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This is part two of my method to learn the names and note location on the guitar for my students. I send my students here before we start so I know they have this skill underway. I hope it helps you.
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Guitar playing has become a very popular hobby in America and it’s easy to see why. Who wouldn’t enjoy being able to play music in their spare time? Playing an instrument has a quite a few benefits. It is fun and a great stress reliever. Learning to play also provides you with a sense of accomplishment. There are plenty of instruments to choose from. When deciding what instrument to learn you have to consider the difficulty involved and how much you will, at the end of the day, enjoy playing. This is one of the reasons guitar is so popular. Guitar is one of the easier instruments to learn and knowing how to play allows you to play plenty of great songs.
A lot of people don’t know how easy it is to learn the guitar. People tend to make the mistake of starting out by trying to play a hard song. Some other people may try to play the guitar for a brief time and expect to pick it up that quickly. This usually leads to frustration. When they can’t do it, they may think they don’t have the talent to learn, which ultimately causes people to give up.
Not even a knowledgeable musician would be able to pick up the guitar for the first time and become skilled at it in a week. He or she would understand how the music works and understand how the guitar is supposed to played, but it still takes a little time to develop the motor skills with your hands. Anybody can pick up the guitar and learn to play their favorite songs if they just stick with it and practice for only a short time each day.
To begin playing the guitar, all you need to do is learn a few chords. A guitar chord is a group of notes usually strummed together all at once on a guitar. The majority of rock, country, or other popular songs can be played with only a few simple chords. They say with only three or four chords you can play most of the rock songs ever written. It really is that simple, as long as you’re willing to put in the time to learn, after a few guitar strumming lessons you’ll be well on your way.
So if you are looking for a new hobby, one that you can do whenever you want, with friends or by yourself, then learn to play the guitar. It will be something you can take with you for the rest of your life, engaging crowds and parties or just serenading that special someone. With a little patience and focus you’ll find yourself strumming your guitar in no time.
Whether its a classic 70′s album or a piece of modern metal chaos, believe it or not, but most styles of music are the same in the sense that they tend to share the same scales and or musical ideas. The pentatonic scales, both major and minor, are the very essence of blues and rock music and when you put them together,
guess what you get? that’s right, blues rock licks.
These two scales are extremely common and easy to play as they both use a very similar box shape, and to anyone who is a little new at guitar playing I would suggest make the pentatonic scales some of the first patterns that you learn.
From here is a matter of paying attention to the small things. For instance, listen to any classic rock album and after a while you will here the pentatonic scales coming through loud and clear, but really pay attention to what is going on. Are they bending a note? sliding up or down to a note? or perhaps they are doing a combination of things.
If you want to create some sweet sounding blues rock licks, you really need to study what can make them original and awesome sounding. Learning some pre-established guitar licks can help you get ideas for figuring out other ones later on down the road or for coming up with your own.
You can also get a lot of great ideas for your guitar licks just from the common chords that are used in the style of music. Scales can typically be turned into arpeggios, which are broken down forms of chords, so soloing and chords structures are basically one and the same.
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Learning guitar scales are an important part of learning how to play the guitar. Most students who want to play the guitar do not like learn and practice scales because they think it is boring and tedious. If you are planning to be become an advanced guitar player who makes good solos and riffs, however, you need to have guitar lessons scales.
Guitar scales are usually the realm of learners who are serious and passionate about playing the guitar. You should bear in mind that there many scales, in fact, hundreds. But before you stop in shock and start panicking, most guitarists usually need to learn about two or three scales, such as the major, minor and pentatonic. Learning many more scales can lead to confusion and frustration.
You may be familiar with scales in voice singing or piano playing, but these are made up of several notes of ascending or descending pitch. Scales for guitars are similar, but these are made up of chords that are basically made up of several notes in themselves. Guitar scales are made up of several chords. For example, the major scale consists of seven while the pentatonic has five.
A piece of music is usually made up of chords from a particular scale. Scales can determine which chords sound well together and create good harmony. If you are an avid music listener, you may have realized that some combinations of notes and chords are discordant or does not sound good. Most good music is made up of chords from a particular scale.
