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Beginner Guitar Lessons: Guitar Lesson 1

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9 Lessons (1h 7m)
    • 1. Lesson 1 Introduction

    • 2. Let's Get Started with Some Basics

    • 3. Parts of the Guitar

    • 4. How to Tune Your Guitar

    • 5. Names of the Strings

    • 6. How to read the notes on the staff

    • 7. Playing Your First Open Chord

    • 8. Happy Birthday small

    • 9. 10 of the Greatest Rock Guitar Riffs

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About This Class

Are you interested in learning how to play the guitar? Then you've come to the right place. This lesson is the first lesson in a series of 10 guitar lessons that the GuitArmy will be publishing. This lesson is designed to be your first ever guitar lesson. If you've never played guitar before and would like to learn this lesson is perfect for you. 

What will you learn in this lesson?

  • The basics of playing the guitar - how to hold the guitar
  • The basics of playing the guitar - how to hold a guitar pick
  • The basics of playing the guitar how to strum
  • The basics of playing the guitarhow to play a note
  • The basics of playing the guitar finger numbering
  • The basics of playing the guitar - guitar straps
  • Parts of the guitar

  • How to tune your guitar

  • The names of the strings

  • How to read notes on the staff

  • Playing your first open chord

Why should you sign up for my lesson?

  • My name is Chris Rupp and I'm the founder of the GuitArmy.

  • I've been teaching guitar full time for over 18 years.

  • I have taught more then 30,000 individual private guitar lessons.

  • I teach guitar students online all over the world.

  • I have a bachelors of music degree from the world renowned Berklee College of Music where I studied with some of the best guitar players on earth. 

  • I created a successful line of guitar instruction DVDs that sold very well and garnered the attention of the "As Seen on TV" folks.

  • I love teaching guitar and helping students become better musicians through the guitar.

  • I will answer your personal questions and help you with learning the material in this lesson.

Why should I take your class and not just learn from YouTube?

You can try to learn guitar from YouTube but eventually you'll figure out there's so many videos out there is very hard to put the information together in a coherent way. I have students come to me all the time that are tired of watching random guitar videos on YouTube and don't know how to put the information together. With this lesson you can get started playing the guitar and follow the next 9 lessons to end up with a full 10 lessons for beginners on guitar. 

Student Testimonial

Hi Chris, thanks so much for reaching out! I'm about half way through lesson 10 of your Beginner lessons via Skillshare, so I was researching more of your teaching, and what's next... and found your GuitArmy! I've gotta tell ya, something about your explanations, your method of teaching, and the detailed resources provided, you've connected so many dots for me -- it's appreciated beyond words! I'm mostly self-taught, regret that I started so late in life, and have tried other online resources, but yours has been the most comprehensive! As a corporate facilitator to adult learners myself, I just wanted to express my gratitude!



