Reaching The Intermediate: A Guide to Learning the Guitar Part 1

author: Blitzkrieg_SAJ date: 04/02/2013 category: for beginners

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Reaching The Intermediate: A Guide to Learning the Guitar Part 1
Good morning/afternoon/evening/night everyone who reads this. The guitar is one of the most beautiful and versatile instruments ever made. It has the percussive abilities of the drums, the melodic beauty of the cello, the expansive utility of the Piano and has a character of its own. In my opinion the guitar IS the most beautiful and versatile instrument but opinions differ. This lesson will help you become a more all rounded guitarist and hopefully will help you on your journey to become a guitar god. A little more about myself, I've been playing for a really short period of time around ten months. But this time was filled with immense effort with a lot of hours spent on learning guitar perhaps around four to five a day. As UG has helped me a lot over the past few months I have decided to try and write a few lessons seeing as if I can explain it and people understand it, that's a good sign that I've understood it well. We're going to start with the absolute basics because without these perfected further practise is frankly a waste of time. Music is basically made using twelve notes. With these twelve notes there are infinite combinations and computations. By ordering these notes we create the order of music from the chaos of random notes. These twelve notes are:
A A# B C C# D D# E F F# G G#
These notes form Scales. A scale is a series of ordered notes. The order is given by the intervals between successive notes. Reading this it becomes necessary to explain intervals. Intervals: Let's take the key of A. For posterity I'm going to use the key of A to explain things throughout this series. If we are in the chromatic scale of A. The Intervals with their corresponding notes are:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Try doing the same with all other scales. Starting with B. For example B is:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
A chord is formed by grouping these notes according to these intervals. More on this later. This should be enough theory to start with.
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