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Blues Guitar Lessons for Beginners 6: Blues Introduction in Chord Diagrams

Brian Jackson, Author/Publisher/Educator

Blues Guitar Lessons for Beginners 6: Blues Introduction in Chord Diagrams

Brian Jackson, Author/Publisher/Educator

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    • 1. Blues Guitar Lessons for Beginners 6

    • 2. Blues Introduction in Chord Diagrams

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Blues Guitar Lessons for Beginners 6: Blues Introduction in Chord Diagrams

This is the sixth class in the series. In this class we learn how to multiple blues introductions and we learn how to read guitar chord diagrams.


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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 6: 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. Blues Introduction in Chord Diagrams: hello and welcome to the next lecture. And in this lecture, we're gonna look at a blues introduction, actually will sneak in a 2nd 1 And we're also going to look at core diagrams, which is away from me to represent the music and a little bit more condensed fashion so that I can put more on a screen. So we're gonna have fewer slides, and this is probably gonna be a somewhat shorter lecture, but we're going to learn a couple blues introductions. So we're gonna learn how to play and read blues introductions. So let's go ahead and get started with that. So you remember what I want to open up with is what a core diagram looks like. Now we've been doing this thing showing you the fretboard, right? So you've got an E seventh chord here, So I want to show you a useful cord in a different fashion. Let's say, were strumming away on our open e seventh chord here and we go ahead to our open 1/7 court and then you notice all of a sudden we have to jump to this awkward bar accord to get the B seventh. Well, it turns out that there's an open chord form of the B seventh and it looks like this. Okay, it's a little hard to articulate. Or it's a little hard to make your fingers play this because you got to use all four fingers for one thing. And that pinky is always weak, isn't it? So you put it in this form and notice you're not strumming the top e string. But everything else is in the B seventh form, and I find this a lot easier to form then the bar chord form that you have to jump to. So instead of jumping to this bar chord form, what about playing this new open chord? B seventh. Now, one of the things I want to show you is a different way to represent this. Because notice that showing the of the entire fretboard in all of this stuff takes up the entire screen. Well, I can actually put accord into a smaller box and show it to you. Check this out. This is a B seventh to so here we're looking at the B seventh here. We're looking at the B seventh. So what is this? We've tilted the cut guitar up so that it's pointing towards the ceiling. So there's our nut up there on top and the bridges down the bottom. Now you're going to see various forms of this in this form. I'm giving you a lot of information at the bottom. I'm telling you what those strings are. Notice that the strings air no longer thick to thin. You just need to figure that out from the low string to the high string. And I'm giving the cord name up of the top. And then when it comes to little circles, I'm telling you which fingers to play. And then I'm saying, acts up at the top, which means Don't play that string. And, oh, which means play that string open. This is the wail often see guitar chords represented. Now they'll sometimes look like this as simple. Is this right here? We just have dark dots for where to put your fingers and noticed they have been nice enough to show us up at the top near the nut. Which of the strings air ringing open the ones that they don't label and that don't have a black dina toe. Hold it down. You don't sound those. So this is the way you'll see Guitar Chord diagram charts, and we're gonna look at those of the end. So we learn a lot of guitar records quickly. Another thing you'll see in music is that as you play along, for instance, here's green sleeves of popular old English traditional ballad, and it shows you the guitar forms up of the top. If they're kind enough to do this, it makes it really easy. So this song sounds something like this. I'm going to spare you by not sing it to you because I I don't have a particularly good singing voice. But here we have the A minor court notice how these minor chords in here sound very sad, right? S o what child is this? They too? And then you go singing along and it shows you the cords or the shapes to actually play on the top, these air known as guitar chord diagrams. So if you want to chord songs and sing along with, um, definitely look for music that includes guitar chord diagrams. Now here we are, back to our guitar chord diagram for a B seventh chord And guess what? Your first assignment is to strum the blues with the newbie seventh chord. And in fact, let's go ahead and do that together. - There we go. That was a simple strum going through the three chords using the now open B seventh chord. That's a handy court to know. It's a little crippling to play at first, but then you'll find Wow, it's a lot easier than that bar record so slipped that in there of you play an open E. And with that, we're going to get right down to the purpose of this lecture, and that is to play your first blues introduction. This is so charming. This is your first blues introduction. I hope you remember it and cherish it because here it goes. This is the way to start the blues. And what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna show you chord diagrams for the six chords that we're gonna play through this introduction. So what you do is you do to strums per record and you do it in a shovel rhythm. So let's look at the first chord. Here's our standard e chord, right? We know that. Then you drop the center string and your dad and E seventh. So to strums of that than two