1. Lesson 1 Introduction: Welcome to beginner guitar lessons. Lesson one. My name is Chris Rock, and I'm the founder of Guitar Me a Little Bit About Me. I have a bachelor's, a music degree from Berklee College of Music, and I've been teaching guitar full time for more than 20 years. I've told more than 30,000 private guitar lessons, so I'm very experienced with what students need to get started on guitar. This is the first of 10 beginner guitar lessons I have on skill share. The first lesson is perfect for the absolute beginner who doesn't play guitar at all. If you consider yourself a beginner but not a complete beginner, I would go through all 10 lessons anyways just to make sure you don't miss anything. Think of this first lesson is what things you would probably learn at your first lesson with the private guitar teacher. In this lesson, you're going toe. Learn how to hold your guitar, use a guitar pick, learn to strum the guitar, how to play a note, learn the parts of your guitar, how to tune your guitar, the names of your strings, how to read the notes on the staff and how to play your first open chord. As an added bonus, I decided to add 10 of the coolest and easiest guitar riffs of all time, so that you leave this lesson being able to play something that your friends or your family will be able to recognize. So what do you say? Why don't we get started learning the guitar? I look forward to seeing you inside the course. 2. Let's Get Started with Some Basics: in this lecture, I'm gonna go over some basic things you need to know to get started with the guitar. This information will apply whether you're playing an acoustic guitar or an electric guitar . The first thing we're gonna do is we're gonna take a look at How do we hold a guitar to hold a guitar? You're gonna basically hold it just exactly as I'm holding your right here. There's a cutaway right here in most guitars that designed for where you're right thigh is going to sit. If you're right handed, if you're left handed, that's going to sit on your left thigh. It's basically you put the body on on your right side right there. It's It's just like this. The guitar should be fairly balanced. If it's not, then you just, you know, is only to have your arm over here. It's not going to fall off on. You're gonna hold it this way. Whether you're playing an acoustic guitar were an electric guitar, there's there is another way you can hold a guitar. You'll see classical guitar players holding it like this, playing guitar like this. Um, to play like this, you probably need a foot stand. You're gonna need something to rest your you know, your left foot on mine, My foot. Right now it's up pretty high. So you just need a foot stand. If you want to play like this. Personally, I find this weigh a lot more comfortable. And this is how I would generally suggest that you hold a guitar while playing. Now we're gonna take a look at how to hold a guitar Tech. This is exactly how I would hold the guitar pick. I would not hold it using two fingers or three fingers are. Sometimes people like to do this. They kind of hold it like this. This is not how you want to hold a guitar pick. You just want to use two fingers just like this. That's how you should hold a guitar pick. Next. We're going to check out how to strum the guitar. All right? For strumming your strings. But you wouldn't do is you want to hold your pick how I suggested it and you're gonna take whatever cord you're gonna play and you find the time using a B major bar chord right here on that play that I need all six strings. So I'm just strumming down. I go to pick down just a little bit. You don't have to, but I ain't going a little. And I'm gonna try to strum down on all six strings evenly depending on how you want to play . You can come in real heavy on the bottom, meaning the lower strings. Or if you want to focus more on the theory, that takes a lot of practice. But the first thing you want to do is get used. Teoh strumming all of them all is all the five or six string spinal cord you're playing If I'm playing 1/5 string bar chord and no, I'm not even using the six string, so you just want to practice, get in and even strong when I come up. I do tend language back just a little bit. Most important thing is just getting an even strum. You just want to practice strumming up and down as evenly as possible way. That's the basics of how you strum a guitar. Let's learn how to play a note. Ah, if you're new to guitar, you may not even have any idea even how to play a note. So I would pick a note on the guitar. I'm gonna pick second string third fret, which is a d right here. So what I want to do is I want to kind of target that note. I'm gonna put my finger between the frets between the second and third fret here. And what I normally tell people is find the middle of the fret. And then I consider this up because things going up the neck. So I would say for find the middle of the fret and then just move your finger up just a little bit getting behind the next Fred here. You won't have to press down quite as much, and it probably won't sounds buzzy. If I play back here, it's kind of buzzy. So you either want to play in the middle on when you want to get a little more advanced. Just go ahead and slide up. Kind of snuggle in behind the next threat. And obviously, to play a note, you need to coordinate Europe your right hand and pluck the right string. Once you have this finger set and that is how you play a note on guitar, how do you know what singers teams the numbering for your fingers on your left hand goes first finger 2nd 3rd and 4th 1234 That's important. If you're watching guitar instructional videos and someone saying, Hey, make sure you put your second finger on the third string, not the second string s. So it's really important that you understand which finger they're referring Teoh, and that is the numbering for the fingers on your left hand. Do you need to wear a guitar strap? Did you can see here? I have a guitar strap on while I'm sitting down. I typically don't worry. Guitar strap. Obviously, if I'm standing, I always have a guitar strap on a Zen experience guitar player. I don't feel the need to have a strap on while I'm sitting down. If you're new to guitar, it might feel comfortable. Kind of gives me this warm feeling that it doesn't feel like it can fall off, especially if you're a young child. It's easy for them to drop the guitar if they're not paying attention, See, may just want to have them put a strap on this particular guitar. You're gonna be performing live this strap. I would advise getting some strap locks. Basically, what it does is it It locks on there so that there's no way for it possibly come off because some of the guitar straps they fought, they come out of the hole pretty easily. So I would advise if you're gonna do any kind of performing or a lot of standing just to save your guitar from possibly falling. I would get some strap blocks. Eso That's my opinion on whether you should wear a guitar strap or not. These are the main basic things you need to know if you've never played guitar before. 