Learning To Play The Guitar – An Absolute Beginner`s Guide By

Learning To Play The Guitar – An Absolute Beginner`s Guide By
Learning To Play The Guitar – An Absolute Beginner’s Guide
By Anthony Pell
http://www.learningtoplaytheguitar.net
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Copyright ©Anthony Pell 2013
Acknowledgements
Thanks to Elliott, John, Justin, Paul and most of all Rachael.
Introduction
Lesson 1 – The Guitar
Parts of the Guitar - Main Types of Guitar - Guitar Accessories & Practice Tools - Holding
the Guitar – The Notes of Music - Tuning - Finger Numbers - Holding the Pick
Lesson 2 – Practicing
Daily Practice - Practice Log
Lesson 3 – Picking
Using the Guitar Pick - The 5 Picking Exercises - Using a Metronome
Lesson 4 – Chords & Strumming
A D & E Major Chords - "Wild Tune" - Changing Between A D & E Major
Lesson 5 – Chords & Strumming
Major & Minor Chords - G Major & E Minor Chords - Strumming Patterns & Rhythms Strumming with a Metronome - "Sit With Me" - C Major Chord - 5 String Strumming
Lesson 6 – Chords & Strumming
“Sugar House Alhambra” - Faster Chord Changes - Changing Between D & C, C & G, G &
D Major Chords
Lesson 7 – Chords & Strumming
A Minor Chord – “Tapping on Gods Gate” - E7 Chord – “Yo Jim”
Lesson 8 – Chords & Strumming
D Minor Chord – DDU-UDU Strumming Pattern – “White Witch Lady” - F Major Chord –
“The 4 Chord Song” - G7 Chord
Lesson 9 – Chords & Strumming
Using a Capo
Lesson 10 – Chords & Strumming
Power Chords - A D & E Power Chords – “Wild Tune” – Open E A & B Power Chords –
“Real Crazy Kid”
Lesson 11 – Arpeggios
6/8 time signature – “Everyone Feels” – “Everything Else Does”
Lesson 12 – Arpeggios
“Sugar House Alhambra” – “House of the Rising Sun”
Lesson 13 - Scales
Major Scales - C Major Scale - Octave - G Major Scale – F Major Scale
Lesson 14 – Scales
Steps of a Major Scale - Key Signatures - D Major Scale
Lesson 15 - Scales
Using The Major Scales - C Major Scale for “The 4 Chord Song” - G Major Scale for “Sit
With Me” - D Major Scale for “Everyone Feels”
Lesson 16 - Scales
Pentatonic Scales – E Minor Pentatonic Scale – “Everything Else Does” - A Minor
Pentatonic Scale – “Wild Tune”
Lesson 17 - Scales
Blues Scales - E Blues Scale – A Blues Scale - Examples of Scales in Songs
Lesson 18 – Blues & Rock n Roll
12 Bar Blues - A7 D7 E7 Chords - Swing Rhythm - 12 Bar Blues in A - Spread Rhythm
Lesson 19 – Blues & Rock n Roll
Lead Guitar Techniques - String Bending - Hammer On - Blues in A Solo
Lesson 20 – Blues & Rock n Roll
Blues in E - B7 Chord - B Spread Rhythm - 12 Bar Blues in E - Slides- Blues in E Solo
Lesson 21 – Improvising
How to Improvise – “Wild Tune” – “Sit With Me” – “Tapping on Gods Gate” – “Sugar
House Alhambra” – “Yo Jim” – “White Witch Lady” – “The 4 Chord Song” – “Completely
Crazy Kid” – “Everyone Feels” – “Everything Else Does” – “House of the Rising Sun” –
“Blues in A” – “Blues in E”
Conclusion
This book is written for absolute beginners wanting to learn the basics of playing the guitar. By the
end of the book you should be able to play many songs using a range of skills required to play the
guitar. If you’ve always wanted to learn to play the guitar but didn’t know where to start this is the
book for you.
The book is divided into 21 lessons covering a range of guitar techniques to get you playing. The
best way to use this book is to work on one lesson a week or until you have mastered the lesson’s
exercises and songs before moving onto the next lesson. You may find that that some lessons
require more time or you may move faster through some lessons than others. This all depends on
how much you practice.
Here is an overview of what the lessons in the book cover.
