How to play Guitar for beginners in 10 weeks - Week 4 | Christopher Richter | Skillshare

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How to play Guitar for beginners in 10 weeks - Week 4

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Lessons in This Class

10 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Finger and picking exercises

    • 3. E Major chord

    • 4. E7 chord

    • 5. Crotchets and quavers

    • 6. Strumming pattern

    • 7. Practice track

    • 8. Blue 62 bpm

    • 9. Blue 72 bpm

    • 10. Blue 82 bpm

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About This Class

In this class you will learn:

  • Finger and picking exercises
  • E Major chord
  • E7 chord
  • Crotchets and quavers
  • 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: in this lesson, you will learn some exercises that you can do that will help with your fingers and with your picking. You'll also learn the cords in Major and the Court, a major seven. You will learn more about crutch, It's and Cuevas and you strumming rhythm and a practice track called Blue to play along with Let's Go. 2. Finger and picking exercises: There are some simple exercises that will help yoga to applying. The first exercise is to get used to using your peak. And you strum, you run the peak all the way down the strings. What we're going to do is learn how to pick individual strings in what is called an alternate picking technique. Using your guitar pick, play the first string by picking them up and only the fifth string. Again. We're going to repeat this over that list items. I will count. And then you apply that a string 1234, dam, dam, up, down, up, down, up. That was AZ. Now let's drag and a little bit faster. Same string on the thin, a string. 1234, dam, dam, dam, up them up. Try to accidentally not touch any of the other strings. And again, 1234 dam up, down, up, down, up, down, up. Now that you're accountable, peeking down, then up. We're going to look at the second part of this exercise. This involves combining picking with playing the notes on the guitar. Using your fingers on the left-hand. Place your fingers on the low E string. In the first fret. Pick down, and then back up again. Place your second finger on the second fret. Big Dan, and back up again. Place your third finger on the third fret and back up again. And the most difficult part, fourth little finger on the fourth fret. Dan. And then back up again. Let's try this again. Picking it and see if we can do it to a temper. You go 1234, down, up, down, up, down, up, down, up. You will find the most difficult Fred is the fourth fret. With the little finger. You will take some time to get strength into your little finger. Make sure you place your fingers close to the fret and keep them held there in us and taught. Let's try a little bit faster. 123 for Dan, up, down, up, down, up, down, up. With this exercise, you can now do the same process on every string. Here's the demonstration. Applying through all the strings. Here we go. 1234, dan, up, up, up, up, up, up, up, up, up, up, up, up, up, up, up, up, down, up, down, up, down, up, down, up, down, up, down, up, down, up, down, up. Now it's your turn to see if you can play through all the strings on the guitar, backing down and up using 04 fingers. In the first four frets. 3. E Major chord: the next chord is called a major. You may notice straightaway that an E major chord looks very similar to an a minor chord in the shape, except that it's moved up one string. Place your first finger on the third string in the first. Fret your second finger on the fifth string in the second front and your third finger on the fourth string in the second. Fret. By now, you should be getting quite comfortable reading a court shop. I'll Canton Fist won t 34 Dan, Dan, Dan, Dan, Take your fingers off back on again won t. 34 Dan, Dan, Dan And there we have an a magical will them. 4. E7 chord: ruin and look at an E seven chord. A seven is extremely easy because you already and I had a plan. A magical. The correct name for a seven is a dominant seven, but we would just call it a seven finance place Your first finger on the third string in the fist. Fret your second finger on the fifth string in the second fret and that's it. That's from the court. 1234 Down, down, down, down! Take your fingers off and back on again. 1234 Down, down, down, down! You may have noticed that an E seven chord is anyone note different than an e chord. We complain e chord and take 1/3 finger off. And that gives us a seven The Navan. Easy way to remember this court. You have no talent and e donot seven court 5. Crotchets and quavers: it is important that you start to understand hand notes in music work. What night lengths are in the different types of nuts? Remember in 44 that we learned that this means four Cratchit beats per bar crutch? It looks like this and can also be called a court tonight. By looking at the values of the different nights, we can see how they all fit together. If we divided by into four segments, like, say, you can see that a semi brave, which is called the whole night last for the count of four or covers or four boxes in the bar. If we use to minimums or half nights in a buy, you can see here that take up half of the body by quarter nights or crutch IDs you can see here they take up 1/4 of a bar. Each H night lasts for a specific amount of time. Win played, taking it one step further. We could divide the buy into ites instead. We can add a whole night or semi brief that will last for the Khobar because it is a whole night and minimum will still take up half the by because it's 1/2 night. The crutch It, which is a coordinate, will take up 1/4 of the bar and a quiver, which is called an eight night, takes up one box speech or an eighth of the bar if we were to mix them up. What we would need to do is make sure that if the time signature is 44 that all the nights we use add up to four Cratchit Bates in a bar, for example, if I use a minimum, that's 1/2 night plus a crutch. It that's 1/4 night plus two quivers. That's +28 nights, then this all equals the same as for crutches in a bar, you can see it lined up how it all titles for if H by adds up to the time signatures requirements of four. For that music is pliable by a musician. We will stop there with the note names, and we'll come back to this further along in the course. Hopefully, you started to see how music is very mathematical in how it's represented and how it is all starting to fit together. 6. Strumming pattern: Welcome back. This time we are going to learn and you guitar rhythm, and this one is very simple. But because of where the rest is, it may take some time to play confidently. The only place we don't touch the string is on bait three, which will feel very strange to start with because you are so used to strumming down on this bait. Take it slowly. Let's go through the pen, strum down, then up Dan thing up. Let's keep the strings on the white Dan strong back up then Dan and back up. Really simple. Let's try this at a temple using an a minor chord. One end to end three and four end. Damn, Dan. Wrist up, Dan. Is it that I'm? It's your turn to practice now. We got a little bit faster this time one and two and three and four and down. Damn risk Risk risk. Damn wrist. Keep practicing this rhythm and you'll get to play this a lot in the years to come 7. Practice track: now that you have learned to new rhythm and some you chords a major and e seven, we'll use these in their next music champ. This practice Chad is called blue. Remember to follow the repeats, practice the slower tempo first, then move on to the next. Make sure you hold your fingers on the strings up close to the fritz to stop the buzzing sand and keep your strumming nice and smooth and consistent. And now it's time to play blue. 8. Blue 62 bpm: 9. Blue 72 bpm: 10. Blue 82 bpm: