Guitar Lesson For Absolute Beginners

Guitar Lesson For Absolute Beginners

Guitar Lesson For Absolute Beginners

Greetings I’m Rob Chapman, I am a guitarist from Brighton in the UK. I am the frontman and guitarist for Dorje, demonstrator for Andertons Music and I am also the founder/owner of Chapman Guitars.

They say it takes 10,000 hours to master a skill (like playing the Guitar). I say people waste a LOT of time when they’re not efficient with their practice and they don’t understand diminishing returns. If you want to fast track your learning check out the [Guitar Hacks] guide on learning to play the guitar in a fraction of the time especially if you’re older this can really give you an edge.

I love making videos about guitar tuition, demonstration, reviews, and studio things like coffee/pizza and Diablo.

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greetings I am Rob Chapman today I’d like to teach you some really really simple beginners guitar I promise you it’s gonna be really easy to do I think you’re gonna feel fulfilled as a musician if playing the guitar is something that is daunting because you may be you’ve bought one or you’ve borrowed one and suddenly it’s just a load of strings things to put your fingers on and it’s a bit overwhelming what I’m aiming to do today is give you some tools so that you kind of have the keys to the Lamborghini so that you can just sit down and just play something the sounds musical inspires you and gets you on the right path to creating music and feeling like you can play a bit of guitar so I’m Rob Chapman I’m from the internet and to begin with let’s talk about some of the gear that you’re probably going to need so you’re gonna need a plectrum but you know what you don’t have to you can use your fingers if you’d like to you’re going to need a nice amplifier for example this bad cat cup for TR us a player series and a guitar like this PRS Mc. Carty this was great for beginners it’s called a wood library so you can tell it’s it’s got learning on its mind and today I’ve got this guitar tunes sorry my head’s gone crazy because it’s raining like nuts outside and I got where if you detected an accents and you are not from England you’re right I’m from Narnia which is on the west coast of the United Kingdom of England so I’m tuned to a secret source tuning which is going to enable you to do all sorts of cool things the first thing is that you’ll just be able to play guitar by strumming the strings now hold your horses hey if you own a horse and B if you are an intermediate player thinking higher or B just done an open e tuning I’ve done this before this is boring bear with there maybe something else coming along that might be of interest you might learn something you never know I still learn things all the time this is what we call an open tuning which means that I’ve tuned the strings to the sound of a chord so that by just strumming the strings you get the sound of an E major chord now what I’d like you to do is using an everyday tuning pedal or by even just listening to my strings or going on to Google and finding a diagram tune your guitar the way I have so let me give you the sound of each string one at a time so that you can match the sound of your strings to my guitar if you break a string I am sorry let’s start with the very first string which is going to be an e notes and it’s going to sound like this now the next note I have I’ve tuned it slightly sharper than normal tuning and it’s gonna be a B note and it’s gonna sound like this you now it’s checking the tuning as I go along because it’s slipped the next note is gonna be an e note and it sound like this and the next note is gonna be a lovely G sharp and it should sound like this next is a good old classic B string and it’ll sound like this and finalement which is French for finally an E string I recommend you get a tuning pedal boss in my opinion make the best tuning pedals ever they do a really cool black one called the T u3w which I love and it’s really really simple if you plug your guitar lead into it and it’ll tell you what note you’re playing if you set it to the chromatic setting straight off the bat as we say in Narnia if you just strum the strings you get a chord and if you take one finger or to be honest anything that you can run across these strings you’re going to move that chord around that it’s going to sound cool that’s an easy thing that you can do just for fun impress your wife or your girlfriend or boyfriend or your aunt or anyone and I’m just taking one finger and I’m making sure not to use the front face of the finger because you’ll see it creases there are holes the strings can get underneath more the edge of the finger where it is much straighter and easier to press down and you press see if you can get a bar across all the strings and pressed it’s really hard when you begin on though and you’re gonna press with your thumb on the back of the guitar to get the note that’s fun but that’s not what I’m here to show you I’m here to show you something a little bit more ambitious and I’m not going to talk down to you I think this is something that if you learn it maybe a year later it’ll unlock something and you go ah I remember that guy from Narnia taught me all about this thing and now it’s beginning to make sense and it will become a tool that you can use later on in composing and shredding and playing things like Ghent which is a kind of jazz from one of the archipelago’s of Jamaica so if you start with this really high E string we’re gonna learn a really simple pattern and it’s gonna be