The Guitar, Practicing & Picking – Lessons 1- 3
This is all about learning the parts of the guitar, essential accessories and practice tools. You will
also learn how to hold the guitar, finger numbers, how to hold a guitar pick and practice with
picking exercises. To improve and maintain your guitar skills regular practice is essential so
practice tips are included here.
Chords & Strumming – Lessons 4-10
You will learn the main chords used in thousands of songs, how to change between them and
strumming patterns to suit a range of music styles including rock, pop, folk, blues and country.
Arpeggios – Lessons 11-12
Arpeggios are simply chords played one note at a time. A famous example of this technique on
guitar is the start to Led Zeppelins "Stairway to Heaven". Arpeggios can make simple chords sound
more interesting and they sound great in slow songs and ballads.
Scales – Lessons 13-17
Single note / lead guitar playing will also be looked at with an introduction to scales and how
they're used to play melodies and guitar solos.
Blues & Rock n Roll – Lessons 18-20
All the previously covered skills will come together as you are introduced to the blues which is the
foundation for rock n roll, jazz, soul and rhythm and blues music. The blues is also great fun for
jamming with other guitarists and musicians and is an essential style to learn for any aspiring
guitarist.
Improvising – Lesson 21
Tips to improvise are given here with all the songs used in the book listed with their matching
scales and links to their backing tracks to practice with.
Mp3 Audio Samples & Video Lessons
To help you learn to play the guitar the book features many photos, diagrams, exercises and songs.
The exercises and songs also include links to mp3 audio samples so you can hear what they sound
like as you progress through the book. There are also numerous video lessons that compliment the
lessons in the book. Look out for the Mp3 Track and Video icons and links to these audio and
video files.
For those of you reading this on an eReader such as a Kindle you may have to use a PC or Mac to
download the audio files and view the video lessons. These can be all found here –
http://www.learningtoplaytheguitar.net/audio-samples/
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Parts of the Guitar - Main Types Of Guitar - Guitar Accessories & Practice Tools - Holding The
Guitar – The Notes Of Music - Tuning - Finger Numbers - Holding The Pick
Parts Of The Guitar
Before we start playing it’s a good to get familiar with the parts of the guitar. While there are
differences between various types of guitars all have the same main parts. The picture below is of a
steel string acoustic guitar.
Main Types of Guitar
There are 3 main types of guitar, nylon string acoustic (classical), steel string acoustic and the
electric guitar. Each has their own pros and cons and differences in tone that makes them suit
different styles of music.
Nylon String Acoustic Guitars
The nylon string or classical guitar is traditionally used in classical, flamenco and folk music. The
sound of this guitar is much more mellow and rounded than a steel string acoustic and tends to
sound better played with the finger tips verses being played with a pick.
The advantage for beginners is that the nylon string guitar is much easier on the fingertips than
steel strings because nylon is a much softer material than steel. Also the cost of a reasonable quality
nylon string acoustic guitar is fairly cheap and is often less than an equivalent quality steel string
guitar.
Steel String Acoustic Guitars
Steel string acoustic guitars are more often used in rock, country, blues and also in folk music. The
sound of this guitar is much brighter and louder than a nylon string acoustic and generally is more
suited to strumming chords or playing with a guitar pick than the nylon string guitar.
One disadvantage for beginners with the steel string guitar is that it’s tougher on the fingers with
the steel strings being much less forgiving on beginner’s fingertips than nylon strings.
It can take a few weeks of daily practice to develop calluses on your finger tips to help reduce the
initial pain of playing a steel string acoustic. Also, the cost of a reasonable quality steel string
acoustic guitar is usually more than an equivalent quality nylon string guitar.
Electric Guitars
Electric guitars work through the vibrations of the steel strings being transmitted to the pickups on
the instrument then onto a guitar amplifier creating the sound. This allows for electric guitars to be
very loud with their volume only being limited by the power or size of the amp.
Electric guitars and amps often use effects like distortion for longer sustain (longer sounding
notes). Guitarists like Jimi Hendrix revolutionised the sound of the electric guitar by using
distortion at high volumes to create sustain that allowed him to play long notes that simply cannot
be played on an acoustic guitar.
Electric guitars are easier to play than steel string acoustics as the string gauge (thickness) is
smaller. It allows guitarists in guitar solos to bend the strings easier which is essential for playing
blues and most modern rock guitar.
GUITAR ACCESSORIES AND PRACTICE TOOLS
Guitar Pick
The guitar pick is also called a plectrum. These help you to strum chords and play individual notes
louder and faster than with just using your fingers. It's best to use a hard pick around 1mm thick.
