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Absolute Super Beginner Guitar Lesson Your First Guitar Lesson – Want to Learn Guitar- Acoustic

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hey what’s up you guys Marty Schwartz
here from guitar jams calm now what I
want to do today is I want to give you a
super super super beginner lesson maybe
even your very first guitar lesson like
something to work on if you can’t play
guitar and also if you even look up easy
beginner lessons and those seem too hard
as well this lesson is for you I know
what you’re saying advanced player and
intermediate player out there for these
people you know I always mix it up and I
will have more advanced and intermediate
lessons coming your way but this is a
good lesson for you as well because you
can actually teach this to somebody else
and you can actually pass on the joy of
guitar playing to somebody and I think
this stuff is a good like first lesson
also if you get something from this
lesson and you want to explore that
super beginner strumming and getting
used to playing the guitar I created a
rhythm like a half hour long rhythm
video series you can click the link down
there it’s not on YouTube but I have a
link for it you can go there super ultra
beginner strumming nice and easy with
lots of patience so you can check that
out but in the meantime we’re going to
zoom in right now and I’m going to show
you this gray kind of very first guitar
lesson that you can either work on or
teach somebody else so hang tight here
we go alright so one of the actually
most difficult things for a beginner
guitar player is actually to get a
guitar in tune what I recommend you do
is you can go to my website Guitar jams
com or you can even just look on YouTube
on how to tune a guitar the number one
way to tune a guitar would be to have
someone that’s a little more experienced
help you do it in the beginning
but there are a lot of resources on how
to get a guitar in tune so once a guitar
is in tune we’re it’s going to lead us
to what I’m going to show you right now
and it’s going to be right off the bat
it’s not mary had a little lamb it’s not
happy birthday it’s not baa baa black
sheep which is the same thing
it’s a cord so that way we can strum
something we can get a little sound out
of it listen to it
so accord is when you play more than one
note together and you let them ring out
together a group of sounds together that
sound good
chord we learn little shapes with our
typically our left hand we kind of
memorize these little shapes and then
the music gets expressed through either
our thumb or our fingers I recommend you
use a pick or a plectrums what they call
it if you’re an absolute beginner I
recommend that you use a really flimsy
pick it’s much more forgiving than a
thick heavy pick and I think you can
build up from there but if you’re having
problems strumming I recommend you get a
light pick or an ultralight pick just
something that’s got a lot of kind of
flimsy flimsy flexibility I’m making up
my own words what are you going to do ah
so anyway a nice flimsy pick and then
we’ve got our left hand and our left
fingers right here and we’re going to do
a little – a little chord and then we’re
going to strum it now you have these
metal bars here that go down the neck of
the guitar those are called frets and
when we’re learning guitar and even when
you’re more advanced we can count the
frets like if I said fifth fret 1 2 3 4
5 and you want to think of the fret as
the space you know like this rectangular
space here in between the metal brackets
so 1st fret 2nd fret 3rd fret 4th fret
fifth fret all right
just something to keep in mind the frets
what we’re going to do is we’re going to
take our index finger and we want to use
the very tip the very tip and it’s going
to kind of you know I’ve heard people
complain about how it hurts their
fingers look if your fingers are
bleeding take a break but you got to
build up little calluses I’m thinking
about how my daughter’s doing the monkey
bars and she’s building the calluses up
on her hands there and it gets easier
and her hands get stronger you just got
to start somewhere
and your fingers will get stronger so we
want to use the very tips of our index
finger and the very tip of our middle
finger and they’re going to be together
like that like a Scouts on or kind of
thing or whatever we got them together
like that and we’re going to use the
very tips my index finger is going to be
on the second fret so look first fret
second fret and I’m going to one two the
second string down the very tip of my
finger is going to go right there but
I’m going to curve my hand underneath
like I’m holding it you know like a like
a hammer holding it like a hammer right
and that index finger very tip of it is
going to come down on that second fret
of that second string down now you don’t
want to be scooted back here it’s going
to bud so much more likely that the that
you’re not going to get a clean note out
of it you want it a little bit farther
up almost to the next fret and that’ll
give you the cleanest sound so you can
pick the note and see if you get a sound
out of it
if I scoot it back
so we want it right there
okay next thing we’re going to do is
we’re going to take our middle finger
and we’re going to put it on the same
fret which is the 2nd fret 1st fret 2nd
fret but that middle finger is going to
be on the 3rd string down right there 1
2 third string down so remember that
index finger is right there so you got
to kind of figure out that finger can’t
be all the way up there and still get
