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Guitar Beginner to Pro -Beginner Series 2: Rhythm and Lead

Ray Wellman, Music Instruction

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10 Lessons (22m)
    • 1. Beginner Series: Part 2 - Intro

    • 2. The A Chord

    • 3. A Major Scale - Part 1

    • 4. The D Chord

    • 5. A Major Scale - Part 2

    • 6. The E Chord

    • 7. A Major Scale - Part 3

    • 8. The Entire A Major Scale

    • 9. A, D, E Guitar Solo Example

    • 10. A, D, E Backing Track


About This Class

This class assumes you have never played a guitar or have little experience.  I cover three chords that are in key with one another (this will make more sense later) including A, D, and E.  I will show you your second scale, the Major 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, and 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 PNGs of the guitar chords and scales I explain in this lesson.  Hold onto them for a quick reference when practicing.


1. Beginner Series: Part 2 - Intro: Hey, guys, this is real Woman, this is Ah, begin mysterious part two. I'm gonna cover the A major chord D major court on the major chord and as well as the A major scale. Um, throughout this this section there's also gonna be a backing track. And I added a backing track to the first course first class if you didn't get a chance to see that yet point being that you, you're learning these courts so that you can learn to play something that's in Kieran scale , and then you can play the scale over top of them because the chords themselves were built from that scale, which will make sense later. But the point being when you learn regular in a major, the d and the E, When you play them all together, you can play the a major scale over top of it. And you know you're in key, you're in scale, and eventually you'll this will make more sense over time. But for now, I just want you to kind of play something musically learned records in your scales kind of together, and it kind of forces you to get tired of playing chords. You can play your scales and carefully and skills you clear cords and the idea being You'll only open chords, your miners and majors anyway. And then we'll work into other, more advanced cords like dominant seventh major sevenths minor, six months or sevens traditional diminished chords, Whatever. There's a whole slew courts. We can play bar chords in all positions, and we'll get to all of that eventually. But the point being once you learn something musically as you go so that you know, if you're playing, you know you're a your D E court New Year in Kiev, major, so you can record yourself. You can play it back. You listen to how you're playing can also just, you know, maybe record the A major, the D and E kind of like what I did for you here in this series. Again, there's a backing track here that you can play along to. There's bass drums and the rhythm guitar, and you just use the scale in each section. That scale corresponds to that court progression again. A core progression is just the right of the way, the order and what you're playing. The chords break the skill down in two strings per video, so to speak. So would you learn the first part of it? Then you learn the second part of it in the third part of it, and then you put it all together and there's a backing track. Like I said, and you can play along to its You get a feel for how it should sound over a track that means said, Let's get started. 2. The A Chord: All right, So this is the a chord. Gonna start with your first finger on the fourth string Your second finger just below it on the third string and your third finger just below that on the second string All on the second Fret So first on the fourth, second on the third, third on the second. And you played from the a string or the fifth string down first finger to get on the fourth . Second on the third, their finger on the second all in the second Fret So I'm trying to show you a little a little better. So here, here, right? 3. A Major Scale - Part 1: I have these cords structured in a way that you can play the scale about to show you overtop them just like the first section. So idea being that you are learning a few chords at a time that are different. But the relative to the scale your learnings that you can play that was cores with that scale. Eventually we'll get into why it works. That way we'll talk a little bit about music theory and stuff in. I just wanna be ableto have you placing musical. So I mean, as a beginner, it's hard enough to learn the cords and to learn the scales. So in this case, since we're doing a major, major major all together, what we're gonna do is play a major over top of it. I know it seems like a stretch 3/4 scale with each other because they're actually structured from that scale that we're about to play. We're starting 1/5 fret. I'm gonna show you what it sounds like in the mall. Cut it down into pieces like we did before throwing it fast and straight through. Never musical is just through the scaling back. Nothing special but to break it down into three parts as it did before. What we're doing is on the fifth fret, start your second finger and then you're gonna play your fourth finger, and it's easier honestly, toe lift up and not try to hold it down. Don't try to hold on your middle finger here and your second finger and then try to slam your fourth finger down. It's gonna be a lot of tension in your hand right here, and it's not really necessary. You want to do is learn to build up the string. You're thinking you can use your third finger to push down in the beginning. Tell Reinforce your pinky. Eventually, you're thinking will become strong enough that it doesn't matter, so you won't need the extra help. So second thing you're on the fifth, and then more finger on the seventh fret, and then the next dream is your first finger on the fourth. Threatened in your second finger on the fifth. Fret on Ben. Your fourth finger on the seventh wake the scale from two strings all the way through all six strings until you get it all pieced together. It's just easier to learn the scale that way, in my opinion, So you notice it's familiar I've ever had any kind of music class, that it's the stuff of system that don't really facility. Playing the first, 2nd 3rd 4th infinite learning Teoh Get to those notes is what's important. Learned them a little bit at a time. Second timing and you learn fast yourself. 