Beginning Guitar Check List

in PB Guitarstudio FORUMS Sat Dec 03, 2011 10:13 am
by pebberbrown • 926 Posts

Going it alone as a very beginning guitarist can be tricky because you don't get your road map through the musical trip that a guitar tutor can offer. It's harder to master intermediate and advanced guitar techniques for those who do not have the fundamentals down to begin with. I am going to provide you with a checklist of guitar techniques every single guitarist really should understand, plus the order you should learn about them all in for the simplest progression.

First of all, just a few helpful hints. Do not try and handle every one of these ideas at once. Music is definitely a cumulative study. Think about the way you would study math. You can not be taught calculus before you've already got algebra under your belt.

Second of all, do not only study these ideas in a vacuum. As much as possible you need to understand all of them in the context of a song. You'll understand the concepts considerably better and discover that they stay in your head far more if you're using them within a real life context. Not to mention, it is really more fulfilling to study like that!

A few of these techniques will probably overlap each other just a little bit as you go along. And many can be continuing concepts which you'll still expand at higher levels. But this is a great basic order to master all of them in.

Reading Standard Music Notation and Tablature

Learning how to read music is not as tough as it looks and will definitely make the rest of your personal learning experience far easier. The notation is only the information on how to play a piece of music. Without it, it's similar to trying to build an item of household furniture without being able to read the instructions. You might eventually figure it out, however it will be more challenging and take longer than it ought to.

Guitar tablature is a straightforward technique to find out, but do not stop with that. Tabs do not contain a rhythm notation element. So you have to be familiar with the rhythm to make sense of the notes. Being capable of reading standard notation as well as the tab will bring you every place you wish to go.

Open Position Notes

The open position is considered the 1st three frets of each and every string. You will learn the names of the open strings, as well as a few additional notes on each string. I highly recommend taking this one string at a time as well as finding simple songs to perform with every set of notes. Keep extending one string at a time until you have done all 6 strings. You might want to fork out a few bucks for a beginning guitar guide by Mel Bay or somebody like that. Having these tiny graded pieces can help you save time and effort looking around for songs to tackle.

Standard Music Theory

It may seem it is a touch premature to do this, yet it is definitely not. Music theory is a thing that you'll utilize and improve on throughout the guitar learning process. It is much like understanding the syntax of music. By understanding how the music is put together, you'll be prepared to apply that experience to each and every new song you will learn to have the learning move more rapidly.

Here's a quick selection of important theory concepts you need to get to:

- How chords are created

- Tension and release

- What a "key" is

- Chord relationships (You'll want to be prepared to answer a question such as "What would be the IV chord for the key of F major?)

- Half, Authentic, as well as Plagal cadences

- Intervals

- Borrowed chords

Once again, do not only attempt to memorize those ideas. Always look for them all in actual pieces of music to look at how they are really utilized.

Essential Open Position Chords

Open chords are ones that use a mixture involving fretted notes together with open strings. They'll mostly happen within the first few frets of the neck. I advise starting with major, minor, and dominant seventh types for the natural notes, A-G. Look to find songs that utilize some chords and learn them within that context. Don't try to learn any more than five or six at a stretch. This will allow you to learn brand-new chords as you require them as opposed to attempting to pack twenty one distinct chords into your mind at once.

Strumming Styles

It's no good using chords if you do not have any rhythms to go in combination with all of them, right? You can start with just a few rudimentary quarter note/eighth note rhythms and then expand towards sixteenth notes plus syncopations. Try your rhythms to begin with over just one single chord, and then use pairs of chords to rehearse changing them properly. You'll go on to learn and invent rhythm patterns during your studies.

Tuning By Ear

I didn't add this one early on in the listing because you can work with digital tuners to keep yourself in check in the beginning. But as you become advanced you'll learn that those tuners will get you in the ballpark, yet seldom properly tuned. Being equipped to tune by ear will help you fine tune your guitar to really make it sound much better. You're certainly not interested in perfect pitch here. You'll start out with a good reference note from some other source and utilize relative pitch to be able to tune the rest of the guitar.

Barre Chords

As soon as you've gotten your open chords down, you'll start to run across chords that cannot be performed in that position, such as a C#7. Barre chords use all fretted notes to form the chords. The good thing is you truly just need to remember 8 patterns here as they are portable to other parts of the neck. Make sure to master major, minor, dominant seventh, and minor seventh voicings rooted on your fifth and 6th strings.

The thing that makes barre chords slightly harder is the physicality of pressing down 5 or 6 strings at a time and keeping all of them clean sounding. If you have a bit of trouble with these, that's totally common. Just keep working at them. As a guitarist, you will use barre chords a whole lot.

Also, while you're mastering your barre chords, it is simple to learn how to read all the rest of your notes on your fretboard.

Pentatonic Scales

Old fashioned music education would have you master major scales to begin with. But for the beginner guitarist, pentatonic scales are usually a lot more beneficial. Like everything, don't attempt to master all the stuff immediately. Begin with an elementary box pattern rooted at the 6th string. Add subsequent patterns as soon as you are confident with the one you are learning.

Major Scales

Just like with the pentatonics, you want to learn a single form at a time here. The awesome idea is the fact that once you know some major patterns, they may be slightly altered to work as some other important scales also. Always examine how a newer idea you are learning works with the previous things you studied.