Paper thin picks are OK for lightly strumming chords but are too floppy for playing individual
strings accurately when playing melodies and arpeggios.
Electronic Tuner
An electronic guitar tuner will help you to easily tune the strings of the guitar to the correct notes.
The tuner will show a needle that will be placed in the middle when the string is in tune. Some
tuners have a microphone to pick up the sound of the note while other clip-on guitar tuners attach to
the guitar headstock and pick up the vibration of the string when it's plucked.
Guitar Strap
A strap enables you to play the guitar standing up by connecting to strap pins or buttons on the
guitar body.
Foot Stool
This is used when sitting to raise the leg holding the guitar body when playing in a sitting position.
Capo
A capo enables you to play in different keys (See Lesson 14 – Scales – Key Signatures) using
easier open string chords and avoiding the more difficult bar chords. They work by being clamped
on the fret board to create a temporary nut changing the tuning of the guitar. (See Lesson 9 –
Chords & Strumming – Using a Capo)
Metronome
This practice tool creates a steady beat or click to play with. There are many types from the old
pendulum ones to electronic and software versions. Software metronomes are quite popular as
they're often free and can be downloaded from the Internet onto your PC. They are also many free
metronome apps for smartphones and tablets too. Further details on how to use a metronome will
be explained in the (See Lesson 3 - Picking – Using A Metronome)
This tuner includes a metronome function which is highlighted in the red squares showing that this
metronome is set to play at 120 beats per minute (BPM).
For a list of free software and smartphone app metronomes check out the following article
http://www.learningtoplaytheguitar.net/best-drum-machines-metronomes-guitar-practice/
Drum Machine
A drum machine is similar to a metronome as it is also a time keeping device used for practice.
However a drum machine can play a variety of drum beats and rhythms for rock, blues, jazz, funk
etc. In comparison to a metronome they make practice more fun as it can be like playing with a real
drummer.
They are two main types of drum machine - hardware and software. The hardware versions are a
device that you plug into a guitar amp, stereo or PA system. A software drum machine can be
installed on a PC or again there are many free or cheap drum machine apps for smartphones and
tablets.
When using a drum machine or metronome ensure that they're loud enough to be heard over your
guitar so you don’t lose the beat.
For a list of recommended free / cheap software and smartphone app drum machines check out the
following article http://www.learningtoplaytheguitar.net/best-drum-machines-metronomes-guitarpractice/
The Notes Of Music
So far we have looked at the guitar and the accessories used to play and practice the instrument.
Now it's time to look at music itself and how it works.
The music alphabet consists of the notes A B C D E F G which then simply repeat starting again at
the A note as you go higher in pitch. These notes are the same for all instruments in western music
so if you are playing an A note on the guitar it will sound the same pitch on the piano, violin and
many other instruments.
The 6 strings of the guitar are tuned to 6 different notes with the lowest in pitch (thickest and
closest to the ceiling) being the 6th string and the highest in pitch (thinnest and closest to the floor)
being the 1st string. This can be a bit confusing as what is known as the top or high E string is
actually the string closest to the floor!
The trick to learning and remembering the string notes is this:
6.Eddy 5.Ate 4.Dynamite 3.Good 2.Bye 1.Eddy
This is called “standard” tuning. There are many other ways of tuning the guitar but for most songs
this tuning will do the job.
Tuning The Guitar
Now that we know what notes the strings should be tuned to we can tune the guitar. It is highly
recommended to get an electronic guitar tuner.
When using the electronic tuner pluck the open string and let it ring out for as long as possible for
the tuner to work out what the note is. Once you can see the needle being displayed on the tuner
tighten or loosen the string as required until the needle is in the middle of the display. Also make
sure that you're tuning to the correct note for the string as it’s easy to tune a G string to G# (one
note up from G) if you're not reading the display on the tuner correctly.
You can also tune the guitar using just your ear. This is done by tuning one string to another. The
5th fret note on the 6th (low thick E string) is A which is the same pitch as the open 5th string. Use
the diagram below to see where these notes are on the strings to tune them with each other.
Tuning by ear can be difficult for beginners as it can take time to develop aural skills to determine
when you are in tune and also importantly how far out of tune you are and whether you need to go
up or down in pitch to make the two strings match. The video lesson below shows how this is done.
However for beginners it is recommended to use an electronic tuner to be sure that you are in tune.
