Quantitative and Qualitative Changes (Guitar Lesson)

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Mark Lincoln

Quantitative and Qualitative Changes

Mark tests your guitar knowledge with a pop quiz. Then, he discusses quantitative and qualitative changes.

Taught by Mark Lincoln in Basic Guitar with Mark Lincoln seriesLength: 22:54Difficulty: 2.5 of 5
Chapter 1: (07:21) Introduction and Quiz Review
- Warm-up the hands.
- Stretch the wrists.
- Play the major and minor open chords.
- Warm up your strumming muscles by relaxing the wrists and letting the pick flow over the strings.
- Play the E major chord in the "new" way and play the type 1 barre chords.
- Play the A major chord in the "new" way and play the type 2 barre chords.
- Practice the "slanting A" technique.
- Practice the type 1 minor barre chords.
- Practice the type 2 minor barre chords.
- Play all of the type 1 mini-barre chords.
- Play all of the type 2 mini-barre chords.
- Review and practice new techniques.

Here we are at lesson 25, and it looks like it's time for a quiz! Grab your #2 pencils and let's see what you've learned! Try to answer or play the answers without looking back at previous lessons if you can.

Quiz #1
1. Play eight A chords in different positions on the neck. Feel free to play either major or minor chords
2. Play eight D chords in different positions on the neck. They can be any type of D chord (including suspended or what have you).
3. Play the type 1 barre chords from F to E and then back. Then, play the minor versions of all of the same chords.
4. Play the type 2 barre chords from B to A and then back. Then, play the minor versions of all of the same chords.
5. Play an F# minor chord
6. Play a D# minor chord
7. Play a Cb minor chord
8. Play an open D chord. Then, hammer-on a G note (high E string) with your pinky. Now, while leaving your pinky on the G note, pull it off while strumming.
9. While strumming the ever-popular "down, down-up, down," walk down from a G chord to an E minor and then back up.
10. Play the "D to D in Six Steps" exercise playing somewhat quietly (pianissimo in music lingo). Then, strum a C chord while changing dynamics. You can either play louder or softer.
11. Take any three of the questions above, pick your own strum, and invent a song of your own. Try to incorporate dynamic changes and don't forget to relax your strumming hand by allowing the pick to flow over the strings.
So how did you do? Did you have to go back and look at previous lessons? It's okay if you did. After all, this quiz gauges where you are in the series and where you might need to work a little harder. How did you answer question #7? Remember that Cb is the same note as B. These are "enharmonic" notes, or notes that produce the same pitch but are written differently.
Chapter 2: (01:52) Technique Classification Quantitative vs. Qualitative Changes
These are terms that I have chosen to indicate certain types of changes within your guitar playing. I'll discuss both terms in detail and then show you how to apply each.

Changing the number of strums you might be strumming in a particular rhythm without changing the rhythm is an example of a quantitative change. Watch me in the video for more on this topic as this is critical to improving and refining rhythm guitar playing.

Playing harder or softer, changing chord positionings (see liquid chords), playing different notes within the chord, striking the tonic, changing strum patterns, etc. are examples of qualitative changes. We're going to talk more and more about qualitative changes in the weeks to come.
Chapter 3: (04:14) Chord and Strumming Exercise Exercise 1 Playing the strum or "down down-up down" (remember this is not the same as down down-up down) play the chords D, A, C, and G. Play each of the chords four times before changing to the next. Now play each chord one strum pattern each before changing to the next chord. Now, take the last downstrum out of the strumming pattern for each chord. The rhythm should stay exactly the same as well as the amount of time spent on each chord. You are simply removing a strum. This is an example of a quantitative change.
Chapter 4: (01:21) Quantitative and Qualitative Changes Exercise 2
Playing the same chords as the above exercise, play the strum or "down down-up down" on the first chord, then or "down down-up" on the second, on the third, and on the fourth. Yes, you are alternating between the two strums on every other chord and making a quantitative change within your rhythm. Watch me in the video for more on this.

*Note-making quantitative changes to your rhythm will add subtle nuances and variety to your strumming patterns. Keep in mind that it is absolutely essential that you maintain steady rhythm and a consistent pulse. In essence, you are pulling a strum out of your rhythm while simultaneously pulling out a marker that would normally mark time in your strum. Be aware of the silence and don't unwittingly try to fill it by strumming your next strum ahead of time!
Chapter 5: (01:38) Keeping Time Exercise 3 Play Exercise 2 again but this time, tap your foot to keep time. At first this may be difficult, but don’t give up too soon! Keeping solid time is an essential skill for every musician to possess. If you can keep time in your head, that’s great! Tapping your foot will help you internalize a steady pulse.
Chapter 6: (02:10) Exercise 4 Exercise 4
Play the D A C G chord progression as above using the strum or "down down down-up" on the first and third chords (D and C), and the strum or "up up-down up-down" on the second and fourth chords (A and G). Play each of the chords four times each and then play them just one time each before switching to the next chord. Next, play each of the chords as follows:

D Major (5)

Play your D chord as a type 2 mini-barre on the fifth fret.

