Knowing how to identify your finger position on the guitar is one of the first things every beginner should learn. Understanding how your fingers correspond to the fretboard will make it easier for you to learn how to play notes and chords.
A guitar warm-up routine which includes various right and left-hand exercises can be very beneficial for any guitar player, whatever their skill level. In fact, it’s probably safe to say that warming-up before playing may even be more necessary for the advanced guitarist than for the beginner.
Have you ever wondered if guitar scales are worth learning? Perhaps they are just a waste of time. After all, if you’re anything like me when I was first starting to play you probably just want to learn your favorite songs so you can jam with your friends, right? What benefit could there be in learning some musty old scale that’s been around for hundreds of years?
Do you hate playing guitar chords because it hurts your fingers? Well, don’t feel bad. Many students struggle in this area simply because they don’t have sufficient finger calluses or strength to hold down more than one string at a time. This is very common among beginners.
Open chords are among the easiest to play on the guitar because they utilize the tones of the open strings. The term “open” means that you simply play a tone without pressing the string down on a particular fret with your finger.
Many beginners find it difficult to move from one guitar chord to another without missing a beat. Fortunately there is a method called “Economy of Motion” which can help students gain more proficiency with their timing. It beomes apparent that a student is having trouble changing chords when their performance is suddenly interrupted by a long pause while they struggle to get to the next chord and resume playing.
Playing a simple waltz rhythm on the guitar is very easy to do. It also happens to be the second most common rhythm that composers and songwriters tend to use when creating music or writing songs. The most commonly used time signature is 4/4, which is why it is also called Common Time. The strumming pattern that I am going to show you how to play on guitar today is often referred to as a “boom chuck” strum.
The hammer, or hammer-on, is probably one of the most common guitar techniques used to embellish a chord, riff, or scale. It’s not hard to do and can create more interest and “color” to your playing. Here’s a video where I give a few different examples showing just how easy it is.
If you are a new guitar student you may be among others who have trouble playing the C major chord. The root of the problem most likely stems from the fact that your fingers are just not used to stretching the distance yet. This is very common, so don’t fret! Actually, you do want to fret, but only on your guitar. =)
Some people have trouble playing an open G major chord because the 2nd and 3rd fingers of the fretting hand are required to span the entire width of the guitar neck. The placement of the 2nd finger on the 6th string of the 3rd fret must remain in contact with the string while the 3rd finger stretches across the neck to the 1st string on the 3rd fret. Watch the guitar lesson video for some tips on how to prepare your fingers to play a G major chord.
An open chord strum is an easy guitar trick that can be used to improve your overall timing and rhythm. This simple technique can take a basic strum and transform it into something that sounds more interesting too. In a previous lesson I explained how to improve your timing when two or more chords have at least one tone that shares the same string.
In a previous guitar lesson video I demonstrated how you can make the transition between certain chords easier by using an open chord strum. Now I’d like to show you how to add a little pizazz to your strumming by adapting this technique to create a pulsating rhythm.
Do you have trouble playing the F Major Chord on your guitar? If so, you are not alone. Most beginners have trouble forming certain guitar chords, especially this one! Free Guitar Lesson Video: Learn More Chords… The reason that the F chord is so difficult to play is because you have to fret two notes with your first finger instead of fretting just one.
The B major chord can be difficult to play for some beginner and intermediate guitar students. While most seem to pick up the B minor chord easily enough, producing a good sounding B major chord can be quite a different story. In this guitar video lesson I provide some tips for playing the B major chord. Some might call them “chord cheats”, or “chord tricks”, but they are actual chord fingerings.
Learning how to change your guitar strings might make you feel a little uncomfortable if you have never done it before, but it’s really quite simple and should become a regular part of your guitar care routine. Below you will find a free video with easy to follow, step-by-step instructions, for changing your strings. Once you’ve changed your guitar strings a couple of times your confidence will begin to grow.