Your First Beginner Guitar Lesson! | Cameron Bruce | Skillshare

Your First Beginner Guitar Lesson!


Your First Beginner Guitar Lesson!


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8 Lessons (13m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. How To Use These Videos

    • 3. Parts of The Guitar

    • 4. Tuning your Guitar

    • 5. Your First Chord "A"

    • 6. Two More Chords D | E

    • 7. Your Project

    • 8. Ending

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About This Class

This lesson is for beginner guitar students.  For anyone who's picking up a guitar for the very first time and is wanting some clear instruction on how the guitar works as well as with the intention of learning their first three chords.

My intention is to cover each topic quickly and clearly, expecting that you will pause to take notes, practice or even rewind in order to fully understand any of the concepts presented.

Parts of the Guitar: We'll look at 3 key components of the guitar.

Tuning the Guitar: Once we understand the anatomy of the guitar a bit better we'll tune our guitars

Your First Chord:  We'll learn our first chord "A".  Here you'll want to consider referring to the Free PDF on how to read guitar diagrams.

2 More Chords: After smashing our "A" chord we'll move on to the "D" and "E" chords.  Refer to the chord diagrams PDF here.

Your Project:  Lastly we'll take the 3 chords we learnt and combine them to make music!

Good Luck and Have FUN!

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Cameron Bruce



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1. Introduction: Hi, my name is Kevin Bruce. I've been playing guitar for over 20 years and I've been a full-time professional musician for my entire working career. I really appreciate you taking the time to check out my course. These courses are bite-size lessons being ten to 15 to 20 minutes long, but packed full of really good information. This lesson particularly is intended for the very, very beginning. Someone who's never picked up a guitar or has picked up the guitar in the past, doesn't really remember anything that's coming back. Someone who's curious about learning. My teaching style really is about having a look at how Island at the time and what I wish I learned right early on. Sometimes a teacher's intention is just to get you playing as fast as possible, only to get years down the line and realize that there are holes in what you are learning. I will provide a structured framework in which you can look at the guitar specific way and understand how it works, not just how to play chords. In this lesson, we're going to look at certain parts of the guitar. We're going to learn how to tune on guitar. And at the end of it you're gonna walk away with three courts, your very first three columns. These chords are great teaching tool because they're also gonna give us important shapes that we're gonna use throughout our guitar plain lives, guys, I really encourage you to dive all in on this lesson, check it out, pause, take notes, practice, and I'll see you on the other side. Thank you. 2. How To Use These Videos: I'm going to present the information in these lessons as quickly and clearly as our care. My intention isn't that you watch these lessons to the m1g time and that automatically you have this information and potentially all this muscle memory required to play guitar. Rather, it's our present information. And if you feel like you need to pause the video, take a note, practice something. That's a great way to use these videos. 3. Parts of The Guitar: The first part of this lesson is going to be learning some parts of the guitar, the anatomy of the guitar. And through that, we're also going to learn some language and terminology. The guitar is a stringed instrument. It has six strings that run horizontally across the guitar neck. The second part of the tada we're going to look at are the threats. The threats are these metal bars and run vertically across the neck together the horizontal strings and the vertical threats give us location points for specific notes. We're gonna come back to that when we start checking out codes. The third part, and arguably the starting points are our guitar tuning pegs. The tuning pegs allows us to choose each individual string to a specific pitch. So let's go into the next lesson and chin appoggiatura. 4. Tuning your Guitar: Of course, one of the most important things that we are going to learn as guitarists is how to tune out the talk. I'm going to use this tuning up here so I can demonstrate to you just how to tune up your guitar. But if you've got a tuna boat into your guitar, or physical tuna or clip on tuna. A concept is the same on this tuna here. When I decrease the pitch, the noise waivers to the left and you can see it in red. When I increase the pitch, the node comes to the right. Now, none of those are good. We want to aim for the middle. When the middle is hits and the load goes green and we get that little tick. That's when we know we're into. Great job. We just tuned up R, E string. Let's go ahead and tune up the rest of our strings. Awesome job guys. If you need to pause this video, go back and watch. Please do a highly encourage it. But I'm going to see you in the next lesson. 5. Your First Chord "A": Now that we've tuned up on guitar and we've looked at the various parts of the guitar. We're gonna go ahead and play our first chord. I've already spoken about the strings and the threats, but let's talk a bit more about that because we need to know that when I talk about the fret specifically, I'm really talking about the gap. I'm not talking about the metal bar, but rather the gap that these these bars create. So the gap between there and there is our first fret, but the gap between there and there is our second fret. The gap between there and there is our third fret. We also need to agree on what we're going to call our fingers. Because I'm going to say put this finger over their index finger, middle finger, ring finger, and pinky. With that in mind, we really have three things to think about when structuring our courts. It's what finger is going to be used, what string isn't going on, and what fret is it on? So with that in mind, let's go ahead and put our first finger in place for the a chord. We're gonna take our index finger. We're going to find our fourth string, 1234. And we're gonna go to our second fret, one to put your finger right in the middle of the toolbox. That's gonna get you the best sound possible. Building on that, we're gonna take our middle finger. We're gonna find our third string and put it on our second fret. I wanna give you guys a little chance to get this on your own and then I'm gonna do it myself. Okay, so middle finger, okay, got it. Third string, 123, and I'm already on my second threats or book, just like that, right underneath my