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Learn Guitar: Beginner Guitar Masterclass

teacher avatar Henry Olsen, Beginner Guitar Expert

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Guitar Masterclass Introduction Video

      3:06

    • 2.

      Learn about "guitar language"

      3:51

    • 3.

      How to tune the guitar

      9:58

    • 4.

      Your first chord "E major"

      7:53

    • 5.

      More chords D,E,A,E

      9:42

    • 6.

      Smoke on the water style

      5:20

    • 7.

      More new chords G,D,G,D

      4:41

    • 8.

      More new chords AM,C,Am,C

      3:48

    • 9.

      8&9First strumming pattern

      12:18

    • 10.

      10 A new strumming pattern

      10:31

    • 11.

      11 DDUUDU strumming

      14:39

    • 12.

      12 3 little birds simple strumming

      5:49

    • 13.

      13 3 little birds original strumming

      4:44

    • 14.

      14 stand by me

      5:30

    • 15.

      15 sweet home Alabama

      9:36

    • 16.

      16 Knocking on Heavens door

      6:33

    • 17.

      17 Getting started with fingerstyle

      10:55

    • 18.

      18 Intro to tabs

      4:18

    • 19.

      19 Are you with me

      5:22

    • 20.

      20 Prayer in C

      9:37

    • 21.

      22 DDDDU DDUUDU

      3:20

    • 22.

      23 DU DU U U DU

      2:33

    • 23.

      24 D D DU

      3:32

    • 24.

      25 D D DU DU U DU

      3:58

    • 25.

      26 D D DU DU

      2:40

    • 26.

      27 D D DU

      3:02

    • 27.

      28 Intro to palm muting NT

      4:22

    • 28.

      29 DXUUXU

      5:24

    • 29.

      30 DU XU XU XU

      3:43

    • 30.

      31 D D DUUD DUDU

      2:33

    • 31.

      32 DUXU UXU

      2:48

    • 32.

      33 D DUD DUDUDU UDU

      3:08

    • 33.

      10 songs Introduction

      3:22

    • 34.

      Wild thing final explanation

      7:35

    • 35.

      Wild thing final PA

      2:34

    • 36.

      Sweet home final explanation

      5:29

    • 37.

      Sweet home final PA

      3:06

    • 38.

      The Joker Final EX

      4:34

    • 39.

      The Joker Final PA

      2:25

    • 40.

      12 Bar blues explanation

      5:53

    • 41.

      12 Bar Blues Final PA

      3:05

    • 42.

      La Bamba Final Explanation

      2:49

    • 43.

      La Bamba Final PA

      2:19

    • 44.

      Let your love shine explanation

      5:15

    • 45.

      Let your love shine PA

      3:48

    • 46.

      The Joker Final EX

      4:34

    • 47.

      The Joker Final PA

      2:25

    • 48.

      The wonderer final Ex

      4:01

    • 49.

      The wonderer Final Playalong

      2:41

    • 50.

      Blues Introduction

      3:17

    • 51.

      1 12 bar blues using chords

      5:03

    • 52.

      2 12 bar blues using chords PA

      3:51

    • 53.

      3 bar blues bass first

      3:12

    • 54.

      4 12 bar blues bass first PA

      3:10

    • 55.

      5 12 bar blues more groove

      2:26

    • 56.

      6 12 bar blues more groove PA

      4:06

    • 57.

      7 12 bar blues arpegio

      4:12

    • 58.

      8 12 bar blues arpegio PA

      3:57

    • 59.

      9 12 bar blues turnaround

      4:24

    • 60.

      10 12 bar blues turnaround placement

      3:10

    • 61.

      11 12 bar blues turnaround PA

      6:48

    • 62.

      12 12 bar blues turnaround nr

      4:16

    • 63.

      13 12 bar blues quickchange

      3:19

    • 64.

      14 12 bar blues quick change PA

      3:35

    • 65.

      15 12 bar blues in E

      3:39

    • 66.

      16 12 bar blues in E PA

      2:51

    • 67.

      17 12 bar blues in E turnaround placement

      4:02

    • 68.

      18 12 bar blues in E turnaround PA

      5:26

    • 69.

      19 12 bar blues in different keys

      10:05

    • 70.

      20 12 bar blues in different keys PA

      4:28

    • 71.

      21 12 bar blues turnaround in any key

      4:12

    • 72.

      Blues conclusion

      1:12

    • 73.

      Bobby Tillan knocking on heavens door nr

      6:30

    • 74.

      Bobby Tillan Knocking nr

      2:20

    • 75.

      Bobby Tillan Kocking nr

      3:35

    • 76.

      Bobby Tillan nr2 PA

      1:36

    • 77.

      Ericios Clatpios explanation

      3:20

    • 78.

      Erico Claptios PA

      2:18

    • 79.

      Hotel CA Explanation

      7:34

    • 80.

      Hotel CA PA

      3:40

    • 81.

      Jimmy Henderlicks explanation

      3:29

    • 82.

      Jimmy Henderlicks PA1

      2:45

    • 83.

      Jimmy Henderlicks PA2

      2:03

    • 84.

      Lennard Skinherd explanation

      3:42

    • 85.

      Lennard Skinherd PA 1

      1:08

    • 86.

      Lennard Skinherd PA 2

      1:08

    • 87.

      Pink floyd Wish you were here Explanation

      3:37

    • 88.

      Pink floyd Wish you were here PA

      2:35

    • 89.

      Stand by me explanation

      5:23

    • 90.

      Stand By me pa 1

      1:57

    • 91.

      Stand by me PA 2

      3:10

    • 92.

      The Animals House Explanation

      3:24

    • 93.

      The Animals PA

      2:26

    • 94.

