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Absolute Beginner - Level 1 Quiz

Is your playing being built on concrete or sand?
Every absolute beginner needs to know 10 key foundation principles. Without these key principles, you will keep learning to play simple songs, but your playing, knowledge and skills will not develop.  Are you wasting your first days, weeks and months with your guitar? 
 
If you are an absolute beginner only been playing for 1 week, you should be able to score 14 or over in this quiz.
 
Questions
1 To play a C major chord, what string and fret is your index finger on?
 
2 In a chord chart, what chord is this   0 2 2 1 0 0?
 
3 Which strings are not played when strumming the A chord?
 
4 What type of chord is denoted by the letter “m”?
 
5 What are the 8 most popular open chords?
 
6 What are the 12 notes in music?
 
7 What kind of note is denoted by this sign “#”?
 
8 In standard tuning what note is the open 3rd string tuned to play?
 
9 What note is played by placing your finger on the 5th string at the 2nd fret?
 
10 What is the difference between an open chord and a barre chord?
 
11 What is a measure?
 
12 The most popular pop and rock timing is 4/4 timing. In 4/4 timing, how many beats are there in a bar? 

13 What is syncopation?
 
14 In the 12 notes in music, which 2 notes do not have a “sharp”?
 
15 In reading tablature, what chord are you being asked to play here?
            e 0
            
B 1
            
G 2
           
D 3
 
16 In reading tablature, what chord finger position would you use to play this 6 notes sequence
          D -------0-------
          A ----2-----2----
          E -3-----------3-
 
17 In 4/4 timing, what is a 1/4 note?
 
18 In a “basic” power chord shape, if your index finger is on the 4th string at the 7th fret, what string and fret would your ring finger be on?
 
19 To help you keep in rhythm and timing, what can you do with the last chord strum before changing chords?
 
20 What is the timing and beat count of this strumming pattern   d du udu?

Level 1 Quiz Answers

Is your playing built on concrete or sand?
Every absolute beginner needs to know 10 key foundation principles. Without these key principles, you will keep learning to play simple songs, but your playing, knowledge and skills will not develop.  Are you wasting your first days, weeks and months with your guitar?  
 
Level 1 Questions and Answers
 
1 To play a C major chord, what string and fret is your index finger on? 2nd string - first fret

2 In a chord chart, what chord is this   0 2 2 1 0 0?                            
E major
 
3 Which string is not played when strumming the A chord?                6th string 

4 What type of chord is denoted by the letter “m”?                         
minor chord 

5 What are the 8 most popular open chords? 
A   Am   C   D   E   Em   Fmaj7   G

6 What are the 12 notes in music?                
A  A#  B  C  C#  D  D#  E  F  F#  G  G#
 
7 What kind of note is denoted by this sign “#”?                              A sharp note
 
8 In standard tuning what note is the open 3rd string tuned to play?                   G
 
9 What note is played by placing your finger on the 5th string at the 2nd fret?      B
 
10 What is the difference between an open chord and a barre chord?
Open chords are played without needing to barre across several strings. 
Examples C, G, E

Barre chords require index finger to barre across several strings at a fret position Examples Bm, F, F# 
 
 
11 What is a measure?                                  A music beat time
 
12 The most popular pop and rock timing is 4/4 timing. In 4/4 timing, how many beats are there in a bar (or measure)?                          4
 
13 What is syncopation?      Leaving out or adding in part notes within measures
 
14 In the 12 notes in music, which 2 notes do not have a “sharp”?
(There are no sharpe notes on B and E)
 
15 In reading tablature, what chord are you being asked to play here?
         e 0
B 1
G 2
D 3
Fmajor7

16 In reading tablature, what chord finger positions would you use to play this 6 notes sequence?
          D -------0-------
          A ----2-----2----
          E -3-----------3-
 
