Phrases 4 & 5

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Dave Miller - January 15, 2020 Reply

Hey Jonathan,
This is great stuff thanks so much. I’m so sloppy with my right hand and I’m always hitting not only the right string but the wrong one. Do you know of any exercises that I could do that would make my right hand precise. I’ve always go another sloppy tone going off in the back ground. When I was taking guitar lessons 40 years ago I’m 65 now I wasn’t really getting the flatted thirds and the major and minor triads because all I really was focused on was playing a song that I could sing. So I’ve visited this really cool stuff before but I never understood it. You make it crystal clear. So glad I clicked on Play Guitar and met you. Please let me know what I could do to have a decent right hand.
Sloppy Dave

    Jonathan Boettcher - January 15, 2020 Reply

    Hey Dave, that’s great to hear! For improving right hand (and left hand) precision, one of the best things is to just practice scales. It doesn’t particularly matter which one – so whichever pattern(s) you’re working on at the moment will work. The key is to really work on getting each note clear. Use down-up picking (alternate picking). Also, use a metronome or drum machine or something along those lines and you’ll be helping out your rhythm skills at the same time. If you build some disciplined scale practice into your routine every day you’ll realize all kinds of benefits in your playing. Going beyond that, you could try different exercises where you’re skipping a string in between notes – that can present a different challenge for the picking hand as well. Hope that helps!

Dave Miller - January 15, 2020 Reply

Awesome thanks Jonathan that’s great advice. I will do it.
Thanks a lot

Dave Miller - January 16, 2020 Reply

Did you get my message about no copy cat jam after 4&5?

    Jonathan Boettcher - January 16, 2020 Reply

    Hi Dave, yeah – there are Copycat jams after each four bars, and then one for the whole 12 bar solo. I set it up this way instead of after every phrase. So go learn phrase 6, and then it’s copycat time! 🙂 (I’m not sure why I said that about enjoying the jam, maybe I’ll have to go back and edit that part out!)

    Jonathan Boettcher - January 16, 2020 Reply

    Oops my bad. I had a closer look and Copycat #2 should be placed after Phrase 5. I’ve changed the order of the lessons now, so Phrase 6 follows the copycat. Thanks for pointing this out!

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