your middle finger underneath so you
kind of have to let there be enough room
for both fingers to get on there so once
again I’ve got my index finger on the
2nd fret of the 2nd string down and my
middle finger on the 2nd fret of the 3rd
string down this chord has a name it’s
called E minor you know we give letters
to the names of the chords this is
called E minor now check out something
else here with my with my left with my
left hand here we don’t want this part
of our fingers on this chord to be
stopping the other strings from ringing
out we only want the tips of the fingers
on those two strings there and then we
want to be able to hear every other
string open
so you don’t want our hand blocking
these higher strings so you don’t hear
and bring out so there should be a gap
you’re leaving a gap here so you can
hear all the strings take it’ll take a
little work and a little patience but
once you got it it’ll sound like this
now you can pluck each note down and
that’s a good exercise for your pick
and you notice I’m picking up here on
the neck it’s just so you can see what
I’m doing
we want to actually be strumming and
picking down by this sound hole
you can see oops I dropped my pick but
there’s gaps here so the strings are
winging out
so that was a good another good beginner
lesson is dropping your pick a lot of
times you’ll drop it actually in in the
soundhole and that’s it that’s for a
different video where you have to shake
the pick around till you see it in the
soundhole and you do a flip over and the
pick usually comes out but that’s not
what this lesson is this lessons for the
very beginner and getting your first
chord and that first chord is called E
minor now if you strum through and you
hear one note that’s not ringing out
pick it and then look and see why it’s
not ringing out over there okay so
that’s your very first chord now I’m
going to give you a little rhythm to try
with that pick
remember we want to be strumming it down
by the sound hole I’m just showing it so
you can look at both hands at the same
now if you look different people hold
picks different ways I’ve kind of got my
thumb out like that and then the pointy
part of the pic is is sticking out that
see that so my thumbs right there and
the point is kind of going out sideways
it’s almost I almost have it at a
diagonal and then just pinch it together
so the point of the pic is pointing out
that way and then I strum it like almost
like a paintbrush see that so there you
have it
pointy part right there pinch it
together paintbrush it okay and we’re
going to start with two down strums
down down
alright then we’re going to add a little
hmm so I went down down then I went down
up down up so you’ve got down down down
try it again down down down-up down-up
now I’m gonna do it and then you’re
gonna do it right after me you’re gonna
copy me down down down up
down down up down up
down down
down down down up down up down down down
down down down up down down down
down down up down up now as you get
comfortable with that you want to just
keep looping that rhythm or repeating
that rhythm over and over
down down down up down
down up down down down up
down up down down down
the countdown
ten down
oh yeah
all right now there’s two places to go
because that’s just kind of I know it’s
kind of boring sounding because it’s the
same thing over and over
well there’s two really easy places you
can go from there
to mix up your sound and your playing
music the first one is called it’s even
got a really fancy name a suspended two
but all it is is taking this a minor
chord which is you’ve got that second
string down and third string down you
just take that exact same thing and
scoot each finger down another string
and you get a whole new sound
which back
so you can start messing with just
moving those back and forth in different
lengths of time and express yourself and
try and keep the rhythm even though
you’re switching and that’s a great
starting point for starting to play
guitar one other place that you can go
and it’s even just right in a Nirvana
song is doing this rhythm but this time
we’re going to go to four for all
intensive purposes we’ll call it a G but
what we’re doing is we’re taking that e
minor chord and we’re taking our middle
finger off and we’re moving it to the
third fret of this top string one two
three that middle finger comes off of
that E minor chord and then we move it
right there
and you can do that in any rhythm you
want so you’re going to be practicing
where that index finger is staying and
then you’ve moving your middle finger
back and forth while that index finger
stays it might sound familiar like
Nirvana kana
alright that was it I hope you got a
little something from that remember
playing guitar just takes a little bit
of patience in the beginning once you
get over that first hump like even if
you could get comfortably through this
lesson it really becomes a lot more fun
once you’re just even just with one or
two chords because you can actually play
some music and that’s inspiring keeps
the morale up for when you want to learn
the next shape and the next little thing
but think of it as tiny little steps up
the ladder and don’t think too far up
about the top just think about where you
are right there and take it one little
step at a time and you will get
somewhere I promise remember I’ve got
that new rhythm series module right down
there you check that out thanks for
hanging out with me and I hope to see
you again real soon take care


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