Here are some tips on learning guitar lessons scales:
1. Find out what scales are often used in the music genre that you find most appealing. For instance, rock music usually makes use of major or minor scales. Finding this out can make learning scales more interesting.
2. If you really want to do a solo, practice chord progressions. Check out free resources on the Internet on these.
People who learn guitar scales are able to play a series of chords or notes that sound great, and they can do this more or less automatically and without thinking. So if you want to see yourself doing good guitar riffs in the future, learn your scales.
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Learning guitar chords are one of the first steps to great guitar playing. You will be surprised how many different songs you will be able to play just by mastering a few simple guitar chords. By learning the G, C, D, A and E chords you will be able to play a lot of popular music. Learning guitar chords are one of the secrets to playing real music.
You need to start with the basics when you first start learning guitar chords. Chords consist of three or more notes played together. Every chord has a unique fingering on the frets and strings. If you want to master playing the guitar you will need to spend plenty of time getting your fingers in just the right position. Take enough time to memorize each one until it becomes natural to do. Repeat this over and over until your fingers remember the right spot to go on the guitar neck.
There are many different ways to learn how to play chords. It would be great if you have a friend or teacher to show you the way. When you get stuck it always helps to have someone you can turn to help you learn things the right way. However if you do not know anyone who can help you out there are many good guitar books.
Another way to learn how to play is to use a guitar chord sheet. These can be found in many books and all over the Internet. Chord sheets are pictures that show you where to put your fingers. There are lines that show you which string to use and tell you the correct fret to be on.
Although the basic chords are pretty simple to learn, as you advance in your playing you will find some of the fingerings will get hard. These will take you a little longer to get down but once you can combine both the simple and hard chords you will be well on your way to becoming a great guitar player.
You will not believe how many great tunes you can play just by mastering two or three chords. Once you learn a couple of chords it is time to get busy making music.
If you want to master guitar chords you can do it with practice. It is not that hard but it will not happen overnight. Spend as much time as you need learning guitar chords right so you will not have to undo any bad habits. Once you get it you will have a skill that will be with you all of your life.
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When I first started to learn guitar I was a teenager full of desire and no where to turn to except my friends who also played. The Beatles were my heroes and Eric Clapton of Cream and even Andres Segovia. The guitar was and is a magical instrument and I wanted to play one. I ate and slept to be able to learn guitar.
I had only my friends and books and records to learn from at first. Online guitar lessons did not exist or even, for that matter, did computers or the online world. I bet you don’t remember the days before the internet. Today you have the internet and you are in an amazing age of information. You have at your finger tips the most incredible amount of information to learn guitar. You have lots of free information you can research and help you teach yourself how to learn guitar. As always of course when you have so much information often it is difficult to narrow your focus. You need a system to learn to play guitar.
If you decide to get a teacher and I do think you should eventually, you will find that it is easy to burn through a few hundred dollars rather quickly. There are now many fine online teaching programs that are available and I do recommend these as you get a whole lot of value for the money you pay. You are able to use the material at a time that is convenient to you, you do not have to have a lesson time, anytime can be your lesson time. You can review the material over and over as much as you like. You have recorded tracks to play along with just like playing with a friend or a teacher. That is a wonderful tool. If you use online learning properly you can a get years of use before you spend another dime. You have a virtual teacher, as it were and you can see state of the art videos of the teachers hand up close on all of the movements.
When I first began to learn guitar I got a popular guitar book and did it on my own. Keep in mind my motivation was extremely high and I am adept at self-learning. You may be motivated but not adept at learning on your own. In any case why do it all alone if there is another alternative? If you choose to try some on your own I recommend folk guitar books because they are simple and use the basic strums with songs most everyone knows. I did eventually start learning guitar with a teacher and this was often good and sometimes not so good.
The teacher can sometimes be the wrong one for you. I had a very nice guitar teacher once that was very into jazz and I was just a kid wanting to play rock and roll so that did not work very well for very long. When you are a kid you just go down to the local music store and ask for a teacher, they set a lesson time and you show up. You do not know the questions to ask and no one can expect you to, really. But you spend good money on the lessons never the less.
