Basics of Playing A Guitar - A Lesson in Chords

May 10, 2017 | Publisher: Adam Clarke | Category: Arts & Entertainment |  | Collection: Guitar Playing Tips | Views: 37 | Likes: 1

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

About Adam Clarke

Hi there, I am Adam, and I teach guitar at Seattle Guitar Mentor. Apart from teaching music, I love to read and write poetry.

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