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How to Play Acoustic Guitar For Beginners - A Fresh Approach

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15 Lessons (50m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Tuning The Guitar

    • 3. Know Your Strings

    • 4. Your First Chord : E

    • 5. Your Second Chord : A

    • 6. Your Third Chord : D

    • 7. Chord Progressions

    • 8. Strumming Patterns

    • 9. Your Fourth Chord : G

    • 10. Your Fifth Chord : C

    • 11. Acoustic Melodies Part 1

    • 12. Acoustic Melodies Part 2

    • 13. Power Chords

    • 14. 'Secret' Guitar Chords

    • 15. Conclusion

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1. Introduction: Hello and welcome to this 14 part Siri's and how to play the acoustic guitar for complete beginners. This course will teach your first chords Your first melodies on The special thing about this course is right at the end. I'm gonna be teaching. You call acoustic guitar chords that you cannot learn anywhere else. They're very cool. And no course that you will find on this site. I will teach you them. I hope you're as excited as I am. Let's begin. And this initial introduction, we're just going to be taking a look at the various parts off the guitar. What the anatomy of the guitarist. What is each part full? Let's get stuck in. Now We're going to start up here. This is called the head stock on most accused of guitars. You'll have the logo, the brand of your guitar right here. In this case, this is a Taylor guitar. If you want to know the exact make of this guitar, it's a tailor. 12 feet. We have the head stock with the tuning pegs there. Six, and they tune the guitar for an accurate, precise tunic. The better your guitar is, the more likely it is to get in tune with these some accused, at times a bit fiddly in first. But no need to worry, because I'm sure it was fantastic. So this initial one chooses the top string, uh, the next one long next one. So on and so forth. Now we come to the nut. Now the nuts is where the individual slots of the strengths it on the nuts has six lots like this On each string, it's feed sped through to the training pegs in the head stock via the nut. It's a very delicate part of the instrument. Please be very careful with it. It can be extremely costly to have to replace it. All right, then. Now we come to the actual fretboard. Depending on your guitar, most threat warrants have up to 21 sometimes 22 friends. This one, I believe, has 20 Andi on the front board. We have the individual frets. If you think of a piano, this is kind of where we play on the front on crack board. We actually put our fingers in between the fret. Some people say you should put it on the front, like on the metal bar on the front side is completely room unless you're doing what's called a harmonic. But we will not be looking at that in this Siri's. Then we come to the body of the guitar with where we have the South Pole. The main substance of the guitar with guitar is about to resonate where the sound emits. From then, we have the bridge way. Have each individual a key or peg. I've heard the Ming called many different names on This is where we pull these out. We put the string through when we replaced our strings on. So that is basically the anatomy of acoustic guitar. Please join me in my next lesson on will get started on shooting up. 2. Tuning The Guitar: hello and welcome to lessen to in this lesson, we're gonna be tuning the accused of guitar for the sake of practicality. All of this course will be an easy standards churning. That means that the guitar string to eat on this is the standard tuning that all guitar is pretty much used. However, of course, there are many other kinds of tunings, like drop trainings, where we dropped the low note on alternative tunings as well. However, these are not gonna be required for this lesson, but please feel free to look them up. If you're interested in this lesson, I'll be playing through each string for you and you will not. Sure it's hard to sound like mine. A quick note about shooting You don't necessarily need to buy a traditional tuna these days , which cooked onto the end of your had spoke. You can just go online on to YouTube and type in guitar cheating. There are thousands of videos which played the training of the Qatar in. You might shows to that. Alternatively, you can download a free up on the APP store. There are many of them on their of your respective smartphone or tablet on. They do the same thing without any further ado, Let us treat the guitar. So this low string is the eastern Next we're gonna change the a string way Have the D string then the G string way have the B string. Uh, I'm finally the high e string. I'm gonna go through the ones and that is the training for the accused of guitar Could come part three and we'll name the strings. 