3. Parts of the Guitar: I think. What these things dio first I'm gonna go over the parts of an acoustic guitar and then I'm gonna go over the parts of an electric guitar. Let's first take a look at the acoustic guitar. Okay, let's go over the parts of the acoustic guitar. Gonna start up here at the top here and end up down here. The bottom. Ah, this is considered the head. This area right here above the nut, this is considered the head or the head stock. Either way, these are your tuners. This is how you tighten up and or loosen up your strings to get your guitar in tune. This this white piece of plastic here is called the nut Under here. This is a truss rod Cover underneath. Here is a metal rod that runs down through your neck, and you can adjust that one way or the other in case your neck is a little warped or a little bent. I go into this in more detail in on the electric guitar, but generally, I wouldn't advise doing that unless you really know what you're doing. And, ah, you know, let a professional do that so you don't crack the neck of your guitar. Alrighty. Um, right here. This is considered the neck. This is the neck of the guitar, Where you where you're playing all the notes. And right here we have these. Our friend markers. I have I happen to have little like 13579 12 15 and 17 Acoustics are all different. Um, sometimes you won't even have a friend marker until five or seven. So there are all different, and I also have hopefully have position markers down the side. You have some dots down the side where you have these fret markers, though. What, therefore is they allow you to know where you're at on the neck. So if I'm sitting here, I can't even see the neck right now on. I know. Right now I'm playing a b flat because I can see I'm between frets seven and nine. So that's letting me know that I'm playing a B flat right there. So the very, very helpful. All right, this is the body of the guitar right here. This big section here, this is your sound hole. This is where the sound comes out of. This is the bridge right here. These would be bridge pens. This piece of plastic that goes along here, that's considered That's called the saddle. This is a pick guard. Some acoustics have picked cards, Some don't. That is the pick guard. And that's about it. Um, this is called the strap button. You may or may not have one of those different types of acoustics nowadays. This is more of an old kind of a classic style nowadays. Ah, lot of a lot of acoustics have electron ICS build in, which is really nice if you wanna plug into an acoustic camp. Ah, and these are their parts of an acoustic guitar. Now let's take a look at an electric guitar. Okay, so here I have my electric guitar right here. So we're gonna go over the parts. This is considered. I'm probably go from the top of the guitar here. It kind of to the bottom of the guitar s. Oh, this is the head. That's the head stock. But you know what? People call it the head. These are your tuners. You have six strings. You have six of them. You can have 67 even eight string guitars. Uh, obviously these air used to tighten and loosen your strings Weaken. Tune up there, your tuners. Ah, this is a string retainer. Basically a lot of people called a tree. Um, there's a truss rod adjustment right under here. There's a metal rod that runs down the neck of your guitar, and you can tighten that clockwise or counterclockwise to adjust the neck of your guitar. I really advise. Don't ever do that unless you really know what you're doing with my students. I usually say Take it to a local store where people know what they're doing and let them take the risk. If Ugo too far one way or the other, you could end up cracking the neck, and that definitely would not be good. So my advice is, let a professional adjust that this piece of plastic here with that holds the strings in place. That's called the nut and U T like a peanut or a walnut. This is your neck, right? Here were all these friends and stuff are where you play the guitar. This is the neck, these air, your actual frets, these wires thes your fret wires going up here. Um, and you have your friend markers, Ah, guitars or different acoustic guitars. Air different, typically there at 3579 12 15 17 1921. That's typical. If you have 24 fret guitar, you have double dots down here. But that's the general generally. What therefore? So when I put in front of when I looked down, I know this is a d chord because I can see that I'm on this fingers on the second dot here on the fifth fret. There's also position markers going down the neck, which is the exact same thing. Is technically the electric guitar or acoustic guitar. It's a blind instrument. So what? I'm looking down from holding it properly. I really shouldn't be able to see the neck like everyone leans in because that's kind of fun to dio, and it helps you see where you're at on the neck. But you're holding it properly. You can't see the neck. That's why you have the position markers. Alright, what else? We have strap buttons here. You have one here to attach your strap one on the end. Um, this is called the body of the guitar. This this big piece of wood here. This is a pick guard. Your guitar may or may may not have a pick. Guard this. The pick Guard on electric. These air your pickups. I happened at three different types of elect. Electric guitars have different configurations. Some zones they have, um 12 or three pickups. This would be considered the neck pickup because it's closest to the neck. This would be my middle pickup because it's in the middle. And this would be closest, the bridge here. So this would be my bridge pickup. This is considered my bridge right here. These air called saddles. This is a whammy bar or a tremolo bar. And I have my volume knob and my tone knobs. These air these knobs, we're really gonna vary depending on what Qatar you have. But in general, you're gonna have ah, one or two volume knobs and one or two tone knobs. The tone knobs allow you, Teoh basically take it from kind of a thin sound or warmer, fatter sound on. It's kind of up to you to decide and mess around with these knobs and listen to figure out what what sounds you like for whatever song you're playing This is a pickup selector. Um, this is a five way pickup. Select their own Stratus. They can be. They can be a three or five. So what this is doing is if it's in the down position, it's selecting this bridge pickup if it's in the middle position. Three. It's getting the middle pickup. If it's in position five, then it's, ah, choosing the neck pick up here if it's in position to. It's a combination of these two pickups. It's in position for its a combination of these two pickups, but like I said, guitar is very greatly. This is called an input Jack, and I believe that pretty much covers it. These are the parts of an electric guitar. These are the basic parts of an acoustic and an electric guitar. 