Monday, November 26, 2007

Beginner lesson (chromatic scale)

Hey check this out. It's a description of the first lesson I've posted.

Introduction to Music Theory 2!

Hi. Today I will be telling you something more about music theory. You must have checked my previous post where I explained about sharp notes and natural notes. Today we’ll be talking about flat notes.

I’m still completing this blogger. If you have any questions, you can always mail me at the following email address:

baathaman@yahoo.com

The following is also called a chromatic scale:

A, A#,B,C,C#D,D#,E,F,F#,G,G#

The above notes are sharp and natural notes. Please note when you go from the left side of the note to the right side or in musical sense from A to G, you’ll find sharp notes between the natural notes.

However, if you move backwards from G, you’ll get flat notes (the symbol used for flat notes is b) between the natural notes.

So,

G# = Ab

F# = Gb

D# = Eb

C# = Db

A# = Bb

The above music theory will confusing. It was to me when I was learning it. You actually have to sit with your guitar and figure this all out. I’ll be posting a video lesson soon which will make this easier to understand.

The moral of story is G# can be called Ab and Ab can be called G#. This is also for the above notes.


Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Holding a Plectrum and Strumming!

Today I will be talking about holding plectrum and strumming. Look at the video below and you’ll come to know how a plectrum looks like and how to hold it. There are many ways to hold a plectrum. I’ll be showing the best way. By this method, you’ll be able to gain speed in future which is the ultimate goal.

Strumming basically means moving your wrist up and down using your wrist with your plectrum.

video

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Chords in C Major

These are the chords in Video format. You can't hear my voice after C Major. I have given the sequence when the video is over.

Just check my fingers and try to place your fingers on the same fret and strings. All the strings should sound when you're using your right hand to strum the strings.
video

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Introduction to Music Theory!

Hi there. Another lesson from me. Today we’ll discussing music theory. Music theory is very easy to understand.

In music the first thing you have to remember is the following alphabets:

A,B,C,D,E,F,G.

These are the natural notes in music. This means they’re not sharp or flat. Always remember that except B and E, you’ll have sharp of all the notes. The symbol used for sharp is #

So let’s revise the above notes again as the following:

A, A#,B,C,C#D,D#,E,F,F#,G,G#

The above can also be called as keys. If you count them, you’ll notice that they’re 12. These are twelve keys in music. This means, that there are twelve scales in music. This is true for anything. Please note you’ll need to know this no matter which instrument you learn. You can sing in twelve different scales.

This is true for all musical instruments such as, piano, violin, guitar, harmonica etc. So this is very important.

It would be good if you can remember all these keys and It would be beneficial if you memorize them.

That’s all for now. I’ll post another lesson soon and will give the complete knowledge of music theory.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Beginner Guitar Chords


Beginner guitar chords


Here some chords for the beginners. These are chords in C major and you can try to play them. To Understand these easy chords, you should also understand how to read a guitar tab

I have also given a brief idea about reading tabs in this post.

When using your fingers to play these chords, you should apply enough pressure on the strings so that when you use your right hand to strum, you should hear the sound. Please note that your fingers should press only the intended string, it should not touch the other string.

When all the strings are pressed with your hand, use your right hand and move your plectrum for strumming. When you do this, you should hear the sound from all the strings. If you can’t, then you’re not pressing your strings to hard or maybe one of your finger is muting another string.

Here are some more chords

Am (A minor)

e--------------------------------------------------------------------

b--1-------------------------------------------------------------------

g------3-------------------------------------------------------------

d----2--------------------------------------------------------------

a--------------------------------------------------------------------

e-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

G major

e------------3----------------------------------------------------------

b-----------------------------------------------------------------------

g------------------------------------------------------------------------

d-------------------------------------------------------------------------

a--1-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

e----2----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

dm (d minor)

e---1-----------------------------------------------------------------------

b--------------------3------------------------------------------------------

g--------2------------------------------------------------------------------

d-----------------------------------------------------------------------------

a -------------------------------------------------------------------------------

e-----------------------------------------------------------------------------

em (e minor)

e------------------------------------------------------------------------------

b-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

g-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

d----------2--------------------------------------------------------------------

a ---------2---------------------------------------------------------------------

e ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

dm (d minor)

e---1-----------------------------------------------------------------

b--------------------3-------------------------------------------------

g--------2------------------------------------------------------------

d-----------------------------------------------------------------------

a -------------------------------------------------------------------------

e --------------------------------------------------------------------------

f Major. This will be a difficult chord for beginners. You’ll notice that ‘1’ is on two frets. This means you have to use one finger to press two frets. You will have to use a small barre

e---1-----------------------------------------------------------------

b---------1---------------------------------------------------------

g--------------2---------------------------------------------------------

d--------------------3------------------------------------------

a-------------------------4-------------------------------------------

e-------------------------------------------------------------------------

Thursday, October 11, 2007

First lesson for Novice, Beginners.

This is a first guitar lesson that I recommend for a complete beginner.

The first thing a beginner will need is a good guitar and patience. You can get a good guitar by visiting you nearest guitar shop.

I would recommend starting with an acoustic guitar rather starting with an electric guitar.

If you buy an electric guitar, please note you’ll also need a guitar amplifier which will cost a lot.

The first thing which you’ll have to do is, you’ll have to tune a guitar. You can tune your guitar by using a pitch pipe.

The first six strings of the guitar are as follows:

This is the lower string.

E-------------------------------------------------------------------------

B--------------------------------------------------------------------------

G---------------------------------------------------------------------------

D----------------------------------------------------------------------------

A-----------------------------------------------------------------------------

E-----------------------------------------------------------------------------

It's important to memorize this pattern of E B G D A E. Because when you get these notes on all the six strings, your guitar will be tuned.

If you get the above notes, this is called standard tuning.

Using a Chromatic scale as a beginner guitar lesson

I would recommend you to play the guitar chromatic scale

E------------------------------------------------------------------1--2--3--4--

B-----------------------------------------------------1---2---3---4-----------------

G---------------------------------------1---2---3---4-----------------------

D-----------------------------1--2--3--4------------------------------------

A-----------------1--2--3--4-----------------------------------

E---1--2---3--4-------------------------------------------------------------

The above picture is in tab form. You can also check out the guitar chromatic video lesson

On a guitar neck you’ll see that there are vertical lines. These are called frets. There are usually 21 frets on a guitar but some electric guitars come with 24 frets.

1 means to keep your first finger on first fret of the sixth string (the fat string). 2 means keep your second finger on the second fret of the sixth string. 3 means keep your third finger on the third fret of the sixth string. 4 means keep your fourth finger on the fourth fret of the sixth string (the fat string).

When you follow the above procedure, please make sure that you’re pressing the strings hard enough and at the same time you are doing alternate picking with a plectrum. I hope you like this free guitar lesson.

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