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The Beginner Guitar Guide: A theory free approach to getting you playing quicker.

Brett Beckermann, The Art of Music Creation

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4 Lessons (32m)
    • 1. The Beginner Guitar Guide : Intro

    • 2. Lesson 1: Guitar Overview

    • 3. Lesson 2: The Core Chords

    • 4. Lesson 3: The Art of Strumming


About This Class

I was never a fan of heavy theory based guitar lessons that focused way too much of finger positions and technical issues. I learnt by playing songs I enjoyed, and with this 3 lesson class, I hope that you can do the same.

I've composed a quick reference class that breaks down the simple concepts and leaves you the ability to learn in your own way. Follow along with the attached info-graphic and use the class as a go-to guide to perfecting your chords and strumming.

Lesson 1 covers the guitar overview, and the different words you'll hear me talk about.

Lesson 2 covers the core chords you need to play any of your favorite songs.

Lesson 3 covers strumming and 3 practice techniques you can use to strengthen your playing ability.


1. The Beginner Guitar Guide : Intro: Hey, I'm bright. And hopefully this is the lost beginners guitar tutorial you'll ever have to watch in this class. I'm gonna take a few older beginning steps of how to learn how to play guitar. I'm gonna take you through the structure of the guitar chords and what you need to know to begin your journey. I'm gonna give you a few tools and techniques that I use But I started out and that helped me through Taurus time Today Hopefully these will work for you as well as they did for me. And I hope you drop this journey weaken living you skill on get get out what we're trying to do So grab a guitar, Donna the infographic follow along on, uh makes music. 2. Lesson 1: Guitar Overview: Hey, welcome to the first class. So throughout this course, I'm gonna be taking a little bit more modern Look at the guitar and how to teach the guitar and all of that. The way I learned guitar is completely different to the way that people are teaching nowadays. And I haven't really seen much around in the way that I learned. And it really helped me. It took me to the level I wanted to be to actually enjoy it and not just let it be a task. So I'm gonna take you through the way that I learned, and hopefully it encourages you do to carry on. And this first class, I'm gonna look at the actual design of the guitar what each of the parts mean. And if you have the components around here a little give you an idea what everything is called and throughout this course, you'll know what I'm referring to when I talk about a few things. So yeah, let's have a look. Okay. For starters, this is the head of the guitar. This is where all the strings lead into and using the tuning pegs. You can then choose the guitar and each string to the note that you want This is called than that. This is where the string basically leans on just so that it lifted off the fretboard so that when you compress a string you actually giving it over the space so that it makes a sound. This will be the neck of the guitar, and the front side of it is called the fretboard. Each one off these little metal wires across your lands. Across here are your Fritz. That just helps you pace your fingers and know where Teoh put what finger for what notes and all that. As you go up frets, It'll obviously changed the notes. So we start off with an E. You started but surely changed the key until you get to and I we won't get into too much depth in the actual fretboard and the laying out off each note, but it'll it'll help you. So coming down this is the body of the guitar with the sound hole based E acoustic guitars use. There is a nation off the body to bring out a sound, whereas an electric guitar has a heart of body and makes use off. Hm backers. Teoh, get the sound out through an AMP the sound hole they meets up to the bridge with bridge pigs. The Soviet is way you will put in the one side of the string will compress the little bridgehead, and it will come all the way through here. You'll feed the string through the hole on the chemical head over here, wrap it around a couple times, and then you have used us to tune a guitar to your The Taliban has what they call the hell , which is just a little bit of reinforcement for the name on to the body. These little piece of year, they're called pick plates will pick gods. This just helps against when you're playing quite frequently when the pic scratches up against. This is not going to ruin the body of the guitar. Rather room the god. So, yes, that's the basic layout of the guitar. This is my strap. It feeds into the back and then on to look is the string on the neck. I did it this way because I prefer pain like that. Some of that Utah's actually have a little piece of a here where you can tell the end of your strapped to. So, yeah, that is a basic rundown off. What you looking for? A talk in the media. Off this class, you'll see that is a pdf infographic on the core cords used For most musicians who play guitar, it is the key chords you need to start off with. You don't have to go through anything elaborate or any extreme majors and seventh and all that fun stuff. So on the infographic, you'll see that off out land, um, the courts that will be going through so you can follow along Aziz Well, as it gives you an idea, I've got a little Sang Lee, and that's the same that helped me remember what each string is supposed to be in a standard tuning your status shooting is eat a d g B e. Now, for a person starting out, that's really difficult to remember. So what I was taught waas even angry dogs get bones eventually E a D g b e so great that on infographic just so you can keep it in your head so that you can just remember what your reports need to be. So that is your starting point getting your strings tuned and fitted. It doesn't matter if you have a steel guitar or non guitar. That means nothing for this course. If you're a complete beginner and now along the tarmac to be better, the neck is about thicker and the strings of it further apart. And the Nowlan weren't hurt your fingertips as much as a steel world. Eso slightly happened up and down the guitar won't really be too much of a problem, but you don't need Teoh really care about the difference. As long as you're comfortable, you care. Fingers are gonna hurt in the beginning. It's just something you're gonna have to get over everyone's. Does your revenge deformed callouses of your fingers and you'll be able to slapping on the guitar, not even blinking in. So get through it. You might only be able to do like one or two chords a day or 1/4 day playing that over and over in your things. We're gonna die, but a good hard on. Leave it until your fingers. He'll pick it up again, carry on playing perseverance. That's the key to everything. One trick was told when I was younger I first started out. Waas always place your guitar on your bed or your couch. The reason for this is it's gonna force you to pick it up every day. A lot of people will take your time. They'll put on the stand now, even in the corner of the room, and every now and then they'll go and they'll pick it up in the trough, play a few chords and put it down and leave it for three or four weeks. If you put your tall in your bed every night before you go to sleep, least strum a few chords and at least practice something every single day. Eso try and do that. I'm telling you now it's gonna help you. Okay, In the next episode, we're gonna look at individual courts and you can follow along using the infographic in the description below. And that should help you see where to place your fingers. Okay, So you guys next one. Cool 3. Lesson 2: The Core Chords: Hey, and welcome to the second lesson in this class. In this lesson, I'm gonna step you through the core cords that I used in 90% of the songs and pretty much the only cause you're gonna need for the first few steps off your guitar journey. So if you could do me a favor and down with the infographic in the section below And just if you can keep it open while watching this and stepping through it with me, it will give you a better idea off what I'm trying to do here while I'm doing it. So downer that print about if possible, on sticking up on the wall next year or some like that. You can always use it to look back on while you learning and while you messing around. So, yeah, if you could try and download that before watching this, that would be great. Okay, so I hope you downloaded it, and you've got the infographic somewhere around you. What I'm gonna do is I'm gonna step through each one of the court's play their sound and explain a little bit better on how to get your fingers to work. What I suggest you do is while you watching this. As I go through each court, just pause the video. Look at the infographic, work your fingers around a little bit and try and get in our sound. Evan Carrying, watching to the videos. I'm gonna step through the cords fairly quickly. Just so if you do get a court rot, you get stuck on the on the same part of the video. You could just skip forward as I go through all the main major court, which will be from A to G. But I'll be skipping out be for a beginner. B is quite a difficult court. And personally, I never use It s so I think I'll just skip over that as well as in the infographic. All then go through three main minor chords which we will be using quite often, which is a mono a mono and di mana. Your majors and your miners are If you explain it briefly, major court is a happier cord. So if you hear e happy, it's you kind off energetic and happy. But a monarch orders a little bit sadder on. That kind of gives you deep sadhus some so those your differences and they're kind of used quite nasty interchangeably, especially in most pop songs nowadays, or not pops on but more popular songs. So I'm gonna start from a all way through the G. Then we'll do the three minor chords follow along. And, uh, yeah, let's see how this goes. So first court we can look at is a so the accord is quite a difficult one, especially for a beginner, and I know our battled with the two, but it's it's nothing about another person can't get past. So you're a court. Is this still scratched up shape over here? Now, when people refer to cords and with structure using, they call him shapes. So as you continue through your through our time playing eternal that you will gain the muscle memory to know exactly what shape to move to. I mean, you can play each not even looking at all it is is just muscle memory, knowing where to move without even looking. So the shape that will be looking at now a is this one over here. If you see the infographic little hand A with numbers on each off the strength. So 123 and four. So for a will be doing one, 23 And before you can leave loose. So get the shape on, then pause a video and try and get a mass keen sound out of every single one of your of your nights. So hey, I gave you happy with that. Next quarter will be looking at is see, So what I'm skipping out of B, we just sake. It's one of the Army Corps cords to use the 4th 4th finger, so way just gonna skip over that one for today. But interest sake, that is a B. Okay. So for your actual information, see is the next court S. O. C. Is quite a on easy shape to play. Well, I found easy those of you with maybe smaller hands with my battle to stretch across. So with most these chords just start laying Your fingers are according to the numbers on infographic. So one starts the second lost to start in the second Fret on the third string and 3/3 fret second string. Okay, you are battle to get your fingers moving there. Try and free up your hand on the neck. So don't hold on to the next super tartly. You can let that the mass and easy and try and bring your hand around to reach and not try to grip it like this. So Nason easily, Uh, just go and use the base of your palm to pull your fingers in and not grip from the talk. Okay, so in the beginning, you might find that you're pushing hard. It's because your fingers are still quite soft. The harder they get easier, it'll be to push on the streets. Okay, so try and get that shape NASA meaty and get each each string sounding. Last name. Okay. Next