      The beatle band let it be explanation

      5:53

    • 95.

      The Beatle band Let it be pa

      2:03

    • 96.

      The rollling stones Angie Explanation

      6:00

    • 97.

      The Rolling stones Angie PA

      2:48

    • 98.

      1 Classical VS Western

      5:57

    • 99.

      2 electric VS acoustic

      5:45

    • 100.

      3 Tuning

      6:43

    • 101.

      4 capo

      5:55

    • 102.

      5 String talk

      5:38

    • 103.

      6 Different electric guitar models

      14:41

    • 104.

      7 all about acoustic guitars

      6:22

    • 105.

      8 amps

      6:46

    • 106.

      9 Locking tuners

      2:54

    • 107.

      10 Pedals

      4:02

    • 108.

      11 locking strap

      3:34

    • 109.

      12 pick talk

      3:25

    • 110.

      13 slide

      4:19

    • 111.

      14 guitar stand

      2:45

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About This Class

Welcome to this Beginner Guitar Masterclass!

This guitar course is going to take you from ZERO to HERO in a very short amount of time. My name is Henry Olsen and I've been teaching guitar professionally for 8 years. I have 14 published guitar courses and an average rating of 4.6! For this guitar course, I took all of my experience and feedback from thousands of guitar students just like you and packed the best of the best into ONE 12 hour guitar masterclass. Now you'll have the benefit of a tested and retested beginner guitar learning method! I promise you FAST and EASY progress, and you'll have a lot of FUN during the process :-)

In this class you will learn:

How to hold the guitar

How to tune the guitar

Beginner guitar chords and how to play them smoothly

How to play bends on the guitar

Guitar slides

Guitar vibrato

Basic solo guitar

The pentatonic scale for fun guitar soloing

Guitar hammer-ons and pull-offs

Fun beginner guitar songs

How to play the guitar and sing at the same time

Beginner guitar tips and tricks

Fun beginner guitar songs

Easy guitar techniques that guarantee fast progress

How to play guitar with friends

Basic guitar maintenance tips

Basically everything you need to know about learning the guitar :-)

Imagine the next time someone asks you to pick up the guitar at a family gathering and NOW you can play songs everyone knows and enjoys with ease and confidence. You'll be the star at the party and everyone will love you for it!  After you enroll in this guitar course, you won't need to imagine anymore. I take you step-by-step and note-by-note through all the elements needed to make this a reality in a very short amount of time!!!

Every song lesson comes with a play-along feature, so after you´re done learning the song, I play it with you at a slow and comfortable tempo, and you´ll always have an easy time putting it into practical use.

The guitar course also comes with a 42-page picture chord book, so you´ll have an easy time following along with all the lessons.

This beginner guitar method has WORKED on thousands of guitar students and I know it will work for you!

Become the guitar player you´ve always dreamed of being and ENROLL NOW!!!

You won´t regret it...

Here are what some of my guitar students have said in the past!

"Just amazing, Can't ask for more simple and easy step by step learning.
The good thing is I´m learning and the instructor is proving to be the best. Glad
I found this course! Thank You, sir!"

"I have just completed this course and would comment accordingly.
Extremely well-constructed, laid out, and balanced course, targeting all the key areas of guitars and gear. The information and advice provided by Henry Olsen provide the student with a sound grounding and prepares
them for their journey ahead. I found the lectures most informative and
stimulating and have further invigorated me to explore some new aspects
of my playing too. Highly recommended, and I would urge anyone,
certainly a beginner, to work through this course. Thank you, Will."

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Henry Olsen

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Henry Olsen is a self-taught professional guitarist with 20 years of playing experience and 10 years of 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, and 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 Croa... See full profile