5th 5th fret second finger. Seven. Fred Before Finger Finger on the fifth string on the fourth fret second thing around the fifth Fret fifth string and your fourth finger goes in the seventh fret. 4. The D Chord: next, we're gonna play the D chord. You start with your second finger on the first string of the second fret right here, and then your first finger skips the secretary and goes to the third. It's your first finger's on the third string on the second. Fret so fingers on the same front here. And then your third finger goes in between those on the second string on the next, up on the third, and you played from the fourth string down the D string. It's a major sits a writer cell in court and kind of I think it kind of takes the shape of a D. If you like your fingers way, my fingers were shaped. When you're looking down the guitar, it kind of looks you see that kind of. To me, it looks kind of like a ship. Maybe it maybe a C. But I think it is like if you're imaginary line connected here, don't you remember what the shapes like, kind of a little one off in the shape of courts 5. A Major Scale - Part 2: this is part two gonna start on the fourth stream. This is the second part, too. The a major skill, and this pattern is the same for bolstering. So on the fourth string, your first finger's on the front, and then you go to the Sixth Threat with your third finger and seven from the fourth on. Repeat that pattern on the next string on the third. So first fourth Street, third finger on the 64 figure on the seven. So that pattern, relatively quick is way. So get the same pattern. It's first year on the third finger on the 64 fingers on the same for the next 30 6. The E Chord: next chord is the E major. These are all major courts were playing a major D major, a major. It's of the major court starts with your first finger on the third string on the first fret . And then your second finger goes up to the fifth string of the second fret, and your third finger was just below it on the fourth string on the same. Fred has your second and you play all of the shrink's together like this. 7. A Major Scale - Part 3: it's over This last section you're gonna be on the fifth fret with your second finger matter. Fact. It's the same pattern as the 1st 1 but you start on the second string. Fifth fret second finger on your fourth string goes to the seventh fret Same string on Skip down to the first ring. First thing you're on the fourth second finger in the fifth fourth finger on the Senate. Never mind my picking hand on this specific thing. I want to go fast because I'm doing a little bit of economy picking and ultra picking when I play fast. But that's gonna come in time. I'm just trying to show you what it sounds like when you played a little faster. It should some familiar two years if you've ever played. But again, focus on when you're going down, pick down, you're going up. Pick up because trying to alternate picked too early might develop that habits get into that later. But for now, well, I want you to do is pick as you're going down. But you're going and up and pitch. But you're literally going down and four So you pick down way back up just remember to pick down on your way down and pick up on your way up, and eventually we'll change up the picking patterns. But again, this is beginner stuff. Just once you get the scales down, so knock those out and then see on a flip. 8. The Entire A Major Scale: Come, Go. This is the whole major scale again, All the way through. Just so you can see how it's put together. Remind my picking him on a plane quickly like that. I want you to really play through like this. No one is going up going up. My hand is going down. That will actually lead into what alternate picking is as well as economy picking and sweep . Picking yourself. We'll get into that later. But again, don't try to mimic alternate picking when I go fast. It's just an example to show you what it should look like. For now. I just want you, Teoh, Clear start tone from your guitar and not any buzz. If you start hearing stuff like that, you're not know you're pushing down hard enough. And if you hear choppiness going on, you're probably too close to the French wannabe. This disclosures, you can get to it without touching it. All right, so that's the A major scale. And again, I didn't mention this before. Don't give you too much the beginning, but this is this portable kind of start getting into this. These are what is known these air caged scales. So you notice they don't move outside of the realm of, like, maybe four or five frets, and they stay that way. Now, if you were to move it up and down, you actually change your pitch. So the clever thing is, then money guitar. This is much easier than it would be on the piano, because the steps each fret is 1/2 step, and we'll get into what that means. But simple fact is, this is the A and this is G. So if you play that same, that same shame over here, you know you're playing a G major, which means once you learn the one shape what you learn the one shape you've actually learned all 12 scales in that cage system, so it's kind of cool. The same with tonic. You can play it all over the guitar, removable. Once you learn it in one position, you know it in another, so that's something to keep in mind. Don't worry too much about what it means right now. We will get into it, but I have to introduce it at some point. So the's a removable, so once you learn the if you know the way and in betweens to you can play a sharp 9. A, D, E Guitar Solo Example: So now that you've learned you can actually play. 10. A, D, E Backing Track: