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Learn Basic Jamming Skills for Guitar

teacher avatar Will Edwards, Artist. Creative Problem Solver. Musician

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.

      Tuning Your Guitar


    • 3.

      About Guitar Posture


    • 4.

      4-Finger Dexterity


    • 5.

      Playing a G Major Scale


    • 6.

      Using a Metronome Effectively


    • 7.

      Scale Practice w/Metronome


    • 8.

      Introducing "Cowboy" Chords


    • 9.

      Transitioning Chords


    • 10.

      2 Octave Scales in Guitar Tab


    • 11.

      Making Music!


    • 12.

      Practice/Jamming Tips


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About This Class

I've been teaching private guitar lessons for years and this course represents the most valuable and common lessons that I teach my students first!  This course is basic, so you'll learn about tuning, using a metronome, the major scale and basic "cowboy" chords.  You'll get a well-rounded introduction to guitar playing and develop a solid foundation for using the best tools to get up and running quickly... with good habits!

Plus, you'll get an introduction to reading guitar tab and even play your first improvised guitar solo - something my private students are always astounded that they can do!  All the sound files, guitar tab and advice you need is included.  Use the class project as a way to push your learning a bit, have fun and always feel free to reach out to me with questions!  Happy guitar playing!

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Will Edwards

Artist. Creative Problem Solver. Musician


I am a full-time professional musician who has broad teaching experience with guitar & bass students in rock, blues, jazz and many other genres. I perform live on bass, guitar and keyboards.  In addition, I perform live electronic music improvisation.  I've devoted over 26 years to my own well-rounded musical education, focusing on a mastery of all aspects of modern music - from music theory to ear training; from live performance to composition and practice routines.

I specialize in bridging the gap between music and technology, focusing on using modern tools to demonstrate all aspects of music.  I compose and perform with Ableton and Push 2 and I have experience with Cubase, ProTools and Logic.  I'm extremely comfortable using web-based to... See full profile

