9/23 Class Summary


Welcome to our new student! We continued working on our Boom-Chuck, talked about I, IV, V chords, talked about parts of the guitar, and introduced the Alternating Bass.

Technical Skills:

-How to hold a pick:

  • Hold your right hand out and make a claw shape with your fingers.

  • Put pick down so it balances on your knuckles with the pointed part sticking out from your first knuckle.

  • Put your thumb down on top of the pick

-I, IV and V

  • The major chords in any key are the I, IV, and V chords (Roman numerals for one, four, and five). The tonal center of any key is the I chord (Home), and you can use your fingers (aka your Handy Dandy Chord Selection Calculator) to count up to the IV (Grocery Store) and V (Colorado).

  • Example: in the key of D, D=I, G=IV, A=V

  • The I chord is our home base, the IV sounds familiar but not quite like home, the V chord sounds very different from home and pulls us back toward resolution (We get tired of our adventure and need to go home).

-Alternating Bass

  • When practicing your Boom-Chuck, alternate the “Boom” between the string with the bass note and the string next door.

Example: For a D chord a boom chuck with an Alternating Bass would be

  • Pluck 4th string (D), STRUM

  • Pluck the 5th string (A), STRUM

Practice Goals:

-Continue to work on mastering the Boom-Chuck!

-Practice using an Alternating Bass when you work on your chords.

-Quiz yourself on the I, IV, V chords in different keys so you can transpose songs lightning quick! Practice listening to see if you can hear the I, IV, and V chords in songs you hear throughout the week.

-Extra Bonus Life Points: If you get your bored of your basic open D Boom-Chuck, try barring (pushing down all the strings) at the 5th Fret and the 7th Fret to create IV and V chords.

McKain Lakey