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Guitar Beginner to Pro -Beginner Series 1: Rhythm and Lead

teacher avatar Ray Wellman, Music Instruction

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Lessons in This Class

19 Lessons (1h 19m)
    • 1. Intro. Meet Ray Wellman, your new guitar teacher

    • 2. Parts of the Guitar

    • 3. My Guitar Explained

    • 4. Tuning

    • 5. String Names and Finger Numbers

    • 6. What is a DAW? How to hold a pick, basic rhythm and playing to a metronome

    • 7. Tone, Note, Harmony, and Scale Explanation

    • 8. Guitar Chord PDF Diagram Explained

    • 9. Am Chord

    • 10. Guitar Scale PDF Diagram Explained

    • 11. Am Pentatonic Scale Part 1

    • 12. C Chord

    • 13. Am Pentatonic Scale Part 2

    • 14. G Chord

    • 15. Am Pentatonic Scale Part 3

    • 16. Combining Am, C, and G Together

    • 17. The Entire Am Pentatonic Scale

    • 18. Am, C, G Guitar Solo Example

    • 19. Am, C, G, Backing Track

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About This Class

This class assumes you have never played a guitar or have little experience.  I will cover how to tune your guitar, three chords that are in key with one another (this will make more sense later) including Am, C, and G.  I will show you your first scale, the Minor Pentatonic (five tone scale) and it will be broke up in 3 easy steps (so as not to overwhelm the beginning student).

The idea is for you to move at your own pace, but I would like you to participate in the projects so I can hear (or see if you upload a video) what your technique looks like so I can help you with any issues you might be having.

The attachments in the Class Project section are PDFs of the guitar chords and scales I explain in this lesson (so hold onto them for the remainder of the Beginner section Part 2 and 3). 

