Let’s take it to the basics. In music, whole steps and half steps are to melody what molecules are to DNA. Combinations of these two elements made possible centuries of music.
The Milestone song “Surfside” gets you using whole steps and half steps in a musical way so you will never forget that a half step is moving one fret and a whole step is two frets.
Here’s the full PDF.
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The Milestones are all about playing music with what you’ve learned so far. They focus on the application of everything covered in the Rock Prodigy beginner path. We created musical examples that fit your level and develop your musicianship. We chose key moments where new musical ideas can be explored and show you how to expand on what you’ve learned.
You finished lesson 7! We hereby award you a Milestone Song. This song has been written around what you just learned – you’ll utilize all of your skills and create music on your own. Here is a video with some useful insights on the song.
Things to know
One thing that is especially important about whole steps and half steps on the guitar, is the awareness that when you cross over the strings, you move up a whole step by going three frets down to the next string. Due to the tuning of the guitar there’s an exception to this rule when going from the third to the second string, where it’s only two frets down.
During the history of the guitar, players tried different tunings, but Standard Tuning (EADGBE) ended up becoming the most popular because it allows for simpler fingerings of chords and scales, which can be moved to different positions of the guitar easily. Although standard tuning is the one we will use the most, you will run into popular songs that have different tunings. Some of these tunings are Drop D, down a half step or whole step, etc…
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Be aware that, contrary to what happens in other instruments, on the guitar you can play the same note in many different places of the neck, and this ability to play one particular pitch in lots of ways gives the guitarist the option to use different positions and fingers as the music needs it.
Milestone 2 in Rock Prodigy
Here’s a fun piece of music that will help you to review all the techniques you have learned so far, and will also help you to memorize the relationship between open strings and fretted notes. Go to Rock Prodigy and search for Milestone 2.
If you want to push it a little more you can also learn the note names by turning on the “Note Names” feature in Rock Prodigy.
We hope you these tips and musical examples are helping you to stay motivated. Try to practice a little every day. If you miss a day or two, don’t worry… just start up again and enjoy whatever you play. Muscles and nerves learn by repetition, and a two short practice sessions every day is a far better way to train than trying to play two hours once a week.
Keep following your musical journey.
“Surfside” written and recorded by Jose Hernandez for Rock Prodigy.