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Beginner Guitar Crash Course - The fastest way to play songs

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Lessons in This Class

36 Lessons (1h 45m)
    • 1. Welcome To The Course

    • 2. What you will learn

    • 3. How To Hold Your Guitar

    • 4. How To Tune Your Guitar

    • 5. How To Hold Your Pick

    • 6. Spider Exercise

    • 7. Your First Chords

    • 8. Easy C and G Chords

    • 9. The D Chord

    • 10. Strumming 101

    • 11. Strumming Ideas

    • 12. Skill Share Wrap Up

    • 13. Speed Practice: C to G 40 bpm

    • 14. Speed Practice: C to G 60 bpm

    • 15. Speed Practice: C to G 80 bpm

    • 16. Speed Practice: C to G 100 bpm

    • 17. Speed Practice: Em to C 40bpm

    • 18. Speed Practice:: Em to C 60bpm

    • 19. Speed Practice: Em to C 80bpm

    • 20. Speed Practice: Em to C 100bpm

    • 21. Speed Practice: Em to G 40bpm

    • 22. Speed Practice: Em to G 60bpm

    • 23. Speed Practice: Em to G 80bpm

    • 24. Speed Practice: Em to G 100bpm

    • 25. Speed Practice: C to D 40bpm

    • 26. Speed Practice: C to D 60bpm

    • 27. Speed Practice: C to D 80bpm

    • 28. Speed Practice: C to D 100bpm

    • 29. Speed Practice: Em to D 40bpm

    • 30. Speed Practice: Em to D 60bpm

    • 31. Speed Practice: Em to D 80bpm

    • 32. Speed Practice: Em to D 100bpm

    • 33. Speed Practice: G to D 40bpm

    • 34. Speed Practice: G to D 60bpm

    • 35. Speed Practice: G to D 80bpm

    • 36. Speed Practice: G to D 100bpm

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About This Class

In this online guitar crash course, Lauren Bateman will teach your the very basics to playing the guitar. You will start off by learning how to hold your guitar, keep it sounding nice by learning how to tune it and show you how to hold your pick. She will also makes some suggestions on different pick types that you might find useful or interesting to try.

After we hit the basics, we will just into getting our fingers working better and learning our very first chords so that you can complete you first project of learning your very first song - Horse With No Name.

After that, Lauren will show you some more easy chords to get you started on the guitar that will open up a whole world of fun for you so that you can learn to play even more songs. Even songs you know and love.

We will wrap up the course by learning some basic strumming patterns for you to go and complete your final project for the course which venturing on your own to learn your first 3 or 4 chord song to play along with on your own. Lauren will recommend some free resources where you can go and find some of these beginner guitar songs.

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Lauren Bateman

Helping students have fun with guitar.


As a childhood cancer survivor, Lauren Bateman knows the importance of living in the moment. That is why at the age of 27, Lauren quit her 'cushy' job as a research scientist to pursue a career in music.

Boy has that decision changed her life forever.

While Lauren now has a highly successful Guitar Teaching YouTube Channel, she Lauren started out much like you. She wanted to learn to play guitar, but, because she wasted her piano lessons as a kid, her parents weren’t going to shell out money to get her guitar lessons. In fact, when Lauren was 16, her very own mother told her sister not to buy Lauren a guitar because she would waste it.

I’m sure you’re glad that that did not happen!

