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How to play Guitar for beginners in 10 weeks - Week 1

Christopher Richter, Learn to create music the way you want!

How to play Guitar for beginners in 10 weeks - Week 1

Christopher Richter, Learn to create music the way you want!

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13 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Introduction - Week 1

    • 2. Types of guitars

    • 3. Parts of a steel string acoustic guitar

    • 4. How to hold a guitar pick

    • 5. How to strum a guitar

    • 6. The strings on a guitar

    • 7. How to read a chord diagram

    • 8. How to play an A minor chord

    • 9. How to read a rhythm pattern

    • 10. How to read a chord chart

    • 11. Practice track 52 bpm

    • 12. Practice track 62 bpm

    • 13. Practice track 72 bpm

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About This Class

In this class you will learn:

  • About the the guitar.
  • How to play your first two chords.
  • How to play a rhythm on guitar
  • How to play your first piece of music.

This class is week one of a 10 week course that will take you from 0 to confident acoustic rhythm guitar player in 10 weeks.

By the end of the 10 weeks you will be comfortable playing songs and strumming chords and you will have started to learn about more advanced guitar techniques.

In each class you will learn one or two new chords, a new technique on guitar, some basic music theory and will learn to play through a song or chord chart. Each lesson will give you some music to play along with and each lesson will finish by giving you a song to practice.