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1. Intro. Meet Ray Wellman, your new guitar teacher: Hey, guys. My name is Ray. Woman with Guitarist for half my life. I'm a vocalist. The guitar player leaving rhythm bays tend to play drums. Number good at guitar is my main inspirations for music. If I song right, a bunch of different styles played a lot of different types of bands play Believer not played in a country band. I played in a lot of metal bands. My own what of Andy style type music, you know, stuff that more like the rest of rock and metal things. I have a lot of change, like changing elements in them what you're gonna learn and this course specifically this part it should be Forget report. But if you if you're taking the whole course collectively, it'll get you from literally not knowing how to play anything on the guitar at all to an advanced guitar student, Meaning you understand theory, and I'll fly. I'm not talking about you're gonna know every detail of theory. Just what matters Blanket are, and I'm probably plan on the fly. If you'd stick with this course, it is gonna take you if you're diligent in your practice every day. And if you have too much time on your hands. And you know what you do is practice. You get there pretty quickly. But if you have to work with kids or you know you have other responsibilities, like most little stupid it's gonna take you at least a year to get to where you're comfortable playing guitar. You consider an advanced player. If you play all the time and also fashion, I don't know how fast you learn how much effort you put in is probably the biggest thing. The more effort you put into this, the more you're actually, whatever you put in is what you get out pretty simple. You're gonna have to practice, practice, practice, practice, practice until your fingers or sore your time. Get your guitar and going through the process. It's gonna take a lot of effort. What time? It is mostly hours, but it's also time span because your brain needs time to learn things. You can't just learn overnight. If you're one of those people that think that you're gonna learn this in a couple of days or 30 days or something like that, you know, learning this up 30 days, you gotta play something at the end of 30 days, I promise you that. But again, you're gonna need to practice at least half an hour a day to get anywhere at least every other day. It took me about two years from the time that I actually started playing over the first time, the time that I was considered by many of my friends and peers to be considered advanced, not toe to my own home, I would recommend taking each one of these videos a step at a time. And so you get down whatever's in each one of these videos and then worked in Excellent. And then when you get to the end of each little sort of, like chunk of information you'll see when it's laid out, make sure that you fully understand what you're doing before you move onto the next thing and also please participate in the projects that are here because the process that I put into each lesson are gonna be tailored to you learning more things. So if you're not participating in the project, that just can't tell that you've learned anything, so I can't go back and looking for tickets you posted. If you don't show anything that's like teaching the wall. I can't tell. I don't know who is going to get this or not. So if you know, I will just be a crazy guy. On the bottom line is we'll just sit on the street just telling random people, check out the same play guitar. If you're not responding to me, you're not telling me. Hey, look, I'm confused about this or you have to be confused. Something some pointless. You're just absolutely out of the box already. Gonna be amazing Guitar player. Chances are that's not gonna be the case. You're going to work really hard, but that's okay. Hard work pays off a promise for me. Anything that you put your effort to. I promise you you'll see results. So talking to sleep, In my opinion, here's an example. There's a rhythm in a lead section coming up right after this literally in, like, two seconds. So just stay tuned, get an idea of how I play the guitar player, and that way you can get a feel if you like what I do, and if you do, then stick with it. I promise you, if you put the time in the practice in, get to this level 2. Parts of the Guitar: Theo wanted over the parts of the guitar just real quick. Not gonna spend much time on this. So this is the fretboard is where the strings arrest on that. Usually on the guitar. It's a really thin piece of wood, like it's maybe 1/8 the report of inch of when, obviously, where the friends were sitting. That's the fretboard itself. Why it's called the front board. Fred, sit on top of the poor. This is the neck. Obviously this this whole piece of wood here is the neck. This is considered the head stop for the work I've been as logo is here. Like I said before, these are the tuner keys, unrecognisable political tuners. If you say to her most people understand what you're saying, then this is the pickup here, basically, just in case you don't know is basically just a magnet. So another way to check the cedar pickups in good conditioner that it's charged, probably as you can test it with a piece of metal and see if it pulls hard or not. This is the bridge sold mechanism is the bridge is the bridge saddles. His little screws are used for intonation, but we'll get into that later. This guitar there's a volume knob and that's it. This is the body of the whole thing. This is actually considered the top. Besides, in the back, these little buttons, they're strapped buttons. They're screwed into the top with a side of the guitar. His little metal pieces are threats. So when someone refers to as I have a number 13579 12 So you see the numbers or not the space before the threat is actually the number. It's referring to you. So in other words, are not gonna hold on top of the fret. So the space just before it would be the front number. Your fear doesn't go on top of the middle of just behind it. This 123456789 10 11 12. Then so on so forth. It's good to know the fret numbers, not just the again. This is why you be numbers, because it creates a grid pattern. So if you have a six string, you're counting from 65432 and one and then I tell you what, Fred, it's on. You can find it on the guitar. But I tell you to play in a team here, it could be here so it could be all over the place. Just saying A isn't always the most effective way to communicate. It's easier just to talk about the front numbers and the street number. You can use the letter name, but again, it's easier to use the strain number. So what you really need to know about a guitar is the neck, the front word, the pickups, the bridge, your controls. A lot of times about the town controlled by in control the body I had stock in the tuners that's really honestly older is really to know. 3. My Guitar Explained: I wanted to tell you something. Just that, you know, figure out own edification purposes. One of them, their fancy college worth. So I'm from the South. So that's why I think on the Senate acted anyway, these strings away that I have them. This is not the way I recommend that should do you a string situation here. This is cause I'm lazy. All right, Number one. I was restrained my guitar constantly, and my brother used to do this. And you should drive me absolutely crazy. I'm like, Why do you always do that, man? What if you could shrink? We gotta make him look all cheesy. And I realized it's because it always changing your streets. You don't like cutting, but honestly, I don't have any meat cutters either. Right now know where they went That going, nor did with you so kind of makes difficult to cut, you know, these were steel strings, apparently cut anything else normally what you do, and I'll show you 11 day down the road, we'll show you how to restrict. Or for now, just know that your guitar shouldn't look like this. But if it does happen to just be careful, Casino, if you sharp. My wife is always getting onto me about how the interest they are. My brother was poked his eye on the stage one day, so he decided to start doing it. I know better. This really should not look this way. With all this mess going on here to keep that in mind, Do you