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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.
Guitar Lessons for Beginners Series
A buddy of mine and I have gone through the trouble of putting together a simple yet very power series of guitar lessons together on the web for you. The information in these online web lessons is enough to take you from never having picked up a guitar to playing solos over your own self recordings in seven lessons and about 2 hours learning time (and maybe 20 hours of practice time to get enough dexterity and feel). Online lead guitar lessons are a great and inexpensive way to dip your toe in the water.
If you already know a little bit about guitar, by the end of this series you’ll know more about the guitar and why things sound the way they do than most guitarists ever know. Without further adieu, here are the lessons in all their glory.
Guitar Lessons for Beginners Series:
Mastering Chords – Beginner Guitar Chords
Mastering Riffs – Simple Beginner Chords and Patterns
Guitar Note Chart – For Both Novice and Advanced Guitarists
Lead Guitar Notes Played in Two Positions
Metal Guitar Scale to Use with a Im-IV-Vm Chord Progression
Lead Guitar Exercises to Make You Blistering Fast and Accurate
Guitar Scale Exercises That Will Stretch Your Ability and Warm You Up Daily
You can also find more advanced and complete lessons on which this series has been based and additional free video demonstrations here.
Tablature Guitar Songs on Computer – a new way to learn how to learn to play guitar. I’ve recently been exposed to a new way to learn how to play the guitar. The method involves using a piece of software on the computer to visually display the fretboard and appropriate fingering. As the notes play through the speakers on the computer the correct fingering and string picking or strumming is displayed visually as a fretboard and color coded finger circles. The program is hands-free using voice commands to activate the program and also change how the program operates. Available commands include “play slower” and “play faster” to vary playing speed as the student’s playing ability increases.
Better still about this program is that it teaches how to play contemporary songs on the guitar, making motivation to learn less of an issue. Students learn favorite songs on guitar right on screen and get the opportunity and motivation to practice proper fingering and technique at whatever speed matches their present playing ability.
Presently 1400 contemporary songs have been setup as “sessions” available for download with more being added every day. These lessons represent a tremendous leap forward in students ability to use multiple senses to improve both learning speed and thoroughness of mastery. Combined with a complete DVD lesson set on proper technique and music theory anyone wish to learn how to play the guitar will advance quickly.
Click the links for video demonstrations of the computer tablature guitar songs or the complete DVD guitar technique set.