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1. Introduction: eso Welcome to this introductory course. My name is Will Edwards, and what we're going to talk about in this course are really fundamentals of learning guitar. So this course is for total beginners who are really starting from scratch. And I'm walking through tunings and basic chords, the 12 bar blues, which might sound complicated at the outset. But ultimately you'll see it would a great sandbox, that is, for practicing all kinds of things. You only need to know a few chords. I've talked to you about some beginner scales, some basic strumming things like that, how to use a pick, all right, but we're going to start off with how to tune the guitar, because everything you do has got to be done with tuned guitar. So let's move forward. Is that lesson now? 2. Tuning Your Guitar: Oh, okay. So what I'm going to suggest is that you use an iPad. You can also use an iPhone and you use a free app called guitar Tuna. And this is just a great free up. It's got to features that I'm gonna use in this course, and the first is a tuner. The second is a metron. Um, we'll get to using the Metrodome a little later. So right now, let's just go to an iPad here, and I'm gonna show you how to get your hands on guitar tune and load that up. So the first thing you want to do is open up the APP store. And I've already done a search here for guitar tuna, and it's like the fish guitar Tunis. So you just want to go ahead and I've got the open button there because I've already installed it. But you can go ahead and click to download the app here onto your iPhone or iPad. And then we're gonna open guitar tuna, and I'll show you how Toe start tuning your guitar with it. All right, so now we've got guitar tuna opening up here. You definitely want to allow microphone access when you're setting this up so that it can use three iPad or iPhones microphone to hear your guitar when you're tuning. So now we're gonna go ahead and we're gonna tune. So I'm gonna play an E that this is the lowest string on the guitar and you can see it's way flat. So when it shows up to the left of the line, it's flat when it shows up to the right of the line of sharp. So if I tune the string to sharp, it goes to the right. Now what I'm doing is I'm adjusting the tuning pegs on my guitar until it basically starts tow line up in the middle. There lights up green, and I think it makes a clicking sound as well. So when you're tuning, I just want to demonstrate You want to start with this tuning peg here. This is your low e string. We're gonna go e a d. And then we're gonna go to the bottom of the group here and we're gonna continue with G than be and then e again gave it. Those are the ones that you want to do in that order and you'll see in the guitar tune App that it's it's kind of suggesting to go in that order in English. Let's go back to the APP. So I did the E string the first East. During now I'm gonna move to a and you just adjust the tuning peg slightly. You don't need to make big movements. The idea here is very small movements. Use your years and let the string ring out as you're playing it. That way, you can kind of hear how the string is being tuned or modified as the tuners trying to recognize the pitch. Okay, you don't want to make big changes. Also is a kind of, ah, beginner mistake that's common. You want to make sure double check and may even triple check that you have the right tuning pig that you're using the right tuning back because otherwise you can wind up tuning the wrong string, wondering when it's going to start changing. And then one of your string snaps, because you I pulled it to type. Let's continue with D Way Go now. Also, I'll just say this doesn't have to be super super accurate. You're just basically trying to get as close as you can without driving yourself crazy. Let's continue with the G. Then we'll continue with B. Continue with the so they are you basically tuned up the guitar. All six strings. Guitar tune is a great app. You can download it for free and the work on iTunes. Sorry, an iPad, an iPhone. I think there's an android version as well. So if you're running Android, you can do that. Just a couple of tips that I want to remind you up. First of all, make sure you're really triple. Check that you're tuning the right string because what will happen quite often with beginners is they'll be tuning that peg and then suddenly a string will pop off or snap because they've been tuning it so tight and they couldn't hear the change. And naturally, they're playing this string. But they were tuning the wrong string, one of the other peg. So they're making this adjustment. They can't hear it because they're playing this string. So then the string pops and snaps, and you have to go off to the store and get a new set of strings. That's a real drag, so just be really sure that you're using the right tuning peg with the right string 3. About Guitar Posture: So now welcome back. I'm gonna talk to you a little bit about how to sit up properly, how to sit up straight. This is really important. I mean, I I know this is a guitar course, not a posture course, but the key thing here is that a lot of beginners they want. They want to tilt the guitar like this so that they can see what's going on on the fretboard. And so there's a tendency to kind of let it lie on their lap or something like that is they play. And that's just terrible, because then you have to twist your wrist at a really uncomfortable angle. It's more difficult. It's gonna make fretting more challenging is just gonna make everything harder. So sit up straight and make sure that the guitar is basically parallel with your chest, right, so it's literally vertical. It's perfect to kill with the ground. And when you're holding the