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PUBLISHED JULY 2009 N 2ND EDITIO DAY 1 KNOW YOUR STRINGS BASIC STRUMMING 3 CHORDS - G, C9 AND D TWO AND THREE CHORD SONGS GUITAR DAY 2 NEW CHORD - E MINOR TUNING YOUR GUITAR FOUR CHORD SONGS DAY 3 USING A CAPO NEW CHORDS: DSUS, D9, A PLAYING IN THE KEY OF D CAMP TAB 101 / TWO ROCK RIFFS LEARN GUITAR IN DAY 4 5 DAYS CHANGING STRINGS NEW CHORDS: C, F, AM PLAYING IN THE KEY OF C STRUMMING STYLES DAY 5 NEW CHORD: E MAJOR PLAYING IN THE KEY OF A MAJOR OR MINOR BAR / POWER CHORDS GUITAR GEAR DEVELOPED BY ILEARNMUSIC.COM - YOUR SOURCE FOR ONLINE MUSIC EDUCATION About this book To all guitar students and teachers: This book was originally conceived for a ﬁve-day ninety-minute session guitar camp for students who are ages 10-17. I tried to ﬁt as many important concepts in this lesson book that I felt should be touched upon to expose students to the most amount of useful guitar information. You will ﬁnd little about reading standard notation, picking patterns, or drilling scale technique in this guide, because our philosophy is that students should enjoy playing their instrument right away. This guide could be used by the self-taught young or old guitar player or used as a teacher’s guide for teaching your own guitar class. If you are using this for a class, feel free to print out as many copies as you need. In this second edition, we have added a few more contemporary songs (Jason Mraz, Taylor Swift, etc...) and will soon be adding an online video series to accompany each of these lessons. Enjoy! Your friends at ilearnmusic.com DAY 1 KNOW YOUR STRINGS Knowing where your strings are located on your guitar is one of the most important ﬁrst steps in playing the guitar. Each string varies in size from the thickest (low E) to the thinnest strings (high E). Each corresponding tuning peg adjusts the tension of each string which changes the pitch. Each string must be correctly tightened or loosened to match the BASIC STRUMMING standard tuning of low E, A, D, G, B and high E. The most basic strumming pattern is to strum up and down For today, I will tune your guitars to the evenly to a steady beat. This will help to relax your wrist and correct pitches, but later in the DAY you get an even sound. will be learning how to tune the guitar yourself. Keep these pointers below in mind while strumming: The most important thing for today is to • If you are playing an acoustic guitar, make sure to memorize the location of each of the strum directly over the sound hole strings and be able to say the letter of each • On electric guitar, strum over the body (different string as you play it. If it helps you make locations will give you different sounds), not over the up a sentence to go along with the string neck names such as: • Make sure all strings are ringing clearly Each • Make sure the volume of your downstrums and Ape upstrums are equal Digests • Be careful not to strum too hard, as this often causes Good strings to rattle, and produces an undesirable sound Bananas Everyday • Be careful not to strum too softly, as this will produce delicious! a "wimpy" sound. Your pick should be striking the strings with a relatively ﬁrm, even stroke • Think of your elbow as being the top of a pendulum; your arm should swing up and down from it in a steady motion, never pausing at any time. • Having said that, the bulk of the picking motion should come from a rotation of the wrist, rather than from the forearm. Be sure not to keep your wrist stiff when playing. DAY 1 LOW HIGH E A D G B E 1 3 CHORDS - G, C9 AND D 1 2 FRETS The three chords that are easiest to learn when 3 starting guitar are G, C9, and D. The reason these 2 3 4 are the easiest to start with is because they are fairly 4 easy to switch between and they are also all in the same key. By learning these three chords, you can play a number of songs in this packet. Let me explain how to read the chord charts to the right. Each chord chart indicates the frets on the G CHORD guitar, the strings of the guitar (from low to high) and x where to place your ﬁngers on the fretboard. The easiest way to visualize this is to hold your guitar up with the fretboard facing your eyes. 1 The dots represent where to place ﬁngers to sound 1 2 FRETS the correct notes. The numbers inside the circles show what ﬁngers to use. With guitar, we don’t use 2 3 4 3 the thumb so your index ﬁnger is one, middle ﬁnger is two, ring ﬁnger is three and pinky is four. Watch your instructor demonstrate how to play each chord. 4 A COUPLE OF POINTERS C9 CHORD x x • Switching between chords is one of the hardest parts of playing guitar. Don’t rush this - learn each chord and master it ﬁrst before moving on to the 1 next. 1 2 2 FRETS • You want to use the ﬂeshy part of your ﬁngertip, but for new guitar players your ﬁngers will be sore for 3 3 awhile. Don’t worry - it’s part of being broken in as a guitar player. 4 • To practice the songs in this packet, work with a few buddies. Have one person play G, another C9 and another D. Do this several times, switching chords. After that, try playing them all yourself. D CHORD DAY 1 TWO CHORD SONGS HE’S GOT THE WHOLE WORLD IN HIS HANDS SKIP TO MY LOU G He’s got the whole world in his hands Chorus D G He’s got the whole world in his hands Skip, skip, skip to my Lou, G D He’s got the whole world in his hands Skip, skip, skip to my Lou, D G G He’s got the whole world in his hands Skip, skip, skip to my Lou, D G He's got my brothers and my sisters in His hands, Skip to my Lou, my darlin'. He's got my brothers and my sisters in His hands, He's got my brothers and my sisters in His hands, Fly's in the buttermilk, Shoo, ﬂy, shoo, He's got the whole world in His hands. Fly's in the buttermilk, Shoo, ﬂy, shoo, Fly's in the buttermilk, Shoo, ﬂy, shoo, He's got the sun and the rain in His hands, Skip to my Lou, my darlin'. He's got the moon and the stars in His hands, Chorus He's got the wind and the clouds in His hands, He's got the whole world in His hands. Cows in the cornﬁeld, What'll I do? Cows in the cornﬁeld, What'll I do? He's got the rivers and the mountains in His hands, Cows in the cornﬁeld, What'll I do? He's got the oceans and the seas in His hands, Skip to my Lou, my darlin'. He's got you and he's got me in His hands, Chorus He's got the whole world in His hands. . There's a little red wagon, paint it blue He's got everybody here in His hands, There’s a little red wagon, paint it blue He's got everybody there in His hands, There’s a little red wagon, paint it blue He's got everybody everywhere in His hands, Skip to my Lou, my darlin'. He's got the whole world in His hands. Chorus THE WHEELS ON THE BUS G D G The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round. G D G The wheels on the bus go round and round, all through the town. The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish... The horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep... The driver on the bus says "Move on back, move on back, move on back;"... The baby on the bus says "Wah, wah, wah”... The parents on the bus say "Shh, shh, shh”... (Repeat beginning) DAY 1 THREE CHORD SONGS
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