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1. Guitar Masterclass Introduction Video: Hi there. My name is Henry Olsen, and I wanna welcome you to this beginner guitar masterclass. Now, if you're tired of searching through YouTube, Teoh Onley find lessons that are too hard for you or they aren't structured and you just don't know which way to go next. And you're looking for a step by step structured class. This is exactly what you're gonna beginning here. I'm gonna take you by the hand step by step and note by note. And I'm gonna teach you everything that you're gonna need to know. In order to play guitar with ease, we're gonna be learning songs. I have pdf files for all of those songs. I also have what's called a play along feature. So after I tell you the song, you're gonna be ableto watch that play along, download the pdf and play along with me this way learning is gonna be totally effective for you We're also gonna be learning blues basics. I'm gonna be showing you the basics of solo Way I'm gonna be teaching you how to re tablet Cher's I'm gonna be teaching you all about different guitars And the year that goes along with the guitars, different strings, K pose, slides, all that good stuff. So this master class is really going to give you everything that you're gonna need to know in order to really make serious progress and have a lot of fun on the guitar. Okay, The course also comes with a 42 page, um, court book. So that way, everything I teach you is going to be in one place. So you're going to be able to download that chord book and really have a beautiful place. You can always come to Teoh, find what you're looking for and to make that fast progress with ease. So I really have a lot of experience teaching online and also with riel one on one students I teach. Um, I've taught thousands of hours one on one, so far as well. So I'm a very experienced teacher, and I'm very, very confident that this course is exactly what you need to make that progress. That you, um, so badly, um, have been wanting to make so without resisting, join this course, and I'm sure you will not regret it. Feel free to contact me any time within the course. I'm also always here to help you out. All right. My name's Henry Olsen. I can't wait to help you reach the next step in your guitar journey. All right. See, on the inside. Take it easy by 2. Learn about "guitar language": All right. So welcome to this lesson in this lesson. I'm gonna be teaching you just the basic language that you're gonna need to know when learning the guitar. So let's just get right into it, then you're going to see this is gonna make a lot of sense in upcoming lessons. So the first thing that we need to know is that these here are the frets. So this is the first fret, the second fret. Third fret and so on. So the first fret ends as soon as I passed this little fret pin here, you see that? So as soon as I pass it, I'm on to the second front. All right, so that's probably pretty logical for you, but just in case, I have to explain these things. So the 1st 1st 2nd for it, Third for and so on, then you see, we have the strings. Now, of course, that's very obvious. But when you have to know about the strings is that we count them in a certain way. So it's a little bit counterintuitive, as are a couple of things on the guitar. It's not as easy as the piano. It's not, is beautifully laid out and just logical to understand, but without getting into that. So what you need to know is that we count the strings on the guitar from the bottom up, So that means this is gonna be the first string. This is gonna be the second string, Third string, fourth string, 5th 6th Okay, So normally, the kind of intuitive thing would be to count. This one is the 1st 1 And I have a lot of students that kind of struggle without at the beginning. So you're gonna have to kind of really turn a force yourself to count from the bottom up. Okay? And the reason that's important is that if I tell you, put your finger on the third string, you're gonna have to know that I'm talking about this string and not this strength. Because we were coming from here, it would be 123 Now, on the guitar, that is the 1 to 3/4 string. OK, so that's just something that you're gonna have to put to memory. And, um, just know that that is just how the language about the guitar works. Okay, so one more thing that I have to teach you is your fingers. So this is your first finger number one. This is your second finger number two. Number three, Number four. That is important because in the court charts that we're gonna be learning. And also, if I ever tell you, put your first finger on the third fret first string, you're gonna take your first finger, you're gonna put it on the third string and on the first fret. Okay, so you're gonna have to know that this is your first fret that this is your third string and that this is your first finger. And I hope that's not confusing you. Maybe rewatch this one time if it's too much information at once. But that's about it for now. So this is just kind of the basic language that we use when we're talking about the guitar . Um, and it's also what you will always see in court charts. So any time you see the number three, um, it means that you're using your ring finger. If you see the number four museums in your pinky and I'm gonna be explaining that in more detail in upcoming lessons as well, of course. Okay, so Now you understand kind of the basic language that we use when we talk about the guitar . Let's move on now and apply what we learned to our first court. All right, See, in the next lesson. Thanks for joining me. See there. Bye bye. 3. How to tune the guitar: all right. So before we can do anything on the guitar, of course, we have to get into tune. So under explained to you how to get a tune and what to look for when you're buying a tuner . So, first of all, let's talk about the right to know to get, um, and what to kind of look for just the basics. So there's really two possibilities in my mind. The 1st 1 is the most simple, the cheapest kind of the easiest one, but not the best one. So that is your cell phone, so you can just go to your APP store type in guitar tuner, and you will find a free guitar tuner that you can download on your phone and used to tune . Now that does work well, but it's not as accurate as a clip on tuner, which is my favorite thing to use. So why do I like the clip on tuner? Well, there's a couple of reasons. The 1st 1 is it's much more accurate, and the second reason is that once I clip it on to my guitar, what it does is actually senses the vibration directly from the instrument and tells me what no is being played. The cell phone relies on a microphone, so that means if you're somewhere where there's Children running around or if your husband or wife starts to yell at you because you're not doing your chores or whatever reason, um, you will pick up that noise and you won't be able to tune. Okay, so with the clip on tuner, no matter what's going on around you, you will always be able to tune since it's picking up the vibrations. Okay, so I highly recommend getting one of these clip on tuners. This is a core clip on tuner. Andi, I recommend Cork just because it's what I have experience with. So they make good tuners. It always works. I love it. OK, ok, so now let's talk about literally getting your guitar into tune. So there's a couple of things that you're gonna have to kind of look out for. Um, the first thing is, of course, what notes you are gonna be tuning your tuning pigs, too. And what I want to do now is give you this little riddle so you'll have