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Your First Month Of Guitar With a Real Beginner - In Person Guitar Lesson

teacher avatar Altin Gjoni, Playing with feel is the key

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      What's Special About this Beginner Guitar Class?


    • 2.

      How to Hold a Guitar Properly


    • 3.

      Get Your Hands in Shape


    • 4.

      First Chords


    • 5.

      Strumming Basics


    • 6.

      Strumming Your First Song & Using a Pick


    • 7.

      More Chords & Troubleshooting Problems


    • 8.

      Another Easy Song


    • 9.

      Picking Single Strings


    • 10.

      Fingerstyle Basics


    • 11.

      Dealing With Wrist/Finger Pain


    • 12.

      Beginner Q & A


    • 13.

      Exercises For 1 Month


    • 14.

      Conclusion - Now What?


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About This Class

This in-person guitar lesson with a real beginner will teach you all you need to know and troubleshoot all the common issues of your first month of playing guitar, From the first acoustic guitar lesson to the first easy guitar songs, with just 30 minutes of practice per day.

If you have wondered what makes in-person guitar lessons better than online ones, the answer is simple; feedback. A guitar teacher will tell you on the spot where you are not doing well and how to correct your mistakes.  

Differently from other lessons, you will have instant feedback/solutions from my session with Beatrice for all the issues you are most likely facing. Issues we address while teaching Beatrice her first guitar lessons

  • Buzzing sound
  • Bad fingering
  • Wrong Posture
  • Fingers, Wrist, and Back Pain
  • Playing with a pick
  • Getting stuck while strumming

This class is for you if you have never touched a guitar or are struggling with the above. 

Correcting mistakes and saving you time and effort is the purpose of this compressed live class with a real beginner.  Learn what you can only normally learn in person through this lesson.

Beatrize is an amazing vocal coach! Follow her and & check out her skillshare course here if you want to sing while playing guitar.

If you have already mastered the first levels of guitar playing, my course on improving your guitar solos will take your lead playing to the next level. 

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Altin Gjoni

Playing with feel is the key


My music career started like any other self-taught musician who was and is a music nerd. I like to use one phrase to include it all, meaningful accidents happening consistently in my life.

Years after picking up the guitar for the first time, I'm now a session guitar player who has recorded and played in hundreds of albums for international artists. I took the best out of the online world and managed to do my work remotely from my small country or even during covid. 

I do love to teach and as well to write about music. Perhaps some of my studio logs will catch your attention as a music lover or six-string player.



