#1
Ok well i have been messing around with tabs and the major chords but that's about it i want to know some theory so it can help me remember chords and know some things that you guys are talking about.

also is there any i dunno exercises or something on chord changing or just getting faster at changing finger positions.

Thanks in Advance
sirAbe
#2
Finger position query: Practice chord shifts [any random set of chords will work]

Theory query: Do you know piano? theory is something you might wanna get acquainted with by a teacher
#3
Check out the music theory lesson on UG if you haven't already. Also check out musictheory.net.
#4
I've found that just practicing major and minor scales all over the neck helps with finger postioning. I'll start with C major and move around the circle of fifths. The fifth of C is G so after running through a C major scale I'll hit G major then D major then A major and so on.

If you play the C starting on the eighth fret of the low E play the G in another position and try not to pause between the two. After a while you'll be able to blaze around the neck without so much as thinking.
#5
Quote by lowestfrequency
I've found that just practicing major and minor scales all over the neck helps with finger postioning. I'll start with C major and move around the circle of fifths. The fifth of C is G so after running through a C major scale I'll hit G major then D major then A major and so on.

If you play the C starting on the eighth fret of the low E play the G in another position and try not to pause between the two. After a while you'll be able to blaze around the neck without so much as thinking.


could you explain that more please. sounds interesting but i dont really know what you mean. explain it like you would to someone who has just picked up a guitar.
thanks
#6
The major scale is composed of eight notes:
- root
- 2nd
- major 3rd
- 4th
- 5th
- major 6th
- major 7th
- octave

Each note is a certain distance from the one before or after it. This distance is called the interval. In the major scale, the note intervals look like this:
- root
- whole
- whole
- half
- whole
- whole
- whole
- half

Using C major as an example the first, or root, note is C. The second note is one step, a step being two frets, up the fret board - D. The major third is another step higher than the 2nd - E. Following this formula, the eight notes in a C major scale:
- C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C

e|----------------|----------------|
B|----------------|----------------|
G|----------2-4-5-|5-4-2-----------|
D|----2-3-5-------|------5-3-2-----|
A|3-5-------------|------------5-3-|
E|----------------|----------------|

The fifth note of this scale is G. Find a G on the fret board (E string, 3rd fret is a good place to start) and apply the pattern again:

e|----------------|----------------|
B|----------------|----------------|
G|----------------|----------------|
D|----------2-4-5-|5-4-2-----------|
A|----2-3-5-------|------5-3-2-----|
E|3-5-------------|------------5-3-|

The fifth note of this scale is D. Find a D on the fret board (A string, 5th fret) and re-apply.

Continue to move the pattern by finding the fifth note in each scale until you've cycled back to C.
#7
Take a visit to the Musician Talk forum and spend some time reading the stickied threads.

Congrats on taking the first steps to becoming a real musician