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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Must Learn Basic Guitar

Sign Up For Guitar Classes Online

First up on my list of guitar tips and tricks, I highly encourage you to sign up for guitar classes online. There are a few reasons why I prefer these to offline lessons. Firstly, with guitar classes online, you do not have to travel to a music school to learn basic guitar. This saves you quite a fair amount of money. Secondly, most of these online lessons come in the form of video tutorials. Hence you can pause and the video if you have difficulty keeping up with the lesson. Thirdly, this also means that you can watch the videos over and over again if you still have difficulty understanding the concept, and you can watch the videos again later on if you wish to have some revision.

Follow The Lesson Plan Closely

I know that it may be tempting to skip a few lessons or watch some lessons in advanced, especially if you are really enthusiastic about learning something new. However, this is not something that I recommend. The reason why there is a lesson plan is because if you learn just a few techniques here and there, you may not develop a strong foundation of the basic concepts. This could lead to you not being able to cope with future lessons. I strongly encourage you to follow the lesson plan and not skip a certain topic if you are a complete novice at playing the guitar. You should only skip a lesson if it says you can do so, and only if you are really confident in that technique that is taught.

Practice, practice and more practice

Practice makes perfect. It’s not a cliché. It’s a fact. I hope you remember my other guitar tips and tricks, but this one is what will get you from a complete novice to a maestro. You need to develop your skills consistently, so I recommend that you practice playing your guitar every day. You may not see results immediately, but with practice, and perseverance, I believe you eventually will.

Play Acoustic Guitar Music

To learn anything correctly, you must first begin with the basics. There are a few recommended online lessons that well guide a beginning guitarist on the first few steps to becoming a guitar master. The best guides teach techniques such as how to hold and tune the guitar. After these lessons are covered you will learn other essential methods such as fingering placement and reading notes for acoustic guitar music.

The first lesson you should learn with your online course is how to read chord charts. After you practice this method you will soon discover the numerous of tunes that can be played. Chord charts represent the strings and the frets along the guitar. Once you learn the right finger placement for the chord charts you will then practice strumming techniques. By this point you will be fully convinced that you can become a great guitar player.

There are several people out there wanting to learn how to play the guitar. They key to doing so is practice. Many do not realize that you can not completely teach yourself to play an instrument and a guide is needed. If a teacher does not fit your schedule then an online guitar lesson is your perfect option. These guides allow you to practice when you are ready and have the time to do so. They are designed to teach everything a professional tutor would so do not be afraid that you are not learning the correct methods.

Easy Chords

Remember in your guitar music lessons that your focus is rhythm and tempo to begin. That’s why it’s so important to start with chords that are relatively easy to execute. It’ll help to keep your mind off the insignificant things in the beginning.

So, for this lesson, we’re going to look at some of the simple chords that you should easily learn to nail your favorite songs. When we’re done, don’t stop there! Work on the next level of chords to see what you can accomplish.

The first chord we’ll look at is the ‘A’ chord that contains the notes ‘A’, ‘C#’, and ‘E’:

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–2—

–2—

–2—

–0—

–x—

This is how the chord is intended to be played, but sometimes isn’t taught this way in most guitar music lessons. Remember to keep the low ‘E’ string out of the strumming pattern so the chord rings evenly.

if you wanted to add some variation to the ‘A’ chord, you could play ‘Asus2’. ‘Sus’ stands for suspension. It just gives a little difference to the sound and isn’t all that difficult to play either. Use this formation:

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–0—

–2—

–2—

–0—

–x—

As a quick note, this chord is sometimes written as just ‘A2’ as opposed to ‘Asus2’.

We’re on a roll now, so let’s try the ‘B’ chord. You can master this one easy! The notes in the ‘B’ chord are ‘B’, ‘D#’, and ‘F#’. Don’t get scared by the sharps. They’re just notes like any others.

However, with this chord, we can take a look at two similar ways to play it here:

–2— –x—

–0— –0—

–4— –4—

–4— –4—

–x— –2—

–x— –x—

Neat huh? Now we have another substitute for the ‘B’ chord and it’s ‘Bsus4’. Don’t get nervous from the title. It isn’t any more difficult to execute.

–0—

–0—

–4—

–4—

–2—

–x—

In guitar music lessons, ‘C’ is a common chord that everyone should know. It might appear a bit daunting at first, but you can nail this one by constantly putting your fingers into the formation to really work those hand muscles.

Theory Numbers & Intervals on the Fretboard

The Theory of Major Scale Intervals

The major scale is used to measure the distance between notes. For example, the distance between the first and second notes of the major scale is two frets, one whole-step or a “second” interval. The distance between the first and third notes of the major scale is four frets, two whole-steps or a “third” interval. There are seven notes in the major scale and thus seven intervals. An eighth term, octave, refers to a higher or lower occurrence of the same note.

Harmonizing the Major Scale in Thirds

Guitar players map out interval shapes on the fretboard, then use these note combinations to play musical parts. One way this is accomplished is by playing entirely through a major scale pattern and adding a third interval to each note. In other words, playing through the major scale two notes at a time with the second note always a third a head. In order to do this correctly notes must be confined to the major scale being used. As a result, some third intervals are major while others are minor. Playing in this manner is one way to harmonize the major scale (and is similar to how guitar players learn chord progressions and playing by numbers but that’s another topic).

The famous guitar intro to Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison is a great song example of playing a major scale melody harmonized in thirds. “Walk on the Wild Side” by Lou Reed is a song that uses this same technique on the bass guitar. Many other famous songs have prominent guitar intros, riffs or solos that use third intervals. Some good examples are listed below.

Third Interval Songs

“Blackbird” The Beatles

“Heaven” Los Lonely Boys

“Patience” Guns and Roses

“Your Body is a Wonderland” John Mayer

“Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?” Bryan Adams

“Scar Tissue” Red Hot Chili Peppers

“Rhiannon” Fleetwood Mac

“La Bamba” Los Lobos

“Peace Train” Cat Stevens

“Wanted Dead or Alive” Bon Jovi

“Two Step” Dave Matthews Band

“Tripping Billies” Dave Matthews Band

“Lover Lay Down” Dave Matthews Band

“Grey Street” Dave Matthews Band

“Brown Eyed Girl” Van Morrison

“Walk on the Wild Side” Lou Reed

Fifth Intervals & Guitar Power Chords

Playing in fifths is another way to harmonize the major scale using intervals. Fifth intervals are simply power chords and are usually written with a number 5. Full chords consist of a root, third and fifth interval, so power chords are theoretically not chords in the music world. They’re intervals. In fact, they are the most common type of interval played on the guitar. Any time power chords are used it may as well be called playing in fifths. The guitar riff in Iron Man by Black Sabbath is just one example of many that use power chords, or fifth intervals (songs can begin at any major scale degree or mode by the way). Intervals can also be inverted by putting the root above the interval. Inverted fifth intervals can be heard in the intro to Smoke On the Water by Deep Purple. (Some players mistake these shapes for fourths.)