guitar comfortably, okay, you want to be basically balancing the guitar with your arm right here and your elbow. What I like to do is cover the hole with my hand, and then you kind of feel where your elbow turns around the crux, the corner of the guitar and just kind of take notice of that and then memorize that that feeling. And if you ever need to recheck it, check that your hand is over the whole wherever that kind of lands your elbow comfortably, you know, in a relaxed state, that's where your arms should be. That's where your hand should be. And you should be able to hold the guitar without supporting it with your left hand if you're supporting the guitar with your left hand. In other words, if you let go with your left hand, does the guitar fall down? If it does, then you probably are not holding it correctly. So you want to make sure to be thoughtful about sitting up straight, having the guitar be perpendicular with the ground. You know, vertical here. Don't worry so much about looking at the fretboard. When you're starting out, you will kind of crane your neck, and you know there's nothing you can really do about that. As a beginner, everyone does it. You'll get over it, and eventually you won't need to look at the fretboard. But good posture and positions really crucial to developing good hand technique, believe it or not. So make sure you sit up straight, and now we're continuing with, of course. 4. 4-Finger Dexterity: ally right now, in this lesson, we're gonna talk about a very, very simple introduction toe how to use the fretboard on the guitar. So this is called the fretboard. These are called frets, and depending on your guitar, they'll have kind of numbers or dots on there. And the purpose of these dots is essentially to help you navigate the guitar. So what I want to walk you through here is a very simple exercise, but one that's gonna cultivate good technique. The main aspect good technique on the fretboard that you have to develop is using all four fingers you're gonna find just like every guitarist before you that these two fingers, the index in the middle finger. Well, they're strong. They're coordinated. You want to use them to play everything right, because they're strong and they're coordinated. But you have to fight that temptation and commit yourself to also using the ring in the pinky. And that's what this exercise is gonna help you establish. So we're gonna start with the index finger on the first fret and low E string. Now this string is called the sixth String. OK, so this is 12345 and six. So we've got index finger on the first fret of the first string. I'm gonna zoom this in a little bit so you can see what's happening with my hand and then we're not going to do this sort of thing, because again, we're gonna decide we're gonna cultivate all four of our fingers were gonna start there, but on the next threatened we're gonna play with our middle finger and then on the next friend play without ring finger and then our pinky. So let's just look at this animation here. We're gonna start with the index finger in the middle. Finger ring finger and being was the 1st 4 fronts We moved next. Strength No, my next middle ring and moved the next strength index mill. So we're just following this four finger extra infects middle continuing on second string, just playing through each of the four fingers in succession on each string. We're sending all the way up to Pinky on the first string and now we descend. We start with a pink ring middle in this thing. We go to the second string necks and we are reversing our orders. Exact way, say we're descending since we're descending, Descending is exact in perfect rivers ring way back to where we started. So the idea behind this exercise is to build up dexterity. And you can work with the Metrodome, starting at 60 beats per minute and try ideally toe work up to about 120 beats per minute, if you can. 5. Playing a G Major Scale: a lot, right? So welcome back in the last few lessons we talked about the sport finger exercise and the importance of using your four fingers not just the ones that are strong and convenient. Hope every time the pinky and ring finger gonna get a lot stronger. And one thing I want to point out to you is that biologically these two fingers here they are, they share bones. So there's a reason biologically why it is that they always want to move together. And why these two fingers and your thumb arm or independent and a lot more, you know, a lot stronger. So using these two fingers is biologically challenge. Not it's not just psychological is not just in our heads. Stay away. And this lesson I want to talk to you about playing a G major scale. So if you follow along here, we're going to still use Ah, the system of mapping your fingers across frets. But this time we start this scale on the G, which is the third fret of the sixth string's of this tunes to E when we were tuning back in our tuning lesson. This note's called F F sharp and G. Now, you don't need to know the names right now. I just wanted to cover that briefly introduce you to that. That's not something you need to know right away. But we're going to start here with the G. This is a G major scale. So we're starting with a note, G. But we're gonna want to use notes that are on the second Fret. So we need to reserve our index finger for that. So we're gonna start with the middle finger on the third fret, and then we're going to play the pinky. So we skipped the ring finger altogether. We went straight from the middle to the pinky. Just two notes on this string. Middle. I m Pinky, We're not gonna worry right now about any of the music theory behind this. What? These note names are just gonna call out fingers. So, Middle Pinky, Now on the next string, we're going to use our index in