Korean look at is a d. So for a d u gonna start off with the pointing finger and you're going to go on the third lost string. Second, fret the loss Drinks and hottie on the second fret and you'll see that there's, ah, string in between those two fingers. That's ah, looking a bit Learn the take your ring finger on the third Fret. I just blocked that one out. When you're playing a D, leave out the top e string only ring out the lost few. Otherwise it's gonna it doesn't need to. Replay supports the video. Look the infographic and see if you can get Ah, give mastering out of that if you find that you battling on one chord. Rather stop the video and concentrate on just that chord and focus on one court at the time . So start off a until you happy that you can go a move your hand back to a move your hand back to a and you're comfortable with it before moving on to the next one. And then as you get the next one on, do that as you progress through the courts. Don't watch the whole video and expect to be able to go and do every quarter to slow process. So just do each court at a time and come back to the video into the class as you ready for the next step. That's what family infographic like that so that you can actually print it out and have located separately. You just Andy. Let's have a look at E. He's one of the more popular ones used nowadays, and that's because your guitar standard tuning is actually cheating of E because you're top your strings. I'm the enough. Use your index finger onto your third string. That's why aren't your fourth string on the first fret And then the second fret second string and third string you're gonna cover with these two fingers, Okay, Makes we're gonna move on to if it is very, very similar to see, and you can actually transition between them very easily. So this was your C shape. What we're gonna do is gonna take these two fingers there were dropped them down, one string each. The proper way to play an F is to actually mute or not, military block off the bottom two strings with your first finger. But more advanced plays actually just play, um, you tart that bottom strings that it doesn't actually ring out on. It just makes what easier playing you'll eventually find. You'll choose between play the whole note f or the barcode f but barcodes We'll look at in a different class. So now. But if which is index finger on the second string, second and lost rings are off, the first fret, but we can keep it. The second lost then one Fred over one string up to your third lost ring with the middle finger and same thing on the third fret one string up, which will be on your third string down your ring finger off the If comes, all lost one and that is G. She can be paid in two ways, and that is either a bar putting both fingers on the bottom strings that's or the actual way is like. But what I find is that is more comfortable for me because I'm using my whole hand, and that allows me to look better Then for me to do that and rely on my ring finger. Actually, nothing wrong with you doing that. If you find it easier, golfer it. Leave your ring finger. Sorry, leave your pinkie off and put your ring finger on the lost ring so I'd be first index second string on the second fret your middle finger, top string, third fret and your ring finger. Third fret on the lower on the heart. He bottom stream. Okay, so that's your G. We've just covered the major chords that are crucial to learning basically any song out there at the moment. There are all based along those just in different configurations and shapes throughout the fretboard. So with those major chords and the use of the infographic, look at them. Try and change between the shapes to get your fingers better at moving and compressing those strings. So now we look at a few minor chord structures that are commonly used in most songs nowadays. The 1st 1 we're gonna look at is your a minor. So that is your standard. A shape for the minor shape. I'm gonna take off my index finger and I'm gonna place it on the second law string on the first Rich, they don't take my middle finger and ring finger. I'm gonna move them both up. One strength give you a monitor. OK, But you also think off isn't a mana is one string down for each finger as e e Drop one finger drop one finger drop one finger. Ah, that's a fairly easy combination to remember a mom next Cordingley looking at is e minor to your standard ease play like this for the manner. Just simply pick up your pointing finger. The index finger perfect. Okay. Now into the lost Montecor is a D minor. It was always explained to me as an inverted D but with a little bit of a twist. So your standard these here do for your demand is gonna take index finger onto the lost ring of the first fret. You take your middle finger, go to the third lost drink on the second, fret and then your ring finger onto the string left between on the third fret de miner. So index finger bottom string first fret middle finger, third lost string second fret and then you'll ring finger on the second lost drink on the third Fret. Okay, so now you have a basic understanding off where your fingers need to go to and what each off the variations sound like. So take your infographic and work through cord back or tobacco accord until you're comfortable with the way your hand moves between them and that you've got each court rot. So, as I said in the video before this, take your guitar, leave it on your bed, and every night you go to sleep, pick it up and try and recall one of these courts being through. So if it's d just for the Teoh pick accord on, yeah, just try and get your fingers used to the shapes so that you don't have to actually think about them. Your fingers, disco there, naturally. So in the next lesson, we're gonna look at strumming and how to use the cord that you have just now learned to make up a few amenities and songs. And how do you move freely between them? So I hope this lesson helped use this. Come back to class at any time on and try and get each chord to sound clean and Nass when playing. And you don't have any buzzing, orderly like that. Then from there we can. Then we want the next. So I'll see you