an easy time remembering it. Okay, so it goes like this. Um, elephants and donkeys grow big ears. OK, so l offense and donkeys grow big ears. All right, So what I want you to do now is just kind of visualize that just for a second, just so it can kind of really stick as a visual image in your head because you won't forget it. So just try to plant that visual image of elephants and donkeys with big ears, and you'll always remember. Okay, so one more time elephants and donkeys grow big ears. Okay, So that means that we're gonna be tuning the sixth string to the note e the fifth string to the note. A the fourth string to the note, G. Um, sorry, D c. Even I'm getting confused here. E a d g b e. Okay. Elephants and donkeys grow big years. All right. OK, so, um, that's about that for as far as what? No, you're gonna be tuning to the next thing that you're gonna have to kind of know is what direction? To turn the tuning pegs in order to either raise or lower the pitch of the note. Okay. And there's easy way to remember that. So what I like to tell my students. Is that from your perspective? So from the where you sit when you're looking at the pegs, the top ones, if you turn them counterclockwise, you're raising the pitch. Okay, so the top ones, if you turn counterclockwise, you're raising the pitch and the bottom ones. If you turn counterclockwise, you're lowering the pitch. Okay, so just kind of trying to remember like that, and most of all, just play around with it a little bit. Twist them. Listen to see what's happening with the tone with the tonal difference. Just get a feeling for whether you're raising the notes or lowering them. OK, so one more time, top ones counterclockwise, you're raising them, and in the bottom counterclockwise, you are lowing them, lowering them. Okay. All right. So, um, let's now get into the close up. And what I'm going to show you is exactly how to use a to honor to tune your guitar. Okay, so I'm gonna have my guitar slightly out of tune, and we're going to be tuning it together. Our I'll see you in the close up Injustice. I see there. Bye bye. All right. So welcome to the close up. So, as I said, we're going to be doing elephants and donkeys grow big ears. So e a D g b. I'm starting off on my e now. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna play the note and you can hear I'm letting the no ring. I'm not stopping it from ringing, Okay? Some playing the note, letting it ring, and now I can see that it's low. So what I want is for that little arrow there to go up to the middle. Okay? And you can see it's lower than the middle. So that means I'm going to turn counterclockwise while the notes ringing. And slowly you're not going to major turning. Just gonna be a stew. A slow, um, turn just kind of with feeling okay. And now, you see, I went a little bit too high, so I'm gonna go down just a little bit, and now you can see is stopping in the middle. So that is perfect. One other thing that I want to point out here is that now you can see I have the note e There's nothing in front of the ER behind it. Let me just show you this really quickly. So now you see there's a e with a little be sign after it. And that sign that little bee after the e means that it's a flattened e. So that means it's lower than the note e. And I don't want that. Okay, So any time you see the note that you're trying to tune Teoh and a little sign either, um, in front of your behind it it's not the note you want. You want the pure one. Okay, so I'm gonna go up now. I turned the wrong one. Go up. OK, now, you see that little notes gone. And now I have a pure e. Okay, let's do our, um OK, now you can see there's a b with that little be there. OK, so a B, that means I'm too high. OK, so I need to go from be down to a So I'm just gonna go down, and now you can see the a appears and and I'm gonna go down a little bit more and now we are in the middle. Okay, let's do d You can see the no d is here, but I'm still low so I'm going toe Go upwards with it. Okay, g a little bit low. We're gonna go up. Let me just show you what happens if you go over the G. C. That little sign now that means we have a g sharp. So that means we're 1/2 step above G, and we have to go down. So with the e sign, we had e with a little bee and the bee means that it's flat, that it's lower and that we have to go higher on here with the G. You see this other sign here? And that means that were too high. So we have to go lower. Okay, So I'm gonna go down turning the wrong one. Hard to talk him tuned and think about these things the same. So I'm at the D now on the G sharp. We're gonna go down to the G C that now have pure ghee. Be next, See Nice in the middle of in the last one is you can see it's a little bit high. We're gonna go down, okay? And I'm just gonna retest it one last time. So I don't play the east drink low e string perfect. A string perfect D string Perfect G B e. And you can see there's no Sharps or no flats. So that's exactly what we're going for. Okay, so I really hope that this makes sense and that you're able to get your guitar into tune using this video. All right, let's move on to the next lesson. Now, where I'm gonna be showing you, um, all kinds of different cool things. All right, See you there by 4. Your first chord "E major": All right, So let's learn our first chord now. Now, the first core that we're gonna be learning is called the e major chord. And I will put it right here so that you can see exactly what friend Amman which finger is on which fret and in which strength. Okay, so again, this is my first finger, my second finger and my third finger. Um, And what we're gonna do is we're going to start off by taking our first finger and putting it on the third string. First fret. Okay, So before we finished building the e major court, I just want to tell you how to fret the frets properly first. So you never want to have your finger all the way in the back of the front like that. You always wanna have it either in the middle, at least in the middle or as close to the front as possible. And the reason for that is that you won't need as much pressure to get the note out of the guitar as if you would need if you were back here, you can see I'm not getting a clear sound. Okay? The further forward I go. The clearer the sound becomes okay. Another thing that I want you to kind of play with a little bit is using your finger. And first of all, not applying pressure. But then slowly start to apply some pressure until the note starts to ring. And that way, your training your fingers to know how much pressure they need to get the note out of instrument. Okay. Ah, lot of beginner guitarists will clamp down as if their life was depending on it. And they're simply using much, much more strength. And they actually need to get the note. Okay, So what I want you to do is kind of just play with it a little bit and see where that sweet spot is. Okay. All right. So let's continue building r e Major chord now. So we already put our first finger on the first fret Third string. Now we're gonna take our second finger, are middle finger and put it on the fifth string. Second fret. Okay, then we're gonna take our last finger, which is a ring finger, and put its on the second fret fourth string again. I'm counting from the bottom up. Okay, we learn this. Remember that. And in this case, we're going to be playing all six strings. Okay, Um, with our next chord, which is gonna be a major were only only playing five strength and I explained to you how you're gonna know how many strings to play. Okay, so let's just focus on E. Major now and then I'll show you that