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Foundation 2 Practice Schedule + Goals

The Intermediate Method

We're now up to a 60 minute routine and we'll try and keep it to that for the rest of the Foundation Series but remember you can break it into two 30 minutes session on alternate days too! Don't forget:

• Use a timer (see PC-102 • Using A Practice Timer if you forgot it's importance)
• Break it into the two 30 minute sessions if you don't have time to do 60 minutes a day, or you find it too much at one sitting.
• Focus your practice on things you can't do, not what you can! Always practice most the things you are worst at!

Foundation 2 Practice Schedule (60 minutes or 2 x 30 minutes)

Barre Chord Grip (focus on 7 and min7 grips!) 5 mins
One Minute Changes 5 x 1 min
Major Scale With Metronome 5 mins
Major Scale Improvisation Practice (with Backing Track) 5 mins
JUSTIN Method / Transcribing 10 mins
Open Position Note Reading 5 mins
Minimum Movement (Fretting Hand Focus) 5 mins
Rhythm Guitar (Patterns and application) 5 mins
Notes On Neck Using Octaves 5 mins
Songs and Repertoire 10 mins


Video Lesson


Things To Remember

Barre Chord Grip
As before but work on the 7 and min 7 grips - they will require a better and stronger barre! Place the chord grip on the neck. Check each note is good and move fingers a little bit to get them in exactly the right place. Strum. Remove hand. Repeat to fade...

One Minute Changes
We're back to the traditional changes as fast as possible now between the open chords and the barre chords. This is going to be tricky and will most likely take a few weeks before you are comfortable with them. Be cool with that. Check the lesson for details on which changes you should be doing.

Major Scale With Metronome
Now you are working on playing your Major Scale in time with the metronome. This will developing your muscle memory for the scale and also your technique, both alternate picking and your left hand dexterity!

Major Scale Improvisation Practice
Use a backing track and start learning to improvise. Listen to what you play and how it fits with the backing. You must remember to keep your ears open to what you play AND what it sounds like in context. If you go into your own little world it is unlikely you will develop a natural ear for improvising.

JUSTIN Method / Transcribing
Either do the exercises as described in the video and or work on transcribing the songs shown in the Songs For Foundation 2 page.

Open Position Note Reading
Have a go at reading (slowly) the examples naming the notes on the stave, and then finding the notes on the neck. We're just after the basics here - not sight heading, but a basic understanding of what the dots are, where you play them. Most fun way is just to try and play a little tune!

Minimum Movement
As it says really - use as small movements as you possibly can. This is the exercise from last week - but it's such a good one we're keeping it in for another week!

Rhythm Guitar
Start working on playing the accent pattern with just a single chord, get it feeling groovy, and then try and apply it to a chord sequence that you are confident with. If you are really feeling good with it then try and apply it to a songs or two.

Notes On Neck Using Octaves
We're keeping this one in for another week too! Just point at a note (or get a friend or partner to, they don't even need to play really!) and then work out the note a quick as you can. Don't forget to use the timer and make the 5 minutes really count. Concentrate!!

Songs And Repertoire
There are some suggestions here, but feel free to use time to play songs you know already - especially those that use E Shape barre chord grips as that is what this Foundation 2 is all about!


List of things that you should be able to do before you move on.

• Be able to play an E Shape Major, minor, 7 or min7 Barre chord, anywhere between the 1st and 8th fret and have all the notes coming out clean 90% of the time. Your hand should be starting to toughen up a bit now. Don't worry if your chords are not perfect but they should be pretty good most of the time!
• Get your one minute changes between most barre chords and open chords to about 20 change cycles a minute.
• Play the Major Scale Position 1 from memory with a metronome at least one note per click at 80 beats per minute.
• Play the Major Scale Position 1 without excessive "flying fingers", or at least feel like it's improving!
• Play an improvised solo using the Major Scale. We're not worried about how great it sounds yet - just that you can do one without hitting many wrong notes!
• Play the new 16th note accent rhythm pattern and apply it to a chord sequence (one you are confident with, can be open chords or a song that you know already).
• Be able to name any note on the neck within 5 seconds.
• Have learned at least one new song that contains an E Shape Barre Chord (Major, minor, 7 or min7).

You there? Then time for Intermediate Foundation 3 :)


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Intermediate DVD

The 5 x DVD set for the Intermediate Foundation series comes with all the free Intermediate Foundation lessons found on the web site PLUS 3 DVD ONLY lessons for each stage, nearly 2.5 hours of extra material to help you to be as good as you can be, as fast as possible. Check out the main Intermediate Foundation page for the list of bonus lessons on each stage!

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