May 10, 2017 | Adam Clarke |
www.seattleguitarmentor.com BASICS OF PLAYING GUITAR – A LESSON IN CHORDS Watching musicians play the guitar – their fingers running on the fret board like butter – can either be daunting or inspiring. For an enthusiastic beginner, it should be the latter. Learning to play this beautiful instrument needs utmost patience, to practice playing the same thing over and over again till you play it with perfection And time – if you want to play like a pro, you’ve got to practice like a pro. Before we start with the basics of playing Guitar and our lesson in chords, it’s imperative to know a few very basic and highly important things. Any guitar beginner must know the following points before attempting to learn to play the first chord: The strings are always counted starting from the lowest one (which is also the thinnest). The names of the strings are E, B, G, D, A, & E Just as the seven notes in music (do, re, me, fa, so, la, ti, do), there are seven major chords – A, B, C, D, E, F, G All of the above-mentioned chords are called ‘major’ and each major chord has a ‘minor’ chord – for instance, ‘A’ major is written in the capital form, its minor chord is written as ‘Am’. Each chord, be it major or minor, has a sharp chord as well. Except for B and E, that have flats (denoted as ‘Eb’ and ‘Bb’). The symbol used to denote a sharp chord is ‘#’. Therefore, A sharp major is denoted as ‘A#’ Frets are the sequence of ridges (the golden bars) on the neck of the guitar and are counted from the nut (at the top). How to Play D Major D is one of the easiest chords to start with, it requires three fingers. Without further ado, let’s start with the finger placement of this chord: Press your index finger against the second fret’s 3rd string (G) The middle finger against the second fret’s 1st string (E, the thinnest one) The ring finger against the third fret’s 3rd string (G) How to Play G Major You need four fingers to play this chord. The finger placement should look like this: Press the middle finger against the third fret’s 6th string (E, the last and the heaviest one) The index finger against the second fret’s 5th string (A) The ring finger against the third fret’s 2nd string (B) The pinky finger against the third fret’s 1st string (E)
Watching musicians play the guitar – their fingers running on the fret board like butter – can either be daunting or inspiring. For an enthusiastic beginner, it should be the latter. Learning to play this beautiful instrument needs
Hi there, I am Adam, and I teach guitar at Seattle Guitar Mentor. Apart from teaching music, I love to read and write poetry.