Instead, Lauren decided she was going to teach herself how t... See full profile

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1. Welcome To The Course: Hello. My name is Lauren Bateman, and I'm a guitar and voice teacher from the Boston area, and I wanted to share with you guys some of the tips and tricks. I teach my beginner guitar students so that they can pick up the guitar quickly and start having fun and playing music that they enjoy. So in this course, we're going to go over a basic finger dexterity exercise you can use to get started some chords and some strumming to get you started playing your first lungs. 2. What you will learn: in this course, what we're going to cover is the basics of picking so that we can work on building figure dexterity in your hands because this is going to be something that's new for you guys. So we want your hands to get comfortable as soon as possible. So the 1st 3 videos are gonna be going over the basics of how to tune your guitar, hold your guitar and how to hold your pick, as well as make some recommendations on picks that might be good for you as a beginner after that. Like I said, we'll get into that finger dexterity exercise and I'll show you your first chords there, the forced to cords that I usually teach most of my guitar students because they can be easily used to play your first song. After that, we'll go into the four chords that I typically teach students and get them very familiar with in the beginning, so that they have access to lots of different kinds of songs. And at the very end, we'll talk about some basic rhythm exercises that you guys can use and how to adapt them for your court changing speed, because sometimes you might not be able to switch those cords very fast in the beginning, so we have to make some adjustments to the rhythm so that you can play along in time with the music. So let's get started with the course. 3. How To Hold Your Guitar: Hey, guitar enthusiasts, Welcome back in this video, we're gonna talk about how to hold your guitar. So I always recommend having a guitar strap because it always gets your guitar in a great position. And we don't want to get top strapped to be hanging down so low that are. Guitar is down by your knees. I know a lot of rock stories sometimes play that way. Um, but ergonomically for your wrist. It's much better if your guitar is higher up and you'll notice with my guitar that the neck is slightly pointing up. It's not pointing down, and it's not level. We want our guitar toe have a slight angle to it, because again, it takes a lot of pressure off of your wrists, especially for your cords. So when we're holding the guitar, basically you'll see that I have a hump on my guitar and I looked this up hopefully without making too much noise in my mike. There's a hump on the bottom, that hump. You can put your knee right into that hump on the acoustic and electric. You can do something very similar, Um, again, as long as you have the guitar strap it will keep the guitar in the right spot, and you'll notice that when I put my guitar down, it doesn't fall. It stays right there that I'm gonna stand up and you'll see that my guitar when I stand and when I sit, it doesn't move at all. So that's a great position. Now again making sure that the guitar Nick is pointing up versus pointing down, and then your arm can just gently rest over this hump. Now I have an acoustic guitar, but even if you have an electric guitar, same thing your arm will just rest over the hump. Now, for some people, particularly acoustic guitar players, they confined this very uncomfortable. I often find beginner guitarists tend tohave a guitar that is very wide, especially my female students, and they feel like they're reaching over this giant piece of furniture. I may I recommend or usually recommend, to those students if they feel like they're really climbing over the guitar to get a thinner bodied guitar that's not as wide mines in like a middle in terms of its it's not a dreadnought guitar, dreadnought, guitars and very wide minds, probably in the middle and Then there are guitars that are much thinner. A lot of your electric guitars are going to be pretty thin as well, too. But in terms of holding your guitar, those of the basics If you have a guitar strap, great put it on because it will help you see I don't even have to hold my guitar just stays in position. And then also, when we get into playing chords, you'll want to keep your guitar neck pointing up. Do not let the puppet our neck go like this and start pointing down. It's gonna put a lot of pressure on your wrist that's unnecessary and could cause injury. So try and keep that Qatar Nick pointing up. But again find the hump in the guitar. There's the hump. Put your nanite or your hip by the time we're sitting down. Put my hip on the little bulge and I'm ready to play the guitar so they got That is how to hold your guitar. The next thing we're gonna do is we're gonna figure out how do we get this thing in tune so that it always sounds good. So see you guys in the next lesson. Video 4. How To Tune Your Guitar: Hey, everybody, Welcome back, Lauren. Here in this video, we're going to talk about how to get this guitar into because it doesn't matter how good of a guitar player you are. If you're guitars out of tune, it's not gonna sound good no matter what you do. So we want to make sure that our guitar is always in tune and what we're going to be tuning to is what we call standard tuning. So they're six strings on your guitar and each guitar house its own letter. It has its own name, just like my name is Lauren. Each string has its own name. So this really thick string on the top that is going to be your e string your called your low e string because it's low versus high in pitch. So this is your low e string under that, the fifth string is a under that. The fourth string is D under that the third string is G, and under that thesis, string is B and the very bottom string. The finished string on the guitar is in Eastern now. Whether you're a righty or lefty, that's the way it's going to be. Your guitar might be flipped the opposite way, but the thick a string will be on the top. The tiny E string will be on the bottom. Now, how do we go about changing these? So whether you have an acoustic or an electric, you are going to have tuning pegs on the top of your guitar. You'll have six of them and depending on how you to turn it Oh, you can hear my guitar changes pitch