on the A major so you can see I'm playing all six strings and I'm holding down all of the notes. So a couple things are gonna happen when you try to do this at home, OK, the first thing is that you might be getting this kind of a sound kind of buzzy sound, and that means that you're not applying enough pressure. Okay, so we talked about this. You're gonna have to apply a little bit more pressure to turn this sound into this. Sounds OK. The other thing that's surely gonna happen to you as a total beginner is that as you play on these notes, the skin from this finger. So let's say I'm trying to get this note. The skin from this finger will most the time automatically touch this string and that's gonna mute it out. Okay, so our big challenge now is to really use our fingertips so you don't want to hold the strings like this. You want to really use the tips of your fingers and really try to keep them straight. Okay. So that you avoid touching the string under your finger. OK, so with e major chord, the major kind of dangers are either with your first finger, you're gonna be touching the second string or with your ring finger. You're gonna be touching the third string. Okay, so that means you're gonna hit a chord and the notes just aren't gonna ring. OK, so this is what I want you to dio take your thumb and just gently play each note as a single knows. Okay. Nice and slowly, nice and gently. And that way, you're gonna be able to identify exactly which notes aren't ringing and which fingers are kind of the problematic fingers. Okay, So play the notes as a single note, nice and slowly, and one more really, really important thing here is that I don't want you to get frustrated or stressed out when these problems that I describe start to happen to you because these air typical beginner problems that every beginner goes through without exception. Okay, So don't be yourself up if the notes are all ringing perfectly or if it's just not working perfectly. It's a process that lasts a couple of months at the beginning until everything really starts to roll nicely and flow nicely. So don't beat yourself up. One more really important tip would be to, um, if you can practice daily, even if it's for 10 minutes. So if it's 10 20 minutes, that's great. Anything that's over that is even better. Okay, so, um, if you can practice daily and what that's gonna do is just train your muscle memory and your fingers will really start to remember the form that they need to take to be able to grab and play these chords with these. Okay, All right, so that's our first chord, E major chord. And once you've done the tests and strum them one by one, then you can start and what I'm doing, I'm using my thumb. I'm just gently stroking the strings with my thumb. Now I know what you're probably asking. You're probably thinking, Well, when do I start using a pick, or how do I strum the strings properly? Because I always get that question. Don't worry about that. For now, All we're focusing on now is just getting clean nodes and using the skin on our fingers on the right hand to kind of really feel what's happening and feel which notes are ringing in , which aren't. Okay. Okay, So in the, um, next lesson, I'm gonna be showing you two more records, and then we're going to start to kind of do our first, um, little court exercises, All right? And that's going to really get you playing very quickly. Okay, I'll see you the next lesson. Play with the e major chord, you know, and just experiment with getting nice and clear notes out of your guitar. All right. I'll see you the next list and see their take it easy by 5. More chords D,E,A,E: All right. So how are you doing with that E major court? Is it? Is it working for you? Can you get the notes to clearly sound and ring out? I really hope so. All right. So let's move on to a major now. So for a major, what we're gonna be doing is we're taking our pinky for the second string, a ring finger for the third string and our middle finger for the fourth string. And it's all on the second. Fret now, in some music books, you might see it like this with your third finger here. Your middle finger here in your first finger here. Okay. And that's how I originally learned it as well. But I noticed that none of my favorite guitar players ever held it like that. And it took up so much space. So I recommend for you to do and how I'm going to teach you. And how I did all my students is to play a major like this. OK, so you can see it over here. Um, and what we have to know now about a major chord is that we're not playing with sixth string. OK, so if you look at the box here, you'll see a little Red X on the sixth string. And that's how you'll know in the court books and in my court book, which strings you don't play. Okay, so with E Major, Before, when we learned it, there were no exes. And that means that we play all six strings. And now that we're on a major, since there's X, it means that we're only going to be playing five strings. So now our fifth string is gonna be our lowest note ring. Okay, Okay. So now again, we're gonna be doing the same thing as we did with E. Major. We're just going to be slowly with her thumb, playing the notes and trying to identify which notes a ring in which art. So one other thing that you can see here now is that my middle finger clearly cannot be as close to the front as I would kind of like it to be, since there just isn't enough space. So there will be times like that when you're simply not going to be able. Teoh kind of come as close as you'd like to to the to the fret all right. So don't worry about that. You might have to use a little bit more pressure with your middle finger. And that's a string that you might hear. Kind of making a buzzy sounds. OK, so you're gonna have to apply a little bit more pressure. Teoh, get rid of that buzzing sound. And again, with your pinkie here, you might be touching the first string. So those are kind of the things you're gonna have to look out for. All right? So, again, don't be frustrated. Take your time. Slowly. Use your thumb to strong them, and everything will work out just fine. Okay, so now that you know a major and you know e major, our very first kind of big assignment is going to be just playing between those two hordes . Okay, Okay, on. That's gonna be your biggest challenge now, as a beginner to switch from one chord to another chord fast enough so that there isn't this huge gap of silence. Okay, so once you've done that, you are playing the guitar. Okay, so for now, I just want you to practice between E major and a major a little bit on. Then I'm going to give you one more cord. Um, and then we're gonna be doing an assignment where you're gonna be playing between the three of them. Okay, so let's move on now to D major. So what I wanted to do now is practice eat a a little bit, okay? Stop the video. Practice it on. Now let's learn the D major court as well. Okay, so the D major court looks like this. We're gonna be putting our middle finger on the second fret first string. We're gonna putting our third finger on the second string. Third fret, and we're putting our first finger on the third string. Second fret and they were playing on Lee the fourth string. So you can see now we have two x is all right. And that means that we're gonna be only playing four strings for this court. Okay, so D Major is the hardest court from these 1st 3 chords that I've given you so far. Okay, So really, this is one that will definitely take you some time toe learn. Okay. So please give yourself time. It will take a couple of weeks, Okay? Until you feel comfortable with