Guitar For Dummiez

The first basic Keys and two songs to help beginners get the feel for guitar.

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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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    nowa90
    ozzie doesnt play guitar, its like tommy iommi, rhoads, or zackk btw, i could play all the mentioned songs in my first 6 months, no lessons just saying
    g-bomb
    haha yes, i think we've established that ozzy does not play guitar lmao
    Petroguy
    Okay, let me reword my prior posting; I couldn't disagree more with your comment "it only takes about a year (one lesson per week) to be as good as Jimmy Page." While I commend your contribution in the form of your lesson, I feel that your comment could set newer players up for disappointment that is unwarranted. If a young player doesn't feel like he is close to the ability of his hero after a set amount of time, he may give up the guitar. I think that the author of the article, as he or she gains more experience, will come to understand the difference between being able to play songs and being truly skilled and proficient at the instrument. Rome wasn't built in a day, and Jimmy Paige didn't get his chops in a year. Sorry for my earlier posting that was more blunt and perhaps emotion fueled.
    milemaker
    Most of these comments are not value added. This lesson was a good effort and presented things well for the beginner. It is good for a beginner to see things presented from a few different perspectives. It allows a more thourough understanding of the subject. Good job keep it up
    SaiNt adEL #13
    Petroguy wrote: Okay, let me reword my prior posting; I couldn't disagree more with your comment "it only takes about a year (one lesson per week) to be as good as Jimmy Page." While I commend your contribution in the form of your lesson, I feel that your comment could set newer players up for disappointment that is unwarranted. If a young player doesn't feel like he is close to the ability of his hero after a set amount of time, he may give up the guitar. I think that the author of the article, as he or she gains more experience, will come to understand the difference between being able to play songs and being truly skilled and proficient at the instrument. Rome wasn't built in a day, and Jimmy Paige didn't get his chops in a year. Sorry for my earlier posting that was more blunt and perhaps emotion fueled.
    I'll admit that not EVERYONE can get that good that quick, but if you really want to you can take even just an ounce of talent a LONG way!
    SaiNt adEL #13
    andrewAnimosity wrote: lol ozzy dont play guitar...
    yeah, i know that now...i wrote that WAY back before i listened to ozzy much
    corporate_aveng
    I just got a guitar, and after reading this i have no clue what language this is, How can you say for dummies when dummies dont even know what a chord is, all this is very disconcerning and kinda makes me wanna take my guitar back, thought this was gonna be somewhat easy to learn. guess not
    NinjaStuart
    corporate_aveng : I just got a guitar, and after reading this i have no clue what language this is, How can you say for dummies when dummies dont even know what a chord is, all this is very disconcerning and kinda makes me wanna take my guitar back, thought this was gonna be somewhat easy to learn. guess not
    Please do return your guitar if you honestly thought that picking up an instrument for the first time would be a walk in the park. It takes effort, you can't expect everything to be given to you, you have to work for it. Your problems could have been solved with a quick search on Google.
    SaiNt adEL #13
    corporate_aveng wrote: I just got a guitar, and after reading this i have no clue what language this is, How can you say for dummies when dummies dont even know what a chord is, all this is very disconcerning and kinda makes me wanna take my guitar back, thought this was gonna be somewhat easy to learn. guess not
    I'm very sorry. I just assumed that most readers would either know the vocabulary, or at least be able to use context clues. I guess not. Like NinjaStuart said, it's not gonna be: touch the guitar and you're Slash. This is just the basics to help out beginners and get you started. If you don't understand it, get someone who teach niiice and slooow...
    angelo212
    I thought this was one of the better beginners series and I clicked on about 5 others and this was very easy to understand.
    Harley Ultra
    Any tips on changing from C to G chord? Which fingers do you put down first. I use all 4 fingers to play G.