Lesson 2
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"Lesson 2"

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Lesson 2 has been temporarily removed as I am working on a better and more clear video.

In the first lesson you learned:

  1. The different parts of your instrument
  2. Note and number names of your strings
  3. How to properly hold your instrument

It is very important that you get to know the notes on the fifth and sixth string before going any further. Please take the time to memorize them it will make navigating around the fret board a lot easier later. Here is a look at how the guitar fret board is set up starting on the sixth string root note, the low “E”. Where you start on the fret board is the root. So, if you start on the sixth string open low “E” the “E” is the root note. Below is the “root” to its “octave”. You will notice the sharp symbol (#) is being used. The sharp symbol (#) is used in music to indicate that a note is higher in pitch. Because we are moving up in pitch the note(s) are considered sharp. Notice that there is no E sharp or B sharp. They can be referred to as sharp in special circumstances but it is too early to discuss that. Let’s just get this down first.

“Root” E F #F G #G  A #A B C #C  D #D E “Octave “

These notes are moving in half steps;

You have moved the distance of two frets. It is that simple!

This is also the definition of an interval

Interval = "The distance between two notes."

In lesson two

1. How to hold a pick

2. How to place your hand on the guitar and play a note

3. How to alternate pick

4. Two very basic techniques

5. A finger dexterity exercise.

Note:

It is important that you watch the video so that you understand what you are reading here better. This way you can associate what you are reading with a visual. I am showing you how to learn on the guitar. Each finger has a number and each fret has a number so when anyone tells you to place your first finger on the first fret of the sixth string you know exactly were to place it and what note to play. Knowing little subtleties like this will help someone teach you and you to later pass on the information you learn to another beginner

Here is a tip

When playing a note try to press that note almost on the metal fret and you will get a clearer sounding note. That quasi chromatic exercise I am showing you will help you to strengthen your fingers. It will take a while to be able to get a clear sounding note so for now work on your accuracy.

If you watched the video you are probably wondered why I referred to a "pick" as a "plectrum" well here is the definition: Plectrum = "A plectrum is a small flat tool used to pluck or strum a stringed instrument. For hand-held instruments such as guitars and mandolins, the plectrum is often called a pick, and is a separate tool held in the player's hand.

I also mentioned that you can start your picking either down or up, you will decide that depending on what you are playing and what string or fret you are going to next. There are different picking techniques that this leads to. So just get comfortable with your instrument and learn all the parts and vocabulary. And practice.