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1. What's Special About this Beginner Guitar Class?: Hi and welcome to my course on beginner guitar. We're going to cover your first 30 days of playing guitar in under 30 min. We are lucky enough to be joined by batteries, which is a professional singer and piano player, but she never played guitar before. I will be teaching you as well as her own person. So you might see in action the most common mistakes beginners have. So what we'll be doing in this course is covering the entire basics, giving you exercises, and explaining your journey from being a total beginner who never held a guitar to play in your first songs? Regular guitar. And let's get going. 2. How to Hold a Guitar Properly : The first lesson we're going to learn how to hold an acoustic guitar. It might sound a bit silly, but it's actually way trickier than it sounds for a total beginner. There are two ways to do it. The first one is a traditional way. We see a guitar players play, or guitar players in movies, which is holding the guitar in your right lap. If you're right handed on your left lap, if you're left-handed. Now, the good way to do it is to actually sit on the edge of the chair, have the body of the guitar resting against yours and heavier forearm let loose on the upper body of the guitar like this. Now, there is also a second way to do it, which is the classical position, which is very useful if you're going to play like tricky chords and is very useful for little children. The second way is holding a guitar on your left lap if you're right-handed and the opposite, if you're left-handed, you hold the guitar. You left, left, like this with a fourt almost 45-degree angle. What this does is actually gives you a better position for the left hand to further knows, because you have a wider raise your hand can reach five wiser and it's easier to access lower frets. It's also easier for the right hand if you know already how to swim. It's also easier to strap because your hand is on a better position. This is also often avoided by electric guitar players and acoustic guitar players. And it's softer, more related to classical guitar players who play finger style guitar, classical pieces. The second thing you have to know on your first lesson, on your first day of playing guitar. It's also the different parts of the guitar. This is the body of the guitar. Each guitar for different body style. This is e.g. a. Concerto by the style. This is a threatening note about his style. This is a guitar bridge. When the strings run through the neck of the guitar. And the tuning case, the headstock on the guitar the entire bit. Now the tuning keys job is just as he described it to look good, are going left or right. And the other thing that you have to know is the frets. So the small pieces here, alcohol frets. And each fret is a different node. That's what you need to know by now. On the other bits, we're gonna go to the next lesson. 3. Get Your Hands in Shape: For our first lesson, we're going to do some finger exercises just to get some independence out of your left and your right hand. The first thing I want to teach you is a bit of finger picking. Now, you have to place your right hand on the guitar strings using a form of a claw with your four fingers, the pinky finger that you used to pick, but it's very important to coordinate your hand. Now we have the four fingers and we put them like this on the guitar. Perfect. Your thumb is over the E string, and your other three fingers are at the bottom three strings, a form of o'clock. That's perfect. Now, we are going to play each of the strings using the sum. And the trick is whenever you play the first ring, you have to rest your thumb on the second. And since we're at it, we're also going to learn the names of the strings, the bottom string or the tough spring, depending on where you start counting, is the low E. Okay, perfect. So as you see, it's very well on that because you play the lottery and you're asked on the other string. Now, we do the same thing for the hole strings. And we also named the springs for doing it. The second string is the a. The third string is a D. The fourth string is the G. Perfect. Yes, we always assume for the moment, the fifth string is the B, and the sixth string is the E. Perfect. Notice that we have Dewey's Loewy and a high. And if I play them both at the same time, you can sort of tell that it's the same sound, the same note, but they're just different contexts are different actors, how we call them. Now, again, the name of the strings while playing them with your thumb, E, D, and E. Okay, Perfect. Now to switch a bit to the left hand. Can you hold your left hand? Okay. Now, the trick is your thumb, even though it doesn't spread this drinks, it's actually just a guide if your left hand. And this is where many beginners get stuck. Because many beginners tend to actually don't care about the position of the sample. You should hold your thumb as closer to the center of the back of the guitar. It's a bit hard to explain, but you will feel it when it's right. So hold your thumb as close to the center as you feel. Yes. Now, what I want you to do, just place your index finger on your first fret. Perfect. Okay. The second trick, or the second part of that most beginners gets stuck is how to properly flatten out. And this is something I've seen also an intermediate players don't do totally right? When you flatten out, you go as close to the fret as possible, but you don't touch the fret. Beginners have an issue of touching the frets. But if you touch it, it kinda buses. Intermediate player have an issue of not forgetting to close this for also for the people who skipped a lesson or to put it as close as possible. Perfect. Let's remember when you play with your thumb wrestling. Now, it's normal on your first days to actually get about sound because your hand and get used to the motion. This is where we build what's called muscle memory. So it becomes second nature. Now, play it again. Perfect. Now, what I want you to do is while holding your first finger down, put your second finger on the second fret. Perfect. That's very good. Now, same thing for the third finger. If you can do it. It's perfect. Now here's where things start to become tricky because you get to a wider stretch. You can try to do it with your pinky on the first fret. Perfect. You're doing absolutely greater. Their batteries is lucky because she has long fingers, but even if your hand is small, don't worry about it. You just need to be the four on your thumb. And the thing is, if you start getting buses, it means that either you are not operating properly closer to the fret but not touching it, or your thumb is in the wrong place. So what you have to do is just play around with your thumb. The lower it is, the closer to the center it is, the higher your hand is, and the more perpendicular, 90 degrees it is to the fretboard. And that helps the exercise that you have to do right now is the combination of sand on your right hand. While threatened going out, it's going to be slowly. Try to keep these fingers. Yes. Can we remove them? It's harder when you keep the fingers down, isn't it? Yeah. Exactly. Normally in guitar playing, you can do both and it's fine. But since our goal now is to play them faster, not to play them on time, We should just care about stretching the hands a bit and actually make sure that they are clean. So if you can manage to do it with them, sit down, it's pretty easy to raise them. And the temptation would be to raise the fingers, but try to fight it for the moment. Let's start with