Learn To Play Guitar
First we've got to tune the guitar. If you don't have a tuner I've made two sound files you can use to tune it. Actually the guitar doesn't have to be tuned perfectly so long as the strings are all tuned in relation to one another.
The Strings of the guitar are named as shown in the diagram.
The lowest (thickest string) is "E" next one is "A" next is "D" next is "G" next is "B" and the thinnest one is "E"
If you listen to the sound file"s you can tune the strings to match.
To check the tuning place your finger on the 5th fret of the bottom E
it should sound the same as the next string A played open. (without pressing any frets on that string)
Then place your finger on the A string 5th fret and it should sound the same as the D string open.
Then place your finger on the D string 5th fret and it should sound the same as the G string open.
Then place your finger on the G string 4th fret and it should sound the same as the B string open.
Note the 4th fret "there's always one that spoils it and has to be different"
Finally place your finger on the B string 5th fret and it should sound the same as the top E string open.
Actually the guitar doesn't have to be tuned perfectly so long as the strings are all tuned in relation to one another.
So if you dont have a tuner you can tune the guitar strings to each other using the above method,
the guitar will be out of tune in relation to other instruments but so long as it's only you playing it won't matter.
To get you started the best way to learn is to show you 3 basic Cowboy Chords and let you try and play a simple song using them.
Try to place you're fingers just behind the frets and not on top of them !
The first chord is G. Place you're second finger on the 1st string 3rd Fret. Strum the top 4 strings. Thats it !! (look out Knopfler )
The next one is D. Place you're 1st finger over the top 3 strings on the 2nd Fret ( press down quite hard )
and put you're 2nd middle finger on the 3rd fret.
The next one is A. Place you're 1st finger on the 2nd fret G string just in front of the 1st fret, then put you're 2nd finger on the D string and 3rd finger on the B string. Strum the top 4 strings.
Alternatively place you're 1st finger over the top 4 strings, like a bar ! and strum the middle 4 strings.
Don't play the top and bottom E strings.
Now we're ready to rock !!
Now using just these 3 chords we'll try and play a song.
NOTE: There are a few other chords in the song 7ths & minors.
But were all sitting round the campfire with other cowboys
so nobody will notice,
and besides your just learning.
Hey Jude don’t make it bad,
Take a sad song and make it better,
Remember to let her into you’re heart
Then you can start to make it better.
Hey Jude don’t be afraid,
You were made to go out and get her,
DThe minute you let her you under your skin,
Then you begin to make it better.
And anytime you feel the pain, Hey Jude Refrain,
GDon’t carry the world upon you’re shoulders.
A DFor well you know that it’s a fool who plays it cool
By making his world a little colder.
A DNaa na na na na na na na.
Now we'll learn some more open chords.
The chords are shown as chord diagrams. If you can't read them, don't panic, I'll explain everything!
- A chord diagram shows the neck of the guitar seen from the front, as if you held your guitar in front of you.
- The bass string (the low E string) will be on the left.
- The frets are symbolized by squares.
- The black circles tell you where to place your fingers. They are numbered to specify the position of each finger.
- Sometimes you might find it easier if you use another finger position that makes it easier.
- 1 is the index finger to 4 for the little finger.
- A cross indicates that it should not be played
- A circle indicates that you have to play the string open.
- They are all located in the bottom of the neck and are “open” chords, that is, they are quite easy to achieve and remember! ,
- No bar chords or complex finger positions.
- These chords will allow you to play many songs even if you are a beginner! Indeed, they are very frequently used,
- So you will have access to a wide repertoire very quickly.
- The easiest chords to learn are Cowboy Chords where you only play the 3 or 4 strings.
Now we'll look at and learn some more chords in the open position.
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