3. Know Your Strings: welcome to part three of this course on how to play the accused of guitar for beginners. In this lesson, we're gonna be taking a look at the names of each of the strings. I named this lesson Know your strings because it's so important to name them. I see a lot of beginners that I've taught him and throughout life, who simply don't know the names, their strings. They referred to him as the six string, the fifth String First drink the difficulty with that issue? No. Which do you consider the first on which do you consider the six and so on and so forth? It can cause confusions when jamming with bandmates. So for the sake of brevity and for the sake of clarity, we're gonna be naming each of the strings so that you can know them and you can learn them . This low string is called the Low e String. The reason we call it the Loki is because there are two e strings on the accused of guitar . There's the top one on the way. They are the same notes on different octaves. So this is a low E. Next we have the A Strine way have the D string, the G string, the B string out, of course. The E string again. E a Jeanne A a g A. In a day. Now that you know the names of the strings, I want you to try and say them as you play them. B a D g B e. Now I know this exercise might seem few Thailand even childish on. It's quite funny. In that sense, however, do not underestimate the amount of power that knowing the strings has when it comes to learning music in general. Let's say you want to find a B note. Well, we know that this is the a string so we can find it by going up two steps a a flat B. There are many, many advantages to know the names the strings on. Now you know them, we can move on to part for 4. Your First Chord : E: hello and welcome to Part four off this course and accused Akhtar for beginners. And this. Listen, we're gonna be playing the first chord, which is the e major chord. Up until this point in the course, it's been pretty much the boring stuff that we have to get out the way when we're learning the guitar, That's boring. But of course it's very useful. So let's take a look at the E major chord. Now. Cords are group of notes played together, their iconic on the accused of guitar. You don't have many acoustic guitar songs that don't have chords in the so I'm gonna play you the e major chord on. Then we're gonna break it down. Note for note. String for strength. That is what's known as the E major chord. Let's break it down. We start by placing our middle finger on the second fret of the A string. Okay, so funding too fast. Let us recall the's individual lines things on the fretboard, which is the front bit of the neck. I called friends for this cord we have to take go into the second string along, which is the a string way Go 12 2nd friends with our middle finger. Then we place our ring finger just underneath it on the D string. Let's go early. So we starts second friends of the A and just underneath it read, Go to the second friend of the D String, which is the third string down. And now, for a bit of a tricky thing, we're gonna use our index finger right here. So on the first fret of the G string, which is the fourth string down sits here. So let's go from the top. We start with the middle finger on the second front of the A string like This way Put our D string second for underneath it without ring thing index finger just comes and underneath You don't really need to move these at all when it comes to this. But on do you put it right and then you let these other ones just ring out, including the low one which doesn't have any friends and fingers. Instruments. That's the E major corn. Let us take a look at it one more time. I want to break it down, Really study. So of course you understand it. Second fret with second string down, which, of course, is the A string thin The ring finger goes on the D string underneath that, and then the index finger goes on the G string underneath upped. So we have E. I will say I will be using a pick when it comes to strumming throughout this whole course. We won't look at finger style on this course. If you want to learn that, that will be in the next course coming along, which will get more advanced techniques, exercises and lessons. So this cord is the e major chord First Court. I want you to practice that over and over again. Get the fingering right. Remember second front of the A second front of the D First fret with your index finger of the G string so we have on your letting the high A be on the low key completely ring out and you follow it through. Practice it over and over again until it becomes second nature. A really useful tip is to come off the guitar on reposition your fingers that you really practice that muscle memory and getting that cord right now. One of you already let's move on to my next court 5. Your Second Chord : A: Okay, So listen for we looked at the e major chord announced Time to look at the A major chord This cord just like the e major chord uses three fingers in Are fretting hand If you're right handed like I am you're gonna be easy Your left hand for the fretting Let's begin for the a major chord Let me play again You want to keep this a string completely open Now you're gonna put your middle finger on the second fret of the D string which is the third string down Then you're gonna put your ring finger just underneath it On the G string on your pinky on the B string underneath. That s so we have three strings in a row. On this second fret the D string, which is the third string down the G string, which is the fourth string down on the B string, which is