Week 2 can be found here

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1. Introduction - Week 1: welcome to learn to play guitar in 10 weeks. What should you expect from this course? This course is divided into 10 approximately half hour lessons. They would teach you from zero to confident acoustic rhythm guitar player. By the end of the 10 weeks, you'll be comfortable playing songs, strumming chords, and you'll have started to learn about more advanced Qatar technics. In each lesson, you will learn to new chords, a new technique on guitar, some basic music theory, and you will learn to play through a song or court. You do not have to take 10 weeks to complete this. Course you can learn at your own pace are the faster or slower. I recommend that every second day you pick up your guitar for at least half a Knauer and go back through the songs in the last two lessons. This'll course is also extremely valuable for songwriters. If you have written some lyrics and want to be able to play guitar well enough to support your son writing, then this course is for you. 2. Types of guitars: welcome to Lesson one. First, we'll look at the different types of guitar. There are three main types of guitars. Nylon string, still string and electric. There are, of course, many other types of guitars, but these are the main three general types. For this course, we will concentrate on playing an acoustic guitar. Acoustic generally means that it is not electric. This means the sand made by the guitar can be heard without having to play the guitar into anything or connected to electricity. Having said that, acoustic guitars can also be plugged in when you need them to be letter for a band or to perform to large groups. The two main types of acoustic guitars and nylon string and still string as the name suggests, a nylon string acoustic has nylon strings and a steel string. Acoustic uses steel strings from a beginner perspective and nylon string. Acoustic is a lot easier to play as it requires less pressure on your fingers to be able to play the chords and is often softer to strum. A steel string Acoustic is great if you have stronger hands and fingers to be able to hold down the strings. Here's an example of a nylon string acoustic attack. You can see it has strings might of a nylon material. The guitars can often be referred to as classical guitars. This guitar is a steel string guitar has still strings. Many steel string guitars also have a place to plug in a guitar lead to a lady electrify a steel string acoustic guitar. The third guitar is an electric guitar, which you can also use for this course. For your first choice of guitar, I would definitely recommend a nylon string guitar, then moved to a steel string acoustic once your fingers are strong enough. 3. Parts of a steel string acoustic guitar: the parts of a steel string acoustic guitar, the main parts of guitar. Just like a person. You have a body, the neck and the head on the body. There is a bridge between the neck and the head. There's a piece called and not and on the neck we have an area called the Fretboard. There are also vertical metal bars that accord friends on the head or heads stock, as it is also called. There are tuning pigs, and these were used to tune the strings on an acoustic guitar to the right pitch. 4. How to hold a guitar pick: I had to held a good topic. The guitar pick is used with most guitar playing. The pick is also often called Elektrim. There are many different types and thicknesses of guitar picks, depending on the type of guitar and starling music that you're playing, said the guitar pick on the top of your point of finger Kirk your finger in towards your thumb until you can comfortably rest your thumb down on the top of the pick. Make sure there is only a small. A man took a topic sticking out from your fingers to strum the guitar with the pick strong from the thicker string on a slight angle down towards the thinnest string on the guitar, make your hand back up and strum down again. 5. How to strum a guitar: have to strum a guitar. There are two ways to strum guitar with a guitar pick or with your fingers. With a good topic, you need to help the pick correctly. Then when you strum down, angle the picks slightly back towards the top of the guitar so that the pick doesn't get caught on the strings strummed down on, move your hand back up and strong down again, practice strumming this way to begin with. You can also strum down, then strum back up again. Using the pick. You will strum down, up, Dan up. Angle the picks slightly so that you don't catch the peak on the inside of the strings strumming Damn up Dan up. You can also strong with that topic by using your thumb. Strum Dan using the soft finger part of your thumb. Then strong back up. He's the Nile on the top of your thumb. As you come back up again, you can practice strumming Dan Dan up, Dan up, down and up 6. The strings on a guitar: the names of the strings on an acoustic guitar, the strings and named using letters of the alphabet and numbers. The thinnest string is the note E on the thicker string is also the note e. The thinnest string is string number one. On the thicker string is string number six the names of the strings. Starting at the six string is a fifth string is I, uh The full string is day. Ah, the third string is G. The second string is be on. The first string is E. 7. How to read a chord diagram: how to read a chord diagram. To be able to play the guitar, you we need to learn how to read a chord diagram. A chord diagram shows you where to put your fingers on the guitar To read. This could diagram, which is an a minor chord you need tonight. How the fingers on your hand and numbered Looking at the diagram. Your point of finger is number one. Your middle finger is number two. Your ring finger is number three, and your little or pinky finger is number four. Sometimes you might also need to use your thumb as well. This is referred to as the letter T for thumb. The next task is to understand what a friend is. A friend is the metal bar that is spaced along the neck of your guitar. You'll see on my skull, Tars. There is a dot just before the fifth fret and again another dot before the 7th 9th and usually two dots on the tour fret can't them out to sea. Which Fritz have the dots on your guitar? Let's try an a minor chord. Place your second finger on the fifth string in the second fret. Take it slowly your second finger that your middle finger up to the fifth string, remember, we number the strings from the thinnest to the thickest, said the fifth string would be the second closest string to the top of the guitar. Then make sure your fingers sitting just before the second fret to make it easier. Instead of thinking of the second fret as the middle bar. Think of the second fret is the space between the fritz or the second space between the fritz. When she have your second finger on the guitar, place your third finger or ring finger on the fourth string in the second fret, your fingers should look like this, and it should match the chord diagram for a minor. Take your fingers off and see if you can put them back on again. Second finger on the fifth string in the second fret third finger on the fourth string in the second fret. Take them off, underpaid again. Nice and slowly this time. Make sure you slide your fingers up close to the middle part of the second fret. This will help stop the strings from buzzing when you're strumming the guitar. Another important thing to remember is to keep your thumb in the middle on the back of the neck of the guitar. Place your fingers back on the guitar again in the shape of the e minor chord. Now strum the guitar four times. One, 234 Don't worry yet. If the notes don't all san clear and clean, this comes with practice. Take your fingers off and repeat the process again. Make sure you think it's a close to the front of their frit to reduce the chance of the string, making a buzzing sand. Try again and strong. 1234 Repeat at least 10 times, you may find your fingers start to feel a bit sore. This is normal by the time it will become easier, you have just let your first a minor chord. 8. How to play an A minor chord: we're now going to learn how to play an A minor chord. The I'm on record uses three fingers. Place your first or point a finger on the second string in the first fret your second finger guys on the fourth string in the second fret. Your third finger goes on the third string in the second Fred as well. An easy way to remember this is to play an aim on record. Then move your fingers down one string and at your first finger to the second string in the first, fret and take your fingers off and try again your first or point a finger on the second string in the fist front, your second finger goes on the fourth string in the second fret, and your third finger goes on the third string in the second Fret. Once you have your fingers in the right place, let's try and strum a minor and listen to what a sand suck Uber gay strum one Teoh 34 Take your fingers off, put them back on again and strum one, 23 You have no talent and a Monta court 9. How to read a rhythm pattern: how to read a rhythm pattern. A rhythm pattern shows you why that you can strum when playing any of the courts that you are learning in this rhythm. Patton. We had just going to strum Dan four times. The rhythm pattern has the numbers for four. This is called a time signature. The time signature just means to count four times in each bar. The bar is the distance between the vertical lines on the music. To play this rhythm, we can't 1234 and then we strum. Dan, Dan, Dan, Dan, You've already been strumming this pattern while you're learning your a minor and aim on accords. 10. How to read a chord chart: how to read a cord chat. You will learn a lot more about cord chats as you go through the course To begin with, I want you to understand just enough to be able to play through the cords that you have lent. In this chart, which is called Take One. We had the music divided into eight segments. Code bars. A bar is the distance between the vertical lines. So this is a bar. We also have a time signature that shares 44 on the left of the music. Then we have the cords written above H Bar. These are the course you have already learned a minor and a minor. To be our to play this music or we need to know, is that we strum down on the guitar four times for each bar while playing the chords written above the bar, in this example, will play a mata and strong Dan four times, then changed to an a minor chord strong four times and then back to a minor. This court shot repeats the same process over and over. You will also notice the double dots of the start and the end of the music these double dots mean to repeat the eight bars a second time. Let's try this. I will count in four and then you can strum every day. One to 34 a minor, a minor, a minor name on a change A mano a mano, a mano a mano change e minor e minor e minor human change A mano a mano a mano I'm Ana. I've given you some practice tracks. The music will canton with four clicks. Then play through the court changes from a mynah toe. I'm Ana. See if you can keep up The practice tracks are at three different tempos. Nice and slow for the first track than a bit faster and then fastest stool For the third practice trick. Try playing along with slight practice. Strike first. They want your comfortable move to the faster practice treks. Once you're caster will play in these court, You are now ready to move on to the next. Listen 11. Practice track 52 bpm: Yeah. 12. Practice track 62 bpm: 13. Practice track 72 bpm: