Beginner Guitar 6

It's time to "step up another level" with Beginner Guitar 6 - The Drunken Sailor. The 16th note is distinguished by having two tails on its stem. The count for the rhythm in this piece is a bit unusual. Because the 16th notes aren't consistent throughout, there's a bit of a "syncopated" feel to the music.

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The time signature is 2/4, or two quarter note beats per bar. That would add up to 8 x 16th notes per bar. The rhythm here is not predictable. The actual count in bars 1, 3, 6, 17, 19 & 21 gives it its particular feel. Instead of all beats being played...

1 a & a 2 a & a

...the actual rhythm is...

1 a & a 2 a & a (only the orange notes are played)

Another point of note in this lesson is the use of repeat signs. There are, in fact, 3 sections to this piece of which 2 have repeated sections. A repeat sign is where you see a thick bar line next to the normal thin bar line and two dots between the middle spaces. Here is a graphic of what I'm talking about...

In the first section,  it means to play the music up to this sign and then return to the beginning to play that section again. Next you move to the next section and play that music. Only return to where this next section started, NOT right back to the beginning.

We also venture up the fret board a little with this piece. In bars 6, 12 & 14 you play the "A" note on the first string 5th fret with the 4th finger of your left hand. You'll notice in the video just prior to playing that note i move slightly up the fret board. I do this with my thumb still in contact with the fret board at the back as it guides me into position and back again with ease.

Don't worry too much if you can't stay up with the speed of the piece. As you improve, and your technique develops, you'll become more adept at playing at a quicker tempo.

I hope this lesson was of value to you.


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End of Beginner Guitar 6

That's it for Beginner Guitar 6.

The previous lesson was...

Lesson #5 - Surprise Theme

The next lesson is..

Lesson #7 - Saints Go Marching

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