the fifth straight down and you want to strum that Well, I will say is, do not let this low string bring out. So if you're positioning your pick to play, ignore this low string and just go straight for a string at all the strings that subsequently follow it and then you have a major court. Well, what time? Second fret of the D. Second fret off the G with your ring finger on your pinky just underneath it. What I will say about this court is you can play it like this, substituting these three for these three, which is your index finger on the D string of the second. Fret your middle finger underneath it and then your ring finger underneath act so the height is not doing anything that this court's. You can just let that bring out way, have e chord and we have a way one more time with the accord. Second front of the G second fret with the G second friend. Be very strong. We left that bring out very nicely. Okay, so that is the A major court and let us go on to our next court, which is going to be the D major court 6. Your Third Chord : D: Hello. Welcome back. So so far in this little court, Siri's we've had an e major chord and a major chord on. Now, in this lesson, we're gonna be taking a look D Major court. The major is a very popular court, especially pulp in rock. It's the basis for fantastic songs, like more than a feeling by bolster. But in this lesson, we're just gonna be taking a look out to pay the court itself. Nothing too fancy just yet. Okay, so for this cord, let me play. We're gonna be placing our index finger on the second fret of the G string, which is the fourth stream down. So let's count it. 1234 on on this string way Put our index finger on the second fret the second kind of line in this fretboard which we call friends. Now this court is a bit of a weird shape. In the last two chords, the fingers kind of followed each other, and this one with a bit of a weird, clo like dinosaur shape. So way start on the second front G string on. We're gonna then place our ring finger on the third Fret. It's important that it is your ring finger because otherwise you cannot play school correctly. So the ring finger goes there, which is the third fret off the fifth string down just the second string from the bottom upwards Here way Play that with the ring finger and second froth G string No, To make this clo more like a clo if you will. We're gonna put our middle finger on the second fret of the high string underneath that So we have this kind of shape. It's like this, like a claw like that. One more time to reiterate. Second fret off the geese of the G string Part of me the third front of the B string with your ring finger onto your middle finger goes on the high eastern off the second friends on that is the D major. Now, the next video, we're going to be looking at court progressions, which is when you put all these cores that we've grown together on how to form a melody, a song, whatever you wanna call it, join me. There 7. Chord Progressions: Hello and welcome back. So we've looked at three very beginner courts, essential courts, courts that are used by musicians across the world, famous ones, amateur ones. They're very beloved courts. However, we need to be able to put them together in a pattern that makes sense. So we've learned the E major court through a major on the D major court. To recap on those we have the e major, which is the second front of the A second front of the D on the first of the G Like this, then we have a which is the second fret of the D, the second front of the G and the second front of B, which looks like this other realize the D, which is the son in front of the G. The third fret of the be on second friends of the high E with your index, bring on middle finger to make remember the claw like cord. If you've ever seen friends, you understand the reference. So how we make these intercourse progression? Well, let's define a core progression. A chord progression is a series of courts. You find these across pop and rock music, country folk whatever you want to you Name it unquote progressions can range from two chords to five chords Which just means depends on the complexity of the song. You could have a song that goes to court where you could have one has three quarts. It really depends. So we're going to be taking a look at the core profession using courts. We just learned we're gonna learn to variations. We're gonna learn e a d on. Then we're gonna learn e d a. Okay, those are two very different progressions which use the three same chords. I'll play number one first. I don't think that is chord progression number one. And it's the one that focuses on the courts. We've learnt in the order. We've let them. So we're gonna start with the e major chord on your going to strum it down twice. I think we're gonna pay the a major chord strumming down twice on. Then the G major court struck down twice and then we go back. Teoh. So then it should sound like this. Okay, that is core progression number one. The 2nd 1 we're going to be taking a look out involves the same chords in order, we're gonna e d a. And it should sound something like this. So we start with equal now, you're probably used to going straight to the Abe. This is what we're gonna do. We're gonna be Oh, lift off. We're gonna bring around the d chord. So the second chord progression sounds like practice those ones over and over until they solidifying your brain. That way, the next lesson we're gonna be looking at strumming patterns. Strumming is basically the essence of the Houston guitar. It's what makes it sound professional. So we'll be taking a look at that in the next lesson. Joined me there, please. 