fun I promise you when you’ve learnt this pattern but trust me we’re gonna memorize it together and we’ll get there so we’ll start with a series of numbers and there are very many to rememorize them and you’ve got them is going to open up worlds I want you to imagine that there are two kinds of distance so from if I put my finger on a string for example here and play that note if I go forward one fret we call that one if you go forward two frets you call that a two and I want you to imagine that if you played the string on its own that’s kind of like playing it from zero it’s just the lowest that note can get unless you detune the tuner so here’s a zero on the high E string but if that’s a zero then two taking me up are two from that zero would be one two let’s go up another two that’s got a one let’s go up another to another to another two and a 1 so we’ve gone this is the pattern to memorize y’all so see if you can maybe write it down and then repeat it to yourself put it on a post it note stick it on your fridge post it notes by the way were invented in Minnesota Thank You Minnesota for being colorful and informative and reminding us of things we need to do so from 0 up to 2 so we go 0 to 2 to 1 so 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 trust me this is a really useful thing to memorize because now you can go Oh I’m making things up I’m just improvising I’m creating I’m using that pattern that we’ve memorized by now which is from 0 up to 2 1 to 2 to 1 I can play any of those notes and be safe with this chord now here’s the next mind exploding fact which is that you can do exactly the same pattern on this thick string so you could do from 0 to or if you’re really adventurous and feeling full of energy you could do both at the same time using whichever fingering you feel appropriate I’d probably go with the second finger and the little finger now I’ve been strumming so far but you could put your pic down and just rest your thumb on the top string and use these four fingers on any strings you want but pluck I’ll have a go at doing like a rolling figure so you go thumb first or maybe miss out the a string and then go D G B B which ever strings you want to pluck but you could do things like this doesn’t matter what you’re doing as long as you’re having fun and you’re thinking about that pattern by the way it’s fine to break away from that pattern but be aware of what that pattern is I want you to think about adventuring away and trying this on other strengths and also experiment using more than one note because sometimes you might do something and it might just sound amazing and then it might stay with you forever so for example rather than doing the two you might do one and then to you that might be the most amazing sound ever or you might do that too but hold down another No and to you that might make you feel something and feel creative and then suddenly get this thing and you got a river you might find a shape that you can move that creates a pattern it’s all about experiment this stage in learning the guitar it’s about experimenting with sound and finding the things that you like do you like that some things will make you feel great some things won’t and you know what everyone’s honestly completely different some people will listen to this and they go well that’s wrong and then they go and I think that’s right because different people are inspired and excited by different kinds of cell I’m hoping some of the intermediate players who are watching this if not has gone see these things he’s modeling manipulating the chord by changing into Vanek’s and therefore the modal structure of what’s going on correct so but what we’re doing is taking one chord E major and we’re moving one note currently and we’re playing an E major scale on this one string while we’re playing the chord and it gives you a melody over a chord which is the beginning of kind of everything from here on it’s really important that you learn cemetery gates which is a great beginner to take a look at anything by Marty Friedman which is also really accessible good luck with everything I really hope you enjoy playing the guitar and don’t forget if you get stuck if you’ve got any questions hammer them below in this comment section here you’ll find that the Internet is a warm friendly and rewarding place full of people who are there to help you and share the journey take it easy Rob Chapman out..

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Comment (12)

  1. I never heard of a total beginner lesson that started using open-tuning… but you know what? I think it’s a great idea!
    Nice one fellah,

  2. It may seem silly to experienced players, but these vids are so important for begginers to get started and to get inspired. Your pleasant demeanor makes it fun too!!

  3. I think the open tuning thing is an AWESOME idea for beginners. It gives some immediate satisfaction and is just as easy to explain in terms of string intervals as standard tuning. Brilliant idea! I maaaay experiment with this for my newer students in the future.

  4. man i feel like iv been playing guitar for a million years. I remember looking for the latest andertons review that got posted on robs channel back in late 2015 slowing down the video to learn that crazy noise rob was making (which i later learned was called legato) and for like 6 months every riff lick and trick i learned was from Rob, Lee, Slash, and EVH videos being slowed down. Rob i can never thank you enough for unintentionally teaching me guitar

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