Lesson 7: Consolidation and Polishing!
Congratulations! You’ve made it to the last module of Grade 1 of the JustinGuitar Beginner’s Course! This is a big deal and you already deserve a pat on the back for making it this far. Go ahead – take a celebratory moment for yourself.
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In this lesson, we’ll be going over:
- Chord grips
- Chord changes and air changes
- Some ways to make your playing sound better and more interesting overall
- A case for musicianship – theory, ear training, etc.
- What you need to do to PASS Grade 1 :)
- How best to consolidate all you have learned so far!
The 8 Essential Beginner Chord Grips
Before moving on to more advanced lessons, let’s review the eight chords we’ve covered so far.
Best Chord Changes To Work On
When practising changing from one chord to another, how do you decide which pairings to practice?
Air Changes (aspire to this!)
Instead of playing chords by setting each finger down on the string one at a time, we’re going to place them all on the strings at the same time using air changes.
Open Strings Between Changes
Sometimes hitting the open strings between chord changes helps the tune sound easy and relaxed. It’s not “wrong” if it sounds good!
Feel Good Strumming
When playing music, the technical side is often less important than the way it makes people feel. So get out of your head and relax!
Dynamics refer to how loudly or softly you play throughout a song, and changes in dynamics, when done well, can take your playing to the next level!
Memorize Easy Songs
Memorizing songs is a great idea for beginners because you don’t want to carry your songbook around with you everywhere you go! It’s not too difficult to do, either.
Why do Ear Training?
Many beginners don’t like doing interval training but trust me – it’s super helpful! I’ve even created a whole separate ear training course for you.
Why study Music Theory?
Music theory is the backbone of music. It’s the reason behind everything and it helps us make sense of music. I’ve got a music theory course just for you!
How to PASS Grade 1
We’re finally at the end of Grade 1! Here’s a recap of some things you should be comfortable with before proceeding to Grade 2.
Lesson 7 Practice
I'm going to give you some suggestions, but you have to figure you're own routines now...
Consolidation Practice Tip
In his consolidation practice, Nitsuj was pretty solid on the basics so chose to mainly do songs - but when strugglign to get some changes as good as he hoped, he stum...