8. Strumming Patterns: Okay, so we find out the chords and now we've learned to court progressions So we're gonna be sticking with those chord progressions for this video on were specifically going to be taking a look at strumming patterns themselves strong patterns of when many beginners fail Where many big getter stumble What many beginners find problems? Because it's simply that they can get the cord and they can't really get the strumming going to make it sound professional enough to sonic assault. Not to worry. I'm here to help and hopefully you'll get the grasp of it in this video, we're gonna be taking a look to distinctive, uh, strumming patterns. The 1st 1 is down down, up now In guitar we use d on you to differentiate between down Strom on up Strom down strong upstroke. So in this video, we're going to be taking a look at to the 1st 1 is down down up on the 2nd 1 is down down, up, down the home Don't hope down, down, up, down Okay, we're going to start with one chord. We're not gonna do the court progression at this point that will come later in the video so we start with downtown up, which is the great thing about the East. E chord is that you can actually struggle the strings without there being any problems. Because, of course, with the A string, you can't strong the love string. But we'll take a look at that in due course. We start with the E major court now. I think the wrist motion is very important here as well. It's very important to get that the strumming pattern itself correct by actually positioning your wrist in the right way. When we go down, our instinct tells us to go straight by cup and we do. Except we don't play the strings. So for the down, down, up in between the the two downs we actually have an up strip which is no on the guitar. Watch my watch my wrist as I go down, down, up. Did you see that? Subtle little? So because this is what beginners don't realize. No, every wrist motion on the guitar needs to be played. Let me go into the side. Here's he can see. Okay. And now we're gonna play our second strumming pattern, which is down, up, down. So I don't down, up, down. - So those air to strumming patterns which are essential for the acoustic guitar I think it's time to bring in our corporations from earlier. The one we're gonna be taking a look at is the we're gonna do both kinds of strong Puncheon's Now this might be overwhelming. Let me break it down. So in this first part, it's down Don't up, down, down, up We're gonna do each chord twice So it should sound like this. Okay, I'm not for the 2nd 1 which is down, down, up, down. Same idea, each court twice on that is strong patterns for beginners. There are many more strumming patterns which you could learn, but those are the two most use ones on the most essential ones Played fast You should get this for the first time in a way. Okay, so that is striking patterns. Let's move on to our next one 9. Your Fourth Chord : G: Okay, so you've made it this far, and I very much congratulate you for doing so in this lesson. We're going to be taking a look of fourth chord. This is the G major chord on. It sounds fantastic. One thing correctly. Now, the reason why the G chord comes next in this kind of sequence of courts is simply because of the complexity of it. There are four strings we play with our left hand, which means four fingers fretting the fretboard. The G chord sounds like this. Now to play it, we're going to start with the middle finger on the lower east ring off third fret. So 123 way Play that with the middle finger. Next on the a string, we put our indexing. So if I just get a close up their second friend way are middle thing on the low key. Next, next. And now where I shouldn't leave these three strings completely open, which is a relief. That means we don't have to bunch up our fingers to make type. So low string, middle finger. Second, let me start in East ring third front with the middle finger. Second Fred of the a string with our index finger on. Now we're gonna put our ring finger on a pinky on the third fret off the third front of the B string on the eastern. So ring finger Third, fret B string, which is the fifth string down on the 2nd 1 up from the high string on our pinky Underneath it right there. Think that. And then we complete the cord with all the ones we just learned. So the third front of the low e string the a string of the second front with our index finger, the B strain of the third friends and on the east during the high e string with the third fret with our pinky that is GTO one more time. Third fret this'll industry second friend of the next drink with the index finger So trump to be with a ring finger with three. Now, something to note about this is try the shape without the guitar. So it looks like this just like with the other chords. Try coming off the guitar and coming back onto it again for muscle memory and just get kind of it. You can even try some stronger. Let's try down. Okay. Thank you very much for watching this video, and the next one will look at the C major chord. 