A whole note is worth 4 beats. The beat is the pulse of the music – it’s the beat that makes you want to tap your foot or snap your fingers. Count out loud from 1 to 4. Try to make sure your counting is slow and even.
If you choose to tap your foot, you should try to keep your foot tapping evenly. Many beginners will either slow or stop their tapping when they reach a section that is more difficult or that they are not familiar with.
Keep that foot going!
You want to pick the note at the same time you say the number “1” and hold it until you’ve finished saying “4.”
Let’s try this on an open string (no frets).
Let’s go back to our fingers exercises from both last week and this week. This time, when you play each note, hold it for four counts. Above the Tablature is the Standard Notation, which shows you the whole notes. Remember – the first note should be struck at the same time you say the number “1” and held until AFTER you say the number “4.” And remember – don’t just do the exercises that are here – do them all! Include last week’s exercises. Practice makes perfect!
Think of a rest as a silent note. Although a whole rest still gets four counts, there will be no note ringing. It is important to note that since guitar strings will keep ringing after they are plucked, you must actually silence the guitar. You can do this by placing either hand over the strings very lightly and WITHOUT pressing down. This will make the strings stop ringing.
A metronome will improve not only your timing, but your technique. Many players give themselves extra time to execute more difficult passages. A metronome will force you to execute those passages in the same amount of time as the rest of the piece, thus forcing your playing to the next level.
Play in the Key of YOU!