index finger. And the last thing we need to put in places are infinite. So there we go. When you navigate to our second string and we need to go to, yep, you get, you've got its second fret. There we go. Alright. So take some time. Really gets your fingers comfortable. Try get them in between the threads as much as possible. What you'll find is that if you touching your fret, you'll get a threat buzz or the Xander NPS clear. So you really want to find the best way to put your fingers together to allow for the court to renounce and sound as well as possible. Now keep your hand in that shape. That's our a chord. Now let's talk quickly about the right-hand and the strum. I'm gonna use a patron, but you can use your fingers, you can use your thumb, whatever is easier for you. But what's important to know what that a court is that we're only going to strum from the foot strip. Your gut instinct might want to be too strong all the strings. It's important to remember that for the acorn, we strum down from the fifth string. So let's find our fifth string, 12345. What that means is that we're not going to play the sixth string. What I like to do, and it's totally up to you and whatever's comfortable. As I like to use my thumb over the top of my guitar like this to gently mute the sixth string. That way nothing's really sounding when I'm strumming, but better than that is being accurate. So find your first string and I want you to strum down in one level even motion so that we can hear a chord. That's our ACO guys. I really hope that this lesson has been easy for you to follow. A really don't expect you to have this code perfectly under your fingers now and don't get discouraged if it doesn't sound exactly like you want it to right now, the important thing to know is that this is gonna take a long time to get under your fingers, to get into the muscle memory, to really know just automatically where cords are and where your fingers go. So take your time, practice that a code and we'll see for the next lesson. 6. Two More Chords D | E: Now that we've checked out the code, and we've also looked at how we talk about finding where our fingers go for a code. We're gonna check out two more coats. I'm gonna go through this relatively quickly and I'm going to leave diagrams in the resources. You're gonna be able to check out where your fingers go. So go ahead and print out the diagrams. Really focus on where your fingers go. The second quarter we're going to look at is the D chord. The D chord starts with our index finger, third string, second fret. So index finger, third string, 123, second fret, 12. Next is actually our ring finger, so our infant is gonna go second string, third fret. So ring finger, second string, 12, third fret, 123. Like that. I hope that's clear. Middle finger, first string, second fret. Like with a code where we only strummed from the fifth string. The D chord also has a specific string that you Strom form, which is the fourth string. So go find your fourth string, 1234, and strung down in one level, measured even stroke. Also, a third chord we're going to check out is the ii chord. So let's jump straight into it. And middle finger is going to go fifth string, second fret, middle fingers, 12345. Second fret, one to. Next is our ring finger, fourth string, second fret, 123412 there. And lastly, our index finger is going to go third string first for it, 123 first fit. But okay, so those are all the fingers Neil for the Eastern. Luckily with the Eastern we don't have to be as pedantic about where we started from. We can strum all the strings. So in one even motion, strum down from the sixth string. Guys, there's a lot of information yet. Please pause the video where you need to practice the D chord. Practice the ii chord. Practice finding where your fingers go. And after that, you're going to find that the shapes start to embed themselves in your mind and in your muscle memory. And going back to the cause becomes easier and easier. 7. Your Project: We've now looked at three corns and we're going to want to string those three chords together. But I want to make this really simple because what happens with a lot of Beginner Guitar students is that changing between chords becomes difficult. You know, it's really easy for us to, in our own time, find where our fingers go and play the chord. But the real magic and the challenge of the tar is being able to automatically change between causes quickly as possible within time. That's what makes it musical. So for you guys and the project for this little lesson is going to be come up with a combination of the three chords we've looked at today and strung them each four times, changing between the three chords as quickly as possible within time. I want to give you an example of what that might look like. Now, I'm gonna go in the order that we learned to cause a, D, E. I am going to strum each chord down four times. And I'm going to focus on changing between the courts as quickly as possible, and I'm gonna do that within the specific tempo of however, foster decides to play my chords and I'm going to do that to a specific rhythm. So let's take it really slow and we're gonna go 1234. We're gonna strum a chord down four times. And then we're going to change our next chord, not missing a beat on the next chord. What that might look like is this 123412341234. You will notice that the change between the codes happens perfectly in time with what i'm play. What we wanna try and battle against is losing the rhythm of what we're paying between chords like this. In that we've already lost the feeling of the musicality. We really want to focus on changing chords as quickly as possible, but we'd only change as fast as possible without thinking about where our fingers are good. This is really what takes time with guitar. So again, as your project, take the combination of codes we've learned today. Ade, come up with your own combination when you think sounds or coolest, whatever it might be, format on your cell phone and upload it to this course, a con, wait to see what you guys have learned. I really think that if you take the time to implement these basic little things that I've mentioned in this course. You guys are going to be rocking in no time. 8. Ending: Guys, thank you so much for taking this course. I know that it might seem daunting. They might seem like you just your fingers won't go into the correct place. But I promise you that if you take a little bit of time out of your day, each day and just practice this. You'll be playing in no time. Please take the time to review my course. I'd love to hear what you guys thought and how I can improve. And if there's something specific you'd like to learn, let me know and I'll consider making a video about it. Otherwise, guys, I really appreciated consider checking out other courses I've done and I'll see you in the next one.