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Learn and MASTER guitar technique

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8 Lessons (44m)
    • 1. How to hold pick

    • 2. Basic picking exercises

    • 3. Hammer on pull off

    • 4. Bending the Strings

    • 5. Vibrato introduction

    • 6. Slide introduction

    • 7. All about power chords

    • 8. Introduction to palm muting

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This class is going to teach you everything you need to know about electric guitar technique. We are going to learn all about bending, sliding, picking, hammer on, pull off etc... I also have exercises for you, so it´s easy to get started INSTANTLY!

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Henry Olsen

Beginner Guitar Expert


Henry Olsen is a self-taught professional guitarist with 16 years playing experience and 6 years professional teaching experience. He provides one-on-one private guitar classes in Austria and offers online guitar courses – both free and paid – to students who sign up on his website. He also has a constantly expanding YouTube Channel with over 14000 subscribers.
Henry is a teacher proud about sharing his expertise, knowledge and he has thousands of teaching hours to his credit. He has trained 8600+ students to date and has consistently gotten 5-star reviews for his work. He currently teaches 11 guitar courses (all available on the website)

Henry was born and raised in San Francisco where he lived his early childhood years. He later moved to Croatia where h... See full profile

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1. How to hold pick: All right. Welcome to the first lecture of this course. In this first lesson, what I'm gonna be teaching you is how to play with this little beast, which is called the Pick. Um, I'm making a joke, calling it a beast, but it kind of can be a little bit beast. Like, if you've never played it before, you're gonna notice that, um, it's gonna fall out of your hands. You're not gonna feel comfortable hitting the different strings. If you're trying to hit two strings at once, it's gonna be difficult for you. So in the close up, what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna teach you how toe hold the pick properly. Or at least how I hold it. There's different ways of holding it. And different famous guitar players hold the pick differently. So, for instance, Joe Satriani doesn't hold to pick the same Miss Santana. Steve Luca third doesn't hold it the same misty vie and so on. But this is kind of a basic way that I have learned to use throughout my years, and it's very, very effective, so I really hope that it's gonna work for you. Um, so without further ado, let me gain at the close up now and show you how I hold the pick and how I recommend you start holding the pick. This is gonna definitely make sure that it's not gonna be wobbling around too much, that it's gonna be nice and comfortable for you and also that you're going to be able to cut through the strings with ease. So let's get in the close up now and let me show you exactly how I recommend you. Hold the pick. All right, I'll see you there. All right. So let me show you how to hold this guy in a very effective way. So first of all, with this hand with are picking hand. What we're gonna do is we're gonna create a little circle. I see that. So that's a nice little circle. And what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna take the pick and I'm gonna slide it in here. So what I want you to notice now is that I I'm not holding it like this. You see that cause then if I hold it like that, it would wobble around and it would fall out of my hand as soon as I start to play and we don't want that. So I'm gonna make that little circle, and I'm gonna put it very deep and you can see now that it is, um, really only the point of the pickets digging out. So next thing is the contact with the strings. I don't want my pick to go deep within. I wanted to kind of just stroke with the tip of the pick the string, and that's going to cause a lot less resistance and friction. So my pick is literally gonna just slide across the string rather than having all this friction. OK, very important. Okay, so tip number one is make a circle tip number two is put the pick deep within your hands and tip number three then is, um, to Onley, kind of with the tip of the pick. Stroke the strings. Okay, Now there's one more tip. Instead of holding the pick straight like this, we're gonna tilt it, sleep slightly to kind of like a 45 degree angle. And what that's gonna dio is cut through the string even more easily. So rather than holding it like this where I have much more friction I'm gonna tilt it slightly, and that's gonna let me really slide and cut through the string with ease. Okay, so that's kind of how I want you, Teoh practice holding the pick again. Many different guitar players hold the pick in many different ways, but I really highly recommend this method here. So get out there, practice it. And also what I want to do is practice both down strokes and up strokes, which we're gonna be learning in the next lesson. All right, so that's kind of the basics of holding the pick. Practice it and I will see in the next list. Aren't see there. 