the first fret. Second. Perfect sir. Forth. Okay, That's very good. I mean, you can notice there is some buzzing and that's perfectly normal, like I told you, even intermediate, sometimes even pros get some buzzing. Because there is also another trick which I'm going to tell you right now. If you press down too hard, you will get a bus and you will need will change the pitch of the note. When it comes to the strength of pressing down, many people get it wrong. And I don't even blame you because nobody actually explain to you how strongly our tough you have to be like putting down your fingers. The way to visualize this, that you just need to apply as much power as to get the note out. Not anymore. Not any less for your first week or first couple of weeks. It's perfectly normal to actually get buses just from pressing down too hard or too soft, your hand will eventually settled down, but so that you will learn it properly from the beginning. Do some tests. If you see that, you can release a bit of tension and it still sounds good. Release it, it just a matter of practicing and just think about it commercially. It's like how softly can attach. Okay, now we repeat the same exercise on the whole syrinx. We're just gonna do it for two strings are now, but I want you at home as your first part of your project, your first exercise to just do this for at least five to 10 min a day. Now let's go for the second string. Within a string. Start from the first. Perfect. Perfect. Very good. That's perfect. Okay. What you have to do now that you've got it on the first fret. It's actually move up the fret board. Moving up the fret board, it's gonna be easier because moral go to the right or to the top of the frets. The smaller the threads. Good. I want you to do the exercise to try it firstly on the first fret because it stretches or wider, it's going to help your hand. But if you have small hands or we just are not feeling the pressure of doing it immediately. You can start on the fifth fret, 2345. Perfect. Even notice that the fifth, 79.12 have dots. The dots are just for orienting you. They don't have a higher purpose in theory or anything. It's just for guitar players to actually get orientate themselves. And there are players who actually don't really like to having them on the guitar like I do e.g. I. Always prefer guitars with some friends were just for teaching purposes. We have the analyst. No points on the fret, sorry. Okay. Let's start on the fifth fret. It easy, right? Yeah. Okay. So this is a basic hand exercises that you should do. You should do them even when you start playing your first songs. Because I bet most of you probably by now just know if you call the learn online, but the struggle or keeping them perfectly clean, sounding clean. These exercises, you want to go back to all this and you have issues with that. 4. First Chords : Now to learn your first guitar chords, I'm sure that you already looked up some live lessons before, probably learning some simple chords and simple songs that I want to take right now is to teach Beatrice who never play the chord before how to play the chords. Just so you can see for yourself the problems that you might relate to. And so it can give a quick fix to those. The first chord that we're going to learn is the E minor is the most basic of the course. What you have to do, and you guys at home is take your two fingers, the middle finger and the ring finger. And middle finger on the second fret of the a string, the second string. That's it. I'm always close to the fret but not touching it. Your pinky sorry, your ring finger as does the same thing but on the spring below the second fret of the D string. Okay, Now, remember, your sum is in the wrong position, like we talked before. Your thumb should be below for the moment. Probably if it's close to the center of the back of the neck of the guitar. That's very good. That's very good. You do now is like battery's dead strum. I mean, just slightly run your thumb over the string. You want to do this slow because you want to check that every string brings out nicely. Can you play again? It's very good. What are the problems that can happen at this point? If you place your funky place your thumb on your marketing before you play. Now, you see that you have some problems that everybody has in the beginning. Why does it happen? That happens because if your hand is not sitting straight, like not 90 degree but close to that with the guitar. Then the meat from your fingers, we're going to stop the strings. And you're going to have either a bus. Either. You're going to have this muted sound. You want to avoid that only by using, by being smart and using your thumb and put it on the back of the guitar neck. And of course, Fred, always as close as possible to the frets. Can you do it again? It's very, very good. Now, I want you to decide the whole string. Just split them individually. That's perfect. When you hear a bus, just think about it consciously. I doing something, right? Yes or no. And my fretting as close as possible, yes or no. One very important thing. Am I just fretting too hard on this? Because sometimes your friends too hard, you get a bus because it's just the way the strings vibrate and or so try to just release a B the Tasha and be as calm and chill as possible while playing because it helps a lot. Do you feel like how the guitar resonates? It gets your body when you play the card. Sorry, do you feel like when you play guitar chord, how the body resonates against the hours. You start to feel like a vibration. I mean, it's the same logic as we are singing in a way because you kind of feel the vibration is right. It's an odd thing to explain, but you know, when you're playing it, right, even by filling the guitar, sometimes the other chord, which is a hack, because the only thing that you have to do is place your index finger on the first fret of the G string. Search things starting from the bottom. Okay. Tried on the third string starting from the bottom? Yes. Right below the fingers here. So it's the E minor. You just put the index finger down on the string, the legs? Yes. It had some yes. The buzzer is normal. And you know why you had the buzzing? It's because when you place your index finger on the first fret here, you risk muting the string below with the meat from this finger. This is what happened because buzzing is just a slight way of muting in a certain way. Now, how do you fix that? You fix that by working with your thumb and holding your hands straight. Better. Go again. Okay. This is why you have to play like not strongly, but play softly the strings and your buzzy now is coming from the a string. Now again, don't worry about it. That's the issue we have to fix. Just do like we did before. Put your thumb way back. Okay. Below, one below, right there. But now you're fretting too close to the strings. You have to go a bit more to the left. That's it, right? Yeah. Perfect. That's it. No, stay perfectly still like that. Because from the E minor, we're going to learn the a minor or how we like to call it the status quo and the fall time. You just take exactly like your hand is saying, staying on a major and you just go on Fred below. Same thing. Just go on below with all the strings. Perfect. Play. You feel how sad that sounds comfortably minor. Major, Sorry. Perfect. Now it's probably a bit on the fingering on that. Okay. Do exactly what you're doing. Just try to hold the head a bit straighter, straighter up. Perfect. Go again. That's good. You need a bit of work, but you actually don't need to rush a lot. Does the software? Okay? Now go individually, starting from the a, the fifth string. Okay, the problem lies here. Far away from Fred. Yes, it's a bit too far away from the spreads because this is normal to happen. Try it again now. Okay, Try to get harder. Okay? Okay. Okay. Now, the two problems, Beatrice headers, she wasn't realizing she was actually not pressing down hard enough. That's rare to happen because people also sometimes tend to press harder than normal. But it also happens. I don't have the catalysis. That's also true. That's actually very painful. It might hurt a bit in the beginning if my taught to be at the beginning. But it's a kind of a sweet bankers, I promise it's gone in a week. After one week, you can have all the colors as you want. The urine level actually feel better. 