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Stage 4 Practice Schedule

The Beginner's Course

Here we have the Stage 4 program, remember to keep your focus when you practice!

At Stage 4 we stick with a 30-minute workout.

Again, if you are finding this too much, then break it into two 15-minute practice sessions.


Stage 4 Practice Schedule

Finger Workout 5 mins
Chord Practice (Strum / Pick / Strum) 5 mins
1 minute Changes  
--- C to G7 1 min
--- C7 to Fmaj7 1 min
--- E to B7 1 min
--- ? to ? 1 min
--- ? to ? 1 min
Rhythm Guitar Practice (repetition) 5 mins
Songs / Chord Sequences 5 mins
JUSTIN Training 5 mins


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Things To Remember

We're up to a half hour practice session now. If you can manage this every day you will see yourself progress very quickly and that can be really inspiring! But if that is simply too much then break it in half and alternate which things you do each day.

It's important that you practice things the right way so if you are even slightly uncertain about how to practice something then go back and revise the lesson or look back at the previous ‘things to remember' tips and make sure you are doing it right. This will help you make the most of your practice time.

Finger Workout
Please remember that this exercise is about developing your finger strength and independence and stretch, so please don't do it fast, there is no point!

Chord Practice
Remember that the point of this exercise is to get your chords sounding clear and train your fingers to go to exactly the right spot to get the chord sounding great. Start with a strum and then pick each note individually, except any strings that have the X next to them that you don't play. Try to play the notes with the tips of your fingers. Remember that dead sounding notes need to be fixed and the usual causes are either:
a) The finger is too far from the fret.
b) One of your fingers is touching a string that it shouldn't.

Move your fingers around as you pick out the strings until they all sound good and then strum them again, and as you give them the last strums, tell your fingers that this is where you want them to go to next time. It will look a little strange to anyone that is watching you, but it really helps! ;)

One Minute Changes
The object of the exercise is to get your fingers moving quickly. Although you should be trying to get the fingers in the perfect positions that you have been working on in your chord practice, if they are a little sloppy it is ok, we are working the speed here!

The important thing here is to practice the chord changes that you struggle the most with. In your practice schedule you should write in the amount of changes that you made in that practice session. Make sure you use your timer, and push yourself to go as fast as possible.

Rhythm Guitar Practice
Just spend your time playing the pattern over and over again, don't try and add the strumming patterns to songs yet, that will be coming soon, and you will do it LOADS better if you follow my advice here and work on the patterns first before you try to apply them. It doesn't matter which pattern you use, but do one you find hard, to make the most progress!

Songs / Chord Sequences
Just have fun and have a go at playing any songs you like, from my suggested list, or just something else that you fancy playing (preferably ones that just use the chords covered so far). Try to keep strumming basic "4's", one down strum on each beat, and try and keep strumming along and get your changes fast enough to not have to pause between chord changes!

JUSTIN Training
This is important, getting your ears working. Just go through the exercises and give your ears the workout they deserve!

Beginner products you may like from
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Justinguitar Beginners Songbook
Justinguitar Beginners Songbook
Beginners Course Book
Practical Music Theory

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Lesson ID: BC-149