Expanded Rhythm Exercise (Guitar Lesson)


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Mark Lincoln

Expanded Rhythm Exercise

Mark Lincoln expands on the rhythm exercise from lesson 27. This time around he incorporates several C based chords.

Taught by Mark Lincoln in Basic Guitar with Mark Lincoln seriesLength: 14:31Difficulty: 2.5 of 5
Chapter 1: (00:32) Welcome Back Welcome back to the Basic Guitar Series with Mark Lincoln! Get your guitar tuned and ready to go!
Chapter 2: (03:39) Review and Warm-Up Before moving on with the lesson, please be sure to practice and review the following:
- Warm-up the hands.
- Stretch the wrists.
- Play the major and minor open chords.
- Warm up your strums by relaxing the wrists and letting the pick flow over the strings.
- 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 quantitative and qualitative techniques.
- Review last week’s exercise.
I’m hoping that you all have noticed that I’ve made some small changes to the review section. Regardless of the changes that I make periodically, I’m hoping that you will make your own changes and work on the areas that you struggle with rather than areas that you have mastered. I think it’s important to practice everything, but some people may unwittingly avoid areas that they find too painful simply because they feel that “it’s too hard” or “I can’t do it.” Every musician comes to impasses and plateaus in their playing, and the only way to get past them is to work hard and practice diligently. There are some techniques that I’m still working on and trying to master even after playing for over twenty years. I just continue to work on them and they eventually come to me. Enough pep talk. Let’s jam!

Please open last week’s lesson and review the progression that we worked on. Consider the Em to B5 to G/B to be the first part of the exercise, and today’s content the second part. Use the same strum patterns as last week or down downup updown and down downupdown. Are you ready? Let’s do it!
Chapter 3: (02:15) New Exercise The next three chords in the progression look like this:

C Major 7
E_0_
B_0_
G_0_
D_2_
A_3_
E_x_

Play this chord by placing your first finger on the D-string at the second fret, and your second or middle finger on the A-string, third fret. Strum all of the strings except for the low E-string and allow them to ring out. Don’t forget to relax your wrist and let the pick flow over the strings in a relaxed fashion.

Chapter 4: (08:05) Finishing the Exercise C(b5) / Cmaj7(#11)
E_0_
B_0_
G_0_
D_4_
A_3_
E_x_

Play this chord by keeping your middle finger on the A-string, third fret. Then, place your third finger on the D-string, fourth fret. Please note that this chord is only called C(b5) when only the A and D strings are strummed. If the chord is strummed from the A string down the chord is called a Cmaj7(#11). It is important to remember that adding or subtracting notes changes the name of the chord.

C5 / Cmaj7
E_0_
B_0_
G_0_
D_5_
A_3_
E_x__

Finally, play this chord in the same fashion as above but remove your ring finger from the fourth fret and replace it with your pinky on the fifth fret of the D-string. Similar to the chord above, adding the open string notes on the G, B, and E strings changes the name of the chord. For instance, if Mark plays only the fretted strings, the chord is called a C5. If he strums from the A string down, it is called a Cmaj7(no 3rd).

Just as in last week's exercise, use the first part of the strum on the C then the second part on the Cmaj7(#11), the first again on the Cmaj7, and the second part on the Cmaj7(#11) again.

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Southern CashSouthern Cash replied on October 19th, 2015

Mark, you are like the best teacher on this site! Really inspiring!!!

zenfingadozenfingado replied on October 18th, 2013

So when we shift down on the fretboard from the A 9th fret to the D 2nd fret, what are the notes in the series? Is it D to Dmaj7 to D7 (no 3rd) to ??Bmaj7. In particular, what is the last note that slides down from Fmaj7?

krobinson5krobinson5 replied on July 18th, 2011

I have started taking my tab books that use open cords and between cord changes I insert different versions of the same cord. I think it sounds a lot better. Thanks for teaching me all these cords.

brandtjbrandtj replied on June 18th, 2011

Really loving this exercise. Thanks for the great lesson Mark!

patsendpatsend replied on December 7th, 2009

Great lesson mark I begin sounding a very little bit like Pink Floyd on Animals. merci

YucatanEdYucatanEd replied on September 13th, 2009

Hey Mark. I found that it is easier keeping my fingers on the fretboard as a walk up going from Cmaj7 to Cmaj7(no 3rd) and Cmaj7(11). It just feels more comfortable on my hand if I leave my fingers where they are on the lower notes while I add my ring finger and then add my pinkie. Great lesson.

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on September 14th, 2009

Yes Ed, it seems that you are really developing a keener sense of the fretboard and the many ways that you can quicken your changes. Nice job my friend and thanks for the great feedback! Mark

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on August 24th, 2009

No worries my friend, glad I can help you to add some new tools. Good to hear from you Al! Mark

alshyalshy replied on August 23rd, 2009

thanx mark another tool in the box, ill need to review it a couple of times

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Expanded Rhythm Exercise

Mark Lincoln expands on the rhythm exercise from lesson 27. This time around he incorporates several C based chords.

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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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