5. Strumming Basics: For the next lesson, we are going to learn some simple strumming patterns and even your first song. Now, strumming is basically just going up and down the string. Guitar one-on-one, probably the image of a guitar player everybody has sitting on the campfire and just throwing a cigarette. But strumming, even though it's a beginner scale is the most essential of guitar scales, it's going to be engraved and you're playing even when you become a professional. Let's start on it. I want you okay. Batteries position is perfect here because the way how you started, you just relax your hand like in your elbow here on the body of the guitar. And he just at first keep her hand flowing like this. Just let it loose with your handlers. Okay. You feel like it's in a relaxed position. You could stay like that and it wouldn't hurt. Okay, now, I don't want you to use a pick, a guitar pick just yet. I want only to use your index finger and your thumb and hold it like this. Yes. We're going to strum using both of them. Now. The thumb is in this position just staying? Yes. Perfect. Your index finger is just showing a bit. Well, your thumb is holding you to be a guitar pick. We're faking guitar pick with our fingers. Okay, so let's run with the nail. Or if you have nails on your right hand, it's totally fine because it's sometimes they might also have a good sound. Classical guitar players are notorious for having long nails at times. In your left hand on the other sides, you can't have any nails because if you have nails, they are frets. I just going to buzz and it's not the thumb, It's your nails. Okay, Now let's start holding the E minor chord. The first goal of the filler. Perfect. Okay? Can you try first is to see if it works. Okay, that's perfect. And as you see, I'm holding the guitar in the classical position opposite to batteries was doing the traditional modern way, I think. Okay, Now we're going to start by block the finger, blog the strings, just using your hand, just block them. Just hold them. You just, you don't need to put string, just hold them. Now, we use AI will learn. Yes, perfect, and we do. Okay. I wanted to do like a bit more of a complex rhythm just to show you that when you see u to v, This of people playing rhythm right away, it's okay not to follow it right away, like battery is dead. So what we wanna do now is just downstrokes with the position 34. Okay, that's very good. The only thing that I would say is that when you do them all shall do it a bit slowly so you can feel the whole impact of a stream. Three, perfect, again. Perfect. Now, to add to that, we will add the E minor chord. It's perfect. It is with the back of my nail, right? Yes, it is with a beggar finance. You could also do it with your thumb. But since later on we're going to switch to a guitar pick, I advise always my students to use their index finger, because even when you get to intermediate or advanced stages, a finger can do much more than a pig. So it's best to start with your fingers and adipic in the mix when you want to add the big. Now, let's do the same thing now. But what I want you to do right now is to add upstrokes and downstrokes database that when you start from the secretary to the status is downstroke. Upstroke is the opposite. I want you to go. Okay? In other words, don't worry about the left hand. Just mute the strings. It's not important for now. Yes, perfect. The way that you do it so you don't get hurt like with your fingers just when you go up, go with a thump. So it's downward the index finger, and up with the sample. When you go the upstroke is also in the nail of the time? Yes. If you have an LCS but also if you don't have names, your right hand is not much prone to getting hired. You can only get heard if you actually touch accidentally a part of your hand. It's totally would just be like a momentary thing, not anything serious. Can we try it? Will actually feel it gets stuck like hearing the beginning of the nail? Yes. Something that can happen. So the way that you fix that is you hold your hand a bit more? Yes. Perfect. A bit more. Vertically? Yes. Concert aria. Feel better? Yeah, it feels like I can go very fast with this. It's okay. The important thing is that beginning is go slow as you feel like it. We're going to work on timing and already with a metronome by the end of the lesson. So for the moment, what I want you to do is add the E minor to the mix and just do the motion again up and down. That's perfect. Okay, Now, let's learn a song. Shall we? 6. Strumming Your First Song & Using a Pick: Okay, now let's learn our first song. This song, we just need the course as we know, an elisa twist, which I'm going to show you after we played. Okay, now, let's go back to the E minor chord. Major. A minor. That's perfect. Very good. Now our song will have a minor, E major. And now just to twist, just to make it less than a bit cooler. The E major shape here, just move it one fret to the right. Index finger. Perfect. Does it feel Spanish? And then you go back to the minor. Major. Sorry. I'm just going to play the song slowly for you. And I'm only going to use downstrokes for the moment. It kind of has a Spanish vibe on this card. You don't need to know the name of the score yet. You can just use it because it sounds super cool. Okay, Let's give it a shot. For downstrokes. On every chord starting from the a minor. Perfect. Perfect. That's very good. This is your first song. Now, we're going to try to do this song, but not just going downstairs, but down, up and we can try. You can also use your thumb down, up, It's okay but we can also use the position already talked about before with the index finger. Yes. Okay. So the thing about not always that when you start adding the upstroke, you tend to rush it. This is a thing that rushing is actually a demon that every musicians fights. And this is very true for guitar players, especially when this thrumming, the downstrokes are easier to get them tiny strokes. Sometimes. What you want to do is take it very, very slowly at the beginning. Okay, Let's race though. This part again. Let's start slow, and that was Tesla. Okay, So let's start the song very slow, going up and down. You can play it as you wish. You can either play with your thumb and it's also valid for you. You can either put your thumb up and down or we can also do the index finger. It depends on how you feel more comfortable at the moment. So how do you wanna do it? I don't know. Let's give it a try with both. Okay. Perfect. Now I want you to go slow and you do for total up and downs for each course is going to sound okay, once again, no worries about it. For just with the thumb. Okay, for normal, Let's keep up with the sum. We're going to add the index later when we're going to get also to the big. Let's start again. But before you start, to avoid getting the bus nodes, make sure that you're