10 THINGS I wish I knew as a beginner guitaristMay 30, 2021
When it comes to learning to play the guitar, we all have our own paths, our own victories, our own struggles, and looking back at my time as a beginning
guitarist, take that away please, although looking at that picture there are quite a few
thingsI missed that moment, I was so excited. learn even the easiest
thingsby hearing what you heard on the record coming out of your own guitar. I mean, it's a magical feeling that I'll probably never relive, but that same intensity that makes me a little nostalgic for the good old days. Realizing that there were quite a few things I would have wanted to say to my younger self when he was starting out, just as a mentor, sensei paul, like a voice in the back of your head, I'm sure he would have liked that if he I would have done.
Do you know how much help there is today? I don't believe it. I asked the same question on my Instagram. What advice would you have wanted to give yourself when you were a
beginnerand the similarities were striking? It's funny, we all realize the importance of certain things. at a later stage in life, but it's never too late to stop doing bad things and start doing good things, so let's move on. Number one is rhythm, rhythm, rhythm, and you might think that rhythm is not sexy and if I make it sweet. choosing everyone praises me, but if I play well on time that doesn't impress my friends first, finding new friends, second, let me illustrate the importance of time is like the foundation of a building, even if you try to build the simplest things on it if the foundation fails everything falls apart with a great moment of play even the simplest things will sound so good and with a bad moment even the most complex things will sound terrible there you have it good I would tell myself not to practice anything different really because I practiced a Lot of scales and songs in the past and I enjoyed it a lot, which is also very important, but at least play them with a metronome for about 15 minutes in each practice session and I told myself to practice solos and improvisation by playing with one click. along with the song is not the same as doing it alone the metronome really reveals the flaws in your timing so you can fix it recalibrate your rhythm and your internal timing that was really a revelation for me and would have saved me a lot of time to fix it later number two , I'm seeing a lot of people who didn't take the time to learn the notes on the neck before and it's funny, you only have to do it once and from then on everything will make a lot more sense. play the same lick in different positions, so if your plan is to learn it eventually better do it today so you can take advantage of every minute in the future and I see that not knowing the notes on the neck is a bit like walking in the big city with no idea and When trying to find the hot spots you can sometimes stumble upon something interesting but it took you forever to find it and it happened mostly by chance until someone hands you the map with all the hot spots clearly marked, this makes navigating much easier .
It will be much faster at the destination, so learn them and from then on it will open your eyes and give you much more information about the guitar and how the fretboard works. If you are absolutely new to this and interested in it, you can do it. Always check out my music theory series here on youtube or of course check out my
beginnercourse learn to practice and play if you really want to dive into it all where we take a look at all this stuff in one package and how to note them in the neck relate to the chords. skills, etc, etc. anyway let's move on okay for number three there's something I have to tell myself over and over again even to this day and that is to sing on the guitar while playing the notes especially when improvising or messing around with a commentator . on instagram he said it brilliantly spending time connecting the sound of the notes with your voice and added the following sing everything you play and while you do that the rhythm is more important than the pitch of the note and yes 100 this helps me too or those who are a little bit more insecure about their voice it's not about making the voice sound good it's about really being in touch with the notes that you play and they come from the heart rather than the hand or something that you remember that it doesn't mean anything like this ah I'm very unsure about this and I don't know if I'll keep this in the final video so that this way you don't go down the path of pointless confusion and I'm sure we've all been there, the guitar.
It's your voice and you're using your own voice to connect to your mind so I should do this more and I take an example from my dear friend Mary Spender who did it so beautifully on the guitar loop and we collaborated. I checked it right, here is number four and I remember it very well. I was having my first guitar lesson and my teacher said let's do an improvisation in minor and he started playing some cool chords and I started playing solos and it probably sounded really beautiful. It's not right, so my best guess was that he was probably playing the pentatonic scale, but what did he play?
He was just playing some chords out of nowhere and they sounded so good together. Well, he probably
knewhow to harmonize the scale. This means that you acquire a skill. into a set of chords that work very well together using just the notes of the scale, so for C major that gives us the chords C minor E minor F major G major A minor B diminished and C major and the same chords go for minor since that is the relative key, so all of these chords will sound good together and you can use the minor skill to solo over these chord changes, just pick any of these chords, play them together and there you have a backing track of your own .
Of course, when you see this, you realize that you often see the same combination, of course, over and over again, like the four magic chords played together. Next, you are with your friends by the campfire, you pick up the guitar and start playing. People recognize. the melody is amazing, they start singing and the crowd gathers, you are happy, they are happy, they love you, the melody becomes the chorus and everyone takes a deep breath and starts, but they sing, everyone stops and looks at you. Oops awkwardly Oops, you played the wrong chord, you actually just learned the verse and everyone laughs but funnily enough, this was the last time you were invited to a party, you gave up the guitar and became an assistant manager for a small newspaper. company in Pennsylvania, but at night you dream of a different life you could lead because maybe, if you took the time to also discover the choir, you would have traveled the world with a moderately successful pop rock band that knows how sad which is the next step.
I'm going to say a word and I'm actually afraid to say it, no joke, caged, well there we are, so the simplest explanation of caged is this: the F major chord is just the E major chord with the capo on the fret One is your mind. well blown, it should be and not only that, you can do it for each of the five open chord shapes for c, a, g, e and d, spelling out the magic word caged, so the b chord is just the a chord with the capo one fret two the E flat chord is just an alpha 3 capo playing the c shape that you see, so now just take the wire out of the equation, throw it away, use your fingers as a capo and there you have it.
The cage is a way to visualize the Fretboard where we can find our chords all over the neck, our target notes for solos and skills, it helps tremendously with voicing inversions, you name it, it does it. I made two full videos going deeper into the cage as it is one of my most important roadmaps. to understand the mast so check it out here so at number seven here is a filter of over 1250 comments on Instagram. Thank you very much for that, by the way, many comments were about music theory, from basic understanding of music theory to difficulties in learning what makes a chord a seventh chord and from discovering how triads work to not just learning the song, but understand the theory behind it and apply it to your own interpretation, and it's funny because the people who really have an aversion to learning the theory are often the ones who never learned it, so I mean I agree with people who doesn't learn theory, sure if it's not your thing, it's not your thing, but don't hate on people who just love to do it, so let's try to quickly answer some of these questions.
In a minute, each major minor sus2 sus4 diminished augmented chord is called a triad and they are made of three single notes, even when you play a C major chord using five strings, it is only three single notes, the C, E and G, These are the first the third and fifth notes of the major scale and if you use different notes, four and five we get a sus4 chord, one, two and five, we get a sus two chord, and so on, and so on. seventh chords we don't use the one, three and five, but we add the seventh note of the major scale, for example, that will be the B, we add it to the triad and we get a seventh chord in C major seventh if we add a different chord . note to the flat seventh we get the C seventh now I'm also leaving out the fifth of the chord because we don't really need a fifth to make the chord sound like a C7 chord so that's the first one to go we only have six strings. sometimes we have to choose the right ones if we want to make weirder combinations like c sus4 and a flat 7 we get a c 7 sus4 chord or how about a c major chord 7 sus2 sus 2 and in b major 7th anyway now we just have to learn them all the formulas for each chord and it's not that difficult because it has a lot of logic anyway, that's super exciting, that's a lot of fun, let's continue, oh yeah, this one is good, the next number eight, so this is a comment that summarizes this alright the instrument is not a great performer and wow this is really hard if you get a better guitar you won't be a better
I always linked the acquisition of new equipment with a learning phase I was in, so when I got my first Fender Strat. I really liked playing things like John Mayer, Stevie Ray and Hendrix. I did that on my last ball for a long time and getting that Strat really lit that path even more. It was like an accelerator, but I see it. It happens the other way around a lot more often, so I want to play like Stevie Ray Vaughan, let's buy a Stratocaster, no, don't do that, because if you really wanted to you would have been playing CV Ray all the time on whatever guitar you had.
I've seen people play the Skull Button song, you know, that crazy fast blues thing, or if I made a full video, I'll watch it here anyway. I heard people just copy that song on acoustic guitar because that's the only guitar they had. The team is good. Equipment is fun Good equipment is always better than bad, but in my experience it only works as an accelerator and never as an igniter. Alright, the next lucky number nine sticks to the box and a commenter on Instagram said mixing major and minor pentatonic and this was a revelation for me too.
It's funny when I started learning guitar. I had no rules. Nothing was stopping me from playing weird stuff and this resulted in a lot of notable things that I probably don't want anyone to hear. but also with a careless and unique approach to looking at chord relationships, then I started learning skills, boxes and patterns and of course they provided me with lots of valuable information guidelines, but there is also the danger of taking them too strictly, these are the options do not. we have and that's it no, it's not, never no wrong notes say it with me no notes oh hi ben oh hi paul wait, could you help me demonstrate this?
Okay, so Ben was playing the 12 notes improvising on an a. Dorian vibe and it sounded amazing and did you notice that he didn't hit a single wrong note? There are no wrong notes. Thanks Ben, that was amazing. Okay, here at number 10. This may sound weird, but I learned to play children's songs or birthday songs. old classic folk songs or something like that are the tunes we all know happy birthday twinkle twinkle little star old macdonald had a farm and what have you and not just the chords sure you play the chords but also try to play the melody and the chords together Me like it or even better, why don't you try playing a fair style version?
This is so nice, it's actually really fun to play, but I understand that when you're just starting out you want to play the things that made you learn the game. guitar first and I'm sure you better give them a try because they're also a lot of fun and going deeper is the way to go, but all of these tunes are the perfect starting point for that type of playing like finger style. I like the chords. I like to play chords and melodies together because melodies and chords are very well intertwined and are often very classic sounding progressions and resolutions that we see very often even in today's music.
Speaking of which, I've been cooking up an acoustic guitar. course for the last few months and is almost ready for release on March 24. The doors will open. It takes you from being that guitaristcampfire who forgot the chorus to a full acoustic guitarist who can play anything from finger style to cool strums and flat picking. in styles like blues country, pop, rock and more, and we're covering all the things that, in my experience, make a great acoustic guitarist. Check it out at acusticadventure.com, where you can already get a sneak peek of what's to come. the first to be notified when the course opens and I'm really excited about that before we leave.
I would love to hear from you what your tips would be, either for yourself or for other beginners. Did you have any aha moments where things happened? I just started clicking, all of a sudden, things you
knewbefore. I'd love to see them, so leave them in the comments below. Have a beautiful day and remember that it is never too late to stop doing bad things and start doing them right. health
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