4. How to Tune Your Guitar: thing in this lecture, I'm going to show you how to tune your guitar. I will show you how to tune with an electronic tuner and out of tune with an app. First, let's take a look at the electronic tuner. All right, let's take a look at how to use an electronic tuner. This is, ah, inexpensive little electronic tuner. It's got a snark. The price cost between 10 and $15. They all generally basically worked the same. This is a chromatic tuner. Some tuners aren't chromatic, meaning they only tune une a g e. I would probably suggest getting a chromatic tuner just in case you need to de tune, have a stab or case. You just want to know if you know the F is in tune. So So there's a lot of different I'm one of my students even has one where you can plug it in and recharge it. And I think that's an incredible idea. I've never even had one that you can recharge these. Take the little CR 2032 batteries that aren't exactly cheap. But right here, let's take a look at these. My tuners here. This my six string And so it goes e a d g b e. So I'm playing here my six string, my thickest string eso from If it's a little out of tune, it's gonna look like that. If it's, that means if it's a little flat, my objective is that I want to go ahead and tighten it up until I see green so it straight up and down by sea I go too far. I see that yellow that yellow means it's sharp. So I just need to take this and loosen it up a little bit until I see that green. So I see it right in tune. Um and so you have to kind of mess around these a little, like how hard? How far do you tune it? How far do you turn it? You just kind of have to mess around the little I say Generally go slow, have students. They do it like a full turn or 1/2 turn. You don't have to go that far. Just makes slighted little adjustments. A lot of times, people like Which way am I supposed to g O uh, clockwise counterclockwise. Generally, I say, if you're looking at a tuner. Go ahead and find out if I'm tuning it. If it's going in the direction that I want, then I'm turning it the right way. Right, So this is a now we're going to tune my d string. I'll do something, Do it right It says D almost a the sharps that's too high. Something just lowered down and thinking this is lowering it down until until it's right on that date, I get too far down. By what, Down far enough way Goto a c sharp. So now, Now, I just turned this down to a C sharp, but I don't want that. So I'm gonna turn it back up to a deep and write One thing I do tell people is when you hit the string, uh, you'll see it goes a little sharp on, then it kind of settles down. Don't go by that initial when you hit it. If you pluck it real hard, it's gonna go a little sharp. So hit it and then give it a second. There's kind of settle in, and then that's where the tuning is. All right, So things are G string here. Uh, that's a little too sharp It's gonna lower down to mess up my B string hair. It's my say so Just lower it down I had it up to high Something's gonna loosen it up So I see it hits that green on That is a be right there So my ease a little sharp eye 17 Too much yellow. So I'm gonna get down on And I went too far so I just need to tighten it up a little bit. Now that's attuned. So now my guitars into, uh, this is basically how you use an electronic tuner. Now, let's take a look at how to tune with an app. All right, This is what an app looks like for a tuner. This happens to be guitar tuna. This is probably one of the most popular one in the world, if not the most popular free tuner app. There's a lot of different tuner APS. This one works really well, and it's free, But feel free to check out many others. I'm using this on IOS device. I'm sure they have it for android as well. All right, so I'm gonna pluck my six string a de tuned in a little. So it's showing showing here that I'm plucking my e string by six string and this is showing me that the red means it's a little flat, So I'm gonna go ahead and tighten it up. If I keep tightening it, turn more like yellow. I want to get it to green. When I hear that little Bingbing bahng that lets me know that I the strings in tune, you see, it wiggles around a lot, all right? And basically, then you repeat that process with all your strength. I'm not doing my a string. You can see the a string is lit up so I just tighten it up a little notes into the G string . You all right? And then, uh, my g string that's already in tune Because I tuned it up before I make my b string A little shar. It's b string is sharp, it shone red, so I'm gonna loosen it up. It gets less red. It's getting more green on. That's my e string. What's really nice about tuners is you can usually get into different types. You can do Ah ah, lot of different instruments and you can get into a lot of different tunings. If you want to be tuning 1/2 step down a whole step down for drop D you can do dropsy drop be. You know, these will usually have all different kinds of settings for all different types of tunings . And this is what an app looks like to tune your guitar. I'm feeling you too easy Ways to tune your guitar, these air the same ways that I used to to my guitar every single day. And I'm positive they're gonna help keep your guitar tuned up and sounding great. 5. Names of the Strings: in this video, you're going to learn the names of the strings. Starting on your six string, it goes E A, D G, B and E. This is your first string. 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th and then your six string. It's not the opposite way would make sense if it went 123456 But it doesn't. One is appear your your thinnest string. So once again, the street names are E a D g b e. There's some sayings that go along with that, one of my students said. She said every awful day goes by. Eventually I thought that was really funny and I kind of never forgotten. Another common one is Eddie. Eight. Dynamite. Goodbye, Eddie. They're kind of two fun ways to remember the names of your strings. Generally, though, you will learn them pretty quickly, just from tuning a lot. And those are the names of the strengths 6. How to read the notes on the staff: in this lesson, I'm going to show you how to read the notes on the staff. This is what the musical staff looks like. Yeah, You have five lines and four spaces. Guitar is written in trouble clef and you, when you play guitar, you'll see this thing at the beginning. That is the trouble. Clap for the G clef. What that does that signifies what notes. The