Melody Guitar Book 2: Free Video Lessons
Melody Guitar Books 1-4 focus on learning to read and play melody lines in standard music notation. Melody Guitar 1 starts you off learning notes on the first three strings and music reading basics. Melody Guitar 2 picks up where Melody Guitar 1 leaves off. You should start with Melody Guitar 1 if you're a new guitarist or if you're just getting into reading standard notation. It's a short book, and it's free! Click here to download Melody Guitar 1 and watch the videos.
In Melody Guitar Book 2, you'll learn to read and play notes on strings 4-6 in first position while the melodies gradually become more challenging. You'll also learn how to play minor pentatonic scales, blues scales, and the chromatic scale. Melody Guitar 3 continues where Melody Guitar 2 leaves off, with increasingly complex melodies. Melody Guitar 4 teaches you to read and play melodies all over the fretboard.
If you're just getting started on guitar, you should also check out my Rhythm Guitar series, which focuses on chords, strumming, and fingerstyle patterns.
Click here for a list of my other videos, which include easy guitar arrangements, technique lessons, chords, scales, and more.
Melody Guitar 2 Videos
Lesson 1: Intro, 1st Space F, Common Time (pages 3-4)
Learn to read and play the 1st space F on the 4th string, review the notes you learned in Melody Guitar 1, review the warm-up from the end of Melody Guitar 1, and learn about Common Time.
Lesson 2: 1st Line E (page 5)
Learn to read and play the 1st line E on the 4th string, and review the notes you've learned so far.
Lesson 3: 2/4 Time (page 6)
Learn to count and play in 2/4 time.
Lesson 4: 8th Notes (pages 7-8)
Learn to count and play 8th notes with alternate picking.
Single note 8th note drills to nail down your rhythmic subdivision and feel.
Now that you've learned to play and count 8th notes, it's time to add them into your melody playing.
More 8th note melody practice.
Learn to read and play the 4th string D below the staff. Includes a new Speed Booster and an Octave Etude for string skipping practice.
Three melodies that include your new 4th string D note.
Learn to follow the fermata (or "hold") marking.
Tempo markings tell you how fast the music should be played.
Learn about tempo change markings such as ritardando, accelerando, and rallentando.
The "A Tempo" marking, which is related to the tempo change markings you learned about in the previous lesson.
Learn to count rests in your music.
Single note rhythm drills to help with counting rests.
Three new melodies that incorporate the rests you've learned.
Learn how to read a scale chart, a moveable minor pentatonic scale, and the natural note names on the 6th string.
Learn to read and play 5th string C. Add the C major scale to your warm-up.
Three new melodies that include the new 5th string C: "Scarborough Fair," "The Blue Bells of Scotland," and "Can Can."
Three rhythm drills, plus new dynamics: crescendos and decrescendos.
The two new melodies in this lesson include the crescendo and decrescendo markings you learned about on page 30.
Learn to read and play 5th string B and use it in the C major scale and two melodies.
Learn three melodies that include your new 5th string B.
Your introduction to duet playing.
Two more duets: Molly Malone and Sakura.
Another duet. This one requires careful counting.
Learn to read and play low A on the 5th string.
The new melodies in this lesson include "Danny Boy" and "The Volga Boatman."
Learn about the two most common articulations: accents and staccato markings.
This duet includes staccato and accent markings, plus a combined accent/staccato marking.
Learn to read and play the 1st String A above the music staff.
Learn about fingerings in your written music and practice following them with "Ye Banks and Braes o' Bonnie Dune" and "The Bamboo Flute."
The duet in this lesson requires careful counting!
This exercise includes all the notes you've learned to read and play so far and is excellent for practicing string skipping and pick control.
Learn to play and count dotted quarter + 8th note rhythms.
This C Major Scale etude features dotted quarter + 8th note rhythms. Include this in your warm-up for a few weeks.
Kumbaya, Blow the Man Down, and Deck the Hall with Boughs of Holly.
Learn how to play the Chromatic Scale, which will then be added to your warm-up.
Learn how to read and play low G on the 6th string and then use it in "Ode to Joy."
This melody includes the new low G and some syncopated rhythms.
This is a challenging melody, but you'll learn some tricks to make it easier.
Learn to follow D.C. al Fine and D.C. al Coda markings.
Learn to follow D.S. al Fine and D.S. al Coda markings.
Learn to count and play the 8th note + dotted quarter note rhythm.
This C Major Scale Etude focuses on your new 8th + dotted quarter note rhythm.
This new melody includes both the dotted quarter + 8th and the 8th + dotted quarter rhythms.
This new melody includes both the dotted quarter + 8th and the 8th + dotted quarter rhythms as well as a D.S. al Coda.
Learn how to read and play low E and low F (the two lowest notes on the guitar), which you'll then play in a new duet.
This duet includes a D.C. al Coda, and the Guitar 2 part includes most of your newest low notes.
The Guitar 2 part in this duet includes your newest notes.
This etude includes all the notes you've learned to read so far and is an excellent string skipping exercise.
Learn to play and count syncopated rhythms in a series of short rhythm drills.
Play syncopated rhythms in "Somebody's Knocking at Your Door" and "Shoo Fly."
The new melodies in this lesson are "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" and "Down by the Riverside."
Learn about half steps and whole steps, apply it to the major scale, and update your daily warm-up.
Learn about sharp signs and natural signs, and then play two new melodies with sharps: "Coventry Carol" and "The Oak and the Ash."
More practice in playing sharps with a new song and a new etude.
This duet includes F#'s and C#'s in both parts.
Learn to read and play flats.
Learn how to change an open string natural note to a flat.
Two new melodies. "Romance from Lt. Kije Suite" has flats, and "Greensleeves" has sharps.
The two new melodies in this lesson both include flats. The "Rock" melody is quite syncopated.
The melody in this lesson includes both sharps and flats.
"Down in the Valley" includes sharps. "Wade in the Water" includes flats and plenty of syncopation.