middle on Ben Pinky. So now what we want to do is just But that's half of our scale, and we just want to practice. Hey, sending these five notes. All right? Now what? You want to try and do is just get that pattern memorized. Played a few times like we did with the other forefinger exercise where you just practice it until it sort of becomes second nature a little bit. So we have middle pinky Index, Middle pinky. Now we go to the next string and this isn't index ring pinky. Alright, so I've got Pinky. We're gonna descend now, Pinky gonna play the ring now the index thing. Pinky again. Middle index pinkie. And that's the whole G major scale. So we have now if you know how to read Guitar Tab. I have published some guitar tab along with this lesson so you can download that if you don't know how to read Tab. That's no trouble. Don't worry about it all. Just follow the pattern that I taught you in this lesson and try to get to a place where you can play it from memory and then we'll continue in the upcoming lessons, gonna review and really focusing on the Metro name again. 6. Using a Metronome Effectively: Oh, uh writes and I'm gonna show you how to use the Metrodome built into the guitar tune. And I'm gonna show you a little bit about how you can set it up what some of the different features are and then review using the Metrodome of play the forefinger exercise and the G major scale in this lesson and the next lesson. Okay, so once you have the guitar tune APP open, it generally opens to the tuner. And I'm gonna switch here to the tools from Hit the tools button the little picture in the bottom left of a wrench, and this brings up a couple of different tools we're gonna tap on Metrodome. Now this is probably what you'll see. It's just set as default to 120. That means 120 beats per minute. If we start the Metrodome, then we get this clicking sound and you'll notice that the green has a slightly different sound. 234 That's because when we count in fours, the green, when the circle lights up is green. We count that as one. In other words, the start of a new measure. So we count 12341234 Now we want to leave the fraction at the bottom for over four. That's a time signature means four beats in the measure, and each beat was given 1/4 note. We're not going to really talk about time signatures here. They aren't really that important to you in order to practice along with the mention of Just leave that on for four generally and 120 beats per minute is too fast when you're starting out, so we're gonna slow this down to 60. You can just drag the sort of white tab around in a circle to go up or down, and it's kind of hard sometimes to land exactly on sixties. You can use the plus and minus buttons as well, to navigate to an exact number like 60. Then we get a much more manageable tempo, and we can notice much more easily the difference between the green circles here and then the three white circles that follow it. One is always green, and 23 and four are always wipe 23 for one, and you'll also notice that there's a slightly different sound. So what we want to do is start playing along with this First, starting with that four finger exercise, we start with our index. We just played just on the 112 could be middle finger to three for ring finger to pretty for pinking, too. Pre next string 234 Middle finger thinking next strain. You just continue to build through 123 Thinking about the beats Attention either to the way the one sounds the fact that it's green. 341234 to 18 234 We just moved through all the strings Always using the appropriate finger s so on so forth I'm gonna go all the way into last string Where the highest pitch string which is what we call the first string 234 thin Finally with my pinky I'm gonna descend following the same tempo two year ago to back to my ring finger to cree for middle finger To create an index we owe three next string. I'm gonna continue going down all the strings just like we did in the last exercise and in the next lesson, we're just going to do the same kind of thing. But with the G major scale 7. Scale Practice w/Metronome: a lot, right? So now we're going to basically play the G major scale that we had introduced a couple of lessons ago. And we're gonna play that along with our Metrodome at 60. Someone just gonna turn on my Metrodome. So we're gonna play along like this, playing RG major scale, starting with our middle finger on the third fret. I'm just gonna play a note for each time that we hit a one. And if you're using the guitar tuna app, then you're gonna notice that that is the green ring. 23 for 23 for 23 for 234 to 3 for 23 for two, Free for two, 34 Now we're gonna descend exactly the same way. 342 Free for 23 for two. Pretty for 23 for you to three for 234 to 3 for 23 four. And that's really all there is to it. You want a send, then descend playing along with your Metrodome. If that gets really easy, then try playing every other click. And then if that gets easy, try playing all the cliques, so you'd be playing 1234 or you could be playing 12341234 You just find the sweet spot where it's challenging, but you can still do it. Always play along with the Metrodome. Try to keep strict rhythm and always use the four fingers one finger signed. Each fret. You'll be fine if you have any questions. Always feel free to reach out to me. I'm available to help you online if you need help. And uh, of course, you can use the tab, which will talk about a little lead a little later in the course about exactly how to read the tab. But that's also a guide for playing the scale. 