2. Basic picking exercises: All right, So now that I showed you in the close up how to hold a pick, let me give you a nice picking exercise that is going to help. You kind of develop that feeling for the pig. So in this lesson, what we're gonna be doing is developing a nice feeling for the pick. And with our left hand, we're going to be practicing coordination between both hands. So the picking hand has toe talk very clearly with the fretting hand and vice versa. And this exercise is gonna help. You really get a nice feeling for that. So let's get into close up now and let me show you my favorite exercise for just focusing on picking and also focusing on the left hand playing those single frets, which is gonna also be very, very useful for you once we get into playing scales and starting to improvise. So let me give them close up now and demonstrate that for you. All right. See there. All right. So welcome to the close up. So it's going to go like this now with my left hand, I'm going to be starting on the third fret sixth string and What we're gonna do now is we're simply going to be using one finger per fret. So that means my first fingers on the third fret my second fingers on the fourth, Fred, my third fingers on the fifth fret and my pinky is on the six threat. And with the pick. Now that we know how to hold the pick properly, we are going to be playing a down stroke than upstroke than a down stroke than upstroke. Okay, so that was the fifth string. Sorry. The sixth string. And now we're moving on to the fifth string. So starting in the sixth string, we're just gonna go down, up, down, up. And one thing that I want to know here about the left hand is that you don't need to keep this finger down once you come down with the middle finger me that you don't need to do that. You can easily play this note. Then release this finger, then play this note. Released this finger so that you don't have a lot of tension in your hands. Okay. All right. And again, the right hand the picking hand is just going down, up, down. It just It's just chilling there and playing those notes again. I'm not going deep in with the pick. I'm trying to just hit the surface of it as we already learned, and I'm holding it at a slight downward degree. So not flat, slightly downward, okay? And it's gonna take you time to get used to that. It's just good to kind of plant the seeds into your mind so that you, with time, perfect them and master them. So and we're just going to do that now on all of this drinks. So I'm just going down. And now, once I reached the bottom, what I'm gonna dio with my pinky I'm gonna slide one fret up and again, I'm gonna continue with my right hand doing the down, up, down, up And now we're just going backwards. So I'm starting with my pinky and I'm going pinkie to the ring finger to the middle finger to the first finger on I'm repeating that motion upwards again. This is gonna be great for your coordination between both hands. Plus, it's a great exercise for this hand and a great exercise for the right hand getting that picking nice and smooth Okay, so one more time to recap. I'm just gonna play a little bit faster. Now. We're just going to go. Once we reached the bottom one, fret further up, and we're just gonna go backwards again with the right hand keeping that down. Up, down, up motion. You see Now on the fourth fret. Once I reached this fret, I'm just gonna go one for up again and just continued. Okay, then you could also go back. So you can tell I've been doing this for a while. And if you practice this every day, as I did for years, you will, with time, also built a plate this fast and smooth. So practice this exercise. It's a really great exercise. Probably every guitar teacher in the world uses this exercise since it's really very useful and effective. All right, so that's the finger exercise. Let's move on to the next course to the next lecture. I'll see you there 3. Hammer on pull off: all right. So you might have heard there that I was playing. What's called a hammer on a pull off way could also do what's called a hammer on pull off. Okay, so hammer ons pull off hammer on pull offs if you combine them together, are used a lot in solo guitar. Um, for beginner. If you haven't really worked on building strength in your left hand and you've never played scales, it might be a little bit difficult for your now at the beginning. Soon Teoh play hammer ons and pull off. But it's definitely something that you're going to need as a solo guitarist and as a guitarist in general, since they're used so often. So what I'm gonna do now is kind of getting the close up and show you exactly how to, um, play both hammer ons, pull ups and combining the two. And I'm also gonna be showing you a few exercises so the your hand can get from familiar with playing them. So without further ado, let's check that out and let's get you hammer. And in Poland, are I'll see in the closest. All right, so welcome to the close up of using hammer ons and pull offs. So let me, first of all, show you what a hammer on is. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna take my first finger here, and I'm gonna put it on the third string. Um, third fret. Okay, so third string, third fret And what I'm going to do now, since my middle finger is nice and strong first, I'm gonna play that third string. So what? The pick? I just picked it. And with my middle finger, I'm going to do what's called a hammer on. So let me explain that. So you see, I first already picked it, and now this. No, it's still ringing, so it's kind of just sustained their in the air. And now with this finger, I'm gonna slam down on it. Okay, so So you see, I picked one note, but now I have two notes because now this finger is creating that next note. See that? And that's called a hammer on. So you could do a hammer on either with your middle finger. Or you could do a ham wrong with your ring finger. Or you could even do a hammer on with your pinkie. If it's strong enough, and of course, that's gonna be more challenging. So what I recommend now just to get your finger used to these hammer ons is kind of just started the third fret and go 34 and then just walked that down. Okay, So again, I'm picking the string of then with my finger, I'm slamming down on the next shrink on the next fret. Or as I said on the, um next after that, one or even two fronts apart, okay, depending on what you're trying to do. And once we learn the scales, it's gonna become much more clear which finger you're gonna use to hammer on which, Fred. So don't worry about that now, Okay? So that is a kind of basic hammer on exercise and practice it. First of all, just with your middle finger and with your ring finger, The pinky. We can do that another time. OK, so that's our basic hammer on. Now let's check out the pull off so the pull off is really the opposite of a hammer on. So now what I'm doing is I'm starting off instead of on the third Fret. I'm starting off on the fourth fret third string and what I'm going to do with this finger with my first finger, I'm gonna have it holding down that third fret third string. Kind of just waiting for the pole to come. OK, so now this finger is holding down this note, right? And what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna slightly with my middle finger flick downwards. So? So my middle finger is ever so slightly leaving the string and also kind of doing a gentle , slow downward motion, and that is kind of picking the string and giving me this note. Okay, so it's gonna sound like this once you're able to do it. So you hear that the hammer on was So I was starting on this string going to this note, and now I'm going from this note to this note. In both cases with the pick, I'm only creating one note on with my fingers. I'm creating the second note. So you see, this hand is in the air, So Okay. Okay. So you're gonna also want a practice that kind of just going okay, Just walk down. You could You could go further down the neck if you want to just to get your finger. Your fingers used to this kind of motion. And again, Of course, it doesn't just work with this finger. It works with this finger it works with with the pinky if you want to do it. But I wouldn't stress with the pinky focus on the middle finger and the ring finger for now . Okay? And since we are kind of just learning this stuff, okay, so again, you could go and just kind of practice walking down, walking down, walking up, just kind of getting your fingers used to making these sounds and motions. Okay, so that's ham. Ron, pull off. And now what? The third kind of element is what's called a hammer on pull off. So that means that it happens back to back. So let me demonstrate that now my first finger again is on the third string. Third fret, and I'm hitting the notes. I'm hammering with the middle finger to the fourth fret, and then I'm pulling. Okay, All three notes coming with just one pick picked notes. Okay, So listen to it. So I picked once. I have her than I pulled. Okay, So it's gonna sound like this. And so pick hammer pull camera poll. Okay. And again, you could do this with with this finger or with a pinky with the pinky again. It's hard. I'm just showing you could do it if you wanted to. Okay, so and of course, you could use this finger as your first know and do a hammer on here, so you could also go, But that's a little bit more difficult. Let's just focus on using our first finger and the middle finger and ring finger. OK, so you're gonna want to practice that a little bit too. Okay. Just to get your mind and your fingers. Acquaintance Ted with it. I hope that is pronounced properly. Okay, so we learned the hammer willing the poll. We learned the hammer pull and the hammer pool could also happen more than once. It could be like Jimi Hendrix. Love to do that. So this finger now is creating all the motion with the pick. I picked it the first time, and now my middle finger is doing all the action. That, of course, is a little bit more difficult, So don't stress if you can't do that right away. So practice your hammer, practice your pool and then practice your hammer pull. And if you want, you can try to do it multiple times and with the middle finger. And also with the ring finger. Do with Pinky, too. A good example of that would be so. I'm playing the No. One so that I'm hammering. Pulling hammering point. That's when. A little lesson, though. Okay, I'll see in the next lesson. Thanks for checking out this one. See there. 