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Blues Guitar Lessons for Beginners 2: Guitar Power Chords

Brian Jackson, Author/Publisher/Educator

Blues Guitar Lessons for Beginners 2: Guitar Power Chords

Brian Jackson, Author/Publisher/Educator

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    • 1. Blues Guitar Lessons for Beginners 2

    • 2. Guitar Power Chords

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Blues Guitar Lessons for Beginners 2: Guitar Power Chords

This is the second class in the series.  It's all about two power chords that you can play with one finger each.  You may fondly remember back some day to this class as when learned how to play guitar.


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Brian Jackson



Born in Los Angeles in the middle of the last century, I have always wanted to be a writer. After twenty-five some odd years spent working in the computer industry in the heart of the Silicon Valley, first for Lockheed as a Systems Programmer and later for Cisco Systems as a test tool developer, I managed to retire early and begin my next career as a self-published author.

Along with writing and publishing my own novels I also publish the works of my wife, Melanie Jackson. During the past four years I've published well over 100 books in paperback and eBook formats. Oddly enough this includes eBooks on how to self-publish books and how to create professional looking book covers using the GIMP. I've also recorded and distributed a pair of audiobooks available for purchase on Amazon... See full profile

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1. Blues Guitar Lessons for Beginners 2: Have you ever wanted to take private lessons from the world's greatest professional guitarist? Yeah, me, too. How about settling for me instead? Consider this. I played guitar off and on now for the last several decades and still consider myself to be an advanced beginner. But that still makes me probably a better guitars than you. Another thing to consider. I seem to be a good teacher. I taught several friends how to play blues, rhythm and leave. Now I'm asking you to join the team, not because I'm a great guitarist. I'm far from it. Not because I've developed some revolutionary new teaching method, though I may have. You don't know not because I'm out to make a $1,000,000 though. Wouldn't that be cool? I'm asking you to join me because it will be fun for both of us. This'll course is unique and that I'm not a very good guitar player, So taking this course is more like sharing guitar tips with a buddy. It's less intimidating than spending lots of money and learning from a professional. So come on, let's play some blues guitar together. There are few things more rewarding on this planet than making music with. We'll begin with learning how to play open E and open a power courts. The core, the blues and rock and roll was in just one finger. Then we'll add that be accord using the second finger. And from there were off to the races. Power chords, open courts, bar courts, rock and roll rhythm and blues shuffle with it's all Here in guitar diagrams and talent. The course includes information on a how to play lead guitar and comes to a climax with the solo blues intro Shuffle, Turn Around and singing and lead Conclusion. By the end of this course, you'll know everything you need to play. Begin blues, rhythm and lead guitar or your money back. No, seriously, you Demi offers a 30 day, no questions asked. Money back guarantee on corgis is courses purchased, so there goes your risk. So if you ever wanted to learn how to play blues guitar way, not join me for a one buddy session while we learned together, I'll see you in the classroom. This has been Brian 2. Guitar Power Chords: Hi. In this lecture, we're gonna start looking at power chords. In other words, it's already time to start playing your guitar. So pick it up. It should be tuned by now. And let's get started now. The first thing that I need to point out to you is that we need to use your left hand to play guitar. Now, this is the way I'm gonna refer to your left hand. This is a picture of your left hand. It's kind of a template. So what I want you to do is hold your hand up in front of the screen palm towards you, your left hand, and this is what you're looking at. Your thumb is over on the left in its labeled tea, I usually don't use your thumb on your left hand to play chords unless you have a big monster. Handley, Jimi Hendrix and you wrap it over the top and play the strings. The pointer finger on your left hand is going to be numbered one and in the middle, finger to the ring finger three. And finally your pinky four. So if you could remember, these numbering would be quite helpful, although not necessary. The next thing that I'm going to introduce is something you've already seen in the tuning section, which is a diagram of a guitar fretboard. Now, once again, I am looking as if somebody is playing the guitar in front of me, so everything is reversed for them. The body is on the right, and that's where their strumming the head of the guitar with all the tuning prongs is over on their left. And it's complete reverse for me because I'm looking at them. This is if I'm getting to see what somebody plays on guitar now. The other thing I've done is I've labeled the strings so you can begin to get used to their names. The big fat one on top is lower E, and it ends with the high E down on the bottom. So let's learn E any as a beginning, and what I'm gonna do is I'm going to lay down finger patterns, or in this case, this is the open chord shape for the cord E. Now what do these numbers in the circles represent? Well, they represent those fingers that we talked about, So if you look at the notes that are being played. If I play these strings on the guitar, there's an e there you have Sure enough, that's in the e chord. The A gets elevated A whole ah, whole step. Which brings it to a B that's an unequalled The D becomes an E that's in an e chord. G sharp B and e all of these notes Aaron an e chord so I can strum all of them. Now, just in case you don't remember your finger number rings, which I'm sure you probably don't. Um, remember, the pointer finger is one middle finger to ring finger three and the small fingers four. So you're putting your pointer finger on that GED elevated to a G sharp, and then your fingers will you find Give it a try. Your fingers will just naturally fall into the shape. This is the most comfortable shape in which to make an e chord. You'll have your number two finger or your middle finger ah, forming a B and then you'll be forming an E with the number three finger. And the final thing that I want to point out is the strum. Sometimes you don't strum all of the strings because they're not in the court. In this case, I proven that all of the notes air in the courts. You can strum all of the strings to make this