depending on how I turned that tuning pig. So that's what we're gonna do. We're basically going to be tapping our string and slowly changing this tuning peg. Don't like crank it or you're gonna go in and out of tune very quickly. Go very slowly, and I will usually use a pick. But I'm just using my thumb right now, and you can slowly turn tuning. Pick. Now I'm going to do a little bit of a close up because my guitar has a built in tuner and I want to show you how it works. So basically it's a needle, and it goes back and forth, and when the needle is in the middle, that tells you it's in tune and it's usually going to show you the letter. So for tuning to the a string, we would have the needle come in the middle and we want to see the letter. A We don't want to see an a flat, which looks like a little B and we don't want to see in a sharp, which looks like a tick tack toe or hashtag sign. We want to make sure it's just the A because sometimes I have students who tuned their guitars and they say I'm on the A but it still sounds like crap. And the reason is there probably tuned to a flat or a sharp, which are two very different notes than just a So we want to make sure we do that. So I'm gonna go in for a close up so that I can show you guys on my guitar how I'm gonna go about and tune this and I'm gonna go. And I'm gonna just turn the tuning pegs on these so that my top three strings air out a tune so I can tune them for you. All right, so here I am for close up on my guitar and I have the tuner here and you're gonna see you'll see the e so you'll see that needle going back and forth. So I'm just gonna keep hitting this until I get it back into tune. So this is a little flat term, my peg going the wrong way. I went to high. So you see, it went to f I'm just gonna slowly lower it until that needle comes into the middle. They go mine. My guitar is nice. It turns green s So here's a so see how that says g sharp we want a This is hot too low the a Now I'm gonna go a little too high so you guys can see the a sharp that I was talking about On the other hand, there you go. There's a sharp See that tick tack toe We do not want that. That's too high. Way go. There's a needles right in the middle. Let's do one more If I get the d chord with the string I mean, there's this one isn't too bad. I'm just gonna Slowly I went to our d sharp and there you go and that's how to tune your guitar And that's how you tune your guitar, it can take a little bit of practice. This in itself was a practice. A little project for you guys. So little assignment. You guys Condo's is working on putting your guitar in and out of tune and trying to get that needle tow line up correctly where you need it tow line up. But that just goes to show you how a tuna work. So whether you have one built into your guitar or you have one clipped on the under your guitar, the work in the same way there's a needle that goes back and forth and you want to try and get it right on the letter with the needle in the middle. So that's how to tune your guitar. So let's go to the next video, where we're gonna talk about how to hold your pick correctly, as well as for me to make some suggestions on pick recommendations for beginner guitarists . 5. How To Hold Your Pick: Hey, welcome back in this video we're gonna talk about how to hold your pick, which is very important, And we're gonna talk about, you know, some different pick recommendations that I have that I'll show you in close up. But first we're gonna talk about how toe hold your pick. So I'm gonna grab, pick, and you will see that it has a teardrop shape to it. Okay, so it has a teardrop to it. And what we're gonna dio is we're going to put our thumb a lot on the fat part of the tear drops. The teardrop is pointing down or yes, yes. So a teardrop would be like this. It's the reverse of a teardrop. We're gonna put our thumb flat across the flat part, the fat on the top, and we're going to curl our index finger around the pick. So, you see, I kind of got my knuckle pointing down along that triangles the fat part gonna put our thumb right across a lot on the back part and it looks like this. Okay, so that's how we hold our pick. Saying that thumb is slot on the back and my knuckles pointing down now I started off by holding Thebe Tor pick wrong like guitar teacher eventually showed me how to hold the pick correctly. So if you're watching me in my rhythm videos, I still have the very bad habit of sometimes holding my pick with my second finger, and I will alternate between the two. It's just still habit I have from years and years of teaching myself how to play guitar. You'll definitely get a better grip on the pick this way. But sometimes I've just been doing it for so long, uncomfortable doing it that way. So if you see me switch to my middle finger and my thumb, don't yell at me. It's just a old band habit that I haven't been able to get myself out of quite yet. So I'm gonna show you, um, in a close up what I use for guitar picks. So this here is on my favorite picks. It's the Dunlop Tor Tex pick. This one is 10.8 millimeters is a little bit on the thicker signed, Um, I usually like the yellow ones, which your 0.77 and these green ones, which are 0.8 when I'm doing a lot of strumming. I like to have a little bit more flexibility in my pick and when an electric guitar and I'm doing kind of like lead work like a thinker pick. So let me reach into my pick things here. So you'll see. This is also it Dunlop cortex. I think this one is 10.50 So it's very thin, very flexible. And I recommend a thinner, more flexible or a light pick for beginning as I hit myself. That should be a bluebird. I'm gonna leave it in the because I think it was pretty funny. I have another one. So you see how flexible these things are that you could just like yourself in the face with them. But, anyhoo, um So, yes, this is very thin, very flexible. I like it for beginner, beginner guitarist, because it's a little more forgiving than a really thick pick, especially when you're strumming. Um, there's also I have a would pick here, which has these really thick there is no flexibility to This has a different kind of sound . And I was looking, there's a special pick right here. Just found it. This is this one is 10.88 but you can get them thinner. This is the Dunlop Max grip pick. Now. When I zoom in on the close up, you'll see that there is a pattern on both sides. There is a pattern, and it has kind of a texture to it. A