actually fretting them hard enough because I think they share with you before because your handles hurting it. We're just pushing down a bit lightly. Yeah. Okay. Try to do that. And your hand isn't a very good position because their sum is actually sitting on the back. Very good. Okay, No worries. Okay. So why do you struggle with that? If you can elaborate it like what does your thing is? It gets into the beginning of my nails hertz there. Okay, perfect. So what we can do right now is we can introduce you to the pic right away. Because some players actually want, I tend to start fingers cell and it can be the same for you. It's not like it's a problem, but fingers out playing is something that you actually need to practice for a while before it can get it right. And I always like to teach my students the pig after they can get some finger style done. However, in this case we might try just use a big way now. Okay, so now to hold the thick, I'm just going to hold the pick another one. You hold it the same as the position like we did before. You all get in-between your index finger and in-between your sample, just like that. Okay, so now let's try to do the song. Going up and down motion. Okay, you're actually doing a very good strumming pattern. But even though you're just improvising, but it's actually a good one. Yeah. Okay. If you can manage to keep up with that, Let's just do the song with the chords. It's gotten worse. It at some point, yeah, There's a thick, but this is very good. This is actually the reason why she paradigm now is the basic of all good algorithms in a sense, because this is the basic reason that you hear in African fire in a certain way, the one you hear on TV and media. But anyway, let's work a bit more of that because that's very good. So it's like Can you please again? Should be like that or vertical. Oh, very good question. I want you to use the vertical side. I mean, the point is sign of the big should be the one that touches the strings for the moment. Okay. So like this? Yes, exactly like that. You don't need to hold a big tightly. You just need to hold it for as much strength as it needs to go away, like fly away. You will figure that out along the way. Just a process that tends to get a few weeks. Can we try again? But he's not the first cars right now, but no worries. I want to get in your rhythm a bit, just show you why you might mess it up. Now, the thing is, normally, when I teach that rhythm because you go normally how I teach the truth and is doing a bit of the office. So I want you to do is I want you to do the first two straps. I don't think so. Down, down, up, up, down, up. Perfect. That's it. I'll just repeat it again. Okay. That's it. It's the reason that I taught batteries right now might not be very intuitive because the moment that your hand is down, the impulses or just go up and go across all the strings. But that's the trick. Sometimes in some recent patterns, especially the ones that have like the cool groove, it's not always up and down, but it's a combination of some downs and some apps. The key here is to always have your hand move your right hand. All this has to be moving. But sometimes it catches a string, sometimes it just does. First position. Now in this rhythm which is down, down, up, up, down, up. When I go down the first time, I raise my hand up without touching the string because they got down. Then I go down again. But in-between there is an app motion which doesn't touch the strings. Once again, I will play the rhythm slowly for you by blocking the string. So it's down, down, up, up, down. Can we try it? Okay, perfect. Why are they not doing? The thing is to block the strings. You have to just rest your hand very lightly on them. Don't put any pressure. Yes. Okay. First Data yeah. Reverses the celebrant. Perfect. The trick is to actually get the in-between, between those play. Does a very good again. Okay, Now, I want you to imitate batteries and dad and your exercises this bit is just first, throw it onto the downstrokes, then down, up. Okay? Then the complex root, and then we've heard before. Okay, That's perfect. Once you have that down and you have that, you do that for five-minutes. The other five-minutes, I want you to do them using the courts. And if you can, after two or three days, just start playing the song. Don't worry if you can't change the code sometime because you're gonna get there in the next lesson. But just try to have all the chords as clean as could we try just play the song it one last time before ending it? From the beginning. Yes. So it's alright to stop and they'll be on time. We don't have to worry about time yet. Right? Okay. That's very good. I noticed that you switch the strumming pattern from time-to-time. I forgot, yeah. But you don't need to worry that much about that. Because thing is strumming patterns. Even though sometimes online you might have teacher to teach you. Down, up, down, up and everything like I did before. Even I, as a session musician, I changed my strumming pattern a lot. If you are getting the groove and if you are on time, it's okay sometimes to switch the strumming pattern, but it's good to keep the strumming pattern the same while playing the song. E.g. if you start, if you're starting like this, like down down, about I've tried to keep it like that. But if you wanted to like this, it's perfectly fine to do so. The reason why I wanted to teach you this is because it is more beneficial to your playing as you get to learn all the pauses in between. However, if you want to start with a simple strumming pattern, start with that, then move on to the wonder to learn right now. 7. More Chords & Troubleshooting Problems: Now I'm going to teach you some more cards just to fill in the family of the offering guitar chords that are essential to run the basic songs. Okay, Let's start on the E minor chord that who were playing before? A minor now. Yes, Perfect like that. Can we play that? Okay, That's very good. Now, what I want you to do is very easy. You just take your ring finger and you put it on the third fret of the a string above. Look at it here. Like this. Yes, that's it. That is a C chord. It can be quite tricky at the beginning because their hands spreading is, it's a bit bigger. Now, there is a work-around on that. And the workaround is just the symmetric. Tried to hold your sample in the middle of the neck. Very good. Okay, now, another concept that I want to teach you, the cords usually are named after the lowest note on the keyboard. Now, when it comes to the context of guitar playing, e.g. when you're playing the a minor chord. You can also play into the whole strings are six of them, but it's best to start on the fifth string and not play the lottery. Why? Because it's an, a minor chord and the lowest note of the chord is a. Can you try play the E minor? Starting from the 50? Exactly. Now when you go to the, see, the shape we just did before. Perfect. Start again. Perfect. Why does this work? Because the first frame and opposition, yes, the third fret of the a string is a C note. Okay? Now we have a. We have the C. Now I need a D chord. Repeat those two. Yes. Because it eats. Perfect. And we're going to learn another card, which is the D chord, D major. It's might look a bit tricky. Now, the d, the first finger, your index finger on the second fret of the G string. Here, G string, searching, perfect. Your middle finger on the second fret of the high, E, the lowest. Okay. Perfect. Now, you're a finger on the third fret of the B. For now. That's it. And play them. Perfect, That's pretty good. Now, the best thing you can do in this course is to start the D string because it's a D chord. That's good. It's a trickier color. The other one. How would you fix that? First of all, we work on based on the thumb thing, since we aren't going down the fret board, sometimes it's useful to raise a family, but you have to be very smart about it, not always. So can you try just raise the stamp a bit and not go down but go above on some. Okay, can you try now? Okay. You still need a bit of work. You have to be a bit closer to the frets. Okay, it's right now. It's better. That's way better. That's perfectly okay. Now I want to teach it just one more chord before learning another easy song. And this might be the most difficult course of the upfront costs, which is the g. Now, for the G, we need a wider had spread. We're using our middle finger on the third fret of the low. Our index finger on the second fret of the a string below. Perfect. Now, our pinky or our ring finger. Fret of the high. It depends on what's more comfortable. Yeah. Perfect. So battery is displaying the height using the pinky. Why? Because it's a smaller hands stretch, right? Okay. So if you do like that, there's a very cool hack. You can do like a cool trick. You can try it like that. If you can do it. It's a bit harder. I guess. It sounds good because they have like a white look fingers. It's very good now. But if you're doing it with your pinky, you can also fred the third fret of the B string. Just above the yes, That's it. He's promptly them. You see it sounds different. Yes. Exactly. 8. Another Easy Song: Now let's learn knocking on Heaven's Door by Bob Dylan, or they're covered by gas cirrhosis, which only has four cards. And we know the four of them. It sounds like this. We are using the course as we know, and we are using the strumming pattern that we learned before. Okay, so the chords are G-Major. Okay? So like even if you learn the courts and at a certain point you struggled to find the position is perfectly normal. It doesn't mean you forgot the course, but just your hand meets the muscle memory to do it, it needs to get you used to the motion holding onto the card. So let's start from the G. Okay, Perfect. Okay, so now on the G we have to do the strumming pattern we did before. Dow, down. Perfect with the pig. Okay, let me go to the D major chord. Second fret of the G. Second fret of the G string. Second fret. Perfect. The third fret of the B. Okay, so you're playing a diva to this us. It's a different card. Okay, that's it. That's it. Perfect. That's good. Now, I see that what birth weights is doing now, she's not using her finger, but she's using your pinky, which is very normal because it's easier to get this thing with a bank if you're comfortable in doing it and with the pinky at first, either the G naught, sorry, the G chord, the D chord, do it. It's perfectly fine as long as they sound good. You can, after getting a bit of muscle memory, having your bids a bit strengths on your hands, you can just change it later. Okay, so you're already perfect. Then we go to the a minor. Second fret. Second fret of the D energy. Perfect. And the two fingers down. Okay, they might. Okay, that's pretty good. So this is the first branch of the chords, G major major minor. Now I want you to do the a minor strumming two times. The second run. It's the same thing, G-Major, D-major, but we don't tend it with an a minor, but we got to the C chord is the same thing. Okay? Now we'll learn another song. I don't want the arteries to go now through it all because it needs a bit of time, like every beginner to actually be able to change the courts some time. And I really wanted to get to this point. Okay, now I know my current position. I know how to strum. Sometimes I get messy or not, but it doesn't matter. I can do it in a way. I can switch courts sometime. This is probably your decision. Do you get all the buzzing and other strings? How do you work on that? There is a less than, sorry, an exercise that I always give to my students, which I call the one-minute changes exercise. A one-minute change is very easy. You just pick up your phone and put a one-minute timer on it. And inside that minute, you have to choose three chords and you change those three chords in a one-minute time. And you have to do that for at least your first month of playing. And after each day, always not down how many cores you can change. The trick is not doing the fast, but it just being rights like having other chord sound full and nice. E.g. I. Would start with you doing three easy chords, a minor, C major, and D major. I would do the one-minute change exercise only with those codes. Then after doing this free course, I would pick three other ones, e.g. E minor, G major, and then D major. Always going with a course that we know. 9. Picking Single Strings: Now let's do some exercises with a big, we're going to learn what's called alternate picking. Alternate picking as the name suggests, he just moving your pick up and down, but not doing it through the whole streams, which is strumming, but doing it only on one string. So it's a kind of Strom but limited to one string and the motion is the same. Okay, so now I want you to rest your hand on the bridge of the guitar. Okay, perfect. You don't need to put any pressure to it. You just need to rest your hand on the bridge of the guitar just slightly without muting the strings entirely. Can you try? That's good. Just got a bit more to the left. Okay, that's very good. Now, I want you to put your pick on top of the string and just go down. Okay? When you only go down, it's called dumping. You can also try. If you're the type of player that needs a hand to actually guide you're playing, like I must have my blank. You can also try arresting your pinky. Here on the guitar body on the pig guards. Feel better like Maria said, it feels more stable. Exactly. Now, I want you to go up, down and up, actually not up and downs. That's very good. Very good. Now, regarding alternate picking, as long as you have a good basis with your pinky and holding her and arrested, you're gonna do all right? But there are many levels of alternate picking and it's the thing that guitar players are four levers always struggled to get on to the higher level. But it's the thing that if you get right from the beginning when you're starting for your whole career, playing or just playing for fun. Okay? Now, the exercise, if you're going to do, is the one that we had before that you remember them. But we're not going to do with our thumb, we're gonna do it with alternate picking. The first hint is down, the second is up, or down, or up. That's right. So the time needs to be in the middle of the guitar. It's actually wiser to hold it just a bit on a higher degree when doing these things because it's easier to make the stretches. And do I still need to like have my hand on the fridge? Yes. It always helps. So muting the course. Yeah. Just slightly there. You need to put your hand in a position that just resting on the bridge but not completely muting them. It's something that you will actually managing time, how to do it, but it's part of those things that you only need to get a field book is as much lessons as you see about muting the strings. So not muting them, you will just have the hang of it once you're used to that? That's right. Yes. Okay. Do you find it hard to do the stretches now? Okay, let's use the trick and let's start at the fifth fret. I didn't really understand how much I should mute here. Let's do this kind of the tricky parts. Okay? Normally you would just rest your hand. It's farther away here. So you didn't do any muting, you just, your hand is resting on the bridge of the guitar without actually touching the strings, which are vibrating but on the back. What if I don't touch there at all? You can also do it without not touching. And that's actually a very good question. There are some players who can do with a hand floating and not touching it all. And there actually is some players who have it better without actually using the pinky. And at the moment, what we can do, which is a good middle ground is not touching the strings. Having your handling is but always using the thumb right now. Because it's a better way. Yeah, that's good. Now, there's a thing about picking. You will see all sorts of lessons about alternate picking technique. And there are some very good guidance is towards it. However, there are some great players who are very weird picking techniques, e.g. but methionine with one of the greatest jazz guitar players, if not the greatest, has a very weird picking technique which you use the whole fingers. Marty Friedman and are legendary metal guitar player plays like this. So there are just some different workarounds that people do that actually develops their own technique. But for now, it's good to have the basis than the exercise that you need to do is just like we did before. We need to deal with a whole pig across the entire finger, sorry, the entire strings, a string. The string. Now a good point is, when I get to the highest string, how do I do that? So if your hand is positioned like this, when you're paying the lowest ring, when you played the higher spring, you should move the hand to be slightly down. So it's easier to get the highest ring. Shall we try trans? Okay, it's good. You're having the basic sounds because you're actually applying more pressure that you need to look at the string and urine. Urine not pressing as close to the frets as you want as it should. A bit of time to get as well. Since we're good. Okay, you can, now that you went to the G string and below, you can move your hand up is slightly down, okay? Like that. Okay. Okay. It's very good because you need to get the hand and the muscle memory of actually moving from the street, which is the tragus foreign. So I really hear this as well. The peak as well. Yeah, it's, it's kinda a different feeling like to make sure that you are doing. Like you're plucking the same string that you are actually expressing exactly. That's a bit of a hand coordination, which is the next level, which we are going to get after this series of lessons, which is not getting things just sounding ride, but it's actually playing things on time, which is the next level. Okay, so I want you to do this exercise at least for two, 3 min per day as long as your hand doesn't hurt. 10. Fingerstyle Basics: Now we're going to do some finger style exercises. We're going to try them with a song we learned on the first lessons, which is this. Okay, the way they were going to play, it's not my strumming, but plucking individually. The pattern is this. So basically the constant that you have to have in mind is that the first risk springs, the thicker ones are always played with a stamp. While the thinner strings, the G, the B, and E, each correspond to one finger. The G corresponds to the index, the B corresponds to the middle finger, while the ring finger corresponds to the highest ring. The pattern we're going to do is just one node from the base rings, e.g. the a naught we're playing a minor then three. Wanna give it a shot? Yeah. This one. Yes. Okay, We just got to pay a bit more attention to the chord. Careful with your thumb and as you're hitting your perfect. And then she's right there, right? Yes, that's the thing. Should you actually take the fingers away from the strings are like, how do you not to mute them? Exactly. That's a very good question. The oldest string that is actually having a finger on is a district when you're asked thumb, the other fingers, once you plug them a kind of come back to this crawl the shape or the fingers from the a minor. That's very good. You just have to work a bit on the fingering on the left hand so you avoid the buzzing, but it's very normal to have that. Let's try and have a run of the song. Okay? So I noticed that while doing these things at the same time like birds, the right hand and left hand, you start to lose a bit of ground or the left, it started to bounce a bit. Yeah. The trick is like the hand that you see is the hand that will be more carefully. So if you have problems with your left hand, try to see your left-hand doing something else. While we play the a minor chord, restart from the fifth string. When we play the E major chord, we start from the sixth string. When we go to the other chord, we start to steal from the fifth, the sixth. That's very good. That's perfect. Now, I see the problems that you have a coordinating your hands and it's the same exact problems that you will definitely have on your first day, your first weeks of playing. There is no real workaround or heck, when it comes to getting caught rights, when it comes to getting things clean, you have to have the theory in mind, which is the concepts of not pressing too hard, pressing close to the fret and the thumb. And also build muscle memory by doing these exercises for a few minutes a day. Okay, Now you explain this. 11. Dealing With Wrist/Finger Pain: Now when our first three chords, which were the E minor major and a minor. Okay, but at this point, you might ask, what do I do if I feel like surfing or so my ankle hurts a bit. Did you have any problems on that? Fingers? Like the skin, I'm missing something. Okay. Now, this is the most normal thing that can happen. But I promise it only lasts seven to ten days maximum after getting past the first phase. And you build some Colossus, which happens like even in a few minutes in the beginning. You can do all the shredding and other bending and everything and your hand won't hurt anymore. Another risk is that your elbow and your wrist. Your wrist might hurt a bit. Now, when you hold your wrist down like this, your thumb is on the middle of the neck. It doesn't feel natural for the hand to do it. And it may result in hurting a bit. There's heck for it. You remember the classic acquisition we talked the first time. If you're holding it like this, it actually places your hand in a much more advantaged position and you won't have the wrist pain that you've had before. Say if the pain gets too much, There's certain part, Always stop there for doing five or 10 min and exercises and try to switch to the other position. This is actually a hack that even professional players use in stage IV. If you notice electric guitar players, sometimes that to sit down when you're doing this Friday solos are just erase the guitar. Anna cap is just the way of compensating from doing tricky stuff on the guitar. It's perfectly fine to try that. 12. Beginner Q & A: Now I want to go through some of the common problems that beginner have. One brilliant, it's very easy to open online lessons and learn yourself to play chords on play melodies. But it's kind of hard when you get stuck. A common problem is getting buses. And the solution for that, as we mentioned in the first lesson, is just placing your thumb in the middle as possible of the back of the neck and having your hands through. Another problem is how strongly you need to press the frets. I advise testing it out and only press strong enough so you can actually have the note. And remember, always go closer to the fret. If you have problems with accord is one of the three issues. Another problem is your hand hurting if you play