Lick By Neck

GSCC Lesson 13

Revision of Lesson 01-12

If you are new to this series, here’s the links to past lessons:

Lesson 1

Lesson 2

Lesson 3

Lesson 4

Lesson 5

Lesson 6

Lesson 7

Lesson 8

Lesson 9

Lesson 10

Lesson 11

Lesson 12

We had covered all the family chords and their siblings in key of C and G Major:

Key of C Major
Key of G Major

Key of C major and G major are common keys used by guitarist to play sing-along guitar.

We also looked at the guitarist best friend – CAPO , and it’s application.


When we use the CAPO in conjunction with chords from C and G keys above , we are able to play almost every pop songs we wanted to play.

We have also looked at some basic strumming patterns:

1One strum per beat
2Up-stroke strumming
3Strumming lightly on first few strings
416 beat strum
5Campfire Strum
6“Chuck” Strum
73/4 Strum
86/8 Strum

And we had explored some basic pluckings.

18 beat pluck #1
2Double string pluck
33/4 Pluck
4“Alternate Bass” Pluck
56/8 Pluck

Last week, we learned about 6/8 time signature and how we can strum and pluck in this musical feel:

And of course, we had fun learning all these songs !!

Lesson 1Song #1 (English: Because I Love You) Lesson 1
Lesson 1Song #2 (Chinese/Cantonese: 喜欢你) Lesson 1
Lesson 2Song #1 (English: Happy Birthday)
Lesson 2Song #2 (Chinese: 月亮代表我的心)
Lesson 3Song #1 (English: Let It Be – Beatles)
Lesson 3Song #2 (English: Perfect – Ed Sheeran)
Lesson 3Song #3 (Cantonese: 海闊天空)
Lesson 4Song #1 (English: Deperado – Eagles)
Lesson 4Song #2 (Chinese: “最长的电影” – 周杰伦)
Lesson 5Song #1 (English:”Creep” – Radiohead)
Lesson 5Song #2 (Chinese: “你要的愛”)
Lesson 5Song #3 (English: “Last Christmas” – Wham)
Lesson 6Song #1 (English: “Reality”)
Lesson 6Song #2 (Chinese: “刻在我心底的名字”)
Lesson 6Song #3 (English: “Auld Lang Syne”)
Lesson 7Song #1 (English: “Country Roads”)
Lesson 7Song #2 (English: “Time of Your Life”)
Lesson 7Song #3 (Cantonese: “朋友”)
Lesson 8Song #1 (English: “Sweet Child O’ Mine”)
Lesson 8Song #2 (English: “I’m Yours”)
Lesson 8Song #3 (Chinese: “简单爱”)
Lesson 9Song #1 (English: “Hey Jude”)
Lesson 9Song #2 (Chinese: “小幸运”)
Lesson 10Song #1 (English: “Sway”)
Lesson 10Song #2 (Chinese: “可可托海的牧羊人”)
Lesson 11Song #1 (English: “Edelweiss”)
Lesson 11Song #2 (English: “Que Sera Sera”)
Lesson 12Song #1 (English: “What A Wonderful World”)
Lesson 12Song #2 (Chinese: “新不了情”)

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How To Come Out With Your Own Strumming Pattern

  1. Try to mimic drumming.
  2. Use bass strings (strings 4-6) as kick drum. Use treble strings (strings 1-3) as snare strums.
  3. Keep the 8/16 beat movement going while accent the kick and snare beats.

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How To Come Out With Your Own Plucking Pattern

  1. Start the plucking pattern with bass string (played by right hand’s thumb – “T”)
  2. Fill in rest of the beats by playing combination of 1st 3 strings (right hands index, middle, ring fingers – “1,2,3”).
  3. Example : T1231231, T1213121, T3213213 , etc.

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Searching For Chord Charts Online

  1. Open google
  2. Type the song name followed by “guitar chords”. eg. “Over The Rainbow Guitar Chords”

3. Find a site with the chords and lyrics

4. Click the site.

5. Take note of the information about the song.

6. Follow the chords and lyrics and have fun!

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Melody Notes In Key Of C

So far, we had been playing chords on the guitar. Let’s start playing some melody notes!

C Major melody notes (the six lines represents six strings on guitar, the top line is the thinnest string. The number represents which fret to press. )

Upper Octave

Lower octave

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Let’s play our first instrumental on guitar – “Happy Birthday”!

It’s easy! Let’s try it!

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Melody Notes In Key Of G

Here’s melody notes of G Major:

Next octave:

Lower octave:

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Let’s do “Happy Birthday” in key of G!

Let’s look at another time signature which is similar to 3/4.

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