1234 Warm Up:
As always, let’s begin this lesson with our 1234 warm up. Take it at a slow and steady pace.
Continue warming up by reviewing the 4 chords we’ve learned so far. Start with playing the two major chords (E to Asus2) and strum 4 times on each chord at a slow and steady tempo. Then continue chord work with the two minor chords (Em and Am) using the same strum technique.
Once you’ve practiced the initial 4 chords, you are ready to learn a new one; the C chord. Work on the correct fingering as shown.
Now you are ready for a new chord pair between Am and C. Notice that fingers 2 and 1 are the same for Am and C. That means you only need to move the ring finger to change between the two chords. However, you may need to adjust the second finger when changing to the C chord, in order to keep it as close as possible to the fret. Use the same back and forth strum technique as the previous chord pairs.
C Scale Jam:
Review and practice the Beginner C scale that you learned in the previous lesson. Now, we’re going to learn how to improvise with the scale. This is where we can start to have some fun being musically creative. We encourage you to hop online and look for “Jam Tracks”. Jam Tracks are pre-recorded high quality music tracks that you can play guitar solos over! YouTube is a great resource for Jam Tracks. *Be sure to make sure the Jam Tracks you play are in the Key of C. A great search term would be, “Jam Tracks C Majors”. You can also include the genre of your choice, for example, blues or rock in your search.
Hopefully you found some great Jam Tracks online, or at the RockStar Guitar website (rockstarguitar.co). Once you have found a track that you like, play the notes of the C Scale over the music. You’ll notice that the notes harmonize well with the background music. Now it’s time to have some fun! Play the notes of the C scale, but play them in any order, and at any rhythm you like. There is no wrong answer here, as long as you only use the notes of the scale that we have learned. Jam out and enjoy your first solo! Try and put your notes together in the same way you would put together a sentence. Express an idea in set of 3,4, or 5 notes and then leave a rest. Repeat and keep working on your phrases. It’s okay if it feels a little awkward at first, you’ll keep getting better and you’ll be shredding in no time!
Smoke on the Water:
Now it’s time to learn your first song! Look at the simplified version of Smoke On The Water, depicted below. This riff can be played on the low E string and it’s very important that we use the correct fingers so that we build good habits and train our fingers correctly (even if it seems harder at first).
E|-------|---------|-------|-----|- B|-------|---------|-------|-----|- G|-------|---------|-------|-----|- D|-------|---------|-------|-----|- A|-------|---------|-------|-----|- E|-0-3-5-|-0-3-6-5-|-0-3-5-|-3-0-|-
Fingering: – 3rd Fret = 1st Figner, 5th Fret = 3rd Finger, 6th Fret = 4th Finger
Be sure to take a listen to the real song so you can start to hear the rhythm and mimic the sound. Please be aware the real song is in a different key than our riff, but it will still sound great and will help train those fingers!