Guitar for Beginners
I have been putting together some "Videos"
This will help you get started faster by,
actually seeing as well as hearing what I am doing
Look out for the "Rockin'"
"Hotdog The Headless Guitarist" logo
which means there is also a downloadable
Window media Player video available.
If you are a total beginner see below;
follow these links to hear/see me talk you through this stuff!!
I will tell you about...
Here are a few bits of easy songs for you to play,
hear me playing and talking you through them.
These are snippets just to get you started,
if you would like to do the whole song or the "Proper version"
request it on the Free lesson Request
with the E(6)being the biggest (bass) string, A(5) the next biggest etc
and the little "e" being the 1st (smallest) string
The easiest way to tune the Guitar, is to buy an Electronic Tuner!
There are loads on the market, but a good buy the Thomann CTG-10
it's Chromatic (recognises all notes) and cheap (less than £5)
FRETS Frets are the little bars running across the neck of the Guitar,
the 1st fret is the furthest left then 2nd etc
On some Guitars there is what we call a Zero Fret
very close to the Nut ignore this,
the next fret is 1 this is quite rare!
A note is 1 sound, pick a string eg 6th, and that is the note of E. Strum a few strings together, and that is a Chord (a collection of notes) A chord is a position in which to put the fingers of your left hand.
There are several different ways of representing chords
but all of my students have found this way the easiest to see/understand. When viewing the chordsheet remember that, the numbers in the circles,
are the fingers of your left hand.
with 1 being the index finger and so on.
have a look at the "Guitar Basics" page for further info Say to yourself ; Which Finger, goes on which String, in which Fret,
How many strings do I play?
Don't play strings with an X above as these are not part of the chord. You don't need to learn loads of chords,
in fact you can play millions of songs with just 3 chords! I always teach people to play D, Cadd9, Gadd5, first,
as these are really easy to change between
as you only end up moving 2 fingers each time