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Beginner Guitar 3

Yankee Doodle

Beginner Guitar 3 - Yankee Doodle is the third lesson in this series. Again, we'll be consolidating our rest stroke techniques and playing quarter and half notes in the music notation. There's a similar dotted rhythm pattern to consolidate your work from last lesson.

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The big benefit of this piece is that we play more notes on the lower strings (bass) of the guitar, AND we start using our right hand thumb (Pulgar in Spanish) and co-ordinate it with the "i" & m fingers.

The piece itself is in the key of G Major. That means that the key signature at the start of the first bar will have a sharp on the "F" line of the staff, indicating that ALL other F notes (whether at that pitch or otherwise) will be played sharp, or 1 fret higher than usual.

If you need to brush up a little on what I'm talking about, there's some good information included here...

Theory Sheets... 

That's the reason why, for example,  you use the 4th finger of the left hand when playing the F# note in bars 4; 7; 9; 10; 13; 14; 15 on the 4th fret of the 4th string. Wow! Any more 4's and it would be a 4 overload! :))

Actually, it does make it easy to remember where and what to play...444.

An important point to remember is that when you use your thumb you DON'T bend it at the first joint when playing the string. Keep it straight but relaxed The actual movement of your thumb is like a pencil "drawing" a little circle towards your belly.

If you think of the tip of your thumb as the tip of the pencil, it is moving around and around drawing a small arc not jumping up and down vertically or bending at the joint. You can see that in action below in the video.

You need this skill as many pieces, like this one, have the melody in the bass notes on occasion and you need to continue the good tone quality when changing from the other fingers to the thumb. That is there should be no discernible tone quality change as you make the change to different fingerings.

That's also another reason to have your nails in good shape so that there's consistency in sound between the various nails of the right hand. You can swat up on that topic here...


Good luck with this lesson and as always...


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Well, that's it for Beginner Guitar 3.

The previous lesson was...

Lesson # 2 - Ode to Joy...

The next lesson is...

Lesson # 4 - Row the boat Ashore...

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