Guitar Chords For Beginners

Posted by poloyolo on June 15, 2015
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Do you have one of those giant chord books that list every single one known to man?

Get rid of it! Seriously, you don’t need all of that stuff.

In fact, you only need a few shapes and the ability to change one or two notes of that shape to get a different chord.

It’s pretty easy, and I’m going to show a couple of tips for all of you.

 

The first guitar chords for beginners are usually the barre chords like E and A.

They’re relatively easy to fret, and they’re used practically everywhere on the fretboard.

Plus if you play the first three strings starting on the low E, you get those powerchords that are literally everywhere!

Now for Em and Am, it’s even easier to remember…….

Take E, and don’t play the 1st fret on the G string (022100).

You’ll then have this chord: 022000.

That’s it! And you can play this chord shape everywhere like at F#m (244222).

For A (x02220), do the same thing to get x02210.

Lots of chords can be made simply by tweaking a chord shape you already know!

 

The next chords you should learn are the D, C, and G chords……

These are used in so many chord progressions you’ll be strumming. It’s so ridiculous!

Combine these with the 4 chords you just learned, and an incredible amount of material from the guitar repertoire will be available to you.

 

However, the mistake many would-be guitarists make is assuming that this is all that you need to learn about the instrument.

They couldn’t be further from the truth as there are hundreds of ways to pick these chords, and put them together.

Varying the harmony and rhythm just a little bit makes these chords sound completely brand new.

So what are some of the techniques you should be learning and using with these chords?

Of course there’s up/down strumming, but this is so dull and cliche now (although you will be playing lots of songs correctly).

Then there’s fingerpicking, which gives your chords a harmonic and rhythmic intricacy to them.

Just google the term “fingerpicking patterns” and you’ll find plenty of ideas, and of course just learn some of your favorite songs.

Then there’s travis picking where you use your thumb to play a bassline, while the other fingers play a melody. Very tricky to do as it’s definitely more advanced, but it’s lots of fun once you get the hang of it.

And when you get to powerchords, there’s palm-muting, downpicking, alternate picking, and single note riffs to throw in with your chords.

The guitar has so many possibilities that it’s just silly to try and strum every chord progression you come across, in my opinion.

 

Some artists you can start learning from to improve your chord techniques include the Beatles, Guns n Roses, Fleetwood Mac, Cat Stevens, any hair metal ballad you can think of, etc.

If you already have a song in mind to learn acoustically, it’s probably within your ability.

However acoustic guitar is much more different than electric so keep that in mind when you start playing these songs.

Want to know more about guitar chords that beginners should learn? Then check out the article I just linked you to.

Why You Must Learn Guitar Music Theory

Posted by poloyolo on May 16, 2015
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Guess what??? That #1 thing you need is guitar music theory…..

Let me explain.

More than likely you’ve searched high and low for the perfect amp or stompbox, and have practiced the hell out of some licks and riffs.

You’re hoping that this will somehow help you become a musician, but…..

The fact is that you’re making it way too hard on yourself when you just won’t buckle down and learn a little bit about music theory.

 

Intervals make chords. Chords make progressions which become riffs and song sections.

Scales can turn into melodies.

Then you apply your crazy sweep picking and tapping techniques to these music concepts to make your killer solo or riff.

Get the picture?

That’s what making music is at its essence.

And more than likely I know what’s going through your head right now…..

 

Theory prevents you from being free and creative with your guitar playing because you’re awkwardly trying to apply this stuff.

You think it doesn’t work and that (insert your music hero) didn’t use this stuff.

Or you just probably think it’s trendy to know nothing about the artform you love so much.

It’s all bullshit.

 

And it reminds me of a quote I love by Banksy: “Everyone wants to be a great artist, but no one wants to learn how to draw.”

So be honest with yourself.

Are you just lazy?

Are you intimidated by this stuff?

If you are it’s alright. Not everyone immediately got it and it takes work to use this effectively.

And just because you couldn’t walk the first time you tried, doesn’t mean you never learned how to walk (metaphorically speaking.)

 

So here’s what you need to do if you’re still reading.

Start learning what an interval is. Start learning how chords and scales are made. And start seeing how all of this works in the music you already love.

Unless your favorite artists just make a bunch of atonal noise, you’re going to find material that’s influenced by the major and minor harmonies that run rampant through all of music.

And the more you understand this stuff, the more control you’ll have over the sound of your playing.

But if you’re not wanting to do anything more than cover other people’s songs from a tab book then don’t worry about it.

Theory is for people who want to make their own riffs and solos, and learn how their favorite artists did it.

And if you’re still calling bullshit on this, and just picking apart this article to confirm the false idea that this isn’t necessary, then let me ask another question…….

 

If music is so easy to make for you, why can’t you write a song as good as “Smells Like Teen Spirit?”

Simple question.

Why not?

 

If you’re honest with yourself, you’ll know this is important.

You’ll know that the more you know about harmony and rhythm, the more you’ll know about how any song will work.

You’ll know that any solo or riff is within your reach once you can break it down and understand how it works.

Every other discipline goes through this, but would-be musicians often trick themselves into believing it’s not important.

Don’t be one of those guys, alright?