Further Practice

Friday, December 15, 2006

Once you can do the waltz pattern, try changing the chords from C toG7 and back again. You will find that this is actually easier thanplaying full chords, because initially you only have one string to find.However, it is good to prepare the complete chord with both hands.
Next you can try an actual piece—the popular folk song “Clementine.”As practiced, the first beat is with the thumb followed by the twochords with the fingers. Notice that the music is divided off by verticallines known as bar lines. The space between the lines represents the barsinto which music is divided. The divisions make it easier to keep trackof the rhythm and stress, because there is a slight accent on the firstbeat of each measure.

If you know the song “Clementine,” try humming or singing along. If not, just play thesuccession of chords as shown. Where you see the chord name play the thumb, then the twochords.

Now see if you can fit the chords to the chorus without all the beats marked.