Here are two forms I use to help my students practice, learn and improve.
The first form is a Lesson Plan form that I created. It’s just a simple table with four rows and four columns as follows
Rows (top to bottom) – Goals, Worked On, Homework, Notes
Columns (L-R) – Songs, Technique, Chords, Theory
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I can be hard for beginners to understand when and why to use Major or Minor chords at different times. This lessons aims to shed light on that and explain which chords FIT in the key of C and why.
This lesson shows the relationship between the C Major Chord and the C Major Scale
Learn about the G Chord in the first position, with 5 variations.
Here is where we put it all together and apply the chord scales that we have learned to a popular Beatles song called "Yesterday". And you will see even in this first part of this song, that it simply takes the information that we have already learned and just slides those same chords to other destinations on the guitar neck to play the key that we want, it really is that simple. You will be able to easily recognize the various chords that we have learned and practiced over the last few lessons and we apply them by number to the chord and melody note that we need.
Here we take on the "Dominant 7th" chord family and the fingering patterns that are characteristic of this group of chords. As in the other 2 groups that we've already looked at, that is to say the Major, and Minor groups, we will examine this one also in the context of a chord-scale consisting of 8 chords. Dominant chords are almost always in songs that you've heard over the years and personally I can think only rarely of songs that don't involve this group of chords.
Here is where we learn the 2nd group of chords, called Minor. The Minor family of chords is one that appears in so many songs that it simply cannot be counted. So we need to have a good handle on this important group of chords and where and how to use it. I present this in a chord scale pattern so that you have an organized pattern of chords 1-8. All of the chords in this chord scale are 4 note chords so they are very well rounded and full bodied chords. These are chords that we need to learn very well because we WILL use them quite often.
How to play chords clearly is one of the biggest challenges that we face on the instrument. This becomes even more important as we start to play series of chords, chord scales, and chord progressions. So we will tackle this problem head on and deal with what is required to make each chord sound clear from the beginning and develop the habits that make for a clear sound. This helps us feel better about what we play and the sense of accomplishment that comes along with that, as well as spur us on to even bigger and better challenges.