Mark Lincoln continues his discussion of chords and strumming. He introduces several new exercises in this lesson.
Taught by Mark Lincoln in Basic Guitar with Mark Lincoln seriesLength: 19:30Difficulty: 1.5 of 5
Warm-up the handsChapter 2: (02:46) Strumming
Stretch the fingers.
Play the open major chords.
Play the open minor chords.
We've talked about the formations of the open chords at some length, so let's talk a little more about playing those chords.
Strum notation often looks like this: etc where each arrow represents either a downstroke or an upstroke. Also, remind yourself of the rubber band technique where the down-up motion or should be done in one motion or a snap motion. Keep in mind that your picking hand should be relaxed. Let the pick flow over the strings. Do not grind the pick into the strings. On the other hand, be careful not to grasp the pick so loosely that it falls out of your hand. There is a balance here that you will need to find for yourself and your own playing.
Don't forget to relax! If you're finding that you're getting frustrated or stressed by playing, then set the guitar down. Take a couple of deep breaths and try again. Keep in mind that ALL OF US struggle at times and have to work on our playing diligently.Chapter 3: (07:34) Exercise 1
In this exercise, we're going to pick a few chords and practice strumming them. Here are the chords for the exercise:
Em C G D
If you need to review how these chords are fingered, do so now.
Here is the strum that we will be using: or down down-up down, so the middle two strums (the down-up) would be the "snap" strum or the "rubber band" strum. Play the strumming pattern once for each chord listed above.
Okay, try it! When you watch me in the lesson video, you will notice that I am playing just two notes of the C chord and two notes of the G chord. I'm doing this to simplify the exercise and make the transition between chords a little easier for you at this time. Once you've mastered the changes with the chords at hand, then you can play the full versions of the chords as illustrated beforehand.
Remember what I said in the previous lesson about experimenting. Don't be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and attempt things that may be difficult for you. Otherwise, you may be limiting yourself and your potential for greatness.Strum the chords while keeping the following in mind:
Chapter 4: (00:50) Relaxing Be sure to relax! Playing the guitar while stressed out may affect your playing negatively and reduce the enjoyment of the instrument you love. If you are simply not in the mood for playing, put the guitar down and come back later. Chapter 5: (01:39) Exercise 2
1)Make sure your guitar is upright and comfortable in your lap. Many players prefer to play with a strap even when sitting down in order to hold the guitar in a comfortable position.
2)Relax your strum hand remembering the ideas I mentioned previously in the lesson. Let the pick flow over the strings.
3)Listen!!! I can't emphasize this enough. Listen to the sound coming out of the guitar. If you are hearing notes that are being muffled or just non-existent then play each note individually in the chord (pluck each string separately) until you find which finger is the culprit. Then, hold that finger down more firmly. Yes, it hurts at first, especially if you’re playing a steel-string guitar. This is just an unfortunate part of the process. If it hurts too much, then stop, massage the finger until it feels a little better, then continue. Remember, in terms of developing calluses, no pain equals no gain!
4)Try to keep your fingers perpendicular to the fretboard to prevent fingers from touching strings they should not be touching. Try to arch your wrist outward to ensure the fingers are perpendicular to the fretboard. Your ultimate goal in chord formation is to place each of the fingers as close as possible to the fret without actually touching it. Each string must be held down with enough pressure to produce a solid tone.
5)Breatheeeeeeeeee!!!!!!! It is of the utmost importance that you relax and breathe during playing. The more relaxed you are, the easier the guitar is to play.
In this exercise we're going to pick four new chords and a new strum. Here are the chords for the exercise:
Am F Bm GAgain, if you need to refer to the notes for the chord structures, do so now.
The strum for this particular exercise looks like this: or down-up down-up down-up down-up. This exercise will give you another opportunity to practice the "snap strum." Play each chord four times where is equal to one. Watch how I do it! Again, pay attention to the sound that is coming out of your guitar and make the necessary adjustments as you play.Chapter 6: (01:38) Exercise 3
In this exercise, we're going to pick another combination of four chords. Here are the chords for the exercise: D E A G.
