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Mark Lincoln

Diversifying

In this lesson, Mark once again talks about changing up chord derivatives to create a more unique sound.

Taught by Mark Lincoln in Basic Guitar with Mark Lincoln seriesLength: 20:56Difficulty: 1.5 of 5
Chapter 1: (00:35) Performance Please enjoy a short performance from Mark Lincoln.
Chapter 2: (04:52) Review and Introduction
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 quantitative and qualitative techniques.
- Review last week's exercises.
- Practice "wrist warming."
- Enjoy!
Ready?

Lately, we've been focusing on the concept of chord liquification and techniques that can help make your playing more interesting. Deviation from the commonplace open chords will give you more tools with which to create beautiful music. We will continue where we left off in last week's lesson, so please review the techniques we discussed last time.

We ended last week's lesson discussing the open A chord

A major
E_0_
B_2_
G_2_
D_2_
A_0_
E_x_

and the individual chords that can be found within this voicing. So what did you discover with the A chord? Let's take a closer look!

The three pieces of the open A:

E_0_
B_0_
G_0_
D_2_
A_0_
E_0_

E_0_
B_0_
G_2_
D_0_
A_0_
E_0_

E_0_
B_2_
G_0_
D_0_
A_0_
E_0_

I'm hoping that you've noticed by now that each of the chord names are deleted. The reason for this is that each of these three configurations can be called a number of different names depending on the notes you are playing in each. For example, in the first chord, you have the notes E, A, E, G, B and E right? If you just played the notes A, E and G then you would have a chord called A7 (no 3rd). But if you played different notes, added, subtracted etc., then the chord name would change as a function. So, please don't worry about the names of these chords! Just use this as a manner and means to improve your playing skills and add yet another tool to your performance repertoire.
Chapter 3: (15:30) Exercises Exercise 1
Using the strum "down, down-up, down-up," play each of the chords contained in the A major chord. Make sure that you are positioning your strum hand near the lowest string that you will be strumming: the D-string in the first chord, G-string in the second chord, and B-string in the third. Don't forget to relax your wrist and allow the pick to flow over the strings. Try to get the chords to sound as smooth as possible.

Exercise 2
Using the same strum as above, play the same three chords again. This time however, hammer-on to the first note of the chord that you're playing. The note you are hammering will count as the first down stroke in the strum pattern so take that into account when you are playing the rhythm.

Quantitative Changes
Making quantitative changes to your strum patterns can help add some subtle variety to your playing and open up space for the melody that you are accompanying. For example, if you are the rhythm guitar player in a band, and you are playing a busy strumming, you may be overplaying and stepping on the other musicians' feet. The ability to take strums out of your pattern while still maintaining the integrity of the groove is a skill that every guitarist must possess.

Exercise 3
Play the same chords that we've been using today and continue to use the hammer technique as you did in Exercise 2. However, in this exercise, I want you to use the strum pattern "down-up" after you hammer the first note of the chord. Remember, you need to keep the time straight in the progression, so please play along with a metronome. The groove should feel the same for the most part, just slightly less busy. Watch me closely in the video for more on this. I realize that quantitative changes can be a little confusing, but I'll tell you the secret to doing this properly. It's simple! Keep time straight! That’s all. You can play only one strum per measure or ten as long as you do it in the exact same amount of time.

Checking In
So how are you doing so far with this stuff? Are you able to keep time straight? What techniques or tactics are you using to keep time straight in your playing? Do you have any questions as to the in's and out's of breaking chords into pieces and playing them as such? Please don't hesitate to write in and ask me any questions. I know some of this can be confusing and we are moving at the speed of light through some of this material. Just take your time with it and watch me carefully in the video and hopefully you will get the gist of it all.

Scales within Scales
Learning the notes in each individual scale can be a very helpful tool, but that isn't the primary focus of this particular series. Nevertheless, I have encouraged you in the past and will continue to encourage you to learn at least some of the simple scales in order that you might grasp the next step in this ever-challenging process of rhythm guitar. Just as a footnote, you can buy books and charts (even posters for your music room) that show every scale that you could possibly desire to learn.

For our purposes today, I will keep things simple and manageable. Adding notes to your progressions can be a great way to polish your rhythm playing and create effective pathways from one chord to the next.

Exercise 4
Play the same chords that we've been using today with the "down, down-up, down-up" strumming pattern. Also, hammer onto the first note of the chord (which should take the place of the first down strum) after you play the third chord in the series:

E_0_
B_2_
G_0_
D_0_
A_0_
E_0_

Play the notes C#, B, A, G, E, and D in a descending scale. Watch me in the video for more on this. Also, as usual, it is of the utmost importance that you still maintain the integrity of the tempo regardless of how many notes or strums you add or subtract to or from your rhythm. So, make sure you are keeping time!!!!!!!

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aquiguillermoaquiguillermo replied on June 6th, 2014

Done primo !!!Regards.

costeffcosteff replied on November 6th, 2012

You are an excellent teacher Mark. I am finally gettign down my strum accuracy and opening up the fretboard!

abesterabester replied on October 7th, 2012

As i continue I find that I am advancing greatly in my playing, this has been a great journey for me and I am very happy with the results, I can now play "A HORSE WITH NO NAME", "DADDY'S HOME", "BLOWIN IN THE WIND", "PRETTY wOMAN", "WIPE OUT", TWIST AND SHOUT", "MOLIENDO CAFE", "BESAME MUCHO", "LEAVIN ON A JET PLANE", and some songs that I have written myslef that I have gotten compliments on from a friend that has been practicing for 30years and has put me in his band and is in the proccess of copywriting my songs. thanks you Mark Lincoln you are the best!!!

alshyalshy replied on January 23rd, 2010

mark great lesson as usual, exercises great ill keep the foot tapping and the metronome swinging and fingers jumping thanx

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on January 25th, 2010

...I mean the foot swinging and the metronome tapping, oooops!

