How to play Guitar for beginners in 10 weeks - Week 2 | Christopher Richter | Skillshare

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How to play Guitar for beginners in 10 weeks - Week 2

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Introduction - Week 2


    • 2.

      How to tune your guitar - with a tuner


    • 3.

      D Major chord


    • 4.

      G Major chord


    • 5.

      Stop the buzzing


    • 6.

      What is a time signature?


    • 7.

      Strumming pattern


    • 8.

      Practice track intro


    • 9.

      Practice Open Ocean 52 bpm


    • 10.

      Practice Open Ocean 62 bpm


    • 11.

      Practice Open Ocean 72 bpm


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About This Class

This class is week two (2) of a 10 week course that will take you from 0 to confident acoustic rhythm guitar player in 10 weeks.

In this class you will learn:

  • Two new chords, D Major and G Major
  • How to tune your guitar with an electric guitar tuner
  • A new guitar rhythm
  • How to stop the buzzing sound
  • What a time signature is

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.

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Christopher Richter

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1. Introduction - Week 2: welcome to Week number two in the course, learned to play rhythm guitar in 10 weeks. My name is Chris Richter. It's awesome to have you back again. Last week we looked at the parts of the guitar way. Also Lent had a whole a good topic, had a strong guitar, and we learned their 1st 2 chords E minor and a minor. By now, you should be very comfortable playing. That's two chords. This week we will look at the two new courts. G Major and D Major have to tune a guitar using an electric guitar tuner and how to play a new guitar rhythm to help you had a bit more. I'll also give you some hints to try and stop those annoying, buzzing sounds that happen when you're first learning guitar, Let's get started. 2. How to tune your guitar - with a tuner: to tune a guitar, U N Aid to know the names of the strings, the strings and numbered from the thinnest string as number one to the thicker string as number six. It's easier to learn the strings. Counting backwards from the six string string six is the night e String five is the night a string for is the note. D String three is the note G String to is the night be on string. One is the night e notice that string one and six are both a nights, but string six sans lower than string one. They are known the same as in They're both the note e. But there what is called an octave apart Music uses the letters A, B, C, D, E, f and G and then the nights or repeat again. This way we can have more than one of any night. In the case of the guitar, we can have more than one e note. For this lesson, we use an electric guitar. China that looks like this Using a guitar tuner, make sure you read the instructions first. Check that the tuna is on the guitar, sitting as it could be on base or the chromatic sitting. Place the tuna on the head stock of the guitar and play the low, a string used to cheating pig that lines up with the string. Either tighten or loosen the cheating pig for the G string. If the tuna is showing a note higher than the E, then you would need to loosen the string by turning the Chilean pig in the direction that max history loose. Keep adjusting the tension on the string until the China choose a line in the middle with the correct name of the string below the line. In this case, it will be the night e. Now that the A string is in chain, we can move to the ice cream. It may take a little world to get it right. Persevere. Be patient and slowly you'll get H night in chain. Now let's move to the D string to the G string next to the base string on And finally, the thin a string. One important thing to remember is that you may need to get back through all the strings again and check that they are still okay. The reason for this is because as you talk, the strings on the neck neck can move slightly, and this would change the tuning on all the strings. So get back to the top back to the six string and quickly check through again and make sure everything is stating. Tune it or make a fine adjustment if you need to. Once you have all the strings in chain, it's time to play in a Monaco owed and safe. It sounds like this. It sounds a sign that it's golden chain. If not, get back to the start Dragon, you have now tuned your guitar using an electric guitar tuna. 3. D Major chord: the next chord will look at is the D major chord. Remember, each finger in your hand is numbered. Your index finger is one. Your middle finger is too. Your ring finger is three, and a little finger is number four. The top of the court diagram is the nut on the guitar, and the horizontal lines are the fritz. Here we go to play a D chord, place your index finger on the third string in the second, fret your second or middle finger on the first string in the second fret and your third or ring finger on the second string. In the third fret, you'll notice the shape of this cord looks like an arrow pointing towards the body of the guitar. You take your fingers off, let's put them on again your first finger on the third string. In the second, fret your second finger on the first string in the second fret and your third finger on the second string in the third fret again. It should look like an arrow pointing towards the body of the guitar. Let's see if we can strum one important thing you need to remember before we strum on this card. You're night. It's a little X in the top left hand corner of the court shot. This X tells us not to play the string below the X so we don't play the six string when you play a D accord and it takes a bit of practice to strum without accidentally bumping the six string. But we don't play that string. So let's try and strum a D court. He'll be gay. 123 Take your fingers off. Put them back on again. First finger, third string second fret his second finger face string second fret and your third finger. Second string third fret. Don't strung the six string he every day. One, 23 for perfect, You've now lend a D major chord. 