Practices For Beginners. Part 2

author: AsTheWorldDies date: 02/28/2011 category: for beginners
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First, let's talk about chords. There are MANY chords. But let's just talk about the simple ones for now. Chords are given names after letters, such as an A chord, or a G chord. Here's a list of the simple ones. (Note: can be used on electric or on acoustic.)
A chord.
|-0-|
|-2-|
|-2-|
|-2-|
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B chord.
|-2-|
|-4-|
|-4-|
|-4-|
|-2-|
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C chord.
|-0-|
|-1-|
|-0-|
|-2-|
|-3-|
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D chord.
|-2-|
|-3-|
|-2-|
|-0-|
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|---|
E chord.
|-0-|
|-0-|
|-1-|
|-2-|
|-2-|
|-0-|
F chord.
|-1-|
|-1-|
|-2-|
|-3-|
|-3-|
|-1-|
G chord.
|-1-|
|-0-|
|-0-|
|-0-|
|-2-|
|-3-|
These are the regular chords. There are different ways to play each, and there are more variations, such as A Sharp, E minor, and G sustained. It takes a while to learn them, but you can do it. If you're a country player, I would suggest focusing on the G, C, and D chords. That's what most country songs use. (And just a little side note: most songs that have chords, no matter what genre, USUALLY only have four or five chords throughout the song.) Now let's talk about some other things to practice as beginners. When I began, I worked on speed on one string, then tried working on my speed on two strings, and so on. It's a good practice if you plan to learn things like metal, because most heavy metal players tend to play as fast as they can. I'm sure you won't need an example to understand this one. (Note: can be on electric or acoustic.) Harmonics are another thing guitarist use. You know the place where your fingers when pressing down on the fretboard? Well, to do a harmonic, you put your finger on the bar instead, and hit the note. Don't hit the one above where you'd play a normal note, hit it while on the bar below, otherwise it's the wrong place. They are represented normally with a * beside the fret number on the tabliture. (Note: Can be on electric or acoustic.)
Example: Credit to From First To Last, song name "Emily"
|--------------------------------------------------------|
|---------0-----------0-----------0----------0----12*----|
|-----------0-----------0-----------0----------0------12*|
|-----5-----------5-----------4-----------5--------------|
|-3-3---3-----7-7---7-----5-5---5-----3-3---3------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------|
Now, let's talk about palm muting. Palm muting is when you play the song, but with your palm on the strings so that it doesn't really make much sound. When plugged up to an amp with distortion hooked up, it tends to sound great. Most metal players do it all the time! Mute the notes with the dots below. (Note: Can be on electric or acoustic.)
Example: This is really mainly for electric players.
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|------------------------------|
|------------------------------|
|------------------------------|
|---------5---------3---------7|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0|
  . . . .   . . . .   . . . .
In my first lesson I teach some tapping. As it is one of my favorite things to do, I shall give another bit about that. Tapping when you do a bunch of hammer-ons (strumming, then slaming your finger down on the fretboard to make a higher sound, without strumming the string again) and pull-offs (strumming, then pulling off the string with the finger on the fret, to a higher fret) with BOTH of your hands. The right hand parts are typically represented by a "T" on the tablitures. The following are examples, listed in order of difficulty. (Note: Mostly for Electric guitars. You can do it on acoustic, but you won't get much noise.)
|-t18p3h4p3t18-|
|--------------|
|--------------|
|--------------|  Play repeatedly.
|--------------|
|--------------|

|-t14p6h7h8p7p6-t14p6h7h8p6h7h8-|
|-------------------------------|
|-------------------------------|
|-------------------------------| Play Repeatedly.
|-------------------------------|
|-------------------------------|

|-t12p7h9p7--------|
|---------t12p7h8p7|
|------------------|
|------------------| Play repeatedly.
|------------------|
|------------------|
One last thing I'd like to cover, involves playing on on string, as fast as possible, and hammer ons and pull offs. It helps with your speed and timing, and on top of that it sounds cool. (Note: Can be played on electric or acoustic)
|-0-0-0-0-2-0-0-6-0-0-0-0-5-0-0-0-4|
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Well, that concludes it for my secong lesson. It's not anything increadible. You should be able to play it, even if your a beginner. If not, you should practice until you can. I wish you all the best of luck. If you have any questions, just comment below, and I'll try my hardest to get back to you.
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