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Easy Beginners Guitar Lessons – How to Learn Chords on the Guitar

Easy Beginners Guitar Lessons – How to Learn Chords on the Guitar
By [http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Mike_P_Hayes/55597]Mike P Hayes

Most people learn chords on the guitar by either (a) watching where other players place their fingers on the fretboard; (b) from guitar TAB or (c) from a chord book; learning chords these ways are usually disappointing to say the least, generally the guitarist ends up more confused than when they started,

But what if there way a better way to learn chords on the guitar, fortunately there are many ways to learn chords here are just a few.

#1 Why do I want to learn this? Before you go any further you need to be clear why you want to learn this chord; simply learning a new chord for the sake of learning something is a surefire way to have difficulty recalling the information you are attempting to learn.

You see most players believe they don’t have a good memory when in actuality they do have a good memory in fact we all remember things automatically, that’s the way our mind works the problem is in recalling the information already learnt and the reason we have trouble recalling something is that we did not make a big deal out of it when we were learning it; in other works we were not clear on it’s future application.

#2 Sound – Since music is an audio art form it is vitally important that you learn to recognize the “SOUND” of the chord you are learning; just looking at a piece of paper will not help you remember the sound of the chord.

Solution: record the new chord, strum the chord once let the sound of the chord fade away you will find it helpful to identify the chord on the recording before you strum the chord, that way you will be associating the chord name with the audio.

#3 Question & Answer cards: chord shapes – learn the chord shape by making up a series of question and answer cards that have the chord shape on one side of the card and the chord name on the
other; these cards will be you own contribution to your learning use them which ever way works best for you; you could (a) look at the chord shape and try to name the chord or (b) look at the chord name try to make the chord shape on the guitar and then check your shape with the diagram on the other side of the card.

#4 Question & Answer cards: chord spelling – it’s important to know the names of the notes that make up each chord e.g., C chord = C,E,G; G chord = G,B,D; Em chord = E,G,B etc

On one side of the card you would have the chord name on the other side of the card you would have the names of the notes in the chord.

Use your question and answer cards to help you memorize the correct spelling of each chord this will help you find many different ways of playing chords on the guitar.

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Easy Beginners Guitar Lessons – How to Improve Your Ear As You Learn Chords on the Guitar

Easy Beginners Guitar Lessons – How to Improve Your Ear As You Learn Chords on the Guitar
By [http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Mike_P_Hayes/55597]Mike P Hayes

Connected learning is the best way to learn anything, the idea is to associate new material with something you already know. Usually guitar players tend to learn one aspect of their craft and then move on to some other project, it’s much better if you can link the various areas of musicianship together.

Here’s a classic way to improve your ear and learn chords on the guitar at the same time.

Theory application – know which scale the chord was derived from by applying the process of stacking a scale in thirds to create either triadic (three note) chords or scaletone seventh (four note) chords.

Knowing the parent scale of a chord will help your ear find the correct notes to play over the chord by identifying the “key centre” of a chord progression sometimes referred to as K.O.M
(key of the moment.)

Some examples…

Let’s say you have an Em chord, if you knew that the Em chord existed in the keys of C major, G major and D major you would have three possible scale solutions to solo over the E minor chord, as you try all three options your ear will select the scale that you are hearing in your head; as you can see already we have accelerated the process of playing what you are hearing by reducing the amount of resource material to choose from.

Here’s how I arrived at the three options.

Triadic version of the C scale would produce the following chords.

C – Dm – [Em] – F – G – Am – Bdim

G scale presented in triadic format would be:

G – Am – Bm – C – D – [Em] – F#dim

The D scale would create the following chords.

D – [Em] – F#m – G – A – Bm – C#dim

As you review these scales notice how the Em chord is chord three in the C scale, chord six in the G scale and chord three in the D scale.

If your chord progression consisted of the following chords we could confidently say that the key centre of the progression would be either the key of G or D; both keys would work because the two chords presented in the progression exist in both keys.

Em /// | D /// |

Now if we had a chord progression like this…

G /// | A /// | Bm /// | Em /// |

We could correctly identify the entire progression as being in the key of D, since the key of D is the only key that contains all of the chords.

To recap: an isolated Em chord could exist in three keys, which scale you choose to play over the Em chord is entirely up to you; as more chords are introduced to the progression a process of elimination takes place, the name of the game is to try and find the key that is the ‘parent key’ to as many chords as possible.

The idea is to stay in one key as long as you can to develop a feel for the music you are playing… it’s difficult to play music with high emotional content when you are changing key centers every two beats.

Music is about story telling and anything that helps us tell our musical story is a plus, our ear can only take us so far that’s when a good theoretical background can come to our rescue and help us play meaningful music on the guitar.

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Easy Beginners Guitar Lessons – How to Hear Chords Better on the Guitar

Easy Beginners Guitar Lessons – How to Hear Chords Better on the Guitar
By [http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Mike_P_Hayes/55597]Mike P Hayes

Even the top professional guitarists would agree that they spend most of their professional guitar playing time in an accompaniment role, so if the world’s best players spend the majority of their time accompanying singers or other instrumentalists it should be a cue for all guitarists to brush up on their chord playing skills.

It’s pretty crazy when you think about it most of the newbie players are trying to master outrageously difficult solos played at breakneck speeds or learn a random lick or two in the hope to get noticed; whereas in the real world the work and employment opportunities are in the rhythm accompaniment department… yes even lead guitar heroes need someone to accompany them!

There is an art in playing rhythm guitar and part of that art is being able to play just the right chord or chord voicing under the soloist; but where do you start?

Here’s a few ideas to help you improve your ear and increase your knowledge of the harmonic possibilities on the guitar.

Color tones: If you are not familiar with the term ‘color tones’ they are simply the notes for the scale that are not in the chord.

Some examples…

C major scale: C – D – E – F – G – A – B – C

C major chord = C – E – G

All other notes in the C major scale other than C – E – G would be considered color tones that could be added to the C major chord.

[C] – D – [E] – F – [G] – A – B – C

Color tones for the C major chord would be D, F, A & B they would be identified are follows:

D = 2 for example: C major add 2 (Cadd2)

F = 4 for example: C major suspended 4th (Csus4); omitting the 3rd

A = 6 for example: C major 6th (C6)

B = 7 for example: C major 7th (CMaj7)

Likewise a Dm chord created from the C major scale would contain the notes…

D minor = D – F – A

Therefore all the notes other than D – F – A would qualify to be color tones for the D minor chord.

C – [D] – E – [F] – G – [A] – B – C

Color tones for D minor chord would be E, G, B & C they would be identified are follows:

E = 2 for example: D minor suspended 2nd (Dmsus2); omitting the 3rd

G = 4 for example: D minor suspended 4th (Dmsus4); omitting the 3rd

B = 6 for example: D minor 6th (Dm6)

C = 7 for example: D minor 7th (Dm7)

Now that you know what color tones are how do you learn to ‘hear’ then?

Using a Major 9th as an example.

CMaj9
–x—-
-[3]—-
–4—-
–2—-
–3—-
–x—-

Step 1: strum the chord once, make sure you have the color tone as the highest note in the chord. Color tone in the CMaj9 chord indicated as [].

Step 2: play all the notes from the scale up to the color tone (the ninth)

Step 3: strum the chord once more finishing on the highest note (the color tone).

Like this…

CMaj9th => (the scale notes) C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C-D => CMaj9th

Try playing all your chords this way play everything s-l-o-w-l-y making a real conscious effort to listen to each note as you play them by strumming the chord first playing the scale then playing the chord again after you have reached the color tone practicing this way makes it easy for your ear to remember the sound of the color tone, now it’s time to practice these new chords on your guitar.

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Easy Beginners Guitar Lessons – How to Improve Your Technique by Playing Arpeggios on Your Guitar

Easy Beginners Guitar Lessons – How to Improve Your Technique by Playing Arpeggios on Your Guitar
By [http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Mike_P_Hayes/55597]Mike P Hayes

Since 1957 arpeggios have been gradually phased out of guitar instructional material, if you are a newbie guitar player you probably don’t have the faintest idea what I’m talking about.