4. G Major chord: we will now look at how to play G or G Magic cord. A J Magic cord is what I call the stretchy guitar chord. Place your first finger on the fifth string in the second. Fret your second finger on the six string in the third, fret, then stretch your third finger all the way down to the first string in the third. Fret just like these. You notice him much. You have to stretch to be able to play the J court that's try strum down four times he be gay one to 34 Take your fingers off the guitar. Let's try again. Place your fingers on a J code first finger on the fifth string in the second fret second finger on the six string in the third fret, then stretch your third finger all the way down to the first string. On the third, fret that strum again. Here we go, one to three four. Repeat this 10 times, strumming four times. Remove your fingers. Put your fingers back on a G chord and stronger game. Once you are comfortable with the J cord, try playing the a Monaco owed, then switching back to J. then back again to a minor, learning to change courts quickly while strumming It is a challenge that once master, less you to play so many songs quickly end in time. 5. Stop the buzzing: stop the buzzing as a beginner. One of the most frustrating things convey the buzzing noise that comes from your guitar when you strum the reason for this is that your fingers and not Harding the attack or tight enough or in the right place? Oh, uh, that you are touching other strings. So let's check each of these air before you go any further to show you what I mean. How your fingers on an I'm on record like this. Now play each string one of the time from the six string all the way to the first ring As you play, check to see if you can hear each individual string. Clearly. Here we go. Six five for 321 If a string is bounced in, the first thing to do is make your fingers closer to the front of the fret. So I move your fingers forward towards the body of the guitar. Let's try again. You okay? Six, five, 32 and one starting to Sam better. The next thing to check is that you're not touching another string with your fingers. Make sure you could your hand around. And if you have to maybe a wrist a bit further around the neck to make a bigger gap between your fingers and the fretboard. This will reduce the chance of you touching a string that you shouldn't be touching. Let's try again. He were gay using a mynah 65 32 and one much better. The last thing to do is make sure you have enough pressure on the strings, so keep your thumb tight on the back of the neck and put your fingers into the neck a little bit tighter. As you practice your cords, keep adjusting so that you can remove that buzzing sound. 6. What is a time signature?: what is a time signature. The time signature is a simple way to explain to a musician how many notes and the type of note that there is in a bar. Remember, a bar is the distance between the two vertical lines on a piece of music. A time signature has two numbers. In this example, we have 44 The numbers are written one above the other. The top or first number tells us how Maney notes we have in a bar. In this case, it is a number four, so there's four nights in a bar. The second number, which is just it's important, tells us the type of notes that we have in about. In this case. It is also the number four. If you imagine the four at the bottom is being part of a fraction, for example, 1/4 so 1/4. Then this tells us that we must use quarter notes. In music, we have what is called a whole night, which is a semi brave. The half night, which is a minimum 1/4 night, which is a crutch, it in an ice night, which is a quiver. Did you notice the quarter night. Call the crutch it when we see 44 it's a time signature is telling us the bottom four means we Macias a crutch It as the top of night in a by so 44 actually means four Cratchit beats per bar. So we we can't 1234 Cratchit Image bar. So to do that, we would just get 123 full. It doesn't mean we can only play crotch. It beats in a bar. It means that when we can't the bar, we must can't for crutch abates. In this example, we could also use quivers, which are half the value of a crutch. It we still have four crutch. It's but because two quivers take up the same space as a crutch, it we can have eight quivers in a bar full for it is starting to get a little bit confusing . But the more you play, the more you get used to it and start to understand how it all fits together. Understanding here, time signatures work will become very important when we move onto strumming and extra them pen 7. Strumming pattern: strumming pattern. This pattern is in four for which we now know means four Cratchit Bates per bar. The rhythm uses quivers and is counted as one end to end three and four. And when we strong this pattern, we're going to strum Dan, then up, Dan. Then up Dan and up, Dan, Then up nice and evenly you can see in this rhythm pattern that were streaming down with the arrows Point down, then up When the arrow points up by playing your a man Accord, Let's try this rhythm. I can't you in 1st 1234 Damn up, Dan! Dan, Up, down, up! The trick with this pattern is being our to change course without stopping. This is where you need to practice. Try again. Strumming an a minor chord Thin Switching to a mynah 1234 Dan up! Damn up, Dan, Down change, Dan! Damn! Damn! Damn! Came on it! Damn up, Dan! Damn Down came on a dam. Dam Dam, Dam up! Things will takes in practice. Take it slightly as this pattern will set you up for the rhythm patterns that you were learning the weeks to come 8. Practice track intro: to help you practice this pattern. I have some practice tracks for you. This court shot is called Open Ocean and we hope you strum along using your new chords. G major in D major as the Willis accords you've already lent in the previous lessons. A mile and a manner. The practice track will give you four Bates counting. And don't forget the double dots mean to repeat the practice Trek has different tempos. Slow, medium and a bit faster. Few to practice along with good luck. 9. Practice Open Ocean 52 bpm: 10. Practice Open Ocean 62 bpm: 11. Practice Open Ocean 72 bpm: