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Much of your guitar playing will be taking place while you are sitting so let’s talk about the best way to hold the guitar in this position.
I see many beginning guitar players struggle unnecessarily because they tend to stabilize the guitar with the left hand, often to the point of actually carrying the neck. This practice makes the left hand and arm do too much work, and does not allow the freedom of movement needed for playing.
In fact, it is quite possible and preferable to stabilize the guitar without touching it with your hands at all!
To do this, think of these three places as your main points of contact with the guitar:
1 The right thigh
2 The right side of your chest
3 Your right forearm
You should be able to balance the guitar using only these three spots.
Try it, and I think you will find that chords, especially, are much easier. It takes some of the wraslin’ out of it.
O.K. , so you’ve got some chords under your belt and now it’s time to put them together. What we are looking for is the ability smoothly transition from one chord to the next.
I have a couple of tricks for you to try out- see if this works for you:
First, see if chord #1 and chord number #2 have any fingers in common. Let’s take e minor and G major for example….
Yep, your first finger is in the same place in both chords. Score. You can (and should) leave that one there during your transition. Think of it as a pivot point .
Second, practice alternating chord shapes without strumming trying to keep your first finger down. Do it like……10(!) times. Slow.
Third, close your eyes and see if you can visualize the shapes in your mind. I know you can! Try alternating open and closed eyes until you get it.
Fourth, this is where a metronome(or even more fun, a drum beat) comes in handy. The steady beat gives you an appointment to get to, right? Set it up for something like 50 beats per minute(B.P.M).
Count yourself in…..1..2..3..4..
Strum the e minor chord once and just let it ring for two measures of 4/4. That means count: Strum, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4.
Now, while you are counting, try to visualize the next chord. See if you can “see” the other chord. How is it similar? Right! Same first finger. Use that to your advantage.
Fifth, its time for your appointment. And as a musician it is your duty to keep it. No matter what. Play the next chord at the beginning of the next measure. Well maybe it didn’t sound perfect, but you played at the right time and thats what counts. No time for judgement though, because you’ve got another appointment in…..8 beats! Keep making your appointments, your drummer will love you for it.
Visualize and count. Steady as she goes.
Now that you can switch chords in time, strum at the top of each measure, every 4 beats (Strum,2,3,4,Strum,2,3,4,Strum,2,3,4…. ).
Next, strum every two beats. Try to change chords at the last possible moment before the next appointment.
And so on…. Good luck.
I will often refer to different parts of the guitar in these posts, so here is an annotated shot of my old Gibson S.G.(bonus question:what does S.G. stand for?).
Did I miss anything?
Tablature or “tab” for short is another way to write things down for guitar, and other stringed instruments.
It differs from musical notation staff in some key ways:
1) It has six lines instead of five. One line for each string of the guitar. Count ’em.
2)Rather than symbolizing musical pitches(notes), it actually indicates where to press a given fret on a specific string .
I’m sure every one over the age of 40 can name that tune!
For all its flaws(I will probably write about that later), its a pretty handy system for learning stuff on guitar. But watch out, because there are a lot of amateur tabs out there of, let’s just say…………varying quality……….
Here is some blank tab I made.
Most of the time, you get boring old guitar grids to learn your chords on. And those are fine, really. But these new ones I just made are at least 33 percent more radical, don’t you agree?
For those who don’t know already, chord grids explained.
Chord grids are just a visual representation of the guitar fretboard positioned vertically.
means do this……
and it should look like this:
By the way, this chord is called E Major.
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Sometimes there are 2 (two!) chords per measure, thus:
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4 D is for____________________
5 A is for_____________________
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Sometimes beginners get confused so……..
The thinnest string, closest to the floor cheap NFL jerseys as you are holding wholesale mlb jerseys the guitar to play wholesale MLB jerseys is string number one. It is normally tuned to the note “E“.
The string closest to your head as you are holding the H175 guitar, the fat one, is string number six. It is also tuned to Case: the note “E“. However this “E” is much lower in pitch than the one on the first string.
The confusion usually arises as a teacher or musical cohort Guitar might say something like:
“on the high E string”
they mean the one that is higher in pitch , or string number one.