have to take care of your guitar? Especially smear? This is, uh Oh, by the way, find a way. This guitar is not something you're gonna find. It is ugly. Final care. I love it. It makes the tone that I want. It's my gent stick, if you will. It's got a single on bugger pick up the bridge that really close locations of the bridge. Because that's how I wanted it built this concern. I actually I don't this Believe it or not, this is made out of pallet. So much for two. So we were getting argument about tone with If you ever get into an argument about tone, would this proves advantage to be not a very good document? Because this thing the state screams if you could see this is where the actually joined the word together and it's got a bevel in it. And when I was playing it, I decided to leave that angst a little full. And then I washed it in the green and has been feet often. It gets used a lot. This was actually an accident that I just want to head and cut out because I made a boo boo in the in the wood shop area there, and I just want to get away with it. You're not going to see this guitar. It's got a single value, and on blacker victim that's in this thing makes all the only thing you, too. And so again, I know it's unusual and I do teach. I'm obviously look sickness. Use numbers here. Let's get Johnny. That is because I have been teaching guitar for way too long, and I've never done a beauty of Syria's online. I've been asked you a lot because I have a lot of friends that are not anywhere near me, won't learn how to play or a little harder to get better. So I have numbers up and down the guitar. You see it so it's actually better for in person instruction than it is on video. So if you were wondering what that was, that's what is going on. This big, ugly, black, gnarly looking Chuck in here is because it chipped out. So whatever, I think it looks cool. Actually. Still see the debt of the nails where it was the caliber of his palette would. There you go. There's my explanation, like a tart. Let's move on, shall we? 4. Tuning: I was gonna go for tuning out of tune with the tuner like this one. This was actually really cool. This is a snark called a snark agency. Just Means hurts. It's their little trademark name for, but basically it shows up on a little digital scale that lights up when you're playing when it's touched. A guitar that makes sense when I put on there. But this is a really good one because it clips on the guitar turns up on and off really easily. You don't have to plug anything into it. It just it reads the note based on the vibration of the guitar. I think I was like 12 or $13 for the authorities. It's pretty cool. It's, um it's really good for tuning quietly, which tuning out loud, get annoying to people, even to yourself. So the little bags and that nice This is what it looks like. It's got a little clip on it. Then it pinches on another guitar like that, and there's a little button on the front of it when it turns on. If I were to sing, see pushes, the pitch goes up enough so it measures the vibration and if I put stayed on in the market are my fish. I can actually pivot the head on it, which is pretty cool because, you know, not trying to show the crowd what I'm doing. So it's showing it's a key or not. Over down, it goes up fish, and it makes it very easy to turn with. So get one of these again. They're not expensive. 12 or 13 bucks goes a long, long way. And these tuners, as they're called, appear. These are the whole mechanisms, like a tuning key is basically a gear that winds the strings. But all you need to really know is if you move this, depending on the guitar is strong in this trunk properly. If I turn it counterclockwise, it'll tighten the string, and if I turn it clockwise, it'll deter industry so counterclockwise tightens the stream or turns it up and then de tune it or loosen the shrink by turning it clockwise. And your your years will get accustomed. Toe. You know whether or not sink here 5. String Names and Finger Numbers: Theo. Middle thing is we're gonna go over here. Number one. You need to know your fingers. McCarley work. This is gonna seem really simple, but I promise you it is all right the way that you count. 1234 Those your finger numbers. I know rocket science, but thumb is t so if you see t in any kind of tablature for if any of these cords of you having a CT which it won't right, family want to see it later on. But t means them. You need to know the stream names the street names there, named by number and also by letter. And the reason being that most guitars, especially at a music store, are going to be tuned. But they're a six string. Keep that straight, cause there's tension guitars. Now, if it's a six string guitar and it's out of music shop, chances are it's gonna be tuned to e a t g b. And so this e a d she b and e It's in other words, this is one octave above this on. I'll explain that later. Don't worry too much about it. Just know that this is twice the pitch, so this one is based here. Obviously, it's thicker string visit by Raiders quickly and the higher street as much sharper pitch. But there are the same note, same tone so again, starting from the thickest string. It's six. Then, as you work your way towards the floor, it's 5432 and one, and then it's also E A, C, E, G, B and E. And the more you hear it, the more you're going to know. So that's what he says. Hey, the fifth string, you know it's here. But if somebody says that a string so something and you just need to get familiar with the boring familiarized was with technology, the easier it will be in a long room. 6. What is a DAW? How to hold a pick, basic rhythm and playing to a metronome: I'm wearing headphones because I'm using my dog said. You can hear this clean sound is the best way for me to get clear sound through the women that I'm using right now, I have a home studio. I use my computer for everything. You have thousands of dollars worth of amplifiers, and I no longer have any events. I don't play on all the time anymore, so I really don't have a need. So in this case, I just like to use my computer. All my all my stuff is reported. I do have my own music, but it's again. It's reported through there, and it gets The sound is really good, actually, better than I could achieve the microphones myself within amplifiers. It's actually really good investment that that there's a lot of work station for your home recording studio in for practice purposes. Okay, so I want to start with rhythm and get you a basic idea of what Britain was like. If you have a digital audio workstation, it's going to get so much easier for you because you can have a Metrodome that's already built in. And the Metrodome is used to be an old school oclock. It would go back and forth in a measure can on a measure time, I'm saying, and it would click back and forth very similar to O clock. But based on the time that you want to be so if it were 60 beats a minute that one beat for a second or if it were 120 beats per minute, it would be two beats per second. They make visual ones, too. That can stand alone. You bring with you whatever you turn it on and it makes click Very annoying clip for a lot . But if you don't learn, how's he used a mushroom going into studio professionally, we're trying to record your own stuff at home is going to really difficult. So get adjusted to get used to it. Practice to it. It will make you better. It will get you there faster. You're gonna run your scales and your core is everything to measure. Um, I'm gonna show you some things that you should do on your home just to kind of get adjusted toe holding it are. For one thing, if you're playing electrically or even with an acoustic, there's a little see down here, it's cut. It's going to work. So you consider in your life that's the whole purpose of this. And of course, this concept, especially for your your arm. So it's natural for to sit here. There are other ways you can holding tired, but I'm saying, for tax purposes that you're sitting down probably are re washing this, then the easiest thing to do is just sit like this. So that's more or less perpendicular to your body. Facing the floor. Make sure that you're not tense. You're not uncomfortable. Your hand can easily move around. For now, we're not going to use your left hand. We're