Beginners Guitar Course – Checkpoint 2

The checkpoint 2 in this beginner guitar course is actually very important. We need to be sure that you are up to speed with all the content that was covered up until now. With that being said, it would be unreasonable of me to expect of you that you can do everything perfectly. That is not the point here. I want you to be able to play all the chords, chord sequences and songs comfortably – not ‘perfectly’ as I just mentioned. However, should there be something you are struggling with or that I wasn’t able to explain well enough for you to follow, then you need to let me know right away, okay? By now you should know how you can reach me, but just in case, click here and send me an email.

Okay, so let’s quickly recap one more time. The guitar chords we learned so far are:

  1. E-Minor
  2. D-Major
  3. A-Major
  4. G-Major
  5. C-Major
  6. E-Major
  7. A-Minor
  8. D7

Out of the chord list above, which is the one you struggle the most with? If I had to take a guess, based on my experience as a guitar teacher I would go with the C-Major chord. But it really all depends on the individual student. Some have absolutely no problem with this one, however, struggle big time with seemingly easier ones. Anyway, you need to practice the one(s) you are having difficulties with. Each time you are practicing, dedicate 3-5 minutes (yes, that’s all) to do exercises specifically involving the chords that give you the most trouble.

How are you doing with the strumming patterns? Are they all clear to you? Can you keep up with the metronome (well, I assume you are still using a metronome on a regular basis!)? Keep in mind, your right hand is just as important as your left hand.

Okay, at this point in our beginners guitar course I want you to be perfectly honest with yourself: in case you feel confident that you are good to move on, well, then that’s great and you should get ready for the next milestones. However, if you feel that you need more time, that’s absolutely okay. Take a day or two off, clear your head, then go over the previous lessons again. Give yourself a week or two (or even more time, if needed), before you jump to the next lesson.

Great job so far – we are almost half way through and I am really proud of you. I’m not just saying that, I mean it. If you managed to stick with it up until this point, then you are well on track for the rest of this course and beyond that. Learning guitar is not easy and you should acknowledge your achievement – I certainly do it. Well done…..;-)

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