Paw Paw Patch (Guitar Lesson)


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Steve Eulberg

Paw Paw Patch

Steve teaches a classic song called "Paw Paw Patch" in this lesson.

Taught by Steve Eulberg in Kids and Guitar seriesLength: 10:50Difficulty: 1.0 of 5
Chapter 1: (03:57) Lesson Introduction and Paw Paw Patch Welcome to lesson 12! Hopefully you have been practicing your finger and chord exercises over the past few weeks. In lesson 12, Steve builds on the chords and chord exercises discussed in past lessons. Up to this point, all chords demonstrated in the series feature three strings. You have learned three string versions of the C and G7 chords. Now the time has come to learn the full versions of the C and G7 chords.

Once you have mastered these new chord forms, you can begin to apply them to basic chord progressions and songs. Steve will teach you how to play the classic song "Paw Paw Patch." This song provides you with an opportunity to practice your new chord skills. Countless other songs use these new chord shapes. As a result, mastery of the concepts presented in this lesson is absolutely essential.

Review of the C Chord

Before advancing to the new, challenging version of the C Chord, take some time to review the C chord that you have already learned. This chord requires that you fret the note C at the 1st fret of the second string. Then, strum the high three strings. Be careful not to mute the open first string.

Review of G7

For G7, use the first finger to fret the note F at the 1st fret of the first string. Then, strum the high three strings. This produces the following notes: G, B, and F.

Chord Progression Practice

Practice playing these two chords in the context of a chord progression. At first, switch chords every two measures. Then attempt to play the chord progression from "Paw Paw Patch."

Note: Tablature and Notation to this chord progression can be found under the "Supplemental Content" tab. It is labeled "Chords (3 String Version)."

At 02:18, practice this chord progression along with Steve. Make sure that you are changing chords in time. Keeping the rhythm steady is the most important aspect of a musical performance. If the tempo in the lesson is too fast, simply pause the video and practice the chord changes at a slower tempo.

You might experience problems remembering where the chords changes. Humming the the lyrics to yourself will help you keep track of the changes. Refer to Steve's marker board to see how the song lyrics correspond with the chord progression.
Chapter 2: (06:52) The Full Chord The chords that Steve has demonstrated so far feature only three strings. However, many chords in the guitar vocabulary use five or six strings. In this scene, you'll learn full versions of the C and G7 chords.

The following tips and guidelines will help you master the full forms of these chords.

1. Use proper fretting technique when playing any chord.

2. The difficulties that most beginners face with chords are due primarily to inadequate reach. Practice the finger exercises Steve taught in the first several lessons. These exercises improve the flexibility of the left hand fingers. Then, return to practicing chords. You may find specific stretches easier after practicing through these exercises.

3. Keep the left-hand nails as short as possible.

4. Arch the wrist outwards to prevent muting an open string.

5. Learn each of the new chords by adding one string at a time.

4 String C Chord

Begin by fretting the C chord that you already know. Then, place the middle finger on the 2nd fret of the fourth string. Play each of the strings individually. Make sure that the open string notes are ringing clearly. Finally, practice strumming all four of the strings simultaneously.

4 String G7 Chord

When converting G7 to a four string chord, no new left hand fingers must be added. The fourth string is played open. Practice strumming all four strings of the chord simultaneously.

When you feel comfortable strumming the 4 string versions of the chords, apply them to the chord progression in "Paw Paw Patch." Tablature and notation to this chord progression are listed under the "Supplemental Content" tab as "Chords (4 String Version)."

C Chord (Full Version)

To form the full version of the C chord, first begin with the four string version. Then, place the third finger on the 3rd fret of the fifth string. Strum all of the strings except the lowest. The open low E note is not consonant within the context of this chord.

G7 Chord (Full Version)

Two left hand fingers must be added to the four string version of the G7 chord to form the full version. The middle finger frets the note B at the 2nd fret of the fifth string. The root note, G, is played by the third finger at the 3rd fret.

Switching between G7 and C

Compare the visual patterns of the C and G7 chords on Steve's marker board. Both chords use three fingers. When switching from one chord to the next, the fingers do not have to switch fret location. However, they do shift to new strings.

Use the method Steve suggests when practicing a C to G7 progression. At first, change chords every four beats. Then, at the same tempo, change every three beats. Next, change every two beats. Finally, switch chords after a single strum.

Paw Paw Patch

Note: Tablature and Notation to the full chord version of "Paw Paw Patch" can be found under the "Supplemental Content" tab.

If you have mastered all of the exercises demonstrated in the lesson, you are ready to tackle the chord progression to "Paw Paw Patch." Be careful of where the chord changes occur within the progression. Typically, the chords change every two measures. However, an exception to this pattern occurs at the end. When you have mastered the progression on your own, play the song along with Steve at 04:44 in the lesson video. Focus on playing strictly in time. If you have a hard time keeping up, switch back to the four string version of the chords as you play along with Steve.

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tabbydogtabbydog replied on April 14th, 2013

it would be helpful if you gave us the metronome settings. great job thought

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it's ok

blaroblaro replied on March 16th, 2012

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blaroblaro replied on March 16th, 2012

important exercice to practise

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Playing the guitar can be a fun, educational, and productive activity for children of all ages. Introduce your child to the wonderful world of music with this lesson series.



Lesson 1

Introduction to Guitar

In this lesson, the first in the Kids and Guitar series, Steve Eulberg introduces the guitar and its many wonders.

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Lesson 2

Parts of the Guitar

Steve Eulberg talks about the parts of the guitar and how they function. You also get to see some of his wonderful artwork.

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Steve explains finger placement and proper playing technique. He also teaches a fun new song.

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Tuning the Guitar

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Lesson 7

Hand Exercise

In this lesson, Steve Eulberg provides a new exercise that will challenge your mind and hands.

Length: 8:07 Difficulty: 1.0 FREE
Lesson 8

Chords and a Song

Steve introduces some basic chords. Then, he teaches the classic song "Hot Cross Buns."

Length: 14:48 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

The Right Hand

Steve explains proper picking hand technique.

Length: 9:34 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

Mary Had a Little Lamb

Steve Eulberg covers the classic children's song "Mary Had a Little Lamb."

Length: 6:37 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

Aunt Rhody

Steve teaches an easy children's song called "Aunt Rhody." We've all heard the song. Now it's time to play it!

Length: 10:59 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 12

Paw Paw Patch

Steve teaches a classic song called "Paw Paw Patch" in this lesson.

Length: 10:50 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 13

The Wheels on the Bus

Steve Eulberg teaches the popular kids song "The Wheels on the Bus."

Length: 5:54 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
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Lesson 15

Old MacDonald Had a Farm

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Lesson 16

Ode to Joy

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Length: 20:52 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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Steve demonstrates techniques to accomplish the ability to move your fingers independently.

Length: 6:54 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 18

E Minor Chord

Steve teaches the E minor chord. This chord was first introduced in the song "Ode to Joy" and serves as an introduction to the remaining minor chords that will be taught in this series.

Length: 5:54 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 19

A Minor Chord

Steve introduces the A minor chord. You have an opportunity to compare and contrast the difference in sound between major and minor chords in this lesson.

Length: 9:16 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 20

Picking Technique

Steve breaks away from left hand positions to focus on picking hand technique.

Length: 6:44 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 21

B Minor Chord

Steve adds yet another chord for your fingers to enjoy. In this lesson, he teaches the B minor chord. Steve teaches the proper fingering for this chord and incorporates it into a few chord progression...

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Lesson 22

4 Fret Exercise

Give your fretting hand a workout with this 4 fret exercise!

Length: 9:24 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 23

12 Fret Movement Exercise

Steve Eulberg explains an exercise that will develop your ability to perform position shifts.

Length: 11:11 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 24

"Monkey Around" Fret Exercise

Steve shows how to "monkey around" with a fret hand exercise designed to develop creativity and proper technique.

Length: 4:45 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 25

D Minor Chord

Steve demonstrates the D minor chord.

Length: 3:42 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 26

Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho

Steve uses the new D minor chord from Lesson 25 in the classic song "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho."

Length: 9:36 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 27

Smooth Chord Transition (The Pivot Finger)

Steve demonstrates some techniques that help transition smoothly between chords.

Length: 9:35 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 28

What and When Hands

This fantastic lesson explains that the strum hand determines when we hear the sound, and the "what" hand creates what we hear.

Length: 8:15 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 29

5th Fret Magic

Steve breaks explains how notes are laid out in first position and how the 5th fret is used to shorten up the work needed to play full scales.

Length: 8:40 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 30

House of Chords - The Room of G

Welcome to the first installment of a series that details how various chords are formed! Get started by learning some "G" chords.

Length: 4:50 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 31

House of Chords - The Room of C

Steve moves from room to room in the house of chords. This lesson features the room of C.

Length: 5:01 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 32

House of Chords - The Room of A

Steve continues through the House of Chords. In this lesson, he has found himself in the room of A.

Length: 14:18 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 33

House of Chords - The Room of E

Steve welcomes you to the room of E as he continues to take you on a tour of the House of Chords.

Length: 5:01 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 34

House of Chords - The Room of D

Steve finally completes his tour of the House of Chords with the room of D.

Length: 3:39 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 35

Advanced Strumming Pt. 1

It's time to introduce a new strumming technique commonly referred to as the "boom-chuck." This lesson will help develop more advanced picking hand skill.

Length: 6:04 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 36

Advanced Strumming Pt. 2

Steve continues with part 2 of his advanced strumming techniques.

Length: 4:16 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 37

Advanced Strumming Pt. 3

Diving more in depth and getting a better grasp on the alternate "boom chuck" style of picking, Steve continues with part 3 of his advanced strumming techniques.

Length: 2:44 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 38

Advanced Strumming Pt. 4

Steve introduces full chord strumming techniques in part 4 of his advanced strumming lessons.

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Lesson 39

Advanced Strumming Pt. 5

Steve demonstrates how to "alternate the boom" to a different string in this Advanced Strumming Pt. 5 Lesson.

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Lesson 40

Advanced Strumming Pt. 6

Welcome to part 6 in a series of advanced strumming techniques. This lesson demonstrates how to "alternate the boom" on two different strings.

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Lesson 41

Advanced Strumming Pt. 7

Steve Breaks down what the D chord looks like when applying the "boom chuck" strum technique.

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Lesson 42

Advanced Strumming Pt. 8

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He has sung and composed for religious communities, union halls, picket lines, inter-faith retreats, mountain-top youth camps, as well as the more familiar venues: clubs, coffeehouses, bookstores, festivals, charity benefits and showcase concerts.

Born and raised in the German-heritage town of Pemberville, Ohio, Steve was exposed to a variety of music in his home. Early piano lessons were followed by trumpet in school band, and he became self-taught on ukelele and guitar and harmonica. Mandolin was added at Capital University where, while majoring in History, he studied Ear Training, Voice and took Arranging lessons from the Conservatory of Music.

While at college, he first heard hammered and mountain dulcimers, building his first mountain dulcimer just before his final year. Seminary training took him the west side of Denver where he built his first hammered dulcimer. With these instruments, he was able to give voice to the Scottish, English and Irish traditions to which he is also heir.

Following marriage in 1985 to Connie Winter-Eulberg he settled in Kansas City, Missouri. There he worked cross-culturally in a church of African-Americans, Latinos and European Americans, with music being a primary organizing tool. He moved with his family in 1997 to be nestled beside the Rocky Mountains in Fort Coillins, Colorado.

Founder of Owl Mountain Music, Inc. he teaches and performs extensively in Colorado and Wyoming with tours across the US and the UK. He delights in introducing the “sweet music” of dulcimers to people in diverse settings and in addition to his own recordings, has included dulcimers in a variety of session work for other musicians.

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