lot of my beginner players like this, because you can really get a good grip on it. So this is Max Grip by Dunlop really like thes for beginner players as well. Um, let's see if I have a jazz picking here. I don't think I dio. There's usually what we have called jazz picks there. These really small triangular picks I don't have in here, um, but they're just it's just another different type of pick. So there's all different types of thicknesses, and like I said, when I'm strumming, I like a little bit more flexibility in my pic. When I am playing electric guitar, I really, really like a thick pick, something maybe one millimeter or higher for playing an electric guitar. I don't like as much flexibility when I'm picking singular notes or playing a guitar solo, or you've been playing power chords when I'm strumming a lot rhythm guitar up and down. Like I said, I want a little bit more flexibility, my pick. But I also don't like them super light. I don't cause the more playability you have in the pick, the more you hear it in your strumming. So that's why I like something in in the middle. But it's all personal preference. I recommend you try a variety variety of different pics and find something that works best for you. But like I said, my recommendation. I really like the Dunlop Tor Checks picks or the Dunlop Max grip picks. If you're a beginner, something like 0.52 point six millimeters more of a medium pick would be like 60.77 point 88 which I like to use, and then you can get into thicker picks, which is like one millimeter or 1.14 millimeters. Those of the thickness is, um, play around with, um, see which ones you like. Pick one and we'll get started in the next video. I'm gonna show you a dexterity exercise to get our fingers starting to move, because when you were learning guitar, there's a whole new thing and we have to really treat this as something that we have to train the muscle memory in your fingers and we're not used Teoh grabbing the neck of a guitar. So first, we're gonna work on a simple exercise to get the 33 fingers working. So see you guys in the next lesson video. 6. Spider Exercise: Hey, everybody, welcome back. Hopefully you haven't hit yourself faced with the pickling. I did. Um, But what we're gonna do is we're gonna get our favorite pick, and we're gonna work on a finger exercise that I like to call the spider Exercise. Now, we're just gonna be using the first finger, the second finger and the third finger. And something very important to go over at this time is how do we grab the neck of the guitar? So we don't want to grab it like this again. You'll notice I'm maintaining that upward angle on the neck of my guitar. I always tell people, think of it is like holding a coffee cup. Or better yet, just like your hands sit open. And when you dio, you'll see that your hand naturally curves like this. Kind of like when you go to grab a coffee cup, what we're doing is we're forming our cords around the neck of the guitar like this, see shape and I was help people. The best way to do that is to put your hands by your side, lift your hand up to the guitar and your thumb will sit flat on the back of the guitar. We don't want the thumb up here, although at times that could be useful. But we're going to put our hand down, reach bend at the elbow, reach up to the neck of the guitar and just hold the guitar. Do you see my thumb on the back here? I'm not gripping it like this. We don't want to, like, kill the guitar. And what we're going to dio is we're going to play on the fingertips, not the pads of the fingers. We're gonna play on the fingertips, and each finger is going to own a fret so you'll see the spaces in your guitar. Thes air called frets these blocks and they all have a number one through 12 where you see a double dot Now the odd numbers on most guitars on my guitar, the top of a dot on 3579 in a double dot at 12. The double dot represents what we call the octave in music, so this is an e note on the top string. That's an E. No, it's just higher pitch. It's an octave higher. So we have that all the way down the guitar. I just wanna make sure my guitars in tune before I do this exercise with you guys. So what we're gonna do is we're gonna count up five frets. 12345 puts us in the middle of the guitar. It's a little easier to play in the middle of the guitar if you find this is too much for you can always jump up to the seventh Threat. But for the purposes of this video, I'm going to start at the fifth fret with my first finger. So fingers 12 and three. That's what we're gonna be using. And we're starting on the top string at the fifth fret and you'll notice on my sheet here that I have put up some what we call tablature in guitar and tablets or is a coordinate system. It tells you what string and what fret It doesn't tell you what finger I'm gonna tell you what finger to use but tells you what string and what fret. And it's a little bit backwards than what you think, because this thick string, which is the top of your guitar, is now the bottom of the tab. So this way you put the lower notes on the bottom, the higher notes on the top, Kind of like regular music. But this is just a co ordinate system. And so we're gonna play the top string first finger on the fifth. Fret on. We're going to just use down picks. We're gonna go down. Then the second finger is going to play the sixth fret. Same string. The third finger is going to play the seven Threat on the same string. So we've basically got 567 all in the top strings. Let's do that again. First finger, second finger, third finger, back down 567 And that's what we're gonna do. We're gonna take this all the way down the neck of the guitar so we're gonna go to the fifth string, do the same thing. 