with Stupid Chord Tricks, clever little mutations and variations that pour easily out of the guitar. People have stumbled onto them, they sound good and, in any case, you should know about them. They constitute the slang of the guitar.
Passing Chords come next. These are the slash chords that feature unexpected bass notes that serve to tie together the chords in a sequence. In Bass Runs, the basslines are physically extracted from the chords and played as single notes in Walkups and Walkdowns.
Finally, we get into playing Single Note Lines. We ll use familiar melodies, talk about different right- and left-hand techniques and do a little blues improv using what are called Pentatonic Scales. Then we ll move into the realm of reading Standard Music Notation (the dots and the flags and the beams) with as little pain as possible. Table of Contents
Stupid Chords Tricks involving: The G chord The G7 chord The D chord The A chord The C chord The Am chord The F chord The E chord The Em chord The E7 chord Anchor Chords Revisited Drone Chord Progressions Passing Chords G to Em C to Am and Beyond Various others Major-Major 7th-7th Shape-Shifting: C Shape D Shape G Shape A Shape E Shape Bass Runs: Key of G Key of C Key of E Key of A Hammer-ons
Actual Examples Single Note Lines: Alternate Picking Position Playing Actual Examples Major Scale Summary Fun With Pentatonics E Minor A Minor Up the Neck Any Key Twelve-Bar Blues G Major C Major Advanced Strumming Damping Pattern Three-over-Four Pattern Getting to Carnegie Hall Note Reading Note Values Letter Names Open Strings First String Second String Chord Tie-in Combining the First Two Strings Third String Fourth String Fifth String Sixth String Rests