lines and spaces are gonna bay those in a base. Clapton Each line would represent a different note. Each space would be a different note. But for guitar music, you're going to see this geek left at the beginning of each one at each of the beginning of each piece of music, probably at the beginning of each line of music as well. All right, the next thing you're going to see is right after that is usually an area right in here that's called the key signature. You may see something like that that's supposed to be a sharp on the first line there that would indicate that all f's in the song have to be sharp. Ah, you may typically Ah kee is either gonna have sharps or flats. One of the other. You won't see both sharps or flats and same key signature. But you might have a key signature that looks like this indicating that without the sharp just indicating that in the song all be flats have to be flat. Him? Um so this is the key signature area. That's just signifying what you have to sharp or flat in the song to make sure you're playing the notes in the correct key. All right, Russell, Right after this key signature area, we have a time signature area. Typically, almost everything you're gonna play mostly, especially in the beginning, is probably gonna be in 44 So the time signature looks like that. You just have, ah, four over another four. The top number is important because that tells you how many beats there are per measure the bottom numbers a little more complicated That tells you what gets the beat. So what I normally do is I visualize o instead of a four here. Ah, one. So then I'm thinking 1/4. That's 1/4 note. So that means every time you tap your foot basically tapping on the beat, that is 1/4 note it could be 48 could be, you know, a lot of different things for two, but the most common time signature you're gonna end up playing is 44 the other the other time signature that you'll probably run into. And the being a beginner guitar player is 34 It looks like that that just means that there's three beats per measure. All right, now let's go over the notes that go in the spaces the note is in. The first space is half. The note that is in the second space is a. The note, if it's in the third space up, is a C then in the fourth spaces. E. It spells the word face F a ce. So if you see a note, let's say this note right here, all you have to do is think All right, I know how to spell face, face, face F a ce that has to be in a Same with this one. I know that's going to be an E cause it's in the fourth space, so you just have to remember that the words is face filling in the space notes from the bottom up. A lot of people accidentally, they spell it from the bottom down. You don't want to do that. You want to spell just like that, and that is the notes in the spaces. Now let's take a look at the notes, uh, on the lines, the line notes, starting from the bottom and going up go E g be de S e g b D f. The most common saying to remember that is every good boy does fine. There's many other ones. Um, how about every girl based delicious fudge I find the most? My female students like that? Students have told me Ernie gave Bert dead fish kind of a Seth Sesame Street reference. Elvis's guitar broke down Friday. Evil gorilla bit. That's foot. I could go on and on. There's a lot of them. Most people learn in school. Every good boy does fine. I think that works works really well. But bottom line is you need to have some some saying that goes along with it, so that when you see this note, you know, if you don't know that that's a D, eventually you will. But in the beginning you need to figure it out. You need to be able to go. Every good boy does does starts with the letter D. So that's a D, and that's how you identify the line notes. Learning to read the notes on the staff is tough, so you have to realize that it's going to take a while until you're able to fluently read music. I tell my students to think of reading music like they're learning to speak a new language . You wouldn't expect to be able to speak another language in a week or two, so don't pressure yourself to be able to read quickly. I often suggest getting songbooks of songs that you like so you can practice reading the vocal lines. Students really seemed to enjoy reading the melodies of songs that they like. Just take your time and read often and find things that you would like to read 7. Playing Your First Open Chord: in this lecture, I'm going to show you how to play your first open chord. I've chosen the open d chord because I think it's one of the easiest open chords to play on the guitar. Let's take a look at how to play an open d chord. All right, so I'm gonna show you how to play an open D chord. Looks like this. Ah, Probably the easiest open chord with maybe the exception of E minor. Theo de Cord is probably the open D is probably the easiest open chord. So the first thing we're gonna do is we're gonna take our first finger, and we're gonna put it right over here on the third string. Second fret They're gonna take our ring finger or third finger and put it on the second string. Third fret right here on. Then I will take my second finger and put it on the first string. Second fret, and I'm playing the notes a d and then f sharp right here. They're the three notes that you need to make up a d major chord d f sharp in a ana in terms of how you're going to strum it. What you're gonna do is you're gonna strum strings one through four. Uh, that's what most books and instructional materials gonna tell you to do. One through four. I think the president's exactly what you want to dio. What I like to do is I like to let my my thumb rest over top here. Um, that way I can strum. So if I'm muting out the six string, it's called a flesh mute or string mute, then I can strum all six strings. Uh, you don't want to strum over the neck like this. I'm just doing this for for the example Here. Eso you can either strums strings one through four. You can dio one through five If you want to add in this open a right here, I think it's perfectly fine. It's in the cord. Um and then if you do the mute here, then you can strum all six strings. Sounds like this when I'm strumming it where I should be. Ah, and you know, a lot of times people, when I say, put two fingers on the second Fred, they try to line him up perfectly like this. That's not necessary. You know, you can kind of put him, however your fingers. It feels awkward to have them both exactly beside each other, you know, So I kind of offset him just a little bit just from my own. Just make it more comfortable for myself. And when you play in open court or any court for that matter, you might hear no center. Why? Why is that all buzzy? What's wrong with that? Generally, the problem is you're not pressing down hard enough or you might have another finger that's