Lick By Neck

GSCC Lesson 29

Past Lessons Summary and Links

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

Lesson 1– Chords: C, Am, Dm, G7
Lesson 2– Chords: Em , F
Lesson 3– Chords: G
– Basic Guitar Strumming – 4 beat strum
Lesson 4– Chords: C7, Fm, D, D7
– Up Down Strum
Lesson 5– Chords: E, E7, Gm7 ,Gm
– Strumming lightly on 1st few strings
Lesson 6– Chords: A, A7, G, G/B, Gm/Bb
– 16 beat strum
Lesson 7– Key of G Major
– Chords: Bm
– Campfire Strum
Lesson 8– CAPO; Other chords in G Major
– Chords: B7, B, Cm, Dm7, D/F#, Dm/F
– “Chuck” Strum
Lesson 9– Plucking
– Bass note of chords
– 8 Beat Pluck #1
Lesson 10– Chords: Bm7b5, F#m7b5
– Double String Pluck
– Plucking Pattern For 2 Chords Bar
Lesson 11– What is 4/4 time signature
– Intro to 3/4 time signature
– 3/4 strumming
– 3/4 plucking
– Alternate bass
Lesson 12– 6/8 time signature
– 6/8 strumming
– 6/8 plucking
– Alternate version of 6/8 plucking
Lesson 13– Create your own strumming / plucking pattern
– Searching for chord charts online
– Melody notes in key of C
– Playing 1st instrumental song on guitar!
– Melody notes in key of G
– “Happy Birthday” melody in key of G
Lesson 14– Slap rhythm
– Variation of slap rhythm
– “Happy Birthday” solo guitar
Lesson 15– Introduction to Chord Melody Guitar Playing (solo guitar playing)
– “Can’t Help Falling In Love” solo guitar
Lesson 16– Chord Melody Guitar of “月亮代表我的心”
– Issues in last 2 songs we learned
– Exploring beyond 1st 3 frets
– CAGED system
– Linking CAGED system to the notes
– Fixing octave issues of last 2 songs/ playing melody at correct octave
Lesson 17– Barring and moving minor and dominant 7th chords;
– Why are we learning barred chords?
– Faster ways to build chords
– “Let It Be” Solo Guitar
Lesson 18– Chords: Major 7th and Minor 7th
– Why 7th chords?
– Applying 7th chords to songs
– “What A Wonderful World” Solo Guitar
Lesson 19– Chord Melody Guitar GYM (intense workout)
– “Over The Rainbow” Solo Guitar in key of G
Lesson 20– Arrange chord melody guitar song in an optimal key/ put melody notes on 1st 2/3 strings
– “Over the rainbow” Solo Guitar in key of C
Lesson 21– How to create rhythmic flow for chord melody guitar arrangement
– The secret to chord melody guitar mastery
Lesson 22– Exam time!!!
Lesson 23– Revision before going to more advanced materials
Lesson 24-Chord Tones
-Chord Inversions
-Alternate Bass
Lesson 25-Diminished Chord
-Augmented Chord
-6 Chord
-Chord degrees and extensions
-Dominant chord extensions
-Major chord extensions
-Minor chord extensions
-Altered chords
-Add9 chord
-Suspended chord
Lesson 26Chords Substitution:
-Family Chords Substitution
-Pedal Tone/Alternate Bass
-II V Substitution / Expansion
-Diminished Chord Substitution
-Flat 5 Substitution / Tritone Substitution
-Dominant Approach Chords
Chords Substitution Part II: Harmony Makeover:
-Using Melody As Anchor
-Temporary Key Changes
-Target Chord Approach
-Chord Scale Movement
-Harmonize Each Notes
Lesson 27Restricted Zone Practice
Lesson 28Analysis of reharmonization of “Over The Rainbow”

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
6Slap Rhythm

And of course, we had fun learning all these songs !! They are specially produced “Karaoke for Guitar” videos (only vocal and metronome count) for you to practice your strumming / plucking:

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”)
Lesson 13“Happy Birthday” melody on guitar in key of C and G Major
Lesson 14“Happy Birthday” Solo Guitar Playing
Lesson 15“Can’t Help Falling In Love” Solo Guitar Playing
Lesson 16“月亮代表我的心” Solo Guitar Playing
Lesson 17“Let It Be” Solo Guitar Playing
Lesson 18“What A Wonderful World” Solo Guitar Playing
Lesson 19“Over The Rainbow” Solo Guitar Playing (Key Of G)
Lesson 20“Over The Rainbow” Solo Guitar Playing (Key Of C)
Lesson 24“Just The Way You Are(Billy Joel)” Solo Guitar Playing
Lesson 25“安静” Solo Guitar Playing
Lesson 26“Over The Rainbow” Solo Guitar with Chords Substitution
Lesson 27“Yesterday” Solo Guitar Playing

We also learned how to put together and play chord melody guitar (solo guitar) song. Here are the main steps:

Step 1: Play the melody

Step 2: Find out the chords

Step 3: Combine the melody and the chords

Step 4: Add in the accompaniment

Last week, we analysed the chord substitution techniques used in the reharmonization of “Over The Rainbow”, there’s whole lot of information in there, check it out , Lesson 28

Let’s arrange a song into 3 different version: Basic, Intermediate and advanced! And analyse the difference 😉

The song we are going to arrange is a very popular jazz standards , “Fly Me To The Moon”.

Please learn these 3 versions thoroughly and then compare and analyze the difference.

Here’s the BASIC version. This is just a basic chord melody arrangement.

Next, we applied some of the chord substitution techniques we learned few weeks ago to the tune. Try to identify the techniques used.

Finally, we try to create some smooth bass line movement and let it be the guidance for our reharmonization. Try your best to analyse the reharmonization techniques used here, it’s lots of fun!

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