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How to play Guitar for beginners in 10 weeks - Week 3

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Lessons in This Class

11 Lessons (20m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. How to tune a guitar by ear

    • 3. C Major chord

    • 4. A Major chord

    • 5. Songs that you can play

    • 6. Repeats

    • 7. Strumming pattern

    • 8. Practice track

    • 9. The Future 56 bpm

    • 10. The Future 66 bpm

    • 11. The Future 76 bpm

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About This Class

In this class you will learn:

  • How to tune a guitar by ear
  • C Major chord
  • A Major chord
  • Repeats
  • A new¬†strumming pattern

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.

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1. Introduction: Welcome toe, Wake three. It's great to have you back here again. In this lesson, you will learn how to tune a guitar by year, how to play a C chord, how to play in Accord, how repeats work, had a strum and your guitar rhythm and, of course, had apply, along with the new piece of music called the Future Let's Go. 2. How to tune a guitar by ear: how to tune a guitar by AEA to tune a guitar By E. M. You need to know the pitch off the lower string on the guitar. This is the string number six or the low e string To find out the low eastern pitch that you're need to chain the strings to, you can use an a pitch tuning fork. Or you can use a piano and play the night e or using your fine search for a nap that will play you the night e and help you with your cheating. Play the note E on your app, piano or tuning, Fork said. You can hear the pitch of the note now Play the low a string on your guitar, then turn the tuning pig for the low e string. Other tighter. To train the string up closer to the Reference Night or looser detective, string down to the Reference night. Keep adjusting the string tension until they sound the same pitch. You managed to replay the night quite a few times until you tune the guitar to the creek. Note. Let's have a guy. You the way you have the light, A string in chain you can use the light a string as a reference to change the next string on the guitar. The note on the fifth string is an A note. Also, the night that is made by placing your finger on the fifth fret of the six string is also I I. If you place your finger on the six string in the fifth, fret and play both the six string and the fifth string that should be the same pitch because they're both an a night try to listen to the beach difference. If you find the pitches different, you'll need to adjust the fifth string, either up or down until it sends the same is the note on the fifth fret of the six string, Let's try changing the fifth string way. Uh, now that the fifth string is in June, we can move to the fourth string. The night on the fifth fret of the fifth string is the Night D, which is the same night is the open full string. Place your finger on the fifth fret of the fifth string by the night, then play the fourth string again. That should sound the same. Chin the fourth string until it sounds the same as the fifth fret on the fifth string. Let's join the fourth string some way to third string. Place your finger on the fifth fret of the fourth string. Apply the night, followed by the third string. This is the night G. It's June 3rd string to train. The second string is a little bit different. Put your finger on the fourth, Fred, not the fifth on the third string. This note is B. In the bass string is the second string you can natche in the bass string, using the full fret on the third string. That's Jean B to Chain the Last A string. Put your finger on the fifth fret of the second string things night. He is a you can naturally in high a string now that you have the a string tuned play, the low E six string on the high, the festering at the same time, they should send like the same note, but two octaves apart like this. If the knights don't sound the same, then you need to start again at the six string check H night and check them slightly. It only takes one wrong night and every other string from then on will be at take it slightly is this is a school that many people struggle with and can take time to learn to do correctly. If you want to check your training, go back to your electric tuner and see how well you did. It is well worth learning. This skill is there will be times when you can't find an electric juna or the battery goes flat and you want to get tired of sending chain whenever you play. Each time you pick up the guitar, quickly run through and check the tuning by AEA. Fix it and then check with Katrina. Soon you'll be able to tune your guitar by ear confidently. Remember that the first note Lower East Ring must be at the correct pitch first, so always use a reference night glide first to check that the Liwei string is correct. As a helpful hint, you may find you can only get the note for a or concert I, as it is sometimes called because the second string is the night. I you can train the second string first, then use a second string to train the first ring. Once you've completed that, you can then move on as normal through the other strings 3. C Major chord: how to play a C major chord. The next court to see Major. To play a C major chord, place your first finger on the second string in the first. Fret your second finger on the fourth string in the second fret and your third finger on the fifth string in the third Fret. Once you're ready, we will strong four times. Here we go. 123 Take your fingers off and let's try again. First finger on the second string. First front, your second finger on the fourth string in the second fret and your third finger on the fifth string in the third fret, ready to strum. Here we go. 1234 Hint is that a C major chord is only one finger different than an a minor. If you put your fingers in the shape of an a minor chord, then maybe your third finger up to the fifth string on the third front, you have a C chord. I probably should have told you this earlier to make it easier for you, but the and I you can get a A C major chord easily from an a minor. You have now lent a C magical, really well done 4. A Major chord: The next court we will learn is the image accord. The A major chord is what I call the squishy cord. You have to squish all your fingers in together into the one small area, so place your fingers on the fourth string in the second. Fret your second finger on the third string in the second front and your third finger on the second string. On the second fret. This could be a bit squash e. If you've got fat fingers like mine to solve this problem, what you can do it? Swap your first and second fingers around like this. Most people should be able to fit their fingers in the creek shape there. Let's try again. First finger on the fourth string in the second. Fret your second finger on the third string in the second fret and your third finger on the second string in the second. Friend Strong four times. Ready? 