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Notes on the 1st String

The E Note

To play the E note, pick the open 1st string.

The F Note

Play the F note with the first finger of your left hand just behind the first fret of the 1st string.

The G Note

Play the G note with the third finger of your left hand just behind the third fret of the 1st string.

You now know two G notes. The open 3rd string and the third fret of the 1st string. These two G notes are said to be an octave apart.

As a general rule:

  • Play notes on the first fret with your first finger.
  • Play notes on the second fret with your second finger.
  • Play notes on the third fret with your third finger.

The Whole Note

This is a whole note. It lasts for four beats. There is one whole note in one bar of time.

The Whole Rest

This is a whole rest. It indicates one bar of silence. A whole rest in time indicates four beats of silence.

9Rock Riff 1

A Riff is a pattern of notes that are repeated. The following example contains a two bar riff played twice. The example is then repeated and ended by a whole note (G note).

9Rock Riff 1 (Lead Part Notes)

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9Rock Riff 1 (Rhythm Part Chords)

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10Marianne

Marianne is a Caribbean folk song. It contains a whole rest in bars 4, 8, 12 and 16.

10Marianne

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The Eighth Note

This is an eighth note. It lasts for half a count. There are eight eighth notes in one bar of time. When eighth notes are joined together the tails are replaced by one beam.

11How to Count Eighth Notes

The two dots at the end of the staff before the double bar lines are called a repeat sign and mean that you play the exercise again from the start.

11How to Count Eighth Notes

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Alternate Picking

All of the songs you have played so far have involved a downward pick motion, indicated by a . With the introduction of eighth notes, the technique of down and up ( ) picking is used. This is called alternate picking, and is essential for the development of speed and accuracy. In alternate picking, use a down pick on the beat (the number count) and an up pick off the beat (the ‘and’ count).

Note that the pick symbol (for playing single note down strokes) has one line of the V shaped symbol thicker than the other so it will not be confused with the strum symbol (for strumming chords).

12Rock Riff 2

Play the following Rock Riff using alternate picking.

12Rock Riff 2 (Lead Part Notes)

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13Hush Little Baby

Hush Little Baby is a traditional children’s song which makes use of half notes, quarter notes and eighth notes. Use alternate picking when playing the eighth notes in this song.

13Hush Little Baby (Lead Part Notes)

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