10. Your Fifth Chord : C : in this lesson will be taking a look at the C major. Chord follows on from the G that we just looked. The C major sounds like this. Ah, it's a beginner favorite simply because when you get it, you get it. That's one of those cords, which looks hard. But the more and more you practice, the easier gets to play on. The lovelier is on the year to listen to, for this court will be using three fingers. Not for so. If you were a bit exhausted from the G chord, you could now take a little bit of a breather. This one is a bit easier, however. Having said that, there is more of a stretch than with the G chord because the G chord was all within the vicinity of the second. On the third, fret the middle finger Eastern on the third front, front front with the C chord. It's not like that. We actually stretch across three frets. Let's begin. We're gonna start with our index finger on the first fret of the B string here, which is the second straight up from the high strings with her index finger, and now we're gonna place our middle finger on the second front of the D string and on finally, we place our ring finger on the third floor of the A string. Now this Jesus ring is completely open. By the way, some between this one and this one, there is actually nothing. Any string you don't hear being played in the front seat hand can be left open. The exception is the lone string. Try not to play it. It's not the end of the world if you do when you're first. Getting, you know, started with the strong passions that we looked on everything but overall, as a rule, with the Accord in the D chord and secret trying not to play this little string, it kind of makes it a bit out of tune one more time. First fret of the B string. Second fret of the D string on the third front of the A string. Let's try with strong patterns. Now a very good idea is to put those two chords that we just learned together. So now we're gonna look at the strumming patron down, down, up. However, in the context off G C, we're gonna do each chord twice if you're bit confused. Don't worry. Let me show you. I did it four times. But you can alternate the amount of times you want to do each court. True that out. 11. Acoustic Melodies Part 1: Okay, so in this lesson, we're going to be looking at melodies. Melodies are very different to Corts. On acoustic guitar, you'll tend to find two kinds of guitarist rhythm guitar and lead guitar. Rhythm guitarists tend to play the chords that we just learned. You critized tend to play the melody in this lesson, I will urge you to use a pick on the picking will help with precision and finesse with the sound of your overall guitar. So for this lesson, forget about the courts we learned because we're just gonna be focusing on melodies, individual notes played in a sequence instead of just strumming chords. We're gonna be looking ask you our first melody, which is in the key of E major. What she could be finishing the malady off with the e major chord. The melody sounds like this. Well, they will say is that this melody does contain picking, which is don't up, down, up, down, up. However, since we are beginners here and we're just getting a grip with what it is, the playability don't worry too much about how you're picking, even if it's old downwards, all upwards. Whatever. Just focus on playing the melody correctly without much further ado. Let's begin. The melody starts with the open high e string, which is the highest string the sixth string down on the first string up from the base upwards eso We play that once. Then we play the second fret with our index finger the fourth front without ring finger. So far we have way. Then we're gonna bring our pinky over to the fifth front of the Heidi a Then go back down to the fourth. Fret thin the second fret on open. So let's start from the beginning. Let me break it down. Slow on On the replay The B string which is the next ring up open the on the high again. So we finish the possible with ah way play the e string, which is the second friend of the A second fret of the D, the first for the G. Twice. We play this twice, so it should sound very slowly like this thing. Friends Fifth front front second front. Be thin e court twice. Theo, I thought it's our first melody 12. Acoustic Melodies Part 2: So now we come on to our second melody. This one is in D major and it sounds like this. It's very simple, very quick, but you can use it in pulp. You can use the rock most where you can use in country. So to play it we start on the a string, which is the second string down from the top This is the This is the A We're gonna play that open and then we're gonna play the second friends, That same street. So we have the fourth front and fifth fret. So from the top thing, we're gonna play the D major court twice, which is the second front of the G. The third fret of the be on the second from high way twice. So we have to wait for the great thing about this court. This melody pardon me is that it's very