The Basics. Part 3

The thrid of my five basic lessons. This lesson covering rhythm and lead guitar.

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Important: If you have not read lesson 1 and lesson 2 please do so before reading this. 1. Rhythm: When someone thinks to themselves that they want to learn guitar. It is usually because they want to impress their friends, girlfriends/boyfriends, family and to become 'famous' in their own little world. To do this they think of the great Lead Guitar that have made so many other people famous. Like Eric Clapton, Santana, and all the greats. However what all these people don't know is that they must have good timing and skills before they can impress everyone. This is where rhythm plays it's role. You will gather some basic methods of rhythm in this lesson and later you will be shown some lead guitar riffs and tricks. If you can get your hands on a metronome, it would be perfect. If you don't have one physically, you can get one that plays on your computer. It works basically the same as a real metronome. When using a metronome, you must listen to it. There is no point on having it if you're just going to ignore it. If you can't keep up with the beat, slow it down. I can assure you that with time and practice you will get quicker. Play these chord progressions at the speed of 100 beats per second.
v v v v | v^v^v^v^ | v v v v | v^v^v^v^ ||
G G G G   G G G G    G G G D


v v v v | v^v^v^v^ | v v v v | v^v^v^v^ ||
C C C C   C C C C    C C C E
If you can create variations of the chords used, that would be fine. If it is too fast for you to change chords, slow it down and work your way up. If you continue practicing that with different chords your rhythm should improve greatly. I suggest mixing up these chords for practice: G D C E A Am Em 2. Lead Guitar: I know everyone wants to do this so here you go. You will soon be learning some Lead guitar riffs and solos by some famous bands/people. However just before, some basic knowledge. Many solos are, in some parts, quick. I assure you that you will be quicker if you use alternate strokes of the pick instead of only using down or up strokes/picks/plucks. Some people say this is the easiest song ever. When a beginner goes into a guitar shop to test out a guitar they might buy, this song is usually played. It sounds good, and is as easy as 1 2 3. Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple. I'm sure we all know the sound of this song. Here are the notes for it. I am writing it in TAB form.
e--------------------------------------------|
B--------------------------------------------|
G--0--3--5~---0--3--6-5~---0--3--5~---3--0~--|
D--0--3--5~---0--3--6-5~---0--3--5~---3--0~--|
A--------------------------------------------|
E--------------------------------------------|
Well there it is. The main riff of Smoke On The Water. Check out the next lesson for more on Lead guitar!

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    petergillies
    Guys you all are kinda right - the tab for smoke on the water here is actually using power chords. A power chord consists of notes 1 and 5 of the major scale. This tab is actually doing that exactly. However playing them in the right position etc. And just to note it - and to let high voltage know im still around - these are my lessons all ripped from my web site www.geocities.com/apeguitar. All formatting mistakes in the lessons (which there are way too many of!) are because when high voltage copied and pasted my material, he didnt take note of some formatting procedure i went through to get the layout i wanted. To cut a long story short, this guy copied. *very annoyed*
    thebrokensmile
    that tab is the right version for smoke on the water. just add a lot of bass to it to get the right sound, works for me on my amp. mind, turn off the pick up selector switch.
    muzikgurl3
    Sweet! I learned something!!!!! ANSIE - google 'Weird Metronome' and d/l it....it comes from www.cnet.com
    ansie
    hi grat lesson just wonderin were i can find the methronome on the internet
    Alonso249
    I need some clarification: in the chord progressions at 100 bpm are we supposed to play the down strokes with the G chord and the up strokes with all open notes or we do both the up and down strokes with the G chord?
    MSaffold
    Thanks very much! I am getting a guitar soon, and this is very helpful. I understood it great.
    Ead
    Ahhh well it does have the root and a fifth.. but it's inverted. Is there an actual proper way to look at this form?
    Ead
    This *power chord* tabbed here uses perfect fourths, not fifths.
    hardcoreatheist
    liam177lewis: no, youre not... thats just for lazy bastards who cant be arsed to do the real thing, so just powerchord the bass tabs... trust me, i'm blonde... the correct bass tabs different to the lead :p
    j5265
    Ah crap! Please remove my messages posted under "Basics, Lesson3" -I didn't realize you don't allow postings from official tab books.
    j5265
    Sorry 'bout the triple post, folks. It kept telling me I had to sign in, so I kept signing-in. Finally, on the 3rd try I see the triple post. *sigh* Any ideas on how to get the tab to post properly?
    j5265
    Here's the version of "Smoke..." that I was taught (try it both ways and play the version you like best. I've tried both of them and although I think mine is the way I've seen Ritchie Blackmore play it, high voltage's version still rocks!) e----- B----- G----- D--5--8--10---- 5--8--11--10- ---5--8--10- ---8--5-- A--5--8--10--- -5--8--11--10----5--8- -10 ----8--5-- E----- It doesn't get any easier than bar chords, my friends!
    j5265
    high voltage, I appreciate your time and energy in helping the rest of us, and would just like to add this version of Smoke On The Waer from The Ultimate Guitar Songbook: (very basic form -my 1st attempt @ Tab) e----- B----- G ----- D--5--8--10---5--8 --11--10---5- -8--10---8-- 5----- A--5--8--10---5-- 8--11--10---5--8--10-- -8- -5----- E----- Sounds great w/distortion. Doesn't get any easier than those bar chords my friends, and if you listen to the song, I think the "muffled" rhythm is bar chords on the same strings, but I'm still working on that.
    j5265
    high voltage, I appreciate your time and energy in helping the rest of us, and would just like to add this version of Smoke On The Waer from The Ultimate Guitar Songbook: (very basic form -my 1st attempt @ Tab) e----- B----- G ----- D--5--8--10---5--8 --11--10---5- -8--10---8-- 5----- A--5--8--10---5-- 8--11--10---5--8--10-- -8- -5----- E----- Sounds great w/distortion. Doesn't get any easier than those bar chords my friends, and if you listen to the song, I think the "muffled" rhythm is bar chords on the same strings, but I'm still working on that.
    DarkSilhoette13
    dude, liam is right, its not in powerchords its played the way he tabbed it. yes you play both strings its actually easier than powerchords if you ask me
    lewisb87
    When u tab two 0's over top each other do u play just them strings or wat? e---..| B---..| G--0--3--5~~---0--3--6-5~~ ~---0--3--5~ ~---3--0~~~---..| D--0--3--5~~---0--3 --6-5~~~---0--3--5~~-- -3--0~~~---..| A---..| E-- -..|
    ashalan30
    liam is right, that is the real tab for smoke on water, alot of people tab it in the wrong key, they get the frets right but the strings wrong, makes them look stupid cos they either rushed tabbing it, or just don't know anything about music theory
    liam177lewis
    no, youre not... thats just for lazy bastards who cant be arsed to do the real thing, so just powerchord the bass tabs... trust me, i'm blonde...