4. Bending the Strings: eso you might have noticed there that I was bending the strength, which produces a really kind of special sound. You'll hear a lot in blues guitar. And so what I'm gonna be doing in this lesson when we get in the close up is I'm going to be showing you how to make bending as easy as possible for your left hand. So we're really gonna be looking at what? What role The thumb plays, how to support the bending finger with our other fingers and also how to control and learn about the different pitches that you can create while bending the strings. So bending is a crucial part of playing lead guitar and a lot of really crucial part in playing blues guitar if that's what you're into. So I'm really looking forward to getting into close up now and teaching you all about bending. I'll see in the closer. All right, so now let's talk bending. So what I'm gonna do is I'm going to start off on the fifth fret third string and my ring finger is going to be holding down that note. And that is the note that we're gonna be bending so a few things here. What? I want you to do it. Your thumb is going to be over the neck of the guitar. All right, So a few things about Benny, you're not gonna really wanna bend too much on acoustic on a classic guitar. You can do it. But it's much easier on a electric guitar since the strings are much lighter. Okay, so it's gonna be much easier to bend. Um, another thing. The third string is going to be easier to band on the second string. And they are going to be easier to bend than the first during. The first thing is gonna be quite difficult. So we're going to focus today on the third string, which is really kind of the easiest drink to bend and the second string. OK, so now let me get back to what I was saying. So my ring finger is on the fifth fret third string. My thumb is over the neck of the guitar and I'm gonna play this note Now on. What we're gonna do is we're gonna bend it, OK, so and you can hear as I'm bending. Something is changing with that note. So what is actually happening is that I'm moving from this note to this note by bending. So I'm raising the pitch on. And that's kind of how you're gonna wanna practice getting into pitch. You're gonna first play this note, then bend upto. Okay, so that would be called 1/2 tone bend since we moved from this known to this note which is considered 1/2 tone on the guitar when we're talking to talk. So we could also do a whole tone bend, which would mean we're gonna bend even higher up to this note on you're gonna wanna practice that the same way. Maybe first played this note and then this note. Okay, so that's kind of just the basics of what's actually happening when you bent. Just so you understand what's going on your raising the pitch without moving your hand to a higher note. OK, so now let's get into the kind of technique that we're gonna be using So again, as I already said, we're gonna have our thumb over the Fred where the guitar and we're either gonna be bending using this string as our this finger as the first finger or the middle finger as our first finger. Most of all are the kind of easiest way I think for me. I found it with my students is to start off with this finger. So what we're gonna be doing is we're not gonna let this finger carry that way all by himself and have these guys just relaxing here. No, they are on the same string, okay? And they are reinforcing that bent. And my thumb is also kind of helping as it's kind of over the fretboard. It's allowing me to have kind of more power. So the biggest mistake you can make bending is to just bend with one finger, since it doesn't have enough power to do that. So you're gonna wanna have these two fingers helping out, okay? And you're gonna want to get used to that. You know, it's not the kind of most natural feeling to kind of do it with all three fingers, especially your middle finger is kind of the main bending helper guy. The first finger also helps out, but these two are the main kind of vendors. They're gonna want to practice that you're gonna want to kind of get a feeling for it. And don't don't beat yourself up if you can't perfectly get into perfect pitch with the notes that you're trying to bend up to. Our exercise now is just to get a feeling for how the bend feels. And, um, just to kind of get a nice um, yeah, just to get equate tinted with it. Okay. So, as I said, we're gonna be focusing on the third string And if you want to the second string. So I'm now on the, um, fifth fret second string and we're just gonna try toe bend that one, and you're going to see again. This one has a little bit more tension. It's not gonna be as easy to bend as the third string. So practice those two on and again, with these two fingers supporting that bent, you could also bend with your middle finger gearing more did that a lot. So now you're just using this finger to support the bag. But I find it kind of most easy for me and for my students. If I focus on this one, at least at the beginning, OK, so play around with that a little bit. Have fun with it and kind of just get a feeling for it. Okay. So, again, the thumb is over the front board. I'm on the fifth fret third string, and these two fingers are helping out as we go upwards. There are some players that do downward bends. It's the same exact effect as the upward then, but I recommend really focusing on the upward bend. You can really focus on that one for your whole life if you want to. All right, so that's bending. Experiment with it. Play around with it. Get your fingers at least a queen tinted with it. I hope that's word. And, um all right, I'll see in the next lesson. Thanks for checking out this one. See there. 