8. Introducing "Cowboy" Chords: s so far you've learned how toe fret properly. You've learned how to use a metronome. You've learned how to tune the guitar. And now we're gonna talk a little bit about playing very basic chords, and I'm gonna show you how to play three of the most common chords a G major, C major and a D major court. So first, let's look at how to fret these cords properly. You're gonna play a G major chord by starting with your middle finger fretting the G on the third fret of the six string. Then you're gonna add your index finger on the second fret of the fist string that you're gonna hold all of these notes down at the same time. That's how cords work. You can either use your ring finger or your pinky, but you have to fret the third fret of the first string and all the other strings remain open. I'm gonna use my ring finger here just for comfort, and it should sound like this. If yours doesn't sound like that, maybe it's muted or buzz. That means one or more. Those notes aren't being fretted with enough pressure who wanna press harder if it doesn't sound like the pitches air, correct, maybe your guitars out of tune or wasn't tuned correctly. You want to make sure it's tuned, but generally you want to be able to get this kind of sound. And if you look at how this is fretted, you'll see that it matches the core diagram for the G major chord in the pdf that you can download along with this lesson. All right, so now we're gonna work on the C chord. This is our second court. It's a C major, and we're going to start by fretting with our ring finger. On the third fret of the fifth string, we're gonna use our middle finger on the second fret of the fourth string, and we're gonna leave the third string open, and we're going to use the index finger to fret the first fret of our second string when you're playing a C major court. Generally you don't want to play the low e or the high. You just want to play the four strings in the middle and again, you want to strong through them slowly. Make sure you're just playing the right strings, but also make sure that they each sound nice and clear. You might be muting the strings because your fingers or touching more strings than they should. Maybe you're not applying enough pressure, so the fretted notes sound like buzzy or they sound muted. Wanna make sure applying a lot of pressure and that your fingers are only fretting the strings? They're intended to fret that they're not interfering by maybe inadvertently lying across one of the other strings. When you play this chord and it's Fred it correctly, you'll notice that again. It matches the court diagram for the C major chord in the pdf that you can download along with this lesson. All right, now, finally, we're gonna look at a D major court in a D major court. We're again using three fingers, but we're playing 1/4 open string, and that's an important string because it is our d. So this is a D major chord. We want to make sure that we are, of course, playing that D string. We're gonna play an open fourth string. We're gonna fret the second fret of our third string. We're going to fret the third fret of our second string with our ring finger and then with our middle finger, we're going to fret the second fret of our first string. And it should sound like this once again. You want to notice that if you fret this correctly, that it matches the core diagram for D Major? That is, in the pdf you can download along with this lesson and also with the D court. You don't really want to play the lowest two strings, the E, and the way you don't want to play the fifth and six strings. You just want to play the 4th 3rd 2nd and first like so All right, so that's it for your introduction to these three common chords. G Major, C major and D Major. These are all in one key, so we can make music with them, which is great. And a lot of songs are based on these cords. In the next lesson, we're gonna talk about strumming these chords and keeping time with our Metronet 9. Transitioning Chords: on the last lesson. You should have learned how to play G Major C major in D major court Right now In this lesson, I'm gonna show you how to practice that, right? So to start playing music with it, you want to be able to transition the cords. You want to be ableto change from chord to chord in your fretting hand while you're strumming or playing with your right hand. And of course, some people are left handed. The hands will be switched. That's okay. I'm going to refer to my right hand as my strumming hand and my left hand as my fretting hand just so that it's universal for people. No matter whether they're right or left handed. The most important thing here is to learn to keep time and be able to transition these cords so that it starts to become musical. So I'm gonna turn on my Metrodome and then we're going Teoh play at 60 beats per minute, transitioning these courts. Alright, so I've got my Metrodome set up, said 60 still, and now I'm looking for that green ring. If you're using the guitar tuna app and I am going to make sure that I strum the cord on the downbeat. So on that green ring on the one So we're gonna start with G and here we go. 123 for two. Now we're going to switch to see to then to d Theun back to see to back to G 234 c to D for two back to see, then back again to G. Don't worry about whether this is easy when you first start out. The main thing is to keep time with the Metrodome. And as you're playing these chords, just be cognizant of switching to the next chord. Think ahead a little bit to the court that you're gonna be playing and keep track of the time. So you're trying to keep track of all those things at once. It's challenging. It takes a little bit of time. It might take several days or even weeks to get to a place where you're truly comfortable playing these chords and transitioning between them. If you can put five minutes of effort a day into this kind of work, I think you'll see great results within a week. 10. 