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Principles",the metronome is the most important
practice tool you can use.
Used as shown in
" The Principles", it will increase your rate of progress
faster than anything else.
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Why must I use a metronome?
What type should I get?
If you have gotten this far in Mel Bay 1,
you should be able to do what is required on this page. If you are further along than
this, you might want to check yourself anyway. I often find people who think they have
finished the book can't even play this song on page 12!
At least not smoothly along with the chords
to a steady beat, that is. And if you can't do that, well, you should not move further
along the book until you can!
Now, assuming you have taken seriously
everything I said on the previous page, consider these things about this song "Aura
Lee". In fact, make sure you investigate every one of these things I list. These are
the common stumbling blocks. These are the things I have corrected in thousands of
||The second note. Have the C down when you
play the first note. Is your shoulder relaxed as you play that C note with your first
finger? Don't forget, the first fret is the hardest part of the guitar to play. Are your
other fingers relaxed, or are they squeezing with tension against the first? Hmmm? Take a
||The third note, B. Are you transitioning
properly and relaxed as you release your finger from the C note, and going to the floating
||The fifth note, D. Leave your 1st finger
lightly in touch with that C note, as you place a relaxed finger on the D note.
Super Important! As you play the D note, place
your relaxed 2nd finger in the A note coming up next. Let the 3rd finger go light on the D
as you shift weight to the 2nd finger for the A note, but keep it in contact with the
string. Now, it is still in place when you need it next. Pose here as necessary!
Everyone stumbles at this spot when using this
book. If you follow these instructions, it will be everyone minus you!
Continue to follow the logic of this approach. It is a
dramatic example of how The Principles can and should be used right from the beginning of
your guitar study.
Now, it is time to test yourself. You
should be working the tempo of this piece up using The Basic Practice Approach. Then, try
playing the music along with the accompaniment chords, given below at different speeds.
Make sure you can successfully play along, from beginning to end.
Yes, you will totally mess it up at first!
Keep trying, and keep analyzing what is going wrong, and use The Principles to fix
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