Also if you are tuning your guitar to the 6th string by ear you can get into trouble when playing with
other musicians as the 6th string may not always be exactly tuned to E.
Guitar Tab
Guitar Tab (short for Tablature) is a music reading system for guitar showing guitarists which fret
and string to place their fingers on to play a chord shape or melody.
The six lines are the strings of the guitar with the top line being the 1st string (the thin one near the
floor). The numbers represent the fret numbers. For example 0 means the open position on the
string and 1 means the 1st fret. Be careful not to confuse these fret numbers with finger numbers.
Guitar Tab is a great system to quickly learn where to place your fingers on the fret board and is
widely used by guitarists. However this is not a substitute for regular music notation. Music
notation is the language of music used by musicians playing all types of instruments. For example
if you gave guitar tab to a piano player they wouldn't be able to read or play it. If you want to
communicate well with other musicians you ultimately need to read music.
Guitar Tab is also missing vital rhythm information telling you when to exactly play notes and how
long they should be played for. Guitar Tab helps with establishing the best fret board position when
used with standard music notation. Learning music notation is beyond the scope of this book but it
is recommended as the next step in developing your playing and knowledge of music.
Holding and Positioning The Guitar
When holding the guitar ensure that you're sitting in an upright position with your shoulders even
and relaxed. It is best if the guitar neck is slightly raised. Some players like to use a foot stool to
raise the leg that the guitar body in sitting on. There are two ways a foot stool can be used. One is
to place the guitar on the left (neck side) which is known as the classical position used by classical
guitarists and the other is the contemporary position with the guitar on the right (body) leg.
The other alternative is to play standing using a strap to hold the guitar in place. Strap height can
vary from player to player. However it is best to ensure that the guitar is not so low that it makes
strumming and holding your left (fretting) hand under the neck too difficult. As a general rule a
good height is anywhere from your waist to your chest.
Positioning The Fretting Hand
The next position to be aware of is the placement of the left (fretting) hand. Make sure that the
wrist is relatively straight and the thumb is pointing upwards either behind the neck or over the top.
For certain chords the thumb behind the neck will be required while for other chords it is OK for
the thumb to go over the top. Just ensure that the thumb does not point sideways towards the
headstock as this will limit the movement of your fingers and lead to bad playing habits causing
problems in the long run.
Finger Numbers
On the left (neck or fretting hand) the finger numbers are as shown in the diagram. These numbers
will be used in chord diagrams and other exercises later in this book.
Holding The Guitar Pick
The final piece of the puzzle is holding the guitar pick. To do this first make a fist shape with your
right (picking) hand. Then relax the fingers in the fist slightly placing the pick on top of the first
joint of the forefinger. The thumb is then lowered on top of pick with a firm grip.
Apart from learning how to hold the guitar properly there are a few other essentials to go over
before we begin playing music on the guitar.
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Daily Practice - Practice Log
Daily Practice
The key to progressing on the guitar (and any other instrument) is daily practice. It doesn't have to
be hours every day. Daily practice of 30 minutes for adults and 20 minutes for kids will lead to
great improvements in your playing over several weeks and months. When beginning guitar daily
practice will help you develop muscle memory for your fingers to learn the chord shapes and the
overall coordination and dexterity necessary to play the guitar.
Muscle Memory
When a movement such playing chords changes on the guitar are repeated multiple times daily over
weeks and months, a long-term muscle memory is created. This eventually allows the movement to
be performed with minimal conscious effort. Muscle memory developed during practice decreases
the need for attention and creates maximum efficiency. This is how people sing and play guitar at
the same time. They’ve developed muscle memory to play guitar chords so well that they can just
focus on singing the song with their voice and have only minimal focus on their guitar playing.
Consistent quality daily practice will also help your fingertips to develop calluses toughening them
so you can play for longer without the initial pain that many beginners experience. Developing
fingertip calluses is just like your bare feet toughening up at the beach over a summer holiday so
you can ultimately walk on the hot sand without pain.
Practicing for an hour or two on the weekend but not during the week will not develop muscle
memory coordination for your fingers nor will it develop calluses. Only consistent daily practice
will do this. Even if you can only practice a few minutes on a particular day it is better than not
practicing at all.
To help develop the daily practice routine set the same time for practice every day whether it is in
the morning before work or school or in the evening. A tool that can be used to help keep you on
track is a Practice Log. There is one on the next page of this book that you can print out and use. It
can also be printed from http://www.learningtoplaytheguitar.net/practice-log/ . Use the log to
record how many minutes a day that you’re practicing. At the end of each week or month you can
add up and see how many hours you've put into your guitar playing.
