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					                                                LEARN
                                                GUITAR

                                                IN 5 DAYS
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



                                          CAMP
DAY 3
USING A CAPO
NEW CHORDS: DSUS, D9, A
PLAYING IN THE KEY OF D
TAB 101 / TWO ROCK RIFFS                 LESSON GUIDE
DAY 4
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
REVIEWING SONGS OF THE WEEK
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 week 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

				
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