gonna do is just right hand. Start by explaining out a whole pig. There's a few different ways have seen explained, but I think the easiest is making looking OK sign and you just put your pick right there, just like that route, because it's almost like you're using, like you would have with Japan. Several natural movement. So if I just is not a lot to adjust thinking like like it running with a pen, it's got the same kind of feel of also seeing people say if you just put your hand over naturally and let it relax. It will do the same thing. I mean, that's all basically the same concept. It's almost like your finger, your index. Is that a 45 and your phone is more or less than 45 to it. But again, it's like an OK sign. That's it. So you hold your pick. You're gonna just in Bagram is you need to and the movement of your pick. For now, don't worry too much about your wrist. If you see me moving my wrist back and forth of my fellow, that's many years practice for now. Just focus on keeping you give me your hand. Nice and relax. But hold the pick hard enough. You don't drop it. So we're going to do is Shrum through the strings like that? But I want you to do it on a measure time again. If you have a measure now, I'm gonna play it in 123 floor and I will turn on that your fun? Now, if I were to go on every be it would be Now. That might be a little difficult Beginning live a duke. Every accident knew that every high pitch that's gonna teach your timing and then if you need to, you conceal your mission of down. Okay, so this is slowed way down. This is half the time. So 123 34 Get comfortable doing that. You can actually see trump up and down. 1233 videos to get used to Shrum ing through all the strings on If you can go back up the direction, that's gonna be a great help to you later on. So get used to doing that and then we're gonna work on That's the basis of your timing and we're gonna start adding in cords you can actually something musical, and then you're gonna learn to practice those cords with the with the rhythm section like that 7. Tone, Note, Harmony, and Scale Explanation: So you know what is this paint program? This is Carrillo Painter you like? What does this have to do with Qatar? Right. Well, I'm gonna use this as a way to explain some things real quick because I think it's just a little more captivating than you know. Be putting on some slides. PowerPoint slide is mumbling over and over on top of the stuff you're reading. I've watched a lot of those PowerPoint slides and I get really bored so may, because I have a THC. But anyway, so I wanted to go over some really basic things that you need to know about. This your guitar thing. You have something call to see if I could do this. My handwriting's terrible. I promise I can draw that. I could paint, but my handwriting is absolutely terrible. So forgive me about, but we're gonna go over melody. Melody is single notes and succession. That's the textbook definition of it. But basically just means like if you're listening to a song or, for instance, if you're playing a scale, you're going 123 free nights like Remy France Cela Tito. That's actually a melody. It's single notes After in succession one after the other so that that's melody. Something else called Harmony. Harmony is two or more notes. Now you'll see it on if you're. If you're looking at music on a sheet music, you'll see something like that. This is terribly drunk, but you'll see two notes stacked on top of each other like this. It's written now. What is harmony really assed? Faras guitar is concerned. Well, it's Our records are three notes, at least three notes form or that is actually a harmony. But ah, harmony could be just two notes so it could play, say, the first and fifth note of the scale together. Good example for money would be, for instance, one of my favorite bands of all time. Allison Chain's When Layne Staley, the vocalist, and Jerry Cantrell the other vocalists singing together. They seem kind of off pitch with each other, but they're still in key, so they're in a relative key to each other. So there in harmony, so they sound. We're seeing something slightly different, but it's big, creates that organization and announce, but worse so as Faras Harmony is concerned, it's two or more notes at the same time being played and they complement one another. And that's what you use harmony. To say that something is working in harmony, it means the same thing. In music, it means to say that they complement one another Southern state key. They may not be. They're not necessarily the same note Now. If you if you were singing, somebody were singing like a E, and then somebody else we're seeing in a higher E. This is not the same thing. This is actually unison, as it's not harmony. Harmony would be like if somebody were seeing Let's just pretend you were singing E and another person were singing in a and they were in key with each other. Based on whatever scale are cords that were being played, that would be a harmony. But again, it's just two or more notes being played at the same time. It's just kind of something to keep in mind. Also, if you hear people say the word melodic to describe their music, their usually using it room melodic means that it's again a succession of notes. So it means they're trying to say is that their music, if they might be, they might mean that it's eerie or kind of creepy sounding music. But melody? This was a lot of beans. It's an adjective describing it, saying that it's succession, notes, a lot of heavy metal, at least newer on metal core of them. Seven fold. That would be like a metaphor band, kind of like a hard rock medical band. They'd be a good example of, of melodic versus and even courses because he's playing. They're playing together in harmony a lot, but kind of going off each other as well, so that you have the rhythm guitar going, playing some some progression. And then you have the lead guitar playing some little scale or whatever. That's melodic, in a sense, because it's being driven. The songs, mostly being driven by melody, is if you have rhythm, this is just a steady set of beats, you know, like that's terrible. You know, if you're playing something and say a 44 rhythm, it just means that you're playing 4/4 notes. Her measure 1/4 new 1/4 note for note, 1/4 note and, he added, together, get this work for so rhythm just refers to the time signature in which how you're going to be playing, so if you're playing something for four, so that's probably really confusing, and I don't be in court to be, but it can be in the beginning, But you got to get introduced to it. Somehow. 44 is a pretty standard time. It's actually referred to common time on cheap music. Wherefore is pretty steady. It's 1234123 or a lot of chances. Stuff written a lot of songs, but rhythm could be changed up. It could be something like the waltz beat and it's 34 And that means you get 3/4 notes for measure, so you would get 123123 That's a little different than 1234 And that's because you're starting and stopping every 3/4 beats, so to speak, number that 44 would be whole, and you'd have to count for those little quarter notes to get a whole Well, in this case, you actually count three to get a whole. So again that that's a little difference. Look, using when you listen to it, it's obvious, and there's a lot of other different. This is called by the way, this is a time signature. You see, You see this, that for music is referred to his time Sig mature like that. This is saying very much the same thing. It's just think that you're gonna play 6th 8th notes for measure. It just tells you that the primary drive of the song for the rhythm of something and then if you're not confused too much yet and get by the way, don't stress and stuff too much. I'm just trying to give you an overview. We'll get into more detail on this stuff means. But rhythm is, you know, the field, so to speak of the music is being played. And then something called Templo Timbo is how fast or slow you're playing the piece of music. And when you're recording in a doll, it will say something like this when you first open it. This is beats per minute and rather than beats per measure, which is what you would be talking about, you're talking for fourth report or 34 This is telling you how many