this but know that if you stick with and you don't give up in a couple of weeks, you will be able to play these chords and they will sound really nice. Okay, So trying to stick to that 20 minute daily practice schedule and you will definitely, um, start to be able to switch between these courts with not with ease, but it will start Teoh happen for you. Okay. Okay. So the first exercise that I gave you was going from E major to a right. And now what? I want you to practice once that feels good, is going from D major to a major. So we're just gonna be going d to a Okay, de to a 234 And I'm doing four little gentle strums on each chord. Alright, That Okay. All right. So now let's kind of put all of this together, and then I'm gonna give you a different exercise. That's gonna kind of, um, help your practice be a little bit more balance. So you have not just courts to practice but some kind of melodic fun things as well. The artist can hard for for you now, is it beginning? OK, So we learned e t a way learned d t a. And now your final assignment Once you once you feel good switching between e t a and d t a . And again, you're gonna have to give yourself time. Um, the final assignment now is going d 234 to a to three 42 e 234 to a 234 So we're doing D four times a four times e four time terms and then back to a four times. Okay, So once you're able to do that, you will really be quite advanced on your beginner guitar journey. Okay? There's just a couple more chords you're gonna have to learn, and then you're literally gonna be able to play thousands of songs. Okay, that's my promise to you. Okay, So, just to recap quickly and then we're gonna learn something fun and more easy. Um, first of all, practice going from E major to a major, then practice going from D major to a major and then practice going from D major. A major e major to a major. Okay. All right. Okay. So that's what I want you to slowly practice. Give yourself time, Um, and it will happen for you. So now, in the next lesson, what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna teach you this. Just so you have something nice and easy and fun to practice. So you're not just banging out these cords the whole time, Okay, so let's get into the next lesson now where I'm gonna be showing you how to play that. All right, I'll see you there. Thanks for checking this. Listen out. And good luck. If you have any questions ever, don't be shy. Feel free to contact me, and I will get back to you. All right. So please, um I am your teacher and I am here to support you, so don't be shy. I'm here for you. I see you in the next less see there. Bye bye. 6. Smoke on the water style : All right. So how are you doing so far? Have you been enjoying the course? I hope that you have. And I hope that all of this is starting to not just make sense for you, but that you're really starting. Teoh experience success. So I just have a quick favor. If you have a second time, could you just rate this course and let other people know if it's helpful for you? Just in what ways It's been helping you and benefiting you, that would help me out a lot. Okay, so thank you for that. Let's get into the lesson now. So as I told you in the last lesson, we practiced E major, a major d major to a major than we went from D to eight. E two a. Right. Remember that. I hope you've been practicing that, and I hope that it's been really starting to flow for you. So in this lesson, what I want to do is show you something simple that you can do, um, as a kind of alternative practice. So they're not just bang out these cores the whole time. And so you have kind of a quick success experience All right, So we're gonna be learning this in terms a little bit buzzy. That's because the actions really nice and low. All right, so it's gonna go like this. So we're gonna be using our first finger, and we're going to be playing the sixth string on Lee at this point. OK, So I'm gonna be telling you numbers. And when I say a number, it means the front that you're gonna be putting your finger on. Okay. So if I say three, I mean the third fret if I say five, I mean the fifth threat. If I say zero, I mean, you're gonna play the open string with no finger on it. So now I just play the sixth string without finger on it. Okay, so it's gonna go like this. I'm gonna go really slowly so that you have an easy time following along. So we're gonna be playing 035 0365 03530 OK, one more time. Really slow. 035 0365 03530 OK, a little bit up to tempo just so you can see how it'll sound once you practice it a little bit. So 350365 03530234035036503530 Okay, so that's your first kind of little melody that you can play around with just to give you a break from all of those chords. So I'm gonna give you one more now. Um, just so you have kind of two different things to play around with that air simple and yet sound pretty cool, Okay. And that people recognize right? So you can play and they'll say, Oh, I know that. So the next one again is gonna be on the sixth string, and we're gonna be playing 77 10 7 532 All right, let me just give it a little bit of groove now so you can see how it sounds with a little bit of groups. So 77 10 753 to send 7 10 7532 Ok, okay. My guitarist buzzing quite a bit. Anyway, So, um, those are your to kind of really fun things that you can practice now in between playing those courts All right. So what we're gonna be doing now in the coming up lessons is I'm going to be showing you a couple of new chords. Then we're gonna be practicing those cords up, and then slowly, we're going to get into some cool song chord progressions that you can use to play songs. And, of course, I'm going to be explaining you had to play. Songs were gonna be adding in different strumming patterns. So it's all about to really become mawr practical and kind of, um, kind of a little bit more song orientated. All right, so I hope that you enjoyed this short fund little lesson, and I will see you in the next lesson. See there to give easy by 7. More new chords G,D,G,D: All right. So I hope that that last lesson that I gave you is fun to play. And I also hope that you're really making improvements with your e major chord with a major and with your d major. So now I'm going to give you another new chord called G Major. And we're gonna be practicing that one with D Major in this next exercise. Okay, so the G major goes like this. I'm gonna be taking my pinky and putting it on the first string. Third fret. I'm gonna be taking my ring finger putting it on the second string. Third fret. They're taking my first finger putting it on the fifth string Second fret and my middle finger on the sixth string third fret. And with the G major, the beautiful thing with G is that again we can play all six cores Now. G. Major was my very, very favorite cord as a beginner, and I still just love the sound of playing that open G. It's probably the most beautiful open court for beginners. A little bit more tricky than the E major in the d major. But you will see that after practicing a little bit. You will surely get it quite quickly. OK, so what we're gonna be practicing in this next lesson here is going from G major to D major . Okay, on what I want you to notice here is that this finger, my ring finger is acting as anchor. So you see that I don't have to move that finger when I go from a D to a G. It's just anchoring here like that. Okay, so at the beginning, it might be hard for you to leave this finger down on the second string. Third fret, But in time, it will really start toe to stay there. So don't give yourself a hard time if when you're trying to go from the G major