567 Next string, the fourth string 567 Next string, 567 the next during 567 until we get to the bottom string. So basically, we worked all the way from the top string all the way to the bottom string, and then we're just gonna come backwards. So all I did we went from the bottom string 567 to the B string 567 to the G string 567 to the fourth string or the D string 567 and up to the fifth string 567 And then the top, string 567 So the whole thing goes like this, That's the whole thing. And you're just gonna do that up and down. And like I said, you can move this If that that that feels uncomfortable. This frets get smaller, they get shorter, the closer to the body of the guitar you get so you can do this. 789 if you need to. 789 79. You can do that all the way down to If you're looking for more of a challenge to strike and stretch out your hands, you can do from the third fret. So 345 E. And I know you're probably saying you make it look really easy. It's OK. You might need to start very slow. Uh, that's okay. Go as slow as you need. Teoh This In the beginning, it's not about speed race, although eventually we do want to speed things up. I like to use what's called the Metrodome. Metrodome is a way to measure speed in music. So you have MPH in a car. In music, you have beats per minute. So our goal would be to try and do this at maybe 100 beats per minute. Bom bom bom bom bom without making a mistake or without stopping. But in the beginning, just post nice and slow. The key is about getting your fingers to work and getting your fingers to relax and what you can dio once you go all the way down and all the way back up changed, go to the next threat and started all over again and then go to the seventh Fret I za basic spider exercise notice. We're not using the pinky yet. The pinky tends to be a very tricky finger for people. So I try and get people just to use their 1st 3 fingers first, cause those are the ones we're gonna be using in the beginning to play most of our chords. And then eventually we go back to the spider exercise and we add in the pinky same exercise you're just adding in the pinky at the end. But just focus on these three fingers for if you're just starting, especially if you're an older adult. Just doing three fingers is gonna be hard enough for you. So practice this. You know, I would do it up and down five times down, up, one down, up to. And if you move to a different front, that's okay. You can still count that. But I would try moving up and down five times because this is gonna help you start building dexterity in your fretting hand and your picking hand is just gonna be all doing all downs down, down, down, down, down on. That might be challenging enough for you because we're trying to get the hand both hands to coordinate and match up with each other. So that's a very cool spider exercise that you guys can try. Um, take your time with it, go slow. And once you get the hang of that, we're gonna go into the next video, we're gonna teach you guys your first chords, which I absolutely love. It's an e minor chord And what we call a D. Um 69 chord. So I'll see you in the next lesson. Video 7. Your First Chords: Hey, everybody, Welcome back in this video I'm gonna teach you the 1st 2 chords that I teach all of my students and their great because we then go and we learn a song called Horse with no name. I actually can't teach you the song on this because it's ah, it's a paid subscription. But you can always go to my website Lauren bateman dot com and I have a bunch of court charts. I'll put it in your project that goes with this video to go check out that Web page on my website and you can play along with me and I can show you how to use these two chords to play that song. So the courts, we're gonna be using R E minor and this d six slash nine chord. We're not gonna get into the names and why it's called that. What we're going to dio is I'm just going to show you these cords, which requires you to use two fingers, your first finger and your second finger. So first finger in second finger and we're going to take place in the second fret here. So what I'm gonna dio is I'm gonna zoom in on my guitar so that you can see me playing here on I'll show you the two courts. All right, so here I am a little closer and you'll see I'm in this second frets of the second block of the guitar And what we're going to dio is you'll see I have two fingers were gonna first learn r e minor chord. Let me step over here a little bit CNC So we're going to put our first finger first finger not on the top string second fret, but on the fifth string Second fret Swor honor a string Second fret. So our first fret second fret down one string and all we're going to dio is we're gonna take our second finger and shove it right below that finger. So this finger is on the fourth string first, right second friend. So they were literally Excuse me. They're literally right on top of each other. And this is an e minor chord. So let's do that against we're gonna take our first finger, put it on the top string first fret, slide it to the second fret, move it down one string, and then put your second finger right below it On the string below second fret. This is called an E minor corn. Sounds like that Very dark and mysterious. Now that you're a minor court to get to the next court, what we're going to dio So gonna take our first finger, and we're gonna move it up one string, and we're gonna take our second finger and move it down. So we're still in the second. Fret. We just moved the fingers this first finger up one second, figure down. So if we go back to e minor, first finger goes down one string to the fifth fret second finger comes up one string to the fourth string. Not fret. I said fifth fret. Very sorry. So we're still in the second fret. We're staying in this block where all the fingers are staying. Within this block, we're not moving forwards or backwards, so e minor. Let's find it again. Take your first finger, go to the second fret on the top string, move it down one. Put that second finger right below it. Get to the d six slash nine chord Moved the first finger up to the top string Your second finger down to the third or G string. It sounds like that, so we have e minor. First finger down, second finger up on, then back to that D accord. First finger up, second finger down back to E minor. First finger down, second finger up D slash 69 1st finger up, second finger down. So that's what I want you do. I just want you to practice moving and you'll see here. I'm able to move both fingers at the same time. If you have to do it one at a time. In the beginning, that's OK. Eventually, as you develop more finger dexterity, you'll be able to move the fingers at the same time. But for now, moving them wanted a time. It's fine. It'll slow you down a little bit, but it's fine, so we start the minor, so it's find E minor again. First finger up to the second fret fifth string. Second fret second finger on the fourth string. Second friend Minor to get to the D 69 1st finger up. One string second finger down one String D. Six nights will be minor on d six. I'm just doing four down strums way change between these two boards on. That's all I want you to dio. So that's your project for this lesson is to learn the two chords memorized, Um, how to find them and just work on switching between them. I just want to go e minor. 