5. Vibrato introduction: All right. So you might have heard that I was playing a vibrato. So what if I brought? Oh, is I'm not really gonna go into close up on this one, but what if I brought it is is basically taking a note and with your finger kind of rocking it generally up and down, You see that? So what I'm doing is I'm shifting the pitch of the string, um, slightly giving it this nice, ringing tone. So everybody kind of has their own personal touch and personal vibrato. So if you listen to Eric Clapton and B B King, they don't have really the same vibrato. It kind of something that you develop as you play the guitar. It happens very organically. But what I do want for you is to start being aware of the vibrato. And it started just kind of playing around with it because it will make your note come alive much, much more. Let me just share an example. Listen to this. And listen this see how that second time it was much, much more alive. There was much more life to the note. And this is what the magic of the vibrato it. So what I would recommend is you take your first finger, put it on the third string fifth fret, played a note and just trying to rock up and down a little bit with the street. Now, in this case, my thumb is not touching the fretboard. So it's really just this finger and the rest of my hand in mid air just kind of rocking it . You could put your thumb there and I'm sure lots of guitar it's do. But I'm gonna recommend it. Just kind of releasing your thumb from the guitar, just rocking up and down just to kind of get that ringing sound. So that's the first thing I want you to try out. And then the second thing I want you to try out with your ring finger on the seventh fret Third string. Now we're gonna put our thumb across the fretboard and I'm gonna use my middle finger to help me rock the string So I'm holding down the seventh fret third string and I'm using my middle finger on the sixth fret third string to kind of help me support that bending motion So they're both bending together. It's a little bit more difficult if you were to just do it with this ring finger alone. So that's why I'm gonna recommend you use your middle finger or even your first finger, middle finger and your third finger. Teoh, get that I brought a while. So the main take away here is just for you to kind of be aware that there is such a thing as a librato because is the beginning you don't even know it exists. And to slowly just kind of start experimenting a little bit with Don't think it's gonna be perfect because it's not going to be perfect the beginning. But just knowing about it, having the awareness of it and slowly adding it to your playing is really gonna help you develop it in a very organic and natural way. So that's my introduction to vibrato. Play around with it, and I'm sure that in time you will perfect your own vibrato and you'll sound just as good as Erica to be became. All right, I'll see you on the next list. It's either 6. Slide introduction: alrighty. So you might have heard there that I was. I was sliding. So a slide is also a very unique thing for the guitar, because on a piano you can't slide. You know what I mean? So what, we're gonna be doing what the slide is we are going to be Let's try it together. So we're gonna take our third finger, We're gonna put on the third string, fifth fret, And what we're gonna do is we're gonna play that note. We are not gonna release pressure, and we're gonna push it up to the seventh front. So that's fifth fret third string without releasing pressure and just sliding up. So without me talking, you can hear that on. Then what you could do is end it off on a vibrato. See that? So a few things about the slide we can slide as far up or down Nick as we wanted. Teoh, When you try to plan slide, you're gonna hit the note in the string. You're not gonna release the pressure. Gonna keep the pressure on there and you're just gonna move. You can't hurt yourself. And you can go either forwards or backwards. It doesn't matter which direction you go in, so a slide. Like I said, it's just a nice little thing that we guitarists can do and when you're practicing your pentatonic shape, and you can really try to also add some slides in there. So I showed it to you with the rain finger as sliding finger. But you could also slide with your middle finger with your first thing. You could even slept with your pinkie. But that's gonna be a little bit difficult for you now as a beginner. So what I'd recommend is practicing with your first finger with your second finger and with your third finger and let the pinky just rest, because it's not strong enough yet and just trying to build little licks using the sliding technique. All right, so take your time with don't expect it to be perfect from the beginning. In time, it will get really, really good, and it'll just happen very, very naturally. So start practicing the slide. All right, I'll see in the next. Let's see, there 7. All about power chords: All right. So now that we understand how to get a nice rock sounding tone, it's time to learn