streams of the A ive their play it with your through three finger, the way I like to play it, covering all of the strings or cram all three of your fingers in there to get it going. And then you're gonna have to make a hard jump up to that e shaped kind of with one string down to get to a name minor. But then it's easy to jump back up to the and then we throw in that newbie seventh chord. So shall I play this for you to strums each and a shuffle pattern. Now, one way to play it. Let me just plan normally for you and then play it in a practice mode. So a way to make that a little clear I'm not entirely clear is to play twice on the strings one at a time and then adjust your hand until you get the speed goings ago to to the E in a shuffle pattern. And then do the east seventh and a shuffle pattern notice. It gets that slightly blue Z pattern, and then we go down to the A and then we do the A minor, and then we go back to the and then we do the B seventh this new court way, and then you start playing the blues. So let's try this running into playing the blues a shuffle pattern, right? So rock and roll and that's this is a cool little in. True if you can get it working and it's easy to play and it's set up right now for the open E playing position. So what do you think your assignment might be? You got it. It's to strum the introduction, playing in an open E chord blues and then go right into an open keep actually, before playing an open E chord blue. So go right into the open equaled blues and for extra credit. If you construct the introduction in G using bar chords, you are a champion. Okay, think that's not think that it's not possible or you're getting a little confused things there blowing your mind at this moment. Okay, what about if we lay it out? Yeah, here it is. So we play that e shape with a bar and this time, notice I'm using the bar a little sloppily. I didn't wanna put ones all over, so I just put a big one finger barring I don't think you'll ever see this notation in music strum to per So, Dad, I Dad? Uh huh. And then check this out. I got a different slide at the, uh uh uh, This is a turnaround type of intro here. So let me play this in G for you, if I can. Okay, As poorly as I played that grabbing my guitar here and putting it up to the mike, That's the idea. And noticed this slide because we're going to get into that slide is a turnaround in the next lecture, this last bar over on the right. Now notice also to that. I didn't point this out, but it says the nut is gone and what you're doing, you're playing at the fourth fret instead of that being the second fret what you're seeing there. It's the fourth fret. So you're actually playing in a sea sliding up to a D? And you actually put in that triplets out dead and ah, and you just do it by sliding your fingers. You play once, pluck once and you slide Ah, problem with this lecture is that it's a little short, so I'm going to actually give you a second blues introduction. How exciting. Okay, so the way that this works is you cue up your three and your forefinger on your be in your high e string up at the fifth, fret and then you play back and forth playing triplets. So you go duh duh. And then you go to your second finger and you do the same thing. Duh duh. And your first finger. Duh duh duh. And then you hit this note once. Duh. And then dad, uh, using hammers. So I dont show it there. But there's an open string. So you're playing three strings there. 01 and two. Fret on that second string A on the way down. So let's let's review that again. That was a little fast. Hear what we'll do is put our fingers the three and the four on the high B and e string. Just queue them up and you're gonna play back and forth. First, you play the three string than the four than the three. So go three for three, and then you can have all your fingers cued up on that B string. So just lamb all down and lift them one at a time. The next dream would be to four to and then the next Fred Down would be 142 and then one more Fred down. He just moved that finger down ago one. And you stop it there. And then you go that Ah, up there on the a string. That's a bit of a jump to make it up there. And what do you say we play that? So there it is, your second introduction. And this is the best waken that I can show you, using the graphical methods that I have on the screen. In the next lecture, we're gonna learn about tablature, which will actually make it even easier to Plame or one string lead type things and to read them. I've showed you chord diagrams in this lecture, and that's an important step forward and playing chords. But when it comes to playing leads or interesting turnarounds or intros, you're gonna need to learn tablature. So that's coming up next. For now, pick the new introduction before playing an e chord blues and for extra credit. Do it in G. If you can do it in G, I'm not even going to attempt it. I'd have to translate it first and figure it out. So if you can do it in G, you're a wonder. Ah, student and I give you an A for the lesson. Now let's look at what we learned here. In this lecture, we learned how to play an open B seventh chord. That's a handy thing to do when you're playing open chord blues Any now. We learned how to play 12 Bar Blues Andy with that open B seventh chord. And then we learned how to read chord diagrams so we can play virtually any chord now, looking out on the Internet for the cords that go along with a song. And then we learned how to play an open chord blues introduction in E. And then we really tested ourselves and we turn that thing into a bar chord and slide introduction and G. And finally we learned a second introduction, so that's plenty for this lecture. Go ahead and study your things. Keep playing over and over, watch the lecture again, and in the next lecture we're going to get into blues. Turnarounds, which are very similar to introductions, in fact, will probably share summary introductions, turnarounds, and we'll learn tablature, the key to playing all music and guitar. I'll see you there.