A Good Start For Beginners. Part 3

author: pHiLLa date: 05/03/2011 category: for beginners
rating: 8 / votes: 23 
Hey fellow guitarists I'm back by popular demand ha-ha! This lesson will consist of a few basic minor chords and I'll also try to cover strumming patterns. Those of you who follow my lessons would know of my warm up exercise, here it is again by now I assume you know how to read a "tab" if not check out my first lesson of this series.
e|-----------------------------------------1-2-3-4-
B|---------------------------------1-2-3-4---------
G|-------------------------1-2-3-4-----------------
D|-----------------1-2-3-4-------------------------
A|---------1-2-3-4---------------------------------
E|1-2-3-4------------------------------------------
  
e|-4-3-2-1----------------------------------------
B|---------4-3-2-1--------------------------------
G|-----------------4-3-2-1------------------------
D|-------------------------4-3-2-1----------------
A|---------------------------------4-3-2-1--------
E|-----------------------------------------4-3-2-1
Great stuff so now that our fingers are nice and warm let's begin. Minor chords well straight forward In music theory, a minor chord is a chord having a root, a minor third, and a perfect fifth. When a chord has these three notes alone, it is called a minor triad. Some minor triads with additional notes, such as the minor seventh chord, may also be called minor chords. But seriously don't stress about that for now just know you get major chords and minor chords. In my previous lesson I showed you guys Major chords A to G, I apologize for the F major chord was incorrect ( Check the comments =D ). So now I'll show you Minor chords from A to G. For those who didn't read my previous lessons what I do to help others with finger positioning next to the chord I place (I)Index (M)Middle (R)Ring (P)Pinkie
A Minor
e|-0-
B|-1-(I)
G|-2-(M)
D|-2-(R)
A|-0-
E|-x-    (Note "x" means you DO NOT play that string)
 
B Minor
 
e|-2-(I)
B|-3-(M)
G|-4-(P)
D|-4-(R)
A|-2-(I)
E|-x-
 
C Minor
 
e|-3(I)
B|-4(M)
G|-5(P)
D|-5(R)
A|-3(I)
E|-x
 
D Minor
 
e|-1-(I)
B|-3-(R)
G|-2-(M)
D|-0-
A|-x-
E|-x-
 
E Minor
 
e|-0
B|-0
G|-0
D|-2(R)
A|-2(M)
E|-0
 
F Minor
 
e|-1(I)
B|-1(I)
G|-1(I)
D|-3(P)
A|-3(R)
E|-1(I)
 
G Minor
 
e|-3(I)
B|-3(I)
G|-3(I)
D|-0
A|-x
E|-x
Okay so that's 7 basic Minor chords for now just notice the difference from their Major shapes and try to memorize them. I would suggest after your warm up exercise work through all the chords major and minor I always start at A major then A minor then B major and so on. But feel free to try it any way you like, variation would help a lot to get your fingers comfortable with the fretboard. Now for a quite tricky subject "strumming patterns" This is especially difficult to teach on paper because I always advise guitarists to make use of a metronome. Strumming is to me one of the most important parts of playing guitar, because you can take 3 chords and just by changing the strumming pattern you can create loads of your own songs. Okay so lets get to it. for this lesson I will use "D" and "U"
D = Down = Starting at your Low E (thickest string) and playing all the   
           strings till you reach your High E (thinnest string)

U = Up =   Starting at your High E (thinnest string) and playing all the
           strings till you reach your Low E (thickest string)
Another important thing is timing . .Again a metronome would help a lot, but fear not, what you do is you count from 1 to 4 on every strum just to get your inner rhythm going =) First let's just strum all the strings open - 1 2 3 4 D D D D Note- the numbers on top has nothing to do with the fretboard you simply just count every strum (pardon if I'm repeating myself this is just to avoid confusion) Now also playing all the strings open -
1 2 3 4  1 2 3 4  1 2 3 4  1 2 3 4
U U U U  D D D D  U U U U  D D D D
Let's mix it up still playing open -
1 2 3 4  1 2 3 4  1 2 3 4  1 2 3 4
D U D U  U U D D  U D U U  D U D D
Those are just a few examples to give you the idea of strumming try and create your own patterns! Now that we got the feel for strumming and a little timing as well we can move on to strumming chords and really this is where your imagination does all the work you can use any chords and strumming pattern you like. You should know that this is a very tricky time for a beginner because you are going to struggle when changing between chords and at times things might not sound as you would like. Just be patient and take it easy don't strain yourself and remember pain is your body's way of telling you your an idiot, so take breaks and rest up. I really hope my lessons helps even if it's a little bit, thanks for all the good feedback and nice comments! You guys really make it worthwhile, please feel free to request something you'd like to focus on or just send me a message if you have any questions! Peace Love Prosperity
More pHiLLa lessons:
+ Tabs For Those Just Starting Out For Beginners 10/13/2011
+ A Good Start For Beginners. Part 4 For Beginners 06/24/2011
+ A Good Start For Beginners. Part 2 For Beginners 03/15/2011
+ A Good Start For Beginners For Beginners 03/09/2011
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