Guitar For Dummiez

author: SaiNt adEL #13 date: 03/23/2009 category: for beginners
rating: 7.2 / votes: 12 

Introduction

These are basic lessons. Nothing extremely tricky or complicated, just some tips and practice maneuvers for beginniners. I want you to know that after only a year of lessons, I can play Smoke On The Water, Hell's Bells, Iron Man, Stairway To Heaven and many others. Depending on a person's talent and desire to do it, it only takes about a year (one lesson per week) to be as good as Jimmy Page and Ozzy Osbourne. My year of lessons was one lesson per week. I'm gonna cram most of those lessons into one so it only takes you about a half hour.

Get To Know Your Guitar

Take a moment to study the picture The neck is dotted on every other fret starting with the third. However, the twelfth is dotted twice because it's where the pitch of the corresponding string is made again. The string names are beginning at the top, E, B, G, D, A, E. An easy way to rember this is Every Boy Gets Done At Evening.

Basic Chords

Your easiest and most basic Key to play in is G. A key consists of three chords and an off chord. I.e. Key of G contains G, C, and D, with A for the off chord. G chord: Place your index finger on the A string on the 2nd fret Place your middle finger on the thick E string on the 3rd fret. Place your ring finger on the thin E string on the 3rd fret. Play the other 4 open. C chord: Place your index finger on the B string on the 1st fret. Place your middle finger on the D string on the 2nd fret. Place your ring finger on the A string on the 3rd fret. Play the rest open. D chord: Place your index finger on the thin E string on the 2nd fret. Place your middle finger on the B string on the 3rd fret. Place your ring finger on the G string on the 2nd fret. Play the rest open. A chord: Place your index finger on the D string on the 2nd fret. Place your middle finger on the G string on the 2nd fret. Place your ring finger on the B string on the 2nd fret. Play the rest open. Congrats! You've learned your first key.

First Practice

Now it's time to practie the Key of G. What I would like you to do, is to play the following chords in order, each recieving 4 beats. G, D, C, G, A, G Repeat again and again until you get good at it. As you get better speed up. Once you're confident in your playing, move on to the next part of the lesson.

Key Of D

Your next Key, D, contains D, G, A, and E as an off chord. You already know D, G, and A, so all I have to teach you is E! E chord: Place your index finger on the G string on the 1st fret. Place your middle finger on the A string on the 2nd fret. Place your ring finger on the D string on the 2nd fret. Play the rest open.

Practice

Practice the same way you did before, only with the following chords instead: D, G, A, D, E, D

First Song

Hey, now it's time to do some actual playing! Are you ready for it? The song Amazing Grace is in the Key of D. Play it at the tempo you did on your first practice. Keep repeating it until it's perfect. Here's the link.

Song

Once you've got Amazing Grace downpat, let's try a faster one. Amanda is in the Key of A. Don't worry! The only unfamiliar chord in that one is B, but it's not used in this song. Link.

Good-bye

Folks, if this lesson is accepted, I'll write some more, longer ones. For right now, I'm gonna let you keep workin' on the Keys of G and D, and Amazing Grace and Amanda. Peace out! Remember: Practice Every Day or else you'll gradually lose what you've learned.
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