69 e Minor de 69 e minor 269 e minor 69 And once you can do that, I want you to put four down strums 1234 than switch 1234 than switch on and switch. So there you have it. That's how to go between an e minor and a D 69 corn and all I'm doing on those strum ings is just I'm streaming down from the low string to the high strings. And once you get the hang of that, I like I said earlier, encourage you go. My website. Lauren bateman dot com I do have some more free materials over on my website on particularly songs that you can learn. But look for a song. It's called Horse with no name. It uses these two chords. I have a lesson video there that's free, and I also have a play along video so that you can play along with me so that you can learn this song in use these chords. So good luck and I'll see you guys in the next lesson video. 8. Easy C and G Chords: hate to turn theses. Welcome back. Hopefully went over to my website and you checked out horse with no name and you played around with it a bit. If you haven't, I highly recommend that you do that before jumping into this video. In this video, I'm gonna add three more chords to your core library so that you can really start exploring lots of songs. So the cords we're gonna use they're simplified versions of the real chords. So I've had a lot of people yell at me These air two fingered versions of the cords except for the D chord, we are gonna play full chord. But they're based off of the e minor that we learned in the last video. So if you're not quite familiar with your e minor chord, I wouldn't recommend doing this lesson yet until you are, and you're getting some good sound out of it. So whatever recommend doing if you have gone and you've played along with horse with no name, fantastic, let's get into these cords. So, so far you learned in your mind record I'm gonna teach you with two fingered C chord, a two finger G chord and a three fingered D chord. Now these four chords can be used in lots and lots of songs. And again, if you go to my website, I have a beginner guitar song section where I have a bunch of songs that use just these four songs so you can practice playing along with the songs that use this. But there's lots and lots of songs that use only these four chords, and it's why teach them first, because it really helps me get students started with playing songs, which is the fun part, right? So I want to play music. So what we're gonna dio is first, we're gonna start with an E minor form, and we're gonna move to a C chord. Then I'm gonna teach you an E minor chord, moving to a G chord and then an e minor chord moving to a D chord, and we're going to going for close up so that I can show you how we're going to move our fingers. It's just like in the last video. We're just gonna move one or two fingers Teoh get in and out of thes cords, and it all revolves around the E minor So let me see you on the close up. Okay? Welcome to the close up. We're at that wonderful e minor chord. Hopefully don't have to remind you how to get in there, so e minor, let's start off with getting into the C chord. So what we're going to do is we're going to lift up our first finger. We're leaving this second finger. It's not going anywhere. We're just taking the first finger and we're moving it to the second string. First fret. That's what's going so on E minor focus here. So on E minor, we're gonna lift up our first finger, put it to the first friend of the second string, and that is going to be our seek. Or we're gonna try and play just the bottom four strings to get back to E minor. We just take the first finger and we put it back to the front to get back to see, we're gonna take the first finger, move it to the second string first fret. Go back to e minor on back to see. There you go. That is how you go from an e minor to see court. Now what? You should do. You should practice going between e minor and see just like you would that d and the D 69 Court One Strom and change. This one's great. You only have to move one finger. The next chord change we're gonna learn is going from E minor G a minor key. Also, we're Onley gonna move one finger. Let's go in for the close up. All right, back in on the close up, back and focus. We're starting on that wonderful e minor chord that we know and love so much. There's a minor. We're gonna take our second finger this time so the first finger is staying put. The second finger is going to move and come up to this top string on the third Fret strong . Now I'm gonna sound the nicest because we have this bottom string ringing through. This is what we call g six chord. But don't you worry about that yet. We're just trying to get your fingers moving. So we're gonna take this second finger, move it up to the third fret top string and trying not to hit that bottom string. Try to hit just the top strings and you get a really full sounding chord. That's how we're gonna play it. So you minor then to get to G, we're gonna take that second finger, bring it up to the top string. Third fret way have g So minor G minor G. Now the real challenges Can you go from E minor to see e minor to G? That's a trick. And that's what I want you guys to practice going Be minor to see e minor Teoh. So those are three super easy cords and that's what I want you doing what you practice. Just what I just show you and close up E minor to a C chord e minor to the G minor to the c chord minor to all right and knots How we're going to start Once you feel like you guys have got that down Pat, I'm gonna have you go to the next the next video where we're gonna learn a d major chord which will get you the fourth chord in this process. But first, what I want you to do before we go there. I just want you to practice the minor to C e minor to G again. All we're doing is trying to get your fingers moving right. Get your fingers moving one finger at a time on. Then once you feel comfortable with that, then let's jump into the d cor because I'm going to need you to move three fingers at a time on the d chord. But once again, I'm gonna show you how to get in and out of it from the e minor chord. I'll see you guys in the next lesson video. 9. The D Chord: in this video, we're gonna wrap up my four chord for being accord serious here with a D major court. Now, the D major court does require three fingers, but to show you how to get in and out of it from an in a minor court. So hopefully at this point, you've worked through the E minor two D 69 change. You've worked through the e minor CNG change, and you've been working on your spider exercise so that moving three fingers isn't so crazy . So if you were running through this course and you're doing this all in one day, I recommend at this point to stop, stop, take a couple days, work through that spider exercise, work through those chord changes before you jump onto this dick ord. I highly recommend that, or at least take a day off just to get what I've showed you so far into your fingers because it's all about muscle memory at this point. So if you have positive video or you're taking a couple days to learn what I've already showed you, let's go to a close up so I can show you how to get into the D major chord from E minor. Now I'm a firm believer and always going from something you know, into something you don't know. So we know we minor. I hope you don't in e minor inside and out by now. So here's our e minor chord, right, First finger and second finger on the second fret of the fifth and fourth strings. So what we're going to Dio is we're going to take these two fingers, they're going to move down to the bottom string. So this second finger is going to jump down to the bottom. Strengths were still in the second fret in this first finger is going to the second on the third string case. That's what it looks like. So I just want you practice this jump, he minor bottom finger to the bottom string top finger to the third string, all in the second. Fret. Here's e minor. First string, third string back to E minor. First string, third string All within the second Fret, there's e minor again. One more time. First room 30. Now what we're gonna do is we're gonna incorporate this third finger. This is what people find kind of tricky and weird. This third finger is going to complete. We have, like a little triangle going on. It's going to go to the second string. Third fret. It's the bottom four strings. So to go from E minor Bottom string, third string, second string, third fret E minor. All right, D the minor bottom string, third string triangle in the middle. So this third finger is going to the second string. Third fret. So you have minor today e minor today minor today and there have it That is the last chord in that four chord. Seriously have e minor, C, G and D. And like I said, there's lots of songs that you can use thes four chords in to play along with. So the project I have for you there's gonna be a little chord change assignment. So I've taught you how to go from E minor toe c e minor to G reminder to de The goal now is for you to go from C to G. So we're gonna dio ah, see cord to achieve board or going from a C chord to a D chord or a G chord to a deport, you're gonna want to be able to change between all of these different chords, and that just takes practice. All you have to do is keep practicing. E minor to c t g e minor g Teoh. So one thing at a time G D G d G d c d c d or C G C g. So we just want to get again. This is all about getting our fingers moving, getting the dexterity, the muscle memory because eventually in the beginning, you're going to need to really focus on what's going on here. So I tell people the beginning. Don't worry about the strumming hand. Don't focus on what's going on here. Focus on your fretting hand because eventually I know you won't believe it or not. But at some point you'll be able to do this with your eyes closed. I just have my eyes closed. I don't know if you can see from the video, but we're going to build muscle memory cause something people always ask me and I go over this in my full guitar course that I have on my website is, you know, how do we sing and play at the same time and in order to get to that point in time. We really, really need to have the guitar on autopilot. So at this point, just take time. Practice going between just picked two ports e minor, d, great back and forth, back and forth. All right, then G and E g fashions. You can back and forth back and forth and get that going because then what you can do. Like I said, you can hop over to my website. I have a list of beginner guitar songs. Um, and I list the cords that the songs you. So there are cords that Onley. There are songs that only use these four chords G a minor C and D. There's quite a few on there that you can learn from, So that's what I would recommend. After you get this down, I would go over to my website, check out some of those free resource is that air over there or if you're interested. Like I said, I do have my full guitar course on my website to, um that has a lot more intricate stuff in terms of like strumming and everything, but that's what we're gonna cover here in this little intro course on chords. The last thing we're gonna talk about is rhythm. How can we use rhythm? Because we got the cords? That's great. And we've got the songs. But how do we play the rhythms so that we can actually play the songs? So we're gonna talk about that in the next video. 10. Strumming 101: Hey, everybody, welcome back. So we're gonna do a little bit off rhythm 101 here. I'm not really a big proponent of being able to sight read music with guitar, but I'm a very big proponent of being able to sight read rhythm, especially if you're playing rhythm guitar. I think it's very important. Rhythm in music is very important. People know when you're out of rhythm. So usually people I start off by just letting them know what we can work with. So it for beginners. We usually start with whole notes or half notes, and then we move into quarter notes. So the great thing about the whole note strumming pattern is you get a lot of time to change courts because in the beginning you might need that extra time. So let's work. Let me just say I'm going to do, um, I'll just do a simple core progression. I'll do the e minor C e minor G this way. We're not jumping, so I'm gonna go e minor. 234 c 234 a minor 234 n. G 234 So you see, I have time to switch between chords. Now I'm counting to four and most music this works. Most music is written in what we call 44 meaning there's four beats. 1234 per measure in a song. Think of a measure in Music is like a dollar bill. There's 4/4 in a dollar bill. So in most of the songs, we're gonna be counting to four. So we're gonna count to four and switch cords. Now. If you're cords air slow, you can play the cord. 1234 and finding the next chord. 