Position Playing

Position playing implies being able to play melodies higher on the neck than the open position. Once you've got a few major and pentatonic scales under your digits, this will not be too tough.

Minor Scales

The minor scales are based on the major patterns you mastered before. Here you will need to get to know the natural, harmonic, and melodic minors.

Extended Chords

Extended chords go beyond the previous major and minor. You will want all of the different versions for seventh chords, diminished and augmented, ninth, eleventh, and thirteenth voicings. As time goes on you'll get your hands on other chords you stumble upon in songs you will be performing.

Do not forget that music really is a cumulative type of study. The more you learn, the easier it will be to learn more. The building blocks you learn early on will still be useful in the future while you're trying out far more sophisticated songs.

If you can make your way through each one of the techniques above you'll be ready to go deep into any genre or any song you'd prefer with the right resources to teach yourself.

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RE: Beginning Guitar Check List

in PB Guitarstudio FORUMS Sat Dec 03, 2011 10:17 am
by pebberbrown • 926 Posts

Most people that are interested in learning music are usually interested either in learning how to read music or learning how music actually works. It does not really matter which path that you start on, what is important is that you realize and understand that music is a universal language and that it will take time and effort to learn well.
Understanding Music Theory

Music theory is like learning the grammar of music, it will allow you to not only learn how to read and play music but to also get a much better understanding of exactly what is going on with what you enjoy listening too. This way if you are interested in learning how to play something that you have heard or if you want to create your own original music you will know how to go about doing it.

When you get a better understanding of how to learn music theory for beginners you will have a good understanding of the basic rudiments of music. You will understand things like tempo, cadence, what the different clef's are and much much more. All of this information will be very helpful for you in both learning how to play a musical instrument and in gaining a better understanding of how music actually works.

There are lots of institutions that teach music theory places like Musicians Institute, Harvard University Department of Music, Ball State University's School of Music and many others. The problem is that enrolling in some of these very prestigious institutions to take a course on how to learn music theory for beginners can cost hundreds and even thousands of dollars per quarter or semester.

Music Theory Options
For most people this makes it unaffordable to take this route. Fortunately, there are other more affordable, high quality options available that are also more accessible to more people. This is all made possible as a result of training courses that are now available online. By taking online training courses you will be able to enjoy many of the following benefits:

1.) Cost for training will be much lower. In many cases you will be able to save up to 80% of what it would normally cost you to get the same level of training from a traditional institution or private studio training.

2.) You will not have to deal with or worry about commuting back and forth to classes. This will allow you to spend more of your time studying your music and getting better at what you are trying to learn.

3.) You will be able to study at your own pace. This means that you can go as slow as you may need too, so that you are more able to fully understand what you are learning before moving on to something new.

There are a large variety of online courses available to help give you a better understanding of how to learn music theory for beginners. Many of these courses will help you learn better by first focusing on the sounds that make up the music and then explaining the theory behind it.

Also you will be focusing on one thing at a time and keeping it relevant to the type of music that you are interested in learning. This will help to make learning both easier and more enjoyable for you.

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Using the INTERNET to learn music

in PB Guitarstudio FORUMS Sat Dec 03, 2011 10:18 am
by pebberbrown • 926 Posts

Most people go through a time in their life where they want to learn how to play a musical instrument. For some, that may be the piano or the violin. Others may want to learn the drums or a more obscure instrument. In the past, this meant that you had to live in a town or a city with someone who would be willing to teach you that instrument. Sometimes, this was not difficult when it came to instruments like the piano, but it could be much harder if you or your child picks something such as the harp. In addition, taking private lessons can be very expensive and is not in the budget of every family. However, the internet has begun to change this as it is now possible to learn an instrument online.

If you are interested in learning a new instrument, the internet is a great place to first learn all about it. Begin by doing your research on what it will take to learn how to play and just how long it will take to be good at it. You may also be interested in the history of the instrument, itself and the internet is a great place to turn to for all of your answers to all of your questions.

If you do want to see if you can track down a personal coach, many teachers advertise online. A simple search of music teachers in your city should bring up a list of those who teach the instrument that you are interested in. Here, you can visit their website or give them a call to find out if they are accepting new students and how much lessons will cost.

If you don't have the money for a private teacher, or you just prefer to work on your new skill alone, the internet can also come in very handy. For example, there are countless videos on sites such as YouTube where you can learn how to play the guitar or the violin. These videos will show you step by step what you must do and you will have the freedom to rewind the video at any time to make sure that you have a certain chord down before moving on to the next one. Learning a new instrument in this manner means that you can do so with very little in the way of stress as no teacher is hovering over you. There are also plenty of other beginner sites where you can learn the basics of your new instrument without the benefit of having a teacher.

If you are learning a new instrument, the internet is also a great place to turn to in order to purchase an instrument. You may not want to spend a lot of money initially if you are unsure if you will like it and if you do, you may want to upgrade. As a result, you are likely to find a good deal on your initial instrument by looking online.

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RE: Using the INTERNET to learn music

in PB Guitarstudio FORUMS Sun Dec 04, 2011 1:01 pm
by dave86uk • 34 Posts

Interesting read thanks for posting this Pebber.

Its given me alot to think about I need to improve my music theory for a start

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