Lesson 1

"Lesson 1"

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Here are two pictures to help you remember some of the different parts of different type of guitars before we proceed .

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"Practicing techniques"

"How to properly hold your instrument."

There are two ways that you can hold your instrument;

  1. "The traditional"
  2. "Standard way"(view on video please)

You can also stand up and play or sit while you are playing or practicing. It would help if you have your guitar strap adjusted accordingly. Weather or not you decide to sit or stand posture is very important. It is very important that you are comfortable when you are practicing or playing your instrument. Be mindful that your guitar strap is not cutting into your neck. And more importantly that all wires are neatly plugged in and not in the path of any potential hazards. Safety is important when using any electrical appliances consider how loud your amplifier is. Before you turn your amplifier on please make sure the volume is at zero. And that your instrument is properly plugged in. I usually turn the volume off on my instrument when I’m not playing even if I’m stopping to speak for a moment I’ll be mindful that my instrument is not making any unwanted noise, Especially when it’s being recorded.

The fret board

The fret board is set up where the high “E” string is the 1st string, the “B” string on the guitar is the second string and the “G” is the third string, the “D” is the fourth string, The "A" is the fifth string and the low “E” is the sixth string on the six string guitar. The high “E” is actually at the top of the neck; because it is higher in pitch .The low “E” is considered the bottom of the neck because it is lower in pitch. The same applies for as you move down the neck you are moving toward the “Nut” because you are moving lower in pitch, and as you move up the neck toward the twelfth fret you are going higher in pitch. I discussed this in detail in the video its good to read it to.

You can see how this tablature fret board reads just like the real fret board below it!

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"In the picture below is a an actual fret board"

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Technique:

There are different techniques to play your instrument with. The one we will get started with is “Picking”. To hold your pick properly will take some getting use to. Firmly hold the pick between your thumb and index finger.(As in the picture and video)

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Some people are more comfortable to hold it between their thumb and middle finger. Here is a technique that will help you develop motor skills. Tremolo picking, it is a form of alternate picking. You can play the string open or hold a note. Start by picking downward on the high “E” string then up and repeat the process at a slow rate until you can do it with out making a mistake. Later, You will be able to tremolo pick to a beat in time by tapping your foot or counting or using a metronome.

"Fingering Illustration"

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First finger

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Second finger

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Third finger

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Fourth finger

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Thumb

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The next finger dexterity excersise I will share with you is called "Quasi Chromatic" I have devoted a different page for that exercise here is the link: QuasiChromaticExercise

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