beats you would be playing for a minute if you stayed with the current rhythm Europe. This tells you help faster playing rather than the rhythm in which you're playing. So where is like three? Four would tell you to play 3/4 notes. Measure. It doesn't tell you how fast the plate. Well, this is saying pretend that 3/4 is the B well played at 120 beats for a minute. So that's pretty quick, considering that's pretty pretty decent speed, especially the beginning. Uh oh, by the way, find a way. A measure is when you're looking at sheet music Measure is just that you don't know already . It's just that chunk of space between you see lines. It's essentially what breaks music up. It just makes it easier to read and follow you again. You won't be worried too much about it because you're gonna be reading something. Tablet chair. That's how it's short handed and then it's got six lines coming off of it, and it's supposed to represent the guitar. Just like the pictures that I drew for you represents the six during the 5th 4th 3rd 2nd 1st and then it's broken up with measures just like sheet music because it's usually accompanied with least get tablature, company live cheat so they complement each other. Because what what it will do is that the tablature tab will tell you what to play win to play it. But in order to get, like, you know, to know exactly how long to play each note, I think that's not gonna be on the tab. That's gonna be in your sheet music. In other words, if it's 1/4 or half half note or something is up with if you don't know already what 1/4 note is order No, like I said, is one fourth of the 44 measures. So if you were to put it into a measure, you have 1234 beats for this measure. So one of these guys would be one of these guys, and it's represented like fish Normally. What you'll see, though, in guitar tablature books is you'll see like a rhythm section. It will look like this groups like little check marks, and what it's doing is telling you if it's a 44 it's telling you what the rhythm is, right, so if it's ah you know, tells you win to play what notes? It's just kind of like cheats It's kind of an easier way to reap without sounding rude. It's like the Idiot's guide to playing sheet music. I don't sight read sheet music. I can read it, Okay, but I just I can't sit there, read a piece of music and say, Oh, yeah, I don't believe that But I can, however, re tab on the fly. And if the guitar book is written properly, it'll have its hard towards love it. It'll tell you how to play it or it'll have its name. And that's usually enough, especially if something is written for piano and voice and guitar. It'll have the sheet music. It will have a guitar tablature or the court getting on. How how it's set up, that difference between what a tone is A note. A note is basically, like I said, you're gonna see it on cheap music. It's a little that one guys and note, but a lot of times people interchange note tone because whites whom they mean a specific frequency, not to be confused when somebody says, Oh, my guitar tune is amazing, they're actually referring to the quality of the effect their guitar puts out. How good the guitar sounds. That's what I'm referring to. The tonality of the guitar and not a tone specifically like a frequency a tone would be like for 40 Hertz, which consequently is a A standard is for 40. And then, by the way, bind away just a usual further a You know, the Octopus. They would be twice that pitch, and that's the reason it's knocked. It has to do with he's a theory will get into it, but it's called an octave. It's eight steps away using a major scale, but we won't get until that. It's just know that if you have someone referring to play the octave, it means take the lower and then step it up to the next highest pitch. So, to recap, a note is basically what's drawn sheet music. And even though you'll say, Hey, what note is that? That's interchange all the time because they're referring to what? Notice that on the sheet music, which you're calling the note out, are you like you wouldn't say, Like what tone is that? Because someone is actually specifically to frequency, so it's easier to just refer to it as a note. But then, if you ask somebody. Hey, wouldn't notice that. And they're like, Well, it's the a chord In reality, this is not a note by itself. It's a It's a harmony and on sheet music that we might look like this. That would be the way a court would be situated, more or less on cheap music. So it gets really confusing when you talk about all that stuff, but just kind of keep in mind. Accord is a harmony scale. His melodies scale is melody cord. If you take nothing else out of today, just just learning this are listening to this. If you learn nothing out of this at all, except for this right here, this would be a lot to understand. So if you understand that scales, melody and 1/4 of harmony, you're pretty much set for a while. It will help you in your future endeavors. That's a control player. So I think that's about all she wrote. This will all come into time. It's just wanted to kind of cover some of this stuff now and keep that way. I can. As you get into the intermediate stuff, I can cram your brain tool of rhythm, harmony and I can explain that stuff and you're not completely lost. And the more you hear, the better off you are. Since better did you start learning it now? And like I say, if you get nothing out of today except for scale as a melody and chords are harmony, that's great. And just to be able to recognize time signature versus a tempo don't confuse timing with speed. Speed is simple, how fast you're gonna play and timing is when you're going to play. So that all being said doings full watching. I'm a goober and I will talk to you later. 8. Guitar Chord PDF Diagram Explained: I think this is a minor open court diagram. Although this is an explanation diagram, They're all gonna look like this without all the explanation on it. All of Hisley. I decided to set him up this way because normally the there they're set vertically. The core diagrams I've seen in the past, I don't know. I normally don't see them like this. So I figured I would give it. I would change it up because I think this is a little easier to read because this will transition into guitar tablature much easier. Um, guitar tablature is written in this format so that the bottom string is the six string. So if you were looking down your guitar, it would look like this. That's kind of white tabs written that way. So the six string of the bottom of the first ring on the top. So if you see that this is the same thing I told you in the video, this is something you can follow along with. You get confused. This is the a minor chord, and it's also explained, And then the other chords, they're gonna be written out as well. The sea and the G chord. They're gonna be on here. They're going to just like this just to point some things out, some pretty obvious. This X over here on the six string says, Don't play. That's obviously just pertains this cord. This because you don't play the either low e stream to play a minor chord, you're gonna just play from the fifth string down. And then that black dot I decided to use the life that I used to use colors. But because I'm trying to consider people, some people have color blindness, and if they were reading through this chart, I don't want him to be confused cause they can't see the color my son has served opposing an epilepsy and anything that anyone else does to make it easier for him to learn, I really appreciate. So I try to do the same thing for other people that might have some other issue may be seeing or we're hearing or that kind of thing. But anyone trying to say is that it's black and whites that it's easier to read. This black dot is to play this string open like you're not holding anything down. See play open without holding anything down like that represents the route never before. So it's just telling you that this black and this black dunk here, where your finger goes is a root note. And so is this open. So, in other words, this note and this note or the same and tone but there twice the pitch away from each other , which I'll explain more what that means later on and then down here says, Play open without holding anything down. That's this one. So