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ChristopherSchlegel
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ChristopherSchlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor
Joined: 08/09/05
Posts: 8,405
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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