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Guitar Lesson 8: Tuning the Guitar, and Dotted Rhythms

Module by: Catherine Schmidt-Jones. E-mail the author

Summary: Introduces a common tuning method, the C major scale, half and whole steps, dotted rhythms, and the G major chord.

Please see Guitar Lesson 1 for notes about this course. Here are PDF files of the Lesson Page, the Home Practice Page, Song Sheet 4, and Ensemble Page 5.

Young students may not be ready to tune their own guitars yet. This should not be considered a problem, although it is a good idea for them to understand why the guitar can be tuned using this method, and to begin to listen carefully to distinguish sounds as being "in tune", "too high", or "too low". With very young students, this kind of practice can be turned into a game. Older students may be i8nterested in reading about other methods for tuning the guitar

If students who are interested in singing are having trouble singing a favorite 3-chord song in the key of A, the teacher can help them transpose the chords to the key of D (using chords D, G, and A7 as I, IV, and V7). They can practice singing and playing in both keys before deciding which works best for them.

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