touching it. Like if I have my third finger here, touch it a little. You hear that? So generally, when if you play a chord, something doesn't sound right. What I like to do, I say get through and pluck each individual string and take a listen to see what's the problem which stringer you having an issue with on. Then take a look on. Generally, you're gonna find your not pressing hard enough, or there's another finger touching the string that is not supposed to be touching the string that'll usually eliminate probably 99% of the problem on this is how you play on open D chord. You've just learned your first open chord. A couple more of these and you'll be ready to play your first song, 8. Happy Birthday small: In this lesson, I'm going to show you how to play Happy birthday on the guitar. All right, now let's go ahead and take a look at how to play the guitar tablet you for happy birthday. And the very beginning you'll see it has four sharps. That means it's in the key of E, but you're not really going to need to know that to build played his guitar tablature. As you can see, it's in the 3-4 there. That means that it's the time signature 34. That means there's three beats per measure. The first two notes we have to play, or both, the second string open, they're open Bs. That is this called an Anna Crucis, which is the technical name, but it's basically a picked up measure. The first measure really starts on this two here, the C and the first measure. Alright, so if you've never read guitar tablature up top where it has the actual notes. That's the actual staff where the notes are written down below where it says Tab, those six lines represent your six strings. The highest line represents your first string. The lowest string represents your sixth string. So in that first pick up measure there, we have to open bees. And since it's on the second line down, that's going to be the second string. And we're going to play those open. Now technically that is a dotted eighth note followed by a 16th note. But I believe everybody knows it gives half day. So let's not over this, not overly focus on exactly how you play dotted eighth-note, fall by 16th note. Technically it goes would be B10. And, but let's not get into that since you already know the melody for the song. I want to focus more on, I'll still talk about the measures in the notes and the duration of the notes, but let's focus more on where do you put your fingers so you can play the song. So for the pickup measure, we're going to go to Open B's. Then a measured number one, we have the note C or two on the second string we are going to go to then open on the second string and the first string open. Note wise it gives C. Those are all quarter notes. So each one is one beat, 12. So, so far we have. Let's go ahead and take a look at how to play the second measure. So for measuring Number two, we come in with a D sharp right here on the second string, fourth fret. That is a half notes, or we're going to let it ring for two beats. We're gonna go to, All right, then the next two notes of 4-bit number three, we have a dotted eighth note which is a b. And then another open big neck goes three. And so if you put that measure together, it's going to sound like 123. Now let's play the pickup measure and measures 12. It's gonna go. Sure you're familiar with the tune, so I would just. So the first line a couple times. Alright, now let's go ahead and go down to the measure number three right now. For measure number three, we have three quarter notes and we're going to play on the second string, second fret. That is a, C, nor plan, open, B being number two. And then for beat Number three, we're playing this F sharp. So if I, if we play that, it would be 23121 more time, 2312. Now let's take a look at how to play measure number four. For measure number four, we start off with the half note on open E, first string open, that is to beat. So you're going to, and this is the third time we've seen the same figure. It's too open B's, so it's going to go three and that measure is going to go 1231 more time, 123. And let's take a look at how to play measure number five, permission number five, we're going to start all the way up here on the first string seventh fret. And that is going to be on beat number one. Then we're going to get down here and play this G-sharp on the first string, fourth fret. And then we're gonna go to the open E, that's the first string open. There are quarter notes you just count. 123 is going to go to three. Now in terms of exactly what fingers you should use. This is, I think of this, it's just kinda fun. So whether you use your first finger, I don't care. You know, we're not doing something that's really intricate, that you need to use specific fingers to be able to pull up the song. So you can just use one finger if you want. I'm choosing to use I probably have used three different two or three different fingerings since we started this. So you can use your pinky than your fourth finger and then open it this way. You don't have to move your hand at all. It doesn't. You don't have to change our position. So I might do that. And if I'm brand new to guitar and I just want to use one finger and go seven for open. So that's what I would do with measure number five. Let's take a look at measure number six. For measure number six, we're starting off on the second string, fourth fret with a D-Sharp. And then for beat number two, we're playing a C sharp. And then what if you want to, what is that weird marking above it? That is a fermata. Sometimes people call it a bird's-eye. Basically what that means is you're going to hold that note for a little longer. It's kind of up to you how long you want to hold it goes, we are gone. When you're singing the song, Happy Birthday, that's typically a note that you hold out for a little while. So it's up to you. You can hold that note out for as long as you want. And then so we're going for two or D sharp, C sharp. And for beat number three a measured number six, we have, we have two A's. And that at the same, the same rhythm, it's going to be a dotted eighth note followed by the 16th note, not a dotted 16 note. So it's just gonna go 3n. Alright, so if we put that measure number six together, it's gonna go 123 and I'll play it again. I didn't really do the for motto. You know, kinda hold on that note so I'll do it again. 