2 Octave Scales in Guitar Tab: Oh, okay. So this lesson we're gonna bring together a lot of things that we've already talked about. So the G major scale and we're gonna talk about introducing how read tab. We're going to refer back to our topics on the Metron. Um, I'm gonna show you how to play using the tab a G major scale in two octaves, but at the same time, reading tab and using the Metrodome. So there's a kind of bringing together a lot of different things on the tab. The sixth string, the lowest pitch is the lowest line in your tab and highest pitch, which is the high e, the first string. That's gonna be the highest line that we see in our tab when we see six lines in the tab and that correlates to our six strings. Now we're going to start with our first octave that we learned a few lessons ago. That was our first octave. We already knew how to play that. But now, reading the tab, we see that we had complained. These additional notes know what we're doing here is we're playing sort of another G major scale stacked on top. This is called an octave. Now in the tab, you'll notice that I have this five indicated on the first string. And the reason we do that is because it will. The reason I'm pointing it out is that technically this note is extending beyond two octaves. This is moving into the third octave of our scale because we start with G, we go to G once. That's one active way. Arrive at G under our middle finger here on the third fret of the first string. But our tab and typically the way that guitarists play the scale includes a pinky on the fifth Threat first string. And the reason for this is just that our fingers there it takes almost no effort to use it . We want to maximize efficiency, so we make sure we learn these patterns in a way that maximizes what we can access with our fingers. So now I'm gonna walk through this scale with the Metrodome at 60 beats per minute, show you how to practice it. You understand how to read Tab, and you understand kind of mechanics of these two octaves working together. So let's use the Metrodome. So now we have our metronome clicking away at 60 beats per minute, and we're tracking that one 12 I agree. And now we're gonna play to three for 23 core 234234 to pre core to three, for this is concluding the first octave that we did. Now we're moving into the second octave, following the town still sticking to down B two b treasure and always using our four fingers, one finger dedicated to each fret. You can kind of see how these notes and finger rings are matching what's happening in the tab. And as I said, we move up to this fifth fret. Now we're gonna descend following the same pattern, 234 to three for 23 core too Cree for 234 to create for 234 to 3 for 234 in two 342 three for 234 to 3 for 234 new 234 to 3 for two three. So that concludes, playing two octaves of the G major scale following the tab you can use the tab is a resource, of course. Now you can read tab anywhere you can download on the Internet. There's a ton of tab out there. Definitely gun. Check that out. Just search for sums or solos that you want to learn you can. He's exactly the same skills that I covered here, although it was very basic how to play a major scale. All those same skills apply to Reading Tab if you wanted to learn stuff on the Internet. But we also talked about playing to actives along with the Metrodome, and I really want to reiterate how important it is that you always use the Metrodome. When you're playing, it's gonna really, really help you as you progress is a guitarist. Always make sure you use your four fingers and they're dedicated to individuals frets on the strings, and hopefully all of this is making sense. If you have any questions, of course, reach out to me. And in the next lesson, I'm gonna kind of bring this together a little more by showing you how the G major scale works over the chords we learned G. C and D Major and how we can kind of create a tune that we can explore playing melodically and harmonically over. That's could be in the next lesson 11. Making Music!: away. Right? So we've learned a ton in this course. I hope that you followed along with everything we've done so far. I have prepared downloads, help you with the tab will help you with chord diagrams. Help the court, that sort of thing. And the main thing for you to focus on right now is how to make music with all of this stuff. Right? So making music is really why you probably want to get into the guitar. Not so much to practice fingering exercises and chords, strumming patterns and things like that. So in this lesson, I'm gonna show you how to use the cord dealer and G c and D and the G major scale to make music and how that really works. All right, so the first thing we're gonna do is I'm gonna load up a project here in GarageBand on my iPad. All right, So now I'm gonna load up my iPad here and start garage band. Now, what I've got here is ah, basic project that's already set up, But I want to walk you through a little bit of how I set this up. It's got drums and basically an automatic guitar. This is using automatic what it sounds. That's just a little sample. I have made the project as well as the audio export, available as downloads here, so you can also download them. So this project is basically made up of automatic instrument and there's a guitar track. I want to show you a little bit about how I made this. This is using an automatic instrument, and you can actually change the key of the instrument by going up into the settings. You can actually change to any major minor key, and that's going to re distribute all these chords. So you see B minor E minor, a minor someone. So what those air in the key of G, which is the Kiev chosen now, if you use the auto play knob here except the one in your notice that when you activate, according