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on January 25th, 2010

Hey Allen how are you? Just make sure you don't mix the two up and swing the metronome, right? Mark

stratmusicstratmusic replied on June 23rd, 2009

Mark, I gotta tell ya...your lessons here as well as the live Q&A are really changing the way I play rhythm guitar. Sometimes as you advance beyond beginner you forget how interesting some of the simple things can be if you just take the time to experiment and "think outside the box" like you are teaching. Thank you!

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

Hello Georgia peach! Thanks again for your awesome feedback as well as your participation in the Q and A's! Great to have you aboard! Mark

gone workingone workin replied on June 24th, 2009

Getting facility in switching chords by going back and forth over and over is nicely adapted to going from chords to arpeggios from that chord, back and forth. I also like it when the exercises sound cool and experimenting is encouraged. Adds a vitality to it that can change as I change and grow. Great vitality in a lesson Mark.

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

Hey GW great to hear from you as usual! You're feedback is not only insightful but also full of genuine feelings from your experience with the lessons...that helps me a lot to gauge where the lessons will be going in the future. Thanx again my friend! Mark

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Guitar Basics

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Lesson 2

Tuning, Gear, and Chords

Mark begins by discussing equipment every guitarist should own. Then, he introduces chords and proper tuning methods.

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Chords and Strumming

Mark finishes his discussion of the "open" chords. He applies these chords to basic rhythm and strumming concepts.

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Mark reviews the major chords and introduces the minor chords. He also covers strumming techniques in greater depth.

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Mark introduces a few more minor chords. He also provides a monster chord exercise.

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Strumming Exercises

Mark Lincoln continues his discussion of chords and strumming. He introduces several new exercises in this lesson.

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Music Theory and Barre Chords

Mark covers several topics in this lesson. He explains scales and barre chords. He also demonstrates how to find notes on the fretboard.

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E Shape Barre Chords

Mark Lincoln covers E shaped barre chords in greater depth. Mark refers to these chords as "Type 1" barre chords.

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A Shape Barre Chords

Mark covers the A Shape / Type 2 barre chords in greater depth.

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Lesson 10

Minor Barre Chords

Mark introduces minor barre chords that utilize the shape of the "open" Em chord.

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Lesson 11

A Minor Shape Barre Chords

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
Lesson 12

Mini Barre Chord

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
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A Shape Mini Barre

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
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Minor Mini Barre Chords

Mark Lincoln applies mini-barre chord concepts to minor chords.

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Guitar Technique

Mark Lincoln explains essential components of guitar technique.

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Guitar Dynamics

Mark Lincoln explains how dynamics can enhance your playing. He covers topics such as volume, tempo, rests, and more.

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Transistion Strums

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
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Harmonic Technique

Mark Lincoln explains what harmonics are and how they are played.

Length: 15:31 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 19

Expanding Liquid Chords

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
Lesson 20

Spicing up Chords

Mark demonstrates how chord progressions can be spiced up by adding hammer-ons and pull-offs.

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Lesson 21

Chord Fingering

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
Lesson 22

Precision Strumming

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
Lesson 23

D to D in Six Steps

Mark provides a chord progression that shifts from one D chord to another in six steps.

Length: 15:20 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 24

Chord Voicings and Construction

Mark delves deeper into chord construction and alternate chord voicings.

Length: 13:36 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 25

Quantitative and Qualitative Changes

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

Length: 22:54 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 26

Quantitative and Qualitative Review

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
Lesson 27

Rhythm and Guitar

Mark provides exercises designed to make you a better rhythm player.

Length: 0:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 28

Expanded Rhythm Exercise

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
Lesson 29

Hand Structure

Mark discusses proper playing technique. He provides a few exercises that facilitate right hand mechanics.

Length: 17:02 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 30

Cadd9 and Dsus2

Mark provides an exercise that features two new chords - Cadd9 and Dsus2.

Length: 0:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 31

Finger Glue and Flexibility

In the 31st lesson, Mark discusses his "finger glue" technique. This technique improves speed and accuracy.

Length: 21:31 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 32

Reviewing Chord Changes

Mark takes a step back in lesson 32 to explain how to make quick and accurate chord changes.

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Lesson 33

Sliding

Mark explains how to use the slide technique between chords.

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Keeping Time While Playing

Mark reviews qualitative and quantitative changes. He explains how to keep time while performing these changes.

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A Minor Progression

Mark discusses qualitative and quantitative changes within an A minor progression.

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Chord Transistions

Mark Lincoln discusses several techniques that can be used when transitioning between chords.

Length: 21:43 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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Chord Transistions Revisited

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Playing Individual Notes

In lesson 38, Mark discusses how playing single notes rather than chords can spice up your playing.

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Rocking Out

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Slash Chords

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Strumming from the Wrist

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Raising the Barre

Mark builds further on barre chord techniques and liquid chords.

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Building on Your Chord Knowledge

In lesson 43, Mark discusses additional skills related to learning and playing chords, specifically "liquification" of chords.

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Lesson 44

Experiment With Playing

Lesson 44 is all about trying new things. Mark discusses experimenting with your playing in order to take it to the next level.

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Lesson 45

Diversifying

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
Lesson 46

Shaping the Hands

In lesson 46, Mark explains how to maximize your options by maintaining chord shapes while playing.

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Precision Strumming

Today, Mark takes in depth look at strumming.

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Shine Like the Sun

Mark Lincoln teaches an original song entitled "Shine Like the Sun."

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Changing Chords : Accuracy and Speed

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Play Along with Mulitple Chord Voicings

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Understanding Liquified 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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