court to the d major chord and this this finger doesn't stay down his anchor if it just naturally wants Teoh, get up in the air. I know a lot of my students that happens to them, so that's also totally normal. But I want to kind of plant that seed in your mind now that, um, in time you want to use this finger as anchor and it's gonna allow you to, um, switch more fluidly and kind of more accurately that way. Okay. Okay. So all you're gonna do now in this exercise and maybe for the today or maybe the next couple of days, as you practice is just played. G major, two d major. OK, G major, too d major on. And again. Don't stop practicing d t a t eat A as we already did in the previous lesson. Okay, so this is just an additional exercise that we are going to be working on now. Okay? And also, in between your practice sessions, don't be afraid to play some of these kind of funny things. Fun things, so that you kind of have it a little bit balanced out. Okay. All right. So in the next lesson, I'm gonna be showing you another couple of chords, a couple of exercises. And once you've mastered these exercises, you will really, really, really be on your way to playing literally thousands and thousands of songs. Okay, I promise you. So just stick with me. Be brave and tough now for the next couple of days, maybe week or two. If you practice every day and this stuff will really start Teoh have a huge impact on your playing. Okay. All right. So let's get into the next lesson now, and I'm gonna be showing you some more new chords. And again, don't forget to practice, G Major. It's a d major. Alright. Plus what we've already done up till this point. All right? I'll see you next licensee there. 8. More new chords AM,C,Am,C: All right. So how are you doing so far? Let me know. Don't be shy. You can contact me. You could write me a message, and I would love to hear from you again. If you're enjoying this course, a review would really help me. Ah, lot. It only take you two seconds to write a quick review. Just so other people know that they can really learn the guitar in this course. All right. Thanks so much. Let's get right into it. So we've done our D to a tete a. We've done a G to D, and now it's time to learn a minor. Our first minor chord. You can see it sounds much more sad than a major. See that? And let me just explain that really quickly to you. A major court is always gonna sound happy. So, major, kind of like the sun's coming out. Then minor Now it's really starting to rain. Okay, Major. Minor. Okay, so maybe try to remember like that. Major is happy, Cheerful Minor is sad. Kind of like depressing. And there are times when you can put minor chords in there to make them sound happy as well . But we're not gonna get that out. OK, so a minor We're gonna be putting our first finger on the second string. First fret we're gonna be putting our third finger a ring finger on the second fret third string and our middle finger on the fourth string. Second fret. And again, with a minor, we're only gonna be playing five strings. OK, ok, so that's our court for this lesson. The 1st 1 and the 2nd 1 is going to be what's called a C major corn. Okay, so the really really, really beautiful thing about C Major is that all we have to dio when we're going from a minor to see Major is just move this one finger back and forth, OK? A minor C major. See that? A minor c major on again. Up to this point, I'm Onley using my thumb to strum just to keep things simple and so that you really focus on learning those cords for now, Don't worry, we're gonna be getting into strumming. We're gonna be putting a lot of salt and pepper in tow into the whole mix here. But for now, I really just want you to focus on your cords and switching between courts. Okay, so practice that a little then and then you are really, really on your way to start playing lots of songs. So in the next lesson, what we're gonna be doing is, um I'm gonna be showing you your first strumming pattern that we're gonna be using. And we're gonna start off with easy chords with easy progressions, and then we're going to kind of build up from there. Okay, So I was there, said Strumming is coming. Don't worry about it. Okay, So practice your a minor to your C major on. Then we will get into, um, some more fun stuff. All right, I'll see you in the next lesson. Thanks for checking this one out by 9. 8&9First strumming pattern: alright, He's still working to this next lesson. So what we're gonna be doing now is I'm gonna be starting to do some strumming with you, so we're going to be using this strong pattern. So I'm holding an E major right now and I'm just going to use my thumb to strum for now, okay? And all I'm gonna do is for a down sh OK, I'm just gonna gently stroked the string for upstroke. I'm just gonna gently move upwards and generally just stroke the string with skin on my thumb. Okay, so we're not doing anything complicated. Don't overthink it. Just use the skin on the thumb to strum So first of all right now, what I want you to do is exactly that. Just grab e major court, take your thumb and just do it down up movement, Okay? Just see your right hand gets used to doing up strokes and not just down strokes. Okay, again, I'm holding the e major chord. All right, So the strong pattern once you have a nice feeling for just doing down, up, down, up is gonna go like this again. I'm holding the e major chord. We're gonna be going down Down, down, Down, Down, Down, Down, Down So four times down than up 1234512345 Again that five upstroke So down, down, down, Down, Down, Down, Down, Down, Down, Down, Down, Down, Down, down, down, down Okay, And now the challenge here And we're going to see if you did your homework Now the moment of truth is coming So we're going from E Major Teoh A major. Okay, don't get scared. So here is a really, really important trick that helped me out so much as a beginner and also, of course, helps my students. So on the last upstroke on that last number five So 12345 on that last five, you can do something really, really cool and it's gonna buy you a lot of time, actually. Call it buying time. So there's the buying time technique. So on that five, where you can do it with your left hand, you can lift it off and strung the string. Do that last upstroke without your left hand being down on the guitar. Okay, the only thing you have to be careful about is with those up strokes not to hit all six strings. Kind of go for the bottom 3 to 4 strings, if you can. Okay? And that will sound really, really good without your left hand on it. So let me just demonstrate that for you really quickly. Now and then I want you to start to slowly try to implement it on your own. So starting on the major chord Down, down, down, down, up See that my left hand is in the air So down, down, down, down, up Now on a major Down, up See that last up? My left hand was already in the air traveling to the e major So let me do it again Down, down, down Down Down, Down, Down Down And again I'm on Lee going from e to a back and forth Okay, so e major down, Down, down, Down A major Down, down, Down on e major Down, down, down A major See that? Okay. On this buying time technique, you can dio on really any key court change So it doesn't matter where they're going from d to G or from a minor to C minor, it will work. Okay, So now that we've done it on e t a let's try to do it on D to a So starting off on a d major Down, down, down, down, up, Down, Down, Down, down, down And I'm over exaggerating now with my left hand Just so you can see how I'm really releasing it e have time So I went to either So down, down, down, Down