Help me.What skills or lesson to cover songs by myself?


realpor
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realpor
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08/05/2015 2:11 am
I'm guitar beginner level.
I finish beginner1 lesson with Lisa and learning Beginner2 with Christopher Schlegel.

Now i can play songs with same strumming patterns.

I want to know what skills or lessons to help me play guitar like this.

1. Cover songs by my self with sing along.
2. find the notes of intro or solo by myself.
3. Play that notes with cords. (I do not know what to call)
4. Strumming and finger together. (I do not know what to call)

example song I want to cover.
Jason Mraz - I'm Yours
Michael Bublé - Home
Pharrell Williams - Happy

I need more details. What Skills ? What styles ? What lesson I must learn?

help me please. Thank you.
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ChristopherSchlegel
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ChristopherSchlegel
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08/05/2015 12:42 pm
Congrats on completing Guitar Fundamentals 1 & 2!
Originally Posted by: realpor
1. Cover songs by my self with sing along.
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You have to know the chord progression & be able to play it in time automatically without having to focus on it too much because a lot of your focus has to be on your singing. This requires memorizing the chords & playing them until they are second nature to you. Playing while singing is a skill set that has to be practiced.

GT has plenty of songs done in single guitar beginner style for you to practice with!

https://www.guitartricks.com/songs.php?input=beginners
Originally Posted by: realpor
2. find the notes of intro or solo by myself.
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Get the sheet music or do ear training & figure those notes out. They are usually notes in the chords that are played & almost always from the scale of the key that the song is in.
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3. Play that notes with cords. (I do not know what to call)

That's an advanced skill called chord melody. Because you play the chords along with the melody! :)

You have to be able to play the melody on the upper strings & then find places to play the bass note or chords of the song at the same time in a convenient place on the fretboard that allows you to play those melody notes.

This is essentially classical guitar technique. But it's been applied to jazz & pop songs.

Have a look at these very simple classical pieces. I explain the basics of how to play a melody & bass note & chord tones at the same time; how & why it works.

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=166
https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=167

Anders does a great job teaching these pop tunes in chord melody style.

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=1150
https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=1920

These are jazz lessons, but they will show you how to find your way around the fretboard to play chords with moving bass lines.

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=149
https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=708

Finally, I show how to do some jazz standards using chord melody style. Keep in mind these are advanced & you need to start much simpler, but these should give you an idea of what you are ultimately aiming at.

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=759
https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=644
https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=882
https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=1232

That last one might be particularly useful because I show how to play the melody notes, then the chords, all separately. But then at the end of the tutorial I show how to put all that together.

This is hard stuff. Be patient with yourself.
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4. Strumming and finger together. (I do not know what to call)

Fingerpicking. Lisa & Caren go over fingerpicking patterns in their tutorials.

https://www.guitartricks.com/instructor.php?input=311296

https://www.guitartricks.com/instructor.php?input=1796810

Hope this helps! Please ask more if necessary & best of success!
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realpor
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08/05/2015 3:14 pm
I am very glad that you answered my question .
I decided to renew annually because of you.
You made ​​me realize that I have not only learned the guitar alone.

Christopher Schlegel,You are a great teacher.
Thank you very much.
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08/05/2015 5:14 pm
Originally Posted by: realporI am very glad that you answered my question .
I decided to renew annually because of you.
You made ​​me realize that I have not only learned the guitar alone.

Christopher Schlegel,You are a great teacher.
Thank you very much.

+1

Chord theory and aural skills are must, together with technical guitar playing skills.
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ChristopherSchlegel
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ChristopherSchlegel
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08/06/2015 1:56 pm
Originally Posted by: realporI am very glad that you answered my question .
I decided to renew annually because of you.
You made ​​me realize that I have not only learned the guitar alone.

You're welcome! Glad you are with GT for another year! :) Keep practicing & let us know how it goes at your convenience.
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