Cutting the Notes in Half

One of the the problems I find in most guitar methods is that you don’t get enough time to learn the notes on the lower strings.  I am going to try and fix that.  The D or fourth string is the first string that hangs below the staff.

An open 4th string gives us a D.  The second fret of the 4th string gives us an E and the 3rd fret on the 4th string gives us an F.

D E F

We are also going to learn some 8th notes this week. With 8th notes, we will actually be dividing the beat. We are going to cut the beat in half.  Let’s take a bouncing ball.  As the ball hits the floor, we get the numbered beat: 1-2-3-4.

When the ball comes back up to your hand, that is the “halfway” point of the beat.  We will use the word “and” for this point.

So when we put it all together, we have “1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and”

8th Note rests are the same duration, but remain silent.

When we start getting into tablature, we find that it’s not always that helpful.  Usually it’s just a fingering guide.  It does not contain note values or rests.  Therefore, we will be adding the tablature underneath the exercises to give you the best of both worlds.

D String Packet

Play in the Key of YOU!

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