However, there’s a good possibility you already know how to play arpeggios, guitar players have invented all sorts of fancy names for their arpeggio techniques.

If you have heard Eddie Van Halen’s tapping technique, or Vinne Moore’s sweep picking style or maybe you already do some finger picking songs on acoustic guitar… if you have heard these players or play finger style guitar you already know what an arpeggio sounds like!

O.K., you know the sound but what exactly are arpeggios and how can they help you improve your technique and ear? Arpeggios are simply the musical word musicians use for ‘broken chords ‘i.e., notes of a chord played separately as opposed to all of the notes being played at once.

Compare the normal way of playing a chord on the guitar whereby your strumming hand action is similar to that of flicking water off the back of your hand. Whereas, if you played the same chord only this time taking your time across the strings so each note had time to sound (and have impact on your ear), the audible effect would be similar to putting a piece of paper in the spokes of a bicycle wheel.

Since wind instruments like the saxophone, clarinet and flute can only play one note at a time the students learn to ‘hear’ chords by playing arpeggios.

Here’s a simple way to improve your guitar technique and develop your ear’s ability to hear inside a chord.

House Of The Rising Sun – song study

Am | C | D | F |
Am | C | E7 | E7 |
Am | C | D | F |
Am | E7 | Am | E7 |

The House Of The Rising Sun is in 6/8 time, which means six eighth notes to each bar, guitarists have found an neat way to add interest to slow songs in 6/8 by playing seven notes to the bar; the way this works is the second and third notes are played twice as fast as the other notes (these notes are called
sixteenth notes), like this…

Standard 6/8 time = 1 2 3 4 5 6 = 1 bar; notice how all the notes are evenly spaced.

6/8 variation = 1 [2 3] 4 5 6 7; notes in [ ] as played twice as fast as the other notes.

Try playing an Am chord both ways.

Am
-0—-
-1—-
-2—-
-2—-
-0—-
-x—

standard version

Am
———0——–
——-1—1——
—-2——–2—-
——————
-0—————-
——————

variation

Am
————0———
———-1—1——-
——-2]——–2—-
—-[2—————-
-0——————–
———————-

C
-0—-
-1—-
-0—-
-2—-
-3—-
-x—-

standard version

C
———0——–
——-1—1——
—-0——–0—-
——————
-3—————-
——————

variation

C
————0———
———-1—1——-
——-0]——–0—-
—-[2—————-
-3——————–
———————-

 

 

D
-2—-
-3—-
-2—-
-0—-
-x—-
-x—-

 

standard version

D
———2——–
——-3—3——
—-2——–2—-
-0—————-
——————
——————

variation

D
————2——–
———3—-3——
——2]———2—
-0-[0—————-
———————
———————

F
-1—-
-1—-
-2—-
-3—-
-x—-
-x—-

standard version

F
———1——–
——-1—1——
—-2——–2—-
–3—————
——————
——————

variation

F
————–1——-
———–1—–1—-
——-2]———-2–
-3–[3—————-
———————-
———————-

E7
-0—-
-0—-
-1—-
-0—-
-2—-
-0—-

standard version

E7
———-0——–
——-0—-0——
—-1———1—-
——————-
——————-
-0—————–

variation

E7
————-0——–
———-0—–0—–
——1]———–1–
—[0—————–
———————-
-0——————–

Try out these new ways of playing arpeggios next time you practice the guitar.

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Easy Beginners Guitar Lessons – How to Improve Your Solos Using the E Major Linear Scale on Guitar

Easy Beginners Guitar Lessons – How to Improve Your Solos Using the E Major Linear Scale on Guitar
By [http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Mike_P_Hayes/55597]Mike P Hayes

There’s a couple of keys that are very popular with guitarists, the keys of G, E, A and D these keys feature lots of open string chords and sound great whether they are played in a group with two guitars or just a solo acoustic guitar.

Because these keys are so popular it’s important to know how to play creative solos in these keys not just the tired old major or minor pentatonic scale patterns.

One way to come up with new solo ideas is to completely change your approach to playing scales on the guitar, some guitarists do this by altering the tuning of the guitar with the view of breaking old familiar patterns however a much simpler approach is to play your scales in a linear fashion.