The strum for this particular exercise looks like this: or down down down-up where your snap strum is the last strum. Practice all of the exercises in this lesson until you develop a mastery of the chords that we’re using and have become more familiar with strum notation and the process of strumming itself. We'll work more on all of these rhythm guitar aspects in the weeks to come.Chapter 7: (01:36) Final Thoughts You've made it through another lesson! Before moving on to the next, be sure to practice the chords and strumming patterns in this lesson. Building a house requires a solid foundation. Playing the guitar is no different. Learning strumming, chords, and other basic principles might seem boring but they are absolutely critical to becoming a skilled player. See you next time!
Learning the basics of the guitar, the building blocks if you will, is an extremely important step in learning and mastering the guitar. This series is all about the basics.
This lesson is all about the basics. Mark explains guitar parts, holding the guitar, and more.Length: 13:12 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Mark begins by discussing equipment every guitarist should own. Then, he introduces chords and proper tuning methods.Length: 17:28 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Mark finishes his discussion of the "open" chords. He applies these chords to basic rhythm and strumming concepts.Length: 17:33 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Mark reviews the major chords and introduces the minor chords. He also covers strumming techniques in greater depth.Length: 25:48 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Mark introduces a few more minor chords. He also provides a monster chord exercise.Length: 16:36 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Mark Lincoln continues his discussion of chords and strumming. He introduces several new exercises in this lesson.Length: 19:30 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Mark covers several topics in this lesson. He explains scales and barre chords. He also demonstrates how to find notes on the fretboard.Length: 21:45 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Mark Lincoln covers E shaped barre chords in greater depth. Mark refers to these chords as "Type 1" barre chords.Length: 15:12 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mark covers the A Shape / Type 2 barre chords in greater depth.Length: 17:12 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mark introduces minor barre chords that utilize the shape of the "open" Em chord.Length: 13:10 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mark introduces minor barre chords based on the shape of the "open" Am chord. He refers to these chords as "Type 2 Minor" barre chords.Length: 12:36 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mark demonstrates abbreviated versions of the "Type 1" and "Type 2" barre chords. He calls these "mini barre" chords.Length: 17:43 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mark teaches the "mini barre" version of the A major shaped barre chord. He also explains dissonance.Length: 20:29 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mark Lincoln applies mini-barre chord concepts to minor chords.Length: 12:28 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mark Lincoln explains essential components of guitar technique.Length: 15:59 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mark Lincoln explains how dynamics can enhance your playing. He covers topics such as volume, tempo, rests, and more.Length: 27:48 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Mark Lincoln explains more about guitar technique. This time around he introduces "transition strums" and continues his discussion of liquid chords.Length: 26:12 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mark Lincoln explains what harmonics are and how they are played.Length: 15:31 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Mark Lincoln expands on the concept of liquid chords. He explains new chord variations and how they can be changed in mid-strum.Length: 16:21 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mark demonstrates how chord progressions can be spiced up by adding hammer-ons and pull-offs.Length: 12:21 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Mark explains how chord fingerings must be altered when applying "liquid chord" concepts. He also provides a few new "liquid chord" exercises.Length: 11:10 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mark returns to the land of chords. This time around, he provides an exercise that contains four variations on the A chord.Length: 14:28 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Mark provides a chord progression that shifts from one D chord to another in six steps.Length: 15:20 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mark delves deeper into chord construction and alternate chord voicings.Length: 13:36 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mark tests your guitar knowledge with a pop quiz. Then, he discusses quantitative and qualitative changes.Length: 22:54 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In the 26th installment of his basic guitar series, Mark reviews the quantitative and qualitative changes he presented in lesson 25.Length: 17:34 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Mark provides exercises designed to make you a better rhythm player.Length: 0:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mark Lincoln expands on the rhythm exercise from lesson 27. This time around he incorporates several C based chords.Length: 14:31 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Mark discusses proper playing technique. He provides a few exercises that facilitate right hand mechanics.Length: 17:02 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Mark