I'm surprised no one has yet published anything about how to play the guitar
. So here's my attempt at trying to convey small parts of the knowledge
I acquired about 5 years ago and have been constantly polishing ever since.
The first lesson I ever got was how to play chords
. Chords are good. Most songs can be brought down to a number of chords that you can play and sing (or in my case hum
) along to. One important thing you should remember before even starting that - your teacher
(if you have one) may tell you that you shouldn't use the pinky on your right hand for fingerpicking, and never, ever
use the left hand's thumb to barr strings. This was one of the things I was told when I was starting to learn to play, and I ever since I cannot stop regretting I listened to it.
I cannot over-stress this: use every single finger you can to extract sounds from your instrument
. Eventually you're going to get to a point where you're trying to play a song, and you feel you need more and more fingers to get that
particular chord shape or tune. Then, then you will realise that while the rest of your fingers
are well-trained, your pinky and thumb are just there doing nothing. So avoid that.
Back to chords
. First learn some open-position chords - for some easy ones I'd recommend Am
and perhaps a D
. From what I remember, just knowing the first set of those chords will get you through Radiohead
's "Street Spirit" quite nicely.
Once you're comfortable forming chords with your left hand, try power chords
. They are basically 3-string chords that are easy to form and move around the neck. The generic shape of a power chord is as follows:
That above was an F5
, and if you shift the shape down a string you will get an A#5
. If you move the original shape up to the 4th fret, you'll get a G#5
. Move that
down a string, and you'll get a C#5
. Now posessing that knowledge
, you can play along to Nirvana
's "Smells Like Teen Spirit". God help me, what have I unleashed
Once you are bored with chords
, try getting a simple melody going on one of the strings. The bass line to Nirvana's "Lithium
" or Black Sabbath
's "Electric Funeral
" are a good place to start practicing.
Get more song tabs from the net. www.altavista.com
is your friend in finding tabs - try a search string like +"Song Name" +tab
and you should come up with at least a few hits.
This post is getting a little to big and I'd like to ask whoever can contribute something to this node to please do so