- Lesson 1
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- Lesson 2
Beginner Guitar Lesson 2
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- Lesson 3
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- Lesson 4
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- Lesson 5
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- Lesson 6
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- Lesson 7
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- Lesson 8
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- Lesson 9
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OK, so you played along to Talking About A Revolution and it was easy; off course it is!
You are dealing with four chords, it doesn’t really matter that one of them was an extended chord (add9), it’s simple to fret and you can just do it.
The etude in Rhythm Guitar (a part of The Spy Tunes Method) demonstrated both the strumming pattern and the picking pattern; let’s be honest, it’s not actually that hard!
If you can move between strumming and picking as in the Etude you are well on your way to being able to play the guitar.
The next step however; slightly more complicated and a lot more interesting!
Play along with Talking About A Revolution video lesson!
In this second lesson I want you to take the feel of the picking pattern found in Rhythm Guitar and apply this to the entire song as a second guitar part.
I want you to play this picking pattern, but in different positions, along with the video above.
In order to do so you need to purchase a Capo. This gadget will soon become your best friend since it’ll allow you to play in guitar friendly keys by simply moving it to different positions up the neck.
As ‘Talking About A Revolution’ is in the key of G this was easy using open position chords, but what about if we changed key, or put a capo on the guitar neck?
Let’s say you place the Capo on fret 3; how would you play the same chords?
This is what guitar lesson 2 is all about and this is your next mission.
Playing with a Capo
At fret 3, in order to remain in the same key you would need to play: E – Aadd9 – C#m – B, these are much more difficult chords to fret!
Use the picking pattern demonstrated in the Etude to achieve a second guitar part. That’s right, you should still play along with the video.
As you keep moving up the fret board you will play as if you were in a new key:
At fret 5 we play as if we were in the key of D, the progression would now be: D – G – Bm – A. Can you see it, or more importantly, can you hear that it works?
At fret 7 we play as if in the key of C: C – Fadd9 – Am – G, this is easier than at fret 3!
At fret 10 we play as if in the key of A: A – Dadd9 – F#m – E.
Use the SWS to find how out how chords are simply numbers, place the capo accordingly.
Once you experimented with placing the capo at different frets, playing along to the video, you are on your way to understanding not only the guitar but music in general!
If you do not keep track of your own progression you will be fooling no one but yourself!
Barred chords vs open position chords
As you move up the neck, all chords will not be open position chords, for example, capo at fret 3 we get a C#m as our VI chord, use Chordacus to find it in an Am shape and apply it. It is still an Em chord that you are playing.
When you feel that this is not that complicated or difficult to do you are ready for Beginner Guitar Lesson 3.
Dan (your guitar guru)