Once you get a few chords and exercises under you fingers it is always important to work on
elements of your playing that you're weak at such as new chords or scales etc. There are many
players who hit a certain level and don't advance getting stuck in a rut simply because they don't
challenge themselves to play something new or difficult. It's OK of course to have fun and play
what you know but don't neglect the new and challenging exercises or songs that you should be
working on.
Here are some general practice tips to keep you on track:
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Use a practice log.
Set a regular daily practice time in the morning, afternoon or evening.
Leave your guitar out of its case on a guitar stand or leaning up against the wall so that
it’s easy to access and play.
Don’t wait for the motivation to practice start practicing and the motivation will follow.
Find a place to practice where you won’t be disturbed or distracted. Noodling in front
of the TV is not really quality practice.
Use a metronome or drum machine to help develop your rhythm and timing.
Always begin slow before trying to play at full speed. Learn an exercise or song slowly and
correctly then gradually speed it up after you've mastered it at a slow tempo. Trying to play
a song quickly without being able to play it slowly will result in you never being able to
play it well.
Practice specifically, deliberately and with many repetitions of an exercise or song until
it 100% correct, this way you end up with great control over your fingers.
Practice what you suck at. Work on elements of your playing that you are weak at such as
new chords or scales etc.
Stay motivated by listening to your favourite music that have inspired you to pick up the
guitar in the first place whether it be on CD, DVD or going to concerts or even local gigs.
And of course PRACTICE DAILY!
BE PATIENT. Results will not come immediately. Bit by bit and day by day you will see
improvements with consistent daily practice. All good things take time.
There will be days where you feel you’re not improving or even going backwards. You will get
frustrated. If playing guitar well was easy everyone would be playing! Even a day of bad practice is
better than a day of no practice.
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Using the Guitar Pick - The 5 Picking Exercises - Using a Metronome
Holding the guitar pick correctly as previously shown we are now going to practice using the pick.
First simply try strumming the pick up and down on across all the strings to get used to the feel of
the pick in the hand. Ensure that your grip remains firm and the pick doesn't wobble or spin under
your thumb.
Once you feel reasonably comfortable with this exercise we will practice playing individual strings.
The 5 Picking Exercises
There are 5 main picking exercises we will go through.
The first being Alternate Picking which is simply picking UP and DOWN on one string. Alternate
picking is used for melody and solo playing and if you develop this well you can play very fast and
smooth with this simple technique.
Try DOWN/UP picking on each string before moving onto the next one. Try to keep the strokes
even and smooth. Your DOWN pick should sound the same as your UP pick.
The next exercise is Outside Picking using an adjacent pair of strings. Pick DOWN on the 6th
string then UP on the 5th. Like the alternate picking aim to keep the strokes even and consistent.
After practicing on the 6th and 5th strings move onto the 5th and 4th then the 4th and 3rd etc.
The opposite of outside picking is Inside Picking. With this technique you pick UP on the 6th and
DOWN on the 5th string. Practice this over all adjacent string pairs with even and consistent
strokes.
Next we will play Double DOWN on the 6th and 5th strings. Again practice this evenly over all
adjacent string pairs.
Finally play the opposite of double down with Double UP picking. Again practice this evenly over
all adjacent string pairs.
With all these exercises accuracy comes first. Speed without accuracy is just messy and sloppy.
Accuracy comes from practicing slowly. The aim of these exercises is to get comfortable with
control of the pick before attempting to play fast.
Using A Metronome
Once you’re OK with the basic feel of the exercises try using a metronome or drum machine to
develop timing and ultimately speed. Begin at 70bpm with a DOWN/UP stroke for each click or
beat and gradually increase speed. Have a listen to the audio sample to hear how the exercises are
played with a metronome.
To use a metronome you set a tempo at so many Beats Per Minute (BPM) and turn it on. The
higher the number the faster the beat. For example 50BPM is quite slow while 200BPM is very
fast.
One tip for using a metronome is to ensure that it is playing fairly loud as they can be hard to hear
once you start playing notes or strumming chords and you can easily lose the beat.
Also before you start playing tap your foot along with the beat to get a feel for the tempo. Later on
in Lesson 5 we will go over counting in and strumming chords with a metronome before playing to
help establish a tempo.
Picking is often the most neglected skill of guitar playing yet it is perhaps the most important.
