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This is the other reason I use a capo so often for beginners lessons- it makes it easier to play.
If its easier to play, it sounds better! Level 1 Playing along to real songs In my opinion, the most fun you can have practicing guitar is playing along to real songs that you love! If youre a total beginner, youll want to have played along to the video and drum loop in Lesson 2 strumming on the beat before you try this lesson. If youve done that, this is very similar! But there are a couple of things you should know.
Firstly, you cannot start playing along from the first second of the track. The count in of 1 2 3 4 is rarely still there on real songs. We need to listen first, and then join in to what we hear. This is song 1 from the beginners course. The chord sequence covered in detail at lesson 8 of this level is a bar of E and a bar of A for 2 bars. To join in, you hear the first sound of the record and know this is the E chord.
You can even wait longer to get your bearings, but always start on the E chord. Focus on the drums and count the beat to be sure you know when to come in.
If all goes wrong and you lose where you are, just start again from the beginning of the songs. This is far better than trying to catch up with the song as this likely wont work. Its therefore best to choose songs that dont change much.
The songs in Level 1 of my beginners course are perfect examples If the song has a riff youd like to join into, wait to hear the riff say twice, and then join in at the third time so you play at the right speed and can predict when to come in at the right time. Whats the goal when playing along to real songs? If you can keep up for even just a minute- great job!
Thats the goal of this whole level! Dont move on too quick though, its important to practice this skill, even when you can do it or it will disappear. Like a muscle, all these basic skills need working out. SO keep at it, but feel free to vary the songs in your repertoire to keep yourself interested, and then stick to your favourites. Level 1 My fingers hurt! How hard and where to press down a fret So many learning guitarists press down far too hard to make their chord shapes or when playing anything.
Some students call it Gorilla Grip. This exercise demonstrates how little you can press down with the right finger positioning, which should make everything so much easier! The My fingers hurt! With your first finger, play the note at 3rd fret on your thickest string Or any dotted fret 2. Play the note as you usually would, and give a number between 1 and 10 to indicate how much you are pressing down, 10 being like making a fist, 1 being not pressing at all 3.
Now place your finger to your side of the fret, between the dot and the fret nearest to you 4. Play this note once every second, and gradually lesson the amount of pressure on this note by a fraction at a time until it buzzes and eventually the note doesnt ring out at all 5.
Play the note again, but only press on just enough so that the string doesnt buzz. Ensure your finger is at the good side of the fret 6. Give a number between 1 and 10 again to indicate this pressure.
It should be much lower than before. THIS is the amount your should be pressing down every time you play anything on your guitar You should repeat this exercise with each finger and around the fret board if you feel it will benefit you Level 1 How to read song sheets and chord sequences for Beginner guitar This beginners course will enable you to be able to search for the chords to any song and be able to play the rhythm guitar part.
To do this we need to learn how to read song sheets and chord sequences. Well cover that later in this course Songbook style This is where lyrics are written with chords above. There are no bar lines here, and strumming patterns are rarely given. This presumes a lot of knowledge of the song and requires the guitarist to sing along, feel the pulse the beat and work out where to changes chord on certain lyrics. The word are written out like a poem and chords can seem sporadically spaced, making it hard to spot patterns.
This shows patterns in the song clearer, making it easier to learn. Level 1 Chord sequences for Level 1 Here I will list the chord sequences you should practice for this level.
These are the essential sequences you should to be able to play before moving on to the next level. Some of these are the same or similar to certain songs at each level of the course, and Ill name the songs as we go. As this is Level 1, well just be going between E and A, but for a different amount of time so you can do any of the songs at this level. As with all these chord sequences, repeat this a few times to an even count Chord sequence 2 Similar to Silence is Easy Play 2 bars of E and 2 bars of A, strumming on the beat for around 2 minutes E E A A Chord sequence 3 Similar to Love Me Do and Three is a Magic Number Play 2 beats of E then 2 beats of A on the beat to an even count for around 2 minutes, then do this along to the drumbeat.
The 10 songs at each level are chosen not only because of the chords, but also because of the other skills they allow you to acquire. Most people who learn online just chose the songs from the list they know or like. In private lessons, I suggest songs that the student wouldnt naturally pick, but after trying them, they like it and they feel the benefit. Here I offer you the same advice so you can fast track through each level easily. Ideally practice this on the beat to the drum loop in lesson 2, or even better the original song itself!
Science is easy by Starsailor Similar chord sequence to the song above, but here its 2 bars of E.
This checks that you understand bar and beats, and gives you the option of a higher level strumming pattern! Love Me Do by The Beatles The Beatles have so many songs that are great for beginners, Ive chosen this one as its the same chords as before but to a different timing.