1234 Take your fingers off and let's try again. First finger, full string in the second front second finger, third string in the second, friend, third finger on the second string in the second fret. It's from four times again. Here we go. One, 234 Congratulations. You have now learned, and I a magic cord 5. Songs that you can play: songs that you can play with D G. A. Mina, I'm Honest C and A Let's see what songs we can now play with the cords that we have. Let's go to guitar player box dot com. Remember, you may not be able to play along in the right key to the original recordings that practice this again by singing or humming along while you play guitar. Our promise will look at how to play along with the original songs very, very soon. Here is a list of possible songs. Have a look through and see if any of them look familiar or you recognize the songs and start playing through the songs as many as you like. This is really good practice for changing your cords. 6. Repeats: had dinner pates work in music, there are often parts of songs that are repeated. For example, a typical song has verse and the chorus, and the course is very often repeated to make it practical for the music we can use for Peyton Max that show us way a section is repeated in the music without having to write the same thing to us. This says having too many unnecessary pages of music and makes it more practical for writers. Repeat, Max is signified by double dots between either side of the middle line on the music staff. As you can see, we have repeat dots in the first bar and then again at the end of the fourth bar. This means you play the 1st 4 bars through to US bars 1 to 4, then repeat the same four bars again. The second line there paint looks a little different. Notice. It shows the number one in the bar with a repeat dots in a number two in the back after the repeat. What this means is to play the four bars here, then repeat back to the dots, then play through the three bars. But because this is the second time that we've played this section. We jump straight to the number two section, so to play this music play bows 1 to 4, then repeat bars. Wonderful play bars 567 and eight. Then jump back to bar 567 Skip over the next bar straight to buy nine to finish the song. As you start using repeats more often, you'll find it extremely useful. One thing to remember is that sometimes if there is more than one person playing, the music musician may forget to repeat a section. So be very carefully. Take notice of all the reports and follow them. Otherwise, you might end up playing different music than the rest of the musicians. 7. Strumming pattern: This is your first complex guitar rhythm. The rhythm is written said that you can count it in two different ways. You can can't the rhythm as Dan up, down, up, down, up, down, up where you can can't one end to end three and four and oh, use both so that you can get used to the sand and feel of the rhythm. To play this rhythm, you must keep your arm moving in an even motion down, then up, down, then up with that speeding up or slowing down, we'll use a name on record for this example. This rhythm is in 44 which means four Cratchit Bates in a bar, and the rhythm is played using quietus. You'll get used to this terminology. As we keep going. You will notice that the fourth quiver and the eighth quiver are skipped. This means that we don't touch the strings on the way back up. We're skipping the fourth and eight beats in a bar. We create quite a different standing rhythm. You can camp by saying, Dan, up, down, living up, down, up, down Live a gap. Sometimes it's a Zia to say the word up in your head. Dan up, Dan! Dan up. Damn! Or you can use the word rest. Dan up. Dan risks Dan up, Dan Wrist The up is where you move your hand, But don't touch the strings So your hand is still moving down and up evenly But skipping the string for the fourth and I up to strum this all we're really doing is that Dan? Up down, up, Patton. But on the fourth bait, we move a hand up and don't touch the string. And again, on the eighth beat, we move their hand up. Don't touch the string. It sounds like this one. End two and three and four End down, down. Risk. Damn Out down wrist one end to wrist three and four. Wrist down, up, down. Wrist down, up, down. Wrist one and two, Wrist three and four rest. Let's keep it nice and slow and I'll start again And it's your turn. You can use whichever would you prefer. Do we go? One and two and three and four. End down, up, down, Wrist down, up, down! Risk one and two. Wrist three and four. Wrist down, up, down! Wrist! Damn up, Dan. Wrist one and two. Wrist three and four Wrist. Well done. Go back and play it again if you need to. And keep practicing. And this rhythm your use in the next song. 8. Practice track: the song The Future uses the new rhythm that you just lent as Willis the Chords G major C major, a major in D major. Now, just to repeat marks that we learned this week follow their repeats as you play through the music. I've provided you with three different tempos. As you get used to the chord changes and there are picked signs you'll be able to move to the faster temper. Good luck. 9. The Future 56 bpm: 10. The Future 66 bpm: 11. The Future 76 bpm: