Basic Learning On The Guitar Welcome

Learning how to play guitar is not that difficult. Chords that you learn can be played the same way all across the guitar. The five basic steps of the guitar are, how to hold the guitar, the basic numbering system, basic strumming, basic chord shapes, and changing chords smoothly.

The usual method of holding a guitar is by placing the guitar on your right leg, if you're right handed, and pull it in close to your body. Try avoiding the guitar from sliding down your legs while playing. Pull the guitar in close to your body and sit up straight.

The numbering system for the hand that you use to play the frets is very simple and also, very important. Your index finger is your first finger, your middle finger is your second finger, your ring finger is your third finger, and your pinky finger is your fourth finger. It's very important for when you start learning where to put your fingers to make chords. The metal strip that goes along the neck of your guitar frets. The one farthest to your left, if you're right handed is the first fret. Then the fret next to the first fret is your second fret. The thinnest string is your first string and the thickest is the sixth string.

A lot of people use a pick when playing the guitar. It is recommended to start with a standard shaped medium thickness pick, about. 73mm. From there you can try thicker or thinner picks and you can just decide what you like for yourself. If you don't want to use a pick, you can simply make strumming motions with your thumb or with your index finger. When holding a pick, you can start with a pick grip. Put the pick on the pad of your thumb and then come down on it with your index finger. The main thing is to stay RELAXED! Many guitarists that are new to this have trouble holding the pick with your thumb and your second finger. It gives you a little more control. Experiment with different kid's of pick grips and see what works for you.

People starting to learn guitar has a pretty hard time at first. When you do an upstroke on the guitar, you don't have to use all six strings. Usually, people would just play the 3 first strings. If you dig your pick into the guitar strings, it would be hard to get through all of them so only use the pick when you really need more volume. When playing songs on the guitar, most songs are in four-four time. When you here a drummer yell "1 2 3 4", those are the beats to the songs. Try counting "1 2 3 4", and start strumming with downstrokes on the guitar. Do the downstroke when you say "1". If you strum on every beat, you would be strumming quarter notes.

Now we will learn basic chord shapes

Before we start playing chords, we need to tune our guitar. Here's a video lesson on how.

The E Minor Chord

To play an E minor chord, you would put your second finger on the second fret of the 5th string and your 3rd finger on the second fret of the 4th string. Make sure you don't have your fingers brushing against the neighboring strings. When you have you the chord in place, strum each individual string slowly so you can hear it clearly.

The C Major Chord

Place your first finger on the first fret on the second string, your second finger on the second fret on the fourth string, and your third finger on the third fret of the 5 string. When your chord is placed, strum each string slowly so you can hear it clearly.

When changing chords smoothly, you must be able to play the individual chord shapes well before switching between them. After you play your first chord, visualize the chord you are moving to.

A chord progression is a specific order of chords that you play together. The song that we will play only has the two chords that we learned. You will start off with the E minor chord for one measure "1 2 3 4" and then you will play the C major chord for one measure "1 2 3 4". Start by playing whole notes or strumming each chord on "1" of each measure.


Created with images by Jeremy Allouche - "Limitied Edition" • Lacey Williams - "Breedlove Guitar"

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