Beginner Guitar Course Week 1

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Hello and welcome to Spy Tunes Beginner Guitar Course!

In this course you will step by step learn:

  • How to play open position chords
  • How to execute simple strumming patterns
  • How to play 8 full songs
  • How to build a 2nd guitar part
  • How to build finger style patterns

Simply follow the course’s step by step structure. Should you want to practice more than the suggested time, take this lesson again tomorrow.

In 3 days time you will receive a follow up lesson for this week containing step 3 and 4.

Let’s get right to it.

Step 1 – Simple Strumming Patterns over a G chord – 10-20 min

The first thing we need to learn is how to fret a simple open position chord. Let’s start off with a G chord.

The video demonstrate how to play this chord. As you can see there are two different ways you can fret a G chord. Try both and decide what is most comfortable for you.

Let’s put this chord to work by trying some simple strumming patterns. Your right hand need to act as a pendulum and never stop moving up and down along with the beat.

Play along to the first 4 videos in the video playlist below and find out:

  • How a strumming pattern is written
  • You have to use down strokes on the beat
  • You have to use up strokes off the beat

Here are the videos:

When you have spent between 10-20 min on this first step it’s time to move on and try a Chromatic Exercise.

This will help with your strumming technique as well!

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It is now time to start working on a Chromatic Exercise.

By moving up and down the neck like this you will gain control over your picking technique as well as develop fine motor skills in your fretting hand.

This chromatic exercise will in time become more and more complicated. Today you will learn the first of 66 variations. Many guitar players use this as a daily warm up.

Just like when you strummed a chord you should use up and down strokes when you pick this exercise.

Study the video and find out how I always start each string with a down stroke, followed by up, down and up before I move to the next string.

When you play this exercise you need to have a click going. Start by setting it around 50-60 BPM.

If you get lost, simply stop for a second or two and continue where you left off. There is no harmony to consider here, simply keep playing the chromatic exercise up the neck.

If it feels easy, just increase the tempo by 4 BPM at the time. If you don’t have a metronome there is a free one available here: Metronome online.

Spend no more than 20 minutes on this exercise today.
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Today we learned how to:

  • Play an open position G chord
  • Play 4 different strumming patterns
  • Play the first Chromatic Exercise

In three days time you will receive a follow up lesson that cover step 3 and 4.

See you then!

Dan (your guitar guru)