up, Down, down, Down, down, down, down Okay, All right. So now that you've practiced it with E major to a major and D major to a major, guess what? We're gonna dio Can you guess about you Can We are gonna be going from D Major Teoh A major . Guess it, e Major. Of course. Our third exercise that we did. And now, last but not least, a major. Okay, so d 2345 a to three 45 g 2345 a 234 Down, down, down, down A day. Down, down, down A G Down, down, Down a day. Okay, you can do it. All right. So again, give yourself time. Don't be frustrated if it doesn't sound perfect at the beginning. Just play through it. Always play through any imperfection. It will start toe work. I always tell my students to think of a baby. If you have a baby or you spend time with babies, you know they can't walk perfectly. But that doesn't stop them from falling on their face a 1,000,000 times a day. OK, and you have to have that same baby mentality where it's not working, but you just don't care. You just go straight through it, OK, no matter how it might sound or feel or whatever, just just bulldozer through that and then it will work in time. I promise you that there's a guarantee that if you stick to it and again, daily practice would be great if you can do it on and it will work. Okay, so now let's do that same exercise with G Major going to D. Major. So, are you ready? We're starting off on G and we're going down, down, down, down, up, down! And now again, I'm still leaving that anchor there. So that's my anchor finger. I'm going down, down, down, down, up, down. And if you can do the anchor thing, if this finger just has to jump up in the air when you switch from G to D. Don't worry you. It will still work, so you can go G Down, Down, down, down, up. See, I totally released. Then grab that D o k. G 345 Okay, for me, it's really, really easy at this point. And it will become easy for you to it might even be easy for you now. But if not, don't worry. Take your time. Lift your hand up in the air, then grab that D major. Okay. Okay, so that's G to D. Let's do a minor to see now and then we're gonna end this lesson and move on to another one . Okay, so a minor down down to see now, the cool thing with a minor to see is that you can do that upstroke. And these two fingers stay here. So that's that's really cool. So again, a minor down, down, down, down, Obscene. Down, down, down Came on Down, down, down Obscene Down, down, down A minor Down, down, down. Obscene. Okay. All right. So one little trick that I want to give you give to you now here at the end is that with all the, um, five string chords? Um, what you're gonna want to do is have your thumb over the fret board of the guitar. Okay? And what you can dio is actually always gonna wanna have your thumb kind of up here like this. So not back here. You're gonna have it up here like that. So, um, with the five string chords where we always have a muted out string, where you can do is you can have your thumb just lightly touching the sixth string. You see that? Then what that's going to do is allow me to Even if I accidentally hit the sixth string, it won't ring. See, now it's ringing. If I generally touch it, it's not ring anymore. Okay, So down, down, down, down. And I'm still aiming for only five strings with my right hand's. But again, if you do accidentally hit that sixth string, it's not bad. There's not. It's don't worry about it. And as a, um, just extra security with your thumb if you just gently touch it. Same with C major. If you just generally touch it, it will mute it out with D Major. It's a little bit more tricky because you have the sixth and the fifth string to mute out. So with the d major still touch the sixth string. But, um, you don't need Teoh. Try to get the fifth string as well. Ok, ok. I just wanted to put that out there and again. If you accidentally have the sixth string ringing on those courts where they're not supposed to, it's not that bad. It doesn't sound, Dad. So don't don't give yourself a hard time about that either. Okay? So I hope this is all making sense and you're making progress, and it's feeling good. And, um, yeah, that's about that for now. Let's get into the next lesson. I will see you there. Bye bye. 10. 10 A new strumming pattern: Alrighty. So how are you doing so far? I hope that you are starting to feel more and more comfortable switching through these chords. And also that first strumming pattern I showed you is really starting. Teoh, feel good. So now what we're gonna do in the next couple of lessons is learn a couple more strumming patterns and apply them to simple court progressions. And then what we're gonna be doing is I'm actually going to be walking you through the process of actually learning songs and singing along to them. Okay, But before we do that, I really want you to instead of focusing on songs and have your mental capacity be going towards lyrics and what sing and opening your mouth and playing the whole time, I really want you now. Still, in these beginner beginning beginner phases to really still focus on court changes and strumming between those core changes. Okay, So just so you know the reason why we're not playing songs yet? Because I know a lot of people are anxious to play songs right away and songs air coming. Okay, but I just wanted t kind of say that. So here's another strumming pattern now for you, and it's gonna be going like this we are going to be playing. I'm gonna start off on the, um, e major chord, and we're going to start off by practicing just between e major and a major. Now, I'm not gonna be putting the cords in the screen anymore, because I hope that you kind of remember them by now if you don't again, you have that, pdf with the chords in it. So I hope that you've printed that out by now. And you have them somewhere close by as we practiced. All right, so we're starting off on E. Major. And now what we're gonna be doing is a new strumming pattern again. So this time we're going to be playing this, so it's gonna sound like this. Down, down, down, down, down, down, down, down, down. Now you might be thinking to yourself it's the same as the one that we already learned. But it's not, because now, after that first down, I'm leaving quite a bit of space. I'm going down. Down, down, down, down, down. You see that? Down, Down, down. Okay. Before we were going down, Down, down, down so it's still the same amount of downs three times on one time up. But now we're kind of changing the rhythmical characteristic of the striking patterns. So we are changing the just the vibe and the feeling of the entire thing. OK, um, I'm not gonna get into counting now because I just want you to focus on the audio what you're hearing and not getting into your left brain and analyzing everything. So really, use your ears and try to really listen to how it sounds. So let's do it again. Down, down, down, down, down, down, down, down, down, down, down, down. Okay, So now hopefully you have that strumming pattern, um, working for you. And now guess what? We're gonna deal where you are going to be taking that strumming pattern, and we're gonna be switching from E major to a major back and forth. Okay, So our old exercise that we've already been doing, of course, we're gonna do it again. Now with this strong pattern and again on that last upstroke, as I already taught you weaken by time again. So we're gonna going down, down, down, up on that last up. My left hand is in the air getting ready to get to that. A major record. Okay, so let's do it. Down, down, down, down. I switched to the A e down down a pay down, down He down, down a down, d