2019-2020 Lesson 6 of 16

D major scale one and a half octaves. Keep LH fingers close to the frets. Stretch between fingers, not with the wrist. Keep thumb behind the neck with pad of thumb lining up with the tip of the second finger. When crossing strings make sure to anticipate next note. Reach for notes before playing.

Bransle de Pictou practice first two lines. Read the notes on the page. DONT GUESS. Use RH thumb to pluck all low ‘D’s use m and i for top notes. Practice SLOWLY!!

Amazing Grace & Aura Lee

practice 12 bar blues changes with chords and with riff

2019-2020 lesson 5 of 16

D major scale one and a half octaves. Keep LH fingers close to the frets. Stretch between fingers, not with the wrist. Keep thumb behind the neck with pad of thumb lining up with the tip of the second finger.

New piece: Bransle de Pictou practice first two measures. Use RH thumb to pluck all low ‘D’s use m and i for top notes. Practice SLOWLY!!

Amazing Grace: count long note in measure 7. Make sure you are holding for 5 beats.

practice 12 bar blues changes. Memorize pattern by next week.

2019-2020 Lesson 4 of 16

D major scale one and a half octaves. Keep LH fingers close to the frets. Stretch between fingers, not with the wrist. Keep thumb behind the neck with pad of thumb lining up with the tip of the second finger.

New piece: Bransle de Pictou practice first two measures. Use RH thumb to pluck all low ‘D’s use m and i for top notes. Practice SLOWLY!!

Amazing Grace: count long note in measure 7. Make sure you are holding for 5 beats.

practice 12 bar blues changes. Memorize pattern by next week.

2019-2020 Lesson 3 of 16

D major scale first 4 notes on the 4th string. Start with all four fingers down in second position (fingers should be on the 2,3,4,5 frets) lift fingers as you go down towards the open string. Try to get LH fingers as close to the frets as possible. Practice playing up the scale from open D to A on the first string anticipating string crossings.

Aura Lee and Amazing Grace. Be able to play from memory. Correct mistakes in lines one and two of Aura Lee. Memorize second half of Amazingly grace

Memorize chord shapes E7, A7, and B7 for 12 bar blues. Be able to play one strum per measure without looking at music. Memorize the progression. Practice playing smoothly without hesitation.

2019-2020 Lesson 2 of 16

D major scale first 4 notes on the 4th string. Start with all four fingers down in second position (fingers should be on the 2,3,4,5 frets) lift fingers as you go down the scale. Add fingers back as you go up. Pluck Mississippi hotdog on each note. Try to get LH fingers as close to the frets as possible.

Aura Lee and Amazing Grace. Be able to play from memory. Correct mistakes in lines one and two of Aura Lee. Count out the beats in a Amazing Grace. Everything should add up to 3 beats per measure!

Memorize chord shapes E7, A7, and B7 for 12 bar blues. Be able to play one strum per measure without looking at music. Memorize the progression.

2019-2020 Lesson 1 of 16

Three Little birds- be able to play changes without stopping. Start with one strum per bar. Move on to 2 and when those are comfortable try playing with 4 strums per bar without pausing, without hesitation.

12 bar blues- practice slowly keep in mind common fingers between chords. Be able to play slowly without hesitation or pauses

D Major scale- second position. Keep LH thumb behind the second finger. Keep fingers down as you go up the scale. Use tips of fingers. Play with 4 plucks per note or Mississippi hotdog.

Amazing grace - be able to play first half from memory count out the beats as you play hold half notes for their full value

CREDIT: 2018-2019 Lessons 13-15

twinkle little star

- remember to keep left hand thumb behind the neck and don’t let it poke out 

- always alternate your right hand fingers 

- practice with freestroke

Scales

- practice G major and C major scales with free stroke and right hand finger alternation 

Flash Cards

- go through the notes that you have already learned (notes on the first four strings)

Amazing Grace

- practice one phrase at a time. Make sure you can play one phrase perfectly before moving on to the next

- next week’s goal is to play through whole piece  

chord Chart

- memorize circled chords

Three Little Birds

- work on chord transitions, especially in the last two lines

- play two chord strums per measure 

2018-2019 Lesson 12 of 15

twinkle little star

- remember to keep left hand thumb behind the neck and don’t let it poke out 

- always alternate your right hand fingers 

- practice with freestroke

Scales

- practice G major and C major scales with free stroke and right hand finger alternation 

Flash Cards

- go through the notes that you have already learned (notes on the first four strings)

Amazing Grace

- practice one phrase at a time. Make sure you can play one phrase perfectly before moving on to the next

- next week’s goal is to play through whole piece  

chord Chart

- memorize circled chords

Three Little Birds

- work on chord transitions, especially in the last two lines

- play two chord strums per measure 

2018-2019 Lesson 11 of 15

Mississippi hot dog and twinkle little star

- remember to keep left hand thumb behind the neck and don’t let it poke out 

- always alternate your right hand fingers 

- practice with freestroke

Scales

- practice G major and C major scales with free stroke and right hand finger alternation 