23123. That's probably more how you would play it, since you want that dramatic pause on that C-sharp here. Now let's take a look at how to play measure number seven. Measure number seven, we have three quarter notes. They're just going to be between 23. We start on the first string, fourth threat, which a G-sharp air. There we go, the first string open, which is E. Then we're going to hit that F sharp, which on the first string, second fret. So it goes 12. And then for the last measure, measure number eight, you just hit the first string open. So let's go ahead and play measure 78 together to three. Now I'm gonna go ahead and play through the entire thing for Yoda would like you to play along with me. Here we go to three. Let's go ahead and play through it one more time. 123. We'll dramatic pause though. Now that you know how to play Happy Birthday mature, you play it the next time. What do your friends or family has a birthday. 9. 10 of the Greatest Rock Guitar Riffs: in this lesson, I'm going to be showing you 10 of the greatest guitar riffs of all time. All right, so let's take a look at how to play this classic rock guitar Left smoke on the water, it's by deep purple. This is generally when I have, ah, new guitar student. This usually one of the first rips I show them because it's easy to play and it just gives you that satisfaction that you can play something that everyone has heard before. All right, So what we're going to start with is what I typically tell students is we're going to start with just one string s so I typically will tell people Just start with the fourth string and you're gonna dio open third fret 1/5 fret Then you're gonna go, 036353 by one more time 3503 Find what I'm saying. The numbers I'm saying this is the third fret on the fourth string That's the fifth were confused by what I'm talking about. What? The numbers. So after you've practiced the riff only on the fourth string, then once you're comfortable with that, then what? We're gonna do is we're gonna take the exact same notes and then we're gonna play them on the third string as well. So we're gonna play both at the same time. So if you're not comfortable using your one finger to bar two different notes at the same time, then I suggest using just different fingers. If you're wondering why I'm not, including the guitar tablature is I wasn't quite sure of the copyright laws, so I thought it would be easier on probably better if I just showed you how to play the riffs and left the guitar tablature out of it. If you go online, you can very easily look up the guitar tablature for any of these guitar riffs. So I'm gonna play the guitar riff a couple times, and I would like you to play along with me here we g 01234 on And that was smoke on the water by Deep purple. All right, so that was Iron Man. By Black Sabbath. This is probably the biggest guitar riff of all time. It's pretty easy to play. I generally shows students just how to use one finger during the verse of the original guitar player Tell me I Owe me does use just one note when he's playing around, but then in other parts of songs, going using full power cords to play through it. And he also how I'm going to show you how to play it is in the correct key, but I believe in the original recording. He plays it up here, but for beginners students, I think it's easier to play just all on the fifth string. It's the exact same notes. I just think it's easier to play, all right, so let's go ahead and take a look at how to play that. All right, we're gonna start on the fifth string and we're gonna play it. The whole rift only on the fifth string is going to go to fine 577 Then you cooperated 10 and go 10 9 10 9 and 5577 If you see me kind of wiggling my fingers, I'm putting a little That's put librato. You don't have to do that as ah bigot and guitar player. You're not gonna be comfortable doing that, So don't feel like you need to wiggle the string here. I'm just kind of wiggling it back and forth, puts a little vibrato on it. It sounds little more like sounds. Sounds a little nicer. Sounds kind like more like a human voice. How you dio a little vibrato at the end of a note, So don't feel like you have to put that in there. All right, So let's go over how to play that again. It's gonna go Teoh. 10 9 All right, now I'm gonna play that riff a couple times. Feel free to play along with me three. Um, that was Iron Man by blacks. All right, this is a great guitar riff from the Rolling Stones, and it gives everything's done on the fifth string. So it's really easy one more time now. Sometimes what I do is when I do that five, I go five on and I slide down. I slide down from 54 If you watch me play it. Sometimes I vary it so more times Teoh. By now I'll deal with the slide way with pork as I slide down, somebody just playing the fine Fine sliding down to the four and then playing the four again. That's two variations. I think I think it's probably easier to just do the five. That's a little easier than eyes a little more advanced. Now I'm gonna play it a couple of times. Why don't you go ahead and play along with me three? That was satisfaction by the Rolling Stones. All right, this riff is just fun and easy to play. All right, so we're gonna start here ever. We're going to play everything on the fifth string. We're gonna start on the fifth string seventh fret. We're gonna go 77 10 7532 So it's going again. 77 10 7532 But I do that 10 10 7 is You can see I used my pinky, if you're not. You know, if you just starting guitar, you could just do it slow and just use one finger eventually. It's easier if you use a different finger so that you don't have to shift so much. Right? So one more time it's gonna dio 77 10 7 my three to know if you know this song. At some point, he changes the riff a little bit. Hagos. So if you're wondering how to do that, that other. Partick is 77 10 753532 All right, now I'm gonna play the riff a couple times and you can play along with me. And that riff was Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes. So this is a really cool guitar riff from probably the biggest band of the nineties Nirvana . So just off the bat, just to let you know what I'm doing is I'm playing in standard tuning The ban actually plays it. Ah, whole step down. So you would have to tune all your strings down a whole step. You would have to take your your e here and turn it down to a D. You would have to take your a tune it down to a G. You would have to take tune every string, whatever the letter is down to have stepped down a whole step. But since everyone here is a beginner, then I think it's just easier just to play it in standard tuning without having to de tune your guitar and get through that. So now I'm going to go through slowly how to play this You only play it on strings six and five I do have an effect on my guitar. I have Ah, Flander and I'm assuming that's in the recording. What he's using it just makes it sound a little more like the song. All right, so here's how you play it on the six string open, six string open six string first fret and six string second fret Teoh e Think probably just keep using my first thing of all time, but you can use your first over second finger or anything, or you like it goes open, open one second friend. Then we go to the fifth string open, and then we go to the six string second friend back to the fifth string open. I loathe fifth string, then on the six string to 210 or open on the six string, and then we go to the second fret on the fifth string back to the six string open, opened back to the fifth string second friend on the six string open. Then it plays one on the six string, and then it kind of starts back over. So because open open one to open to open 2 to 1 open on the six train Teoh So now I'm gonna play through it a couple times slowly and feel free to play along with me. 23 That's how you play. Come as you are by Nirvana. All right. This is a supercool classic riff by Crane from the sixties. Let's go ahead and take a look at how to play. We're gonna start on the fourth string 12th fret We're gonna play that twice. We're gonna get 12. Well, we're gonna get down to 10 on the fourth string back to 12 on the fourth string to get 12. 