guys. The next lesson and her for your fingers have healed a bit cool. 4. Lesson 3: The Art of Strumming: Hey, and welcome to lessen three in the beginners guard to guitar. So in this lesson, I'm gonna take you through a few strumming patterns and ways that you can use the cords unit in the previous lesson to your advantage, we're gonna look at a simple three chord change and something that you guys can use to practice on her flee. It helps. So the biggest challenge to overcome is while you play and you have a constant strumming pattern get stuck and rolling over yourself as you changing the courts. So it's gonna be a mind of a matter thing, but as you work over it and skip through, you'll slowly get the hang of it. What I did that helped a lot was are found songs online, off songs that I just wanted to play. And for me starting out, that was I remember correctly Clocks Bar Back or Coldplay, which I'm sure most of you know And the reason why they worked so well for me is the strumming pattern is very, very unique. So if I remember correctly or anything like this so strumming for that would be down, down, down, down, down, down Ah, map repeat throughout the whole song, so that is quite an easy one to have a look at and just play through. If you have access to websites such as guitar tabs, it is brilliant for a stop of thing because it gives you the strong pattern of the song you're trying to learn at the top. So as you progress and you slowly start to learn courts, pick out a song that you enjoy and that you want to learn and try and find it on guitar taps and have a look at what the proposed strumming pattern is. Or listen to a song so you can pick up a strumming pattern guitar dazzling. Give you the cords for the song and you can play along, cause example. After I've spoken, pause the video and I want you to try and recreate this court a soft, and I want you to try and be able to transition from D to a model Iman. Following that story down, down, up, up, changed to a minor and then do the down, down, up, up, twice done on, up, up, down and up, and then tradition to e minor down on up up and back to the okay, So I want you to try and play that and transition through it. So pause the video and give it a go rot. I hope you were able to do that, and he managed to get your way through those transitions. It's it's aware that helped me and found it better to associate what I'm doing to an actual song, then any technicalities or anything like that. So that will be an easy way for you to transition through your courts. Okay, so the next little trick I want you guys trying to figure out is a simple down strung with a bit of muting. So one way to mute the guitar is by resting your palm on the bridge off the guitar, which covers over the strings, and this will stop any bringing. This is a little bit more of an involved advance trick, but it's something just to keep in mind and practice around once you do get their label. So I want you to try play around with stunning down between Sea and a mano a mano and see share the same to court with Sorry for the A minus C. structure, you are gonna be using the same two fingers on the same two strings. So your pointing finger on the second law string off the first fret and then your middle finger on the third string. Second fret, and then you'll be just dropping your ring finger from the second string on the third fret down to the fourth string. On the second fret you doing this? Your whole middle finger came through a little bit over just to give it a bit more space as you moving. Wait, so that is a national combination to change between. So if the next little exercise we know look at is by anchoring your two fingers your ring thing in your pinky on the bottom two strings, this will allow you to change to up to five different chords or from that same position. It is a little bit more of an advanced trick, but it will help you move around the fretboard a lot easier without having to take your hands on, and often are enough. A normal. So once you are comfortable with all the courts, this will be the next step to try and save yourself some time. and space well trod play. So for this one, we're gonna anchor the two fingers at the bottom. I mean, a form that g shape on top. So your stategy would look similar to this playing on the hearty. But now we're gonna anchor on Move the pinky toe hearty, your ring finger. One string before Maggie. So with this, you can almost play the body of lifting those two figures. Starting happen is very simple. Right down. So what I'm doing with my pick? He's hitting the top three strings, meaning that bottom strings as almost like you can think of a drum pattern so almost like a snare and a hard hat would play off each other that much. I'm just doing the same here. All that is a simple down patent, but playing off the top strings in the bottom strings to give the song a little bit off a feeling, use your pick if you're comfortable with your fingers and play what you're hitting to get the sounds out that you want. So now you have three different techniques you can use from getting the court rocked to now advancing yourself to another level, so use these techniques and slowly, better yourself and challenge yourself to work through them to get yourself Thio Thio more comfortable state off playing. Okay, so I hope that this has helped you. This is the lost and final lesson in our course, and I hope they're beautiful. Strumming patterns can help you move on to the next level again, try and practices often as you can, and know your fingers are gonna get sore. But once you have completed and mastered your cords and changing between your cords, you can then move on to strumming and simple variants off your strumming patterns and then progress to downloading sheets off music off the Internet. And you are just going crazy with that. So let me know down below. If there are any other questions that you want to know, or any sections of this that you didn't understand or went elaborated, and I will put together a new class and focus on what you guys want, so practice as much as you can, and I hope to hear some amazing music coming from us. Cool