17 In 4/4 timing, what is a 1/4 note?
1 of the 4 beats in the measure (or in strumming, 1 strum of the measure)
 
18 In a “basic” power chord shape, if your index finger is on the 4th string at the 7th fret, what string and fret would your ring finger be on?           3rd string - 9th fret

19 To help you keep in rhythm and timing, what can you do with the last chord strum before changing chords?               Keep within the timing but miss out the strum
 

20 What is the timing and beat count of this strumming pattern d du udu?
4:4 timing (4 beats per measure)     Beat count is 1 2 and  and 4 and

In this level 1 quiz - Did you score less than 14? 
Every absolute beginner needs to know 10 key foundation principles. Without these key principles, you will keep learning to play simple songs, but your playing, knowledge and skills will not develop.  Are you wasting your first days, weeks and months with your guitar?  

If you scored less than 14, you may be strumming, playing simple songs and enjoying your guitar but
your playing development is really being held back

With my Level 1 Fast Track Course, you would
score 20 out of 20 on this quiz
.
 
If you cannot score over 14 in this quiz, it is very likely that you are learning guitar “parrot fashion” as your learning does not contain any foundation. For example, very quickly, you should not need to ask a question like “what is the strumming pattern for this song”?    With basic level knowledge, you will be able to recognise strumming patterns and form your own strumming patterns to songs. 
 
The foundation level knowledge and skills you need are all in my How To Play Guitar Fast Track Course – Level 1. This unique video course covers all 10 key foundation principles you need to develop your playing faster than you ever thought possible.  
 
Don't waste your first days and weeks with your guitar, with your How To Play Guitar Fast Track Course – Level 1, you would score 20 0ut of 20 in this level 1 quiz
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The 10 keys for Absolute Beginners
 
1 Learning and using the 8 most popular open chords
 
2 Strumming in rhythm
 
3 Changing chords in rhythm
 
4 Smooth Chord progressions with changing hand shapes
 
5 Experimenting and producing your own music.
   Amateur guitar teachers only teach songs. Learning and playing songs is great fun and good
   practice, but you must also experiment making up your own chord progressions, riffs and 
   songs. 
 
6 Timing:- Understanding measures,1/4 notes, 1/8th  notes and syncopation
   This is crucial in identifying strumming patterns and playing in accurate timing.
 
7 Exploring your fretboard
   Amateur guitar “teachers” only teach absolute beginner songs using the first three frets. This
   does not encourage or motivate you to explore your fretboard.
 
8 Foundation level theory
 
9 Improvisation
 
10 Fun
 
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you would score 20 out of 20 on this quiz

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Beginner Level 2 Quiz

Is Your Playing Development Being Strangled?
With my fast track level 1 course foundation, it's time for you to progress your playing way beyond basic strumming and chord progressions.  It's time for you to play "impressive" guitar 
 
If you have been playing for 1 to 2 months, you should be able to score 14 or over in this quiz.
 
Questions
1 In a chord progression D to C to G, which chord can be played instead of C to reduce hand shape movement, therefore making chord changes easier in fast tempo songs?
 
2 Name two techniques to play a note without picking or strumming string(s)?             
 
3 What is a split strumming pattern?
 
4 To add interest to this verse line, G Em D D (strumming pattern d du udu), what chord variations could you use to split the strumming pattern on the D chord?
 
5 If a song contains the chords A D E. Name at least 2 suspended chords you could use to add more interest to the song?
 
6 What is an arpeggio?
 
7 When playing arpeggio with a pick, where should your little finger be positioned to make your picking easier and more accurate?
 