just kind of plays. So that's how I got the guitar part. Let's take a look at the drum part and see a little bit more how these two instruments are working together inside Garage band. So the drum part is based on an automatic drummer. It's sort of like a drum machine if you go ahead and create this drummer instrument and you click acoustic in the lower left. Then you get this interface, and there's a lot you can do here. But basically, if you just go with the default setting, it creates a very convincing and very effective drummer, which is a lot nicer than playing along with the drum machine or click somebody get rid of that track. So now also, you'll notice that along the top there's 12 indicators, and I set this section toe have 12 bars. You can change that by tapping the plus sign all the way at the end next to the 12 on the far right. So as it moves through this piece, you hear those drums. There's this kind of automatic strumming guitar, and I literally recorded the cords for 12 bar blues. If you wanted to change the tempo, you can also go into setting. Syria could change the tempo whatever you want to tap a temple out with the tap to set tempo button. So there's a lot you can do within garage man. But I have actually bounced or exported this audio out just as an audio file that you can download in the event that that's more convenient. Maybe you don't have an iPad. Maybe you don't want to use GarageBand or you just don't want to take the time to create this project. I wanted to give you the option of at least understanding how I put this jam track together cause making jam checks for yourself down the road could be really helpful. So at this point, you should know the G major scale on but we're gonna do is we're gonna play this over our G 12 bar blues. We're gonna follow the Metrodome, and I'm just gonna give you kind of glimpse in how music works. So what we when we play the scale, we're gonna call that melody the cords that are being played here by my iPad. We're gonna call those harmony and then the tempo, the pace of which were playing and the drums that I've created in the background. Those were the rhythm. So I've created this also as audio files. You can download the individual tracks guitar on drums, and then you can also download the garage band project. If you just want to load that up and get kind of quick Start. So let's look at playing the scale over this progression. - So that's basically bringing melody and rhythm and harmony together. The key here is that you understand all these elements, right? So this music is not fascinating or wonderful music, but understand the elements of rhythm, being able to keep time and then adding on top of that harmony, which is our chords, G, C and D, which records, you know, understand how to play and then playing a scale or a melody over that. Now what I recommend you do is an assignment here is to build on this knowledge that you've got pull down the jam track played in garage Man, you know, playing on your iPad played on your home stereo wherever you want to play it and jam against it using this scale right so you can just play variations within the scale. You don't have to plod through the scale. One note at a time like this, for example, you can play That's just a melody I made up off the fly, and it gives you an example. If you listen to that over the recording or over the G 12 bar blues. It just gives you a real clear sense of how melody works and the mawr proficient you become with these different patterns, then the Mawr creative you could be. And so that's really the name of the game. Getting creative on understanding elements. In the final lesson, I'm going to just give you kind of a wrap up and a few more suggestions. 12. Practice/Jamming Tips: Congratulations. You've learned a lot, but of course this is just the beginning phase. So check out some of my other lessons and always feel free to reach out to me, if you have questions, thing to do now is to start building on what you know. So come up with more elaborate strumming patterns. Listen to your favorite songs. See if you can hear the strumming patterns with your ear and then try to recreate it. Look for songs that use the cords, you know now G, C and D Look for songs that are in the key of G major and maybe just jam out over it with that G major scan of the nice thing about the cords. And the scale that I've taught you is that they'll always sound good together. So you could also sit down with someone you know, maybe someone in your family or friend also plays guitar or piano or some other instrument . You can get together and just jam, say, Let's play G, C and D, and then you can just jam out with that scale and struck to come up with creative ideas. Start to just make music up in the moment. That's the main thing you want to do in order to really improve. With these skills, Understanding everything academically is important. Understanding intellectually important and technique is really important. Like using these four strings or these four fingers. Rather is very, very, very important aspect of becoming a proficient guitarist. But ultimately all of this technique should serve. Creativity should serve you becoming a musician with creative ideas who can express themselves creatively on the instrument. If you have any questions or any concerns about any of the lessons that presented, if you have any trouble maybe downloading some of the pdf's and chord diagrams and tab that I prepared feel free to reach out to me. I'm totally open to any suggestions on how to improve the course. And, of course, I'll be adding more lessons down the road as well. So always keep an eye out for what I'm posting into the way of video lessons, and I hope to see you again. Thanks in great luck with your guitar playing