As a beginner you really need to focus on picking. If you can’t pick properly you will not
advance very far. Make picking exercises a permanent part of your daily practice routine.
Using A Guitar Pick Vs Finger Picking
While using a pick is awkward at first, correct guitar pick technique is easier to master than correct
finger picking technique. Finger picking can also be learnt if that is a style you're interested in as it
is used a lot in folk, country and classical guitar.
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A D & E Major Chords - "Wild Tune" - Changing Between A D & E Major
Chords are a group of notes played at the same time and are the core of guitar playing creating the
foundation (harmony) of songs. Most music you hear will be made up of chords whatever the style.
So mastering chords is an essential part of being a guitarist.
Most of the chords you will learn in this book are open string chords using the open strings on the
guitar. Other chords that will be looked at are power chords which sometimes don’t use any open
strings. The third main type of guitar chords are the more difficult bar (barre) chords. These require
you to bar one or more fingers across several strings. Bar chords aren’t covered in this book but if
you master your open string and power chords they are the next step to develop in your chord
playing.
The first 3 chords we are going to play are A D and E major. Once you get these 3 chords under
your fingers you will be able to play many songs including:
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Bye Bye Love by The Everly Brothers
Desire by U2
Free Falling by Tom Petty
Gloria by Van Morrison
I Can't Explain by The Who
Louie Louie by The Kingsmen
R.O.C.K in the USA by John Mellencamp
Three Little Birds by Bob Marley
Wild Thing and heaps more.
Internet Tabs
While this book won’t show you how to exactly play the many songs you see listed above and
throughout the book, the examples give you a good foundation to learn these songs for yourself. On
the internet there are numerous legal and illegal guitar tab sites showing you the chords and/or tabs
to songs. Often these are submitted by unknown amateur guitarists so while there may be some
great tabs online they are never as accurate as professional published legal transcriptions.
Here we introduce chord diagrams showing you where to place your fingers in the fret board. For
the A major chord diagram you can see that fingers 1, 2 and 3 are placed in a row on the 2nd fret
of the 4th, 3rd and 2nd strings. Use the photo to help you correctly place your fingers.
The chord diagram for A major also show the 5th and 1st strings with a 0 above them. This means
that you play these open strings when you strum the chord. You will also notice that the 6th string
has an X above it. This indicates that you don't strum this string. You will find that there are many
5 string chords where you only strum 5 strings and not 6.
Some people struggle to get all 5 strings to ring out clearly with this fingering for A major so there
is another way of playing the A chord. In this version finger 1 is placed in the middle with finger 2
on top and finger 3 on the bottom.
When holding all chord shapes:
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Use the tips of your fingers to hold strings down. They should be “standing upright” on the
fingertips as shown in the photos for the chord shapes. It can also help to keep the top
knuckles of the fretting hand curved.
Apply a firm amount of pressure to ensure that the strings ring out. As a beginner it will
be a bit painful on the fingertips at first. The pain will diminish as you develop calluses
during the first few weeks of daily practice.
Place fingers in the middle between or close to behind the frets.
Pluck each string individually checking that every note is clear. Once each note is
working strum the chord and it should ring clear as long as you maintain fingertip pressure
on the fret board.
The next chord is D major which uses a triangle shape. Follow the same steps as used for the A
chord ensuring that each string rings clear and that the fingers are standing upright on their tips on
the fret board. Check that finger 3 on the 3rd fret of the 2nd string doesn't block the 1st string and
prevent it from ringing out. This is a common problem for people when learning this chord.
For the E major chord place finger 1 on the 1st fret of the 3rd string. Finger 2 then stretches over
to the 2nd fret on the 5th string with finger 3 taking the middle spot on the 2nd fret of the 4th string.
Verses A and D major this is a 6 string chord so you can strum all the strings.
Wild Tune
Now that we've learnt 3 chords we are going to use them to play a rock song called Wild Tune.
Strum DOWN on each chord twice before changing to the next one. The music below shows that
you play A D E D chords then repeat several times.
The Repeat Symbol
The music here shows that the chord pattern is played twice then repeats. The double dots on the
4th bar line are a repeat symbol. The second time through ignore the double dots telling you to
repeat and play the final A major chord. Listen to the Wild Tune track below to get an idea of the
rhythm and the structure of the song.
Most music examples in this book will be written in a similar way with repeat symbols on bar lines.
Repeat symbols are used to save writing out the same music twice.
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