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All right.
Now let's talk for a minute about, playing
multiple notes at the same time, or
little chords.
There's a few different ways to do it, but
to lead up to the exercise that we're
going to do, we're just going to be doing
two notes at a time, at the same time.
So there's a lot of ways you can do that.
And we'll talk also just a little bit
about the right hand,
which fingers to use to pluck which
Now, sometimes it's really obvious which
which fingers to use on which strings, for
instance if you're going
to play the first three,
or the first three
you can just use those three, like so.
Other times, it made not be as obvious,
and I'll clarify.
But, for this exercise, we're just gonna
be playing two notes, at a time.
And we're gonna be moving that around.
then we're gonna get the left hand
involved, and, and
start fretting some different frets, using
two strings at the same time.
So if you're on the lower strings, you
Say you're playing the two lowest strings
at the same time.
[SOUND] You may wanna use the thumb, and
the index finger like so.
[SOUND] You could use that.
Or you could use these two fingers, the
middle and the index together.
[SOUND] Just like this.
[SOUND] You can sort of make your own way
with this.
There's not a set way to do some of these
So for the right hand it's, a lot of it is
what feels the most comfortable for you.
So I recommend you, you try it a few
different ways and
just see what works best for you.
We'll see what I do.
So, this is a, we'll give you an exercise
We'll go at 80 beats per minute.
And, this is, multiple notes, at the same
[SOUND] 1,2,3,4.
All right, so we were talking about doing
two notes at the same time.
Now we're gonna go ahead and move up to
doing three notes at the same time.
And as we're doing these I'm using sort of
a pinch technique, you would call it,
where you
you're, you're,
you're using each individual finger, as
opposed to strumming, like with the thumb.
This for these exercises it's a little
more accurate to,
to use all three fingers for the three
So using three-note chords is pretty
what you do with your right hand, you only
have three fingers to use here.
So [MUSIC] you're going to be using
all of those
and it's going to be in different,
on different strings
in different
And what this does is it just get you used
to using
the fingers all on different strings and
creating different chords.
So, we're gonna go ahead and try this
These are three note, examples and
we'll do it again at 80 beats per minute
and, here we go.
[SOUND] 1, 2, 3, 4.
So you can see there were some challenging
intervals in there.
You can also, another way you can do this
is if you don't wanna use the metronome or
the metronome's going too fast for you,
you can try these without the metronome.
You can just take them one chord at a
time, and just see what that feels like.
So once you get accustomed to it, you can
do with the metronome.
If any of these examples are going too
fast for you, you can just abandon
the metronome and just go one chord at a
time and just go at your own tempo.
So that's definitely another option for
All right, so now that we've got the right
hand technique and the left hand
techniques basics going, lets try to play
a variety of different notes here in time.
So, we get to do some playing, this is
good and we are on our way.
Here I'm gonna give you an example.
This is not a melody per say, but these
are just more like an exercise.
Different notes on different strings,
different frets, just to give you the feel
of reading the tablature and getting the
right and the left hand working together.
So here's the first example.
We've got it the metronome set it 80 beats
per minute, and we're off.
[SOUND] One, two, three, four.
Well let's do another example of getting
the hands working together.
These will be some notes in succession and
it will be a little bit more challenging.
So let's give this exercise a try, we'll
keep the metronome at the same tempo we
had before, which was 80 beats per minute
and we'll give it a try.
Here we go.
One, two, three, four.