A Major (5)

Play your A chord as a type 1 mini-barre on the fifth fret.

C Major (3)

Play your C chord as a type 2 mini-barre on the third fret.

G Major (3)

Play all four of the chords first as open chords and then as mini-barre chords. This is an example of a qualitative change and can add new colors to your strum patterns. Practice the mini-barre changes separate from the open chords and then put the whole thing together.
Chapter 7: (03:37) Qualitative Exercise Exercise 5

Perform the previous exercise. This time around, add a qualitative change. You can do this by changing chord voicings while maintaining the same strumming pattern.
Chapter 8: (0:41) Lesson Wrap-Up Lesson Wrap-Up

In this scene, Mark stresses the importance of the exercises he has provided. Utilizing these tools will help you become a better guitar player.

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bevobevo replied on April 21st, 2014

The last segment rocks. Awesome lesson

bowchampbowchamp replied on March 4th, 2014

If anyone is having issues with the walking up and down question. You move your third finger to the 2nd string 3rd fret, move your middle finger to the 3rd string 2nd fret and move your pointer finger to the 6th string 2nd fret. Its a chord that is in between a Em and a G chord.

maxplumbermaxplumber replied on November 21st, 2013

Mark nice lesson but scene 7 and 8 are not playing

maxplumbermaxplumber replied on November 21st, 2013

Mark nice lesson but scene 7 and 8 are not playing

nole27nole27 replied on September 10th, 2012

How do you walk down from G to Em? Is that like the o G to G in 4 steps?

armoguitararmoguitar replied on January 17th, 2012

Nice review. Didn't sneak the Cb minor past me Mark. Nice try though

ElaineHElaineH replied on November 5th, 2011

You got me on the trick question! This was a really fun lesson. I agree with YucanEd, bring it on! So cool to finally learn more about rhythm and strums! Thanks a lot, Mark!

humbleguitaristhumbleguitarist replied on September 4th, 2011

Man, I gotta say, I really appreciate your style of teaching, especially emphasis on review. The question about the Cb minor was a tricky one, and had I not learned about that in the past you would've really got me. Do you have any more advanced lesson series on here? If so, I'll be looking them up! Thank you and keep up the good work man, from one teacher to another!

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on October 6th, 2011

Hey Humble nice to hear from you! Yes, we will hopefully be posting some more of my lessons down the road here...Jamplay is always busy editing and putting up new and exciting videos for everybody so stay tuned. Take care, Mark

mgapmgap replied on October 18th, 2010

Alright Mark I have most all of it. Couldn't even skunk me on the Cbminor hah. So then on the the next 25 lessons. Thanks Mark

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on October 20th, 2010

Hey Mike! There's no squeaking one past you is there??? Good to hear from you! Mark

dragonfretdragonfret replied on May 11th, 2010

Hi, Mark! Does qualitative changes also mean tuning the guitar down a half-step or a whole-step?

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on May 15th, 2010

Hey Dragon what's up? Qualitative changes are really more in line with what I'm talking about in the video although I suppose you could make a case for tuning changes to be considered qualitative. I think qualitative as being more applicable to what you're doing as a player effecting your sound, know what I mean? Mark

paulkpaulk replied on March 22nd, 2010

Great Mark - begining to get the picture now!

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on March 22nd, 2010

Nice Paul stick with it my friend! Mark

dino2009dino2009 replied on September 21st, 2009

really great lesson ! I walked all over the G to Em lines but couldn't remember what lesson Mark was doing it in. I'll ask him about it today.

YucatanEdYucatanEd replied on September 5th, 2009

When I first heard you say the surprise of this lesson (I won't give it away), I was thinking "Oh great!" But as I went through each of the parts, I found myself going along with confidence. Turns out that I have been practicing each lesson so intensely, I was able to keep up with this lesson pretty well. Towards the end I found myself saying "That all you got?" And when you would say "...next..." I was like "BRING IT!" In all, this lesson was fun for me, and a great confidence booster because I have been diligently practicing the preceding lessons. Thanks Mark. This was one of my favorites in your series so far.

kevmcculloughkevmccullough replied on December 13th, 2008


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Quantitative and Qualitative Changes

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About Mark Lincoln View Full Biography 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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