This one has quicker changes and an introduction to song structure and the guitar capo- dont skip this! Now lets make sure your practicing the right things in the next lesson - practice routine for level 1! The following routine should last about 20 minutes. If this is your fist week playing guitar I really dont recommend much more than this or your fingers will HURT. Better to stop after 20 minutes and come back to it the next day than not be able to play for a week! Practice Routine for Level 1 20 minutes Chord practice Strum pick Strum Build your calluses, get your fingers use to making chord shapes automatically Rhythm practice, stay on 1 chord and practice the 4 down strums, ideally with the drum loop provided in lesson 2 Chord sequences- o E A E A This chord sequence played on the beat is totally essential!
Accept that for now, please cover each section and follow the advice to make the transition between levels as smooth as possible! So here are your goals for Level 1. Once you can do these- move onto level 2! The easiest way is at www. On the top menu, click the Donate tab in the top left and follow the instructions to pay via PayPal. You can also pay by credit card by following this link You can contact me via the website or Facebook message to arrange a bank transfer or credit card payment if you prefer.
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While it is true I make some income from advertisements on the videos, donations allow me to spend less time teaching privately and more time creating new content, while keeping all video content free Beginners Course Level 2- Introduction and Goals At this level well learn how to Play a D major chord E, A and D go well together in songs and chord sequences. Both are 8th strumming patterns that will get the songs at this level sounding great!
Play chord sequences so you can play the Songs at this level Remember the songs are only available on the website and on YouTube. The first finger is in the same position as in the A chord which is a nice way to first learn the chord.
Do not to play the thickest 2 strings as shown by the Xs in the chord box below- or it will sound bad!
Anchor finger for E, A and D Keep your first finger down when changing between all 3 chords you now know. During playing- your first finger should never lift off! The anchor finger is crucial here.
Any chord change you struggle with should be practiced for a minute each practice session. With 3 chord, we also have 3 possible chord changes. They are; E to A as in Level 1 A to D new for this level E to D the hardest change, but also the least used Level 2 8th notes- splitting a bar into 8 This is how a single 8th note looks alone. This is not seen often seen in the early stages but stay with me This is a pair of 8th strums.
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These add up to 1 beat and are joined at the top- the idea is it makes it easier to read when there are a lot of them! Each of these strumming patterns is a gateway from the simple strumming at Level 1 to any higher level strumming pattern.
The Strumming Pattern Family Tree should be seen and understood to grasp this concept. The End Goal is to be able to listen to any strumming pattern and be able to play it.
Therefore, an understanding of tempo, patterns AND hand movements is crucial.
Its always best to play every chord sequence you try with this first, so you know where the beat falls. For many songs you can then chose an 8th strumming pattern depending on its tempo. At 60 bpm, youll hear a click every second.
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Knowledge of how to use a metronome is essential in developing your internal timing so you play in time automatically without thinking. You can download them, but I recommend using the free one at metronomeonline.
This one even has a built in accent a louder beep once every 4 beeps to indicate a bar. Remember; Tempo aka bpm - the speed of the beat Use this at metronomeonline. The Andante range of bpm 76 to is slow tempos. As we looked at in strumming lesson 2, 8ths all down strumming works best for these tempos. Songs are very rarely slower than 76bpm, but it does happen. The Moderato range to is medium tempo. Sometime there can be a lot of fast rhythms in a song, but the actual beat is quite slow.
In this lesson, well be looking at using this from a rhythm guitar point of view. Well come back later to get your speed up with single note playing.
Even so, a metronome should only ever beep on the beat, not on every strum. Sometime there can be a lot of fast rhythms in a song, but the actual beat is quite slow, which can confuse.
The following exercises are the same as in the previous strumming lesson. However, Id like you to now do them along to the metronome rather than the drums and change the tempos within the specified range.
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Exercise 1; Play 1 bar on the beat then 1 bar of 8th All Down Strumming 74 to bpm Play any chord using the 2 bar strumming pattern above, then change chord to any other you know. If you can alternate between 2 or more chords, even better! The goal is to strum without any pauses and with the correct count. Its essential to keep the count consistent and not your count or strumming.
Notice- if you do this correctly your arm is always moving in the same way, this is crucial! Trying to guess the bpm of songs you hear or know is a great little exercise you can do without even needing your guitar- just listen to songs you like and guess the tempo! Level 2 Tapping your foot to the beat It really helps if you develop the habit of tapping your foot whenever you listen to any music.
This will help you feel a beat naturally, rather than having to count it. At this level, were going for strumming patterns more complex than just playing on the beat. You should therefore tap your foot on the beat to really internalise the rhythm and make it automatic that you play in time. Step 1 Tap while playing on the beat down strums Foot Foot Foot Foot Step 2 Tap your foot on the beat while playing either of the strumming patterns at this level, or any that you know.
This is particularly beneficial along to a metronome or the drumbeats provided in lesson 2. A lot of Rock and Blues music tends to play the Power chord version of these chords to sound heavier and darker. The upshot of this is the open power chords can be played with 1 finger, so they are really easy to play!! So lets take a look. Easy Rock Power Chords Notice that the root note The lowest note of the chord is the same compared to the standard major chord. But when played, these chords sound darker.
When played with the strumming patterns at this level, this can give the driving rhythm sound of many rock and blues songs. Check out Common people by pulp and Jonny Be Goode at this level for examples of this! Level 2 Easy Finger Stretching Some of the chords to come will require a bit more of a stretch in your fingers. Many people find that their fingers are not flexible enough at first.
This exercise opens up your fingers and will help when it comes to playing the trickier stuff. The benefits of this exercise are felt doing it really slowly, and making sure you feel a nice stretch in your hand. Put your first finger at 5th fret of the thickest string 2. Place the 2, 3rd and 4th on each fret also on the thickets string, so they are all in a line 3. To make this a deeper stretch, place your first finger at 4th fret, keeping the others where they are 4.
You can also move your little finger up a fret, which makes this exercise very hard for most beginners 5. Play each note one at a time, starting with the 1st finger 6. Repeat this for every string 6 to 1 then 1 to 6, repeat at least twice slowly 7.
Do this slowly every time you pick up your guitar until your hand is very used to this exercise and the stretches feel effortless Level 2 Chord sequences for Level 2 Here I will list the chord sequences you should practice for this level. Chord sequence 1 Similar to Have a nice day by the Stereophonics Always begin learning any new song or chord sequence by playing on the beat. With this chord sequence, you should try the 8ths down and up strumming from lesson 2!
Then try the 8ths all down strumming from lesson 2. A E A D Chord sequence 3 12 bar blues in A- Similar to Johnny Be Goode This is a very common chord sequence and uses all the chords we know so far in a longer sequence, known as a 12 bar blues Its 12 bars long and used a lot in blues music as well as other genres such as rock and pop Literally hundreds of songs use this, and it also introduced the concept of a song being in a Key.
This sounds best with power chords from Level 2 this is indicated by the 5s. The easiest song here, and a great one to try singing along to without having to count! A riff is anything short and recognisable- so this is a great thing to show off to your friends and play in front of people as it sounds great on its own!
Plus- Chuck Berry and the King? Who wouldnt want to learn these! The following routine should last about 25 minutes. Even just 5 minutes a day is MUCH better than a mammoth 2 hour session once a week. Chasing cars, Johnny Goode o A song with 8th down and up strumming e. Have a nice day o A riff I Cant Explain or Wild thing songs available on the website only Remember- its essential you can do a riff, a strumming song with E, A and D and a 12 bar blues in A at this level!
But you will know which songs and genres appeal more to you, dont fight that, just make sure you can do the following at each level Level 2 goals Be able to play the chords from memory and have all possible changes solid E, A and D Be able to play any of the recommended chord sequences, and as a bonus- be able to make up your own Be able to play at least 5 songs, and have a go at playing these along to the record.
Be sure to keep a couple from previous levels!
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While it is true I make some income from advertisements on the videos, donations allow me to spend less time teaching privately and more time creating new content, while keeping all video content free Beginners Course Level 3- Introduction and Goals At this level well learn how to Play a G major chord The G to D change is fundamental at this level.
Also; G, D and A go well together in songs and chord sequences. Ten Smoking original songs to impress your friends or your dog. Most books have too much text. And Yes, even music theory for you nerds. This is the real deal my friend. Why you ask?? This leads you, the music student in a position the can doom the future of the music industry!
In , I had a student named Jacob. He was a very shy guy with enormous drive to become a killing guitarist, but the guy had no born talent.
I believed in order to be great, you had to be born with talent. I was dead wrong! I had to practice my buns off for hours and had tons of failure. I had only a few years of teaching under my belt and assumed students knew what they were doing when it came to practicing.
I was dead wrong again. Jacob was struggling with his progress and I felt his frustrations and I knew he was about to quit.These strumming pattern variations can be used in the songs Mr Tambourine Man, Girlfriend in a coma, If you Wanna and Songbird from the beginners course!
This exercise opens up your fingers and will help when it comes to playing the trickier stuff. Most of these may just be most of the song, but 2 or 3 NEED to be all the way through. Chasing cars, Johnny Goode o A song with 8th down and up strumming e. This will help you feel a beat naturally, rather than having to count it. However, this note 3rd finger. Count 1, 2, 3, 4 at a slow, even pace out loud if needs be and strum an E chord every time you say beat 1.
If youve done that, this is very similar! Put your first finger at 5th fret of the thickest string 2. Track your progress, log what you have learned and download free eBooks, videos and jam tracks: Interests.