8 If a song you play uses chords C, G, Dm, Em, Am. In what major key is this song?
 
9 Which note is a whole step up from E?
 
10 What is the scale of notes sequence for the Key of D?
 
11 Which one of these notes can you not use when improvising in the key of G:-   A, B or F?
 
12 In standard finger picking format, what finger would you use to pick the 2nd (B) string?
 
13 What technique can you use to add depth to finger picking notes within a chord?
 
14 What is the base note string of the D chord?
 
15 Which two of these chords can you not use when improvising in the key of G?
A   C   D   F   E Am   Em
 
16 To make barre chords easier to play, what can you do on the first beat of a measure?                 
 
17 To play a barre chord cleanly, how must your guitar be positioned?                                            
 
18 What is an alternating strumming pattern?                                   
 
19 Name at least 2 techniques you can use to replace a strum in a strumming pattern?
 
20 Is this statement true or false. There is a correct strumming pattern for every song?

 
Beginner Level 2 Quiz Answers

Is Your Playing Development Being Strangled?
With my fast track level 1 course foundation, it's time for you to progress your playing way beyond basic strumming and chord progressions.  It's time for you to play "impressive" guitar 
 
If you have been playing for 1 to 2 months,
you should be able to score 14 or over in this quiz.

1 In a chord progression D to C to G, which chord can be played instead of C to reduce hand shape movement, therefore making chord changes easier in fast tempo songs?                  Cadd9
 
2 Name two techniques to play a note without picking or strumming string(s)?              Hammer On or Pull Off
 

3 What is a split strumming pattern?                                                                      
Splitting a strumming measure across 2 chord variations 
 
4 To add interest to this verse line, G Em D D (strumming pattern d du udu), what chord variations could you use to split the strumming pattern on the D chord?                   
Dsus 2 or Dsus4
 
5 If a song contains the chords A D E. Name at least 2 suspended chords you could use to add more interest to the song?         Asus2   Asus4   Dsus2   Dsus4
 
6 What is an arpeggio?                     Picking single notes
 
7 When playing arpeggio with a pick, where should your little finger be positioned to make your picking easier and more accurate?
On the scratchplate (below the sound hole on acoustic guitars)
 
8 If a song you play uses chords C, G, Dm, Em, Am. In what major key is this song?   
Key of C
 
9 Which note is a whole step up from E?         F#
 
10 What is the scale of notes sequence for the Key of D?
D       E        F#    G      A        B        C#    D
 
11 Which one of these notes can you not use when improvising in the key of G:-   A, B or F?            F
 
12 In standard finger picking format, what finger would you use to pick the 2nd (B) string?                 Middle finger
 
13 What technique can you use to add depth to finger picking notes within a chord?                 Double note picking
 
14 What is the base note string of the D chord?
4th string (The string tuned to D) 
 
15 Which two of these chords can you not use when improvising in the key of G?
A   C   D   F   E Am   Em          A and F
 
16 To make barre chords easier to play, what can you do on the first beat of a measure?                 
Play a partial chord using only the non barred strings within the chord
 
17 To play a barre chord cleanly, how must your guitar be positioned?                                            
Completely vertical against your body, (not sloping back)
 
18 What is an alternating strumming pattern?                                   
Playing two different strumming patterns in a sequence
 
19 Name at least 2 techniques you can use to replace a strum in a strumming pattern?
Examples include; Base note picking, arpeggio note picking, palm mute, hammer on, pull off etc
 
20 Is this statement true or false. There is a correct strumming pattern for every song?
FALSE This is one of the biggest mistakes beginners make.  In music there is rhythm and timing, a demonstrated strumming pattern is just one option.  Other strumming patterns can be played within the rhythm and timing.  Simply copying a strumming pattern is learning "parrot fashion".  Parrots copy - Musicians improvise!
 
In this level 2 quiz - Did you score less than 14? 
If you scored less than 14 in this quiz, you may be enjoying your guitar learning and playing songs you like, but you are not developing your impressive skills.   To play impressive guitar, you need to learn and use a range of "fun to learn" improvisation techniques that enable you to develop your own arrangements from simple strumming songs.   This in developing your own arrangements is what begins to make your guitar playing really impressive.    
 
With How To Play Guitar Fast Track Course Level 2,
you would score 20 out of 20 in this level 2 quiz
 
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