chord. Now, when you play an E chord, it should sound like this. And this is the way that I want you to play the cord, strum it, attack it in various ways, way and play with the cord, and everything should come through Clearly. The rial test of whether your strings air coming through clearly whether they're buzzing or their muted, is to play them one at a time. Not bad. In my case, I am usually muting or somewhat muting a string or again a little bit of buzz. But that was pretty good. So that's your record Now. Notes about playing the open a chord is there should be no string buzz. String buzz means that the string is hitting other frets. It means, typically that you don't have enough pressure going down on the strings so pushed down real hard and all the notes and the chords should sound If some of them don't sound, that means that you're touching them, notes with or the strings with some of your fingers and you're muting them. So make sure all six notes sound. And by the way, your left hand should start cramping and hurting almost immediately. If that's the case, then you know you're playing your e chord correctly. So what is? The first exercise for this course is to play the E chord. So pick up your guitar, and what I want you to do is put your first finger on that fourth string down, which is the G string to turn into a G sharp. I don't want you to naturally put your second finger onto the a string, turning it into a B and the D string, turning it into an E. Then I want you to take your Plec trim, and I want you to strum down all the notes and play it in various ways the way that I did, and when you play it a note at a time, make sure that every note comes through with no buzz and no mute. So go ahead. And at this point you might want to pause the video and use this diagram to plan E chord. Now we're not gonna pause it all, we're going to jump right ahead to the open. A chord, the shape and the strong for that noticed that this is an awful lot like the e chord. It's just down one string and noticed the strong goes down one strength. Let's see what the notes are. The e the A Yeah, those air both in a the d gets up upto hold note, which it makes it an e that's in Accord thingy becomes an A and that's in the chord C sharp . Yep, that's in the corn. Soc. So all the notes on the cord, But what's really good sounding? An accord is toe Have the root note in the first note that you hit. So notice that a is here Yeah, the ease in the cordon to be accidentally hit It won't sound bad, but it's gonna sound much better if you begin your strum with the second string down and play the A through high E. Now here's your fingers you put on you put him right in a row. So put him on the second fret between actually the first in the second fret that area where you get the strings to bow, put him in a row and strum down and the cord should sound something like this Once again, all the strings should be sounding and there should be no buzz. So what's exercise to you? Guessed it. It's to play the a chord. So go ahead, put your finger number one on that D string The third string down This is all in the second fret and number two right below it Number three Right below that cramp them all together It's gonna be hard to get him on the strings and all in that area But play the second string down all the way to the bottom and you should have a nice sounding accord Wow, It's time to relax, isn't it? No wrong. Here comes exercise three. Okay, in exercise three, this is what I want you to dio. I want you to strum an open e chord. Then I want you to strawman open accord and I want you to go back and forth as fast as you can and as cleanly as you can. Doing it cleanly counts as much as for speed. So we refer back in the video of you need to see the e and the a chord here, I'm gonna kind of show them to you in an interesting way to go back and forth. This is kind of a sloppy playing way of playing these courts faster. So here you have the open e chord. Right will notice that your third finger is on that D string and it's on the top string that's needed to form an accord so you can easily just drop your entire finger, make it flat and play the entire accord with one finger and back and forth you go just rocking between the e chord and the Accord E chord accord. You can rock back and forth very easily in this way, so there's a little tip for you. Okay, now we want to talk about power chords cause we're rockers Onley Pussy's play Open courts. They use it to strum and sing campfire songs. What? We don't want to do that. True rockers play bass heavy abbreviations of these cords known as power cords, and also this is an address and note. It's easier to play power chords, which is really needed when you strap your guitar solo on your body that the body of the guitar is resting on your thigh. That's a really bad way to play guitar. It looks cool, but all you can do is play power chords. Probably. So that's how they arose. So consider this. Here's our open e chord. Notice what we're playing here when What if we only played the top two strings? Well, that's pretty easy. All I do is I put my first finger on the eight and make it a B and I playing it. You gonna be together? Well, what about the A chord that's just down a string? And it's more or less the same shape. If I put my first finger on the D to make it any, then I can play the A in the E together. And that's power chords. One of the things this allows you to do is that you can play power cord balance with just one finger, right here it is thes e chord and the accord. Now crank up the distortion if you got it. I don't have it in this case, but here's the E Chord and the accord as power cords. I'm sorry. I know it was on acoustic guitar That's all I had handy and he didn't get to hear the heavy distortion. But if you've got an amp crank up the distortion on this and we're gonna play this song that I just played it's called to power Cord Rock Monster. And what I want you to do is start tapping your foot, okay? And as you tap your foot, you're gonna count. 12341234123412 34 And then you're gonna go e a e ready, Okay. A a a e e a e a e a e a e a e a e And that is the entire son what you counted out. So just keep tapping your foot and counting and playing these cords back and forth, Play the power cord versions. And if you have access to distortion, definitely use it. So what did you learn in this course? How to plan? Open e chord? Yeah, how to play an open a chord, how to switch back and forth fast and clean. That's pretty handy. Moving your hands around the keyboard is really useful. What's a power court? Okay, this is getting better how to play any power cord? Yes. How to play an A power cord. Oh, I love it. And finally, how to play to power Cord Rock Monster, Our first song In the next lecture, we're gonna look at alternating rhythm patterns and we're gonna learn how to play rock and roll and the blues shuffle.