97% of all scales presented in guitar method books are lateral scales so if you practice linear scales as well as the standard lateral patterns your off to a great start.

Here’s how they work…

Linear scales:

 

Step 1: select a key

Using the key of E major for our example the notes in the key of E are E, F#, G#, A, B, C#, D#

Step 2: Select a string

I’ll use the third string

Step 3: Create a version of the scale starting from the first applicable note of the selected scale.

Since the key of E does not contain the note ‘G’ I’ll begin my E major scale on the G#, first fret, third string.

Step 4: Continue playing the scale lengthwise up the string as far as your instrument will allow.

Here is a E major linear scale played on the third string beginning on the note G#

G# = 1st fret

A = 2nd ”

B = 4th ”

C# = 6th ”

D# = 8th ”

E = 9th ”

F# = 11th ”

G# = 13th ”

Let’s take a closer look at what we’ve done so far… the standard E major scale contains the following notes:

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

We began on the G# note, creating this linear version of the E major scale

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

Technically speaking what we have created is a G# Phrygian mode, but that’s another story for a future article, today let’s just be content with the idea of playing a major scale lengthwise starting from any note in the scale.

Review:

Lateral scales means to play across the strings e.g., from string six across to string one or visa versa.

Linear scales refers to playing lengthwise along the string e.g., from the head stock to the body of the guitar or visa versa.

The advantages of linear scale playing are:

1. Even though the notes are the same as the lateral scale the notes have a different flavor, musical weight and density.

2. The player tends to create more original sounding melodies because they have to slow everything down an pre-hear the next note before they play in much the same way as a blind person has to be careful where they place their feet the guitarist has to be careful where they place their fingers.

The result is the guitarist tends to do a lot more brain-to-fingers playing instead of the usual situation where the fingers are flying up and down a scale (lateral) as fast as possible, the musical result is like a person running fast in one spot… there’s a lot of activity but they aren’t going anywhere!

So next time you decide to practice scales try playing linear scales on your guitar.

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Easy Beginners Guitar Lessons – How to Create Crisp, Clear, Professional Chords on the Guitar

Easy Beginners Guitar Lessons – How to Create Crisp, Clear, Professional Chords on the Guitar
By [http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Mike_P_Hayes/55597]Mike P Hayes

Tired of playing the same dreary old chords on the guitar? Well your are not on your own just about every home in the world has a guitar or at lest it seems that way (some homes have two or more guitars to make up for the homes that don’t have any), with that many guitars buzzing away the all too familiar sound of the basic three chord song in the key of ‘G’ hardly grabs the listener’s ear these days.

But what if there was an easy way to create an endless array of crisp, clear professional sounding chords on the guitar that would enhance your songwriting or group? The good news is there are many ways to add variety to tied old chords, here is just one way you could approach modern rhythm guitar chord voicing.

Our diatonic music system is based on fifths, it’s the type of sound we have become conditioned too, it’s the natural progression we expect to hear in music, so why not incorporate fifths in our chords to create silky smooth chord progressions that intrigue, tantalize and surprise the listener’s ear!

I’m not talking about the usual two note power chord which contains the root note and fifth that sound can be heard everywhere in fact that’s exactly the type of common sound we are intending to avoid.

Let’s start with a standard set of chords derived from the E major scale.

Quick review:

The basic set of chords heard in popular music are created by stacking the notes of the diatonic scale in thirds on top of each other in layer cake fashion.

The key of E major produces the following set of three note chords (triads)…

E – F#m – G#m – A – B – C#m – D#dim – E

Most guitarists would probably play many of these chords using a bar chord formation and in many applications that would work fine, our project today is to move away from these ‘correct’ but often heard and overplayed chord sounds.

Let’s take a closer look at the key of ‘E’ with the view of discovering the all important fifth interval.

The E major scale contains the notes…

E – F# – G# – A – B – C# – D# – E

Using the root note of E an interval of a fifth is created by measuring the musical distance between the other notes of the scale.

As you can see the note that is a fifth above the root note or keynote of E is the note ‘B’ (marked as [ ]).

[E] – F# – G# – A – [B] – C# – D# – E

Applying this concept to the guitar to develop interesting, original sounding chords is easy; basically we want to have the two notes ‘E’ and ‘B’ present in each chord; as many players will already know most chords produced from the diatonic E major scale will not naturally contain the notes E an B the idea is to create new fresh new chord sounds by incorporating the interval of a fifth thereby producing different types of chords e.g., sus 2, sus 4, minor seventh variations of the basic diatonic triads.

Sounds complicated?… it isn’t.

Here’s one easy great sounding solution:

The first string open is an ‘E”, the second string open is a ‘B’ that’s our fifth interval covered already now all we have to do is convert or adapt the standard bar chord shapes to include these two open strings and the job is done.

We already have the two notes ‘E’ and ‘B’ present with the standard E shape chord so no changes here.

E
–0—-
–0—-
–1—-
–2—-
–2—-
–0—-

F#m (new version)

–0—-
–0—-
–2—-
–4—-
–4—-
–x—-

Notice how this chord has an different quality than the standard F#m bar chord, it’s not better, just different; actually the new F#m has a different name to help musicians identify it’s sound.

The new version of F#m is called F#m7add4.

F#m7add4
–0—-
–0—-
–2—-
–4—-
–4—-
–x—-

For the moment we’re not going to concern ourselves with all the technical names just think about the chord as a basic chord with added color or flavor in the same way as you could add milk, cream or sugar to a cup of coffee.

Here’s one more example for you to try:

G#m (new version)

–0—-
–0—-
–4—-
–6—-
–6—-
–x—-

If you have been playing guitar for a while and your guitar’s neck is quite narrow you may want to play a bass note with your thumb on the six string like this:

thumb indicated as [T]

F#m7add4
–0—–
–0—–
–2—–
–4—–
–4—–
-[T=2]-

G#m (new version)

–0—–
–0—–
–4—–
–6—–
–6—–
-[T=4]-

Including the bass note will result in a fuller sounding chord and is particularly useful when playing solo guitar.

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Easy Beginner Guitar Lesson – How to Play the Blues Scale in the Key of G and Master Your Guitar

Easy Beginner Guitar Lesson – How to Play the Blues Scale in the Key of G and Master Your Guitar
By [http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Mike_P_Hayes/55597]Mike P Hayes

If you only learn one blues scale make sure you it’s this one, the blues scale in the key of G; 85% of the time you jam with someone the first thing they will call out is “let’s play a blues in G” guaranteed this is going to happen, so the idea is to get in early and learn this scale before you go out jamming.

When you think about how most guitar players learn the guitar it’s no wonder they find it difficult to adapt to ‘real world’ musical situations. Traditional ‘learn to play guitar’ methods devote pages to learning the standard major diatonic scale which will definitely help you playing ‘Three Blind Mice’, ‘Yankee Doodle’, ‘Hang Down Your Head Tom Dooley’ and other such tunes, however I think you would agree these tunes are not high on the list at jam sessions.

The idea is simple… learn the type of scales that are used in the type of music you want to play and learn them in the popular keys.

Today’s article will focus on the Blues scale in the key of G; this is definitely a popular scale and a popular key, I’d make certain you pack this scale in your guitar case along with a spare set of strings whenever you go out to play.

Firstly, let’s compare the various types of common scales in the key of G.

G minor pentatonic = G – Bb – C – D – F – G

G major pentatonic = G – A – B – D – E – G

G blues scale = G – Bb – C – Db – D – F – G

G major (diatonic) = G – A – B – C – D – E – F# – G

If you took a casual glance at this collection of scales it looks as if there is a lot of material to learn, however a closer inspection reveals certain similarities that will help you remember and recall this important information e.g.,(1) the G major pentatonic scale contains the same notes as the G major
(diatonic) scale simply omitting the fourth and seventh notes of the G major diatonic.

(2) The G blues scale has exactly the same notes as the G minor pentatonic scale only with an additional Db (flattened 5th) note.

Here are some popular ways to play the G blues scale on the guitar; keynotes indicated [].

————————-
————————-
————————-
——————3–[5]-
———3–4–5———
-[3]–6——————

And now the G blues scale one octave higher.

———————–[3]–
—————–3–6——-
——-3—5–6————-
–[5]———————–
—————————-
—————————-

Try playing the G blues scale on the first string as a linear scale for variety of tone and added excitement for the listener.

G linear blues sale

G = 3rd

Bb = 6th

C = 8th

Db = 9th

D = 10th

F = 13th

G = 15th

The linear idea is also a great way of connecting your lateral scales e.g.,

1. standard lateral scale pattern in the first position

———————–[3]–
—————–3–6——-
——-3—5–6————-
–[5]———————–
—————————-
—————————-

2. linear blues scale played entirely on the first string

-[3]–6–8–9–10–13–[15]–
—————————-
—————————-
—————————-
—————————-
—————————-

3. lateral scale pattern one octave higher than first position scale

—————————[15]–
——————–15–18——-
——-15—17–18—————
–[17]—————————
———————————
———————————

Now you are ready to head off to the nearest jam session confident that you will have your G blues scale mastered on guitar.

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Easy Beginner Guitar Lesson – How to Play the Blues Scale in the Key of ‘A’ and Master Your Guitar

Easy Beginner Guitar Lesson – How to Play the Blues Scale in the Key of ‘A’ and Master Your Guitar
By [http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Mike_P_Hayes/55597]Mike P Hayes

The key of A is a very strong and bright sounding key which makes it great for rock and blues songs on guitar; because of the opportunity to use open string chords to create lively, vibrant guitar sounds guitarists tend to favor the sharp keys of E, A, D and G over the flat keys e.g., F, Bb, Eb Ab and Db.

Now the key (pun intended) to playing great solos is selecting the appropriate type of scale for the style of song you are playing. The three main types of scales guitar players use are the major pentatonic, minor pentatonic and blues scale.

Essentially the major pentatonic is ideal for country, country rock or pop songs; the minor pentatonic is best suited to rock and blues and the blues scale works well in rock and blues settings although an experienced player can weave it into just about any style of song.

Lets say you needed to create an extended solo for a song like “Tears In Heaven” by Eric Clapton… the major pentatonic would be a good choice whereas if your band was performing “Johnny B Good” by Chuck Berry the minor pentatonic or blues scale will be your best choice.

It’s a good idea to make a conscious effort to determine which type of scale would suit a particular song, try training yourself to do this without the guitar in your hands, a simple way to do this is set your alarm clock for a half an hour before you have to get up and listen closely to the songs being played on the
radio all the while trying to decide which type of scale would best suit the song(s) you are listening to, try this for a few weeks and you will be amazed how quickly your ear develops!

In today’s article I’ll focus on the A blues scale, let’s check out the differences between the three common scales in A.

A minor pentatonic = A – C – D – E – G – A

A major pentatonic = A – B – C# – E – F# – A

A blues scale = A – C – D – Eb – E – G – A

Now we will take a look at how these scales could be played on the guitar, keynotes indicated [].

A minor pentatonic

————————-
————————-
————————-
—————-5–[7]—
———5–7————
-[5]–8——————

A blues

————————-
————————-
————————-
——————5–[7]-
———5–6–7———
-[5]–8——————

A major pentatonic

————————-
————————-
——————[2]—-
————2–4———
——2–4—————
-[5]———————

Another way to approach scale playing on the guitar is to play your scales in a linear fashion, the A blues scale could be played as a linear scale like this…

Linear blues scale, key of A.

A = 5th

C = 8th

D = 10th

Eb = 11th

E = 12th

G = 15th

A = 17th

These are just some of the many ways you can play the A blues scale on the guitar the trick is to learn the names of the notes in the scale and know where the notes are position on the fretboard that way you will be able to discover multiple ways of playing solos on the guitar.

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How to play Georgia On My Mind – Ray Charles and Willie Nelson – Beginner Guitar Lesson

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In this beginner guitar lesson, you will learn how to play Georgia On My Mind by Ray Charles and Willie Nelson. Intro, chords, lyrics, and strumming pattern included for easy learning and playing.

