A Good Start For Beginners. Part 2

Just like the first lesson this is strictly for beginners.

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Hey guys and gals I'm happy to announce this is my second lesson! Just like the first lesson this is strictly for beginners. In this lesson we will - Learn about chords How to identify them in tab form Good, before we begin did you remember to warm up? Warm up exercise
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
Now that your fingers are nice and warm let's start out with some chords "NOTE" There are give or take 1800+ different chords you can play on guitar and you might have heard about Major and minor, but like i said we're beginners so I'm just going to do 7 basic chords they are: A, B, C, D, E, F AND G (also known as A Major B Major and so on) In my previous lesson we learned that on the "tab" when the notes (numbers) are separated you play them each individually, but with chords there's a slight change Example Gmaj (G Major)
e|--3-------
B|--0-------
G|--0-------
D|--0-------
A|--2-------
E|--3-------
Now you see all the notes (numbers) are aligned this means you strum them all together starting from your "low E" (the thickest string) all the way down to your "high E". A thing I noticed with beginners is that they struggle with finger placements when it comes to chords, so what I am going to do is with each chord I'll just use "I, M, R, P" to indicate which finger goes where. So, I = Index finger M = Middle finger R = Ring Finger P = Pinky Let's get to the good stuff!!
A chord
|-0-|
|-2-|(P)
|-2-|(R)
|-2-|(M)
|---|
|---|

B chord
|-2-|(I)
|-4-|(P)
|-4-|(R)
|-4-|(M)
|-2-|(I)
|---|
"NOTE" Okay, so you must be thinking "DUDE!?!?!?" 2 index fingers?!?!?!? Don't worry I thought the same but this is what you do. You place your Index finger over all the strings in the second fret.(put your thumb exactly at the same spot on the back of the neck where your index finger is so you can press all the strings down nice and firm) Then just place your other fingers as indicated
C chord
|-0-|
|-1-|(I)
|-0-|
|-2-|(M)
|-3-|(R)
|---|
 
D chord
|-2-|(M)
|-3-|(R)
|-2-|(I)
|-0-|
|---|
|---|
 
E chord
|-0-|
|-0-|
|-1-|(I)
|-2-|(R)
|-2-|(M)
|-0-|
 
F chord
|-1-|(I)
|-1-|(I)
|-2-|(M)
|-3-|(R)
|-3-|(P)
|-0-|
 
G chord
|-3-|(R)
|-0-|
|-0-|
|-0-|
|-2-|(I)
|-3-|(M)
So those are the 7 chords EVERY beginner should know and like I said those are only few of much more chords, but these are in my opinion the fundamentals of getting started you should try and memorize them in the best way possible so that you can run through them without having to look at the fret board (guitar neck). When strumming mix it up don't just downstum or up try making your own patterns, I'll go more into that in my next lesson Thanks to all who commented, rated and asked questions I really appreciate it! Rock on!