for more than 5 min and you feel like your wrist is hurting, your fingers are getting sore. Stop for at least two or 3 min and limit you're playing to 30 min, 1 h per day. Another common issue, you've got strumming. How do you have strumming clean. Hello, how are you not get stuck? We're going down and up. The solution to that is first of all going slow. Actually seeing the pattern that you're doing, e.g. for our main pattern and we'll go down, down, up, up, down, up. And the other trick is to have your hand always flowing. The hand always needs to go up and down, but sometimes it picks, sometimes it just goes up and down in another position. These I think are the main questions and the main pain points and must be Gators have on learning their first songs. What would you say? Do you have any question? I think for me e.g. a. Question I would have is should I be looking at the strings, e.g. I. Find it hard to realize, Oh, is this the third string or the fourth string? It's a very good question. Now, the solution to that is in two parts. As I told you before, the hand that you look will be the handles will be more careful. E.g. the way it I would practice that is when I'm doing the 1 min chord change exercise, I would look in my hand and think about the position of the hand. On the other bit while doing the strumming exercise or the alternate picking exercise, I would look at my right hand, are doing it. Well, I'm doing both. I would look at the hand which has the biggest problem. You could also name the number e.g. here you're playing second fret, and you can also name them until your hand actually memorize emotions. You also have guidance, which are the points on the fret board, which serve to guide you. But some guitars like this one also have them in the front. So a good way to do it, especially lean a bit on the back and actually get orientated by the points. Anymore questions regarding playing? So when you play concerts, or do you still look at the string sometimes? Or is it like e.g. me? When I studied piano, I can look at the keys, but I didn't necessarily need to look at the keys. How is that for you? Actually, when it comes to guitar playing, you do need to look at some times because the fingerings on guitar on different than fingerings on piano, because things here tend to repeat, but the repeat in different shapes. Even professional players, sometimes when they have to switch from. You need to look at the fretboard. However, when you're playing lead melodies, sometimes we just do your ears. Good idea, even when it comes to cars. Look when you have big changes, but when it comes to e.g. playing in the same spot, I might go like, why? Because I let my ear guide me. I lead the sense of rhythm and the groove guide me. And I know I'm in the same spot. Memorize present. But if I go like if I have to go here, I tend to look at it because I don't want to mess. It. Does help. Yeah. Anymore questions? I'll just use started away. I'm going to cut it. What about like e.g. these classical position? Like I feel like I already my back hurt him. Would you advise that I actually start with the classical position. Okay. So regarding your back hurting this multi-part, your posture when you're playing guitar. It's the exact same logic, your poster, and you're staying in front of the PC. Now, when you're sitting, you have to actually get your shoulders trade and your chest going a bit up to the front. This may look a bit silly or uncomfortable at first, but if you get used to this kind of position when playing, even if you're holding classical, even if you're not holding classical unit to get yourself used in your back, sitting straight and putting your chest in front. If you get it right in the beginning, you will avoid many vacations. I myself, I'm a self-taught player and I still haven't back issues. And I walk a bit like this curve only because when I played guitar the first five or even six years, I only used to sit in my chair and be like this because I wanted to see the frets up close. So the best thing to do is to actually consciously think about your back and not play for more than 30 min or an hour. It's always best to play a bit, but constantly think about what you're playing. Them to play a loud that don't think about it to just wing it. Always focused on the time that you're playing. And even if it's 30 min per day, 1 h or even 15 min, bring the maximum out of it and just focus on your playing and do nothing else for the time. I hope that helped. 13. Exercises For 1 Month: Now I'm gonna give you a quick overview of the exercises you have to do the following month. Exercise number one, playing off of springs with your thumb. And you do this for six strings. Exercise number two involves the same motion, but adding the fretting hand motion for the entire strings. If you can't do it on the first four frets, start on Fred number five. Exercise number three is doing the same, but using a guitar pick with alternate picking always. Do each of these exercises at least for 5 min a day. Exercise. Number four is about changing chords. It's called one-minute change exercise. You pick three cards, e.g. E minor, C, D major. And you change them as many times as you can inside my main it like this. Exercise number for involved strumming. You pick any cold, e.g. a. Minor. You first run only down for 1 min. Then you start down, up. Then you start with a strumming pattern we did before. These are the exercises that you'd have to do along with the two songs that I gave in the lesson. And for your project, I wanted to play the songs as well as you can for your first week are your first two weeks of planning a post them down in the comments section, I'll be reviewing your playing and answering any questions that you will have just to help you improve faster. 14. Conclusion - Now What?: We've reached the end of our course. And I, first of all, I wanted to thank batteries for being here. Thank you so much for being here. It's my pleasure. It isn't my first time. Really like a complete beginner again. Batteries is a superb musician. She is a professional singer and a vocal coach. And she also has her courses in this platform which you can check out. And I'm honored to say that I'm featured in one of those courses, which is a beginner course for a training for self-taught musicians and beginners, right? So it's actually an exchange their release. And well, I'm an absolute beginner in the guitar, even though I play other instruments. I'm a professional singer, but I think it was super interesting that we did this exchange also with ear training, because our course on ear training is helpful not just for singers, but also for guitar players and musicians in general, because that's a skill that you just want to have as a musician. Also maybe for singing some backing vocals or to sing with your guitar. You definitely want to make sure that you are singing to you and that you have your ear training solved before you go further. Yes. It's a big part of being a musician or guitar player, either professionally or for fun, is training her ears because your mind is first your ear and then whichever instrument that you pick. I just want to remind you to follow me and follow me a trace so you can keep up with our courses. And wanted to let you know that I'm going to post in the coming weeks the other lesson regarding to the other mouth of guitar playing. So follow and leave a comment so you can keep up with that. I will make sure to answer all your questions and to give you a review on your playing if you're going to post the project in the comments. So thank you and have a great learning.