Quarter & Eighth Notes Exercise

by Bogdan Radovic

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  • Hi GMC!

    Welcome to another exercise lesson focused on timing. This lesson will present a series of interactive exercises which will help you practice timing and playing different note durations. This time we'll be looking at quarter and eighth notes.

    We all usually take timing for granted. Something we are "talented for" when practicing the instrument. Truth is that timing, same as any other skill on the guitar, is something which needs to be practiced. One specific situation with timing is that we can sometimes be unaware how good we are "in timing". This is because we need to play over a backing track, metronome click or with a band to be able to really notice how good our timing is. Yet, timing in my opinion is a skill which must be developed early on as it has a tremendous impact on the overall performance at any level of playing.

    The positive side is that, you can make a huge difference in your overall guitar playing just by practicing timing which is not a hard thing to do. In this lesson I'll be presenting you with a series of exercises constructed in such a way that it will help you practice timing and playing different note durations. When it comes to note durations, the focus of this lesson will be on quarter and eighth notes. These exercises are similar to what I've been practicing a lot and I believe that you can make a nice progress overall in a relatively short period of time just by playing along.

    Post your comments in the feedback section and let me know how this lesson feels, do you like the exercises and don't forget to keep me updated with your practicing and progress - this is what helps me shape these lessons better and make them more useful. Also, if you have ANY questions about timing (or guitar :) ), just let me know as I'll be glad to help you out. You can contact me via lesson feedback section, forum or by sending an email to [email protected]

    See you in my next lesson!
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