12 10 12. And they were going to move over to the fifth String 12. Fret we're gonna walk down dramatically, going 12 a lemon 10 So far. Way 12 11. 10 more time. 12 10 12 12 lemon 10. And then we're gonna move over to 10 on the six string. Instead of moving right over with your first finger, you have Teoh. So instead of having to do that, when I move over to the six string, I switched to my third finger. That allows me todo do the 10 ain't and easier. All right, so we're going 12 lemon 10 then we're moving over to the six string 10 then back to the fifth string. A friend in the back of the six string 10. All right, now I'm gonna play that riff a couple times and feel free to play along with me. 34 Mm. That was sunshine of your Love by cream. Okay, to play this rift, we're going to start with six string open and then we're gonna play the fifth string seventh friend. Then the fourth string fifth fret, uh, and try to let all those ring everything wring as much as possible. You're going open 75 Then you're gonna go over to be six. String and play the six friend and then play the fifth friend. And then you're gonna go back to the seventh. Fret on the fifth string that hit that open again. So one more time we start with the open six string 75657 Open. 75657 Open. This'll one of those wrists where you have to play a bunch of times before he can start linking it all together. Said the rhythm sounds right. So at first I would just go through the motions on and play No. Play the correct friends and notes. And then if you keep playing it, it will start to sound like the song. And that was under sand Ban by Metallica. Before we leave, I'm going to go ahead and play a couple of times and you can play along with me. We owe three way. Okay. Originally, this riff is tuned down 1/2 a step when they recorded. It s so you would have to take all your strings and take this eat, doing it down to a D flatter C sharp. You have to do that for all the strings. But I'm just gonna go ahead and play it in standard tuning. That way we don't have to worry about turning it down. But just understand that if you're gonna play along with recording, you would want to tune down 1/2 a step so that it would sound just like the recording. All right, To play the riff, we're going to start with six string open. Then we're gonna play the third Fred on the six String way. We're gonna get to the second fret on the fifth string, and we're gonna go to the fifth fret on the fourth string way. After that, it gives to the second string on the fourth string. Second fret on the fourth string way Go up to four. The fourth fret on the fourth string. Mm. Back down to the second friend. And then the fourth string open twice way Have ah, again, Teoh for the last two opens on the fourth string. So one more time. Wait a second time. We played the rift. It's the exact same thing. Except that only does one open at the Annika's the second half. So the first time you play, you just put two opens at the end, and then the second time you put one. All right. Now I'm gonna play through this riff a couple times slowly and you can play along with me. Here we go. 1234 Ah, then was beat it by Michael Jackson. All right, this riff is from probably my favorite band of all time. If it isn't the Beatles, it's probably Pink Floyd. All right, s So this is money. And what we're gonna do is we're going to start on the fifth string. Second fret, then we're gonna go to the third string. Fourth threat on and then on the fourth string, the fourth foods Because to four. For I'm saying to 44 disease or both on the fourth threat. Eso I typically I'm not going, Teoh. Play them individually. Move my finger like that. What I'm gonna do is I'm just gonna borrow my finger my third finger across of the fourth fret on strings three and four way. I don't have to move my hand that I could go where you could be. Oh, if you want. I suggest just go ahead and just lay your finger where you could use uh, you could use your pinking if you're not comfortable yet pulling, you know, barring anything, then just used you know, your third finger in your fourth finger. All right, so after we do that, then we're gonna go to the six string and play to fund. They were going to go to the fifth string and go to fine. So it goes to 442 to mine too. Mine once again. 242 to 5. Do fun. Now this riff is supposed to be palm muted. So what that means is you take your poem. And you, uh, you just let your palm rest right here to get this kind of this muted sound? Uh, my palm moves up a little too far. Can't hear it if I go back too far back on the saddles and my hands rested back here, then you can hear the string bring. So you want your poem to be right up here, Right about, um, kind of right where the string meets the saddle right there to get this upon muted. So now I'm gonna play through it again while it's palm muted. So here it is. Palm Muted has a different sound, but both are fine. You know, we're not getting picking here, so either way is just fine. So now I'm gonna play a couple of times, and I would like you to play along with me. Uh, that was money by Pink Floyd. All right. I picked this rift because I just think it's a pretty cool song. I always liked this song by Roy Orbison and you play it by going on the six train, you're gonna go open open, fourth friend. Then you're going to go to the fifth string second friend Ugo Open more too. We're gonna go over to the fourth string and go open for do open. And that's the whole riff. So well, more time. We dio open open for to open for to open, open for two on the fifth string than four string open for to open. Now I'm gonna play the riff a couple of times and feel free to play along with me three. That was a pretty woman by Roy Orbison So that's how you play 10 of the greatest guitar riffs of all time. My suggestion is get them down really well and then go out and impress your friends and family.