Beginner Tuesdays: What To Practice- Chord Changes, Arpeggios, and Power Chords.

Practice is something that I’m asked about all the time and I understand why… ractice is action and asking is procrastination. Especially as a beginner, you need to execute;  ACTION! Pull the trigger! That means sitting down and do, act and throw yourself in the process.

Some guys like to just play or jam around with other guys and never sit down and practice. They still get better, but why? Because they ARE practicing, its all about action. Playing over other songs, playing along with other songs, and just doing something active on the guitar gives you enough repetition to make it a productive practice for the day. However, what if we combined both a timed practice discipline with applied science on the guitar?  We would have some great routines that I will share with you now.

Please Please Me By The Beatles for a great chord change workout:

Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q H  E E E E E E
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0–3-3-0-0-2-2—-|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2-0–0-0-2-2-0-0—-|
|-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-2-1–0-0-2-2-2-2—-|
|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2–0-0-2-2-1-1—-|
|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-0-2–2-2-0-0-2-2—-|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0—0–3-3—————-|

We hang on the E for a bit and then A-E, but then we hit 2 fast strikes per a chord with the G-A-B7. This is a great practice to work out your fast chord changes ( and I hope your working those out ). Fast chord changes strengthen your hands and in my humble opinion; make faster fingers for leads and solos.

Power Chord training with Fuck Authority by Pennywise

This fast and brutal power chord progression is a great fit for a beginner trying to get their left hand chops up a notch:

Here is the intro

e|---------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------533-333-333-332-------------5--------88-101010--|
A|--55-555-555-55311-111-111-11033-333-333-33355-5555-66--8-8-8--|
E|--33-333-333-33---------------11-111-111-11-33-3333------------|

Find Your Arpeggio Tri Force In The Underworld

Arpeggios simply speaking is a picked out chord played in some succession. This can be achieved with a pick, fingers, or (my personal favorite) hybrid picking. Try this one on for size for a good arpeggio workout and a nice dark diminished run at the end.

Drop D Tuning

     S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S    S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S
E||----------3-----------------------|--------------------------2-------|
B||------3-------3-------3-------3---|------2-------2-------2-------2---|
G||----3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3-|----2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2-|
D||--------------------------0-------|----------------------------------|
A||------------------1---------------|--4-------------------------------|
D||--5-------------------------------|----------4-------4---------------|

  S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S    S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S
----------1-----------------------|--------------------------0-------|
------1-------1-------------------|------1-------1-------1-------1---|
----1---1---1---1-----5-------5---|----0---0---0---0---0---0---0---0-|
--------------------6---6---6---6-|----------------------------------|
--------------------------4-------|--3-------------------------------|
--3---------------6---------------|----------2-------2---------------|

  S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S    S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S
----------------------------------|----------------------------------|
------1---3---1-------1-------1---|------1---3---1-------1-------1---|
----0---0---0---0---0---0---0---0-|----0---0---0---0---0---0---0---0-|
------------------1-------0-------|------------------0---------------|
----------------------------------|--------------------------4-------|
--1-------------------------------|--0-------------------------------|

  S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S    S S S S S S S S S S S S S S  E
----------------------------------|------------------2---2-5-2-5s-8---||
----------------------------------|------1---1-4-1-4---4--------------||
--------------------------------2-|----2---2-------------------------*||
----------------1-----1-4---1-4---|--4-------------------------------*||
------0-3---0-3---0-3-----3-------|-----------------------------------||
--0-4-----4-----------------------|-----------------------------------||

Thank you to Justin Lincoln for the tab

This should hold you over till the next beginner lesson where we will discuss proven and successful practice strategies.

~Jonathan Hayes


					
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