straightforward, so you can kind of make it your own. I will encourage you to build up speed when playing it so we can start very slowly. Of course I'm not. Is my allergy number two 13. Power Chords: Okay, So welcome to the lesson on power chords. This is where we're going to be taking a look at a very different kind of chord. Up until now, every chord that you've learned is called an open chord. It is Strawman is loud, is proud. It's whatever you want it to be with power cords thes are used more, more broken role. They're generally associated with the electric guitar. But of course, accused of bureaucracies them all the time. I will say power chords are always played with down strums. So what the hell of public courts you might be asking? Ah, Power cord is a simplified version of a full court. It uses three notes. He's is the root thief. Let me break this down. And this lesson we're gonna be learning. Three power chords were gonna be learning B f sharp. Let us begin for the B power cord. We stopped on the second friends of the A string. Now we're going to stretch over to the four threats. We have 234 with our ring finger. We're gonna play the D string, so we have way underneath it on the way have our Bengal off the front, so we have three notes. Route notes. Fair. It's very important is you don't strong the rest of the strings. You just play. There's three one more time. Second front of the A friend of the G on this pocket is the B Power court. Now for the F sharp, We're going to go up a strength. All of them well, actually, take that same shape like this on we move everything up one string So the F sharp will be the second front of the low G string, the fourth front of the and fourth front of deep for more time. Way to be sure on Finally is the easiest one because it's the same as the e major chord. But we take off this threat. We just strum the A and D strings. It's the second front of the A On the second front, de we just struck me. Stop three. Wait with index finger or metal finger and index. It's bring. Pardon me, it's completely up. Teoh. The three times What's great about power chords is that you can play the role over the fretboard. Theo. See, on the third front shape is the same 3557999 Sorry, 35557797999 11 11. I got a bit of fun. We'll get there. So we have being shot. You can play so well depending on where you want to play that shape. But it applies across the fretboard. Let's go on. So I find a lesson. 14. 'Secret' Guitar Chords: hello and welcome to this final lesson. I think it's one of the coolest ones. And this lesson we're gonna be learning chords, which I haven't seen being taught. And the other guitar courts their exclusive to you on. They really sound bad us when played, they're all melodic. They have a mysterious essence to them on their perfect for acoustic guitar. We're gonna learn three of those today. The 1st 1 is an A sauce four chord. The 2nd 1 is a DCIS to cord on. The 3rd 1 is a variation of a B minor seventh chord. Let me play them for you. Let's dive in. The reason that they're called Suss is because it's a abbreviation and abbreviations off the word suspended, suspended, meaning we've taken something away from the cord. Like I said earlier, the courts we've learned in this course have generally bean open courts. These are also open, but they are suspended. We've removed something. The 1st 1 is a a suspended fourth chord. Remember when we learned a major? We learnt it like this. Or will this be string notes on the second front is removed, so we just have two fingers on the fretboard, which are the second fret of the D and the second friend of the G. Are we strong like this? Let those high notes round. It makes you feel like you're on the beach. Or what on the 2nd 1 is a D suspended second chord for Jesus to on for this cord. Remember what we learned. D J string off the second front B strain of the third friends Eastern second Front. We're removing this eastern. So we just have second friend and be like Like that. Now, for our third corn, we go to the seventh fracture of the lower use drink, which is the third dot along, if you follow the adults 123 way, part middle finger, that blue streak. Then we're going to go to the G string. I put it on the 780 cents without ring fingers. We have way. Let's take a closer look like this, Sir, sir. And you're gonna strong, but not the high two strings. So we have the basis for De se Teoh. You can make a corporation thing. I'm not. Is this lesson 15. Conclusion: And so we reach the end of this beginner's course and accused of guitar. I really want to thank you for joining me along this journey. I really hope you found the lessons useful. I heard you to go back and re watch them, especially the ones on melodies on strumming patterns, because you'll find that they come and useful throughout your guitar journey, especially as you move up. Watch my profile because there will be a follow up Siri's we'll be looking at accused the guitar exercises towards and techniques will be looking at acoustic raucous, well, blues, Jazz. Please keep an eye out for that and I thank you one more time for joining me here today. I hope you found it useful with that. I wish you all the best going forward on your guitar journey.