To learn guitar can be difficult, especially at first. It is very confusing with its various chord positions and tunings. The piano keyboard is very straightforward, easy to visualize and comprehend but the guitar is much more difficult from a visual standpoint. The same chord can be played in different positions with no apparent relation to one another. You can see that this can be confusing for the beginner. Combine this with the right hand technique, left hand, the written music and you can see how complicated it can get. This can be very overwhelming to someone just starting out.
This is all to say that a proven system to show you each step of the way is the answer. I would say first get an online learning program and take advantage of all of the resources that are out there for you today and by the way, I really envy you learning guitar today. You are very lucky to live today and be able to take advantage of these wonderful opportunities for learning guitar.
We’ve all seen pictures of mountain climbers clawing up the peak in a blizzard, shards of snow clinging to the beard, wind howling, teeth gritted, loose rocks cascading down into the depths, pick axe swinging, struggling for every inch of real estate. Through sheer will and determination, the climber eventually reaches the top in a bundle of exhaustion, looking out over the horizon, happy to have escaped injury or death – and deeply proud of the accomplishment.
Many times we look at our guitar playing journey in much the same way. As a constant uphill struggle to reach an unforeseen pinnacle, fighting for every step, always looking upward, slowly clawing – ascending inch by inch – to the top.
But the reality is that learning to play guitar is not simply one long fluid upward motion, but more of a series of small “climbs”, separated by numerous plateaus.
When we first pick up a guitar, determined to master it, the whole process can seem daunting. Like standing at the bottom of a sheer vertical bluff, staring up at a peak, shrouded in clouds.
There are seemingly a million new things to learn; how to hold the guitar, how to tune it, how to make our fingers cooperate on those first few chords, how to hold the pick and learn to strum, how to read chord diagrams and TABs and music charts, trying to decipher all the new terms and digest unfamiliar nomenclature. But still we take those first steps and begin our ascent. We fight through the awkwardness of the feel of the guitar neck in our hands, struggle for some clarity reading charts with all those numbers and dots, and work through the soreness in our fingers – and before long we are playing our first song.
And like the climber who reaches the summit, exhausted and proud, we continue playing that first song over and over until we can play it in our sleep. Knowing that, at some point, we have to continue our climb, but content for the time being in the satisfaction of that first accomplishment, and reluctant to jump right back into the struggle to learn and master new concepts.
But then something happens. We finally reach the point where we are ready to continue the climb and move upward, but as we immerse ourselves in new lessons and theories; it feels as though we’re not making any new progress. Like our legs and feet are moving, but unable to find a foothold, and we remain suspended, our upward motion halted.
Most, if not all, of my guitar students experience this. The truth is, I do as well. We all do. They call me to express their frustration that, even though they continue to devote time and energy to practice, they feel like they’re not getting anywhere. Like they’re beating their proverbial heads against the wall.
It’s at that point that I usually have the “plateau” discussion with them. I assure them that the frustration they are experiencing is not only a common occurrence; it’s also a necessary step in learning guitar. The truth is that learning to play guitar and improving on the guitar cannot necessarily be viewed as one continuous upward motion. It is actually more akin to a series small climbs, each one landing on a plateau.
It is on these plateaus that the guitar concepts and techniques we struggled to learn have a chance to “soak in”. We learn the nuances of “how” to play new things on the guitar while making the upward climb. But it is on the plateau that the new concepts and techniques we learned have a chance to become ingrained into our guitar playing style. We actually need these plateaus, these times when we feel we are not “getting anywhere”, to help our guitar playing skills to blossom. We need a breather.
Once guitar students realize this, they tend to become more patient with themselves. Just being aware of where they are in the process can have a calming effect. Knowing that, even though they don’t feel the upward motion, they are still making progress, does a lot to bolster their confidence and keep their interest peaked.
Unfortunately I have seen students give up the guitar in frustration. Many without realizing that they are only steps away from reaching the top of the next plateau, and others that are simply on a plateau and trying too soon to advance beyond it.
If you are in the early stages of your guitar playing journey, always try to remain cognizant of what part of that journey you are on. Each step along the way has its own place of importance and just knowing that, even in the midst of frustration, the next peak or plateau is just around the corner, will go a long way toward keeping you on the path to accomplish your guitar playing goals.
…And one more thing. Keep climbing, keep reaching for the summit, for the top of the mountain…but don’t ever stop…even if you think you’ve found it!