provides an exercise that features two new chords - Cadd9 and Dsus2.Length: 0:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In the 31st lesson, Mark discusses his "finger glue" technique. This technique improves speed and accuracy.Length: 21:31 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mark takes a step back in lesson 32 to explain how to make quick and accurate chord changes.Length: 22:14 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Mark explains how to use the slide technique between chords.Length: 19:24 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mark reviews qualitative and quantitative changes. He explains how to keep time while performing these changes.Length: 21:17 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mark discusses qualitative and quantitative changes within an A minor progression.Length: 19:56 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Mark Lincoln discusses several techniques that can be used when transitioning between chords.Length: 21:43 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In this lesson, Mark once again covers the subject of chord transitions. This time around, he focuses on barre chords and includes several helpful exercises.Length: 23:25 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In lesson 38, Mark discusses how playing single notes rather than chords can spice up your playing.Length: 22:56 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 39 is all about rocking out. Mark discusses some tips to take your playing to the next level.Length: 18:08 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 40 takes a deeper look at slash chords. Mark discusses why they're called slash chords, and how they are formed.Length: 14:42 Difficulty: 2.0 FREE
In lesson 41, Mark reviews the warm-up section and provides new tips on playing adequately from the wrist.Length: 22:09 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mark builds further on barre chord techniques and liquid chords.Length: 17:24 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In lesson 43, Mark discusses additional skills related to learning and playing chords, specifically "liquification" of chords.Length: 20:42 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 44 is all about trying new things. Mark discusses experimenting with your playing in order to take it to the next level.Length: 17:20 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In this lesson, Mark once again talks about changing up chord derivatives to create a more unique sound.Length: 20:56 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
In lesson 46, Mark explains how to maximize your options by maintaining chord shapes while playing.Length: 21:44 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Today, Mark takes in depth look at strumming.Length: 23:57 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Mark Lincoln teaches an original song entitled "Shine Like the Sun."Length: 18:59 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mark teaches some useful information on how to mix postures, "finger glue," and techniques to make your chord changes speedy and more effective.Length: 30:56 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In this lesson, Mark guides you through the world of alternate chord voicings. He teaches several shapes and shows how they can be used to enhance your playing.Length: 23:06 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mark brings us a very appealing aspect to better understand the guitar. With his explanation of "liquified" chords, mark will explain how to move up and down the guitar to create different chord voicing.Length: 25:32 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
About Mark Lincoln
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Mark Lincoln was born in S. California but was raised near Portland Oregon in a town called Beaverton. When he was twelve years old, he began his journey into the realm of the creative by composing poetry and was later published in a journal called "In Dappled Sunlight." He wrote for four years until his older sister blessed him with his first guitar, an old beat-up nylon stringed classical guitar. Mark played that guitar for five years, continuing to compose his own lyrics and starting the process of matching his own words with chords that he was learning on the guitar. He learned to play chords from his friends and from music books that he both bought and borrowed. Mark cited his four biggest influences, at that point at least, as The Who, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, The Rolling Stones.
Mark cites his most current influences as Radiohead, U2, older music by REM, and Peter Gabriel amongst others. He performs with two acoustic guitars, one being a six-string M-36 Martin with a three-pieced back for increased bass response, and a Guild Twelve-string which is his most recent acquisition. Mark is fond of saying that the twelve-string guitar is better because you get two guitars for the price of one, but he still plays his Martin equally as much and with the same passion.
Mark ended up in Fort Collins Colorado where he currently lives, works as a Marriage and Family Therapist, and continues to write, teach and perform music. He currently performs with a group called "Black Nelson" as well as with a number of other seasoned professional musicians including his cousin David, a virtuoso lead-guitar player. Mark has performed in many of the smaller venues in Denver and Boulder, as well as some of the larger ones including the Fox Theatre, The Boulder Theatre, Herman's Hideaway, and also at The Soiled Dove where he opened for Jefferson Starship as a soloist. Some of Mark's originals are also available for your listening pleasure on MySpace.
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