LESSON TWO INSTRUCTIONS
- Have you filled in your workbook diary yet? If not, it’s important that you do. This is where you can track your progress and it’s where moral is built up.
- Lesson two builds upon the work you should have completed in lesson one. If you have not completed day one yet, practice hard to catch up with the materials.
- Listen to your day two audio file.
- Watch and download the videos and learn the material.
- Download your “Day Two” additional learning PDF.
LESSON TWO CONTENTS
- You will learn three minor chords.
- You will learn how to move between these chords.
- You will learn how to play an open string scale.
- You will learn the song “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone” by Bill Withers.
1. LEARNING THREE MINOR CHORDS
Lesson two video lesson 1
So far you have learned major chords, but this lesson introduces another type of chord that you may have heard of and they are called “minor” chords. Put simply, minor chords are often thought of as sad and major chords are often thought of as bright or happy. This is a little bit of a simplification, however, it’s a good place to start.
Although you have been given just three minor chords you will still be able to put them to good use as you will find out in the song that you will be learning at the end of this lesson.
2. LEARNING TO CHANGE BETWEEN MINOR CHORDS
Learning to change between the minor chords is very much like changing between the major chords, however, you may find some of these chords a bit easier. There is one chord, the D minor, that will still be a bit tricky to get together. Here goes.
Lesson two video lesson 2
The great thing about this lesson is that it leads so well into the next lesson and future chords you learn. By learning these chord shapes, you will start to train your fingers in movements and shapes. This is called “muscle memory”. What this means is that you will no longer need to think about the shapes you are playing and how they move once learned. It’s vital that you learn how to move from chord to chord without thinking about it. This muscle memory is then taken over as different chords consist of the same finger patterns. Chord changes consist of similar or the same finger movements.
NOTE: The video above begins with showing you how to change between major chords. This lesson concerns minor chords and changing between them. Watch the video from 2m.24s.
3. LEARNING TO PLAY A SCALE
Scales are the lifeblood of melodies. There are only two elements to melodies (or tunes) – scales and arpeggios so it stands to reason you should be able to play them. We are introducing you to this simple pattern at this point to get you prepared for the material that comes later on, so make sure you nail this open string scale.
Lesson two video lesson 3
4. PUTTING YOUR CHORDS TO USE – YOUR SECOND SONG
Now you are going to use those minor chords to great effect by learning your second song on the course! The song is BIll Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone. The link is coming up (opens in a new tab), but just to mention that you should learn the first video on the page, not the second as it deals with barre chords and the example is not really how we would want you to learn it. So, here is Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone.
We hope your really getting into the groove and your learning is really taking off!
FINISHING OF LESSON TWO – WHAT YOU NEED TO DO NOW
How are you doing? Are you managing to keep up with the lessons? For some of you, it will be hard going which is why you should make sure that you listen to the audio file that accompanies this lesson. You should have accomplished the following:
- Downloaded the mp3 file that accompanies this lesson and listened to it.
- Memorised and learned to play the three minor chords.
- Starting to smoothly change between these three chords.
- Made a start on learning Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone.
- You should be getting a lot better at playing The Troggs “Wild Thing”.
- Downloaded the additional pdf download which offers further learning.
If you are managing to keep up and have done the above well done! Remember that to finish the lesson you HAVE TO take the quiz that is shown below. An 80% pass rate for the quiz is expected.
SUPPORT & LET’S SEE YOU
Have you added any activity to the Beginners Group (opens in new tab)?
Why not film yourself playing one of the songs you have learned and add a video or image of your playing on our Beginners Forum (opens in new tab).
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Good luck with the quiz and onward to DAY 3 which will be with you in two days time.