how to use power chords so that we can play lots and lots of epic rifts in a very nice and easy way. All right, so let's zoom up. Now I'm gonna show you exactly how to play power chords. And I explained to you how to also identify their names on. And after that, you're gonna be ready to rock and roll, baby. All right, so it's getting close up and let's check that. All right. Okay, so now let's talk about the most used court and rock music, which is the power cord. You can literally play thousands of thousands of songs, just songs just by sliding this shape around the neck of the guitar. So this is how we're gonna do it the most effective way we're gonna start out by putting our first finger on the sixth string. Third Fight of the guitar and our pinky on the fifth string fifth fret. Okay, so I'm counting the frights for a spread. Second fret third for it. And so on. Third fret, fifth fret and what I'm doing This is really important. Now my first finger here is not up in the air. It's not up in the air. It's gently resting on the strings and the Onley point of my finger that is applying pressure to the string is right here. My fingertip. The rest of my finger is totally relaxed. Okay, so you can practice that, But taking out your hand and now on Lee, apply pressure right here. You don't need to apply pressure anywhere else, right? So that's we're gonna do. We gonna layer hand right here and on Lee with her fingertip. We're going to apply pressure. Why? Because now these dreams I thought I don't want ring are pretty quiet. If I were to push down, I have that sound, which I don't want. So So what's happening now is I'm on Lee getting noise out of this. And during that I need and the rest of the string I've been quieted down. Okay, Really important. Now I'm gonna take my pinkie, put on the fifth string fifth fret, and I'm gonna do the same thing with my pink. You know, my pinky is in the air slightly, but my first finger is making sure that these strings are quiet. Okay, Wait. All the strings, Theo. Only ones that you hear are these two that's critical. Critical? Critical. So these air the sixth string power courts. Right here. Um, now we're gonna move on to the fifth string power chords, and you can slide these around as we're gonna do with our riffs. You could slide them from friend to friend and getting a totally different court name just by sliding them around. Okay, so now let's go down to the fifth fret. Fifth string. I mean, sorry, we're going on the fifth string, and we're doing the exact same thing. Except now we are one string set further down here. The exact same thing applies. I'm just resting my finger gently here. I'm only using the tip of my finger to push down on the note. Same thing with my pinky Onley. My pinky tip is applying pressure. Okay. And with that allows me to do again, is played all the string on and not have to worry about a thing. The noise here, which I would get if I were to be pushing down with my whole finger. So that's really, really important. One other thing when we go down to the fifth string, um uh, kind of power cord is with my middle finger. I'm resting it really gently on the sixth string so that it also stays quiet. If I wouldn't do that, then it would ring you dirty. That gets so I'm just really gently touching the string so it can't. OK, so that's our kind of top power court, as I'm gonna call it because we're on the sixth string route. No, on this is our kind of bottom power cord, because it's on the fifth string, right? These are the two kind of variations of power cores, sixth string route and fifth string route top bottom. So with the bottom, it's slightly more tricky because you need to kind of touch that sixth string to keep the string from ringing. Or another possibility would be to take your first finger and lightly touch the sixth string just lightly touching on that ring. But if I let it ring, I don't touch it. That it's not gonna sound good. All right, so that's really the secret to that With six string one, it doesn't really matter because your first finger is covering all the strings that are under the notes we need. But here, this one is open. So this is danger, especially here, like here. Terrible if no rings way. Difference of how terrible sounds. And if you just close that one note, huh? How much more? All cleans up. So this is a major thing that you're gonna need to practice at the beginning. Your fingers are probably gonna want to go like this. They're not gonna really want arrest. So you're gonna have to really force kind of your fingers toe, learn to just lay on the strings, really relaxed and Onley with your fingertips. Apply pressure. It might take you a little while, but it's really, really worth learning it like this. Opposed to doing some crazy way way having all these unnecessary strings ring in creating a lot of noise. All right, One other thing that I want to tell you now about power cords is how to name them. So this right now is a G power cord. This'll right here is a sea power cord. So how are we gonna know the name of the court that were on if we're looking at sheet music or if we're playing with another musician, we can determine the court name by knowing the name of the sixth string. OK, so the string that I'm pushing down on here, the sixth string is a G. This is