Guitar Lessons For Beginners

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What this website contains and how to use it:

1. If you are a just starting as a beginning guitarist and want to learn how to play the guitar, start on Lesson Number 1 and view each lesson in order.

2. If you already play the guitar and want to learn some licks, visit the bluegrass licks, jazz licks, and rocks licks pages.

3. If you want to learn more about music theory, visit the music theory page.

4. Watch a video of me playing a jazz chord solo that I wrote.

5. Watch a video of me discussing my home made guitar that I built from scratch.

6. Watch a video of me playing my arrangement of a traditional bluegrass standard, “June Apple”.

7. Visit the nature page to see interesting photos and videos of things in nature.

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Before we get into the guitar lessons, licks and other interesting things on this website, have you ever thought about building an electric guitar from scratch? How difficult is it to do? What skills and tools are required? Will it play properly when you are finished building it? In this video below, I demonstrate my first hand made guitar by playing a blues song, “True Blue” and then explain some interesting things about my first experience building a home made guitar. Click on the arrow in the image below to watch the video:



MY QUCK START GUITAR PLAYING VIDEO: Folsom Prison Blues Cover (Johnny Cash) If you want to learn how to play a song quickly, before you start the lessons, watch this QUICK START VIDEO below: The chord diagrams are shown below: 


Here is the video again, song only, without the beginning instruction: Folsom Prison Blues Cover (Johnny Cash) Click on the arrow in the arrow to view the video:

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JUNE APPLE BLUEGRASS SONG: Watch this video of the traditional bluegrass song, “June Apple”, played in the key of A. The chords and solo lead licks are shown on this website, so you can learn them and play along with the video. Click on the arrow in the image below to view the video:


****************************************************************************************************************** QUICK START VIDEO INTRODUCTION: This first online video lesson is intended for those of you who want to pick up your guitar and be able to start playing some music on it in a few minutes of study, before you have learned any of the music fundamentals or music theory that is developed in later lessons in the GuitarMore guitar lessons for beginners.

A quick note about tuning: This lesson is intended to get the beginning guitar player playing the guitar within an hour, before learning alot about the guitar.

But it is necessary for the guitar to be in tune for the music to sound correctly.

So for this quick start lesson, if you do not know how to tune, have someone who knows how to play the guitar tune it for you, or you can spend a few minutes in my Lesson 1 to learn how to tune the guitar.

Learn the chords shown in the chord diagrams below and described in the lesson video and you will be playing this rock/blues song within an hour.

After you can play this song without following me on this video, you can practice the song without my accompaniment by playing along with the same online video clip on the Home Page listed under the Rock Guitar post.

For convenience, you may want to print out this page, so that you can have the chord fingering diagrams available for reference while you are learning the song.

Your goal is to memorize how to play the chords, the chord names and to get a feel for strumming this 12 bar rock/blues chord progression.

When accompanying/strumming this song, as with any song, strike the chords with the rythym and style that you feel…

There is no “right or wrong”, unless you are playing from a written musical score under the direction of a director who wants the musical composition played as it is written on the sheet of music.

Here are the directions for playing the song:

For the song in this lesson video, when the second verse starts, play the E chord below for 32 beats (32 strums in time with the rythym of the song).

In the diagrams below, the blue dots show the finger locations and the numbers next to the dots refer to which finger is used to form the note. (finger number 1 is the pointing finger,2 is the middle finger, 3 is the ring finger and 4 is the smallest finger). *********************************************************************************************************************************

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Then strum the A or A7 chord for 8 beats (8 strums with the rythym of the song).

Then strum the E chord for 16 beats (16 strums with the rythym of the song).

The strumming cycle repeats for each verse of the song.

The cycle of chords, that is, the order in which the chords are played and the length of time that each chord is played, is called a chord progression.

Some additional background information:

The chord progresson in this video is one of the most common progressions used in rock/blues music and can be played in other musical keys that you will learn more about in later lessons.

The chord progression in this video is referred to as a 12 chord progression because the cycle of the chords is repeated every 12 bars of music.

The chord progression is also known more specifically as a 12 bar blues chord progression because the chord progression is 12 bars in length and because of the particular chords used in the progression (more to learn about that in later lessons).

The 12 bar chord progression and the 8 bar chord progression (that will be discussed in later lessons) are the two most common types of chord progressions. ********************************************************************************************************************************* guitar chord B7 chord guitarmore Guitar Chord: The “B7” chord chord from ********************************************************************************************************************************* Go To Lesson Number 1

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What is a fret?



The frets are the metal items spaced at precise intervals of distances along on the neck of the guitar.

(The nut, which is the item, normally whitish in color, closest to the peghead and bears the weight of the strings at the top of the neck, is not a fret).

The peghead or machine head of the guitar is the part of the guitar that contains the machine heads for tuning the strings of the guitar.

How to “finger” (play) a note:

The fingers of the left hand are used to press down the strings at the desired frets to create the correct effective length of the guitar strings, which creates the intended pitch of the note when the string is struck with the pick in the right hand.

The frets are numbered, not literally, starting with fret number 1, which is the fret closest to the peghead, also known as a machine head, of the guitar.

The Barred Power chords:

Barring refers to placing your first finger down on all 6 strings, with a firm enough finger pressure exerted on the strings to place the strings in firm contact with the intended frets, and playing a chord with fingers 2-4.

Thus, in a way, your finger can be considered to be a moving nut when playing with bar chords.

Barred chords are movable, meaning they can be played at all reachable fret postions on the guitar neck.

Learning a few different forms of bar chords and learning the names of notes on the frets will allow you to play music in any key, in different positions up and down the length of the neck, as you will learn in later lessons.

Practice the power bar chords shown on the chord diagrams and play along with the online video until you can play the chords clearly and change to the next chord postion on the neck quickly.

Playing the song using the barred power chords:

The two chords in the below diagrams are called bar chords.

These chords are also known as power chords and are used to create a strong, powerful rhythym sound when firmly strumming all six strings of the chord.

These two power chords can be played at any fret on the guitar to form chords of different letter names (more to learn about this in a later lesson) . To play the practice rock/blues song on the video in this lesson using the bar chord “E” form, start with the standard E chord.

The A or A7 chord is replaced by playing the bar E chord with chord located so that the first finger is barring at the fifth fret.

The B7 chord is replaced by playing the bar E chord with the chord located so that the first finger is barring at the 7th fret.

The bar chord using the A form is shown below for future reference, but is not used in the practice song learned in this lesson.

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