Flash Cards

- go through the notes that you have already learned (notes on the first four strings)

Aura Lee

- work on right hand finger alternation

- practice with metronome at 60

 

Amazing Grace

- practice one phrase at a time. Make sure you can play one phrase perfectly before moving on to the next

chord Chart 

- memorize circled chords 

Three Little Birds

- work on chord transitions, especially in the last two lines

- play one chord strum per measure for now

2018-2019 Lesson 10 of 15

Mississippi hot dog and twinkle little star

- remember to keep left hand thumb behind the neck and don’t let it poke out 

- always alternate your right hand fingers 

- practice with freestroke

Scales

- practice G major and C major scales with free stroke and right hand finger alternation 

 

Flash Cards

- go through the notes that you have already learned (notes on the first four strings)

Aura Lee

- work on right hand finger alternation

- practice with metronome at 60

-  can start learning Amazing Grace  

chord Chart 

- memorize circled chords 

Three Little Birds

- work on chord transitions

- play one chord strum per measure for now

2018-2019 Lesson 9 of 15

Mississippi hot dog and twinkle little star

- remember to keep left hand thumb behind the neck and don’t let it poke out 

- always alternate your right hand fingers 

- practice with freestroke

Scales

- practice G major and C major scales with free stroke and right hand finger alternation  

Flash Cards

- go through the notes that you have already learned (notes on the first three strings)

Aura Lee

- work on the piece two measures at a time, slowly, with right hand finger alternation

- practice with metronome at 54

chord Chart 

- memorize circled chords 

Three Little Birds 

- work on chord transitions

- play one chord strum per measure for now

2018-2019 Lesson 8 of 15

Mississippi hot dog and twinkle little star

- work on whole piece

- remember to keep left hand thumb behind the neck and don’t let it poke out 

- always alternate your right hand fingers 

- practice with freestroke

Flash Cards

- go through the notes that you have already learned 

Aura Lee

- work on the piece two measures at a time, slowly, with right hand finger alternation

chord Chart 

- memorize circled chords 

 

Three Little Birds   

- work on chord transitions

- play one chord strum per measure for now  

2018-2019 Lesson 7

Mississippi hot dog and twinkle little star

- work on whole piece

- remember to keep left hand thumb behind the neck and don’t let it poke out 

- always alternate your right hand fingers 

- practice with freestroke

Flash Cards

- go through the notes that you have already learned 

Aura Lee

- work on the piece two measures at a time, slowly, with right hand finger alternation 

 

chord Chart  

- memorize circled chords  

 

2018-2019 Lesson 6

Mississippi hot dog and twinkle little star

- work on whole piece

- remember to keep left hand thumb behind the neck and don’t let it poke out 

- always alternate your right hand fingers 

- practice with freestroke

Flash Cards

- go through the notes that you have already learned 

Notes on the first string and second string

- work on Merry Men piece to practice reading second and first string notes. Try to learn the whole piece by next week

 

chord chart

- learn and memorize circled chords  

2018-2019 Lesson 5

Mississippi hot dog and twinkle little star

- work on whole piece

- remember to keep left hand thumb behind the neck and don’t let it poke out 

- always alternate your right hand fingers 

- practice with freestroke 

Flash Cards

- go through the notes that you have already learned 

Notes on the first string and second string

- work on Merry Men piece to practice reading second and first string notes. Try to learn the whole piece by next week 

2018-2019 Lesson 4

  “Mississippi Hot Dog” and twinkle little star 

- work on whole piece

- remember to keep left hand thumb behind the neck and don’t let it poke out 

- always alternate your right hand fingers

-  try practicing with free stroke

Flash Cards

- go through the notes that you have already learned 

Notes on the first string and second string

- work on Merry Men piece to practice reading second and first string notes

2018-2019 Lesson 3

 “Mississippi Hot Dog”  piece

- work on whole piece

- remember to keep left hand thumb behind the neck and don’t let it poke out 

- always alternate your right hand fingers 

- practice one part at a time

Flash Cards

- go through the notes that you have already learned 

Notes on the first string and second string 

- work on Merry Men piece to practice reading second and first string notes 

2018-2019 Lesson 2

“Mississippi Hot Dog”  piece

- work on whole piece

- remember to keep left hand thumb behind the neck and don’t let it poke out 

- always alternate your right hand fingers 

- practice one part at a time 

 

Flash Cards

- go through the notes that you have already learned  

 

Notes on the first string

 - review notes on the first string, and work in etude on first string as an exercise 

2018-2019 Lesson 1

Review: 

- parts of the guitar

- numbers and letters for fingers

- how to read music notes  

 

“Mississippi Hot Dog”  piece

- work on whole piece

- remember to keep left hand thumb behind the neck and don’t let it poke out  

- always alternate your right hand fingers  

- draw an imaginary straight line from the bridge, and that is where your right forearm should be.