1234123412 Alarm. Why would I go and use 1/4 note strumming pattern? That sounds really boring. One. It gives you time to change chords and allows you to stay in time within music but give you a really intricate strumming pattern. You may not be able to do it the other thing, so so First, I would start with 1/4 note patterns. Just one strum every four counts. 1234123412341234 That's the first step. As your courts get faster, you might want to use 1/2 no pattern, which is we're gonna strong Mom one. And we're going to strum on 3/2 notes or two beats. So it's going to be 1234123412341234 That would be our pattern one more time. 234 234 1234 m 234 So that's that rhythm. Eventually you can work up to all quarter notes that 244 strums record 1234 switch 12341234123 Now that fourth downstream might be just a little bit too much for you to stay in time with the song. And if it is, we can always peel one back and just do three strums. We're still gonna count to four. But by not including that last downstream it sometimes gives you extra time to switch between chords. So we would do this. 123412341234123 So you're using that four count to switch to your next chord And as your core changes get faster, faster than you can go to all four down streams that usually the rhythm. I start off most beginners with 1234 So, depending on how faster court carriages are, we go from whole notes strumming 2/2 notes drumming, 2/4 notes, drumming. And even at that point, we might only be able to do three strums not the full four, but work at your own speed. And once you get that down, I'm gonna show you a couple extra little patterns that you can use, um, with something we call eighth notes to spice it up just a little bit more if you want to. 11. Strumming Ideas: everybody. Welcome back Lauren Bateman here and hopefully even enjoying this kind of crash course for beginner guitar. I know I've enjoyed teaching it to you guys, so we've basically gone over some really, really basic strumming patterns. Quarter notes. 1234 all down strums well to really get into strumming. We want to add up strums into the mix. So we want to be able to go down, up, down, up So don't use grabbing e minor chord on your fretting hand and with your pick we're gonna go down, up, down, down, down, up Now are up strums or what we call eighth notes So we're gonna be counting It's gonna be one and two and three and four So this is quarter notes 123 4/8 notes go in between the quarter notes One, 23 412 and three and four. Now what I do for students to get them started is usually will put it up after the two. So we'll go 12 and 3412 and 34 So it's down, Down, up, down, down, down, Down, Up, down! A little spice Not too crazy again if you put that up after the four, sometimes that's a little bit too much. Your court change needs to be so much faster with eight notes, the Desert quarter notes. So I will leave the up off the end for now, um, or the other thing. If they want to spice it up even more, I'll tell them to put it up after the 312 and three and 412 and three and 412 and three. Down, down, up, down, up, down. So that's another way to spice up your strumming just a little bit. I think a lot of people really like the up after the two, the 12 and 3412 and 34 It's not too much of a push for them and for up strums. A lot of times people are very uncomfortable with them at first, and they kind of rushed the upstream kind of jump on it on. It gets out of time, Go slow one and 23 Get your hand used to just doing that Up and down Motion. 12 on 34 go slow one on three. So I always tell students overexaggerate go slow and overexaggerate in the beginnings because again, we're trying to teach muscle memory out of the strumming hand, 1 to 2 on, and then you can speed it up. You notice my right hand, my strumming hand. I'm not. It's not moving this much, it staying really close to the strings. And there you go. That is some up strumming that you can add into the mix to spice it up and make your songs more interesting. 12. Skill Share Wrap Up: thank you so much for watching this skill share Siri's that I made specifically for you guys. If you enjoy this and are interested in learning mawr about playing the guitar, feel free to visit my website. Lauren bateman dot com I do have a lot of free resource is on there. I also have a YouTube page where most of those free resource is our hosted. And I do have a full online guitar course where I teach you about more intricate storming patterns, more about cords, picking, even even finger picking. You know, if you're interested in more kind of finger picking stuff bar chords, I kind of have, like a complete course. So if you're interested in learning more and going in more depth with guitar, feel free to check out my website. Lauren bateman dot com You can always shoot me an email saying hello. I always love hearing from students. I really, really hope you guys enjoyed this corks that you learned a lot for from it in that it made the guitar accessible to you and that you're actually maybe even able to play some simple beginner songs. Thanks so much and I'll see you guys in the next lesson. Video 13. Speed Practice: C to G 40 bpm: 1234. Okay. Yes. 14. Speed Practice: C to G 60 bpm: 1234. Okay. Okay. 15. Speed Practice: C to G 80 bpm: 1234. Okay. Okay. 16. Speed Practice: C to G 100 bpm: 1234. Okay. Yes. 17. Speed Practice: Em to C 40bpm: 1234. Okay. Okay. 18. Speed Practice:: Em to C 60bpm: 1234. Okay. Okay. 19. Speed Practice: Em to C 80bpm: 1234. Okay. Okay. 20. Speed Practice: Em to C 100bpm: 1234. Thank you. Yeah. 21. Speed Practice: Em to G 40bpm: 1234. Okay. Yes. 22. Speed Practice: Em to G 60bpm: 1234? Yes. Okay. Okay. 23. Speed Practice: Em to G 80bpm: 12342, right. 24. Speed Practice: Em to G 100bpm: 1234. Okay. Two. 25. Speed Practice: C to D 40bpm: 1234. Right? Okay. Okay. 26. Speed Practice: C to D 60bpm: 1234, right? Yeah. 27. Speed Practice: C to D 80bpm: 1234. I know that. Okay. 28. Speed Practice: C to D 100bpm: Good to three fold. Okay. Okay. 29. Speed Practice: Em to D 40bpm: 1234. Okay. 30. Speed Practice: Em to D 60bpm: 1234. Okay. Yeah. 31. Speed Practice: Em to D 80bpm: 1234, right? Yeah. 32. Speed Practice: Em to D 100bpm: 1234? Yes. Mm-hm. 33. Speed Practice: G to D 40bpm: 1234. 34. Speed Practice: G to D 60bpm: 1234. Okay. Okay. 35. Speed Practice: G to D 80bpm: 1234. Okay. Yeah. 36. Speed Practice: G to D 100bpm: 1234. How? Okay.