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Lesson four in the guitar lessons for beginners series dips your toe in the waters of music theory. While you aren’t going to understand music the way Mozart did, by the end of this lesson you should have an idea of why things sound the way they do and be able to begin thinking about how you want to chart your own course in learning to play the guitar. Do you want to learn more ‘rock-ish’ sounding playing styles or would you rather learn a more ‘country’ sound… or maybe blues is your thing. The lead guitar notes you play determine the mood. All the tools your need to learn any playing style are covered in the DVD series (previewed here).
What we’ve done with this lesson is we’ve asked you to take the recording you made in lesson two (beginner chord progressions), and play a simple solo over it using the pentatonic minor scale we taught you in lesson three (guitar note charts – scales). We then instruct you to play the same solo in a specific different position on the neck and compare the sound of the two solos. Which solo do you like better? Depending on your answer you’ll be better prepared as to where to focus your energies when looking at the complete basic guitar lesson DVD series to develop your own style.
Lesson three in the guitar lessons for beginners series covers your first scale, the most simple guitar scale called the minor pentatonic scale. The minor pentatonic is great to learn because it is very easy for most guitarists to play and is extremely adaptable to most any chord progression you’ll hear in a song or on the radio. Guitar note charts organize notes into good sounding scales.
The scale covered in the lesson is A minor, which was chosen because of its relationship to the I-IV-V chord progression demonstrated in lesson two. When you play the pentatonic (5 note) A minor scale over the I-IV-V progression A-D-E (major chords) you end up with a nice rock sounding chord progression with a kind of darker / edgier lead playing over it. The other reason to choose the pentatonic minor scale is because of the simplicity and flexibility of the note pattern. It’s easy to play yet many note combinations are possible and with some simple tricks, licks (note and trick combinations) and other tips (all available on the DVD lessons previewed here) it’s possible you may never need to learn anything else to play amazing sounding guitar.
Lesson two in the guitar lessons for beginners series covers chord progressions. A chord progression is series of chords (which you learned in the mastering guitar chords for beginners lesson) played in succession (and typically is repeated). There are a million potential chord progressions possible when you have a guitar or any other instrument at hand but we chose a simple, frequently used chord progression that you’re sure to have heard played in various forms on the radio or mp3 player. Guitar chord riffs form the wall of sound in virtually every song.
We have chosen the I-IV-V chord progression for our lesson because it is used in practically every style of music you are likely to hear. Sometimes you’ll see it played as a minor chord progression (which we demonstrate in the more advanced metal guitar scale lesson), most times as a major progression (country and rock tunes typically). With this second step in the guitar lessons for beginners series we want you to be able to play this one chord progression very proficiently so that we can record it on tape, CD, or on your computer… then play it in the background while we learn scales and lead solos to play over it in the later lessons. Like always, check out the guitar lessons for beginners DVD series previews. The DVDs cover these topics much deeper but with the same philosophy. Learn one thing, use it as a foundation for the next lesson.
So the first lesson in the guitar lessons for beginners series covers your first chords. A chord is technically defined as a three tone (note) harmony – whether you play it on a guitar, a piano, or sing it acapella with some friends. Our mastering chords lesson covers two barre chords – first a major barre chord, then a minor barre chord. With just these two chords mastered you will be able to play about 90% of the songs you hear on the radio today, when you learn to train your ear to hear well enough. Electric guitar chords begin your journey into a larger world.
It should be plainly obvious why the major and minor chords were chosen for this lesson, as they are prevalent in just about every piece of music you’ll ever hear. Subsequent lessons build on this lesson, where we next take the major chord and play it in three spots on the neck to create a progression, then learn about scales and how to play them over the progression you’ve learned. You can find links to all the other lessons here, and also see video sample demonstrations of the complete DVD guitar lessons for beginners series.