The Beginner / Slightly-Better-Than-A-Beginner Transition. Lesson 5

The fifth lesson in my collection

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############## READING TABS ############## Tabs may be difficult to read at first but once you have gone over them a few times, they become easier and easier to make out. If you read a tab on Ultimate Guitar, the fretboard will look like this (also shown above):
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
The letters on the left hand side indicate the string being played. When a note is played in a song, it will appear on the tab like this (depending on where on the fretboard it is played):
e|-----------------------------------6--------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------5-----------5--------------------------------|
G|-----------------------4-----------------------4--------------------------|
D|-----------------3-----------------------------------3--------------------|
A|-----------2-----------------------------------------------2--------------|
E|-----1-----------------------------------------------------------1--------|
The numbers are on each string depending on the string they are played on and the numbers (1-6) increase and decrease depending on the fret played. There are other techniques incorporated into tabs occasionally but those have been - and will continue to be - explained in my Lessons. This is the gist of what a tab is. ######################### WARMING UP YOUR FINGERS ######################### It is essential to warm up your fingers before playing guitar because if your fingers are not moved and stretched sufficiently, they will be stiff and will have limited movement. There are many accepted ways of warming up your fingers, including:
E|-1--4--3--4--1--4--3--4-     {Do this repeatedly until you are sure
B|------------------------      that your fingers are ready, or 
G|------------------------      repeat the process on the B, G, D, A
D|------------------------                  and E strings}
A|------------------------
E|------------------------
A slightly different way to exercise your fingers is to play:
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------
B|--------------------------------------------------5--6--7--8---------
G|--------------------------------------4--5--6--7---------------------
D|--------------------------3--4--5--6---------------------------------
A|--------------2--3--4--5---------------------------------------------
E|--1--2--3--4---------------------------------------------------------
 
e|-6--7--8--9----------------------------------------------------------
B|-------------7--8--9--10---------------------------------------------
G|--------------------------8--9--10--11-------------------------------
D|----------------------------------------9--10--11--12----------------
A|-------------------------------------------------------10--11--12--13
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------
And play in reverse. Hopefully by now your fingers are warmed up and you are ready to play. ############# BASIC BLUES ############# I am not going to add a long history of Blues as this is in the Lessons section. The following is a classic Blues tune. It is easiest to play as down, down up, down down, down up etc Play:
e|-----------------------------------------------------------
B|-----------------------------------------------------------
G|-2---2---4---2---2---2---4---------------------------------
D|-0---0---0---0---0---0---0---------------------------------
A|-----------------------------------------------------------
E|-----------------------------------------------------------
It can also be played on the AD strings, the EA strings, and the Be strings. ############### RANDOM CHORDS ############### My random chords for the Lesson are:
D/Bb      - x10232
Ab6       - xx1111
D7sus4    - xx0213
B7b9      - x21212
Gsus2sus4 - 335535
################ I apologize for any mistakes with the text. I typed this out on Microsoft Word and "Copy/Paste"d it into here.

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    Rockstar Adze
    A little bit too short for my liking but still relevant. Please try to make longer lessons
    limeyman100
    hey what do you recomend after go through the "slightly better than beginner" stuff, i mean what good songs should i have a go at
    limeyman100
    hey what do you recomend after go through the "slightly better than beginner" stuff, i mean what good songs should i have a go at???
    RockstarAdam
    If you mean an easy song to learn then I would recommend Foo Fighters "Next Year". There are a few variations on the chords but the basic way is to play G D C G D C G D C A C D G The chorus is: Em G Em G C C# D And basically just a repeat of that.
    RockstarAdam
    Another relatively simple song to learn is Green Day's Time of Your Life. When you listen to the song it seems difficult but it's easy to understand. I tabbed it and it's in my Contributions.