Category Archives: Exercises

Connecting the Pentatonic Patterns

What’s up guys!?  Today I wanted to give ya something that is HIGHLY effective if you’ve been playing around with the pentatonic patterns for a bit.  Listed below are two diagrams that will show you how the pros often connect all the different patterns.  Be sure you are comfortable with ALL the patterns first.   Enjoy!

The Minor Pentatonic scale is one of the most widely used scales in improvisation in every musical style so it makes sense to know it well all over the guitar neck. When it comes to moving beyond the first pattern learned the next step is usually to introduce five overlapping patterns, each staying strictly in position on the neck. In reality, most Blues and Rock soloists connect these positions in very repeatable ways creating just two patterns that cover the entire neck. These are shown below in the key of A:

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How to Play Smoke on the Water for Complete Beginners

 

All the numbers represent the fret.  For example:  3 will be on the 3rd fret (first dotted fret), 5 will be the 5th fret (2nd dotted fret), and 0 will be open string (don’t play any fret).


0  3  5

0 3 6 5

0 3 5

3 0

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How to Play ANY Song on Guitar

The 3 Elements to play any song!!

1.  Chords  (in this lesson E and Am)

2. Strum Patterns (listed below)

3.  Transitions

Strum Pattern

Get started today!  Call or email me!

Andrew

714.955.3278

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Increasing Finger Dexterity

Hello fellow guitar players!  Just yesterday I had a student ask me for something to help him get his pinky finger more strength for playing guitar.  I had just the thing for him.  Listed below is a simple exercise that will not only workout your pinky finger but ALL of your fingers.  It is a solid dexterity exercise that I still use to this day as a warm-up.

*Requirements:

1.  Must know string names.

2.  Must be able to read tabs.

Before you get started, take a careful look.  Notice the chromatic pattern.  In this very exercise, use your index finger first, then your middle, then ring, and finally the pinky.  After you get all the way through, try running it backwards.  Then, move everything up one fret and start again!  Once you master that, use alternate picking.  If you get smooth with that, time to bust out the metronome and work on increasing your speed.  Have fun!

Guitar exercise #1:

|——————————————————–1-2-3-4—| < — E string
|———————————————1-2-3-4————–| < — B string
|———————————-1-2-3-4————————-| < — G string
|———————–1-2-3-4————————————| < — D string
|————1-2-3-4———————————————–| < — A string
|-1-2-3-4———————————————————-| < — E string

I’d be happy to answer any questions on this tab if you need help!  No charge!

Andrew

McCormickGuitarLessons@gmail.com

714.955.3278

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