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    symbiotic5150
    @crave01. I am not sure who you are or what you are trying to prove with your comment, but allow me to explain that this lesson is for beginners, and thus far this individule is doing a bang up job. I have played over 17 years and he is simply passing what he is learning to others, so if you feel the need to shove your way into what he is teaching then perhaps you yourself should do what he is doing rather than criticising what he is doing.
    symbiotic5150
    God Bless you philla, you are on to something friend, and keep up the great work. We all started where you were and with persistance we have accomplished a lot. You will be great and a great instructor if you so desire to. This is the start of new chapters for you!
    pHiLLa
    pHiLLa wrote: vsruls wrote: how do i remember all those finger positions in various chords ????? sorry made a typo it's not "put" it's "but" I had the exact same problem when i was starting out, but i wrote all the chords down on a piece of paper and went through each one, but i paid a lot of attention to the position,shape my fingers were and the sound, so i kinda memorized them all, put start of slow, try memorizing 2 chords a day, peace
    craigb47
    cooldudeme wrote: hey ppl....i have a small doubt....should i pick the strings which are not numbered...for example in the a chord ,should i pick the first two strings ??
    It depends on u it makes a very small difference
    craigb47
    cooldudeme wrote: hey ppl....i have a small doubt....should i pick the strings which are not numbered...for example in the a chord ,should i pick the first two strings ??
    pHiLLa
    NixKix.E.T wrote: I must be missing something... I don't get how having to work out the number patterns that form a chord is easier then seeing the chord. Surely it must be easier just to read G and play G, rather than having to interpret numbers. Am I missing something?
    I'm not EXACTLY sure what you mean, sorry English isn't my native language, would you mind explaining what you mean by "it must be easier just to read G and play G" ?
    Tiago Sa
    GldnSldr wrote: Is there an easier way to play B chord?
    It depends on why it's hard for you to play the B chord. If it's because your fingers won't fall into place correctly because it's too complex, keep practicing. If it's because they physically won't fit three fingers in the same fret, then try using a bar with the index finger for the high E and A strings and a bar with the ring finger for the DGB strings. Alternatively, you can take advantage from having big fingers and just brute force it and fret two strings with the same finger (middle finger usually, but whatever suits you best), effectively doing a small bar with it. Just be careful not to bend the string, just use the full width of the fingertip to fret two strings at once, and remember that you need very little pressure to make your notes sound clear.
    vsruls
    how do i remember all those finger positions in various chords ?????
    Jugo-Gitarista
    hmm its difficult to understand what it means C chord |-0-| |-1-|(I) |-0-| |-2-|(M) |-3-|(R) |---| . what is the number 1 and what does it stay for?? how can i read it ?
    NixKix.E.T
    I must be missing something... I don't get how having to work out the number patterns that form a chord is easier then seeing the chord. Surely it must be easier just to read G and play G, rather than having to interpret numbers. Am I missing something?
    amazingxmanda
    @NixKix.E.T For someone like me, a brand new beginner, it's easier because I don't know all the chords yet and the numbers tell me where to place my fingers. Yes, in time, it'll be easier, but at this point, this is easier.
    pHiLLa
    vsruls wrote: how do i remember all those finger positions in various chords ?????
    I had the exact same problem when i was starting out, but i wrote all the chords down on a piece of paper and went through each one, but i paid a lot of attention to the position,shape my fingers were and the sound, so i kinda memorized them all, put start of slow, try memorizing 2 chords a day, peace
    pHiLLa
    Jugo-Gitarista wrote: hmm its difficult to understand what it means C chord |-0-| |-1-|(I) |-0-| |-2-|(M) |-3-|(R) |---| . what is the number 1 and what does it stay for?? how can i read it ?
    i will send u a message explaining it a bit better
    cooldudeme
    hey ppl....i have a small doubt....should i pick the strings which are not numbered...for example in the a chord ,should i pick the first two strings ??
    embling
    i play my Fmaj roughly the same way, but i'm pretty sure you don't play an open low E. sounds awful.
    lildudenikki
    dude same again. thanks. i have been looking all over the web for lessons cause i cant get any in school. and this is the best. you should be a guitar teacher.
    pHiLLa
    dylan30030 wrote: so the fingers go index,middle,ring,pinky, with the index on the low e?
    it depends on what chord you are or what exactly you are doing . .can you maybe just give a little more info?
    crave01
    There are various ways to play chords, but if you're gonna put your 2 cents worth into some one else's lesson, @ least get politicaly correct. F (open)chord F (as an E bar chord) |-1-|(I) |-1-|(I) |-1-|(I) |-1-|(I) |-2-|(M) |-2-|(M) |-3-|(R) |-3-|(R) |---| |-3-|(P) |---| |-1-|(I) In the open F, only strum the bottom four strings.
    black.Guitars
    heyy does this also qualify as a B major chord? : B chord |-2-|(I) |-4-|(P) |-4-|(R) |-4-|(M) |-x-| |-x-|