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Beginners Guitar Lessons – The Powerful Cure For the Struggle to Play Chords (It’s Easy)

Beginners Guitar Lessons – The Powerful Cure For the Struggle to Play Chords (It’s Easy)
By [http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Mike_P_Hayes/55597]Mike P Hayes

Have you practiced open chords and studied your bar chords but still can’t get that sound on the recordings? Do you need another type of guitar, more practice or a different brand of amp? Actually all you need to do is play the same style of chords as the players on the recordings!

Guitar players spend an amazing amount of time searching for the “lost chord”, you know the one that got away; the elusive sound that they can get close to but never quite match. I have watched and listened to many guitarists that sound quite good when they play along with a recording (the louder the recording the better they sound) they kid themselves that they are making the same sound as the recording, but if you ever hear them without the karaoke style background the performance is much less spectacular.

It’s not “something they do in the studio” that makes the guitar sound that good, it’s just a different way of playing standard chords, that’s why even though a newbie guitar player who is playing along with a recording may be playing the correct chord, in the correct key the only thing they are not correctly duplicating is the exact chord voicing as the guitarist on the recording.

Since many rhythm guitar “tricks of the trade” remain as “trade secrets” behind closed studio doors it’s rare for the average player to discover how to create those sounds… unless they know someone who works in the recording studios creating those mysterious sounds, since I have spent the last 30 years on “the other side of the glass” I should be able to shed a little light on this aspect of guitar playing.

The key of “E” is a very popular key for guitar players to jam in so in this article I’ll focus on creating interesting professional sounding chords that are easy to play in the key of “E”.

The idea is to use open strings to give the guitar a crisp, clear, transparent quality so the rhythm guitar can blend effortlessly with the rhythm section and not distract from the vocals or featured instrumentalist.

By selecting the correct open strings and using these strings as “drone strings” that are played over each chord you produce a very smooth rhythm guitar style that is a feature of all commercially produced recordings regardless of style.

Which open strings? The answer is found by selecting the first and fifth notes of the key you are playing in, since we are playing in the key of “E” we should first refer to the E major scale.

E Major scale

E – F# – G# – A – B – C# – D# – E

Next we select the first and fifth notes of that scale indicated as [].

[E] – F# – G# – A – [B] – C# – D# – E

Moving across to the guitar we find that we could play the first string open (E); and the second string open(B); against all the chords in the key of E.

Important: drone notes work best when they are voiced high in the chord, on the first couple of strings works best for most situations.

The key of E major produces the following set of chords.

E – F#m – G#m – A – B – C#m – D#dim – E

Our next project is to create chord shapes where we can play the open first and second strings over all the chords listed above.

We already have the two notes ‘E’ and ‘B’ present with the standard E shape chord so there is nothing to change in our first shape.

E

–0—-
–0—-
–1—-
–2—-
–2—-
–0—-

F#m

–0—-
–0—-
–2—-
–4—-
–4—-
–x—-

G#m

–0—-
–0—-
–4—-
–6—-
–6—-
–x—-

A

–0—-
–0—-
–6—-
–7—-
–7—-
–x—-

B

–0—-
–0—-
–8—-
–9—-
–9—-
–x—-

C#m

–0—-
–0—-
–9—-
–11—-
–11—-
–x—-

D#dim

–0—-
–0—-
–11—-
–13—-
–12—-
–x—-

E

–0—-
–0—-
–13—-
–14—-
–14—-
–x—-

You may not be able to reach all the chords listed here, it will depend on the style of guitar that you are playing, guitarists with cutaway style guitars will find these shapes quite acceptable, however if some of the higher chords are difficult to play on your guitar simply convert other chord shapes you already know to accommodate your particular musical application.

Here is two alternate versions of the “A” and “B” chords for you to try.

A

–0—-
–0—-
–2—-
–2—-
–0—-
–x—-

B

–0—-
–0—-
–4—-
–4—-
–2—-
–x—-

The trick is to think about playing chords differently and always look for opportunities to play open strings in your chord playing whenever you get the chance to play rhythm guitar.

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