Psalms and Pstuff

Matt Retz

Psalms & Pstuff

Guitar I Class Materials from 01/09/14

by Matt Retz on Friday, January 10, 2014 9:57 AM

In addition to review we introduced POWER CHORDS this week.  Be sure to get your practice in every day and use the DVD to help you master anything you are still struggling with.

This week work on:

  • Master the F chord (start with the first two strings and when they sound good add the third and then finally the fourth)
  • Get comfortable playing Power Chords
  • Memorize the natural notes up to the fifth fret on the E and A strings. p28


Guitar I Class Materials from 12/19/13

by Matt Retz on Friday, December 20, 2013 7:08 AM

We had a great time playing Christmas songs and even looked up O Come O Come Emmanuel on the Internet to play together.  This was the last class until January 9th so have a fantastic Christmas (maybe I'll see you at the 4:15 Christmas Eve Mass!) and don't forget to PRACTICE!

Over the break:

  • Master 1st 2 strings of F Chord and then try adding the next 2 to complete the chord
  • Review all songs and chords that we have worked on to this point - They should be mastered - Use the DVD to play along with.
  • Most importantly, play all of the Christmas songs on Christmas for your family! And have a wonderful Christmas!

See you next year!

Guitar I Class Materials from 12/12/13

by Matt Retz on Friday, December 13, 2013 8:50 AM

Introduced the F chord and had fun playing Christmas Carols this week.  We have one more class before our Christmas break.  Be sure to get your practice in every day!

This week work on

  • Christmas Songs
    • Jingle Bells
    • Joy to the World
    • Silent Night
  • Review and master "Julia's Song" p 25
  • Word on F chord
  • Practice grabbing chords including the F


Guitar I Class Materials from 12/05/13

by Matt Retz on Thursday, December 5, 2013 4:54 PM

Added two more Christmas songs to our repertoire this week!

This week work on:

  • Grabbing Chords (any you are still struggling with)
  • "Julia's Song" p25 DVD
  • "The Eagle Flies" p23 DVD
  • Jingle Bells
  • Silent Night
  • Joy to the World


Guitar I Class Materials from 11/21/13

by Matt Retz on Friday, November 22, 2013 7:22 AM

Learned our first Christmas song this week!  No class next week so have a great Thanksgiving!  We'll see you back on December 5.

This week work on:

  • Master "The Eagle Flies" at the fast tempo. p23
  • Practice grabbing chords - any that you are struggling with and adding the new E and A chords
  • Start learning "Julia's Song" along with the DVD. p25
  • Jingle Bells!


Guitar I Class Materials from 11/14/13

by Matt Retz on Thursday, November 14, 2013 5:39 PM

We added two more chords today and will be adding a new song next week.  We also discussed rests.  We are moving along pretty fast here and most everyone is managing but it is really important that you get that daily practice in.

This week work on:

  • Review all songs up to this point
  • Practice the Pentatonic Minor Scale, up and down. p20
  • Master "Let It Be"
  • Get "The Eagle Flies" up to the fast speed. p23
  • Practice "grabbing" chords (4 finger G, Cadd9, E and A)


Guitar I Class Materials from 11/07/13

by Matt Retz on Monday, November 11, 2013 7:53 AM

This week we added two new chords and a new song.  Be sure to get your practicing in every day and we will see you on Thursday!

This week work on:

  • Master "Jump the Gun"
  • Keep working on the A Pentatonic Minor scale
  • Grabbing chords including the new 4 finger G and the Cadd9
  • Try to get to where you can play along with the slow version of "The Eagle Flies"


Guitar I Class Materials from 10/24/13

by Matt Retz on Thursday, October 24, 2013 4:43 PM

This week we expanded our pentatonic minor scale to 3 strings and did some review.

This week work on:

  • Review (all songs up to this point)
  • Master "Jump the Gun" p19
  • At least 3 strings of the pentatonic minor scale p20
  • Let it Be


Guitar I Class Materials from 10/17/13

by Matt Retz on Saturday, October 19, 2013 7:02 AM

This week we were introduced to TAB, continued work on the pentatonic minor scale and learned a Beatles song!  Remember, just 15 minutes of practice everyday will make a huge difference in a short time!

This week work on:

  • Review (All songs we have learned to this point)
  • Grabbing chords - D, G, C, Am, Em
  • Slowly play through the pentatonic minor scale (p 20)
  • Work on 'Let It Be"


Guitar I Class Materials from 10/10/13

by Matt Retz on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 6:28 AM

We started exploring the pentatonic minor scale this week and added a new song to our repertoire.

This week work on:

  • Review (any songs you have not yet mastered)
  • Master "Jump the Gun" to where you can play along with the DVD
  • Get the first 2 notes of the A Pentatonic Minor scale down (both on the low E string, 5th fret with first finger and 8th fret with fourth finger)


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