the note, G right. If you look in my book that you can download in the welcome part of this course, you will put the page here in the video. You can see what pages on. You will see all the names of the notes on the sixth strength. All right, so you're gonna want to memorize them gradually, so that you know. Okay, this is a G. This is a This is a B. This is a C and the finger. My first finger here. They know that it's touching. Will always determine the cord name. Right. So there's a power cord, a g power core part. I know that again. Because I know this is F Note. This is a Gino. This is a no and so on. So you're gonna want to memorize those notes and then you automatically know the cord name . Same thing when we go to the bottom power cord is I'm gonna call in this course This note The note that my first finger is pushing down is a seed. It's always gonna be a seat Power court, right? If this if I go to France for the forward, this is a D. As you will see in the book, this is a D power cord. If you go over here to f this note f, it's a powerful. So you need to memorize the names of the notes on the sixth and on the fifth string in orderto always know what power cord you're playing right? For instance, again, one more example. There's a c sharp power court. I know that because I know that the note here on the fifth string is a C sharp, right? So it's really important to know this if you're reading sheet music or if you're in a band and somebody tells you, let's play G a D that you know. All right, here's my g ha Thiers, my And here's my DEETs. You could also play the D down here. And you know that because you know this is the note. D This is the no d. They're here in two places. So by knowing the names of the notes on the six train in the history, you can always identify the power cord that you are playing all right that's identifying power chords, how to play power chords easily and everything you need to really know about power chords. There's one other thing about power cords that could be said. I might as well just say it now. Sometimes you'll see people playing power chords like this on Let's make it sound a little bit fatter thing. So it's three notes just to it can be used and is used very often. What's happening here is that this note is repeating itself. I have the same note two times in the same power cord way. Don't really need it, but we could take it to make it sound a little bit a supposed toe. It sounds a little bit more naked if I just play those two notes, but in this course we're only playing two notes because easier and it is sufficient to only play two notes rather than playing the big fat power chord with three. All right, so that's really all you need to know about power chords right there. There's nothing else you really need to know. All right, so that's power courts all about them. And let's move on to the next lecture. All right, See you there. 8. Introduction to palm muting: All right, So now let me tell you about palm muting muting It goes like this. So what you're gonna want to do is take this part of your hand with skin and lightly touched the strings all the way back on the bridge. Okay, so you can see if I go clothes Teoh the neck of the guitar. I'm not getting any sound. And the further back e I go, I find that sweet spot. Okay, so you're gonna want experiment with laying your hands on the strings just like I'm doing now. Not applying pressure. Just lay them down like when you like. When you're taking naps, lay a hand down and relax it and then turn it inwards on with the pick hit down on the strings. So again, test it by going further forward and then slowly coming back on. Kind of finding where that sweets bodice, right? You can't go too far back, because then you're not gonna be touching the strange, and it seems to go a little bit too far forward. You're not getting the fact that you need Okay, So let me really quickly give you a nice exercise that you can do with palm muting just to get a feeling for so after you kind of experimented with Find that sweet spot. Ah, try toe play Mu mu No, no, You I When I say no, No, I mean lifting your hand off ever so slightly. So the magic in electric guitar is mixing palm mutes with not muting. Ah, it's a really subtle thing because you just lift up ever so slightly thin, you come down. It's a very small movement. So you're gonna want to kind of just experiment with that, you know, switching between palm muting and not so first find the kind of smooth you see you're getting that kind of tug. Tug, tug, tug, tug, tug again. Make sure you have a lot of distortion. Make sure you're down on the bridge pickup. Make sure everything is totally open here. Right, Consumer, this is closed. You can hear it's chugging, but it's not. It doesn't have that thing. Eso experiment. Chuck took note. Then once you do that, of course I'm gonna be showing a few riffs in this course where we're going. Teoh be using some of that in there. All right, so now you understand kind of how Paul meeting works on. You're gonna have to practice it. It doesn't happen instantly. So just be patient with yourself. Take your time and realize that this is all a process, right? You can't just learn all this stuff in one day. So take your time, get a feeling for it, and you'll surely be able to play, all right?