Warm-up and Practice (Guitar Lesson)


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Mark Lincoln

Warm-up and Practice

In this lesson, Mark Lincoln talks more about warming up your voice and walks you through a few exercises that will aid this process.

Taught by Mark Lincoln in Guitar Performance seriesLength: 16:14Difficulty: 2.0 of 5
Chapter 1: (01:16) Voice and Performance Lesson 14 Welcome back to the Performance series with Mark Lincoln! In this lesson, Mark covers vocal warm-ups and exercises in greater detail.

Review and Warm-up
As always, here is the review and warm-up section:
1. Warm up the body
2. Single note hum
3. Three note hum
4. Hum "me-me-me-me" to "mah-mah-mah mah" to "me-ma-me-ma-me"
5. Wake up the breath with "sah-sah-sah" etc. long and sustained then five times staccato.
6. "Sah" in five note descending scales, then five note ascending scales 7. Work these scales faster and faster, then louder and louder
Practice singing along with rhythms that we’ve been working on in the last few lessons. Practice singing single note hums first. Then, sing/make up a melody line that you think might match the chords that you are playing.

Since I want to make sure that all of you are taking full advantage of the review section, I‘m throwing in some good exercises that can help you utilize the review material to its full extent. If you need to review any material from my Intro to Guitar series, do so whenever necessary. Here we go!
Chapter 2: (02:53) Exercise 1 Exercise 1
Play through all of the "natural" major chords: A,B,C,D,E,F and G. Do single note hums on each chord. Take your time to warm up your voice gradually. Then, do three note hums through each of the major chords as you feel your voice getting “slippery” or warm.
Chapter 3: (03:15) Exercise 2 Exercise 2
Play through all of the major chords using barre chords (either Type 1 or Type 2 depending on your preference) and do the “me-me-me to mah-mah-mah” exercises listed above. Make sure that your voice is good and warm before attempting either of the two exercises with any more than pianissimo volume (very quiet).
Chapter 4: (01:12) Exercise 3 Exercise 3
Play through all of the major chords. Alternate between open and barre chords and practice the “sah” exercises. Sing five note ascending scales and then five note descending scales.
Chapter 5: (02:51) Variety Is the Spice of Life Using derivatives of different chords while playing a particular song is a great way to add variation to the overall effect of the song. Sure, you can play the same form of your favorite chord over and over again, but why? By familiarizing yourself with the various forms of each chord (a lifetime project for me!), you can change things up and make your sound and performance more interesting and pleasing to the ear. Here’s an example of two D chords:

D major
E_2_
B_3_
G_2_
D_0_
A_x_
E_x_

D(5th fret)
E_5_
B_7_
G_7_
D_x_
A_x_
E_x_

The second D chord listed here is an example of a mini-barre chord, and if you need to familiarize yourself with this type of chord, take a gander at Lesson 13 in my Intro to Guitar series. Play each chord and get “acquainted” with them.

What do you think of the differences between the chords? Do you like the way the D (5th fret) sounds? Do you think you’d use it in a song if you were to become proficient at playing it?

Exercise 4
Play the two D chords using the strum downupdown up up updown or "down-up-down up up up-down". Watch me in the video for more insight into this strum. Get a feel for changing between these two chords and how you might be able to facilitate and expedite the change between the two. Hint: your third or ring finger should never leave the fretboard when changing between the two chords. Here’s how you do it! Play the D (5th fret) by placing your first finger on the high E string, 5th fret, your second or middle finger on the G string, 7th fret, and your third or ring finger on the B string, 7th fret. Now when you change to the open D chord slide your ring finger down the B string until you are in position on the third fret where you are supposed to be.
Chapter 6: (02:58) Exercise 5 Exercise 5
Play the exact same exercise explained above, but this time, play a hammer-on with your pinky on the 7th fret (with the D 5th fret) and on the 3rd fret with the open D chord. This technique will add an extra bit of variety to the chords that you have chosen and will increase your performance level.
Chapter 7: (01:48) Final Exercises and Wrap-Up Okay, so we’ve added a “new” D chord to the progression, so what? Well my friends, little changes in your progression will make your playing much more interesting to listen to and more fun for you to play. Let’s look at another “upgrade.”

For this next series of exercises, we’ll use the chords Bm, A and G:

B minor
E_2_
B_3_
G_4_
D_4_
A_2_
E_x_

A major
E_0_
B_2_
G_2_
D_2_
A_0_
E_x_

G major
E_3_
B_0_
G_0_
D_0_
A_2_
E_3_

Get a feel for these chords and get comfortable with changing between them. Don’t forget to relax your wrists and allow the pick to flow gently over the strings. Don’t forget to review my Intro to Guitar series if you need any extra insight into chord structure and technique.

Exercise 6
Play the Bm, A and G chords using the strum down downup or "down down-up" on the Bm and A chords and down down downupupdown or "down down down-up-up-down" on the G chord. Remember that strum notations that are hyphenated should be played as continuous and flowing as possible and as “one” rather than as single strums. Watch me in the video for more insight into this.

Exercise 7
Play the two D chords from the previous exercises first and then play the Bm, A, and G chords. What do you know, we have a song! What other techniques that we’ve covered previously do you think might work well with the chords that we have constructed?

Exercise 8
Find other derivatives for the Bm, A, and G chords. Then, play this song again.

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kng629kng629 replied on November 22nd, 2012

Hi Mark, I noticed that when you play Type 2 bar chords you never press the high E strings..is that a personal preference or is it just a visual illusion..?:) Thanks.

claude77claude77 replied on May 17th, 2012

I love your collection of hats, and I love your lessons. Just one question Mark. What about difficult songs. For example I learned to play Confortably numb from Pink Floyd. When the song goes to the chorus it's pretty high for me and working on it day by day I am now able to sing it good but still feeling I am at my maximum. Can this damage my voice or I can expande my range. And basically is this the way to expande my range? Working on songs that are higher? Thank a lot, Claudio

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Performing live or in a studio situation is a goal of many aspiring guitarists. Vocal training and the ability to sing and play at the same time are skills that will help in this endeavor.



Lesson 1

Introduction to Singing

Mark introduces you to the wonderful world of singing.

Length: 15:12 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

Vocal Exercises

Mark Lincoln guides you through stretches and vocal exercises to warm up the voice.

Length: 23:12 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
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Vocal Vibrato

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Warming the Breath

Mark covers some singing terms and teaches an exercise that is used to "warm the breath."

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Singing and Guitar

Mark Lincoln talks more about vocal exercise and warm-up. Then, he moves on to discuss singing and playing at the same time.

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Singing Exercises

Mark Lincoln provides more singing exercises to practice while playing your guitar.

Length: 26:15 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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Mark returns to singing and playing. Mark teaches proper form while singing and playing, cognitive exercises, and chord progression basics.

Length: 17:54 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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Mark Lincoln discusses song dynamics and the anatomy of songs. He also explains more about singing and playing.

Length: 23:19 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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Mark Lincoln applies singing and playing techniques to the Doors song "Riders on the Storm."

Length: 17:19 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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Length: 23:30 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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Mark discusses how alternating between arpeggios and strummed chords can add contrast and flair to your music.

Length: 15:02 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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Mark discusses silence in music and how it can transform a piece. Additionally, he explains how to use silence effectively in your playing.

Length: 16:40 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 14

Warm-up and Practice

In this lesson, Mark Lincoln talks more about warming up your voice and walks you through a few exercises that will aid this process.

Length: 16:14 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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Length: 20:57 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 16

Voice and Guitar

In this lesson, Mark delves into the concept of combining both your voice and guitar into one neat little package you can deliver to your listener.

Length: 21:47 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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Length: 19:09 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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Length: 23:34 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 20

Play Along with Mark Lincoln

Mark Lincoln brings us a great play along opportunity. Mark provides lyrics as well as the chord progression for this play along. He also breaks down key elements such as palm muting, hammer-ons, bending,...

Length: 24:06 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 21

Palm Muting Technique

Lesson 21 is a repeat of lesson 20's content only with a whole new set of chords and techniques. The"chords de jour" will be a little simpler than lesson 20's and will also include a much more in depth...

Length: 20:05 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only

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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