basically these to mean the same thing. Just play the street open. But this one just tell me that it's a room, and obviously X means not to play it. X can also mean to mute it, but in this case, just don't play it. And then this is your finger position 12 and three. That means your first thing, your second or your third finger. Would you explain that video and it should be pretty obvious. You know, that's what I'm playing, and if you if you don't see, that's where my fingers are. This is the first for a friend here. That's the second fret for that, and these little circles are just en ley markers there, the inlays on your guitar. Some guitars have him on the first, and then on the third and fifth. A lot of them only go from the 3rd 5th and someone somewhere most of the time. I'm just saying this is a quick reference. You're inlays are on the odd. And then on the 12th fret you'll see two dots because it means that the nose being repeating himself. That's what the options are for each string. In other words, if you want to know where you are in your car, if you're on an audio, usually have it and lay there to kind of let you know that's the third bread. That's the fifth Brett, 7th 9 and so on. But after the 1912 so it only works for for some of the guitar. Um, it's just kind of like give you a visual reference, and you also feel notice you have dots on the top part of your guitar, the top 100 neck right here. So you'll see Emily markers here, too. References, I should say. But is it? This is my poor drawing of the guitar. I wasn't going to stay here and draw a portrait of guitars. No need to you get the idea. This is the nut here, obviously, where the tutor post would be and that's it. That's the street numbers 1 to 6 or 61 how you look at it and it's pretty self explanatory . But when you're going to be scores, if you need to, you have this one is a reference, and if you have any questions, please just let me know. 9. Am Chord: Theo going to start with a minor court again? There's a reason to my madness. I promise I'll try and get you. It's where playing musically much sooner than you might be. If you try in the past, I'm not going to say anything about anybody else's systems. There's plenty of really great material I've seen out there. It's just I'm trying toe get back the community that gave me so much. So I'm trying to give you what I think is the fastest way to learn and to learn to play musically and have a strong foundation. If you're metal or rock lover in Inspired to be a rap metal rock layer, I am so trust me, we'll get there. Just be patient because also, there's a lot of people who are more maybe blues oriented in any country, even Pop. I want to play guitar and that this is some fundamentals for that as well. If there are some rock songs that actually a lot of rock songs that required open courts and I can think of a bunch of stuff that we don't time for that anyway, we're gonna start a minor for so your first finger your index. Your first finger goes on second Street. And again, this is a There's a chord diagram for this so can't for a little longer. People like you need to positive here and look at the chord diagram. It's right there materials. Your first finger goes on the first friend of the second Street and then your second finger , the middle finger goes up to fourth strength on the second fret and then just below that, your third finger, where your ring finger goes on the second threat on the third string. If you played through it sounds something like that on When you first start, you're probably gonna hear something like this. You're gonna get clear tone, and that's there's a couple of reasons that could be out. Number one. You're not putting your finger close enough to the front these little metal borders, recalled France And against all this stuff isn't the diagrams, so please look over. It would be a lot easier to understand when you put your first finger down on the second string here, it should be as close to the friend as possible without touching it. If you're on top of the front like this, you're gonna get fret, buzz or muting happening. You get that kind of like a unintentional stop of the new face of Lee. You don't want that to make sure you're not Wait back here either, because you also get some Fred buzzing. You want to be as close to the France possible on get a nice, clean tone out of it like that. So get your first finger goes in the second strain. First read and second thing here goes and four stream of the second red and your third finger just below that third street of a second front. So try to play each no through and you're still hearing buzzing. It might be because your fingers on your length flap too much You might be laying in for your flight across the store like this. For you could also be that you're not pushing hard enough. It could be that if you're your language for years flat, it's because you're not giving yourself. If you can see this Super the back room where my hand is in the back of the store, my thumb is more or less at the top of the neck towards the center somewhere, and that gives me plenty of room. I want to be able to have space between my phone, my palm on the deck. There needs to be some spacing. There gonna be some course we grasp later on where you grabbed around the neck. But for now, I want you to make sure that you have some space between see it when I'm playing the scored . There's a space for my thumb is where my palm is between the neck on. Also, you want to try as much as possible to get your to see this. Get the shot camera here, determine guitar upside name. See, I want to make my fingers as perpendicular to the guitarist possible without hindering my hands from I don't need to be like this. It doesn't be perfectly straight, but get your fingers is straight down. It's possible without straining your hand, so just play with it. So you're comfortable. It's gonna take some getting used to. Your fingers are gonna hurt. You're gonna get invitation to garage fingers until the callous. It's gonna hurt a lot at first. Not like it's gonna be excruciating pain or think that's gonna be uncomfortable. So in the beginning, give yourself some time. Get used to it. That's why I say 30 minutes a day practice for now, because as time goes on, you can practice a longer because your hands will be used to it. But first note again. First rates. Second string, first finger, second finger, fourth string of the second fret. Third finger goes right below that on the third string and you play from the fifth string or the A street down, a minor play that semester known. Pull it in place. Don't traded anything else. Just holding that and trying to get your pick to hit from the history in a long time, just like that. 10. Guitar Scale PDF Diagram Explained: Theo. All right, This is the same under penitani skill, Pdf again, Another thing you can download. And I suggested you downloaded. It's you know, it's going to take any room on your computer. It'd be good to have if you're not online or like I said, you're practicing and you want to print this out, You can be a lot easier. This is the first port that you do sell the first of you. That's the first point of skill. That is the second part of the scale. And the third part is, you know, the scales broken up. It really doesn't look like that. It looks like this as a whole. And I showed you that also in the video. And if you follow along, it makes more sense of what I'm doing. But just like the guitar chords, this is the scales. The same thing. It's your first finger, your fourth finger, your first finger in your third finger. So obviously you're not playing is a little one time. You're playing the one after another, just like I did in the video. So you start with this one and get this one down, then move on to the second part of it. Once you get that down and we're going to the third part and then you can do it all together once you get it, once you get used part of that master instead of speaker, at least where you're familiar with it. So you can remember each pattern intended to make playing this together a lot easier. Why, I broke it in two parts, just like I said before, when you, when I teach this, normally have to teach somebody the whole scale at one time because they feel like they're getting a lot of information. But this way is much easier because you're not paying me an hourly rate. You can come back to this any time you want. So I was pretty cool that I can break this stuff down really simply for you guys. And if I had it when I first started, it would have made my life a lot easier. So that's what I'm trying to do for you. Hopefully I'm doing that. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, please, let me know what makes this is easy and accessible as possible. So again, this is everything explained in the video. This is just an illustrated version of what I'm doing and what you're gonna be doing. So that sister for his finger, that's your fourth finger first finger. 13 years, the same here. Obviously, you could see that the streams are numbered. So case you get lost. That's the thick stream. Learn your string numbers if you don't know them already, and it makes it easier to navigate this stuff you're gonna deal with something eventually called guitar tablature looks very similar to the guitar chords that I did and similar to this. The only real difference is you're not going to see the lines here for the frets. It's gonna look just like sheet music, except it's gonna be six lines. And instead of notes being written down, it's gonna look like these individual numbers and again we'll get into it. So don't don't stress it right now. That's why didn't show it to you. But what I'm saying is learning this this way will help you when you start to learn guitar tap, so kind of breaking you in nice and easy to it. But like I said, get all this information down, get learn This pentatonic scale and learned the cords, those three chords and you're gonna be sitting pretty for the next section. Oh, as a sign, I want to make sure remember to mention this. These black circles the same thing. It's rude notes. So later you'll notice that cores actually pulled from scales and it will make sense once you see that written out. But that's why I'm putting the route notes there. I want you to get familiar with it. And once you are, once we get further down in your learning, more complicated skills that started it all come together. So stick women a. 11. Am Pentatonic Scale Part 1: I think I want to make this a simple It's possible. So I know a lot of times when I teach students in the beginning, the pentatonic scale could be really frustrating. Learning three chords, a one time thing, really frustrating. But I try to give them a much information as possible for the price for that one day for that hour two or whatever it is that they happen to be paying their day. Since this is a video lesson, they could come back and watch it as much as you want to decided to make it simple. It's possible I'm gonna break down the scale into two strings. It's actually all six strings. It's a cage scale, and I'll show you what it sounds like. I'll show you what it looks like, and then I'll break it down so I'll play it slow. You are still a lot think it's are playing. I'm just going to show you what It's really useful. Uh, really bluesy. Use a lot of traditional rock roll. We're not going to cover the whole thing. We're not gonna do the whole thing at one time. It's a lot of notes to learn it was for me when I first started. So we're gonna do is break it up into the three little sections for the beginner Sexual gonna actually cover two strings at a time. So there's six strings in every three parts Will be really simple to learn this way. I think if you practice each one of these sections a couple of days and that's when you know, a couple of days a week, if you have to, until you're comfortable with it and move on to the next couple of strings, we want the next couple strings and then eventually the end, you're gonna take all of the stuff, including all the cords, and you're gonna pile it all together and learn to play all that stuff sort of smoothly as one thing to show you how to play this. We're playing the a minor pentatonic, which, coincidentally a minor, right. So what we're gonna do is on the fifth threats where you're starting, use your first finger, the whole down the fifth threat on the six string like that time, and then replace your fourth finger. And I always is easier to pick up your first finger. You tryto try to hold that finger down. It's gonna wear your hand up. Don't try to hold on, index finger down and then play the thinking. Pick your big figure out like that. It's natural to fight. That's good exercise to wear handoff. Let's not get from beginning your trailer. So are you gonna dio, but first thing you're on the fifth fret and play straight down to the floor. Just that one strength. Then your pinky goes to the a threat and you can reinforce it a little bit with your third finger. So those two together is fifth. Fret 16 in an eighth front 60 and then your first finger goes back to the fifth fret on the Fifth Street and then the seventh fret for your third finger on the fister. So all together it's like this. That's all picking down to the floor on. And also, as faras picking is concerned, make sure it made this apparent. When you're picking the skill down towards the floor, you're gonna do the same thing sick. So as you go down, you're just gonna flip them the whole time. So down, down, down, down, down, down, down. There's something called alternate picking, which we're going to get into. It's not something. I want you to try to make sure you've heard of it. Rock or metal friends, that air guitar players probably talk about alternate picking. We're not doing that right now. That's gonna come away later. For now, all I want you to learn how to do this place your first finger, fifth fret, sixth street or the eastern, and then the a threat of the eastern fifth front of the A string on the seven froth. Get comfortable going. 1234 Then you can try practicing, going back, looking up towards the ceiling on your way. Don't cheat. If you're gonna go back, I want you to pluck up towards the ceiling because it will reinforce later on when you goto adult and thinking will be so hard for you to develop or to adjust to. So when you're going towards the floor down, you're going up towards the ceiling. Pick up towards so last time slowly threat and I was gonna go with the letter of the string stream letter name First finger fifth. Fret about the issuing mom. Then your fourth finger on the eighth fret of the Eastern. Your first finger on the fifth threat of the Asian and your third finger on the seventh fret. That's it. 12. C Chord: All right, So this is the second part of the the little miniseries we're gonna cover. The Sea court comes naturally in The progression of things with C court works is very similar to the A minor for you. Put your name on a court together, and as this as you should know, she don't have to take this by now. So put your name on record together. I'm challenging you to know how to do this. That's that's the point. So you're gonna you're gonna take day montecor all you have to do. So you know how to do this? Telling you I'm telling you. Tricked Take this third finger to third finger right here and move into the pit stream for the a stream on the third. Fret like that. That's it. You take reminder on. If you take your third finger and you move into the fifth strength play from the fifth string down from the scratch, you're going to first finger. The first fret of the second string Skip stream on the fourth street. Second fret. You're gonna put your second finger and then fifth strain third 13. Am Pentatonic Scale Part 2: I think this isn't this All this material is written down. So if you long for some reason the video hit pause to grab it, have it on a little tab down there so you can reference it back and forth, get an idea of what looks like when I played and then get a visualization, multiple inputs. That's why you have the material learn better that way. So you're going to go to the fourth string on the fifth. Fret like that first singer, you're this. Partners will be really easy. Kids. Right center. You're gonna play the same thing twice. All right, So it's gonna go with this fit that you're gonna play in seventh with your third and fifth on the next race and seven starting on the fourth string. Fifth fret First singer. They go to the seventh fret third finger and announce that extra on third string on the fifth fret First thing in the seventh Fret with your third finger on the same street. So start from beginning. Sort of sounds like again to my girl. For those of you that happened to know what that is, anyway, So that's 1234 I didn't work away that going up towards the ceiling. 1234 exaggerating from going up. I'm going down. Pretty simple, right? 14. G Chord: thanks. Year there's the last co or we're going to do for this year. Little, many part of the Siri's going to dio gonna do what's called the Geico. The G chord is probably one of the most famous or infamous, depending I look at it. Cords of all time is probably used and every type of contemporary music, especially pop music and some forms of rock. I want to see rockem talking, looking bulls, current acoustic covers and things like that. You're going to see the G quarter. What? So there's two ways to play it. I'm gonna show you the traditional way. To me. This sounds a little too a little country selling for my own personal day. So I always added, uh, extra note there, but of your bad teacher bad teacher to tell you that I think that first that's not a property property is so we're going to do this court. It's a little different in the other Two is not a simple little shortcut. You have to actually layering this, so it's cool that because when you learn to play way learned that scores, it's a lot of change. So they're challenging in the beginning, but it's gonna teach you a lot, too. And you'll also be playing something that sounds musical switch between them. So it's important to learn these corns where they're showing you. That's why I'm sure you the proper way. And then as time goes on, I'll show you alternate ways to play the same kind of court to get a little more brightness out of it. But we'll get there because I honestly, really overplayed open cores internationally. I need to show you them so that you can learn them probably. And then you can move on. So here today minor. Already done, See? But the shape that you make would see this kind of shortcut for your brain. See? Hello, my fingers here. Right. Well, I think that state pattern here, that's the beginning with G port. But that's gonna be kind of hard. Play that for you. So the same pattern is there. So your first finger goes on the fifth strength on the second fret, and your second finger goes on the six string of the third fret or like that, and then, which is really hard to see what I'm doing on the first string third fret is my third finger, so you better get to their angle. See, there's kind of a you know how to do this year. I don't know. Can't do it. Do you get is really or c trying to give you a better angle, but it's not gonna happen. Just give you close up, see where my third finger is here on the first ring right there. Lack of that weight. I think I could do this like like that. So because you know, nice Twinkie countries, So it's important that your fingers are positioned correctly that you have that space and I've heard structures in the past. Safe. Do you want to have like a pencil? Like if you could put a 10 between your hand back here on the back of your guitar like you should be able to put a pin there were, for my hand is it should be with at least put a hand back there. So if you're grabbing a whole handful of neck, you're actually really hurting your ability to play this course. Upton grounded like this play in the beginning, it's gonna be a lot harder. I can play it like that isn't plain long pan, but that's don't get into that. Have it just yet learned to play its traditional way. Your thumb again is sort of on sort of towards the middle, towards the top of the neck like that, and they try to make sure miss anything for you. The fingers are pointing straight down as much as possible, perpendicular to the neck itself. You don't remember your maths, but particular means to say right here to the surface. So when the two of them meet up like if you were looking at a Cartesian coordinate clean, it would be exit way. That's the same kind of thing if your fingers was X. You know, I'm saying if you're looking down at it, we should be perpendicular. That's an over explanation, but I'm just saying, you know as much as possible. You want your fingers to be straight down. Also for clearly, for clarity's sake, you want to make sure you're using the pad of your finger, and if you have a long finger, nails trim. Ladies, if you're trying to play with fake nails, it's not gonna happen. It's gonna be It's just a big mess. I don't mean short nails. I mean, have you have ridiculously long nails? If you look like demon spawn with, like nails coming out this far, if your nails too long they're gonna get in the way and they're gonna cause you ting issues and you're gonna be hindering yourself, even though it's really not your fault, Really. Inside your technique, it's just your fingers. Also, if you belong here, that's something else to consider is that I've had my hair long a few times. If you're here is touch and across the guitar, it can actually meet the strengths. If you don't want that to happen, consider what you're here is to keep your nails trimmed. Keep it here out of your car and just try to get a nice, clear sound. 15. Am Pentatonic Scale Part 3: Theo. Last part of this scale that you're gonna learn is very similar to the beginning. But it's the same pattern repeated twice. Again. You'll see. So we're gonna It's just like what you did here. Which planets lights, the first finger, this threat secretary, that fourth finger, a threat of secretary and then the first finger of French first ring and then for my finger first. So all the mumbo jumbo out of the way, You're literally just like it's better. There's a little bit. So it's 1234 That's it. 123 So practice that. 16. Combining Am, C, and G Together: we're gonna piece all of this together. Now that you've learned digital, you should know well enough to start learning how to switch between them. So I already gave you a hint before you're playing a minor in order to play See you just switch your third finger, appear that this ring and then switched the Jeep. There's no easy way to switch. You're just gonna have to learn. And that's the part that fall practice, but really cool thing to do. You know, if you don't call cool, but it's something that's, ah, effective. At least it was for me. Help your hands. It's stronger. It'll communicate to your brain and your muscles where your hands need to be informed, scored swiftly. You're gonna form the A minor chord on, then lift it up off the guitar about maybe 1/4 inch or so like this and that set it back down and try to get the court again so you can and do that slow. So it would be point of that being that, but you had a switch between its courts. Quickly get you accustomed to living your fingers off, trying to find a home spot and then do that as many times as you can to get tired of doing it and then trying to practice the cords by running between them all. 12341234 And then just so you don't get stuck playing the same three chords except for the same borders I'm playing now, trampling out of order. Maybe play a minor G C g c. So just do that practice. Play with them. Do you get? 17. The Entire Am Pentatonic Scale: Theo, weighing all the way through and I'm not gonna say is gonna show you again. I don't wanna do it a little closer starting in the fifth. Fret relatively quickly through just like that. 18. Am, C, G Guitar Solo Example: This is something I wanted to mention before from the first section theme. A minor together. Loop it around and then I'm gonna play the A minor pentatonic so way . So that's it. It's just a real basic way of playing that. Like I said, it's just I've just shown you from what I showed you before, I'm not trying to overplay it because it would be really fear. Thio Thio Play that. It's not what I was going for. I really want you to sit down and be like, OK, thats kind of musically feel it out rhythmically. You fill out the feel the rhythm, feel out where to place the notes and just kind of take your time. You don't need to rush through something special that slowly Oh, don't worry about bending or broader, and that stuff gets a little while. For now, I just want Teoh music that's playing 19. Am, C, G, Backing Track: